School Supply Lists

August 11, 2013

School starts Monday, August 19 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Here are the school supply lists from each elementary school and middle school in Escambia County, plus the North Escambia area schools in Santa Rosa County.

(High schools typically do not have a general supply list. Students are advised of their supply needs in each class.)

North Escambia Area Schools:

Complete Escambia County Lists:



Morning Y’all: Marty White Marks 40 Years On The Radio

August 8, 2013

“Morning y’all!”

Marty White has been waking up Pensacola area residents on “Your Hometown Morning Show” on 102.7 WXBM for over 20 years now…a phenomenally long time in the world of today’s radio business, big corporations and a tendency to change morning hosts on a whim. And this month, he’s marking another major milestone — 40 years behind a microphone, over 30 of those on the radio in Pensacola.

“Somebody that I knew, knew somebody with a radio station. I went in, read a few PSA’s (public service announcements), and the next thing I know, I was on the air making $1.65 an hour,” Marty said Wednesday morning from behind the mic in the control room of WXBM.

“Boy radio has come a long way since then. We used to have a couple of turntables on one side for the records and carts (large, 8-track like cassettes) for the commercials,” he said.

“Then we got all this,” he said, pointing to a computer system that lines up songs and commercials that automatically play with the click of the mouse. “I told ‘em I was never going to learn this computer stuff, or it was going to take me two years to figure out how to do anything.”

But he’s adapted. And that’s a big part of the reason he’s still around in the every-changing world of corporate radio.

WXBM”s studios are no longer out in the country “at the end of the road” in Chumuckla. Now, the WXBM studio is tucked away at “the end of the hallway” in an office park building off W Street in Pensacola. Just down the hallway are the studios for WXBM’s “sister” stations — WCOA 1370 AM, News Talk 100.7 FM, Magic 106.1, and Today’s Soft Rock 94.1 — all owned by media giant Cumulus.

Despite all the changes, Marty is still a self-described country boy who “barely graduated from Tate High School” that went from high school in Cantonment to the U.S. Air Force as a spy before his first radio gig.

“Man, she makes the best potato salad around,” Marty remarked on the air about the wife of a man celebrating a birthday. It’s those little down home touches that make Marty part of the family each morning in thousands of area homes.

In his spare time, you’ll often find him on the golf course, hunting somewhere in the North Escambia woods or out on a buddy’s boat.

The country artists on the air have changed a lot over 20 years atWXBM, but for Marty his favorites are still George….George Strait or George Jones. His all time favorites are “The Chair” by George Strait, “Bed of Roses” by George Jones, “That Was Us” byRandy Travis, and one almost guaranteed not to be on a teenager’s iPod — “16 Little Red Roses and a Horse That Sweats” by Jim Stafford.

Getting up early for a 6 a.m. start on the radio is just a way of life for Marty White. His show is not powered by coffee. There’s usually just a little water in his “sippy cup”, or just a little extra power from a Mountain Dew.

“I guess I’ll always be here behind a mic,” Marty said Wednesday morning. “Unless I win that Powerball tonight. Got $4 in that thing.  Then this chair going to be empty in the morning.”

Pictured top and bottom: Longtime radio host Marty White on 102.7 WXBM Wednesday morning. photos, click to enlarge. Pictured inset: Marty White records a commercial in August of 1985.

T.T. Wentworth Museum Closed Until November

August 7, 2013

T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum in downtown Pensacola will be temporarily closed until November while preparations are made for the installation of a new 3,000-square-foot exhibit titled “Pensacola: City of Five Flags.”

The new exhibit will transform both the space and the technology currently used to recount Pensacola’s rich history, spanning its early settlement and possession by the Spanish, through its times under the flags of the French, British, Confederate States and the United States. It will be housed on the ground floor of the museum and replace an older exhibit of the same name.

“Come November, visitors will be able to explore the impressive history of Pensacola as the first large-scale European settlement attempt in the continental United States,” said Robert Overton Jr., COO of West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. “We’ll be telling this fascinating story from the standpoint of the common citizens who lived in Pensacola at various times throughout our history, using the latest visual technology, graphics, artifacts and themed exhibit areas.”

West Florida Historic Preservation Inc. is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Northwest Florida. Overton is responsible for all aspects of daily museum operations and public programming, which serves an estimated 15,000 school children and 50,000 museum visitors each year. He noted that the demolition process to make way for the new Five Flags exhibit has been completed, with construction to begin this week.

