Ernest Ward Names Students Of The Month

January 9, 2014

Ernest Ward Middle School has named their December Students of the Month. They are Shelby Bashore (left), Baily Van Pelt (right) and Lari McCann (not pictured). Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Cogongrass In The Panhandle Workshop Planned

January 9, 2014

Escambia County University of Florida/IFAS Extension will hold a Cogongrass in the Panhandle Workshop on Tuesday, January 14.

Held at the Escambia Extension Office, 3740 Stefani Road in Cantonment, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST attendees will discuss identification and biology of cogongrass in Northwest Florida and current methods being used for control.

Pre-register by calling Escambia Extension, or by clicking here (specify which location you wish to attend).

The $25 cost of the program also includes lunch.

For more information contact Libbie Johnson, Escambia County Extension at (850) 475-5230 or

Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.

More Local Winter Photos, Including Snow

January 8, 2014

Here are more winter weather pictures from North Escambia readers.

Homemade snow fell at the home of Kevin Goodson on Spring Street in Jay (top)  and at the home of Bill Linhardt in West Pensacola (below).

Frozen tree and yard in Walnut Hill. ( photo)

An icy tree in North Escambia. (Courtesy Kay McCormick)

“So I read online the other day about blowing bubbles when it is in the teens or colder. Said they’;; freeze. Decided to try it this morning. They really do freeze!” — Becka Peebles, Walnut Hill

Perdido Bay along Lillian Highway. (Courtesy Mitch Mosley)

A frozen tree in Walnut Hill. (Courtesy Josh Scott)

Photos: Florida’s Frozen Winter

January 8, 2014

With lows in the middle teens, there were some interesting photo opportunities around the North Escambia (Florida) area this morning. Like, pictured above, this tree on Highway 164 in Walnut Hill. (Courtesy Brandy White)

We received lots of winter photos from readers, scroll down for more.

Above: The fountain at Dr Gene Terrezza Optometry at the corner of Lillian Highway and Fairfield Drive. (Courtesy Justin Dukes)

Above: A frozen over fish pond in Bratt. (Courtesy Janie Beasley)

Above: Ice on a lily pad pond near Pollard McCall Junior High School where it dropped to 14 degrees this morning. (Courtesy Jennifer Smith)

Above: Frozen small tree in Molino. (Courtesy Lisa Weaver)

Above: Frozen hose into a pool, Molino. (Courtesy April Pawless)

Above: The fountain this morning at Century Health and Rehabilitation Center. (Courtesy Mae Hildreth)

Above: We saved this one for last. Seems that Rodney Colvin of Molino brought his wife Jennifer an “ice flower” from outside this morning. We are hoping to see how he tops this for Valentines Day.

Helpful Hints To Prevent Frozen Pipes

January 6, 2014

The following recommendations, from ECUA, are a few simple measures residents can take to ready their home’s plumbing for our potentially record breaking freezing cold.

External, exposed pipes are naturally the most vulnerable to freezing. Homeowners may:

Insulate Pipes or Faucets in Unheated Areas: Pipes located in unheated areas of your house, such as a garage or crawl space under the house or in the attic, are subject to freezing. If you have time to do this before freezing temperatures arrive, wrap these pipes with insulation materials made especially for this purpose. These materials can be found in most hardware stores or home improvement centers.

Disconnect And Drain Outdoor Hoses: Detach all hoses from faucets and allow them to drain. This will prevent the water in the hose or pipe from freezing and bursting the faucet or pipe to which it is connected.

Run a Trickle of Water: When forecasts call for sustained and / or severe freezing temperatures, run thin trickles of water from the faucet furthest from the water line coming to your house. Usually this is in a room at the back of the house or outside, in the yard. Allowing the water to circulate through your home’s plumbing helps to keep it from freezing. Some consider this a waste of water, but the cost of the water used is extremely slight compared to that of repairing broken pipes and the resulting water damage.

Remember the Backflow Preventer: Residents and business owners who have backflow preventers on their properties for water lines, fire lines, irrigation systems, and swimming pools need to protect their backflow preventers from freeze as well. Extended freezes can burst the body of the backflow assembly, rendering it useless. Wrap these pipes with insulation materials, made especially for this purpose. These materials can be found in most hardware stores or home improvement centers. If the device and the water lines are not in use at this time (i.e., irrigation system or swimming pool lines), shut off the water supply line and drain the backflow device.

2013 Persons Of The Year: Shelby Godwin

January 6, 2014 is naming several Persons of the Year for 2013. An additional honoree will be named on Tuesday.

Shelby Godwin of Bratt has been named one of our North Escambia persons of the Year.

At 10, Shelby is by far the youngest person we’ve ever named one of our persons of the year.  At just 10, she exhibited a heart of gold and a love for her fellow man that touched thousands across the area as she touched the heart of a young man she’d never met.

