Archives for November 2017

Hundreds of new jobs could be coming to Tyndall Air Force Base

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Hundreds of new jobs could be coming to Tyndall Air Force Base. Local businesses say they hope to see a boom in the local economy if a new MQ-9 Reaper Wing, is approved. Officials say a National Environmental Policy Act study has to be conducted first. The wing would be fully operational in 2023.
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An electrical issue is being blamed for a mobile home fire in Callaway

CALLAWAY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – An electrical issue is being blamed for a mobile home fire in Callaway Wednesday afternoon. According to the Callaway Fire Department a water heater malfunction sparked the blaze. Luckily, no one was hurt in the fire, and two dogs trapped inside were rescued.
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Stuff the Bus helps kids in need this Christmas

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The Stuff the Bus campaign will be collecting toys, shoes, and food for children in need this Christmas at Twisted Suspension on West 23rd Street in Panama City from December 3rd to December 13th. They will also accept donations during the Jaycees Christmas Parade December 2nd.
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Life after prison pilot program helps Bay County inmates

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some inmates at the Bay County Jail are getting much-needed help re-entering the workforce.
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with CareerSource Gulf Coast to start a pilot program at the jail to help inmates to make a plan for life after jail. All the inmates in the program are set to be released within 30 days.
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Annual Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Hundreds of families got in the holiday spirit on Monday night, for the Annual Christmas Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Panama City Beach. Special guests Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrived on the PCB Fire Truck, while event organizers collected gifts for the Cops N’ Kids toy drive. This is the beach’s 38th year hosting the holiday event.
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‘Just Jump’

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – ‘Just Jump’ will soon lay down roots in Panama City Beach. Construction is underway in the shopping center on the corner of Middle Beach Road and Richard Jackson Boulevard for the indoor trampoline park. ‘Just Jump’ trampoline park is set to be completed by March 1st.
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Project 25 is spreading Christmas cheer

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The 37th Bay County Sheriff’s Office Project 25 is spreading Christmas cheer. The annual toy drive gives needy children Christmas gifts. Project 25 officials say they’re in need of more toy donations. To help you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donations until Christmas Eve at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
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Panama City Beach schools on lockdown

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A bomb scare, Tuesday (Nov. 28) left students and staff at Arnold High School and Breakfast Point Academy shaken up. According to Panama City Beach Police, the buildings were on lockdown, until the bomb squad finally gave the all clear.
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Tis the season for porch pirates

Tis the season for porch pirates, local law enforcement officials warn. While online retailers have made holiday shopping more convenient, police say be aware of porch pirates, thieves who steal packages delivered to your home.
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Fugitive apprehended after high speed chase through Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – A high speed police chase through Panama City Beach on Saturday ended with a wrecked truck, damaged patrol cars, and the arrest of a fugitivie. 35 year-old Ryan Swartley of Minnesota, wanted on federal and local charges, is being held in the Bay County jail waiting to face the local charges against him.
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