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

December 27, 2008

Today, NorthEscambia.com begins a look back at 2008 with our “Year in Review” series. Each day, we will review the biggest stories of 2008. Today, we being our look back at 2008 with January’s biggest stories.

January 28 was a day that touched many across North Escambia as Richard Danny Marlow, 40, and Drew Marlow, 2, both of Molino, were killed in a two vehicle accident on Highway 97 south of Walnut Hill. (pictured above) The driver of a second vehicle, Joyce McGahan, 70, of Cantonment, died at the hospital following the accident. Read more and see the photos…

NorthEscambia.com published a “Memorial Message Board” for the community to post their thoughts on the death of Drew Marlow, 2, Danny Marlow, 40 and Joyce McGahan in a Walnut Hill traffic accident. Read the board here…

In early January, a new mayor and council members took office in Century. Freddie McCall was sworn in as Mayor after defeating former mayor Evelyn Hammond by 100 votes. Ann Brooks (pictured left) and Nadine McCaw were sworn in as new members of the council. Brooks, who defeated 30 year incumbent Sheryl Jordan,  was elected chair of the group. A plaque was presented to former mayor Hammond thanking her for her years of service, but she was not present at the meeting. Read more…

Harold O. “Sonny” Blum was honored by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Escambia County Commission upon his retirement after 37 years of service as an auxiliary trooper. Sonny joined the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary on March 27, 1970. During his 37 years volunteering with the auxiliary, he logged over 30,000 hours of service. He shared his stories with us, from the painful memories of a Gulf Coast hurricane, to saving a life, to delivering a baby, to an armed robbery. Read more…

The federal government raided Van Nevel Helicopters in Century on January 9, beginning a year in the headlines for the Century company. The government seized company records. Read more…

January 9 was a big day for the members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Molino. A new steeple was installed, replacing on that was blown off by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Read more…

ECAT added a new bus that stops in Century and Molino with daily trips to and from Pensacola. Read more…

Gas prices were just above $3 a gallon by mid-January. Read more…

Escambia School Superintendent Jim Paul was arrested driving drunk. NorthEscambia.com was one of just a few media outlets to have an exclusive interview with Paul about his arrest. Read more…

Bradberry park in Walnut Hill was locked and closed to the public temporarily after some broke into the field house at the park (pictured left). Read more.

Escambia County Commissioners began to discuss plans to consolidate the county’s volunteer fire departments into a single unified county department. Commissioners also discussed over $39,000 in alleged over payments to volunteers. Read more…

Deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department on the ground and in a helicopter chased a horse around Century, finally cornering the “suspect” at Showalter Park. Read more…

Miss Chelsea Sims (pictured left) was crowned Miss Northview High School. First Runner Up was junior Amber Holland, and Second Runner Up was junior Summer Sanders. Other members of the top five were freshman Katie Mann and junior Shakeria White. Read more and see the photos…

The Escambia County School Board publicly censured Superintendent Jim Paul after his DUI arrest. Read more…

A Gandyville woman celebrated her 101st birthday and shared some of her secrets for a long life. Read more…

The county commission postponed a vote on unifying the county’s volunteer fire departments. Read more…

Bob McLaughlin was recommended as the new county administrator. Read more…

Eighth grader Talisa Jackson was crowned Miss Carver/Century Friday night. First Runner Up was Takeya Williams, a fifth grader. Click here for more and photos…

John McCain and Hillary Clinton were at the top of their party’s primaries in the January primaries, at least in Escambia County. Read more…

Carver/Century K-8 School held a “Cash Grab” to promote learning gains on the FCAT. The school was making plans to improve their “F” score. Read more…


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