Nine Mile Widening Begins Soon From Beulah To Hwy 29; Public Info Meeting Set

August 29, 2016

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting for work beginning on Nine Mile Road between Beulah Road and Highway 29 in Escambia County. The meeting will be held Thursday, September 8 at Plainview Baptist Church, 1101 West Nine Mile Road, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

“We’ve been working for 20 years to fix the traffic and gridlock in the Beulah community, as well as bring good-paying jobs and growth, and these improvements will ensure our success,” District 1 Commissioner Wilson Robertson said. “The core growth and the traffic going to Navy Federal and the new OLF-8 Park is going to be well accommodated by widening Nine Mile Road to four lanes.”

The $46 million project includes widening Nine Mile Road between Beulah Road and U.S. 29 from two to four travel lanes. Additional improvements include constructing a new bridge over Eleven Mile Creek, new sidewalks and stormwater retention ponds, signalization improvements and drainage enhancements. FDOT representatives will be available to provide information about planned construction work and potential impacts.

Work is scheduled to begin in September and will require nighttime lane closures and speed limit reductions on Nine Mile Road. Weather permitting, the entire corridor is slated for completion in early 2019.

Three Injured In Two Motorcycle Wreck

August 28, 2016

Three people were injured in a motorcycle crash in Molino.

The accident happened just before 4:00 Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Molino Road and Chestnut Road when two motorcycle collided. Two people were seriously injured, while a third reportedly suffered from road rash after being thrown from a motorcycle.

Further details have not yet been released as the accident remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Molino and Cantonment stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the accident. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Early Voting Ends With Over 8,800 Ballots Cast

August 28, 2016

Eight days of early voting ended Saturday in Escambia County with record turnout.

There 8,826 early votes cast — up 32 percent over 2012 and up 103 percent over 2014. The overall early voting, vote by mail turnout was 13 percent.

Click the table above to enlarge and see early voting details.

In the North Escambia area, 748 early votes were cast in Molino and 1,840 were cast at the Escambia County Extension office in Cantonment.

Southwest Plane Diverted To Pensacola After ‘Uncontained Engine Failure’

August 28, 2016

A Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando diverted to Pensacola Saturday morning due to a mechanical issue with one of the plane’s engines.

“Today, the Captain of Flight #3472 from New Orleans to Orlando made the decision to divert to Pensacola due to a mechanical issue with the number one engine. The flight landed safely without incident at Pensacola International Airport at 9:40 a.m. central time,” Southwest said in a statement.

The plane experience an “uncontained engine failure”, according to The National Transportation Safety Board.

There were no injuries to any of the 99 passengers or five crew members, Southwest said. Alternative arrangements were made to get the passengers to Orlando.

The aircraft remained out of service in Pensacola awaiting a damage assessment.

Photos courtesy Stephanie/Twitter and Lexy/Twitter.

Girl Airlifted To Hospital After Equestrian Center Accident

August 27, 2016

A young girl was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital after an accident Saturday morning at the Escambia County Equestrian Center.

A horse reportedly fell on top of the 7-year old girl. An update on her condition was not available.

The Beulah and Bellview stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS responded to the call.

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Century Unable To Discuss Attorney For Four Charged With Sunshine Law Violation

August 27, 2016

Four members of a Century volunteer task force charged  with noncriminal violations of the Florida Government in the Sunshine Law will have to wait until next week to find out of the town will provide them with an attorney.

The Century Town Council was to hold a special called meeting Friday afternoon to discuss retaining an attorney, but the council failed reach a quorum  in order to hold the meeting. Council members Gary Riley and Ann Brooks were present, but council members Ben Boutwell, Sandra McMuray-Jackson and Annie Savage were absent. At least three members must be present for the council to take any action.

Alfonzie Cottrell, Helen Mincy, Sylvia Godwin, and Robert Mitchell were charged by the State Attorney’s Office with having a public meeting of the Century Citizens Advisory Task Force that was not properly advertised. On July 26, a meeting was advertised to begin at 4:00 p.m. The meeting was actually held at 2:00 p.m. preventing  the public from attending.

This case is set for arraignment on September 7. At that hearing, the four will have a chance to enter a plea or move forward with a trial in front of a judge, most likely in one to three weeks after the arraignment. They face a maximum penalty of a $500 fine, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins.

The Century Town Council was also set to discuss the appointment of a Citizens Advisory Task Force to review two proposed grant applications at Friday’s meeting.

A new special council meeting at been scheduled for next Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss the attorney and CATF members.

Pictured top: CATF members Helen Mincy, Robert Mitchell and Sylvia Godwin during a CATF meeting on Thursday, July 28. file photo.

Escambia Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash

August 27, 2016

A motorcyclist was killed in a traffic crash Friday afternoon on Pine Forest Road.

Austin Rickmers, 23, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident on Pine Forest Road near Loblolly Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Rickmers was southbound on Pine Forest Road when 72-year old Judy Courtney of Robertsdale entered the roadway from a driveway entrance in a Ford F-150 pickup and traveled into Rickmers’ path.

Judy Courtney and her 66-year old passenger, Russel Courtney, were transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries.

Any charges in the crash are pending the outcome of a traffic homicide investigation.

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Crestview Beats Northview (With Photo Gallery)

August 27, 2016

Playing up multiple classes proved to be difficult for the the 1A Northview Chiefs Friday night as they lost 70-0 on the road to the 6A Crestview Bulldogs.

Crestview jumped out to a 7-0 lead with 9:54 to go in the first quarter. And they scored again in the first with 7:22 to go, again in the first with 3:53 on the clock and ended the first quarter with a 28-0 lead. And while the first quarter was ugly, it only got uglier from there for the Northview Chiefs.

By halftime, the Chiefs were down 49-0.

Crestview cruised a little slower as the clock ran faster on the Mercy Rule in the second half. In the third Crestview had just two touchdowns and one in the forth for the 70-0 final.

Northview will be looking for a much better outcome next Friday night as the Escambia Academy Cougars head south from Canoe, AL, to take on the Chiefs in Bratt.

For a photo gallery, click here. photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge.