Escambia County is a less healthy place this year compared to 2013, and also compared to most of the other counties across Florida.
Escambia County’s overall health outcomes rating dropped from number 55 to 57th among Florida’s 67 counties, in the fifth annual County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Susan Turner at the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County. The study focuses on community factors that influence health, along with available data.
In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper looks at the latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures. According to revised data released Thursday (March 27) by the Commerce Department, GDP grew at an annual pace of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The growth rate is slightly better than the 2.4% estimate published in February, but was down from 3.2% originally reported in January. Harper says “Overall, it’s a pretty good report,” noting increases in 1) consumer spending, 2) business investment spending, and 3) exports.
Despite this week’s winter-like temperatures, spring is here and residents have begun to beautify their yards. For expert advice on what to do and when, we’re continuing our occasional series on gardening with Jonathon Heidi Escambia County horticulturalist Beth Bolles, hosts of WUWF TV’s Southern Gardening.
Despite ads encouraging you to "get a jump on spring,” Bolles says it’s far better to hold off for a bit when it comes to lawn fertilization and nitrogen.
OHM Concessions Group is holding a jobs fair at Pensacola International Airport this week, ahead of the Missouri-based firm’s takeover of the airport’s food and beverage operations next week.
Applicants fill out the paperwork and are interviewed in a second floor conference room at the airport. Among the company representatives there on Wednesday, the middle day of the three-day fair, was Milan Patel – OHM’s President and CEO.
Some Gulf Power customers have been targeted by scam artists. Again. But at least they're being creative about it.
Natalie Smith, a communications Specialist with Gulf Power, says a new telephone scam is targeting Gulf Power commercial customers. The company has been fielding calls from customers reporting a new wrinkle to the classic scam. Now customers are told their power will be shut off unless they wire 25 hundred dollars to a local Western Union.