Century Man Dies In Pensacola Area Wreck Early Sunday Morning

September 28, 2008

frankreedercrash.gifA Century man died in a early Sunday morning accident near Beulah.

Grover Barnes, Jr., 65, of Century died in the accident at 4:35 Sunday morning on Highway 99 at Frank Reeder Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say Barnes was southbound on Highway 99 (Beulah Road) when his 2004 Ford pickup left the roadway on the west shoulder of the intersection. He then struck two mailboxes and crossed both lanes of Highway 99 before entering the north shoulder and striking a tree.

Barnes was pronouced dead at the scene by Escambia County EMS.

Barnes was known around the area for his usual attire of a cowboy hats and boots. He was a retired Texas cattleman that often sang country music.

He was a former employee of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, having worked in the garage.  He had also worked as a Florida Highway Patrol trooper and a FDOT, Florida Department of Transporation, officer.

The accident is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Highway 99 and Frank Reeder Road intersection is between Interstate 10 and West Nine Mile Road.

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Last Day To Register To Vote Approaching Fast

September 28, 2008

The last day to register to vote for the November 4 general election is fast approaching; the deadline is Monday, October 6.

Florida law mandates that registration books close 29 days before an election. New registrations nd party changes must be completed on or before October 6th in order for them to be effective or the November 4 election. Updates to a voter’s address, name, and signature are permitted after the book closing deadline.

Escambia County citizens have several ways to register or update their record:

Online/By Mail: Visit www.EscambiaVotes.com and complete, print, and sign the online application. Be sure to include a valid Florida Driver’s License number, a valid Florida ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number in the appropriate space. Mail the ompleted application no later than October 6th to: Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, PO Box 12601, Pensacola, FL 32591-2601. Or, take the completed application to the Elections ffice at 213 Palafox Place, 2nd Floor, in downtown Pensacola. Or, call (595-3900) or e-mail the Elections Office (soe@escambiavotes.com) to have a form mailed to you.
In Person: You can register at the Elections Office at 213 Palafox Place, 2nd Floor, in owntown Pensacola, at any Florida Driver’s License Office, and several other governmental ffices and public assistance centers. Registration forms are also available to pick up at many locations countywide. For a complete list of locations throughout Escambia County, visit ww.EscambiaVotes.com or call or e-mail the Elections Office.

NWE Eagles Beat East Milton…Three Times

September 28, 2008


It was three games and three wins for Northwest Escambia Football Saturday against East Milton.

The NWE Mini-mite Eagles beat East Milton 19-6. The Eagles Mites shutout the Jaguars 32-0; and the Eagle midgets got past the Jags 31-26.

For a complete photo gallery from all three games, click here.

Mini-mites: NWE 19 East Milton 6

It was the first win of the season Saturday for the Eagle’s mini-mite team. Hunter Edwards scored two touchdowns with an extra point.

The East Milton Jaguars did not get on the board until 2:03 left in the game on a 60-plus yard run. Their extra point attempt was good, 12-7 with 2:03 to go.

The last Eagle touchdown of the game came on a Chase Gifford dive into the end zone with 1.4 seconds to go in the game to give the Eagles a 19-7 win.

Mites: NWE 32 East Milton 0

The Eagle Mites hit the end zone just under two minutes into their game against the East Milton Jaguars. Luke Ward scored with 6:14 in the first. A missed kick, and the Eagles were up 6-0.

About four minutes later, still in the first, Andrew Edwards had a touchdown run. The kick was good, giving NWE at 14-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

A Devon Stabler touchdown with 4:40 on the clock in the second increased the NWE Eagle lead to 20-0.

Chasen Freeman added another TD for Northwest Escambia with 3:19 in the second when he picked up a Jag fumble about 35 yards for another six, 26-0.

Zachary Payne added another touchdown for the NWE Eagles, for a 32-0 win over East Milton.

Midgets: NWE 31 East Milton 26

The NWE Midgets beat East Milton 32-16 for a hard fought victory Saturday in Walnut Hill.

The Eagles were up 23-6 at the half.

A Dalton Daniels  touchdown and a good kick increased the Eagle lead to 31-6 with 4:12 to go in the third.

