Santa Rosa Jail Escapees Back Behind Bars After Tip

August 31, 2008

Two Santa Rosa County Jail escapees were captured this morning in Santa Rosa County.

Ricky Dale Spears, 43, and David Chapell Dixon, 20, were captured after a tip that the two were at a home in Berrydale.

When the SWAT team arrived, the two tried to escape into some nearby woods but were quickly taken into custody.

The were taken back to the Santa Rosa County Jail.

They escaped on July 26. Spears was  in jail on charges that included kidnapping and aggravated battery.   Dixon was in jail on charges that included armed robbery, aggravated battery and a escape.

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Escambia To Hold Emergency Meeting Today About Gustav

August 31, 2008

The Escambia County Commission will hold a special emergency meeting this morning at 10:00 to determine whether or not a local state of emergency should be declared due to Hurricane Gustav.

A declaration  of local state of emergency will allow the county to implement protective actions if needed. The meeting will be held at the Public Safety Building, 6575 North “W” Street.

A county press release says officials are monitoring Gustav. There are no evacuations or protective actions at this time. The public will be advised as soon as any decisions are made. We will have those updates here on

Wait And See For School Tuesday

August 31, 2008

The Escambia County School District is monitoring the progress of Gustav across the Gulf of Mexico.

School District spokesperson Ronnie Arnold said district personnel would be assigned to the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center, if it is activated, to monitor the hurricane.

Information about school on Tuesday will be relayed to school district employees by email and to the public via news organizations such as

School is already out on Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

Molino, Byrneville Churches To Hold Singing Tonight

August 31, 2008

Churches in Byrneville and Molino will hold singings tonight.

The Beulah Chapel Assembly of God will have a signing beginning at 6:30 featuring the Harmonares. Everone is welcome. The church is located on Highway 4A in Byrneville.

Reconciled from Olive Baptist Church will be at a Fifth Sunday Night Singing this afternoon at 4:30 at Highland Baptist Church in Molino. The singing will be followed by covered dish supper at 5:30. The church is located on Highway 95A just south of Molino Road.

Molino VFD Responds To Fire

August 30, 2008

The Molino Volunteer Fire Department responded to an address in the 1100 block of Brickton Road Saturday night for a fire that was reportedly threatening a stucture.

The first fire units on the scene reported a large trash fire in the area. No structures were involved.

The fire was reported about 8:00.

Social Security Benefit Checks Arriving Early

August 30, 2008

The Social Security Administration announced that benefit checks are being delivered to Gulf Coast yesterday and today, before the arrival of Gustav and ahead of the regular payment date. Nearly 400,000 people in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida will receive their Social Security checks August 29th and 30th, rather than on September 3rd, the regularly scheduled payment day. The early delivery includes North Escambia.

“It is critically important to get Social Security payments to people all along the Gulf Coast,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. “Delivering these checks early to residents from Texas to Florida eliminates one concern people might have as they prepare for the storm. As beneficiaries take steps to ensure their own safety, this is one step we can take to help them in a difficult time. In the future, beneficiaries should be mindful that Direct Deposit is a more secure and convenient way to receive payments, particularly when natural disasters strike.”

Social Security has worked closely with the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of the Treasury to make the early delivery of checks possible. People living in areas with the following first three digits in their zip codes will receive early delivery:

Alabama 364-366
Florida 323-325
Louisiana 700-708
Mississippi 393-395
Texas 770-779 and 783-785

The Department of the Treasury, through the Federal Reserve, has requested that financial institutions in the Gulf Coast states honor the paper checks as well as consider making Direct Deposit payments available as early as Friday, August 29th.

Flomaton Going Country Tonight

August 30, 2008

Flomaton will go country tonight.

The Tri Cities Rotary Club, MK Farm and Rafter L Farm will present a Bull Riding Blowout with a live concert from up and coming Nashville stars Brad Caswell and Anna Garrett tonight.

Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the event starts at 8:00 p.m. at Highway 31 and Highway 113 in Flomaton, Alabama.

Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5 and kids under six are free. Concessions available; bring your lawnchairs.

Dance Ministry Tonight At New Life

August 30, 2008

New Life Baptist Church in Century will host an evening of worship with the “Untamed Fire Drama/Dance Ministry” from Trion, Georgia, tonight from  5:30 until 8:00 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, call Shannon at (251) 538-0722 or (850) 256-5696.

New Life Baptist Church is located in the old Century High School on Hecker Road.

Flomaton Blows Away Calhoun; The Two Escambias Fall

August 30, 2008


The Flomaton Hurricanes blew away Calhoun High School Friday night in the first game of the season. The end was not so good for the two Escambias, Escambia County High School and Escambia Academy, both lost.

The ‘Canes cruised too a 57-7 victory on Flomaton’s home turf.

The Hurricanes scored on a run byTony Ellis on the opening kickoff of the game. That touchdown was just one of many as the first quarter came to an end over a hour later.

The clock was set at four minutes for the second quarter. The score at halftime was 57-7.

By mutual agreement of both coaches, the third and fourth quarters were only three minutes long. The final score was 57-7.

Flomaton will be on the road to Covington County next Friday night to take on Red Level.

In other Escambia County, Alabama, action Friday night:

  • Patrician Academy 54, Escambia Academy 16
  • T.R. Miller 22, Escambia County 21

Florida schools, including Northview and Jay, begin play next Friday night.

Pictured above and below: Scenes from the Flomaton’s 57-7 season opening win Friday night against Calhoun. Photos courtesy Mike Newton Photography for




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