Stead Pre-Files For Century Council Seat

January 18, 2017

The first candidate has pre-filed for an upcoming special election in Century to fill two council seats.

Kevin L Stead pre-filed Tuesday for Century Town Council, Seat 2, a non partisan office.

Stead currently hold the seat on a temporary basis, appointed as the temporary replacement for Annie Savage, who passed away in late October. The election will fill the seat until the end of Savage’s term in January 2021.

The Century election is set for February 14 and/or February 28, depending on the number of candidates that qualify. The official qualifying period is January 23 and January 24.

Ten NHS Weightlifters Advance To Girls’ Regionals

January 18, 2017

Ten members of the Northview High School Girls Weightlifting team recently advanced  to today’s regional meet…the largest number of Lady Chiefs headed to weightlifting regional in recent memory. Those qualifying fo regional competition include:

  • Audriene Odom
  • Crystal Douglas
  • Myisha Syria
  • Lexxi Broadhead
  • Peighton Dortch
  • Catie Clayton
  • Mallory Gibson
  • Daysha Kite
  • Aubree Love
  • Rayeshawanna Davidson

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Cantonment Celebrates With Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade (With Gallery)

January 17, 2017

Hundreds of residents of Cantonment celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday with a parade in the area around Carver Park.

Hundreds gathered to enjoy the parade, plus catch candy, beads and other items.

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Century Celebrates Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr. (With Gallery)

January 17, 2017

Dozens turned out in Century Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Century-Flomaton Improvement Association held their annual motorcade, ending with a program and celebration at the Ag Building. Songs, essays and speeches honored King’s memory, looked forward to the future and honored local community leaders that have passed away.

Essay contest winners were: Zipporah Harris, first place; Jalexis Robinson, second place; and Tobijah Crenshaw and Markavia Johnson, third place.

Guest speaker Pastor Booker T. Bivens of the New Life Christian Center in Flomaton addressed the group before a community lunch.

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Pictured top: A musical selection from members of the Pilgrim Lodge Mass Choir. Pictured inset: Essay contest winner Zipporah Harris reads her essay to the crowd.  Pictured below: A MLK Day motorcade passes on Pond Street in Century Monday morning. photos, click to enlarge.

Volunteer Needed For West Florida Library Board Of Governance

January 17, 2017

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is seeking county residents interested in volunteering to be considered for an appointment to the West Florida Public Library Board of Governance.

The duties of the board include establishing policy and overseeing the management of Escambia County library services and making recommendations to the BCC regarding the annual budget according to the purposes and authority set forth in resolutions, interlocal agreements and other agreements, as well as state and federal laws. These duties also include establishing an annual plan of service and the long-range strategic planning of library services.

West Florida Public Libraries provides service to all of Escambia County, with the board typically meeting on the fourth Monday of the month from 4-6:30 p.m.

Residents interested in serving on the board are asked to submit a resume and letter indicating their desire to serve by close of business on Friday, January 20. Resumes should be submitted to Todd J. Humble, Director, West Florida Public Libraries, 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola, FL, 32502 or by email to

Resumes submitted to a BCC agenda for consideration will become part of the official minutes and are subject to public records requests.

Firefighters Save Building From Growing RV Fire

January 17, 2017

Firefighters were able to prevent the spread of a recreational vehicle fire to a nearby building and other vehicles Monday evening in Cantonment. The fire was reported about 5:25 p.m. in the 1600 block of Muscogee Road. Pictured above and immediately below: An unidentified man attempts to prevent the spread of an RV fire using a garden hose. Pictured bottom: The Cantonment Station of Escambia Rescue quickly extinguished the fire. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

No Injuries In Old Chemstrand Wreck

January 17, 2017

There were no serious injuries in a two vehicle wreck Monday at the intersection of Old Chemstrand Road and Highway 95A. One person was taken to the hospital for minor injuries by private vehicle. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Marked With Parade In Atmore (With Gallery)

January 17, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day programs were held across the area on Monday. In Atmore, a parde wound through the streets Monday morning.

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Last Man To Walk On The Moon Dies; Remembered By Local Friend

January 17, 2017

Former U.S. astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the surface of the moon, died Monday at age 82.

Cernan was a Navy captain that trained in Pensacola. NASA chose him and 13 other astronauts for the pioneering Apollo program, created after President John F. Kennedy announced the goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. When Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust.

“He was very kind and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences,” pilot David Gehman of Atmore said. Gehman and Cernan met a few years ago at a Learjet pilot meeting Kansas. They became friends, years after Gehman had watched him blast off of Kennedy Space Center on Apollo 17.

“He was a Navy pilot, and flew out of Pensacola. He was familiar with Atmore. We talked about having him come to Atmore but it never happened,” Gehman said.

“He was very kind and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences.”

Cernan flew on Apollo 10 in May 1969, the final test flight before the actual moon landing two months later.

He was part of the last manned moon mission in December 1972 — Apollo 17.

“We had a lunar rover, we were able to cover more ground than most of the other missions. We stayed there a little bit longer. We went to a more challenging unique area in the mountains, to learn something about the history and the origin of the moon itself,” Cernan later recalled of the mission.

Just before leaving the moon as the last man to walk on it, Cernan said man would return there one day “with peace and hope.”

He was still waiting at the time of his death. Speaking on the 40th anniversary of the last mission, Cernan said he is not proud to be the last man to walk on the moon because of a fading interest in space travel.

“It is tremendously disappointing that here I am, 40 years later, and still hold that title,” he said.

Cernan retired from the Navy and NASA in 1976 and later did television commentary for early space shuttle flights.

Pictured top: Cernan on the moon. Pictured bottom: Cernan in the lunar module of Apollo 17. NASA photos, click to enlarge.

Jay Lady Royals Advance To Regional Weight Meet

January 17, 2017

Five members of the Jay High School ladies weightlifting team competed last week in Baker and advanced to regionals at Choctaw High School on Wednesday. They are (L-R) Trinity Palmer, sixth in her division; Kara Douglas,  sixth in her division; Haven Target, fourth in her division; Haylee Watson, district champion in her division. Also pictured are their coaches, Melvin Kersey (left) and Hunter Wyrdoisk. Not pictured is Trinity Palmer, who placed fifth in her division.

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