Looking Back: Georges was bearing down toward the Gulf

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Twenty years ago, in 1998, during the last week of September, the Gulf Coast was bracing for a hurricane.

Georges was bearing down and would make its seventh landfall in Mississippi after making landfall in six other countries across the Gulf. The Atmore Advance had lots of tips and warnings about the possibility of wind and rain.

Georges dumped 20 inches of rain on the area with the wind being strong enough to do damage to several trees. Streets were flooded and some houses were low enough for the water to get inside. Homecoming at Northview High School was washed out. All in all, Georges was the cause of millions of dollars in damage, including $25 million in county crops. Hundreds of people were taken in to shelters in our area and the storm caused the death of 604 people.

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On a calmer note, Danny Joyner of Brewton announced he was running for a seat in the Senate.

Two men from Atmore were accused of the rape of a 12 year-old girl.

A man in McDavid, Fla. was shot in his own house. It was possibly a home burglary.

Leadership Atmore was going strong and they were at an annual retreat.

Finally, with the storm gone, Escambia High School was able to celebrate homecoming. There were two homecoming queens, Mandy Taylor and Jemeshia Askew.

Authorities believed a teen girl plotted with someone else to kill her father.

A Brewton man who was thought to be involved with drugs was arrested.

There was a special section in The Atmore Advance devoted to the elderly in Atmore. One of the features was about 71 year-old, Dickie Dickinson riding his bicycle for his health.