Family Shopping Time Today At The Jim Allen Book Fair

November 30, 2021


A book fair is going on through 11:00 Friday morning at Jim Allen Elementary School in Cantonment. Parents and others can shop during family night today (Tuesday) from 2:15 until 6 p.m. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Thieves Hit Walnut Hill ‘Honor System’ Farmer Again Monday (With Video)

November 30, 2021

The Walnut Hill “honor system” farmer that was hit by crooks last week was targeted by thieves again early Monday morning.

Two people wearing ski masks spent about 11 minutes attempting to break into a drink vending machine outside Eicher Farms on South Highway 99 in Walnut Hill. Surveillance video from the incident is below.

They arrived about 2:35 a.m. Monday in a SUV believed to be a 2002-2004 Nissan Xterra. The vehicle’s headlights were off as they pulled behind the barn and went to work on the vending machine with a crowbar. At one point, the only cash in the machine fell to the ground, unnoticed by the duo as they continued their efforts. Eicher said there was only $2 or $3 in the machine, but thousands of dollars in damage was done.

After a lengthy battle with the vending machine, the suspects then took several bags of ice, valued at $2 each. They also took a large cooler valued at around $100 and several bags of corn from the business that sells deer corn, peanuts and other products on the honor system.

One of the suspects was wearing a hoodie with the words “Cash Only No Credit” on the back.

“It’s extremely tough in today’s economy when people are stealing from you,” Eicher told “It makes it especially tough. I don’t know why they want to come out and target this place for a few dollars they don’t even see when the money hits the ground.”

The last of three people accused of stealing bags of corn and peanuts from the farm November 19 were arrested Monday. Gregory Paul Traynor, age 47 of Pensacola; Bradley Parker Henderson, age 40 of Cantonment; and Michael Darrol Dunson, age 40 of Pensacola, were each charged with first degree misdemeanor petty theft. They have not been named suspects in the incident early Monday morning, November 29. For more on their arrest and mugshots, click or tap here.

Anyone with information on Monday’s incident is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP. screen grabs and photos, click to enlarge.

Beulah Man Gets Life For Sexually Abusing Child For Seven Years

November 30, 2021

A Beulah man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child.

David Earl White, 32 was convicted by a jury of sexual battery on a child less than 12 years of age, lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim less than 12 years of age, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Immediately following the verdict, Circuit Court Judge Joel Boles designated White as sexual predator and sentenced him to life in state prison.

White sexually abused a minor male child over a period of seven years. The victim stated that the abuse began at age 4 and continued through age 11.

Clear And Cool Tonight

November 30, 2021

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Calm wind.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 45. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Ransom Middle School Names Students Of The Month

November 30, 2021

Ransom Middle School has named their October Students of the Month. They are KhayCee Mack (pictured left) and Kaden Posta. Photos for, click to enlarge.

DeSantis Proposes Pay Increases For Law Enforcement, Bonuses For First Responders

November 30, 2021

Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced $400 million in new funding proposals to increase the salaries of Florida’s state law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and state special risk firefighters, and to provide $1,000 bonuses for first responders, including law enforcement officers, paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters across the state for the second year in a row.

He also announced $5,000 bonuses to recruit and retain both state and local level law enforcement.

DeSantis’ proposals will be considered during the 2022 Florida Legislative Session.

While other states have turned their backs on law enforcement, even calling to ‘defund the police,’ in Florida we continue to support the men and women in law enforcement,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I am proud to propose larger and longer-lasting measures to help our state recruit and retain the best law enforcement officers in the nation and to provide $1,000 bonuses for first responders and law enforcement officers for the second year in a row.”

Pictured: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlines his proposal Monday at the Florida Highway Patrol Station in Orlando. Photo for, click to enlarge.

ECSD Teams With Company To Offer NCAA Assistance To Student Athletes

November 30, 2021

The Escambia County School District will be making the program available to all high school campuses to help better prepare high school athletes for NCAA/NAIA academic eligibility.

The platform also provides a wealth of recruiting resources to assist families with the recruiting process. The program is designed to allow families to take ownership of this process, with assistance from, according to the school district.

District athletic directors and counselors will be trained In upcoming workshops. A representative will assist schools with setting up faculty accounts, and information will then be provided to students.

“As a former college coach, I was always very impressed with families that used CoreCourseGPA. The recruiting and academic information was organized exactly as a college or university needs it,” ECSD Director of Athletics Casey Thiele said. “This valuable resource will help Escambia County students and families navigate the complexity of NCAA and NAIA eligibility requirements. Because 33% of all NCAA required classes are offered during the freshman year, this tool will help our students get off to a great academic start.”

