DeSantis backs proposal for Space Force headquarters

DeSantis backs proposal for Space Force headquarters

By Jim Turner News Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has endorsed six Florida counties and three cities that hope to land the command headquarters of the U.S. Space Force. In a letter Monday to Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson, DeSantis supported the proposals by Jacksonville, Pensacola, Brevard County, Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Pinellas […]

Minor League season axed because of pandemic

Minor League season axed because of pandemic

The 2020 Minor League Baseball season is over. Scheduled to begin in April, an announcement was made to cancel the season Tuesday.  Among the teams not playing ball this year are the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Revenue is vital for minor league teams. Playing a season is a tall […]

UWF not holding popular football camps this year

UWF not holding popular football camps this year

Pen Air Field will be a little quieter the second weekend of July. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of West Florida football team isn’t holding its Friday Night Lights and Sunday Night Showdown camps next month. A special teams camp is also held that weekend. All camps scheduled on campus for June and […]

Youth football conditioning on hold because of pandemic

Youth football conditioning on hold because of pandemic

COVID-19 strikes again in the world of sports. Because of the rise in cases in Florida over the past week, the Northwest Florida Youth Sports Alliance announced over the weekend it is shutting down offseason conditioning for football for three weeks. The Navarre Youth Sports Association football program is part of the league. The league […]

Florida halts alcohol consumption at bars

Florida halts alcohol consumption at bars

Secretary of Department of Business and Professional Regulation Halsey Beshears announced Friday on social media that on-site consumption of alcohol at bars is now banned statewide. Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. — HalseyBeshears (@HalseyBeshears) June 26, 2020 Beshears said the order […]

NHS football reacts quickly to potential COVID exposure

NHS football reacts quickly to potential COVID exposure

Navarre’s football team quickly dealt with a situation involving a handful of players that were at a gathering with someone outside the program displaying COVID-19 symptoms. As a precaution, all six players were sent home prior to the team’s summer workout Wednesday. None showed signs of the virus. They did not attend Thursday’s workout either. […]

The view from the press box

The view from the press box

The new normal is here for high school athletics. How long it lasts remains to be seen. But at least for the next four weeks, social distancing, temperature checks and hand sanitizer will all be part of the equation when it comes to summer workouts. It’s great athletes are getting a chance to get out […]

Red snapper season underway in Florida

Red snapper season underway in Florida

Recreational red snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico is underway in Florida, and there is potential for a fall season if the quota from the summer is not met. The 45-day season began June 11 and runs continuous through July 25. It is a longer season than in recent years. The summer season lasted […]

Argos now set to open season against A&M Commerce

Argos now set to open season against A&M Commerce

That didn’t take long. Less than a week after losing its opponent for the 2020 season opener, the University of West Florida football team has found a replacement. And it’s a good one. Texas A&M Commerce is coming to town Sept. 3 to take on the reigning NCAA Division II national champion Argonauts at Blue […]

Lessons learned from nontraditional finish to school year

Lessons learned from nontraditional finish to school year

When schools closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lighthouse Private Christian Academy was well prepared for the uncertainty ahead. Remote learning became the route education took, and it’s something Lighthouse had already been using in addition to the traditional mode of learning. Now that Lighthouse founder and superintendent Joanna Johannes has had a […]

Decision by Mountain East impacts UWF football slate

Decision by Mountain East impacts UWF football slate

The University of West Florida football team just lost its opponent for its season opener. The reigning NCAA Division II champions were scheduled to host West Virginia Wesleyan Sept. 3 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. But West Virginia Wesleyan is a member of the Mountain East Conference, which announced Thursday that it does not plan to […]

Alzheimer’s research focus of virtual summit

Alzheimer’s research focus of virtual summit

The Florida chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a free educational virtual event Friday. The Dementia Research and Policy Summit will feature keynote speaker Carl Hill. Hill is the vice president of scientific engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing strategic efforts to create global awareness of the association’s international research program.   Read the […]

Stingrays have four sign letters of intent

Stingrays have four sign letters of intent

Four Lighthouse Private Christian Academy athletes signed national letters of intent Tuesday evening in Pensacola. Eddie Brown is among them. The Stingrays basketball standout is taking his talents to Central State University in Ohio. Brown established himself as one of the top scorers in the state last season, averaging nearly 40 points per game. Three […]

Tablet project plays vital role in mitigating isolation

Tablet project plays vital role in mitigating isolation

As isolation continues for those in assisted living facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Alzheimer’s Association remain focused on reducing the issues caused by that isolation. That is particularly important for those living with some form of dementia. Project Vital (Virtual Inclusion Technology for All) is the […]

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