CareerSource Escarosa Offering Skills Assessment Testing In Century

October 29, 2014

An employment skills assessment test will be offered Thursday in Century. All Escambia County residents who are seeking employment, looking to further their career, or enhance their skills and education, are urged to participate in this free program.

Through partnership with local government and a consortium of community organizations, CareerSource Escarosa will offer Skill Assessment Tests to Escambia County residents as part of the Escarosa Community Occupational Talent Search, a targeted workforce development initiative.

E-COTS participants will have access to a variety of no-cost programs and services offered through CareerSource Escarosa which include; educational workshops, career training and guidance, tuition assistance, skill enhancement sessions, and more.

Testing sessions will be available at 9:30 a.m. at 1:30 p.m. at the Carver Community Center, 7040 Jefferson Avenue in Century.

A basic skill assessment is required for program participation. To register, call (850) 607-8750 or visit careersourceescarosa.com/ECOTS.

Kids House Receives $50K Donation Thanks To Local Felons

October 29, 2014

Thanks to local felons, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office made a $50,000 contribution Tuesday afternoon toward the expansion of the Gulf Coast Kids House.

The donation was funded from the State Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The law allows law enforcement to use funds from contraband seized during the commission of felonies to be used in the community.

The expansion will help the nonprofit organization better serve victims of child abuse in Escambia County and will be completed in 2015. The donated funds will be used for a new medical examination room in the Advocacy and Education wing of Gulf Coast Kids House.

Pictured: Sheriff David Morgan (center) presents a $50,000 donation to representatives of the Gulf Coast Kids House, Pam Schwartz, board chair; Debbie Ritchie and Stan Connally, co-chairs of Captial Expansion; and Stacey Kostevicki, executive director. Courtesy photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

And The Survey Says: All About Escambia Parks, Community Centers

October 29, 2014

Escambia County recently asked residents to complete an online survey to gauge residents’ thoughts and ideas about parks and community centers.

Results were as follows:

Envision Escambia 2028: Parks & Community Centers

Question #1: In which area of Escambia County do you currently live?

Nearly 25 percent of respondents to our Parks & Community Centers survey live north of Nine Mile Road. Another 21 percent came from the extreme southern portion of the County on Pensacola Beach. More than 3 percent of respondents were from Perdido Key, 15 percent represented the neighborhoods in the area East of Palafox, South of Brent Lane/Bayou Boulevard to the Escambia Bay on the East and Pensacola Bay on the South and another 12  percent lives West of Palafox, East of New Warrington Road, South of Fairfield Drive, North of Pensacola Bay. No area of Escambia County was unrepresented in this survey.

Question #2: By the end of 2017, Escambia County will have spent $41 million to support the development and enhancement of more than 100 neighborhood, athletic and marine parks, as well as 16 community centers, throughout the County. Please tell us how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements. Well maintained parks, community centers and open spaces:

  • Provide economic benefits (e.g.: enhanced property values) to residents: 42  percent strongly agree; 36 percent agree; 8 percent neither disagree nor agree; 3 disagree; 5.5 percent strongly disagree
  • Improve a community’s quality of life: 60 percent strongly agree; 0 percent disagree or strongly disagree
  • Improve air and water quality: 40 percent strongly agree; 22.86 percent agree
  • Brings a community together: 43 percent strongly agree; 34 agree

Question #3: How often do you or members of your family visit a County park?

The majority of survey participants visit County parks (28.5 percent) weekly; 14 pecent visit biweekly and 11.5 percent of those polled visit a County park once per month.

Question #4: Why do you visit Escambia County parks?

  • Relaxation: 15 percent
  • Exercise: 10 percent
  • Athletics/sports: 5 percent
  • Spend time with family/friends: 20 percent
  • Enjoy nature/wildlife/outdoors: 15 percent
  • All of the above: 10 percent
  • Other: 25 percent

Question #5: Please choose any/all reasons you may have for not using County parks and/or facilities:

  • The facilities or equipment we are looking for is not available: 4 percent
  • Security is inefficient: 8 percent
  • Hours of operation are not convenient: 8 percent
  • Location of facilities is not close to my home: 28 percent
  • Facilities are not well maintained: 16 percent
  • Members of my household use facilities from other organizations: 8 percent
  • We are too busy or not interested: 16 percent
  • All (or) most of the above: 4 percent

Question #6: Please rate the availability of facilities at Escambia County parks:

  • Shelter/pavilions: 33 percent feel there are enough and 48.5 percent believe more are needed
  • Benches and bleachers: 26 percent said there are enough, while 52 percent think more should be added
  • Play equipment: 32 percent said there are enough and 45 percent think more are needed
  • Lighting: 23 percent said there is enough lighting, while 63 percent said more lighting is needed
  • Drinking fountains: 18 percent believe there are enough and 58 percent said more are needed

Question #7: If $100 were available for parks and community center facilities, how would you allocate the funds among the categories listed below? (Please make sure your total adds up to $100.)

