Panhandle Equine Rescue Presents Library Program On Horses

May 9, 2016

Area residents interested in getting their own horse, or just curious about horses, attended a special program with Panhandle Equine Rescue Saturday at the Molino Branch Library. PER President Diane Lowery and the group’s mascot, “Lightning Bug”, provided information on basic horse are and sheltering. photos, click to enlarge.

Wahoos Gain Ground On First Place Biloxi

May 9, 2016

Kyle Parker found himself without a team when the Colorado Rockies released him on April 2. They didn’t want their first pick in the 2010 draft anymore.

But the Cincinnati Reds signed him April 25 and sent him to its Double-A affiliate the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

In his second start, Parker hit two two-out singles to drive in a run each time and help his new team beat Biloxi, 5-0, in front of 4,414 Sunday at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Parker, a first round draft pick in 2010 who has 64 games of big league experience in the last two years, said he was taken off guard by getting released.

“It caught me by surprise,” said Parker, who played quarterback for Clemson. “I knew somebody would give me a chance. I still have confidence in my abilities.”

Parker. playing right field. got his first hit, first RBI, first extra-base hit and first run scored on Sunday. He went 3-4 against Biloxi, after starting off the season 0-4.

Manager Pat Kelly likes Parker’s flexibility to play in the outfield and at first base. He knew of Parker because his son played with him in football camps.

“What a great addition,” Kelly said of Parker. “He’s a great athlete. He gives us another right-handed hitter in the middle of the line up, so we don’t have to bat (Phillip) Ervin fourth, we can move him up.”

The Blue Wahoos gained three games on Biloxi by winning the five game series, 4-1. The two teams that are vying for first place in the Southern League South are now 5-5 against each other this season. Pensacola is 18-12, while Biloxi is 18-11.

“It’s May we’re not competing in a pennant race yet,” Kelly said. “We’re going out to win every series. We wanted to gain ground on them and we’ve done that.”

Pensacola also got another good outing from southpaw prospect Amir Garrett, who pitched his third scoreless game in six starts. Garrett didn’t have his best stuff but worked six scoreless innings, giving up four hits, five walks and striking out six. The 6-foot-5 lefty is now 3-2 with a 1.26 earned-run average.

He also got help from the Pensacola relievers Matt Magill and Alejandro Chacin, who blanked Biloxi over the final three innings to help the Blue Wahoos record its third shutout of the season. Chacin earned his team-leading fifth save and has yet to allow a run in 11 appearances and 13 innings pitched.

The Pensacola pitching staff leads the Southern League with a 2.69 ERA, which is more than a half run better than the Mississippi Braves at 3.21.

Parker drove in his first two-out run when he hit a soft blooper to right field on a hit-and-run play that scored Pensacola left fielder Phillip Ervin in the first inning for a 1-0 Pensacola lead. Parker got his second two-out RBI when he hit a hard liner to left field that scored Blue Wahoos center fielder Beau Amaral that put Pensacola up, 4-0.

In the third inning, Pensacola second baseman Brandon Dixon clobbered a two-out, two-run homer to left that made it into the Pensacola Bay. His blast brought home Ervin and gave the Blue Wahoos a, 3-0 lead.

It was the Blue Wahoos sixth homer in its last eight games. Pensacola has smashed 13 homers since April 21.

Ervin, who scored two runs Sunday and singled in four at bats is now second in the Southern League in runs scored with 22, which is two behind the leader. Ervin has crossed the plate 13 times in his last 10 games.

Elderly Man Injured During Armed Home Invasion

May 8, 2016

An elderly man is recovering after being injured during an armed home invasion Saturday night off Kingsfield Road.

Three black males forced their way into a home in the area of Pelican Point Drive and Condor Drive just before 10 p.m. and pistol-whipped the elderly male resident, according to a spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The male was transported to an area hospital for injuries that were not considered life threatening.

The three black males stole the man’s Cadillac and fled the area.

“A party inside the residence possibly knew the suspects,” Sgt. Andrew Hobbs, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office , said. “We do not believe that this was a random act.”

Neighbors said they heard possible gunshots as the incident unfolded, but there was no confirmation from the Sheriff’s Office that a gun was fired.

Further details were not available Saturday night as the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office continued their investigation. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Man Reportedly Flips Truck, Breaks Into House For A Nap

May 8, 2016

A man that flipped his pickup truck into a yard Saturday morning in Walnut Hill was reportedly found hours later sleeping inside a home.

The man was southbound on Rockaway Creek Road when he lost control of his pickup truck, ran off the roadway, struck a ditch, destroyed a telephone company pedestal, and rolled through a fence.  Hours later, after daylight, the accident was called in to authorities, prompting a response from Atmore Ambulance and the Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue.

After the accident, which happened sometime early Saturday morning, the man allegedly broke a window, entered the home where he wrecked and fell asleep on a couch where he was later discovered by the resident. The man and the victim reportedly knew one another, but the victim stated he had no permission to be in the home.

The driver refused medical treatment and was taken into custody by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. It was not known what charges, if any, he faces.

Further details, including the man’s name, have not been released by the Sheriff’s Office or the Florida Highway Patrol. photos, click to enlarge.

Molino Park Holds Muffins For Moms (With Gallery)

May 8, 2016

Molino Park Elementary School recently held a “Muffins for Mom” event.

For more photos, click here. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Record Crowds Attend Century’s Sawmill Festival And Car Show (With Photo Galleries)

May 8, 2016

Record crowds attended the Alger-Sullivan Historical Society’s 27th Sawmill Day and Car Show in Century Saturday in Century’s Historic District.

The day included a vintage and custom car show organized by the Bad Boys Car Club, plus arts and crafts booths, the traveling museums of the Northwest Florida Living History Association, and Raymond Melvin’s Naval Stores Museum.

Free tours of the museums were  highlighted with the Search and Find Game, where completed questionnaire sheets qualified  participants for a prize drawing. Local history books were on sale, including the release of the society’s new cookbook and museum guide. Boston Butt sandwich meals were available, and entertainment was scheduled all day.

For a photo gallery from the car show, click here.

For a photo gallery from the day’s other events, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Quintette Community Park May Day (With Photo Gallery)

May 8, 2016

The Quintette Community Park May Day Festival was held Saturday. The event including entertainment, arts, crafts, activities and games for the children and several food vendors.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Tate FFA Holds 25th Annual Rodeo (With Photo Gallery)

May 8, 2016

The Tate FFA Alumni Foundation presented their 25th annual rodeo at the James C. Robinson Escambia County Equestrian Center  Friday and Saturday nights.

For a photo gallery, click here. photo by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Photo Gallery: Celebrating Mayfest

May 8, 2016

From beautiful babies, cute dogs, arts and crafts, entertainment and plenty of fun, Mayfest 2016 had a little bit of something for everyone Saturday at Tom Byrne Park in Thousands attended the annual event.

For more photos, click here. photos, click to enlarge.

Crawfish Festival Held In Molino

May 8, 2016

The Molino Crawfish Festival was held Saturday at Jimmy’s Grill. In addition to crawfish with potatoes and corn, the festival included gumbo and crawfish chowder. There was also Cajun music during the afternoon. Photos by Michael Pevahouse for, click to enlarge.

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