Statewide Computer Based Student Testing Fails – Again
Statewide computer-based testing was once again down this morning in Florida, causing school districts across the state to delay or postpone testing in grades 5-10.
A technical problem prevented schools from logging into the testing server, according to Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.
“Because of the time zone difference between here and South Florida, we knew [...]
Century Correctional Inmate Labor Saves Thousands For Schools
Inmate work crews from Century Correctional Institution are continuing to provide thousands of dollars worth of labor to towns and schools in the North Escambia area.
Recently, CCI inmates completed several projects on the Northview High School campus. They cleaned overgrown foliage from around the school’s retention pond, which school officials said had become [...]
Cooler Nights In The 50’s
Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:
Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind around 5 mph.
A 20 percent chance of [...]
Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits At Greater Escambia Relay For Life (With Photo Gallery)
Rain may have forced te Greater Escambia Relay for Life from outdoors at Tate High to indoors at the Pensacola Fairgrounds this year, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of hundreds of people “relaying” together to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
At last report, the 44 teams and nearly 500 participants had raised over [...]
Scott: Area Gained 5,500 Jobs During Past Year
Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that the Pensacola metro area experienced positive annual job growth over the year, with 5,500 new jobs added as of March 2015.
The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.1 percentage point over the year, from 6.4 percent in March 2014 to 5.3 percent in March 2015. [...]
Youth Livestock Show Held At New 4-H Barns In Molino (With Photo Gallery)
The Gulf Coast Agriculture and Natural Resources Youth Organization (GCA & NRYO) Spring Livestock Show was held Saturday in Molino. It was the first youth livestock show and sale at the newly complete 4-H barns on South Highway 99 just north of Chalker Road.
FFA and 4-H youth ages 8-18 exhibited rabbits, [...]
Molino Man Seriously Injured In Crash Trying To Avoid Dog
A Molino was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Cantonment Friday morning.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 54-year old William Kite of Molino was northbound on Jacks Branch Road approaching Pepin Lane about 9:35 a.m. A white dog was in the center of the northbound lane, so Kite swerved to the shoulder where [...]
National Junior Honor Society At Ernest Ward Middle Inducts New Members
Sixty students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during a candlelight ceremony Friday at Ernest Ward Middle School.
The NJHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, [...]
Regulators Approve Gulf Power, Military Solar Plan
The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a plan that would lead to Gulf Power Company buying electricity from major new solar facilities on Northwest Florida military bases.
“Adding solar energy to our portfolio is another step in further diversifying our energy mix,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. [...]
Battle Over Future Of Escambia Fire Services Heats Up
There’s a battle of sorts heating up over the future of fire services in Escambia County. Will fire stations be staffed by volunteers? Paid firefighters? Both? Will fire taxes be raised for some, or all? Will fire fighters respond at all to an emergency at your home?
Good Friday morning, there were two house fires in [...]
Tate Students Get Real World Voting Experience
Students at Tate High School got a little real world voting experience Wednesday. They voted for class officers and student council officers during lunch, using real ballots and real voting equipment provided by the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Students cast 501 ballots, the Elections Office was able register 21 students to vote in real [...]
Search Continues For Suspect In Century Double Shooting
Authorities are still looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a double shooting March 26 in Century.
Deputies are searching for 28-year old Brian Keith Sanders (pictured, but deputies said his head is now shaved). He is wanted on charges of aggravated battery, deadly missiles, possession of a firearm by a convicted [...]