Former Middle School Art Teacher Charged With Having Sex With A Student

February 5, 2023

A Beulah Middle School art teacher is no longer with the district after being arrested on child sex charges involving a student.

According to jail records, 61-year old Winston H. Foster was charged with sexual assault, lewd or lascivious behavior on a victim age 12 to 16, and a sexual offense against a student by an authority figure. He was released on a $60,000 bond shortly after his arrest on Thursday.

Details about the alleged offenses have not yet been released, and it’s not yet known if the alleged offenses were against a Beulah Middle student.

According to district documents, Foster was  an art teacher at Beulah Middle School and previously at Woodham Middle School. The alleged abuse happened to the same underage victim at Woodham Middle in 2017 and at Beulah Middle School in 2018 and 2019.

According to Escambia County Public Schools, Foster was no longer an employee as of Thursday.

Foster’s mugshot was not made available  by the Escambia County Jail,which cited a Florida statute (F.S.S 119.071) that typically protects law enforcement and first responder mugshots and those of their families from public release. The jail did not cite the specific exemption claimed by Foster.

Tate Aggie Cheerleaders Take Third In The State, Headed To Nationals

February 5, 2023

The Tate High School Aggies competitive cheerleading team took third in the state Saturday.

At the 2023 Florida High School Competitive Cheerleading State Championships in Gainesville, Tate earned a score of 83.10 for third place behind Durant (Plant City) with 83.70 points and Windermere with 85.4 points

Last year, the Aggies were crowned the 2022 FHSAA Small Varsity competitive cheerleading champions.

Up next, the Tate Aggies cheerleaders will compete at nationals.

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WWII Veteran Celebrates 106th Birthday

February 5, 2023

World War II U.S. Army Veteran Duane Brewton celebrated  his 106th birthday Sunday.

A party was held in his honor Friday in Cantonment, where Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Commanding Officer Capt. Terrence Shashaty recognized him for his service.

Brewton is a Purple Heart recipient and was a member of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Division and 38th Regiment in 1944.

Photos: NAS Pensacola for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Century Set To Approve 5% Garbage Rate Increase

February 4, 2023

Century residents will likely see an increase on their garbage bills this month.

The town contracts with Republic Services to collect garbage within the town limits. Republic has a provision in their contract that allows them to increase the rates they charge the town each December to match the Consumer Price Index. The town annually passes the rate increase directly along to residents. The increase was delayed this year while garbage billing underwent an “accuracy test”, according to town documents.

The increase to be considered by the town council is 4.93%, or about $1.25, per customer for one weekly pick up of a trash can and twice per month curbside debris pickup of household items and vegetative debris. The new monthly rate will be $26.59. The council will consider the increase at a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Century renewed a five year contract with Republic Services in July 2020 without seeking bids from other potential providers.

Across most of Escambia County, ECUA residential customers pay $27.67 per month for three collections per week– one pick up of household refuse, one pick up of recyclables, and one weekly pick up of yard trash. ECUA also includes free bulky collection of items such as furniture and large household trash.

Flomaton Police Department’s K-9 Boo Passes Away

February 4, 2023

Flomaton Police Department’s K-9 Boo passed away Friday.

Boo was rushed to an emergency veterinarian after suffering sudden health complications. She passed away with her handler and family by her side.

K-9 Boo was a National Narcotic Detector Dog Association certified narcotics dog who also excelled in human tracking, according to Police Chief Johnny Wilson. She served with the Flomaton Police Department for over 2 years with her K-9 Handler Cpl. Charles Land, recording many successful narcotic seizures leading to dozens of arrests, and had many successful tracks.

“Hero’s don’t die, especially ones like Boo. She was loved by many, and will live on eternalized in the hearts of others,” Land wrote in a tribute. “I appreciate you all the for the kind texts and calls. K9 Boo was the best partner anyone could have and there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t know that. For over two years we patrolled and protected the town of Flomaton and never once did she hesitate to collar up and jump into the patrol car, no matter the hour or what we had going on she was always ready to ride. She was many things, a hero, a consequence, a friend, a partner, but most of all she was family, MY family. There wasn’t a day that went by that she was not loved unconditionally.

“K9 Boo, EOW 02/03/2023. You have earned your wings sweet girl. You can can rest easy now, I have it from here.”

“Thank you for your faithful, and dedicated service to the Flomaton Police Department K9 Boo, You will be missed by many,” Wilson said.

Photos: Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ Tate High School

February 4, 2023

The Tate High School Drama Department’s presented the Disney’s The Little Mermaid Thursday through Saturday nights.

For a photo gallery, click to tap here.

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New Shopping Center Approved For Highway 97 Site Of Former Lotto Store Murder

February 1, 2023

A new retail shopping center has been approved for the Highway 97 site of a former lottery store murder.

The Escambia County Development Review Committee approved a development order for the new 4,750 square foot shopping center on Highway 97 at the state line in Davisville, just outside Atmore.

The strip mall will be at the site of the former O’Yes Lotto store; the northern side of the 4.42 acre parcel is the state line. Plans show three separate retail shops with 16 parking spaces.

The lottery retailer has been closed since the owner was shot and killed in a robbery attempt on November 6, 2012.

While the development is in Florida, the shopping center will receive water from West Escambia Utilities in Atmore.

Pictured top and below: Three new retail stores are proposed at this site of a former lottery store on Highway 97 in Davisville (as Seen in May 2022; the building has since been removed.). Pictured bottom two photos: The scene outside the O’Yes Lotto store in Davisville shortly after store owner Thomas Kroll was shot and killed during a November 2012 robbery. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

South Highway 99 Resurfacing Underway From Walnut Hill To Bay Springs

January 30, 2023

An Escambia County resurfacing project is underway on South Highway 99 from Walnut Hill to Bay Springs.

About eight miles of the roadway is being resurfaced between Highway 97 and Highway 97A.

Drivers can expect lane closures during paving operations.

Pictured: South Highway 99 between Highway 97 and Tungoil Road as seen late in the afternoon on Saturday, January 28 . NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.