UWF Football Coach
3:48 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

UWF Hires First Head Football Coach

The Superbowl isn't the only big football story on the panhandle this week.  The University of West Florida has announced the hiring of its first ever head football coach. 

The announcement of the long anticipated hire came Friday afternoon.

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BP Funds
3:16 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Early Restoration Funds From BP Get Public Hearing Monday Night

Hatchery technicians at the Don Clausen Fish Hatchery at Lake Sonoma hosted more than a dozen representatives from several state and local agencies March 24 to provide them with a rare look at its steelhead and coho salmon recovery operations. The facility, which is fully funded by the Corps of Engineers, is operated by the Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game. The all-day event was hosted by the Corps’ South Pacific Division and San Francisco District. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo)
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Pensacola-area residents curious about plans to spend $627 million of BP fine money on Gulf Coast projects can get answers Monday night. Part of that is being sought for an aquaculture operation in Pensacola.

Officials with the State Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host the meeting, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the Pensacola Bay Center.
The Early Restoration funds total $27 million for nine projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties – $19 million of which is proposed for a fish hatchery in Pensacola.

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Lifeguard Tryouts
11:20 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Pensacola Beach Lifeguard Tryouts This Weekend

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Now that the roads and bridges have thawed out, it's time to think about summer.  People interested in becoming a lifeguard on Pensacola Beach for the 2014 season are invited to tryouts this weekend.  The sessions will be held Saturday morning at 7am at the University of West Florida Aquatic Center. 

Alexander Johnson, the senior lifeguard says candidates will have to perform a 600 yard swim in 10 minutes or less in the UWF pool, followed by a mile and a half run in 12 minutes or less on the track.  There's a half hour break between the swim and the run.

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McDavid Train Derailment
6:22 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

CSX To Lead Derailment Probe

Credit Rebecca Brasch for

CSX Railroad is taking the lead into the investigation of Tuesday night’s train derailment in a remote part of Escambia County.

The accident, involving 23 of the 69 cars in the train, occurred near the McDavid Sawmill. Nobody was injured but along with the cars, a bridge and tracks were also heavily damaged. It may take crews several weeks to make repairs.

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Winter Storm 2014
2:42 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

UPDATE -- Winter Storm Hits FL Panhandle

Winter precipitation is moving into the Florida Panhandle, the produce of frigid arctic air and Gulf moisture.

Escambia County’s Emergency Operations Center activated at midnight. Emergency Management Chief John Dosh says they’re at level-2, with only key agencies on hand for now.  

Throughout the year the Escambia EOC conducts table-top exercises to cover a number of scenarios – hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters. Dosh says those – and the current winter storm development – are all part of what he calls “consequence management.”

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