Shelby  had never met Wyatt Johnson, a 17-month old from Century who is suffering from a chronic liver disease. But she saw a fundraising flyer at CVS with Wyatt’s picture and was so emotionally touched by the young man that she wanted to do something to help him.

Her idea? A fresh orange juice stand along East Highway 4 in Bratt, under the shade trees last September in front of her house. The 10-year old used her own money to purchase the oranges and supplies for her little  business venture and borrowed an old fashioned juicer from a friend of her mom. All the proceeds went to Wyatt’s cause.

When Shelby had the chance to meet Wyatt in October, hugs, smiles and happy tears filled the Bratt Elementary School Library. There was already a special bond between the two, a little boy in need of all the help the world will give him and a young lady with an unselfish heart.

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was on hand to recognize Shelby, and the Town of Century issued a proclamation in her honor. And the nationally syndicated John Boy and Bill Show got wind of a story and named Shelby as one of their heroes.

But the greatest honor of all for Shelby was the giant smile on Wyatt’s face. photos, click to enlarge.

2013 In Photos: November

January 6, 2014

All this week, we are looking back at the photos that were in the news in 2013. Today, we are featuring photos from November.

Four people were left homeless by this November fire near Century.

A Georgia church  provided Thanksgiving dinner for Century residents. As part of their “Compel Century” outreach event, Rivertown Church of Columbus provided the free meal.

Students from several northern Santa Rosa County schools put in a hard day’s work to help make sure hundreds of families have a good Thanksgiving dinner.

Hunting and fishing licenses are now available at the Billy G. Ward Courthouse in Century.

Citrus canker was discovered in Santa Rosa County.

Century residents protested against a new barnyard animal ordinance.

Fans react as the Northview Chiefs lose to Cottondale.

Northview’s Keondrae Lett reacts emotionally after the Chief’s regional final loss  in Cottondale.

Firefighters from Alabama and Florida battled a train engine fire  near the state line.

A wreck involving a semi-truck and a car claimed one life  at the intersection of Highway 29 and Muscogee Road in Cantonment.

Two brand new Escambia County EMS units were delivered to Century.

A biker group built a ramp for an injured motorcycle rider in Molino.

An item suspected to be a possible pipe bomb  found alongside Highway 29 in Cantonment  turned out to be harmless.

Northview High School held their annual Veteran’s Day program.

A driver that allegedly fell asleep on Highway 97 late took a wild ride that ended with his SUV heavily damaging a house.

The Tate Aggies ended their best regular  season in 10 years at 8-2.

Ernest Ward Middle School held their annual Veteran’s Program.

A unique roadside bee hive in Walnut Hill on Highway 99,  just off Highway 97.

Southwest Airlines first flight to arrive in Pensacola.

Fire destroyed this home on Bradberry Road in Bratt.

The Northview High School FFA chapter was awarded one of the highest national honors presented by the National FFA in November. Northview’s FFA  received the Three Star Chapter award on live national television during the National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY.

2013 Persons Of The Year: Richard Freisinger

January 5, 2014

morganmolino10.jpg is naming several Persons of the Year for 2013. More honorees will be named on Monday.

Richard Freisinger of Molino has been named one of our North Escambia persons of the Year.

Freisinger, a Tate High School graduate, has dedicated decades of service to the Molino community.

Freisinger was a charter member of the Molino Ruritan Club—a rural service organization—giving back to the community through its efforts of supporting the schools, the fire department, scholarships, and residential fires through fundraisers to meet these needs.  Freisinger was employed in 1954 in the research laboratory with Monsanto Textiles and later the analytical research laboratory working 29 years until an early retirement in 1985.  He currently operates a small tree farm after row cropping corn and soybeans for many years.

Freisinger and his wife, Jacqueline, saw the need for a rural, central water system for the Molino community and in 1965 after many hours of door-to-door contacts Molino Utilities was founded with over 200 users (members).  This system followed the first system of this type located in Walnut Hill.  Today this utility has over 2,000 members and has been extended to the Barrineau Park, Dogwood Park, and the Pine Barren communities. He served as a director for over 40 years.

He was involved with others in the community with the formation of the Molino Volunteer Fire Department and served as a volunteer firefighter for 10 years.

In 2001, Freisinger was  appointed to the board of the Escambia Soil and Water Conservation.  He  served for 12 year, including  six years as chairman,  before retiring this year.  He served on the board of Three Rivers RC&D for 29 years to the present time.  In 2006 he received appreciation from the Board for ‘Outstanding Efforts on the Big Escambia Restoration Project.’  This was the culmination of a long-time effort to remove the log jam on the Escambia River.

Freisinger is active in his church and has been recognized by the Escambia County Commission.

Pictured top: Sheriff David Morgan  talks with Molino residents Jacqueline and Richard Freisinger following a town hall meeting at Fran’s Diner. Pictured inset: Richard Freisinger. file photos, click to enlrage.

