May 21, 2013
Molino Park Elementary School students collected over a half million pop tabs — those little pull tabs off the tops of aluminum drink cans — to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida.
MPES students collected 377 pounds of the pop tabs this year that have been delivered to the Ronald McDonald House. The money from recycling the tabs are used by the facility to help pay their utility bills for the 26-bedroom house on Bayou Boulevard.
Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Services Manager Ariana Murray and Director of Marketing Susan Brady presented the pop tab trophy for the medium size school category Monday afternoon at Molino Park. Molino Park’s 377 pounds of pop tabs were more than were collected by any of the other 64 schools that participated.
During the presentation, Brady invited students and faculty that had stayed at any Ronald McDonald house to join her on the stage. Three staff members and eight students said they had an experience with the Ronald McDonald house in Pensacola and other cities due to premature babies, spinal issues, brain tumors and open heart surgery.
According to the Ronald McDonald House, there are 1,430 tabs per pound — meaning Molino Park’s 377 pound donation would contain an estimated 539,110 tabs. Monday, Molino Park Principal Alice Woodward challenged each of the students to collect a pound of pop tabs over the summer for an early start on earning next year’s trophy.
Pictured top: Ariana Murray from the Ronald McDonald House and Principal Alice Woodward with a group of Molino Park Elementary School students and staff personal touched by Ronald McDonald House. Pictured inset: April Pawless (left) and Melanie Dix delivered 377 pounds of pop tabs from Molino Park Elementary to the Ronald McDonald House recently. Pictured below: Molino Park’s 1st place pop tab trophy. Submitted photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
May 21, 2013
Heather Thomason Tate High School has received an Academic Excellence Scholarship from Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, Ala. She is the daughter of Pat and Kim Thomason.
To date, the college has awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarships to this year’s high school seniors within the ASCC community.
May 21, 2013
Monday night, Century Mayor Freddie McCall presented the town’s Relay for Life donation to Sally Cary of the American Cancer Society. The town council voted earlier this year to donate $1,000 to the Cancer Society. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.
May 20, 2013
Just days after his stolen gear was returned by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Jarrett Parker of Molino was the big winner in his division at a weekend kart race in Mississippi.
Last week, Sheriff’s Investigator David Preston returned about $16,000 worth of stolen kart racing gear back to the Parker family. The items were stolen during a burglary at the family’s workshop on Gibson Road on May 4. A 2012 Elite Triton kart, five motors, cases of MAXXIS tires, tools and other items were taken.
After a story about the thefts appeared on NorthEscambia.com on May 6, the Sheriff’s Office and family began to receive tips that led to the recovery of the racing equipment.
Preston said arrests are forthcoming in the case, but has declined to provide further details about the suspects.
Pictured top: A practice lap at the Checkered Flag Speedway in Stateline, MS, on Saturday. Courtesy photo. Pictured below: Molino teen Jarrett Parker with about $16,000 worth of stolen kart racing gear returned last week by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.
May 20, 2013
A newly transcribed book offers a glimpse into local history through the documents of local Methodist churches during the 1800’s. “Methodist Episcopal Church South, Pollard Circuit (Revised to Powelton Circuit) 1878-1897″ was transcribed by Jacqueline Freisinger of Molino.
It is the ledger of the many circuit riders in the Powelton Circuit during that time period. Powelton was in the vicinity of the Gonzalez area on the west side of Highway 29. The Methodist movement in that area came out of the large campground and meetings held there where Lathram Church in Escambia County and Clearsprings Church in Baldwin County were organized.
The book includes information about church memberships, infant and adult baptisms, marriages, and deaths.
The Methodist churches listed are Byrneville, Canoe Station, Clearsprings, Crabtree’s, Ferry Pass, Lathram’s Chapel, Muscogee (Marvin), Myrtle Grove, Oak Grove, Pollard, Powelton (Shephard’s), Rehobeth (Hendrix), and Walnut Hill.
