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Editorial By: Kelly Woodard

This week our home selling journey came to an end. Thank goodness. It all sounded too good to be true. A cash buyer, offering close to what we were asking, and wanting to close in six days. What could possibly go wrong? Turns out… a lot.
It all started on Monday, when after the contract was signed on both sides, my husband and I received a call asking if we could move the closing date up one day earlier. Having agreed to do some major work on the trim, paint, and various other projects, we knew that it was going to be a stretch to get everything done in time. Eager to close the sale, we agreed to kick it into high gear and make it happen.
My husband and I, dead tired and ready to kill one another by Wednesday night, encountered our buyer as she made one of her nightly unannounced (and uninvited) visits to the house. She seemed a little startled to run into us, I guess because the other 400 times she had come over to poke around, she had missed us. But I digress.
She asked if it was okay if she took a look around before our closing in the morning just to make sure that everything was in order. We agreed, and a few minutes later she emerged. I asked her if there was anything she needed done before we did our final walkthrough in the morning because we had time to take care of it. She smiled and said, “No, everything looks great! I’m so excited and can’t wait for tomorrow.”
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Don't Scare Us, Prepare Us
Making Sense by Michael Reagan

The head of the FBI says a terrorist attack may be coming.
He doesn't know where or when, of course.
But Director James Comey says the hard-core terror group Khorasan is planning to attack the United States and is "looking to do it very, very soon."
Comey offered no details, nothing specific. He also used the weasle-word "may."
Yet he says we all have to act as if a terrorist attack on us at home is "coming tomorrow."
So what is it? Is the FBI boss trying to prepare us for a real attack or is he just trying to scare us?
If the threat to the United States from Khorasan or ISIS is so real, and if it is so imminent, why aren't the FBI and the rest of the federal government giving us some guidance?
In California we're told to prepare for the earthquakes everyone knows are coming by making sure we always have water and food on hand. We're also told what to do during a quake and where to go to stay safe.
But when it comes to preparing for a terrorist attack on America, we hear nothing but vague scare stories from Washington.
Meanwhile, what are we regular citizens supposed to do while we wait for our inept government to try and defeat the terrorists overseas?
Never take an airplane or a cruise ship again? Cower in our basements with our children? Pray real hard?
We're supposed to trust our government to protect us from being blown up at the mall or the local Friday night high school football game.
But we all know there's no way the FBI or the local police department will be able to prevent every future terrorist attack in the USA.
Acts of terrorism in our own backyards are inevitable.
The government will try to stop them, but they won't be able to totally protect us.
When terrorism does occur, we'll call 911. Then the police and ambulances and the media will arrive. But then it already will be too late for some of our unlucky fellow citizens.
The Obama administration, as usual, is doing everything wrong. The president is still more interested in passing out food stamps when what he should be doing is passing out gun stamps.
He and his crew are pushing tougher gun controls but what they should be encouraging is more people to get guns and learn to use them.
The president is even afraid to use the word "war." But either we're at war with radical Islam or we're not.
If we're in a war, and if it's going to last 30 years or more, as former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta now says it will, start telling us how we can take steps to protect our own families.
Since the government can't protect us from terrorism at home, maybe we should start thinking and acting like Israel.
Maybe the citizenry should be better armed, trained to fight terrorists and be constantly on guard.
If we're really in a war with terrorists, we can't rely on the police. We civilians should be prepared to defend ourselves.
American citizens can be trusted. This is not the time for our federal government to go wobbly and try to further disarm the civilian population.
Instead of training me for a new job, Mr. Obama, train me to use a gun.
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A little Hocus Pocus Is Sure to Ensue When Witches and Warlocks Takeover Downtown Pensacola
By: Kelly Woodard

