Escambia Democratic Executive Committee Elects Officers

February 25, 2015

The Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee unanimously elected Mike Lowery, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395,  as their new chairman. He replaces Cassandra McAway.

Clorissti Johnson Mitchell, who works for Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLC, was elected vice chair.

Deb Moore was elected secretary, and  Tom Brown was elected treasurer.  Member of the Escambia County DEC Steering Committee will be Dianne Krumel, Bill King, Jack Cerone, Mary Ann Andrews and past DEC Chairwoman Evalyn Narramore.

“Clorissti and I will focus on registering new voters, educating and organizing our base, and working hard to improve our local party status,” Lowery said in a press release.

Escambia To Receive Almost $3 Million In Grant Funds For Flood Repairs

February 25, 2015

Escambia County will receive nearly $3 million in grant funding to assist with seven flood repair projects after money became available in the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.

The county had previously applied unsuccessfully to the program, but funding just came available and was announced this week. The County could also be eligible for reimbursement on design costs up to 7.5% of total construction costs, or nearly $224,000.

The EWPP alleviates hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, wind­storms and other natural occurrences.

The projects covered under the grant include:

Crescent Lake, one and a half miles east of the intersection of Mobile Highway and Michigan Avenue; 600-feet north of Michigan Avenue. Stormwater toppled the 72-acre Crescent Lake embankment causing flooding downsteam. Flooding deposited sediment and debris to the side of Michigan Avenue, an arterial five-lane road and threatens to destroy 14 apartments. The grant will provide $674,531 to fix the breach in the Crescent Lake embankment and install a concrete emergency spillway.  Workers will vegetate disturbed areas and remove debris and sediment from the downstream channel to Michigan Avenue to prevent flooding.

The Gatewood Ditch, south of Gatewood Drive, 400-feet south of Johnson Avenue. Eroding into a retention pond and an adjacent apartment complex. The debris and sediment from the erosion are reducing the drainage capacity and threatening to destroy downstream drainage structures and further damage Johnson Avenue. The grant will cover $350,790 of the cost to fill the eroded area and replace 1,700 feet of concrete-lined ditch.  Workers will plant vegetation on the side slopes to protect from further erosion and replace the damaged retention pond outlet, stabilizing the stormwater facility outlet.

Olive Road, 1,000 feet southwest of Scenic Highway and Olive Road intersection. Erosion at the outlet of a concrete-lined waterway carved a gully adjacent to Olive Road 40-foot deep and 100-feet wide that threatens to collapse the westbound lane of Olive Road. Olive Road is a primary east-west arterial with an average daily traffic of 12,800 vehicles. The grant will provide $198,671 to install a concrete box, pipe-drop structure and a water and sediment control basin to stabilize the head of the gully and safely discharge stormwater.

Glyn Brock Gully, 200 feet north of the intersection of Johnson Avenue and Olive Road. Sediment from the Gatewood ditch and storm debris has reduced capacity in the stream channel, threatening to flood eight downstream homes on Winding Lane and five homes on Cypress Point.  The grant will cover $206,657  of the cost to remove sediment and debris from the stream channel and ditch and repair the eroded area with rock riprap.

Addison Drive between Addison Drive and Scenic Highway/ Escambia Bay, 300 feet east of Ellyson Field Industrial Park. A gully is eroding into two homes on Addison Drive. The grant will provide $91,868 to remove sediment and debris from the landslide, grade and shape the slope and install a conveyance system to move water to the outlet.

The Ten Mile Creek channel is unstable and widening, threatening to collapse Pine Forest Road Bridge and erode into nine homes and eight townhouses. The grant amount for repairs is $1,377,175. Workers will stabilize the stream channel grade, address gully erosion on the channel sides and repair outlet structures.

Swamphouse Road, on the University of West Florida campus. Stream bank erosion threatens the road, utilities, the Swamphouse Restaurant and Marina. The storm tore the road in half and trees are falling into the stream channel. The grant will provide $83,440 to re-grade the side slope, plant sod and remove sediment and debris from the channel.

Escambia Deputies To Be On TV Show ‘Cops’

February 25, 2015

A ride-along with Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be featured on the next new episode of the television show “Cops”.  The episode, filmed last year, will air at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Spike network.

Lane Restrictions On Highway 4 In Northern Santa Rosa

February 25, 2015

There will be intermittent lane restrictions on state roadways in Santa Rosa County as crews refurbish pavement markings through March 4.

