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A century of naval aviation
4:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NAS Pensacola Celebrates 100th Birthday

Bronze statue of pioneer naval aviator John Towers unveiled aboard NAS Pensacola.
Credit Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Naval Air Station Pensacola held its 100th anniversary ceremony this morning, capping a year of events recognizing the base’s centennial. The highlight was the unveiling of a statue honoring one of the original naval aviators, John Towers.

Friday’s event marks the establishment near Pensacola of the Navy’s first aeronautical station. Base Commander, Capt. Keith Hoskins, extended a welcome to the audience of civilians, sailors and Marines. He spoke of the installation’s legacies, and everlasting contributions to the nation’s security.

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Economic Report
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Harper Touts UWF's Industry Research Matching Grant Program

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a new matching grant program recently launched by his Office of Economic Development and Engagement at The University of West Florida.

The initiative provides $1.5 million in matching grants to connect Northwest Florida businesses with research resources available through UWF.

“It’s an exciting time for our office, and hopefully for the region,” said Harper, executive director of the UWF OEDE.

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Public Transit
8:47 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

ECAT Aims For Better Service With Upgrades

Credit Escambia County Area Transit

  Riders on Escambia County Area Transit will notice some changes, both on the road and at the main terminal. The system updates are aimed at improving experiences for current and future customers.

Among the new amenities are LED kiosks, similar to what are in hotels and airports. Three of them have been installed at the Rosa Parks Terminal on Fairfield Drive. ECAT Marketing Director Tonya Ellis says they’re an eye-catching way to distribute information to both riders and ECAT employees.

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Freedom Bell
2:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Freedom Bell Rings In Ft. Walton Beach

Credit Danielle Freeman

  For decades the flagpole at Beal Memorial Cemetery has been the gathering spot for services honoring the military community, but that will soon change with the construction of a new Veteran’s Tribute Tower. 

Even though construction of the Veteran’s Tribute Tower hasn’t begun, the Freedom Bell that will be a prominent part of the tower is being used. The bell was rung at the Veteran’s Day observance ceremony last week and for the very first time at its dedication in September.

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Escambia County Commission
1:56 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Escambia County Commissioners Sworn In

Credit myescambia.com

  Two Escambia County Commissioners, one new and one incumbent, were sworn into office Tuesday. The ceremony also included a change of leadership on the panel.

Outgoing Chairman Lumon May kicked off the special meeting by thanking everyone who has helped him out, during his year with the gavel.

“That have helped me to have a somewhat successful chairmanship,” said May. “Without you guys, without this great team, I would have failed.”

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Santa Rosa Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Santa Rosa Announces County Health Improvement Plan

Credit Let's Go Northwest Florida

Health officials in Santa Rosa County have announced a plan to improve the overall health of county residents. The plan was first announced last year and has been reviewed and revised. Joann Vanfleteren, Operations Review Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County says the state DOH created an initiative for for community health improvement planning. All 67 Florida counties are required to create the Community Health Improvement Plan.

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Okaloosa County
4:59 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department Officers Earn Outstanding Performance Award

Credit Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department

  Today Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley honored two OCSO Investigators whose hard work helped solve the horrific murder of an elderly resident that spanned back 16 years. Jewel Melvin had been beaten and strangled inside her Crestview home before her body was discovered May 15th 1998.

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Thanksgiving
4:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

USO Plans Big Thanksgiving For Local Military

Credit USO Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida’s United Service Organization is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving feast at its facility aboard NAS Pensacola. The calls are going out for the public to lend a hand.

If you’re active-duty personnel based in this area, chances are you’re fairly new to the military. And if that’s the case, you have to choose between going home for Thanksgiving or going home for Christmas – because of finances or duty assignment, you can’t do both. USO Director Heidi Blair says that’s where they come in.

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Winter Weather
3:53 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

More Arctic Chill Is Coming

Credit accuweather.com

  One week after the first taste of winter for northwest Florida and south Alabama, another, colder round is on tap for the next couple of days. Shelters are gearing up as the temperatures go down.

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, a cold front is pushing through the area, bringing with it will push through our area later today. Forecaster Joe Maniscalco says this is an atypically cold air mass for November, for the central Gulf Coast.

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UWF Lab Program
5:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

UWF Lab Sciences Program Earns Accreditation Renewal

Credit UWF Clinical Laboratory Science

  The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of West Florida has been reaccredited for seven more years by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. UWF is one of only four schools in Florida with an accredited lab program. 

Dr. Behan explains,  "It's important to have an accredited program to meet the standards that are nationally set so that our students are doing exactly what anybody in any other state is going to do and then they are free to move to another state too."

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