NJROTC Cadets Attend Leadership Training Camps

August 24, 2015

Navy Junior ROTC Cadets from seven Escambia and Santa Rosa county schools attended two camps before school started at Naval Air Station Pensacola — a Leadership Academy and a Basic Leadership Training camp.

The NJROTC cadets and instructors from Northview, Escambia, Pine Forest, Washington, Navarre, Milton and Pace high schools took part in the camps with their days staring at 5 a.m. and continuing until 9:30 p.m. The cadets also had to stand barracks watches throughout the night.

Each camp included academics, orienteering and first aid, drills, a physical fitness test and daily fitness training, personnel inspections, daily room and locker inspections and tours of the various active duty training facilities.

The 53 cadets attending the Leadership Academy  also had the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Reaction Course and a Marine Corps obstacle course.  The 50 cadets in the Basic Leadership Training camp were able to observe demonstrations of aviation fire fighting training, rescue swimmer training, and participate in the USMC circuit course.

Both camps competed in a Jeopardy style academic brain brawl that covered topics covered in the NJROTC curriculum.

Cadets graduating from the camps received a certificate of completion and ribbon,  while those completing the Leadership Academy also earned a silver cord that is worn with their uniform.

Northview cadets that successfully completed Leadership Academy were (with awarded medals listed):

  • Moriah McGahan — Distinguished Cadet (Top Cadet for the camp, 2nd Sit-ups, 3rd Push-ups, 1st Mile run, 3rd Room Inspection, 1st Overall Physical Fitness Test)
  • Katie Cmehil — 1st in Sit-ups
  • Sara McCreary — 1st in Knockout competition
  • Ureil Codrington
  • James White — 4th Overall in the Male Physical Fitness test

Northview cadets that successfully completed Basic Leadership Training Camp were:

  • Wyatt Morris — 3rd in Sit-ups
  • Oreblis Rodriguez — 2nd in Push-ups
  • Hunter Witt
  • Zachary Sheldon

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New West Florida Library Director On The Job

August 23, 2015

The new director of the West Florida Public Library system is settling in after a few weeks on the job.

Todd J. Humble spent 13 years at the library supervisor at the Northview Richland Hills Library near Fort Worth. With more than 30 years experience, Humble was worked as library director for a county library in Garden City, KS, a middle and high school library specialist in Michigan, an adult education teacher and he provided computer consulting for small businesses. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in computer science and history from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of library and information science from Wayne State University.

As library director in Escambia County, Humble is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the West Florida Public LIbrary, and is responsible for the administration, supervision, management, and coordination of all branch libraries and personnel. As director of library services, Humble also administers the library’s youth, circulation, computer, outreach, reference and support services.

The West Florida Library system includes the following locations:

  • Main Library, 239 North Spring Street
  • Tyron Branch Library, 1200 Langley Avenue
  • Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway
  • Century Branch Library, 7991 North Century Boulevard
  • Molino Branch Library, 6450-A Highway 95A
  • Westside Branch Library, 1301 West Gregory Street
  • Genealogy Branch Library, 5740 North 9th Avenue

Pictured: New West Florida Library Director Todd J. Humble at a welcome breakfast with the Friends of the West Florida Public Library breakfast. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Giant American Flag Raised Over Flomaton

August 21, 2015

Flomaton is patriotic small town with a big heart–  and now a really big American flag. The giant American flag was raised Thursday the intersection of Highway 113 and Highway 31.

The flag is 25 x 40 feet flying on an 86-foot tall pole at local business Rowland Tires.

Owner Christopher Rowland, who grew up in Flomaton, said he wanted to give something back to his town and show his gratitude to the many men and women that have sacrificed to keep our country free.

The community quickly responded to giant flag, taking to Facebook to thank the store.

“This is awesome! God bless our little town,” one person wrote. “From a veteran from Flomaton, I thank you so much. This is beautiful,” said another. “Actually brought a tear when Old Glory was flying in the wind this afternoon, beautiful sight,” wrote another resident.

Several other businesses and individuals help make the Old Glory display possible: Jimmy White and Deep South Crane, Campbell Sand and Gravel, Steve Stanton, Jason Beasley, Frank Beasley, Pete Salazar, American Concrete and Brantley Contractors.

