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In-person visits to inmates at the Santa Rosa County Jail are being phased out, in favor of new video technology from the firm Homewav.

The video system will benefit those who want to see their jailed relatives and friends, but cannot travel because of work, distance, a lack of transportation, and other reasons. 

“We’re just trying to keep up with technology and what other agencies have done,” said Deputy Rich Aloy, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov were musical patriarchs of their time, each contributing their own unique style. Russian Spectacular explores a passionate performance by each of these composers. The program opens with Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio espagnole, consisting of five connected movements each based on Spanish themes. He wrote this piece for a large orchestra and took great advantage of the different timbres by designing melodic passages specific to each instrument. Tchaikovsky even hailed it as “a colossal masterpiece of instrumentation”.

IHMC

Several years ago my wife and I visited Budapest during a trip to Europe.  The city is one of the many crossroads of history that dot the European landscape. It is a history of constant strife, from pre-Roman to modern times, sweeping back and forth across the region as rival powers rose and fell, the one constant being the suffering inflicted on the people caught in the middle, simply trying to live their lives

Great rundown of products from Coldwater Gardens!

Mushrooms! At Coldwater they build nurse logs to grow these beautiful mushrooms.

At the Palafox Market on Saturday there was a great array of beautiful early spring produce:

DLR Group

Escambia County is negotiating with an architectural firm, to set the criteria for hiring a design and construction team to build a new county jail.

Talks are underway with Omaha, Nebraska-based DLR Group, as part of plans to replace the Central Booking Facility, which was destroyed by a gas explosion last April. Amy Lovoy, the county’s Financial Officer, says if all goes as planned the contract would be presented to the County Commission at its April 23rd meeting.

Ten weeks and 1,000 miles after beginning their journey, the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition came to an end last week at Fort Pickens.

Wildlife biologist Joe Guthrie, his dog Wallace, conservationist Mallory Dimmitt and photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. arrived at Fort Pickens on Thursday afternoon. After a dip in the Gulf at Langdon Beach, they celebrated with a party at a nearby pavilion. Guthrie says the Panhandle was unfamiliar territory for them.

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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