Mostly Sunny, Low 90’s

August 31, 2016

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. North wind around 5 mph.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.

Labor Day: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Health Advisory Issued For Escambia After West Nile Case Confirmed

August 31, 2016

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory after the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2016 was confirmed in a resident in Escambia County.

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.

According to CDC, most people (70-80 percent) infected with WNV show no symptoms at all. About one in five people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of illness recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Less than one percent of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). Older adults and persons with weakened immune systems and/or other chronic illnesses are at the greatest risk for severe illness.

“If you suspect you are ill with a West Nile virus infection, please visit your doctor,” says FDOH-Escambia Director, Dr. John J. Lanza. “The most important thing we can do is take precautions to prevent infection.”

Mosquitoes are known carriers of WNV, and other disease-causing viruses. To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to 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;

·         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. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

·         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.

·         Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing. Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children.

Cover doors and windows.

·         Place screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.

·         Repair broken screens.

·         Keep unscreened windows and doors closed.

Wahoos Beat Suns

August 31, 2016

His teammates call him, “Mr. Clutch,” and Tuesday Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league veteran Ray Chang lived up to the nickname.

Locked in a pitcher’s duel between Pensacola right-handed starter Sal Romano and Jacksonville Suns left-hander starter Matt Tomshaw, Chang hit a line drive single with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning to drive in Blue Wahoos right fielder Sebastian Elizalde and center fielder Brandon Dixon to give his team a 2-0 lead.

Mr. Clutch is now 4-5 with a double and seven RBIs with the bases loaded for Pensacola this season.

Pensacola won its fifth in a row, beating Jacksonville, 5-2, Tuesday in front of 3,192 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Pensacola is just 1,937 fans short of reaching 300,000 fans in each of its first five seasons with one more home game to play Wednesday.

No one was happier to have the 12-year-minor league veteran Chang back in the lineup than Pensacola manager Pat Kelly.

“How about that? He comes back and gets that big clutch hit,” Kelly said. “And then gets a double after that. He didn’t miss a beat. He comes with experience. He knows all the pressure is on the pitcher and not the hitter.”

Chang was playing in his second game Tuesday with the Blue Wahoos after getting transferred from Triple-A Louisville, where he had just gone 3-3. He was a defensive substitution Monday. Chang went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs and is hitting .274 for Pensacola.

“It was weird,” the 33-year-old Chang said. “I wasn’t 100 percent locked in the first two at bats. That situation automatically locks you in. I was just trying to get a pitch to hit.”

Romano was grateful for Chang coming through. Romano improved to 6-11 with a 3.42 ERA this season. In the second half of the season, the Cincinnati Reds No. 16 prospect has been dominant, going 5-4 with a 2.39 ERA.

He had a perfect game through 4.2 innings with four strikeouts when Jacksonville shortstop Peter Mooney hit a line drive to left field for the first Suns hit.

Romano has a career high 140 strike outs and now is tied for the Pensacola single-season franchise record. Three more strikeouts and, Romano, who boasts a 95 mph fastball, will reach 500 career strikeouts in five minor league seasons. Romano, who is second in the Southern League in strikeouts, previously had a high of 128 strikeouts in 2014 for the Low-A Dayton Dragons.

His final line in Tuesday’s game read: eight innings pitched, two hits, no runs, no walks and six strikeouts on 94 total pitches.

“I pitched off my fastball, which made all my other pitches look better,” Romano said. “I trust all my pitches. It’s been a fun half.”

Kelly liked that Romano wanted to go out and finish the game in the ninth inning after only giving up the singles to Mooney and second baseman Garrett Weber.

“That was fun to see,” Kelly said of Romano’s two hitter. “Boy, how far he has come since the start of the year. He wanted to go out for the ninth. We’ve raised all these five or six-inning pitchers who look to come out of the game. Here’s a guy who wants to end the game. That’s nice to see.”

