Archives for December 2017

Bay County had a growth spurt in 2017

PANAMA CITY – Bay County had a growth spurt in 2017. In Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven and Panama City the real estate market was up by 7.5 percent, with growth in residential homes, condos and townhouses, and commercial lots. And new businesses and developments were coming into the county, as well.
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Low IQ prompts mental evaluation of Springfield murder suspect

PANAMA CITY – A Springfield man accused of murdering his girlfriend will undergo a mental evaluation to determine if he’s competent to stand trial. Eugearian Eugene Sharp, 37, was arrested in July after he allegedly shot and stabbed his 28-year-old girlfriend to death, court records show. An evaluation was requested after a preliminary examination indicated Sharp’s IQ could border on autism, The News Herald reports. Sharp’s next court date after the evaluation is scheduled for Feb. 1.
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Panama City Beach homeowner’s annual Christmas light show will usher in 2018

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – A Panama City Beach homeowner’s annual Christmas light show will usher in 2018. Each part of the show is assembled piece by piece by Bill Porter, who sets up the 5,600 light display at his Brynn Ct., home that attracts people from near and far with songs playing to their own assigned movement. The show is still available to visit on week nights and the last show will ring in New Years Eve.
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NFL regular season will not end with a primetime broadcast

If you were looking forward to spending your New Year’s Eve in front of the TV for Sunday night football, you’ll have to make other plans. The NFL announced it was canceling the season-ending Sunday Night Football game, citing the last time there was a Sunday night game on NYE, ratings were down. This marks the first time since 1977 that the NFL regular season will not end with a primetime broadcast.
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Top New Year’s resolutions

As we prepare to bid adieu to 2017, a recent survey revealed the Top New Year’s resolutions. Spending more time with family and friends placed last on the list, preceded by finding another job, consuming less alcohol, quitting smoking, and losing weight and exercising more, along with eating healthier vied for the top spot. Sadly, over half of us will fail with our resolution before the end of January. Good luck!!
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Homeless and hungry find holiday cheer and meal at Panama City Rescue

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – It was a very merry Christmas at the Panama City Rescue Mission for those in need. The center opened it’s doors to the homeless and the hungry with a free Christmas eve meal offered to anyone in the community. Over 65 volunteers signed up to serve Turkey, macaroni and cheese, yams and more.
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Santa’s visit to Bay County Sunday night ended with injuries

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Santa’s visit to Bay County Sunday night ended with everyone’s most beloved bearded guy in the hospital. Beach police say Saint Nick is ok, after he suffered a fractured wrist, bruised ribs, and a mild concussion, when he suddenly lost his balance and took a tumble onto Richard Jackson road, as he was waving to locals on the back of a decorated trailer being pulled by beach police, who say Santa was still able to deliver presents and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
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The annual return-a-thon kicks off Tuesday

Local businesses are gearing up for what will be the biggest gift return day of the year. The annual return-a-thon kicks off Tuesday as retailers start after-Christmas sales aiming to unload more merchandise. According to the National Retail Federation, three out of four holiday shoppers are expected to retrun or exchange purchases made before Christmas day, as about 27 percent of holiday shoppers included a gift receipt just in case.
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Bay County Sheriff’s Office “holiday home check”

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is providing “holiday home check.” If you’re ringing in the new year out of town the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies will keep an eye on your house. Deputy Sheriff Neil Rubel said when he is on patrol, he looks for vehicles that do not belong at a residence. BCSO also cautions people not to post on social medai where and when they are going out of town. The additional BCSO patrol in neighborhoods is offered year-round.
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The race was on at Pamama City Mall

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Christmas eve found the Panama City Mall filled with last minute shoppers racing to finish getting gifts on their list. Panama City businesses say they’ll now be gearing up today for returns and exchanges of gifts unwanted.
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