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Registration Now Open for 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Registration Now Open for 2015 Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a free eight-week hands-on, interactive introduction to the inner workings of the City of Pensacola and its departments. Tours and demonstrations make the course both informative and fun. Best of all, there are no exams to take. Each week, attendees will visit [...]

Name Released in Jail Death Investigation

Name Released in Jail Death Investigation

Escambia County Sheriff’s Investigators have released the inmate’s name in the Escambia County Jail death investigation of January 21, 2015. The victim has been identified as Chad Robert Day, a 43 year old white male. The investigation is ongoing. Preliminary findings indicate that the cause of [...]

November jail suicide due to staff not following procedure

November jail suicide due to staff not following procedure

Yesterday, we learned that the Escambia County Jail had its second death in less than three months, putting it on a pace to match former Sheriff Ron McNesby's unenviable record of three deaths in a ten-month span--which triggered a Department of Justice investigation into the jail. The November [...]

Viewpoint: ‘We the public are people too’

Viewpoint: ‘We the public are people too’

By Ryan Barnett Tension is in the air. Largely thanks to the virility of social media, law enforcement and the public seem to be gazing at each other even more suspiciously than usual. One Gulf Breeze police officer recently made national headlines when a blatantly dangerous and intoxicated [...]

City fire pension nearly fully funded

City  fire pension nearly fully funded

Richard Grover, a member of the city of Pensacola fire pension board, passed on to Inweekly the latest actuarial report on the fire pension. The plan is 94.58 percent funded, an amazing statistic considering how much of the government pension news has been just the opposite. In an email to Mayor [...]

Scott’s pick for state GOP chairman rejected

Scott’s pick for state GOP chairman rejected

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA In a surprising setback for Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican Party of Florida's executive committee voted Saturday to unseat Chairwoman Leslie Dougher, instead elevating state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia to the top position. On the second ballot in [...]

Three news stories getting attention: Aaron Watson profile, Inside Jail Blast, Appointed versus Elected

Three news stories getting attention: Aaron Watson profile, Inside Jail Blast, Appointed versus Elected

Inweekly published three news stories in the January 15 issue that have created a buzz: Watson Lives His Dream: A profile on a young African-American trial attorney is quickly rising his profession and is getting back to the community. Favorite quote: "“I learned that if I am prepared, if I [...]

Guns on campus bill moving through Florida House

Guns on campus bill moving through Florida House

A House panel is expected next week to take up a bill that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to carry guns on the campuses of state colleges and universities. The bill (HB 4005), filed by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the House Criminal [...]

New controversy brewing in state capital over FDLE

New controversy brewing in state capital over FDLE

The Naples News reports that former Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey was forced out of office by Gov. Rick Scott. Why is that an issue? The FDLE commissioner is a Florida Cabinet appointment and can't be removed without a vote of the cabinet - which includes Scott, [...]

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

Scott proposes ‘Historic’ education budget increase

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Making good on a campaign promise, Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he will ask lawmakers to provide the highest per-student funding for education in state history during the legislative session that begins in March. Scott said his "Keep [...]

Pensacola Opera loses executive director to Philadelphia

Pensacola Opera loses executive director to Philadelphia

Press Release: Pensacola Opera’s Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Erin Sammis effective as of January 27, 2015. Sammis has been offered the opportunity to advance her career through the position of Director of Major Gifts and Opera Philadelphia. Sammis began [...]

Scott sworn in for second term

Scott sworn in for second term

By BRANDON LARRABEE AND MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott was sworn in for a second term shortly after noon Tuesday, beginning a new four years in office that in some ways brings as many questions as the first. Scott took the oath of office on the steps of the Old [...]

More delays for Charlotte’s Web

More delays for Charlotte’s Web

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Lawmakers will have to sign off on a new rule to kick-start the state's nascent medical marijuana industry, meaning another likely delay in the law that was supposed to take full effect Thursday. Office of Compassionate Use Director Patricia Nelson, [...]

Storm Water Advisory Team holds interactive workshop, Jan 6

Storm Water Advisory Team holds interactive workshop, Jan 6

Escambia County and the City of Pensacola will hold a joint Storm Water Advisory Team (SWAT) meeting beginning at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Pensacola Bay Center, 201 East Gregory Street. Members of the public are invited to attend and participate in this interactive workshop. The SWAT [...]

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