After Chang’s single, Pensacola added two more runs to put the Blue Wahoos up, 4-0, when Blue Wahoos catcher Joe Hudson followed with a double into the left field corner. Both third baseman Taylor Sparks and Chang scored.

The Blue Wahoos, who have won four straight series, are 14-5 with six games left before the playoffs. Pensacola, which won the first half South Division title, are battling Mississippi Braves for the second half crown, too. The Blue Wahoos are a half game behind Mississippi, which is 35-28 and 69-63 overall. Pensacola is 35-29 in the second half and has its best overall record in franchise history at 76-58.

Romano is looking forward to the playoff run.

“This is a special team and a special run for us,” he said. “We go out there and try to win every single ball game and play hard. We’re going to be a hard team to beat. I’m really excited for it.”

Kelly added: “The next five days will be very interesting,” Kelly said.

Jesse Graham Folmar

August 31, 2016

Jesse Graham Folmar was born February 28, 1984, in Pensacola to Chuck and Peggy Folmar. Jesse was taken unexpectedly on August 28, 2016. He married the love of his life, Katie Sullivan Folmar on March 23, 2013. Their time together was far too short, but ever so sweet. He grew up playing baseball, hunting, fishing, and his favorite passion of all, racing at the local dirt track. He will be remembered by his humor, quick wit and his love of life.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Lucille Graham and Charles and Martha Folmar.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Katie Folmar; parents, Chuck and Peggy Folmar; his brother, Phillip Folmar and his wife, Christy; his twin brother, Evan Folmar and his wife, Sumer; father and mother-in-law, Larry and Marie Sullivan; sister-in-law, Heather Mahoney and her husband, Justin; brother-in-law, Chris Sullivan and his wife, Lindsay; Ida Grosbernd (Nanny); nieces and nephews, Brianna, Tyler, Olivia, Raelyn, Lane, Mallory and Bailey; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016, at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home Friday, September 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Billy Hodge and Reverend John Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Clear Springs Cemetery.

Bash Ard Franklin

August 31, 2016

Mrs. Bash Ard Franklin, 96, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, in Pensacola.

Mrs. Franklin was a native and life long resident of McDavid. She was of the Protestant Faith. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jodie Franklin.

She is survived by her nephew, James D. Watford of Crestview and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Ray’s Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Nathan Brown officiating.

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

Morris L. Glenn, Sr.

August 31, 2016

Morris L. Glenn, Sr. 73 of Pensacola, FL passed away at the Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Residence after battling cancer.

Morris was born June 12, 1943 in Charleston, SC to Othella Ann Morris and Wiley L. Glenn. Morris attended Oklahoma Military Academy and entered the Navy in 1961 at NATTC in San Diego, CA Oct. 1961, he was stationed at NATTC Memphis, TN where he attended “ADJ” “A” School. Then was sent to Pensacola from Mar. 1962 to Aug. 1965. Then he went to NATPC for “ADJ” “B” School from Sept. 1965 to Dec. 1965. Then he went to VP-19 NAS Moffett Field, CA. He was a P-3 Flight Engineer there from Jan. 1966- Feb. 1970. Then he went to NAHC Memphis, TN from Feb. 1970 to May 1970 where he attended instructor school. Then he went to NAMTD Patuxent River, MD from May 1970 to Mar. 1972 and was instructor of the Year. Then he went to VP-10 NAS Brunswick, ME from Mar. 1975 to April 1978. Then he went to NRL Patuxent River, MD from April 1978-May 1981, where he retired.

As a civilian, he worked for ALM from 1981-1987as an Engineering Team Leader. While working nights he attended college at the Emery Riddle Aeronautical University and graduated in 1988 with his BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked for McNeil Technologies, Inc. form 1987 – 1990. Then he went to work for American Electronic, Inc. As a Logistics Analyst form 1990-1993 then BAE, Inc. form 1993-2006, where he retired.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Carol Smith Hollenshead whom he married Dec. 4, 1969 in Houston, TX.

