Wahoos Drop Second Straight 6-3

August 31, 2014

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (27-41, 58-80) fell for the second straight night to the Birmingham Barons (31-37, 60-78) 6-3. With the win, the Barons take a two games to one lead in the series.

The Wahoos benefitted from a couple of errors to get on the board in the first inning. Yorman Rodriguez reached on an error, stole second and third, and a throwing error by the catcher allowed him to score. The Barons would take a 3-1 lead into the sixth thanks in part to solo home runs from Dan Black and Kevan Smith.

Pensacola cut into the lead on a two-out RBI single from Travis Mattair in the sixth. They would add one to tie the score at three when Ryan Wright followed Juan Silverio’s triple with an RBI single.

The big blow came once again off the bat of Joey DiMichele, who singled home Kevan Smith off of RHP Kyle McMyne in the bottom of the eighth inning. Trayce Thompson put the game away with a two-run double down the right field line to give the Barons a 6-3 lead. McMyne took the loss for the Blue Wahoos.

RHP Kevin Vance earned the win in relief for the Barons. Vance struck out six batters over 2.2 innings and surrendered just one hit. Gulf Breeze native Ben Lively made his final start of the season for the Blue Wahoos. Lively got the no decision going 5.0 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He added five strikeouts to his season total of 171 and finished the night tied for second in the minor leagues in punch-outs.

Sunday’s game marks the penultimate contest in the Blue Wahoos season and starts at 3:00 p.m. at Regions Field. The Wahoos will send Cincinnati’s top prospect RHP Robert Stephenson (6-10, 4.93) to the mound. Terance Marin (0-1, 9.00) will start for the Barons.

by Tommy Thrall

Construction Activities Suspended For Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2014

To promote safety and reduce congestion over the Labor Day weekend, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is suspending normal road construction activities on all major roads in Northwest Florida.  There will be no work on state roads requiring lane restrictions from Friday through Monday. Work on projects requiring lane closures will resume Tuesday, September 2.  All major roads will be open to normal traffic.

If an emergency situation occurs during the upcoming holiday weekend requires a lane closure, repairs will continue until that lane is reopened to the traveling public and all safety issues related to the traveling public have been addressed.

Motorists are reminded to use caution while traveling through work zones around barricades and equipment on current projects. Travelers can access Florida’s 511 service from cell phones, landlines, and at www.FL511.com to receive updates on travel in the area.

Northview Rolls Past The Bozeman Bucks, 49-7

August 30, 2014

The Northview Chiefs rolled into Panama City Friday night and left the Bozeman Bucks behind with that deer in the headlights look as the Chiefs opened their season with a powerful 49-7 rout.

The Chiefs were first on the board with a play that left the Buck standing in disbelief.  Cameron Newsome called for a fair catch on a punt in the first quarter, but there was no whistle. Newsome then took off, scoring on a 70-yard run.

Northview expanded their lead to 14-0 with just a minute in the first with a 35-yard pass from Gavin Grant to Jacob Dunsford and a good kick from Chasen Freeman. The Chiefs added another 14 in the second quarter with a 40 yard pass from Grant to Dunsford, and an an 84-yard interception return from Newsome for a 28-0 lead at the halftime buzzer.

In the third, Grant found senior Nick Lambert with a 24-yard touchdown pass, and with a two-point conversion from Dunsford, the Chiefs were up 35-0. And to round out the third with no time on the clock, Keondrae Lett scored on a 10-yard pass, 43-0.

The Bucks added their only seven with 3:30 to go in the game on a two-yard run. And with just 30 seconds to go, the Chiefs scored again on a 55-yard kickoff return from Lett.

The Northview Chiefs (1-0)  will play their home opener next Friday night in Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium at 7:00 against the Bulldogs of Marianna (0-0).

Wahoos Fall 1-0

August 30, 2014

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos (27-40, 58-79) fell 1-0 to the Birmingham Barons (30-36, 59-77) at Regions Field Friday night. It was a game dominated by pitching with both starting pitchers going 7.0 innings.

RHP Tim Adleman started for the Wahoos and lowered his ERA as a starter to a miniscule 2.38.  He pitched 7.0 strong innings and allowed just one run in the fifth. Adleman added five strikeouts and walked just one batter, but still took the loss for the seventh time this season. Rangel Ravelo led off the fifth inning with a triple to right field and Jason Coats followed it with an RBI single. It was all the Barons would need to prevail.

Birmingham did not leave a single runner on base and went 1-for-1 with runners in scoring position. By contrast, the Wahoos were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left nine batters on base. Yorman Rodriguez, Ryan Wright and Kyle Waldrop were the only Wahoo players with hits and Waldrop had the only multi-hit game for Pensacola.

RHP Mike Recchia earned the win for the Barons and spun a gem. Recchia did not allow a run over 7.0 innings and surrendered just four hits in the contest. RHP Braulio Ortiz earned his first save of the season for the Barons. The Wahoos would once again put multiple runners on base in the ninth, but Ortiz got Brodie Greene to fly out to right field to end the contest.

RHP Drew Hayes pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth while striking out one Baron batter. He’s posted a 1.72 ERA during the month of August and hasn’t allowed a hit over his last 4.0 innings pitched.

Pensacola’s series continues with Birmingham on Saturday. The Blue Wahoos will look to take control of the series in game three at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at Regions Field. The Blue Wahoos will send RHP Ben Lively (3-6, 3.76) to the bump on Friday. Terance Marin (0-1, 9.00) will start for the Barons.

by Joey Truncale

Vehicle Registration Fees Drop In Florida

August 30, 2014

Florida motorists will save on  motor vehicle registration fees beginning Monday, September 1.

