Northview Star Signs Football Scholarship With NY School

February 29, 2008


Northview High School’s star Nakita Myles has signed a football scholarship with Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y.

Myles racked up 1,321 rushing yards this past season on his way to 18 Chief touchdowns. The 1,000 yard mark was no stranger to Myles; he rushed over 1,000 yards and racked up at least 15 TD’s per year his last three years for Northview.

For the first time in the history of the school, the Chiefs made the playoffs for three years in a row, picking up the district title in 2005 and 2006.

Pictured above: Nikita Myles signs with Nassau Community College. From the left, seated: Myles father Charles Thomas, Myles, mother Myra Carter with nephew Ronntay, sister Ava Myles. Back row, standing: the Chiefs’ Jay Jackson and Taurus Thomas, Head Coach Cody Keene, NHS Principal Gayle Weaver, Assistant Principal Michael Sherrill, the Chief’s Cordaryl Lowery and Coach Sid Wheatley. Submitted photo.

Bratt First Graders Present Play ‘Three of a Kind’

February 29, 2008


The first graders at Bratt Elementary School presented the play “Three of a Kind” at a Thursday night PTA meeting.

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

Three blind mice, three muskateers, Snow White, several dwarfs, Dorothy and Scarecrow, the three kittens (who lost their mittens), Little Red Riding Hood, the three little pigs, Peter Pan and a host of other childhood favorites took to the stage along with a lot of teddy bears.

But Baby Bear was missing. Three by three, the characters attempted to find Baby Bear by listening to the clues provided. After the characters learned to listen, Baby Bear was located safe and sound, asleep in a tree stump.

The play was present by the first grade classes of Mrs. Rolin, Mrs. Trice and Mrs. Gilmore under the direction of Emily Pollard. Songs included “Three of a Kind”, “Look High, Look Low”, “The Bear Song”, “All For One” and “Listen”.

During the PTA meeting prior to the play, it was reported that last fall’s cookie dough sale raised about $10,500 for the school. The money will be used for curtains, chairs and a sound system for the school’s multipurpose room. photos. Click to enlarge.


Highway 97 Crash In Walnut Hill Injures One Thursday Night

February 29, 2008


The third two vehicle crash on Highway 97 in less than a week happened in Walnut Hill Thursday night, sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident happened about 7:00 between County Road 99 South and County Road 99 North, just south of the Walnut Hill Mennonite School.

Authorities say it appeared that a pickup truck had pulled off the road to attempt a u-turn when it was struck by the car pictured above. The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

This was at least the third two vehicle accident with injuries on Highway 97 this week. On Monday, one person was transported to the hospital after an accident south of Highway 164. Read about it by clicking here. On Tuesday morning, two people were seriously injured in an accident near Dixie Feed Store. Read about that accident by clicking here.

School Bus Collides With Molino Woman In Pensacola, No Injuries

February 28, 2008

The Florida Highway Patrol says a partially loaded school bus collided with a Kia driven by a Molino woman at a Pensacola intersection Thursday morning.

The bus, driven by Carla Burns, 38, of Pensacola was turning from Tennessee Drive to South Dakota Street when it collided with the Kia driven by Sonja Rafsky, 38, of Molino. Troopers say Burns collided with Rafsky at an intersection where there was not enough room to make a complete turn. Neither driver was injured.

Burns was charged with careless driving, according to the FHP.

There were 15 students on the bus a the time of the accident. There were no injuries transported to area hospitals, the FHP says.

Tennessee Drive and South Dakota Street are located off Fairfield Drive north of Mobile Highway.

World-Renowned Artist Performs, Teaches At Northview

February 28, 2008


World-renowned tabla player Sandip Burman brought his unique Indian folk music style to Northview High School Wednesday. Burman introduced about 50 Northview Performing Arts students to the tabla drums, his hands literally just a blur as they moved over the drums at lightning speed.

Burman has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington as well as many other major national venues. He has received glowing reviews from the likes of The Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Sun Times, the Boston Globe, and Billboard Magazine. He has played with solo artist and former Beatles guitarist George Harrison, jazz great Bela Fleck (Burman was a guest artist on the Grammy winning Fleckton’es album Outbound), and he even contributed to the soundtrack of the Tim Burton film Mars Attacks!.

