Bashore Completes First Solo Flight On His 16th Birthday

October 21, 2019

John Bashore took to the skies and completed his first solo flight on his 16th birthday earlier this month.

Bashore and his flight instructor Bill Weaver flew from the Brewton Airport to Atmore where Weaver exited the aircraft and Bashore completed two solo flights.

Bashore and Weaver met at a Byrneville church and formed an immediate bond. Both love aviation, and Bashore said he has been a blessing and a great mentor in his life.

Weaver trained as an Army pilot during the Vietnam War. He also operated a flight training school at the Milton Airport in the 1970s. Weaver is now retired with 35 years of service flying for oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bashore and Weaver have flown together since 2011.

Over the past year, they have worked hard training so Bashore could complete his solo on his 16th birthday. Over the next year he will continue the training need to complete 15 hours of solo flight and 10 hours of instructional flight and pass the FAA exam.

Bashore said he looking forward to obtaining his private pilot license on his 17th birthday. He hopes to one day attend the U. S. Air Force Academy and fly the F-22 fighter. He attends Northview High School where he is a member of the NJROTC.

Pictured: John Bashore and instructure Bill Weaver on the day of Bashore’s first solo flight from Brewton to Atmore. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Jim Allen Elementary Students Receive Free Dictionaries

October 21, 2019

Members of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Cantonment recently presented new dictionaries to students at Jim Allen Elementary School. Each third grader received their a copy of “A Student’s Dictionary.” The goal of The Dictionary Project is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview Grad North Completes Basic Military Training

October 20, 2019

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Celeste B. North 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

North is the daughter of Catadro and Kimberly North of Atmore.

She is a 2018 graduate of Northview High School.

Tayler Mills Named Tate High Homecoming Queen; Alex Moorhead Named King

October 20, 2019

Tayler Mills was named the 2019 Tate High School homecoming queen Saturday night, and Alex Moorehead was named homecoming king.

First runner-up was Avery Young, and second runner-up was Baylor Phillips.

After the school district canceled all activities Friday due to Tropical Storm Nestor, the presentation of the homecoming court was rescheduled for Saturday night during the homecoming dance. School officials said they will recognize the homecoming court during next Friday night’s Senior Night so they will have the opportunity to walk the field with their parents.  Exact details were still being finalized Saturday night.

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Volunteer Firefighters Visit Molino Library’s Community Heroes Story Time

October 19, 2019

Volunteer firefighters from the Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue visited the Molino Branch Library this week for the Community Heroes preschool story time series. The regular preschool story time will continue on October 23 and October 30 at 10:30 a.m. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Barbara Luker Named Northview Teacher Of The Year

October 18, 2019

Barbara Luker has been name the Northview High School Teacher of the Year. She teaches reading. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Help The Hungry: Annual Peanut Butter Challenge Underway

October 17, 2019

The annual Peanut Butter Challenge is underway, coordinated by Escambia County Extension, to collect jars of peanut butter to be given to area food pantries this December.

“The Peanut Butter Challenge not only raises awareness about the important contribution of North Florida’s peanut growers to the state peanut industry, but also helps provide a healthy, locally produced product to food-insecure families in northwest Florida,” said Libbie Johnson, agricultural agent for UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County and co-organizer of the challenge

Through November 27, you can donate unopened jars of peanut butter at several locations throughout Escambia County. Drop off boxes can be found at:

UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County, 3740 Stefani Road in Cantonment
Escambia County Farm Bureau, 153 Highway 97 in Molino
Escambia County Public Safety, 6575 N. W St. in Pensacola
Gilmore Services, 31 E. Fairfield Drive in Pensacola
Escambia County Administration, 221 Palafox Place, 4th Floor in Pensacola
Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 10650 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola

Last year, Extension county offices received 1,233 jars of peanut butter. The local peanut industry support also contributes an additional 3,000 jars.

Misenar, Moye Named Northview Students Of The Month

October 17, 2019

The Northview High School English Department selected  Students of the Month for September. They are 10th grader Logan Misenar and 11th grader Madyson Moye. They are pictured above with Principal Mike Sherrill. Photo for, click to enlarge.

London White Named Cantonment Cowboys Homecoming Queen

October 15, 2019

London White was named the Cantonment Cowboys 2019 Homecoming Queen.

Other homecoming winners were:

  • Abby Nigam, 2019 Best All Around
  • Kylie Wilder, first runner-up
  • Kimree Martin, 2nd runner-up
  • Kendra McDonald, Cowboy Supreme
  • Khale Lanquest, Miss Cheerleader
  • Baileigh Minor, most improved.

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Erin Bryant Named Bratt Elementary Teacher Of The Year

October 15, 2019

Erin Bryant has been named the Bratt Elementary School Teacher of the Year. She teaches first grade. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

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