Molino 9U Wins Escambia Annual All-Star Tournament Championship

June 24, 2024

The Molino 9U All-star team won the championship in the Escambia County Parks and Recreation 3rd Annual All-Star Tournament held at the NEP Bark.

The undefeated Molino 9U team defeated NEP Gold for the title.

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Traffic Alert: This Week’s List Of Construction Slow Down Spots

June 24, 2024

Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads and projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.

Escambia County:

  • Interstate Circle Bridge Over Eight Mile Creek – Interstate Circle is closed at the bridge over Eight Mile Creek through mid-2025 as crews replace the Eight Mile Creek bridge. Signage is in place to direct drivers around the work zone using Pine Forest Road, Longleaf Drive and Wymart Road.
  • Interstate 10 (I-10) at U.S. 29 Interchange (Exit 10) – Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts as crews place barrier wall and perform utility work:
    • Intermittent lane closures on I-10 near the U.S. 29 interchange Sunday, June 23 through Thursday, June 27 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
    • Lane closure on North Palafox Street between Hope Drive and the bridge over I-10, beginning Tuesday, June 25 at 8 a.m. and lasting approximately six hours. In this configuration, north and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane with flaggers to direct drivers safely through the work zone
  • I-10 at Nine Mile Road Interchange (Exit 5) Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts as crews perform paving operations, barrier wall installation and bridge demolition activities:
    • Inside lane closures on I-10 near Exit 5, Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Inside lane closures and minor traffic shifts on Nine Mile Road between the I-10 ramps, Sunday, June 23 through Thursday, June 27 from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
  • U.S. 29 (North Century Boulevard) Resurfacing between Henry Street and Cottage Street in Century – Traffic on U.S. 29 (North Century Boulevard) is shifted to one outside travel lane in each direction between Rudolph Street and Green Street. The shift will be in place through June as crews perform drainage improvements. Signage is in place to safely direct drivers through the work zone.
  • County Road (C.R.) 4 over Canoe Creek Bridge – C.R. 4, between Byrneville and Bratt, will be closed through late 2024 as crews replace the Canoe Creek bridge. Traffic is directed through a 5.6-mile detour using Bratt Road to Pine Barren Road, then back to C.R. 4.
  • State Road (S.R.) 297 (Pine Forest Road) Routine Underground Utility Maintenance near Bush Street – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures Wednesday, June 26 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for manhole repairs.
  • S.R. 291 (North Davis Street) Routine Maintenance from East Jordan Street to East Lee Street – Motorists may encounter intermittent northbound lane closures Monday, June 24 through Sunday, July 6 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for manhole repairs.
  • S.R. 291 (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) Routine Maintenance from East Jordan Street to East Lee Street – Motorists may encounter intermittent southbound lane closures Monday, June 24 through Sunday, July 6 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for manhole repairs.
  • West Cervantes Street Routine Maintenance at North Baylen Street – Motorists may encounter intermittent westbound lane closures Monday, June 24 through Sunday, July 6 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for manhole repairs.
  • I-10 Routine Bridge Maintenance over Florida Georgia and Alabama Railroad Overpass – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures east of U.S. 90 Sunday, June 23 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance.

Santa Rosa County:

  • S.R. 89 Resurfacing, from north of S.R. 87 to C.R. 178 Drivers will encounter intermittent daytime lane closures, between S.R .87 and C.R. 178, Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28 as crews perform shoulder grading and sodding operations.
  • U.S. 98 Widening from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive – Motorists will encounter the following traffic impacts:
    • Median and turn-lane closures from Bayshore Road to Tiger Lake Drive.
    • Intermittent lane closures and additional median closures between Bayshore Road and Tiger Lake Drive Sunday, June 23, through Friday, June 28, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for stormwater drainage improvements and paving operations.
    • Beginning the week of June 23, motorists traveling westbound along U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa County will encounter a new traffic configuration from east of Ramblewood Drive to west of Bayshore Road as lanes will be shifted north to allow the contractor to perform roadway widening operations in the median.
  • I-10 Routine Bridge Maintenance over Blackwater River – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures west of S.R. 87 Monday, June 24 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance.
  • I-10 Routine Bridge Maintenance over S.R. 281 – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures east of the east Santa Rosa County line Wednesday, June 26 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance.
  • U.S. 90 Routine Bridge Maintenance over Florida Georgia and Alabama Railroad – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures east of S.R. 87 Thursday, June 27 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance.
  • U.S. 90 Routine Bridge Maintenance over Marquis Bayou – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures east of C.R. 191 Friday, June 28 from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. for routine bridge maintenance

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather

Florida Gas Prices Rise Average Of 15 Cents Over Last Week

June 24, 2024

Florida gas prices have rebounded after sinking to multi-month lows. The Pensacola area’s lowest price Sunday night was $2.88

The state average rose 15 cents last week, then declined two pennies over the weekend.

