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Consolidation fails to get council approval

Consolidation fails to get council approval

The Pensacola City Council vote, 5-4, against telling the state legislative delegation that they support placing the proposed consolidation plan on the ballot next November. Mike Wiggins, John Jerralds, Jewel Canada-Wynn and Megan Pratt voted in favor of consolidation. P.C. Wu was absent, attending [...]

Edgar rests in Thornton case

Edgar rests in Thornton case

The prosecution rested its case yesterday against the chief of staff for jailed former Okaloosa County Charlie Morris. Sabra Thornton is accused of stealing money from the county by manipulating Morris, who is serving time in federal prison for operating a bonus kickback scheme, into using stolen [...]

Mobile DA withdraws from Nodine case

Mobile DA withdraws from Nodine case

Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. has recused himself from the Nodine marijuana case and requested Escambia County (Ala.) District Attorney Stephen Billy handle it and decide whether to pursue drug charges against Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine. Marijuana was found in [...]

Stafford is not running

Spoke with Supervisor of Elections David Stafford. He has decided not to run for Pensacola mayor. "My wife and I had time to really talk it about this weekend and we decided that I should pass." Stafford's term for SOE doesn't expire until 2012. Other names still being batted around for mayor [...]

As predicted, Hall announces for at-large seat

Press Release: I made the decision to run for an at-large seat because I want to be able to serve the city with the same élan that I am serving District 2. During my three years in office, District 2 went from dead last in local option sales tax expenditures to fourth place overall and either [...]

Mack prefiles for mayor

Mack prefiles for mayor

Pensacola City Councilwoman Diane Mack prefiled this morning to run for mayor in the November election.The inside buzz is that she wanted to file prior to vote on the mayor's salary - to make it clear the salary had no influence on her decision. Press release: he city of Plantation, Florida, is [...]

Big case gets little mention locally

Big case gets little mention locally

The trial of Sabra Thornton, former Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office chief of staff and alleged mistress of former Sheriff Charlie Morris, continues today in at Blanchard Judicial Center. She faces six counts of grand theft for her involvement in former Sheriff Morris’ theft, fraud and money [...]

Frozen chicken ban impacts Gulf Coast ports

Frozen chicken ban impacts Gulf Coast ports

Russia last week banned chicken imports from the U.S. At issue is the chlorine bath American producers use to disinfect slaughtered poultry. Of the $729.5 million in chicken sent from the U.S. to Russia from January through November 2009, more than $512 million worth moved through either Mobile [...]

Judge Goodman tackles truancy

Judge Goodman tackles truancy

NorthEscambia.com reports that Circuit Judge Ross Goodman has written the Escambia County School Board a letter declaring that the district has a truancy crisis. Judge Goodman is proposing the district implement a School Truancy Operation Program (STOP). Under the STOP program, law enforcement [...]

Page has phone records

Page has phone records

Jamie Page has a solid investigative piece in Sunday’s daily paper. Through public records requests, Page got the cell phone records and message logs from the Escambia Commissioners. There are four troubling points about this fiasco. 1. All the commissioners--Grover Robinson, Wilson [...]

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County Purchasing Procedures

Test To be sure that I was being fair to Comm. Valentino, I spent time yesterday with Escambia County Purchasing Chief Claudia Simmons to understand the competitive sealed bid process. Comm. Valentino has repeatedly said that those procedures were breached and that the process was flawed so I [...]

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