His is also survived by his children, Ursula Renee Towles of California, MD, Morris Lawson (Anna) Glenn, Jr. of Leonardtown, MD and William Latham (Brandy) Glenn, Sr. of Mechanicsville, MD; grandchildren, Craig Austin Towles, Cody Ryan (Melissa) Towles, Kaylie Renee Glenn, William Latham Glenn, Jr., Jia Glenn and Morris Lawson Glenn III; a brother, Thomas Theron Glenn of Oklahoma City, OK; many nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law; and 2 yorkies, Prissy and Penny.

Morris was an avid Redskins fan and collected clocks and knives. He loved gardening, bird watching, reading and riding his Harley.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home South. Burial to follow in Barrancas National Cemetery, NAS Pensacola, FL.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be: Lawson Glenn, Latham Glenn, Mike Fletcher, Ron Sterling, Frank Brooks and Bill Spath

Flowers and contributions to St. Jude’s Children Hospital are both welcome

Firefighters Save Cantonment Home

August 30, 2016

Quick work by firefighters saved a Cantonment home early Tuesday morning. They were able to quickly extinguish an apparent stove fire about 2 a.m. in the 9900 block of Bristol Park Road. The Cantonment, Ensley and Bellview stations of Escambia Fire Rescue responded to the blaze. Photo by Kristi Barbour for, click to enlarge.

Election Day Info, Tips

August 30, 2016

Here are voter tips and information from Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford:

•Polls are open 7:00 a.m. until 7:oo p.m.

• Confirm the location of your polling place. It is listed on your sample ballot, voter information card, online at, or call 595-3900.

• If you are unsure of your registration status, check, e-mail at, or call 595-3900.

• If you need to update your address, contact us prior to Election Day so you can be directed to your proper polling location.

• Photo and signature ID is required for all voters – if you do not present an approved form of ID, you may vote a provisional ballot.

• Be sure to review your sample ballot prior to Election Day in order to familiarize yourself with all of the contests and bring it with you to the polls. A sample ballot was mailed to all eligible voters, and you can view your sample ballot online at

• Florida is a closed primary state. In a primary election, voters may only vote for candidates in their party of registration unless there is a universal primary contest, a nonpartisan contest, or other issue on the ballot.

• Remember to make only one selection per contest on your ballot.

• Registration books closed on August 1 – new registrations and party changes for this election may not be made at the polls.

• You may not return your completed vote-by-mail ballot to your precinct on Election Day – it must be returned to the Elections Office by 7 p.m.

• If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot but chose not to return it and wish to vote at your polling place instead, please bring your unvoted ballot package with you so it can be cancelled.

• Early voting ended Saturday – if you have not yet voted or did not request a vote-by-mail ballot by August 24, you must go to your designated precinct on Election Day.

• Busiest times at the polls tend to be 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., during lunch, and 4:30 p.m. until the polls close at 7:00 p.m.

For further information, call (850) 595-3900, e-mail or visit


Slight Chance Of Rain Today

August 30, 2016

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. North wind around 5 mph.

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. North wind around 5 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.

Labor Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

One Injured When Semi Hits Two Vehicles In Jay

August 30, 2016

One person was injured when the driver of a semi plowed into a couple of other vehicles in Jay Monday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol,  semi truck driver Winston Terry Spencer, age 45 of Chipley, said his vision was obstructed by a glare on his windshield as he rear-ended a 2002 GMC Sierra driven by 22-year old Gerald Casey Kilpatrick of Jay.

The accident happened about 11 a.m. on Highway 4 at Commerce Street as Kilpatrick slowed for traffic. After hitting Kilpatrick’s Sierra, the semi also hit a parked Kia Sorrento and a sign belonging to Tri-City Home Medical Supply.

Spencer and Kilpatrick were not injured. Kilpatrick’s passenger, 29-year old Rachel Jackson of Jay, was transported to Jay Hospital with minor injuries.

Spencer was cited for careless driving by the FHP.

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