Sunday’s state average was $3.35 per gallon. That’s 10 cents more than a week ago. The price hike ended a 26-day streak of declines, which delivered a 33 cent discount. The state average eventually fell to $3.23 per gallon on Tuesday – which was the lowest daily average price since mid-February.

The average cost per gallon in Escambia County was $3.11 on Sunday. In Pensacola, the low price Sunday night was $2.88 at stations on Pensacola Boulevard, East Nine Mile Road and Airport Boulevard. In North Escambia, a low of $2.88 ws available at one Highway 29 station in Cantonment

“Oil and gasoline futures prices rose the past two consecutive weeks, which raised the cost of producing gasoline,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Futures prices reportedly increased on data that fuel demand is outpacing fuel inventories. Price fluctuations like this is very common during the summer travel season.”

The U.S. price for crude was back above $80 per barrel, after trading in the mid to low 70s during the past few weeks. Friday’s closing price of $80.73 per barrel is 7% more expensive than two weeks ago.

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Blue Wahoos Drop Series Finale To Chattanooga As Montgomery Clinches Division

June 24, 2024

written by Bill Vilona

Sometime in the top of the sixth inning Sunday, it became official from afar that the Montgomery Biscuits had clinched the Southern League’s first half South Division crown.

Coincidentally, the Blue Wahoos had their game lead evaporate and never reclaimed as the Chattanooga Lookouts took a 6-4 win in the series finale that left a quiet mood among a crowd of 4,488 at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Pensacola’s bid for a third straight First Half divisional win in the league, and accompanying playoff qualifying spot, came up 1.5 games behind Montgomery in the standings as the season now resets for the second half.

But the week still ended full of impact.

The Blue Wahoos twice wore jerseys this week, including Sunday, to honor the Pensacola Seagulls and their impact during a segregated era. Sunday’s game was part of Minor League Baseball’s “The Nine” to recognize the number Jackie Robinson wore during his Minor League career before breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

The Blue Wahoos’ (38-30) second-place finish came with a seventh winning record in the past eight half-seasons with three different affiliations.

And this year’s edition stayed in contention until the Biscuits scored an eighth-inning run and held off the Birmingham Barons 5-4 in their final first half game.

Sunday started just fine for the Blue Wahoos.

They took a 4-0 lead after two innings. Three of the first four batters in the first inning reached base. Zach Zubia hit a two-run double and Nathan Martorella followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

Cody Morissette blasted a solo homer in the second inning on a ball that traveled 455 feet and hit the top of a table umbrella on the Coors Light Cold Zone in right field.

Paul Mcintosh led off the third inning with a double, but was stranded. It became one of the Blue Wahoos’ last scoring opportunities.

The Lookouts (20-49), the Cincinnati Reds’ affiliate, who struggled to finish with the worst record in all minor league levels, concluded their final first half with a series split in Pensacola.

They got a two-run homer from Ivan Johnson off Blue Wahoos starter Jonathan Bermúdez in the third inning, then a solo blast from No. 9 hitter Jose Torres in the fifth inning.

In the eventful sixth, the Lookouts loaded the bases, got an RBI groundout by Torres, then a two-run double by Johnson off reliever Dale Stanavich that became the game-winner.

Two Chattanooga relievers to shut out the Blue Wahoos in the final four innings.

The Blue Wahoos will now take Monday off, recharge, then begin the second half of the schedule on Tuesday in Biloxi against the Biloxi Shuckers.

WHAT’s NEXT?

WHO: Blue Wahoos vs. Biloxi Shuckers

WHEN: Tuesday through Sunday (June 30).

WHERE: Keesler Federal Park, Biloxi, Miss.