Floridians will save approximately $17 to $25 when renewing their registrations, depending on the size of vehicle. The fee reductions were proposed by Governor Rick Scott earlier this year  and were approved by the Florida Legislature during the 2014 legislative session. While the reductions will save Floridians millions of dollars each year, it will not affect the level of service provided by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, officials said.

“This year, we set out to cut many taxes and fees on Florida families, and starting next week we are rolling back many of the 2009 tax increases on annual motor vehicle registrations. This fee cut will result in an annual savings of about $25 per typical motor vehicle. Families deserve to keep more of their hard earned money, and we will now be able to save Floridians $400 million, because it’s their money,” Scott said.

“The reduction in vehicle registration fees will benefit both individuals, as well as the Florida business community,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “There are more than 14 million registered vehicles here in Florida that are covered by these fee reductions and that is a lot of savings for the people of Florida.

Example reductions are as follows:

  • Motorcycles — $17.05 reduction
  • Autos/Trucks under 2,500 lbs — $18.55 reduction
  • Autos/Trucks between 2,500-3,500 lbs — $21.55 reduction
  • Autos/Truck more than 3,500 lbs — $25.05 reduction

The reductions will apply to vehicle registrations renewed on or after September 1, 2014.

Friday Night Finals

August 30, 2014

Here are final scores from around the North Escambia area Friday night:

  • Northview 49 Bozeman 7 [Read more...]
  • Tate 19 West Florida 7 [Read more, photo gallery...]
  • Flomaton 42 Jay 20 [Read more, photo gallery...]
  • Pine Forest 36 East Gasden 0
  • Baker 30 Graceville 27
  • Tallahassee Lincoln 31  Pensacola High 27
  • Navarre 31 Catholic 21
  • Niceville 55 Rutherford 7
  • Choctaw 36 Pace 28
  • Milton 28 Crestview 14
  • W.S. Neal 27 Escambia County (Atmore) 6
  • T.R. Miller 21 Tallassee 10
  • Milton 28 Crestview 14
  • Escambia Academy 21 Autauga 20

Escambia Prostitution Sting Nets 15 Arrests

August 29, 2014

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit has arrested 15 people for prostitution related crimes following an undercover operation.

The anti-prostitution operations took place over the past week and targeted both those individuals engaged in prostitution and the clients that sought their services. The arrests occurred after the suspects either offered to perform sexual acts in exchange for money with undercover investigators or sought sexual acts with undercover officers.

“The Sheriff’s Office will continue to target prostitution related crimes which are often linked to human trafficking and the exploitation of minors,” the ECSO said in a released statement.
The following arrests were made, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office:

Atmore Hospital To Be Managed By Infirmary Health; Baptist Out

August 29, 2014

The Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHA) voted during a called meeting Thursday afternoon to move forward with a management agreement with Infirmary Health of Mobile rather than renewing a 20-year old agreement with Baptist Health Care of Pensacola.

Baptist entered into an agreement in 1995 to manage the 49-bed facility; that agreement expires in June 2015.

ECHA issued a request for management proposals as part of an inquiry period that began in late 2013. The proposals, including one from Baptist Health Care, were analyzed by the ECHA Executive Committee which ultimately recommended Infirmary Health.

“I am confident the board has recommended the option that will be best for employees, providers, our patients and the communities we serve. Now the hard work begins as we complete due diligence and negotiate the new contract. Be patient with us because we don’t have all the answers yet but will be working diligently to ensure the final contract represents the best interests of our staff, providers and the community,” said Ruth Harrell, chair of the ECHA.

As the largest non-governmental, not-for-profit healthcare system in Alabama, Infirmary Health is composed of three acute care hospitals, three post-acute care facilities, three diagnostic centers, and more than 22 medical clinics and other affiliates serving an 11-county area along the Gulf Coast and treating more than 800,000 patients annually.

Infirmary Health currently operates Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital in Fairhope and North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette. The company employees more than 4,900 people with about 700 physicians on staff. The company is the largest private employer in Mobile.

“We are pleased to have been selected to manage Atmore Community Hospital and are dedicated to providing superior healthcare to residents of the Atmore community. As a community-based health system, Infirmary Health has a 104-year history with a demonstrated record of exceptional quality and safety measures, high employee and
physician engagement and commitment to the communities we serve,” said Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health.

Pictured: Atmore Community Hospital. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Photos: Ernest Ward At Jay HS Football

August 29, 2014

The junior varsity Jay High Schools Royals defeated their Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles Thursday in Jay, 24-12.

Ernest Ward’s Eagles will be in action again next Thursday, September 4 on the road in Fairhope, AL.

For a photo gallery, click here.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Calendar Change: Escambia Schools Cancel ‘Late Start’ Days

August 29, 2014

Three “late start” days on this year’s Escambia County School District calendar are being removed.

Schools were scheduled to start late on September 17, November 5, and December 3, but school will now begin on those days at the regularly scheduled time.

“This decision is based on a large number of concerns that parents have expressed regarding the late start days. Many parents have indicated that starting school late will create a hardship for them. As a result, we believe it is in the best interest of the families that we serve to cancel the three late start days,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Marcanio said in an email to school administrators on Thursday.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas will recommend the calendar change at the September 10 meeting of the Escambia County School Board for formal approval.

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