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Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Christy Ball's Piedmont Road home suffered major damage in last week's flood. She attracted a crowd as she talked to the Governor and other city and county officials about what she and many other Pensacola residents are up against. Ball said she's been spending thousands of dollars out of pocket just to begin repairs to her home.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

One of the biggest losses from this week's storm was Manna Food Pantries, who's office and warehouse in Pensacola were just about a total loss.  WUWF's Bob Barrett toured the damage at the Manna complex on Gonzalez Street and spoke about what it means for the future of Manna with Executive Director Dee Dee Flounlacker, who said they have lost "approximately 60 to 75 percent of our food".

On Manna's food storage:

The office and warehouse on Gonzalez street in Pensacola is the only place Manna stores their food. The only food still usable was stored on the higher shelves.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

A small crowd gathered at Chimney Park on Scenic Highway, in Pensacola, Friday morning as the historic chimney from a 19th century sawmill was entered into the National Registry of Historic Places. Pensacola City Councilman Andy Terhaar addressed the crowd and read a proclamation from the Mayor honoring the designation.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It's opening day! The Pensacola Blue Wahoos start their third season in Pensacola Thursday evening at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium with a game against the Tennessee Smokies.

WUWF's Bob Barrett was at the stadium earlier this week for Media Day, and spoke to Blue Wahoo's owner Quint Studer and manager Delino DeShields about the upcoming season.

Highlights:

Quint Studer on the Blue Wahoos third season:

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

It rained most of the day Friday, but when it began to let up at 5:30pm, the grounds crew took the tarp off the infield and got to work. And when Chloe Channell started singing the national anthem Friday night  in front of a huge crowd at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium...it looked like the historic exhibition baseball game between the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds was finally about to get under way. But Mother nature can be cruel sometimes...and midway through the anthem the rains returned and the game never got underway. 

Florida Governor's Mansion

Flags  are at half-staff at all local and state buildings are flying at half-staff to mark the passing of former Florida Governor Reubin O’Donovan Askew.  He died early this Thursday morning, March 13, at the age of 85. Last Saturday, Askew had been admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare to be treated for aspiration pneumonia. His condition worsened when he also suffered a stroke.

Governor Askew was the 37th Governor of Florida, and the first Governor to be elected to a second, successive four-year term in Florida history.

Penscon

It's been a couple of weeks since Pensacon took over much of downtown Pensacola, but the impact of the event on the region is still being evaluated.

Florida Public Archaeology Network

The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) has scheduled a full slate of events in March in observance of Archaeology Month 2014 in Florida.  During the month, FPAN joins with the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Florida Archaeological Council and Florida Anthropological Society to present a number of programs for the public.

WUWF

The City of Pensacola's plate is full these days given the work to lure ST Aerospace, develop a fish hatchery downtown, a major change in a city ordinance, and upcoming elections. WUWF's Dave Dunwoody sat down recently with Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the economics of the inaugural Pensacon convention. Organizers projected between 5,000 and 10,000 people would attend the event, which quickly filled the Crown Plaza Hotel and Pensacola Bay Center.  “It is big, and it’s rare that in February you have a downtown hotel reporting that it’s fully booked,” Harper says.

To further make the point on the significance of the event during the “winter visitation trough,” he says that there are just a few big weekends during the height of the tourist season that beach hotels fill up.

Pensacon

There's a good chance you're going to see a lot of people in interesting costumes roaming the streets of Pensacola this weekend as Pensacon takes over the Bay Center and the Crown Plaza Hotel. The multi-genre fan convention is the brain child of chairman Mike Ensley, who sat down with WUWF's Bob Barrett to talk about this first time event.
 

IHMC

A non-profit technology institute in Pensacola is set to begin a major expansion of its downtown campus. The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition owns two acres of land bordered by Alcaniz, Romana and Flora Blanca Streets and is looking to bring its operations around the city together.

Bob Barrett / WUWF News

What started out as a parade turned into a party in Downtown Pensacola as the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day parade made its way down Palafox Street from Martin Luther King Plaza south towards the bay. 

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Drive is wrapping up.  The fundraising campaign comes to a close on Christmas Eve and organizers are hoping for a big finish to meet their goals for this year.

Adorned in Salvation Army’s iconic red aprons, bell-ringers have been posted at local retail outlets across the region for the better part of the last couple of months.  As of Monday, December 23rd, there’s just one full day to go. On this day, bell-ringer Joseph James greets last minute shoppers at the Wal-Mart at 9th and Creighton in Pensacola.

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