Peebles Graduates From Basic Training

March 6, 2016

Army Private Brandon Peebles recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

During the weeks of training he received the Expert Marksmanship Badge for shooting 40 out of 40 targets for a perfect score. He was promoted from E1 to E2 during his training. He will be leaving for 44 weeks of AIT training for biomedical equipment specialist.

Private Peebles is the son of Shannon and Stephanie Peebles. He is the grandson of Raymond and Glenie Peebles of McDavid, and Thomas and Betty Jordan of Nokomis, AL.

He is a 2015 homeschool graduate.

Meet The Girls: Miss EWMS Pageant Is Saturday Night

March 4, 2016

The 2016 Miss Ernest Ward Middle School pageant will be held at 6:00 Saturday night at the school.

The contestants with their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below. You can click any photo below to enlarge.

Bailey Madison Seibert is the 14-year old daughter of Steve and Lynn Seibert.  Bailey is a member of the  National Junior Honor  Society and is head photographer of the EWMS yearbook.  She is a member of the Ernest Ward chorus and has been invited numerous times to sing with the All- County chorus.  She is also a member of Teens for Christ at Ernest Ward and an active teen missionary for Highland Baptist Church. Bailey has maintained A/B honor roll throughout school. She won first place in bio chemistry at the science fair and the award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for her history fair project on the Berlin Wall.  Bailey has been accepted to West Florida School of Advanced Technology for the critical care and emergency medicine field.  Her  hobbies include playing softball, target shooting with her bow and arrow, composing poetry, photography, and spending time with family and friends.. Bailey’s future plans include a job as an EMT and higher education to include medical science.

Wylder Amelia Gibson is the 12-year old daughter of Jammie and April Gibson. Wylder is a member of the FFA, the student government association and the Ernest Ward Band. Last year, Wylder won the Gold President’s Award for Educational Excellence. She has taken dance lessons for seven years and is currently a member of Heather Leonard’s Danceworks. Wylder is also a piano student under the direction of Holly Driver. She is a member of Little Escambia Baptist Church in Flomaton.Wylder’s hobbies include reading, hunting with her daddy, helping out with goats and cattle on the family farm, and spending time with family and friends. Wylder’s future plans are to get her forensic anthropology degree from the University of Alabama and work for the FBI.

Ashlan Kaile Harigel is the 14-year old daughter of Dr. Sheldon and Kimberly Harigel. She is a straight A honor student and held the highest GPA for Ernest Ward Middle School for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Ashlan is on the volleyball team, is an EWMS cheer captain, a member of the FFA, student government association, and the National Juniot Honor Society. Last summer, Ashlan was chosen as a UCA All-American Cheerleader and represented Ernest Ward in the 2015 Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ashlan was seond runner-up for the 2014 EWMS pageant and first runner-up for the 2015 EWMS pageant. She enjoys doing charity work with her youth group, spending time with her family, cheering, showing livestock, playing volleyball, dancing and most of all reading. Ashlan’s future plans include graduating with honors as valedictorian of her class and getting an academic scholarship. She wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and study in the medical field. She plans to become a chief pediatric plastic surgeon. Ashlan also plans to help her mother birth the dream of opening a troubled and abused youth shelter.

Lillian Joan Worden is the 11-year old daughter of Robert and Heather Worden. Lillian is a member of the Teens for Christ. She also plays softball, soccer and cheers. Lillian’s hobbies include shopping, reading, sewing and making bracelets. Lillian’s future plans are to go to college to become a nurse so that she can help others.

Madison Lynne Jogan is the 14-year old daughter of John and Stephanie Jogan. Madison is a member of the Ernest Ward chorus. She has participated in cheerleading at Olive and Hillcrest Baptist churches She has also been awarded second place in the Tropicana Speech Contest. Madison’s hobbies include singing, cheering, photography, drawing and baking. She plans to pursue a law degree after high school. Madison would also like to open a bakery with her mom and grandmother.

