• Family and friends met at Cathedral of Faith church to give Mr. Charles Horn a surprise birthday party for his 82nd birthday. There to greet him were his children Cynthia, Gayle, Thelma, Michelle, and Geraldine, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Charles Horn is one of eleven children. He and his brothers are known in the community for being brick layers, contractors and lawn and landscaping engineers. Charles Horn started laying bricks in 1953 and has been building homes 50+ years. He attends Olive Manor Church of Christ. The program began with a welcome by his sister Joyce Evans followed by prayer and blessing of the food with Minister Jimmy Savage. Mistress of Ceremony for the occasion was Lydia Averhart, his granddaughter and Trinitee Abrams entertained the crowd with a spiritual dance. Commissioner Lumon May stopped by also to wish Mr. Horn a happy birthday. “Charles is a dedicated hard working and no nonsense type of person,” said his wife, Mrs. Gloria Horn. “He is family oriented and a self -motivator. It’s hard for him to sit idly by and not help anyone.” Decorations for the event were created by Chantina Polnitz and LaTonya Milton

  • As Hurricane Irma swept through the state of Florida, local volunteers stepped up to make the transition a smooth one. Gloria Wiggins, the American Red Cross’ shelter manager at the Pensacola Bay Center, opened the shelter on Friday as Hurricane evacuees began slowly making their way through the Florida Panhandle, ending up in northwest Florida’s western most community in Pensacola. Wiggins has been volunteering with Red Cross since 1992 and enjoys the work. She stated that the Red Cross provided shelter, a bed, and food for the evacuees. It housed up to 300 people during the storm and is down to approximately 90 as families begin to head to their homes in South Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Christal Montgomery is another volunteer from Pensacola’s Black Community that has been working for Red Cross for years. Montgomery has worked in faith-based ministerial work and continues to represent area churches in community outreach. She is associated with Life Changing Experience Worship Center located on West Jackson Street and Pace Blvd. in Pensacola. Life Changing Experience Worship Center was involved as a caravan of local area church vehicles providing assistance to hurricane victims hunkered down in the Bay Center. The caravan brought blankets, oral hygiene products, soap, and clothing.

  •    The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Iota Omega Chapter, celebrated their annual PINK IN THE CITY V, on September 9, 2017 at Corrine Jones-Sanders Beach Community Center. Their theme was “! HOT ! Pink Summer Night Mystique”. The night was filled with food, music, joyous company and everyone dressed to impress in semi-formal attire.  The Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Delta Iota Omega Chapter, celebrated their annual PINK IN THE CITY V, on September 9, 2017 at Corrine Jones-Sanders Beach Community Center. Their theme was “! HOT ! Pink Summer Night Mystique”. The night was filled with food, music, joyous company and everyone dressed to impress in semi-formal attire.  The ladies of Delta Iota Omega, Pensacola Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority lived up to the name of this high-spirited event by illuminating a pink masquerade theme and honoring Cancer survivors, Alzheimer’s caregivers, and Mental health advocates.  Music was provided by the 2017 Pink Jam DJ “Cool DJ Ice Water”, who had many of the attendees on their feet dancing throughout the night.  Mystique , the feel of the evening, truly inspired the feeling of a New Orleans masquerade. All guests were asked but not required to wear pink in attendance.  All donations went to MSABC, the American Cancer Society’s for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Covenant Care for Alzheimer’s Services and NAMI Pensacola, The National Alliance for mental illness. The evening included raffles and drawings throughout the night with guests winning various prizes. Cole’s Wings ‘N Things provided the dinner for the evening which included a variety of delicious shrimp, chicken, rice, and desserts.  Cole’s Wing’s also served as one of the events many sponsors including Magic 106.1, Gulf Power, Joe Patties. The main focus of the event itself was created to honor cancer survivors, Alzheimer’s caregivers and mental health advocates.  The following night on Sunday September 10th, the ladies of Delta Iota Omega continued  Continue pg 4the celebration with Soulful Pink Masquerade at The Osceola Country Club in Pensacola. The event featured wonderful soulful entertainment by vocalist Cassandra Wilson, a cancer survivor.  A line dance salute to cancer survivors was performed by the Dance Konnections line dance class.  The night was also filled with fun and prizes for “Best Dressed Couples”, and Best Dressed Person in Pink Masquerade Attire, including masks. The weekend was truly a time to remember; both nights filled with joy, dancing, great food and smiling faces!!