Bittersweet Goodbye: Molino Park 5th Graders Take Final Walk

May 31, 2014

It was a bittersweet time at Molino Park Elemenatry School Friday as fifth graders took their final walk to the buses on the last day of school. Many shed tears, while others celebrated as the students were cheered on. photos by Kristi Smith, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Drop Both Games Of Mississippi Doubleheader

May 31, 2014

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (22-33) dropped both games of the doubleheader against the Mississippi Braves (32-22). The Wahoos were held scoreless in both contests and managed just nine hits combined. With the two victories, the Braves swept the five-game series over the Wahoos.

Mississippi took game one of the series 7-0. RHP Jason Hursh pitched a complete-game shutout for the Braves. Hursh gave up just four hits in the game. Wahoos’ RHP Michael Lorenzen was tagged for 7 R/6ER over just 2.1 innings of work. Lorenzen fell for the fourth time this season and will end May with an 0-3 record, but a 3.62 ERA.

Catcher Braeden Schlehuber led the Braves offensively; he hit a three-run home run and ended the day with four RBI. Cedric Hunter continued his hot series with a 2-for-3 game and an RBI. The Wahoos only extra-base hit on the day came from Lorenzen, a double to right field in the third inning.

The Wahoos again fell 7-0 in game two. Braves starter Aaron Northcraft pitched 5.0 innings and struck out eight Wahoo batters. The right-hander won his sixth game of the season. RHP Mikey O’Brien took the loss for the Wahoos. It was the first loss for O’Brien as a starter and the first time the Wahoos lost in one of his starts this season.

Hunter played well again for the Braves in game two. The left-fielder went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Right-fielder David Rohm finished the second game 2-for-3 with two RBI. Rey Navarro had the only multi-hit game on the day for the Wahoos; he finished the game 2-for-3.

The Wahoos return to Pensacola Bayfront Stadium Saturday to take on the Jacksonville Suns. RHP Daniel Corcino (4-4, 3.66) will start the first game for the Wahoos in the five-game set with the Suns. Jacksonville will send RHP Jose Urena (5-2, 4.17) to the bump.

by Joey Truncale

Irene Jones

May 31, 2014

Mrs. Irene Jones, 77, passed away on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in McDavid.

Mrs. Jones was a native and former resident of Flomaton and had resided in McDavid for most of her life. Mrs. Jones served on the Water Board of Central Waterworks and was a member at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer. Her husband, William Jones; and parents, Cleve and Mollie Roberson precede her in death.

She is survived by one brother, Bennie Roberson of Brewton; two sisters, Frances Roberson and Marie Lambeth, both of McDavid; and one nephew, Joe Roberson of Opelika, AL.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. James Hughes officiating.

Burial was at Crary Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Fillingim, Don Word, Doodle Langhorn, Mike Brown, Howard Smith and Joe Adams.

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

Fifth Suspect Arrested In Cantonment Animal Cruelty Case

May 30, 2014

A fifth and final suspect has been arrested in connection with a Cantonment animal cruelty case.

George Washington Ahl, 76, was charged with three counts of causing the cruel death, pain and suffering of animals,  and four counts of unlawful confinement of animals. He was released from the Escambia County Jail on his own recognizance.

Last month, George Edward Kenneth Ahl, 23, Casey Tyler Ahl, 19, Frances Rebecca Ahl, 72, and  Randolph Hewell Rigby, 43, were arrested on similar charges. The charges against the five defendents were brought directly by the State Attorney’s Office.

According to case documents, multiple horses, donkeys and goats were seized from the 400 block of Crowndale Court, while several other animals were found dead on the property.

Escambia County Animal Control officers began their investigation last December. A 17-page document released  by the State Attorney’s office details the investigation and provides numerous graphic examples of abuse investigators said they found.

Officers reported finding one horse that was dead and apparently stuck in a fence. Several horses were so malnourished that their bones were protruding, while other had hair loss and marks consistent with a condition called rain rot fungus. Many of the animals had numerous sores and wounds, according to the report. Most were malnourished, and one horse had resorted to eating feces. There was little food available for the animals.

Animal Control also located eight poodles, a doberman and five cats on the property.

