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Pensacola Children’s Chorus Auditions – August 15

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by brent

New Member Auditions, 2015-2016 Season of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus will be held Saturday, August 15, 9-2pm, for boys and girls, 4-12th grade. Come experience a quality music education and enjoy the self confidence gained by preparing for choral and Broadway-style performances held every year at the Saenger theatre.

Need-based financial aid available. Call the chorus office at 434-7760 for more information or visit their website at pensacolachildrenschorus.com.

Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Divorce

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Chris

This time the rumors were true. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are divorced after 4 years of marriage.

TMZ was among the first to break the story and says Blake filed “a while ago” and a judge finalized the split today.

The couple released the following statement through the Associated Press:

“This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

TMZ also says the two signed a pre-nup before getting married, so the financial arrangements have been settled. Reportedly, he got the Oklahoma ranch, and she took the home in Nashville.

They have no kids, but had talked about possibly starting a family one day.

A source close to the couple says Blake has been working on new music since filing.

Source: Taste Of Country, TMZ

16th Annual Cram the Van

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by brent

Cram the Van, the school-district approved supply drive, kicks off on June 17 in Escambia County. Celebrating 16years of service, Cram the Van provides students with the tools necessary to succeed and reduces the stress on teachers who spend their own money to supplement materials in the classroom. By combining resources, our community can show a united effort as it supports our schools to ensure a brighter tomorrow.

    2015 Cram the Van School Supplies List

# 2 pencils
Backpacks (elementary, middle or high)
Composition notebooks (wide-ruled)
Crayola Crayons
Elmer’s Glue (bottle or glue sticks)
Fiskars Scissors (pointed or blunt)
Folders with pockets and prongs
Highlighters
Notebook paper (wide- or college-ruled)
Pens (black or blue)
Spiral notebooks (wide- or college-ruled)

 

Last year alone, our generous community distributed over $58,000 in supplies to 55 area schools across all grade levels. With sponsors including Sandy Sansing Dealerships, WEAR TV-3, My35 WFGX, Papa John’s Pizza, and United Way, this year’s drive promises to make a positive impact.

 

If you would like to be a part of Cram the Van this year, you can get involved in the following ways:

Drop off supplies:

Walmart – Mobile Highway

10am-7pm

WEAR ABC 3 will be live from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Walmart – Creighton Road

10am-7pm

Cat Country 98.7 and NewsRadio 1620 will be live from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Additionally, Santa Rosa County’s Cram-A-Thon takes place on July 23 at the following locations:

Walmart – Tiger Point

10am-7pm

WEAR ABC 3 will be live from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Walmart – Pace

10am-7pm

Cat Country 98.7 and NewsRadio 1620 will be live from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

 

GIVE- Businesses and organizations can host a collection drive or make a donation. For a list of drop-off sites that will accept school supplies, please visit our website at www.unitedwayescambia.org/cramthevan.

 

VOLUNTEER- Many exciting opportunities are available for individuals and groups to volunteer with Cram the Van, from participating in the annual Cram-A-Thon to helping distribute supplies to schools. You can find a complete list of volunteer opportunities on our website.

 

You may register your collection drive or sign up to volunteer by contacting Sarah Green, Educational Outreach Coordinator, at 850-434-3157 or cramthevan@unitedwayescambia.org.

 

Parents in Escambia County must enroll their child through his or her school in order to receive supplies. Dial 2-1-1 for Cram the Van contact information at your child’s school.

 

Blue Wahoos Radio Partners

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by brent

Blue Wahoos Announce NewsRadio1620 As Flagship Station

NewsRadio1620 will air all 140 games for the 2015 season.

 

PENSACOLA, Fla., - The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are pleased to announce NewsRadio1620 as the team’s flagship radio station for 2015. NewsRadio1620 (WNRP-AM) and their sister station CatCountry98.7 (WCTY-FM) are locally owned by Dave and Mary Hoxeng (ADX Communications). NewsRadio1620 will air all 140 games for the 2015 season.

 

“This is a great chance for Kazoo and the Cat to come together,” said team president Jonathan Griffith. “It’s an exciting partnership between two Pensacola businesses with deep roots in the community. We are thrilled to provide local on-air coverage of Blue Wahoos baseball to the area through an outstanding and well-respected station.”

 

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Jonathan, Bruce and the Studers to broadcast the Blue Wahoos games to Pensacola,” said owner Dave Hoxeng.

