Mother of Naomi Jones plans event in her memory

Mother of Naomi Jones plans event in her memory

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) – It’s been almost a year since 12-year-old Naomi Jones disappeared from the Aspen Village apartments in Pensacola. She was found dead five days later in Eight Mile Creek in Pensacola. Registered sex offender Robert Howard was arrested and charged with her death.

Jones’ mother Shantara Hurry says she’s planning an event at the Wedgewood Center in Pensacola on June 10th. It’s called the 1st Annual Naomi Jones Day.

"If we are able to stop predators, it will stop that from happening to one more child," Hurry said.

Hurry says the event will have food and drinks and she’s asking people to bring white, pink and purple balloons because her daughter loved Hello Kitty. Hurry says she’s going to address several topics at the event that could save lives.

"Just because you have a neighbor and you live in an apartment complex, and just because you see them in passing, it does not mean you can trust them," Hurry said.

Hurry says she’s looking for food and drink donations. You can either bring the donations to the event or drop them off at Whiz Kidz Christian Academy or Executive Car Care, both are in Pensacola.

"The words and encouragement I give, will always leave a lasting impression," Hurry said. "I don’t care if I only touch one child’s life the whole duration of me doing this."

The event starts at 3 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m.

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‘Bachelorette’: Three Central Florida men compete

Becca Kufrin is "The Bachelorette” (File photo)

The 28 suitors on the new season of “The Bachelorette” include three men from Central Florida.

ABC has introduced them as Chase, 27, an advertising vice president from Sanford; Chris, 30, a sales trainer from Orlando; and Nick, 27, an attorney from Orlando.

They will compete for the affections of Becca Kufrin on the 14th edition of the ABC dating contest. The new season starts at 8 p.m. Monday, May 28.

Other Florida contenders are Connor, 25, a fitness coach from St. Petersburg; Jean “Jean Blanc,” 31, a colognoisseur from Pensacola; Jordan, 26, a male model from Crystal River; and Trent, 28, a real-estate agent from Naples.

There are also Christon, 31, a former Harlem Globetrotter from Los Angeles; Colton, 26, a former professional football player from Denver; and Leo, 31, a stuntman from Studio City, Calif.

Chris Harrison returns as the show’s host.

The season will include appearances by actor Fred Willard, former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and Wayne Newton and performances by Lil Jon, Morgan Evans and the Baha Men.

The show will visit Park City, Utah; Las Vegas; Richmond, Va.; Nassau, the Bahamas; and Chaing Mai, Thailand.

hboedeker@orlandosentinel.com and 407-420-5756.

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Escambia County Public Meeting Schedule

Here is a schedule of Escambia County public meetings for the week of May 7-11:

Tuesday, May 8

Florida West Economic Development Alliance – Co: Lab Policy Board, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 418 W. Garden Street, 11 a.m.

Environmental Enforcement Special Magistrate, Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, 1:30 p.m.

Florida West Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 418 W. Garden Street, 2 p.m.

Escambia County Housing Finance Authority, 700 S. Palafox St., 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9

Development Review Committee – 1 p.m., Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place

Olive Road East Phase 2 Ribbon Cutting – 2 p.m. 2603 E. Olive Road

Santa Rosa Island Authority Board Meeting, 1 Via de Luna Drive, 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 10

Committee of the Whole – 9 a.m., Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, Board Chambers, 221 Palafox Place

Science Hour: Backyard Wildlife/Butterflies – 6 p.m., Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place

Saturday, May 12

Regional Round-up – 8 a.m. to noon, Pensacola High School. 500 W. Maxwell St. north parking lot, dispose of electronics, household hazardous waste and up to four tires per vehicle, free of charge. Proof of Escambia County residency is required.

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They were supposed to watch over CareerSource. Many didn’t show up.

The executive committee at CareerSource Pinellas meets in Decmeber 2017 in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

With millions of tax dollars at stake, the board members of two local job centers are supposed to attend quarterly meetings to scrutinize spending and policy decisions.

But many members rarely bother to show up, the Tampa Bay Times has found.

Dozens missed at least half of their CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay meetings since 2014, according to an analysis of agency records. Several, in fact, never showed up at all.

“They should be dropped,” said Pinellas board member and electrician Tom Bedwell, who attends most meetings. “They’re not helping anybody. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.” Read More

They were supposed to watch over CareerSource. Many didn’t show up.

The executive committee at CareerSource Pinellas meets in Decmeber 2017 in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

With millions of tax dollars at stake, the board members of two local job centers are supposed to attend quarterly meetings to scrutinize spending and policy decisions.

But many members rarely bother to show up, the Tampa Bay Times has found.

Dozens missed at least half of their CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay meetings since 2014, according to an analysis of agency records. Several, in fact, never showed up at all.

“They should be dropped,” said Pinellas board member and electrician Tom Bedwell, who attends most meetings. “They’re not helping anybody. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.” Read More

Tromp, Gonzalez lead the way for Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Chadwick Tromp doubled and singled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos beat the Birmingham Barons 9-8 on Wednesday.

Luis Gonzalez doubled and singled with two runs for Pensacola.

Trailing 4-3, Pensacola batted around in the fifth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring six runs, including a solo home run by Gavin LaValley.

After Birmingham added two runs in the sixth, the Barons cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Zack Collins hit a two-run home run.

Pensacola starter Wyatt Strahan (3-1) picked up the win despite allowing six runs and 10 hits over five innings. Opposing starter Ian Clarkin (2-2) took the loss in the Southern League game after a rough outing in which he allowed six runs and nine hits over four innings. Alex Powers retired the side in order for his second save of the season. Read More

Dosev challenges Gaetz for GOP nomination

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FORT WALTON BEACH — Cris Dosev ran his first campaign for Florida’s District 1 congressman in 2016 against seven other Republicans.

This time, he has a good feeling about the November election.

″(In 2016) name recognition was everything,” Dosev said Monday during an interview at the Daily News office. “And needless to say, the Gaetz name was very popular in the community. From our perspective, we were very proud of our efforts. We went from zero percent in the polls to over 20 percent in three and a half months. We look at this particular election as a runoff. We think that there’s a lot of room there for picking up some voters.”  Read More

Luther Lee Gilchrist

Luther Lee Gilchrist died peacefully at the Hospice House on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born on January 10,1943, he was the son the late Ethel Lene Palmore Gilchrist and Joe L. Gilchrist.

He was retired from Self Regional Healthcare after working for 20 years. He attended Bailey Bethel AME Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Gilchrist, and a sister, Roselene Gilchrist. Read More

Billy Walters on his conviction, gambling — and ex-friend Lefty

THE WORLD’S MOST feared sports gambler is out of the game.

William “Billy” T. Walters, 71, who in his prime had the financial muscle and acumen to move betting lines worldwide and scared Las Vegas sportsbooks and offshore gambling operators to the degree that they refused to take his bets, is laying low inside the Pensacola Federal Prison Camp, a minimum-security facility housed on a naval air station in the Florida Panhandle. Read More

Property appraiser loses Beach tax appeal

The Florida Supreme Court has denied a request by Escambia County Property Appraiser, Chris Jones, that the Court review two recent lower court decisions in favor of Pensacola Beach taxpayers.

The ruling by the high court lets stand the decisions in Island Resorts v. Chris Jones, Beach Club v. Chris Jones and Portofino v. Chris Jones. All three of those decisions found that the plain language of the controlling Florida statutes makes leasehold interests in county-owned property subject, exclusively, to intangible personal property taxation – not ad valorem taxation.  Read More