Category Archives: Local News

COVID-19 UPDATE

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a statewide record for coronavirus deaths in Florida. Yesterday, Florida reported an additional 277 deaths and the State now has 542,792 total cases. In Northwest Florida Escambia County had 175 new cases and 11 new deaths – Santa Rosa County had 50 new cases and 2 new deaths…MORE

PENSACOLA SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

Pensacola Police say a 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl on August 1st. Department spokesman Officer Mike Wood, said Aniyah Nettles was accidentally shot and killed by another child at her grandmother’s home on North “B” Street. Witnesses say a gun belonging to Corie Thompson fell…MORE

BLUE ANGELS SHOW CANCELLED

The 2020 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at NAS Pensacola October 16 and 17th has been canceled because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Captain Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of NAS Pensacola, said the decision was extremely difficult, but the safety of the community is the top priority. The 2021 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show…MORE

PROPOSED BED TAX INCREASE

The Escambia County Tourist Development Council has voted to recommend to the Escambia County Commission that the bed tax be raised by 25%, from 4 to 5 cents to help keep the organization operating while the state’s tourism industry struggles in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The TDC also recommended that Visit Pensacola be…MORE

COIN SHORTAGE

Because of the nationwide coin shortage Escambia County is asking citizens to use exact change when paying fees for waste services. The county said payments need to be made with exact change or by check at the Perdido Landfill and the Oak Grove Convenience Center. Debit and credit cards are also accepted at the Perdido…MORE

AIR MARSHAL ARRESTED

A Department of Homeland Security Federal Air Marshal has been arrested in Okaloosa County. 56-year-old Kenny Cauthen, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was arrested at a bar after he patted a woman’s buttocks and stroked her face and arms while she stood at the bar. The woman told him to stop and pushed his hands away. An…MORE

House catches fire after lightning strike in Milton

House catches fire after lightning strike in Milton

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE (9:23 p.m. 8/11/20): Lightning sparked the fire at an abandoned house around 6 p.m. on Munson Highway just south of Will Sexton Road. It burned to the house to the ground. No one was inside. Someone passing by saw fire and smoke and called 911. Several fire departments responded along…MORE

Whale shark encounter captured on video in Destin

DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — An unexpected surprise was captured off the coast of Destin of a whale shark on Aug. 9. The owner of the boat spotted the whale shark, made a quick loop back. “Before we even determined what was going on I had my fins on, mask on, camera in my hand and…MORE

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