BERNARD YATES The pastor of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church will be installed on Feb. 20, as president of National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA. His church is hosting the organization’s Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting and the 34th F. L. Livingston Institute that same week. Organized in 1907 as the Colored Primitive Baptists of America, this national organization—now known as the National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA—represents churches in 18 states. Its mission is to promote unity among its people; foster the cause of education, evangelism, and mission; and, participate in worship experiences.
JEFFERY BAUGUS The Woodlawn Beach Middle School teacher has been named Santa Rosa’s Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, School Board Member Scott Peden and the Santa Rosa Education Foundation Board of Directors made the announcement in his 8th grade algebra classroom. The other two finalists were Kenneth Long, West Navarre Intermediate, and Shawn Wilcox, West Navarre Primary.
ELMER JENKINS Community Action Program Committee, Inc.’s Board of Directors honored Dr. Jenkins for his faithful, dedicated, and unwavering service to helping shape the agency’s direction for the past 10 years. Jenkins, who served on the Escambia County School board for sixteen years, also served on CAPC’s board as the private section representative.
TEAM SANTA ROSA The economic development group lost its biggest financial supporter last week, when the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners voted to cut off its contributions. TEAM Santa Rosa has been rocked by federal grand jury investigations into its dealings—some of which involved major campaign supporters of current and past county commissioners.
BP The trials on the 2010 BP oil disaster are going to reveal what really happened on the Deepwater Horizon rig when it exploded–killing 11 men and spewing millions of gallons into the Gulf. The media has reported on an internal BP memo from the day of the explosion in which BP officials warned that if the blow-out preventer didn’t work properly the crude oil could leak at a rate of 3.4 million gallons a day, much more than the company told the public.
JOE BIDEN While at a jobs event in Rochester, N.H., Vice President Joe Biden used an Indian accent to imitate call service employees. Really? Aren’t Democrats supposed to be more tolerant and accepting of other cultures? Had it been Dick Cheney the story would have been blasted everywhere. Biden needs a better handler or a shorter leash.