Northview Chiefs Name Players Of The Week

September 17, 2014

The Northview Chiefs have named Players of the Week from last Friday night’s 24-6 win over Chipley. They are:


Keondrae Lett –

16 rushes, 221 yards, 3 TD, 13.8 YPA, 1 catch, 3 yards


Tydre Bradley — 6 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR


Zach Payne– Onside kick recovery, solo tackle on KO


Cameron Newsome — block on 4th touchdown

Florida DOE Drops Young Elementary Reading Test

September 17, 2014

A test given to young elementary school students will not be used this year, according to the Florida Department of Education. The agency said the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR, assessment will not be administered to students in kindergarten through second grade because of a technical issue.

“With the implementation of new technology this year related to FAIR in grades K-2, some districts have experienced challenges. … Because of this technological glitch and based on the input of superintendents, Commissioner Stewart took action on this matter,” Joe Follick, a spokesman for the department, said in a statement.

The department also emphasized that the “diagnostic” test is used by teachers to help decide how to teach students; it doesn’t determine, for example, whether a student passes or fails.

by The News Service of Florida

Appliance Sales Tax Holiday Coming This Weekend

September 17, 2014

Another sales tax holiday is on the way this weekend…this time on certain energy saving appliances and fixtures.

Florida shoppers will be able to avoid sale taxes on the first $1,500 the price of new Energy Star and WaterSense products from September 19-21.

The exemption is limited to a single purchase for each specific type of qualifying item having a sales price of $500 or more. There are no quantity limits on qualifying items with a sales price of less than $500.

Items that will be tax free include:

Qualifying Energy Star Products

  • Air purifier
  • Ceiling fan
  • Clothes washer
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Light bulbs (packages)
  • Refrigerator
  • Room air conditioner
  • Swimming pool pump
  • Water heater

An Energy Star item must be designated bythe United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding the requirements under the Energy Star Program. An Energy Star label must be affixed to the product.

Qualifying WaterSense Products

  • Bathroom sink faucet
  • Faucet accessory
  • High-efficiency toilet or urinal
  • Showerhead
  • Weather or sensor-based irrigation controller

A WaterSense item must be recognized as water efficient by the WaterSense Program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. A WaterSense label must be affixed to the product.

This sales tax  holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of these items.

NWE Takes 3 of 4 From W.S. Neal, Set To Face Jay Saturday

September 17, 2014

Northwest Escambia Youth Football and Cheer hosted the W.S. Neal Eagles this past Saturday at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium on the campus of Northview High School.

  • Freshman won 13-0
  • Sophomores lost 38-19
  • Juniors won 13-7 in OT
  • Seniors won 32-6

Northwest Escambia Youth Football and Cheer Welcomes the Jay Royals to Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Game times are as follows.

  • Freshman – 3:00 pm
  • Sophomores – 4:15 pm
  • Juniors – 5:45 pm
  • Seniors – 7:15 pm

Admissions is $3 per person,  12 and under is free. Proceeds help pay for officiating crew.

Ernest Ward Middle Names September Students Of The Month

September 17, 2014

Ernest Ward Middle School has named September Students of the Month. They are Libby Pugh (pictured left), sixth grade; Bailey  Van Pelt (pictured right), seventh grade; and Aurora McCann (not pictured), eighth. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Marvel Comics Creates New ‘Captain Citrus’ For Struggling Industry

September 17, 2014

Florida’s homegrown superhero, Captain Citrus, has undergone a $1 million head-to-toe makeover with the help of comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment.

The muscled-up Captain Citrus, powered by the sun and intended to help boost Florida citrus sales while fighting evil, was unveiled Tuesday by the Department of Citrus at a comic-book store in Tampa.

“Raising awareness of the amazing nutritional benefits of Florida citrus, especially among families, is a priority,” department Executive Director Doug Ackerman said in a prepared statement.

Through the work of Marvel, Captain Citrus is no longer a rotund creature — basically an animated orange — from the Planet Orange as first designed by the state agency to be an educational tool to help the struggling citrus industry in 2011.

Now he’s John Polk, empowered by mysterious solar pods found growing in his family’s Central Florida citrus grove. In a debut issue of a digital comic, Polk joins members of the Avengers — Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow — to battle a “gamma enhanced evil genius” known as the Leader whose minions have attacked Orlando.

Oh, and clad in a muscle-skimming citrus-hued suit Captain Citrus is still spreading the message of the nutritional value of orange juice.

In the inaugural issue, just before Polk answers the call to help the Avengers, he advises his sister on the need to drink her orange juice as she is soon off to a cheerleading tryout.

The state agency is also providing a teacher’s guide to offers lesson plans that highlight making smarter nutritional choices.

“Captain Citrus will show readers that while they may not be able to fly or shoot solar blasts, they can make healthy choices in their everyday lives and unleash the hero within,” Bill Rosemann, who oversaw the development of Captain Citrus as Marvel Entertainment’s creative director and editor, said in a statement.

Two additional digital chapters are planned. All will be available at

The new face of orange juice comes as sales have declined due to increased costs and a shift in the eating habits of Americans.

Numbers published by the state department found that during a four week period in June and July, 36.11 million gallons of orange juice were purchased. The total represented an 8.3 percent decline in sales from the same period a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Florida, which is the top source of U.S. orange juice, earlier this year completed its smallest harvest in 29 years, with the industry suffering from the spread of an incurable plant disease called citrus greening.

The forecast for the coming year, which isn’t expected to show any turnaround, is due in October.

The state agency finalized the contract with the Disney-owned Marvel this summer, using marketing dollars that were freed up as the department halted longer, high-volume TV time for ads, a move expected to free up about $13 million for branding and marketing programs.

The department’s funding mostly comes from a tax on the sale of oranges and other citrus.

