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 16th, 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.
Chic-fil-A representatives expect patrons to begin gathering well in advance of the opening on October 16th, and even anticipate people camping out in order to ensure their position for the giveaway. People will be allowed to start lining up at 6 am on Wednesday October 15th.
Over $30,000 in food is expected to be up for grabs.
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.
Here are some tips to make sure you keep your identity and bank accounts safe:
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.”
Renee and her foundation have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, the Katie Couric Show, and may more.
Now, the Meagan Napier Foundation has been awarded a grant from the Florida Department Of Transportation (FDOT) for $25,000. In order to receive the grant, the foundation must have that amount of money in the bank in order to receive the funds. While the foundation does have some funds in the bank, it currently does not have $25,000. The funds it does have are being used in the meantime to help those involved with travel expenses so Renee can continue to raise awareness of the dangerous consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and continue to promote forgiveness and healing.
The Meagan Napier Foundation needs to raise $25,000 in October to receive the vital funds from the FDOT. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your contribution is tax deductible. Please help Renee continue to carry on Meagan and Lisa Jo’s memory by saving the lives of other innocent drivers.
To donate to the Meagan Napier Foundation or to learn more about their work within communities throughout the United States, visit www.crowdrise.com/duipromise/fundraiser/themeagannapierfoundation or visit www.themeagannapierfoundation.com.
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 16th 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 16th 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.
While you are there, be sure not to miss the Cat Country 98.7 “Cattyoke” Finals, where the best karaoke singers Pensacola has to offer take to the stage to compete for cash and prizes. Presented by Seville Quarter and Budweiser, the show will begin at 7 pm on the Pepsi Open Air stage.
Then on Friday, October 17th, Eddie Money hits the Pepsi Open Air Stage at 7:30 pm. Admission $12 for everyone 12 years and older, $6 for ages 4 thru 11, and free to children 3 and under at all times. Then at 8 pm, "Pay One Price" Midnight Madness Handstamp Tickets will be on sale at the Fair Entrance Ticket Booth. The $25 Midnight Madness Handstamp ticket allows unlimited rides and also includes FREE admission into the Fair. Handstamp ticket holders can enjoy all the fair excitement until 2 am.
On Saturday, October 18th, bring the little ones to enjoy Kid’s Day. All kids 11 years and under will be admitted FREE to the Fair from 11 am to 2 pm. General Admission prices apply after 2 pm. Purchase a Handstamp for $25. Handstamps are good on all Reithoffer Midway Rides until closing. Then at 7 pm, David Nail takes to the stage with all his favorite hits.
On Sunday, October 19th, bring a Buddy and two get in for the price of one from 11 am until 2 pm. In addition, all active and retired military personnel and spouse with proper identification will be admitted for $5 into the Fair all day long. Once you’re in, don’t forget to purchase you handstamp for $25 and ride all of your fair favorites until closing.
On Monday, October 20th, join Cox Communications for Cox Communications Day! Check your September and October Cox bill for a FREE Admission coupon to the Fair. Be sure to stop by for your chance to meet “Team Umizoomi’s Milli & Geo” Meet & Greet with Photo Opportunity on the Pepsi Open Air Stage from 4:30 –6 pm and 7– 8:30 pm.
Tuesday, October 21st is Ladies Day where women of all ages will be admitted FREE to the Fairgrounds from 4 pm until 6 pm. At 7 pm, don’t miss your chance to see hometown girl and America’s Got Talent Superstar Chloe Chanel on the Pepsi Open Air Stage.
Then on Wednesday, October 22nd, join Manna Food Pantries in their fight against local hunger. Bring in two cans of food and receive $2 off Adult Admission from open until closing, this day only. Visit the Manna Food Pantries truck at the Main Entrance to receive your “$2 off admission” coupon. Be sure to take advantage of the special $10 Handstamp day. Don’t miss Big Smo at 8 pm on the Pepsi Open Air Stage.
On Thursday, October 23rd all Seniors are invited to come out and have a special day at the Fair! Persons 55 years of age and over will be admitted for $5 into the Fair until closing. Beginning at 11 am, all exhibits, attractions and concession stands will be open. Be sure to check out The Drifters Review on the Pepsi Open Air Stage at 3:30 and 6 pm.
On Friday, October 24th don’t miss Midnight Madness beginning at 8 pm, where you can ride unlimited rides until closing for just $25. Be sure to check out country superstar Craig Morgan taking to the Pepsi Open Air stage at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, October 25th will feature another Kids Day with free admission for the little ones from 11 am to 2 pm as well as unlimited ride wristbands for $25. Be sure to stick around for the Eli Young band at 7 pm on the Pepsi Open Air Stage.
Finally on Sunday, October 26th, the fair will wind down with a special Family Fun Day featuring a special $6 admission price for everyone all day long as well as a special $20 all you can ride wristband. The Fair will close its doors at 10 pm.
Aside from the rides and entertainment for the family, the Pensacola Interstate Fair is a major contributor to the local economy, a major concern for the Gulf Coast this year.
Every year, the Pensacola Interstate Fair generates over $8 million dollars of consumer spending in the local economy, and 80% of the over $2.5 million dollar Fair's budget is spent and stays in our local economy. The Pensacola Interstate Fair also generates over 300 jobs each year for our local economy.
In addition, The Pensacola Interstate Fair gives $40,000 a year in scholarships to local students, and since 1983 has given over $800,000 to more than 865 students to further their education. The Pensacola Interstate Fair has endowed scholarships through the Pensacola Junior College Foundation in its efforts to allow students to reach their educational goals.
For more information regarding fair activities entertainment schedules, or exhibits, visit www.pensacolafair.com or call 850-944-4500.
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 24th 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.
Brave participants may choose between a walking or trolley tour, but remember to choose wisely!!!
Visit some of Pensacola’s so called ‘Most Haunted’ spots all while learning the history of one of America’s first cities. From the historic downtown graveyards, to Seville Quarter and the T.T. Wentworth Museum, Pensacola’s ghost tales are sure to satisfy even the most intense ghost hunter.
The rides begin October 10th and last 90 minutes, beginning and ending at the Visitor Information Center at the foot of the Pensacola Bay Bridge. The performances will be held at 6 pm and 7:30 pm October 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th. On October 24th, 25th and 31st, the rides will be at 6 pm and 8 pm
Tickets are just $5 for children 10 and younger, $20 for adults.
For the skeptical patron, Ghost Meter Rentals are available in limited numbers. Want to see proof that Pensacola is haunted? Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) meters are available for rent for $5 during the tours. Feel the chill and watch the ghost meter bounce around as Pensacola’s historic past breathes on your neck.
Walking Tours are just $10 for adults and children 12 and under are just $5. Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations and advanced payment are required.
For more information or to reserve your tour now, call the Winterfest of Pensacola Inc. at 850-583-1365.
Come have a spooky good time for a good cause…..if you dare!