Construction Activities Suspended For Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2014

To promote safety and reduce congestion over the Labor Day weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending normal road construction activities on all major roads in Northwest Florida.  There will be no work on state roads requiring lane restrictions from Friday through Monday. Work on projects requiring lane closures will resume Tuesday, September 2.  All major roads will be open to normal traffic.

If an emergency situation occurs during the upcoming holiday weekend requires a lane closure, repairs will continue until that lane is reopened to the traveling public and all safety issues related to the traveling public have been addressed.

Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling through work zones around barricades and equipment on current projects. Travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines, and at to receive updates on travel in the area.

Wahoos Fall 1-0

August 30, 2014

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (27-40, 58-79) fell 1-0 to the Birmingham Barons (30-36, 59-77) at Regions Field Friday night. It was a game dominated by pitching with both starting pitchers going 7.0 innings.

RHP Tim Adleman started for the Wahoos and lowered his ERA as a starter to a miniscule 2.38.  He pitched 7.0 strong innings and allowed just one run in the fifth. Adleman added five strikeouts and walked just one batter, but still took the loss for the seventh time this season. Rangel Ravelo led off the fifth inning with a triple to right field and Jason Coats followed it with an RBI single. It was all the Barons would need to prevail.

Birmingham did not leave a single runner on base and went 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the Wahoos were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine batters on base. Yorman Rodriguez, Ryan Wright and Kyle Waldrop were the only Wahoo players with hits and Waldrop had the only multi-hit game for Pensacola.

RHP Mike Recchia earned the win for the Barons and spun a gem. Recchia did not allow a run over 7.0 innings and surrendered just four hits in the contest. RHP Braulio Ortiz earned his first save of the season for the Barons. The Wahoos would once again put multiple runners on base in the ninth, but Ortiz got Brodie Greene to fly out to right field to end the contest.

RHP Drew Hayes pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth while striking out one Baron batter. He’s posted a 1.72 ERA during the month of August and hasn’t allowed a hit over his last 4.0 innings pitched.

Pensacola’s series continues with Birmingham on Saturday. The Blue Wahoos will look to take control of the series in game three at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at Regions Field. The Blue Wahoos will send RHP Ben Lively (3-6, 3.76) to the bump on Friday. Terance Marin (0-1, 9.00) will start for the Barons.

by Joey Truncale

Friday Night Finals

August 30, 2014

Here are final scores from around the North Escambia area Friday night:

  • Northview 49 Bozeman 7 [Read more...]
  • Tate 19 West Florida 7 [Read more, photo gallery...]
  • Flomaton 42 Jay 20 [Read more, photo gallery...]
  • Pine Forest 36 East Gasden 0
  • Baker 30 Graceville 27
  • Tallahassee Lincoln 31  Pensacola High 27
  • Navarre 31 Catholic 21
  • Niceville 55 Rutherford 7
  • Choctaw 36 Pace 28
  • Milton 28 Crestview 14
  • W.S. Neal 27 Escambia County (Atmore) 6
  • T.R. Miller 21 Tallassee 10
  • Milton 28 Crestview 14
  • Escambia Academy 21 Autauga 20

Photos: Ernest Ward At Jay HS Football

August 29, 2014

The junior varsity Jay High Schools Royals defeated their Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles Thursday in Jay, 24-12.

Ernest Ward’s Eagles will be in action again next Thursday, September 4 on the road in Fairhope, AL.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Northview Grad Neiko Robinson Makes College Football Debut

August 29, 2014

Northview High School graduate Neiko Robinson made his college football debut Thursday night for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs as they rolled passed Northeast 41-8 in Perkinston, MS.

Robinson, a freshman defensive back, recorded  five tackles, one quarterback sack and one pass breakup for the Bulldogs.

“I’m proud of the way our guys came out strong. They had a lot of energy and played fast and hard,” said new Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff after his first win.

Gulf Coast, ranked #9 in the NJCAA, takes on Northwest (0-1) Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at A.L. May Memorial Stadium in Perkinston.

Volleyball: Northview Wins Beats Holmes County; Ft Walton Over Tate

August 29, 2014

The Northview Lady Chiefs earned a couple of big wins on the road Thursday at Holmes County, while the Tate Lady Aggies opened their season with a district loss.

In varsity action, Northvew beat Holmes County 23-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-14. In junior varsity play, Northview downed Holmes County 25-19, 25-21. The Northview Chiefs will host the Baldwin County Tigers  on Tuesday. Play begins at 4:00 for junior varsity, 5 p.m. for varsity.

The Tate Aggies opened District 1-7A play with a loss to Fort Walton Beach, 25-13, 25-22, 26-28, 25-17.

Experts Learn About Local Stormwater Issues

August 29, 2014

Stormwater is a hot issue in Northwest Florida after the April 30 flood that did millions in damage in the local area. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northwest District and the Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) held the Northwest Florida Stormwater Conference Thursday in Pensacola for local governments, engineers, consultants, architects and other experts.

The conference was designed to highlight some of the key issues DEP and NWFWMD review for permitting and compliance of stormwater treatment systems to ensure proper design and functionality. Appropriate stormwater treatment system design and maintenance ensures that development activities will not cause violations of water quality standards in receiving waters or adverse impacts to on-site and off-site property.

The conference also provided information on stormwater regulations and thresholds, operating agreements between DEP and NWFWMD, design criteria and best management practices, compliance, and online permitting tools.

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Family Fishing Rodeo This Weekend To Support The ‘Backpack Project’

August 29, 2014

The Escambia County School District’s Maintenance Department is hosting the “Backpack Project” fishing  competition this weekend. Last year’s event raised enough money to provide nutritious food that was able to be sent home weekly to 150 students at three different schools.

