ECUA To Begin Providing Sanitation Services In Town Of Jay

September 25, 2017

On Monday, October 2, the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) will begin providing sanitation collection services in the Town of Jay, under an agreement approved by the town’s council on September 18.

All services and rates will mirror those currently being offered by the ECUA to north end Santa Rosa County residents.  These include weekly garbage and recycling services, yard trash pick-up every other week, and an optional weekly call-in bulk waste service.  The service is billed on a quarterly basis and the current rate for residential sanitation service to the north Santa Rosa County area is $53.25. Commercial rates vary.

ECUA will begin delivering garbage and recycling cans to customers on September 30.  To sign up for the service, interested residents and businesses may call ECUA customer service at 850-476-0480 or email When requesting service, residents should include their name, service address, and a daytime telephone number. This information will expedite the registration process.

Information is also available on the ECUA website at or on the Santa Rosa County website at

Escambia EMA Assisting With Irma Recovery In Everglades City

September 25, 2017

The Northwest Florida All Hazards Incident Management Team from Escambia County Emergency Management and Santa Rosa County Emergency Management has deplyed to Everglades City to assist in Hurricane Irma recovery. Pictured above: Planning meeting held in Escambia County EMA’s command trailer. Pictured below: Escambia County EMA Chief John Dosh and Everglades City Clerk Dottie Joiner and her trusty dog Scooter. Courtesy Photos for, click to enlarge.

Century Seeks Grant For Water, Wastewater Improvements

September 25, 2017

The Town of Century is applying for a USDA SEARCH (Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households) grant.

The grant allows financially distressed rural communities with predevelopment feasibility studies, design and technical assistance on proposed water and wastewater disposal projects.

Grant funds must be used to pay predevelopment planning costs including, feasibility studies to support applications for funding water or wastewater disposal projects; preliminary design and engineering analysis; and technical assistance for the development of an application for financial assistance.

The town will develop and submit an application to USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to fund proposed water and wastewater disposal improvements for the town.

Bonus Photo Gallery: Tate Homecoming

September 25, 2017

The Tate High School Aggies beat Milton Friday night 28-16 for homecoming. [Read more...]

During Friday night’s game, Logan Hamlin was named homecoming queen.

For a photo gallery with the homecoming court, parade, game action and more, click here. photos by Jennifer Repine and Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Habitat For Humanity Completes 16 Tornado Recovery Homes In Century

September 24, 2017

After almost a year of work in the Century community, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is proud to be finishing up their planned disaster recovery work. Starting in November of 2016, Pensacola Habitat worked in concert with BRACE, Escambia County, and the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority to build 16 new homes for the qualified residents.

“Thanks to the coalition, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has been able to complete a significant amount of work in the Century area,” explained Pensacola Habitat Executive Director Tim Evans. “This project was our first major test to prove we are ready to act when disaster strikes. We are a community development organization that is concerned with all aspects of housing in our community and we are capable leaders of disaster recovery and repair.”

A community development organization with a long history in the area, Pensacola Habitat was eager to complete builds in the area as part of the ongoing effort to restore normalcy to Century and its residents. Pensacola Habitat worked with the county and the Town of Century to create homes that fit the exact needs of the qualifying homeowners. In addition to building entirely newly designed homes, this was the organization’s first time leading recovery efforts on a project of this magnitude.

“We were enthusiastic to lead disaster recovery efforts alongside amazing efforts by organizations, like United Way of Escambia County and BRACE, to ensure proper aid was given to our local community. After the storm, we recognized the scope and type of damage to the area fit right into the expanding capacity of our organization,” explains Evans. “With the funding for the builds provided by Escambia County, the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority, and local businesses, we were able to create sizable change, and impact, in the area.”

Giving “a hand up, not a handout,” the 35-year-old affiliate continues to build and sell award-winning homes to suitable families who are interested in homeownership, have the ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and demonstrate a willingness to work in partnership with Habitat for a home of their own. and submitted photos, click to enlarge.

James Earl Hall Named Escambia Farm Family Of The Year

September 24, 2017

James Earl Hall of Walnut Hill and his wife Anita  have been named the 2017 Escambia County Farm Family of the Year. Hall is a watermelon grower and cattleman. Hall is pictured in the green shirt. Courtesy photo for, click to enlarge.

Photo Gallery: Flomaton Celebrates Railroad Junction Day

September 24, 2017

Flomaton celebrated the town’s heritage Saturday with  Railroad Junction Day. The day featured a variety of free activities, demonstrations, entertainment, food and vendors as friends and neighbors gathered for the event.

For a photo gallery click here.

Gallery includes Railroad Junction Festival photos, dance performance photos and car show photos. photos, click to enlarge.

Century Bingo Closes Just Weeks After Opening

September 24, 2017

One of Century’s newest businesses has closed its doors just a few weeks after openng.

Century Bingo opened this summer after receiving approval to operate in April from the Century Town Council.

The bingo business was operated in a leased 5,000 square foot building at 9420 North Century Boulevard, the former location of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

Last April, the Century Town Council was not tasked with approving any issue regarding bingo games, but rather with determining if a bingo facility was allowable under the general use categories of the town’s Land Development Code. With their vote, the council determined that bingo games met the criteria as an “indoor recreation center”. photo, click to enlarge.