Jean Stallworth Maxwell

January 30, 2015

Jean Stallworth Maxwell, 86 of Atmore, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Spanish Fort. She was a homemaker born in Pine Apple, AL, on April 17, 1928, to Thomas Hugh and Julia Manar Stallworth. She was a graduate from Huntington College and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Atmore.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Benjamin C. Maxwell; daughter, Martha Ann Maxwell Allen; and sister, Barbara Stallworth King.

Survivors include her son, Benjamin “Bo” Collins Maxwell, Jr. of Atmore; one daughter, Mary Lynn Maxwell (Ronnie) Shirley of Tuscaloosa; one brother, Thomas Hugh Stallworth of Atmore; one sister, Julia Stallworth (Keith) King of Mobile; four grandchildren, Mary Ashley Allen, Hunter O’Neill Allen, Allison Shirley Verhine and Lindsey Elizabeth Shirley; and one great-grandchild, Robert James Verhine, Jr.

Services were held Friday, January 30, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church of Atmore with Rev. Debora Bishop officiating.

Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dale Ballard, Chris King, Tommy King, David Maxwell, Richard Maxwell, and Michael Williamson

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

Sara Ann Ross

January 30, 2015

Sara Ann Ross, 58 of Milton, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Sara was born on October 5, 1956, on Pensacola, to the late John and Izetta Smith. She loved to read her Bible, sing, play the guitar,write music and poems, and fishing.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Sara is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Ross, Sr.; two sons, Joseph A. Ross, Jr. and Jonathan A. Ross; four grandbabies that were the joy of her life, Clarissa, Taylor and Paisley Ross, and Bailee Simmons; two sisters, Brenda Arnett and Lynda Dansby; and numerous family members.

Sara was a mother to everyone and will be missed so very much.

Graveside services were held Friday, January 30, 2015, at Harvest Church Cemetery with Rev. Fred Stallworth officiating.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Wayne Davis

January 30, 2015

Mr. Vernon Wayne Davis, age 73, of Century, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015, in Century. Mr. Davis was a native of Pensacola. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served as Platoon Sergeant in Germany, served in the Florida National Guard, and also worked at the N.A.S. Pensacola in the Fabrication Department. At the time of his death he was working for the Pensacola News Journal. He was a member of Circle Baptist Church now known as New Beginnings Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tonya; and his parents, Willie D and Eunice Davis.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Florence Stephens (Larry) of Pensacola; brother, David Davis (Janice) of Holt; one niece, Wendi Graham (Keith); four nephews, Chris Stephens, Jeff Stephens, Brian Davis and Robert Davis. He is also survived by stepson, John Lance; and four step-grandsons, as well as numerous great nephews.

Memories we have will fill our hearts with love, for his kindness and support he showed the ones he loved. He will be missed by many family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Pensacola at 1 p.m. with Reverend Orville Pierce officiating.

Northview Ends Season With Win Over PCA; District Tourney Begins Tuesday

January 30, 2015

The Northview Chiefs ended their regular season Thursday night with a 61-24 win over Pensacola Christian Academy.

Leading scorers for the Chiesf were Cameron Newsome with 20, Micheal Jones, Jr. with 15 and Bradley Van Pelt with 15. Other scorers for Northview were Jalen Parker with 4, and Tydre Bradley, Nick Lambert and Tony Harrison with 3 each.

The Northview Chiefs will begin district play at 6:00 Thursday as they host Freeport in Bratt.

Instagram Pot Photos Land Cantonment Woman In Jail

January 29, 2015

A Cantonment woman’s latest “selfie” was a mugshot at the county jail after a DCF investigator found Instagram photos and video of her smoking pot and rolling up marijuana cigarettes, and after she and a juvenile tested positive for drugs.

Stacy Jo Ferguson-Sharp, 31, was charged with felony child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond due to an outstanding warrant for violating probation in a 2013 DUI case.

A Florida Department of Children and Families investigator told the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that she had located Instagram photos and video of what appeared to be  Ferguson-Sharp smoking marijuana out of a “bong” and pictures of her “rolling up blunts” on a social media web site.

Ferguson-Sharp had blood shot eyes and slurred speech when she meet with the investigator, but refused to submit to a urinalysis to test for drugs, according to an arrest report. A juvenile living in her household did test positive for marijuana use, the report states.

Century’s New Wastewater Superintendent Resigns

January 29, 2015

Century’s newly hired wastewater superintendent has resigned, once again leaving the town searching for a certified operator.

April Conatser was hired for the job back in November and held dual certifications in wastewater and water. Mayor Freddie McCall said she gave no reason for her resignation.

The town currently has a  part-time employee able to do the job and keep the town in compliance with state regulations, but the town “desperately” needs to find a replacement for Conatser as soon as possible, McCall said.

New Cantonment Improvement Committee Home Almost Ready

January 29, 2015

Final preparations are underway for a new home for a the Cantonment Improvement Committee in Carver Park. A modular building will be repositioned into its permanent location in the next few days. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.

Read Like Crazy: Molino Park Premieres Literacy Week Video

January 29, 2015

A couple of days ago, we brought you the story a reading flash mob at Molino Park Elementary School.  Music teacher Katie Powell rewrote the words to the popular song “Call Me Maybe” and created the “Read Like Crazy” video. The final version of the video is now complete, and it’s posted below.

If you don’t see the video above , it’s because your work, school or home firewall is blocking YouTube videos.

Scott’s Budget Includes $84 Million For Highway 29 And Nine Mile Road Widening Projects

January 29, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott’s “Keep Florida Working” budget announced Wednesday includes $118 million in major road projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

The budget includes $38 million to add lanes and reconstruct Highway 29 from north of I-10 to Nine Mile Road in Escambia County, including reconstruction of the Highway 29/Nine Mile Road intersection to increase traffic capacity.

Also included is $46.1 million to add lanes and reconstruct Nine Mile Road from Beulah Road to Highway 29 in Escambia County, and $34 million to add lanes and reconstruct Highway 97 from two miles south of the Yellow River to Highway 184 in Santa Rosa County.

For a complete story about Scott’s $77 billion budget, click here.

Tate Varsity Cheerleaders Take First At FHSAA Regionals

January 29, 2015

The Tate High School Varsity Cheerleaders won first place recently in the medium division of the

With the win, the Lady Aggies advanced directly to the FHSAA finals in Kissimmee.  The  team also won first place and overall champions at the Battle at the Beach Competition and the Chipola College Cheerleading Extravaganza.

Team members are Anna Barrow, Sarah Baxter, Nikki Cagle, Jasmine Crabtree, Megan Edgar, Jessica Hedden, Taylor Howey, DeAnna Jernigan, Kirstyn Johnson, Genevieve Leonard, Mia Morris, Taylor Nisewonger, Alie Phillips, Kaitlyn Riddell, Taylor Rouchon, and Brooke Vincent.

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