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Winners & Losers 10/18/12

WINNERS:

Vicki Miller
The wife of Congressman Jeff Miller is championing Wreaths Across America which is working with the Three Rivers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to double the number of wreaths at Barrancas National Cemetery this Christmas as part of the 20th Annual Wreaths Across America. This program began in 1992 to honor, remember, and teach the next generation of the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans.

Matthew Morgan
During the 2012 Sea Turtle Triathlon in Pensacola, a young boy’s prosthetic limb broke during the run. Marine Private First Class Morgan had volunteered to help at the event. When he saw 11-year-old Ben Baltz fall, the Marine picked up the boy and carried him the rest of course.  Semper Fi!

Perdido Key Area Chamber
The Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center recently won two awards for outstanding marketing of the key’s attractions—a silver Flagler award for its “Autumn Breezes E-mail blast” promoting tourism opportunities on the key after Labor Day and a bronze Flagler award for its “I Love Perdido Key Facebook” campaign. The Flagler awards are presented annually by the Florida Commission on Tourism and are based on creativity, innovation, production quality and effectiveness.

LOSERS:

Randy Oliver
The Independent News likes the county administrator. Unfortunately, County Commissioner Kevin White no longer seems to care for him and Commissioners, Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson, didn’t want to hire Oliver in the first place. Apparently there is no tie between White’s change of heart and the District 5 commissioner being dropped from the Forrest Gibbs lawsuit, which impacts now only Grover Robinson and Marie Young, but this surely does smell.

West Florida Library System
Everybody claims to love libraries, but nobody wants to pay for them—at least, not in Escambia County. They have become the latest battleground for the county and city. Some people don’t believe poor people need to read those whatchamacallits, otherwise known as books in other communities. Others only see libraries as big computer labs. Meanwhile, the school district is holding workshops to help parents teach their children to read and master the reading part of the FCAT. Are we the only ones seeing the disconnect?

Northwest Florida State College
Computer hackers reportedly hit Northwest Florida State College and gained access to nearly 300,000 names, Social Security and bank routing numbers of students, teachers, staff and retirees. The password “1111” is never very secure.