BP Disaster News

How Mobile is spending BP tourism bucks

September 9, 2010

According to Mobile Press Register, Mobile, Ala. is getting $1.35 million for tourism from the funds BP gave the state of Alabama. Here is how some of it is being spent: * $600,000 for BayFest talent,…

Education News

Thomas Says Letters Part Of Law

September 8, 2010

Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas tells the IN the A.K. Suter Elementary and Cordova Park Elementary parent letters that pinpointed inadequate test scoring for African American students, are a requirement by law. “This is a function…

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County Closes In On Administrator

September 8, 2010

The Escambia County Board of Commissioners has narrowed  down its administrator search to  seven candidates. Here they are: (in no particular order) —Oliver, Charles (Randy) —Lewis, Gregory —Stevens, Steve —Carlton, Melinda —Griffin, Kenneth —Peterson, Rebecca —Inkel,…

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Taxi Issue Put Off

September 8, 2010

Yesterday City Council decided to hold off on approving an amendment to an ordinance that would effect taxicab operations. The amendment to Ch. 7-10 of the Vehicles for Hire law brought forth during the Council’s Finance…

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Air tanker decision could be December

September 8, 2010

Reuters is reporting that the decision on the $40-billion air tanker contract for the Air Force may be delayed until December. This has been going on since 2008. An Air Force spokesman said the decision between…

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Harbinger for Escambia County?

September 8, 2010

The Tea Party is much more organized in Fort Walton Beach and started to get involved in the local races. Will it move this direction or grow beyond a few small rallies at the parking lot…

BP Disaster News

Hard Boom Has Been Removed From State Waters

September 7, 2010

Press Release: All of the hard (containment) boom deployed as part of the federal-led response but now potentially posing more risk than it offers protection for vital shorelines in Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle has…

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Hugh Wiggins indicted (updated)

September 3, 2010

Hugh Wiggins, husband of Pam Wiggins, has been indicted in Miss. as an accessory to the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings. He turned himself in. —————- Eddie Denson, who helped Hugh and Pam, hide the…

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Mexican Drug Cartel convictions

September 3, 2010

Several of the suspects in the Billings murders mentioned the Mexican mafia. Here is the latest press release from the U.S. District Attorney: LAST TWO DEFENDANTS CONVICTED IN INTERNATIONAL DRUG AND GUN-TRAFFICKING RING PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA…

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Feinberg claims process less responsive

September 3, 2010

The phones have been ringing off the hook about local businesses still unable to get their claims paid. The new Feinberg process is being overwhelmed and owners are telling me that they aren’t being allowed to…

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FWC On Board For Fall Snapper

September 2, 2010

Today the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a recommendation from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to allow a 24-day red snapper fishing season on weekends from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22. A…

BP Disaster News Pensacola

No Go For Dwight Show

September 2, 2010

The SMG Group with the Pensacola Civic Center had been in talks of bringing in country artist Dwight Yoakum as part of a TDC funded free show on Oct. 9. But the IN is now hearing…

Education

Battle over health plan brewing

September 2, 2010

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas was elected due largely to the teachers, who wanted a change from the Jim Paul regime. Thomas kept most of the Jim Paul crew and there is grumbling among the rank and file…