Area Population: Local Florida Cities Growing; Alabama Cities Decline
New estimated population numbers released Thursday show the population on the upswing in Florida cities in the North Escambia area, while Alabama city populations in the area are on the decline.
The data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that between 2013 and 2014:
Century’s population increased by 0.9 percent to 1,752, up from 1,736.
Pensacola’s population increased [...]
IP Awards $50K In Grants To Local Community Groups
International Paper has awarded $50,000 in Foundation Grants to local community organizations. Grants are awarded by the IP Foundation in Memphis, Tenn., which focuses on environmental education, literacy, employee involvement and critical community needs.
“We are privileged to be able to assist our local community organizations in their efforts to [...]
Operation Works To Clean Up Cottage Hill
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office held a Clean Sweep operation Thursday morning in the Cottage Hill area.
The focus of “Operation Clean Sweep” was to work with the Cottage Hill Neighborhood Watch group, residents, churches and business owners to control and prevent the damaging effects of criminal [...]
Former Police Officer Still Missing; Vehicle Found In McDavid
The search in continuing for a missing Flomaton man, a former police officer, whose vehicle was found abandoned near McDavid.
John Douglas Oswalt, 35, last communicated with family members on Sunday, May 3, according to Flomaton Police Chief Bryan Davis. He was last seen in the Pensacola area that morning.
His silver in color Chrysler [...]
Century Business Challenge Idea Becomes Reality: New Daycare To Open Soon
An idea in the running for the $25,000 Century Business Challenge is already set to become a reality, regardless of the contest outcome to be announced next month.
The Abundant Life Assembly of God Church will open a daycare on June 1. Director Heather Smith said she felt led to open a daycare about five years [...]
One Charged In Jay Burglaries
One person has been charged after three nearby businesses were burglarized on Commerce Street in Jay.
Joshua Gay was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the smash and grab type burglaries. He was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail with bond set at $76,250.
The glass front door of “Jack’s Vapor” was smashed, and the Santa [...]
Bond Set For Century Homicide Suspect; Trial Continued
A Century man accused in a January 31 shooting death in Century was due to appear in court Tuesday, but his trial has now been continued and a bond amount has been set.
Jaran Britt Myles, 20, remains jailed on charges of negligent manslaughter and aggravated assault for the shooting death 20-year old [...]
Lightning Strike Damages Home, Five Vehicles; Even Flattens Tires
A lightning strike left behind an odd trail of damage at a Molino home late Tuesday afternoon – even flattening vehicle tires.
It appeared the lightning first struck a tree at the home in the 700 block of Barrineau Park Road and ran through a pickup truck. The lightning bolt then ran along the ground, leaving [...]
End Of An Era: Daniel Smillie Retires From Escambia Road Department
Daniel Smillie, Jr. was recently honored by the Escambia County Commission as he retired with 30 years of service as a field supervisor with the Escambia County Public Works Department, Roads Division.
“The impact that his persona, and he, have had on that department are really immeasurable,” said Public Works Director Wes Moreno. “He has been [...]
Century Drive-by Shooting Under Investigation
An apparent drive-by shooting reported Monday in Century is under investigation.
A resident of Archie Street called the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reported that they had found apparent bullet holes in their home. One apparent bullet hole through a front window was easily visible from the street as deputies and a crime scene technician conducted their [...]
Ribbon Cut On Carver Park Improvements In Cantonment
A ribbon cutting was held Monday for improvements at Carver Park in Cantonment.
Improvements to Carver Park include a renovated community resource center, enlarged parking lot, volleyball court and re-striped basketball court. The park will also soon feature a new pavilion for family and local events. The improvements began in 2014 [...]