Florida

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 […]

Ban on evictions, foreclosures extended

Ban on evictions, foreclosures extended

News Service of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis late Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 an executive order that seeks to help prevent foreclosures and evictions amid job losses and financial problems caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. DeSantis made the announcement just hours before an earlier extension was scheduled to expire. DeSantis initially issued an order […]

DeSantis signs E-Verify measure

DeSantis signs E-Verify measure

News Service of Florida, Ana Ceballos Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday quietly signed legislation that will require all government employers and some private businesses to use a federal electronic system known as E-Verify to check the immigration status of new workers. The Republican governor, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, signed the worker-verification bill […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

BREAKING: Bars, pubs, movie theaters to re-open Friday

BREAKING: Bars, pubs, movie theaters to re-open Friday

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that bars, pubs and movie theaters will re-open at 50% capacity starting Friday.  He said this is the start of Phase II of the ‘Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step’ plan to re-open after COVID-19 induced statewide closures. The governor made the announcement during a press conference in Orlando at Universal Studios, which […]

McTamney twins excel off the field as well as on it

McTamney twins excel off the field as well as on it

Andrew and Matthew McTamney make it clear that while they are twins, they are different people. The similarities they share, however, extend beyond being brothers. Both have excelled in the classroom and on the field as baseball players for the Navarre Raiders. “We happen to play the same sport and are both in the top […]

Athletic plan to be presented to school board this week

Athletic plan to be presented to school board this week

Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is presenting a plan for high school athletics to the school board Thursday morning. The plan involves the start up of summer workouts for high school teams. If approved, those workouts are expected to begin later this month. And June 15 is looking like the date that begins. Earlier […]

Hurricane prep tax “holiday” begins Friday

Hurricane prep tax “holiday” begins Friday

By Tom Urban and Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Starting Friday, shoppers in Florida emerging from coronavirus stay-at-home orders can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season. In addition to helping residents buy everything from coolers to generators, Florida Retail Federation President and CEO Scott Shalley hopes […]

Wright driven to build off stellar freshman season

Wright driven to build off stellar freshman season

Dante Wright has every reason to sit back and just enjoy all that he’s accomplished in just one season of college football. To call his freshman year at Colorado State an almost unreal success would be an understatement of epic proportions. The list of accolades and accomplishments are impressive. Start with the fact that he […]

Restrictions lifted on youth sports and summer camps

Restrictions lifted on youth sports and summer camps

Governor Ron DeSantis announced in a press conference Friday morning he is lifting restrictions on youth sports and summer camps in the state of Florida. The decision is effective immediately despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We believe that this makes sense based on the data and observed experience,” DeSantis said. “We are not going to […]

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