Ransom Knights Place In Gulf Coast Classic Chess Tournament

October 31, 2014

Nine students from Ransom Middle School’s Chess club, the Ransom Knights, recently participated in the 2014 Annual Gulf Coast Classic Chess Tournament in Mobile.

The tournament was host to 27 students from the greater Mobile area who competed in three divisions, with the Ransom Knights scoring in the top 10 in all three divisions.

In the K-12 under 1200 rating division, Ransom Knight Kaleb Hoskins won third place, Ryan Carty won fourth place, Andrew Hoskins took seventh place and Miles Gibson won eighth place.

In the K-6 under 600 rating division, Ransom Knight Devin Rising won fourth place. In the K-9 Novice division, Ransom Knight James Conti won third place and James Streit won fourth place. Also participating in the tournament were Ransom Knights Connor Crisco and Caleb Loving.  =

The Ransom Knights will host a scholastic tournament, The Panhandle Classic, on December 6.

UF Poll Says Florida Governor’s Race Is Tied

October 31, 2014

A new University of Florida poll indicates the governor’s race is deadlocked, with Republican incumbent Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist each getting the support of 36 percent of likely voters and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie receiving 6 percent, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The poll of likely voters was conducted from October 24-28 for the Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 and News 13 of Orlando by the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service and Bureau of Economic and Business Research. The poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

Earlier Thursday, Quinnipiac University released a poll that showed Crist leading by a margin of 43 percent to 40 percent, with Wyllie at 8 percent. That poll had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points. With Tuesday’s election nearing, Quinnipiac said Crist has received a boost from independent voters.

by The News Service of Florida

Poll: Independents Giving Crist A Slight Lead Over Scott

October 30, 2014

Pointing to support from independent voters, a poll released Thursday gives Democrat Charlie Crist a slight edge over Republican Gov. Rick Scott as they head into the frantic final days of this year’s campaign.

Crist has the support of 43 percent of likely voters, while Scott has 40 percent and Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is at 8 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

But the race remains a virtual toss-up as Floridians cast early ballots or prepare to vote Tuesday: The poll’s margin of error was 3.4 percentage points. Also, it said 9 percent of voters were undecided.

“Crist, who always has sought to portray himself as a pragmatist rather than an ideologue, seems to have sold that message to independents who historically have favored problem-solvers who are less politicaI,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in comments released early Thursday with the survey results.

A Quinnipiac poll released Oct. 22 showed Scott and Crist tied at 42 percent, with Wyllie getting 7 percent. Other recent polls also have shown the contest as too close to call.

Brown said Crist, a former Republican governor running as a Democrat this year, might have received a late boost because of his performance in three debates. One of the debates drew widespread attention because of Scott’s initial absence from the stage amid a dispute about an electric fan used by Crist.

“It would be a reasonable hypothesis that the candidates’ debates made a big difference in this race,” Brown said. “Scott was ahead going into them and behind after them. It could be a coincidence, but it would be a pretty large coincidence. Crist has long been thought of as an excellent campaigner and he used those skills to his advantage.”

The poll found that independent voters support Crist over Scott by a margin of 47 percent to 29 percent, with Wyllie getting 16 percent. That contrasts with the Oct. 22 poll, which showed Crist ahead of Scott among independents by margin of 41 percent to 38 percent.

Among other groups, Scott held a 10-point lead over Crist among men, while the Democrat held a 14-point lead among women.

The Connecticut-based Quinnipiac frequently conducts polls in Florida and other states. The new poll surveyed  voters from October. 22 to Monday.

Teens Charged With Attempted Homicide In Double Shooting

October 30, 2014

Two teens have been charged with a Monday double shooting.

Jamaal Ervin Williams, 18, and Marquis Tyreek Weathers, 16, are each charged with two counts of attempted homicide and two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the Monday shootings in the 1200 block of Rio Grande Circle.  One gunshot  victim was  found in a yard, and the other was inside a vehicle. Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Register Now For Century’s Land To Lake Lighted Boat Christmas Parade

October 30, 2014

The Century Christmas Land To Lake Lighted Boat Parade will be held again this year.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 with line-up at 5 p.m. and floats rolling out at dark from Industrial Boulevard to Lake Stone. The entry fee is $10 per boat or float, with checks made payable to the Century Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information and a printable registration form, click here.

The parade is sponsored in part by NorthEscambia.com.