The highest number of “funds” voters would allocate for if given $100 would go toward:

  1. Improving maintenance to existing parks/community centers
  2. Addition of walking trails
  3. More playgrounds for children
  4. Development of special facilities (dog parks, water playgrounds, boat ramps, etc.)
  5. Improved ADA access
  6. Land acquisition for new facilities
  7. Construction of new athletic facilities (baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis)

Question #8: What type of programming would you like to see in a County park or community center?

  • After school programs: 59 percent
  • Summer recreation programs: 74 percent
  • Adult education programs (GED, job training): 44.5 percent
  • Youth sports leagues: 63 percent
  • Adult sports leagues: 52 percent
  • Special events (festivals, concerts): 74 percent

Comments included:

“Exercise programs, like yoga.”

“Just a nice, safe green park with plenty of benches, lots of trees, perhaps a water feature, for ADA and aging to enjoy in safety.”

Question #9: What is your overall opinion of the quality and condition of Escambia County parks and community centers?

  • Excellent: 6.25 percent
  • Very good: 12.5 percent
  • Good: 44 percent
  • Fair: 29 percent
  • Poor: 0 percent
  • No opinion: 19 percent

Question #10: Do you have comments related to a specific park or community center? A full list of our parks and community centers is available on MyEscambia.com.

Comments include:

Some of the parks aren’t well lit. As a single woman, I don’t feel safe using them for exercise after work.”

“Regional parks are great. Why are there so many pocket parks?”

”I wish more parks could be like Perdido Kids park. I think we need to invest more in the current parks we have. We need more swings, walking paths, kids playground equipment, basketball goals, also at some of the parks I have been to the ants were insane and I was afraid for my children to stand still. Example Avondale park around the track, the ants were insane.”

Question #11: Do you have any additional questions, comments or concerns?

Comments include:

“No. We are happy the park was built in Beulah. It is nice to be able to take our child to the park and not have to drive across town.”

“Spend more resources on maintaining what we have.”

“Consider new or improvements to recreational/activity facilities (walking trails, playground equipment) that can help address high obesity rates related to areas with little/no access to facilities for physical activity (and/or improve safety, lighting etc. to encourage more utilization). Map areas of ‘recreation deserts’ related to population as first targets. Pursue interlocal agreements with school district for use of school facilities (even if only playground) during non-school hours.”

Pictured: The playground at the Molino Community Complex. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

Tate Fall Comedy ‘Saturday The 14th’ On Stage Through Saturday

October 29, 2014

Get ready for “Saturday the 14th” — a parody of the “Friday the 13th movies” nightly through Saturday at Tate High School.

It made all the headlines 30 years ago. Only one camp counselor was found alive the next morning, and she hasn’t spoken a word since. They closed Camp Slippery Floors. Everybody wanted to forget what happened that night… except Mason. Mason never forgets! Now Camp Slippery Floors in going to open again and Mason is waiting in “Saturday the 14th”.

The comedy will be presented through Saturday at 7:00 each evening in the Tate High Cafeteria. Tickets are $7 at the door.

Pictured: The Tate High School production of “Saturday the 14th”. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

UF: Floridian’s Consumer Confidence Falls Slightly

October 29, 2014

Consumer confidence among Floridians dropped a point in October to 82, the first decline in the index since May, according to a monthly University of Florida survey.

“This decline is not likely indicative of a trend,” said Chris McCarty, director of UF’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, which conducts the survey. “Given that the stock market has improved late in the month and the decline was only a point, we don’t view the drop as significant.”

Of the five components used in the survey — three declined, one increased, and one stayed the same. Survey-takers’ overall perception whether their personal finances are better now than a year ago fell four points to 71, while their expectations of being better off financially one year from now fell one point to 82.

The survey shows that confidence in the national economy over the coming year fell one point to 78, but it rose a point to 82 when respondents were asked to consider U.S. economic conditions over the next five years.

Finally, respondents’ perception as to whether it is a good time to buy big-ticket item, such as a washing machine, stayed the same at 96.

Two Shot In Escambia County

October 28, 2014

Two people were shot off Massachusetts Avenue in Escambia Count last night.

Just after 10 p.m., the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1200 block of Rio Grande Circle. They found two males with apparent gunshot wounds — one in a yard and the other inside a vehicle. Both were transported to the hospital as trauma alerts.

