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NEW JOB FOR FORMER PENSACOLA MAYOR

Ashton Hayward, the former mayor of Pensacola, will take on a new position as president of the Andrews Institute Research & Education Foundation. After serving as Mayor for 8 years, Hayward announced he would not seek a third term.  The foundation supports doctors and scientists through fellowships, scholarships, and grants.  They also oversee the Eagle…MORE

PENSACOLA DEATH INVESTIGATION

The Pensacola Police Department said the body of a 62-year-old man was found near the intersection of “E” and Mallory streets near Baptist Hospital. The cause of death is still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected. The identity of the man has not been released.MORE

KEEP THE WREATH GREEN

The second and third red bulbs have been placed on the “Keep the Wreath Green” fire safety wreath in Escambia County. The first came after the first red bulb fire that destroyed a mobile home in Century.  The second and third happened on Monday – a structure fire in the 700 block of North 77th Avenue…MORE

BAY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HEAD QUITS

The head of Bay County’s health department has resigned.  Administrator Doug Kent resigned from the Department of Health two months after Bay District Schools officials accused the health department of taking school health records and called for the state’s Office of the Inspector General to investigate the matter. The Health Department accepted the resignation and…MORE

HOLIDAY ISLE LAWSUIT

More than 30 current and former residents of Holiday Isle are suing the Holiday Isle Improvement Association for breach of contract. The case cites instances of discrimination, record irregularities, pornography, disparate treatment, misapplication of funds and illegal behavior by the association and its officers and seeks damages of more than $15,000. According to the complaint…MORE

FLORIDA STATE HIGHWAY OFFICIALS RESIGN

A top official in Florida’s highway agency and her deputy have resigned or using State employees for personal gain. Kelley Scott, director of administrative services for the Florida highway agency, and Shane Phillips, the agency’s chief of office services, submitted their resignations Monday. They quit after an internal investigation indicated the employees were sent to…MORE

ESCAMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL BUS COLLISION

The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of an Escambia County School District bus was cited for careless driving after the bus he was driving collided with a vehicle yesterday morning. Troopers say he bus driver – 69-year-old Joe Wesson – had stopped at the railroad tracks on West Ten Mile road, then proceeded forward and collided with…MORE

ESCAMBIA COUNTY COMMISSION CHANGES

The Escambia County Commission will change their meeting schedule and public forum. The goal is to allow county staff more time to devote to their regular job duties rather than spending hours in meetings. The changes include the elimination of one agenda review session, moving one regular meeting a month to the morning to accommodate…MORE

NAVY SQUADRON BEING DEACTIVATED

The Navy has announced that its F-35C squadron at Eglin Air Force Base is being deactivated at the request of the commanders of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Naval Air Force. The squadron, VFA-101, better known as the “Grim Reapers,” has been at Eglin since 2011, where it has trained pilots and maintenance personnel…MORE

LATE BALLOTS NOT COUNTED

Florida officials say thousands of mailed ballots were not counted because they were delivered too late to state election offices. The Department of State said the 6,670 ballots were mailed ahead of the November 6th election but were not counted because they did not arrive by Election Day. Under Florida law, ballots mailed inside the…MORE

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