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Winners & Losers 5/3/12

WINNERS

Jeffrey Pribble
The Escambia High School teacher is one of five finalists chosen to compete for the 2013 Macy’s/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year Award. Pribble was presented with a $5,000 check made possible by the Macy’s Foundation and a $500 Macy’s gift card. A $1,000 check, also funded by the Macy’s Foundation, was presented to his high school.

Charles Wood
The Pensacola Chamber’s former economic development guru has accepted a similar post with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Wood played a role in the creation of more than 2,500 jobs in less than five years with companies like Pall Life Sciences, Hixardt Technologies, Synergy Solutions, Jupiter, Ascend, Wayne Dalton, Navy Federal and many others.

Pensacola Rotary Club
The Rotary Club of Pensacola, in association with local clubs in India, has helped provide 485 new desks to be used by 1,455 students in 10 government schools in four impoverished Indian communities. The desks were delivered earlier this year to schools in the four Indian towns, all of which have high incidences of poverty, drop out rates, and illiteracy. Each desk seats three students, and the hope is that by providing the desks, students will be encouraged to stay in school.

LOSERS

Larry B. Johnson
The Pensacola City Councilman proved that personal grudges are more important than jobs and downtown redevelopment. Though he eventually voted for the deal that helped Pen Air Federal Credit Union buy the Thiesen Building and move over 100 jobs to South Palafox Place, Johnson did his best to delay and undermine the deal because of his personal dislike for the owner of the building.

Editor’s note: This post apparently set off a maelstrom among council members Maren Deweese and Larry Johnson who were upset that this column and Rick’s Blog would criticize them. We verified this post with several sources who received phone calls from Johnson and had conversations with him in which Johnson made clear his dislike for Switzer over a business deal that had nothing to do with the City of Pensacola or Pen Air. God bless the First Amendment.

Holly Benson
Escambia County has uncovered a summary report from the office of State of Florida Auditor General David W. Martin that found a systemic history of overpayments, payment errors and lack of oversight relating to the payment of Medicaid claims by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). The county has been hit with a $6.3 million bill for these errors. Benson served as head of AHCA from 2008-2010.

Phony Gas Furor
Fox News has reported the way President Obama is handling high gasoline prices is one of the top issues on the campaign trail. During Bush’s last year, gas prices peaked at $4.12 in mid-July 2008. The pump prices are nationally $3.81 per gallon as of April 27, which is nearly a dime less than a year ago. Oops, another hole in Tea Party rants.