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Wedgewood relief closer, but resolution could take another six months

Wedgewood relief closer, but resolution could take another six months

Willie Lawrence, a World War II and Korean War veteran, was out of breath when walked up to podium, as was Lafanette Soles-Woods when she also took the same long steps from seat in the Escambia County Commission chambers to the microphone. Ms. Soles-Woods, a fellow veteran, is a 12-year survivor [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hard truth about jail blast, Fill the Mayflower, Cold Relief

Weekend Buzz: Hard truth about jail blast, Fill the Mayflower, Cold Relief

Since the Escambia County’s Central Booking and Detention Center exploded in late April, we've been told by county officials that there was little that could have been done to have prevented it, the gas smell at the facility came from nearby propane tanks, and county staff had acted properly. [...]

State Grand Jury: Give Jail Back to the Sheriff

State Grand Jury: Give Jail Back to the Sheriff

The State Grand Jury has issued its report on the April 30 explosion at the Escambia County Central Booking & Detention Center that killed two prisoners and paralyzed a corrections officer. The jury returned a No True Bill finding because of insufficient evidence to establish criminal [...]

Community Traffic Safety Team meets Thursday

Community Traffic Safety Team meets Thursday

The Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will meet on Thursday, November 20 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of West Florida Regional Planning Council, 4081 East Olive Road, Suite A in Pensacola. Citizens interested in helping improve roadway safety are [...]

Every County District has ALICE households

ALICE households – those that live above the Federal Poverty Level , but less than the basic cost of living in Escambia – are spread throughout our community. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The bare-minimum budget – that doesn’t include savings and leaves a [...]

Weekend Buzz: Confederate Flags, Picking New Pike, Blankets needed

Weekend Buzz: Confederate Flags, Picking New Pike, Blankets needed

Confederate Flag on BCC agenda County Attorney Allison Rogers is bring forth to the Escambia County Commission a discussion of whether it wishes to address a vote of the Board of County Commissioners on February 10, 2000, related to the Confederate Flag. In 2000, the late Leroy Boyd, president [...]

City of Pensacola has most households struggling financially

City of Pensacola has most households struggling financially

Yesterday, I wrote about the ALICE report that was released last week by United Way of Florida. That work focused on the working poor, those who live above the federal poverty level but barely make ends meet. That report broke down the information by areas in the county. Forty percent of Pensacola [...]

Nearly two-thirds of African-Amercian households in Escambia County struggle financially

Nearly two-thirds of African-Amercian households in Escambia County struggle financially

Last week United Way of Florida released its ALICE report - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed - which showed that almost 41 percent of Escambia households and 64 percent of the county's African-American households are struggling financially. According to Theodore Granger, president of [...]

Navy Federal Credit Union create 5,000 more jobs in Escambia County

Navy Federal Credit Union create 5,000 more jobs in Escambia County

Gov. Rick Scott announced today that Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) will create 5,000 new jobs in Escambia County over then next 12 years. “Today’s announcement that Navy Federal will create 5,000 more jobs for Floridians is a huge win for the Florida families,” Scott said. “Because [...]

Weekend Buzz: Grand jury update, Century spotlight, #fangate hype

The State Grand Jury on the Escambia County Jail has stalled due to lack of quorum. Several witnesses have yet to be called because of the lack of healthy jurors. Maybe this week will go better for the State Attorney's Office. The Federal Grand Jury has met again. No news on its investigation [...]

Thorntons indicted for first degree murder of convenience store owner

Thorntons indicted for first degree murder of convenience store owner

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced yesterday an Escambia County Grand Jury indicted Dontonio Diaz Thornton and Willie Mae Thornton for one count of First Degree Murder – Premeditated or Felony, in the death of Phuong Truong. On September 13, 2014, Phuong Truong, the owner/operator of T&M [...]

Scott announces $277,000 grant to Escambia County

Scott announces $277,000 grant to Escambia County

Press Release: Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Escambia County and the Pensacola Chamber were awarded $266,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will diversify the local economy, enhance military missions at Naval Air Station Pensacola [...]

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