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Outtakes—A Little Common Sense, Please

Outtakes—A Little Common Sense, Please

State Senator Alan Hayes, R-Umatilla, wants more guns in Florida schools. His rationale is more guns in the hallways and classrooms will deter another Columbine High School or Sandy Hook Elementary [...]

Winners & Losers 3/6/14

Winners & Losers 3/6/14

Winners Pensacon 2014 The three-day event at the Pensacola Bay Center was a huge success, bringing over $1.4 million into the community. Research revealed that 11,000 people attended and 5,183 [...]

Outtakes: Power of the People

Outtakes: Power of the People

People like to joke that Pensacola is five years behind the rest of the world when it comes to technology, but once something catches on here, it spreads exponentially across the community. How [...]

Outtakes—Slicing up the Turkey

Outtakes—Slicing up the Turkey

This week another slice of the Greater Pensacola Chamber turkey is about to be carved off the carcass. At a special board meeting of the chamber, CEO Jerry Maygarden discussed the need to separate [...]

Winners & Losers 2/20/14

Winners & Losers 2/20/14

Winners Nathan Monk When the “little guy” makes the powerful blink, the Independent News applauds. Rev. Monk started after Winter Storm Leon when he created an online petition for Mayor Ashton [...]

Winners & Losers 2/13/14

Winners & Losers 2/13/14

Winners Doug Baldwin The Gulf Breeze High School graduate caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks. Undrafted out of Stanford University, Baldwin has made his mark in [...]

Outtakes—Hayward Sidestep

Outtakes—Hayward Sidestep

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward’s missteps are never his fault. The blame is often placed instead on his staff, former city managers or the Pensacola City Council. Last year, he and his former [...]

Outtakes—Gaetz to the Rescue

Outtakes—Gaetz to the Rescue

I appreciate when a politician breaks ranks and looks past the surface of an issue to take a stand that his party might not initially approve of. We live in an age of sound bites and tweets that [...]

Winners & Losers 2/6/14

Winners & Losers 2/6/14

Winners Northwest Florida YMCA Board members of the Northwest Florida YMCA have voted unanimously to accept a contribution of land from the Studer Community Development Group’s new property at [...]

Outtakes—Grow the Pie

Outtakes—Grow the Pie

The recent controversy over food trucks in downtown Pensacola has brought to the surface a problem that city officials and the Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) have avoided discussing publicly. [...]

Winners & Losers 1/30/14

Winners & Losers 1/30/14

Winners Pensacola Police Department The annual crime report, submitted by the Pensacola Police Department to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, shows an overall 14 percent reduction of [...]

Outtakes—A Tiger Retires

Outtakes—A Tiger Retires

Last week George Touart sent the Escambia County Commission his resignation letter. He isn’t well and said his body could no longer keep up with demands of being the county administrator. The [...]

Winners & Losers 1/23/14

Winners & Losers 1/23/14

Winners Bill Clover The Pensacola State College Visual Arts professor Bill Clover recently received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing more than 7,000 hours of [...]

Outtakes—Food Trucks Can Work

Outtakes—Food Trucks Can Work

Councilman Andy Terhaar has proposed an ordinance that would ban food trucks from the heart of downtown Pensacola. Instead of letting the free market decide whether it wants them, he has decided that [...]

Winners & Losers 1/9/13

Winners & Losers 1/9/13

Winners Alvin Wingate The developer has been elected chairman of the One-Half Cent Sales Tax Watchdog Committee for the current school fiscal year. The committee, which is appointed by the school [...]

Outtakes—Escambia County’s Full Plate

Outtakes—Escambia County’s Full Plate

The Escambia County Board of Commissioners has a full plate of issues for 2014. These are just a few of the items up for consideration. Their first task is to hire a county administrator. The [...]

Outtakes: Unwritten Stories

Outtakes: Unwritten Stories

The Christmas holidays are the time to recharge one’s batteries. One can look over the past year, tally up the wins and loses, and make plans and resolutions for the next year. I find myself [...]

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