ReImagine Cantonment Blesses Those In Need With Food, Clothing And Hope (With Photo Gallery)

October 2, 2022

The hearts and lives of hundreds of area residents in need were touched during ReImagine Cantonment at Carver Park on Saturday.

The faith-based event included a 20,000 pound food giveaway, lunch, fishing lessons with free fishing rods, baby diapers, HIV testing, clothing, haircuts and health tests. Absolutely everything was free. There were also free children’s activities, including train rides, inflatables, face painting, games, popcorn, and a coloring contest with three participants winning a new bicycle. There were also plenty of free hugs and prayers.

For a photo gallery, click or tap here.

ReImagine Cantonment is a project of Doers of the Word Ministry and was sponsored by numerous churches and other organizations, including NorthEscambia.com.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


Florida’s Minimum Wage Workers Just Got A Raise

October 2, 2022

The second of six yearly increases to Florida’s minimum wage has gone into effect.

The previous minimum wage of $10 per hour increased by $1 to $11 per hour. The rate for tipped workers went from $6.98 an hour to $7.98 per hour.

In November 2020, Florida voters approved changes to the state’s minimum wage, which will gradually increase from $8.65 an hour in 2020 to $15 an hour by September 2026.

The current federal minimum wage, which neighboring Alabama follows, is $7.25 an hour.

Pen Air Credit Union Converts To A State Charter. Here’s What That Means.

October 2, 2022

Pen Air Federal Credit Union members approved converting to a state charter.  As of October 1, the credit union is now known as just Pen Air Credit Union.

With the conversion to a state chatter, the credit union can pursue growth opportunities across 17 counties, ranging from Mobile County in Alabama, all the way to Leon and Wakulla Counties in Florida. Membership can be opened to anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in the approved service area.

“Pen Air is currently celebrating our strongest financial position in our history,” Pen Air Credit Union’s President and CEO Delbert Lee Morgan said. “Changing our charter and expanding the geography we serve is an important step to ensure we continue attracting new members. We remain committed to our existing members who have helped us grow and prosper, while expanding our ability to enhance people’s lives across a larger geographic area.”

Pen Air remains federally insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) which is managed by the NCUA and backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government.

The Pen Air Federal Credit Union Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation to change from a federal charter to a state charter. Pen Air is a not-for-profit institution and therefore the bylaws required a member vote to approve a change to the charter.

Pen Air now will be able to operate in the following counties under the new state charter:

  1. Escambia, Florida
  2. Santa Rosa, Florida
  3. Okaloosa, Florida
  4. Walton, Florida
  5. Bay, Florida
  6. Washington, Florida
  7. Holmes, Florida
  8. Jackson, Florida
  9. Calhoun, Florida
  10. Gulf, Florida
  11. Franklin, Florida
  12. Liberty, Florida
  13. Gadsden, Florida
  14. Wakulla, Florida
  15. Leon, Florida
  16. Mobile, Alabama
  17. Baldwin, Alabama