Escambia Road Prison Grows Over 40 Tons Of Food For Inmates – Including This 134 LB Watermelon

August 31, 2019

In the last 10 months, the Escambia County Road Prison work camp in Cantonment has produced over 40 tons of fruits, vegetables and fish used to feed inmates and save taxpayer dollars.

The facility has grown over 80,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables in the last 10 months, including a 134 pound watermelon, at the facility on Highway 297A.

Inmates who work at the Road Prison camp also typically produce thousands of pounds of tilapia annually through an aquaculture program that’s been in operation for almost a decade.

Pictured top: Escambia County Road Prison Officers Larry Meacham and Robert Olive with a 134 pound watermelon, just a small part of over 80 tons of food grown at the facility. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Flomaton Takes State Line Battle Over Northview (With Photo Gallery)

August 31, 2019

It was a game of cross the state line rivals that ended with the defending Alabama 3A state champ Flomaton Hurricanes defeating the Northview Chiefs 34-26 Friday night in Flomaton.

“The saying goes it’s a game of inches; tonight was a game of inches. You can really go back and look at two or three plays that won that game for them,” Northview head coach Derek Marshman said. “We gave up too many plays on special teams, we gave up big plays, we gave up boneheaded mistakes that we shouldn’t give up.”

For a photo gallery, click here.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a early first quarter seven point lead over the Chiefs before the Chiefs answered with a Trent Peebles touchdown. With a missed kick, the Canes saw their lead cut to 7-6 with 2:01 in the first.

Early in the second, Flomaton cashed in on a run from Da’quan “Money” Johnson. A wayward kick, the it was Flomaton’s ballgame 13-12.

Northview’s Peebles added another touchdown and with a good two point attempt from Jayden Jackson for a 20-13 Northview lead with 22.7 seconds in the half.

In the third, Canes quarterback Zeb Vickery punched it in for a one point contest, 21-20 Flomaton on top. Alex Cash returned Northview punt to the Chiefs’ 3-yard line before Flomaton scored again on a Jate’vius Franklin run with just under three minutes in the third.

Northview regained the lead in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard run from Jackson, Northview on top 26-21.

The Chief were forced to punt, and it went straight into the hands of Cash who returned it to the 3-yard line before being brought down by Northview’s Keaundre Richardson. Franklin ran straight through a big hole in the middle for the TD.

In the end, the Canes topped the Chiefs 34-26.

“We gave up too many plays on special teams, we gave up big plays, we gave up boneheaded mistakes that we shouldn’t give up. We played extremely hard, we worked extremely hard all night,” Marshman said “The kids left it all on the field, both teams left it all on the field so that’s something that they can be proud of and they can continue to work on. We go back and fix the the little things. In the grand scheme of things this is game two; we’ve got a lot of fish to fry down the road.”

Both coaches gave credit to the other team as a very formidable opponent.

“What a game. Northview is a super, super good football team, very physical football team. We knew that all summer going in. The Peebles kid is a heck of a running back; the Jackson kid is a good running back; they got a lot of good running backs. We knew it was going to be a battle, but I think we just persevered and made some plays at the end,” Flomaton head coach Doug Vickery said. “We knew it was going to be a battle, but I think we just persevered and made some plays at the end.”

The Canes take on the Jay Royals next Friday night, an Vickery is confident that his Hurricanes will be read, despite losing a lot of experience from last year’s state title team.

“We lost 11 really good seniors last year and now we have a whole new bunch of kids coming out persevering,” Vickery said. “It’s a long season ahead of us. We’ve got a lot to build on.”

The Chiefs will sit it out with a bye week before hosting the Baker Gators on September 13, and they’ll be using every available moment of that downtime to prepare.

“We are going to continue to get better and I think big things are still ahead of this football team,” Marshman said.

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

Pine Forest Eagles Soar Past Tate (With Photo Gallery)

August 31, 2019

The Pine Forest Eagles soared past Tate 31-7 Friday night.

The Aggies were coming off a 37-0 rout of Pensacola High last Friday night.

The only score of the night from the Aggies came when sophomore quarterback Dalton Biggs found senior Keaton Solmonson in the endzone.

The Aggies (1-1) are on the road with back to back road trips to Tallahassee the next two weeks. — September 6 at Lincoln and September 13 at Leon. The Aggies won’t be back in their house at Pete Gindl Stadium until September 20 when they host the Bulldogs of Crestview.

For more photos, click here. photos by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

September Food Assistance Benefits Released Early For All Florida Counties

August 31, 2019

Food assistance recipients in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Florida’s other 65 counties will receive their benefits now due to Hurricane Dorian.

To assist families as they prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to release September food assistance benefits to all Florida counties which were included in Governor Ron DeSantis’ state of emergency order

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers who were scheduled to receive their benefits between September 1 and September 14 will now be able to access benefits through their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards immediately. This is an early release of regular benefits, not a distribution of additional funds.

“I applaud Governor DeSantis and President Trump for their swift action in response to the needs of Florida’s vulnerable children and families preparing for this major hurricane,” said DCF Secretary Chad Poppell. “The early release of benefits will allow families to purchase much-needed food prior to Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.”

Powerful Hurricane Dorian Churns Toward Florida

August 31, 2019


Here is the very latest on Hurricane Dorian as it continues on a path toward Florida’s east coast.

For the local area, it’s worth watching Dorian, but the chances of any impact are decreasing.

The latest information on Dorian is in the graphics on this page.


