Possible Settlement? Commission To Hold Meetings To Discuss Sheriff’s Budget Appeal

April 24, 2018

The Escambia County Commission will hold another closed-door meeting with its attorneys Thursday morning to discuss the Sheriff David Morgan’s pending budget appeal to Gov. Rick Scott. The meeting is expected to last about an hour.

After the private meeting, a special commission meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Such private meetings to discuss pending litigation are allowable under Florida law, and a court reporter’s record become public upon conclusion of the litigation. A similar closed-door meeting was held about two weeks ago.

The county and the Sheriff’s Office have been battling it out over funding for most of the last year, with the parties signing a mediation agreement on March 9. After the mediation agreement was announced, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced a few days later that the agreement was unsuccessful, citing issue over workers compensation, unemployment compensation, retirement and health care issues.

Barrineau Park Community Clean Up On Saturday

April 24, 2018

The 10th Annual Barrineau Park Community Clean Up will be held Saturday.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Barrineau Park Community Center by 8:30 for for a briefing and sign in. Trash pickup will be from 9-11 a.m.  Bags, gloves and water will be provided. Anyone that can’t make it to the community center is asked to just clean up around their home.

Lunch will be served back at the community center for all participants following the pick up.

The event is sponsored by the Barrineau Park Historical Society and and the Honeysuckle Garden Club.

Pictured: Last year’s Barrineau Park Community Clean Up. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

FDOT: Highway 29 Lane Closures 9 1/2 Mile To Muscogee

April 24, 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation says drivers will encounter alternating lane closures on Highway 29 north and southbound, from Muscogee Road to West 9 1⁄2 Mile Road, from 8 p.m. to 6 through Thursday as crews pave the roadway.

Safe Exchange Zone Now Available To Protect Online Buyers, Sellers

April 24, 2018

Atmore now has an “E-commerce Safe Spot” for online buyers and sellers to conduction transactions.

The area’s first e-commerce  safe spot with two marked parking spaces is located at on Pensacola Boulevard on the west side of the Atmore Fire Department. The area is monitored by video 24/7.

“We believe that having an area designated for this specific purpose and which is recorded and monitored by the police department will deter those wanting to engage in criminal activity,” Brandi Giger, president of the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

Reservations are not necessary, and there is no charge to use the safe spot. City employees, including police officers, will not serve as witnesses or take part in any transaction.

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Washington Blanks Northview

April 24, 2018

The Washington High School Wildcats beat the Northview Chiefs 6-0 Monday in Pensacola.

The Wildcats victory came with a strong second inning for a 5-0 lead, plus another run in the fourth.

Trevor Singleton took the loos on the mound for the Chiefs, pitching three innings, allowing six hits and five runs, and striking out one. Jackson Moore pitched relief for three innings giving up one run on five hits and striking out three.

At the plate, Tanner Levins had the only hit of the night for the Chiefs.

Monday’s game wrapped up the regular season for Northview (14-8, 2-5). The district tournament begins April 30.

Wahoos Split Doubleheader With Birmingham Barons

April 24, 2018

When Sunday’s suspended game resumed on Monday night, the Wahoos turned in a strong offensive performance to win 9-5. In the second game, the Barons flipped the script and handed the Wahoos a 6-0 loss.

The opening game began in the bottom of the third inning with the Wahoos already ahead 4-0. Eloy Jimenez led off the fourth and launched his first Double-A homerun—and his first hit—to left to make it 4-1. It was the first of two home runs on the day for the Chicago White Sox top prospect.

Josh VanMeter, who already had two hits when play was suspended on Sunday, roped a bases-clearing double off Jorge Rondón, which extended Pensacola’s lead to 7-2. After Danny Mendick’s two-run home run in the bottom of the top of the fifth, Shed Long responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-out double to score Taylor Sparks to make it 8-4. Later in the game, Sparks extended his hitting streak to eight games with a leadoff triple, and eventually scored on Nick Longhi’s second hit of the game.