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Envision Escambia 2028: County Releases First Round Of Survey Results

September 16, 2014

Just after Labor Day, Escambia County launched an online survey to gauge the opinions of residents about a variety of topics of importance to the future of Escambia County.

Called “Envision Escambia 2028: Tell Us What’s Important to You,” it was the first in a series of articles, videos, public meetings and surveys developed to facilitate an ongoing dialog about issues of concern to the community.

A second survey entitled “Envision Escambia: Traffic Safety” is currently available online. Future surveys will ask questions about storm water drainage, public safety, parks and recreation, job growth and natural resources.

“Envision Escambia 2028: Tell Us What You Think” Results

Question 1: In which area of Escambia County do you currently live?

Residents who live in the area south of State Road 98, west of Navy Boulevard and out to Innerarity Point were most represented in the survey results, followed closely by people living between north of Cantonment, between Cantonment and Nine Mile Road and residents on the West Side, as well as residents in the area bounded by I-10, Pine Forest Road and Saulfley Field Road. No one on Pensacola Beach responded.

Question #2: What do you like most about your neighborhood?

More than 44 percent of respondents said their neighborhood was a good place to raise a family, 42 percent touted the safety of their neighborhood and 40 percent like their neighbors. Almost 32 percent felt their neighborhood was attractive and 30 percent cited its location near amenities and entertainment.

Among the comments received:

I can safely walk and bicycle to my daily needs without having to get into a car.”

“Live Oak trees and awesome parks”

“It’s rural so far so the houses are not as close together as they are in other parts. The future land use maps seem to be changing that and I am disappointed with the increased density”

Question #3: Use of revenue generated from the Local Option Sales Tax is restricted to specific project categories. Rank which of the following categories you think exemplifies the best expenditure of Local Option Sales Tax funds, with #1 being your highest priority and #10 being your lowest priority.

Storm water drainage system improvement projects were the number one priority of the survey’s respondents with close to 73 percent ranking it in their top three. Transportation improvements – including bridges and dirt road paving – came in at number two with almost 60 percent. Ranked third with almost 32 percent of the vote was public safety improvements, including the purchase of fire trucks and ambulances, as well as enhancements to fire stations and training facilities.

Here’s the list of answers to Question #3 ranked in order of priority according to the survey respondents:

  1. Storm Water Drainage improvements
  2. Transportation improvements
  3. Public Safety improvements
  4. Sidewalk construction
  5. Initiatives to support and facilitate job growth
  6. Protection of natural resources (beach restoration and water quality)
  7. Development and improvement of parks and community centers
  8. Enhancements to public libraries
  9. Americans with Disabilities Act enhancements to public facilities and properties
  10. Improvements to correctional facilities

Question #4: This fall County staff would like to meet with community members to gather ideas from neighborhoods across Escambia County with the goal of understanding residents’ priorities for funding potential future Local Option Sales Tax projects. With that in mind, what kind of event or activity are you most likely to participate in?

Almost 72 percent of the people who answered the online survey would answer another online survey. Other popular results included attending community meetings, either near their home or at a central location that could be streamed onto Escambia County Television (ECTV).

Question #5; Do you have any comments, questions or suggestions for us?

Here are some of the answers we received:

“New fire station in the Beulah area would be very much needed”

“Emphasis on Economic Development and Public Safety”

“Remember the working class neighborhoods, families and concerns.”

“The west side needs more attention”.

“Keep Pensacola clean, welcoming, and mindful of our prized resources”

“The elected officials need to listen to their community. You are our voice in government, use it the right way.”

Highway 164 Residents Lose Power For Hours Following Wreck

September 16, 2014

Residents in the area of Highway 164 and Green Village Road near Walnut Hill were without power for over three hours Monday evening following a single vehicle accident. The driver of a pickup truck reportedly left the roadway and struck the pole before continuing a short distance. The collision  splintered the pole and downed power lines. The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.  There were no injuries reported. photos, click to enlarge.

CareerSource Escarosa Offers Skill Assessment Testing

September 16, 2014

CareerSource Escarosa will offer Skill Assessment Tests to Escambia County residents as part of the Escarosa Community Occupational Talent Search (E-COTS), a targeted workforce development initiative.

Results obtained from the skill assessments will help to identify and assess local resident’s skill levels, educational obtainments, employability within current demand occupations, and identify future workforce needs.

A series of assessment tests will be offered at community organizations throughout Escambia County beginning October 2. All Escambia County, FL,  residents who are seeking employment, looking to further their career, or enhance their skills and education, are urged to participate in this free program.

E-COTS participants will have access to a variety of no-cost programs and services offered through CareerSource Escarosa which include; educational workshops, career training and guidance, tuition assistance, skill enhancement  sessions, and more.

Testing sessions are available at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the following locations:

October 2: Wedgewood Community Center – 111 Berkley Drive, Pensacola
October 9: Woodland Heights Resource Center – 6505 Wagner Road, Pensacola
October 16: Brownsville Community Center – 3100 W. DeSoto Street, Pensacola
October 23: Lexington Community Center – 700 S. Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola
October 30: Carver Community Center – 7040 Jefferson Avenue, Century

A basic skill assessment is required for program participation. To register, call (850) 607-8750 or visit

Volleyball: Northview Beats W.S. Neal (With Gallery)

September 16, 2014

The Northview Chiefs beat W.S. Neal of East Brewton, AL, Monday afternoon in Bratt in both varsity and junior varsity volleyball action.

Northview over W.S. Neal
JV 25-13, 25-20
Northview over W.S. Neal
Varsity 25-15, 6-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-12.

For a photo gallery, click here.

The Lady Chiefs will be back in action Thursday as they host Central. JV plays at 4:30;  varsity to follow at about 5:30. photos by Bethany Reynolds, click to enlarge.

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