Chance Of Storms For Saturday Afternoon And Evening

August 31, 2019

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Labor Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72. Calm wind.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 95. North wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 95.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

North Escambia Area Friday Night Finals

August 31, 2019

Here are Friday night football finals from the North Escambia area:


Flomaton 34, Northview 26 [Details, photo gallery...]
Pine Forest 31, Tate 7 [Details, photo gallery...]
Jay 40, Cottondale 16
Washington 22, West Florida 0
Milton at Pensacola High, 7 p.m.
Escambia 32, Crestview 0.
Catholic 24, Gulf Breeze, 14
Navarre 34, Pace 0


Flomaton 34, Northview 26
Escambia County (Atmore) 41, Wilcox Central 0
Satsuma 40, W.S. Neal 21
T.R. Miller 45, Choctaw County 0 (Thursday pm)

Pictured: Flomaton got past Northview 34-26 Friday night. photo, click to enlarge.

Today’s College Football Games (And Where To Watch Them)

August 31, 2019

Here are today’s college football games and where to find them on TV:

Indiana State at Kansas | 11 a.m.
Boise State at Florida State | 11 a.m. | ESPNews
Northern Iowa at No. 21 Iowa State | 11 a.m. | FS1
Florida Atlantic at No. 5 Ohio State | 11 a.m. | FOX
South Alabama at No. 24 Nebraska | 11 a.m. | ESPN
Howard at Maryland | 11 a.m. | Big Ten Network
Toledo at Kentucky | 11 a.m. | SEC Network
Ole Miss at Memphis | 11 a.m. | ABC
Mississippi State vs. Louisiana (New Orleans, LA) | 11 a.m. | ESPNU
East Carolina at NC State | 11 a.m. | ACC Network
Akron at Illinois | 11 a.m. | Big Ten Network
Indiana vs. Ball State (Indianapolis, IN) | 11 a.m. | CBSSN
Rhode Island at Ohio | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
James Madison at West Virginia | 1 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet
Eastern Washington at No. 13 Washington | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Bucknell at Temple | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Colgate at Air Force | 2:30 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 2 Alabama vs. Duke (Atlanta, GA) | 2:30 p.m. | ABC
Holy Cross at Navy | 2:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Idaho at No. 15 Penn State | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
South Carolina vs. North Carolina (Charlotte, NC) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN
Georgia State at Tennessee | 2:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Eastern Michigan at Coastal Carolina | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
East Tennessee State at Appalachian State | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Northwestern at No. 25 Stanford | 3 p.m. | FOX
Portland State at Arkansas | 3 p.m. | SEC Network
Virginia Tech at Boston College | 3 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Texas Tech | 3 p.m. | FSN
Incarnate Word at UTSA | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 22 Syracuse at Liberty | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Campbell at Troy | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Sam Houston State at New Mexico | 5 p.m.
UC Davis at California | 5:30 p.m, | Pac-12 Networks
VMI at Marshall | 5:30 p.m. | Stadium
Norfolk State at Old Dominion | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Alcorn State at Southern Miss | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
SMU at Arkansas State | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Illinois State at Northern Illinois | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Western Michigan | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Nicholls at Kansas State | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Stephen F. Austin at Baylor | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Virginia at Pitt | 6:30 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 16 Auburn vs. No. 11 Oregon (Arlington, TX) | 6:30 p.m. | ABC
Missouri at Wyoming | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Abilene Christian at North Texas | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (OH) at No. 20 Iowa | 6:30 p.m. | FS1
Middle Tennessee at No. 7 Michigan | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 3 Georgia at Vanderbilt | 6:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia Southern at No. 6 LSU | 6:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at TCU | 7 p.m. | FSN
Louisiana Tech at No. 10 Texas | 7 p.m. | Longhorn Network
Houston Baptist at UTEP | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Grambling at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Weber State at San Diego State | 8 p.m. | Facebook
New Mexico State at No. 23 Washington State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Southern Utah at UNLV | 9 p.m. | MW Network (stream)
Fresno State at Southern California | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN

Florida Dept. Of Corrections Cancels All Visitations Statewide In Advance Of Dorian

August 31, 2019

The Florida Department of Corrections has canceled weekend visitations at all correctional facilities statewide through Monday, September 2, in response to Hurricane Dorian.

The cancelation includes all major institutions, work camps, work release centers and annex facilities such as the Century Correctional Institution, Century Work Camp, the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution and the Blackwater River Correctional Facility.

FDC staff throughout the state are working to prepare facilities for the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian. Staff resources will be devoted to emergency response efforts.

Department staff have begun working to make necessary preparations for inmates housed in facilities located in the path of the storm. Extra water and food supplies are being brought in to all facilities that may be impacted by the storm. Decisions to evacuate facilities will be made on a case-by-case basis and on what is in the best interest of the public, staff and inmate safety.

Offenders on community supervision will be given specific instructions from their probation officers in the event evacuations are deemed necessary or if the probation office closes during normal reporting hours.

In the event of an institution evacuation, announcements will be made upon completion. Inmate locations will be posted on the website approximately 24-hours after relocation, per standard protocol.

Day In The Park Saturday At Quintette Park

August 31, 2019

A Family Fun Day is set for Saturday at Quintette Park from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The event will feature kids games, gospel music from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., vendors and kickball tournament beginning at 1 p.m.

Quintette Park is located at 2490 Quintette Lane, Cantonment. For information or to reserve vendor space, call (850) 324-0617.

This is family friendly fun event.

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