Northview High Needs School Advisory Council Members

September 2, 2015

Northview High School needs volunteers for their  2015-2016 School Advisory Council.

The council meets four times each year after school.  Any interested parents or community members should call (850)  327-6681 ext. 221 to express their interested to serve.

Prison’s Cabinetry Program Provides Desks For Elementary School

September 2, 2015

Santa Rosa Correctional Institution’s cabinetry program provided 36 desks to Jay Elementary School to use in a first and fifth grade classroom for the school’s Science Technology Art Engineering Mathematics  program. SRCI Warden James Coker, along with SRCI staff, delivered the desks late last week.

“The Florida Department of Corrections is proud to play an active role in the communities surrounding our institutions. Through re-entry initiatives such as the cabinetry program, Florida’s inmates have an opportunity to gain the skills and resources necessary for successful re-integration into our communities,” Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones said.

Pictured: Desks constructed by inmates in the cabinetry program at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in place at Jay Elementary School. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Northview To Host Mini-Majorette Clinic

September 1, 2015

The Northview High School Majorettes will host a Mini-Majorette Clinic on September 8, 9 and 10 from 4-5 p.m. each day.

The clinic will teach students baton tricks, skills and a baton routine they will perform during a pregame show on September 11. The clinic is open to any student between age five and eighth grade. Students should bring their own baton, or one will be provided.

The cost is $25 per child. This includes the clinic, a t-shirt, admission to the September 11 Northview Chiefs home game and a performance before kickoff.

To reserve a spot in the click, parents should call (850) 623-4399 with the twirler’s name a t-shirt size by Friday, September 4 (please leave a message if no answer). All money is due by the first practice on September 8.

Tate Ag Students Get Up Close Look At Baling Hay

August 31, 2015

Agriculture students at Tate High School took part in a class Friday led by Melissa Gibbs and Austin Courson on how to bale hay.

“Cut it. let it dry, flip it, let it dry some more, rake it into rows and bale it,” explained observer Kim Stefansson, school district spokesperson.

Pictured: Baling hay Friday morning at Tate High School. Photos by Kim Stefansson for, click to enlarge.

Bonus Photos: Northview Football, Cheerleaders Band

August 31, 2015

For a bonus photo gallery from last Friday night’s Northview at Crestview game, click here.

The gallery includes football action shots, the band and the cheerleaders. For the game action story, click here.

Photos by Gary Amerson for, click to enlarge.

Hundreds Turn Out For Free Food Giveaway (With Photo Gallery)

August 28, 2015

Tons of free food were given away to hundreds in need Friday morning in Century.

Between 12,000 and 15,000 pounds of food were distributed in cooperation with Pensacola Caring Hearts and the Bay Area Food Bankey at the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church.

The line for the began forming nearly three hours before the giveaway was set to start, church members said. When the first boxes of food were given out around 9 a.m., the line stretched out of sight and all the way around the church to the back of their property.

“It’s an amazing turnout. There are an awful lot of people here,” Joseph Berman of the Bay Area Food Bank said. “In one way, that’s good, but in  another it’s really bad that there that many people here in need.”

For more photos, click to enlarge.

Pictured: A free food giveaway Friday morning in Century. photos.

NHS To Hold Meet The Chiefs (With Bonus Cheerleader, Dance, Band Photos)

August 26, 2015

Northview High School will hold “Meet The Chiefs” Thursday at 7 p.m. Fans will have a chance to meet the football players and cheerleaders ahead of the regular season.

A meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. for parents of football players.

For cheerleader, dance, band and NJROTC photos, click here.

Pictured: The Northview band, cheerleaders, dance team and NJROTC from last Friday night. photos, click to enlarge.

NJROTC Cadets Attend Leadership Training Camps

August 24, 2015

Navy Junior ROTC Cadets from seven Escambia and Santa Rosa county schools attended two camps before school started at Naval Air Station Pensacola — a Leadership Academy and a Basic Leadership Training camp.

The NJROTC cadets and instructors from Northview, Escambia, Pine Forest, Washington, Navarre, Milton and Pace high schools took part in the camps with their days staring at 5 a.m. and continuing until 9:30 p.m. The cadets also had to stand barracks watches throughout the night.