 

Broadcaster Tommy Thrall will return for his fourth season in the radio booth. Thrall, who has been with the team since its inaugural season, has covered 411 games for the Blue Wahoos.

 

Fans will be able to tune into games on NewsRadio1620 or listen for free at bluewahoos.com and by using the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile, desktop or home devices. Additionally, home games at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium as well as select road games will be available on MiLB.TV, a subscription-based service provided by Minor League Baseball.

 

The first game of the 2015 regular season at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium is on Thursday, April 9th against the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers) at 6:30 p.m. Follow the Blue Wahoos at bluewahoos.com,facebook.com/PensacolaBlueWahoos and twitter.com/BlueWahoosBBall.

 

–www.bluewahoos.com–

 

Help the Daniel Palmer Home

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by brent

Corporal Daniel Palmer is a lifelong resident of Milton, Florida in Santa Rosa County. He came home in 2012 severely injured. Daniel is married to Becky and they have two children, Cameron and Vanessa Faith. Daniel was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps.

Daniel enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2008. He deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in December 2009 as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. On March 20, 2010 Daniel was wounded while patrolling in Marjah, Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED, improvised explosive device, causing the loss of his right foot and a portion of his lower leg. He is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other medical issues.

After Daniel’s injury, he was sent to a medical facility in Germany where he was treated for a week. From there he went to National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for almost a month. Daniel was then transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he received physical therapy treatment for about nine months.

After his treatment in Washington, Daniel was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. for two years. There he went through the military medical board process and was medically retired in August of 2012 with 90% disability.

Daniel and his family returned home on July 27, 2012, to a thunderous welcome-home celebration at Pensacola International Airport. Hundreds of well-wishers were in attendance. Gulf Coast Veterans In Need organized this homecoming and has worked since to support the Palmer Family’s transition to civilian life.

The Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Foundation and the Gulf Coast Veterans in Need groups have been diligently working to build a new home for this local hero and his family. With a January groundbreaking in Chumuckla, Florida, it is expected that the home will be completed by summer 2015.

Additional help is needed. Blackie Black, Bagdad Construction, is the home builder who is generously donating his time and leadership for this project. For information on building material donations or volunteering, please call Blackie at (850) 572-8563.

For cash contributions to Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, you can donate on-line at http://gulfcoastveterans.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to: Gulf Coast Veterans in Need, Inc., Post Office Box 13245, Pensacola, Florida 32591.

The Donation List:

As of 2/25/15 at 3:17 PM
Name Donation
The Independence Fund, Inc. $25,000 grant
Coastal Bank & Trust – Karen Welch Bank Mortgage
Gulf Coast Veterans in Need $10,000 for lot
Alan Miller House Plans
Lonnie Joiner Lot Clearing
Southland Builders – Gordon Howell Fill Dirt
Santa Rosa County Building Permits
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. Septic Tank Permit
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete for Block
Swift Supply & Quality Masonry – split 1/2 Block for Foundation
Salter 3c’s Masonry Sand
Joey Palmer & Quality Masonry Block Labor
Florida Pest Control Soil Treatment
Robert Gonzalez Plumbing Plumbing Labor
Plumbing Material
USA Ready Mix & Gulf Breeze Rotary Club Concrete Material
Myricks Foundation LLC Concrete Labor
Pittman Lumber & Building Supply Framing Package
Doug Albert Construction, Bagdad Home Builders & Volunteers Framing Labor
Pro Build Trusses
Vernon Martin Truss Labor
Electrical Material
Electric Light Construction & Clary Electric Electrical Labor
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Material
Lunsford Heating & Air Heat & Air Labor
REW Materials Shingles
Abrams Group Construction Roof Labor
Mobile Lumber Windows
Mobile Lumber Doors
Navarre Lumber & Supply Interior Doors
Foamseal Insulation System, Inc. – Jimmy Burgess Insulation
www.honoringthesacrifice.org – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock
www.honoringthesacrifice.org – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock Labor
Navarre Lumber & Supply – checking w/vendors Trim Material
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc., Gulf Coast Cabinets & Volunteers Trim Labor
Sherwin Williams Paint
Bagdad Home Builders, Inc. & Volunteers Paint Labor
Legacy Building Supply Company Vinyl Siding Material
Advanced Siding Vinyl Siding Labor
W R Taylor Brick Brick
Joey Palmer Brick Labor
Carpet
Painter Plus – John Teach Carpet Labor
Tile
John Price Tile Labor
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutters
Custom Gutters of Northwest Florida – Randy Sellars Gutter Labor
Swort Home Solution Cabinets
Custom Wood Concepts of Northwest Florida, Inc. and Billy Swort Cabinet Labor
Randy Office Appliances
Quigley Electric Lights
Quigley Electric Ceiling Fans
Blinds
Door Knobs & Locks
Panhandle Glass Mirrors
Indoor Sprinkler System
Sod
Lowes Plants & Labor
Pinkard Garage Doors Garage Door
Septic Tank
Clyde’s Well Service – Mike Ward Water Well
Sheriff Wendell Hall, Claude Duvall & Volunteers Fish Fry
Oakland Ard Cash Donation
21st Century Marble & Granite, Inc. – William Jernigan, President Bathroom Material & Labor
Debbie Watson – 9050 West Hwy 98 #27 Pensacola, FL 32506 $100 Donation
Commander Michael Curry – 3577 Stratford Lane Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carol Lanthrip – 5411 Greenleaf Drive Pace, FL 32571 $50 Donation
Carter & Sons – David Carter Portable restrooms for remainder of job
Phyllis Clark Sewing Machine

