Robert Roscoe Helton

May 31, 2011

Robert Roscoe Helton, 87 of Atmore, died Sunday May 29, 2011, in Atmore. An Atmore native, he was a retired farmer, born on January 14, 1924, to the late William Robert and Ida Norwood Helton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Willodean Coon Helton.

He is survived by four Sons: Jacky Helton, Michael Helton and wife, Brenda J. Rodney Helton all of Atmore, Mark Helton of Pensacola; a sister, Ernestine Miller of Mobile;
eight grandchildren, Julia Helton Lee and husband Jackie, Jason Helton, Jaclyn Swift, Michelle Helton Shue and husband, Bruce, Stephanie Baggett and husband Doug, Brandy Helton, David Helton and wife, Tricia, and Rebekah Helton Bell, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funderal services will be Wednesday June 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Atmore with Bro. Arnold Hendrix officiating and Bro. Bobby Davis assisting. Interment will follow in McCullough Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jackson Smith, Adam Respress, David Helton, Jeremy Lisenby, Gereld Steege, Bruce Shue and Jackie Lee.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Davis, Bill Hendrix, Raymond Jerkins, Gary Purris, Haskell Dunn, John Spier, Bill Spier, Jack Ward, Homer Nix, Clyde Helton, Pete Helton, Byron Vaughn, Jerry McElhaney and Albert Singleton.

Family will receive friends Tuesday evening May 31, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Atmore from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home, Inc. in Atmore is in charge of all arrangements.

Bratt Students Honored For High FCAT Writing Scores

May 31, 2011

A dozen Bratt Elementary students were recognized recently for their performance on the Florida Writes FCAT test.

Students recognized for scoring a perfect “6″ were  Ann-Margaret Boothe and Delaney Reynolds. Scoring a “5″ were Tanner Deese, Madison Sherouse, Kaitlin Berry, Noah Moore, Memory Peebles, Matthew Windham, Catherine Casey, Cailee Wilburn, Isaak Armstrong and Cameron Long.

Pictured above: (front, L-R) Delaney Reynolds, Ann-Margaret Boothe, Kaitliin Berry, Madison Sherouse, (back, L-R)  Tanner Deese, Noah Moore, Cameron Long, (hidden from view) Isaak Armstrong, Cailee Wilburn, Catherine Casey, Matthew Windham and Memory Peebles. photo, click to enlarge.

Jack Moore

May 31, 2011

Jack Moore, age 74 of Cantonment, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, May 28, 2011.

William Jackie Moore is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beth; his three daughters and sons-in-law, Monica Barnard and husband William H., Marian Barbon and husband Tim, and Micki Baumert and husband Keaton; his five grandchildren, Valerie Barbon, Bruce Barbon, Elizabeth Barnard, Keaton (KC) Baumert and John William Barnard; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lige and Myrtle Moore; his two brothers Fred and Donald Moore; and his three sisters, Barbara Holt, Bonnie Heaton, and Sally Miller.

Jack was born in Jay and called Pensacola his home. He was a charter member of Christ Community Baptist Church, a member of the West Pensacola Masonic Lodge 296, and a Hadji Shrine Director’s Staff member. He was dearly loved by his family and grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as “Grandsir”. He started his own construction company in 1971. The company, Jack Moore and Co., has been involved in the building of many land-marks within our community, including the Pensacola Civic Center and Jim Bailey Middle School.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pensacola Covenant Hospice or the Shriner’s Transportation fund.

The family will receive friends at a visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011, and funeral services begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North. Graveside services will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

Motorcyclist Injured In Monday Hwy 29 Crash

May 30, 2011

A Cantonment man was injured in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon in McDavid.

The accident happened on Highway 29 near Bogia Road just after 4 p.m. when Randall K. McGilberry, 57, of Cantonment lost control and collided with a guardrail. McGilberry was transported to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola by LifeFlight. He was reportedly suffering from a severe arm injury.

The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol; further details were not immediately available. The McDavid Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, Atmore Ambulance and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the accident.

