Tuesday, Aug. 31
The man convicted of the 1993 stabbing deaths of Debbie Shanko and Anthony Shanko is sentenced to two life sentences. Jason Mahn was sentenced to death in 1994, but the Florida Supreme Court overturned the ruling.
Wednesday, Sept. 1
DeLuna Fest announces its schedule for the three-day festival, Oct. 15-17, on Pensacola Beach. New additions to the lineup bring the total number of acts to 39.
Thursday, Sept. 2
Escambia County Commissioners vote to replace the county’s communication radio system with a $12.5 million system within the next two years. The digital system will bring the county up to FCC mandates that will be put into place in 2013.
Friday, Sept. 3
BP officials say they await approval from the federal government to begin deep cleaning Pensacola Beach sand. According to Incident Command, workers are currently not allowed to dig deeper than six inches.
Saturday, Sept. 4
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reopens Escambia County for the harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Bamboo Willie’s on Pensacola Beach concludes its annual three-day Jamaican Fest with live reggae music and a bikini contest on the Portofino Boardwalk.
News of the Week
Hugh Wiggins, the husband of Pamela Long Wiggins, is indicted in Mississippi as an accessory to first-degree murder in the deaths of Byrd and Melanie Billings on July 9, 2009.