Pope Francis arrived Tuesday in Washington, D-C, to kick off his four-day visit to the United States. Among those waiting to greet him is Bishop Gregory Parkes, who shepherds the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese.

“We don’t know what he’s going to say, it’s going to be a ‘pastoral’ visit, so he’ll be speaking as a pastor, as the leader of the Catholic Church,” Parkes said. “His reason for coming to the United States is to participate in the World Meetings of Families, which will take place in Philadelphia [on Saturday].

Sacred Heart Hospital

Officials at Sacred Heart Health System are in the midst of observing their past, while also looking to the future. On Monday, they announced plans for a major expansion of pediatric health care in the region to include construction of a new children’s hospital.

 Six months after the problems were highlighted, there’s a plan to fix the mold and water issues at the U-S Courthouse in downtown Pensacola.

U-S District Judge Casey Rodgers says black mold has plagued the facility – and the workers inside – since it opened in 1997. Court staff, the U-S Marshal’s and Attorneys offices, and Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff were forced to re-locate to the nearby Winston E. Arnow Building and elsewhere downtown.

Photo via Flickr// Jessica Whittle Photography & Sacred Heart Health Systems /

Sacred Heart Health System marked a century of service earlier this month. On Sunday, its 100th birthday party was thrown at Bayfront Stadium.

The home of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos was transformed into a party venue, with jump houses, air slides a bungee trampoline and other attractions for the kids, and reduced price food and drink for all.

Among those enjoying the late summer sunshine was Karen Porter, a 37-year associate at Sacred Heart. She talked about seeing the technological evolution in healthcare.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the latest Florida jobs report and the Federal Reserve’s decision to postpone increasing interest rates.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity this week released the jobs report for August, showing overall growth of 3.1 percent, or 243,000 new jobs, for the state.

University of West Florida Archaeology Institute

A public Cemetery Workshop is getting underway in Pensacola. The event is significant part of the “By These Hands” grant project involving the city’s historic African American cemeteries.

The workshop will take place over the next several days.  It features a comprehensive series of professional presentations and training in the area of cemetery conservation and documentation.

Photo via Flickr// Shandi-lee Cox /

While the summer travel season for 2015 is in the books, many Floridians are planning at least an overnight vacation sometime this fall.

Traveling in the fall is actually more popular than many people think. According to a recent survey by the AAA auto club, about seven in ten Floridians are planning to take a trip of 50 miles or more away from home in the next three months.

I remember years ago wondering why my parents always seemed to be reading the obituaries in the newspaper. Over time I figured it out. As they aged, they found more and more of their friends and acquaintances there, as well as the well-known names of the movers and shakers who had helped form Pensacola during their working lives.

For the past year, the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute has taken the lead on a grant project entitled By These Hands: The Vernacular Markers of Pensacola’s Historic African American Cemeteries.

The information collected is being used to weave together previously untold stories of the burial grounds and the people in them.

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