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Where's the Gov?

By By Robbie Byrd, News Editor
After returning from a mission trip to Jamaica, Atmore Mayor Howard Shell is asking the same question many residents are: when is the Governor coming?
According to agents with his office, Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is still planning on making a stop in Atmore as part of his communities of excellence tour.
Officials did not say why the Governor was unable to make it in July as had first been reported, but Shell said it was due to a busy schedule on the governor's part.
Mayor Howard Shell announced in June that, as a continuing part of the "Communities of Excellence" tour, Governor Don Siegelman will make a stop in Atmore sometime in July.
While the date was not set, officials with the Governors office assured Shell that they wold receive a five-day notice.
Siegelman notified Shell personally by telephone.
Mike Kanarick, Siegelman's press secretary said that governor still plans to make it to Atmore, however a firm date has not been set.
Tentatively, the governor is expected to make his stop sometime by the end of August, however the governor's schedule could yet again postpone that date.
The Governor's visit sparked the Clean Up Atmore campaign, a project fueled through the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Atmore and local business and community leaders.
There has been no official date set, but Mayor Shell believes the Gov.'s office will give him at least five-days' notice as originally announced in the Gov.'s Communities of Excellence tour.