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McLaughlin contract not renewed

At this morning's meeting, Escambia County Commission voted 4-1 to not renew County Administrator Bob McLaughlin's contract. As expected, Marie Young was the sole vote in favor of renewal.

Thomas strongarms church

Without talking with Rev. May, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas goes on television and says that he has made a deal to sell Brownsville Middle School. He was asked by the school board to negotiate with the Rev. May and the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, but there were not negotiations...just [...]

Valentino called for Arts Council audit

Spoke with another source close to the arts community who has given me a fuller picture of the financial issues surrounding the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Commissioner Valentino had approached several business leaders to help develop a group to create a system to measure outside agencies [...]

Support mounts for sale

From Reid Rushing to Malcolm Thomas: Mr. Thomas, I wanted to let you know as a business owner and resident of Escambia County, I support the Friendship Missionary’s vision for the Brownsville Middle School. I believe the Citizens of District 3 (which is one of the poorest districts in [...]

Help Restore Brownsville

By Lumon May Few people know that my father, Theophalis May, was a philosopher in addition to restoring some of Pensacola’s most precious historical buildings. One of my father’s often repeated sayings was: “If you can't change your neighborhood, then you can't change the [...]

Malcolm Thomas blocks Brownsville deal

Malcolm Thomas blocks Brownsville deal

Brownsville Middle School has sat vacant for three years. One wing has been damaged by fire. The School District has let one its contractors use the former administrative offices. The school is in a depressed neighborhood four blocks west of W Street. There is a huge junkyard across the [...]

Mediacom vs. WEAR round-two

Once again the two corporations are battling for Gulf Breeze and Santa Rosa dollars. And Mediacom is threatening to drop WEAR from its line-up unless Sinclair forks over some money. This happened in 2007 when Mediacom dropped WEAR from Jan. 6-Feb. 2. If Mediacom goes through with its threat [...]

Arts Council busted

For the past few weeks, there have been rumblings about the Arts Council of Northwest Florida. Member organizations were complaining about the lack of grants being distributed. Others wanted to know where all the money was going. Gallery Nights were successful. The Arts Council had been given the [...]

Buzz: 16 arrests at Escambia public schools

Friday, Dec. 11 was a particularly violent day in the Escambia Public School District. Sixteen students were arrested at four different schools. Two fights at Washington HS at beginning of day Reportedly one was pretty big with chairs being thrown. There were two fights at Woodham Middle School - [...]

PNJ endorses Bob McLaughlin

As we wrote in the paper a few weeks ago, County Administrator Bob McLaughlin's job is in jeopardy. His contract is up for renewal and we know of at least three commissioners that aren't satisfied with his job performance. In its editorial today, the PNJ comes out in support of the county [...]

ECUA has worst drinking water

ECUA has worst drinking water

On Saturday, the Environmental Working Group released findings of a multi-year study on tap water for major cities nationwide. The study tested MSAs with a population of over 250,000 people and checked for the amount of chemicals present in the water since 2004. Other factors were considered, [...]

Helping children

Who in this community does a good job of helping children? Child are the hapless victims of poverty. They didn't choose their parents and have little control over the living conditions. A couple of programs that come to mind are the PACE Center for Girls and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Who else [...]

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