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:



Gulf Power Making It Easier For Customers To Pay Their Bill

August 1, 2013

Gulf Power Company is making it easier for customers to pay their electric bills.

MoneyGram locations located across the service area will now post cash payments immediately to customers’ accounts. Also, the payment kiosks that have been set up at 12 Circle K stores in Pensacola will accept credit card payments, as well as cash.

“Customers want more options to pay their bill,” Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers said. “Developing and offering these convenient new alternatives are part of keeping customers at the center of everything we do.”

There are 93 MoneyGram locations across the service area, including Walmart, CVS/pharmacy, Advance America and others. Customers can go to to find the nearest location.

Gulf Power customers an also pay their bills online, by U.S. mail, online at, through the smartphones or in person at company customer offices.

Circle K locations in Pensacola:

  • Store 1720       1900 E. Nine Mile Road
  • Store 4958       2205 W. Nine Mile Road
  • Store 4620       4233 E. Creighton Road
  • Store 4960       330 Kenmore Road
  • Store 4790       3109 Pace Blvd.
  • Store 4918       2350 Michigan Ave.
  • Store 8224       4450 Bayou Blvd.
  • Store 8235       3013 E. Cervantes St.
  • Store 7680       601 N. New Warrington Road
  • Store 4970       2700 Gulf Beach Highway
  • Store 1718       2020 W. Cervantes Road
  • Store 4961       4501 North W Street

Pictured top: A bill pay kiosk at a local Circle K. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Milby, Erickson Win Free Wedding; Local Couple Falls Short

August 1, 2013

Evan Milby and Alanna Erickson have won this year’s Pensacola Block Party Wedding Contest — a free wedding held on the streets of Pensacola with everything donated by various vendors.

“We had a great experience and we wish them the best in life,” Jessy Killam, a top ten finalist in the contest, said Wednesday night. “The marriage truly begins after the wedding is over.”

Jessy and her fiance Jarrett Swearingen, were featured Monday in a story due to their local ties.

Jessica grew up in Byrneville and graduated from Northview High School. Her fiance Jarrett grew up in Jay and graduated from Jay High School. He’s now an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy.

Pictured top: Pensacola Block Party Wedding winners Evan Milby and Alanna Erickson. Pictured below: Top ten finalists Jessy Killam and her fiance Jarrett Swearingen. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.

Molino Class: Raising Urban And Backyard Poultry

July 31, 2013

The Escambia County Extension will host a class on raising poultry focused on both the urban and backyard farmer. Classes will be held on Monday, August 5, at the Molino Community Complex, 6450 Highway 95-A, and Wednesday, August 7, at the Downtown Library, 200 W. Gregory Street. Both programs begin at 6 p.m.

This class will provide information on breed selection, housing, nutrition and daily care for new and current poultry owners.

Contact Fran Lainhart, Escambia County Extension, (850) 475-5230 to reserve a seat. Space is limited to 40 participants.

Northview Schedules 9th Grade, New Student Orientation

July 31, 2013

Northview High School will host 9th grade and new student student orientation on Thursday, August 15, from 8-11 a.m..

Students will report directly to the theater. Signs and guides will be available to direct students to the correct area.  Parents should arrange for transportation to pickup their child from the school promptly at 11:00.

Current 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students can pick up schedules, get their textbooks any time between 9 a.m. and noon on August 14.  Upon arriving on campus, students should report directly to the attendance window to pick up schedules before proceeding to the media center for textbooks.

Parents can find bus transportation information on the school website.

Counselors will not be available for schedule changes at this time but students may pick up a change of schedule form.  Offices will be closed from noon until 1 p.m.

Barrineau Park 4-H Members Donate To Children’s Hospital

July 29, 2013

Dillon Conti challenged his fellow Barrineau Park 4-H Club members to give something back to the community.

He presented them with the idea of collecting board games to donate to the Child Life Program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola.

Each member set aside a portion of the proceeds they received from the sale of their animal and showmanship winning from the GCA/NRA Spring Livestock Show last April at the Langley Bell 4-H Center. Each club member used the funds to purchase a board game of their choice.

The Barrineau Park 4-H Club members presented the board games Wednesday morning to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. Club members plan to make another donation next year.

Members of the Barrineau Park 4-H Club visited Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Wednesday to donate board games for patients.  Scrabble, Trouble, Scrabble Slam and other games will provide hours of entertainment. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.

Iraqi Educator Learns About American Farming In Walnut Hill

July 28, 2013

A few farming tips from Walnut Hill may be put to use in Iraq soon.

Walnut Hill farmer Mike Koehn and UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County Extension Agent Libbie Johnson recently hosted Bashar Hwaidi from the Qadisiyah province of Iraq on a short farm tour. Bashar was in Escambia County with a larger delegation of teenage visitors from the Gulf Coast Diplomacy Council.

During his trip to Walnut Hill, Hwaidi wanted to learn more about American agriculture and take the knowledge back to Iraq where he serves as an educator at the Small Business Development Center in Diwanyah City.

Hwaidi learned about cotton and peanut production, GPS navigation, financing and marketing systems for row crop farmers.

Ben Koehn of Walnut Hill also demonstrated “hands off” tractor driving in which GPS navigation is used to steer a tractor over an exact path in a field.

Hwaidi explained that precision agriculture is not the norm in Iraq and that he was very interested to see how different production practices are between Walnut Hill and Iraq.

Pictured top and inset: Walnut Hill farmer Mike Koehn explain American farming practices to an Iraqi educator. Pictured below: Bashar Hwaidi from Iraq watches a GPS is used to self-steer a John Deere tractor through a Walnut Hill field. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Camp Quarternote Presents ‘Sermon on the Mound’

July 28, 2013

Dozens of local kids spent the past week learning an entire play during Highland Baptist Church’s Camp Quarternote.  They performed the “Sermon on the Mound”  musical Sunday night at the church.

Pictured: Highland Baptist Church’s Camp Quarternote musical “Sermon on the Mound”. Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Birth: Kendal Ruth Harrison

July 28, 2013

Travis and Stacey Harrison are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kendal Ruth Harrison. Kendal was born on July 1, 2013, at 1:14 pm at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.  She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Kendal was proudly welcomed home by her big sister and brother, Katelyn and Cooper.

Maternal grandparents are Travis and Patsy Berry of Walnut Hill. Paternal grandparents are Wayne and Barbara Harrison of Atmore.

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