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Valentino to back new arts group

December 30, 2009

According to today’s PNJ, Commissioner Gene Valentino will introduce a resolution at the BOCC’s Jan. 7 meeting to cease funding the Arts Council of Northwest Florida and will instead support giving the allocation to a new…

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Derek finds possible Sunshine violation

December 23, 2009

Derek Cosson and Progressive Pensacola requested the emails of the Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission (ECCSC) and he have uncovered communications which, in his words, appear to violate Florida’s Government in the Sunshine laws. Read his…

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Arts Council finances are a mess

December 18, 2009

The problem with the Arts Council of Northwest Florida is not that it “over-allocated” funds. In documents received by the IN, it appears the arts organization was not giving its member organizations, which includes the Pensacola…

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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.…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…