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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 [...]

County Local Option Sales Tax Town Hall Meetings Next Week

County Local Option Sales Tax Town Hall Meetings Next Week

Escambia County’s public meetings concerning the Local Option Sales Tax will continue next week at the following locations: Monday, October 6, 5:30 p.m. – District 5 Ransom Middle School, 100 West Kingsfield Road, Cantonment Tuesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. – District 1 Charity [...]

Last chance to register for Nov. 4 election

Last chance to register for Nov. 4 election

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford reminds voters that Monday, October 6, 2014 is the last day to register to vote for those who wish to cast a ballot in the November 4, 2014 General Election. Florida law mandates that registration books close 29 days before an [...]

Gaetz viewpoint talks about disagreeing without rancor, a lesson lost in Pensacola

Gaetz viewpoint talks about disagreeing without rancor, a lesson lost in Pensacola

Florida Senate President Don Gaetz wrote a viewpoint for the Tallahassee Democrat in support of John Thrasher being selected as the new Florida State University president (Work with Thrasher). He opened with an insightful story about how he and Thrasher, one of the most influential leaders in [...]

Thornton charges increased to homicide in Troung death

Thornton charges increased to homicide in Troung death

Willie May Thornton, 40, has also been charged with Homicide in the September 13 killing of Phoung Nguyen Troung. Her son, Dontonio Diaz Thornton, 19, was charged Friday night with Homicide in the death of the 50-year-old store owner. Troung was found deceased behind the counter of his business, [...]

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Critical City Council Vote Last week, the daily newspaper cited the city's natural gas utility, Pensacola Energy, for having some of the oldest pipes in the country. The situation could be worse if not for the foresight of city leaders in 2011. Mayor Ashton Hayward, with the help of then-Chief [...]

Wall of Silence broken in Truong homicide

Wall of Silence broken in Truong homicide

At noon press conference on Saturday, Sheriff David Morgan announced two arrests in the Sept. 13 homicide of Phuong Truong at TM Mart on Michigan Avenue. Dontonio Diaz Thornton, 19, has been charged with homicide and robbery, and his mother, Willie Mae Thornton, 39, charged with violation of [...]

County murmurs

County murmurs

Last night the Escambia Board of County Commissioners approved its 2014-15 budget. At request of a commissioner (mostly likely Gene Valentino), the Escambia County Sheriff's budget request for $750,000 for additional deputies was voted on separately. Commissioners Valentino and Wilson Robertson [...]

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