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Winners & Losers 10/31/13

Winners

Pensacola Ice Flyers
Pensacola’s professional hockey team celebrated its 2013 championship by raising a banner at the Pensacola Bay Center and defeating the Columbus Cottonmouths 6-2. Over 4,400 fans watched and cheered for their home team. A great start to the new season.

2013 Panhandle Charitable Open
The annual golf tournament in memory of John Ryan Peacock was held at Marcus Pointe Golf Course on Sept. 27-28. Through the hard work of the volunteers and the incredible generosity of the many sponsors, donors, and players, the Panhandle Charitable Open (PCO) is donating a record $95,000 to local charities, including Gulf Coast Kids House, Council on Aging, and Child Guardian, Inc. Since 2006, the PCO has contributed over $400,000 to local non-profits.

CTS America
The Pensacola-based technology company has been awarded a ten-year contract renewal with the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. CTS America will provide Computer Aided Dispatch, Records Management System and their highly regarded Field Based Reporting technologies to the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The company has also been selected as the service provider for the Georgia State Patrol, South Carolina Department of Public Safety and Montana Highway Patrol.

Losers

Palafox Celebration
Note to Mayor’s Office: Pensacola likes a good party, just not at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The Downtown Improvement Board and Mayor Ashton Hayward wanted to celebrate Palafox Street’s recent honor for being named by the American Planning Association as one of 10 Great Streets for 2013. They told downtown businesses to expect 3,000 people to flood the street. Less than three dozen partiers showed up and most of them were there to get a certificate.

John Henry Shiffner
The arrest of this Century, Fla. man made the national news when he blamed his battery arrest for allegedly attacking his pregnant girlfriend on President Barack Obama. After what was reported as a day of drinking, Shiffner was accused of intentionally striking his girlfriend. He denied the allegations to a sheriff’s deputy and “then began rambling on about how Obama is right,” according to the report. “Obama said cops always listen to women,” the 18-year-old allegedly said. The website “Smoking Gun” loved this story.

Tea Party
One of main priorities of this ultra-conservative wing of the GOP has been to dismantle the President’s health care law. Their demands led to the shutdown of the government. However, the final deal barely touched it. Public opinion of the Tea Party continues to fall.