2013 In Photos: October

January 5, 2014

All this week, we are looking back at the photos that were in the news in 2013. Today, we are featuring photos from October.

Fire ripped through the remnants of a previously burned and now abandoned home on Juniper Street in Walnut Hill.

Century added their first CNG vehicle to their fleet in October.

Hundreds attended the annual Williams Station Day in Atmore where the Alabama Blues Brothers performed on their farewell tour.

The Northview Tribal  Beat Band took top honors in their class during the annual Dixieland Band Showcase at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton.

The Tate High School Drama Department presented “Jabberwock”.

Jim Allen Elementary Principal Rachel Watts goes down in the dunking booth at the school’s annual fall carnival.

Dozens of families turned out to enjoy a free outdoor showing of the movie “Despicable Me” on a giant inflatable screen at Walnut Hill’s Bradberry Park. The event was sponsored in part by

Anna Fischer was crowned Northview’s homecoming queen.

The sophomore float in the Northview High School Homecoming Parade as it rolled through Bratt.

The Allen Memorial Pumpkin Patch on Highway 29 is an annual fall tradition.

Two members of the Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue — Lt. Drew Manning and Julia Cleckley — were united in marriage in October. Their wedding was held at the Molino Fire Station.

Hundreds attended the annual Molino Park Elementary School Fall Carnival.

This pickup collided with a tree on Highway 99 in Bratt.

A wreck in Santa Rosa County was just nuts. Seriously nuts. A peanut wagon apparently came loose from a truck and hit three parked cars, sending peanuts everywhere near the Allentown crossroads.

The  Northview High School dance team performs.

Thousands attended the annual Jay Peanut Festival

The Northview Chiefs shut out the Jay Royals.

Molino Park students try on a fireman’s hat as they learn about fire safety.

PCA topped Tate and Northview during a cross country meet in Jay.

2013 Persons Of The Year: Marilyn Robinson

January 4, 2014 is naming several Persons of the Year for 2013. More honorees will be named on Sunday.

Marilyn Robinson of Century has been named one of our North Escambia persons of the Year.

There’s that old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.  That’s Marilyn Robinson.

The Carver Community Center Association has been a big part of the Century community for many years. The center was started by a group of senior citizens in 1992, spearheaded by Leola Robinson, the mother of  Marilyn Robinson, who now serves as the director. The center provides a safe place for children to go after school and during the summer and offers year-round tutoring and other programs.

The Carver Community Center on Jefferson Avenue  provides food  for 70 to 100 children Monday through Thursday and serves as a satellite office for Catholic Charities and United

Marilyn Robinson works tirelessly each year to organize Century’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration. She is a board member of the Century/Flomaton Improvement Association, where she acts as a mentor to citizens providing services to local residents in the area of finance, education and housing improvement.

Robinson is active in the Community Action Program, assisting citizens with financial necessities and works with Farm Share to organize events to provide tens of thousands of pounds of food and necessities to the community.

During 2013, Robinson and the Center were presented The President’s Volunteer Service Award. Established in 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation encourages citizens to volunteer in their communities. Congressman Jeff Miller honored the Center and Robinson with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. And the Carver Community Center Association was presented Gulf Power Company’s prestigious Power of Service Award.

During the past 15 months, during Robinson’s tenure as director,  a widespread group of people across the region have given back to the Carver Community Center.

After a December 2012 article about the Florida Department of Children and Families statewide “Operation Santa Cause” campaign featuring the needs of the Carver Community Center, people stepped up to help.

The Center’s needs included internet service (about $100 per month) and at least 15 computers to replace current computers that are old, slow and sometimes non-functioning. A man in St. Petersburg volunteered to cover the internet service for one year, according to DCF. And the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners donated 20 refurbished computers for the children.

A small army of volunteers organized by Americorps worked during the 2013 National Day of Service to paint the Carver Community Center. Nearly 100 volunteers painted inside the community center, a much needed facelift covering flaking and peeling paint in hallways and classrooms. The volunteers were from groups like Pensacola State College’s Student Government Association, DCF, Northwest Florida College, Americorps Coalition of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, the Ministry Village from Olive Baptist Church, Chain Reaction and Habitat for Humanity.

Word of the Carver Community Center spread to Georgia and the Rivertown Church of Columbus. They spent a portion of their summer working and volunteering in Century, and church members returned to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner for the town.

And UF IFAS/Extension Escambia County Agents teamed up with Robinson during the summer to offer lessons to about 50 children related to nutrition, preparing healthy food, water resources, insects, livestock, discovering where originates, and healthy choices for the youth of Century.

Pictured top: Marilyn Robinson is honored during 2013 by the Century Town Council. Pictured middle inset: The Carver Community Center.  Pictured bottom inset: Children learn about nutrition during a summer event at the Carver Community Center. photos, click to enlarge.

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