Tate Tops West Florida (With Photo Gallery)

February 25, 2017

Tate 8, West Florida 4

The Tate Lady Aggies defeated West Florida 9-4 Friday night.

The Lady Aggies jumped out to an early lead when Belle Wolfenden drove in two when she singled in the first inning. The Aggies scored an additional run each of the next four innings and sealed the win with three-run sixth inning.

West Florida scored on a home run by Jeya Prasad, a stolen base by Ealon Pyle, and a single by Jade Halfacre.

Hannah Brown earned the win for Tate. She went seven innings, allowing four runs, five hits, striking out seven, and walking one. Jeya Prasad took the loss for Wet Florida, pitching four innings. She allowed five runs, 10 hits, five strikeouts and walked one.

For a photo gallery, click here.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Gary Carnley, click to enlarge.

Miss NHS: Meet The Girls Part II (With Photos)

February 25, 2017

Today  is part two of our annual multi-part series “the road to the crown” as we follow 11 young ladies at Northview High School in their quest for the crown and the title of “Miss NHS 2017″.

Today we introduce you to the second half of the contestants. Their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below along with their photos. You can click any photo below to enlarge.

The pageant is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and NorthEscambia.com will have the new Miss NHS and all the pageant photos Sunday morning. Tickets will be available for $10 at the door.

For part one of the series, click here.

Ashlan Kaile Harigel

Ashlan is the 15 year old daughter of Dr. Sheldon and Kimberly Harigel. She is being sponsored tonight by Lt. Daniel Hendrix, USCG. In her 8th grade year, Ashlan was crowned Miss EWMS. She also received the highest academic average award, was on the varsity volleyball team, cheer captain, FFA Chaplain, and was a member of the Honor Society and SGA. At Northview, Ashlan is a member of FCA, FFA, math club, and SGA. She is also the JV Cheerleading captain and a straight A honor student. She is certified in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint and is currently ranked #1 in her class.

In her community, Ashlan is a member of Crossfaith Impact Student Ministry, shows steers and pigs, and owns the Itty Bitty Cattle Company.

Her hobbies include showing steer, going to the beach, fishing, playing trivia games, reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Her future plans are to graduate Valedictorian of her class, receive an academic scholarship, and attend a university to pursue her career in pediatric plastic surgery. Ashlan hopes to one day help her mom fulfill her lifelong dream of opening a home for abandoned and abused children.

Brianna Morgan Smith

Brianna is the 19 year old daughter of David and Sinde Smith and Jessica Jalomo. She is sponsored by the teachers at Byrneville Elementary school. At Northview, Brianna has been a majorette with Tribal Beat band for four years, a member of SGA for four years, the theatre program for three years, and an Atmore Rotary Club All Star for three years. For the past two years, Brianna has received a superior rating at the MPA’s solo and ensemble at both the district and state level. In 2015, she was awarded Miss Tribal Beat.

In her community, Brianna is a member of the Greater Pensacola United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold. She has been an All Star bowler 10 times, a board member for three years, was the 2015 Bowler of the Year, and has been a youth leader for eight years serving as the current president. She is a registered volunteer and assistant coach at Oops Alley, a registered volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House and Miracle League. She has been a volunteer for Bowl for the Cure for five years. Brianna has also competed in numerous scholarship tournaments for bowling, including Pepsi, FSU, and State tournaments.

Her hobbies include twirling, bowling, dancing, choreography, and crafts.

Her future plans are to attend college and major in education with a minor in theatre. She hopes to teach kids to twirl and love it. Brianna wants to open up her own twirling academy.

Miss Autumn Grace Albritton

Autumn is the 18 year old daughter of Randall Albritton and Lisa Morales. She is being sponsored tonight by Deputy Edmonson. At Northview, Autumn has been a member of the varsity basketball and track teams for four years, SGA for four years where she is currently serving as the secretary, Beta Club for three years, FFA, FCA, BPA where she is treasurer, volleyball for one year, and was also an Academic All Star for one year. Autumn has been a cheerleader for two years and this year was selected as All-American and was invited to perform in the London New Year’s Day parade. She has served as class parliamentarian for three years and is this year’s senior class secretary. Autumn was selected by her classmates to represent them on the homecoming court for three years. She was chosen as maid her freshman year and was this year’s 1st runner up to the queen. In 10th grade, Autumn received the Congressman Jeff Miller Merit Award in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community. She also was the recipient of the FCA “Above the Rim” as well as the Hustle Award for basketball. This year, Autumn was selected as “Most Athletic” by the senior class. She is a Microsoft Office specialist, has earned her Florida ready to work gold credential, and placed 1st in administrative support at the BPA competition and qualified for state. Autumn also received the Scholar Athlete award for cheerleading and is an office assistant.

