Pope Appoints Tate Graduate As New Bishop Of Memphis

October 23, 2016

Bishop Martin Holley, a graduate of Tate High School, was appointed by Pope Francis and recently installed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Memphis.

“With faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the love of God in my heart, I do accept the pastoral care of the people of God in the Diocese of Memphis,” declared Bishop Holley after the papal mandate appointing him to Memphis was read. “I resolve to faithfully serve the Church in this diocese.”. He was installed during a ceremony at the Cook Convention Center.

After making his pronouncement, Bishop Holley was presented with a crosier, his shepherd’s staff, and escorted to his cathedral, his bishop’s chair – the symbols of his authority.

The crowd of nearly 3,000 who attended the Mass burst into cheers and gave a standing ovation as the new bishop of Memphis assumed his post.  He was then welcomed by representatives of his new diocese, and by members of other faiths in the city of Memphis.

In his first homily to his new flock, Bishop Holley urged them to “love others as Jesus has loved us.” “In God’s love, we find the fullness of grace, life, peace and joy,” he said.

During his installation Mass, Bishop Holley noted that his episcopal motto is “His mercy endures forever.”

He urged the faithful of Memphis “to love and to bring the mercy of Jesus Christ into the lives of those who need to know His love and mercy.”

One of Bishop Holley’s first acts after officially becoming the Bishop of Memphis was to join Catholic Charities volunteers in assembling bags of food and other items for the homeless.

Holley was born in Pensacola. While his mother was pregnant with the future bishop, she, along with her husband and their seven older children, converted to the Catholic faith. When Holley was born on Dec. 31, 1954, he was named after the pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Cantonment,  the family’s new parish priest. Bishop Holley is the 8th of 14 children of Sylvester and Mary Holley, both of whom are deceased.

Bishop Holley attended Catholic elementary schools and was captain of the basketball team at Tate High School, where he is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame, and then attended Faulkner State Junior College in Bay Minette, AL. He played basketball and earned a degree in management at Alabama State University in Montgomery, where he was named the university’s outstanding collegian.

Having felt the call to the priesthood from a young age, Bishop Holley attended Theological College in Washington and completed his seminary studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton, Beach, Florida. He was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 1987.

In Florida, then-Father Holley served as a parochial vicar and later administrator of St. Mary Parish in Fort Walton Beach. He also served at St. Paul and Little Flower parishes in Pensacola. He served as spiritual director of the Serra Club of West Florida, which promotes vocations to the priesthood, and since 1983, he has been a member of the Joint Conference of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus.

Bishop Holley was ordained as a bishop of Washington in 2004 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

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Hundreds Attend Williams Station Day; Dancers Dazzle Crowd (With Gallery)

October 23, 2016

Hundreds attended the annual Williams Station Day in Atmore Saturday, including a large crowd for the day’s entertainment — including Twirl Time and the Northview High School Dance Team.

Williams Station Day takes its name from Atmore’s early history when in 1866 the community was a supply stop along the Mobile and Great Northern railroad. Festival-goers were entertained by a wide variety of musical acts, and a wide variety of  arts and crafts were also available

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It’s a Tradition: Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere (With Photo Gallery)

October 23, 2016

Looking for a pumpkin? The Allen Memorial United Methodist Church Men’s Pumpkin Patch is open once again this year at the corner of Highway 29 and Neal Road in Cantonment. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are available, with some priced as low as $1. The pumpkin patch is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Organizers said hundreds of pumpkins have been sold far this year.

The church held its annual Fall Festival on Saturday with free activities for children, and plenty of food from the Methodist Men, including smoked turkey legs.

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Forest Service Continues To Warn Against Outdoor Burning

October 23, 2016

The Florida Forest Service is continuing to warn residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties not to conduct any outdoor burning for the next few days.

The entire area is in the midst of of an extended dry spell, plus a passing cold front brought higher winds and lower humidity. There is no rain in the forecast for at least the next week.

Even well-intended backyard fires can be very dangerous, according to the Forest Service.

“Cleaning up is fine but we would recommend that folks not burn their yard debris until we see some relief,” said David Smith, operations administrator for the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater District. The Forest Service has also suspended permits for large piles and acreage burns.

