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Brown offered three-year contract, $170K

Brown offered three-year contract, $170K

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners voted yesterday to give County Administrator Jack Brown a three-year contract with two one-year extensions and an annual salary of $170,000. Board chairman Steven Barry was directed to work out the details, such as severance, and bring a contract back to [...]

Confederate flag may come up again at BCC

Confederate flag may come up again at BCC

At the end of Committee of the Whole meeting yesterday, Commissioner Grover Robinson asked his fellow commissioners to reconsider its vote that replaced the City of Five Flags display at the Pensacola Bay Center with the U.S. flag. "There are two places we can go with how we recognize our [...]

City attorney shake up: Messer out, search begun for in-house lawyer

City attorney shake up: Messer out, search begun for in-house lawyer

Mayor Ashton Hayward has made the decision not to renew the Messer Law Firm as the city attorney. Jim Messer's contract expired on Dec. 14, and he will work month-to-month until a replacement is found and approved by the city council. In an email dated Dec. 5, City COO Tamara Fountain told the [...]

Mayor Hayward places hold on EDATE applications

Mayor Hayward places hold on EDATE applications

Last week, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward withdrew the EDATE (Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions) application for an assisted living facility on the site of the former Pensacola Racquet Club when it was discovered the city had not submitted the application and the necessary [...]

Thornton elected president of local NAACP branch

Thornton elected president of local NAACP branch

Charles D. Thornton, Sr. was elected president of the Pensacola Branch of the NAACP on November 13, 2014. Mr. Thornton will assume office on Jan. 1, 2015 during the annual Emancipation Proclamation Celebration at Houser Memorial AME Church, 710 Jordan St. The Emancipation celebration will began [...]

Jeb to ‘actively explore’ presidential bid

Jeb to ‘actively explore’ presidential bid

By JIM SAUNDERS THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA After weeks of increasing speculation about his plans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he will "actively explore" a possible bid for president in 2016. Bush made the announcement on Twitter and Facebook. He wrote on Facebook about [...]

Commissioner Robertson viewpoint: Why Fly Five Flags Over Pensacola?

Commissioner Robertson viewpoint: Why Fly Five Flags Over Pensacola?

By Commissioner Wilson Robertson Since American Independence some 250 years ago, we have been blessed to have only one flag flown over this great nation. For that, I am thankful. That is certainly not the case for our great city, Pensacola. Anyone who knows much about our history, knows that [...]

Weekend Buzz: State prison in Santa Rosa ranks near top in use of force

Weekend Buzz: State prison in Santa Rosa ranks near top in use of force

The Miami Herald published yesterday an article on Santa Rosa Correctional Institution. It ranks as third in the state prisons for the most use-of-force reports, 2003-2013: 1) Union C.I. 13,105 2) Charlotte 12,002 3) Santa Rosa 11,241 The article opens with the death of an inmate, [...]

Pensacola Bay Center no longer to fly Confederate flag

Pensacola Bay Center no longer to fly Confederate flag

Escambia County will no longer fly the Confederate battle flag or the Spanish, French or British flags at the Pensacola Bay Center. After an emotional discussion, the Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to remove the five-flag display from the county property and replace it with the U.S. [...]

Pensacola City Council debates Fire Boat House tonight

Pensacola City Council debates Fire Boat House tonight

A stir has been created by a request from the mayor’s office to use sidewalk funds to build a boathouse at the Port of Pensacola for the fire department’s boat. The lowest bidder for construction is Southeastern Construction, Inc. for a total cost of $453,437.61. The city has a grant that [...]

Another May seeks political office

Another May seeks political office

LaRuby May, sister of Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May, is set to announce her candidacy for Washington, D.C Ward 8, the city council seat held by the late Marion Berry. May organized the ground game in Ashton Hayward's first race in 2010 and for her brother's 2012 commission race. She [...]

Lock-n-Load Lawmakers want guns on campus

Lock-n-Load Lawmakers want guns on campus

By MARGIE MENZEL THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said he already planned to sponsor the measure (HB 4005) before a shooting [...]

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