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for 7th ACM Station of the Year

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7 Nominated for ACM Station of the Year

 

Pensacola’s locally owned country radio station, Cat Country 98.7, has been nominated as Radio station of the Year in markets our size by the Academy of Country Music.   This is the 50th Annual Awards Show and this year the show is set for Sunday April 19, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and will be shown LIVE on CBS.  This will be Cat Country 98.7’s 7th nomination in the last 11 years and the station has previously won this award in 2006, 2009, and 2011.

 

Dave Hoxeng, station owner, said “Our team is passionate about our community and country music, this is a great honor!”

2014 Manna Hat – Winner Announced

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by brent

Congrats to Dena Mathis from Baker… She is the winner of this year’s

Manna Hat Auction.  Winning bid $810.

I’m Brent Lane from the Cat Pak Morning Show at Cat Country 98.7 in Pensacola, FL. The Manna Hat, as it has come to be known, is all authentic autographs… I know because I collected them myself. So, why all this work just to sell the hat? The simple answer is Manna Food Pantriesof Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties needs the help. Cat Country 98.7 (WYCT-FM) is Pensacola’s Community Radio Station. We are family-owned and put community service first.

Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 7,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 32,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believe’s that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Pics.

Artist
Date/Location
Location on the Hat
Lucy Hale
January 25, 2014 – Cordova Mall
Rear Bill
Scotty McCreery
March 2, 2014 – Saenger Theater Pensacola
Right Rear Bill
Jason Aldean
March 14, 2014 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
 Front Stack
Tyler Farr
March 14, 2014 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
 Left Rear Bill
Florida Georgia Line*
March 14, 2014 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
 Front Bill
Rodney Atkins
March 21, 2014 – Beulah Fest
 Right Bill
 Eli Young Band  April 26, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Left Stack
 Darius Rucker  April 26, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL Left Bill
 Dan + Shay  April 26, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Left Bill
 Jana Kramer  May 21, 2014 – Cat Country  Left Stack
 Hunter Hayes  May 30, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Right Front Bill
 Danielle Bradbery  May 30, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Right Bill
Zac Brown  June 5, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Left Dimple
 Dierks Bentley  July 3, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Front Bill
 Brothers Osborn  July 3, 2014 - The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL  Rear Stack
Chris Young  July 9, 2014 – NAS Pensacola Right Dimple
Chloe Channel  July 9, 2014 – NAS Pensacola  Right Rear Bill
 Josh Thompson  July 9, 2014 – NAS Pensacola  Right Stack
 Justin Moore  September 11, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Right Stack
 Thomas Rhett  September 11, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Rear Bill
 Miranda Lambert  September 11, 2014 – Pensacola Bay Center  Top Dimple
David Nail  October 18, 2014 – Pensacola Interstate Fair  Rear Right Stack
Maddie and Tae  October 23, 2014 – Spring Hill Suites  Front Bill
 Craig Morgan  October 24, 2014 – Pensacola Interstate Fair  Front Stack
 Chase Bryant  November 11, 2014 – Juana’s Pagodas  Left Rear Dimple
 Kristian Bush  November 21, 2014 – Wild Greg’s  Right Stack

