State & National News

Scott okays SunRail funding

July 2, 2011

Herald Tribune reports that Gov. Rick Scott has reversed his position on the SunRail. In February, he refused to accept $2 billion in federal funding. Now the Florida taxpayers will be stuck with the bill. What’s…

News

White House payroll cut

July 2, 2011

The White House cut its payroll by $1.7 million in 2011, according to an annual report of salaries the White House sends to Congress. The 2010 payroll for 469 employees was $38,796,307. According to the report,…

Politics

Clearwire hand-off fumbles jobs

July 2, 2011

Clearwire, the once great employer in Santa Rosa County, turned over its Milton operation to TeleTech. Most of its employees were transferred over to the new company on June 1. Yesterday 315 of those employees were…

Education

Most improved elementary schools take different paths

July 1, 2011

The most improved Escambia County elementary schools are Montclair, Weis and Oakcrest. Montclair jumped 155 points, primarily by huge increases in the percentages meeting high standards in math, writing and science —79 points. Overall Montclair’s math…

Education

Low performing Middle Schools slipping further behind

July 1, 2011

The three lowest performing middle schools in Escambia County are Bellview (447 pts), Warrington (450 pts) and Woodham (453 pts). All three are C schools but their total points have slipped below their 2009 levels, Superintendent…

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Liberty Counsel holds Victory Rally

July 1, 2011

….for $265,000. Let’s hope the refreshments are free. Liberty Counsel and its 24 clients will be hosting a Victory Rally and Celebration on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 7-9 p.m. at Pace Assembly Ministries, 3948 Highway 90,…

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Liberty Counsel says money from insurance carrier

July 1, 2011

Ignore that Santa Rosa taxpayers pay the insurance premiums. Ignore the federal judge said Liberty Counsel had no standing in the case. There is apparently money in suing for God. Liberty Counsel press release: After months…

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Powell files to run against Morgan

July 1, 2011

John R. Powell, Republican, pre-filed as for Escambia County Sheriff. Powell ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in 2004 against Ron McNesby. He served as Chief Police for Dothan, Ala. until he was appointed in August 2009…