Photos: Cat Cafe Kitten Adoptions Offered At Century Branch Library

July 14, 2024

The Century Library hosted a Cat Cafe Saturday with the Escambia County Department of Animal Welfare.

It was the e purr-fect opportunity for library patrons to meet several kittens a relaxed and welcoming environment.

For a photo gallery, click here.

The Escambia animal shelter is offering free adoptions for cats and dogs one year or older through Wednesday, July 31. Puppies are available for $50 and kittens are $25. An $11 licensing fee will be applied to all adoptions for Escambia County residents. The Escambia County Animal Welfare and Adoption Center is located at 200 W. Fairfield Drive. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. photos, click to enlarge.

These Are The Road Construction Spots To Watch This Week

July 14, 2024

Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.

Escambia County:

  • Scenic Highway (U.S. 90) Resurfacing, from south of Interstate 10 (I-10) to south of Hyde Park RoadScenic Highway will be closed just north of Manolete Street beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, Aug. 1 as crews reconstruct a portion of the roadway. During the closure, drivers will be detoured using Langley Avenue, Spanish Trail and Summit Boulevard. Signage will be in place to direct drivers through the detour.
  • Interstate Circle Bridge Over Eight Mile Creek – Interstate Circle is closed at the bridge over Eight Mile Creek through mid-2025 as crews replace the Eight Mile Creek bridge. Signage is in place to direct drivers around the work zone using Pine Forest Road, Longleaf Drive and Wymart Road.
  • I-10 at U.S. 29 Interchange (Exit 10) – Drivers will encounter intermittent lane closures on I-10 near the U.S. 29 interchange Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, July 18 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Crews will be placing concrete barrier wall.
  • I-10 at Nine Mile Road Interchange (Exit 5) Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts as crews perform paving operations, barrier wall installation and bridge demolition activities:
    • Inside lane closures on I-10 near Exit 5, Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, July 18 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Outside lane closures on I-10 near Exit 5 Wednesday, July 17 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Inside lane closures on Nine Mile Road between the I-10 ramps, Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, July 18, from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
  • County Road (C.R.) 4 over Canoe Creek Bridge – C.R. 4, between Byrneville and Bratt, will be closed through late 2024 as crews replace the Canoe Creek bridge. Traffic is directed through a 5.6-mile detour using Bratt Road to Pine Barren Road, then back to C.R. 4.
  • U.S. 98 (East Garden Street) Routine Maintenance at Intersection with North Tarragona Street – Motorists may encounter intermittent lane closures Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. for manhole repairs.

Santa Rosa County:

  • State Road (S.R.) 89 Resurfacing, from north of S.R. 87 to C.R. 178 Drivers will encounter intermittent daytime lane closures, between S.R .87 and C.R. 178, Monday, July 15 through Friday, July 19 as crews perform paving operations.
  • U.S. 98 Widening from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive – Motorists will encounter the following traffic impacts:
    • Median and turn-lane closures from Bayshore Road to Tiger Lake Drive.
    • Intermittent lane closures and additional median closures between Bayshore Road and Tiger Lake Drive Sunday, July 14, through Friday, July 19, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for stormwater drainage improvements and paving operations.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Wahoos Explode in Extras, Win Sixth Straight

July 14, 2024

written by Erik Bremer

It took 11 innings, but the Pensacola Blue Wahoos extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 7-3 win over the Rocket City Trash Pandas on Saturday night.

The Blue Wahoos scored two runs in the tenth and four more in the eleventh to remain undefeated in extra-inning games, improving to a perfect 7-0 when playing beyond regulation.

The game began as a pitchers’ duel, as Rocket City’s Sam Bachman twirled 7.0 shutout innings and Pensacola’s Tristan Stevens countered with 6.0 innings of one-run ball.

On the strength of an Eric Wagaman RBI fielder’s choice in the sixth inning, Rocket City held a 1-0 lead until the eighth. Jakob Marsee began the inning with a single off reliever Eric Torres, then advanced to second before stealing third and scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game 1-1.

Anderson Pilar and Matt Pushard contributed scoreless relief for the Blue Wahoos to send the game to extras, where the Blue Wahoos immediately capitalized to take their first lead. Dalvy Rosario sent an infield chopper to first base, but an errant throw allowed a run to score. Marsee followed with an RBI single to bring home Rosario, putting the Blue Wahoos ahead 3-1.

On for the save, new arrival Woo-Suk Go (W, 1-0) struggled to protect the Pensacola lead. The reliever allowed an RBI double to Nelson Rada and a game-tying squeeze bunt to Mac McCroskey, but dug deep and struck out back-to-back batters with the winning run at second base to send the game to the 11th.

The Pensacola offense wasted no time in reclaiming the lead, as Rosario singled home the go-ahead run off reliever Brady Choban (L, 1-2). Marsee added a sacrifice fly before pinch-hitter Diego Infante singled home two more for a four-run inning and a 7-3 lead. Tyler Eckberg quickly dispatched the Trash Pandas in the bottom half to seal the sixth consecutive Blue Wahoos win.

The Blue Wahoos wrap up their series against the Trash Pandas on Sunday. First pitch from Toyota Field in Madison, Alabama is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

Panhandle Dynasty 7U Wins World Series

July 14, 2024

Panhandle Dynasty 7U recently won the 2024 World Series. The champions went undefeated over four days of baseball. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Florida Announces ‘Free State of Florida’ Placed on All Welcome Signs

July 13, 2024

Motorists entering the state are now greeted by new “Welcome to the Free State of Florida” signs.

Last week, we told you about “Hurry Back to the Free State of Florida The Sunshine State” signs that drivers see when they travel out of Florida into Alabama or Georgia.

