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Grover fights for funds in Tallahassee

Grover fights for funds in Tallahassee

County commissioners from various parts of the state urged lawmakers Wednesday to approve a proposal that could end a long-running battle about how to split juvenile-detention costs. Commissioners told the House Appropriations Committee they are looking for a "50-50 split" on the disputed costs. [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Duwayne Escobedo talks about W.D. Childers and the death of Willie Junior

On Pensacola Speaks, I talked with investigative reporter Duwayne Escobedo about his coverage of the fall of W.D. Childers and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the 2004 death of former Escambia County Commissioner Willie Junior. Duwayne also takes about his battle with brain [...]

By 3-2 vote, Spanish, British, French and Confederate flags brought back to Pensacola Bay Center

By 3-2 vote, Spanish, British, French and Confederate flags brought back to Pensacola Bay Center

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners voted, 3-2, to allow the five historical flags approved by the Pensacola City Council to be flown over all county buildings. Commission Grover Robinson, who sponsored the resolution, was joined by Wilson Robertson, who made the motion in 2000 to fly [...]

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

NAACP offers ‘compromise’ on Confederate flag issue

The Pensacola branch of the NAACP has sent a letter to the Escambia Board of County Commissioners titled: "Economic Development Committee Flag Response and Proposed Compromise Solution." While citing how divisive the Confederate flag is in the community, it appears that George Hawthorne, [...]

IN 2005: Mysterious Death of Willie Junior

IN 2005: Mysterious Death of Willie Junior

By Duwayne Escobedo In a roomful of the best and brightest newspaper and TV reporters from Mobile and Pensacola, no one dared ask the one question weighing on everyone's mind. No one put State Attorney Bill Eddins, State Attorney Investigator Allen Cotton, Medical Examiner Andrea Minyard or [...]

Grover sends viewpoint on flag debate

Grover sends viewpoint on flag debate

From Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson: Recently in talking with a citizen I mentioned the County spends over $300-million annually on its budget with little to no comments from the public. However, four pieces of cloth or historic flags send nearly everyone into comment. This is a [...]

Escambia crime stats show nearly 10 percent drop index crimes

Escambia crime stats show nearly 10 percent drop index crimes

The annual Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2014 show a 9.6% reduction in index crimes and indicate the number of violent crimes in Escambia County decreased by 1.2% from 1786 in 2013 to 1761 in 2014. To place that in perspective, in 2008, the year before Sheriff David Morgan took [...]

Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee elects officers

Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee elects officers

Last night, Mike Lowery, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1395, was unanimously elected as the new chairman of the Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee, replacing Cassandra McAway. Clorissti Johnson Mitchell, who works for Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLC, was [...]

County gets an even larger grant for stormwater projects. Federal dollars are rolling into area

County gets an even larger grant for stormwater projects. Federal dollars are rolling into area

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners will be receiving a $5.4 million FEMA grant for flood control improvements. The plan, which was approved last night by the BCC, has the county contributing an additional $1.25 million. The work will cover Bristol Creek, Bristol Park, Ashbury Hills, Pin Oak [...]

Robinson will withdraw Open Container ordinance

Robinson will withdraw Open Container ordinance

After hearing from his fellow commissioners this morning at the board's agenda review session, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson said he will withdraw the proposed Open Container ordinance that was up for a vote this afternoon. The law would have banned people from drinking and [...]

Flag vote delayed until March

Flag vote delayed until March

The PNJ is reporting that Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson will ask the Board of County Commissioners to delay until early March any vote on what flags to display at the Pensacola Bay Center. I've called Robinson for confirmation but the call went to his voicemail. The issue of [...]

Update: Commissioner Robinson wants to bring back confederate flag to Bay Center

Update: Commissioner Robinson wants to bring back confederate flag to Bay Center

Commissioner Grover Robinson has asked the county staff to draft a resolution that would allow five flags, including a Confederate flag, to be flown at the Pensacola Bay Center and any other county building designated by the Board of County Commissioners. Here is the proposed resolution for [...]

Stormwater workshop set for Jan. 22

Stormwater workshop set for Jan. 22

The City of Pensacola and Escambia County will hold a joint public workshop to discuss stormwater management within the Pensacola Bay Basin, and information regarding flood mitigation options and their associated costs and benefits. The City of Pensacola and Escambia County are jointly applying for [...]

IRS rules volunteer firefighters are really county employees

IRS rules volunteer firefighters are really county employees

The Internal Revenue Service has been auditing Escambia County's volunteer fire departments. The agency ruled the stipends paid to volunteer firefighters are taxable wages subject to all employment taxes. Escambia County will have to pay the IRS over $78,000. Volunteer firefighters receive [...]

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