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Cat Country’s Best Christmas Light Displays

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Candy

We put it to you on Facebook (and you can add to it at https://www.facebook.com/catcountry987 ) to find the best Christmas Light Displays in Cat Country. It doesn’t have to be a business – you let us know where and we’ll post it here:

 

This is a business in Milton it looks like – and very loved: Its called Sowell Road North Pole Christmas Display located at 7650 Sowell Road Milton FL  (pictured above) This is their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole

There is a beautiful home in East Hill at 17th and Gadsen I believe. This person goes all out!

Im not sure of the exact address, but under the tree canopy on 12th Avenue (off of 12th before it turns in to Fairfield) – the closest cross strret is Barcia – always has an amazing displays of inflatables.

Bellingrath Gardens is in Mobile and is amazing. See the website for details: http://www.bellingrath.org/mcil.html

Hank Aaron Stadium has the Christmas Nights of Lights  Here is the website for more info:  http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20141105&content_id=100629282&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t417&sid=t417

Wind Creek Casino in Atmore has an amazing winter wonderland display every year too: http://windcreekatmore.com/

Zoo Lights is phenomenal and you’ll find it at – where else? The Gulf Breeze Zoo!  http://www.gulfbreezezoo.org/Events/SpecialEvents/ZooLights.aspx

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>.

Communities Caring at Christmas is in need

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by brent

From Sue Straughn…

In 1979, WEAR-TV began the Communities Caring at Christmas program.  It was the station’s effort to share the true meaning of the holiday with those who are less fortunate.  The program has evolved over the years to address the changing needs in our communities.  Currently, Communities Caring provides new toys, clothing and daily living needs for abused, neglected or abandoned children living in foster care, children living in poverty and adults with developmental disabilities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Communities Caring At Christmas is solely a volunteer effort.  Leading the way are our corporate sponsor, Sandy Sansing Dealerships and the employees of Gulf Power Company.  Hundreds of willing hands and open hearts provide the donations and manpower to make this program what it is.  In 2013, through the generosity of compassionate individuals, organizations, churches and schools, we were able to share the joy of Christmas with almost 7,000 of our neighbors.

This year looks to be especially challenging as we try to meet the needs of a growing number of children coming into foster care and families in financial crisis.  We’re asking you to please help us continue the tradition of caring through your donation of cash, new toys or clothing.  Your gifts can me brought or mailed to:

 

Communities Caring At Christmas

c/o WEAR-TV

4990 Mobile Highway

Pensacola, FL   32506

Thank you for your consideration and for sharing in the true meaning and spirit of the season.

Sue Straughn

WEAR-TV News Anchor/Senior Editor

Communities Caring At Christmas, Founder/Organizer

 

Kenny Chesney CMT Documentary “Flora-Bama” Video

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by brent

If you missed the Kenny Chesney show at the Flora-Bama on August 16, the CMT special is at 9p on Friday, November 14.

The Flora-Bama-Jama was a free concert  sponsored by Kenny’s Blue Chair Bay Rum.


Here are some great pictures from the event:

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

John Luke Robertson gets Engaged

Posted on: October 12th, 2014 by brent

John Luke Robertson proposed to girlfriend Mary Kate on his 19th Birthday.  He might be following in the steps of his parents Korie and Willie.  They were married at a young age as well.

 

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Miranda Lambert Leads CMA Nominees

Posted on: September 3rd, 2014 by Chris

It was a big morning for Miranda Lambert. She leads all nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards, picking up nine nominations in seven categories today, including Entertainer Of the Year. That number matches a personal best for her, set in 2010.

The CMA named George Strait Entertainer Of the Y last November on the strength of his farewell tour. This year they may do the same, as he picked up his 83rd career nomination and is up for the honor again, this time on the strength of his final show of his tour in June at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

Luke Bryan, Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban joined George and Miranda in the Entertainer category. In addition Miranda, Luke and Keith earned multiple nominations, also picking up vocalist and album nods.

Among the artists who didn’t get nominated for any are Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Justin Moore.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville November 5 (WEAR-TV 3, 7 p.m.). Brad Paisley and an expecting Carrie Underwood will host the show for the seventh year.

Here’s a full rundown of this years CMA nominees:

2014 CMA Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban


Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
‘Crash My Party,’ Luke Bryan
‘Fuse,’ Keith Urban
‘Platinum,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Riser,’ Dierks Bentley
‘The Outsiders,’ Eric Church

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert (Written by Nicole Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert)
‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves (Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally)
‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church (Written by Eric Church and Luke Laird)
‘I Don’t Dance,’ Lee Brice (Written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Dallas Davidson)
‘I Hold On,’ Dierks Bentley (Written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley)

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Single of the Year
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church
‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
‘Mine Would Be You,’ Blake Shelton

Musical Event of the Year
‘Bakersfield,’ Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
‘We Were Us,’ Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
‘You Can’t Make Old Friends,’ Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Music Video of the Year
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Bartender,’ Lady Antebellum
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘Follow Your Arrow,’ Kacey Musgraves
‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally

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

 

$10,000 Winner Announced!

Posted on: June 21st, 2014 by brent

Congrats to Valerie from Gulf Breeze who was the last to have her number drawn and took home $10,000!

 

Catch all the pics from the draw down here:

Rules: rules-qcc061614