In her community, Autumn attends the Front Porch Youth Group at Brooks Memorial church. She also has gone on mission trips to Myramar, Cambodia, and China for six weeks in the summer of 2014, and a mission trip to Nicaragua for two weeks in the summer of 2015.

Her hobbies include playing basketball, going to the beach, and hanging out with her friends.

Her future plans are to attend PSC for her basics and then pursue her degree in Neonatal Nursing. After she graduates from college, she plans to get married and start a family.

Morgan Alexis Myrick

Morgan is the 17 year old daughter of Michael and Brandy Myrick. She is being sponsored tonight by Alto Products. For the past four years at Northview, Morgan has served her class as class historian. She has also been a member of the track team for one year, SGA for three years serving as vice president her junior year and president this year. Morgan was a junior varsity cheerleader for one year and a varsity cheerleader for three years. In 10th grade, she was the recipient of the Most Dependable award and this year received the Spirit award. She has also represented her class for the past four years on the homecoming court and was voted for sophomore and junior class maid. This year, Morgan was crowned as the 2016 Homecoming Queen.

Her hobbies include binge watching Friends, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend the University of Alabama in the fall majoring in pre-Physical Therapy.

Gabrielle Laianne Hawkins

Gabrielle is the 17 year old daughter of Michelle and Gary Hawkins. She is sponsored tonight by her parents. At Northview, Gabrielle is a member of the FBLA, BPA, FFA, and is the treasurer of the math club. She is a Microsoft Office specialist in Word, PowerPoint, and Access. In the FBLA district competition, Gabrielle placed 4th in Cyber Security. She is also a library and office assistant, certified for peer counseling. This year, Gabrielle served as the volleyball manager and was also on the weightlifting team. Workplace violence awareness and Introduction to hazardous materials certifications.

In her community, Gabrielle is a cadet at the Molino Fire Department and is CPR certified with Escambia County.

Her hobbies include fire training, online classes, studying medical terms, and watching Netflix.

Her future plans are to attend Pensacola State College and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. After obtaining her degree, Gabrielle plans to work on extra credentials that will benefit her career.

Alyssa Brianna Borelli

Alyssa is the 17 year old daughter of Anthony and Robyn Borelli. She is sponsored tonight by her parents. Alyssa has been a member of the NJROTC for four years and currently holds the title of Executive Officer. For the past three years, Alyssa has been a Beta Club member and an Atmore Rotary Academic All Star. She has been a member of the Art Club and FBLA for 2 years and is the current FBLA vice president and also placed third in business calculations. Alyssa has been a member of SGA, FCA, the Golf team, and the School Advisory Council for one year. At the Mike Tedder math tournament, Alyssa placed in the top 10 and received a full scholarship to Coastal Alabama Community College. This year, Alyssa was runner-up in the Veteran’s Day essay contest, voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her peers and was selected to be in Northview’s Hall of Fame. She has been accepted into UF, UWF & the Kugelman Honors Program as well as Auburn University. In her community, Alyssa attends Highland Baptist Church.

Her hobbies include drawing, reading, and being with loved ones.

Her future plans are to attend the University of Florida and major in Mathematics with a minor in Education. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree, Alyssa intends to pursue a masters in Mathematics. She hopes to teach Algebra at either the high school or college level and spark a love for learning in her students that she has herself.

NorthEscambia.com photos.

FDLE Awards $10,000 Reward To Rice, Boyette Tipster

February 25, 2017

FDLE Friday awarded $10,000 to the anonymous tipster who notified local law enforcement and provided the location of fugitives Boyette and Rice, who were subsequently apprehended by law enforcement.

A killing spree across multiple states, including Florida, ended in Georgia on February 7 when William Boyette committed suicide and Mary Rice was arrested. The tipster had just seen a Facebook post with Boyette and Rice’s photos, as well as the tag number of the vehicle they were driving, when the tipster spotted the car and Rice at a convenience store. After the tag number of the car was verified, the tip was called in to law enforcement describing the location where the fugitives had been spotted. FDLE was informed on February 10 of a person wishing to claim the reward and has been working since to make sure it is awarded.

