Your Gulf Power bill will be a bit higher in the new year. This week the Florida Public Service Commission announced that customers of three utilities in the state, including Gulf Power, will see a raise in the fuel charge portion of their bill. Gulf Power spokesman Jeff Rogers says last year the fuel charge decreased by 7.8%. This year's hike of 7.6% wipes out most, but not all of those savings.
Two people were injured this Monday morning in an air training crash on one of the runways at Sherman Field aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. The crash, involving a Navy T-45, occurred around 10:30 during a routine training flight. The two crew members onboard were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A benefit concert in Pensacola Sunday will help the mother of an autistic child complete training in an intensive, home-based therapy program. While, the Son-RiseProgram isn’t widely acclaimed in the Autism community, Mary Sanford believes in its effectiveness and plans to share what she’s learning with other parents of autistic children.
Sanford, who is an elementary school music teacher in Escambia County, organized the benefit. She’s calling it “Ari’s Big Fundraiser.” Ari is her four year old son, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old.
As of Friday, November 1st, more than three and a half million food stamp recipients in Florida will see a reduction in that benefit. The initial reduction in SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, comes with the end of the federal stimulus spending package which was passed in 2009 to boost the economy during the Great Recession.
Daylight Saving Time began in the U-S during World War I, initially from April to October. It was expanded in 2007 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November for 48 of the 50 states. Arizona and Hawaii are the exceptions.