Last Man To Walk On The Moon Dies; Remembered By Local Friend

January 17, 2017

Former U.S. astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the surface of the moon, died Monday at age 82.

Cernan was a Navy captain that trained in Pensacola. NASA chose him and 13 other astronauts for the pioneering Apollo program, created after President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. When Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust.

“He was very kind and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences,” pilot David Gehman of Atmore said. Gehman and Cernan met a few years ago at a Learjet pilot meeting Kansas. They became friends, years after Gehman had watched him blast off of Kennedy Space Center on Apollo 17.

“He was a Navy pilot, and flew out of Pensacola. He was familiar with Atmore. We talked about having him come to Atmore but it never happened,” Gehman said.

“He was very kind and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences.”

Cernan flew on Apollo 10 in May 1969, the final test flight before the actual moon landing two months later.

He was part of the last manned moon mission in December 1972 — Apollo 17.

“We had a lunar rover, we were able to cover more ground than most of the other missions. We stayed there a little bit longer. We went to a more challenging unique area in the mountains, to learn something about the history and the origin of the moon itself,” Cernan later recalled of the mission.

Just before leaving the moon as the last man to walk on it, Cernan said man would return there one day “with peace and hope.”

He was still waiting at the time of his death. Speaking on the 40th anniversary of the last mission, Cernan said he is not proud to be the last man to walk on the moon because of a fading interest in space travel.

“It is tremendously disappointing that here I am, 40 years later, and still hold that title,” he said.

Cernan retired from the Navy and NASA in 1976 and later did television commentary for early space shuttle flights.

Pictured top: Cernan on the moon. Pictured bottom: Cernan in the lunar module of Apollo 17. NASA photos, click to enlarge.

IEA Equestrian Team Qualifies For Upcoming Regionals

January 15, 2017

Local middle and high school equestrian teams from Trinity Farm have qualified for regionals.

The teams compete in Interscholastic Equestrian Association “IEA” horse shows. in which they “blind ride” — drawing a horse to ride at the event ratheru than riding their personal horse. The show judges the riders primarily on their abilities for the chance to win college scholarships.

The regional competition will  be held February 5 at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.

Pictured: Trinity Farm of Northwest Florida team members (front center) Paige Keener, (first row, L-R) Lexi Bryant, Megan Gulsby, Sarah Hodge, Olivia Stone, (back) Morgan Mickel, Tessa Walsingham, Lilli Bonner, and Athena Critides, Photo for, click to enlarge.

Jay Cheerleaders Perform During Sugar Bowl Halftime

January 14, 2017

The Jay High School cheerleaders were among 10 squads from across the country that performed during the halftime of the recent Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

The squad, coaches, and parents spent five days and four nights in the city practicing for the half time performance, participating in the Sugar Bowl parade, touring the Mardi Gras World, and enjoying a Cajun Barn Dance.

Squad members are seniors Savannah Seevers, Madelyn Godwin, Rebecca Boutwell, Courtney Walther, Marisa Kirkland, and Meghon Mayo;  juniors Jescie Roberts, Morgan Floyd; sophomores  Carsen Arrant, Maci Holt, Jaeci Cooley; freshmen Catrina Crandall and Carly Willis. Coaches Junia Fischer, Heather Willis and Assistant Principal Carlise Griffin also attended.

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Bratt Elementary Releases Latest Honor Roll

January 13, 2017

The following students were named to the second nine weeks honor roll at Bratt Elementary School:


Kindergarten – A Honor Roll

Alexis Amerson
Eric Anthony
Sadie Baker
Landen Barlow
Abigail Brown
Alysa Bryan
Jaxon Byrd
Jerick Cooper
Carson Eady
Aubrey Flowers
Pryce Flowers
Kintley Flowers
Josyah Fontenot
Christian Fountain
Olivia Garrett
Nathan Gilmore
Autumn Heist
Sophia Ikner
Maybree Johnson
Noah Luker
Ava Marquis
Parker Marsh
Ava McCann
Mya McCants
Briley Moore
Demeatree Moorer
Natalia Morales
Rainey Nelson
Jonathan Patrick
Jade Presley
Madison Rice
Ashton Roberts
Caden Sanspree
Kaden Seelig
Kimmora Thomas
TyDereon Thomas
Javan Thompson
James Thompson
Brooklyn Turk
Na’Kiyah Williams
Taryanna Wright

First Grade – A Honor Roll

Govan Alexander
Landon Allcock
Gabrielle Boatwright
Jamarreai Davison
Logan Diller
Parker Ganey
Elizabeth Gilley
Sawyer Gilmore
Brody Hall
Camden Jacobson
John McAnally
Hunter Parker
Makinzi Roley
Adalynn Southard
Cassandra Stilwell
Kennedy Ward
Kaylee Wilson

Second Grade – A Honor Roll

Lexi Bingham
Christian Caraway
William Classen
Carlie Davis
Jacobi Dougall
Cathryn Greenwood
Lori Hall
Presley Johnson
Kaylee Long
Mikayla McAnally
Dakota Richardson
Miles Smith
Avery Stuckey

Third Grade -A Honor Roll

Desiray Bagwell
Wade Bailey
Bailey Blackwell
Jackson Bridges
Nevaeh Bush
Addison Classen
Tristan Crumm
Mary-Clayton Dawson
Talise Gregson
LanDon Johnson
Jackson Simmons
Jasmine Zisa
Colton Criswell

Fourth Grade – A Honor Roll

JaCee Dortch
Noah Faulkner
Jamison Gilman
Zyein Harris
Mary Catherine Hughes
Laura Laborde
Colby Pugh
Ally Richardson
Maggie Scott

