Rick’s Blog

Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas yesterday told WKRG that he has changed the school district’s notification policy regarding lockdowns. “We’ll let parents know we have an event outside of our campus,” Thomas told WKRG. “We’re going to raise the security level in the school. Bare with us. Our law ...
By Brooke Weber INWEEKLY A local Pensacola man, Shawn Enfinger, got to check something off his bucket list after he was an extra in the “Black Panther” movie that is breaking box office records. When credits start to roll at the end of the movie they are cut off with ...
Gov. Rick Scott on Friday offered a $500 million proposal to address school safety, gun laws and mental-health issues after the mass shooting this month that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. The proposal, in part, calls for at least one school resource officer ...
On Thursday, President Donald Trump said he supports “hardened schools” to avoid a repeat of incidents like the mass shootings at a Parkland, Fla. high school. National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre told the Conservative Political Action Conference, “Evil walks among us, and God help us if we ...
Last night, Greater Pensacola Chamber announced its 58th annual PACE Award recipients. Each year, the PACE Awards are presented to outstanding individuals in the community who have made significant contributions to Greater Pensacola’s overall economic progress. “We are privileged to honor these eight leaders who have demonstrated their devotion to ...
By Dara Kam THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE — Little more than a week ago, some of the biggest problems students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School faced were math tests and the baseball team’s performance. But seven days after a 19-year-old gunman went on a killing spree at ...
Parents took to Facebook to express their frustration with the lack of communication from School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas and the school district regarding the school lockdowns that led to three arrests on Tuesday, Feb. 20. At last Friday’s press conference regarding the Parkland, Fla. shooting, Thomas asked for parents to ...
After three years and over 600 shows, I have made the decision to close my run on “Pensacola Speaks.” I thoroughly enjoyed the interviews and connecting with the 1370 WCOA audience, but the upcoming release of “City of Grudges” is going to take up a lot of my free time ...
By Dara Kam THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE — Metal detectors at schools, better coordination between agencies and keeping guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill were among the solutions three groups of experts handed Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott, as state leaders search for ...
A Washington High School student overheard a male classmate say that he was glad the police did not locate his gun during the lockdown. She reported it to the teacher and subsequently the dean. This incident happened after the parents had received an automated phone call from the principal, Dr. ...