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Panama City working with FEMA to remove debris on private property

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City is working with FEMA to launch a new Private Property Debris Removal Program. The program will kick off on Monday, February 25 and end on May 4. Residents seeking help will have to apply and the property must be inspected prior to debris removal.


Leaders say Hurricane Michael Funds Will Not be Used for Boarder Wall

Panama City, Fla. - President Donald Trump recently declared a national emergency so he can build a southern border wall. Some worry that this may impact areas effected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Michael. Tuesday Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Neal Dunn made a vis


Bay County Library celebrates local black history

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG) - February is Black History Month and Jordan McCool was live at the Bay County Public Library as they celebrate. You can walk around and find people and places that showcase our area's African American history. Those pictures will be up through the rest of February.


Florida man charged with hate crime after yelling racial slurs, waving gun at black protesters

A Florida man has reportedly been charged with a hate crime after a video emerged showing him pulling out a gun and yelling racial slurs at a group of African-Americans participating in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.


Gov. Ron DeSantis calls on Trump to put Space Force headquarters on Florida's Space Coast

In the midst of a day dedicated to the space industry in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis called on President Donald Trump to put the headquarters of his new military branch, Space Force, on Florida’s Space Coast.


Leaders Tour Naval Support Activity Panama City to Assess Damages Post Hurricane

Panama City, Fla. - While touring the Naval Support Activity Panama City, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Neal Dunn got a fist hand look at Hurricane Michael damages. After a tour of the base, the leaders listed damages and discussed the steps needed to move forward.


Spring break 2019: Alabama, Panhandle keeping it clean

Four months after Hurricane Michael, some Gulf Coast communities are putting up storm warnings. Except they’re about that other storm known as spring break. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have long sought to distinguish themselves as family-friendly spring break destinations, meaning they're not parti


Florida woman kicked off flight after having to sit next to a toddler

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida woman is being called a "crazy chick" after she started cursing and yelling on a flight to Las Vegas. She yelled because she had to sit next to a toddler.


Debris cleaup and deadlines in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG) - Some guest with the city of Springfield joined us in the studio to give some updates on debris cleanup and deadlines. During a press conference last week, city and county leaders announced March 10 as their last day of debris hauling. Commissioners set the deadline for Spr


2 Florida women accused of running sex trafficking rings out of day spas

STUART, Fla. - Two women are accused of running separate sexual trafficking operations out of local day spas from Jupiter to Hobe Sound. In a news conference Tuesday, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder announced the results of an 8-month, multi-agency investigation resulting in the arrests of Ruim


CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Gator vs Python in Florida Everglades

MIAMI, FL. (WFLA) - Cameras caught a one-of-a-kind fight in the Florida Everglades Monday. Rich Kruger captured this video of an alligator attacking what he says is 10-foot python at the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami Dade.


Neal Dunn: Amazon Should Look to Panama City, Tallahassee for HQ2 Location

With Amazon ditching plans to base half of its second headquarters (HQ2) in Queens, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., is calling on the company to take a look at the Panhandle and the Big Bend.


“Fully skeletonized” remains found in rural Florida identified as missing teen Jabez Spann

Skeletal remains found Saturday in a rural Florida area have been identified as belonging to teen Jabez Spann, missing since September of 2017. “Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m., skeletal remains were found in rural portion of Manatee County, west of I-75, [by] an individual working in


Pythons run amok, but Florida hopes to stop anacondas before they eat the Everglades

Invasive pythons run rampant in the Everglades and imported iguana burrow into canal banks with abandon, but Florida is trying to keep additional exotics from gaining a foothold in the state with new rules considered this week.


Florida Highway Patrol trooper dies after training exercise

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper died after taking part in a training exercise in Fort Myers Tuesday. FHP Master Sergeant Daniel Hinton was rushed to Gulf Coast Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a training exercise.


Florida cops surprise man with new bike after his ‘only mode of transportation’ was stolen

A Florida resident had his only mode of transportation stolen — so two police officers got him a new one. Cape Coral field training officer Ken Cody and officer trainee Guang Song received praise after they bought a “brand spankin’ new” bike for a man identified only as Robert, who had reported his


University Academy teacher is #850Strong on Today Show

PANAMA CITY — Not a day goes by when University Academy 5th grade teacher Becky Childress isn't reminded of the devastation Hurricane Michael wrought on Bay County. Her school, University Academy, located in the old airport terminal building in what is now the SweetBay neighborhood, was severely dam


New city clerk takes over in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH – There’s a new city clerk in town. After a twenty-two-year career at City Hall, including twelve years as assistant clerk and two years as city clerk, Jo Smith has handed over her office, desk, computer, pens and hectic schedule to her newly appointed successor, Mary Jan “MJ” Boss


Panama City Beach Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival another success

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Panama City Beach Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival returned to Aaron Bessant Park on Saturday, bringing in thousands of visitors, 20 craft beer vendors, and just under 30 food trucking lining the perimeter of the park.


Bay District Teacher Contract Negotiations Continue for the First Time Since Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Association of Bay County Educators, teachers union, and Bay District were back at the negotiating table for the first time since Hurricane Michael to discuss teacher contracts.