Outtakes: The Year of the Teacher

By Rick Outzen Malcolm Thomas’ replacement may have a fully-loaded treasure chest to rebuild the Escambia County School District into one that is competitive with the other districts in Florida, thanks to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Republican Governor has laid out the largest budget in state history—$91.4 billion—for state lawmakers to consider during the 2020 […]

Winners & Losers 12/5/19

Winners Milton Bakery Bakery manufacturer and ingredient supplier Dawn Foods recently announced the winners of its annual Sweetest Bakery in America contest, and local favorite Milton Quality Bakery took top honors as the best full-line bakery in Florida. Milton Quality Bakery is a fourth-generation family-owned bakery that has been serving Milton and surrounding communities for […]

Winners & Losers 11/28/19

Winners Madrina Ciano Junior Achievement of Northwest Florida annually selects an individual who is a prominent community advocate in a variety of capacities and has a history of supporting financial literacy initiatives. This award is the Marshall Blaise Adams, Sr. Give Back Award and is a tribute to the late Blaise Adams, former city president […]

Outtakes – Watch Out

By Rick Outzen When the Florida Association of Counties teaches its courses on ethics for county commissioners, Escambia County is its poster child for corruption. The instructors walk the participants through how four commissioners were indicted by a grand jury in 2002 over charges that ranged from bribery to violations of that state’s Sunshine laws. […]

Outtakes – In Plain Sight

By Rick Outzen Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and his administration once again have turned a blind eye to providing oversight of a charter school while precious dollars were siphoned out of the classroom. In 2015, we broke the news of financial and management issues at two charter schools run by Newpoint Education Partners. The […]

Winners & Losers 11/21/19

Winners Joseph T. Spaniola Dr. Spaniola, UWF professor and director of music theory and jazz studies, received the 2018- 2019 American Prize in Composition third-place honors in the Instrumental Chamber Music–Larger Ensemble Category for his composition DREAM, a Euphonium and String Quartet. The American Prize celebrates American Excellence in the Arts. DREAM is included on […]