Northview FFA Honored

December 14, 2013

The Town of Century issued a proclamation Friday honoring the numerous state and national accomplishments of the FFA program at Northview High School.

Northview’s FFA  received the Three Star Chapter award — the highest awarded by the National FFA — on live national television during the National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, KY, in October.

The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the county that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow individually, work as a team and serve others in their community.

In addition to the national honors presented Thursday, the Northview High FFA chapter was recently honored for having the top Fresh From Florida Food Advocacy Program, formerly known as the Food for America Program, in the entire state.

The Fresh From Florida Advocacy Program is an educational program focusing on agricultural literacy in elementary schools and communities. It is a program developed to assist FFA members and all agricultural education students in leadership skill development as they reach out to youth, peers and their entire communities by sharing the world of agriculture.

Planning began in the fall of 2012 with FFA members setting goals and establishing working committees for the spring 2013 event. Through the efforts of 100 FFA members and community support, approximately 1,000 mostly elementary level students participated in agriculture awareness  through hands-on exhibits and activities.

In addition, members of the Northview High School FFA officer team visited several area elementary schools to read agriculture-related books to students.

The Florida FFA Organization has honored Northview High School FFA Food  for America program at the state level multiple years.

Pictured top: Century council member Gary Riley (at podium) presents a Town of Century Proclamation on behalf of Mayor Freddie McCall to Northview Assistant Principal Gerry Pippins as the NHS FFA officer team looks on. Pictured inset: Pippins accepts the proclamation Friday morning from Riley. Pictured below: On behalf of the Northview FFA, President Courtney Solari (left) and Secretary Bethany Reynolds (middle) receive the Three Star Chapter award on live national television during the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY, in October. photos, click to enlarge.

Photos, Video: Century Land To Lake Parade, Christmas Event

December 13, 2013

With a “Land to Lake” theme, the first lighted Christmas parade in several years rolled through Century Thursday night. The parade ended at Lake Stone, with Santa Claus, hot cocoa, cookies and an sack lunch.

For a parade video, click here.

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Snowball Express Transports Families Of Fallen Military

December 13, 2013

The Blue Angels were on hand Thursday to welcome 16 local families of fallen military heroes to the Pensacola International Airport before their Snowball Express flight to Fort Worth.

The Snowball Express is a charity organization for children of America’s fallen military heroes.

Blue Angels team members signed autographs, posed for photos and spent time with the children in the Pensacola airport’s USO center before their flight to Fort Worth to join more than 1,700 other children and surviving spouses.

“Snowball Express is a great organization because it helps the children of fallen service members by surrounding them with other kids and families who are all dealing with the loss of a loved one, while showing them a fun time,” said Lt. Cmdr. Declan Hartney of the Blue Angels.

American Airlines provides transportation annually for families across the world to attend the Snowball Express event, where children and surviving spouses meet for a weekend of enjoyment.

Pictured: Blue Angels Flight Surgeon Lt. Cmdr. Mark DeBuse signs an autograph for a child during the annual Snowball Express send-off event at the Pensacola Regional Airport USO Thursday. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Your Christmas Photos: Bratt House Decked Out

December 13, 2013

This house in Bratt, located on North Highway 99 just south of Breastworks Road, is decked out for the Christmas Season.

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‘American Pickers’ Coming To North Escambia Area

December 12, 2013

The American Pickers from the History Channel are coming to the North Escambia – Pensacola area in January and they are looking for people with barns, warehouses, buildings full of odd, unique, and interesting collections. They also love to explore the history of the locations tied to the items.

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, are longtime “pickers” or as they call themselves “modern archaeologists”. They drive the back roads of America knocking on doors, digging through barns and basements, and sifting through junkyards and warehouses. The dirty, rusty treasures and antiques they pull out of these places are not just given a new life; they’re saved for future generations to appreciate. Along the way the guys meet the amazing people and interesting places that make America great.

A list of wanted items the American Pickers sent is below. They are looking for the items in Florida only.

Your Photos: Santa Visits Friendship Kids

December 12, 2013

Santa Claus visited with the children of the Friendship Learning Lodge on Wednesday.

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Santa To Visit Century, Molino Libraries For Christmas Programs

December 11, 2013

Get ready…Santa is planning visits to the Century and Molino branch libraries for a couple of a programs.

Molino — Christmas Pajama Storytime

Kids are invited to wear their PJ’s and enjoy a Santa visit with stories, carols, photos with Santa, hot chocolate and more on Monday December 16 from 6-7 p.m. at the Molino Branch Library. The program will be presented in conjunction with the Molino Mid-County Historical Society.

Century — Christmas Program

The Century Branch Library Christmas Program will be held Thursday, December 19 from 5-6 p.m. at the library, 7991 North Century Boulevard. Th event will include a Christmas story, craft, a tasty treat, a gift from an elf and a visit with Santa Claus.

Pictured: Santa Claus at the Century Branch Library last year. file photo, click to enlarge.

Sheriff’s Office Teen Explorers Receive Awards

December 9, 2013

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 117 recently held their annual Christmas and award banquet.

Numerous awards were presented, including Explorer of the Year to Morgan Smith and Crista Pope of Molino.

The Explorers program, for members age 13-21, works to educate and involve young people in law enforcement operations whether or not they choose to enter a career in law enforcement. Members gain a working knowledge of police work and have the opportunity to serve their community.

Explorers receive training in patrol procedure, first aid, honor guard, criminal law, crime prevention, finger-printing, arrest techniques, drug abuse prevention, firearms safety, crime scene techniques and more.

For more information on the Explorers program, call (850) 436-9496.

Numerous awards were presented during the recent banquet, including Explorer of the year to Morgan Smith and Crista Pope of Molino.

Awards presented at the recent banquet were:


1st Lieutenant – Luis Mendoza
Lieutenant – Quinton Watts
Sergeant – Mi’kalah Newsome
Corporal-Karen Rodriguez
Corporal – Vivian Odom

Community Service Award

Allya Eggleton
Crista Pope
Elliot Williams
Karen Rodiquez
Luis Mendoza
Mi’kalah Newsome
Morgan Smith
Quinton Watts
Richard Greene

Most Improved Award

Kyle Mcarthur
Vivian Odom

Explorer Of The Year Award

Crista Pope
Morgan Smith

Tenure Award

Aliya Eggelton
Crista Pope
Luis Mendoza
Mi’kalah Newsome
Karen Rodriguez
Morgan Smith
Quinton Watts
Vivian Odom

Perfect Attendance Award

Karen Rodriquez
Kyle Mcarthur

Crime Prevention Award

Luis Mendoza
Mi’kalah Newsome

Pictured top: Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 117. Pictured inset: Deputy Robert Greene with Explorer Richard Green.  Pictured below: The annual Explorer Christmas party and awards banquet. Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Tate Grad Gardipee Completes Basic Military Training

December 8, 2013

Air Force Airman Jonathan T. Gardipee graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Gardipee is the son of Rhonda Gardipee of Cantonment.

He is a 2012 graduate of Tate High School, Cantonment.

Photos: Molino Holds Annual Christmas Parade

December 8, 2013

The annual Molino Christmas Parade was held Saturday morning on Crabtree Church Road. After the parade, Santa Claus met with lots of good boys and girls at the Molino Ballpark.

Sponsored by the Molino Recreation Association, proceeds from the parade are used to benefit needy children in the Molino area during the Christmas season.

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Pictured: The annual Molino Christmas Parade Saturday morning. photos, click to enlarge.

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