But East Milton would attempt a comeback in the fourth. Just 22 seconds into the quarter, East Milton scored and added an extra point to make the score 31-13.

The Eagles held their ground, until the Jaguars scored twice in the last minute of the matchup.

With 59.3 seconds on the clock, East Milton closed the gap with a TD and extra point to make the score 31-20.

Then, with no time on the clock, a 37 yard pass and run got in another half dozen points for the Jags for the final score of 31 to 26.

Next week, the Eagles travel to meet the Bellview Gold team in district action in Pensacola. The mini-mites lead off at 9:30. The mites play at 12:30, and the midgets take the field at 3:30.

Special thanks to Wendy Aliff who contributed to this article.

Pictured above: Chase Gifford dives for  a touchdown for the NWE Mini-Mite Eagles with 1.2 seconds to go in their game against East Milton Saturday. Pictured below: Andrew Edward scores for the NWE Eagles in Mite action against East Milton. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


Sunday Was World Rabies Day

September 28, 2008

Sunday was World Rabies Day, and the Escambia County Health Department has prevention tips for you.

Many wild animals such as raccoons, foxes, bats, and skunks can carry the rabies virus. It is important this time of year to take precautions to prevent rabies to protect yourself, your family and your pets, according to the health department.

The Escambia County Health Department offers the following tips:

  • Make sure your pets get and stay vaccinated
  • Don’t allow your pets to run free
  • Make sure your garbage is securely covered
  • Don’t feed pets outside
  • Enjoy wild animals from a distance
  • Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals
  • Show children how to stand still like a tree, “BE a TREE”, if they are approached by wild or stray animals

For more information about rabies in our area, visit the Florida Department Health’s rabies information page by clicking here.

Teams Get Ready For The 2009 Relay For Life

September 28, 2008


An Early Bird Registration for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was held Saturday, with five teams signing up for next year’s Century Relay.

Byrneville Elementary School, the Century Branch Library, Critter Caregivers, Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church and NorthEscambia.com are all early bird registrants for next year’s Relay for Life.
It’s not too late to register for Relay for Life…teams interested in registering their team for Century’s Relay can still visit the Century Relay for Life website at www.CenturyRelay.com and click “Sign Up” in the left column.

“We would like to encourage people around Walnut Hill and Bratt to register teams for Relay,” Jernigan said. Century’s Relay event, scheduled for April 25-26 is the the closest American Cancer Society Relay event in Florida for residents in Walnut Hill, Bratt and McDavid.

Century’s Relay for Life is also looking for cancer survivors and caregivers to honor at next year’s events. Cancer survivors and caregivers can register online at www.CenturyRelay.com.

Information about cancer, treatments and the American Cancer Society were also available during Saturday’s Early Bird Registration.

The domain www.CenturyRelay.com is provided as a public service by NorthEscambia.com.

Pictured above: Teresa Watford (left) registers the Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church Relay for Life team Saturday at early bird registration day at the Century Whataburger. Event chairperson Paula Jernigan (right) was on hand to take registration information.  NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

Two People Dead In Murder-Suicide At Atmore Store

September 27, 2008


(Updated) A relationship gone bad ended with a murder-suicide Friday morning at an Atmore discount store, a day after authorities responded to domestic dispute at the couple’s home.

justinshardae.jpgAtmore Police say Justin Tyshawn Clark, 22,  entered Hudson’s Dirt Cheap just before 11:00 Friday morning to speak to his girlfriend and mother of his two children, Raphia Shardae Arnold, 21. A Dirt Cheap manager asked him to leave because she was working, police say. He exited the store and returned seconds later and requested that another cashier give him change for a $100 bill so he could give Arnold money to buy clothes for the children. Clark and Arnold are pictured left in this undated photo.

At that point, Clark then fired one shot, hitting Arnold in the head. He then shot himself in the head.

An Atmore police officer, Sgt. Darrell Holsonback, was outside the store as the shootings occurred. He had stopped near Arnold’s vehicle outside the store because it was parked in a fire lane. While he was exiting his patrol car, he heard gunshots inside the store.

