Jay Pro Rodeo Is This Weekend

April 23, 2014

It’s that time of the year again as the Ram Rodeo Series rides into Jay this Friday and Saturday nights at the Ted May arena.

Get ready to see bucking bulls, clowns, barrel racing,  real life cowboys in action and much more. There will be calf and team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and children’s activities that include a calf scramble and other activities.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under at 8:00 both nights. All proceeds benefit youth program though the Student Government Association at Jay High School and Ted May Arena.

Ted May arena is a half mile east of the red light on Highway 4 in Jay. For more information, contact Fredrick Barrow at (850) 675-1646.

The Jay Pro Rodeo is sponsored in part by NorthEscambia.com.

Goodyear Blimp Spotted Over North Escambia

April 23, 2014

The Goodyear Blimp was spotted over the North Escambia area Tuesday. Numerous people reported seeing the blimp in the area of I-10 north to Muscogee Road. The blimp was on the way to Mobile for an overnight stop.  Pictured top: The Goodyear Blimp over International Paper in Cantonment (by Josh Black). Pictured inset: The Goodyear Blimp over Muscogee Road (by Mona Baker)Reader submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Northview Senior Wright Accepts Air Force Academy Appointment

April 22, 2014

Northview High School senior Victoria Anne Wright has accepted an appointment to The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air Force career officers. Each cadet graduates with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Pictured above are: Victoria Wright (center, seated), her parents Joseph and Tami Wright (seated): (back row, L-R) cousin Jessica McCullough, her grandparents John and Brenda Ekstrom and sister Elizabeth Wright. Pictured inset: Wright with her NJROTC instructors Charlie C. Code, Capt USN (ret), and Jeffrey D. Simpkins, CPO, USN (ret). Pictured below: Northview Principal Gayle Weaver and Assistant Principal Gerry Pippins presented Wright with a mountain bicycle  to navigate between classes.  NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Pictured bottom: The Wrights with Lt. Col. David Landfair, USAFA’s admission liaison officer.

Ernest Ward Middle Names April Students Of The Month

April 22, 2014

Ernest Ward Middle School has named Students of the Month for April. They (L-R) Savannah Spence, 6th grade; Conner Riley, 8th grade; and Shelby Sloan, 7th grade. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Career Academies Recognized; EWMS Culinary Academy Takes Top Honor

April 21, 2014

The 2014 Career Academy Award winners from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties were recently presented, including the Middle School Career Academy of the Year award to Ernest Ward Middle School’s Culinary Arts Academy and the High School Career Academy of the Year award to West Florida High School’s Agriscience Technology Academy.

Middle School Career Academy of the Year

  • Culinary Arts Academy, Ernest Ward Middle School (Kathy Ellis, Instructor)
  • Microsoft I.T. Academy, Woodlawn Beach Middle School (Jennifer Hensley, Instructor)

Middle School Career Academy Student of the Year

  • Elayza Agrabin,  Arts, AV & Communications Academy, Bellview Middle School
  • Jade Finch, Microsoft I.T. Academy, Hobbs Middle School

Middle School Career Academy Teacher of the Year

  • Theresa Simmons, Arts, AV & Communications Academy, Bellview Middle School
  • Randy Parazine, Microsoft I.T. Academy, Hobbs Middle School

High School Career Academy Student of the Year

  • Angel Aldahondo, Engineering Academy, Escambia High School
  • Dezmond Baldwin-Marlow, Sarah J. Ussary Law and Public Service Academy, Pensacola High School
  • Abigail Harrison,  Commercial Arts Academy, Jay High School
  • Olivia Moore, Agriculture Academy, Jay High School

High School Career Academy Teacher of the Year

  • Kathy Gilliland, New Media Academy, Pine Forest High School
  • Monica Bondurant, Communications & Graphic Arts Academy, Pace High School

High School Career Academy of the Year

  • Agriscience Technology Academy, West Florida High School (Paula Petsel, Instructor)
  • Digital Multimedia Academy,  Milton High School (Kim Smith, Instructor)

Career Academy Student Intern of the Year

  • Aliya Eggleton, Criminal Justice Academy, West Florida High School
  • Morgan Lundquist, Pharmacy Tech Academy, Locklin Technical Center

High School Career Academy Scholar of the Year

  • Jennifer St. John, Engineering Academy, Escambia High School
  • Margaret Linscott,  Communications & Graphic Arts Academy, Pace High School

Pictured top and below: Ernest Ward Middle School Culinary Academy students hard at work. Pictured bottom: Enjoying EWMS  Culinary Academy creations. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Flomaton FFA String Band, Floriculture Teams Place At Districts

April 21, 2014

The Flomaton High School FFA recently competed at a district competition in Enterprise, AL.
The Flomaton FFA string band placed fourth; members were Nik Shivers, Stone Lehmann, Jose Escobedo, and Logan Hendricks. The Floriculture team placed third and will compete at the state competition. Members of the Flomaton Floriculture team were Haley White, Kristin Fillmore, Toni Simmons and Tiffany Hardy.

Pictured top: (L-R) String band members Nik Shivers, Stone Lehmann, Jose Escobedo, and Logan Hendricks; Floriculture team members Haley White, Kristin Fillmore, Toni Simmons and Tiffany Hardy. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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Photos: Our Easter Egg Find

April 21, 2014

While hiding Easter eggs of the plastic variety around NorthEscambia.com Sunday, we made an Easter egg discovery. We found three mockingbird eggs in a nest nestled deep within the fronds of a sago palm. Hopefully, we’ll share baby bird pictures within a couple of weeks. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Faithful Celebrate Resurrection At Easter Services

April 20, 2014

Easter morning sunrise services and special church services were held at many locations across the area Sunday morning.

One of the largest sunrise services in North Escambia was held in Molino as several churches came together for a community Easter morning sunrise service at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, celebrating with music and a message.

Other sunrise services were held in  Century, Atmore,Walnut Hill, Flomaton, Gonzalez and Cantonment. And thousands attended a Marcus Pointe Baptist Church Son-Rise Service held at the Blue Wahoos Stadium downtown.

The sunrise services celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, an important event to the faithful. According to the Bible:

Matthew 28:1-20

Resurrection Morning
1 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. 2 Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached [the tomb]. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow. 4 The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men. 5

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell His disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”

8 So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. 9 Just then Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”

The Soldiers Are Bribed to Lie
11 As they were on their way, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After the priests had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money 13 and told them, “Say this, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.’ 14 If this reaches the governor’s ears, we will deal with him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.

The Great Commission
16 The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

from the Holman Christian Standard Bible

Pictured top and below:  A morning “Sonrise Service” at Pensacola’s Maritime Stadium Sunday (Courtesy photos, inc. Marcus Pointe Baptist Church). Pictured inset: The sign at Poplar Dell Baptist Church sums up the Easter story in simple terms. NorthEscambia.com photo, clicik to enlarge.


Photos; Egg Hunting With The Camp Fire Kids

April 20, 2014

The children of the Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center had a couple of big Easter egg hunts last week. The first was at the Century Center. For the second, the children walked over to the neighboring Century Care Center to hunts eggs with the residents. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.



Library Program Features Stories, Crafts And The Easter Bunny

April 18, 2014

A special Easter program was held Thursday afternoon at the Century Branch of the West Florida Library. Children had a chance to listen to a fun story, eat treats, make a craft and meet the Easter Bunny. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

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