March 11, 2014
Four Northview High School students recently took part in the 35th annual Florida High Schools Model United Nations conference in Orlando.
Northview students Jessica Amerson, Moriah McGahan, Bethany Reynolds and Madison Weber, under the leadership of teacher Anna Barry, represented the assigned country of India. They learned about the government, history, current problems and other important subjects within India. Amerson and Weber were part of the committee United Nations Entity for Empowerment and Gender Equality (UNWOMEN); McGahan and Reynolds were a part of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) committee.
Students were provided with topics to debate with representatives of other countries to formulate a resolution paper to solve the problem in a way beneficial to their represented country.
Northview was the first Escambia County public school to participate in a Florida High Schools Model United Nations conference. The trip was made possible by supporters including the Walnut Hill Ruritan Club, Town of Century Gas Department, Barrineau Park Historical Society, Steven Barry, Escambia River Electric Cooperative and the Northview High School Rho Kappa club.
Pictured top: Northview representatives to the Florida High Schools Model United Nations (L-R) Moriah McGahan, Jessica Amerson, Madison Weber and Bethany Reynolds. Pictured inset: Reynolds and McGahan represented India on the UNICEF committe. Pictured below: Amerson and Weber negotiate during the conference. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.
March 10, 2014
Construction is making visible progress for a new $17 million Ernest Ward Middle School in Walnut Hill. The new building, expected to open to students as early as January 2015, following Christmas Break 2014, will be an ultra modern, energy efficient building.
Escambia County voters played a big part in making the $17 million facility a reality, thanks to the voter-approved half cent sales tax. Escambia is one of 16 of Florida’s 67 counties where voters have approved the half cent sales tax, which can be used for construction projects.
“If it were not for the half cent sales tax, we could not do things like build the new Ernest Ward,” Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said.
For more photos showing the construction progress as of about two weeks ago, click here. NorthEscambia.com will continue to provide construction updates and photos periodically over the next year.
The oldest buildings on the current Ernest Ward campus, including the main classroom wing, were constructed in 1945 to replace a campus ravaged by fire in 1943. That old school had been constructed to replace an Ernest Ward School that first opened in a log cabin in 1896.
Pictured top and inset: Recent aerial photos of construction at Ernest Ward Middle School show the footprint of the new building, directly behind the current school. (courtesy FastAerial.com). Pictured below: Class construction. Pictured bottom: The foundation. Pictured bottom: Lunchroom foundation. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
March 10, 2014
Crews will begin construction activities on Fannie Road just outside Century next week.
The $1.8 million project will replace the bridge on Fannie Road over Dead Lake with a new concrete structure consisting of two 12-foot wide travel lanes and eight foot shoulders. Fannie Road will be closed during construction and traffic detoured on to Highway 4 and Highway 29 in Florida and Highway 29 and Old Fannie Road in Alabama. Restrictions will remain in effect through fall 2015.
All activities are weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.
March 10, 2014
Escambia County will try again this week to hold interviews and name a county administrator.
The Escambia County Commission was set to hold one-on-one job interviews with each of the five finalists for the county administrator position the last week of January, but a freak winter storm literally iced those plans.
On Thursday, March 13 each finalist will meet separately with individual commissioners in their offices prior to public interviews with the full board at 1:00 in the afternoon. A second special board meeting will be held on March 14 at 9 a.m. to pick a new top boss for the county if one is not named on March 13.
The five finalists for Escambia County administrator, as recommended by a citizens advisory committee, are:
- Jack Brown — Perry, FL. County Administrator, Taylor County BOCC.
- Ted Lakey — Graceville, FL. County Administrator, Jackson County BOCC.
- Albert Penska — Gettysburg, PA. County Manager, Adams County.
- William Reynolds — Pensacola. Former City Administrator, City of Pensacola.
- John Weaver — Murrells Inlet, SC. Attorney, Thomas & Brittain
Due to the administrator interviews, a Committee of the Whole Workshop scheduled for Thursday, March 13, has been canceled.
March 9, 2014
The annual Blue Jacket Jamboree was held Saturday at Northview High School to benefit the school’s FFA program.
The day’s entertainment included 12-year old Chloe Channell of America’s Got Talent fame, The Dusty Sanderson Band and more.
- For a Chloe Channel photo gallery, click here.
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- For a Dusty Sanderson Band photo gallery, click here.
- For a Blue Jacket Jamboree general photo gallery, click here.
The Blue Jacket Jamboree also included arts and crafts, plenty of food, a car show, activities and games for the kids and other family-friendly activities.
America fell in love with Chloe Channell last fall on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” when she sang the Carrie Underwood cover song “All American Girl” and made it all the way to quarterfinals at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She performed with the Sawmill Band at the Farmer’s Opry in Chumuckla, since she was seven and has opened for country stars like Tracy Bird, Rodney Adkins, Little Big Town and Craig Morgan. This past Christmas, she was on stage with Billy Dean in the Kenny Rogers Production of “The Toy Shoppe” in Branson, Missouri.
Pensacola native Dusty Sanderson has been playing guitar since he was 10-years old and singing on stage since he turned 14. He has written over 75 songs and recently recorded his first four song album at Quad Studios in Nashville with Grammy nominated producer Dave Moody on the Lamon Records label. His first music video for the title track “Chuggin’ Along” was shot in January in McDavid.
The Blue Jacket Jamboree was sponsored in part by NorthEscambia.com. All proceeds from the event benefited the Northview High School FFA and FFA Scholarship Fund.
Pictured top and inset: Chloe Channell performs Saturday afternoon at Northview High School in Bratt at the Blue Jacket Jamboree. Pictured below: The Dusty Sanderson Band. Pictured below middle: A young man intently plans his baseball swing during a kid’s game. Pictured bottom. The event also included arts and crafts vendors. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
March 9, 2014
An Escambia County man is behind bars in Mississippi, charged in the Friday murder of his wife in the Mayfair community.
Antoine Tyshawn Banks, 34, is being held without bond in the Harrison County (MS) Jail. He was booked into the jail at 7:24 Saturday morning by the Biloxi (MS) Police Department. Banks was held on a homicide charge from Escambia County for the shooting death of his wife, 29-year old Alexis Monique Banks, according to Mississippi jail records.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was called to McKinley Drive, just off Mobile Highway near the Osceola Golf Course, Friday night. That’s where they discovered Alexis Banks dead with apparent gunshot wound.
Antoine Banks as waived extradition and is now in the Escambia County Jail without bond.