Pictured: A brush fire burned about an acre on Handy Road in Cantonment Saturday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

UWF Discovers Third Shipwreck From Luna Fleet

October 22, 2016

The University of West Florida archaeology program announced today the discovery of a third shipwreck from the Spanish fleet linked to Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s 16th century expedition to modern-day Pensacola. The discovery comes less than one year after UWF archaeologists identified the terrestrial site of Luna’s colony in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola, marking the earliest multi-year European settlement in the U.S.

The third shipwreck was found in Pensacola Bay near Emanuel Point I and II, the first two shipwrecks linked to the Luna expedition. Emanuel Point I was found by archaeologists from the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research in 1992 and was later investigated by BAR and UWF. Emanuel Point II was discovered by UWF during a summer field school in 2006.

The third ship, Emanuel Point III, was discovered by UWF archaeologists and students during the Combined Archaeological Field Methods course on June 20, 2016. After identifying the land settlement in 2015, the UWF team was able to narrow the field of search for the remaining shipwrecks during the summer field school in 2016.

“We chose a shallow spot with a sandy bottom to dive to give the students a break after we’d been in another part of the bay where it was deeper and darker,” said Dr. Greg Cook, assistant professor of anthropology and principal investigator of the Emanuel Point II shipwreck. “We thought there probably wasn’t anything there, but had found an anomaly when we surveyed and decided to let the students have fun investigating it. Within two minutes, the divers came up and said they felt stones with their probes. Later that afternoon, the first artifacts were found. I said that day, ‘You know, it shouldn’t be this easy.’”

The UWF team has discovered ballast stones, iron concretions and articulated hull of the ship, including frames and hull planking, as well as remnants of ceramics once carried on it. They received a joint permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct test excavations through March 2017 to determine the extent of the shipwreck and the type of wood used to make the ship, which will indicate if it was among the earliest ships to be built in the New World.

“We stand a good chance that this is a different type of ship from Emanuel Point I and Emanuel Point II,” said Dr. John Bratten, chair and associate professor of anthropology and co-principal investigator of Emanuel Point II. “Because it was found in shallower water than the others, it might be smaller, possibly what they called a barca. This discovery is significant in understanding 16th century ship construction.”

The UWF archaeology program’s exploration of the Luna fleet has been funded in part by a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. The matching grant, awarded to UWF in 2014, provided funding for faculty, staff and students from UWF to conduct fieldwork, laboratory analysis, artifact conservation and curation, archival research in Spain and public outreach in all seasons for two years.

“This is an extremely exciting and timely discovery following the recent investigations at the nearby terrestrial Luna site,” said Dr. Timothy Parsons, director of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. “I’m very pleased that the Division can support this work through our Special Category Grants Program.”

Maritime field investigations by UWF, including continuing survey and excavations, have mainly focused on the six ships that were lost during a hurricane that hit Pensacola Bay in September 1559. The Luna expedition included 1,500 soldiers, colonists, slaves and Aztec Indians who traveled in 11 ships from Veracruz, Mexico, to Pensacola to begin the Spanish colonization of the northern Gulf Coast. The hurricane hit Pensacola one month after they arrived, sinking many of their ships and devastating their food supplies. After two years, the remnants of the colony were rescued by Spanish ships and returned to Mexico.

The Luna settlement in Pensacola lasted from 1559 to 1561, which predates the Spanish settlement in St. Augustine, Florida, by six years, and the English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, by 48 years.

“Finding the third ship is highly significant because it confirms we have the whole fleet in Pensacola Bay,” added Dr. John Worth, associate professor of anthropology and principal investigator of the Luna land settlement. “The historical documents say that two ships were loaded, ready to go back to Spain. As long as we had just two shipwrecks, it could mean that the rest of the fleet was somewhere else. Now we know we really do have the fleet, not just two ships that happened to be from the fleet.”

Emanuel Point I was found in 1992, and UWF archaeologists continued investigations through 1998 under the direction of Dr. Roger Smith, Florida State Underwater Archaeologist. In 2006, UWF archaeologists and students located Emanuel Point II. UWF continued to examine the second shipwreck with its summer field schools until grant funding was received in 2014. The funding has allowed UWF archaeologists to work continuously at the site and search for additional shipwrecks for two years.

