Clara Seals Lambeth

October 31, 2022

Mrs. Clara Seals Lambeth, age 97, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2022 in a Crestview, FL hospital.

Mrs. Lambeth was a life-long resident of Flomaton.  She had worked as an Examiner at Vanity Fair during her working years.  She enjoyed Quilting, sewing, shopping, and traveling to new places.  She was a gracious person, was loved by everyone and was a “world of knowledge”. She was a member of Moyeville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Edgar Seals and Ellen Johnson Seals; her husband, Burnace Allen Lambeth; two daughters, Bernice Browder; and an infant daughter; grandsons, Damon Cobb and Keith Lambeth; a brother, Bill Seals; daughter-in-law, Lynette Lambeth and sons-in-law, Richard Cobb and Raymond Browder.

She is survived by two sons, Leland Coy “Bud” Lambeth of Flomaton and Randall Allen (Darlene) Lambeth of Flomaton; two daughters, Janell Cobb of Holt, FL and Sherry (Rick) of Chipley, FL; eleven grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren, and sixteen great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 1:30 P.M. from the chapel of Flomaton Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Hutto officiating.  Interment will follow in Traveler’s Rest Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday at Flomaton Funeral Home.

Pallbearers:  Brian Browder, Kevin Browder, Jason Lambeth, Eric Lambeth, Noah Jernigan, and Christopher Lambeth.

Janet Howell Taylor

October 31, 2022

Janet Howell Taylor, 76, was called home to Glory on Oct. 29, 2022. Earth lost a gem. Heaven had better be well stocked on coffee and powdered doughnuts.

The child of Gordo, AL, served as majorette in the Green Wave high school marching band, earned her education degree at Livingston University and launched into four-plus decades of elementary teaching in Atmore, AL, and Northwest Florida. Along the way she became a coach’s wife, which eventually turned her into a principal’s wife, where the perks became immense: Being on call for extra bus duty whenever a need arose. “Miss Janet” stepped in, just as she did when school assemblies required a piano player, just as she did when her family required anything.

She managed to know about hurricanes forming before anyone else in the family, arranged gift displays on Christmas morning that rivaled Macy’s, and streamlined the punctual deliveries of birthday cards (with “tips”) across the family tree long long before Google calendar existed. She tucked in her kids with the sweetest prayers, made attending their ballgames and recitals a priority, and never overlooked their grammatical felony of ending a sentence with a preposition. (Ask her, “Where’s my book at?” and she replied, “Between the ‘A’ and the ’T’.”) She gave her children so much more than they could ever repay.

She sang to The Judds, danced to “Mustang Sally” and became stirred by “Unchained Melody. She played “Sentimental Journey” on the living room piano, appropriate for a tender, sentimental woman who carried the “worrying Mama” gene. She teared up at the end of every phone call and when her out-of-town kids would drive away. Janet took no day or blessing for granted. And now, in the presence of our Savior, all her worries are washed away.

Janet was preceded in passing by her husband of 54 years, Glenn Taylor, her parents, James Howell and Josephine Burkhalter Howell, lovingly known as Papa Jim and Mama Jo; and a newborn baby brother who has been waiting to yank the ponytail of his big sister in Heaven.

Survivors include Janet’s three children, Allan Taylor (Daphnelys) of Gainesville, FL, Suzanne Helton (Chad) of Atmore, and Mandy Senn-Simmons (Kris) of Chattanooga, TN; and eight grandchildren, Taylor Helton Lee (Austin), Brett Helton (Hannah), Chaston, Parker, Grayson, Jace, Primrose and Amos Burke; and great-grandchildren Ella Kate, Maggie, Rhett, Chapman and Lock; her aunt Martha Marler of Northport, loving sisters-in-law Evonne Beason (Wendell) of Satsuma, AL, and Kathy Raines of Saraland, AL; six loving cousins; and a host of tremendous teaching colleagues and former students across the public school system.

Pallbearers will be Allan Taylor, Chad Helton, Brett Helton, Chaston Helton, Kris Simmons and Parker Senn, and honorary pallbearers, Grayson Simmons and Jace Simmons.

Where will her earthly resting place will be at? Between the ‘A’ and the ’T’ at Oak Hill Cemetery. Miss Janet, it’s our turn to cry as you leave — tears being temporary markers until we dance and sing with you again.

