Century Talks Business Climate, Business Challenge
Big changes are in store for the business climate in Century as the town works to implement an economic development plan authored by the University of West Florida’s Haas Center.
Thursday afternoon, the Haas Center’s Brice Harris met in a workshop setting with the Century town council, recommending future actions the council should take toward their [...]
Graduation Rates Increase In Escambia, Santa Rosa Counties
Statewide graduation rates increased to an 11-year high of 76.1 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year and a rise of nearly 17 [...]
Molino And Cantonment No Longer Considered For New Jail Location
The location of the new Escambia County Jail won’t be in North Escambia. Escambia County Commissioners decided Thursday morning during a Committee of the Whole meeting to remove all location options north of I-10 from their list.
Locations previously on a short list but no longer under consideration include Highway 29 between Barrineau Park Road and [...]
Dept Of Ed Releases Grades For High Schools
Preliminary high school grades were released today by the Florida Department of Education.
State Board of Education rules mandate that if at least 75 percent of schools earn an “A” or “B,” the amount of points needed for a [...]
Man Sentenced For Shooting Fleeing Son On Riding Lawn Mower
A Walnut Hill man was sentenced Wednesday for shooting his son on a riding lawn mower a short distance from his home.
Marshall H. Harmon, 71, was charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon for the June 27 incident on Breastworks Road about a mile west of North Pine Barren [...]
Computer Glitch Stops Thousands Of Escambia Semester Exams
A server problem prevented about 15,000 Escambia County School District students from taking or completing computer-based semester exams Wednesday, but the district has a make up plan in place.
The exams affected by the technical problems were all algebra, geometry, biology and U.S. history courses at the high school and middle school levels.. The problem, Superintendent [...]
Man Dies Two Weeks After Being Tased By Escambia Deputies
A man tased multiple times by Escambia County deputies has died.
About 6 a.m. on December 1, 28-year old Cody Robert Healey was on the campus of Sherwood Elementary School, exposing himself while wearing only a t-shirt. When deputies arrived, Healey reportedly became very aggressive and refused to follow multiple orders from the deputies. He was [...]
Cantonment Disturbance Ends With Gunfire
There were no serious injuries in a disturbance that ended with gunfire Tuesday night in Cantonment.
Just before 6:30 p.m., Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired disturbance in the 900 block of Muscogee Road. Upon arrival, deputies determined several individuals had been fighting in front of the residence and a handgun was [...]
Progress Continues On New Escambia 4-H Facility; Barn Contracts Let
Progress is continuing toward the completion of the new Escambia County 4-H facility on Chalker Road in Molino, with the Escambia County Commission recently approving a contract to construct six pole barns on the property.
Six companies bid on the on the installation of one 40×60-foot, two 30×60-foot and three 24×48-foot pole barns on the 4-H [...]
Home For The Holidays: A Christmas Surprise
Two Escambia County elementary school students received a special surprise Tuesday. They thought their uncle was still deployed overseas in Japan, but he had a Christmastime surprise for second grader Penelope Saxton and her brother, kindergarten student Riley Saxton.
They were together in a classroom at Scenic Heights Elementary School when their uncle, Airman Ean Van [...]
Wildfire Danger Remains High
Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center – serving Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties – are warning residents of the local wildfire danger level.
Dry weather has led to an increase in local wildfires, with the Florida Forest Service responding to at least a dozen fires in the past week. Until substantial [...]