“It was very important to FDLE that this tipster receive the reward we had contributed. It certainly is well-deserved, because I firmly believe more lives could have been lost if these fugitives remained on the run,” said Jack Massey, Special Agent in Charge at FDLE’s Pensacola Regional Operations Center. “Due to the awareness and dedication of this citizen, who spotted them and took immediate action to report it, a murderous threat to the community was removed. Awarding this individual is the right thing to do.”

He added, “We all play a role in keeping our communities safe. Please report suspicious activity. ‘If you see something, say something.™’ It may well save innocent lives.”

Baseball: Tate Over WFHS; Escambia Academy Beats Northview

February 25, 2017

BASEBALL

Tate 2, West Florida 1

The strong pitching performance of juniors Ryan Greene and Gabe Castro earned the Tate High School Aggies a 2-1 win over West Florida Friday night.

Ryan Greene earned the win Tate. He tossed four innings, giving up one run, two hits, striking out six, and walking one. Gabe Castro recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Tate. Zabelle took the loss for West Florida. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs, three hits, and recording four strikeouts.

Tate hitters: Mason Land 1-3.. Logan McGuffey 1-2, Hunter NeSmith 1-3, Hunter McLean RBI.
West Florida hitters: Amir McDaniel 1-3 2B, RBI, Nick Zabelle 1-3.

The Tate Aggies will be at Gulf Breeze next Friday, while West Florida will be at Pine Forest on Thursday.

Escambia Academy 2, Northview 1

Escambia Academy defeated the Northview Chiefs Friday evening 2-1 in Canoe, AL, just outside Atmore.

The Northview Chiefs scored their solo run in the first inning when John Chivington grounded out to send Quinton Sampson across the plate.  Escambia Academy evened it up with a run in the bottom of the first and scored the go ahead run in the third on a Chiefs error.

Seth Killam lead Northview at the plate, going 2-3. Chandler Lowery went 1-1 for the Chiefs.

John Neese took the loss for the Chiefs. In six innings, he allowed five hits and two runs while striking out nine.

Miss NHS: Meet The Girls Part I (With Photos)

February 24, 2017

Today  is part one of our annual multi-part series “the road to the crown” as we follow 11 young ladies at Northview High School in their quest for the crown and the title of “Miss NHS 2017″.

Today we introduce you to the first half of the contestants. Their biographies, as submitted by the girls, are below along with their photos. You can click any photo below to enlarge.

Our series “the road to the crown” will continue tomorrow with biographies and photos of the second half of the contestants. The pageant is Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. and NorthEscambia.com will have the new Miss NHS and all the pageant photos Sunday morning.

Advance tickets  are $7 in the Northview front office. Tickets will be available for $10 at the door.

Hadley Marie Woodfin

Hadley is the 17 year old daughter of Robert and Beth Woodfin. She is being sponsored tonight by Maggie Quimby, Accessory Stylist for Premier Designs since 1994. At Northview, Hadley has been a member of SGA for four years, Beta Club for three years, a three year Academic All Star, and a JV cheerleader for one year. She has received various academic awards at Northview including Highest Academic Average in English I and exemplary performance in both English II and Digital Design 3. Hadley participated in the school’s 2016 production of “Into the Woods” and is the lead in this year’s “Band Geeks.” She has Adobe certifications in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign and Microsoft certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This year, she is a part of the Business Educational Directed Studies program where she creates pamphlets, posters, and programs for Northview’s school activities and functions.

In her community, Hadley works at Carter’s Burgers & Jimmy’s Grill, and attends Hillcrest Baptist Church. She also spends her summers and free time volunteering at Florida Baptist Children’s Home where she tutors and mentors the children. She also is a member of the Class of 2017 Youth Leadership of Pensacola.

Her hobbies include digital design, going to parks and museums with her sisters, and attending car shows with her grandfather.

Her future plans are to attend UWF and obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Education Leadership. She hopes to one day become a principal. Upon graduation, Hadley hopes to settle down and have a family.

Olivia Paige Seals

Olivia is the 15 year old daughter of Crystal and Shane Seals. She is being sponsored tonight by Rhonda’s Hair and Nail Salon. During her freshman year at Northview, Olivia was a JV cheerleader. This year, she is a varsity cheerleader and received the Best Showmanship award.

She has been a member of FBLA for two years. Olivia was selected to represent the Sophomore class on the homecoming court. Olivia is also a certified Microsoft specialist in Word, Excel, and Access.

Her hobbies include shopping, going to youth conventions with the First Assembly of God, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach.

