Year In Review North Escambia’s Biggest Stories Of 2008: May

December 31, 2008

NorthEscambia.com is looking back at 2008 with our “Year in Review” series. Each day, we will review the biggest stories of 2008. Today, we take a look at the biggest stories of May 2008.

NorthEscambia.com was the first to report that the Escambia County School Board was considering closing Carver/Century K-8 School. We had complete coverage, with stories here, here, here, here and here..

Escambia County’s top leaders held a public meeting in Molino to discuss department consolidation and budget cuts. Read more…

A wild spring storm caused major damage to homes in McDavid (pictured above). Read more…

The discussion to unify the county’s volunteer fire departments continued, with leaders meeting with the Walnut Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Read more..

The building occupied by Helicopter Technologies in the Century Industrial Park was listed for sale for $1.75 million, and that had one Century councilman upset. Read more..

Carver/Century K-8 held a celebrated huge FCAT gains. Read more…

The Class of 2008 graduated from Northview High School in late May. Read more…

Angel Mitchell was crowned Junior Miss Ernest Ward Middle School. Read more…

Escambia School Superintendent Jim Paul and his top staff met with Carver/Century supporters to discuss the school’s future. NorthEscambia.com was the only media at the meeting. Read more…

The annual Escambia County Farm Tour took to the roads of North Escambia. Over 100 county, city and state leaders joined leaders from the agricultural community on a tour of farm locations across the area. Read more…

Ernest Ward Middle School named their cheerleading squad for 2008-2009. Read more…

Brianna Parker was crowned 2008 Baseball Queen for the Northwest Escambia Little League. Read more…

The North Pensacola Relay for Life was held the first weekend of May at Tate High School. The goal for the annual relay event was $97,000, but it actually brought in $111,000. North Escambia teams in the event included Molino Park Elementary School and Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Read more… Students at Molino Park Elementary held a storybook character wagon parade to celebrate a successful Relay for Life campaign. Read more and see the photos..

Dozens of people representing numerous churches gathered in Molino to pray on the National Day of Prayer. “We pray for a special sense of You here in Molino, Lord,” Pastor Bryan Calhoun of Highland Baptist Church prayed. “We pray for revival here in Molino, and we pray that it would spread to Pensacola and around the world.” About a dozen different churches were represented at the service. Read more….

Dozens of disabled people fished around Chester Jantz’s Walnut Hill catfish pond in the Pen Wheels Fiesta of Five Flags 34th Annual Fishing Rodeo. A thunderstorm put an early end to the fishing. Read more…

A dedication ceremony was held the first Saturday of May for the Leaning Post Ranch in Molino, a state-licensed facility and prevention program for developmentally disabled and at-risk young people. The facility was established in 1992 by Fran and Newman Gersin. They started with one horse, and a dream to use that horse to encourage kids and keep them off drugs. Read more…

Over 100 Century residents came gathered to pray as the mayor turned the key to the town over to God. Much of the prayer centered around saving Carver/Century School, and on saving the town. Read more..

The Northview Senior Play “Our Town” was presented by the Class of 2008. There were 22 cast members in Northview’s production of Thorton Wilder’s classic play. Read more…

Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church held a mother-daughter banquet. Read more…

Molino Park Elementary School help their annual Field Day. Read more…

The Minority Culture Club at Northview High School hit I-10 and took a trip to Tallahassee. Read more…

The Century Town Council discussed a $3,000 sewer bill they said resident Leola Robinson owed, and tempers almost flared. Read more…

Incoming sixth graders at Ernest Ward Middle School got a sneak peek at middle school with an open house at the school. Read more…

FCAT scores released by the state showed that Bratt Elementary school fourth graders scored among the best in the county in the recent FCAT Writing+ Essay test,with 85 percent of them scoring at grade level or above. Read more… The scores also showed that Carver/Century students had the worst scores in the county. Read more…

Gas prices continued to rise, hitting $3.64 a gallon. Read more…

The Northview High School Tribal Beat Marching Band held its first ever NHS Band Banquet in May with an emphasis on fun. Read more…

Northview High School’s FFA held their annual banquet, an especially emotional one for FFA sponsor Perry Byars. After four years in the NHS FFA, his daughter was about to graduate and leave the program. Read more…

Carver/Century K-8 held their annual Field Day. Read more…

The Atmore Rotary Club recognized an outstanding group of area high school students as Academic All-Stars, including about three dozen Northview High School students. Read more…

Bratt Elementary School students spent a “Day With the Arts”. Read more…

An alcohol-related one vehicle accident in Century shut down Highway 29 for several hours and left the north part of the town in the dark, while the Sheriff’’s Department helicopter searched from overhead. Read more….

Ernest Ward Middle and Northview High school bands held their annual Spring Concert at Northview. Read more…

Molino Park Elementary held their annual Spring Carnival. Read more…

Many Century residents attended an Escambia County School Board meeting in support of keeping Carver/Century K-8 School open. Read more..

XII Gates, the youth band from the First Baptist Church Bratt, took to the stage for a free outdoor contemporary Christian and Christian rock concert at the First Baptist Church of Flomaton for “Rock the Block”. Read more…

An investigative report from NorthEscambia.com found that most children in the Carver/Century K-8 School district don’t actually attend the school. Read more…

On May 18, Northview High School held its Class of 2008 Baccalaureate Service. Read more…

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