Chiefs Fall to Florida High

November 17, 2007

The Northview High School Chiefs (6-5) lost 33-0 in their state championship playoff bid Friday night to the Florida High School Seminoles (11-0).

The Seminoles recovered a game opening onside kick at Northview’s 46-yard line. Their drive ended with a one yard touchdown plunge by senior Mark Johnson, his first of three touchdowns Friday night in Tallahassee.

Northview then drove to first and goal at the Seminole four yard line, the closest the Chiefs would come to pay dirt all night. Florida High linebacker Mike Brown downed Northview’s star senior running back Nakita Myles behind the line of scrimmage. Myles entered the game with 3,865 career rushing yards.

Florida High went on to win the game 33-0, their first playoff win since 2003.

Northview was held to just 178 yards during the game

In other area playoff action. the Jay Royals (8-3) fell 14-13 to Mayo Lafayette (10-1).

ECUA Purchases Cans To Possibly Take Over Allied Waste Contract

November 16, 2007


The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is preparing itself to eventually take over garbage collection North Escambia, perhaps sooner than later.

Allied Waste currently has a contract that extends until 2010 for residential garbage pickup north of Ten Mile Road for 11,000 households. But ECUA district five board member Larry Walker sees several situations where ECUA might take over the contract sooner.

ECUA voted Thursday afternoon to purchase 11,000 automated collection garbage cans instead of their usual 2,000 per year.

“There is increasing concern that Allied might decide to just walk away from Escambia County and dump residential pickup in ECUA’s lap,” Walker told “I’ve expressed my concern to my colleagues and fellow board members.”

The ECUA board voted 3-2 against moving forward with the can purchase last month. But after an open letter from Walker, the board voted unanimously for the purchase this month.

“With added financial pressures of Allied’s commercial operation, it is even less likely than before that Allied will commit the additional resources that are needed,” Walker said in his letter to the board. “I think it possible that Allied will choose to walk away from its Escambia County operations, both commercial and residential.”

(Click here to see Walker’s complete letter to the ECUA in pdf format.)

Walker said he pushed for the container purchase now rather than later because if Allied should walk away from their contract, the containers would be ready for distribution. But there is one problem that could raise, he said. The garbage cans will not arrive for about four months.

“If they walked away before we had the 11,000 containers, we’d be up the creek,” he said. The possibility would exist that ECUA could purchase Allied Waste’s current containers, he added, right where they sit…at the homes of customers.

In the event ECUA does not take over the Allied contract and Allied does not walk away, the $600,000 spent on the 11,000 cans will not be wasted, Walker said. They will be used over the next five years as part of a normal replacement of damaged cans in the current ECUA system.

ECUA has already purchased seven new garbage collection trucks that expected to arrive in December. The trucks were purchased in anticipation of taking over the north end household collection Allied Waste routes. If that does not happen, the trucks will be used to replace aging trucks in the ECUA fleet over the coming years.

Walker has increasingly pushed for ECUA to look harder at the Allied Waste contract in North Escambia. He said complaints were on the rise, and increased pressure from ECUA led to slightly better service in the area. But he wonders how long that will last.

Escambia County filed suit against Allied Waste Friday for $1.3 million in unpaid “tipping fees” – the charge per ton paid by companies such as Allied for dumping at the Perdido landfill. A recent county ordinance requires Allied and other garbage haulers in Escambia County to dump that waste, and paid the tipping fees, in Escambia County.

ECUA currently provides residential garbage collection south of Ten Mile Road, except in the city of Pensacola. Twice-weekly service is $17.35 per month, with senior citizen and lifeline discounts.

Attempts to reach Allied Waste for comment were unsuccessful.

For more details on the county’s tipping fee suit against Allied Waste, click here.

County Sues Allied Waste for $1.3 Million

November 16, 2007

Escambia County filed a $1.3 million lawsuit against Allied Waste in Escambia County Circuit Court. Allied provides residential garbage service north of 10 Mile Road, including all of North Escambia.

Escambia official say Allied owes the county $1.3 million in tipping fees. The county recently passed an ordinance requiring Allied and other garbage haulers in the county to dump at the county’s Perdido Landfill and pay tipping fees. The county says Allied dumped commercial trash outside the county, but still owes the fees. Tipping fees are a per-ton charge for each ton of garbage dumped into the landfill.

Back on November 1, the county gave Allied 15 days to pay up, prove they did not owe the fees or end up in court. Those 15 days passed with the county filing suit Friday, which was day 15.

Allied and county officials will start negotiations Monday to try to resolve the situation. If an agreement is reached, the suit will be dropped.

The Escambia County Utilities Authority recently began preparations for possibly taking over Allied’s waste contract in North Escambia. Seven new garbage trucks will be delivered in December, and Thursday the ECUA voted to purchase 11,000 new garbage can that could be used in the north end.

For more details on ECUA’s possible Allied contract takeover, click here.

Annual Thanksgiving Lunch Held in Byrneville

November 15, 2007


Beulah Chapel Assembly of God held its annual Community Thanksgiving Lunch for senior citizens Thursday.

About three dozen seniors attended the lunch, which featured a full Thanksgiving menu of turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, green beans, dumplings and sweet potato casserole. Additional lunches were delivered to shut-ins in the Byrneville community.

Church members were assisted by firemen from the Century Volunteer Fire Department in serving the lunch.

Click here for more photos from the event.