Fifth Grade – A Honor Roll

Raegan Abbott
Sarah Bailey
Haydn Baker
Carsyn Dortch
Maggie Godwin
Ava Gurganus
Leah Hetrick
Allyson Jones
Jaquez Moorer
Jacob Spence
Emily Stilwell
Bentley Van Pelt


1st Grade – AB Honor Roll

Tyler Amerson
Eli Anthony
Marquis Banks
Serenity Conway
Braxton Dinc
Jacob Dove
O’Neshia DuBose
Evelyn Esparza
Zachary Flowers
Aubrey Hadley
Sandra Hall
Ashleigh Harris
Anthony Johnson
Jaivion Kyles
Peyton Lee
Caleb Nezovich
Levi Peters
Jakel Phifer
Alivia Pierce
Madalynn Pittman
Brooklyn Reynolds
Christian Roberts
Annsleigh-Nikole Rodriguez
Chloe Satterwhite
Jackson Sellers
Breah Shelly
Noah Spence
Wyatt Spence
Kameryn Thompson

2nd Grade – AB Honor Roll

Margaret Baker
Montgomery Baker
Luke Bryan
Amara Campbell
Madilynne Cardwell
Crimson Davis
Kylar Davis
Nolan Eady
Hayden Gipson
Jackson Helton
Savannah Lowry
Khloe Mason
Logan Morris
Makayla Plato
Jamie Roberts
Jake Taylor
Raleigh Warr

3rd Grade – AB Honor Roll

Lauren Abbott
Ellie Adkins
Claire Amerson
Kylie Bailey
Isaiah Boatwright
Lindsey Brown
Michael Butler
Tyler Carach
Luke Chavers
Richard Clarke
Zakhel Clemmons
Talaysha Curry
Aakira Davis
Jordan Dawson
Addison Eicher
Allison Flowers
William Heard
Fallon Hubbard
Emily Jarvis
Tristan Johnson
Daniel Johnson
Jessica Jowers
Maxwell Mason
Samantha Minchew
Carley Moore
Kayleb Nicholson
Braylan Shelly
Justy Starns
Maggie Stewart
Charles Waters
Mya Wilson

4th Grade – AB Honor Roll

Luke Amerson
Kinslee Coker
Payton Daw
Richard Emmons
Aliyah Fountain
Jared Hudson
Adannaya Mondaca
Zakyla Smith
Sydney Snow
Bryce Stabler
Jonathon Stilwell

5th Grade – AB Honor Roll

Rabekah Abbott
Elijah Amerson
Sophia Bailey
Ethan Bingham
Kyle Blanton
Ava Brock
James Condrey
Edward Conway
Chloe Criswell
Riley Dawson
Samuel Dettling
Tyteanna Dubose
Mayson Edwards
Gage Eicher
Scotty Elliott
Zykuria Fountain
Raleigh Gibson
Berklee Hall
Joshlynn Helton
Sarah Long
Austin Minchew
Chloe Morris
Alexis Moya
Ryan Odom
William Plato
Angel Schoonover
Jaimee Taylor
Corbin Turberville
Raycer Watson

Photo: Full Moon Rises

January 13, 2017

Pictured: A full moon rises behind a tree as seen on Pine Barren Road in Bratt on January 12, 2017. photo, click to enlarge.

Florida Ag Comm. Putnam Recognizes Molino Park, Other Healthy Escambia Schools

January 12, 2017

Molino Park Elementary School was one of 30 schools across the state honored by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam  Putnam Wednesday.

Putnam announced Molino Park was among the schools that earned HealthierUS School Challenge designations during December, bringing the current total of Florida’s HUSSC schools to 249. Under Commissioner Putnam’s leadership, the number of certified HUSSC schools has increased from 27 schools in 2012, when the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services assumed responsibility of the state’s school nutrition programs.

Other Escambia County schools earning the designation included CA Weis, Ferry Pass, Holm, Myrtle Grove and O.J. Semmes elementary schools.

“It’s great that these schools are providing their students the nutrition and physical activity needed for academic success,” said Putnam. “Our goal is to continue working with schools to increase the amount healthy choices offered to Florida’s students.”

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Planned In North Escambia

January 12, 2017

Mark you calendar for an Arbor Day tree giveaway in Davisville on Saturday, January 21.

Trees available will include crabapple, redbud, shumard oak and river birch.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Davisville Community Center at 10200 Highway 97.

For more information contact Carrie Stevenson, (850) 475-5230 or or Cathy Hardin, (850) 587-5237 or

Jim Allen Elementary School Names Students Of The Month

January 11, 2017

Jim Allen Elementary School has named Students of the Month for December. They are Presley Langeck (left) and Laney Jackson. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.

Northview, Ernest Ward Place In FFA Sub-District Career Development Events

January 10, 2017

Recently at the FFA Sub-District Career Development Events, the following students and teams placed from Northview High School and Ernest Ward Middle School.

1st Place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking- Mitchell Singleton, Northview (pictured top)

Scroll down for additional winners.

1st Place in Safe Tractor Operations- Donnie Dixon, Northview  (above)

3rd Place in Parliamentary Procedures- Northview High School (above)

3rd Place in FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies- Ernest Ward Middle School (above)Photos for, click to enlarge.

Youth, Volunteers Brave Cold For Livestock Weigh-in

January 8, 2017

Youth and volunteers braved freezing temperatures Saturday morning in Molino as the Gulf Coast Agricultural and Natural Resources Youth Organization held a mandatory weigh-in.

The event at the 4-H facilities on South Highway 99 was a precursor to the 2017 GCA/NRYO Spring Livestock show which will be held on April 1. The day included preliminary swine, market goat and market lamb weigh-ins.

The GCA/NRYO Spring Livestock is open to all FFA and 4-H members in southwest Alabama and Northwest Florida.

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