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Friday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

EMS TRAINING

Escambia County EMS workers will continue to treat patients without the training officials believe they need.  The county commission yesterday decided to hold off on plans to get staffers more training.  All EMS workers are certified, but the county medical director told commissioners last week it has been years since workers received adequate training.  Meanwhile, the commission yesterday approved spending two-million dollars for four new fire trucks, and they also approved the contract of new county administrator Janice Gilley, who will earn 185-thousand dollars a year. 

EGLIN SOLDIERS HURT

Soldiers at Eglin Air Force Base are hurt after a deadly crash in Louisiana.  A soldier stationed in North Carolina was killed when a Humvee rolled over this week at a training center.  Twelve others were hurt, including some who are part of Eglin’s Seventh Special Forces Group.  The Army hasn’t said how many of those hurt are from the base or revealed their identities. 

HIT AND RUN

A man is hurt in a hit-and-run.  The unidentified man was riding his bike yesterday in Pensacola when he was hit by a car at North N and West Strong streets.  The man was dragged before he was freed, but the driver kept going.  The bicyclist suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, and police are looking for a dark blue Buick LaCrosse with front-end damage. 

GILLEY CONTRACT

The Escambia County Commission on Thursday ratified an employment contact with incoming County Administrator Janice Gilley of Molino. Gilley will be paid $185,000 per year, plus benefits and a $500 car allowance per month. She will begin work July 1. She is the permanent replacement for Jack Brown, who let last year to be with his wife as she battles a health problem. When Brown was hired in 2014, his starting salary was set at $150,000.

KIDS OVERHEATED

Several Pine Meadow Elementary School students were transported to the hospital due to heat illness Thursday morning. Escambia County Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says an assembly was being held, and fourth grade students were wearing costumes for a living wax museum history program. He says the air conditioning was working properly but the costumes caused them to overheat. First responders were called, and six students were transported  to Sacred Heart Hospital with parental permission as precaution.

OVERLAY DISTRICT

The Pensacola City Council has approved a new district to preserve the character of downtown neighborhoods. The Council voted 4 to 2 to adopt a new ordinance that creates a new overlay district for the city’s Community Redevelopment Area. The new district revises requirements for new construction from things like how much space a building can take up on a lot, to where parking lots can be relative to buildings, to how front porches can be built.  Council President Andy Terhaar and Councilman P.C. Wu voted against the ordinance creating the district.  The ordinance faces one more vote at the council next meeting in June before it will go into effect.

MILTON FRED’S CLOSING

Discount chain Fred’s announced Thursday it is closing 104 underperforming stores as part of an “ongoing effort to rationalize its store footprint.”  The location in Milton is among those being shut down.  The new round of closings comes five weeks after the Memphis-based company started “going out of business” liquidation sales at 159 stores and follows an evaluation of store performance and timing of lease expirations.

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