Bratt Elementary Honors Community Veterans

November 15, 2007

bratt01.jpgBratt Elementary School’s third grade classes presented “Let’s Sing America” Thursday morning to honor veterans in the community.

With patriotic songs such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “We Remember”, the students paid tribute to those that have served our country.

A slideshow presentation included the names of many area veterans, along with their branch of service and area served. About a dozen veterans were honored at the first presentation of the musical.

The program was presented by the classes of Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Marlow, Mrs. Luker and Mrs. Smith.

For a complete photo gallery from the program, click here.

Former Woodham Teacher Arrested In Century Avoids Trial

November 14, 2007

James “Benny” Washington, former coach of the Woodham High School basketball program, will avoid trial on drug possession charges by entering a pretrial intervention program. Washington was arrested March 8 in Century.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy Ellis Smallwood found a small piece of powder cocaine, a marijuana cigarette and rolling papers during a traffic stop on North Century Boulevard near Ranch Road, according to court papers.

Washington was clocked by Smallwood on radar at 41 mph in a 35 mph zone. Washington then pulled into the parking lot of the Century Burger King, before entering the highway again and being stopped by the deputy, according to testimony. Smallwood testified that he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana and air freshener upon making the traffic stop, prompting the search.

Washington’s attorney, Barry Beroset, argued that the traffic stop and resulting search were illegal. Circuit Judge Michael Allen did not agree, and refused to throw out the charges back in September.

The Escambia County School Board suspended Washington without pay from his teaching position at Woodham after his arrest. He was fired as Woodham’s basketall coach after being suspended by the Florida High School Athletic Association after allegedly making a racist remark toward black official. He publicly denied that claim. He had served as basketball coach for the Titans for 18 years. Woodham has since became a middle school.

The one felony and two misdemeanor charges against Washington will be dropped by state prosecutors if he completes the yearlong program of community service, random drug test and substance abuse counseling.

Nadine McCaw Wins Century Council Seat Two In Tuesday General Election

November 13, 2007

Nadine McCaw won seat number two on the Century City Council Tuesday, defeating write-in candidate Sheryl Jordan by a three to one margin.

McCaw received 294 votes, while Jordan received 101 votes. McCaw defeated James Sutton 348 to 252 in the October 9 city primary.

Also during the October 8 primary, Freddie McCall, Sr. defeated incumbent mayor Evelyn Hammond 355-245. For city council seat one, Ann Brooks defeated 30-year incumbent Marie McMurray 412 votes to 183.

Hammond subsequently filed a complain with Escambia Supervisor of Elections David Stafford alleging that Mayor-elect McCall and McCaw attempted to buy votes with money and watermelons. That complaint was referred to the State Attorney’s office for investigation.

The new council members and mayor will take office in January.

Fire Departments Respond to Alarm at Courthouse

November 12, 2007

courthousealarm.jpgAt least four area fire departments responded to a fire alarm and a report of the smell of smoke about 6:30 Monday night at the Billy G. Ward Courthouse at 7500 North Century Boulevard.

The smoke smell and fire alarm activation were reported by a sheriff’s deputy in the building. After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the smell originated from a television that was overheating in the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department area of the building.

Fire departments from Century, McDavid, Molino and Flomaton all responded to the initial call.

Pine Barren Road Accident Kills Local Man

November 12, 2007

Douglas Floyd, 31, of Walnut Hill was killed just after 8:30 Sunday night in a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Pine Barren Road and Highway 164.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say he was westbound on Highway 164 when a car driven by 23 year old Lindsay Cooper of Pensacola ran a stop sign on Pine Barren Road and hit Floyd’s vehicle, causing it to overturn.

Cooper and her passenger, Benny Campbell, age 30 of Brewton, both suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to the crash report.

No one in the accident was wearing a seatbelt, according to the FHP. The accident is still under investigation.

Former Congressman Speaks at Molino Church Veterans Day Service

November 11, 2007


Former U.S. Congressman Earl Hutto was the guest speaker at Highland Baptist Church’s Veterans Day service Sunday morning.

“We have the finest and best trained military in the world,” Hutto told the church. “They are willing to do what it takes to stand against the forces of evil…we are united in the cause of freedom.”

He said it is hard to understand the world we live in today, a world where terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda have no regard for human life. But all veterans and current members of the American military should be honored for their brave service.

“It is good to know we still have wonderful, dedicated men and women that put their lives on the line,” he said, “as we saw three days ago with the funeral of Sgt. Daniel McCall.” McCall, a Pace High School graduate, was laid to rest at Barrancas National Cemetery Thursday after being killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol October 30 in Iraq.

“We have to hope that when the war is over that it (Iraq) will be a peaceful place,” Hutto said. “We must provide for our brave men and women to get the job done.”

“With the help of God, we will remain the mightiest country in the world,” he told those in attendance at Highland Baptist.

He served eight terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1995 as a representative of Florida. He was generally popular during his tenure, running unopposed or winning re-election easily. He did not seek re-election to the One Hundred Fourth Congress that convened in 1995.

“I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve in the U.S. Congress,” he said. “I thank the Lord everyday that I am not there now; it is a shame now because it has become too mean-spirited.”

Dozens of members and guests at Highland Baptist were honored for the military service during the service, many wearing their uniforms (pictured below, click to enlarge). The Veterans Day program included special music, presentation of the flags by a military honor guard, and a Veterans Day related sermon from Pastor Brian Calhoun.


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