Millions Available For RESTORE Projects For Individuals, Businesses, Organizations

July 28, 2015

Individuals, businesses and organizations in Escambia County have the opportunity to submit projects for millions of dollars in RESTORE projects to be funded with civil penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Monday evening, a Distirct 5 pubic workshop was held at the Langley Bell 4-H Center to give residents an opportunity to learn more about using the project portal, answer questions regarding application preparation and submission, and encourage collaboration.

The Escambia County RESTORE Project Application Portal is now open and can be accessed by visiting until September 30.

Submitted projects must:

Once the application portal closes, project proposals will be evaluated by the technical review team consisting of subject matter experts, the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee and the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners.

During the review process, applicants may be contacted for more information. Once all projects have been ranked, a list of recommended projects will be posted on The public will have an opportunity to provide comments on the project list. The Board of County Commissioners has the final authority for approval of the project list before it is submitted to the U.S. Department of Treasury for federal level review.

For more information, contact Shelly Marshall, RESTORE coordinator for Escambia County, at (850) 595-5460, email

One additional public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11 at  the Gull Point Community Center at 7000 Spanish Trail Road.

Pictured: A Monday evening District 5 RESTORE project meeting at the Langley Bell 4-H Center in Cantonment. photos, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Drive-By Shooting Under Investigation

July 27, 2015

A drive-by shooting late Sunday night in Cantonment is under investigation.

About 11:20 p.m., Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 200 block of Sheppard Street, between Booker and Washington streets, for a reported drive-by shooting.

A resident was outside locking up his vehicle when he said an older model Jeep drove by his residence.

An unidentified suspect was standing up in the back of the Jeep and began firing at his residence. The victim took cover and the Jeep fled from the area.  Neither the victim nor the two occupants located inside of the residence were injured by the gunfire.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP or the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620.

Molino Man Charged With DUI After Crash With Deputy

July 27, 2015

A Molino man was jailed for DUI  after causing a traffic accident with an Escambia County Sheriff’s sergeant Monday morning in Cantonment.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 24-year old Douglas Joseph Hadley was traveling east on Muscogee Road in a 1996 Ford Windstar van when he made a wide right turn onto Highway 29 and into the path of a marked Escambia County Sheriff’s Office 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Sgt. Marc Dewees received minor injuries in the crash. Hadley was not injured. Both were wearing their seat belts.

Hadley was charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance by the Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $4,000.

A spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said Dewees was “doing fine” and that his injuries were not severe. photos by Kristi Price, click to enlarge.

Early Morning Fire Destroys Century Home

July 27, 2015

A fire that destroyed a home on Jefferson Avenue in Century this morning is under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The small wood-frame home was a total loss following the fire, which was reported about 5:35 a.m.

The home’s resident had previously passed away, and most furniture had reportedly been removed from the structure. The house was fully involved in flames when first responders arrived on scene. There were no injuries reported.

The Century, McDavid and Walnut Hill stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, the Flomaton Fire Department, Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the blaze.

The fire is under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office. photos, click to enlarge.

Northview, West Florida High Schools Ranked Among Best In Country

July 27, 2015

Northview and West Florida high schools were ranked among the best in the nation in a report released by U.S. News and World Report. Both received a national bronze medal from the publication.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. The awards were based upon student-teacher ratios, college readiness, mathematics proficiencies and reading proficiencies.

In Florida, there were 31 high schools with gold medals, 105 with silver medals and 69 with bronze medals.

No other Escambia County high school was awarded a national medal by U.S. News. In Santa Rosa County, Milton High School and the Santa Rosa Virtual Franchise received bronze medals. In Escambia County, AL, both Flomaton and W.S. Neal High School received bronze medals.

Recovered: Atmore Stolen Vehicle Recovered In Century

July 27, 2015

UPDATE: This stolen vehicle was recovered just after 5 a.m. in Century was reported to be “intact”.

Local authorities are searching for a unique truck stolen sometime early Sunday morning from a driveway in Atmore

The pickup truck is a silver 2013 Ford DRW super duty, according to Atmore police. It also has a large tool box and welding rig in the custom-made back.

Family members say the truck was the owner’s source of income.

Anyone with information on the truck is asked to call the Atmore Police Department at (251) 368-9141 or their local law enforcement agency.

Submitted photos for, click to enlarge.

Health Department Urges Protection Against West Nile Virus

July 27, 2015

The Florida Department of Health is urging Floridians and visitors to protect themselves against West Nile Virus. The Department of Health today confirmed the first case of West Nile virus illness in Florida for 2015 in an adult female resident of Walton County. West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that causes mild to severe illness, and there have been 38 other states with confirmed cases in 2015.

“I encourage Floridians and visitors to take steps to prevent mosquito bites that can lead to illness,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Stay safe by draining any standing water near or in your home, making sure that screens are intact, and keeping your skin covered with clothing and mosquito repellent.”

Most people with West Nile virus infections, approximately 80 percent, have no symptoms. In those people who develop them, most experience a mild illness with conditions like headache, fever, pain and fatigue. These typically appear between two and 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

People over the age of 50 and individuals with weakened immune systems, especially transplant recipients and HIV-infected individuals, seem to be at increased risk for severe disease. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus, and most mild infections are typically overcome with little or no medical intervention within a matter of weeks. Those experiencing severe side effects should seek medical attention immediately.

The department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, Malaria and Dengue.