Sneak peek new Beach elementary school

PANAMA CITY – Bay District School Board members got a sneak peek Tuesday of the new Beach elementary school. A rough draft showed the two-story, C-shaped building designed to initially hold students in kindergarten through fifth grade that will be built on the new Chip Seal Parkway, off Panama City Beach Parkway. It’s expected to be completed by 2020.

Southport man facing 30 years in prison for 2016 fatal crash

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A Southport man is facing 30 years in prison for a 2016 fatal crash. A Bay County jury found Christopher Steven Chambers guilty Wednesday after evidence during the trial showed he was speeding on Sherman Avenue when his car overturned and killed a woman. Sentencing is scheduled for August 21st.

Backpack and School Supply drive

LYNN HAVEN – A Backpack and School Supply drive is aimed at helping kids in need. Kaleidoscope Theatre will be collecting school supplies and backpacks for 70 children that are part of ASAP (After School Assistance Program) during the performances of “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” each weekend from Aug. 10 to Aug. 26, according to a press release. Following the performance the students will be presented with the stuffed backpacks.

PCB Mayor Mike Thomas is under fire

PANAMA CITY BEACH – PCB Mayor Mike Thomas is under fire. More than 1,000 people as of Wednesday had signed a petition calling for the resignation of Thomas, following complaints he made a comment saying you shouldn’t hire people who are fat, pregnant and smokers, at a budget workshop last week. Thomas apologized for the comment, and said it was a joke.

Christopher Chambers Guilty

The driver responsible for a Bay County crash that killed the mother of his child is guilty of vehicular homicide. Christopher Chambers was convicted yesterday for the crash two years ago that killed passenger Barbie Wright. Chambers was speeding on Sherman Ave in Panama City when his car flipped and hit a utility pole. The 47-year-old will be sentenced in about three weeks, and the News Herald reports he could get 30 years in prison.

30A Recycle Refunds

Former customers of 30A Recycle can rest assured the checks are in the mail. Owner Tony Bucher said yesterday every refund check has been mailed, with the last ones going out Tuesday. Former customers were originally told in June they would have their checks by the middle of July. The company closed after Walton County stopped recycling plastic, but Bucher tells the Panama City News Herald he’s proud that every single customer was refunded.

Candidates selected to replace retiring Circuit Judge in Bay County

PANAMA CITY – The 14th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission has cut in half the list of 12 applicants to replace retiring Circuit Judge James Fensom. The commission announced Tuesday it will interview six of those candidates in mid-August and finalists will be submitted to Gov. Rick Scott who will make the final selection. Fensom will retire at the end of the year.

Looking for a job?

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Looking for a job? Panama City Beach may be hiring 21 additional employees, including more firefighters and police officers. Officials said they are still working on the 2019 budget, and don’t know for sure if all the positions will be approved.

A hit and run crash Sunday in Bay County is being investigated

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A hit and run crash Sunday in Bay County is being investigated. Police say a 26-year-old man was hit by a truck around midnight while he was walking down the east shoulder of Highway 231 near Jadewood Circle. The victim is in serious condition.

Two people hospitalized in two separate motorcycle wrecks in Bay County

BAY COUNTY – Two people were hospitalized after two separate motorcycle wrecks in Bay County Monday. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a 41 year old Panama City Beach man was critically injured when his motorcycle collided with a van on Pinetree Avenue and Quarts Street. And a 21 year old Panama City resident was thrown from a motorcycle in a wreck on US 231 and Hyde Avenue. Charges are pending.