Fallen Marine’s 21st Birthday Quietly Marked

August 6, 2013

LCpl. Travis M. Nelson would have celebrated his 21st birthday Monday. A wreath was quietly placed on the monument in the park that bears his name in Bratt on Monday to mark the occasion.

The wreath was in a fishing theme; friends and family said fishing was Nelson’s favorite pastime.  It contained a fish sign with his name,  a “Happy 21st Birthday” sign, and a small fishing rod, lures and the number “21″ painted in a fishing theme.

Nelson was just 19 when he was shot and killed in August 2011 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  The Bratt Community Park on West Highway 4 was renamed the “LCpl Travis M. Nelson Memorial Park” in his honor. photos, click to enlarge.

Back To School Prep: Church Members Hold Prayer Walk At Byrneville Elementary

August 5, 2013

Sunday night, members of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church held their annual prayer walk at Byrneville Elementary School. Participants walked around the school and held prayer at various classrooms and around the campus. Prayers were said for students, teachers, staff and administrators for the coming year with safety and success. Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Joe Patti Memorial Reef Deployed In Gulf of Mexico

August 5, 2013

Escambia County Marine Resources and the Patti family have deployed the Joe Patti Memorial Reef, following a blessing ceremony at Joe Patti’s Seafood.  The 175-foot barge now sits in 50 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, four miles southeast of Pensacola Pass.

“By building an artificial reef closer to shore, individuals have an opportunity to explore an ecosystem not otherwise easily accessible,” said Robert Turpin, Escambia County Marine Resources division manager, “Escambia County looks forward to the addition to our artificial reef system, which was recent assessed, showing a great economic impact to our area.”

All reef and deployment costs have been donated by the Patti Family and the reef is now open to the public.

Pictured: The Joe Patti Reef prior to sinking in the Gulf of Mexico south of Pensacola Pass. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.

Where Are We In The 2013 Hurricane Season?

August 4, 2013

There have only been four named tropical systems so far this hurricane season — Andrea, Barry, Chantal and Dorian. But June and July tend to be the less active months of the season.

Climatologically speaking, August is the month where tropical cyclone activity begins to ramp up.

“This does not mean we will get a tropical cyclone along the Gulf Coast, but it is a good preparedness reminder,” according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

NWS graphic, click to enlarge.

Birth: Chandler And Chasten Headden

August 4, 2013

Ryan Headden and Amanda (Aldridge) Headden of Flomaton are pleased to announce the birth of their twin boys, Chandler and Chasten Headden.  They were born July 5, 2013, at 12:25 p.m., at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. Chandler weighed 5-pounds 9-ounces and was 18½ inches long.  Chasten weighed 4-pounds 12-ounces and was 17½  inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Chuck and Gayle Aldridge of Century. Paternal grandmother is Tammy Headden of Chattanooga.

Great grandparents are the late Pete and Mary Mathis of Century, the late Leon Aldridge and Louise Moye Gardner of Century,  and Robert and Rossie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN.

Chandler and Chasten were welcomed home by their big brother Carson who is two-years old.

Fans Attend America’s Got Talent Going Away Party For Chloe Channell

August 3, 2013

A going-away party for “America’s Got Talent” contestant Chloe Channell was held Friday night at the Pace Community Center.

The 11-year old will perform live from Radio City Music Hall in the quarterfinals of  the NBC series in the coming weeks. She was not listed as one of the acts scheduled to perform next Tuesday, meaning she will appear during the 8 p.m. show on August 13 or August 20.

Friday night, Chloe received going away presents from friends and family. Fish dinners were available to help the family with expenses, and Chloe had the chance to meet with her fans and sign autographs.

Pictured: “Amercia’s Got Talent” contestant Chloe Channell at a party in her honor Friday night in Pace. photos by Kristi Smith, click to enlarge.

Back To School: Supply Lists

August 3, 2013

School starts Monday, August 19 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Here are the school supply lists from each elementary school and middle school in Escambia County, plus the North Escambia area schools in Santa Rosa County.

(High schools typically do not have a general supply list. Students are advised of their supply needs in each class.)

North Escambia Area Schools:

Complete Escambia County Lists:



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