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Former Veterinarian talks about deaths at Escambia County Animal Shelter

Former Veterinarian talks about deaths at Escambia County Animal Shelter

In an exclusive interview with the Independent News, Dr. Alphonso Steward III, the former veterinarian for the Escambia County Animal Shelter, blamed the three animal deaths in his surgical unit last month on his assistant not following his instructions and claimed that other shelter staff were [...]

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Weekend Buzz: PPD may have problem, Found Money and Smartest Answer

Courthouse rumblings Criminal defense lawyers are watching closely the case of Herchel Royals, who was arrested in July 2013 on drug charges. His case is one of those possibly impacted by the current FDLE lab investigation of a supervisor allegedly stealing drugs from the lab. Royals’ trial is [...]

County commission delays vote on county administrator another two weeks

County commission delays vote on county administrator another two weeks

Today's special meeting of the Escambia County Commission was filled with shouting, accusations and finger-pointing. In the end, the only decision made was to delay the vote for the next county administrator. Commissioner Grover Robinson took much of the abuse from Commissioners Gene Valentino [...]

County commission delays county administrator decision until noon tomorrow

County commission delays county administrator decision until noon tomorrow

For three and a half hours, the Escamabia County Commission listened to its five finalists for the county administrator position and deliberated who should replace George Touart. A motion to simply name interim administrator Larry Newsom failed, 2-3, but he still is in contention. The other [...]

County Administrator decision could be this week

County Administrator decision could be this week

On Thursday, March 13, the five finalists will meet separately with individual commissioners in their offices prior to public interviews with the full board at 1 p.m. A second special board meeting will be held on March 14 at 9 a.m. to pick a new top boss for the county if one is not named on March [...]

Weekend Buzz: County Jail, Valentino rakes in the cash and Hayward signs up Hill consultants

Weekend Buzz: County Jail, Valentino rakes in the cash and Hayward signs up Hill consultants

Escambia County to rebid jail contracts Corrections Department Director Gordon Pike told the Escambia County Commission at its agenda review meeting on March 6 that he plans to rebid all the jail contracts. He made the statement when the commissioners questioned his recommendation to amend [...]

Escambia County will get more aggressive on lion fish

Escambia County will get more aggressive on lion fish

Robert Turpin, Escambia County's Marine Resources Manager, told the Board of County Commissioners today at its agenda review meeting that the county plans to sponsor a lion fish category in upcoming fishing rodeos. He said when it was done at a fishing rodeo in Destin that 1,700 lion fish were [...]

ST Aerospace Interlocal Agreement may come to a vote tonight at BCC

ST Aerospace Interlocal Agreement may come to a vote tonight at BCC

Interim County Administrator Larry Newsom added to today's Escambia County Commission agenda a discussion of the proposed Interlocal Agreement between the city of Pensacola and the county regarding ST Aerospace, the Singapore-based aerospace company that wants to bring its business and 300 jobs to [...]

Lion fish on Escambia County Commission agenda

Lion fish on Escambia County Commission agenda

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners have two agenda items regarding lion fish. A proclamation, in recognition of the removal of the greatest number of non-native, invasive lionfish, congratulating Captain Andy Ross and Niuhi Dive Charters for removing 156 non-native, invasive lionfish [...]

Weekend Buzz: Inside local governments

Weekend Buzz: Inside local governments

DOJ not interested in negotiating The word of last week's visit by the U.S. Department of Justice is the agency isn't interested in negotiating with the Escambia County Commission. We expect to hear more about the price tag of complying with the DOJ final order over the next few weeks. It will be [...]

Weekend buzz: DOJ, jail tax and reality tv on the beach

Weekend buzz: DOJ, jail tax and reality tv on the beach

Week of Reckoning on the Jail The U.S. Department of Justice is coming to town to inspect the Escambia County Jail. This will be their first visit since the Board of County Commissioners took over the jail and began its negotiations over the DOJ report that was released last spring. We are [...]

Escambia County Animal Services Advisory Committee sets special meeting

The Escambia County Animal Services Advisory Committee has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, February 27, at 5:30 p.m., and will be held at the West Florida Public Library System’s Main Library in meeting room C, 239 North Spring Street, Pensacola. The purpose of this special meeting is [...]

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