Cracking down

Published 9:07 am Wednesday, August 16, 2006

By By Lisa Tindell – news writer
If you want to find the keymaster for the gate, you'll have to contact the Escambia County sheriff, the Brewton police chief, Alabama Power manager or McMillan Trust officials. They are the gatekeepers.
These officials are responsible for placing a gate at the entrance of a trail that leads from Alabama Highway 41 to Burnt Corn Creek in the area known as Edgewood.
Law enforcement officials said the new measure would cut off the access to a place where many teens go to congregate - and where neighbors say underage drinking has been going on for years.
The area, which has been a popular hangout for community teens, has been the topic of many discussions around town.
An array of cars has been seen parked in the grassy area near the bridge at the entrance to the area, Ivey said.
Complaints about the problem in the area are nothing new, Smith said.
McMillan Trust owns the land where teens have congregated over the years, Smith said.
As the gate was being put into place on Monday afternoon, Roy Chancery, forester with McMillan Trust, passed out keys to Smith and Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin.
After the gate was put into place and locked, the land was unavailable for public access, Smith said.
McMillan Trust employees Dean Baggett and Allen Gray assisted with the placing of the gate on the property.