John Blackie

First responders from the western Panhandle joined with state and federal officials Tuesday morning, for a hazardous materials exercise at the University of West Florida.

The scenario: classes were in session with about 10,000 students on the UWF campus. At around 9:00 a.m., calls go out about an explosion and or fire in Building 58: which houses chemistry, biology and research labs.

Arcadia Mill Archaelogical Site

After being closed for renovation for the past six months, the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site will hold a Grand Reopening this weekend. The celebration is part of Florida Archaeology Month festivities.  

The historic Arcadia Mill was one of the largest early American industrial complexes in Florida, with operations that included a water-powered sawmill, lumber mill, bucket and pail factory, and cotton textile mill.

Fracking & Florida

Mar 9, 2015
Rethink Energy Florida

Hydraulic Fracturing or “fracking” is a controversial method of extracting oil from shale rock. It was the topic of a workshop at the West Florida Public Library yesterday called “Fracking and Florida”.

Kim Ross is the President and Founder of Rethink Energy Florida, an organization that was born out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and works for a more sustainable energy future. They hosted the workshop.  Ross spoke with WUWF’s Bob Barrett about how fracking is becoming an issue in Florida.

Lindsay Myers

Milk for sale at the Palafox Market Saturday.

First strawberries of the season- these were grown using a vertical technique.

Hydroponically produced red lettuce.

This softer, milder kale is sometimes called Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale.


Kale, cabbages, greens, and radishes.

Fresh eggs.

Orange carrots and their cousin, the parsnip.



Your blogger is obsessed with this sauce- it makes everything better.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the projection for growth for local economies over the next few months and the rise in Pensacola airfares.

The University of West Florida Haas Center is out with a report, projecting that Northwest Florida economies are expected to experience uneven growth through May.

“I think uneven is a good way to put it,” said Harper, noting the Haas Center’s new quarterly Indexes of Coincident and Leading Economic Indicators.

Photo from Pensacola Voice

You could call it a reunion of sorts. Many of those who marched at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 return to Selma this weekend for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” Among those is a Pensacola-area civil rights icon.

Eighty-seven-year-old Rev. H.K. Matthews was 37 and working as a janitor at a small medical office in Pensacola, when the call went out for participants to march. He put down his mop, climbed into his 1957 pink and white Ford Fairlane, and drove the 175 miles to Selma.

Pensacola is saying “ciao” to an Italian firm that’s moving its U.S. operation from Parsippany, New Jersey.

Aero Sekur specializes in safety systems and advanced flexible structures for the global aerospace and defense markets. Vice President Ursella Slusher says Pensacola is a prime location, especially with their contracts in Fort Walton and with Eglin Air Force Base

NAACP Pensacola Branch

Selma, Alabama will be in the spotlight this weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights. 

Locally, the NAACP Pensacola Branch has organized a bus trip, with plans to be in Selma on Sunday for the 2015 crossing of the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

One of the organizers of the trip is Dr. Eurydice Stanley, who took part in the 2014 Selma March commemoration.

In Okaloosa County, early voting is underway for the March 10th municipal elections. In Crestview, the race is on for the mayor’s seat. 

The four candidates are incumbent David Cadle, Landrum Edwards, Tom Gordon, and Jeremiah Hubbard. Each of them recently took part in a candidate forum on Crestview Community Television.

The hot button issue at the forum was whether there’s a crime problem in the city and what should be done about it.

After waiting a few weeks, the Escambia County Commission on Thursday is expected to discuss which, if any,  Confederate flag should be displayed at the Pensacola Bay Center.

On a 4-1 vote in December, the Commission approved flying only the U.S. and the Florida state flags at the facility. The Confederate battle flag was taken down, along with those representing England, France and Spain.