Bonus Photos: Northview Football, Cheerleaders Band

August 31, 2015

For a bonus photo gallery from last Friday night’s Northview at Crestview game, click here.

The gallery includes football action shots, the band and the cheerleaders. For the game action story, click here.

Photos by Gary Amerson for, click to enlarge.

Willie Ward

August 31, 2015

Willie Ward, 78, of Cantonment passed away Friday, August 28, 2015.

He was born November 26, 1936, to Tom and Winnie Ward of Molino where he was raised.  Willie was one of 11 children.  He is preceded in death by his brothers Ebb Ward, Bud Ward, Junie Ward, Ray Ward and Bill Ward.  He is survived by two brothers, Lonnie Ward and Wayne Ward of Molino, three sisters, Jean Moody (Bob) of Milton, Tiny McCrory of Pensacola and Ruth Neal of Cantonment, step-son, Ray Gene White of Cantonment and special cousin, Jim Denham, whom he loved as a brother.   Special friends include Booter Fillingim, Arnold Gibson, Jody Newton, Harold Holder, Esaw White, Pete Thomas and many, many others.

His career included 10 years at Miami Beach Yacht Corp, five years with a tugboat company, Tennessee Towing Company and 20 years in construction with Local Union 277, Mobile Built and Trade.

Willie had a great love for fishing, camping, boating and hunting.  His family and friends were very important to him.

Active pallbearers will be Tommy McCrory, Morris Shreve, Pete Ward, Chuck Ward, Foy Perry and Jim Denham.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 1noon  at Faith Chapel North with the service beginning at 1:00 pm.  Burial will follow at Highland Baptist Church Cemetery in Molino.  Rev. Carlos Jackson and Rev. Jimmy Cook will officiate.

Martha Mosley Cooper

August 31, 2015

Martha Mosley Cooper,66 of Atmore, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Mobile. She was born on December 21, 1948, to the late William and Lillian Luker Mosley.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Ann Mosley; and two brothers, Norman Mosley and Donald Ray Mosley.

Survivors include two brothers, Ronald (Faye) Mosley and Wayne Mosley all of Atmore; three sisters, Laura Ikner of Atmore, Linda Kirchharr and Nora(Pete) Weaver all of Bay Minette; special aunt, Mazie Joiner of Perdido; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Graveside services were held Friday, August 28, 2015, in Oak Hill Cemetery with Sis. Helen Stewart Officiating.

Interment will follow was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were her nephews.

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

Betty S. Lee

August 31, 2015

Betty S. Lee, 71 of Atmore, passed away August 28, 2015, in Atmore. She was born on December 17, 1943, to the late Norvell and Rosie King Sanders in Ozark, AL. She had worked as a custodian at the First United Methodist Church of Atmore for many years.

She is survived by her husband Jimmy Lee of Atmore,  son Stephen (Bridgett) Lee of Counce, TN, and daughter Connie (Craig) Penn of Daleville, AL; four brothers Herman Sanders of Atmore,  Wayne Sanders of Pensacola, Roger Sanders and Joe Sanders both of Birmingham; sister Gail Calhoun of Dothan, AL; two grandsons John Brickhouse and Eric Ward;and one granddaughter, Kayla Rinks.

The family will be holding a private visitation.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Van Gary Duncan

August 31, 2015

Van Gary Duncan went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 26, 2015. He left this earth peacefully and entered the Gates of Heaven at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on July 9, 1941 in Gilbertsville, KY. He moved with his family to Pensacola, FL at the age of 11. He played football at Tate High School and graduated there in 1959. In 1960 he joined the United States Navy. During his Navy career, he earned many awards and medals. He received a Navy Commendation Medal from the Secretary of the Navy for his heroism in rescuing five shipmates from berthing compartments flooded with carbon dioxide gas on board the USS Mattabesset on July 17, 1968. He retired a Senior Chief from the Navy in 1980. He then worked Civil Service in Groton, CT for 10 years as supervisor of ship building. In 1992, he transferred to Pensacola, FL and worked 13 years at NAS, retiring in 2003.