Seth Varner (W, 1-0) took the mound for the Wahoos in the opener and pitched four innings in relief to earn his first career Double-A win. Spencer Adams (L, 1-1), who started the game for the Barons on Sunday, was handed the loss.

In the second game, home runs generated all of the Barons offense. Trey Michalczewski hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Wahoos starter Vladimir Gutierrez (L, 0-3) to give Birmingham a quick 2-0 lead. Then Seby Zavala doubled the visitor’s advantage with a two-run shot in the fourth with his fourth homer of the season. Mendick finished the scoring with a two-run home run in the seventh, his third of the series, to make it 6-0.

Jordan Stephens (W, 1-3) showed why he is considered to be a top pitching prospect for the White Sox. The right-hander dealt six scoreless innings against the Wahoos and stuck out two. Even when it seemed like the Wahoos had rallies developing, Stephens would induce a double-play to end the threat. Pensacola grounded into three double plays, and only had two runners in scoring position on the night. Long finished the night hitless, and his on-base streak came to an end at 14 games.

Escambia County Weekly Public Meeting Schedule

April 23, 2018

Here is a schedule of Escambia County public meetings for the week of April 23-April 27:

Monday, April 23

Library Board of Governance – 4 p.m., 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola

Pensacola Beach Congestion Management Plan Public Workshop – 5:30 p.m., 920 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach

Tuesday, April 24

Environmental Enforcement Special Magistrate – 1:30 p.m., Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place

Escambia County Local Mitigation Strategy Group Board & Planning Committee – 2 p.m., Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place

Escambia County Health Facilities Authority – 4 p.m., 1019 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola

District 3 Town Hall with Elected Officials – 6 p.m., Brownsville Community Center, 3200 W. De Soto St.

Wednesday, April 25

District 1 Coffee with the Commissioner – 6:30 a.m., 2500 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola

Development Review Committee – 1 p.m., Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place \

Santa Rosa Island Authority Board Meeting – 5 p.m., 1 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach

Jay Top Seed, Northview Second In District Softball Playoff

April 23, 2018

The Jay Royals are the number one seed in this week’s 3-1A district softball playoffs, while the Northview Chiefs are second seed.

Games are scheduled as follows in Chipley:

1. Monday- Game 1- #5 Baker vs #4 Chipley- 6 p.m.
2. Tuesday- Game 2- #3 Freeport vs #2 Northview- 5 p.m.
3. Tuesday- Game 3- Winner of game 1 vs #1 Jay – 7 p.m.
4. Thursday- Game 4- Winner of game 2 vs the winner of game 3- 7 p.m.

In the event game 4, the championship game, is Northview vs. Jay, the game will be played at Jay, not Chipley.

NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.

Molino 8U Raptors And Mets Take Tops Spots In Mid Season Tourney

April 23, 2018

A couple of Molino teams finished on top of the the Mid Season Tournament this weekend in Brent. The Molino U8U Raptors coach pitch team, lead by head coach Josh Cook, came in first place, while the Molino Mets with coaches Brandon Brown and Randy Ard came in second place. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Escambia Unemployment Rate Slips

April 23, 2018

The Escambia county area added 2,800 new private-sector jobs in the past year, according to Gov.Rick Scott.. The area’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down 0.4 percentage points from a year ago.
“The Pensacola area’s creation of nearly 3,000 new jobs over the last year demonstrates that Florida is the best state in the nation to live the American Dream. Businesses across Florida are continuing to grow and succeed, bringing new jobs and opportunities for Florida families,” Scott said.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Escambia County area was leisure and hospitality with 1,300 new jobs. The  area had 4,966 job openings, including 1,319 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

As of March, Florida’s unemployment rate is at 3.9 percent, a drop of 6.9 percentage points since December 2010; this drop is faster than the national decline of 5.2 percentage points. In the last year, 132,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.3 percent.

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