Escambia County

Residents Want Facility Closed
5:09 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Rolling Hills Landfill Fights To Keep Permit

Credit Josh Morton

Residents of Wedgewood and surrounding communities are getting action this week in response to their concerns about pollution from nearby construction and debris pits. Specifically, the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility is now the focus of a hearing to revoke its state permit.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection opened a four-day Administrative Hearing on Tuesday at the Old Escambia County Courthouse.

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Jail Explosion
5:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Press Criminal Charges Against Escambia County Jail

  An Escambia County Grand Jury Thursday returned a “no true bill” after seven weeks of investigating last spring’s explosion at the County Jail’s Central Booking Facility.

A “no true bill” means the panel did not find probable cause to move forward with criminal charges in relation to the April 30 blast caused by a natural gas leak on the day after floodwaters hit the facility. Two inmates died, and 184 other inmates and staff were injured.

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Election 2014
12:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins For General Election Nov. 4th

    Early voting is getting underway across the region for the November 4th General Election. Voters in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Escambia Counties can cast ballots beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, November 1st. 

For the General Election, each of the counties is exceeding the eight-day minimum by providing a total of 13 early voting days, with a combined 14 polling locations that will be open for 10 hours each day in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties; nine hours daily in Escambia.

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Pensacola Beach
4:03 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Santa Rosa Island Authority Looks Ahead

Credit SRIA

  

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has agreed to hire a community planner to prepare for a future where its primary source of funding could soon disappear.

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Enterovirus Confirmed
3:03 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Enterovirus D68 Case Confirmed In Escambia County Child

Credit Centers for Disease Control

An 8-year old boy who lives in Escambia County is the first confirmed case in the area of an unusual respiratory illness.  And he's probably not the only case. The illness is caused by the Enterovirus, which is one of the many strains of virus that cause the common cold.

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Economic Report
1:21 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Harper: Ivan Created Economic Boom

Dr. Rick Harper
Credit University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper reviews where the region is ‘10 years on from Hurricane Ivan.’ The devastating storm struck the Florida-Alabama gulf coast, coming ashore at Gulf Shores, Alabama on September 16, 2004.

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Education
5:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Students Head Back To School Monday

Credit Jim Allen Elementary

The final countdown is on toward the beginning of a new school year this coming Monday morning and the school districts on the Panhandle are ready to go. Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says everyone in the district is prepared for the 20145-15 school year. He says there have been some construction projects around the county over the summer that will carry over into the school year, saying Suter Elementary and Earnest Ward are probably the most notable  new construction projects that will not be complete for the beginning of the school year.

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Rebuild NWF
4:25 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Rebuild NWF Celebrates 10,000 Homes Rebuilt and Repaired

Credit Bob Barrett / WUWF News

Garrett Walton, the CEO of REBUILD Northwest Florida remembers those days in 2004 when home after home suffered severe damage during Hurricane Ivan. 

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Pet Friendly Shelters
4:42 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Have Pets? Here's What You Need To Know About Emergency Shelters

Animals with current vaccinations and registration can stay at a special shelter during an emergency.
Credit Photo via Flickr//Tracy Ducasse

No one wants to get stuck in a hurricane shelter. They are, and should be, a last resort for keeping you and your family safe. But what if your family includes pets? There are options. Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties all have an emergency shelter that will take pets. John Dosh, Emergency Manager for Escambia County says the idea for the shelters came after seeing the chaos in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina where so many pets were left behind and abandoned.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

New Escambia Administrator Reflects On First Week

New Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown
Credit Taylor County

On Friday, Jack Brown wrapped up his first week as Escambia County Administrator.

Brown comes to Escambia from the Administrator’s job in Taylor County. His contract is just for one year, as has been the recent custom, at a $150,000 annual salary plus benefits.

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