Fishing Rodeo To Benefit Backpack Project

September 2, 2015

The Escambia County School District’s 2015 Family Fishing Rodeo will be held at the Grand Lagoon Golf Club September 4-6..  This is the ECSD’s Maintenance Department’s third annual rodeo held to help raise funds so they can help local children with a  Friday afternoon backpack project.

Maintenance epartment organizers are excited to be able to help local children again this year with the support of their sponsors and the many people they hope will come out to fish and compete in the rodeo.

“Three years ago we started this event to do everything we could to help Escambia County children who need a little help to make sure they have something to eat over the weekends, “ Scott Stillman, one of the event organizers explained. “Last year we were able to send home healthy, easy to prepare snacks with 155 kids at 4 schools. Our goal this year is to serve more children and to work closely with the schools to ensure we are helping the children who need this service the most.”

Interested fishermen of all ages are encouraged to sign up to compete for prizes while helping kids. The Open Division fishermen will compete for first, second and third place in 15 salt water categories and 3 fresh water categories. Prizes are $50.00 for third place, $100.00 for second place, and $150.00 for first.

Winners in the junior division categories will win trophies for first, second and third place AND all first place winners will have a chance to win a bike! Their age group will also compete in15 salt water categories and 3 fresh water categories.

Participation starts with a Captain’s Meeting and light dinner on Friday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m.. Fishing begins at midnight and continues through Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, during weigh-ins, there will be a fish fry, a silent auction and a drawing off opportunity.

“For $2.25 we can send a child home with snack foods to help them get through the weekend,” Stillman explained. “We look for food items that are healthy, balanced and most importantly, easy for a child to open or prepare without needing to turn on a stove or use any kitchen implements they might not be old enough to use yet.”

Tickets for adults planning to fish are $15  for the Open Division and only $1.00 for the Junior division (ages under ten). Ticket price includes a hot dog dinner sponsored by Sonny’s at the Captain’s meeting and a meal at the fish fry on Sunday.

Those wishing to join in for the Sunday fish fry may do so for $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for kids under 10. There will also be a Silent Auction for items like a vacation, a Yeti cooler, original artwork and more.

Fishermen — Tickets are available at :

Dizzy Lizzy’s Bait and Tackle, 2801 Cervantes Ave.

Outcast Bait and Tackle, 3520 Barrancas Ave.

Gulf Breeze Bait and Tackle, 825 Gulf Breeze Pkwy.

Tight Lines Bait  and Tackle, 711 N. Pace Blvd.

Goin’ Fishin’. 10870 Lillian Hwy.

Gray’sTackle and Guide Services, 13019 Sorrento Rd.

For more information, contact the ECSD Maintenance department at (850) 469-5585.

Northview To Host Mini-Majorette Clinic

September 1, 2015

The Northview High School Majorettes will host a Mini-Majorette Clinic on September 8, 9 and 10 from 4-5 p.m. each day.

The clinic will teach students baton tricks, skills and a baton routine they will perform during a pregame show on September 11. The clinic is open to any student between age five and eighth grade. Students should bring their own baton, or one will be provided.

The cost is $25 per child. This includes the clinic, a t-shirt, admission to the September 11 Northview Chiefs home game and a performance before kickoff.

To reserve a spot in the click, parents should call (850) 623-4399 with the twirler’s name a t-shirt size by Friday, September 4 (please leave a message if no answer). All money is due by the first practice on September 8.

Bill Would Give OK To Save Dogs, Cats From Hot Cars

September 1, 2015

People would be able to smash the windows of hot cars and remove unattended dogs or cats if they get law enforcement approval, under a bill proposed Monday.

Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, filed a proposal that would allow individuals — first responders, animal-control officers and people instructed by such agencies — to gain access to vehicles and remove unattended animals when the animals’ health is endangered and the owners “after a reasonable effort” can’t be found.

“Pets are extremely vulnerable to heat-related injury or death if left in a vehicle, especially on a hot day,” Hukill said in a prepared statement. “Individuals who risk their pets’ lives by leaving them in hot cars need to be held accountable.”