Mervyn LeRoy Simmons Jr.

November 30, 2021

Mervyn LeRoy Simmons Jr, 67 a native of Pensacola, FL passed away on Saturday November 27, 2021,
surrounded by loved ones. “Merv” or “Roy” (depending on who you were) was one of the nicest, caring
people you could ever meet with a great sense of humor. He was always looking for a laugh and once it
got started it would roll on until your sides were hurting. Roy was a very private person and if you were
in his circle, you knew it.
Mervyn graduated from Tate High School in 1972, he played trumpet in Tate’s Showband of the South.
He worked with Fluor-Daniels as a Pipe Fitter in the early 70’s and was there for 16 years. From there he
opened Nine Mile Paint & Body where he restored vehicles, his favorites being antiques and hot rods.
Anything that had wheels on it he was attracted to, he could ride a unicycle like nobody’s business. In
the mid 90’s he worked as an Estimator for CharCo General Contractors in Brewton, Alabama for 8 years
and when left from there he managed Lake Stone Campground for about 5 years. He moved back to
Pensacola in 2012 to settle into retirement with his wife Ann. He spent a great deal of time on his boat,
“Makin’ Memories” at the Bahia Mar marina. His boat was his getaway to think and a thinker he was. He
was once referred to as the “Mayor of Bahia Mar” always lending a hand when he could.
Mervyn is preceded in death by his father and best friend, Mervyn LeRoy Simmons Sr and his brother,
Curtis Simmons. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ann Simmons, Mother, Dorothy Griffith,
Stepfather, Don Griffith, sister, Rhonda (Tony) Mathews, sons, Lyle (Amanda) Simmons and Jason
Fillingim and daughter, Julie Simmons. Stepbrother, Keith Griffith, stepsister Gay Burdick, stepdaughters
Heather (Steve) Gonzalez and J.B. Owens. Granddaughters, Lyla, Bentley, Lola, and Bailey and grandson
Hunter. Aunts, Janice Bricker, Sally Cline and Uncles, Carl Bricker, Jim Burnette, and Larry Burnette.
Many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless close friends from over the years.
The last 9 months have flown by for the family, and we are so thankful for the supportive staff of Dr Jafri
of Baptist Oncology, Mervyn’s Primary Dr, Lance Raney and Covenant Hospice. The care and
professionalism they have shown us during this time does not go unnoticed.
Pallbearers will be John Connell, Lyle Simmons, Tony Castille, Steve Gonzalez, Tony Mathews and Phil
Mathews. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clint Culpepper, Bobby Vangilder, Joe Steele and Neal Roe.
Graveside services will be Monday, December 6 th at Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 3:00.

No Injuries When School Bus Backs Into Dodge Challenger On Cantonment Road

November 29, 2021

There were no injuries when an Escambia County School bus backed into a Dodge Challenger Monday morning in Cantonment.

The bus was stopped facing north on Chesapeake Trail just north of Yellowstone Pass about 9:07 a.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said the bus driver began backup up the bus, which collided with the Dodge Challenger.

There were no injuries to the either driver or any of the 14 students on the bus, according to FHP.

The bus driver, a 42-year old female from Cantonment, was cited for improper backing after the FHP crash investigation.

Three Charged With Theft of Corn And Peanuts From Local Farmer

November 29, 2021

Three people have been charged with stealing from a Walnut Hill farmer that was selling his products on the honor system.

Gregory Paul Traynor, age 47 of Pensacola; Bradley Parker Henderson, age 40 of Cantonment; and Michael Darrol Dunson, age 40 of Pensacola, were each charged with first degree misdemeanor petty theft.

RELATED: Thieves Hit Walnut Hill ‘Honor System’ Farmer Again Monday

Authorities believe they are the three people caught on camera during the early morning hours of November 19 stealing 27 bags of deer corn, peanuts and ear corn being sold at the farmer’s roadside bin and barn on South Highway 99 in Walnut Hill. The suspects can be seen on surveillance video loading up the bags into a van that was later determined to be yellow. Part of that video, first posted by, is below.

About two dozen bags of corn and peanuts were recovered and returned to the farmer.

Traynor was released on a $2,500 bond. Henderson and Dunson remained in the Escambia County Jail as of Monday evening with bond set at $2,500 each, according to jail records.

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