Drug raid at PCB condo netted two arrests

Panama City Beach, Fla. – A drug raid at a PCB condo netted two arrests. On Wednesday, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division served a search warrant at the residence and detectives allegedly found four and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of more than $100,000 and about $7000 in cash, according to online media reports.
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Bay County boarding school has some residents concerned

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A Bay County boarding school has some residents concerned. The Bay County Economic Development Alliance announced that an international boarding school will be built on a 260-acre waterfront property in the Fanning Bayou neighborhood in Southport, and residents want to know how it will affect local students,with so many school buildings left damaged from hurricane Michael. Officials say this investment will boost the local economy. Enrollment at the school could begin in 2021.
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Plans for a new government center are moving ahead

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. – Plans for a new government center are moving ahead. City manager Michael White said the city is looking at building a facility that would house the Lynn Haven police department, city administration, and a chamber for commission meetings, after hurricane Michael left the previous facilty badly damaged.
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Drugs traced to Okaloosa County man now charged in 2017 overdose death

A drug deal has been traced back to an Okaloosa County man who is now being charged in a 2017 overdose death. Investigators say, Thomas Baldwin III, 38, was the supplier of a woman who died from a heroin overdose, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. He is being held in the Okaloosa County Jail on multiple charges, including manslaughter.
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Officials want to bring Oaks Park in Parker back to life

Officials want to bring Oaks Park in Parker back to life. After Hurricane Michael wiped out century old trees some say the park is almost unrecognizable, but Bay County Parks and Recreation officials say crews are hard at work restoring what was lost, with the goal of reopening the once beloved park. The park is temporarily closed but county officials say they want to have the playground reopened in a few weeks.
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Panama City Beach gearing up for spring break with new rules in effect

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Panama City Beach is gearing up for spring break with new rules in effect this March. After Hurricane Michael, businesses don’t know what kind of crowd to expect this year, but Panama City Beach officials say they will have safety measures in place to ensure a calmer spring break next month, including banning alcohol on the sandy beach.
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Prices at the pump in Bay County being investigated

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Price gouching at some gas stations continues to be a concern in Bay County. AAA reported Florida gas prices average around $2.23 per gallon but in the Panhandle costs are much higher following Hurricane Michael. Officials said many gas stations on Panama City Beach charged lower than in Panama City. The Attorney General’s office has opened an investigation into the prices saying if anyone is found to have violated the law, they will hold them accountable.
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Estimated insured losses for Hurricane Michael continue to rise

PANAMA CITY – Estimated insured losses for Hurricane Michael continue to rise. So far claims have passed $5.6 billion, but during a recent Bay County town hall meeting, Florida Insurance officials said that number could get higher because of discrepancies with many claims that likely will have to be reopened because the initial payments to the policyholders were too low.
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Panama City homeowners impacted by Hurricane Michael getting help

PANAMA CITY – Panama City homeowners impacted by Hurricane Michael are getting a helping hand. A new program has been approved for eligible homeowners who can’t afford to remove fallen trees from their yard, as reported by the NewsHerald. Officials said so far an estimated one million trees downed by the storm have been hauled away. For more information on free tree removal services, go to pcgov.org.
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Bay Correctional Institute and Rehab Center is holding a one day job fair

The Bay Correctional Institute and Rehab Center is holding a one day job fair. Bay CI lost a number of employees who were displaced following hurricane Michael. A 1,500 dollar signing bonus for certified officers will be offered the day of the job fair, according to a news release. The event will take place in the Chipola College Public Service building on March 4 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
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