Slight Warming Trend Begins

November 29, 2013

Here is your official North Escambia area  forecast:

  • Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Wind chill values between 20 and 30 early. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
  • Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
  • Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.
  • Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
  • Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Calm wind.
  • Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
  • Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
  • Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
  • Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
  • Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Reaching Out: Georgia Church Provides Free Thanksgiving Meal In Century

November 29, 2013

A Georgia church  provided Thanksgiving dinner for Century residents on Thursday. As part of their “Compel Century” outreach event, Rivertown Church of Columbus provided the free meal.

This was the second major outreach to Century for Rivertown Church…earlier this year they were in Century working on improvements at the Carver Community Center.

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Pictured top: Rivertown Church volunteers prepare a Thanksgiving turkey Thursday in Century for a free community meal. Pictured inset: Enjoying the meal. Pictured  below: A young Century resident reacts to the selection of food. Pictured below: Enjoying the meal. photos, click to enlarge.

Saturday Is Last Day For Property Tax Discount

November 29, 2013

Saturday  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 four percent discount if:

  • made in person on Monday, December 2
  • 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.

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. 3252.

District 5 Comm. Barry Schedules Town Hall Meeting

November 29, 2013

Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry will hold a town meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9 at the Plainview Baptist Church at 1101 West Nine Mile Road.

For more information, contact Barry’s office at (850) 595-4950.

Pictured top:  Escambia County Public Works Director Wes Moreno (left)  listens to District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry speak during a town hall meeting last August in Century. file photo, click to enlarge.

Road Trip To Grandma’s Costs About The Same This Year

November 29, 2013

That Thanksgiving road  trip to grandma’s house cost about the same this year as last, with gas prices at about the same mark as one year ago.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the Pensacola metro was $3.34 on Thanksgiving day, up from $3.31 last year.  In the North Escambia area Thursday, an informal survey showed gas prices ranging from $3.39 in Century to $3.31 in Cantonment.

After falling to a multi-year low of $3.18 per gallon on November 12, the national average price of gas has now increased for 13 straight days and jumped 10 cents to a current average of $3.28.

AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people who traveled last year. This decrease falls just shy of last Thanksgiving’s four-year peak since the recession-driven declines in 2008-2009 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 1.

Impact of gasoline prices on travel plans

AAA estimates that most drivers will pay the cheapest gas prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2010. The national average is at the cheapest level of the year and should continue to drop in the weeks ahead. Drivers can find stations selling gas for less than $3.00 per gallon in the vast majority of states. The decreased cost of gas will provide consumers with real savings that could be used for other purposes on the trip.

Automobile travel remains dominant mode of transportation, air travel decreases

Approximately 90 percent of travelers or 38.9 million people plan to travel by automobile this Thanksgiving. This is a 1.6 percent decrease over the 39.5 million people who traveled by auto last year.  Air travel is expected to decrease 3.7 percent as 3.14 million holiday travelers will take to the skies.

Those traveling by air will find airfares comparable to last year according to AAA’s Leisure travel Index.  For the Thanksgiving holiday the average lowest round-trip rate is $187 for the top 40 U.S. air routes compared to $188 last year. Approximately 1.4 million travelers will choose other modes of transportation, including rail, bus and cruise ship.

Pictured: Traffic was light early  Thanksgiving afternoon on Highway 29/North Century Boulevard in Century. Pictured: A gallon of regular unleaded gas was $3.39 Thursday in Century. photos, click to enlarge.

Two Dead In Pensacola Double Murder

November 29, 2013

Two men are are dead in a double homicide after allegedly shooting each other.

The Pensacola Police Department responded to a shots fired call about 11:30 Wednesday night in the 1900 block of Cypress Street in Pensacola. When officers arrived at Cypress Street and Pace Boulevard, they found 23-year old Kristopher Washington dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the chest. Minutes later, a blue Saturn Vue arrived at Sacred Heart Hospital with a second shooting victim, identified as 18-year old Airvae Hunter.  Hunter, who was driven to the hospital by his brother, later died.

It is believed Hunter and Washington exchanged gunfire for an unknown reason inside the Saturn Vue that was driven to the hospital.

Anyone having additional information regarding the incident should call the Pensacola Police Department at (850) 435-1900.

Florida Sails Through Another Hurricane Season Without A Major Hit

November 29, 2013

Florida is about to sail through another hurricane season — its eighth consecutive — free from a named storm severely pounding the state’s shores.

With Saturday the last official day of this year’s hurricane season, credit a combination of atmospheric conditions for keeping down the number of storms that threatened Florida.

“Even though the storms could generate some fuel from the ocean, more wind shear came in over the Atlantic than we really thought might happen, and there was a lot of Saharan dust that blew off Africa, so there wasn’t a whole lot of energy for them to really get strong,” state meteorologist Amy Godsey said Monday.

The pre-season forecast for the June-through-November storm season for the Atlantic and Caribbean was for 12 to 18 named storms, with between six and 10 reaching hurricane status.

