Giving Back: 30,000 Pounds Of Food Distributed In Cantonment

September 26, 2021

Hundreds of people turned out for a 30,000 pound food giveaway Saturday morning in Cantonment.

Calling it an “amazing” morning, Rep. Michelle Salzman said all 30,000 pounds of food was distributed, with nearly half that weight in meat. She said over 500 cars came through the line at Carver Park, with many others walking up.

The event was sponsored by Salzman, Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Pinewood Presbyterian Church, Cantonment Improvement Committee and Trailer Parts Plus of Florida.

Organizers said they plan to hold the large food distribution once per quarter.

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North Escambia’s Newest Dollar General Opens; One More Opens Soon, Two Others In The Works

September 26, 2021

North Escambia’s newest Dollar General is now open, as another one is under construction and two more are planned in the area.

A quiet grand opening was held Friday for a new Dollar General at the corner of Highway 297A and West Kingsfield Road in Cantonment. Escambia County granted a conditional use to allow the 8,960 square foot store  in an area that is zoned for low density mixed-use up 6,000 square feet. A conditional use in the zoning category allows for retail sales up to 35,000 square feet.

The Escambia County Board of Adjustment approved the conditional use with the stipulation that the store have a residential area design with wood siding and a shingled roof.

Construction is nearing completion on a new 9,291 square foot Dollar General store in the 7000 block of North Century Boulevard in Century. An opening date has not been announced.

Dollar General’s development company has development applications for two more North Escambia stores in the works. One is on 1.89 acres on the west side of Highway 29 between Ten Mile Road and Roberts Road, just north of Kingline Equipment.

The second is in Walnut Hill at 7100 Highway 97, on the north side of the intersection of South Highway 99. There are currently two residential structures on the 5.3 acre property, which is across the road from a former farm supply retail business.

Pictured: A newly opened Dollar General at the corner of Highway 297A and West Kingsfield Road in Cantonment as seen Saturday morning. photos, click to enlarge.

Early Morning Fire Destroys Camper At Lake Stone

September 25, 2021

An early morning fire is under investigation after a camper was destroyed at Lake Stone early Saturday morning.

The fire was reported about 1:20 a.m. in the campground area of the park. The camper was reported to be fully involved when the first fire units arrived on scene.

The Florida State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. There was no word of any injuries.

The Century and McDavid stations of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Flomaton Fire Department were dispatched to the fire. photos, click to enlarge.