Looking Back: Citywide gospel singing held

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Twenty years ago, in 1999, the rapist who followed his victim up Highway 29, before pulling her over and assaulting her, may face life in prison, according to The Atmore Advance.

A county-wide drug sweep netting 35 arrests, which were recorded in the newspaper.

Two people were jailed in a child abuse and sodomy charges.

A city-wife gospel singing was held at the Tom Byrne Park in Atmore. Crowds gathered to listen to gospel music and eat hot dogs, baked goods and Pepsi. While their parents were enjoying the singing, the children were able to play in the park.

The Atmore VFW Post 7016 was part of the VFW members who held a pot-luck supper to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization.

The second annual Pepsi Relay-for-Life Crawfish Boil was held, raising $18,200.

A man was charged with selling drugs in Houston Avery Park.

Fourteen candidates were scheduled to be on the ballot looking for a place on the Poarch Tribal Council.

The Atmore City Council voted again that fireworks could not be sold within the city limits.

A van was discovered abandoned after a Century, Fla., man went missing. Later on the authorities called in a cadaver dog to help with the search for the man.

Charges against Wiley B. Tait were dismissed by the judge.

MayFest was a big success, with crowds enjoying plenty of good food and entertainment.

Some parents were arrested for students’ behavior in school under a new policy. Attendance and other things were under scrutiny.

Ann Mantel, of Brewton, was in Oklahoma to work with the Red Cross to help out the tornado victims. Other organizations were gathering materials to send to Oklahoma.

Escambia County High School was under a bomb threat and students were on edge.

The Lady Cougars won the AISA Class 1-A Softball Championship. It was the second straight year they had won.