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The Buzz 2/26/15

The Buzz 2/26/15

Eyewitness to Selma March The Escambia Democratic Women’s Club honored civil rights leader Rev. H.K. Matthews as part of an event recognizing the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to [...]

New Statewide Conservative Education Group Forming

New Statewide Conservative Education Group Forming

By Duwayne Escobedo When Escambia County School Board member Jeff Bergosh walked the halls in Tallahassee last week to meet Florida lawmakers, including Senate President Don Gaetz, all wanted to [...]

FDLE Crime Lab Breach, A Year Later

FDLE Crime Lab Breach, A Year Later

By Ben Sheffler On Feb. 4, 2014, agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, working with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, arrested former Pensacola crime laboratory chemist [...]

Downtown 2.0

Downtown 2.0

by T.S. Strickland A stroll down Palafox Place isn't what it used to be. Walking north from the Plaza de Luna, one can't ignore the signs of progress. The newly christened SoGo District is [...]

Buzz: Good News, Bad News

Buzz: Good News, Bad News

Bad News: Workforce Lags Does Pensacola have a workforce that will attract new businesses? Not yet, according to recent research by the University of West Florida Haas Center. Our area’s Job [...]

Seeking To Be Heard

Seeking To Be Heard

By Rick Outzen In June 2014, Veronica Fountain read J. Lee Pickens School, a closed school across from home, was being sold to Manna Food Pantries, a local nonprofit that offers emergency food [...]

Web Extras: Inside Pensacola Planning Board Jan. 13

Web Extras:  Inside Pensacola Planning Board Jan. 13

What happened at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Pensacola Planning Board to upset the neighborhood around the old Pickens School? The issue was an exception to allow Manna Food Pantries build a 20,000 [...]

The Buzz: Squeezing the Bottle

The Buzz: Squeezing the Bottle

Squeezing The Bottle Panhandling, homelessness and what government can do about it were topics of discussion on Feb. 5 for the Escambia Board of County Commissioners. The BCC passed at its regular [...]

Bragg Kicks Off Speaker Series

Bragg Kicks Off Speaker Series

By Ben Sheffler Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg writes stories about the South and people who went through hard times. His tales range from conversations with [...]

Attracting Millennials To Serve and Protect

Attracting Millennials To Serve and Protect

By Ben Sheffler Generational differences and retiring deputies have left the Escambia County Sheriff's Office currently 33 deputies short. "It's grim," said Escambia County Sheriff David [...]

Scott’s Keep Florida Working Budget

Scott’s Keep Florida Working Budget

By Rick Scott Gov. Rick Scott released on Jan. 28 his “Keep Florida Working” budget proposal for the fiscal that year that starts July 1. The setting was AP Legislative Planning Session that [...]

The Buzz: Hunting The Elephant

The Buzz: Hunting The Elephant

Hunting The Elephant The capital press corps came to the AP Legislative Planning Session held on Jan. 28 in Tallahassee and were prepared to find the truth behind allegations that Gov. Rick Scott had [...]

Saunders: UWF on the Rebound

Saunders: UWF on the Rebound

By Rick Outzen In October 2014, University of West Florida President Dr. Judy Bense appointed Martha Saunders the Provost and Executive Vice President of the University of West Florida. Dr. [...]

Buzz: Dry Dreams, Jail Deaths

Buzz: Dry Dreams, Jail Deaths

Dry Dreams It’s fun to imagine about the future. Citizens were given that opportunity on Jan. 22 at a joint city-county public workshop at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center on [...]

County Jail: No Place for a Child

County Jail: No Place for a Child

By Shelby Smithey Florida sends more children to adult court than any other state in the country, according to data gathered by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). This daunting statistic is [...]

Grassroots Efforts Tackle Corruption

Grassroots Efforts Tackle Corruption

By Ben Sheffler Ongoing grassroots movements to put an end to government corruption are gaining momentum and happening close to home. Move to Amend, a nonpartisan coalition of nearly 400,000 [...]

The Buzz 1/22/15

The Buzz 1/22/15

Chambers Pitch To Lawmakers The Northwest Florida Delegation heard on Jan. 15 from the business community what it would like to see the Florida Legislature accomplish this year. The list wasn’t [...]

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