Taking A Bite Out Of Hunger: Peanut Butter Drive Underway

October 16, 2017

The UF/IFAS Extension Annual Peanut Butter Challenge is in full swing to help feed the hungry.

In an effort to boost the supply of the most requested food pantry item, peanut butter, UF IFAS Escambia County Extension is teaming up again with the Florida Peanut Producers Association to help “Take a Bite out of Hunger” by participating in a local peanut butter drive.

Residents are asked to help meet the challenge of collecting the versatile food by donating unopened jars of peanut butter at one of five locations now through November 22. All peanut butter collected will be donated to local food pantries in December.

Drop-off locations:

  • Escambia County Administration, 221 Palafox Place, 4th Floor
  • Escambia County Extension Office, 3740 Stefani Road
  • Escambia County Farm Bureau,153 Highway 97, Molino
  • Escambia County Public Safety, 6575 North W Street
  • Gilmore Services, 31 East Fairfield Drive

Since 2012, the volunteers and UF/IFAS Extension faculty have collected jars of peanut butter from residents, volunteer groups and businesses in 16 Northwest Florida counties. Last year, UF/IFAS Extension county offices received 3,236 jars of peanut butter, said Libbie Johnson, agricultural agent for UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County and co-organizer of the challenge.

In addition to these donations, the Florida Peanut Producers Association also contributes, supplying more than 3,000 jars each challenge, Johnson said. They hope to surpass that total this year, and citizens of Escambia County are asked to help.

“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,” Johnson said.

Escambia County’s Tinker Named State 4-H Parliamentarian

October 16, 2017

Escambia County 4-H member Michelle Tinker was appointed the Florida 4-H state parliamentarian.

Tinker has served in 4-H for many years at the local, district and state levels. She has complete projects in many areas, including swine, leadership, citizenship and public speaking. She currently serves as vice president of teh Escambia County 4-H Council, has served as the group’s president and was vice president of the District 1 4-H Council.  She also served as the Florida 4-H State Council Reporter in 2016-2017.

Michelle has honed her skill at public speaking in years of 4-H.  At this year’s 4-H University, she placed first, along with her sister Danielle Tinker, in the state plants and gardening team demonstration competition. Michelle was also selected to represent Florida 4-H at National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. next April.

Michelle Tinker is the daughter of Bill and Angela Tinker.

Pine Meadow Elementary Holds Fall Carnival

October 15, 2017

The annual Pine Meadow Elementary School Carnival was held Saturday at the school on Omar Avenue. The day featured plenty of games and activities, food, fun and a themed basket auction Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Fields of Faith: Student Led Community Worship Wednesday At Northview

October 15, 2017

Northview High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host their 4th annual Fields of Faith at Northview High School Wednesday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. on the football field.

Admission is free; the public is encouraged to attend.

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Celeste North Named NHS Homecoming Queen (With Photo Gallery)

October 14, 2017

Celeste North was named Northview High School’s homecoming queen for 2017 Friday night.

Pictured below are Freshman Maid Franki Daw, Junior Maid Madison Sherouse, First Runner-up Anna Nelson, Homecoming Queen, Celeste North, Second Runner-up Bailee Hinote and Sophomore Maid Chloe Smith.

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Pine Meadow Elementary Carnival, Basket Auction Is Saturday

October 13, 2017

The annual Pine Meadow Elementary School Carnival will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the school, 10001 Omar Avenue. Pictured are just  few of the baskets available in the basket auction. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Bratt Elementary Kids Learn Sun Safety From UWF Nursing Students

October 12, 2017

Students at Bratt Elementary School recently learned about sun healthy behaviors.

Bratt was one of four schools in Escambia County selected to be part of the University of West Florida Usha Kundu, MD College of Health’s Ago Shield initiative.

Argo Shield’s goad is to provide proactive sun safety education on proper skin protection from the sun and increase awareness among K-8 children on how to Shield the Skin You’re In.

Fifty nursing school students and faculty from UWF taught sun safety and healthy behaviors to students in grades K-5. Each child took home an Argo Shield tote bag that included a sunscreen sample and an education magnet for home.

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Smokey Bear, Forest Service Teach Fire Safety At Molino Library Story Time

October 12, 2017

Smokey Bear and the Florida Forest Service visited Story Time at the Molino Branch Library on Wednesday. They taught the children the importance of forest fire prevention. Preschool story time is held every Wednesday at 10:30 at the Molino Branch Library. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Cat Country 98.7 Named CMA Station Of The Year

October 11, 2017

Pensacola’s locally-owned country radio station, CatCountry 98.7, has been named 2017 Radio Station of the Year by the Country Music Association (CMA).

Keith Urban called morning show hosts Brent and Candy to announce the win Tuesday. This is the first time Cat Country 98.7 has won the coveted CMA Station of the Year award.

CatCountry 98.7 personalities Brent and Candy were also nominated by the CMA for the 2017 Radio Personalities of the Year for The Cat Pak Morning Show. Brent & Candy’s CatPak Morning Show is “Live & Local” 5-10 a.m. Monday-Friday on CatCountry 98.7 and on www.CatCountry987.com.

The CMA Awards will air on WEAR ABC 3 on November at 7 p.m. Brent and Candy will be broadcasting live from Nashville in the days leading up to the awards show.

“This incredible honor and recognition from the Country Music Association is a direct reflection on our community. Every part of our submission to the CMA has something to do with you. CatCountry 98.7 is so proud to be locally owned and operated by Dave and Mary Hoxeng. It is our privilege to serve in times of need and times of joy. You are our family and to be recognized as such on a national level is a great and heartfelt honor,” Brent Lane.

Bratt Elementary Students Learn About Fire Safety

October 9, 2017

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue presented a fire safety program Friday at Bratt Elementary School.

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