Chloe Channell ‘Excited’ About Northview Blue Jacket Jamboree Appearance

February 27, 2014

America fell in love with Chloe Channell last fall on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” when she sang the Carrie Underwood cover song “All American Girl”.  The song title almost describes the 12-year old middle school student, but perhaps make it “All American Country Girl”.

She was already a local star of sorts, performing with the Sawmill Band on a regular basis at the Farmer’s Opry in Chumuckla, since she was seven. But since the national TV appearances in front of millions, her fame has grown (how many local 12-year olds do you know with two million YouTube views on one video?).

She spent the Christmas holidays in Branson, Missouri, on stage with country star Billy Dean in the Kenny Rogers production “The Toy Shoppe”.

But now she’s “really excited” about March 8 and her appearance at the Blue Jacket Jamboree at Northview High School.

“I can’t wait because that will be the first show of the year with my band The Two-Dollar Pistols,” she said. “I’ve mostly just been singing at my church. But we are about to really get busy for the year beginning with the Northview show.”

Chloe will perform for an hour and a half during the Northview Blue Jacket Jamboree — a long show that she says will give her plenty of time for her favorites. She will perform her the cover of “All American Girl”, debut some original songs written for her by Billy Dean and a few favorites from The Band Perry and Sugarland.

“I can really relate to some of the Sugarland songs,” she said Wednesday night.

When asked what’s her favorite song right now, she replied “Shout to the Lord”.

“Do you know that one?” she asked.

“Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing.  Power and majesty, praise to the King,”  she began to sing. “That’s a cool song. I don’t know if I’ll get to do that one (at Northview) or not.”

The Northview High School FFA Alumni Blue Jacket Jamboree is Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the football stadium. All-day events include a craft show, car show, kids activities and games and food.  Local artist Dusty Sanderson will perform from noon until 1:30 p.m., and Chloe Channel will perform from 2:30 until 4:00.

Admission, including entertainment, is $5 at the gate, $2 for children 12 and under.  Parking is free. Craft and vendor booths are still available; call Pam at (850) 712-6267. The Blue Jacket Jamboree is sponsored in part by

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Northview, Tate FBLA Students Place At District Competition

February 27, 2014

Numerous Northview and Tate high school FBLA students placed at the recent District Leadership Conferences.

Those students included:

  • Impromptu Speaking – 1st, Victoria Wright, Northview
  • Accounting I – 4th, Jamilia Smiley-Knight, Northview
  • Accounting I -3rd, Mikaela Santos, Northview
  • Accounting I – 2nd, Keyth Grice, Northview
  • Accounting I – 1st, Matthew Chavers, Northview
  • Business Calculations – 5th, Holly Cofield, Northview
  • Business Calculations – 4th, Kevin Barrow, Northview
  • Business Calculations – 1st, Kelton Wooten, Northview
  • Business Communication – 4th, Tamara Green, Northview
  • Business Communication – 1st, Kasie Braun, Northview
  • Business Math – 4th, Abbie Johnson, Northview
  • Business Procedures – 5th, Mariah Albritton, Northview
  • Business Procedures – 2nd, Courtney Weaver, Northview
  • Health Care Administration – 5th, Iyanna Davidson, Northview
  • Health Care Administration – 4th, Logan Lambeth, Northview
  • Introduction to Business Communication – 5th, Savanna Roux, Northview
  • Business Calculations – 2nd, Ward Hooten, Tate
  • Business Communication – 5th, Jason Crabbe, Tate
  • Cyber Security – 1st, Greg Barton, Tate
  • Introduction to Business – 4th, th, rd, Kenny Overholt, Tate
  • Introduction to Business – 2nd, Matthew Lawson, Tate
  • Introduction to Business – 1st, Zac Sheldon, Tate
  • Introduction to Business Communication – 4th, Katelyn Bailey, Tate
  • Introduction to Business Communication – 2nd, Abigail Bruner, Tate

Kasie Braun, Abbie Johnson and Victoria Wright from Northview High, and Zac Sheldon from Tate are eligible to attend the State Leadership Conference (SLC) to be held in Orlando, March 21-24.

