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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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Arctic Air Moving Across U.S.
4:48 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Panhandle Shivers In Pre-Winter Cold Blast

Credit accuweather.com

  Any doubts that winter is approaching will be dispelled over the next few days and the colder weather is hanging around for the next week or so.

Temperatures across the Midwest and Plains are in the teens and 20s, with reports of snowfall amounts ranging from 10 to 16 inches. Steve Miller at the National Weather Service in Mobile says the chill is heading south later today and tonight.

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Salvation Army Kettle Campaign begins Friday
6:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Bell Ringers Are Back for Holiday Season

Credit Photo via flickr//Jim, the photographer

  Salvation Army bell-ringers return to sidewalks in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties on Friday, bringing with them a long-time holiday tradition. The search is on for said bell-ringers.

For more than a century, Pensacolians have dropped coins – and paper -- into Salvation Army red kettles during the holidays to support needy families. Capt. Bob Cornett is the Salvation Army’s commanding officer in Pensacola. He says the search is on for volunteers to spend time ringing bells at the red kettles, with a goal of $375,000.

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Veteran's Day
5:59 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Ft. Walton Beach Holds Veteran's Day Ceremony

Beal Memorial Cemetery in Ft. Walton Beach hosted its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Tuesday. Gathered around the flagpole and surrounded by 1,600 flags placed in the cemetery, dozens of veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, both Desert Storm Wars and the Global War on Terror were recognized for their service by the community.

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