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Winners
Katie White
Super Lawyer magazine named Katie White to its list of “Rising Stars” in estate planning and probate for 2012. A member of McDonald Fleming Moorhead law firm since 2005, White earned this designation as one of the state’s top attorneys who have been in practice for 10 years or less.

Blue Wahoos
The Cincinnati Reds and Blue Wahoos announced on July 24 the maximum four-year extension of their Player Development Contract that will see keep Pensacola’s Double A team’s affiliation with the Reds through the 2016 season.

Jazz Society of Pensacola
The American Rag, a California traditional jazz monthly, has recognized the Jazz Society of Pensacola for its efforts to promote jazz in our area. The society was toasted for its monthly events, Jazz Jam at Unique Café in Gulf Breeze, Blue Monday at Five Sisters Blues Café, and Jazz Gumbo at Seville Quarter.

Pensacola Interstate Fair
The Florida Federation of Fairs has awarded the Pensacola Interstate Fair as a Blue Ribbon Fair for 2011-12. The Florida Federation of Fairs recognizes and awards the top fairs in the state. This Blue Ribbon Fair Improvement Program is designed to highlight improvements the Fairs have made and award excellence.

Losers
TEAM Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa County Commission voted unanimously on July 26 to cancel its contract with its economic development partner of the past 20 years. Even a name change and the resignation of its executive director couldn’t save the organization that was primarily funded with county dollars. As of Sept. 1, the county takes full control of economic development.

Penn State
The NCAA hit Penn State hard over the school’s cover-up of the sexual abuse by one its coaches. The school must pay $60 million in fines and its football team is banned from any bowl games for the next four years. The money will go toward a fund for victims of child abuse. The team will also lose 10 football scholarships per year for four years, be placed on probation for five years and will vacate 112 football victories, all its wins from 1998-2011.

‘Up Side of Florida’
Really? When it hires an out-of-town firm to a three-year contract and gets little or no input from its citizens on what its new brand should be, then the city better hit it out of the park with its new logo and slogan. This looks more like a foul tip.