In addition to the district winners, Northview FBLA also won the  “Outstanding FBLA District 1 Chapter of the Year, 2013-2014 Award” for being the most active and best all-around chapter. The  chapter has been extremely busy this year with numerous activities including service projects such as  the Manna Food Drive, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser, and promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.

Victoria Wright earned recognition for Northview’s chapter by participating in the State Business Achievement  Awards program (BAA) and earning certificates for achieving Membership Madness, Business Award. Wright, the NHS FBLA President, has served as the district president for the past two years.

Kasie Braun,  NHS FBLA Vice President, has served as the District 1 vice president for the past two  years. Wright and Braun received the Gloria Cooper Award and the Who’s Who in District 1 Award. The Gloria   Cooper Award is given to outstanding FBLA members in District 1 who have helped promote FBLA and progress the goals of FBLA. Gloria Cooper was once a business teacher at Woodham High School who  exemplified everything FBLA tries to help students achieve.

Wright and NHS FBLA Treasurer Anna Donald both received FBLA Scholarships of $250.

Pictured: Members of the Northview High School FBLA chapter. Pictured below NHS FBLA (L-R) Treasurer Anna Donald, Vice President Kasie Braun, and President Victoria Wright. Photos for, click to enlarge.

AKC Dog Show This Weekend At The Escambia Equestrian Center

February 27, 2014

The Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association will hold an American Kennel Club dog show at the Escambia Equestrian Center this Saturday and Sunday.

The two, seven-hour shows begin at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. They will both feature conformation— featuring many of the breeds seen on TV at the Westminster show— obedience— including the newest obedience trials— and rally.

This year the show also includes herding dog instinct tests, where dogs must show they have the instinct to herd, not harm sheep, and lure coursing runs Saturday after Best in Show as a precursor to a lure coursing CAT trial that will be held at a later date. There will be a short course set up in a paddock for pay-as-you-go interest runs (after 2:30 pm). These runs and the CAT trials are open to all breeds.

More information on these types of trials and information about dog shows can be found on the AKC web site- .

Food and vendors of specialized, often hard to find items will be available. The club offers educational material and will feature a novice exhibitor iof the dog show for those who are showing or thinking about showing for the first time at an AKC show.

Spectators are welcome. Tickets are $3 a person or $5 a car, whichever is less. Organizers said a dog show is an excellent opportunity to learn about the different breeds and to talk to their owners. The judging schedule will be on the club website at when it becomes available.

Frederick A. Lambert

February 27, 2014

Frederick A. Lambert, MSgt, USAF (Retired), born October 14, 1938, in Oneonta, New York, passed away in a peaceful setting holding his wife’s hand and is now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Frederick is a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church of Pensacola.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years. Marian Lambert, his son Rick Lambert of Pensacola, and daughter DeAndre’ Brown of Delhi, New York.  Frederick has nine siblings and is survived by his sisters Lillian SaSanno of Moorehead City, NC; Marie Giambalvo of Binghamton, NY; Dorothy Shaw of Strawberry, AR; Rosanne Garrison of Davenport, NY; and Priscilla Stubbins of Tucson, AZ.

Frederick was a proud member of the United States Air Force.  He started his military career in 1956 as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Navy.  After three tours aboard aircraft carriers in Vietnam, he moved to the US Air Force while remaining in the same career field.  He concluded his 21 year career serving as First Sergeant of the 5th Munitions Maintenance Squadron in Minot North Dakota and retired in 1977.

Frederick was a loving grandfather to his granddaughters Leighann, Lindsey, Dana, and Kaéla and grandsons Alex and Jeffrey.  He is also a great-grandfather to Jeannette, Keeria, and Devon.  Frederick never failed to help someone in need and was always willing to help, never asking for anything in return.  You were blessed to have him as a friend.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 28, 2014, at Hillcrest Baptist Church from 10-11 a.m. with funeral services immediately following.  Interment will take place at Barrancas National Cemetery.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North, 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment,is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Joseph “Joe” Irwin

February 27, 2014

Former Cantonment  resident Samuel Joseph “Joe” Irwin, 80, died February 25,2014, at his home in Sparta, TN.