Inside the store, he found Arnold lying on the floor near the front door with a gunshot wound to the head. Clark was found about 15 feet away between two checkout counters at front of the store with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives say she had told him on Thursday that their relationship was over, and officers were called to their home on a domestic dispute.

The dispute reportedly started after Clark took Arnold’s cell phone away from her and a friend called police. He returned the phone with a deputy present, and no report was filed. Arnold and Clark had two children together from their long term relationship. Arnold’s car, which was in the parking lot outside the store, had a personalized tag with their couple’s initials “SA-JC”.

Relatives say the couple’s two young children were with other relatives in Georgia at the time of the shooting.

Atmore Police recovered a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and two spent shell casings at the scene.

There were several customers and other employees in the store at the time of the shooting. One customer was transported to Atmore Community Hospital complaining of hearing problems from the gunshots.

Hudson’s Dirt Cheap is located in the Adams Plaza Shopping Center on Lindberg Avenue, next door to a popular Mexican restaurant. It is located about 700 yards north of North Escambia, Florida.

Counselors from the Southwest Alabama Department of Mental Health were called to the scene to counsel witnesses and co-workers.

Click here for a gallery of raw, unedited NorthEscambia.com photographs from the scene.

Pictured above: Two people died in an apparent murder-suicide at the Dirt Cheap Store in Atmore, Alabama, this morning. Pictured below: Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith and an unidentified Alabama State Trooper outside the Dirt Cheap Store as they talk to Investigator Chuck Brooks inside the Atmore store. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


Flomaton Blows Away Central-Hayneville 57-14

September 27, 2008

Flomaton blew past Central-Hayneville Friday night by Category 5 Hurricane margin, 57-14.

Neiko Robinson and A. J. Odam had a couple of touchdown runs each, and QB Denver Hawsey three for three TDs.

Robinson’s touchdown runs were 12 and five yards, and he also had a two point conversion. Odom scored with runs of seven and 24 yards, and he had a two point conversion.  Hawsey’s TD passes were 20 yards to Dominique Robinson and a 24-yarder to Allen Spears.

Nick Lewis had a 23 yard touchdown run, and Jesse Chavers picked up huge 74 yard kickoff return for six. Jesse Chavers had a safety for the Canes.

The Hurricanes (4-1) will be at home against Mobile Christian Friday night in Flomaton.

NHS Chiefs Beat Holmes County 34-19 In District Game

September 27, 2008


The Northview Chiefs picked up a big win Friday night in their first district game of the season, 34-19 over the Blue Devils of Holmes County.

Northview held a commanding 21-7 halftime lead on the road at Bonifay.

Senior Jay Jackson had an impressive night with 16 carries, 221 yards and three touchdowns…including a 74 yard touchdown pass. Jackson was seven for 13 passing against the Blue Devils.

Kevin Cottrell, a senior, returned a kickoff with an 81 yard touchdown run.

Junior Austin Reid had a dozen tackles for the Chiefs. Brian Long had 11 tackles; Cole Gandy had ten. Jake Clayton had eight tackles on the night.

The Chiefs are off next Friday night. They will be on the road again in two weeks in a district game against Baker.

For a photo gallery from the game, click here.

Pictured above: Northview beat Holmes County in Bonifay Friday night 34-19. Submitted photos by Heather Leonard for NorthEscambia.com.

Jay Shutout By Port St. Joe; Other Area Scores

September 27, 2008

The Jay Royals were shutout by Port St. Joe Friday night, 27-0.

Port St. Joe was on the board early with a three-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. By the second, Port St. Joe was up 20-0, including a interception that returned 58 yards for a touchdown.

Pine Forest 31 Tate 13

T.R. Miller 17 Clarke County 14

Wilcox Academy 34 Escambia Academy 20

Escambia County 25 Baldwin County 20

W.S. Neal 57 Calhoun 6

Video: Two People Dead Following Murder-Suicide In Atmore Dirt Cheap Store

September 27, 2008

NorthEscambia.com video from Friday’s murder-suicide at Dirt Cheap in Atmore, AL. Click the video to play.

For the complete story and a photo gallery from the scene, click here.

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