District 5 Residents Express Concerns About Roads, Transportation At Town Hall
Roads and transportation were hot topics Monday evening as Escambia County District 5 Commissioner Steven Barry held a town hall meeting in Barrineau Park.
Several residents told the commissioner about dirt roads that need paving, or existing paved roads that need widening or improvement.
Barry said an existing project was underway to widen Jacks Branch Road with [...]
Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Under Fire, But Likely To Remain
Civil-rights leader Al Sharpton led a crowd of about 1,000 people to the Florida Capitol on Monday, demanding that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature fix or repeal the “stand your ground” self-defense law.
Sharpton marched alongside the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, two teens the marchers said were wrongly killed [...]
Senate Backs Tax Holiday Smaller Than Scott Wants
Senators started moving forward Monday with a sales-tax holiday for back-to-school shoppers, but the proposal is a week shorter than requested by Gov. Rick Scott.
The sponsor of the bill, however, hasn’t closed the book on extending the proposed discount timeframe from three days to 10 days.
The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee on [...]
Going Up: Construction Continues On New Ernest Ward Middle
Construction is making visible progress for a new $17 million Ernest Ward Middle School in Walnut Hill. The new building, expected to open to students as early as January 2015, following Christmas Break 2014, will be an ultra modern, energy efficient building.
Escambia County voters played a big part in making the $17 million [...]
Fannie Road Closes This Week For Bridge Replacemet
Crews will begin construction activities on Fannie Road just outside Century next week.
The $1.8 million project will replace the bridge on Fannie Road over Dead Lake with a new concrete structure consisting of two 12-foot wide travel lanes and eight foot shoulders. Fannie Road will be closed during construction [...]
Atmore Motorcyclist Killed In Cantonment Crash
A 19-year old Atmore motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon in Cantonment.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Jacob Dale Lisenby was northbound about 1:08 p.m. on Highway 29 on a 1999 Honda motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he noticed 69-year old Mary O. Simpkins of Cantonment pulling out of the Grocery Advantage parking lot [...]
Escambia County To Try Again This Week To Name Adminstrator
Escambia County will try again this week to hold interviews and name a county administrator.
The Escambia County Commission was set to hold one-on-one job interviews with each of the five finalists for the county administrator position the last week of January, but a freak winter storm literally iced those plans.
Chloe Channell Headlines FFA Blue Jacket Jamboree (With Photo Galleries)
The annual Blue Jacket Jamboree was held Saturday at Northview High School to benefit the school’s FFA program.
The day’s entertainment included 12-year old Chloe Channell of America’s Got Talent fame, The Dusty Sanderson Band and more.
For a Chloe Channel photo gallery, click here.
Have your photo taken with Chloe Channell? Click here for a fan photo [...]
Escambia Murder Suspect Arrested In Mississippi
An Escambia County man is behind bars in Mississippi, charged in the Friday murder of his wife in the Mayfair community.
Antoine Tyshawn Banks, 34, is being held without bond in the Harrison County (MS) Jail. He was booked into the jail at 7:24 Saturday morning by the Biloxi (MS) Police Department. Banks [...]
Work Set To Begin On New Weight Training Facility At Northview High
Work is set to begin soon on a new weight training facility for Northview High School.
The $625,510 bid was awarded to R.D. Ward Construction Company, the lowest of nine bidders. Other bids ranged from $669,400 to $836,300.
The Escambia County School Board approved the weight training facility back at their January 22, 2013, meeting, [...]
Search Continues For Missing Crestview Boy, Might Be In U-Haul
Authorities are still trying to find 3-year-old Emmanuel Menz, who was abducted from the Burger King located at 3210 South Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview at approximately 11:15 a.m. Thursday morning, during a supervised visit at that location.
Emmanuel’s father and mother, Karl R. Menz and Virginia M. Lynch, do not have custodial rights to Emmanuel, and [...]