Pictured above: One of the floats/boats in last year’s Century Christmas Land To Lake Lighted Boat Parade. NorthEscambia.com file photo.

Dixie Group Issues Earnings Report, Continues Atmore Masland Changes

October 30, 2014

The Dixie Group has issued its third quarter earnings report as the company continues to make changes at its Masland plant in Atmore. The company announced an overall loss Wednesday despite increased sales.

During the quarter, the company shutdown both the yard and carpet dyeing operations in Atmore and transferred those products to a combination of internal operations and external suppliers. The company will also continue to decommission a waste water treatment plant in Atmore.

For the quarter, the Company had sales of $109,359,000 and a loss from continuing operations of $166,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with sales of $90,210,000 and income from continuing operations of $1,432,000, or $0.11 per diluted share for the third quarter of 2013. Income from continuing operations, excluding manufacturing integration, facility consolidation, equipment impairment, and acquisition related expenses, after-tax, was $1,326,000 (non-GAAP adjusted income from continuing operations), or $0.08 per diluted share for the period. The Company had $2,579,000 in facility consolidation, equipment impairment and acquisition related expenses during the period as it implements its previously announced plans to expand capacity, integrate acquisitions and streamline operations.

Molino’s Cunningham Shows Champion Steer At Fair

October 30, 2014

Austin Cunningham of Molino showed his champion steer last week at the Pensacola Interstate Fair, winning several awards. He was awarded Reserve Grand Champion, FFA Grand Champion, and Grand Champion for a homegrown steer. The Northview High School senior also received second in Senior Showmanship. Cunningham sold his 1,250 pound steer “Heisenberg” to Dave Howell Tires for $5.50 per pound, or $6,875. Submitted photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

State To Offer More Citizens Insurance Policies To Private Firms

October 30, 2014

More than 182,000 policies now in the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will be available to be picked up by nine private carriers after the start of the new year.

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced Wednesday that up to 2,527 commercial residential policies will be made available on January 6, and a week later 180,040 personal residential policies will become available. Typically the number of policies actually moved in the “takeout” process is far smaller than what is offered to the private firms. The private companies are able to cherry-pick the least-risky policies and often go after many of the same customers. Policyholders targeted for takeout also have the option to remain covered by Citizens.

For 2014, the state insurance office approved 1.1 million policies for private “takeout,” yet as of September 18, the number moved out of Citizens was 127,550. Citizens, which two years ago had 1.47 million policies, was down to 930,385 policies as of September 30.

Authorities Searching For Stolen $4,000 Dog

October 30, 2014

Local authorities are looking for a stolen dog — a $4,000 stolen dog — taken from a local pet store early this week.

The incident occurred at Petland on North on North Davis Highway on Tuesday. The suspect reportedly entered the business and began talking with a store employee.

When she said she had recently lost a French bulldog, the store employee said they had one in stock.

The employee then brought the dog to a petting room and handed it to the suspect. After a couple of minutes, the employee left the pet enclosure to go to another part of the store.

Once he returned, he realized the suspect and puppy were gone. The female French bulldog is approximately three months old, cream colored with black markings on its face and is valued at approximately $4,000, according to Pensacola Police.

The female suspect was heavyset with short hair and was wearing a gray shirt, shorts and a baseball cap. She appeared to have tattoos on one or both of her forearms in addition to tattoos on her calves. She also may have one or more facial piercings.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the dog’s location is asked to contact Detective Chad Willhite at (850) 435-1972, the Pensacola Police Department at (850) 435-1900 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Morgan Invites Residents To Learn About Neighborhood Watch Programs

October 30, 2014

Sheriff David Morgan is inviting the public to a Neighborhood Watch Academy class taking place November 18 at the  Sheriff’s Main Administration Building at  1700 West Leonard Street.

Morgan said the Neighborhood Watch Program is one of the best means of eliminating and preventing criminal activity in your neighborhood. Attendees of the class will learn how to organize a successful neighborhood watch program and prevent crime in their homes and neighborhoods. Topics to be covered in this one evening seminar include:

  • The history of the neighborhood watch program
  • How to make an effective call for a police response without fear of retribution
  • How to become less likely to be a victim or crime
For information or to register for the class email win@escambiaso.com or call Community Services Coordinator David Craig at (850) 436-9281. For more information on the Neighborhood Watch program or to find a Neighborhood Watch in your area, visit escambiaso.com.

Pictured: Members of the Molino Neighborhood Watch during a meeting with Sheriff David Morgan. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.

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