No Injuries Reported In Cantonment Wreck

March 31, 2019

There were no injuries reported when a driver struck a guardrail in Cantonment Sunday morning. The single vehicle crash happened on Well Line Road near Santa Rosa Road. Reader submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Escambia County’s 24 Bridge Replacement Priority List

March 31, 2019

Escambia County has placed 24 bridges on a replacement priority list with an estimated total cost of about $24.5 million.

The county created the list to for possible funding from the state legislature during the current session. But the Escambia County Commission later declined to submit the request after learning bridge replacement would compete for the same potential state funding as a road project wish list that was previously submitted.

“We have a bridge crisis in Escambia County. We have 90 wooden-frame bridges. Many of them … have a construction date of unknown, an age of unknown. That is frightening. Many of them, we are talking 60 or 70-year-old wooden-frame bridges,” Commissioner Doug Underhill said at a January meeting.   He said there are 90 wooden-frame bridges in the county.

In November, the commission submitted four priority funding requests in no particular order:

  • Muscogee Road Widening and Drainage Project
  • Beulah / I‐10 Interchange / US 29 Connector Project
  • Pine Forest Road 4‐Laning (I‐10 to Nine Mile Road)
  • West Cervantes Street / Mobile Highway Corridor Safety Improvements

Four additional requests were also submitted:

  • Estuary Program — Pensacola/Perdido, Choctawhatchee, and St. Andrew’s
  • Bob Sikes Fishing Pier Rehabilitation & Pensacola Beach Blvd. Access Road Project
  • Klondike Road / Wilde Lake Blvd. Widening Project
  • Funding through Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) towards Pedestrian/Bicycle Projects

The Escambia County bridge replacement priority list is as follows: photos.

Much Cooler Weather Returns

March 31, 2019

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 70. North wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 61.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

Thousands Attend Blue Jacket Jamboree, Livestock Show, Egg Drop (With Photo Gallery)

March 31, 2019

Thousands of people attended the annual Northview High School FFA Blue Jacket Jamboree and the Gulf Coast Agriculture & Natural Resources Youth Organization Annual Spring Livestock Show Saturday in Molino.

The event included plenty of arts and crafts, a car show and more, including a special visit from the Easter Bunny and an egg drop from a ladder fire truck.

The livestock show included 4-H and FFA youth exhibiting hogs, beef cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, and rabbits from Escambia and neighboring counties. The day ended with youth exhibitors auctioning off their market animals.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Ballpark Celebrates Opening Day (With Photo Gallery)

March 31, 2019

Saturday was opening day at the Cantonment Ballpark with a full state of opening day games.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Northview Track Results

March 31, 2019

The following Northview track athletes placed in a recent track meet at Baker:

100m Nene Findley 1st, Lexi Broadhead 2nd
Girls 4×100 1st Nene Findley, Korelis Moralis, Sarius Davis, and Lexi Broadhead
300m Hurdles Karlee Criswell 3rd
200m Nene Findley 1st, Lexi Broadhead 2nd
Girls 4×400 2nd Nene Findley, Taylor Lashley, Karlee Criswell, Sarius Davis
High Jump Karlee Criswell 3rd

4×800 3rd Garrett Bodiker, David Lamb, Colby Morris, John Bashore
110 Hurdles 3rd Jarius Moorer
100m Quay Thomas 1st, Daniel Merit 3rd
4×100 1st Keaton Brown, Quay Thomas, Daniel Meritt, Jarius Moorer
800m 3rd Colby Morris
3200m 3rd David Lamb
200m 1st Daniel Meritt
Shot Put 2nd Cameron Findley
Long Jump 1st Ray Bush
Triple Jump 2nd Chris Nordman, 3rd Ray Bush
High Jump 2nd Chris Nordman, 3rd Ray Bush

Photos: Opening Day For Century Little League

March 31, 2019

Saturday was opening day for the Century Little League. The teams were introduced before an ceremonial opening pitch at the first games of the season at Showalter Park.

For more photos, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Escambia Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Armed Home Invasion Robbery

March 31, 2019

An Escambia County man is headed to prison for an armed home invasion robbery.

Philip Joseph Wood was sentenced to 15 years state prison by the Honorable Judge Jan Shackelford. Ten years of that sentence is a mandatory minimum that must be served day for day. On January 10, 2019, Wood pleaded straight up to the court to home invasion robbery with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and five counts of grand theft of a firearm.

The charges arose from an incident on October 11, 2017, where Wood, armed with a firearm, and two co-defendants entered the home of the victims and robbed the victims. Wood and his co-defendants stole five firearms from inside the residence. While inside the residence, the victims were threatened by Wood with the firearm.

Today Is Deadline To Pay Escambia County Property, Tangible Taxes

March 31, 2019

Escambia County Tax Collector Scott Lunsford is reminding local residents that 2018 unpaid real estate and tangible property taxes become delinquent April 1. Penalties of three percent for real estate taxes and one and one-half percent for tangible taxes will be assessed. To avoid the penalty, payment must be made by March 31.

Payment options include:

  • online by midnight CDT, March 31, at;
  • mailed with a March postmark;
  • left by midnight CDT, March 31 in a 24-hour drop box available at all locations; or
  • by phone at (850) 438-6500, ext. 3252 by close of business March 29.

Since the deadline falls during the weekend, when all offices are closed, customers can make their payment in person without penalty on current 2018 taxes at any tax collector office on Monday, April 1.

Taxpayers are encouraged to visit the tax collector’s virtual office at to pay online 24 hours a day. Online services allow customers to pay their taxes, search records, print receipts, renew vehicle and vessel registrations and many other services. Customers who decide to visit one of four offices can join the line online at and manage their time their way. Citizens select an office location and type of service, receive a message with approximate service time and then continue their regular activities until the service time approaches.

Customers can visit the payment center at to check the status of property taxes, pay online or print a receipt. Taxpayers are encouraged to contact the tax collector’s office by email or by phone with any questions.

Pictured: The Escambia County Tax Collector office in Molino. file photo.

Tiffany Dawn Stegall Fite

March 31, 2019

Tiffany Dawn Stegall Fite 47, of Gulf Breeze, Florida gave up her three year courageous battle with cancer to be with her Savior on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. She was born on November 8, 1971, in Pensacola, Florida. She loved and was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Tiffany worked in the Human Resources office at Ascend in Cantonment, FL.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gene Stegall; her grandparents, E. V. Stegall, Waver Flowers, James and Voncile Whigham; and her Uncle Randall Whigham.

She is survived by her daughter, Cheyenne Sanders and son, Logan Fite of Gulf Breeze, Florida; mother Anne Stegall; brother, Jason Stegall and his sons, Brennen and Fletcher; Cheyenne’s father, Cecil Sanders and his mother, Charlotte Moucheron; Logan’s father, Bill Fite and his mother, Donna Fite; numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

A special thanks to Tiffany’s Aunt Sharon Collins who walked the path with Tiffany to the end.

Services will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019, at 10 a.m. at Faith Chapel North with Reverend William Chancery officiating.

Her final resting place will be beside her beloved Whigham grandparents at West Pittman Baptist Church Cemetery in Westville, Florida.

Graveside services will be Monday, April 1, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

Faith Chapel Funeral Home North is entrusted with arrangements.

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