Frontier Communications Internet Outage Repaired

July 28, 2014

Technicians from Frontier Communications have repaired a high speed internet outage.

Frontier customers in the Walnut Hill, Bratt, Molino and Atmore areas lost their internet service from the company late Sunday afternoon. Some customers reported losing service as early as Saturday.

By late Monday morning, technicians had repaired a splice in a fiber optic cable to restore service to most customers.

Day Of Hope: Free School Supplies, Backpacks, Groceries And More

July 28, 2014

Mark your calendars for August 16 — that’s when a free “Day of Hope” will offer  back to school supplies and more.

The Day of Hope will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Victory Assembly of God at 1895 Victory Road,  just south of Barrineau Park Road on Highway 29.  The event will offer free groceries, haircuts, backpacks, school supplies, a kids zone and a hot lunch. Items are available while supplies last, rain or shine. No identification is required.

Atmore Businessman Robert Faircloth Passes Away

July 28, 2014

Atmore businessman Robert Faircloth passed away Sunday morning. He was 84.

Faircloth opened the Ponderosa Drive-In on South Main Street in Atmore in 1968. Popular with residents of South Alabama and Northwest Florida for decades with its “party burgers”, the Ponderosa was open until 1993 when Faircloth closed it and opened David’s Catfish House.  Faircloth later sold the landmark physical location that housed the Ponderosa and David’s to make room for a Walgreen’s store and reopened David’s Catfish in its present day location just north of Florida line.

Funeral services for Robert Faircloth will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Atmore.  Visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Two Injured In Flomaton Crash

July 28, 2014

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Flomaton. The accident happened near the intersecton of Highway 31 and Holt Street. Both of the injured persons were transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton in stable condition. The Flomaton Fire Department, Escambia County (Fla.) EMS and the Flomaton Police Department were among the responding agencies.  Reader submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Northview QB Club Reschedules Softball Tourney; Still Accepting Registrations

July 28, 2014

The Northview High School has rescheduled their double elimination coed softball tournament from August 2 to August 16. The tournament will be held from 8 a.m. until at  Showalter Park in Century, with proceeds benefiting the Northview Chiefs football program.

For more information or to sign up a team, call Amy at (850) 516-8400 or Tony at (850) 516-5736.

Braves Win Second Straight Over Pensacola Blue Wahoos 6-2

July 28, 2014

For the second straight night, the Braves scored three late runs to take down the Blue Wahoos 6-2 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Rich Poythress doubled home two in the eighth to put the game out of reach, before later scoring on a sac fly to give the Braves a four-run lead.

Pensacola started the game struggling offensively. Braves right-handers J.R. Graham and Greg Ross (W, 4-1) combined to face the minimum over the first 5.1 innings of the game before Brodie Greene broke through with a base-hit. Ryan Wright immediately followed that up with a two-run home run to pull the Wahoos within one in the sixth inning. That would be all for the Wahoos offensively.

Daniel Corcino (L, 9-9) allowed a pair of baserunners in the first inning before he settled down to retire the next eight batters he faced before he issued back to back walks to open the fourth inning. Both came home on a two-run triple from Daniel Castro, which was followed up by an RBI double from Mycal Jones.

Corcino was charged with 3 R/ER on three hits over 3.1 innings with three walks and three strikeouts in the losing effort. Drew Hayes was tremendous in relief going 3.2 innings without allowing a run to keep Pensacola in the game. He allowed just one hit with a strikeout in the longest outing of his career.

Much like the Braves seventh inning rally on Saturday night, Mississippi started their three-run eighth on Sunday with a bunt single. Mississippi used their speed effectively Sunday totaling seven steals including three in the eighth.

Graham didn’t factor a decision after going two perfect innings with a strikeout in his start. The win went to Ross after he allowed just 2 R/ER on four hits over 5.0 innings.

Pensacola will turn to RHP Jon Moscot (5-9, 3.18) against Braves RHP Williams Perez (3-6, 3.51) in the middle game of the five-game series on Monday. First pitch is slated for 7:00 from Trustmark Park in Mississippi.

by Tommy Thrall

Century Ready To Make A Deal On Move-In Ready Industrial Building

July 27, 2014

It’s been about five years since the Town of Century re-acquired  the  former  Helicopter Technology building in the town’s industrial park, and the town still stands ready to make a deal with a future tenant for jobs.

The town purchased the industrial building at public auction  for less than $1 out of pocket back in August 2009,  following the town’s foreclosure judgment against the now defunct Helicopter Technology.

Century’s mayor, Freddie McCall, still has high hopes for the future growth of his town. And he sees the building as 40,000 square feet of space that would be just perfect for a company looking to locate and grow on the Gulf Coast.

“It has a lot of office space up front,” he said. “It has a little kitchen here with a microwave.”

