Three Injured in Hwy 97, Hwy 29 Crash

September 29, 2012

Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 29 Saturday afternoon.

The wreck happened just after 1 p.m. and involved a Toyota Tundra and Chevrolet Impala.  At least one person was transported by ambulance to Pensacola hospital; none of the injuries were considered life threatening

The accident remains under investigation by the Floria Highway Patrol; further details have not been released.

The Molino, McDavid and Cantonment stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS, and he Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash. photos, click to enlarge.

Flomaton Man Critically Injured In Century Wreck

September 29, 2012

One person was critically injured in a single vehicle accident in Century overnight.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 27-year old Domingo Emisdio Flores-Ventura of Flomaton was southbound on Old Flomaton Road when he lost control of his Nissan Titan pickup truck and slammed into a tree at Cedar Street.

The wreck was discovered just after 6 a.m., but the accident apparently happened sometime during the early morning hours.

Flores-Ventura was airlifted by LifeFlight to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.

The Century, McDavid and Molino Stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, the Flomaton Fire Department and the Jay Fire Department were dispatched to the crash, along with Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Pictured: A Flomaton man was critically injured in this single vehicle accident in Century Saturday morning. Pictured bottom: The driver was airlifted from a nearby business to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. photos, click to enlarge.

Flomaton Celebrating Railroad Junction Day Today

September 29, 2012

Flomaton is celebrating  Railroad Junction Day today with a wide variety of free activities, demonstrations and entertainment  until 4 p.m.

Events are centered around downtown Flomaton. Over 30 vendors are taking part. There will also be a classic car show, historical talks at the library, model trains in the community center and much more.

The schedule of events is as follows:

9:00-4:00 — Turtle Point Science Center Open with Birds of Prey Show 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

9:00-4:00 — Flomaton Public Library Open – 50th Anniversary Celebration with refreshments and historical lectures by Jerry Fisher at 10:00 a.m. and Jerry Simmons at 1:00 p.m.

9:00-4:00 — Open House At Railroad Museum, Caboose, & Log Cabin

9:00-4:00 — Model Train Display at the Community Center

9:00-4:00 — Food Vendors, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Health Fair Vendors with blood pressure checks and health information, & CSX “Operation Life Saver”

9:00-4:00 — Classic Cars And Motorcycles at the Old Theater Parking Lot

9:30-10:00 — Chloe Shannell entertaining at the Gazebo

9:30, 10:30, 11:30, & 12:30 — Safety Demonstration by Southern Pine Elec. Co-op

10:00-10:30 — Theresa Bolton Brown at the Gazebo

10:00 — Jaws Of Life Demonstration by Flomaton Volunteer Fire Department

10:00 — Children’s Parade Line-Up at Flomaton Methodist Church parking lot

10:00 — Northwest Fla Bloodmobile (Auburn/Alabama Challenge) behind the Library

10:30-11:00 — Revelation Missionary Baptist Church Choir at the Gazebo

11:00-11:45 — Gospel Melodies at the Gazebo

12:00-12:30 — LEBC Youth Praise Band at the Gazebo

12:30-1:00 — Bethel A. F. & M. Church Choir at the Gazebo

1:00-1:45 — The Hendersons at the Gazebo

2:00 — Drawings for prizes

2:00-2:45 — Damascus & Fannie Baptist Church Choirs at the Gazebo

3:00-3:45 — “Elvis” at the Gazebo

4:00 — Closings And Announcements

Pictured top: Railroad Junction Day in Flomaton Saturday morning. photo, click to enlarge.

Wet Weekend Forecast

September 29, 2012

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

  • Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Numerous showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Numerous showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
  • Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Numerous showers and thunderstorms. Near steady temperature in the lower 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
  • Monday: Cloudy. Numerous showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 60 percent.
  • Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
  • Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
  • Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
  • Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
  • Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 60s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
  • Thursday: Mostly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
  • Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Gulf Breeze Downs Northview

September 29, 2012

The 1A Northview Chiefs were outsized, outnumbered and outscored Friday night as they took on the 5A Gulf Breeze Dolphins. The Dolphins defeated the Chiefs 44-20 in Gulf Breeze, but Northview head coach Sid Wheatley said his Chiefs were never really outdone.

“I appreciate the way our kids fought; they fought to the end. They were a good football team tonight.” he said.

In the end, the outright advantages for the Dolphins proved to be just a little too much for the Chiefs.

“They controlled the line of scrimmage. They are big, and they are physical too. We knew they were, and we knew that we had our hands full,” he said.

For a photo gallery, click here. (Band and cheerleader photos will be published on Sunday.)

The Northview Chiefs, ranked number one in the state in 1A, were the first to score with 10:11 on the clock in the first quarter. Stetson Nash returned an interception 40 yards and Kevin Vaughan split the uprights on the kick for a 7-0 lead for the Chiefs.

Gulf Breeze then scored in the first with a 10-yard run from Chandler Foxworth and a good kick, 7-7 headed into the second quarter.

