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Expansion plans are on the table for a faith-based school in Santa Rosa County, including a new location.

Former Pace High School principal Frank Lay founded LEAD Academy in 2013. “LEAD” is an acronym for “Leadership, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Discipline." Currently Kindergarten through Grade-4, plans are to move from its present location on Berryhill road to a 30-acre site on Chumuckla Highway and expand to K-through-12.

As the debate continues over a new courthouse for Santa Rosa County, one county commissioner is weighing in with his own ideas about location, location, location. 

You’ve no doubt heard this before: when the courthouse opened in Milton, Babe Ruth was hitting homeruns and “The Jazz Singer,” with Al Jolson and not Neil Diamond, was in the theaters.

The Pensacola Symphony returns to the stage of the Saenger Theatre for a very special performance this Saturday, March 4th at 7:30pm.  A single piece is on the program: Mahler's epic third symphony.  Music Director Peter Rubardt and UWF professor Dr.

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President Trump laid out his agenda before Congress on Tuesday night, and while he appeared to take a softer approach, some are not buying it. Many are having problems coping with the new administration in day-to-day life.

In a recent study by the American Psychological Association, 57 percent of respondents said the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. Much of that traced back to Donald Trump’s election and campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

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The Florida Department of Transportation is wrapping up a series of workshops in Escambia County. The classes are designed to help small, minority-owned companies seeking to do business with FDOT.

The day-long sessions are being held on Fridays over a five-week period, ending March 3. They were available at no charge to companies already designated or wanting to be designated as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises or DBE’s.

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One of my favorite aspects of living at Pensacola Beach over the last year was how easy it was to get around on foot or bicycle. Restaurants, shops, bars and recreation are all within easy reach, and the bike path makes walking and biking safe and easy.

My wife and I recently moved into East Hill, and were pleased to discover the same.

There’s no separate bike path in East Hill, and we have found a surprising  number of blocks with limited, or even no, sidewalk. But for a densely populated neighborhood it is remarkably easy, and safe, to navigate without a car.

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Artist Caitlin Rhea creates sculptural objects, installations and two-dimensional artwork that relate to water issues.

“Water is an uncontrollable natural resource that governs all existing life on this planet,” Rhea said. “My concepts are inspired by the problems that arise throughout humanity’s battle over the control of water.”

Rhea, who teaches art history and two-dimensional design at Pensacola State College, spoke recently to a group at Artel Gallery in downtown Pensacola.

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Pensacola’s Muslim community put out the welcome mat Saturday night, hosting an open house at the Islamic Center of Northwest Florida on Johnson Avenue.

If the organizers at the Islamic Center were hoping for a packed dining hall, they certainly got their wish. Hundreds of non-Muslims shared a pot-luck dinner and heard about Islam and the tenets of the faith.

Dr. Aref Rifai, an ophthalmologist who has been in Pensacola for 21 years, says the Pensacola-area Muslim community has been here for several decades, with some having spent their lives here.

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Artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki run Plantbot Genetics, a parody of a biotech corporation that develops combinations of robots and plants. Their mission: Spark a discussion about the environment.

The Plantbot duo delivered a presentation recently at First City Art Center in downtown Pensacola.

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Are we alone in the universe?  The discovery of TRAPPIST-1 and its seven Earth-like planets could be moving the needle on the answer.

The TRAPPIST-1 star system is relatively close to our solar system, about 40 light years, or 235 trillion miles, away in the constellation Aquarius. And, because they are not in our celestial neighborhood, they’re called “exoplanets.”

Representative Matt Gaetz made a half-dozen stops across Santa Rosa County on Thursday to hear from his constituents, both supporters and opponents, dubbing it "Open Gaetz Day."

An overflow crowd greeted the Congressman at Grover T’s BBQ as he moved through the crowd in the parking lot, speaking with both supporters and opponents. Once inside, Gaetz moved though the main dining area greeting the lunchtime crowd, to the sound of competing chanters.

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Recently the New Yorker reported on all the super-rich people stocking up on survival supplies in case of massive societal collapse. While for you and me that might mean stockpiling cans of Spam and boxes of Hamburger Helper, the rich, as usual, do it differently.

There are many challenges helping adults with autism  join the work force once they haev have aged-out of the school system.

Visit Pensacola is hoping to build upon a successful winter tourist season as the calendar moves toward spring.

However, some flak could be coming out of Tallahassee.

Visit Pensacola President Steve Hayes says one of the key has been the agency’s expansion of digital advertising and analytics that target specific demographics, which he calls “almost Big Brother-ish.”

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Immigrants across the country stayed home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and way of life. Some Pensacola residents also took part in "A Day Without Immigrants."

About 50 people stood at the intersection of Palafox and Garden Streets downtown at late morning, holding signs and waving to motorists as they passed by.

“Pensacola is the first settlement in the United States,” said Organizer Grace McCaffery. “There were laborers brought here from the Yucatan, which is Mexico, at the time of that first settlement.”

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