Nell Ree Vickery Owens

October 31, 2022

Mrs. Nell Ree Vickery Owens, age 88, passed away peacefully, October 30, 2022 in Foley, AL; surrounded by her family. She resided most of her life in Atmore, AL. She was a member and Treasurer of Bethel Methodist Church for many years. She retired as a Bookkeeper with the Atmore Office and School Supply with many years of service.

Mrs. Owens enjoyed spending time, caring and being a good listener for her family and children. She enjoyed cooking for others, such as church functions, and get togethers. She and Mr. Alvin enjoyed going to gospel singings around the area. She enjoyed gardening, but what she really enjoyed was the canning of the vegetables and being able to share them with others. She was a big fan and follower of the Atlanta Braves and Professional Golf on TV. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles and search word puzzles.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Alvin E. Owens, parents, Bunk and Myrtle Vickery, two brothers, Lawrence Vickery, Doug Vickery, and one sister, Shirley Fayard.

She is survived by her one brother, Weldon (Kay) Vickery, of Bratt, FL; one sister, Ann (Larry) Davis, of Atmore, AL; cherished nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC. with Sister, Kay Vickery officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 11:00 AM until service time at 12:00 PM at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home, LLC.

Pallbearers will be Greg Turberville, Mike Fayard, Bryan Fayard, Kevin Vickery, Danny Vickery, Doug Vickery, Jr; and Gus Jones.

New Dollar General Stores Open In Molino And Walnut Hill

October 30, 2022

Two new Dollar General stores have opened in North Escambia.

The Walnut Hill store is located at 7100 Highway 97, on the north side of the intersection of South Highway 99. The development was limited to 2.08 acres of a 4.12 acre property, including a 10,769 square-foot store with 43 parking spaces and a new driveway connection to Highway 97 directly across from South Highway 99.

The Molino store opened Saturday morning at 4430 North Highway 29. The 10,640 square foot Dollar General is located on a 1.5 acre parcel with driveway access to Highway 196, not Highway 29.

The first customer at the Molino store Saturday morning was Carson Spikes (pictured above), who purchased Nerd candy, gum and a Cherry Pepsi.

Pictured above and first below: The new Dollar General near Molino. Pictured bottom: The new Dollar General in Walnut Hill. and reader submitted photos, click to enlarge.

Trunk Or Treats, Fall Festivals And More

October 30, 2022

Several Halloween and fall festival events are scheduled in the North Escambia area.

Victory Assembly of God Fall Festival
Victory Assembly of God will host their fall festival on Monday, October 31, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Games, trunk or treat, food and more. The church is located at 1895 Victory Road in Cantonment.

Cantonment Improvement Committee Trunk or Treat
The Cantonment Improvement Committee will host a drive-through Trunk or Treat event on Monday, October 31, at Cantonment Carver Park from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The park is located at 208 Webb Street in Cantonment.

Beulah Church Trunk or Treat
Beulah Church will host a trunk or treat event on Monday, October 31, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Inflatable slide, hay ride, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn and more. The church is located at 7561 Mobile Highway in Beulah.

Town of Jay’s Trick or Treat On Commerce Street
The Town of Jay’s Trick or Treat on Commerce Street will be Monday, October 31. Trick or treat booths open at 5 p.m., and the kids costume contest is at 6:30 p.m.

Ray’s Chapel Fall Festival

Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church Fall Festival will be held Saturday, November 12 from 4-6 p.m. with a trunk or treat, face painting, ballon animals, hot dogs and soups. A dessert auction follows at 6 p.m.

Thousands Participate In Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

October 30, 2022

Thousands of people took part in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Pensacola Saturday morning.

An estimated 7,000 people took part in the walk, many of which walked to honor loved ones fighting breast cancer or those that have lost their lives.

Pictured: Among the thousands taking part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Saturday morning were the Tate High School softball team and friends. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Man Killed After Falling Off Side Of Pickup Truck In Escambia County

October 30, 2022

A Georgia man died early Saturday morning in Escambia County after falling off a moving pickup truck to the roadway.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 33-year old man from Simmons Island, Georgia was hanging onto the left side of a pickup truck that was traveling southbound on New Warrington Road about 4 a.m.

