Photos: Camp Fire Kids Celebrate Thanksgiving With Feast

November 27, 2014

Camp Fire USA Century Youth Learning Center held a Thanksgiving feast this week for children and their parents. The daycare’s children, many dressed as Pilgrims or Native Americans, enjoyed a full Thanksgiving meal following a special Thanksgiving production on stage at the Century Community Center.

For a photo gallery from the event, click here.

Pictured: Children enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at the Camp Fire USA Century Youth Learning Center earlier this week. photos, click to enlarge.

Fill The Mayflower Collects 70,335 Meals For Families

November 27, 2014

Manna Food Pantries has concluded their seventh annual Fill the Mayflower food drive. This year, Fill the Mayflower will help provide food for a day for 23,445 people. The food will be distributed through Manna’s four pantries, the Santa Rosa Backpack4Teens Program and Senior Hunger Program in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

“This year, Manna has provided food to 32,868 people, including nearly 12,000 children,” said DeDe Flounlacker, executive director of  Manna. “This drive will provide the equivalent of 70,335 meals for families in need. The Northwest Florida community continues to show an amazing capacity to help those in need.”
The longtime event is the single most important food drive for the hungry in the community.

Manna continues to see high demand for healthy food for the hungry. In just three days before the Thanksgiving holiday,Manna provided food to more than 340 people, including 142 children. The organization is able to assist someone a maximum of four times a year.

Last year, Manna Food Pantries distributed 600,000 pounds of food to the hungry. The non-profit has been serving the community since 1983.

Missing Pensacola Man Found Deceased Near Brewton

November 26, 2014

A missing Pensacola man last seen early Sunday morning has been found deceased near Brewton, AL, as the apparent result of a traffic accident.

Authorities said 39-year old Daniel Eric Doelker was found deceased Wednesday morning along with his vehicle in a deep ditch along Highway 31 near Creamer Dozier Service on Highway 31.

Earlier story:

The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person, 39-year old Daniel Eric Doelker. He was described as being about 5-feet, 10-inches tall.

Doelker was last seen in the Brewton area November 23 around 1 am. Doelker  should be driving a 2004 Toyota Tundra extended cab truck with Florida tag number G699FL.

He is a member of a hunting club off of Mancil Rock Road outside of East Brewton near Highway 29. He had been at the hunting camp over the weekend. Authorities and family members spent most of Tuesday searching for Doelker and his vehicile, including an aerial search. The search was concentrated around the hunting camp, which is an extremely remote area near the Conecuh National Forest, and on the roadways around the camp.

At this point, Escambia County (AL) Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said the incident is being treated as if foul play “might” be involved, only because his department works all missing persons cases in that manner until foul play is ruled out.

Anyone who has information or comes in contact with Doelker should  notify Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Alabama at (251) 809-2154  or your local law enforcement agency.

Pictured top: The body of a Pensacola man was found in a ditch alongside Highway 31 near Brewton, AL, Thursday morning. Photo by Anthony Pura, WEAR 3, for, click to enlarge.

Suspect Jailed In Robbery Of Highway 97 Gas Station, Lillian Pharmacy

November 26, 2014

A suspect in the armed robbery of a North Escambia convenience store and a pharmacy in Lillian, AL, is now behind bars in north Mississippi.

William “Jake” McMillan, age 27, was jailed after allegedly committing an armed robbery in Choctaw County, MS.  He was arrested after a high speed chase into Montgomery County, MS, and transferred back to the Choctaw County Jail where is being held without bond.

A warrant for McMillan’s arrest was issued last week in Baldwin County, AL, after he was identified on surveillance video  as the  suspect who  robbed  the  Lillian Pharmacy  at gunpoint, making his getaway with about 1,700 hydrocodone pills. A  short time before the robbery, he allegedly took an  undisclosed amount of cash from a register and  safe  from  his  workplace, the Las Vegas Discount Golf & Tennis at Tanger Outlets in Foley.

McMillan has also been named as the suspect in the Friday night armed robbery of the Davisville BP on Highway 97 in Escambia County, FL.  He allegedly entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash before fleeing in a vehicle. The clerk was uninjured.

Authorities in Mississippi reportedly reviewed the surveillance video from the Davisville BP published on and discovered McMillan appeared to have the same jacket and clothing in his possession at the time of the Mississippi armed robbery.

Once charges are resolved in Mississippi, McMillan is expected to be extradited back to Baldwin County before facing any charged in Escambia County, FL.

Pictured inset: The suspect in a Friday night robbery. Pictured below: The BP station on Highway 97 in Davisville minutes after a Friday night robbery. photos, click to enlarge.

Town of Century Employees Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2014

Employees, family and friends of the Town of Century enjoyed a non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday afternoon. The group enjoyed grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with sides and desserts. photos, click to enlarge.

Farm-City Thanksgiving Meals Distributed To 600 Families

November 26, 2014

As part of Farm-City week, 600 families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties received full Thanksgiving meals Tuesday — much of it locally grown — thanks to the efforts of local farms, food banks and hundreds of FFA  and 4-H students. Students from Tate High School’s FFA chapter and local 4-H clubs helped with the Escambia County distribution at the Waterfront Rescue Mission.

The 400 pre-qualified families in Santa Rosa County and 200 in Escambia County received turkeys, collard and turnip greens, sweet potatoes, cornmeal, canned goods and desserts. The sweet potatoes were donated by local farmers and sorted by FFA students from a half dozen schools, and students also picked the collards and turnips from field Monday at the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences West Florida Research and Education Center.

Representatives from the Santa Rosa and Escambia Extension Services were at the distribution sites providing recipe cards and cooking advice.

Farm to City Week is a national effort with the goal to bring about a better understanding between rural and urban people by increasing their knowledge and appreciation for agriculture.

The locally grown produce was harvested at the University of Florida, West Florida Research and Education Center by participating Ag students from Jay High School, Central High School, Milton High School, Northview High School, Tate High School, Ernest Ward Middle School and King Middle School. [Read more about Monday's activities here....]

Pictures: Students ready for Farm-City Week food distribution Wednesday. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Fatal Shooting Under Investigation In Escambia County

November 25, 2014

A fatal shooting is under investigation in Escambia County.

A woman told deputies that she came home to her residence on Galvin Avenue Tuesday afternoon and found her boyfriend with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by first responders.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has said narcotics were found in the home, but no other details have been released.