Jordan Jade Wilson is the 12-year old daughter of Christa and Will Wilson. Jordan was the recipient of the Cox Hero Award for Bratt Elementary last year due to the success of overcoming a disability. She has played on an Atmore city league soccer team and danced with Heather Leonard’s Danceworks. Jordan has also played softball for Molino and Poarch. Jordan’s hobbies include being outside, playing soccer, hunting, fishing, singing and helping with the care of her little brother who has Autism. Jordan plans to raise funds so that a child with autism can attend summer camp. Her future plans are to attend an art institute and pursue fashion design.

Brystal Marie Rhodes is the 11-year old daughter of Michael and Ashley Rhodes. Brystal is a member of the FFA and the yearbook staff. She is also a member of the Emerald Coast Equestrian Team and the United States Hunter Jumper Association. She has won many competitions jumping with her horse, Aztec. Her hobbies include horse riding, basketball and spending time with her family and friends.

Raleigh Patricia Woodfin is the 13-year old daughter of Walt and Jennifer Woodfin. She is a member of the Barrineau Park 4-H where she shows hogs and has participated in community service projects such as book and shoe drives, care packages for soldiers, and delivering baked goods to local firehouses. She has also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House cooking meals and donating pop tabs and household items. She serves as vice-president of the Ernest Ward FFA. She is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society and maintains A-B honor roll. Raleigh is also a member of the Ernest Ward volleyball team. Raleigh’s hobbies participating in Escambia County 4-H leadership events, raising, training, and showing livestock, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and spending time with family and friends. Her future plans are attend the University of West Florida and major in pre-law. She would like to advocate for grandparent’s rights.

Kally Lee White is the fourteen year old daughter of Kelly White and Jason Wood. Kally is a member of Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church and volunteers with the church’s outreach to help the Alfred Washburn Center and the Ronald McDonald House.. She is an office assistant at Ernest Ward and has also been a cheerleader. Kally cheered for ACE TRIBE competitive cheer company for four years and also helped coach a special needs team who took home the national championship. Her hobbies include tumbling, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Kally plans to attend Florida State University after high school and receive a doctorate of dental surgery and continue in the family business.

Taviana Allyse Parker is the 12-year old daughter of Joseph and Sheley Parker. Taviana has participated on the Sunshine Math Team and the Battle of the Books Club. She is a member of the yearbook staff, Ernest Ward Honor Society and has been in the FFA. Taviana also participated in the Brewton Dance Studio for ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, and hip-hop dance team. Her dance team has danced all over the south and even earned an invitation to New York to practice along side the famous Rockettes. Taviana’s hobbies are dancing, sewing, arts and crafts, shopping, designing clothing, and spending time with family and friends. Her future plans are to graduate from high school and attend college to pursue a nursing degree.

Cloe Madison Smith is the 14-year old daughter of Tammy Jo Smith and the late Michael F. Smith. Cloe is a member of the volleyball team and an EWMS cheer captian. She was selected last summer as a UCA All-American cheerleader and represented Ernest Ward in the 2015 Disney World Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is also a straight A student and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Cloe has won first place in the Ernest Ward science fair for chemistry and third place overall. Cloe has acted in plays with the Missoula Children’s Theater and most recently with the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts. Her hobbies include acting, singing, dancing, playing the X-box, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Cloe’s future plans are to attend college for performing arts.

Jayda Clair Crabtree is the 13-year old daughter of Louis and Layna Crabtree. Jayda is a captain of the Ernest Ward Cheerleading Team, a member of the basketball team, the volleyball team, and the swim and dive team. At cheerleading summer camp, Jayda was chosen as UCA All-American cheerleader for the second straight year and represented Ernest Ward in the 2014 and 2015 Thanksgiving Day parades in Disney World. Jada placed second in the Escambia County School District dive competition this year. She has also won multiple awards in swimming. Jayda is also an honor roll student at Ernest Ward and in the National Junior Honor Society. She is also a member of the student government association. Jayda also helps coach the Northwest Escambia senior football cheer and competition team. Jayda’s hobbies include photography, exercising with her family, listening to music, practicing sports, texting with friends, drawing and spending time with family and friends. Her future plans include graduating high school while receiving her associates degree in fine art from Pensacola State College and then attending the University of West Florida to receive her master’s degree in art production. Jayda would like to become an art producer. photos, click to enlarge.

