Pensacola NAS Commanding Officer Removed From Command

February 27, 2010

The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Capt. William P. Reavey, has been temporarily removed from his position by Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, pending the results of an inquiry into inappropriate conduct.

Cmdr. Greg A. Thomas, the base executive officer, will serve as acting commanding officer until completion of the inquiry.

Reavey, 51, of Manchester, Conn., entered the Navy in 1984 and took command of NAS Pensacola in June 2008.

Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Offered Saturday In Jay

February 27, 2010

The Santa Rosa County Health Department will offer the H1N1 vaccine to the public at a “Drive-Thru to Fight the Flu” Saturday in Jay, Pace and Navarre.

The injectable vaccine and flu mist will be available to persons over age 10 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will take place at three locations from 9 a.m. until noon:

  • United Bank, 14038 Alabama Street, Jay
  • Regions Bank, 4612 U.S. 90, Pace
  • Navarre United Methodist Church, 9474 U.S. 98, Navarre

For more information, contact the health department at (850) 983-5200 ext. 308 or visit

Santa Rosa County Health Department officials says the number of flu cases in the county are currently on the rise, and it is not too late to be vaccinated.

Blood Drive Today At Fran’s In Molino

February 27, 2010

The Northwest Florida Blood Center will hold a blood drive today from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Fran’s Diner in Molino.

There is an urgent need for all blood types.

Requirements for giving blood are below.

* Donors must be in generally good health
* At least 17 years of age, without permission. 16-year olds are now allowed to donate with permission granted by parents or legal guardians. See our home page for full details or click on the below link for a permission form:
* Must bring picture ID
* Weigh at least 110 lbs
* Free of infection, fever or flu symptoms, for 3 days
* No cancer within the last 5 years
* No antibiotics within the last 48 hours
* No tattoos within the past 12 months
* No chest pain, heart disease, heart surgery (Requires written physician release with diagnosis)
* No history of viral hepatitis
* Additional FDA Restrictions effective May 31, 2002:
* Cannot have lived in France for 5 years or more between 1980 and the present
* Cannot have lived or visited in the UK for a total of 3 months or more from 1980 to 1996
* Cannot have received a blood transfusion in the UK between 1980 and the present
* Military personnel (current and former), and their dependents, who spent time in military bases in northern Europe during 1980-1990, or southern Europe during 1980-1996, for 6 months or more
* All military personnel (active & reserve) that are returning from Iraq, are deferred for a period of 1 year after the last date on location in that country.

Annual Ruritan Farm Equipment Auction Going On Now

February 27, 2010


The annual Walnut Hill Ruritan Club Farm Equipment Auction is going on today.

The auction includes not only farm equipment, but household items like tools and small equipment, lawn and garden items and more. Sellers can register their items prior to the start of the sale on Saturday morning.

Concessions will be available all day from the Ruritan Club.

Last year, over 200 buyers registered for the annual sale.

For more information, call 327-4479 or 327-4318.

The auction started at 9:30 a.m. this morning at the Walnut Hill Community Center on Highway 97.

Pictured above: Hundreds attended the annual Walnut Hill Ruritan Club farm equipment auction last year.  file  photo, click to enlarge.

‘Golden Cow Dung Award’ Presented To Ernest Ward Teacher

February 27, 2010


Ernest Ward Middle School Family & Consumer Science teacher Kathy Ellis received the second annual “Golden Cow Dung Award” by members of the Ernest Ward FFA. The award featured a large piece of cow dung, painted a golden color.

(Cow dung, in case you did not know, is what you are probably thinking it is. It’s that natural byproduct that cows drop in the field.)

Ellis received the award from the school’s FFA members as a “thank you” for supporting FFA.

Friday wrapped up National FFA Week at Ernest Ward. “Lead Out Loud” was the theme of National FFA Week this year as more than half a million members around the nation participated  in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.

EWMS FFA sponsor Cynthia Wilson said the group wanted to thank Ellis for her continued support of the organization. She also said she wanted to thank the area farmers and other member of the agricultural community that support the FFA.

Pictured above: (L-R) Anna Donald, FFA vice-president; Jerah Parker, sentinal; Kathy Ellis, winner of the “Golden Cow Dung Award”; Courtney Solari, president; Courtney Jones, secretary;  Layne Purvis, chaplain; Jeremy Stacey, reporter;  Cindy Wilson, advisor.  Pictured below: Ellis with her golden award. photos, click to enlarge.


Lonnie Reynolds

February 26, 2010

Mr. Lonnie Reynolds, 89, a resident of Greenville, AL, died Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at Crowne Health Care of Greenville, AL. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the chapel of Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Coker officiating. Burial will be in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery with Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home. Mr. Reynolds was preceded in death by his daughter, Nelda Kate Reynolds and brother, Mr. Floyd Reynolds. He is survived by his wife, Katie Reynolds of Greenville, AL, daughter, Kathy R. Starr (Jack) of Caledonia, MS, son, Pat Reynolds (Willene) of Greenville, AL, 2 grandchildren, William Reynolds of Walnut Hill, FL, and Christy Shivers, of Smyrna, TN, 4 great-grandchildren, Ashley Scott, Matthew Shivers, Bethany Reynolds, Delaney Reynolds, brothers, Eric Reynolds of Montgomery, AL, Lamon Reynolds of Wilmington, Ohio, Travis Reynolds of Tallahassee, FL, nieces and nephews.

