Looking Back: Atmore planned big 4th party

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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Thirty years ago in 1991, after getting Amtrak to stop in both Atmore and Brewton, it was believed the train was going to be extended south.

A bill in the Alabama House of Representatives passed requiring seat belts to be worn.

Wilson Johnson took members of the Atmore SAIL and RSVP Community Club for a ride on his mules and specially-made wagons.

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A 16-year-old boy died and his 17-year-old brother was injured in a shooting incident near Club La Sabre. Ricky Tolbert, 19, was being held in Escambia County Jail charged with one count of murder and one count of first degree assault in the shooting of Terry Crenshaw, 16, and his brother, Andre Lewis. Tolbert was dating the sister of the brothers and apparently they were involved in a disagreement ending in the shooting causing the death.

After eight months of serving in the military in Saudi Arabia, Brewton’s 638th was to come home on or about July 18.

Atmore was planning a big celebration for the 4th of July. Included in the event was a fly over by the U.S. Navy, a sky diving group and dancers from Poarch Creek Indians. A retirement ceremony was to be held for a U.S. flag and there were to be several patriotic speakers and music. The day was to end with plenty of fireworks.

There was a story in The Atmore Advance about Preston Solomon and his  memories of the war in Korea and his experiences.

A former employee of the Escambia County Tax Assessor;s office, Shelia Johnson, filed a lawsuit against the county and the tax assessor, Jim Hildreth asking $2 million. Her charges accused the county and Jim Hildreth of causing her pain and suffering because she was fired.

Three residents of Dothan died in a wreck on I-65 near Atmore.