Here Is The New Year’s Trash Schedule You Need To Know

December 30, 2019

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Here is the New Year’s trash schedule for ECUA in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, the Town of Century and the City of Pensacola.


Garbage, Yard Trash & Recycling Services: All Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday collections will be made one day later than normally scheduled. All Tuesday collections will be on Tuesday as scheduled.


Garbage, Yard Trash & Recycling Services: No changes to sanitation collections. All collections will be made on their regularly scheduled days. There are no changes to commercial dumpster service.


ECUA offices will be closed January 1, 2020, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. The customer service office and walk-in payment areas only will be closed on December 31. All other ECUA offices and the drive-thru window will be open on this day.


Town of Century garbage pick up will be one day later that normal. Collections will be Thursday, January 2 instead of January 1.


There will be no pickup changes for City of Pensacola Sanitation customers due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Escambia County Corrections Recognizes GED Graduates

December 30, 2019

The Escambia County Corrections Department recognized four Jail GED Program graduates with a ceremony recently at the Escambia County Jail.

Davander Travis, Ronald Lundy, Ashton Mancill and Vanessa Montgomery earned their GED diplomas through the program while incarcerated.

During 2019, there have been 31 high school graduates from the Escambia County Corrections GED Program. The Escambia County Corrections Department has offered a GED program for many years, becoming a certified testing center through the Florida Department of Education in 2014.

The GED pass rate for the Escambia County Corrections Detention Division was 86% in 2018-2019.

No Lane Closures On State Roads Through January 2

December 30, 2019

There will be no lane closures on state roads through Thursday, January 2. The lane closure restrictions include both construction and maintenance activities, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. file photo.

Gas Prices Trend Upward For The Week

December 30, 2019

Florida gas prices are back on the rise. The state average increased 4 cents last week. Drivers are now paying an average price of $2.46 per gallon at the pump, an increase of nearly 30 cents per gallon from what drivers paid this time last year.

In Escambia County, the average price per gallon Sunday night was $2.48 a gallon. That’s a dime higher than one week ago, and 33 cents more than one year ago. Two Cantonment stations were at $2.42 per gallon Sunday night.

“Gas prices could be dragged even higher this week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “The state average could soon exceed $2.50 per gallon, based on the current level of wholesale gasoline. Crude prices rose last week after U.S. crude supplies dropped more than expected. The fuel market also remains bullish over optimism of a possible US-China trade agreement. These factors have gas prices going opposite of their usual downturn this time of year. Even still, gas prices are hovering within the same range they’ve been in since August.”

“Looking forward, gas prices in 2020 are likely to follow a similar trend as in 2019; with price hikes in the spring, then a steady decline through the fall,” Jenkins continued. “Looking at futures prices, Florida gasoline could average around $2.50 per gallon in the first quarter, then jump 20-30 cents in the spring as refiners conduct seasonal maintenance and switch to summer gasoline. From there, gas prices decline slowly from July-September, then more rapidly through the end of the year. Based on current projections, Florida’s state average could finish 2020 in the $2.30 price range.”

WSRE Seeks Questions From Local Residents For Legislative Delegation

December 30, 2019

WSRE is accepting questions from the public for legislators who will appear on “Legislative Review: Dialogue with the Delegation,” airing 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. The program will also be simulcast on NewsRadio 92.3 FM and 1620 AM.

Questions may be submitted in advance by email to Each question must be accompanied by a name and city of residence. Questions will also be accepted by phone during the broadcast.

Moderated by Jeff Weeks, “Legislative Review” features a panel discussion with the local legislative delegation responding to constituents’ questions on budget and policy topics. The following legislators of the Northwest Florida delegation have been invited to participate: Sens. Doug Broxson (District 1) and George B. Gainer (District 2); and Reps. Mike Hill (District 1), Alex Andrade (District 2), Jayer Williamson (District 3) and Mel Ponder (District 4).

WSRE presents a live broadcast of “Legislative Review” as a community service before and after each legislative session. Florida’s 2020 legislative session convenes on Jan. 14.

Cool And Dry Weather To Round Out The Year

December 30, 2019

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 38. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

New Year’s Day: Increasing clouds, with a high near 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Wednesday Night: Showers likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 71. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 58. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 36.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 59.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 39.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

George Walder Scogin

December 30, 2019

George Walder Scogin, 84, passed away Dec. 27, 2019 in Pensacola following a long illness. He was surrounded by family at his passing.

He grew up in Bay Minette and graduated from Baldwin County High School where he played football and was senior class president.

At the age of 11, Scogin started working for Thompson’s Fine Fashions. In the mid 1960s, he became manager of Thompson’s in Atmore, which he managed until he retired in the early 1990s. He later worked for Harold Allen Mobile Homes.

