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Winners & Losers 12/22/11

WINNERS

DANIEL PIERCE The senior at Tate High School has been selected as one of only five statewide recipients of the prestigious Leaders 4 Life Fellowship offered through Take Stock in Children, which is one of the programs offered through the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation. Take Stock provides mentoring relationships and college scholarships for deserving students from low-resource families.

PENSACOLA BUSINESS CHALLENGE The initial response to the new program launched by Quint and Rishy Studer to help small business owners start their business has been sensational. The first orientation meeting was so packed that the organizers moved the meeting out of the PYP/DIB conference room and into the big hallway on the first floor of the Rhodes Building. More than 100 people attended the meeting.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL The State Attorney’s Office reviewed the allegations that members of the TDC may have violated the Florida Sunshine Law and determined that there was insufficient evidence to establish any crime. However, it did find that the actions of certain members violated the spirit of the law and recommended that they should be avoided in the future.

LOSERS

DIANE MACK In her seemingly endless quest to discredit her political opponent, the former city councilwoman and unsuccessful 2010 mayoral candidate filed a complaint with the State Attorney’s Office alleging criminal conduct on the part of Mayor Ashton Hayward for giving the city employees a one-time bonus. The State Attorney’s Office sided with Mayor Hayward and found no criminal conduct.

JACOB WESTBROOK The teenager was caught by deputies, slipping out the back of the Speed Mart on Highway 29, wearing a mask and with several store items in his possession. Westbrook was arrested and charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of burglary tools, wearing a mask while committing a felony and resisting an officer without violence. He has a bond of $23,000.

CLOSED PUBLIC SCHOOLS It has been nearly two years since Superintendent Malcolm Thomas rejected an offer by Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for the dilapidated Brownsville Middle School and four months since Mayor Ashton Hayward asked him to be more proactive in dealing with his closed schools and how they hurt city neighborhoods. The silence from the district administration is profound.