Driver Crashes Into Tree On Highway 196 Near Molino

February 5, 2023

There were no serious injuries reported when a driver crashed into a tree near Molino early Saturday morning.

The driver of a Toyota Tacoma lost control and struck a large tree about 1:20 a.m. on Highway 196 west of Highway 29, near Chestnut Road.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

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Woman, 53, Killed In Escambia County Wreck

February 5, 2023

A 53-year old Escambia County woman was killed in a single vehicle crash Saturday morning.

The woman was traveling on Lillian Highway near Bauer Road when her vehicle left the roadway, traveled through a chainlink and overturned tino a “communications utilities structure”, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene; her name was not released.

Troopers are continuing their investigation.

Flomaton’s Mason Dullard Signs Letter Of Intent With College In Kansas

February 5, 2023

Flomaton High School’s Mason Dullard has signed a letter of intent to play  football for Butler Community College in Kansas. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Fire, Explosion With Partial Collapse At Fortis Institute

February 4, 2023

An explosion tore through the Fortis Institute on East Olive Road at North 9th Avenue Friday afternoon.

The explosion was reported about 1:40 p.m. and left the building with partial collapse and a small fire. Multiple windows were also shattered.

Four patients were evaluated, but none were transported by Escambia County EMS.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the incident.

Escambia Woman Charged In Double Fatal Crash

February 4, 2023

A 19-year old Escambia County woman was arrested Friday in connection with a double-fatal head-on wreck in January 2022.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Sara Nicole Hudson, 19, is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of driving with a suspended license causing death and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

FHP said Hudson was traveling on Sorrento Road on January 16, 2022, when she crossed into the incoming lane at a high rate of speed. She crashed into a 2002 Toyota Tundra driven by Deborah Lee Winslett of Milton. Winslett and Hudson’s passenger, Christopher Lee Mills of Pensacola, were both killed.

Hudson’s bond was set at $230,000.

Vehicle Rollover Crash Discovered Friday Morning

February 3, 2023

There was no immediate word on any injuries in a single vehicle rollover crash discovered Friday morning in Molino.

The vehicle was found with no one around on Highway 95A near Cantering Hills Lane.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated and has not released further details.

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WaWa Coming To Nine Mile Road In Beulah, Also Highway 98

February 3, 2023

Wawa convenience  stores are coming to Beulah and one other Escambia County location, and there are plans for additional stores.

At a preview event Thursday, Wawa announced locations for West Nine Mile Road and Beulah Road and on HIghway 98 at North Blue Angel Parkway. Construction is planned for this year.

Wawa said there are three or four additional locations in Escambia County still under consideration, with a goal of 6-10 locations by 2025.

Last April, Wawa announced they were actively looking for potential sites for new stores in the Pensacola area, along with Panama City, Tallahassee and Mobile. Current plans are for Wawa to open up to 40 stores in these markets beginning in 2024.

In 2022, Wawa marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of its first Florida store. The store opened July 18, 2012, in Orlando across from SeaWorld. Since then Wawa has expanded rapidly throughout the state and opened its 250th store in Florida last year. Today, Wawa employs almost 10,000 associates across the Sunshine State.

DeSantis Announced $3 Million For Broadband In And Around Jay, Escambia County

February 3, 2023

Thursday, Gov Ron DeSantis announced $144 million in rewards through the Broadband Opportunity Grant Program to expand access to broadband internet for Florida’s underserved communities, including over $3 million in projects for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Speaking in Milton, DeSantis announced:

  • Town of Jay; Fidelis, Berrydale, Cobbtown, and Unincorporated Santa Rosa County, ($2,363,937) — to deploy 103.7 miles of new fiber optic cable and provide FTTH services to 791 unserved locations within Santa Rosa County with download speeds of 300 Mbps and upload speeds of 10 Mbps. The funds will go to a Charter Communications project.
  • Escambia County ($802,489) — to deploy 24.8 miles on new fiber optic cable and provide FTTH services to 206 unserved locations within Escambia County with minimum download speeds of 300 Mbps and upload speeds of 10 Mbps.

“I am proud to be in Santa Rosa County to announce the first awards through Florida’s Broadband Opportunity Program,” said DeSantis. “Broadband internet access creates jobs and enhances educational opportunities for Floridians. I look forward to continued investments through this program to ensure Florida families have access to important resources no matter where they live.”

“Broadband internet service is essential for workforce development, education, and healthcare. Thanks to Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has taken monumental steps to bring reliable, high-speed internet to all Floridians,” said Department of Economic Opportunity Deputy Secretary Ben Melnick. “There is no doubt that the projects awarded today will shape the future of broadband in Florida, and we look forward to supporting the Governor’s vision for a connected economy.”

Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the Broadband Opportunity Program funds the installation and deployment of broadband internet infrastructure in unserved Florida communities, providing access to telehealth, economic, educational, and workforce development opportunities.

Benefit To Help Daughter Of Escambia Deputy Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

February 3, 2023

A fundraiser and benefit concert will be held later this month for the family of an Escambia County deputy killed by an alleged drunk driver last October.

Off-duty Master Deputy Kevin Ray of Cantonment was killed in the crash that seriously injured his 15-year old daughter Lauren on Highway 85 just east of Laurel Hill, Florida. Ray had been a member of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office family for over 20 years. He has been assigned to courthouse security for over 10 years.

The benefit will begin at 1 p.m. on February 25 at the AmVets FL Post 292 on Dog Track Road in Pensacola.

Proceeds will assist the family in offsetting the cost of long-term health care for Lauren Ray.

Call LeAnn (850) 554-7764 or Eddie Namyslowski at (901) 690-5638 for more information.

$1.7 Million Replacement Of Dawson Road Bridge Begins

February 3, 2023

A $1.7 million bridge replacement project on Dawson Road just south of Century is now underway.

The Florida Department of Transportation will pick up about $1.2 million of the cost, while Escambia County will be responsible for the rest of the cost for the bridge over Pritchett Mill Creek.

The current county-owned wooden-support bridge was constructed in 1965. It will be replaced with a 76-foot long concrete structure. The project will also include replacement of about 270 feet of roadway, curb and gutter, guardrail improvements and ditch grading. The bridge work is being coordinated with utility companies due two a 3-inch water main and a 3/4 inch Town of Century gas main.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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