New Dollar General Open In Cantonment

July 6, 2015

The area’s newest Dollar General store is now open in Cantonment. The new 9,288 square foot store is on a 2.28 acre lot at the northeast corner of the Highway 29 and Neal Road intersection. The lot had been home to various thrift stores for several years. photos, click to enlarge.

July 4th Tragedy: Toddler Drowns In Bratt Pool

July 5, 2015

Emergency officials responded to the reported drowning of an 18-month old toddler in a swimming pool Saturday afternoon in Bratt. The child was pronounced deceased a short time later at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The 911 call came in about 4 p.m. from a home in the 4400 block of West Highway 4, near Northview High School. First responders attempted to save the young female, airlifting her  from the nearby Travis Nelson Park to Sacred Heart Hospital.

The incident is under investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Further details have not yet been released.

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS also responded to the incident.

Pictured top: An 18-month old toddler is airlifted from the Travis Nelson Park in Bratt to Sacred Heart. Pictured inset and below: The incident occurred at a home in the 4400 block of West Highway 4, near Northview High School Saturday afternoon. photos, click to enlarge.

Alabama Man Seriously Injured In Walnut Hill Crash

July 5, 2015

An Alabaster, AL, man was seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover accident Saturday afternoon in Walnut Hill.

Christopher Scott Bryant, 41, was southbound on Kansas Road near Smith Lane about 2:10 p.m. when his vehicle traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck a concrete culvert. His pickup then re-entered the roadway and traveled across both lanes of Kansas Road, overturning several times, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.. His 2002 Ford Ranger came to rest upside just off the road in a ditch.

Bryant was transported by Escambia County EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola with serious injuries.  Bryant was wearing his seat belt, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the FHP.

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue also responded to the crash. photos, click to enlarge.

Photos: Atmore Fireworks

July 5, 2015

Crowds from across the area celebrated the Fourth of July Saturday night with a fireworks show and a performance by the Escambia County Community Band at the Wind Creek Hotel in Atmore.

For more photos, click here. photos by Ditto Gorme, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Woman Dies Week After Pine Forest Road Crash

July 4, 2015

A Cantonment woman passed away Friday morning as the result of injuries she received in wreck last Saturday evening.

Melanie Ann Clark, 42, was traveling northbound on Pine Forest Road near Highway 297A at a high rate of speed when she lost control of her 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer and traveled into the path of a southbound Ford F150 pickup driven by 64-year old Gary Stephen Frederickson of Cantonment, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Following the June 27, 6:20 p.m. crash, Clark was ejected from her vehicle due to not wearing a seat belt. She was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where she passed away July 3 at 10:24 am.

A passenger in Clark’s vehicle, 35-year old Newman Jefferson Clark was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries. Federickson was not injured.

Reader submitted photo by Stephanie Norton for, click to enlarge.

Century, Flomaton Celebrate With A Bang (With Photo Gallery)

July 4, 2015

Fireworks lit up the night Friday with an early celebration at Flomaton’s Hurricane Park.

The fireworks show was a joint effort of both the Town of  Flomaton and the Town of Century. The towns alternate hosting the festivities each year.

For a photo gallery, click here. photo by Ditto Gorme, click to enlarge.