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Fill The Mayflower – Raises over 60,000 meals

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year Fill the Mayflower raised over 60,000 meals… You can still help at

Save your nonperishable food items and help… We need Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Cereal and more….



MANNA operates four pantries in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to offer Emergency Food Assistance to those in need.

Pantry Locations & Service Information

For each person seeking assistance, the following is required:
For each adult in the household (18+ years old): a picture i.d. and social security card;
For each child (17 years or younger): a social security card, birth certificate or recent shot record.

Main Pantry
116 East Gonzalez Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
*Service is by appointment only. Please call (850)432-2053, Monday – Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm to schedule an appointment.

Food is offered on a first come, first serve basis at the following pantries:

Cantonment Pantry
Allen Memorial United Methodist Church
206 Pace Parkway
Cantonment, FL 32533
*Service is offered every Thursday from 10 am-12 noon.

Milton Pantry
Community of Christ Church
110 Raymond Hobbs Road
Milton, FL 32570
*Service is offered every Friday beginning at 12 noon.

Jay Pantry
First Baptist Church
214 South Alabama Street
Jay, FL 32565
*Service is offered every first and second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30 am.

Miracle on Palafox – Raises over $15,000

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year for Christmas Wishes, we are assisting United Way in helping needy children have toys under their Christmas tree.  It started with an idea…  What if we could raise thousands of dollars and fulfill more toy wishes this year?  The United Way says that Christmas 2015 will likely see the largest number of kids in need but there are fewer organizations who are able to help.

Next we came up with how we could do it… Have a Concert!  William Michael MorganMo Pitney and SCOTTY MCCREERY all agreed to come to Pensacola and donate their talent to the show.

Next…  how do we get a location that can hold enough people to make a difference?  That’s where Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union came in.  Gulf Winds has underwritten the cost of doing a concert event at the Saenger Theater on Palafox. Thanks to the generosity of Gulf Winds, all of the proceeds of the show go directly to United Way to help some needy children have something under their Christmas tree.

The result?  We raised over $15,072 to be distributed by the United Way!

United Way Escambia County is the fiscal agent. Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act# CH746.

 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-help-fla or Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.


Cat Country 98.7 Named “Best of the Coast 2015″

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7

Winner: Best Radio Station 

Winner: Best Website  

Winner: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Brent Lane)

Winner: Best Radio Personality (Brent Lane) 


Runner-up Best Morning Radio Show (The Cat Pack Morning Show) 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Instagram

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter (Brent Lane)



Winner: Best Morning Radio Show (Pensacola Morning News with Andrew McKay)

Runner-up:Best Radio Personality  (Andrew McKay)

Runner-up: Best Radio Personality (Wendi Summers ) 

Runner-up: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Wendi Summers )

Blue Wahoos / Tommy Thrall win Southern League Awards

Posted on: September 10th, 2015 by brent

Blue Wahoos Named Southern League Organization of the Year

Tommy Thrall, Ray Sayre honored.


MARIETTA, Ga., - The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has announced the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as the Don Mincher Organization of the Year. Votes for both awards were received from league general managers.


Since joining the Southern League in 2012, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have produced an unmatched experience in baseball. Recently chosen as the “Best View in MiLB,” the Blue Wahoos organization prides itself on outstanding service to its loyal fanbase. In less than four years from its inception, Pensacola Bayfront Stadium saw its millionth fan walk through the turnstiles on Friday, May 8 of this year.


Before the season started, the Blue Wahoos welcomed a new member to its ownership group when two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson joined Quint and Rishy Studer at the helm of the franchise. Watson made multiple appearances in Pensacola this season, only adding to the fan experience when he jumped on a dunk tank to support local charity. The Blue Wahoos have fully ingrained itself with the local community and have provided the springboard to grow the downtown Pensacola area into a popular destination.


Named in honor of the late Don Mincher, who served as Southern League President from 2000-11, the Organization of the Year is awarded to the Southern League club exemplifying the complete baseball franchise. By claiming this honor, Pensacola will be the Southern League’s nominee for the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy, which will be presented at the Baseball Winter Meetings in December. Pensacola previously won this award in 2012.


