Archives for December 2018

Retailers are gearing up for the final sprint of holiday shopping

Retailers are gearing up for the final sprint of holiday shopping as 2018 draws to a close. Data from the National Retail Federation shows a strong holiday shopping stretch so far. But concerns about the US-China trade war, and a crashing stock market, as well as a the now looming govt. shutdown, have some store owners nervous. For now, Consumer confidence is high and wages are ticking up, as is online shopping, with Americans spending a record $110 billion online since November 1, reports show.
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Are you givning Xmas gifts that will be returned?

Are you givning Xmas gifts that will be returned? According to a survey Americans give $13 billion in unwanted gifts each year. From toys and ugly sweaters to kitchen aides and technical gadgets, retailers are left holding the bag with expensive returns, as more than half (56%) of Americans receive at least one unwanted gift during the holidays, and 22% of them exchange those gifts for something else.
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Tis the season for holiday travel

Tis the season for holiday travel, and more Americans than ever will journey to spend time with friends and family. AAA expects 112.5 million people will hit the roads, airways and rails-the highest number of people expected to travel since 2001, a 4.4 percent increase compared to 2017. With a record-breaking one-third of the country choosing to travel this holiday, roadways and airports are sure to be busy. Experts say the best time to travel is on Dec. 24 or 25.
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If you still have Christmas gifts left to buy Monday, you are officially late

If you still have Christmas gifts left to buy Monday, you are officially late. But you’re not alone. According to the National Retail Federation’s December survey, 24 percent of Americans were expected to do their last minute shopping on Super Saturday and more than 7 percent were expected to wait until Christmas Eve. Many stores will accept online orders for in-store pickup Monday.
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Bay County offering free, untreated mulch

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Bay County Solid Waste offering free, untreated mulch to the public at four county parks. The mulch piles can be picked up at Under the Oaks Park, H.G. Harder’s Park, Chapman Park, and Laird Park The public is invited to load and haul off as much as they need. Debris hauling operations will be temporarily suspended for the Christmas holidays.
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Christmas came early for Mosley High School staff

LYNN HAVEN – It was an early Christmas for Mosley High School staff. Employees were treated to a hot lunch and a $25 gift card from Hiland Park Baptist Church Wednesday, as a way to thank the school for letting them hold Sunday services at the campus, after hurricane Michael damaged their buildings. The church holds three services per Sunday in the fine arts center. The church has begun reconstruction, and church officials said the goal is to have service at the newly restored worship center by Easter.
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Cedar Grove/Springfield Elementary gets surprise Santa visit

CEDAR GROVE – Santa Claus surprised kids at Cedar Grove/Springfield Elementary school on Wednesday morning. The visist was on behalf of the employees at the Bay County Jail and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Employees handed out about 600 stuffed stockings full of snacks and toys at Cedar Grover and Springfield Elementary, now called Cedarfield Elementary since the schools merged following the hurricane.

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Multiple arrests in robbery turned shooting in Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Multiple arrests have been made in connection to a robbery turned shooting in Panama City Tuesday night. According to the Panama City Police Department, officers responded to reports of shots fired on Lincoln Avenue near 15th Street and found a 20 year old Panama City man with multiple gunshot wounds. An investigation revealed the shooting occurred during a planned robbery. Charges are pending in the case, and police said the investigation is ongoing.
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FEMA Trailer Sits In Yard For Two Weeks With No KEYS

Kristi Proctor of Panama City is one of many Panama City residents who lost their homes to the storm. Proctor, like many others in town who lost everything, registered with FEMA for direct housing assistance. She waited two months for a trailer to arrive. Now she has had a small, federally-provided travel trailer parked for two weeks right next to the home that was ravaged by the storm. FEMA didn’t give her the keys. As of Friday, she still doesn’t have ’em. Remember when someone once said, “You’re doin a good job down here Brownie.” That was then, and this is now.

FEMA Trailer Sits In Driveway For Two Weeks…No KEYS

Kristi Proctor of Panama City is one of many Panama City residents who lost their homes to the storm. Proctor, like many others in town who lost everything, registered with FEMA for direct housing assistance. She waited two months for a trailer to arrive. Now she has had a small, federally-provided travel trailer parked for two weeks right next to the home that was ravaged by the storm. FEMA didn’t give her the keys. As of Friday, she still doesn’t have ’em. Remember when someone once said, “You’re doin a good job down here Brownie.” That was then, and this is now.