Jay, Northview Students Get Look At State Government

February 29, 2016

Escambia River Electric Cooperative Tallahassee Youth Tour delegates from Northview and Jay high school spend two days in Tallahassee getting an up close and personal look at government in action.

Attending from Jay high School were Rebecca Boutwell, Destiny Herring, Madelynn Holt, Meghan Mayo, Megan Mulford, Krissa Olivieri and Dylan Wayland. Attending from Northview High School were Zipporah Harris, Ziara Johnson, Daysha Kite and Brittanee Thomas.

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Molino Teen Named Miss Emerald Coast 2016

February 29, 2016

Allison Woodfin of Molino was recently crowned Miss Emerald Coast 2016 in Niceville.

As Miss Emerald Coast, Woodfin will attend benefits Connecting Kids, and the ARC of the Emerald Coast, as well as Special Olympics events across the Emerald Coast. The pageant benefits Connecting Kids, which provides playground equipment for children with disabilities and works bridge the social gap between children with disabilities and their peers.

Woodfin is a senior at West Florida High School.

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Farm Share Distributes 35K Pounds Of Food To Tornado Victims

February 28, 2016

Farm Share partnered with Sen. Greg Evers, Rep. Doug Broxson, Rep. Mike Hill, and Rep. Clay Ingram for a disaster relief food distribution Saturday for the victims of an EF-3 tornado in Pensacola. Over 35,000 pounds of food, plus clothing and supplies were distributed at the Hillcrest Baptitst Church Spanish Trail campus on Spanish Trail Road. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview NJROTC Finds Third Place In UWF Orienteering Competition

February 28, 2016

The Northview NJROTC team took third place at the University of West Florida Saturday in orienteering – a competition requiring navigational skills using a map and compass plus physical and mental fitness. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.

New Teacher Of The Year Gets ‘Crowned’ During Surprise Visit

February 26, 2016

Kristy Imhof, the new Escambia County Teacher of the Year, received a surprise visit in her seventh grade language arts classroom at Ransom Middle School Friday morning.

She was officially named Teacher of Year during Thursday night’s Golden Apple Awards ceremony (read story), and received the official “crown” Friday morning, along with flowers from Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.

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Pictured top: Ransom Middle School teacher Kristy Imhof was crowned Escambia County Teacher of the Year Friday morning. Pictured inset: She received a surprise visit and flowers from Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Pictured below: Imhof with one of her language arts classes. Photos by Kim Stefansson for, click to enlarge.

Northview Celebrates National FFA Week With Breakfast

February 25, 2016

FFA members at Northview High School are celebrating National FFA Week with a variety of events. Wednesday, the FFA officers and members prepared a homestyle breakfast for teachers, staff and invited guests that support the FFA program. photos, click to enlarge.


Local Government Agencies Working Together On Century Tornado Cleanup

February 24, 2016

The ECUA grappler truck is on the job during the tornado cleanup on Jefferson Street in Century. It’s being operated by an Escambia County employee, with the assistance of a Town of Century Gas Department employee.

“It’s true intergovernmental cooperation,” said Larry Walker, ECUA District 5 board member.

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Bigfoot Monster Truck Visits Local Company That Keeps It Running

February 23, 2016

The “Bigfoot 14″ monster truck made a stop by sponsor Alto Products in Atmore Monday afternoon. The truck achieves its superior power from Atmore-made Alto Red Eagle clutches. Alto has provided the transmission clutch plates for the Bigfoot vehicles for the past 16 years.

Bigfoot 14 set a  world monster truck jump record of 202 feet, clearing a 727 jet liner, back in 1999.  Alto now supplies their Red Eagle racing clutches to several of the world’s top monster truck teams.

Pictured: Bigfoot 14 monster truck Monday at Alto Products in Atmore, where the vehicle’s transmission clutch plates are manufactured. photos, click to enlarge.

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