Work will take place on Highway 4 from the Escambia River to Highway 87A and Highway 87 from Clear Creek to just north of Highway 4 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. Lane restrictions will also be in place on I-10 from Avalon Boulevard to the Okaloosa County line daily from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Off duty law enforcement will be on site to assist with traffic control.  Motorists are reminded by the Florida Department of Transportation to use caution, especially at night, and obey the posted speed limit when traveling through a work zone.

McCullough Named Century Chamber’s Student Of The Year

February 25, 2015

Northview High School senior Jessica McCullough has been name the Century Chamber of Commerce’s Student of the Year.The annual selection is based upon a student’s well-rounded involvement in school activities, community service and more. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Northview JV Beats Baker; Baker Tops NHS Varsity

February 25, 2015

The Northview Lady Chiefs split games with the Baker Gators Tuesday in Bratt.

The NHS junior varsity defeated Baker 8-4, while the Baker varsity downed the Lady Chiefs 3-1 in eight innings.

Northview will host Freeport Friday. The junior varsity begins at 4:00, followed by the varsity at 6:00.

For more photos, click here. photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.

Tate’s Football Season Opener Not In Biloxi After All

February 25, 2015

The Tate High School Quarterback Club announced Tuesday that the school’s football season opener won’t be on the road after all. Instead, Biloxi High School will travel to Pete Gindl Stadium in Cantonment for the first game of the season on a to be announced date

The Aggies full 2015 season schedule is expected to be announced soon.

First New Nursing Homes In Over A Decade Approved For Escambia, Santa Rosa

February 24, 2015

After more than a decade-long moratorium on adding nursing home beds, state regulators said Monday they have approved proposals for 2,600 beds in 25 counties — including 120 new beds in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

The approvals, through what is known as the “certificate of need” process, came after lawmakers last year approved a measure to lift the moratorium.
Lawmakers began the moratorium in 2001, at least in part, to help lead to more care being provided in communities instead of in nursing homes.

The Agency for Health Care Administration approved a proposal for a new $19 million, 90-bed facility to likely be located in the general area of Nine Mile Road and and the University of West Florida. The agency also approved a proposal for a $3.3 million, 30-bed addition to a current 60-bed facility on Glover Lane in Milton.

“This expansion of Florida’s long-term care infrastructure will not only provide more access to care, but will also bolster Florida’s economy for the next few years,” AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek said in a prepared statement. “In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be spent on construction projects, these beds will result in hundreds of new jobs for administrative staff and caregivers.”

New nursing homes are expected to be scattered across the state, though Central Florida appears likely to see some of the most construction.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

FDLE Arrests Two On Child Porn Charges

February 24, 2015

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Pensacola Regional Operations Center Special Agents arrested two local men on charges of possession of child pornography.

Agents arrested Warren Hardy Lindsley, 31, of 2101 Scenic Highway, # E-204 on 15 counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of promoting the sexual performance by a child.  Agents began investigating Lindsley after discovering a computer at his residence downloading and sharing child pornography.  After a search of his home, agents discovered multiple video files of child pornography located on a computer belonging to Lindsley.  He was booked into the Escambia County Jail on $50,000 bond.

In a separate investigation, Keith Thomas Shaffer, 55, of 4856 Makenna Circle, Pace was arrested  on 15 counts of possession of child pornography. Agents began investigating Shaffer after discovering a computer at his residence downloading child pornography.  After a search of his home, agents discovered evidence linking Shaffer to the images that were downloaded from his computer.  He was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail without bond.

Tate, Northview Band Students Earn High Ratings At Districts

February 24, 2015

Over 100 Northview and Tate high school band students were awarded excellent and superior ratings recently at the Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessments at Gulf Breeze High School.

State qualifying soloists and groups are indicated below with an asterisk (*). These students will take part in the state solo and ensemble assessments March 23-24 in Gainesville. To qualify for state, the students were required to perform a Grade 5 or higher and earn a Superior rating at the district level.


Sarah Dutton (Flag solo) – Excellent
Tiffani Cruce (Flag solo) – Excellent
Amber Freeman (Flute solo) – Superior
Kylie Brook  (Flute solo) – Superior
Clayton Findley (Tenor Saxophone solo) – Superior
Adrian King  (Trombone Solo) – Superior
Triston Long (Tuba solo) – Superior
Abbie Johnson (Piano solo) – Superior
David Weber (Snare solo) – Superior*
David Weber and Tristan Williams (Percussion duet) – Superior*
Julie Hester (Baton solo) – Superior*
Brianna Smith (Baton solo) – Superior*