Each camp included academics, orienteering and first aid, drills, a physical fitness test and daily fitness training, personnel inspections, daily room and locker inspections and tours of the various active duty training facilities.

The 53 cadets attending the Leadership Academy  also had the opportunity to participate in a Leadership Reaction Course and a Marine Corps obstacle course.  The 50 cadets in the Basic Leadership Training camp were able to observe demonstrations of aviation fire fighting training, rescue swimmer training, and participate in the USMC circuit course.

Both camps competed in a Jeopardy style academic brain brawl that covered topics covered in the NJROTC curriculum.

Cadets graduating from the camps received a certificate of completion and ribbon,  while those completing the Leadership Academy also earned a silver cord that is worn with their uniform.

Northview cadets that successfully completed Leadership Academy were (with awarded medals listed):

  • Moriah McGahan — Distinguished Cadet (Top Cadet for the camp, 2nd Sit-ups, 3rd Push-ups, 1st Mile run, 3rd Room Inspection, 1st Overall Physical Fitness Test)
  • Katie Cmehil — 1st in Sit-ups
  • Sara McCreary — 1st in Knockout competition
  • Ureil Codrington
  • James White — 4th Overall in the Male Physical Fitness test

Northview cadets that successfully completed Basic Leadership Training Camp were:

  • Wyatt Morris — 3rd in Sit-ups
  • Oreblis Rodriguez — 2nd in Push-ups
  • Hunter Witt
  • Zachary Sheldon

Photos for, click to enlarge.

New West Florida Library Director On The Job

August 23, 2015

The new director of the West Florida Public Library system is settling in after a few weeks on the job.

Todd J. Humble spent 13 years at the library supervisor at the Northview Richland Hills Library near Fort Worth. With more than 30 years experience, Humble was worked as library director for a county library in Garden City, KS, a middle and high school library specialist in Michigan, an adult education teacher and he provided computer consulting for small businesses. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in computer science and history from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of library and information science from Wayne State University.

As library director in Escambia County, Humble is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the West Florida Public LIbrary, and is responsible for the administration, supervision, management, and coordination of all branch libraries and personnel. As director of library services, Humble also administers the library’s youth, circulation, computer, outreach, reference and support services.

The West Florida Library system includes the following locations:

  • Main Library, 239 North Spring Street
  • Tyron Branch Library, 1200 Langley Avenue
  • Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway
  • Century Branch Library, 7991 North Century Boulevard
  • Molino Branch Library, 6450-A Highway 95A
  • Westside Branch Library, 1301 West Gregory Street
  • Genealogy Branch Library, 5740 North 9th Avenue

Pictured: New West Florida Library Director Todd J. Humble at a welcome breakfast with the Friends of the West Florida Public Library breakfast. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Giant American Flag Raised Over Flomaton

August 21, 2015

Flomaton is patriotic small town with a big heart–  and now a really big American flag. The giant American flag was raised Thursday the intersection of Highway 113 and Highway 31.

The flag is 25 x 40 feet flying on an 86-foot tall pole at local business Rowland Tires.

Owner Christopher Rowland, who grew up in Flomaton, said he wanted to give something back to his town and show his gratitude to the many men and women that have sacrificed to keep our country free.

The community quickly responded to giant flag, taking to Facebook to thank the store.

“This is awesome! God bless our little town,” one person wrote. “From a veteran from Flomaton, I thank you so much. This is beautiful,” said another. “Actually brought a tear when Old Glory was flying in the wind this afternoon, beautiful sight,” wrote another resident.

Several other businesses and individuals help make the Old Glory display possible: Jimmy White and Deep South Crane, Campbell Sand and Gravel, Steve Stanton, Jason Beasley, Frank Beasley, Pete Salazar, American Concrete and Brantley Contractors.

Pictured top: A giant American flag at Highway 113 and Highway 31 in Flomaton, AL. Pictured inset: The flagpole was lifted into place by Deep South Cranes on Wednesday. Pictured below: The flag was raised during a special ceremony Thursday afternoon. Photos for, click to enlarge.

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