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DEA arrests Pensacola Veterinarian

DEA arrests Pensacola Veterinarian

Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division (MFD), announced yesterday that Dr. Michael Windley, a veterinarian at the Companion Animal Clinic, 470 Highway 29 South, Cantonment, Florida was arrested on state drug charges consisting of four [...]

Time to get serious about city and county  budgets…and local option taxes

Time to get serious about city and county budgets…and local option taxes

Yesterday's county budget workshop brought to light the financial challenges for Escambia County in the aftermath of the April flooding and the jail explosion. County staff and a couple of the county commissioners always like to point to sheriff's budget and try to pick it apart, but that is only [...]

Scott plans lawsuit over failed Crist economic development investment

Scott plans lawsuit over failed Crist economic development investment

When Nan Rich visited the Inweekly offices last month, she said that if she ever got to debate Charlie Crist, her opponent in the Democratic primary for governor, that she would bring up Digital Domain Group. Now Rick Scott appears to be ready to make it a campaign issue, too.The state is hiring [...]

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Nagin sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and bribery

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Jr. was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for his Feb. 12 conviction of fraud, bribery and related charges involving crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Nagin was convicted of accepting bribes--money, free vacation trips and [...]

Cox reaches agreement with new SEC network

Cox reaches agreement with new SEC network

ESPN and Cox Communications have reached an agreement for carriage of the SEC Network on Cox when the multiplatform network launches on August 14, 2014. The channel will be available to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference along the Gulf Coast. Cox subscribers will also have [...]

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Flood could cost Escambia County as much as $150 million

Escambia County Budget Director Amy Lovoy told the Board of County Commissioners this morning at the budget workshop that the costs of the April 29-30 flooding and the jail explosion could cost the county up to $150 million. Yikes! County Administrator Jack Brown told the board that they have [...]

Corrections employees sue, claiming retaliation

Corrections employees sue, claiming retaliation

By BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Four investigators for the Florida Department of Corrections have filed a lawsuit against the agency, saying they've been punished for calling attention to an inaccurate report about an inmate's death. The suit, filed this week, also names Gov. [...]

City of Pensacola/DIB crack down on outside signage

City of Pensacola/DIB crack down on outside signage

From the Downtown Improvement Board A few months ago the City held a workshop regarding outdoor signage, including the proper permits, licenses, sizes, and placement for those signs. As of July 21st, if you do not have an application for signage with the City to be reviewed by the ARB board, you [...]

Public employees fired over Facebook comments

Public employees fired over Facebook comments

The Sun-Sentinel reports today that two Broward County assistant public defenders were fired yesterday for Facebook comments calling Palestinians "cockroaches" and "filthy swine." The newspaper had published last week an article on the comments posted by Assistant Public Defender Bruce Raticoff and [...]

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

At dusk on a hot humid night five years ago, a beat-up red van drove onto the front yard of the large two-story, ranch-style house owned by Byrd “Bud” and Melanie Billings on a secluded tract of land in Beulah. When the van pulled away ten minutes later, the couple was dead and nine special [...]

Public Works Department April Storm Damage Recovery Update

Public Works Department April Storm Damage Recovery Update

Since the flooding event of April 29 and 30, the Escambia County Public Works Department have been working diligently to repair damaged infrastructure in the County, including roads, bridges, sidewalks and drainage systems. The attached graph details the following information: Total County [...]

Jazz Jam tonight

Jazz Jam tonight

Roger Villines, trumpeter and director of the Pensacola State College Jazz Ensemble, leads the session, with a great professional "house band": Burt Kimberl (piano), Steve Gilmore (bass), and Fred Domulot (drums). The beauty of a jam session is that one gets to hear combinations of musicians not [...]

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