Photos: Century Sawmill Day

May 3, 2015

Hundreds of people attended the annual Sawmill Day in Saturday at Century’s historical park. The event featured entertainment, plenty of great food, arts and crafts and free museum tours.

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Pictured top: A spinning and yarn making demonstration. Pictured inset: Replacing cane on a circa 1939 dining room chair. Pictured below: Enjoying entertainment Saturday morning at Century’s Sawmill Festival. photos, click to enlarge.

Photos: Sawmill Day Car Show (And A Really Cool Red Flyer Wagon)

May 3, 2015

Large crowds attended the annual Sawmill Day Car Show in Century on Saturday.

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Photo Gallery: Thousands Celebrate Mayfest

May 3, 2015

From beautiful babies, cute dogs, arts and crafts, entertainment and plenty of fun, Mayfest 2015 had a little bit of something for everyone Saturday at Tom Byrne Park in Atmore as thousands attended the annual event.

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Standing With Coop: Yard Sale Benefits Cancer Patient

May 3, 2015

The First Baptist Church of Bratt held a benefit yard sale Saturday for 17-year old  Bryant Cooper. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer. photos, click to enlarge.

Tickets On Sale Now For ‘Hairspray’ At Northview High

April 30, 2015

The Northview High School Theatre Department will present the Broadway musical “Hairspray” for two shows only next week.

It’s 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance  on the popular “Corny Collins Show.”  When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. It is a show that’s great for the entire family.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Northview Theatre on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9. Advance tickets are $7 now through April 30 in the Northview front office.

Cobb Awarded Tommy Weaver Memorial Scholarship

April 29, 2015

Northview High School Senior Kendal Cobb has been awarded the Tommy Weaver Memorial Scholarship.

Applicants were required to fill out a brief application and write an essay explaining why the scholarship was important to them and how it would make it possible for them to continue their education.

Cobb was awarded the scholarship Tuesday night during the annual Northview DCT banquet. She plants to attend Pensacola State College and become a nurse.

The scholarship fund was established in memory of  Tommy Weaver, DCT/Ag instructor and assistant coach who passed away in March 2012.

Pictured: Tommy Weaver Memorial Scholarship winner Kendal Cobb with Northview DCT instructor Brandy White. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Northview Grad’s Team Wins Regional Robotics Competition

April 28, 2015

Northview High School graduate Colton Sims was a member of a team that won the recent 2015 SoutheastCon Hardware Competition in Fort Lauderdale. Sims is currently a senior at the University of South Alabama and will graduate in May with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Over 50 engineering colleges across the Southeastern U.S. participated in this year’s competition.

Sims and his fellow students began work on their robot – lovingly named “Betsy” – when competition rules were announced in October 2014. Their autonomous robot had to run through a maze and complete four retro-themed tasks: play Simon Says for 15-seconds, rotate a Rubik’s Cube section 180 degrees, write “IEEE” on an Etch a Sketch, and remove the top card of the deck. The robot had to drive itself up to each game, physically manipulate the game correctly, and complete all four in five minutes.

Each team had three attempts at the maze and points were awarded for each task and for the time of each run. The University of South Alabama was the only team to achieve three perfect runs – successfully completing all four tasks each time.

”I knew the students were up to something good when they showed me the working Etch-a-Sketch in February,” said faculty advisor Dr. Russ. “So I was hoping they would be competitive. But first place? That is superb! I wish I could take more credit, but they did all the work themselves – very impressive!”

The team left Mobile the Friday of the conference driving 12 hours straight to the competition location. They faced a few glitches with their robot upon arrival and worked through the night getting “Betsy” ready for the next day. Sims and the four other USA students did not sleep until the competition was over Saturday afternoon.

One of the most impressive things about this win was the meager $1,500 budget the team had to work with to build the robot itself – compared to the several thousand dollars some of the other leading teams had. Team Captain Andrew Braun gives high praise to the College of Engineering.

Pictured top: University of South Alabama students accepting their trophy at the 2015 IEEE SoutheastCon Awards Banquet. From left, Northview graduate Colton Sims and fellow students Jan Hellmich, Andrew Braun, SoutheastCon Representative, Nicholas Carroll, and Kenneth Leggett. Pictured inset: The team’s robot “Betsy”. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.

Prayer And WD-40: 106-Year Old Hattie Schneider Passes Away

April 27, 2015

One of the North Escambia area’s oldest residents has passed way. Hattie Schneider of Molino turn 106 last March, giving credit for her long life to “prayer and WD-40″, and her trust in the Lord.

She is survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Her husband passed away in 1989.

Her family and friends said they thank God everyday for blessing them with her, and she was a true inspiration to everyone.

Visitation for Hattie Gay Schneider will be this Wednesday, April 29, from 10-11 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church in Molino, with funeral services set for 11 a.m.

Reimagine Century To Return Next Month

April 26, 2015

In just a few short weeks, the faithful will reach out during Reimagine Century to touch the hearts and lives of area residents in need.

“Reimagine Century is going to be better than last year. It’s going to be an event where businesses, the community, agencies, industries and churches come together to not only bless the impoverished, but to unite and serve each other,” said organizer Linda English.

She said the volunteers are on a mission to serve those less fortunate — both  their physical and spiritual needs.

“We do this first and foremost to emphasize that we are one body of Christ. We have lots of denominations, we have racial division, so for one day come together and all that racial division falls down, all that denomination differences fall down, and we just serve Jesus, the one thing we have in common,” she said. “As we do that, we get the benefit of doing what the Bible says, which is to love on each other and love on the poor.”

“It’s honor to serve those individuals that are in need,” English said.

The event will include a wide variety of activities, including a 15,000 pound food giveaway, health screenings, AIDS testing, diabetes information, live music, fishing lessons from Mission Fishin’, free manicures, information from community agencies, a clothing giveaway, free lunch, free haircuts, youth and teen activities and sports, a diaper giveaway and more.

Reimagine Century 2015 will be held Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the old Century High School at 440 Hecker Road.

For more information or to become a part of Reimagine Century, call Linda English at (850) 454-5280 or Greg English (850) 712-8397.

Reimagine Century is sponsored in part by numerous organizations, including

Pictured: The first Reimagine Century event last September. photos, click to enlarge.

Escambia County Honors Longtime Firefighter KC Fehl

April 25, 2015

The Escambia County Commission has issued a proclamation in honor of longtime volunteer fireman K.C. Fehl upon his retirement.

Fehl retired from Escambia County Fire Rescue on April 1 after 28 years of service. He joined the Cantonment Volunteer Fire Department in January 1987 after his interest in fire service was sparked by a neighbor’s yard fire. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in late 1990 and then soon reached the rank captain.

He left the Cantonment VFD for a short time to serve with the Molino Volunteer Fire Department before returning to Cantonment.

Fehl left the fire department in 2003 to start his service as an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy where he served until 2010. He moved to the Cantonment VFD’s board of directors so he could spend more time with his son by coaching his baseball team. In December 2005, he switched to “line duty” with the VFD as a driver with his son Kenny, who is now a career firefighter. Fehl was soon, once again, promoted to lieutenant and then to assistant chief. He also served the Ferry Pass fire district for just over a year.

“With his retirement, Escambia County has lost an invaluable resource that will be impossible to replace,” the county’s proclamation stated.

Commissioners congratulated Fehl, and his wife, Susan Fehl, for their years of service.

Pictured top: Susan Fehl, K.C. Fehl and Escambia Commissioner Grover Robinson. Photo for, click to enlarge.

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