Change To NHS Saturday Baseball Schedule; Hit-A-Thon Coming Up

February 26, 2010

The Northview baseball schedule for Saturday has been changed, and the school’s annual Hit-A-Thon fundraiser has been scheduled.

On Saturday, Northview’s varsity baseball team will play one game at Pensacola High School beginning at 10 a.m. Then, they will play one game at Washington High beginning at 5 p.m.

Northview’s JV and varsity baseball teams will hold their annual Hit-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, March 5 beginning at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available during the annual hitting event. Admission is free.

Northview Lady Chiefs, JV Lady Chiefs Remain Undefeated

February 26, 2010

nhssoft.jpgThe Northview Lady Chiefs improved to a perfect 5-0 Thursday as they shutout Freeport in Bratt.

Northview slammed Freeport 14-0.

Ashley Digmon was 3-2 with three RBI’s, and Shawna Montgomery had two RBI’s as she went 2-4.  Misty Doran had four RBI’s, while Emily Vickery had one. Kolbi Cobb also had an RBI.

Doran pitched five for Northview with nine strikeouts.

The Chiefs hit their way to an easy win, leading 7-0 at the end of the first inning and kept on going with two in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth.

The Lady Chiefs will be take on Freeport again Friday night with a road trip.

Northview 2 Freeport 1 (JV)

The JV Lady Chiefs softball team defeated Freeport Tuesday afternoon by a score of 2-1.

Northview was led by Shaquanna Jones who pitched a no-hitter for five innings allowing only one run and striking out eight Freeport batters.

Lauren McCall and Taylor Byrd both scored in the bottom of the first inning for the only Northview runs. Shaquanna Jones and Morgan Payne had hits for the Lady Chiefs. With this victory the Northview Lady Chiefs are now 4-0 for the season. The next game for the JV is at Freeport Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

Escambia Consolidation Effort Officially Ruled Dead

February 26, 2010

Governmental consolidation in Escambia County has been pronounced dead.

consolidationdead.jpgThe local legislative delegation failed Monday night to send the Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission plan toward a referendum or delay action until 2012. That effectively killed consolidation, but Rep. Clay Ford, chairmen of the legislative delegation, technically had until 5 p.m. Friday to gather members for another vote and submit the bill in the Legislature.

“But now it is dead,” Rep. Clay Ford told moments before 5 p.m. Thursday. “If we were going to meet again, we needed to give the public reasonable notice so people would have a chance to attend the meeting. I set the arbitrary deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday.”

He did not call the meeting, he said, because none of the members were willing to budge from their Monday positions for or against consolidation.

“We would have needed some movement, some momentum on the part of one member,” he said. “I can’t get anybody to tell me that they will change their position.”

On Monday, Rep. Greg Evers and and Ford voted to give the Consolidation Commission until 2011 to rework their document, but that motion failed with Sen. Don Gaetz and Rep. Dave Murzin against. A motion to send the plan forward to the legislature this year also failed, with  with Gaetz and Ford for, and Evers and Murzin against. The fifth member of the delegation, Sen. Durell Peaden, was unable to attend Monday’s meeting and expressed to Ford that he was not willing to attend another meeting.

“I’m disappointed that we can’t find a position where we can agree on this,” Ford said.

clayford.jpgFord placed a portion of the blame for consolidation’s death on the Consolidation Commission, specifically Chairman Ken Bell. The commission dissolved shortly after drafting their final plan in January. According to their legislative mandate, the commission could have remained intact until summer.

Evers’ motion Monday night to extend the life of the Consolidation Study Commission until November 2011 –if half the meetings were held outside of Pensacola and 25 percent were held north of Nine Mile Road — drew a response from Ken Bell, who chaired the consolidation committee. He told the legislators that he felt the members of the now dissolved committee would not be willing to reconvene.

“He (Bell) drew a line in the sand,” Ford said. “They could have worked to smooth out the rough spots, but they decided not to do so.”

“It just hit the end,” Ford said Thursday as the clock approached the five o’clock mark. “It’s dead.”

Man Robbed At Gunpoint

February 26, 2010

An 18-year old Century man is recovering after being injured as he was allegedly robbed at gunpoint Thursday.

The victim told Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he was in the yard of home in the 100 block of Zion Street talking to the suspect in the case. That’s when the suspect asked to borrow a dollar from the victim, and the victim agreed. The suspect then reportedly walked into a trailer, returned outside and told the victim “Give it up”.

deputycar10.jpgThe victim said that he remembered being hit in the head with the gun and hearing gunfire, but he did not think he had been shot. The victim them walked to the nearby Dollar General store on nearby North Century Boulevard. That’s where he located his aunt. The aunt transported the victim to his home in the 200 block of East Hecker Road and called 911. The victim was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment of a head injury.

The suspect was able to steal a sum of money much greater than the $1, according to the report.  The suspect and the victim were reportedly known to each other.

According to the sheriff’s office incident report, the victim was treated for a laceration to his head that was not the result of being shot.

Deputies David Preston and Scott Mashburn, according to the incident report, were unable to locate the suspect or any witnesses.

The Sheriff’s Office is in the progress of having a warrant issued for the arrest of the suspect. It is expected that he will be charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and robbery with a firearm.

The incident is still under investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

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