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Morgan starts to assemble team

November 25, 2008

Escambia Sheriff-elect David Morgan has named Lt. Bill Chavers as his Chief Deputy, a position last held by Larry Smith under McNesby. Chavers started with the Pensacola Police Department in 1974 and moved over to ECSO…

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McNesby donates campaign surplus

November 25, 2008

After paying all his campaign bills, out-going Escambia County Sheriff Ron McNesby donated his remaining $69,539.78 to charity: Emerald Coast Honor Flight $10,000 The Village at Olive Baptist Church $40,000 Sheriffs Youth Ranch $10,000 Westgate Center…

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Car plant spokesman has tax problems, too

November 25, 2008

The News Journal reports today that the backers of the proposed electric car plant in Century have tax problems. Jay and Nash Patel’s LHS Pensacola Inc. owns the Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada and Travelodge motels…

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Halcorp gives Townsend $750, too

November 24, 2008

Councilman Ronald Townsend also got $750 from Halcorp and its officers during this last campaign reporting period. Interestingly, fellow Councilman Marty Donovan gave him $150. Townsend reports that he spent $328.72 on food and drink, $100…

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Johnson raises $10,983.02

November 24, 2008

Larry B. Johnson, who is facing Councilman Marty Donovan in a run-off tomorrow, reported a whopping $10,983.02 in contributions for this last report. Here’s the list of contributors: Pensacola Professional Firefig,$500,Check Southern Eclectic LLC,$500,Check Michael Parker,$133,Check…

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Halcorp gives Donovan $750 before council vote

November 24, 2008

Councilman Marty Donovan got another $750 from Halcorp and its officers prior to the Nov. 20 vote to extend their lease at the Port of Pensacola. The funds were deposited into his campaign account on Nov.…

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May have missed this

November 24, 2008

Two Escambia High School students were in a gun battle off campus on Friday. One was shot, after he couldn’t get his gun out in time. The shooting happened at 1:45 p.m. at the Creek Apartments…

More jobs cut

November 24, 2008

NorthEscambia.com reports West Fraser Timber Co is cutting 69 jobs at its facility in Citronelle, Alabama. The announcement comes just weeks after it shutdown its McDavid sawmill. Read more.…

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GB native in Taco Bell ad

November 24, 2008

Watch the new Taco Bell ad with two buddies eating tacos while watching their buddy be chased by bull. The guy in the green shirt is Kevin Wheatley – GBHS grad and director/writer/actor of “The Beach…

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Moby misses point on airport hotel lease

November 24, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark Obrien missed what I think is the real point about the airport hotel lease approved by the Pensacola City Council. The issue is not a “Clash of the Hotel Titans”. The issue is…

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PNJ updates Solutia layoffs story

November 22, 2008

Last night when I posted that Solutia had laid off 780 workers, the pnj.com was reporting 200 in its headline online. The confusion is over contract workers (such as Landrum workers) and the full Solutia employees.…

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Solutia lays off/fires 780 people

November 21, 2008

This includes employees and the contract/leased employees. PNJ and WEAR TV 3 are only reporting about 200 people, but our sources inside Solutia tell us that the total people losing their jobs is 780. You can…

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BTW: Halcorp lease passed

November 21, 2008

Halcorp got its 2.5-year lease extension last night. The Pensacola City Council passed it by a vote of 7-3, with Councilmen Wu and Wiggins and Mayor Fogg voting in opposition. The seven who voted for the…

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Sansom got NWFL State College $200K…quietly

November 21, 2008

St. Petersburg Times reports Rep. Ray Sansom did get his new employer $200,000 in the current budget to help Northwest Florida State College create a permanent home for its leadership institute. Previously, Sansom had earned about…

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State must cut another $2 billion

November 21, 2008

The word from Tallahassee is that state economists will announce today that the state’s budget deficit could reach $2 billion for the year ending June 30. The GOP lawmakers are lounging with their families at Watercolors…