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Spooneybarger makes comeback

Pressbox.com has an article on the Pensacola native Tommy Spooneybarger's comeback after two Tommy John surgeries. Spooneybarger pitched professionally for the first time since 2005. He played last summer for Single-A Aberdeen. He is trying out for the Orioles. Read more.

McLaughlin stays

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners held a retreat yesterday on Pensacola Beach at the Hilton. One topic discussed was whether or not the commissioners wanted Bob McLaughlin to continue as the county administrator. The consensus was McLaughlin should stay on for at least another year.

New Young Professionals forming

Jayer Williamson is heading up a group that wants to form the Santa Rosa Young Professionals. They are working on their by-laws and mission statement and will hold an organizational meeting soon. The Independent News is supporting the effort. If you're interested, email Jayer - [...]

Buzz: Coby no longer interim

Mayor Mike Wiggins stunned yesterday's crowd at the city council meeting when he referred to Al Coby as the city manager. "Al agreed to stay on, not as interim city manager - we have made him city manager, " Wiggins said when representing Coby with a certificate of appreciation. Apparently [...]

Council committee assignments

FINANCE COMMITTEE Jewel Cannada-Wynn, Chair Mike Wiggins, Vice Chair Sam Hall John Jerralds Ronald Townsend P.C. Wu NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES Sam Hall, Chair Maren DeWeese, Vice Chair Jewel Cannada-Wynn Larry B. Johnson Megan B. Pratt ENTERPRISE [...]

Hard hiring freeze in school system

This memo has been sent out to school administration and principals: TO: ALL PRINCIPALS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS FROM: DR. ALAN SCOTT, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT KEITH LEONARD, DIRECTOR JERRY CAINE, MANAGER DATE: January 12, 2009 SUBJECT: 2009 HARD HIRING FREEZE Effective [...]

Oops, no public forum

The Pensacola City Council held two council meetings yesterday. One to honor the outgoing council and to ratify all their actions over the past two years; the other to swear in the new mayor and council. There was no public forum at either meeting. Does that mean the meetings were invalid or [...]

Sacred Heart hurt by budget cuts, too

Mike Burke, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Sacred Heart Health System says. "If the proposed budget cuts go through, Sacred Heart’s reimbursement would be cut by 4 percent or another $1.5 million annually. With the new reductions, Medicaid will pay us only 85 percent of our [...]

No more preaching in Santa Rosa schools

We wrote about this suit last September. Press Release: Federal Judge Orders Santa Rosa School District to Discontinue Religious Advancement United States District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers granted a preliminary injunction late Friday in the highly publicized American Civil Liberties [...]

State budget cuts hurt Baptist Hospital

The special session has come up with a budget that will reduce Medicaid reimbursement to area hospitals. We've asked both Baptist and Sacred Heart how they will be impacted. Kerry Vermillion, chief financial officer for Baptist Health Care, told us that Baptist Health Care (BHC) has done an [...]

Old City Council leaves office

Today, 52 years of government experience left the Pensacola City Council. Everyone was there to honor the old guard and welcome the new council members. Everyone, except Marty Donovan, who Mayor Fogg said was in Houston for a cancer treatment for his wife. The outgoing council members and their [...]

IN goes to Obama Inauguration

Reporter Sean Boone and Production Manager Joani Delezen will be reporting from Washington, D.C. on Barack Obama's Inauguration. We received tickets from Congressman Jeff Miller.

Economic Development update

From Charles Wood, Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce: * Pensacola Unemployment 7th Lowest in State – For the month of November, Pensacola’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, that means out of 23 MSAs in the state we ranked 7th, ranking lower than Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando. The [...]

Pensacola Wish List

Councilman Sam Hall passed on this wish list that Al Coby sent to the Florida League of Cities and to Miller and Nelson: Curbside Recycling (Acquisition of Containers) $1,000,000 CMP (Remediation/Sitework/Utilities/Landscaping) $18,712,824 Police Station (Expansion/Renovation) [...]

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