Charles Peterson, director of Maintenance and Custodian Services, said, “All research indicates that adequate nutrition in children can be linked to improved learning skills and memory work. Inadequate nutrition can contribute to lower test scores and poor concentration.”

“Anglers will have the opportunity to win cash prizes in 17 different sponsored categories,” he added. There will be two groups of fishermen: an Open Division for anglers 10 and older, and a Junior Division for those under ten years of age.

A Captain’s meeting will be held Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Lagoon Yacht Club. The fishing fun and competition begins Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Weigh-in times are scheduled as follows: Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition, a fish fry will be held on Sunday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The cost will be $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 10.  T-shirts will be sold for $15.

For additional information, contact Rodeo Chairman Scott Stillman at (850)595-0135, or

Wahoos Get Comback 6-5 Win

August 29, 2014

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (27-39, 58-78) won in thrilling fashion, 6-5, over the Birmingham Barons (29-36, 58-77) at Regions Field Thursday night. After tying the game with two runs in the ninth, the Wahoos took the lead in the 10th on Bryson Smith’s fourth single of the game. RHP Shane Dyer earned his franchise leading 20th save of the season in the bottom half of the inning.

The Wahoos shot out to an early lead in the top of the first with a two-out RBI double from Travis Mattair. The Barons tied the score up in the bottom of the second on an RBI double from Joey DeMichele, who scored Jason Coats from second base.

The score remained even until the sixth when Devin Lohman knocked a double deep to left center field. Kyle Waldrop’s groundout moved Lohman to third and he came home to score on Mattair’s fielder’s choice ground ball on the right side.

Pensacola’s lead was short-lived as the Barons scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, DeMichele hit his second double of the game, which scored two Barons. Yorman Rodriguez and Brodie Greene would combine to throw out the runner, Jason Coats, at home as he attempted to score from first. Birmingham’s manager Julio Vinas argued with the umpires and protested the call believing that Wahoos’ catcher Chris Berset was blocking the plate. The rest of the game was played under protest.

The Barons tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-2 lead over the Wahoos. Waldrop answered for the Blue Wahoos with his seventh home run since the All-Star break to cut the lead to one. Again, the Wahoos could not put together a shut down inning as the Barons re-took a two-run lead in the bottom of the eighth.

Pensacola refused to go down without a fight in the top of the ninth inning. Juan Silverio led off with a double and the next hitter, Bryson Smith, singled him home on a sharp line drive to left field. Smith would eventually come home on a sacrifice fly from Greene to tie the contest at five. It was Birmingham’s 23rd blown save of the season.

In the 10th, Mattair bunted himself on and reached second on the Barons’ third error of the night. Smith, who finished the day 4-for-5 with two RBI, singled him home for the eventual winning run. Smith was one of four Wahoos that ended up with a multi-hit game.

RHP Mikey O’Brien rejoined the team from Triple-A Louisville and made his 11th start of the season with Pensacola. O’Brien pitched well, allowing just three runs over 5.2 innings of work. RHP Radhames Quezada made his Double-A debut for the Blue Wahoos in the seventh inning. Quezada went 1.0 innings and struck out a batter. LHP Fabian Williamson earned his second win of the season going 2.0 innings and allowing 1 R/ER on one hit.

LHP Nelvin Fuentes allowed the winning run in the 10th and took the loss for the Barons.

Pensacola’s series continues with Birmingham on Friday. The second game of the series will begin at 7:05 p.m. at Regions Field. The Blue Wahoos will send RHP Tim Adleman (3-7, 3.00) to the bump on Friday. The Barons have tabbed RHP Mike Recchia (5-4, 3.32) as their starter.

by Tommy Thrall

Two Sentenced For Theft Of Molino Teen’s Kart Racing Gear

August 28, 2014

Two people have been sentenced in connection with the May 2013 theft of kart racing gear from a Molino teen.

Amos Dewayne Sellers, age 34 of Pensacola and Lake Daniel Brooks, age 23 of Cantonment, were both charged with burglary and grand theft following the incident.

Both men entered pleas of no contest to the charges against them. Judge Michael Allen withheld adjudication in both cases. Each was sentenced to one year community control, three years probation, 250 hours of community service and ordered to pay $1,194 restitution plus $518 in fines and court costs.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says the pair were responsible for the theft of about $16,000 worth of stolen kart racing gear.

In May 2013, Investigator David Preston returned the stolen gear back to the  family. Jarrett Parker is a star of sorts in the world of kart racing, winning  state titles and racing his way to the top in several national events.

But the brakes were put on his racing career after the burglary at the family workshop on Gibson Road. A 2012 Elite Triton kart, five motors, cases of MAXXIS tires, tools and other items were taken from the workshop, while other items not related to kart racing  like lawn equipment were left behind.

After a story about the thefts appeared on on May 6, 2013, the Sheriff’s Office and family began to receive tips that led to the recovery of the racing equipment.

Some of the stolen items, including three motors, belonged to Jarrett’s then 10-year old teammate in  Selma, Ala.

Just days after the stolen equipment was returned, Parker was the Senior Pro Clone Winner at Checkered Flag Speedway in Stateline, MS.

Pictured top: Molino teen Jarrett Parker with about $16,000 worth of stolen kart racing gear returned in May by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Pictured inset:  The suspects attempted to change the appearance of motors by painting them. Pictured below: Jarrett Parker and his father Cott discuss the case with Escambia County Sheriff’s Investigator David Preston. photos, click to enlarge.

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