Multiple Injuries In Nine Mile Road Crash

November 19, 2017

There were multiple injuries in a two vehicle crash Saturday on Nine Mile Road at Holsberry Road.

As many as four people were reportedly transported by Escambia County EMS to a local hospital following the accident at about 9:05 p.m. Their conditions were not available.

Further information has not yet been released by the Florida Highway Patrol. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Escambia County Unemployment Drops

November 19, 2017

Friday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Escambia County area added 2,800 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The area’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent, down 1.5 percentage points from a year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 127,400 new jobs in October and the unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent, the lowest rate since February 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,448,300 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “The decline in the local unemployment rate partnered with the thousands of new jobs has helped families in the Pensacola area find the opportunities they need to succeed. I am proud to announce that Florida’s unemployment rate has also reached a more than 10-year low of 3.6 percent, and we will continue to fight every day to make our state the top destination for job creation.”

The industries with the highest growth over the year in Pensacola were professional and business services with 1,500 new jobs and leisure and hospitality with 1,100 new jobs. The Escambia County area had 4,757 job openings in October, including 1,411 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

In the last year, 216,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.2 percent. This rate is more than four times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.5 percent. In October, 23,082 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.

Escambia Academy Wins AISA State Championship

November 18, 2017

The Escambia Academy Cougars are the AISA 2A state champions after  a 30-20 win Friday afternoon over top-ranked Autauga Academy at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy.

The Cougars were first on the board with a 1-yard keeper from quarterback Jabe Dawe, capping a 7-run drive that included a 52-yard run from Patrick McGhee to the three. With a missed point after, the EA Cougars were up 6-0. Dawe found senior Neikel Robinson with a 50-yard pass to expand the Cougars’ lead to 12-0.

Escambia Academy’s MJ Jones sacked an Autauga General forcing a fumble that was recovered by EA’s Jason Davis who returned 27-yards for  a touchdown and an 18-0 lead. Late in the first quarter, Autauga cut their deficit to 18-7, a score that held headed into halftime.

Late in the third quarter, Dawe found Fred Flavors with a 66-yard pass and Escambia Academy was up 24-7.

Friday’s championship is the second ever for Escambia Academy; the Cougars brought home the state championship in 2014. The Cougars lost to Autauga 28-21 in the state game last year.

Escambia Academy is located in Canoe, AL, about two miles north of the Alabama/Florida line. Students from both states attend the school.

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92 Become New American Citizens

November 18, 2017

There were 92 new Americans that took the Oath of Allegiance Friday at the National Museum of Naval Aviation on Naval Air Station Pensacola, and several students from Northview High School were witness to the event.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida held the Naturalization Ceremony with Senior United States District Judge Roger Vinson, Senior United States District Judge Lacey A. Collier and Jennifer Frydrychowicz, Escambia County Judge for the First Judicial Circuit.

The Northview High School NJROTC participated by leading the Pledge of Allegiance for the new American citizens. Seniors from an American Government class at Northview were also able to attend.

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Three Arrested For August Shooting Death In Atmore

November 17, 2017

Three people have been arrested in connection with the August shooting death of Robert Kennedy of Atmore, according to Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks.

Darrell Octavius Brown, age 29 of Atmore, and Deon Booth, age 20 of Mobile have both been charged with capital murder, attempted murder, robbery first degree and burglary first degree. Brown is being held in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton, while Booth is being held in the Mobile Metro Jail.

A juvenile, whose name is being withheld, is being held in a juvenile detention facility.

About 3:15 a.m. on August 7, the Atmore Police Department responded to a shooting call at 170 Broad Street where they found damage to the front door and two people lying in bed with gunshot wounds.  The homeowner, 56-year old Robert Kennedy, was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile where he later died from his injuries. The female victim, 45-year old Joi McClammy of Flomaton, was transported to Atmore Community Hospital and later transferred to the USA Medical Center due to the seriousness of her injuries, Brooks said.

Is Walmart Coming To The Former Champion Golf Course In Cantonment?

November 17, 2017

There have been plenty of rumors and posts on social media this week claiming that a Walmart store will be constructed on the former golf course next to International Paper in Cantonment.

But don’t put on your shopping shoes just yet. Here’s what International Paper Communications Manager Whitney Fike told Thursday afternoon:

“International Paper will be seeking a suitable operator to use the property as a golf course. The company will have for lease signs on the property in the coming weeks.”

The 9-hole Champion Golf Couse at the corner of Highway 29 and Muscogee Road was leased by IP to an independent operator who ended his lease back in August. Fike said at that time IP intends to find another operator to open the golf course.

If you are interested in operating your very own golf course, you can call International Paper commercial properties at (901) 419-7505. file photos.

Middle School Student Airlifted To Hospital Following Fight

November 17, 2017

A middle school student was airlifted to the hospital Thursday after being involved in a fight at a school.

The boy was involved in an altercation with another student before buses departed Ernest Ward Middle School, according to Escambia County School District Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross. He began to experience a medical condition while on the school bus on Highway 97 about four miles south of the school.

The student was transported by Escambia County EMS to the Molino Fire Station and then airlifted by LifeFlight helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

There were reports that the victim was struck using brass knuckles. Amber Southard, spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, said authorities are still investigating that claim.

Further details on the student’s condition were not available. No charges have been filed in the incident. photos, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Church Serves More Than A Meal At Waterfront Rescue Mission

November 17, 2017

On the third Thursday of each month, members of the Pinewoods Presbyterian Church in Cantonment serve up more than just a hot meal at the Waterfront Rescue Mission. They talk to guests and encourage them, and often share with them and learn what has brought them to the Mission.

The Waterfront Rescue Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Banquet is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. next Thursday.  Anyone hungry or alone is invited to attend at 380 West Herman Street in Pensacola.

Pictured: Pinewoods Presbyterian Church members (L-R) Jeanne McArthur, Sue Cullen and Judy Ladner serve a meal to one of 150 dinner guests Thursday at the Waterfront Rescue Mission. Photo for, click to enlarge.