Labor Day Gas Prices Down Slightly This Year

August 31, 2014

Gas prices on Labor Day weekend were at their lowest in a couple of years, and AAA says that will translate to more people on the highways.

Escambia County’s average gas price on Saturday was $3.37 for a gallon of regular unleaded —less than the year-ago price of $3.43 per gallon.

AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million) will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to an unofficial close. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1.

Historically, when Labor Day weekend begins in August, Americans have shown a higher tendency to travel.

Escambia 4-H Horse Club Donates To Manna Food Pantries

August 31, 2014

Members of the Escambia County 4-H Horse Club was concerned by the spring floods that devastated the Manna Food Pantries.  In order to help, the group collected 121 pounds of food for Manna Food Pantries. The club plans to help Manna again in the future. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Body Found After Suspicious Fire

August 30, 2014

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating suspicious death following structure fire about 9 p.m. Friday.

An unidentified body was found in the vicinity after a suspicious structure fire in the first block of East Herman Avenue near a homeless camp, and homicide investigators were called to the scene.

At this time, the cause of death is undetermined and the victim has not been identified, the Sheriff’s Office sad. Investigators said early Saturday afternoon that they were looking for an orange or red two-door Pontiac bearing Florida license plate 318NTQ which was observed in the area at the time of the incident.

The vehicle was spotted being driven in an erratic manner Saturday afternoon near Davis Highway. Two black males reportedly fled from the vehicle after the driver stopped at Happy Nicks at 2499 North Palafox Street.

A manhunt followed, with one person taken into custody. That person was later released after it was determined that they had no part in the incident.

Anyone with any information should call the Escambia County Sheriffs Office at (850) 436-9620 or Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

ECUA Approves Rate Increases

August 30, 2014

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority customers will see rates increases on their bills after  October 1.

The ECUA board has approved a 3 percent increase in water and wastewater rates. The board also approved a 3.5 percent, or 66 cent, increase in the sanitation rate, a direct pass-along of increased tipping fees at the Escambia County owned Perdido Landfill.

The water and wastewater increase will be used to cover the cost of over $50 million in capitol improvement projects. file photo.

Flomaton Storms Past Jay 42-20 (With Photo Gallery)

August 30, 2014

A storm was brewing Friday night in Jay as the Flomaton Hurricanes beat the Jay Royals 42-20.

In a game that saw a 15-minute lightning delay at a packed Merle North Stadium, Flomaton’s Jamel Grace and Jamal Brown combined for three touchdowns with about 140 yards  each. The Hurricane’s Tripp Vickery completed three passes to Andrew Cash for two touchdowns on a total of 109 yards.

Flomaton (2-0) will play their home opener next Friday night at 7:00 against Washington County (1-1) of Chatom, AL.  The Jay Royals (0-1)  will travel to Rocky Bayou (0-1).

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Tate Aggies Beat West Florida Tech (With Photo Gallery)

August 30, 2014

The Tate High School Aggies had a little revenge on their minds Friday night as they beat West Florida  in Cantonment 19-7, a far cry from last year’s 45-3 loss to the Jaguars.

Tate controlled the first half on the scoreboard, with a 10-0 lead at the half that they expanded to 17-0 with about eight minutes to go in the third. The Aggies were led by Alondo Thompkins with 35 yards, four of which came in the second half on a touchdown run.

The Aggies will head down to Pensacola High School next Friday night at 7:30, while West Florida will be at  Milton.

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