Troopers said the man “fell from the outside of the pickup and collided with the roadway.”

The pickup truck continued without stopping. Troopers said criminal charges will be pending once the driver is found.

The FHP report does not offer any reason why the man was hanging onto the side of the pickup truck.

Pensacola Man Charged With Atmore Store Robbery And Assault

October 30, 2022

A Pensacola man has been charged in connection with the October 15 robbery of a downtown Atmore business

Paul McReynolds, 58, is  charged with robbery first degree, assault first degree and unlawful imprisonment first degree.

Atmore Police said he was developed early as a suspect in the robbery of New York Fashions on North Main Street near the Atmore Chamber of Commerce.

“The victim was found by a customer who immediately called 911. Responding officers arrived on the scene and contacted the victim inside the business with a head wound. It appeared the suspect attempted to restrain the victim but was unsuccessful,” Atmore Police Sgt. Darrell McMann said following the robbery.

Officers from the Atmore Police Department and Poarch Tribal Police located McReynolds’ vehicle in the parking lot of the Wind Creek Casino. As officers approached, he attempted to flee the area on foot. He was taken into custody across Highway 21 near the Hampton Inn.

McReynolds was booked into the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center where he remained Sunday without bond.

UWF Defeats West Alabama 36-24 On Senior Day

October 30, 2022

The  UWF football team rushed for 293 yards and got a school-record five field goals from Griffin Cerra to defeat West Alabama, 36-24, at Pen Air Field on Saturday.

UWF (7-1, 5-1 Gulf South) extended its winning streak to five games and completed its home regular-season with a 4-1 mark.

Peewee Jarrett passed for just 93 yards but ran for a game-high 114 yards – also a UWF quarterback record – on 15 carries with a touchdown to keep the Tigers potent run defense at bay much of the game.

“Peewee used his legs extremely well tonight and we needed it,” UWF head coach Pete Shinnick said.

Additionally, CJ Wilson rushed for 86 yards on 10 carries and Ra’veion Hargrove totaled 50 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown.

On Saturday, the Argonauts fell behind 10-7 early in the second quarter before getting three Cerra boots and a 23-yard touchdown run by Hargrove to go ahead 23-10 midway through the third.

UWA stopped the skid with a Bry Webb score from a yard out but it would be a very short celebration for the visitors.

CJ Wilson broke off a 27-yard run on first down before Jarrett went deep to David Durden on a dead sprint in the back of the end zone for a 48-yard bomb over the top that put the Argos ahead 30-17.

“I thought that throw and catch was spectacular,” Shinnick said. “We needed that. We had just had a CJ Wilson run prior to that so a two play, 75-yard drive was huge.”

The Tigers scored two minutes later, converting a double pass when Demetrius Battle found Darius Nalls in open space for a 57-yard touchdown that cut the UWF lead to 30-24.

But the Argos got Cerra field goals of 36 and 31 yards while chewing up a combined 9:58 off the clock in the final quarter. In between, the Tigers had a 3-and-out that halted any chance of momentum they might have had.

UWF had tremendous field position all game, with an average starting spot on its own 43 yard line. Durden had 94 of his 142 all-purpose yards on punt returns, including two huge returns of 38 and 21 yards that setup the Argos on the UWA side of the field. The ensuring Argo possessions both resulted in field goals as UWF regained momentum.

Cerra’s career day saw him tie the GSC record for made field goals, matching six previous kickers, including Colin Karhu of North Greenville last week against UWA. Cerra scored a career-high 18 points.

Cerra and Durden were just the tip of the iceberg for the UWF special teams on Saturday. Steve Dawson punted twice for a 48.5 average and Da’quan Bailey-Brown had kickoff returns of 51 and 21 yards.

UWA (4-5, 2-4) finished with 421 yards of total offense with 255 through the air. Tucker Melton was 14-for-27 for 198 yards with an interception.

UWF will now hit the road for its final two regular-season games, beginning next Saturday at Valdosta State (4-5, 2-4). Kickoff at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta, Georgia is at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Photo: Morgan Givens

Rain Giving Way To Sunshine By Afternoon

October 30, 2022

Here is your official North Escambia forecast:

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Calm wind.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

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