Steve Marcanio Superintendent Malcolm Thomas has named his Director of Middle School Education as the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Marcanio has worked for the school district for 26 years. He has served as principal of Allie Yniestra Elementary, Bellview and Brown Barge middle schools, and Washington High School as well as the assistant principal of Sherwood Elementary School.
Custom Control Solutions Enterprise, Fla., Escambia County and the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce announced the expansion of the Cantonment-based company. It’s adding 15 new jobs with annual salaries averaging $39,616.—115 percent higher than the metro area’s mean yearly wage of $34,449. The announcement offsets the 10 landscape workers the University of West Florida laid off last month.
Neil Patel The Pensacola man stopped to buy a Coke and a Powerball ticket at the Shell Food Mart in LaGrange, Ga. He won a $1 million Powerball prize from the Dec. 31 drawing. Patel matched the first five winning numbers, multiplying his winnings when he selected Powerball’s multiplier option. “I woke up on Jan. 1 saying that this would be a good year,” Patel told the media. We agree.
Michele Bachmann Ouch! The one-time Republican presidential frontrunner fell hard in the Iowa caucuses. In August, she won the Ames Straw Poll with 28 percent, but fell to last place in the caucuses with only 5 percent of the vote. The Iowa native garnered just 7 percent of the vote in her home county, Blackhawk County.
Bobby Joe Rogers The 41-year-old man has been charged in a federal complaint with one count of Damaging a Building by Fire or Explosive in connection with the arson of the American Family Planning Clinic at 6770 N. 9th Ave. in Pensacola on New Year’s Day. If convicted, Rogers faces a possible 20-year prison term.
Todd F. Britton-Harr The man was convicted by a federal jury on charges stemming from allegations of fraud during his involvement in the acquisition of multiple condominium units in Purple Parrot Village of Perdido Key. The federal indictment charged that Britton-Harr and codefendant Karyn Britton executed a scheme to make false statements on loan applications. The units have all since gone into foreclosure, totaling in excess of $1,000,000 in losses. Britton-Harr faces up to 30 years in prison.