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Michael Murphree

Tim Eriksen is an ethnomusicologist, American Traditional music performer, and professor. He’s visiting Pensacola this week. Invited by the University of West Florida, Eriksen will give a public concert on Tuesday, Mar 24.  On Wednesday, he’s scheduled to conduct workshops with UWF music and archaeology students.

Tim Eriksen has a wide range of musical styles and interests from American Roots to Punk Rock, and more.

“I’ve always been interested in music, in social music making; what I grew up with in my family, especially harmony singing and hymn singing,” said Eriksen.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Ocean City-Wright Firefighters donated lifesaving equipment to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at a presentation Thursday that will help make rescue attempts safer and quicker for deputies and victims.

The two-acre piece of city-owned property in downtown Pensacola known as “Hawkshaw” is back on the market.

A request for proposals, or RFP, has been issued by the Community Redevelopment Agency. It invites real estate developers to submit plans and a bid to buy the land, which the CRA acquired about 20 years ago.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses his latest economic column focusing on the earnings potential of University of West Florida and Pensacola State College graduates, Florida’s latest unemployment report, and the benefit of being named a top beach.

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If two Florida lawmakers get their way, Escambia County would get the ability to provide the option to convey some property on Santa Rosa Island to their leaseholders.

Cong. Jeff Miller and Sen. Marco Rubio have introduced identical bills aimed at ensuring that leaseholders currently paying taxes and living and working on Santa Rosa Island, will get the choice to attain title to their land.

Robin Reshard

Internationally-known civil rights activist and feminist theorist Angela Davis presented two public lectures in Pensacola this week. Tuesday, she spoke at Pensacola State College, and her talk on Monday marked the culmination of this year’s Women’s Studies Conference at the University of West Florida.

The University of West Florida football program held its first spring practice on Wednesday, at the UWF Intramural Fields under sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.

The players are nine student-athletes who have either transferred from other schools, or were selected from two previous tryout camps. Before the workout, Head Coach Pete Shinnick addressed the troops.

“Listen, like we’ve talked about, how we’re doing things, what’s taking place and what your role is,” said Shinnick. “We’re going to teach, we’re going to learn.”

FloridaJobs.org

Florida’s unemployment rate held steady from December to January at 5.7 percent. Heading into Governor Rick Scott’s second term, the focus is on private sector job growth.

According to the Department of Economic Opportunity, January’s figure translates to 551,000 Floridians considered unemployed, from a work force of 9.7 million. But DEO Chief Jesse Panuccio says that’s not the whole story.

Lindsay Myers

Many people know that correct pruning of fruit trees and shrubs can lead to a more productive, and more beautiful, plant. Many people don't know how to prune their plants themselves. During the February meeting of the Pensacola Organic Gardener's Club George Shelton explained how to do it.

Office of Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott visited Pensacola Monday, to present a check to the Escambia County School District from the Florida Department of Education. The money is for sustained or significantly improved student achievement at individual schools. 

“It’s because you’ve worked hard,” said Gov. Scott. He was at Blue Angels Elementary School, speaking before a backdrop of students, teachers and administrators.

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