The investigation is continuing and further details have not been released.

Critical Need For Blood Donations

October 28, 2014

There is a currently a critical need for O Negative, B Negative and A Negative blood types, according to Betty Roberts of OneBlood.

Donors are encouraged to visit the blood centers at 1999 East Nine Mile Road and 2209 North 9th Avenue, or a an upcoming Bloodmobile stop.

North Escambia area Bloodmobile Drives are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, October 30 — Ascend Materials, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 2 — Hillcrest Baptist Church, 8 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8 — Walnut Hill VFD Fish Fry, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday Is Deadline To Request A Mailed Absentee Ballot

October 28, 2014

Wednesday is the deadline for voters who wish to be mailed an absentee ballot for the November 4 General Election to make their request, according to Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford.

Voters can make their request by contacting the Supervisor of Elections by mail, phone (850-595-3900), fax (850-595-3914), e-mail (absentee@escambiavotes.com), or by using the online form at EscambiaVotes.com. Requests must include the voter’s date of birth and address. Absentee voters may track the status of  their ballot by clicking Track My Ballot at EscambiaVotes.com.

After Wednesday, a voter may still pick up an absentee ballot in person from the Elections

Office through Monday, November 3. Voted absentee ballots must be received in the Elections

Office (not at a polling location) no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

In addition, early voting is being offered daily through Saturday at seven area locations:

  • Molino Community Center,  6450 Highway 95A North, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Escambia County Extension Service, 3740 Stefani Road, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Genealogy Branch Library, 5740 N. 9th Avenue, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Main Library, 239 N. Spring Street, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Bellview/Saufley Early Vote Site, 4607 Saufley Field Road, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Supervisor of Elections Main Office, 213 Palafox Place, Second Floor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Southwest Branch Library, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A third option for voters is to cast a ballot at their precinct on Election Day – polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Voters are encouraged to be sure to know where to vote on Election Day by checking their Voter Information Card, sample ballot, the precinct finder at EscambiaVotes.com, or by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office  by phone or email prior to Election Day. Voters  who need to change their address should contact the elections office prior to Election Day.

Libraries Offer Spooky Fun, Other Halloween And Fall Events Scheduled

October 28, 2014

The Molino Branch Library will offer a little spooky fun  this week, as will the Century Health and Rehab Center. And local churches will hold fall festivals, including events in Cantonment and Molino.

Molino Branch Library

The Molino Branch Library will present “It Happened One Night at the Molino Museum” at 6 p.m. Friday. Kids and enjoy a night of skits, spooky stories and trick or treating — and visit the spooky Molino Museum if they dare.

Century Halloween Carnival And Haunted House

The Century Health and Rehab Center  at 6020 Industrial Blvd in Century, will hold a Halloween Carnival and Haunted House, Thursday, October 30, from 3 until 5 p.m. for a scary kids program and 5 until 7 p.m. for a  terrifying kids program. Lots of food, games and prizes. Call (850) 256-1540 for more information.

Pine Forest Assembly/Cantonment Fall Festival

The Pine Forest Assembly of God Church at 3125 Pine Forest Road in Cantonment will hold a Fall Festival on Friday from 6-8 p.m. with free food, games, prizes and lots of fun.

Molino Community Fall Festival

A community wide fall festival will be held Friday  at Victory Assembly of God church in Molino from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be lots of food, fun, games, trunk-or treat, and a hayride. The event is sponsored by Highland Baptist Church, Victory Assemby of God, Crossfaith Church and Molino First Assembly of God. The event is free and everyone is invited.

Bratt Assembly Fall Festival

A Fall Festival will be held at Bratt Assembly of God on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

NorthEscambia.com file photo.

Charges Dropped Against Cantonment Burglary Suspect

October 28, 2014

Charges have been dropped against  Flomaton man arrested after his girlfriend posted a “selfie” Facebook photo that the victims believed to show stolen goods in the background.

All charges in the case were dropped against Colby Wayne Satterwhite, 22, according to the State Attorney’s Office. at the request of the victims.

Residents of a home in the 300 block of Jacks Branch Road reported that their home had been burglarized sometime during a two day period in which they were gone. They returned home to find a exterior door pushed open, and missing items including $200 in cash, a large collection of collectable coins, a camera, a Mossberg shotgun in a tan case and ammunition. The total estimated value of missing items was $15,060.

Acting on a tip, the burglary victims checked the Facebook page of Satterwhite’s girlfriend and spotted what they believed to be her shotgun case in the background of one of the girlfriend’s “selfie” photographs.

But now, the State Attorney’s Office said, the victims no longer believe Satterwhite was involved in the crime. They have instead raised allegations against another individual who has not been charged.

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