Century Man Charged With Assaulting Disabled Son’s Caretaker

March 24, 2017

A Century man has been charged with assaulting a caretaker working with his disabled son.

The victim, who was employed by an agency that cares for disabled persons, told deputies she was working as a caretaker inside a home on York Road when Marvin Anthony Haynie, father of the disabled person, entered the kitchen and held her against a freezer. She reported that Haynie then tried to kiss her and asked her to show him a private body area during the November 2016 incident.

Haynie was arrested this week for felony battery. He remained in the Escambia County Jail Friday morning with bond set at $7,500.

Tate Grad To Depart On Unique College ‘Dorm Tour’ Concert Series

March 24, 2017

From day one Tate High School graduate Paul Vinson has had big dreams and on Monday his biggest dream yet becomes a reality.

At 18-years old Vinson has planned, organized, and booked an entire concert tour  over the course of 18 days, 13 shows, and 3,500 miles of driving. Vinson will go as far north as New  York City and as far west as Hattiesburg, Miss.. But here’s the catch — all of the shows are free and in college dorm rooms.

Vinson has been writing and performing his music all over the greater Pensacola area at places like Gallery Night and other local establishments. After graduating from Tate High School in 2016, Vinson decided that the route of college wasn’t for him in his pursuit of a music career. And now he will be playing shows in college dorms all across the east coast and will be documenting the whole thing for his YouTube channel.

“I had this idea about a year ago now, I thought it was awesome, slightly ironic and I knew it had  never been done before. That inspired me to go through with it and to document everything, but all of this dreaming doesn’t come without a cost,” he said. “I figure most of my friends in college are broke and to make this work I couldn’t charge for shows.”

In about a week, a GoFundMe drive raised Vinson’s goal of $1,500 to fund his tour — mostly for the gas for his Kia Soul.

Vinson’s “The Dorm Tour” starts Monday at Troy University and ends April 14 at Florida State University. Along the way, tour stops include concerts at Southern Miss, University of Florida, the University of Alabama, Mississippi State and more.

Vinson will be debuting all of the songs on his upcoming EP “Leaving Home” which releases early this summer and will also be daily vlogging the experience on YouTube.

Pictured top: Paul Vinson at his Dorm Tour promo show January 11 at the University of West Florida’s Martin Hall.

Century Earns $723K For Role In Financing $1.5 Billion In Projects

March 23, 2017

Over the past 18 years, the Town of Century has served an integral role in the tax-exempt financing of $1.5 billion worth of projects, including affordable housing projects, airport facilities, hotel and convention developments promoting tourism, health care projects, and K-12 educational buildings.

It’s a role that has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for Century.

On the surface it might seem unlikely that Century, the poorest small city in the state, could play a part in the financing of dozens of multi-million projects including the Community Maritime Park in Pensacola, $439 million in hotel and convention centers for the Seminole  Nation, airport cargo terminals, schools and apartment complexes.

The approvals were granted by Century and Gulf Breeze as members of the Capital Trust Agency, an independent public body for the purpose of financing or otherwise accomplishing development programs. Century entered into the Capital Trust Agency with Gulf Breeze in 1999 with Century essentially serving as the “second signature”  for CTA, certifying that the projects meet a public purpose under IRS rules and regulations.

“Your responsibility is simply to look at these to decide if they do in fact look like a legitimate public purpose,” CTA Executive Director Ed Gray, III told the Century Town Council recently. “You are not deciding on the financial viability of them; you are not taking any liability. You are simply looking at them from the standpoint of a common sense approach that these look reasonable and therefore move forward.

The CTA is structured in such a way to indemnify Century from any financial risk, whether it be from a company that defaults on repayment or any other legal liabilities, according to Michael Stebbins, CTA attorney. The funds used for the bonds are from the CTA’s coffers, not from Century or Gulf Breeze.

Century has received $723,430.47 in fees since the inception of CTA.

“It’s a been a good relationship that should continue indefinitely,” Gray said.

Pictured: Capital Trust Agency Executive Director Ed Gray, III addresses the Century Town Council. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.