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September 9, 2022

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  • Gaetz asks for Florida hurricane aid after voting against CR with FEMA funding
    by Zach Schonfeld on October 3, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) says he wants Congress to approve additional funds to help his state recover from Hurricane Ian after voting against a government funding measure last week that freed up $18.8 billion in federal disaster aid. Gaetz joined 15 other Florida lawmakers in voting against the continuing resolution, which allows the government to remain [...]

  • Chipley woman accused of shooting boyfriend
    on October 3, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    CHIPLEY, Fla. (WMBB) — A Chipley woman allegedly hit herself in the head with a hammer and then fired a gun into her home, striking her boyfriend, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The incident happened at about 3 p.m. Sunday at a home on Prissy Lane. Deputies said, "an argument erupted between 26-year-old, [...]

  • Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival to take place Oct. 8th
    by Tess Rowland on October 3, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB)-- In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the city of Panama City will host the second annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. The free family-friendly event will take place Oct. 8th at Carl Gray Park from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be music, games, shopping and food. News 13 Midday caught up [...]

  • 'Pirates of High Seas & Renaissance Fest' to set sail this weekend
    by Tess Rowland on October 3, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB)--Ahoy Mateys! The Pirates of the High Seas & Renaissance Fest will be setting sail in Panama City Beach this weekend from Oct. 7th to the 9th. The event returns in full force this year as celebrations had to be scaled back due to COVID-19 surges in 2021. It celebrates the [...]

  • Local FWC officer recognized for BUI prevention efforts at national level
    by Tess Rowland on October 3, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB)-- A local Bay County Law Enforcement Officer is receiving recognition at the National Level. This past weekend, Senior Officer Specialist Nicole Basford of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was honored as the 'Operation Dry Water Officer of the Year' by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators at [...]

  • Five cases to watch as a conservative Supreme Court begins its new term
    by John Kruzel on October 3, 2022 at 11:25 am

    When the Supreme Court starts its new term Monday, the six Republican-appointed justices are expected to resume the project they began last term of remaking U.S. constitutional law in a conservative image.

  • Local caregivers recognized at annual event
    by Carlie Horn on October 3, 2022 at 1:22 am

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) -- Local organizations came together on Sunday to celebrate local caregivers and provide them with resources. Nationally, caregiver appreciation day is the third Friday in February. However, Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki wanted to give his appreciation to caregiver Stephanie Cole and her late mother Mildred Grady at the second annual [...]

  • Extended sunny weather this week
    by Grace Thornton on October 2, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. WEATHER (WMBB) -- Troughing patterns in the upper atmosphere through Tuesday will keep temperatures slightly below average, but still warm, for the start of October. High temperatures will range in the lower to mid-80s at the beginning of the week, and rise towards to upper 80s after mid-week. Low temperatures will range [...]

  • Local oyster shuckers compete to be the best in PCB
    by Jake Holter on October 2, 2022 at 4:08 am

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Some Panhandle locals competed for the title of fastest oyster shucker. Several local restaurants offered up their best shuckers for the 4th annual Angry Tuna Oyster Shucking Contest. "We are really excited to have the contest," Angry Tuna Seafood owner Tim Jacobi said. "Turnout was great. The competitors were [...]

  • WATCH: Boat ends up in the middle of road
    by Cortney Evans on October 1, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — On Saturday afternoon, Florida Highway troopers were on a the scene where 24 foot boat and trailer were in the middle of the road. Troopers said the Chevy Silverado was pulling the boat and attempted to cross Back Beach Road. The boat trailer was in the eastbound lanes. A [...]

  • News 13 helps local residents shred documents
    by Cortney Evans on October 1, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — For the first time since 2017, the Shred-A-Thon took place at the Panama City mall on Saturday. Many of News 13's very own helped residents as they drove up to get rid of their unwanted documents. The Perry and Young Law Firm was excited to finally be a sponsor again. [...]

  • Family survives hurricanes Michael and Ian
    by Jake Holter on October 1, 2022 at 4:09 am

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — After Hurricane Ian battered Southwest Florida earlier this week, many here at home were reminded of the devastation of Hurricane Michael. For one man and his family, he has had the misfortunate of living through both historic storms. CJ Myers moved his family to Lynn Haven in 2016. Two years [...]

  • Friday Night Fever AFTERBURN Week 6
    by Sam Granville on October 1, 2022 at 3:37 am

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Sam Granville and Kaleigh Tingelstad break down all of the games, scores, and highlights from Week 6 of Friday Night Fever!

  • FCSO hosting hurricane supply drive for Lee County
    by Cortney Evans on October 1, 2022 at 2:28 am

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Franklin County Sheriff's deputies are hosting a hurricane relief supply drive through the weekend. Two semi-trucks will deliver the supplies to Lee County on Monday. Hurricane Ian damaged much of Ft. Myers and Lee County earlier this week. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office knows what this trauma feels like and [...]

  • Panama City Red Cross volunteers head to Orlando
    by Kristyanna Roberson on September 30, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) - The American Red Cross is sending help to Hurricane victims. Volunteers from the Panama City office are heading to Orlando. A team of four people will leave tonight, then teams of two will rotate with them over the next 2-3 weeks. "Red Cross has a blue sky mission and a [...]

