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What Hurricane Michael's new Category 5 status means for those affected

A new threshold has been established for Florida residents who were in the path of Hurricane Michael's destruction. "The conversation now is, ‘Did you guys do OK in the storm?'" Valerie Sale, who lives in Bay County, perhaps the hardest hit area, told AccuWeather. "And my response is, ‘Well, we had


WMBB News 13 wins Regional Murrow Award

(Panama City, Fla) -- We normally don't spend a lot of time here at News 13, patting ourselves on the back. But this time we're making an exception. Tuesday morning the Radio Television Digital News Association awarded WMBB News 13 a "Regional Edward R. Murrow Award" for best continuing coverage.


Panama City officials talk about the next step in the revitalization process

PANAMA CITY, Fla.- It's not just about recovery, but it's about rebuilding a better tomorrow. The vision for the future of Panama City came just days after the storm and everyone from residents to city officials, they all want to see the city improve.


Bald eagle catches Beach Drive breakfast

PANAMA CITY — Big Mama's may be the Beach Drive breakfast joint of choice for humans, but they're not the only ones who like to catch a meal along the waterfront road. Greg Calvert snapped a photo on his way to work of a bald eagle perched in the sand with the morning's meal, though theirs was less


Florida man takes on Florida speed trap, and wins

If there’s one thing that seems to bind together all Florida men, it’s their ingenuity. And today’s Florida man tale is no different. Because when Florida man takes on Florida speed traps, apparently, he wins.


Salvage Santa's home demolished more than six months after sustaining severe damage from Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Salvage Santa's home isn't in the North Pole, but instead right here in Bay County, and Hurricane Michael destroyed it along with many other homes in the area.


New hours for Bay County landfill

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hours at the Steelfield Landfill are being changed. The Steelfield Landfill, located at 11411 Landfill Road in Panama City Beach, will now be closed on Sundays.


Puppies forced to be euthanized after man found selling them out of purse in Florida

A 20-year-old suspect has been charged with animal cruelty after deputies say he was selling severely dehydrated and malnourished puppies out of a bag in St. Johns County, Fla.


Family faces homelessness in due to hurricane housing struggles

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Imagine sitting on the side of the road with all of your belongings. For Martha Bartlett and her family, this is reality. Bartlett, 54, told us, "It [her home] got destroyed. A big tree fell on it and had flooded and black mold was in it."


Panama City Parrot Heads invite you to "Party with a Purpose"

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - Jordan McCool was live with the Panama City Parrot Head Club as they "party with a purpose." The 14th Annual Rendezvous hosted by the Panama City Parrot Head Club is taking place April 25 through 28 at Sharky’s Restaurant.


Coast Guard ends search for man missing near Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WCTV) – The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for a man who went missing in the water near Panama City Beach. “The Coast Guard searched diligently with our partner agencies to locate the missing man,” said Cmdr. Matthew Derrenbacher, a search and rescue mission coordin


Military leaders discuss housing, missions after Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY — Housing, missions and whether Hurricane Michael repair work will stop were some of the topics local military leaders tackled Monday during a News Herald forum held at the Bay County Government Center.


Robert Kraft spa footage ordered temporarily sealed by Florida judge

A Florida judge handed Robert Kraft a short-term victory Tuesday when the surveillance video of the Patriots owner allegedly paying for and engaging in a sex act at a Jupiter spa was ordered sealed until his trial has begun or the case is otherwise adjudicated.


Great White Shark Miss Costa appears to turn back in trek through the Gulf of Mexico

PANAMA CITY — Apparently having had her fill of the northern Gulf of Mexico, Miss Costa, a great white shark estimated to be as long as 15-feet, has turned around and is tracking back toward the Florida Peninsula.


Alligator euthanized after breaking through Florida home fence

MIAMI (AP) — Officials say they were forced to euthanize an 11-foot (3.3 meters) alligator that broke through a chain-link fence into the backyard of a Miami home. The Miami Herald reports firefighters, police and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tried to capture


School celebrates first Margaret K. Lewis Day in honor of founder

PANAMA CITY — It was a day made especially for the late Margaret K. Lewis herself. After a blustery weekend, the winds calmed just in time for the celebration of what would have been Lewis’ 101st birthday, held in the Memory Garden of the school that bears her name.


Ron DeSantis breaks with House on advanced nurses

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been supportive of many health care proposals pushed by House Speaker José Oliva, said Tuesday he doesn’t back one of the Republican leader’s top priorities: allowing advanced nurses to practice independently from physicians.


Florida Senate passes bill to give cancer benefits to firefighters

The Florida Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would guarantee health care benefits to firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer. The bill was passed with a 38-0 vote on Tuesday.


Florida man spends 8 hours reeling in this massive swordfish

ISLAMORADA, Fla. — This is one of those fish tales worth seeing for yourself. No, really: A Cape Coral, Florida, man fought a 757.8-pound swordfish for eight hours and likely broke a record in the process, the Miami Herald reports.


High school football is back

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - High school football teams all over Florida kicked off their spring practices today. Local teams began their non-contact practices this afternoon. Bozeman, Rutherford and North Bay Haven start their work this week leading up to the Jamboree on May 16 at Tommy Oliver Stadium.