Walnut Hill Water System Issues Boil Water Notice For Enon Area

August 16, 2017

The Walnut Hill Water System has issued a precautionary boil water notice:

A water main breach affecting Goodale Lane, South Pineville Road, Enon School Road, Kinzie Lane, Dan Hall Road, and Highway 97A from 6111 traveling south/southeast to Dan Hall Road has occurred causing a loss in water pressure. As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used. Residents are also advised to take precautions when bathing, especially immunocompromised individuals, infants, or the elderly.

A loss in system pressure could cause backsiphonage of contaminants, such as E.Coli bacteria, into the water system. Water containing E.Coli bacteria can be considered safe for drinking and cooking after vigorously boiling the water. Disease symptoms caused by these bacteria may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and any associated headache and fatigue. EPA has set an enforceable drinking water standard for E.Coli to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard all drinking water must be free of these bacteria.

The water system is currently collecting samples to determine if the presence of E.Coli bacteria exists within the water system. This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. The anticipated date for rescinding this notice is August, 19, 2017 at 4:00pm. If you have any questions you may contact: Member Services at 1-800-235-3848 or 3425 Hwy 4 W, PO Box 428, Jay, FL 32565.

New Barn Planned For Escambia County 4-H Facility In Molino

August 16, 2017

A new livestock barn is planned for the Escambia County 4-H Facility in Molino.

The one-story building will include associated sidewalks and parking. The barn will be about 2,600 square feet and will be constructed on a 28.7 acre parcel that is used for livestock activities that currently includes a show barn arena and several open pole barns. The site also includes a 79.5 acre parcel for 4-H activities. The facility is located at 5701 South Highway 99 just north of Chalker Road.

The project is set to go before the Escambia County Development Review Committee Wednesday afternoon for final approval.

Pictured: The show bard at the Escambia County 4-H Facility in Molino. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Learn Tech Skills At Your Local Library

August 16, 2017

The Century and Molino branches of the West Florida Library offer local basic technology classes for free.

At the Molino Branch Library, patrons can register to receive up to 30 minutes of individual technology help Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. and every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find email, increase computer knowledge, improve skills with a smart phone, learn how to download e-books and more. Call (850) 435-1760 to reserve a session.

At the Century Branch Library, a basic skills workshop will introduce Office 365 on Thursday, August 24 at 6 p.m.  To register, call (850) 256-6217.

Bill Could Ease Open Carry Penalties

August 16, 2017

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee filed a bill Tuesday that would reduce penalties for people who have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry guns.

The bill filed by Sarasota Republican Greg Steube for the 2018 legislative session, stems from a law that bars people from openly carrying guns in Florida. The bill would keep a second-degree misdemeanor penalty for people who do not have concealed-weapons licenses and openly carry guns. But it would lead to reduced penalties for people who have the licenses and openly carry.

In such cases, license-holders could be cited for noncriminal violations that would carry a $25 fine on a first violation and a $500 fine on a second violation. They would face second-degree misdemeanor charges on third or subsequent violations.

Under the bill, people with concealed-weapons licenses also could not be arrested or charged if firearms are “temporarily and openly displayed.”

FWC Law Enforcement Report

August 15, 2017

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending August 10 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Officer Manning checked four individuals fishing in Escambia Bay. After a resource inspection, he found that they were in possession of more than 50 spotted seatrout. The fisherman claimed they were fishing commercially, but only one possessed the required license. Officer Manning issued the three remaining individuals criminal notices to appear for the violations.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officers continue to patrol shorebird nesting areas around the Navarre Causeway, educating the public on the importance of protecting our imperiled species by not disturbing the nesting areas. Officers Ramos and Lugg informed two individuals who were walking through the protected area.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.

NorthEscambia.com photo.

Pine Forest Road Closed At East Kingsfield

August 15, 2017

A section of Pine Forest Road from East Kingsfield Road to Frederick Street is closed due to an upgrade of the sanitary sewer and force main for a new lift station.

Pine Forest Road extending south 500 feet from East Kingsfield Road is closed to through traffic from East Kingsfield Road to Frederick Street. Local traffic will be detoured along Tate Road to West Roberts Road to Ryale Road. The roadway closure is expected to remain in effect for approximately three weeks. Drivers will not be able to access Kingsfield from Pine Forest.

Every effort will be made to expedite construction efforts to reopen the road on or before Thursday, August 31. If other lane or roadway closures are necessary beyond the anticipated time period, another notice will be issued and published on NorthEscambia.com.

Firefighters Respond To Report Of Smoke In Home Off Nine Mile

August 15, 2017

Firefighters responded to a home on Marsh Elder Drive off Nine Mile Road Monday night. The resident came home to discover smoke in the home and called 911. There was no immediate word on the cause of the smoke and no major damage reported.  The Ensley, Cantonment, Ferry Pass, Beulah and Bellview stations of Escambia Fire Rescue responded. NorthEscambia photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Escambia County 4-H Shines At 4-H University

August 15, 2017

Head, Heart, Hands and Health. These are the four “H’s” that comprise 4-H.

