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Deconstructing Arts Council statement

Deconstructing Arts Council statement

The Board of Directors have responded to the Clerk of Courts audit report and recent news reports on its finances. While I think the statement is well-meaning, it doesn't really answer the questions raised by the auditor. As the local arts organization of Escambia County, being an advocate of our [...]

Jon Benet Ramsey investigators look at Navarre death

Jon Benet Ramsey investigators look at Navarre death

The Daily News reports that the two investigators that worked on the Jon Benet Ramsey case are looking into the February 2007 death of Joshua Whittier, who was found at the water’s edge near Juana’s Pagoda after a Mardi Gras celebration on Navarre Beach. While the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's [...]

Arts Council of Northwest Florida Official Statement

Arts Council of Northwest Florida Official Statement

Received this evening: January 2, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arts Council of Northwest Florida Mission Our mission is to create a premiere arts and culture community in Escambia County to enrich the quality of life, to support cultural diversity and to enhance the economic prosperity by [...]

United Way shows how to handle funds

United Way shows how to handle funds

United Way of Escambia County is very transparent in how it handles the $125,500 that it gets from the City of Pensacola ($30K) and Escambia County ($95,500). A set of volunteers on its Human Services Appropriations Committee reviews the applications of non-profits and determines how to dole out [...]

Twitter’s Most Influential Topics of 2009

Twitter’s Most Influential Topics of 2009

Klout analyzes content from millions of Twitter users to identify the topics that captured the attention of the most influential voices and their communities on Twitter. Movies Influencers Talked About-Twilight (twilight): New Moon TV Shows Influencers Talked About-True Blood Music [...]

The List: What’s in, what’s out

The List: What’s in, what’s out

The Washington Post has its list of what's hot and what's not. For example, "Intervention" has been replaced by "Hoarders"; Platform sandals by Thigh-high boots; Small-batch bourbon by Sweet tea vodka. Read more. Locally: Out: Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport In: Port of Pensacola Out: [...]

Nodine backs off drug test offer

Nodine backs off drug test offer

Last week, Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine offered to submit to a drug test after what appeared to be marijuana was found his county vehicle. The Mobile Press Register is reporting that Nodine, upon the advice of his attorney, is withdrawing that offer. Mobile County Commissioner [...]

Latest issue of the IN

Latest issue of the IN

Top 50 Stories of '00s What do you think is top news story of the past decade? Here are our selections, plus an additional 75. Winners & Losers One elected official will have a Sunshine law complaint filed against him or her. State Attorney's Office will ... A&E FEATURES Getting [...]

Top 2009 IN cover stories

Top 2009 IN cover stories

The Independent News is built on solid cover stories that either offer a behind-the-scenes look at top news stories or investigate issues that truly impact our quality of life. The year 2009 may be remembered as one of our best reporting years. From the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings to the [...]

Billings case: Friday, July 17

Billings case: Friday, July 17

BODIES ARE LAID TO REST Friday, July 17 Before the funeral of Bud and Melanie Billings, attorney Crystal Spencer and the family hold a press conference outside the Liberty Church. Spencer tells the reporters, “As a result of the intense speculation regarding the motive of the crime, I have [...]

Billings case: Thursday, July 16

Billings case: Thursday, July 16

MEDIA MINEFIELD Thursday, July 16 It has been a week since Bud and Melanie Billings were killed. The seven men who the authorities believe are responsible and one female accomplice have been arrested. The media wants to know why, what was the safe taken from the home and why are the FBI and DEA [...]

Billings case: Wednesday, July 15 part 2

Billings case: Wednesday, July 15 part 2

MAKING MONEY Wednesday, July 15 Jean Duncan and her boyfriend Glenn Burnett come around 6 p.m. to the ECSO to proved statement to Investigator Tama Barber., who interviews them separately. Duncan tells Barber that she had known Pamela Wiggins (who she calls Pam Long) for about eight years [...]

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