Joe was born February 8, 1934, in Atmore  to the late John Calvin and Lillie  (Hardy) Irwin. He graduated from J.M. Tate High School in 1952. He married Mary Joyce Smith on
August 30, 1952, in Cottage Hill. He retired from St. Regis/Champion Paper Mill in  1997. Mr. Irwin was active in the community including membership of the First Baptist Church of Cantonment, a former chief of the volunteer fire department, a current  member of Masonic Lodge #322, and the York Rite of Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Diane Dunaway of Milton, FL; daughter, Joanne Irwin of Algood, TN; sister, Eunice Trescott of Virginia Beach; brother Leroy Irwin of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Lesley & Stevyn of TN, and Angela, Amy and Amanda of Florida; great-grandsons Ethan, Trace, Trent and Parker.

Mr. Irwin was also preceded in death by his brother, Dennis.

Services will be held 11 a.m.  Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Faith Chapel North in Cantonment. Burial will take place at Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North , 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment,  is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Pylypow

February 27, 2014

Elizabeth Pylypow, 94, died Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in her Molino home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Pylypow was a native of Richmond, VA, and had lived in Molino for 42 years. She attended Highland Baptist Church and retired at the age of 80 as a cafeteria worker from Molino Elementary School.

Mrs. Pylypow was preceded in death by two husbands, Glen Bundy and John Pylypow, her daughter Jean Hart, and an infant daughter Anne Bundy. Survivors include her daughter, Susan Vann; four grandchildren, John (Janelle) Vann, Glen (Annette) King, Lisa (Bob) Fulton, and Joey King; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6-8pm Thursday at Faith Chapel North at 1000 S. Hwy 29 in Cantonment. Funeral services and burial will be held on Friday at 11 Highland Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Johnson officiating.

Pallbearers will be John Vann, Glen King, Joey King, Wesley King, Brittany King, and Holly Colburn. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Fulton and Mickey Colburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Highland Baptist Church at 6240 Highway 95A, Molino, FL 32577.

Mrs. Pylypow’s legacy of unconditional love, faith, and service will live on in everyone fortunate enough to have shared some part of her journey.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of all arrangements.

Johnnie Lee Philyaw

February 27, 2014

Johnnie Lee Philyaw, 76 of Repton, AL,  passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014,  in Brewton.  He was a logger, born in Atmore on January 21, 1938, to the late John Wesley and Martha Lister Philyaw.

His is preceded in death by his two wives, Dorothy Mae Philyaw and Emma Philyaw. one brother, Orlion Lee Philyaw, and one sister, Mary Sue Harris.

Survivors are three sons, William (Every) Philyaw of Century, J.W. Philyaw, and James Philyaw both of Repton;  grandchildren, Jason Philyaw, Angel Philyaw, Larry Philyaw, Cheyenne Philyaw, Dalton Philyaw, J.W. Philyaw,Jr. Dorothy Philyaw and Rosa Philyaw.

Services will be Friday, February 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. from the New Haven Holiness Church in Lenox, AL, with Pastor Randy Steadman officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore.

Active Pallbearers are  Vernon Lambeth, John Lenio, David Lenio, J.W. Philyaw,Jr Jason Philyaw and Billy Bartlett.

Family will receive friends Thursday, February 27, 2014, at New Haven Holiness Church from 5 p.m. until service time on Friday at 11 a.m.

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

Five Sentenced For Molino Park Burglary, Vandalism

February 26, 2014

Two adults and three juveniles have been sentenced for the burglary and vandalism of Molino Park Elementary school on August 9, 2013.  Over $60,000 in property was stolen, and the school sustained another $7,000 in damages.  Most the stolen items  — including computers and iPads– were burned by the suspects.

