Looking Back: City readying for landscaping – The Atmore Advance

Thirty years ago, in 1991, landscaping was scheduled to begin in downtown Atmore. The town was full of tractors and there were signs of construction everywhere. It was hoped that the project would be completed by July 4th.

Rev. Jimmy Walker and the First Baptist Church were bombed. Bonnie Chandler, wife of Marcus Chandler of the First United Methodist Church, received a call from someone who had made the threat. They quickly notified people in both churches and a search was conducted, but no bombs were found. The police had no idea who was responsible.

According to a press release from Senator Richard Shelby’s office, two reserve units were due to return from Brewton around July 30th through August. 1. Sources said it could be earlier

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

Local artist John Fuller had a solo show at United Bank.

The Escambia County school system recorded 6,823 unexcused absences that cost the county $ 133,000.

Rep. FR “Skippy” White helped the county secure funding to build a new National Guard armory at Brewton Airport. (This enabled the sale of the old armory on Douglas Avenue to the City of Brewton to become the current location of Brewton City Hall.)

The Escambia County Commission approved a $ 300,000 block grant to Robinsonville. Atmore police were enjoying a lull in the number of corporate break-ins. 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.

Operation Desert Storm veterans received a special invitation to celebrate the 4th of July.

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