Northview Girls Weightlifting Team Presents Season Awards

February 10, 2016

The Northview High School girls weightlifting team celebrated their season with their annual awards banquet.

The following awards were presented:

MVL (Most Valuable Lifters) — Audriene Odom, Myisha Syria, Laurie Purdy, Breanna Campbell

Coach’s Award Winners — Katie Born, Bethany Reynolds, Laurie Purdy

Pensacola Sports Association Winner– Haley Weaver

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Senate Backs Bill To Shield Personal Hunting, Fishing License Info

February 10, 2016

The Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee on Tuesday backed a measure (SB 1364) that would create a public-records exemption to shield personal information — such as names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and telephone numbers — of people getting hunting, fishing and boating licenses and certificates from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Sen. Alan Hays, a Umatilla Republican who sponsored the proposal, said the intent of the proposed exemption is to protect gun owners.

“It’s a good gun-control measure, to tell you the truth, without interfering with Second Amendment rights,” Hays said.

“The current situation is that if any person who wants to know where weapons are located, all they’d have to do is do a public-records request to the Fish and Game Commission to send a list of everybody who has a hunting license,” Hays continued. “And you know good and well most of those homes, where the owner or the occupant has a hunting license, are going to have a weapon.”

When asked about how components of the bill, such as fishing licenses, fit within protecting gun ownership, Hays said such parts can be removed when the bill goes before another committee.

Barbara Petersen, president of the First Amendment Foundation, questioned Hays’ stance in an email Tuesday.

“Have there been any reported incidents of people using hunting licenses to track down hunters to steal their guns? Isn’t that the definition of stupid criminal? And why include fishing licenses? Boating safety records? He’s blowing smoke,” Petersen said in the email. “This is clearly a reaction to the bear hunting license snafu and the fact that a reporter from the Orlando Sentinel got (rock star) Ted Nugent’s telephone number and called him up.”

(Disclosure: The News Service of Florida is a member of the First Amendment Foundation.)

Hays said after the meeting that the controversial bear hunt didn’t factor into his decision to file the bill, which, if approved, would become law July 1.

The commission held a bear hunt in October, the first in the state in more than two decades. The state sold 3,778 permits for the hunt, and among the people buying permits were Nugent, House members Frank Artiles of Miami, Jay Trumbull of Panama City and Tom Goodson of Titusville, and Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Aliese Priddy.

The commission halted the potential seven-day hunt after two days, as the number of bears killed quickly approached the quota of 320. Commission officials acknowledged they “underestimated the hunter success for the first day.”

The commission has not decided if a bear hunt will be conducted this year. Spokeswoman Susan Smith said the agency is “still reviewing information from the 2015 hunt.”

The Senate bill must get approved by the Rules Committee before it could go to the full Senate.

A similar House bill (HB 1153) was unanimously supported by the Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee last month and must clear the State Affairs Committee before it could go to the House floor.

by The News Service of Florida

Tate Wrestling Wins Third Tournament

February 8, 2016

The Tate High School wrestling team won the recent Tate Invitational tournament. Gulf Breeze placed second, and Niceville High came in third. For the Aggies, this was their third tournament win in the past month.

During the Tate Invitational, nine Aggie wrestlers won medals:

106: Jacob Cochran and Matthew Blalock
120: Scott Houston
126: Tanner Wood
138: Daniel Pigg
152: Logan Womack
170: Heath Herndon
195: Jacob Neales
220: Gaven McAnally

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FWC: Deer Hunting Continues Through February 28

February 7, 2016

There’s still time to head to Florida woods to enjoy the cooler weather and seek deer. General gun season remains open on private lands in Zones D (including Escambia and Santa Rosa counties) through February 21. In Zone D, those who hunt with a bow, crossbow or muzzleloader get an additional week  ̶  from February 22-28  ̶  to participate in a late muzzleloading gun season. This unique late season, which occurs on private land only in Zone D, was established to give hunters the chance to hunt the rut, which occurs from mid-January through February in the Florida Panhandle.

A $5 muzzleloading gun permit is required to hunt during this season. Of course, you’ll also need a hunting license, which costs residents $17 for an annual one – or you might opt to purchase the five-year license for only $79.

On wildlife management areas, this post-season is referred to as the archery/muzzleloading gun season. Hunters can use bows or muzzleloaders, but no crossbows – unless they possess a disabled crossbow permit. Hunters who choose to hunt with a bow must have the $5 archery permit, and those using a muzzleloader need the $5 muzzleloading gun permit.

