Escambia County Honors Longtime Firefighter KC Fehl
The Escambia County Commission has issued a proclamation in honor of longtime volunteer fireman K.C. Fehl upon his retirement.
Fehl retired from Escambia County Fire Rescue on April 1 after 28 years of service. He joined the Cantonment Volunteer Fire Department in January 1987 after his interest in fire service was sparked by a neighbor’s yard [...]
April Is Distracted Driver Awareness Month
Keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and mind on driving — that’s the message the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) want motorists to remember this April during Distracted Driver Awareness Month.
Distracted driving crashes in Florida have increased 25 percent since 2012. [...]
Escambia Looks To Increase Volunteer Response, Staff Some Stations With Career Firefighters
Change is coming to fire services in Escambia County, but exactly what those charges are remain to be seen.
For the past few weeks, the firefighter’s union, the volunteers and county administration have held a series of meetings working to solve a few undeniable facts– some emergency calls for help are not being answered, the number [...]
FHP Still Seeking Highway 97 Hit And Run Driver, Reward Offered
The Florida Highway Patrol is still seeking a hit and run driver after a crash last week on Highway 97 near Dogwood Park, and a reward is now available.
According to the FHP, 56-year old Patricia M. Bruner of Bruck, FL, was southbound in a 2012 Land Rover on Highway 97 approaching White Ash [...]
Escambia, Santa Rosa Among Counties Claiming Victory In DJJ Dispute
Both the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and 27 counties — including Escambia and Santa Rosa — challenging the agency are claiming victory over a judge’s ruling in a long-running dispute about the costs of detaining juvenile offenders.
Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins on Wednesday found that some parts of a rule [...]
Central Water Works Receives Over $1.5 Million For System Improvements
During an Earth Day celebration in Byrneville, USDA Rural Development presented Central Water Works with a $1.588 million check to replace existing water lines in both Florida and Alabama.
The check represented $682,300 in grant money at a $906,000 USDA 40-year loan at 2.75 percent interest.
The money will be used the replace existing lines in the [...]
Clothing Donations Being Accepted To Help Needy In Century Area
Clothing donations to help the needy are now being accepted at the Century Town Hall.
The clothing will be distributed May 16 at the second annual Reimagine Century event, which will also include a food giveaway, health screenings, AIDS testing, diabetes information, live music, fishing lessons from Mission Fishin’, free manicures, a laundry detergent [...]
Holman Prison Placed On Lockdown After Fatal Inmate Stabbing
Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore was placed on lockdown following a homicide Wednesday.
The Alabama Department of Corrections said inmate Lawrence Utley, 67, was fatally stabbed inside the facility by another inmate.
Robert Aaron Williams, 58, was detained as a suspect in the stabbing. Williams is serving a life sentence for a 2014 murder conviction [...]
One Injured In Highway 97 Rollover Accident
One person was injured in a single vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Walnut Hill.
The driver of a GMC pickup lost control on Highway 97 just south of South Highway 99 and overturned about 8:50 a.m.. The male driver was transported by ambulance to West Florida Hospital in Pensacola with injuries that were not considered life [...]
Four County Bridges In North Escambia Set For Replacement By State
The Florida Department of Transportation will replace four bridges on county roads in Escambia County. Contracts will be let in the near future after the Escambia County Commission signs off on the projects, and the commission agrees that the county will maintain the bridges following construction by the state. The bridges will be replaced at [...]
Three Molino Park Students Win Florida DEP Earth Day Poster Contest
The Molino Park Elementary School students were the winners of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District Earth Day Poster Contest. In celebration of Earth Day, the department invited fourth and fifth grade students from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties to creatively illustrate the importance of protecting Florida’s beautiful natural environment: air, water, land [...]