He was active in many civic organizations in Atmore, including the Atmore Lions Club the downtown merchants’ association, the Atmore Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees, holding multiple offices for these groups.

He attended Woodbine United Methodist Church in Pace, FL. While in Atmore he was an active member of the First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and served as a deacon.

Scogin and his wife, Patsy Ann, were married for 52 years until her death in 2008. Together they had four children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Ann, his parents, George McLeod and Mertice, a brother, William “Bill” Scogin and a nephew, Billy.

Scogin is survived by four children: Mike (Johnna) of Georgetown, KY, Becky Hetrick of Crestview, FL, Gail (Park) Young of Walnut Hill, FL, and Cindy (Sean) Harigel of Pace, FL; five grandchildren, Stephen (Ashleigh) Hetrick, Ashley (Thomas) Long, James Scogin, Paxton Davis and Katherine Scogin; and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11 AM at the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Stephen Hetrick, Thomas Long, Cameron Long, Triston Long, Paxton Davis and James Scogin.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 10 AM until service time at 11 AM from the Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home.

A special thank you to the employees at Covenant Care Hospice at Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola.

Rabies Alert Remains In Effect For All Of Escambia County

December 29, 2019

A rabies alert remains in effect for all of Escambia County.

In early December, the health department received a positive test result for rabies in a raccoon which was anonymously left in a box outside of a local wildlife sanctuary. The name of the sanctuary was not released.

The Florida Department of Health said all residents and visitors in Escambia County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Escambia County.

The FDOH-Escambia said the individual(s) who left the raccoon should be immediately evaluated by a medical professional for rabies exposure. They are also requested to contact FDOH-Escambia’s Epidemiology Program staff by calling (850) 595-6683. Also, individuals who have been bitten or scratched by a raccoon, or other animal whose rabies vaccination status is unknown, should be immediately evaluated by a medical professional and report the injury to the the health department at (850) 595-6700.

File photo.

Don’t Pesto My Snowman: Escambia 4-H Holds Bake-Off (With Winning Recipe)

December 29, 2019

Escambia County 4-H recently hosted its third annual Holiday Bake-Off with 31 members submitting 91 delicious entries.

The Best of Show Award went to Izzy Kent of the Northview 4-H Club for her “Don’t Pesto My Snowman” torte appetizer. For the recipe, click here.

Category winners were:

Cloverbuds (Participation ribbon only)-Baylee B. (4), Lindsay Carbone, Zaiyn Chauvette (2), Mallory Mahoney, Joanna Powell (2), Anna Simmons, Weston Simmons
Cakes-Brayton Workman of the Escambia Shooting Stars 4-H Club
Cupcakes-Wyatt Kervin of the Escambia Shooting Stars 4-H Club
Pies-Tucker Padgett of the Barrineau Park 4-H Club
Candies-Ethan Thorne of the Escambia County Leadership 4-H Club
Cookies-A.T. Bridgers of the Barrineau Park 4-H Club
Brownies-Matthew Dunlap of the Northview 4-H Club
Breads-Kailee Dunlap of the Northview 4-H Club
Specialty Items-Izzy Kent of the Northview 4-H Club
Appetizers-Izzy Kent of the Northview 4-H Club
Lite Recipes-Ryan Clarke of the Northview 4-H Club
Gluten Free Cookies- Syrah Chauvette of the Northview 4-H Club
Gingerbread House Making Workshop-Tucker Padgett of the Barrineau Park 4-H Club

Division winning entries received a coveted Golden Spoon Award. Cloverbuds (membars age 5-7), received a golden spoon and participation ribbon.

After judging was complete, family members were able to enjoy the dishes.

Century Council Says No To Changing Meeting Schedule As Recommended By Staff

December 29, 2019

The Century Town council has set their meeting schedule for the 2020 calendar year, deciding not to change the council’s longstanding 7 p.m. regular meeting time.

Staff had recommended moving the council meeting time to 5:15, just after a 5:00 bill review meeting. But the council decided to leave things as they are now.

“I don’t have any intention of changing,” council member James Smith said in a recent council meeting. “I have other things going on.”

“The meeting is for the public…most of the people leave town for work,” council member Luis Gomez said. “If we want to have the public involved in these meetings (changing it) makes it harder for the
community and public to attend.”

Council members Sandra McMurray-Jackson and Ann Brooks said the 7 p.m. meeting time would also be best for them, while councilman Ben Boutwell said he was flexible on the time.

The council meets the first and third Monday nights of the month at 7:00, right after a 6:45 meeting to review their bill list. The exceptions in 2020 are for meetings that conflict with Martin
Luther King Day in January and Labor Day in September. Those meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of February and September. photo.

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