He knows the real estate sales pitch on the building — “Immaculate 40,000 square foot office/warehouse building. Enterprise and free trade zone. All under climate control. Fully sprinkled. Eight HVAC units, 10 restrooms, two loading docks and three phase power. Priced to move.”

“It’s ready to go,” McCall said of the building. “Fairly heavy duty electrical wiring. Air conditioning. Plenty of room. It has great potential.”

The biggest potential of the building, according to the mayor, is the fact that it’s move-in ready. He said that would allow a company to become operational quickly, rather than waiting for permits and construction of a new facility.

“Things are looking up in Century,” he said. “We are ready for a company to become part of the excitement.”

Pictured top: Century Mayor Freddie McCall on the empty plant floor in the old Helicopter Technology Building in the Century Industrial Park. Pictured inset: McCall believes the building could be key to the grown of Century. Pictured below: The building, repurchased by the town at a foreclosure auction in August 2009, still sits empty. photos, click to enlarge.

FWC Law Enforcement Report

July 27, 2014

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the two week period ending July 24.


Officer Manning and Officer Livesay conducted an offshore patrol in state waters focusing on the red snapper closed season. They seized several red Snapper, undersized king mackerel and greater amberjack. They wrote two resource citations, one boating safety citation and three resource warnings. .

Officer Pineda and Lieutenant Lambert were patrolling Little Sabine.  Officer Pineda observed a vessel leave a sandbar and begin driving erratically.  Concerned for the safety of the people on board and others around, the officers made a vessel stop.  After further investigation, it was determined that the operator was boating under the influence of alcohol.  The operator was cited for BUI and transported to the Escambia County Jail.


Officer Lewis was on patrol in Blackwater River State Forest at Riley’s Bluff primitive area when, across the river, he observed a male rolling a cannabis cigarette.  The male subject smoked the cannabis cigarette and handed it to another male subject.  Officer Lewis made his presence known to the subjects and asked them to bring the cannabis cigarette and the rest of the drugs they had with them across the river.  The subjects complied.  There were seven children in and around the river.  After locating the children’s mother to care for the children, Officer Lewis issued the two male subjects misdemeanor citations for possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The following day, Officer Lewis was at the Red Rock Primitive area when, across the river, he observed a man throw a bottle into the woods and discard a cardboard box onto the ground.  Officer Lewis waited for the man and the rest of his group to cross the river and leave the area before he made contact.  When the subjects were in the vehicle, Officer Lewis approached them just as the driver of the vehicle threw two soda cans out of the window.  The cans barely missed hitting Officer Lewis. Officer Lewis issued citations to the male and female subjects for littering.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.

University Of Florida Study: Peanut Butter Sniff Test Could Diagnose Alzheimer’s

July 27, 2014

Detecting early stage Alzheimer’s disease may be as easy as sniffing a dollop of peanut butter.

Researchers at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste came up with the idea to test smell sensitivity because it can be “one of the first things to be affected in cognitive decline.” Also, the ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve.

Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student at the University of Florida came up with the idea for using peanut butter because it is a “pure odorant” that is only detected by the olfactory nerve and is easy to access.

In the study, test subjects sat down with a clinician, 14 grams of peanut butter — which equals about one tablespoon — and a metric ruler. The patient closed his or her eyes and mouth and blocked one nostril. The clinician opened the peanut butter container and held the ruler next to the open nostril while the patient breathed normally. The clinician then moved the peanut butter up the ruler one centimeter at a time during the patient’s exhale until the person could detect an odor. The distance was recorded and the procedure repeated on the other nostril after a 90-second delay.

The clinicians running the test did not know the patients’ diagnoses, which were not usually confirmed until weeks after the initial clinical testing.

The scientists found that patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease had a dramatic difference in detecting odor between the left and right nostril — the left nostril was impaired and did not detect the smell until it was an average of 10 centimeters closer to the nose than the right nostril had made the detection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This was not the case in patients with other kinds of dementia; instead, these patients had either no differences in odor detection between nostrils or the right nostril was worse at detecting odor than the left one.

Of the 24 patients tested who had mild cognitive impairment, which sometimes signals Alzheimer’s disease and sometimes turns out to be something else, about 10 patients showed a left nostril impairment and 14 patients did not. The researchers said more studies must be conducted to fully understand the implications.

“At the moment, we can use this test to confirm diagnosis,” Stamps said. “But we plan to study patients with mild cognitive impairment to see if this test might be used to predict which patients are going to get Alzheimer’s disease.”


Rolfe Completes Basic Military Training

July 27, 2014

Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Alec D. Rolfe graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Rolfe is the son of Daniel L. and Nicole R. Rolfe of Cantonment.

He is a 2013 graduate of Pensacola Christian Academy.

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