Her future plans are to attend a four year university to obtain a degree in physical therapy and work in a children’s hospital.

Allison Mercedes Rice

Allison is the 15 year old daughter of Justin Rice and Amanda Seales. She is being sponsored tonight by Your Little Pink Boutique. During her freshman year at Northview, Allison was a JV cheerleader and received the Most Flexible award. She also played on the JV softball team and received Microsoft specialist awards. This year, Allison cheered on the varsity team, is on the track team, FCA, FBLA, Spirit Club, and SGA. At the FBLA competition, Allison placed 5th in agribusiness.

In her community, Allison attends Hillcrest Baptist Church and takes gymnastics and tumbling classes with Quantum Cheer in Davisville.

Her hobbies include shopping, hanging out with friends, and mud riding.

Her future plans are to make it to state in track during high school. Upon graduating from Northview, Allison hopes to attend Auburn University and pursue a career as a veterinarian.

Jessica Lauren Stacey

Jessica is the 17 year old daughter of Allen and Cheryl Stacey. She is being sponsored tonight by Escofab, Inc. Jessica has been a member of the Tribal Beat band for four years; playing the clarinet for three years and a majorette for one year. She has also been a member of the Beta Club and theater for three years. This year, she will be playing the role of Nicole in the production “Band Geeks.” Jessica has been a member of the Art Club, FFA, and Battle of the Books for one year and has also been an Academic All Star. She is a certified Microsoft Office specialist and has been a dual enrollment student for the past two years. Jessica was also recently accepted into Mississippi State University.

In her community, Jessica has been a volunteer at the Century Branch Library for the past six years.

Her hobbies include Netflix marathons, listening to music, and reading.

Her future plans are to attend Mississippi State and major in anthropology and english. She then plans to obtain her doctorate and become a forensic anthropologist and one day teach english in South Korea. Jessica also hopes to become a sponsor for Compassion International.

Ashtyn Brooke Carnley

Ashtyn is the 15 year old daughter of Eddie and Kristy Carnley. She is being sponsored tonight by her parents. During her freshman year at Northview, Ashtyn was class secretary, a member of FBLA where she received 3rd place in the District One competition in Financial Math, a JV cheerleader where she received the Most Dedicated and Most Improved awards, a member of FCA, and the recipient of the highest academic average awards in English I Honors, Intro., To Informational Tech, and Geometry Honors. She also received the exemplary award in Physical Science Honors. Ashtyn became a certified Microsoft Office specialist in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and was an Atmore Rotary Academic All Star. Ashtyn was also selected to represent her class on the homecoming court and was voted class maid. In last year’s Miss NHS pageant, Ashtyn placed in the top five. This year, Ashtyn is a member of FBLA, FCA, FFA, Beta Club, SGA, the yearbook staff, and she is also sophomore class president. She was also selected to represent her class on the homecoming court. Ashtyn is a member of the varsity volleyball team and was the recipient of the Best Attitude Award. Ashtyn is an Adobe certified associate in Photoshop and is currently ranked number one in her class.

Her hobbies include singing, dancing, working out, playing the ukulele, and taking online classes.

Her future plans are to graduate as valedictorian of her graduating class, attend Auburn University for a masters in Medical Science and earn her doctorate at Harvard Medical School and pursue a career as an Anesthesiologist.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Work Set To Resurface State Road 4, Reconstruct R/R Crossing In Century

February 24, 2017

Construction activities on a $1.13 million project will begin the week of Monday, February 27 on State Road 4 in Century.

Crews will mill and resurface the travel lanes from Highway  29 to the Escambia River Bridge, construct minor shoulder widening, place new signs and pavement markings along the project, and reconstruct the CSX railroad crossing in Century.  A temporary onsite diversion will be constructed to route traffic around the railroad reconstruction work.  Law enforcement will be on site to assist with traffic control.

Motorists are reminded to use caution and to obey the posted speed limit when traveling through the work zone. Construction is anticipated to be complete spring 2017, weather permitting.

This is a Florida Department of Transportation project, and is not funded or managed by the Town of Century.

‘Golden Cow Dung Award’ Presented To EWMS Assistant Principal

February 24, 2017

Ernest Ward Middle School Assistant Principal Virkeisha Palmer received the eighth annual “Golden Cow Dung Award” from members of the Ernest Ward FFA. The award presented Thursday afternoon featured a large piece of cow dung, painted a golden color and mounted on a board painted in school colors.

