Highway 29 Wreck Claims One Life Near Cantonment

August 21, 2014

A  traffic accident near Cantonment claimed the life of an elderly Alabama woman Wednesday night when she headed the wrong way on Highway 29.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 88-year old Dorothy M. Fleming of Robertsdale left Faith Chapel Funeral Home on Highway 29 and traveled south in the northbound lane about 10:15 p.m.

Her 1988 Lincoln Town Car collided with a northbound 2010 GMC Sierra driven by 18-year old Ronald. R Pritchett, Jr., of Molino. The force of the impact caused the pickup to overturn one complete time.

Fleming was trapped for about an hour before being airlifted to an area hospital where she was later pronounced deceased. Pritchett received only minor injuries.

Pictured: This accident claimed the life of the driver of the Lincoln Town Car Wednesday night on Highway 29 near Cantonment. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Price, click to enlarge.

Lane Closures Begin Today On Jacks Branch Road

August 21, 2014

Drivers can expect delays on a portion of Jacks Branch Road beginning Friday and continuing through next week.

Alternating lane closures will occur on Jacks Branch Road  between Barrineau Park Road and Schifko Road in Cantonment  today, and Monday-Friday of next week.  The lane closures will be in effect between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. as crews work to widen the roadway.

Residents will have access to their property at all times although workers may need to temporarily close some driveways and relocate or replace mailboxes.

Flagmen will be onsite to help direct traffic and drivers are asked to obey the speed limit that has been reduced by 10 mph throughout the work zone. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.

Power Boat Stops In Cantonment In Advance Of Saturday Grand Prix

August 21, 2014

The Stihl offshore racing boat US-1 was on display Wednesday at A-1 Small Engines  in Cantonment in advance of this weekend’s 1st Annual Pensacola Grand Prix Sunday on Pensacola Bay.

Sunday’s races will start at 1 p.m. and 2 pm. with Plaza de Luna and Maritime Park designated as prime viewing areas. For more info, click here.

During Wednesday’s Stihl US-1 visit to Cantonment, A-1 Small Engines held a couple of giveaways — Brad Early won a  Stihl blower, and Tim Bragg won a 25 quart Engel cooler.

Pictured: The Stihl offshore racing boat US-1 at A-1 Small Engines in Cantonment Wednesday. Photos courtesy April Conatser for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Homicide Investigation Underway After Body Found

August 21, 2014

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent homicide in southwest Escambia County.

Shortly after noon Thursday, a deceased male was discovered in the area of Weller Avenue and Bradfield Drive, off Gulf Beach Highway.  Deputies have identified the victim as 25-year old Tyler A. Evans of Pensacola.

Investigators are working the case as a homicide. Early indications are that the murder was not a random act, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators are looking for a gold 2000 Toyota Tacoma extended cab with Florida tag J284AZ in connection with the incident. Anyone having any information concerning the crime or the vehicle is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Citing an ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any further information.

Escambia County Mosquito Borne Illneses Advisory Upgraded To Alert

August 20, 2014

An mosquito-borne illness advisory for Escambia County has been upgraded to an alert.

The change came after the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County received notification of  a confirmed case of West Nile virus (WNV) infection in a resident of Escambia County, FL, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon. A probable human case in the county was previously reported.

The Escambia County Mosquito Control Division and the health department continue surveillance and prevention efforts.  FDOH-Escambia reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses.

School Board Honors Molino Park’s Woodward As Principal Of The Year

August 20, 2014

Molino Park Elementary School Principal Alice Woodward was officially recognized Tuesday night by the Escambia County School Board as the Escambia County Principal of the Year.

Following a standing ovation, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas lauded Woodward’s many accomplishment at Molino Park.

“She always finds a way to put students first,” Thomas concluded.

“I am definitely humbled that I was the one chosen to receive the award this year. I work among a very talented and dedicated group  of principals,” Woodward said. “I am receiving the principal of the year award not because of the things I do, but because of my staff, the fruits of my staff, my parents, my students, my community continually striving for excellence.”

Just a year ago, Molino Park was recovering from a break-in and the theft of about $60,000 in technology, and the school was rated as a “C” by the Florida Department of Education.  Now, Molino Park Elementary is an “A” school with a 95 percent proficiency in math — among the highest scores in the district and state.

“Research says that what people hear last is what they remember most,” Woodward told the school board. ” So I say to you, to God by the glory, for it is from Him all blessings flow.”

Also Tuesday night, Janet Penrose of Belleview Middle School was honored as the Escambia County Assistant Principal of the Year.

For an earlier NorthEscambia.com story about Woodward and her award, click here.

Pictured top: Molino Park Elementary School Principal Alice Woodward was presented the Escambia County Principal of the Year Tuesday evening before the Escambia County School Board. Image for NorthEsambia.com, click to enlarge.

Plans Continue To ‘Reimagine Century’ This September

August 20, 2014

Volunteers met Tuesday night to continue making plans for Reimagine Century — a September 13, 2014, event that will be held at Showalter Park in Century.

Organizer Linda English said the group is on a mission to serve those less fortunate — both  their physical and spiritual needs.

Churches and ministry groups will come together “as one as the Body of Christ”, English said, to serve during Reimagine Century.

The event will include a wide variety of activities, including a multi-ton food giveaway, a clothing giveaway, free toys, free diapers, health screenings, AIDS testing, live music, fishing lessons from Mission Fishin’,  laundry detergent giveaway, youth and teen activities, haircuts, entertainment, lunch and much more — all free for the community.

Donations of clothing and gently-used toys are currently being accepted during regular business hours at the Century Town Hall.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Century To Update Ordinances In Online, Searchable Format

August 20, 2014

The Town of Century is taking steps to make sure that all of the town’s ordinances are up to date and searchable online.

Back in 2011, the town hired the Municipal Code Corporation to publish ordinances online in a searchable format for the public. Since that time, about nine new ordinances have been passed by the town council.

The council has voted to spend $35 per ordinance to have the ordinances updated in a searchable, cross-referenced format online, plus $35 for each additional ordinance that is passed to keep the latest ordinance information available.

To view Century’s Code of Ordinances (without the updates), click here.

The Municipal Code Corporation is one of the nation’s largest municipal code publication companies. The company currently provides code services for hundreds of governments, including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and the City of Pensacola.

Pictured: Century Town Clerk Leslie Gonzalez explains the listing of the town’s ordinances on the Municode website. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.