Time running out for hundreds at tent city

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The clock is ticking for hundreds of people sleeping in the parking lot at the Forest Park United Methodist Church. Many residents of the tent city came here with a plan to work, but Panama City is now mandating tent city closes by December 10th. The church has set up a team to work with the individual needs of the residents in tent city to help them get back on their feet, according to media reports.
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Layoffs mark holiday season for hundreds at Bay Medical

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Layoffs will mark the holiday season for hundreds of Bay Medical Sacred Heart employees. Hurricane Michael is being blamed for the cutbacks at the facility, where about 800 workers will be ringing in the new year looking for another job. According to a press release, the hospital won’t be at full service for a while but will be opening up in stages.
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PCPD following all leads in convenience store burglary

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The Panama City Police Department is following all leads in a burglary at VJ Mart on December 1. Police say the suspect is seen on surveillance video forcing entry into the Frankford Ave business. Anyone with information in this case is urged to call Panama City Police.
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Bomb scare at Wewahitchka High School

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – A bomb scare at Wewahitchka High School is being investigated. The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office says students and faculty were evacuated after reports of a written threat was found on campus Tuesday afternoon. No bomb was found.
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Death toll from Hurricane Michael rising

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Nine more people killed during Hurricane Michael have been identified. The District 2 Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the victims this week, and officials said the addition of the nine names brings the total number of hurricane victims to more than 30. Nearly two dozen of those were confirmed to be from Bay County.
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Beef between managers marred grand re-opening at PC Mall Movie Theater

PANAMA CITY – A police involved dispute at the Panama City Mall this weekend marred a grand re-opening of the movie theater. According to Panama City Police Department reports, despite the mall not being authorized to reopen it was decided to open the movie theater inside the building. Issues between officials with the Panama City Mall and the movie theater have been ongoing since Hurricane Michael destroyed numerous businesses in Bay County.
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Police chase ends with Fountain man in handcuffs

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A police chase ended with a Fountain man in handcuffs Sunday. According to Florida Highway Patrol, troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on County Road 2321, but the driver sped away, and a police pursuit ensued, before the suspect crashed and officers were able to disable the vehicle on Resota Beach Road. The driver, identified as, Rayford Goodwin, 35. Goodwin was booked into the Bay County Jail on multiple charges.
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Doctors concerned Hurricane Michael thwarting importance of flu season

PANAMA CITY – As residents continue cleaning debris and rebuilding homes, doctors are concerned getting the flu shot isn’t a priority, and that could cause health risks. Officials say with more people living in close quarters because of housing shortages, the flu could quickly spread, and the city’s two hospitals still under capacity because of hurricane damage, are less equipped to deal with a flu outbreak. The Florida Department of Health in Bay County is offering the vaccine for free this season.
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Problems piling up becasue of unauthorized dumping in PC

PANAMA CITY – Problems are piling up becasue of unauthorized dumping in PC. Bay County Public Works said, contractors have been dumping their waste materials in the right of way, creating mounting tensions as municipalities try to clear away hurricane Michael debris. Officials warned Monday, that illegal commercial dumping is a felony, and if not removed by Dec. 13 there could be legal consequences, according to a press release.
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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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