Memorial Service This Evening In Jay

May 30, 2011

A Memorial Day Service will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Mount Carmel Methodist Church in Jay.

The service will give tribute to fallen heroes and loved ones with music and special military ceremonies. The event is sponsored by the Jay Historical Society.

Greater Love Hath No Man: New Monument Honors Those That Served

May 30, 2011

A new monument was dedicated on Memorial Day Monday that honors veterans from across the area.

The new Veterans Memorial in Atmore stands proudly on the lawn of the Atmore City Hall to pay tribute to those have served from around Atmore and North Escambia. Names of the fallen are on the spire, while commemorative bricks around the base of the spire name those that have served in the military past and present.

Those honored on the bricks date back to the Revolutionary War with a brick with the name of Benjamin Sasser, 1755-1840. His relative, Federick Sasser, 1794-1846, is also honored for his service in the War of 1812.

For more photos of the monument, including photos that show each name inscribed, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Photos: Northview Class Of 2011 Holds Baccalaureate Services

May 30, 2011

The Northview High School Class of 2011 held thei Baccalaureate service Sunday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Bratt.

“Stay on track during this time of transition,” Nathan Brown, pastor of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church, told the seniors. “No matter where you go, where you find yourself, remember the promises of God.”

About 300 people attended the service.

For more photos from the Baccalaureate service, click here.

Graduation for the Northview High School Class of 2011 will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 4 at the school.

Picture top: Jansen Bodiford, right, plays the guitar as the Northview Senior Ensemble sings “Our God” during a Sunday afternoon Baccalaureate service. Pictured inset: Senior Kara Hardin reads scripture during the service. photos, click to enlarge.

Sunny And Hot Pattern Continues

May 30, 2011

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

  • Memorial Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Slight chance of a scattered shower. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.
  • Monday Night: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 67. South wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm.
  • Tuesday: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 10 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 96. North wind around 5 mph becoming east.
  • Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 5 mph becoming northwest.
  • Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast.
  • Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
  • Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 69.
  • Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
  • Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
  • Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Discarded Gulf Power Concrete Becoming Gulf Reef

May 30, 2011

Almost 300 tons of concrete and aluminum donated by Gulf Power could soon be teeming with sea life.

The electric utility is providing the retired materials to help make an artificial reef about 2 miles south of Pensacola Beach in 60 feet of water near the Three Barges site. The Escambia County Marine Recreational Committee will sink the materials sometime next year.

The 66 concrete sections — covers for underground electrical equipment — weigh about 9,000 pounds each and will serve as a foundation for the public reef, which will include concrete culverts from the county.

“Concrete, steel and aluminum are great for reef-building — and this material would have otherwise been discarded,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power spokesperson. “The fish and sea life love this stuff — it will be a boon to fishing and diving.”

The covers, made of 13-inch thick concrete with aluminum hatches, are being replaced with newer lids that will provide better access for Gulf Power technicians working on the underground electric equipment.

Artificial reefs provide crucial habitat for fish and create fishing and diving sites. The goals of the Artificial Reef program include enhancing the sandy seafloor to create habitat and increase marine life.

Gulf Power helped create another artificial reef in 1992 when it donated 35 tons of metal discarded from substations. The “Gulf Power Towers” are still a popular dive and fishing location today.

Pictured: Alan Steele, special projects supervisor with Gulf Power, stands with a portion of the concrete and aluminum lids the company is donating to Escambia County Marine Recreational Committee to be used as foundation for an artificial reef. Concrete culverts will cover the lids once deployed on the sea floor. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Math Teachers Of The Year Named

May 30, 2011

The Escambia County Council of Teacher of Mathematics have named their Mathematics Educators of the Year for 2010-2011. These teachers were honored at their schools.

Mathematics Educators of the Year include:

Yvonne Hurd
Brentwood Elementary School
Elementary School Division

Deborah Robertson
Ransom Middle School
Middle School Division

Marjorie Stradley
West Florida High School of Advanced Technology
High School Division

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