Tatanya Zahna Blackmon, an 18-year old female from the 2400 block of North Highway 29 in Cantonment, and Rodriques Ricardo Young, a 19-year old male from the 1300 block of Barth Road in Molino, both pleaded no contest to grand theft, larceny, criminal mischief with property damage, destroying evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Judge Gary Bergosh withheld adjudication on all counts as he imposed a sentence on both Blackmon and Young of one year in the county jail with credit for time served and 100 hours of community service to be followed  by 72 months probation.  The duo was also ordered to pay $65,601.93 in restitution to the Escambia County School district and write  sincere letters of apology to the school.

Tracy Deshawn Lett, 14, Jacob Lett, 11, and Vashawn Lamond Brown, 13, were charged with grand theft, larceny and criminal mischief. They were placed on juvenile probation under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice through age 19. Each was ordered to undergo counseling, and follow a curfew of 7 p.m. Sunday though Thursday nights and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Tracy Lett, Jacob Lett and their mother were also ordered to pay restitution at the rate of $25 per month, with the mother equally responsible. Brown was also ordered to write  letter of apology to the principal of Molino Park Elementary School within 30 days. They were also sentenced to 50 hours each of community service.

Thousands of dollars worth of electronics were stolen from throughout the school, including Apple computers, iPads, Wii gaming systems, cameras used by the school’s student-operated closed circuit TV station, along with other items. As teachers returned to work Monday, items were still being discovered missing and inventoried.

“They stole computers that are needed for education; they stole from our kids,” Molino Park Principal Alice Woodward said shortly after the crime. “These were items directly used by our students.”

Portions of the school were also vandalized during the break-in. Ceiling tiles were damaged or destroyed throughout the campus, and holes were punched in walls. A vending machine was also toppled and burglarized.

On August 21, 2013,  Escambia County Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators responded to the  1200 block of Barth Road in reference to recovered property relating to the burglary. That’s where many of the stolen items were found burned.

To see the surveillance video, click here.

Pictured inset left: Numerous ceiling tiles were damaged during the burglary and vandalism. Pictured below:  Three Apple computers were stolen from this desk in a computer lab. Pictured below: Surveillance video shows two people running through the school at 9:17 p.m. on August 9. Pictured inset: An overturned and burglarized vending machine in the school. photos, click to enlarge.

Lawmakers Look To Revamp School ‘Zero Tolerance’

February 26, 2014

While including an exception for threats to school safety, an Orlando Democrat on Tuesday filed a bill that would seek to change the state’s “zero tolerance” laws to prevent students from being expelled for disciplinary issues.

The bill, filed by Sen. Geraldine Thompson, would require school districts to use alternatives to expulsion or referral to law-enforcement agencies, except in circumstances such as when students bring firearms to school. Rep. Clovis Watson, D-Alachua, filed the House version of the proposal last week.

Meanwhile, another zero-tolerance bill  has started moving through the House that would prevent children from being disciplined for simulating guns while playing or wearing clothes that depict firearms. The Senate version of that National Rifle Association-backed proposal  is scheduled to be heard Monday in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

by The News Service of Florida

Local Students Place In District History Fair

February 26, 2014

Over 200 students took part in the District History Fair on February 10-11.  Students who advanced from school level competitions had 141 entries which competed in a variety of categories including exhibits websites performances documentaries and historical papers.  The first and second place winners in the junior and senior categories will advance to compete in the State History Fair slated for this May.

Special awards were given out by various community organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Fiesta of Five Flags Fort Pickens Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. the Pensacola Heritage Foundation Escambia PTAs/PTSAs and the Pensacola Historic Preservation Society.

The Junior League sponsors the J. Earle Bowden Young Historian Award for Outstanding Senior Entry which was presented to Nick Krostag from Tate High School for his Senior Individual Documentary “The Legacy of Landis: The Rights and Responsibilities of Baseball’s First Commissioner and the Black Sox Edict.”

The Katherine Pomeroy Memorial Award for Best Junior Entry in 2014 was awarded to Alexander Pope from Brown Barge Middle School for his website entitled “Andrew Jackson: Breaking Rights or Following Responsibilities.”

