Sandra Averhart

News Director

Sandra Averhart has been News Director at WUWF since 1996. Her first job in broadcasting was with (then) Pensacola radio station WOWW107-FM, where she worked 11 years.  Sandra, who is a native of Pensacola, earned her B.S. in Communication from Florida State University.

For several years, Sandra was co-host of “Inside UWF” on WUWF TV. Also, she has partnered with WSRE TV to serve as co-host of their “Rally” candidate forums, most recently in 2012. Sandra also lends her voice to the University of West Florida athletics program.  She has worked as public address announcer for Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and continues to “work the mic” at UWF Volleyball and Softball games. Along the way, she has been P-A announcer for four NCAA Division II national championships, to include two each in volleyball and softball.

In her spare time, Sandra continues to enjoy playing softball. She lives in Milton with her husband Charles and two dogs, Beau and Mollie.

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Photo via Flickr// Bradley Gordon / https://flic.kr/p/g5MMmw

  Nearly 1 in 4 women in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner. Because of statistics like this, October has been proclaimed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Although there are efforts to combat domestic violence, it continues to be a problem across the region.

In 2014, Escambia County had a slight increase in reported incidents of domestic violence, with a total of 3,201 cases overall and six domestic violence homicides.

Gloria Horning

Environmental activist Joy Towels Ezell, founder of Help Our Polluted Environment (HOPE) is in Pensacola this week. During her visit, Ezell will share her experiences with Wedgewood area residents, who are fighting to clean up or shut down several polluted landfills in their communities.

The public talk will be held at the Marie Young Community Center , 6405 Wagner Road, beginning at 6 p.m.

Like many others on the front lines of the battle for environmental justice, Ezell has a personal story to tell. It all began more than 60 years ago, when she was just a little girl.

  In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Florida Chamber of Commerce 2015 Future of Florida Forum and Annual Meeting held this week in Orlando.

The annual gathering took place September 28-29 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

  Officers from more than sixty law enforcement agencies across the Gulf Coast joined Florida Governor Rick Scott and a host of other state and local dignitaries and members of the public at a Memorial service Monday at Northwest Florida State College’s Raider Arena in Niceville for Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers. 

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Family, friends, and members of the community will gather today (Monday) to remember slain Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Myers. Myers was shot and killed after serving a domestic violence injunction in Shalimar last Tuesday, September 22.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in the basketball arena at Northwest Florida State College. The service is open to the general public. A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night on the campus of North West Florida State College.

 

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses University of West Florida President Judith Bense’s 2015 state of the university address, as well as ongoing improvement in the U.S. housing market. 

Bense addressed a crowd of several hundred at the UWF Field House Thursday morning. The president, who will retire at the end of 2016, painted a mixed economic picture for the university. 

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

A leatherback sea turtle was released back into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, following rehabilitation at  Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach. The large recently stranded female weighed in at 608 pounds, over 100 pounds heavier than originally estimated.

The turtle underwent a 4-day treatment period under Gularium’s Sea Turtle CARE (Conserve, Act, Rehabilitate, Educate) Program.

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.

  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.

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.

Sandra Averhart

Santa Rosa County residents have until this Tuesday, September 15 to comment on four proposed alternatives for relieving traffic congestion on a six mile section of U.S. Highway 90 through Milton.

The need is clear, but there remains a great divide over which option will be most the beneficial to the city with the least amount of impact.

It is the two-lane stretch of U.S. 90 - in the heart of downtown Milton - that’s at the center of debate over what should be done to alleviate the overloaded roadway,

 

 In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses unemployment, job creation and the promise and limitations of the information technology sector to Northwest Florida’s economy. 

The Labor Department reported Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits had dropped by 6,000, to a seasonally adjusted 275,000. That is a positive sign for the nation’s economy, Harper said. 

“Initial jobless claims look good,” he said. “We are at a four-week moving average that’s well below 300,000 now.” 

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the availability of $5 million in economic development incentives to companies relocating or expanding in Northwest Florida.

“This is part of the $30 million allocation that was appropriated by the legislature several years ago, for the purpose of implementing an economic development program for Northwest Florida,” said Harper that the dollars were initially intended to be used specifically to “close the deal,” with businesses interested in creating jobs in the region.

ACLU

Efforts are underway in Escambia County to address what’s known as the "school-to-prison pipeline." The issue was the subject of a panel discussion on Monday, Aug. 31 at Franco’s Restaurant, 523 E. Gregory St., Pensacola.

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