Looking Back: City readying for landscaping

Published 9:17 am Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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Thirty years ago in 1991, downtown Atmore landscaping was set to begin. The city had been full of tractors and signs of construction were everywhere. Hopes were to have the project finished by the 4th of July.

The Rev. Jimmy Walker and the First Baptist Church were threatened with a bomb. Bonnie Chandler, the wife of Marcus Chandler of First United Methodist Church received a phone call from someone who made the threat. She quickly notified people at both churches and a search was made, but no bomb was found. Police had no clue as to who was responsible.

According to a news release from Sen. Richard Shelby’s office, two reserve units from Brewton were expected to return about July 30-Aug. 1. Sources said it could be even sooner

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Sarah Poindexter was the guest of honor at a faculty luncheon at Huxford Elementary School. She had worked in the lunchroom at the school for 27 years.

Local artist John Fuller, had a one-man show at United Bank.

The Escambia County School System recorded 6,823 unexcused absences costing the county $133,000.

Rep. F.R. “Skippy” White helped the county secure the funding to build a new national guard armory at the Brewton Airport. (This allowed for the old armory on Douglas Avenue to be sold to the City of Brewton to become the current site of Brewton City Hall.)

The Escambia County Commission approved Robinsonville getting a block grant of $300,000. The Atmore Police were enjoying a break in the number of businesses that had been burglarized. That was until Bell’s Auto Supply was broken into. No  arrests were made.

George Thomas (Tommy) Van Pelt Jr. was  sworn in as the newest member of the city council.

Veterans of Operation Desert Storm were issued a special invitation to the 4th of July celebration.