Hukill called the proposal the “Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety Act,” or “P.A.W.S. Act.” Hukill’s release noted that “just last week two women in the Daytona area left their dogs in the car while they went shopping at a mall. The dogs were so thirsty they were licking the condensation off a soda can in the car and when let out of the vehicle by police they found the closest puddle of water and began drinking it.

The bill would make such circumstances a first-degree misdemeanor for the owners of pets or vehicles involved. The measure would allow the people who enter the vehicles to avoid criminal or civil liability.

Hukill’s proposal, which doesn’t have a House companion, also notes the well-being of an animal could be threatened due to cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water. The act includes an agricultural provision that carves out an exemption for agriculture animals — horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, poultry, or other agricultural animals — being transported for ag purposes.

by The News Service of Florida

UF: Overall Consumer Confidence Up Despite Wall Street

September 1, 2015

Consumer confidence across Florida grew slightly from July to August, but the numbers might not fully reflect the recent roller-coaster ride of the stock market, according to a University of Florida report released Monday.

The university’s Survey Research Center in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research placed consumer sentiment at 91.2, up from 90.5 in July, on a consumer-confidence scale that ranges from 2 to 150. The latest number reflects perceptions by consumers that the U.S. economy will be better in the next year and the next five years, with the monthly figure balanced by an expectation by most consumers that their personal incomes will decline over the next year.

“Prior to the crash that began about a week ago Floridians were particularly optimistic about the future direction of the U.S. economy,” said Chris McCarty, director of the research center, said in a prepared statement. “There were exceptional gains among households with an annual income over $50,000 for both the short- and long-term outlook of the U.S. economy. Much of that optimism was likely erased this week when the panic in the Chinese stock market spilled over into U.S. equities. Even as the market recovers, losses of this magnitude will raise questions among consumers, many who are invested in stocks through retirement accounts.”

by The News Service of Florida

Florida, Alabama Officers Pledge To Crack Down On Drunk, Unsafe Driving

September 1, 2015

Law enforcement agencies from Florida and Alabama met Monday at the I-10 Florida Welcome Center to mark the kickoff of the “Hands Across the Border” campaign toe promote safe Labor Day driving.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes – in 2013, there were nearly 1,000 alcohol related fatalities across Florida, according to Florida’s Department of Transportation.

Officers both states pledged Monday to work together during the upcoming holiday weekend to ensure drivers are maintaining safe speeds, not drinking and driving and always using their safety belts

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Florida Forest Service Sends Firefighters To Battle Montana Blazes

September 1, 2015

The Florida Forest Service is sending 46 wildland firefighters to Montana as part of a five-crew firefighting unit. Crews will work together to battle intense wildfires in Montana’s extreme and mountainous terrain.

“Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters are a brave, selfless group of public servants who are always ready to answer the call to help others. We are incredibly proud and thankful for the work these firefighters do for us here in Florida and for the people out West,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

In addition to the latest crew deployment, there are currently more than 98 Florida Forest Service personnel assisting wildfire suppression and wildfire management operations in the western United States. Since April, the Florida Forest Service has provided more than 470 personnel to assist wildland firefighting and management operations in other states. On Monday, a module of five initial-attack hand crews, comprised of Florida Forest Service wildland firefighters and firefighters from partnering agencies left for  Montana where they will receive assignment to the highest priority wildfire.

“Thanks to Florida’s temporarily lowered fire danger levels, we have been able to continue to provide the resources for which our partners out West have had a desperate need,” said Jim Karels, Florida State Forester.

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Wahoos Stay In First With Win Over Jackson

September 1, 2015

Juan Duran tripled and Seth Mejias-Brean singled him in as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos evened its five-game series with the Jackson Generals and, more importantly, helped them stay in first place in the South Division in the second half of the Southern League season.

One run in the sixth inning was all Pensacola needed to eke out an all-important victory, 1-0, Monday at The Ballpark in Jackson.

