Early Morning House Fire In Cantonment Under Investigation

January 22, 2019

Fire destroyed a home on Cedar Tree Lane just east of Highway 29 in Cantonment early Tuesday morning.

No one was home and there were no reports of any injuries in the 12:30 a.m. blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The Cantonment, Molino, Ensley and  Bellview stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS responded to the blaze.

Reader submitted photos by Sonameukia Banks for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Safety Improvements Made At Cantonment Crossing Where Train Hit Vehicle Last Month

January 22, 2019

The railroad crossing where a vehicle was hit by a train last month has been upgraded with crossing arms.

The marked crossing on on County Road 97 just south of Muscogee Road had flashing lights but no crossing arms on December 13. That’s when 20-year old Dustin Ryan Crumbley of Atmore was traveling north at 11:40 p.m. and failed to stop in time at an Alabama Gulf Coast Railway railroad crossing, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

He was transported to an area hospital as a “trauma alert” by Escambia County EMS.  A puppy in the vehicle was also injured and taken to a veterinarian at an emergency animal clinic in Pensacola.

The FHP cited Crumbley for failure to obey a railroad crossing traffic control device and for not wearing a seat belt.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Showers Moving In By Tonight, Wednesday

January 22, 2019

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night: Showers likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 68. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Wednesday Night: Showers likely, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 32. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 30. North wind around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 57.

Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 53.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 54.

Pictured: Monday’s sunset near Walnut Hill. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

Celebrating The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr. (With Gallery)

January 21, 2019

A large crowd turned out in Century Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Century-Flomaton Improvement Association (CFIA) held their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the Century Ag Building Monday.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Songs, essays and speeches honored King’s memory during the program, which was themed “Keep the Dream Alive”.

Guest speaker Cameron Cunningham poised a question to those in attendance, “Where to we go from here? Where do we go from here if we are raising a generation that believes if they have designer clothing it can cover up ignorance?”  He raised other examples of a generation that believes in expensive shoes, has not read a book “since 12th grade”, buys expensive cars and other extravagant items.

But they never, he said, come back to their roots and understand the struggles of previous generations and Dr. King.

“They go to where they go, and they forget where they come from. They never want to come home,” he said. “Where do we go from here?”

The first step, he said, is establishing a relationship with the Lord.

Cunningham, 22, is a senior majoring in religion and philosophy at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and he plans to become a pastor. His family is from the Flomaton and Century area, and he began his spiritual walk at the Damascus Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Henry Hawkins, who currently serves as Century’s mayor.

The CFIA also named their Essay Competition Winners. Markavia Johnson won first place, Bianca Wright was second, and Naveah Bush had the third place essay.

For a photo gallery, click here.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.