As of January 2, a new GED test will be unveiled across the United States. It will go from an endpoint for adults to a springboard for further education and training.
The new assessment will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential. But it goes further by measuring career- and college-readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum.
The holiday season is a time for joy and family and good will towards men. At least that what they keep telling us. In reality, many people find this time of year stressful and depressing. But it doesn't have to be. Dr. David Josephs, the clinical director at the Lakeview Center, a mental health facility and an affiliate of Baptist Health Care in Pensacola. He says that when people are almost ordered to be merry it can take them "out of their comfort zone".
Shelter House of Northwest Florida is getting set for its 3rd annual “Luminaria Run to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.” The twilight event will be held this evening at the Destin City Hall Annex beginning at 4:30 p.m.
For this year’s run, there’s a 5K and a 9K. “The 9K is representative of (the fact that) every nine seconds a woman is beaten in the United States,” says Michelle Sperzel.
Zoe Weil is president and co-founder of the Institute of Humane Education, a non-profit organization that promotes education in human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. Weil will give a presentation for the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals in Pensacola on Friday. She will also lead a workshop hosted by the local environmental nonprofit Earth Ethics on Saturday.
The Florida Department of Transportation outlined its 5 year plan for the future this week. The outline from the FDOT include millions of dollars in future road improvements in the panhandle. Ian Satter, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation says the plans include a major road widening project.
9 Mile Road will be expanded from from two to four lanes from I-10 to Pine Forest Road. There will be some large scale resurfacing of roads in Escambia County including Creighton Road from Davis Highway to US-90.
When the Escambia County Commission meets this (Thurs) evening, it’s expected to narrow the list of candidates for County Administrator.
The names of 20 applicants have been submitted by the Dallas-based headhunting firm Waters Consulting. Lead consultant Andrea Sims says the list reflects a nationwide search and wide diversity – six African-Americans, including one woman, and a diversity of professional backgrounds.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses holiday retail sales, noting that the forecast calls for a relatively soft season. Specifically, he says Cyber Monday shopping continues to grow at a higher rate than in stores, although the rate of growth is more modest than the 8 to 10 percent clip in years past. One of the marketing tools created to combat that trend is Small Business Saturday.
Crews from Gulf Power are en route to help restore power to customers in Texas as a major ice storm moves across the region. According to Accuweather.com the ice storm could be the worst to hit the US in years and has the potential to leave millions across the southern plains without power. Gulf Power Spokesman Jeff Rogers says they have crews ready to go and help with the restoration efforts.
The crews from Gulf Power are heading out to the Dallas area to aid crews from Oncor, the utility that serves about 10 million customers in northeast and west central Texas.
When the Escambia County Commission meets today, it will be the first full session with Commissioner Lumon May as Chairman. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with May recently, just after the gavel was passed.