One of the malnourished horses, a black Tennessee Walker named Ebony, was taken to Panhandle Equine Rescue for rehabilitation. When officers found Ebony on the property, her bones were showing, her stomach was distended and distended, and she suffered from rain rot.

Over the next several weeks, PER and volunteers worked to save  Ebony. She was the subject of several articles as PER and volunteers kept watch over her and raised funds for a sling to help her to her feet. Now, she’s able to walk and run on her own and has gained several pounds.

As of Friday morning, George Edward Kenneth Ahl, remained in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $55,000. Casey Ahl and Frances Ahl were released from jail on a $16,000 bond, and  Randolph Rigby was free on a $21,000 bond. Each has pleaded not guilty the charges against them.

Editor’s note: George Washington Ahl’s mugshot was unavailable from the Escambia County Jail Thursday night.

Pictured above: Escambia County Animal Control, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Escambia County Fire Rescue’s Cantonment Station and volunteers use a makeshift sling to lift Ebony, a horse seized from Crowndale Court in Cantonment.. Pictured below: Ebony, was unable to get on her feet in her stall about a week after she was seized. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview Seeks Players For Summer Softball

May 30, 2014

Young women that are interested in playing summer ball or softball at Northview High School should meet at the Northview softball field Monday morning at 8:00 for tryouts.

More Rain Possible Tonight, Over The Weekend

May 30, 2014

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

  • Tonight Showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a chance of showers. Low around 68. South wind around 5 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Saturday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
  • Sunday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Sunday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind around 5 mph.
  • Monday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Monday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind around 5 mph.
  • Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
  • Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.
  • Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
  • Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
  • Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 91.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 70.
  • Friday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Northview High Names 2014 Honors Graduates, Two Valedictorians

May 30, 2014

Northview  High School named their honors graduates during Thursday night’s 2014 Senior Awards Night.

The school announced Friday that the Class of 2014 will have two valedictorians for the Class of 2014 — Kasie Lee Braun and Victoria Anne Wright. A total of 34 students were named honors graduates with a final GPA of 3.5 or above.

Northview Class of 2014 Summa Cum Laude graduates (4.0 GPA and above) are:

1. Kasie Lee Braun, Victoria Anne Wright (Valedictorians)
3. Courtney Yvonne Solari
4. Anna Elizabeth Donald
5. Jessica Nicole Lowery
6. Courtney Alexandra Weaver
7. Dale Wayne Brown
8. Talana Michelle Heathcock
9. Tamara Maria Green
10. Karissa Lea Strickland
11. Marina Nikol Gray
12. Danielle Nichole Steadham
13. Rachel Ann Presley
14. Audrey Leigh Byrd
15. Anna Elizabeth Fischer
16. Lana Leigh Clayton
17. Zacarra Kelline Davis

Northview Class of 2014 Magna Cum Laude graduates (3.85 or higher) are:

18. Jeremy Logan Stacey
19. Samantha Suzanne Barrow
20. Hilery Danielle Scott
21. Madison Brooke Arrington
22. Morgan Nicole Digmon
23. Katelynne Nicole Calloway
24. Mashama Ashaki-Kai Codrington



Northview Class of 2014 Cum Laude (3.5 and above) graduates are:

25. Justin Elliot King
26. Chelsea Brooke Ward
27. Chloe Vanessa Leonard
28. Mariah Laine Albritton
29. Tony Anthony McAroy, Jr.
30. Tiffani Nichole Pritchett
31. Lily Ann Townson
32. Alexandria Nicole Martin
33. Lauryn Elizabeth Walker
34. Kira Nerys Cartwright

The Northview High School Class of 2014  will graduate at 4 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium.

Pictured top: Northview Class of 2014 Summa Cum Laude graduates. photo, click to enlarge.

Tate High Names The Top Of The Class Of 2014

May 30, 2014

Tate High School named their honors graduates during Thursday night’s 2014 Senior Awards Night.

Noah James Heintz was named the Class of 2014 valedictorian, while Eion Michael Blanchard is salutatorian. There were 41 students (listed below) named to the Top Ten Percent of the class.

