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UWF Named “A Best In The Southeast College”

Press Release: The University of West Florida has once again been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast according to “The Princeton Review.” The education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the [...]

Comm. White questions use of budgets and more

Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White has asked County Administrator Bob McLaughlin to sent a letter to all the commissioners in which he tells McLaughlin "the budget you have presented is not sustainable and it is absurd to use reserves to balance a budget." Ouch! Read Bob 7-29-09

CNN reports Billings murders a contract hit

From CNN: "A source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN the state attorney's office believes there were two motives in the home invasion murder of Florida couple Byrd and Melanie Billings -- robbery and a contracted hit." Read more. We reported it on July 19. Read here.

Billings – Mississippi notes

My hometown is Greenville, Mississippi. We moved from Greenville to Gulf Breeze in 1981. Bud Billings lived in Greenville from the mid-1970s until 1985, when he sold his business, Greenville Auto & Truck, 3291 Highway 82 East (see map) and divorced his first wife. Billings lived at 1545 [...]

Pamela Long Wiggins arrested for bigamy (Updated)

Pamela Long Wiggins - who has already been charged with being an accessory after the fact in the Billings murders - has been arrested today on bigamy charges. She posted $5,000 bond. The charges were filed in Okaloosa County by the State Attorney's Office.

Inside Billings dealership

Inside Billings dealership

A former of employee of a used car dealership tied to the late Bud Billings recalls his time with Billings as a rollercoaster of shady deals and high pressure collections. He saw his former boss Ronald “Ronnie” Phillips, the owner of Beach Autos, Inc, forced out of the dealership by Billings [...]

SR Health Director resigns after DUI

SR Health Director resigns after DUI

NorthEscambia.com reports that Shannon Jacobs, the Santa Rosa County Health Director, resigned on Friday, July 24. Jacobs, 34, crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic on Navarre Beach Road June 20 a struck a vehicle driven by James H. Hering, 42. Two Intoxilyzer tests showed Jacobs had blood [...]

Missing cars

Missing cars

According to our sources, the business issue between Bud Billings and Henry "Cab" Tice involved "disappearing" cars from the Tice car lots. Billings' finance company, Worldco Financial Services, financed Tice's floor plan ( See UCC). Worldco was to be paid as cars were being sold off the [...]

Living in Pensacola online survey

715 people have completed in the past 7 days this survey by the Better Pensacola Forum and Mason-Dixon. Check it out - here.

PETA wants ZOO closed

PETA wants ZOO closed

The Daily News reports that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent letters to Santa Rosa and Escambia County commissioners to urge them to stop providing financial help to The Zoo Northwest Florida. PETA is upset that the Zoo used its animals as collateral for a loan. Danyelle [...]

Mobile Visitor Bureau criticized

Earlier this month, the daily newspaper made a fuss (front page, above the fold) over a USS Lexington reunion that is being held in Mobile, instead of Pensacola. The organizer claimed that he had called the Pensacola Visitor Information Center several times and that no one got with him. The [...]

ECSO gets $3.3M from feds

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced $1 billion in funding across the nation including $3,344,620 for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office to hire 20 deputies. Under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, the ESCO will be required to maintain the positions in their own budget for an [...]

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