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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

This weekend we said goodbye to another one of our single sisters as she walked down the aisle looking like an angel on a farm in north Alabama. Little did she know, her best girlfriends that she had known since childhood (present company included) would take it back to the maturity level of the kids we were when we all met on her big day.
We arrived on the “bride to be’s” family farm and our breath was instantly taken away not only at the sprawling greens fields and sparkling lake, but by the flowers, the cake, and the décor; you know, all the things that make girls go “oooo” and “ahhhh”. We took a seat just in time to see the bridesmaids walk down the aisle in gorgeous complimentary lilac dresses, complete with cowboy boots.
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Bubba Watson May Have Two Green Jackets, But He’s Still A Down To Earth Guy
By: Kelly Woodard

Pensacola’s hometown PGA hero, Bubba Watson, went home once again with the coveted green jacket last Sunday at the 2014 Masters in Augusta, Ga. Watson dominated the rest of the field through the week, especially in Sunday's final round where he broke a tie game just before Turn Four on No. 9, then cruised to an easy win
by three strokes. For Watson, a fan favorite, a University of Georgia product and a gulf coast native, that makes two jackets in just three years. Not too shabby.
Watson says his success is still unbelievable even to him. “To win one green jacket is a dream come true. To win two is icing on the cake. I never thought I’d get this far…I’m just trying to keep my Tour card every year, and I’m lucky enough to have won two green jackets. I play the game not to be called a great player. I love it and want to grow the game,” he said.
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Spring Weather Will Finally Arrive When Fish Fly ‘Over the Line’ At the Flora-Bama
By: Kelly Woodard

The beach time fun begins when fish fly “over the line” next weekend at the 30
th Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the world famous Flora-Bama Beach Bar and Lounge, April 25th through April 27th.
This three day phenomenon, often referred to as the Gulf Coast’s greatest beach party, allows beach goers to grab a mullet and let it fly as far as possible. A mullet is one of the more popular and plentiful fish indigenous to this area. It is the only fish with a gizzard and is said to possess mystical properties. Tossers will throw their fish from a 10-foot circle in Florida across the state line into Alabama. All tosses will be measured, and prizes will be given in each age division.
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City Councilman Bare and Mayor Hayward Go Head To Head Over Proposed Changes
By: Kelly Woodard

Pensacola’s City Charter may be facing some big changes in the near future, as Mayor Ashton Hayward and City Councilman Charles Bare go head to head on changes that could shift the power of our local government. Bare has proposed three separate amendments that will limit the Mayor’s power within the city and will keep closer tabs on funds and local deals that may not currently involve the city council.
If approved, however, the amendments would grant the council new powers to establish financial controls, fix the salaries of elected officials and make changes to the city budget. The amendments would also strip the mayor of the power to determine the organization of city departments and make him a voting member of the city council, a move that Hayward feels is part of a different agenda on Bare’s part.
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The End of Florida’s FCAT Brings Big Changes and Obstacles To Escambia County Schools
By: Kelly Woodard

Teachers, parents, and students breathe a sigh of relief as this week marks the last time state students will take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, known as the FCAT. The test, which by this time next year will be replaced by a new Common Core-aligned assessment, has been the topic of controversy for years.
The Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability under Gov. Lawton Chiles gave birth to the test in 1995. It was part of a series of recommendations that were meant to give local districts more control and a better sense of how their schools were doing. FCAT scores were then tallied ultimately giving each school a grade, A-F. The “grade” each school was given factored into funding, student advancement and whether a school required intervention.
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