Northview, Jay Basketball Games Canceled

November 29, 2011

Tuesday’s scheduled basketball games between the Northview Chiefs and the Jay Royals were canceled — including both boys and girls varsity and junior varsity games — as the Chiefs prepare for football playoff action Friday night.

The games are expected to be rescheduled.

Morning Wreck Claims One Life

November 29, 2011

A Pensacola woman was killed in a single vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in Escambia County.

Jacquline Sussanne Parizo, 28, lost control of her 1991 Jeep Cherokee for an unknown reason while traveling south of Bauer Road near Sorrento Road about 3:45 a.m. She struck several trees before the vehicle overturned and large tree hit her windshield, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Parizo, who was alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

FHSAA Suspends Northview Quarterback Brandon Sheets

November 29, 2011

The Florida High School Athletic Association has suspended Northview Chiefs quarterback and safety Brandon Sheets from Friday night’s state semifinal game against Chipley. Northview High School is appealing that suspension to the FHSAA.

Sheets, a senior, was flagged twice in Friday night’s regional win over Freeport for what the officials said amounted to taunting.

The first flag came after a touchdown when Sheets stopped just across the goal line and dropped the ball near a Freeport defender. The second flag came on the next play. As a referee was explaining the flag to coach Sid Wheatley on the Chiefs’ sideline, Sheets ran back on the field to run the extra point play. That’s when Sheets allegedly mocked a referee by looking at him and clapping.

If Sheets’ suspension remains by the time kickoff comes Friday night in Bratt, junior Kevin Vaughan will be in his place.

Pictured top: Northview QB Brandon Sheets (#8, far right) runs the ball in for a touchdown that led to him being flagged for taunting last Friday night against Freeport. Pictured inset: A referee explains the flag to Northview Coach Sid Wheatley. photos, click to enlarge.

Four Busted After Convenience Store Burglary, Manhunt

November 29, 2011

Four people from Flomaton and McDavid were busted following an early morning convenience store burglary and subsequent manhunt in Alabama.

About 3 a.m. Saturday, the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office received a burglary in progress call from Anthony’s Country Store southeast of Brewton on Travis Road.  A witness called 911 and told deputies that they heard someone breaking into the store before giving chase.

A K-9 tracking team from Fountain Prison in Atmore located all four suspects nearby.

Courtney Wiggins, age 19 of McDavid; and 20-year old Devenick Thomas, 25-year old Alphonso Wesley, and 20-year old Daniel Woods, all from Flomaton, were each charged with burglary third degree, criminal mischief second degree, theft of property third degree, and third degree trespassing.  The four suspects were booked into the Escambia County (Ala.) Detention Center in Brewton.

Deputies said entry was made into the store and undisclosed items were taken. The case remains under investigation.

In addition to the Fountain Prison K-9 team, the Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Brewton and East Brewton police departments.

Light Freeze Possible Tonight

November 29, 2011

A light freeze is possible tonight for inland areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. North wind around 5 mph.
  • Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 57. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 28. North wind around 5 mph.
  • Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
  • Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 35. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Friday: Sunny, with a high near 65. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
  • Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 36. East wind around 5 mph.
  • Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66. East wind between 5 and 10 mph.
  • Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
  • Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
  • Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
  • Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Name The Northview Mascot; Order T-shirts; Pep Rally For Thursday

November 29, 2011

The Northview Chiefs will hold a community pep rally Thursday night, and the Chiefs are also looking for an official name for the school’s mascot.

Ashton Gibbs has served as the school’s mascot this year; however, the mascot character has never been given an official name. Name suggestions should be sent to The name will be announced as early as Thursday or Friday.

Northview High School is selling t-shirts in advance of the pep rally. The shirts will feature a team photo of the Northview Chiefs. Shirts can be pre-ordered by Wednesday for $10.70 by calling Teresa Johnson at (850) 327-6681 ext. 225.

The pep rally will take place from 6-6:30  p.m. Thursday in the school gym featuring the cheerleaders, dance team, mascot, band, color guard, majorettes and the 2011 Northview varsity Chiefs.  Prior to the pep rally, varsity players will sign 2011 Northview Chiefs t-shirts. Those that purchased a t-shirt on  may pick up the shirt and have it signed between 5-5:30 p.m. in the gym.

Noise makers are encouraged at both the pep rally and Friday night’s semifinal game against Chipley. Air horns and glass containers are not permitted.

Pre-sale tickets will be available Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the school. All tickets are $9 as set by the FHSAA.

Pictured: Ashton Gibbs as Northview’s yet to be named mascot at last Friday night’s game against Freeport. photo, click to enlarge.

Funeral Held For Gulf Coast Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

November 29, 2011

Funeral services were held Tuesday for a Gulf Coast soldier killed in Afghanistan on November 16.

The funeral for Army Pfc. Matthew Colin, 22, of Navarre was held at the Naval Aviation Memorial Chapel at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Burial followed at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Florida Governor Rick Scott ordered flags in Santa Rosa County and at the state capitol to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Colin.

Colin was killed on patrol by a roadside bomb near Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was a 2007 graduate of Navarre High School.

Numerous Shots Fired Near Pensacola State College

November 29, 2011

[Updated] Numerous shots were fired in what was believed to be a drug related incident Monday night near Pensacola State College.

Numerous bullet holes were found inside and outside apartments at the Arbor Club Apartments at 700 College Boulevard after the 6:30 shooting.

Pensacola Police Department investigators said they recovered a handgun and rifle, live rounds, spent shell casings, cocaine and marijuana during the investigation.

The investigation has revealed at least one person is believed to have started the incident and another eventually returned fire, said Detective Jon Thacker.

Numerous people have been interviewed and arrests are pending. One person – Jimmy Gilliams, 22, of 1260 Cheyenne Circle, Pensacola – was arrested after officers learned he had outstanding warrants with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

No injuries were reported, and Pensacola Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

Wednesday Last Chance For Property Tax Discount

November 29, 2011

Wednesday  is the last day to receive a four percent discount on real estate and tangible personal property taxes, according to  Escambia County Tax Collector Janet Holley.

Payments will receive the 4% discount if:

  • mailed with a postmark of November 30;
  • left in a 24-hour drop box available at any tax collector office by midnight November 30;
  • made on by midnight November 30; or
  • made by phone with credit card on a after-hours automated service at (800) 601‑1055 by midnight November 30 (convenience fee applies).

Drive thru service and 24-hour drop boxes are available at all locations.

To check the status of your taxes and pay online, visit For more information, call the tax collector’s office at (850) 438-6500, ext. 252.

Penny Delaine Morris Shivers

November 29, 2011

Mrs. Penny Delaine Morris Shivers, 41, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2011, at a Pensacola hospital.

Mrs. Shivers was a native of Andalusia, a resident of Flomaton for the past 18 years and attended the Unity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Morris.

Survivors include her husband Kenny Shivers of Flomaton; her son, Nikolas Shivers of Flomaton; her father, Robert Morris of Red Level, AL; a sister, Lynn M. and Michael Bush of Red Level; grandmother, Mamie H. Morris of Red Level; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roy and Geneva Shiver of Flomaton; a number of aunts and uncles; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Unity Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Pickern officiating. .

Burial will be Thursday, December 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the South Church of God Cemetery in Red Level.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 30, 2011, from 6-9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home in Atmore.

Pallbearers will be Larry Turman, Lamar Williamson, Stacey Williamson, Keith Williamson, Joey Turman and Chris Fuller.

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