Outtakes—A Nation of Immigrants

By Rick Outzen Immigrants helped build our economy. My father’s grandfathers were both immigrants—Andrew Outzen from Denmark and John Aloysius Cannon from Ireland—who made their fortunes building railroads during the late 1800s. They faced…

Winners & Losers 7/18/19

Winners Kim LeDuff The University of West Florida has named Dr. LeDuff vice president for academic engagement and student affairs. She previously served as the vice president for academic engagement and the interim vice…

Outtakes—Myth Busters

By Rick Outzen The Escambia County School District earned a B for the 2018-19 school year. However, the grade isn’t a reason for celebration because that grading scale has been so watered down that…

Winners & Losers 7/11/19

Winners Robert Bender Beachgoers didn’t have to pay the $1 Bob Sikes toll to Pensacola Beach over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. District 4 Commissioner Bender announced on the eve of the holiday…

Outtakes—Untouchable Thomas

By Rick Outzen In June 2018, the Triumph Gulf Coast board of directors approved a $2.3 million grant for the Escambia County School District and Pensacola State College to train 1,145 high school and…

Winners & Losers 7/4/19

Winners Innes Richards Richards was recently inducted as the 106th Rotary District Governor and will serve as chief administrative officer of all District 6940 Rotary Clubs that stretch across the Florida Panhandle to the…

Outtakes—Wow, 20 Years

By Rick Outzen We’ve been at this newspaper thing for two decades, covering hurricanes, floods, oil spills, murders, jail explosions, government corruption and the area’s renaissance. We’ve upset the status quo, picked fights and…

Outtakes—Children as Pawns

By Rick Outzen Has our federal government lost its compassion for children? Having read the Associated Press report on a migrant detention facility near El Paso, Texas, I’d have to answer in the affirmative….

Winners & Losers 6/27/19

Winners Peter Mougey For the fourth consecutive year, the Levin Papantonio Securities & Business Litigation attorney has sponsored Symphony, Sparks and Stars, a Fourth of July celebration with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra at the…

Outtakes—Fake Lawmaker

By Rick Outzen State Representative Mike Hill has come under fire for how he handled a constituent’s remarks that the Bible states a man that has an affair with another man will be put…

Winners & Losers 6/20/19

Winners Robert Bender Florida Counties Foundation presented District 4 Commissioner Robert Bender with the Certified County Commissioner designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the foundation. Commissioner Bender received the designation…

Winners & Losers 6/13/19

Winners Kevin Mair Mair has been named executive director of Cardiology Consultants, an affiliate of the Baptist Heart & Vascular Institute. He earned his bachelors degree from Temple University in Philadelphia and his Master…



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