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Escambia County

McLaughlin contract not renewed

December 17, 2009

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.…

Escambia County

Thomas strongarms church

December 17, 2009

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.…

Escambia County

Valentino called for Arts Council audit

December 16, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Support mounts for sale

December 16, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Help Restore Brownsville

December 16, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Malcolm Thomas blocks Brownsville deal

December 16, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Mediacom vs. WEAR round-two

December 16, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Arts Council busted

December 16, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Buzz: 16 arrests at Escambia public schools

December 15, 2009

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…

Escambia County

PNJ endorses Bob McLaughlin

December 14, 2009

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…

Escambia County

ECUA has worst drinking water

December 14, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Helping children

December 10, 2009

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…

Escambia County Politics

Dishonest petition

December 3, 2009

If Marty Donovan truly wanted to stop the Community Maritime Park, then he should have had a petition drive in April or May. At the April 23 regular meeting of the Pensacola City Council, the Council…