The Luna land settlement was identified in October 2015 when Pensacola native Tom Garner discovered Spanish colonial and Native American artifacts at a privately owned residential lot within view of the two uncovered shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay. UWF has continued investigations at the settlement site since it discovery, including offering a land-based field school during Summer 2016. Together, the shipwrecks and land settlement provide a unique insight into the earliest multi-year European colonial settlement to be archaeologically identified in the United States.

“They found the third ship closer to land while we were working on a lower part of the settlement site,” said Dr. Elizabeth Benchley, director of the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology and the Archaeology Institute. “Watching the survey boat over Emanuel Point III, seeing how close it was to land and imagining this was where the people came and stepped ashore; it gives me goosebumps. It’s very powerful to put yourself in a location where you can envision what the landscape was like in 1559.”

Northview Battles To 12-10 Win Over 4A Walton

October 22, 2016

The 1A Northview Chiefs beat the 4A Walton Braves 12-10 during Senior Night at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium in Bratt.

“It was a great game, two great football teams out here to battle tonight,” Northview Head Coach Derek Marshman said. “It was a battle in every sense of the word — two football teams that did not want to give up or give in. Both teams fought to the very end. It was everything that high school football is made of.”

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Northview took a 6-0 lead with 5:47 to go in the first quarter on a 60-yard quarterback keeper from senior Luke Ward.  Walton added a touchdown and field goal to take a 10-6 lead with 9:39 remaining in the half.

Then with 8:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, Ward found Hunter Edwards for a 9-yard touchdown (pictured top) go ahead touchdown.

Several Chiefs stepped up on the way to win, Marshman said, including Micheal “MJ” Jones.

“MJ Jones played his tail off.  He played a great football game on both sides of the ball. He played a great game defensively all night long…you put him on offense, he makes key blocks, key catches. Linebacker Ohijie Elliot made a great play to force a fumble and a sack to secure the game. Luke Ward played great. And a guy that’s really stepped out on top is senior running back Hunter Edwards…he’s going to run through guys, not run around guys,” he said.

Next week, the Chiefs (6-3, 1-0) will travel to Baker (8-0, 1-0) in a game that will decide the district championship. Both teams are in the 1A playoffs; the winner will have a home stadium advantage while the loser will hit the road in two weeks.

“We have a lot of momentum going into Baker. This was a big win for us tonight, to go undefeated at home and to win on senior night.,” Marshman said. “Next week is what is boils down to. But win, lose or draw, we going to go at it and go on.”

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Look for cheerleader, band, ROTC, dance team and  Senior Night photos by Monday on NorthEscambia.com.

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Tate Beats Choctaw 63-42

October 22, 2016

In a 105 total point game, Tate beat the Choctawhatchee Indians Friday night in Cantonment 63-42 for an Aggies Senior Night win.

Choctaw jumped out to a 7-0 lead at Pete Gindl Stadium just over a minute into the first quarter. A Jake Henry quarterback keeper touchdown run across midfield tied things up 7-7 at the 9:23 mark.  Then Henry found Corey Moorer for an Aggie touchdown, Tate on Top 14-7 with 5:57 in the first.

Choctaw then pulled ahead 21-14 with touchdowns late in the first and early in the second.  Henry tied things up with a keeper and 67-year touchdown run at 7:35 in the second quarter, 21-21.

Tate went ahead 28-21 with 2:33 on the clock in the half when Henry found Ladarryl Page on a 6-yard touchdown pass.  Tate expanded their lead to 34-21 when Henry completed a 3-yard pass to Rodriquez Smith for a touchdown with seven seconds in the half, 35-21 as the Showband of the South took to the field.

In the third, Henry was in again on a 70-yard run. With a good kick from Evan Legassey, Tate was up 42-21. The Aggies kept rolling with a 10 yard pass from Henry to Moorer for another TD, 48-21. After a Choctaw touchdown, Tate was up 56-28 on a 12-yard rushing touchdown from Paige with 2:21 to go in the third quarter.

The Indians scored touchdowns at the 10:23 and 3:22 marks in the fourth quarter.

The Aggies sealed the win with 3:22 to go in the game when Henry rushed five yards for a touchdown. Legassey’s kick was good for Friday night’s final, 63-42.

The Tate Aggies (7-2, 1-1) will travel to Pine Forest next Friday night for their final game of the regular season. A playoff spot is on the line in the game…both teams have lost this season for first place Escambia, so a win locks in the district runner-up spot.

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