He enjoyed fishing, boating and taking care of his yard. His yard was always immaculate. He was also a master woodworker who could build anything. He was a member of Three Rivers Church in Seminole, AL. He loved God, his church, church family, and pastor. In 1989,  he married Joan, the love of his life. He spent the rest of his life loving and taking care of his precious wife and children. He was a family man and always enjoyed being with family and telling old stories. He also adored his little dog “Scout”. They were pretty much inseparable. He always had a smile and his laughter was contagious.  He was loving, kindhearted and his integrity was beyond measure. If you knew him, you couldn’t help but love him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Van Hubert Duncan; his mother, Ruby Alice Leonard; and his sister, Donna Gail Duncan.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Duncan; four children, Gerald (Karen) Campbell, Phyllis (Jeff) Craft, Bill (Karen) Campbell, and Steven (Shellie) Campbell; one brother, Cecil (Nancy) Duncan; two brothers-in-law, Donald McCrory and Benny McCrory; sister-in-law, Bonifay Stacey; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one niece and one nephew; and many other friends and loved ones.

We would like to give special thanks to Gentiva Hospice and special friend, Hazel Byrd, for making his last days comfortable.

Anchors Aweigh, “Papa Honey”, we wish you fair winds and following seas.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015 with Pastor Dan Lowery officiating. Burial will follow in Barrancas National Cemetery.

Family will receive friends at 8:30 a.m. prior to services.

Jay Teen Killed In Early Morning Wreck

August 30, 2015

A Jay teen died in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning about four miles south of Jay.

David T. Palmer, 17, was traveling east on Bragg Lake Road off of Highway 89 when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. His 2008 Chevrolet began to rotate clockwise and traveled down an embankment. Palmer was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators believe the crash occurred between 4:00 and 4:30 a.m., but an exact time has not yet been determined. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The FHP investigation is continuing.

Teen Killed In Santa Rosa Traffic Crash

August 30, 2015

A teen was killed in a two vehicle crash about 10:40 Saturday morning in Santa Rosa County.

Adrian Lewis Dunklin, Jr., 17, was traveling south on Avalon Boulevard near Santa Monica Street when his 2014 Honda cross the center line into the path of a 2008 Nissa SUV driven by 35-year old Julie Counts Richardson of Milton.

A passenger in Dunklin’s vehicle, 17-year old Aubree D. Manapat Kramer of Pace, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Dunklin and a second passenger in his vehicle, 17-year old Josh J. Jones, received minor injuries and were transported to West Florida Hospital. Richardson was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Ernest Ward Seeks Donations Of Legos, Tinker Toys, Building Sets

August 30, 2015

Ernest Ward Middle School is seeking donations of construction toy sets for their new Innovation Center. The school is in need of sets of Legos, Erector Sets, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and similar items.

Call Mrs. Stallworth at (850) 327-4283 extension 110 for more information.

As part of Vision 2020 in the Escambia County School District, schools are going back to the concept of letting students explore, experiment and learn through trial and error. Libraries have become Innovation Centers where students can create, explore, discover and invent using a variety of materials, such as the construction sets.

Mosquito Borne Illness Alert Continues After West Nile Cases Confirmed

August 30, 2015

A mosquito-borne illness alert for Escambia County continues after at least two West Nile virus cases were conformed in the county.

The second case of West Nile was recently confirmed in an adult male. This makes the sixth human case in Florida in 2015.

“Residents and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to limit exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses,” says FDOH-Escambia Director, Dr. John J. Lanza. The Escambia County Mosquito Control Division and FDOH-Escambia continue surveillance and prevention efforts. There is heightened concern that other Escambia County residents and visitors may become ill from being bitten by an infected mosquito.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, the health department recommends that practice of  “Drain and Cover”:

Drain standing water.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, bottles, pots, broken appliances and other items not being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pets’ water bowls at least twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

Cover skin with clothing or repellent and cover doors and windows.

  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
  • Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
  • Re-apply mosquito repellent as often as needed to prevent mosquito landings and bites.
  • Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
  • When using repellent on children, apply to your hands first and then rub on their arms and legs.
  • Place screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios. Always repair broken screens.

Florida Minimum Wage Increase Proposed In The House

August 30, 2015

A House Democrat filed a bill Friday that calls for increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. The bill (HB 109), filed by Rep. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, will be considered during the 2016 legislative session and mirrors a bill (SB 6) filed last month by Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami. Previous proposals to increase the minimum wage have not moved forward in the Legislature. The state’s minimum wage, which gradually increases each year, hit $8.05 in January.

by The News Service of Florida

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