Legal to take; bag limits

The most common things to hunt during this season are deer and wild hogs. Only legal bucks may be taken, even if you use a bow. South of Interstate 10 in Deer Management Unit-D1, one antler must have at least two points. North of I-10 in DMU-D2, all bucks must have at least three points on a side or have a main beam of at least 10 inches long to be legal to take.

And if you’re hunting deer, make sure you have the $5 deer permit. On private land, the daily bag limit is two. Season dates, bag limits and antler regulations for deer on WMAs can differ, so consult the wildlife management area brochure at before heading out.

On private lands, wild hogs can be taken year-round with no bag or size limits. On most WMAs, there’s also no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during most hunting seasons except spring turkey. On selected WMAs, specific bag and size limits do apply, so again, please check the area’s brochure to make sure.

Hunting regulations

During this season, dogs may not be used to hunt deer. However, you may use a leashed one to track a wounded deer if necessary. And it’s important to note that no turkeys may be taken during this season.

Bows and crossbows must have minimum draw weights of 35 pounds. Hand-held releases on bows are permitted. Broadheads used in taking deer must have at least two sharpened edges with a minimum width of 7/8 inch.

During this late season, the only muzzleloaders allowed are those fired by wheel lock, flintlock, percussion cap or centerfire primer (including 209 primers).  Muzzleloaders that can be loaded from the breech are not legal during this time. For hunting deer, muzzleloading rifles must be at least .40-caliber, and muzzleloading shotguns must be 20-gauge or larger.

Legal shooting hours are between a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset. You’re allowed to take deer and hogs over feeding stations on private land, but it is illegal to use such feed on WMAs.

Public hunting opportunity

In Zone D, 12 of the WMAs have a February archery/muzzleloading gun season, and if you plan to hunt any of ’em, you must have the $26 management area permit. Those areas are Apalachicola, Apalachicola River, Beaverdam Creek, Blackwater, Chipola River, Choctawhatchee River, Econfina Creek, Escambia River, Perdido River, Point Washington, Tate’s Hell and Yellow River.

You can get all of the licenses and permits you’ll need at any retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing supplies, by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA or by going online at

Submitted by FWC.

Northview Chiefs Honor Football Best During Banquet

February 5, 2016

The Northview Chiefs honored the best of their 2015 season Thursday night during their annual football banquet.

Pictured top: The Chief Award was presented to Jared Aliff and Dustin Bethea.

(Scroll down for additional awards listed below photos.)

Offensive Awards were presented to Hunter Cofield, Luke Ward and Tony Harris.

Defensive Awards were presented to Zachary Hollad, Jacob Weaver and MJ Jones.

Pictured: Seniors were also honored. (L-R) Tyler Berry, Zach Steele, LaDarius Thames, I’siah Dunn, Jacob Dunsford and Zachary Holland. Photos by Melissa Ward for, click to enlarge.

Tate High’s Jones Signs With Alabama Southern Softball

February 5, 2016

Tate High School senior Meagan Jones has signed to play softball with Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, AL. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

Tate High’s Payne Signs With Morehouse College

February 5, 2016

Tate High School senior Reginald Payne signed Thursday with Morehouse College in Atlanta, an affiliate of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). Photo courtesy Tate Football for, click to enlarge.

Four Tate Seniors Sign With Same Kansas College

February 4, 2016

Four Tate High School seniors signed their letters of intent Wednesday for full scholarships at the same Kansas school.   Monty Brown, Dee Thompson, Alonte Thompson, Alondo Thompkins all signed with Independence Community College in Independence, KS. The ICC Pirates are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Photos by Tina Decoux for, click to enlarge.

Jay’s Mishoe Signs With Millsaps College

February 4, 2016

Jay High School’s Victor Mishoe signed a football letter of intent Wednesday with Millsaps College in Jackson, MS – a NCAA Division III school Pictured: (L-R, seated) Evelyn Jordan, Victor Mishoe, Christy Cassady, Jack Floyd, (back, L-R) Track Coach Madison Whitfield, Athletic Director Lance Youngblood and Head Football Coach Kent Smith. Submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

FWC Hunter Safety Internet Completion Course In Jay

February 2, 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in Jay this month.

Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

The course will be be offered February 10 from 6-10 p.m. and February 20 from 7-10 a.m. at the Jay Community Center at 5259 Booker Lane.

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at (850) 758-0525.

Completion courses will be offered in March in Escambia County, visit for more information.

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