Pictured top: A giant American flag at Highway 113 and Highway 31 in Flomaton, AL. Pictured inset: The flagpole was lifted into place by Deep South Cranes on Wednesday. Pictured below: The flag was raised during a special ceremony Thursday afternoon. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Escambia 4-H Youth Win At State Competition

August 21, 2015

Members of 4-H from Escambia County won several awards in recent state competitions.

This year, Escambia County 4-H participated in a variety of events and  four youth to state level competitions at 4-H University – a week-long overnight event for senior 4-H youth ages 14-18  at the University of Florida. Attendees participated in educational workshops led by UF faculty and explored career opportunities, interacted with youth from all over the state and worked on life skills that will help them become productive and engaged citizens within their very own community.

Winners from Escambia County are Danielle Tinker and Michelle Tinker, who took a 1st place/blue ribbon in Team Demonstrated/Illustrated Talk in Animal Industry; Amanda Tanner taking a 1st place/blue ribbon in Public Speaking. Danielle Tinker and Karrigan Scott with a 1st place/blue ribbon in Share the Fun.

In the category of Senior Photography, Amanda Tanner won 1st place in Flora, 2nd place in 4-H Theme and Evan Bush took 1st place in 4-H Theme. For Intermediate Photography, Ami Rodgers won 1st place in Flora, 2nd place in Architectural Design, and 2nd place for Photo Story. In addition to winning in competitive events, Danielle Tinker was also elected Florida 4-H state treasurer and also won a travel scholarship to the National 4-H Congress.

Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Bratt Elementary Wins $1,000 Wellness Challenge

August 19, 2015

Bratt Elementary School has been named the winner of Escambia Superintendent Malcolm Thomas’ first annual Choose Wellness Challenge. The school was presented a $1,000 prize at Tuesday’s meeting of the Escambia County School Board.

The challenge was to see which school or major department could achieve the highest level of participation in the challenge by the end of the school year. Participants completed four steps to promote health and wellness, potentially reducing the district’s health care and lost work time costs.

Thomas said he expected the winner to come from a school that was located near the district’s health and wellness center. But he was wrong.

“This year’s winner is actually the school that is located the furtherest away from the center. So it appears mileage and inconvenience is simply not a factor,” he said.

The $1,000 prize is expected to be used in some manner to promote wellness among the school’s staff. All of the funds were from private donations; no taxpayer dollars were used.

Pictured: Bratt Elementary “Wellness Challenge” winners represented by Laura Carroll, assistant principal; Jeanene Hall, principal, and Lissa Bardin, the school’s wellness coordinator, with Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Photo by Kim Stefansson for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

New Coast Guard Stamp Unveiled At NAS Pensacola Ceremony

August 19, 2015

A new United States Coast Guard stamp was unveiled Tuesday at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Congressman Jeff Miller, senior managers of the U.S. Postal Service, and Coast Guardsmen past and present were on hand for the dedication and unveiling of the new stamp issued to commemorate the 225th birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard, which began as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790.

Students Head Back To Class (With Photo Gallery)

August 18, 2015

Monday was  the first day of school across the area, with tens of thousands of students heading back to class.

We asked NorthEscambia.com readers to submit their back to school photos.

For a photo gallery, click here.

We apologize, but due to a tremendous response, we were unable to publish all photos, and we are unable to add additional photos to the gallery.

Blessing The New School Year: Prayer Walk Held At Byrneville Elementary

August 16, 2015

A Prayer Walk was held Saturday morning at Byrneville Elementary School. Students and adults from Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church in Bogia prayed for the Lord’s blessings upon the upcoming school year. NorthEscambia.com photos by Ramona Preston, click to enlarge.

Gulf Coast Baptist Celebrates Move Into New Auditorium

August 15, 2015

The Gulf Coast Baptist Church will celebrate their new auditorium with an open house on Sunday.

Through financial gifts, missionary from Continental Baptist Missions in Michigan, local construction companies and a grant from the Lasko Foundation, the church will move into the new auditorium debt-free.

Everyone is welcome to attend a special service and the open house at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Gulf Coast Baptist Church at 1499 Chemstrand Road.

Century Health And Rehab Center Celebrates National Hippies Day

August 15, 2015

The residents of Century Health and Rehabilitation Center tie-dyed t-shirts to celebrate Saturday’s National Hippies Day. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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