Year In Review North Escambia’s Biggest Stories Of 2008: April

December 30, 2008

NorthEscambia.com is looking back at 2008 with our “Year in Review” series. Each day, we will review the biggest stories of 2008. Today, we take a look at the biggest stories of April 2008.

A tragic traffic accident at Jefferson Avenue and East Highway 4 in Century killed three young people on April 11. Michael Joe Edwards, 17; Daniel A. Smith, 16; and Jessica L. Smith, 20 were killed in the two vehicle wreck. Read more…

In early April, the Escambia County Commission voted to approve a land swap that will bring a new community park to Bratt. The park will be located at the corner of West Highway 4 and Bratt Road, near the First Baptist Church of Bratt. Read more…

Two months after a tornado ripped the steeple from Highland Baptist Church as a Sunday morning service was ending, the steeple returned to the Molino church (pictured top of page).  Read more…

In a controversial story, we took an in-depth look at MySpace and how local students use the service. We found many playing it “safe”, but we found others listing details that could get them into trouble. Read more…

The first weekend of April was wet…very wet. Some areas of North Escambia received up to a foot of rain, especially from Walnut Hill west and southwest to Baldwin County. But in nearby Molino and Century, the rainfall total was only two to three inches. Read more…

With the cut of a ribbon, a nine year old dream of a childcare facility in the town of Century became a reality the first weekend of April The new Camp Fire USA child development center on Industrial Boulevard officially opened for business. Read more…

Gas prices were in the news, with a gallon of regular unleaded at $3.35 in North Escambia. Read more…

Century’s Relay for Life (pictured left), which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, was held. Read more…

Many departments in the Town of Century were reported to be over budget. ““If we ain’t careful, we are going to be flat broke,” one councilman said of the town’s financial condition. Read more…

We caught up with electrician Eric Strehl, a man with more courage than many. He was at work high above Bratt on top of a water tower. Read more and see the photos…

Play Ball! The little league season got into full swing in Century with a pitch by Century Mayor Freddie McCall. We had the story, and the photos. Read more…

Revision 1 of the unified county fire department plan was presented to the Escambia County Commission. The plan would ultimately undergo many revisions before being approved by the commission later in the year. Read more…

West Fraser’s McDavid Sawmill announced that they were cutting 80 jobs at the local facility. An entire shift was cut at the sawmill. Read more…

Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church held a firefighter appreciation day with a service to thank are firefighters from the McDavid Volunteer Fire Department. Read more…

Northview High School took a step back into history, and culture, with a Renaissance Fair. Read more…

Little League season opened on the same day in both Molino and Walnut Hill. NorthEscambia.com was there, and we had photos from both communities. Read more…

About 65 acres near Molino was named a Stewardship Forest by the Florida Division of Forestry. Richard Freisinger’s forest land located about a mile north of Barrineau Park Road on County Road 95A received the designation. Read more…

It was announced that a new t-ball field at Bradberry Park would be named in honor of Drew Marlow, 2. He died in an automobile accident in late January. Read more…

Gas prices were in the news, again, as diesel hit over $4 a gallon locally. Read more…

Raids in Molino, Cottage Hill and Cantonment led to the arrest of eight people and the seizure of 50 dogs. A quantity of drugs was also seized. Read more…

Escambia School Board member Jeff Bergosh introduced the idea of closing Carver/Century K-8 School to save money. Read more…

Several North Escambia students were big winners at a 4-H livestock show. Read more…

Ernest Ward Middle School held their second annual sports banquet, and we were there with lots of photos. Read more..

After 14 years of teaching dance in North Escambia, Heather Leonard announced here retirement. She talked about those years and her strong Christian faith in an exclusive interview with NorthEscambia.com. Read more…

Over 400 area residents attended the annual EREC meeting at Northview High School the last Saturday of the month. Read more…

Ernest Ward Middle School students attended a health fair at the school where they learned the dangers of alcohol, smoking and other vices. Read more…

Molino Park Elementary School students spent a “Day with the Arts”. Students were exposed to many different art forms, including a concert. Read more…

Northview High School named their cheerleaders for the 2008-2009 school year. Read more…

The Escambia School Board cut 115 teachers and 40 clerks from across the system. The assistant principal’s position at Carver/Century K-8 was also cut. Read more…

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