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Weekend Buzz: Another gas leak, Take a Sexual Predator To Work Day and Cox Canned

Weekend Buzz: Another gas leak, Take a Sexual Predator To Work Day and Cox Canned

The Independent News received a phone call last night that another gas leak occurred at the Escambia County Jail. The facility was not evacuated, but the building is showing its age. The county should release the details this morning. The fact the Escambia County allowed Douglas Griffith to [...]

Larry Johnson thanks voters for not running against him

Larry Johnson thanks voters for not running against him

Statement by Pensacola City Councilman Larry B. Johnson on his reelection without opposition I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to continue serving my constituents on the Pensacola City Council. During my time on Council, I am proud to have led the way on important issues like curbside [...]

City press release confirms Cox out

Hayward announces appointment of Wells as Council Executive Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward today announced the appointment of former City Attorney William “Rusty” Wells as City Council Executive. Wells will begin work immediately. As Council Executive, Wells will manage the Office of the City [...]

Lila Cox fired

Mayor Ashton Hayward has fired Lila Cox as the council executive, according to Councilman Gerald Wingate. He said that City Administrator Colleen Castille told him that Rusty Wells may replace Cox.

Occupy Pensacola won their appeal against the City of Pensacola

Occupy Pensacola won their appeal against the City of Pensacola

Occupy Pensacola will have another in federal court, thanks to an opinion issued on its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The appellate court let stand the decision regarding the city of Pensacola's tent ordinance, but remanded to the federal court in Pensacola the issues [...]

Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV Sworn in as FAC President

Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV Sworn in as FAC President

On Thursday, June 19, Escambia County Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV was sworn in as the President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) at the Association’s annual conference in Orlando. “I am looking forward to the challenge and humbled by the opportunity to work with [...]

Donovan scores nice pay raise with Melbourne

Donovan scores nice pay raise with Melbourne

When Pensacola Airport Director Greg Donovan start work on August 1 with the Melbourne Airport Authority, he will earn over $25,000 more. The authority board voted this week to pay him $150,000 annually. His salary with the city of Pensacola was only $123,593. Apparently there is more upside in [...]

County Human Resources comes under scrutiny

County Human Resources comes under scrutiny

The daily newspaper reports today that Escambia County allowed a man arrested for using his county cell phone to solicit sex from a minor to come back to work while he awaits trial.  Only after PNJ reporter Kevin Robinson brought the matter to the attention to County Administrator Jack Brown was [...]

Escambia County students score slightly higher than state averages in EOC assessments

The Escambia County public schools scored slightly higher than state averages for End-of-Course Assessments:   Algebra District Name Grade Number of Students (First-Time Testers) Mean Scale Score Percentage Passing (Level 3 or [...]

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

Scott Signs Law To Place Pow-Mia Chair In Capitol

An empty chair, set up to honor people who have been prisoners of war or remain missing in action, will be the latest feature of the Capitol complex, under a bill (HB 731) signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott. "The POW-MIA Chair of Honor Memorial will be a reminder to all Floridians of those [...]

Charlotte’s Web bill signed into law

Charlotte’s Web bill signed into law

Ryan Wiggins just texted me that Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the "Charlotte's Web" bill that legalizes a special strain of cannabis that may help children deal with severe seizures. Wiggins is the owner and chief strategist at Full Contact Strategies that lobbied for the legislation. [...]

Global Learning Academy prinicipal leaving

Global Learning Academy prinicipal leaving

Sheree Cagle announced on Facebook this past weekend that she is leaving Global Learning Academy, the school she helped open two years, and has   accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent in another district. "I am excited and sad at the same time," wrote Cagle. "Thanks to everyone who [...]

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