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But Wednesday he sat on the floor of the stage in Northview’s theater, the students gathered closely around him in a semi-circle. “Come closer, come closer,” he told the students.He had spent over an hour fine tuning his sitar, a complex 20 string guitar, prior to the students arriving. He always spends that much time perfectly tuning the instrument to the room he is about to play, whether it be the Kennedy Center in Washington or Northview High School in Bratt.

The students sat staring in awe as he began to play a melody on the sitar. His hands flowed over the ancient Middle Eastern instrument as his soul flowed out in perfect time.In a quiet, heavily accented voice, he explained the sitar to the students. He explains how long it takes to the tune it, and the hours of practice it has taken him to reach his advanced level.

Then he pulled over his two tabla drums. His hands fly over the tablas, filling the theater not with the beat of ordinary drums, but a powerful melody.

In just a few short minutes, Burman then taught the students a rhythmic song for readers to enjoy. That song is in the video above; click the play symbol to hear the tabla melody.

For a complete photo gallery from Burman’s visit to Northview High School, click here.


Pensacola Habitat For Humanity Plans To Build Six New Homes In Molino

February 28, 2008

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity hopes to build six homes for deserving people in the Molino area, with the first Habitat family possibly moving into their new home by Christmas.

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity will be hold two orientation seminars for prospective homeowners. The first was held Thurday night; the next will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27 at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Molino.

Janet Westlake, Habitat’s volunteer in charge of church relations, told that the first house, the “Methodist House”, will be a joint project of Aldersgate, Cottage Hill, Allen Memorial, Lathram Chapel, McDavid and Farm Hill United Methodist churches.

“We are using church groups to sponsor building the first house in Molino,” Westlake said. “Six Methodist churches will together pay to build this house.”

A Habitat home is not a free handout; home recipients must have the ability to repay a small mortgage payment each month. That money goes into the program to build future Habitat homes.


Qualification is based upon three primary criteria: the ability to pay the mortgage, the need for adequate housing and the willingness to partner with “sweat equity” of 300 hours of volunteer time in the construction of their own home or in community service with another community organization. Income guidelines are in the table to the left.

For more information on Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, visit or call 434-5456.

The homes will be located on donated lots on Schaag Road off County Road 95A in Molino.

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian ministry whose purpose is to build homes and improve communities in partnership with low and very low income families in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

Editors note: The plans by Pensacola Habitat for Humanity to build the six homes in Molino were made prior to the tornado that damaged or destroyed 60 homes and businesses in Molino. Habitat’s plans are not a reaction to the recent devastation in the Molino community.

Walnut Hill Man Honored For Service In Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary

February 28, 2008


Harold O. “Sonny” Blum of Walnut Hill was honored for 37 years of service as an auxiliary trooper at a recent meeting of the Warrington Kiwanis Club. Blum joined the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary on March 27, 1970. During his 37 years volunteering with the auxiliary, he logged over 30,000 hours of service.

Blum (pictured above, right) was presented with a Certificate of Retirement by Scott Lunsford (pictured above, left) of the FHP Auxilliary. Blum also received a letter from Colonel Christopher Knight, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

“You will be missed by all members of the Florida Highway Patrol family,” the letter says. “On behalf of your many friends, we wish you the very best in your retirement.”

The Escambia County Commission honored Blum with a proclamation at their January 10 meeting. He was presented with that proclamation at the Kiwanis meeting. first told you about Blum back on January 11, after we sat down with him at his Walnut Hill home. He reflected on his many years of service to the FHP. To read that article, click here.

Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

February 27, 2008

A Cantonment woman has been arrested and charged with felony cruelty to animals in connection with a colt found hanging from a sling in a barn.

A 5-month-old colt named “Miracle Man” was rescued by Panhandle Equine Rescue January 29 when he was found suspended from the rafter in an attempt to get it off an injured leg.

Iris Rose Fortner, 51, of De Soto Road, Cantonment, was arrested on the cruelty charge because she failed for seek medical attention for Miracle Man. Her bond was set at $2,500.

