Program Honors Vietnam Veterans

March 26, 2017

The Atmore VFW Auxiliary hosted its fourth annual Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony (formerly known as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day) Saturday at the Atmore YMCA.

Vietnam veterans from South Alabama and Northwest Florida  in attendance were honored for their service and sacrifice.

“You answered the call of your country and you did it well,” guest speaker Judge Jeff White told the veterans. “I pray there will always be heroes like you.”

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Tate Grad To Depart On Unique College ‘Dorm Tour’ Concert Series

March 24, 2017

From day one Tate High School graduate Paul Vinson has had big dreams and on Monday his biggest dream yet becomes a reality.

At 18-years old Vinson has planned, organized, and booked an entire concert tour  over the course of 18 days, 13 shows, and 3,500 miles of driving. Vinson will go as far north as New  York City and as far west as Hattiesburg, Miss.. But here’s the catch — all of the shows are free and in college dorm rooms.

Vinson has been writing and performing his music all over the greater Pensacola area at places like Gallery Night and other local establishments. After graduating from Tate High School in 2016, Vinson decided that the route of college wasn’t for him in his pursuit of a music career. And now he will be playing shows in college dorms all across the east coast and will be documenting the whole thing for his YouTube channel.

“I had this idea about a year ago now, I thought it was awesome, slightly ironic and I knew it had  never been done before. That inspired me to go through with it and to document everything, but all of this dreaming doesn’t come without a cost,” he said. “I figure most of my friends in college are broke and to make this work I couldn’t charge for shows.”

In about a week, a GoFundMe drive raised Vinson’s goal of $1,500 to fund his tour — mostly for the gas for his Kia Soul.

Vinson’s “The Dorm Tour” starts Monday at Troy University and ends April 14 at Florida State University. Along the way, tour stops include concerts at Southern Miss, University of Florida, the University of Alabama, Mississippi State and more.

Vinson will be debuting all of the songs on his upcoming EP “Leaving Home” which releases early this summer and will also be daily vlogging the experience on YouTube.

Pictured top: Paul Vinson at his Dorm Tour promo show January 11 at the University of West Florida’s Martin Hall.

Blessed Are The Peacemakers: Special Visitors At Century Sheriff’s Precinct

March 23, 2017

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Century Precinct had some special visitors Wednesday from Byrneville United Methodist Church. They presented the deputies with “Blessed Are The Peacemakers” coffee mugs. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Anonymous Donor Gives $3 Million Gift To UWF

March 22, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the University of West Florida will receive more than $3 million to assist deserving students in their pursuit of the American Dream.

This transformational gift will establish an endowment for need-based scholarships with preference given to immigrants and refugees and enhance accessibility to higher education for UWF students. UWF enrolled 290 students classified as immigrants in Fall 2015. With the additional scholarship funds, new student enrollment is projected to increase by approximately 30 percent over the next several years.

“Sometimes it amazes me how strong the power of generosity is in our region,” UWF President Martha Saunders said. “This gift will provide needed financial aid to students for generations to come. The donor does not want credit for this incredible act of giving. We are deeply grateful.”

Endowment dollars enable UWF to sustain growth, increase its reputation for quality and compete in the higher education marketplace to attract and retain a talented and diverse student body. Need- and talent-based scholarships to support students within all academic programs improve the lives of students and, in return, the community.

“Providing the opportunity for higher education ensures economic prosperity and mobility for our students as financial barriers can often interfere with academic progress,” said Dr. Meredith Brunen, interim vice president for university advancement. “The foresight of our benefactors is so noble. The ripples of this gift will be felt in perpetuity.”

Bratt Elementary’s Sanders Named School District Employee Of The Month

March 22, 2017

The Escambia County School District Stellar Employee for March is Chad Sanders.

According to a proclamation issued by the Escambia County School District:

“Mr. Sanders has been employed with the district for 22 years, the last five years in the Maintenance Department as a Maintenance Mechanic l. Mr. Sanders is the Maintenance Crewman assigned to Bratt Elementary School. Mr. Sanders was nominated because of his cooperative and “can-do” attitude. Mr. Sanders completes the work order requests for Bratt Elementary in a timely, efficient manner and maintains a pleasant, professional attitude toward school staff and his co-workers. If a request is out of his realm of expertise, he makes sure it is submitted to the correct person or department to be fulfilled.

“During his assignment to Bratt Elementary, Mr. Sanders has constructed “story stairs” for the school library, benches for the hallways and a reading gazebo, all from school recycled lumber.

“He has repaired numerous light fixtures and even evaluated the roof to determine the problem with the school satellite dish. After Mr. Sanders determined the satellite dish needed replacing, he and his crew replaced it with a new dish. Mr. Sanders has also been involved in the removal and replacement of outdated smart boards, tvs, overhead projectors and projector screens.

“In preparation for the library end of year Reading Celebration for the 2015-16 school year, Mr. Sanders hung ceiling decorations before the event and removed them after the event, saving teachers a great deal of time.

“Bratt Elementary feels they are very fortunate to have such a dedicated, caring, maintenance crewman assigned to their school.

Mr. Sanders personifies the pillars of “People” and “Service”. It is for these reasons that he has been selected as our stellar employee for the Month of March.”

Northview Majorette Smith Earns Straight Superiors At State

March 21, 2017

Northview High School majorette captain Brianna Smith received straight superior ratings Monday in the Florida Bandmaster’s Association state competition in Jacksonville.  She performed to the song “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from the musical Hairspray.

Pictured top: Smith performs during a Friday night football game last season, NorthEscambia.com photo. Pictured inset: Smith in Jacksonville on Monday. Submitted for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

The Blue Angels Return Home

March 21, 2017

The Blues are back! The U.S. Navy Blue Angels buzzed downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach late Monday afternoon on their way back to their home at NAS Pensacola for the air show season..

The 2017 Pensacola Beach Blue Angels Air Show will be July 9, and the Pensacola Naval Air Station Homecoming Air Show is coming up on November 11 and 12. There are also numerous opportunities to catch a Blue Angels practice aboard NAS Pensacola. Click here for a schedule.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Ditto Gorme, click to enlarge

Camp Fire Kids Celebrate Incredible Kids Day; Camp Fire Birthday

March 20, 2017

The children at Camp Fire Century recently celebrated Camp Fire’s 108th Birthday and Absolutely Incredible Kids Day.

Camp Fire’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Day honors our nation’s youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. It is a simple, meaningful way to let youth know how much they are appreciated. This year, the staff at Camp Fire Century wrote 207 letters for Byrneville Elementary school to pass out to their students.

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Northview Tribal Beat Band Names New Drum Major, Assistant

March 20, 2017

The Northview High School Tribal Beat Band has named Clayton Findley (left) as drum major for 2017-2018. Camilla Windham (right) has been named assistant drum major. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

25th Annual Sawmill Pageant Held (With Photo Gallery)

March 19, 2017

The 25th Annual Miss Sawmill Pageant sponsored by the Century Lions Club was held Saturday.

Overall winners were Khloe Hamilton and Skylar Crawford. NorthEscambia.com will publish a complete winner’s list and photos after the information is made available to us.

In the meantime, click here for a photo gallery from Saturday afternoon’s events.

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