Spending a Century dispute

Mayor Hawkins said $2,000 was approved by Barry

At the Century council meeting Jan. 13, Councilwoman Ann Brooks questioned Century Mayor Henry Hawkins about invoices totaling close to $2,000 for airline tickets he submitted for payment by the town after a group of California business men were flown in to discuss economic development in Century, allegedly approved by Escambia County Commissioner Steven Barry, prior to the visitor's arrival.

“Mayor, I would like to ask you about the men that you paid their airfare and you paid their expenses while they were here that you said that Steven Barry authorized that, and that Mr. Barry has said that...