Escambia Man Found Not Guilty In Double Murder Case

December 8, 2018

An Escambia County man was found not guilty in the murder of two people and the shooting of a third.

Gideon Elias Fussner, 19,  was charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of aggravated battery for the shooting deaths of 17-year old Julius Lewis and 19-year old Raymond Martinez and the wounding of Ranlondis McDowell about 11:15 p.m. December 11, 2017, on Weis Lane.

Fussner claimed the shootings were self defense.

Farm Hill Utilities Rescinds Boil Water Notice For Large Part Of System

December 8, 2018

Farm Hill Utilities in Cantonment has rescinded a boil water notice that was in place for a large part of their system due to a water main break.

The notice was issued Tuesday afternoon for South County Road 97 south of West Kingsfield Road, West Kingsfield Road and all side roads south of Kingsfield including Pinebrook and Carmody Hill.

The utility said bacteriological survey showed the water is safe to drink.

Banks, Heard Named Tate High Students Of The Month

December 7, 2018

Tate High School has named Sean Banks and Raliegha Heard as Students of the Month for October. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Superheroes, Firefighters To Hold Toy Drive Saturday

December 7, 2018

The Atmore Fire Department will hold their second toy drive of the season Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the Atmore Walmart on North Main Street. Superheroes from Causeplay Gulf Coast will be on
hand. The donations will be for local children in need and children impacted by Hurricane Michael. Pictured: A November 10 Atmore Firefighter Toy Drive. photos, click to enlarge.

Escambia Animal Shelter Offering Special Adoption Rates

December 7, 2018

The Escambia County Animal Shelter is offering a special reduced adoption fee of $50 for all dogs and puppies and $20 for all cats and kittens during the month of December. Adoption fees include altering of the animal (spay or neutering services), microchip, heart worm test and the initial vaccinations, including rabies vaccinations. Escambia County residents will be required to purchase a license at the time of adoption. This is an additional $11 over the adoption fees and is paid separately.

While Escambia County Animal Shelter staff want every pet to have a home for the holidays, they highly discourage giving pets as presents, especially surprise presents. The shelter recommends if your friend or loved one has expressed interest in pet adoption, consider wrapping a food bowl and treats to put under the Christmas tree and coming to the shelter together to pick out a lifelong pet that’s right for their lifestyle, family and budget.

The Escambia County Animal Shelter is located at 200 West Fairfield Drive and is open Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the shelter at (850) 595-3075.

Creek Indian Enterprises Purchase Atmore Holiday Inn Express

December 7, 2018

Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA), the economic development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has recently purchased Holiday Inn Express at I-65 in Atmore. This 80-room property will be undergoing a full renovation. The purchase price was not disclosed. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Family Time: Make Holiday Ornaments At The Molino Library

December 6, 2018

Get your holiday spirit and holiday flair ready…families and individuals will create original holiday ornaments at the Molino Library on Saturday at 11 a.m.  All ages are welcome, and all materials will be provided.

FCA Challenger Awards Presented To Area Football Players

December 6, 2018

Area football players were honored this week  at the 50th Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Challenger Award Banquet.

One Challenger Award is presented per team, chosen by a secret ballot with all players voting. The player must exemplify Christian values, sportsmanship and academic achievement.

Winners were:

Alex McMinn-Northview High School
Dean Hatcher-Tate High School
Bryce Cook-Jay High School
Austin Smith-West Florida High School
Adam Brennan-Pine Forest High School
Joseph Slattery-Washington High School
Cody Holt-Escambia High School
Hunter Rayburn-Pensacola High School
Jonah Tillery-Escambia Academy
Toby Jenkins-TR Miller High School
Tyree Dunn-Pensacola Catholic High School
George Setser-Gulf Breeze High School
Justin Campbell-Milton High School
Logan Taylor-Pace High School
Willie Baker-UWF

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Toyz For Kidz Motorcycle Ride Is Saturday

December 6, 2018

The LA Biker’s 18th Annual Toyz for Kidz Ride will be Saturday.

Registration will be 9-10 a.m. at David’s Catfish House in Atmore. The ride departs at 10 a.m. rain or shine, travels to Bratt and Flomaton before ending at 106 East Avenue in Atmore.  Lunch will be provided.

There is no charge to participate, but donations are appreciated.

Toyz For Kidz provides Christmas presents for needy families in Atmore, Flomaton and the Walnut Hill/Bratt area.

For more information, call (251) 747-7030 or (251) 294-0708.

Pictured: Children received Christmas gifts from Santa Claus last year at Bratt Elementary School thanks to the LA Bikers Toyz For Kidz Ride. photos, click to enlarge.

Sheriff Issues ‘Stranger Danger’ Warning After Stranger Tries To Give Rides To Kids

December 5, 2018

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is warning parents about “stranger danger” after someone allegedly tried to lure children into their vehicle.

Morgan said there are have been “vague” reports of someone trying to give children a ride.

“We’ve had a couple of students report that they have been contacted by either a white van or a dark van or a dark SUV in different parts of our county, specifically around Palafox, Pine Forest area, so it’s kind of all over,” Morgan said. “But it is enough so that we are concerned during this season and all of the time, that we go back to our children when they are going to school and front school, when they are at bus stop areas.”

The sheriff said if children are approached by anyone they do not know, they should run away, tell a responsible adult and dial 911.

“We certainly do not want our holiday season to be ruined by an abduction of a child,” Morgan said.

Pictured: Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan issued a “stranger danger” warning Tuesday in a video statement.

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