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Health Department Alert
9:49 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

West Nile Alert: How To Avoid Mosquito-Related Illness

Credit Photo via Flickr//James Jordan

  The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County has received notification of a probable case of West Nile virus infection in a county resident.

County Health Director Dr. John Lanza says this is the third consecutive year that a resident’s been bitten by an infected mosquito – in this case, mid-July, with the lab results confirming the disease were returned earlier this month.

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Election 2014
8:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Early Voting Underway In Escambia County

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 Early voting in Escambia County for the August 26 primary kicked off Saturday morning, and runs through next Saturday, August 23.

Nearly 199,000 voters were registered in Escambia when the books closed late last month. That’s a 6% rise from the 2012 primary, which included a presidential ballot. But David Stafford, the county’s Supervisor of Elections, says the increase does not change his turnout prediction of around 25%.

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Colleen Castille to "pursue other interests."
5:06 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Castille Steps Down as Pensacola City Administrator

Pensacola Administrator Colleen Castille
Credit City of Pensacola

Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward announced Thursday that City Administrator Colleen Castille has resigned effective September 3. Her departure has triggered a number of staff changes at the top of city government.

So far, the only explanation from Hayward is in a written statement that Castille is leaving to “pursue other opportunities.” In her own written statement, Castille says she made a one year commitment to serve and fulfilled it.

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RESTORE
2:16 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

New Rules Clarify RESTORE, Dollars Soon To Follow

Rules in the Federal Register for Gulf Coast States on how billions of dollars in fine money from the RESTORE Act can be spent have been finalized and published by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson,who chairs the Florida Gulf Coast Consortium, says the five states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas) now have an idea of how to obtain the money related the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

"Bridge the Gap" Seminar In Pensacola Seeks Crime Solutions

“Bridging the Gap” is the theme of a two-day crime prevention summit that got underway Wednesday at downtown Pensacola's Crown Plaza Hotel.

Delorean Wiggins, a deputy with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, is the chief organizer of the summit, which features crime prevention experts, community leaders and policy makers seeking ways to reduce crime.

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