Heintz is graduating with a 5.15 GPA. He is National Honor Society president, an AP Scholar with Distinction, Mu Alpha Theta vice president, Tri-M vice president, and a member of the Academic team. Heintz the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship valued over $20,000 to the University of Florida and will major in nuclear engineering.

Blanchard is graduating with a 5.125 GPA. He is a National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar,Mu Alpha Theta president, National Honor Society vice president, and a member of the Academic Team. Blanchard will attend the University of Florida to major in mathematics.

Both Heintz and Blanchard will be in Chicago this weekend for a national Academic Team competition.

Olive Baptist Church will host Tate’s Baccalaureate Service at 3:30pm on Sunday. Tate High School’s Class of 2014 will graduate on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Pensacola Bay Center. Graduates must arrive by 10:30.

Members of the Tate High School Top Ten Percent are:

  1. Noah James Heintz
  2. Eion Michael Blanchard
  3. Britton Shayne Dunn
  4. Timothy Blake Edgar
  5. Paul Alan Shelton
  6. David Graham Gardner
  7. Ryan Lambert Colburn
  8. Alyshia Daeshaun Hull
  9. Elizabeth Mara Blalock
  10. Brooke Elizabeth Schang
  11. Justin David Ritchie
  12. Sarah Ann Birdsong
  13. Sheilamae Nebria Jensen
  14. Anna Maria Del Gallo
  15. Paige McKenzie Ammons
  16. Jordan James Prince
  17. Shelby Paige Williams
  18. Alexa Taryn Atchley
  19. Sarah Elisabeth Lee
  20. Kayla Marie Smith
  21. Emily Meghan Robinson
  22. Jesse Marion Steele
  23. Niccole Leanne Auld
  24. Jon William Walker II
  25. Gordon Kelliher Pierce
  26. Matthew Steven Esser
  27. Kevin Charles Olshaw
  28. Kelsey Alyse Carter
  29. Walker James Wilkins
  30. Will A. Reeves
  31. Jennifer Haley Krostag
  32. Sarah Yasir Al-Qahtani
  33. Charles Taylor Brown
  34. Katelynn Grace Stillwell
  35. Bridget Rene’ Dall
  36. Trinity Ceanora Johnson
  37. Jack Randal Gonzalez
  38. Bethaney Rayalan Hall
  39. Sabrina Leigh Culbertson
  40. Stephen Owen Pederson
  41. Haley Faye Malone

Unpaid Property Taxes Must Be Paid By Today To Avoid Lien

May 30, 2014

taxbill.jpgAll 2013 unpaid real estate taxes must be paid to avoid a tax certificate being issued, which is a first lien against the property, by May 30  Over 10,000 accounts totaling $11 million remain unpaid, according to Tax Collector Janet Holley.

Payments must be received and processed by close of business on Friday, May 30:

  • in person at one of three branch offices;
  • online at; or
  • through the phone service center (850) 438-6500 ext. 3252.

Late payments will be returned for additional fees.

Drive thru service and drop box are available at all locations. The Warrington office on Navy Boulevard remains closed due to flooding damage. All tax collector offices are closed Monday, May 26 due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Taxpayers may check the status of their taxes online at or call (850) 438-6500 ext. 3252 for more information.

Escambia Farm Bureau Reps Meet With Congressman On Legislative Priorities

May 30, 2014

Members of the Florida Farm Bureau, including two representatives of the Escambia County Farm Bureau, met with Congressman Jeff Miller in his Washington office last week. The group was there to discuss the legislative priorities of the Florida Farm Bureau.

Among the group were Jacob and Carla Gilmore from the Escambia County Farm Bureau.

“Among the most pressing issues facing our nation’s farmers and agricultural sector are the constant attempts by EPA and other federal regulators to expand their regulatory regime under the Clean Water Act,” Miller said. “I am staunchly opposed to this government overreach, and I recently joined more than 200 of my colleagues in sending a letter to EPA calling on them to withdraw their most recent proposed rule on this issue.”

Pictured top: Congressman Jeff Miller (center) with Florida Farm Bureau members including Carla Gilmore (far left) and Jacob Gilmore (right) from the Escambia County Farm Bureau. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.

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