Baker Block Museum

The debate over flying the Confederate Battle Flag on government property stems from the June 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina; but the discussion has taken on a life of its own throughout the Florida Panhandle including in the city of Crestview.

At the center of the controversy in Crestview is a memorial to a local Civil War hero known as “Uncle Bill Lundy,” which was built on a parcel of city-owned property the year after William Lundy died nearly 60 years ago.

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a reduction in unemployment benefit claims, a healthier job markets and the success of the recent EntreCon business convention held Nov. 5-6 in Pensacola.

Harper said that both the weekly number and the four-week moving average for jobless claims are down well below 300,000 per week, which signals a “pretty decent jobs market.”

University of West Florida

The Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series returns for the first date of the new season on Monday. That’s when Professor Roy Hunt from the University of Florida tells “A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine.” 

Photo via Flickr// Rhonda Callow /

Escambia County residents and visitors are being advised to protect themselves from the risk of rabies exposure, after a recent attack on an Escambia County resident.

According to the Florida Department of Health-Escambia County, a resident of the Dog Track Road area was attacked by a fox last week. The animal was located, killed and its brain sent to the state lab.

“[It] was tested for rabies, and found to be positive. This is the second fox so far this calendar year; the first one was up in Century last July,” said Dr. John Lanza, Director of DOH-Escambia.

Dave Dunwoody

Pensacola joined the nation in observing Veterans Day 2015, with the annual parade downtown, and ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Park.

On a warm, sunny November day the ceremony began with a pause – as the park’s bell tower chimed 11 times at 11 a.m.

Santa Rosa County

  After going through 56 applications for a new Administrator, Santa Rosa County officials have their man – from just down the hall.

Tony Gomillion will move from his current position as the county’s Public Service Director since 2003, into the chair being vacated by Hunter Walker – who’s retiring next month after 20 years. 

“Taking the next step,” said Gomillion. “Having a desire to have a challenge, meet the challenge, and put together a new team of strong leaders for our county.”

Danielle Freeman

  The annual Veterans Day ceremony in Fort Walton Beach was held Wednesday at Beal Memorial Cemetery. It was the first official observance to be held around the new Veterans Tribute Tower at the entrance to the cemetery.  

“Ladies and Gentleman…the ringing of the new Tribute Tower and the stroke of the eleven bells.”

The sound of the Freedom Bell rang out as part of the ceremony. Dozens of veterans from World War II to Desert Storm to the Global War on Terror were gathered around the flag pole and the new Tribute Tower where they were recognized for their service.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

At one time, Lou Brock was the fastest man in Major League Baseball. He had over 900 stolen bases, including one season when he swiped 118. Last month, the 76 year old Hall of Famer had his left leg amputated just below the knee, the result of an infection made worse by diabetes.

According to the latest numbers from the CDC, over 29 million Americans are living with Diabetes, and over a quarter of them don’t know it. And when you have diabetes, you not only have to check your blood sugar and insulin levels. You also have to check your feet.

Cowork Annex

One Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola is being converted into a new shared workplace environment.

The plan is to build a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, work-at-home professionals, startups and others to meet and mingle.

Businessman Bobby Switzer is one of a half-dozen investors in the project and its managing partner. He says they’re helping each business meet its goals in a way he says is more effective, efficient, and fun. Another name for it, he adds, is “concierge business.”

Fresh off their season-ending performance over NAS Pensacola, the Blue Angels welcomed a new boss on Sunday at the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

The hour-long ceremony, filled with Navy traditions, said goodbye to Captain Tom Frosch and greeted Commander Ryan Bernacchi, who takes over for the next two seasons. Rear Admiral Michael White told the packed atrium that these days, there are a number of debates over the Blues’ return on investment, especially if recruiting is up after a show.