The book sells for $20 and includes a copy of the ledger. For more information, contact Freisinger at (850) 587-2247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19, 2013
A few dozen artists from South Alabama and Northwest Florida took part in the inaugural “ARTmore” gallery night event in Atmore Saturday evening. The event gathered artists, photographers, potters, crafters, musicians and more on the streets of Atmore.
Pictured: Saturday evening’s “ARTmore” gallery night in downtown Atmore. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
May 18, 2013
The Northview High School FFA held their 18th annual banquet Friday night along with the Ernest Ward Middle School FFA.
Among those honored for their support of the FFA program were Sheila Holland, Billy Johnson, Bill Welch, and Arty and Pam Kleinatland. The five were named honorary members of the Northview FFA.
Some of the other awards and scholarships presented Friday night included:
Blue and Gold Awards: Dillian Crutchfield, Gene Hassebrock, Bethany Reynolds, Jeremy Stacey, Karissa Strickland, Kaitlyn Kleinatland and Grady Rigby.
Outstanding Freshman and Star Greenhand: Haylee Weaver
Outstanding Sophmore: Tiffani Cruce
Outstanding Junior: Courtney Solari
Outstanding Senior: Jessica Baldwin
2012-2013 Officer Leadership Awards: Photographer-Kaitlyn Kleinatland, Chaplain-Bethany Reynolds, Historian- Courtney Weekly, Parliamentarian- Tiffani Cruce, Sentinel – Dillian Crutchfield, Reporter-Haylee Weaver, Treasurer- Jeremy Stacey, Secretary- Karissa Strickland, Vice-President – Courtney Solari, President – Jessica Baldwin
High Point Award: Jessica Baldwin
American Degree: Lydia Weaver
State Degree: Jessica Baldwin and Dillian Crutchfield
Chapter Degree: Tiffani Cruce and Karissa Strickland
Greenhand Degree: Katelyn Born, Kamryn Brock, Codie Calloway, Ciara Campbell, Lane Godwin, Gene Hassebrock, Ricky Jones, Kaitlyn Kleinatland, Trevor Levins, Moriah McGahan, Ben Preston, Laurie Purdy, Bethany Reynolds, Savanna Roux, Levi Solomon, Haylee Weaver and Courtney Weekley
FFA Alumni Scholarship: Jessica Baldwin and Dillian Crutchfield
Thomas E. Weaver Memorial Scholarship: Jessica Baldwin
Glynn C. Key Scholarship: Jessica Baldwin
Jamie Hall Memorial Scholarship: Lydia Weaver and Mitchell Singleton
The new Northview FFA officers named for the 2013-2014 school year were: President – Courtney Solari, Vice President – Courtney Weekley, 2nd Vice President – Haylee Weaver, Secretary – Bethany Reynolds, Treasurer – Moriah McGahan, Reporter – Kaitlyn Kleinatland, Sentinel – Tabitha Chavers, Parlimentarian – Mitchell Singleton, Historian – Hunter Kite, Chaplian – Tamara Barrows, Photographer – Jessica Stacey, and Public Relations – Tiffani Cruce.
NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
May 17, 2013
The Ernest Ward Middle School music department presented their annual spring concert Thursday night at the Walnut Hill Community Center. The Ernest Ward advanced and beginning bands, and the Ernest Ward chorus performed during the evening event. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
May 16, 2013
Law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty were honored Wednesday by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Fraternal Order of Police. About a dozen Escambia County deputies have died in the line of duty — the first in 1923 and the most recent, Lt. George Hura, Jr., in 2004. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
May 16, 2013
In honor of National Nursing Home Week, Century United Methodist Church, and M&D nursery of Century pooled their efforts to create a gardening experience for the residents and staff at Century Care Center.
The residents were given a few lessons on planting and caring for an assortment of plants, with a few residents digging in and getting their hands dirty. The end was result was a more beautiful courtyard at the facility.
“The residents will be watching closely, as the plants grow and become even more beautiful,” said Mae Hildreth, Century Care’s activities director. “We have a wonderful and giving community.”
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