(Cow dung, in case you did not know, is what you are probably thinking it is. It’s that natural byproduct that cows drop in the field. The award is 100 percent real dung spray painted a golden color. The golden piece presented Thursday is actually the first award piece created and painted eight years ago.)

Palmer received the award from the school’s FFA members as a “thank you” for supporting FFA. The same Golden Cow Dung Award was presented last year to teacher Laura Chavers. Previous awards were presented to Barbara Ryals, Betty Coon, history teacher Kenneth Hicks, teacher’s assistant Lindsey Kelley, Family & Consumer Science teacher Kathy Ellis and Principal Nancy Perry.

More than half a million members around the nation participated in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels this week.

Pictured: Ernest Ward Middle School FFA Golden Cow Dung Award presentation to Virkeisha Palmer Thursday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.



Federal Prison For Escambia Man On Child Porn Charges

February 24, 2017

An Escambia County man is headed to federal prison on child porn charges.

Shawn Ryan Goodfleisch, 38, of Pensacola, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. A jury convicted Goodfleisch on September 29, 2016, of receipt of child pornography and destruction of evidence to prevent seizure. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States  Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

At trial, the government presented evidence that, between January 2014, and October 2014, Goodfleisch received and possessed child pornography, including videos depicting images of minors less than 12 years of age engaged in sex acts. An undercover law enforcement officer discovered and downloaded files containing child pornography from a public sharing network that could be traced to Goodfleisch’s computer. After agents executed a search warrant at Goodfleish’s residence, a forensic analysis of his computer’s hard drive revealed numerous images and videos of child pornography. During the execution of the federal search warrant,
Goodfleisch remotely accessed his computer using a cellular telephone and destroyed, or attempted to destroy, the contents contained on his computer.

United States Attorney Canova stated, “Protecting children from online exploitation is a top priority for this office, the Department of Justice, and our many law enforcement partners. Tragically, it is easy for child predators to access reprehensible content via the Internet.”

“Because of HSI special agent’s investigative authorities, along with our law enforcement partnerships, like with the Pensacola Police Department, this predator will now be behind bars – making our communities safer,” said Susan L. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Tampa.

Changes Weighed For Local Deepwater Horizon Plan Payouts

February 24, 2017

Money from the Deepwater Horizon disaster settlement may be used to market Northwest Florida and for broad economic development projects, under changes to a pair of bills before the House Select Committee on Triumph Gulf Coast.

Also, amendments that the committee rolled out just before a meeting Thursday would eliminate a requirement for projects to get approval from the Joint Legislative Budget Commission. Instead, Triumph Gulf Coast Inc. — a non-profit organization within the Department of Economic Opportunity designed to handle the bulk of the state’s settlement money — will be required to post online details of any project or program 14 days before cash awards are made.

House committee Chairman Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, said the changes being considered should create “a very fluid process” for projects to advance.

“The fact of the matter is, this is the Panhandle’s money, it’s not Tallahassee’s money,” Trumbull said after the meeting. “So why subject it with too many strings attached to it … too many opportunities for somebody to grab it and send it to South Florida.”

Florida is in line to eventually receive up to $2 billion from the $4.9 billion that is expected to be paid by BP to resolve Gulf Coast economic claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill disaster. The state received $400 million last year and is expected to get $106.7 million a year from 2019 through 2033.

Seventy-five percent of the money is to go to the non-profit representing eight Panhandle counties most impacted by the disaster — Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla and Walton. Panhandle officials and some member of the committee — comprised of Republican lawmakers from Northwest Florida — have expressed concerns that the initial House proposal was too restrictive.

Due to the late introduction of the changes, the committee agreed to postpone a vote on the amended bills until its next meeting, tentatively set for March 6, the day before the start of the regular Legislative session.

by The News Service of Florida

Northview Wins Home Opener Over Central (With Gallery)

February 24, 2017

The Northview Chiefs beat Central 5-1 Thursday night in the Chief’s home opener in Bratt.

The Chiefs took an early 1-0 lead in the second, and were up 2-0 in the fourth. Both teams scored on in the fifth, and the Chiefs sealed the win with a two-run sixth inning.

Zach Payne went 1-1 for the Northview Chiefs with three RBI’s.  Bailey Wilson 1-2, Jared Alif 1-3, Josh Neese 1-1, RBI.

WP: Josh Smith 4.2 IP, threee hits, one run, one error, two strikeouts, three walks.

The Chiefs will head a few miles north into Alabama Friday to face Escambia Academy. The JV plays at 4:00, followed by the varsity at 6:00.

For more photos, click here.

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