Historical Performance Awards

  • Elementary Individual Division-1st Sam Bradley (Molino Park); 2nd place Grace Stanley (NB Cook); 3rd Aaron Smith (NB Cook).
  • Elementary Group Division- 1st Amanda Mills Riley Easton Charlotte Calvert Marley Crawford Aundrea Jordan (NB Cook); 2nd Anna Gorton Landon Caraway Brooke Bradley Ella Morris and Ryan Worley (NB Cook); 3rd Brad Adams Nyasia Legg J’la Thompkins Jakaylin Donson Payton Daniels (NB Cook).
  • Junior Individual Performances- 1st Georgia Rogers (St. Paul’s Catholic);  2nd Ellie Rose (Bailey Middle School).
  • Junior Group Performances-1st Allyson Shumpert and Logan Reeder (Episcopal Day).

Historical Website Awards

  • Junior Individual Websites- 1st Alexander Pope (Brown Barge); 2nd Triston Long (Ernest Ward); 3rd Camille Macks (Bellview Middle School).
  • Junior Group Websites- 1st Chris Bougher and Riley Laggan (Creative Learning Academy); 2nd Vanessa Welch and Wally Odom (Creative Learning Academy).
  • Senior Individual Website Division- 1st Kirsten Telhiard (Pensacola High School); 2nd Eric Masterson (Pensacola Catholic); 3rd Jamie Malsberger (West Florida).
  • Senior Group Website Division- 1st Sarah Fuller and Drew Anderson (Pensacola Catholic); 2nd Alexa McKnight and James Videau (Pensacola Catholic).

Historical Paper Awards

  • Junior Division-1st Gorham Partington (Episcopal Day); 2nd Sara Buchanan (Bellview).
  • Senior Division- 1st Kelly Wu (Pensacola High School); 2nd Madison Michles (Pensacola High School); 3rd Case Wagner (Pensacola Catholic).

Historical Documentary Awards

  • Junior Individual Documentary Division- 1st Quin Baker Jr. (St. Paul Catholic); 2nd Parker Beverly (Creative Learning Academy).
  • Junior Group Documentary Division- 1st Drew Jimenez Robert McGhee and Parker Kotlarz (Episcopal Day); 2nd Rachel Nguyen and Macy Peaden (Episcopal Day); 3rd Virginia Remington and Claire Wilson (Episcopal Day).
  • Senior Individual Documentary Division- 1st Nick Krostag (Tate); 2nd Maggie Byrd (West Florida).
  • Senior Group Documentary Division- 1st Alexa Haines and Kelly Donahue (Pensacola Catholic); 2nd Grace Mosier and Hannah Branstetter (Pensacola Catholic).

Historical Exhibit Awards

  • Elementary Individual Division-1st Freedom Hinkson (McArthur); 2nd Chase Throckmorton (Lipscomb); Tie 3rd Rachel Curran (Blue Angel); Tie 3rd Sidney Stojak (Lipscomb).
  • Elementary Group Division-1st Meghan McCarthy and Hannah Faulkner (McArthur); 2nd Caitlin Sarfert and Tram Doan (Lipscomb); 3rd Ariel Ward and Kenley Brown (Molino Park).
  • Junior Individual Division-1st Mary Elizabeth Galloway (St. Paul’s Catholic); 2nd Kate Reagan Costello (Episcopal Day); 3rd Ronnie Plenkers (Newpoint Academy).
  • Junior Group Division- 1st Louise Harris and Kate Owens (Episcopal Day); 2nd Anna Jordan Luth and Kasey Page (Episcopal Day); 3rd Christopher Stockton Jacob Powell and Lethan Peaden (Bellview).
  • Senior Individual Division- 1st Emily Washler (Tate); 2nd Holly Gorton (Pensacola High School).
  • Senior Group Division-1st Peter Jutras and Mary Jutras (Pensacola Catholic); 2nd Macauley Haferkamp and Jodee Flurry (Pensacola Catholic); 3rd Audrey Ussery and Victoria Warren (Pensacola High School).

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