Pen Wheels Disabled Fishing Rodeo Held In Walnut Hill

May 8, 2017

The 43rd annual Pen Wheels Fishing Rodeo was held Saturday in Walnut Hill.

Over the history of the fishing rodeo, it has been held at locations ranging from Ft. Pickens to the Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola. Since 2001, it has been held at Jantz’s Catfish Pond on South Highway 99, just off Highway 97.

Dozens of volunteers stood ready Saturday to help the disabled. They baited hooks, tossed a line and offered words of friendly encouragement, while dozens of disabled people were registered in Saturday’s fishing rodeo. They were from around the area, including Pensacola and Century.

For more photos, click here.

The Pen Wheels Fishing Rodeo is provided to the disabled for free as a project of the Pensacola Fiesta of Five Flags organization.

Pictured: The Pen Wheel Fishing Rodeo for the disabled Saturday in Walnut Hill. exclusive photos, click to enlarge.

Photos: Molino Park Kids Goin’ Buggy

May 8, 2017

There were lots of bugs, spiders and other creepy-crawly things at Molino Park Elementary School recently as the kindergaren students presented “Goin’  Buggy”.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos submitted by Lynn Seibert, click to enlarge.

Barrineau Park Historical Society Awards Scholarships

May 6, 2017

The Barrineau Park Historical Society announced four scholarship winners Friday night.

  • Savannah Calhoun, West Florida High School, was presented the $1,000 Stephen S. Jogan Memorial Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of West Florida in the fall majoring in social work.
  • Mitchell Singleton, Northview High School, was presented the $500 Lynda Minchew Memorial Scholarship. He plans to attend Pensacola State college after he serves one year as vice present of the Florida FFA.
  • Jared Aliff, homeschooled, received the Louis Crabtree Senior Scholarship. He plans to attend Asbury College or Faulkner State.
  • Deborah Rogers, homeschooled, received a $1,000 Barrineau Park Histoical Society Scholarship. When she graduates from high school later this month, she will also receive an associates degree from Pensacola State College.

Pictured top: Scholarship winners Mitchell Singleton and Savannah Calhoun Friday night in Barrineau Park.  Not pictured are Jared Aliff and Deborah Rogers were unable to attend the presentation. Photo for, click to enlarge

Spring Garden Festival Is Saturday In Cantonment

May 4, 2017

UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension will host a Spring Garden Festival Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Escambia Demonstration Garden, located at 3740 Stefani Road in Cantonment.

Educational demonstrations offered during the festival include:

  • Container gardening
  • Herbs-to-table
  • How to test your soil
  • Easy to grow summer vegetables
  • Micro greens from seeds
  • Pruning and air layering
  • All about citrus trees
  • Native plants

The festival will also feature a plant sale, children’s activities, 4-H projects, garden tours, a plant clinic, plant societies and a performance from the McGuire’s Pipe Band at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact Beth Bolles at 850-475-5230 or

Story Time Held Each Week At Your Local Library (And Earn Ice Cream In Molino)

May 3, 2017

The West Florida Public Library offers Story Time for children five and younger each week. Story Time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. The events incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read.

Children who attend Story Time at the Molino Branch Library can collect certificates each time they go. Ten certificates can be redeemed for a free ice cream coupon through November 30.

Story Time is held:

Century Branch Library

Preschool Story Time

  • Thursdays at 4 p.m.

Molino Branch Library

Preschool Story Time

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pensacola Library

Preschool Story Time

  • No Preschool Story Time in May.

Bouncy Babies Story Time

  • No Bouncy Babies Story Time in May.

Tryon Branch Library

Mommy & Me

  • Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – Meeting Room B

Lapsit is a program for babies and their special someone.

Preschool Story Time

  • Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. – Meeting Room A

Southwest Branch Library

Preschool Story Time

  • No Preschool Story Time in May.

For more information call (850) 436-5060 or visit The events are always free of charge.

Pictured: Leah, the Molino Branch Library’s first ice cream cone winner. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.

Bratt Elementary Names Students Of The Month

May 3, 2017

The following students (pictured above) were named Students of the Month for April at Bratt Elementary School.

Eli Anthony
Daylan Brown (Not Pictured)
Ava Bryan
Luke Conway
Serenity Conway
Zoey Davidson
Aakira Davis
Ella Grace Diller
Nolan Eady
Joey Fontenot (Not Pictured)
Landon Hawthorne
Jackson Helton
Chloe Morris
Jakel Phifer
Chloe Satterwhite
Trenton Schoonover
Maggie Scott
Miles Smith
Reece Starns
Emily Stilwell
Jaimee Taylor
Javan Thompson
Brooklyn Turk (Not Pictured)
Chris Weber

The students pictured below, Serenity Conway and Jaimee Taylor, were chosen to represent Bratt Elementary School as Escambia County Students of the Month for April.

Farm Bureau Provides Teacher Appreciation Lunch At Ernest Ward Middle

May 3, 2017

The Molino office of Florida Farm Bureau Insurance provided a Teacher Appreciation Day lunch Tuesday for the teachers, faculty and staff at Ernest Ward Middle School. Farm Bureau agents John Johnson, Joey Hetrick and Ronnie Day grilled homemade burgers and provided a complete meal. photos, click to enlarge.

Students Win Top Honors In VFW Essay Contest

May 2, 2017

Two Northview High School freshmen won top honors in the 2017 Veterans of Foreign Wars Essay Competition.

Marissa Rothrock won first place in the county competition, and Nicholas Trump earned second place.

Both students received certificates and a cash prize for their essays entered in the Voice of Democracy competition, which is dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation for our  country and fostering patriotism among the nation’s youth.  This year’s theme was “My Responsibility to America”.

The local contest was sponsored by Atmore VFW Post 7016.

Pictured are (L-R) Nicholas Trump, Marissa Rothrock and their ninth grade Honors English teacher Vicki Baggett. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Three Escambia K-9 Dogs Are Retiring

May 1, 2017

Three Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 dogs are retiring. Pictured with their deputy handlers are K-9 Edo (top with Jason Land), K-9 Caleb (left with Wayne Gulsby) and K-9 Baro (below with Chris Collier). Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.

Prom Night Heroes Honored With Lifesaver Awards

May 1, 2017

Three young adults hailed as “prom night heroes” were honored with Woodman of the World Lifesaver Awards Sunday at Little Escambia Baptist Church in Flomaton.

In late March, they were on their way back from the W.S. Neal High School Prom when they noticed the fire. It was prom night for senior Ryley Fore, 18. He attended prom with his date, 22-year old Cheyenne Hammond and his cousin Kalanea Fore who was along to see the senior walkout.

The trio spotted the garage fire at a home on Foshee Road.

Cheyenne called 911 for help, while Ryley and Kalanea made their way inside the home to find 63-year old Marilyn Mize alone and asleep on the couch. She has limited mobility, relying on a walker and wheelchair.  Ryley and Kalanea helped her out of the house using her walker, then went back to get the wheelchair to roll her to safety.

Ryley called his dad and grandfather; together they used a hose to knock down the fire in the garage.

The Lifesaver award was presented by Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert, Assistant Flomaton Police Chief Benny Stokes, Flomaton Fire Chief Steve Stanton and Flomaton fireman Dakota Chancery.

Photos by Courtney Rabon for, click to enlarge.

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