Dave Dunwoody

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office held its annual memorial service, for the 15 officers who have died in the line of duty since 1923. 

Training Room number one was packed with the fallen officers’ families and friends, and law enforcement personnel from various agencies. ECSO uniforms were formal dress, with black tape across their badges as a sign of mourning.


In late April my wife and I went downtown for the ceremony honoring the courageous black Pensacolians who engaged in a sit-in to protest to segregation of department store lunch counters.

Even though it was a rain-threatened Saturday afternoon, we were both disappointed in the turnout, both black and white. It underscored a comment I read from Sarah Jonas, the young UWF student whose research led to the event. She said, “These things didn’t happen all that long ago and yet I feel that many young people are so disconnected from it.”

The end of the K-12 school year traditionally means the start of hiring new teachers for next fall. Escambia County is taking that search to a higher level.

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says they’re opening to bring 200-400 new teachers aboard for the 2015-16 term, to make up for those leaving the district, leaving the vocation, or retiring. And the search, he says, is across the academic board.

University of West Florida

The University of West Florida has been chosen to pioneer a unique collaboration between its chemistry and biology departments. Let’s start off with an important definition.

A phage is a virus that preys on and feeds off bacteria. They are found, among other places, in the soil. That brings us to a program called the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science program. That name just screams for an acronym so we’ll call that the SEA-PHAGES program. And that brings us to UWF, which has been selected as one of this year’s participants.

Gulf Power

Gulf Power Company all gathered together Monday morning, to go, over their plan for before, during, and after a tropical storm and/for hurricane.

It was a full house at the utility’s new Douglas McCrary Training & Storm Center on Pine Forrest Road, as team leader from all department that would have storm duty looked at ways to improve response.

Spray products can be a major source of air pollution.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, 50 tons per day of pollution come from spray products. That's more Volatile Organic Compound emissions than from all the Bay Area oil refineries! These aerosol products include hairspray, furniture polish, cooking sprays, bathroom cleaners, air fresheners, antiperspirants, insecticides, and hobby craft sprays.

Local tourism took center stage Thursday, as the destination marketing organization Visit Pensacola unveiled its five-year blueprint for increasing the numbers who come for a visit.

Grant Petersen

Most of us have heard the expression “It’s just like riding a bike, nothing to it.” But a lot goes into designing, manufacturing and, for some, racing bicycles.

New York TImes

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the findings of an upward mobility study that shows where children grow up affects how much income they earn as adults.

Danielle Freeman

Operation Eagle Claw is known as the “most successful failed mission in history.” It was a joint-services mission to rescue Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1980. Hurlburt Field recently held a recent ceremony honoring those who died during the operation, and the valuable lessons learned as a result of what happened.