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Time to get serious about city and county budgets…and local option taxes

Time to get serious about city and county  budgets…and local option taxes

Yesterday's county budget workshop brought to light the financial challenges for Escambia County in the aftermath of the April flooding and the jail explosion. County staff and a couple of the county commissioners always like to point to sheriff's budget and try to pick it apart, but that is only [...]

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Jr. was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for his Feb. 12 conviction of fraud, bribery and related charges involving crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Nagin was convicted of accepting bribes--money, free vacation trips and [...]

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Escambia County Budget Director Amy Lovoy told the Board of County Commissioners this morning at the budget workshop that the costs of the April 29-30 flooding and the jail explosion could cost the county up to $150 million. Yikes! County Administrator Jack Brown told the board that they have [...]

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

At dusk on a hot humid night five years ago, a beat-up red van drove onto the front yard of the large two-story, ranch-style house owned by Byrd “Bud” and Melanie Billings on a secluded tract of land in Beulah. When the van pulled away ten minutes later, the couple was dead and nine special [...]

Five top publisher/writer moments over past 15 years

Five top publisher/writer moments over past 15 years

I have been fortunate to work with some very talented writers, designers and editors over the 15 years: Duwayne Escobedo, Christine Born, Tony Baker, Nick Claeboe, Hilary Moreno, Steve Mraz and Jason Whited are just a few of the names that come to mind. I learned from all of them - as well as my [...]

Top Five Inweekly pranks over the past 15 years

Top Five Inweekly pranks over the past 15 years

I find out it hard to believe that our weekly newspaper has survived for 15 years. In the early years, we weren't as mature as we are now and were known for our pranks. Here are my top five favorites, in reverse order. 5. Applying for editor's job at the PNJ when Randy Hammer moved to [...]

Longleaf dump has worse environmental record than Rolling Hills dump

Longleaf dump has worse environmental record than Rolling Hills dump

Longleaf C&D Disposal Facility began accepting waste the fall of 2006. In just two years, monitoring wells detected problems with the groundwater --vinyl chloride, aluminum, iron and sulfate above the Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Standards. The landfill was built without a liner. The [...]

Wedgewood community has rich history, meeting tonight

Wedgewood community has rich history, meeting tonight

Since "A Shame Before God" was published, several residents in the Wedgewood, Rolling Hills and Olive Heights neighborhood have shared stories about growing up there. Wanda Shakir said that the majority of the families who moved into Wedgewood in 1962 - 1969 were veterans from World War I, World [...]

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Mayor Ashton Hayward chose a viewpoint in the daily newspaper to explain his firing of Council Executive Lila Cox and defend the charter --unamended or, more accurately, only as he wanted it amended. The News Journal added a note after Hayward's viewpoint: "After the City Council voted last week, [...]

Public RESTORE Act Workshop July 8

Public RESTORE Act Workshop July 8

Escambia County’s RESTORE Advisory Committee Chair Bentina Terry and Pensacola City Administrator Colleen Castilee will present at a public workshop, hosted by the City of Pensacola, regarding the RESTORE Act on Tuesday, July 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will be held in the large conference [...]

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

Wedgewood came out in numbers to commission meeting

The Escambia Board of County Commission chambers were packed yesterday with residents from the Wedgewood community. The public forum normally lasts only 30 minutes. Yesterday it went over 90 minutes. The residents spoke one after another about the living conditions in their neighborhoods and the [...]

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Valentino wants county to review dump ordinances

Commissioner Gene Valentino has added to tonight's agenda a recommendation that there be a wholesale review of the previously enacted pit ordinances and current department duties and come back to the Board with a recommendation as to how the county can consistently enforce regulations. Read [...]

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