MANNA’s Fill the Mayflower brings in food for 70,000 meals

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by brent

MANNA Food Pantries has concluded their seventh annual Fill the Mayflower food drive. This year, Fill the Mayflower will help provide food for a day for 23,445 people. The food will be distributed through MANNA’s four pantries, the Santa Rosa Backpack4Teens Program and Senior Hunger Program in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

“This year, MANNA has provided food to 32,868 people, including nearly 12,000 children,” said DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director of MANNA. “This drive will provide the equivalent of 70,335 meals for families in need. The Northwest Florida community continues to show an amazing capacity to help those in need.”

Sponsored by Coastal Moving and Storage, the longtime event is the single most important food drive for the hungry in the community.

“We’re so grateful to the community and our media partners, Cat Country 98.7, NewsRadio 1620 and WEAR TV, and everyone else who helped us get the word out on Fill the Mayflower,” said Flounlacker. “We’re also grateful for volunteers who gave 456 hours of service to make this event possible.”

MANNA continues to see high demand for healthy food for the hungry. In just three days before the Thanksgiving holiday, MANNA provided food to more than 340 people, including 142 children. The organization is able to assist someone a maximum of four times a year.

Last year, Manna Food Pantries distributed 600,000 pounds of food to the hungry. The non-profit has been serving the community since 1983.

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MANNA is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. MANNA is designated a 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the federal government. Donations can be made through Manna’s secure website<http://www.mannafoodpantries.org/donations.html>.

Winner Wonderland Winner announced

Posted on: November 3rd, 2014 by brent

Congratulations to Amy Longpre from Pensacola! She just won over $25,000 worth of Christmas Gifts in Winner Wonderland including:


2011 Preowned Chevy Impala

$200 gift card

Pensacola Beach

2 Night Stay

Furniture & Home Accessories

14K white Mother of Pearl Crystal Disc & Earrings Set

Christmas Tree

Chick-fil-A for a year

Round of Golf with Golf Cart

$250 Gift Card

Classic Spa Package

Private catered dinner for up to 12, Monthly kitchen meal for one for a year/ Monthly Cooking Class for 2 for a year

$200 assessment and $300 of educational toys

Recliner

Big Green Egg with nest and a bag of charcoal

$100 Gift Certificate

Gulf Breeze Aerobics and Fitness

12 month membership that includes unlimited tanning and personal trainer 2x per month for 6 month

40 Qt Grizzly Cooler

Garage door opener with 3/4 hp Belt Drive Motor with two remote controls, keyless entry battery backup, surge protector and installation

Santana Electric Guitar

Bad Ass Coffee

 

Basket of Coffees

 

Pizzaz

Toys

Toys

Cat Country 98.7 Honored at United Way Annual Meeting

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by brent

United Way Recognizes Community Partners at Annual Meeting

 Pensacola, Fla. – August 21, 2014

This afternoon, more than 250 United Way supporters and friends joined United Way of Escambia County at First Baptist Church of Pensacola to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and the many community partners who helped make it possible. The meeting featured a keynote address from The Rev. LuTimothy May.
United Way of Escambia County thanked special partners for a successful year in which $3.2M in funds were leveraged by United Way to grow an $8.7M impact. Additionally, $1.55 in matching dollars non-profit partners were able to secure, meant United Way donors and volunteers were responsible for a $10.2M impact on the community. A strong steam of volunteer board members lead by Gary Sammons, expressed their gratitude to the 2,980 generous United Way volunteers who donated 33,714 hours in volunteer service to Escambia County.

Chair Gary Sammons and Chair Elect David Peaden were honored to recognize the stellar contributions of following individuals and organizations:

 

RAYELL IRISH, COLOR A BRIGHTER WORLD: MaryAnn Bickerstaff, Arc Gateway Pearl Nelson Center

UNITED WAY PARTNER AGENCY OF THE YEAR: Manna Food Pantries

BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR: Cat Country 98.7

UNITED WAY SERVICE AWARD: Yvette McLellan, City of Pensacola
DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY SERVICE: Bob McLaughlin

 

VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR: New Beginnings Recovery Home

 

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VITA) VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR: Bill and Grace Bedford

 

DAY OF CARING VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Wayne Thomley, Cerex Advanced Fabrics