Archives for October 2018

Bay District Schools might lose some students in the wake of Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY – Bay District Schools might lose some students in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Students have been sent to charter schools or public schools in other areas because of extended closures. Most Bay County schools are expected to open Nov. 5, as reported at the News Herald.

Monday marked a return to the classroom for FSU Panama City students

PANAMA CITY – Monday marked a return to the classroom for FSU Panama City students. Florida State University President John Thrasher was on the campus to welcome students back to class after Hurricane Michael ravaged the town three weeks ago. Thrasher and other top administrators toured the campus where every building sustained damage, including roofs crushed by downed trees and water intrusion.


Florida State University has started two emergency relief funds for students on the Panama City campus. So far $50,000 of the schools $100,000 goal has been raised.

Utility Worker Killed

Gulf Power has a reminder for drivers after a tragic incident. Three linemen restoring power in Washington County were killed after they were hit by a car Wednesday night on SR 77. One of those killed was Chipley 60-year-old James ‘Bo’ Ussery, who worked for West Florida Electric. Gulf Power says drivers need to obey the Move Over law, which requires drivers to move one lane over or slow to 20 miles an hour when work crews are on the side of the road.

Curfew Updates

New curfew hours are in place in Panama City Beach. The city council yesterday approved a curfew between midnight and 5:00 a.m. The previous curfew was in place from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The council will discuss the curfew again at its next meeting in two weeks.

Some POD’s To Close

There’s an encouraging sign in Bay County’s road to recovery. The county has announced that three Points of Distribution will be closed today, and two more will close on Monday. The county says fewer people have been stopping by to pick up food, water and ice as power continues to be restored at homes and businesses. The PODs will still serve hot meals between 10:00 and 2:00 every day for another week or so.

DayCare For Ed Employees

The Bay County School District is trying to give its employees one less thing to worry about when classes resume. The district recently announced it’s hiring temporary daycare workers for their employees. Those interested in applying can attend a job fair on Tuesday in Panama City at the Nelson Building on Balboa Ave. The district previously announced that schools will reopen next month.

VP Pence and The 2nd Lady Visit Tyndall

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence stood before a group of Florida National Guard and Coast guard personnel and told them, “We will rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base.” The base is in pretty bad shape, and the air strip is inoperable. Still, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said the “schoolhouse” where F-22 pilots are trained should be up; and running by year’s end…with aircraft flying out of Eglin Air Force Base.

Five Men Arrested For Trespassing

Five men were arrested after attaching tarps to a home without roof damage and without permission. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested five Hispanic males Monday on felony charges of criminal mischief and trespassing.

Job Fair For Day-Care

The Bay District Schools will hold a job fair for those looking for temporary daycare workers. They want to hire experienced, CDA or child-care credentialed employees. The job fair will be at the Nelson Building, 1311 Balboa Avenue…on Tuesday, October 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Please have your ID, social security card and evidence of your training with you.

Gulf Coast State College Re-Opens

School will be back in session soon for students at Gulf Coast State College. The plan is to re-open on November 4th at the Panama City, North Bay, and Gulf/Franklin campuses. The Tyndall Education Center will remain closed. Classes will resume from the October 8th closure date.