LEADERSHIP PENSACOLA 2012 The LeaP class’s community service project is Operation HOPE (Honoring Our Protectors’ Efforts). The class will remodel the USO facilities at the Pensacola International Airport and the Naval Air Station. Having raised over $80,000 to create a good first impression on our troops and recognize their sacrifices, the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2012’s project is truly a winner.
NINA CLARK, FORREST FULTON AND PAMELA JUBA These three Pensacola residents have been recognized for their humanitarian service at West Florida Hospital. This honor places Clark, Fulton and Dr. Juba in competition for the nationwide 2012 Frist Humanitarian Awards, the highest honor an employee, volunteer and physician can earn within HCA, West Florida Hospital’s parent company. The awards are given in recognition of the humanitarian achievements of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of the company.
JOYCE WEBB NOBLES The Florida House of Representatives passed HB 7039 during the last week of the 2012 session, which will rename the Cervantes Street Bridge in Pensacola after Joyce Webb Nobles. A lifelong resident of Pensacola, Nobles served her community during and after World War II as a nurse and then as president of Horizon Bank until her retirement. She has actively been involved in many charitable organizations.
INDEPENDENT NEWS Writing about racial disparities and challenging the Escambia County Public School District apparently doesn’t sit well with some people. In the wee hours of Friday, March 9, someone took a hammer to the window of IN publisher Rick Outzen. Nothing was stolen, no one was hurt and nothing will change with our editorial coverage.
GREG EVERS The state senator from Okaloosa County may be losing his protected district and be forced to either run against the popular and well-funded Don Gaetz or move to Santa Rosa County to run in the newly created District 1. Florida Supreme Court didn’t like how the Florida Senate had divided Northwest Florida into two parallel districts that bisected four counties. We guess that Evers will do whatever the NRA tells him to do.
SARAH PALIN What is the uproar over how the former Alaska governor’s portrayal in the HBO movie “Game Change?” The movie is based on a book, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” that was published two years ago. Nobody was upset then, proving Palin still isn’t much of a reader.