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Monday November 30th 2015

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Another task force ignored

I've written many times that local government loves to appoint citizens to task forces and blue-ribbon committees on the tough issues. The citizens advisory meets for months working on the issue. When they issue their report, the elected officials applaud their efforts. Then the report goes in a [...]

Athletic directors make more than teachers

This article really surprised me. The Daily News reports that Okaloosa County has high school athletic directors that are making $91K and $85K! Who do they think they are....Escambia County Sheriff Office administrators? Read The education pay game.

Mobile family to get Extreme Makeover

Lydia Gaudet and her family have been selected by the ABC television reality series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to have a new home built for them. Read: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" comes to Mobile

Studers donate to Janesville public schools

The Janesville Gazette reports today that Quint and Rishy Studer have donated $40,000 to the new Minority Recruitment Initiative for Janesville public schools. Read: Minority teacher program gets boost.

Wheatley in Super Bowl ad

From Sam Baltrusis, former In A&E editor, "I was working on a piece here in Boston on ads running during the Super Bowl and I noticed Kevin Wheatley (Gulf Breeze native, "Threshold of Hell" actor/director) is featured in the GoDaddy.com ad running this Sunday." Here's a link: [...]

The Phil Conners report on Pcola

The Phil Conners report on Pcola

Today is Groundhog's Day. Let's see what weatherman Phil Conners sees as he looks at Pensacola: No Community Maritime Park being built. Grass still not cut at CMP. No construction or plans for a New Downtown Public Library. No Strong Mayor - review committee met for first time last [...]

Jan. 2008 record month for blog

We had 156,070 visitors to this blog in January - a new record. The posting rules haven't hurt the traffic. We've actually seen more visitors this week. Thank you for your support. The newspaper and inweekly.net are doing well, too. We seem to be going counter to the all the trends in print [...]

New Fairhope library

Another sign that Pensacola is falling behind Baldwin County: New Fairhope Library On Jan. 22, Fairhope, Ala. opened its new $7.87 million library. The main reading room stretches approximately 6,000 square feet under 40-foot ceilings and includes the information desk, 16 research computers with [...]

McNesby budget under public scrutiny

Over and over again, I hear discontent in the community with the Escambia County Sheriff's budget - that has increased over 30 percent since Ron McNesby took office. It's good that McNesby and his buddy George Touart are talking about cuts and savings through consolidation because the public wants [...]

Touart on WEAR TV 3

WEAR TV reporter has former County Administrator George Touart on his Sunday morning show this weekend - IN Focus, 9 a.m. Here are some of the quotes fby Touart from the promos: "The sheriff and I have been talking for a year. Over one year, Ron McNesby and I, of course, it got derailed when [...]

Countrywide troubles grow

On IN Your Head Radio this Wednesday, Attorney General Bill McCollum reported that he was investigating one of the country's biggest lenders, Countrywide Financial Corp., for possible unfair and deceptive business practices related to its home loans. Today the Associated Press has picked up on [...]

Gannett blogger: ad production may be outsourced

The Gannett Blog reports that the media giant - which owns the Pensacola News Journal, USA Today and other papers - is moving advertising production work to India. Just think your PNJ ad could be produced by designer thousands of miles from Pensacola. The truth is more and more ads are being [...]

Bama studies cancer in Baldwin Co.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has initiated a "pilot investigation of Baldwin County cancer cases" to figure out whether an unusually high number of people in the county are suffering from several rare cancers and neurological diseases. This really is the story of one woman's efforts, [...]

FOX 10 adds this blog to website

FOX 10 adds this blog to website

FOX 10 has a new website devoted to Florida politics. They have added Ricksblog.biz to its coverage along with the Pensacola Beach Blog. I'm sure others will follow soon. The IN news and entertainment empire continues to expand! Check out FloridaPolitics.tv.

Tax Watch report coming

Tax Watch report coming

The much anticipated Tax Watch report on Escambia County finances is rumored to be coming next week. Last fall, Bob Kerrigan, Dick Appleyard and other community leaders hired the Tallahassee watchdog group to analyzed the Escambia County budget and find possible savings. The report could be [...]

Touart Pleads No Contest

Touart Pleads No Contest

WEAR TV 3 reports that former Escambia County administrator George Touart did plead No Contest on his hunting charges in Wisconsin. Channel 3 News has learned George Touart pleaded "No Contest" to illegal hunting and illegal possession of game birds. The charges stem from a hunting trip to [...]

Home Depot lays off 500

Atlanta Constitution Journal reports: The Home Depot announced today a layoff of 10 percent of its Atlanta headquarters. Roughly 500 of the 5,000 employees here were told by their managers that they would be let go as part of the company's response to a chill in homebuilding and a slowing [...]

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