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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…

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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…

Escambia County Politics

City Pension solution

December 1, 2009

If Consolidation is recommended by the commission and that plan includes merging Energy Services of Pensacola into a utility authority, then ESP shouldn’t be given. Instead, it should be sold to the new authority. All proceeds…

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Poker coming to dogtrack

November 25, 2009

Mobile Press Register is reporting: “Officials at Pensacola Greyhound Track in western Escambia County expect the track’s poker room to open “around the end of January,” general manager Nick Schlikin said in a Pensacola News Journal…

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Tourism boomed this summer

November 24, 2009

Press Release: Despite a slow economy, tourism numbers in the Pensacola Bay Area were the second-highest in history. From Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009, overnight visitors to the area generated $133 million in lodging…

Escambia County Politics

Rawlins conduit to DC funds for NBM

November 23, 2009

From our research, one of the stronger links between No Boss Mayor and the ICMA is Beth Rawlins, a Clearwater political strategist who specializes in helping Florida cities stop efforts to convert to Mayor-Council formats and…

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Take Stock in Children

November 18, 2009

I attended today a luncheon for Take Stock in Children – a college scholarship program for Escambia County’s public school students. Each year, sixth grade public school students who are financially eligible can apply for this…

Escambia County

ECSO seeks murder witness

November 16, 2009

Press release: Escambia Sheriff’s Investigators are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Terri Lynn Lewis, (40) of Pensacola, to call the Sheriff’s Office at 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers 433-STOP. Ms. Lewis may be a…