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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 [...]

Weekend buzz: Publix coming downtown, Who owns pits and Stevenson on the warpath

Weekend buzz: Publix coming downtown, Who owns pits and Stevenson on the warpath

The buzz is the old AV Clubbs School on Cervantes between 12th and 11th and the commercial offices on that block will become home to a Publix. Sources inside city hall say that the design presented to the mayor's office calls for architecture that will fit in with the East Hill neighborhood. Expect [...]

Evers endorses Valentino

Evers endorses Valentino

I just received an endorsement letter from State Senator Greg Evers for Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino, who is battling Doug Underhill in the District 2 race. Evers wrote, "I have worked with Gene tirelessly in Tallahassee over the last eight years and I know his work ethic is very [...]

Valentino campaign denies any connection to robocalls

Valentino campaign denies any connection to robocalls

Press Release: The Gene Valentino Campaign is totally unaware of who is in charge or who is involved in creating and releasing these robo calls. Gene, and his supporters, look forward to continuing a clean campaign and letting the community know how much District 2 has achieved and there is so much [...]

Underhill picks up third ECUA endorsement

Underhill picks up third ECUA endorsement

Press Release: ECUA Board Member Vicki Campbell endorses Doug Underhill, cites Underhill’s “desire to collaborate on solutions” for Escambia County Emerald Coast Utilities Authority member Vicki Campbell announced today that she is endorsing Doug Underhill in the Republican primary for [...]

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Weekend Buzz: Pitiful County, Eric gets his record and Robo attacks begin in District 2 (audio)

Pitiful Escambia The most profitable illegal business in Escambia County appears to be dirt. The Board of County Commissioners learned last week that only one borrow pit has a permit to operate legally. Horace Jones, Jr., interim director of the county’s Development Services Division, [...]

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