Check your pacemakers at the door as the First City Shakespeare group along with Pensacola Winterfest, a nonprofit group with a long record of family-friendly entertainment, hosts its 24
th Annual Haunted House and Trolley Tours fundraiser. Your skin will crawl with excitement as costumed guides scare you with some of the horrifying tales of Pensacola’s darker history on Pensacola’s favorite annual ghost tour.
This year, witches ad warlocks will be taking over the downtown streets bringing you horror, humor, and a little bit of classic Shakespearean charm. Climb aboard a Winterfest trolley and Glinda the Good Witch will lead you on encounters with some of the most famous spell-casters in history. You'll learn a charm to protect yourself from their dark magic, release a helpless victim from a terrible curse, and pick up some candy along the way, thanks to actors from First City Shakespeare.
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Pensacola’s Newest Chic-fil-A Wants You To ‘Eat More Chicken’ For Free
By: Kelly Woodard

Does your day not seem complete without a little Chic-fil-A? Well now you can ‘Eat More Chicken’ for free thanks to the new Chic-fil-A set to open on October 16
th, located at 510 N. Navy Blvd.
The first 100 people served will win free food for a year, and people can start lining up at 6 am on Wednesday October 15th. If more than 100 people are in line the 100 spots will be determined by a drawing held that morning. Those who are selected in the drawing will receive a gift card valid for one Chic-fil-A meal per day for the next year.
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Sheriff’s On the Lookout For Con Artist Posing As Deputy
By: Kelly Woodard

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for a con artist posing as a deputy in an effort to extort money from Escambia County residents.
According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, the suspect uses an altered phone number to call his victims to inform them that if money is not transferred via electronic payment immediately, a warrant for their arrest will be issued. The altered number shows that the call is coming from the ECSD, when in fact it is not. One victim became suspicious of the call and contacted the Sheriff's Office, and Escambia County Sheriffs Deputies confirmed the call was not authentic.
According to the press release, Escambia County has been experiencing several scams in the past few months including con artists posing as IRS agents, utility authorities, and other law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone who receives a suspicious phone call to report it to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department immediately.
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Local Mother Needs Your Help To Save Lives In Memory Of Her Daughter
By: Kelly Woodard
One local mother is turning tragedy into a lifesaving mission to spread the word against drunk driving, but she needs your help. The Meagan Napier foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of Meagan Napier and her friend Lisa Jo Dickson who were killed by drunk driver Eric Smallridge on May 11, 2002. Meagan’s mother Renee Napier formed this foundation to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and to promote forgiveness and healing.
Since March 29, 2004, Renee Napier has presented this story to over one hundred thousand people, young and old. In her presentation Renee tells the story, talks about the healing power of forgiveness, shows videos that feature Eric in prison. Since April 22, 2010, she has been allowed to have Eric join her as an inmate, bound by shackles and handcuffs, to share his powerful testimony.
They conclude with a compelling slide show featuring Meagan, Lisa and Eric. Afterwards, the audience is invited to go outside and take an up close look at Lisa's mangled car... the car in which she and Meagan died.
Renee said of the foundation and its message, “It is our desire that all who hear our story will be touched in a positive way. We hope you decide to make a difference in this world by choosing to: NEVER drink and drive, NEVER let your friends drink and drive and NEVER ride in a car with an intoxicated driver. We also hope you will encourage your family and friends to do the same.”
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As the Leaves Fall, You’ll Be Flying High At The Pensacola Interstate Fair
By: Kelly Woodard

As the pumpkins come out and a chill fills the air, it can only mean one thing. The Pensacola Interstate Fair is back in town! The fun kicks off at the Pensacola Fairgrounds located at W. Mobile Highway on Thursday, October 16
th and will run through Sunday, October 26th. The Pensacola Interstate Fair is a non-profit corporation run by a Board of Directors representing all walks of life and residential areas of Pensacola, offering rides, agricultural and scientific exhibits, food, games, and entertainment for all ages.
Daily entertainment and specials begin on Thursday the 16
th with a Grand Opening Special. Adult and children admission will be just $3, and thrill ride seekers can purchase a Handstamp for $20. Handstamps are good on all Reithoffer Midway Rides until closing. Individual ride tickets are also available all day.
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