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

December 28, 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 February 2008.

February 17 saw a tornado rip through Molino, hitting numerous homes and even ripping the steeple off Highland Baptist Church while worshipers were inside. NorthEscambia.com was the first media on the scene, and we continued to cover the aftermath and recover from the surprise storm.  We posted a photo gallery from the scene shortly after the storm hit. See the photos here… Read the story here.

We posted photos of the actual tornado here and here.

The emergency response to the Molino tornado was the most public safety event of the year in North Escambia. Read more…

The Molino tornado was classified as an EF-1. Read more here…

Days after the Molino tornado ripped the steeple off their building with members inside, members of Highland Baptist Church offered praise for God’s protection. Read more…

NorthEscambia.com produced a video that several Molino churches viewed the Sunday after the Molino tornado. The video featured dozens of our photos from the area hit by the tornado. Read more and see the video here.

Carver/Century K-8 burned the school’s “F” grade from the state as teachers and staff rallied to improve the school’s FCAT scores. Read more…

We looked into the eyes of the new homeless in Escambia County — children. A local homeless coalition teamed with many other community and faith based organizations to hold a free fish fry in Century. Read more…

NorthEscambia.com published was was perhaps our most powerful blog. “Go Home Truck” took at a look at the impact on our communities of a January accident that killed a father a son, Drew and Danny Marlow. Read more…

Rev. Fil Enfinger and his wife Mary were honored after his retirement from Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Enfinger was in ministry for 38 year. Read more…

Three new businesses, including Whataburger, opened in Century. Read more…

Bob McLaughlin was named Escambia County’s new administrator. Read more…

Byrneville Elementary School faced a find because they were missed half a student. Read more…

Love was in the air as Ernest Ward Middle School held their annual Valentine’s Dance. Read the story, and see the pictures…

Preparations were underway for the FCAT at Escambia County School. At Bratt and Bryneville Elementary Schools, that preparation became a little musical. Read more…

NorthEscambia.com sat down with Georges Van Nevel after a federal raid at his Helicopter Technologies. We ran an exclusive three-part series. Read part one here, part two here and part three here.

A stolen Alabama police chief’s car was recovered on Highway 29 just south of Pine Barren Road. NorthEscambia.com was there. Read more..

Farmers from several states attended a Farm Day in Walnut Hill to learn from experts from across the South. Read more…

The Escambia Commission voted to extend their contract with volunteer firefighters for another year. They wanted more time to discuss a unified county fire department. Read more…

A historic jail was uncovered in Molino. The jail was built around 1915 and repaired in 1927. Read the story and see photos from inside the jail here…

The Tom Thumb in Molino pulled out their gas pumps for about two weeks while underground storage tanks were replaced. Read the story here.

After his DUI arrest in January, Jim Paul announced that he would not seek re-election as the superintendent of Escambia County’s school system. Read more…

NorthEscambia.com had the exclusive photos as one of the tallest structures in North Escambia was topped off. A new communications tower in Oak Grove hit 330 feet. Read more…

Northview High School FFA students celebration National FFA week with a breakfast. Read more… The FFA students at Ernest Ward Middle School also held a breakfast. Read more…

The last Saturday in February was the annual Walnut Hill Ruritan Club Farm Auction. The annual event attracts hundreds ever year. Read more..

Century held their annual Teaspoon Festival that same Saturday. Read more, and see the photos…

Northview High School celebrated Black History Month with several events, including a special program “Rising above out obstacles”. Read more…

The Escambia County Commission extended their contact with volunteer firefighters and looked at rule changes for volunteers. Click here.

“Three of a Kind” was big presentation for Bratt Elementary School first graders, and we had complete photo coverage. Click here…

Sandip Burman, a world-renowned tabla player, held an intimate concert with Northview High School performing arts students. Read more…

The Flomaton and Century chambers of commerce held their annual awards banquets and named outstanding citizens of the year for each town. Read more..

A major accident on Highway 97 in Molino left two people with serious injuries. Click here…

For January’s biggest stories, click here.

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