The Atlantic and Caribbean region did record 13 named storms this year, of which only two grew into hurricanes, both in September and both category 1.

Humberto formed off Cape Verde, while the deadly Ingrid landed in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

The number of hurricanes was the lowest for a year in the Atlantic since 1994, Godsey said.

Godsey said it’s just a matter of luck for Florida, which has avoided hurricanes since the 2004 and 2005 seasons when seven hit the state.

“If the ocean currents and steering currents and the atmosphere were just shifted a little bit, those two hurricanes might have come to the United States,” she said. “So it could have been a very different year for us if just a few things had been tweaked.”

The first of the named tropical storms this year did cause some widespread flooding in South Florida, while two other tropical systems provided a few moments of concern for emergency managers.

“We started off with tropical storm Andrea and we thought we were in for the long haul, but it turned out to be one of the quietest years on record, which we’re pleased about,” said Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Every year that Florida doesn’t have a hurricane is better for the citizens of Florida.”

Andrea swept through the Big Bend the first week in June, with its outer bands dumping more than 13 inches of rain into areas of South Florida.

But afterward, the season was relatively calm for Floridians.

In early August, tropical storm Dorian regenerated into a tropical depression just east of Florida, while tropical storm Karen did threaten the Gulf Coast — causing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Interior to call furloughed workers back from the federal government shutdown — before breaking up prior to reaching Northwest Florida in early October.

The lack of Florida impacts is good news for property owners, as the state’s Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, which provides back-up coverage for insurers, has reached what is considered its best-ever fiscal shape.

The growth in financial reserves also provides a cushion in the event claims need to be paid in coastal areas by the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. If Citizens or the catastrophe fund don’t have enough money in reserves to pay hurricane claims, property owners throughout the state can get hit with extra charges known as assessments.

“We are stronger as an overall insurance system, able to quickly handle claims from most hurricanes and without or with lower statewide assessments,” Sam Miller, executive vice president of the Florida Insurance Council, said in an email. “Without healthy cash on hand, there might be assessments from both which would produce significant increase in rates.”

With a focus on other potential disasters befalling the state over the next few months, including the annual threat of wildfires, emergency management officials now head into another off-season trying to remind people not to become complacent about future storm preparations.

“There is, however, the potential for the longer you go without hurricanes for people to forget the impacts of hurricanes and tropical storms and the devastating impacts that they can have,” Koon said. “As more and more people move to Florida each year, we need to make sure that we continue to do a good job of educating our citizens about the potential for those storms, because we will have them again.”

By Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Police Seek Tips On Stolen Yamaha Four-Wheeler

November 29, 2013

The Flomaton Police Department is looking for tips on a stolen four-wheeler. The Yamaha 6-speed four-wheeler was stolen from the back of the victim’s truck on Titi Street in Flomaton during the early morning hours Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Flomaton Police Department at (251) 296-5811. Callers can remain anonymous. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Nelda Rice

November 29, 2013

Mrs. Nelda Rice, 59, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2013, in Pensacola, Florida.

Mrs. Rice was a native of Perdido, former resident of Century and had resided in Walnut Hill for the past 12 years. Mrs. Rice was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and attended the Pine Barren Baptist Church. Her father, Douglas Smith, precedes her in death.

Survivors include her mother, Lavonah Pauline Smith of Bay Minette; her husband, R.C. Rice of Walnut Hill; one son, Timothy Cunningham of Pensacola; one step-son, Robert Charles Rice of Mississippi; two daughters, Wendy (Christopher) Jackson of Pensacola and April Johnson of Atmore; one step-daughter, Laura Rodriquez of North Carolina; one brother, Tony Smith of Bay Minette; one sister, Corrine Parrack of Bay Minette; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Harper, Rev. Robert Barrow and Rev. J.P. Lambert officiating.

Burial will follow at the Pine Barren Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, November 29, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Michael Peterson, Mickey Peterson, Michael Dermous, Scotty Smith, Eric Smith and Timothy Cunningham.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Jackson and Clifton Dixon.

Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes, LLC is in charge of all arrangements.

Century Man Cited After Hwy 29, Hwy 97 Log Truck Wreck

November 28, 2013

There were no injuries when an 18-wheeler hauling logs overturned early this morning at the intersection of Highway 29 and Highway 97 in Molino.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 33-year old Jermie Capers of Century was eastbound in the Tom Thumb parking lot and stopped at the stop sign. He entered the intersection about 2:45 a.m., failing to see a southbound Peterbuilt log truck. The driver of the log truck swerved to avoid a collision and traveled across all northbound lanes of Highway 29 and overturned the truck onto its driver’s side. Most of the logs came to rest off the roadway, causing blockage in just one northbound lane.

Capers, who was not injured, was cited was violation of right of way.

The driver of the log  truck, 36-year old Bradley Wayne Capers, and his passenger, 42-year old William Leon Burgons, both of Andalusia, were treated on the scene for minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital.

The Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

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