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Judge approves decree on Santa Rosa schools

Press release: In a consent decree approved today by a federal judge in northern Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida won the final chapter of a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of two Pace High School students who alleged that school officials regularly promoted [...]

Joint county-city meeting date set

The next joint meeting of the Escambia County Commission and Pensacola City Council has been set for May 19 at 4 p.m. No agenda has been posted, but we have heard Commissioner Valentino will present his economic development plan.

Some seniors may not graduate

At least 170 Escambia County high school seniors may not receive their diplomas this spring after failing portions of the 10th-grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test in their last stab at the exam before graduation. 218 students retook the Reading test and only 22 percent passed. 72 [...]

Littlejohn to leave PSO

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has named Christina Littlejohn, director of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, as its new executive director.

Sims arrested, charged with stealing $70K

Former president of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce, Darnell Sims has been arrested for fraudulently obtaining almost $70,000 in state funds intended for affordable housing program. Sims is now the president and director of the not-for-profit Youthbuild Pensacola, Inc. He is [...]

Buzz: Valentino may have misled Perdido Key residents

A group of residents on Perdido Key are upset over the bingo parlor which has been approved by the planning board. Resident Eddie McMillan has filled an appeal with the Board of Adjustments which will be heard next Tuesday. The appeal is based on the assertion of McMillan and other residents [...]

Bruno’s closing

The sign is up on the Gulf Breeze store. Publix know rules the local grocery market. The Food World locations in Pensacola will remain open.

Gambling occupies lawmakers

The House and Senate are still wrangling out a settlement on gambling. Looks like they are at an impasse. Here's what the blogs are posting: Naked Politics/Miami Herald: Senate widens gamble divide; House abruptly walks out---On Tuesday, State Senate had offered to limit the options to just [...]

Morris liked cars

Former Okaloosa County Sheriff Charlie Morris like new cars, according to the Daily News. Morris went through 41 vehicles during the 12 years he spent in office. The shortest period he had a car was three days - 2006 Buick Lucerne that he traded for 2007 Chevrolet Impala. See List. Read article.

Pastor Monk is back

The Neighborhood Services Committee agenda has an item about Pastor Nathan Monk "Recently, the Saint Faustina Old Catholic Church of Pensacola, under the leadership of Pastor Nathan Monk, began meeting at Plaza Ferdinand for weekly religious services along with feeding members of the [...]

Thomas solves mystery meat issue

Press Release from Escambia County Public School District: The District’s Food Services Department will unveil new menu items to be tested over the next three weeks on Thursday, May 7 from 11 am through 12:30 pm in the Pine Forest High cafeteria. Media representatives are cordially invited to [...]

Gaetz: Charter School reform passed, too

State Sen. Gaetz also talked about his bill, S 278, that reforms how charter schools are governed. Last year, the Florida Senate passed a similar bill, but the House refused to take it up. "The few in the House that blocked it last year are no longer there," Gaetz says. "The bill passed [...]

Gaetz: Valentino transportation idea passes

Just got off the phone with State Sen. Don Gaetz. He told me that Conforming Appropriations Bill that is about to be announced by the Florida House and Senate will have a provision that will budget funds to allow the regional TPO to meet work with the Department of Transportation to determine if [...]

Ford’s scorecard

State Rep. Clay Ford got one general bill passed-HB 1175: Recovery, Towing & Storage of Vehicles & Vessels The other five were postponed indefinitely or withdrawn: HB 103: Voyeurism HB 105: Homestead Assessments HB 141: Annuity Contracts for Senior Consumers HB 959: Credit Counseling [...]

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