Politics

Inmate medical costs

April 13, 2011

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office took over the medical services for the Escambia County Jail from contractor Armor Correctional Health Services, which saved the county approximately $2 million annually. 2007 $7.24 million 2008 $6.02 million 2009…

Business

Grover joins Coldwell Banker United

April 13, 2011

Press Release: Coldwell Banker United, Realtors┬« Commercial welcomes Grover Robinson, IV and Clay Roesch Grover Robinson, IV is a seventh generation Pensacolian. He obtained a B.S. in Economics from Birmingham-Southern College in 1992. After working in…

BP Disaster

BP spillionaires

April 13, 2011

ProPublica’s Kim Barker investigates how some people affected by the BP oil spill soaked up money and became “spillionaires” by charging BP outrageous rates for cleanup work or getting large sums of BP claims money that…

Politics

Sheriff gives take on the budget (updated)

April 13, 2011

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office made its presentation to the Board of County Commissioners. He told the BOCC that his office budget has only increased $646,467 since 2007–only .008 percent. Five Year Budget Trends (in millions)…

Education News

New online tool for School District officials

April 13, 2011

Escambia County Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas has announced that the school district will begin a new training program for deans and principals so that they can recognize the ages of the students involved in sex…

Buzz

Buzz: Lumpy DeWeese sets off security

April 13, 2011

Political power broker Lumpy DeWeese set off the special security at the reception for new Pensacola Police Chief Chip Simmons. Chip W. Simmons served as interim Chief of Police from June 2010 after John W. Mathis…

Business

Gannett blasted for furloughs

April 13, 2011

The New York Times media columnist David Carr blasted Gannett execs for building their fat paychecks on the back of their workers. Gannett is owner of Bella and Pensacola’s daily newspaper. From the column: The top…

News

Doh!

April 13, 2011

Jim and Dorothy Sprague checked Sunday’s Pueblo (Colo.) Chieftain and discovered they’d won $4.3 million in the Colorado Lottery. Then they learned the paper had made a mistake. “(It was) a case of going from rags…

Education

Curb School Violence Initiative

April 13, 2011

The Escambia County Public School District administration and the School Board need to recognize that the goals of improving academic performance and reducing student violence are tied to each other. We can not have good public…

Education

WMS violated Sunshine State Standards for History

April 13, 2011

According the Sunshine State Standards, middle school students are to be taught American History up to 1880. When the get to high school, the American History moves from the Reconstruction Era forward. The Florida Department of…