Toye Johnson (Piccolo) – Superior
Angel Chu (Flute) – Superior *
Taylor Ertel (Flute) – Superior
Tiana Hendricks (Flute) – Superior *
Toye Johnson (Flute) – Superior
Madison Rondeau (Flute) – Superior *
Katie Woods (Clarinet) – Superior *
Ashton Nelson (Bassoon) – Superior *
Bryce Coots (Alto Sax) – Superior *
Randi Avery (Trumpet) – Excellent
Jacob Howard (Trumpet) – Superior *
Ethan Millet (Trumpet) – Superior *
Tristan Workman (Trumpet) – Excellent
Ian McCool (Trombone) – Good
Nathan Tubbs (Trombone) – Superior
Cody Swilley (Euphonium) – Superior *
Emily DeRise (Marimba) – Excellent
Erica Earnest (Marimba) – Superior *
Honya Richbourg (Marimba) – Superior *
Danae Smith (Marimba) – Superior *

Small Ensembles:

Flute Duet: Jordan Rynders & Brittany Gipson – Excellent
Flute Duet: Toye Johnson & Madison Tourney – Excellent
Flute Trio:  Ana Lowe, Steffany Brown, & Tiana Hendricks – Superior
Clarinet Duet: Alyssa Spencer & Kaelyn Houghton – Excellent
Clarinet Trio: Ashlyn Adams, Kyndal Bray, & Ashia McMillon – Superior
Clarinet Quartet: Eric Milligan, Katie Snyder, Alyssa Spencer, & Mallory Parker – Superior
Trumpet Duet: Nick Touchstone & Tristan Workman – Superior
Trumpet Quartet: Jacob Howard, Zach Vranich, Ethan Millet, & Tristan Workman – Superior
Trombone Trio: Nathan Tubbs, Haley Groff, & Amber Brock – Superior

Woodwind Quintet (Superior)

Angel Chu, Flute
Madison Philley, Oboe
Eric Milligan, Clarinet
Ashton Nelson, Bassoon
Jacob Caddell, French Horn

Brass Quintet (Excellent)

Zach Vranich, Trumpet
Kayley Groff, Trumpet
Jacob Caddell, French Horn
Zach Humphries, Trombone
Nick Krostag, Tuba

Saxophone Sextet (Superior)

Bryce Coots, Alto
Brennan Infinger, Alto
Michael Lett, Alto
Eric Esselburn, Tenor
Kayla Dixon, Tenor
Ashton Nelson, Baritone

Woodwind Choir (Superior)

Kelsea Jacobson, Flute
Lillian Jensen, Flute
Toye Johnson, Flute
Ana Lowe, Flute
Micaela Palma, Flute
Levi Shaffer, Flute
Jamie Simon, Flute
Tori VanScyoc, Flute
Madison Philley, Oboe
Lexi Dixon, Clarinet
Jillian Flowers, Clarinet
Eric Milligan, Clarinet
Jordan Myers, Clarinet
Olivia Brown, Bass Clarinet
Keionna Odom, Bass Clarinet
Ashton Nelson, Bassoon
Logan Royer, Bassoon
Cameron Caulder, Alto Sax
Bryce Coots, Alto Sax
Brennan Infinger, Alto Sax
Anthony Mikhail, Alto Sax
Jacob Norre, Tenor Sax
Kayla Dixon, Bari Sax

Brass Choir (Superior)

Sasha Babkin – Trumpet
Ryan Cawby – Trumpet
J. D. Franklin – Trumpet
Kayley Groff – Trumpet
Jacob Hall – Trumpet
Jacob Howard – Trumpet
Blake Norre – Trumpet
Abbey Opalenik – Trumpet
Zach Vranich – Trumpet
Jessica Gainey – French Horn
Chad Ratliff – French Horn
Nick Simmons – French Horn
Chandler Cotton – Trombone
Hayley Groff – Trombone
Zach Humphries – Trombone
Cody Swilley – Trombone
Nathan Tubbs – Trombone
Aaron Gavin – Tuba
Nick Krostag – Tuba
Ryan Tanton – Timpani

Percussion Choir – Concert Band (Superior)

Stephen Cleary
Morgan Ghiorso
Alexandra Hatley
Mason Humphries
Bryan LeDuc
Patrick McHaney
Crosby Mowry
Colin Smith
Will Talley

Percussion Choir – Symphonic Band (Superior)

Landon Benson
Tristan Hacker
Ethan Jensen
Kathryn Skipper
Ben Wagner
Hunter Welch

Percussion Choir – Wind Ensemble (Superior) *

Peyton Benson
Erica Earnest
Aaron Gavin
Maurice Hendricks
Kyle Irps
Paxton Metcalf
Kaitlin Sainata
Danae Smith
Honya Richbourg

Pictured: Northview High School band members earning Superior and Excellent ratings. Photos for, click to enlarge.

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