PER investigators received an anonymous tip about Miracle Man in the Cantonment area. Fortner contacted a veterinarian at PER’s insistence. But the veterinarian was unable to do a complete exam because the horse’s owner could not afford the needed x-rays, according to Lowery.

Fortner voluntarily surrendered the colt to investigators, and he was immediately taken to the veterinarian where he was hospitalized. Miracle Man suffered a variety of serious medical problems as a result of hanging from the makeshift sling, she said.

“The attending vet says his life can be saved, but he wouldn’t have lasted another day or two in the conditions he was living in,” Lowery told back on January 30. “The vet reported to us this morning that he stood on his own all night and is eating and drinking.”

Donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of Miracle Man’s veterinarian bills. Donations can be mailed to Panhandle Equine Rescue, P.O. Box 777, Cantonment, FL. 32533. All donations are tax deductible.

Pictured above: Submitted photo of “Miracle Man”, a 5 month old colt rescued by Panhandle Equine Rescue. Click the photo to enlarge.

WARNING: Some readers may find the enlarged photo to be disturbing.

This is a follow up to a story first reported on January 31.

Century And Flomaton Chambers Hand Out Annual Awards At Banquet

February 26, 2008

The annual Flomaton and Century Joint Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet was held Tuesday night in Flomaton, Alabama. Multiple awards, including Outstanding Citizens of the Year for each town, were given. Scroll down the page for photos of each winner along with a description of their award.


Jerry Fischer, pictured center above, was named the Century Outstanding Citizen of the Year. He served 24 years as a town councilman. He has been active with the Century Recreation Association, the Lions Club, the cleaning of Escambia River, the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society and much more.


Mr. and Mrs. John Folsom, pictured above, were named the Flomaton Outstanding Citizens of the Year.


Terri Sanders and her Country Bumpkin were named the Century Outstanding Business of the Year. The Country Bumpkin began as a small craft shop in 1991. It closed 10 years later in 2001 when Sanders decided to walk the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine to raise funds for the Rotary International PolioPlus Program. Her walked raised over $5,000 for the program. She returned to Century and the Country Bumpkin, opening the Tea Room inside the business. It served items such as homemade fudge, fresh baked goods and hand-dipped ice cream. She is active in the Tri City Rotary Club, the Health and Hope Clinic in Pensacola and the American Red Cross. Pictured above: Sanders receives her award from Benny Barnes of the Century Chamber.


Brantley Contractors were named the Flomaton Outstanding Business of the Year. Pictured above: Helen, Joe and Dave Brantley receive their award from Larry White (second from left).


Jessica Born, pictured above, was name the Century Outstanding Student of the Year. The Northview High School student is currently dual-enrolled at Pensacola Junior College.


Tara Brown from Flomaton High School was named the Flomaton Outstanding Student of the Year. Pictured above: Brown receives her award from Bo Brantley.

Molino Highway 97 Accident Injures Two Tuesday AM

February 26, 2008


Two people were injured in a two vehicle accident on Highway 97 just north of the Dixie Feed Store in Molino Tuesday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Elisha J. Tyler, 50, of Molino and Tina M. Vickery, 53, of Cantonment were seriously injured in the crash. They were transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Lifeflight was originally called to the scene, but was unable to respond due to weather. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate both drivers.

The accident happened just before 8:00 about a tenth of a mile north of Abromovich Lane. Witnesses and the FHP say that Tyler’s vehicle was headed southbound on Highway 97 when she hit standing water in the roadway and spun across into the wrong lane. Tyler’s vehicle, visibly crushed over halfway into the middle, landed on its side off the highway after being struck by Vickery’s northbound vehicle. Witnesses say it was raining heavily at the time of the crash.

Vickery was in a car belonging to the Escambia County School system.

Charges are pending, according to the FHP. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

For more exclusive pictures from the accident scene, click here.

Pictured above: The van involved in Tuesday morning’s Highway 97 accident in Molino. Pictured below: the car involved in the accident. exclusive photos. Click to enlarge.


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