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New Manna Home
2:17 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Manna Food Pantries Gets Closer To A New Home

The headquarters of Manna Food Pantries in Pensacola the day after April's flood.
Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Manna Food Pantries has taken the next step in finding a new permanent home.

If you stopped by Manna's long time location in Pensacola, you'd see the non-profit operating out of a few construction trailers in front of its warehouse. But that may soon be changing. De De Flounlacker, the Executive director of Manna Food Pantries, says the food bank has closed on a 4.5 acre parcel of land  at the site of the former Escambia County School District textbook depot between N. Hayne Street and N. Tarragona Street in Pensacola.

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Commentary
4:50 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Carl Wernicke: Flooding And Learning From The Past

Credit IHMC

There’s a reason why archeologists dig to recover the past. Nature piles the new on top of the old, and so do we. But covering something up doesn’t make it go away.  Just ask Richard Nixon! Or, as William Faulkner famously put it, “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

In Pensacola, our Superfund sites tell us all we need to know about how the past stays with us. A happier example is the archaeological work done by the University of West Florida, uncovering so much of our past.

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Scams
5:16 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Better Business Bureau: Watch For Ebola Scams

Word is going out from the Better Business Bureau, about a variety of Ebola related scams and problematic fundraisers recently emerging.

The BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance is working with chapters serving Dallas, where the first victim died and two nurses became infected; in Cleveland, where one of the nurses traveled before getting sick; and with several other local BBBs to investigate Ebola-related efforts.

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Philanthropy
3:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Impact 100 2014 Winners Announced

Credit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida

Over a $1 million was awarded among ten area non-profit organizations this weekend as Impact 100 for the Pensacola area made their annual gifts.

David Bear is on the board of directors of the Pensacola MESS Hall, "What we do is we really make an impact in our community with education on Math, Engineering, Science, and Stuff, that is what the MESS Hall stands for and to be able to take our show on the road will reach a lot more people."

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Youth Justice Awareness Month
3:58 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Youth Justice Coalition Offers Advocacy Training

Credit Campaign for Youth Justice

The Escambia Youth Justice Coalition (EYJC), in conjunction with the youth organization Str8 Up Pensacola, is holding a youth advocate training workshop this evening in Pensacola. The event is being held in observance of Youth Justice Awareness Month.

The Youth Justice Coalition is made up of a broad base of members, who’ve come together to advocate for juvenile justice reform in the Escambia County school system.

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Election 2014
12:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins For General Election Nov. 4th

    Early voting is getting underway across the region for the November 4th General Election. Voters in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties can cast ballots beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, November 1st. 

For the General Election, each of the counties is exceeding the eight-day minimum by providing a total of 13 early voting days, with a combined 14 polling locations that will be open for 10 hours each day in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties; nine hours daily in Escambia.

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Startup Weekend
11:53 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas & Form Businesses At UWF

  Entrepreneurs of all ages gathered at the University of West Florida this weekend, to develop and offer ideas for new goods and services, during Startup Weekend at the UWF College of Business.

Wearing gray event T-shirts, the participants began a 54-hour marathon Friday night aimed at coming up with the next big business idea.

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Military
5:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Defense Grants Benefit Local Military Bases

Flightline at NAS Pensacola
Credit Photo via Flickr//Jason Mitchell

Fourteen Florida counties will share $2.45 million from the state’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will provide support for community projects at 19 military installations.

Florida’s military and defense sector is responsible for almost 9.5% of the state’s economy. That translates to 758,000 direct and indirect jobs that represent $73 billion in spending.

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Pensacola Beach
4:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Santa Rosa Island Authority Looks Ahead

Credit SRIA

  

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has agreed to hire a community planner to prepare for a future where its primary source of funding could soon disappear.

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Election 2014
3:41 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Scott & Crist Face Off, Stick To Scripts (Mostly)

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist squared off at Broward College Wednesday evening, in the second of three debates. The event was delayed over a last-minute dispute that’s come to be known as “FanGate.”

Crist, the Democratic nominee, took the stage alone at the appointed hour. But Governor Scott Rick Scott delayed the start of the debate because of an electric fan below Crist's podium.

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