This summer there were many 4-H activities promoting and utilizing all of the four “H’s” together and individually. One of these activities was 4-H University, which is a week-long convention for senior 4-H members (ages 14-18) hosted on the campus of the University of Florida. Over 340 youth attended this event and had the opportunity to utilize the different facilities such as dorms, Gator Dining and the Reitz Union. This year Escambia County had seven youth attend: Dillon Conti, Rashidi Joseph, Von Littlejohn, Taylor Nelson, Danielle Tinker, Michelle Tinker, and Bobby Vose.

On July 31 Escambia County 4-H members kicked off 4-H University with state competitive events, along with a spirit rally and guest speaker. Tuesday was a day of scholarship interviews and workshops. That evening, 4-H members attended the annual Share-the- Fun talent show. Wednesday was a morning of workshops and an afternoon of community service. That evening, 4-H members, participants and guests attended the formal 4-H University Awards Banquet where scholarships were awarded to seniors, 4-H trips were distributed and the 2017-2018 Florida 4-H State Council Officers were inducted. Escambia County’s own Michelle Tinker was inducted as the 2017-2018 Florida 4-H State Council Parliamentarian and she also received a trip to attend National 4-H Conference in Washington D.C. in 2017. Danielle Tinker received a 4-H scholarship and the prestigious Leader of the Legacy award, Florida 4-H’s version of a Hall of Fame.

Thursday morning was the competitive events award ceremony and Escambia County 4-H members received awards for their state competitions. Results of the different state contests were:

  • Dillon Conti, first place, photography contest, architecture division
  • Taylor Nelson, first place, photography contest, hat tricks and magic division
  • Von Littlejohn, red ribbon, safety demonstration category
  • Taylor Nelson, blue ribbon third place, personal well-being demonstration category
  • Danielle and Michelle Tinker, blue ribbon first place, plants and gardening team demonstration category

submitted by Escambia County 4-H

Scott Pitches Making It Harder To Raise Taxes

August 15, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott, expected to run for U.S. Senate next year, wants lawmakers to put on the 2018 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder for future legislators to raise taxes.

Scott appeared Monday in the Central Florida community of Lake Mary to announce the proposal, which would require “supermajority” approval from state lawmakers, rather than a simple majority of 50 percent plus one, for hikes to taxes and fees.

“While cutting taxes is important, we must prevent against unfair tax increases in the future so our progress is not undone,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “It is my goal to make it harder for politicians to raise taxes on Florida families and businesses — and that can be achieved with an amendment to our state’s Constitution.”

If lawmakers go along with the proposal, it would require approval from 60 percent of voters during the November 2018 election.

The governor’s office did not provide full details about the proposal. But the idea drew quick support from House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast.

“I’m proud to offer my support to Governor Scott on this bold initiative and will do all I can to see that it is successful,” Corcoran, who is considering a gubernatorial run in 2018, said in a prepared statement.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who is running for governor next year, was also among those voicing support.

Meanwhile, Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican who opened a gubernatorial campaign account on Friday, thanked Scott for the proposal, but then pointed to his own priorities for the 2018 legislative session, such as combatting the opioid epidemic and boosting jobs in parts of the state.

“Over 20 a day dying on opioids 36 counties lost jobs last ten years,” Latvala tweeted. “Those are my priorities right now.”

The governor’s office didn’t offer a definition of a supermajority, which typically is at least two-thirds of the lawmakers casting votes. Also, it didn’t outline whether all taxes and fees would fall under the proposed constitutional amendment or just certain types of taxes and fees.

A news release said more details will be available in “the coming weeks.”

If such a proposal is ultimately approved, Florida would join states such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oregon that require a two-thirds or three-fifths majority for all or some tax increases, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Scott also intends to make a similar request to the state Constitution Revision Commission, which is putting together proposed constitutional amendments to go before voters in 2018.
Already on the ballot for 2018 is a Corcoran priority that would let voters decide if homeowners should receive bigger property-tax breaks.

The proposal, approved this spring by the Legislature, would increase the non-school homestead exemption by $25,000.

Currently, homeowners receive a tax exemption on the first $25,000 in value of their properties. They pay taxes on the value between $25,000 and $50,000 and then receive an additional exemption on the portion from $50,000 to $75,000. Voters will be asked to apply an additional non-school exemption to the portion of values between $100,000 and $125,000.

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Rainfall Is 24 Inches Above Normal

August 15, 2017

With another 1.66 inches of rain on Monday, the official rain gauge at the Pensacola airport hit 65.31 inches for the year to date. That is 23.98 inches of rain above average for this time of year.

The average rainfall for the entire year in Pensacola is 65.27 inches — so Pensacola’s rainfall so far this year is already above the average for the entire year, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Pictured top: Dark clouds roll across Gobbler Road in Walnut Hill. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

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