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GWFCU receives 5-Star rating
Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, Pensacola, reports it has once again earned a coveted 5-Star rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank and credit union rating firm. A five-star rating indicates the credit union excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. Earning and maintaining this top 5-Star rating for 92 consecutive quarters puts Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union in an even more prominent position as…
Mourning Robert Thrower
An untimely death brings communities and people together. Such was the case last week when the Poach Band of Creek Indians was joined by surrounding communities in mourning the loss of Robert Thrower. Thrower, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, was well known in this area and throughout Indian Country. As people spoke of his death, one comment was repeated countless times, “We lost a wealth of knowledge.” Thrower knew more…
Bonus for city retirees
Former City of Atmore employees who retired from municipal service will receive a Christmas bonus this year. The city’s governing body, sitting with just three members due to the absence of District 3’s Chris Walker and District 5’s Chris Harrison, unanimously approved the one-time bonus during the council’s Monday (July 10) meeting. “This was done before, in 2008 I think it was, and they want to do it again,” said…
Bolden: 4th-graders separated, but equal
Deborah Bolden was hired just prior to the beginning of last year’s school term and tasked with re-establishing a culture of learning at Escambia County Middle School. One year into that effort, the Atmore native finds herself facing a new obstacle – a controversial influx of local fourth-graders who are being relocated to ECMS after the closing of A.C. Moore Elementary School. Bolden, who earned national acclaim for her work…
Plenty of room for students – No overcrowding for RP, ECMS
The Escambia County Board of Education voted June 29 to move ahead with the consolidation of A.C. Moore Elementary with Rachel Patterson Elementary and Escambia County Middle schools. Immediately, some people started criticizing the action due to the overcrowding that was sure to follow such a move. Depending on who you talk to, you might hear, “I don’t know what that Board was thinking, forcing overcrowding at the middle school.”…