The Dolphins increased their advantage to 21-7, but the Chiefs were not done in the first half. Northview made it 21-14 Gulf Breeze on a one yard touchdown from Roderick Woods and a good Vaughan kick headed into halftime.

Woods added a one-yard touchdown in the third. A missed kick from Vaughan left the Chiefs down by one, 21-20.

But the Dolphins found their momentum, cruising to a 44-20 win with touchdowns of 63 and 11 yards, a quarterback sack in the end zone and a recovered fumble in the end zone.

“I thought we fought; I don’t think we packed it in at all. We went 21-14 at half time and we nearly tied in the third quarter,” Wheatley said. “They got their momentum back, and we were not able to answer from there.”

The Northview Chiefs (2-2) will play their first district game of the season next Friday night as they host the Jay Royals.

For a photo gallery, click here. (Band and cheerleader photos will be published on Sunday.) photos, click to enlarge.

Century Set To Approve New Law To Scale Back Fence Heights

September 29, 2012

The Town of Century is set to approve a plan Monday for cutting back the height of fences allowed in front yards around the town — a plan that is a mix of Century’s current code and regulations that are already in place in the unincorporated areas of Escambia County.

The Century Town Council will hold a final public hearing and vote on an ordinance Monday night that would adopt Escambia County’s current standards that limit the height of a solid fence in front of a single family residence to three feet and a chain link or other transparent fence to a four foot height. The fence height for a corner lot would be limited to two feet as to not obstruct the view of traffic. For the purposes of the ordinance, the height of a hedge or shrubbery will be regulated as a solid fence.

Fences in the side, or rear yard of a home may not exceed eight feet, which is no change from Century’s current restrictions.

If adopted, the new fence law becomes effective immediately. To read the complete proposed ordinance, click here.

Mayor Freddie McCall said residents with existing fences that violate the new ordinance, if passed, can ask the town council for a variance.

“We need to make sure we treat everybody fairly,” council members Sandra McMurray Jackson said at a recent council meeting. “We’ve just got be sure that we don’t have anything to come back and slap us in the face…everybody that has got a high fence in front of their house is going to think that my fence is just like his (the one approved for a variance).”

Pictured top: (L-R) Mayor Freddie McCall and council members Gary Riley, Ann Brooks and Sandra McMurray Jackson at Monday night’s Century Town Council meeting. Council members Jacke Johnston and Annie Savage were absent from the meeting. photo, click to enlarge.

Prep Football Roundup

September 29, 2012

Here are tonight’s prep football finals for games in the North Escambia area.


  • Gulf Breeze 44, Northview 20 [Read more...]
  • Pine Forest 39, Tate 0
  • Jay 29, South Walton 6 [Read more...]
  • Milton 30 ,Escambia 22
  • Pace 27 Washington 3
  • West Florida 34, Alma Bryant (Ala.) 21
  • Navarre 26, Catholic 0
  • Open: Pensacola


  • Flomaton 35,  Pleasant Home 26
  • TR Miller, 19 Clarke County 7
  • WS Neal 38, Hillcrest Evergreen 17
  • Faith Academy 35, Escambia County 32
  • Escambia Academy 32, Pike Liberal Arts 3

Death Sentence For 2010 Fatal Beating And Burning Of Escambia Woman

September 29, 2012

An Escambia County woman has been sentenced to death for the 2010 fatal beating and burning of a 19-year old woman.

Tina Lasonya Brown, 42, was convicted in June for the death of Audreanna Zimmerman, 19, in March 2010. Zimmerman was beaten and burned in an Ensley field; she died 16 days after the attack.

Judge Gary Bergosh sentenced Brown to death. In June, it took a jury only about an hour to return a first degree murder conviction against Brown and recommend the death penalty.

Brown’s 19-year old daughter, Britnee Miller, has also pleaded guilty to first degree murder and is awaiting sentencing. Miller was a minor at the time of the murder cannot be sentenced to life in prison under a recent ruling from the Supreme Court.

Heather Lee, another co-defendant, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for her part in Zimmerman’s murder.

Student On Bicycle Hit By Truck, Driver Flees

September 29, 2012

The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a hit and run driver that struck a bicyclist Friday in Escambia County.

The FHP said a pickup was eastbound on Parazine Street near Ferry Pass Middle School when the driver struck the rear tire of a bicycle on the shoulder of the road. The 11-year old girl on the bicycle received minor injuries when the bicycle flipped and she was thrown off. She was treated and released at West Florida Hospital.

The pickup truck left the scene, according to troopers. The pickup was described as white or silver with chrome around the wheel well and a “Go Gator” bumper sticker on the upper portion of the tailgate.

Anyone with information on the vehicle is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (850) 484-5000.

Jay Beats South Walton

September 29, 2012

The Jay Royals defeated the South Walton Seahawks Friday night, 29-6. The Royals will travel down Highway 4 next Friday night to take on the Northview Chiefs in Bratt in a district game. Submitted photos by Michelle Gibbs for, click to enlarge.

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