Now, the Florida Department of Transportation has also placed “Free State of Florida” has been placed on all welcome signs offering a welcome to visitors as they enter the on major state roadways.

“The new signage now features messages highlighting Florida’s status as a top tourist destination, including ‘Hurry Back’ signs that pay homage to the historic mid-century welcome centers, FDOT said.

Pictured above and below: “Free State of Florida” signs on Highway 97 at the Florida-Alabama state line in Davisville, just south of Atmore. photos, click to enlarge.

Escambia County Public Schools Soliciting Public Input for Wellness Initiatives

July 13, 2024

Escambia County Public Schools is reviewing its wellness initiatives and is looking for input from district staff members along with members of the community.

A wellness policy’s intent is to promote healthy choices, prevent childhood obesity and to combat the challenges children face if they have poor nutritional habits or not enough activity. A federal law requires each school district participating in the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program to maintain a local wellness policy.

“While the input is being gathered by the Food Services Department, we work with a variety of school district specialists to ensure the policy covers all aspects of student wellness while on campus,” said the district’s Jaleena Davis. “We try our best to look at this program from a team perspective.”

The school district also maintains a School Health and Wellness Advisory Committee (SHWAC) chaired by Dr. Maureen Padden, as well as School Wellness Teams.

If an individual would like to be involved at the district level, they should contact Martha Hanna at (850) 469-5456, or by email at

If a member of the community wants to get involved on a School Wellness Team, they are asked to call (850) 316-3962 or email

Over 21,000 Ballots Mailed For August Primary, Not All Escambia Voters Eligible

July 13, 2024

Over 21,000 ballots for the August 2024 Primary Election were mailed to voters Friday, according to Supervisor of Elections Robert D. Bender. Ballots for military and overseas voters were sent on July 3. With postage increasing on Sunday, July 14, elections staff worked tirelessly over the last week to ensure these ballots would be in the mail this week.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, visit or call (850) 595-3900. The request deadline is August 8. Due to a change in Florida law, all vote-by-mail requests were cleared December 31, 2022, and you must renew your vote-by-mail request each election cycle. Visit to see if you have a vote-by-mail request on file or to check your registration status.

All registered Republican and Democratic voters are eligible to vote in at least one contest due to their U.S. Senate primary. As a result of Florida’s closed primary system and Escambia County’s single-member districts, Bender said not all registered voters in Escambia County are eligible to receive a ballot in the 2024 primary election. Voters in County Commission District 2 precincts with no party affiliation or those registered in a minor party are impacted. This means nearly 9,500 of Escambia County’s 206,000 registered voters in the following precincts will not be issued a ballot in precincts

  • 1, 3, 15, 24, 32, 54, 61, 67, 71, 75, 77, 80, 82, 83, 99, and 104.

The deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation before the August 20 Primary Election is July 22.

Early Voting will begin on August 10 and run through August 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at 10 area locations. A

Pictured: Vote-by-mail ballots were mailed Friday to over 21,000 Escambia County voters. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Stamp Prices Increase Again This Weekend. This Is How Much First-Class Will Cost.

July 13, 2024

A first-class stamp will increase on Sunday, July 14.

A forever stamp will cost 73 cents as of Sunday, up a nickel over the current 68-cent price.

A forever stamp purchase before Sunday will still be valid “forever” and can be used after the price increase.

It is the second increase of the year. In January 2024, first class stamps increase from 66 cents to 68 cents.

Showstoppers 8U Wins Softball National Championship

July 13, 2024

The Showstoppers 8U softball team went undefeated to win the 2024 USSA National Championship in Gulf Shores this week.

Several players were honored for their outstanding performance:

Offensive Player of the Game: Cami Flynn
Defensive Player of the Game: Hensley Parkerson
MVP Pitcher: Ember Polk
Tournament MVP: Elouise Wade

Tournament scores were as follows:

Game 1: Showstoppers vs. Klutch: 11-1
Game 2: Showstoppers vs. Santa Rosa Schockwave: 18-11
Game 3: Showstoppers vs. River Region Misfits: 17-0
Game 4: Showstoppers vs. Oklahoma Chilis 12-3

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Wahoos Launch Three Homers, Beat Rocket City For Fifth Straight Win

July 13, 2024

written by Erik Bremer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos won their fifth in a row on Friday night, riding three home runs to a 9-5 victory over the Rocket City Trash Pandas.

Nathan Martorella opened the scoring with a second-inning homer, his second in as many games, and Sean Roby and Zach Zubia added blasts of their own in another dominant performance from the Pensacola offense.
Pensacola starter Luis Palacios (W, 6-5) surrendered a pair of homers to the Trash Pandas, but got through 5.0 innings of five-run ball to earn his team-leading sixth win.

The Blue Wahoos took the lead for good in the top of the fourth, when Roby went deep off Rocket City reliever Noah Owen (L, 0-1) in his Double-A debut. Zubia’s homer highlighted a six-run fifth inning, the biggest inning of the season for Pensacola and the turning point that allowed the Blue Wahoos to breathe easy the rest of the night.

Myles Emmerson jolted the Rocket City fans with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fifth off Palacios, but that was all the Trash Pandas could muster after Pensacola’s big inning. Justin King, Austin Roberts, Chandler Jozwiak and Raffi Vizcaíno combined to work 4.0 scoreless innings of relief to seal a 9-5 win.

The five-game winning streak ties Pensacola’s longest of the season, set most recently June 6-11.

The Blue Wahoos continue their series against the Trash Pandas on Saturday. First pitch from Toyota Field in Madison, Alabama is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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