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How will state lawmakers serve us?

Our state representatives, Greg Evers, Dave Murzin and Clay Ford, have been given their committee and council assignments. We have two chairmanships: Evers votes on Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee and Murzin on Economic Development & Community Affairs Policy Council. Two vice [...]

NWFSC loves Sansom, not Gaetz

"I have never been invited to a meeting of the Northwest Florida State College board of directors in my life."---my favorite from today's Daily News article on a special meeting the Board of Trustees of Northwest Florida State College had with Rep. Ray Sansom last spring in Tallahassee. It's by [...]

Beware of gift cards

If you bought a gift card at Experience Salon, you are out of luck. The new owners - former employees of Experience - have told customers that will not honor gift cards issued by their former boss, Phil Fennell. See letter: exp-card We've heard similar complaints about other businesses that [...]

Bits and pieces

We heard yesterday that the negotiations between new Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas and the teachers union have broken off. Union wants a larger pay increase than Thomas can give, especially with projected cuts coming from Tallahassee. Also there are rumblings among the Escambia County [...]

Bye, Luke

WCOA host Luke McCoy has his last show on Friday, Dec. 19. It has been reported that Cumulus will replace him and "Pensacola Speaks" with syndicated programming. Luke saw the candidates for which he campaigned so vigorously fall this year: Sheriff Ron McNesby, Marty Donovan and John McCain. In [...]

Best and worst nursing homes

The Federal government has a new rating system for nursing homes. According to the system, the best ones (Five stars overall ) in Pensacola are Bayside Manor, Haven of Our Lady of Peace and Rosewood Manor. The worst are Pensacola Health Care Facility (1 star), Southern Oaks Rehabilitation (2 stars) [...]

Light day

Little under the weather today. Will try to catch up this afternoon.

Council will have to approve any Pate renewal

Check out this series of emails regarding the current lease at the Port of Pensacola with Pate Stevedore for Warehouse No. 5: -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Port Stevedore lease Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 12:43:40 -0600 From: Rick Outzen To: cmathis@portofpensacola.com Mr. [...]

Misdemeanors, maybe

The possible illegal campaign contributions by the Pensacola Port Users Association could lead to certain city council candidates being charged with misdemeanor crimes. In Florida, it is illegal for candidates to solicit campaign contributions from non-profit organizations. If the Port of [...]

Local bank ratings

BauerFinancial is widely followed analyst of financial institutions. These are their latest ratings for locally-owned banks along the Panhandle: 5.0 Warrington Bank 5.0 First Navy Bank 5.0 Bank of the South 3.5 First National Bank and Trust 3.5 Bank of Pensacola 3.0 Gulf Coast Community [...]

Boone interviews Nobles on Hall’s retreat

Councilmember says Hall's absence 'unfortunate' by Sean Boone Pensacola Councilman Jack Nobles told the IN on Monday that Sam Hall's abrupt departure from last Thursday's Council meeting was something that should not have happened. "I think it was an unfortunate situation," he says. "You [...]

Port users association may have broken the law

The Port of Pensacola Users Association contributed $3,500 to campaigns of various Pensacola City Council candidates: 8/21/2008 Pratt, Megan Benson: $500 8/26/2008 Nobles, John 'Jack' W.: $500 9/4/2008 Donovan, Marty: $500 9/24/2008 Hall, Sam: $500 10/6/2008 Desorbo, Mike: $500 10/13/2008 [...]

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