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Please vote yes Amendment 4

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By JOHN J. KNOTT There is a critical issue impacting Alabama school districts on the November 4 ballot. Alabama legislators unanimously agreed last session to let voters decide whether to protect local school funds in the state’s constitution. Should local school leaders or the politicians in Montgomery decide how school dollars are spent? That is [...]

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Local amendment on the ballot

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALAN BAKER On November 4th, Escambia County citizens will have an opportunity to vote on a county-wide local amendment that, if approved, will have a significant impact on our future. As lead sponsor of this local legislation bill (Act 2013-259) that requires an affirmative vote of the Escambia County citizens, I feel [...]

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Ala. PTA supports Amendment 4

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By BECKY VANSANT The Alabama PTA has joined a broad coalition of education, business and community leaders to ask voters to protect schools from Montgomery mandates on local dollars. This amendment is clearly important for parents who support their local schools and want local spending to remain focused on our schools and students. We’re asking [...]

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Downturn can’t become new normal

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By CONGRESSMAN BRADLEY BYRNE You may have seen some good news recently. The September jobs report for the United States showed the unemployment rate dropping to 5.9 percent with 248,000 new jobs being added. That’s the lowest unemployment rate in a year. The problem is, if you look closer at the numbers, you will find [...]

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State needs constitutional rewrite

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

By BOB MARTIN State voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether or not to provide new protections for the state’s public schools against unfunded laws adopted by the state lawmakers. The specific requirement, contained in the amendment, which is No. 4 on the ballot next Tuesday, would require that such laws which provide [...]

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Thank you, Atmore, from Atmore Lions

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Editorial  /  No Comments

To the editor: Thursday evening, October 23, was the first of several drug awareness educational community forums to be held in the future. We want to thank Judge David Jordan, Judge Bradley Byrne, Officer Scott Walden and Denise Carlee for presenting the outstanding program “Drugs Erase Dreams.” It was held at the Escambia County High [...]

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Returning to ‘home sweet home’

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Community  /  Comments Off

Barbara Poole Harris recently returned to Greenville, Ala., for homecoming at her former church Poplar Spring AME Zion Church. Not only did she attend the church when she was growing up, she also attended the church school there. This was Barbara’s second visit to the church since moving to Atmore. Traveling with her were Ella [...]

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New arrivals at APL

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Community  /  Comments Off

Check out the new arrivals at Atmore Public Library. Also, this month, several patron share their opinions of the new books they’ve read. Five stars is the top rating. Patrons rate new arrivals Jo Ann McCullough: “UnPHILtered” by Phil Robertson – 5 Stars Sarah Hall: “Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown – 4 Stars Anne Petty: [...]

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Leadership needed to address Ebola

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Editorial  /  Comments Off

By Congressman Bradley Byrne People in Southwest Alabama and across the country are worried about the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. According to a recent survey by the Washington Post, nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic. I can’t blame them. The Obama administration has failed to put forward a [...]

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‘Drugs Erase Dreams’ is Thursday – to be held in the new gym at ECHS

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Featured  /  Comments Off

By RUTH HARRELL Special to Atmore News In preparing to write this article I was reminded of the words of an old song “ It only takes a spark to get a fire going “ … and I truly believe that the “spark” was ignited on the evening of March 19, 2013, at Flomaton High [...]

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