Tommy Thrall has been named the Radio Broadcaster of the Year, as selected by his peers and the League’s general managers. Thrall, who has eased listeners with his conversational tone, vivid descriptions and keeps our listeners up-to-date of former Blue Wahoos in the Major Leagues, has been with the team since its inaugural 2012 season. Besides calling games on a daily basis, the Northwest Missouri State University grad, serves as the play-by-play announcer for Blue Wahoos television games on Cox Sports Television.


Ray Sayre, Director of Sports Turf Management for the Blue Wahoos, is this year’s Groundskeeper of the Year, as selected by the league’s field managers and umpires. He won this honor in 2014 and 2013. Sayre has been with the Wahoos since the team’s inaugural season. Growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, he began his turf career working on the athletic fields for the University of Kentucky. Before making the move to Pensacola, Sayre worked for several minor league teams including the Louisville Bats, the Greenville Drive and the Bowling Green Hotrods.


Dan Shugart, Sports Director at WEAR-TV, is honored with the Southern League’s Sports Media Award. Covering the team since the inaugural season, Shugart and WEAR constantly covers games, events and offseason activities to produce year round coverage in Pensacola. He continues to go over and beyond in his coverage of the team and league by producing stories to show the positive impact of the Blue Wahoos in the community. Shugart is such a staple in the community that the Wahoos organization help a Dan Shugart bobblehead night in 2014 with his signature mustache wiggling on the figurine. 


Winning these awards represents the latest in a growing list of accolades for the Blue Wahoos. The 2012 the team was named the Southern League Organization of the Year, Ballpark Digest’s Organization of the Year, Ballpark of the Year by and Bruce Baldwin being named Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year. In 2013 the team was named Stadium Journey’s Best Minor League Ballpark Experience and the Southern League Southern League Community Service Award and Groundskeeper of the Year. In 2014 the team was again awarded Southern League Groundskeeper of the Year and Stadium Journey’s Best Overall Ballpark Experience Runner-Up. 


2015 Southern League Awards

Don Mincher Organization of the Year: Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Radio Broadcaster of the Year: Tommy Thrall

Groundskeeper of the Year: Ray Sayre

Sports Media Award: Dan Shugart, WEAR

Jimmy Brogan Executive of the Year: Brian Cox, Tennessee Smokies

Woman of Excellence Award: Lauren Chesney, Tennessee Smokies

Outstanding Employee of the Year: Jim Bishop, Mississippi Braves

Southern League Promotion Trophy: Mississippi Braves

Southern League Community Service Award: Jackson Generals

Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant: Nathan Edwards & Terry Fellows, Montgomery Biscuits

Trainer of the Year: Shane Nelson, Tennessee Smokies


The Blue Wahoos are heading into the playoffs for the first time in team history! Don’t miss your chance to experience family-fun entertainment with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos! You can follow the team, and


2015 CMA Nominees

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 by brent

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack


  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Stapleton


  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band


  • Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
  • Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
  • Pain Killer, Little Big Town
  • The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney
  • Traveller, Chris Stapleton


  • “American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
  • “Talladega,” Eric Church


Song Of The Year

  • “American Kids,” Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally
  • “Girl Crush,” Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey
  • “Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser and Brice Long
  • “Like A Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church and Casey Beathard
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne



  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thompson Square


Musical Event

  • Django And Jimmie, Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
  • “Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe
  • “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church
  • “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town
  • “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter



  • Sam Bush
  • Jerry Douglas
  • Paul Franklin
  • Dann Huff
  • Mac McAnally



  • “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “Girl In A Country Song,” Little Big Town
  • “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
  • “Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood


New Artist

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sam Hunt
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton


Blue Bell Ice Cream Returning!

Posted on: August 6th, 2015 by Chris

SYLACAUGA, Ala. — Blue Bell Creameries confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that the company is producing ice cream and building inventory at its Sylacauga, Alabama, plant.

The Alabama Department of Health said it has cleared the facility to make ice cream.

We’re busy at our Sylacauga, AL, facility crankin’ out ice cream and building inventory. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the details of our return!

Posted by Blue Bell Ice Cream on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Blue Bell spokesperson said employees started work on Wednesday. The facility first began testing products last week.

Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall April 20 for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

Source: Fox 23, Tulsa

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

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 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, and




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 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 – Randy Beach – $5000 Sheetrock – 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
Painter Plus – John Teach Carpet Labor
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
Door Knobs & Locks
Panhandle Glass Mirrors
Indoor Sprinkler System
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!”