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Winners & Losers 6/21/12

Winners
Pensacola State College
Our community college is one of the best values in public education, according to the most current U.S.  Dept. of Education’s ranking. Pensacola State College ranks in the top one percent in the College Affordability and Transparency’s annual report. In the survey of over 5,000 colleges, Pensacola State College ranked 11th in lowest public tuition, $2,179, and 36th in lowest net cost, $5,024.

Lela and Derek Foust
Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, honored Pensacola area entrepreneurs Lela and Derek Foust as the 2011 Baskin-Robbins Franchisees of the Year.  The Fousts operate three Baskin-Robbins stores in the Pensacola area, and have been franchisees with the brand for more than 15 years. They are very active in their local community, organizing a “Junior Scoop School” where they partner with local schools, day cares, churches, and boy and girl scout troops to teach the history and science of ice cream.

Times-Picayune
The New Orleans daily won the June Sidney award for “Louisiana INCarcerated,” an eight-part series that investigates how for-profit prisons, long sentences, and a broken pardon system have yielded the highest incarceration rate in the nation. Sadly, most of the team has been fired during recent cutbacks.

Losers
Terence Milstead
The Appalachian State University professor turned down the council executive job, the second person to reject the post that serves the Pensacola City Council. The city council had selected Milstead in late May after a six-month search. Mayor Hayward had approved the hire and his salary request. The rejection email came the day after the “Great Chicken” debate at the council’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Coincidence?

Sandra Johnson
The former director of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been sentenced to five years of probation after she pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Johnson altered documents and signatures in order to help some questionable LIHEAP recipients, as well as herself, pay Gulf Power bills.

Escambia County Central Booking and Detention
The facility that was once the Escambia County Hospital suffered during the recent deluge in which the county received over 20 inches of rain in the second rainiest day ever in Pensacola. Generators, lights and a mobile command unit were called in after heavy rain submerged the jail’s basement damaging the air conditioning system and the kitchen. About 172 inmates have been released or moved because of damage to the jail.