Archives for November 2018

Giving Tuesday helps hurricane victims find purpose

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Residents still recovering from Hurricane Michael didn’t let that stop them from participating in Giving Tuesday, a day to give back to those in need. This year, many locals are finding themselves as the ones in need, but United Way of Northwest Florida says donations have come in from people who want to pay it forward.
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Hundreds displaced by Michael could soon have a place to call home

PANAMA CITY – Hundreds of residents displaced by Hurricane Michael could soon have a place to call home. The Panama City Commission selected a handful of city-owned properties Tuesday and if approved by FEMA, mobile units will be set up to help 800 residents approved for temporary housing.

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Representatives with the Panama City Housing Authority wants to rebuild destroyed public housing. The commission is expected to review the request for grant money next month.
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Fewer people prompt emergency shelter closure

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Over 50 days after Hurricane Michael, the last emergency shelter will close on Friday, according to a press release.
The Bay County emergency shelter at Arnold High School will close as the numbers have dwindled down to 82 people remaining.
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Bay County crash injures Altha man

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – An Altha man is in critical condition after a two car crash in Bay County Tuesday night. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jacob McClendon, 28, lost control of his vehicle on Bay Line Drive near Highway 231 and slammed into a parked semi-trailer becoming stuck underneath. He was flown to Walton Medical Center. The investigation is continuing.
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No injuries reported in Bay District School bus crash

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – There were no reports of injuries when a Bay District School bus hit another car Tuesday afternoon. Troopers say 21 special needs students were on the bus during the accident behind Cedar Grove Elementary School. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated and say no charges were filed.
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Panama City man arrested on Thanksgiving for animal abuse

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A Panama City man was arrested on Thanksgiving in connection to an animal abuse incident. Alphonso Johnson, 31, is facing three charges, including animal cruelty, after police said he threw a puppy off a second floor balcony during an argument with his girlfriend while at a Panama City hotel on Highway 98, causing severe and potentially fatal injuries to the dog, according to arrest records.
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Hurricane Michael is being blamed for empyty clasrooms in Bay District schools

PANAMA CITY – Hurricane Michael is being blamed for empyty clasrooms in Bay District schools. Preliminary enrollment and attendance numbers from pre-storm and post-storm are in for Bay District Schools, and Superintendent Bill Husfelt said he estimates about 30 percent of students have relocated, either temporarily or permanently, after Hurricane Michael. These numbers are preliminary, Husfelt said, as students are still returning to class for the first time since the storm, the NewsHerald reports
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The 5th annual Cops ‘N Kids toy drive tents are set up

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The 5th annual Cops ‘N Kids toy drive tents are set up at the Middle Beach and Pier Park Walmarts in Panama City Beach. Campers Inn and Florida Watersports work with the Panama City Beach Police Department to make this a special holiday for kids impacted by Hurricane Michael. Organizers are encouraging people to donate toys if they can. The Middle Beach location toy drive will be open through next Saturday. The toy drive at the Walmart Pier Park location is open 24 hours a day.
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Panama City beach’s fourth annual Beach Home for the Holidays

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Panama City beach’s fourth annual Beach Home for the Holidays event at Aaron Bessant Park brought the Christmas spirit to those still recovering from Hurricane Michael. Organizers said the Bay County Christmas tree lighting ceremony helped bring the community together. The event also featured a fireworks display.
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Panama City beach’s fourth annual Beach Home for the Holidays event at Aaron Bessant Park brought the Christmas spirit to those still recovering from Hurricane Michael. Organizers said the Bay County Christmas tree lighting ceremony helped bring the community together. The event also featured a fireworks display.
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Lynn Haven spreading holiday cheer in Michael aftermath

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. – Starting this week, the city of Lynn Haven will be spreading some holiday cheer. Mayor Margo Anderson announced the city will be accepting new, unwrapped toys starting Tuesday (Nov. 27) through December 7th for children in need at the Sheffield Park Christmas Village. The toys can be dropped off at the Lynn Haven Service Center.
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