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Nine Mile to Receive Nearly $42 Million to Widen Road

Nine Mile to Receive Nearly $42 Million to Widen Road

Two projects will create four lanes from Beulah Road to US 29 The latest release of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) 5-year Work Plan revealed funding for the long-awaited widening of almost 10 miles of Nine Mile Road between Beulah Road and US 29 that will include the [...]

Escambia County pledges to cooperate with grand jury

Escambia County pledges to cooperate with grand jury

From the Escambia County Public Information Office: Escambia County is in receipt of a press release from the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. The release announced the local State Attorney’s intention of calling a Grand Jury to further look into the [...]

State attorney to take jail explosion investigation to grand jury

State attorney to take jail explosion investigation to grand jury

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the Office of the State Attorney has completed its review of the facts and circumstances leading up to and immediately following the explosion at the Escambia County Jail. This review follows an extensive and comprehensive investigation by the [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Weekend Buzz:  Hayward divide, City PR spin, Mama Benson upset, polling nonsense

Uncertain Future The topics of discussion for some this weekend were the federal grand jury investigation of the Hayward administration and what will happen at the county now that Commissioner Gene Valentino is a lame duck. Hayward discussions are divided into two camps. Supporters argue that [...]

Seven Lessons from Underhill victory

Seven Lessons from Underhill victory

1. Doug Underhill may have said it best at his campaign celebration last night. "This victory is a message that the people of Escambia County will not tolerate dirty politics." For weeks, the voters in District 2 were hit with illegal campaign mailers that did not identify the person(s) paying for [...]

Benson attacks cowardly negative ads against Doug Underhill

Benson attacks cowardly negative ads against Doug Underhill

Anonymous automated phone calls and illegal mailers have flooded District 2 in Escambia County. All attack the challenger Doug Underhill, none of them mention the incumbent Commissioner Gene Valentino. None. In the past, these illegal negative ads have failed to win local elections - it was [...]

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

What's That Smell? The daily newspaper and WEAR TV reported that Edward Fleming of the McDonald, Fleming and Moorhead law firm, who was hired by Escambia County to look at the April jail explosion, reported Board of County Commissioners that he did not find evidence of culpable negligence in the [...]

In county government, paychecks, profits and campaign contributions trump lives in Wedgewood

In county government, paychecks, profits and campaign contributions trump lives in Wedgewood

How can county staff look in a mirror knowing that their inaction, their failure to enforce laws regulating pits and landfills hurt and possibly killed the residents of Wedgewood? How can certain commissioners defend that the profits of a few are more important than the lives of that [...]

Chief Deputy challenges Valentino on jail campus concept

Chief Deputy challenges Valentino on jail campus concept

Chief Deputy Eric Haines has challenged in a letter to Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown Commissioner Gene Valentino's concept of replacing the county jail and central booking center with a jail campus that could double as a training facility for law enforcement. Valentino saw the training [...]

County Commission to be given two options for CBD replacement

County Commission to be given two options for CBD replacement

David Wheeler, Escambia County's facility director, will be making a presentation tomorrow to the Board of County Commissioners on options for replacing the Central Booking Detention Center that exploded on April 30. According to the BCC agenda, there are two options. One calls for replacing only [...]

Public forum for School Board District 3 race, Aug. 9

Public forum for School Board District 3 race, Aug. 9

The candidates running for District 3 School Board seat will be in a debate Aug. 9, 9 -11 a.m. It will be held at ACTS Life Center, 2101 N. Pace Blvd.

Bus union endorses Valentino and Lowery

Bus union endorses Valentino and Lowery

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395 which represents the Escambia County Area Transit and Escambia County Community Transportation workers and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1771 which represents the classified blue collar County workers under the Board of County Commissioners, Escambia County [...]

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