Blue Wahoos pitcher Cody Reed held Jackson scoreless through eight innings, giving up just four hits and striking out eight. Reed improved to 5-2 on the year with a 2.53 ERA.

Pensacola closer Zach Weiss entered in the ninth to extend his team record 25th save of the season by striking out the side. It was the fifth time since July 31 that he’s struck out all three batters in an inning.

Their pitching is what kept Pensacola’s drive for its first playoff in franchise history alive with six games left in the season. It would also help the Blue Wahoos become the first Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate since Chattanooga in 2006 to play in the postseason.

Pensacola, which took the opener in the five-game series, is now 7-7 overall against Jackson this season.

Pensacola and Mississippi are battling for the postseason spot. The Blue Wahoos improved to 36-28 in the second half and remain a half game ahead of Mississippi, which defeated Biloxi, 3-0, Monday to improve to 35-28.

Both Duran, the DH, and third baseman Mejias-Brean went 2-4. Duran had a triple and scored a run, while Mejias-Brean doubled and batted in Duran for 46 RBIs this year.

Meanwhile, Pensacola right fielder Jesse Winker’s went 0-2 Monday and the Reds top prospect hit in 20 of his 27 games this month for a .344 average (32-93) in August.

Work Beginning On Magnolia Lake Drainage Project

August 31, 2015

Escambia County’s Engineering Division is beginning work  on a draining improvement project in the Magnolia Lake Estates/Fall Tree Drive area off Kingsfield Road.

The project will upgrade and and repair storm water facilities damaged during the April 2014 flooding event.  The project will first be focused in the cul-de-sac area of Fallen Tree Drive, with the second phase to soon follow.

The project is funded by the Federal  Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at a project construction cost of $70,000.

Construction is estimated to take place during the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with an occasional Saturday necessary to complete remaining work.

All construction will take place within the  existing road right-of-way, pond and easements.  Roadways may be blocked briefly during  construction, but residents will be provided access to their property at all times may be blocked, as construction progresses.

Atmore PD Warns Of Increase In Vehicle Burglaries

August 31, 2015

The Atmore Police Department is reporting a recent uptick in vehicle burglaries in their city.

Officers are increasing overnight patrols in neighborhoods in response to these incidents. Police Chief Chuck Brooks recommended that residents take the following steps:

– Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.  If you leave valuable items  visible in your vehicle, your vehicle is automatically a target.
– If you must leave valuable items in your vehicle while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination or move  them so that they are inconspicuous.
– Once home, unload your valuables immediately.  Do not store valuables in your vehicle any longer than necessary.
– Raise your window and lock ALL of your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for a brief time.
– Set any alarm or anti-theft device.

Anyone that is the victim of  a vehicle burglary should not touch or adjust anything in, on or around the vehicle and contact law information.

Anyone seeing suspicious activity or have any information regarding the  recent vehicle burglaries in Atmore should  contact the Atmore Police Department at (251) 368-9141.

Escambia County Weekly Traffic Alerts

August 31, 2015

The Florida Department of Transportation has issued the following alerts for this week.

Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions through Friday, Sept. 4 on the following state roads in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities:

  • U.S. 98 between the Pensacola Bay Bridge and the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Santa Rosa County, Sunday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 3 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Crews will pave, make minor roadway repairs and perform shoulder widening.
  • Interstate 10 westbound, near the Scenic Highway overpass in Escambia County, alternating lane closures beginning  Monday, Aug. 31 from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. and continuing for approximately two weeks as crews drive piles for the new Scenic Highway overpass. In addition, the on-ramp from Scenic Highway to I-10 westbound will be intermittently closed during this time. Traffic will be detoured to Davis Highway for access to I-10 westbound.
  • U.S. 98 (Pensacola Bay Bridge).  Operation will require slow moving vehicles as crews make repairs to highway lighting from 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 1 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.
  • Interstate 10 from U.S. 29 to State Road 291 (Davis Highway) and I-110 from I-10 to the Pensacola Civic Center.  Operation will require slow moving vehicles as crews make repairs to highway lighting from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 to 12 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.

Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone, according to FDOT. All planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather.

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