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Thornton elected president of local NAACP branch

Thornton elected president of local NAACP branch

Charles D. Thornton, Sr. was elected president of the Pensacola Branch of the NAACP on November 13, 2014. Mr. Thornton will assume office on Jan. 1, 2015 during the annual Emancipation Proclamation Celebration at Houser Memorial AME Church, 710 Jordan St. The Emancipation celebration will began [...]

DIB offers free parking next week

DIB offers free parking next week

The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) is offering a gift to last minute shoppers venturing Downtown the week of Christmas: Free Parking. In effect from Dec. 22 through Dec. 26, all surface lots and parking meters will be free of charge to Downtown holiday shoppers, excluding Jefferson Street [...]

Help provide snacks for Traveling Troops

Help provide snacks for Traveling Troops

The USO Centers at the Pensacola International Airport and Northwest Florida Regional Airport will be open for the thousands of military personnel heading home for the holidays. Both of these airport centers will be open extended hours during the peak travel times to provide love and care to our [...]

Jeb to ‘actively explore’ presidential bid

Jeb to ‘actively explore’ presidential bid

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After weeks of increasing speculation about his plans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he will "actively explore" a possible bid for president in 2016. Bush made the announcement on Twitter and Facebook. He wrote on Facebook about [...]

Florida Panhandle makes Fodor Go List 2015

Florida Panhandle makes Fodor Go List 2015

Fodor’s Travel has just finalized its 2015 Go List of the top 25 places to visit next year, from Cleveland to Chile. The Florida Panhandle was chosen as a 2015 must-see destination. Throughout the past year the experts at Fodor’s Travel have logged over a million miles traveling across the [...]

Florida leads nation in mortgage fraud

Florida leads nation in mortgage fraud

Florida leads the nation in mortgage application fraud, according the Annual Mortgage Fraud Report released Monday by LexisNexis. This the fifth consecutive year that Florida has led in loans investigated for fraud. Nationwide, mortgage application fraud also is on the rise, with nearly [...]

Panhandle counties lose as average wages either flatline or slip

Panhandle counties lose as average wages either flatline or slip

Escambia County averages wages have been flat over the past 10 years. Don’t feel bad-Santa Rosa County is down 3.3 percent for the period from 2004 through 2013. The Wall Street Journal created an interactive map – “Wages Winners and Losers Since 2004.” One-third of all U.S. counties [...]

AP: County jails have little oversight

AP: County jails have little oversight

Did the lack of oversight set up the situation where the Escambia Central Booking and Detention Center exploded? An AP article published yesterday by the Bradenton Herald raised that question. County jail inmates across the nation are among the most vulnerable in natural disasters because there [...]

Voting on SoGo Gingerbread houses ends tomorrow

Voting on SoGo Gingerbread houses ends tomorrow

After almost a month of a beautiful gingerbread display in downtown Pensacola, the first SOGO Gingerbread House Contest is coming to an end, but not before you have the chance to vote on your favorite. During the gingerbread display, holiday shoppers have been voting for their favorite [...]

State Democratic Women’s Club president supports removal of Confederate flag

State Democratic Women’s Club president supports removal of Confederate flag

The Democratic Women’s Club of Florida, Inc.’s President, Dr. Maureen McKenna, announced today that the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida supports the Escambia County Commission’s removal of the Confederate battle flag at the Pensacola Bay Center. Dr. McKenna stated, “The [...]

Commissioner Robertson viewpoint: Why Fly Five Flags Over Pensacola?

Commissioner Robertson viewpoint: Why Fly Five Flags Over Pensacola?

By Commissioner Wilson Robertson Since American Independence some 250 years ago, we have been blessed to have only one flag flown over this great nation. For that, I am thankful. That is certainly not the case for our great city, Pensacola. Anyone who knows much about our history, knows that [...]

Haas Center: Fewer Payday loans than earlier study reported

Haas Center: Fewer Payday loans than earlier study reported

The University of West Florida Haas Center for Business Research & Economic Development recently completed research that shows that Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Bay counties produce fewer payday loans per person than the state does as a whole. The new study contradicts earlier reports from [...]

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