  • DeFuniak Springs still without ER, but WCFR continues to expand services
    by Emma Riley on September 30, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WMBB) — DeFuniak Springs residents are still traveling long distances to get to the nearest hospital. Healthmark Regional Medical Center closed in March and there are still no answers about its future. The Walton County Sheriff's Office and Fire Rescue are working hard take fill the void. The hospital announced in March [...]

  • State Attorney warns of fraudulent contractors
    by Thomas Shults on September 30, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — 14th Circuit State Attorney Larry Basford said hundreds of Bay County residents lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fraudulent contractors after Hurricane Michael. "We had unlicensed people coming into the area,” Basford said. “Whether that was general contractors, roofers, people making repairs and getting citizens to assign their benefits [...]

  • PCB Police Department joins Hurricane Ian relief effort
    by Carlie Horn on September 30, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla.(WMBB)-- Panama City Beach Police sent officers to Venice, Florida to help with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts. The police department selected ten volunteer officers to go to Venice. Beach police officers carried ATVs, K-9 units, communication equipment, and anything else they might be helpful in the mission. "Help can come in a bunch [...]

  • UPDATE: BCSO: Man in custody after stand-off at Callaway home
    by S. Brady Calhoun on September 30, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    CALLAWAY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay County Sheriff's have arrested a man that ran from them and barricaded himself in his home. Officials said they received a complaint that Scott Mario Lombardi stole a vehicle. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, Lombardi fled to his home in the 5700 block of Callaway Chase in Callaway, [...]

  • DeSantis on Hurricane Ian: Storm will be 'a big deal' for a long time
    by Sam Sachs on September 30, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a storm recovery on Hurricane Ian from Fort Myers.

  • Ian becomes post-tropical cyclone over South Carolina
    by Rachel Tucker on September 30, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    The National Hurricane Center tweeted Saturday that the center of the hurricane made landfall on Friday at 2:05 p.m. near Georgetown, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

  • Bay Co. man sentenced to life in prison
    by Thomas Shults on September 30, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Jonathan Lozada was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Thursday. Lozada was found guilty of shooting and killing 20-year-old Justin Reyes earlier this month. On Dec. 17, 2019 shot Reyes twice in the head. He then robbed Reyes of music equipment. After Lozada killed Reyes [...]

  • 7th annual Bloody Mary Festival to benefit Walton County Habitat for Humanity
    by Tess Rowland on September 30, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB)-- Local restauranteurs and chefs will be trading in their chef hats for hard hats very soon. It's all in celebration of the seventh annual Bloody Mary Festival. All proceeds from the event benefit the Walton County Habitat for Humanity. The organization works to provide affordable housing options for Walton County residents. The [...]

  • BCSO relief team heads to South Florida for hurricane recovery
    by Emma Riley on September 30, 2022 at 2:28 am

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Bay County Sheriff's Office is sending a team down to South Florida to help with recovery efforts. A team of nearly twenty Bay County sheriff's deputies packed up their gear to join Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford in Charlotte County. "One thing Sheriff Ford was determined to do after [...]

  • Local family shares Childhood Cancer story
    by Cortney Evans on September 30, 2022 at 12:48 am

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Every year 400,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and a local family is using their first-hand experience to help others. Harper Christian was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma brain cancer in 2019 and was given a 20% survival rate. The 7th grader's battle started when [...]

  • Hurricane relief volunteers can receive mail ballots
    by Carlie Horn on September 30, 2022 at 12:42 am

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB)- If you are headed to South Florida to help with Hurricane Ian relief effort and you want to vote in the General Election, you can receive your mail ballot now. Residents can visit the Bay County Supervisor of Elections office on West 11 Street to cast their vote. The office is [...]

  • Mission 850 are collecting donations for hurricane Ian Relief
    by Carlie Horn on September 30, 2022 at 12:40 am

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMMB) — Many residents in the Panhandle are asking how they can help those who were affected by Hurricane Ian. Mission 850 can help you out. Mission 850 is a local organization created by a retired youth ministers. The organization is collecting supplies to bring to Fort Myers, Florida. The organization is [...]

  • Blood drive held in Southport for Hurricane Ian victims
    by Thomas Shults on September 29, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay County is doing its part to help South Florida residents recover from Hurricane Ian. A blood drive took place Thursday at the Bay County Emergency Operations Center. County officials said around 50 people signed up to give blood. All South Florida blood drives have been canceled and officials said the [...]

  • Calhoun County business sending help, hot dogs to Hurricane victims
    by Kristyanna Roberson on September 29, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WMBB) - A Calhoun County honey farm is partnering with a truck driver to help feed Hurricane Ian victims and relief workers. They will drive a semi-truck full of hot dogs, buns, condiments, and supplies to South Florida on Saturday. They plan to feed 500 people each hour. Regional manager of Barkman Apiaries [...]

  • Bay County home engulfed in flames
    by Grace Thornton on September 29, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) -- At 2:10 Thursday afternoon, Bay County Emergency Officials were called to a home on fire. The home was located on Raccoon Rd., which turns off of Skunk Valley Rd. off of Hwy 77. Upon arrival, the double-wide mobile home was engulfed in flames. At first emergency services said they had [...]

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