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September 9, 2022
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  • Local valedictorian overcame challenges to achieve success
    by Josh Rustin on May 24, 2024 at 2:46 am

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - It is graduation season for area high schools and a time to celebrate the achievements of the 2024 senior classes. Altha Public School held graduation ceremonies for their seniors on Thursday. One of them has a unique story. Mason Young is the class valedictorian. That in itself is a source [...]

  • Lullwater Lake stormwater quality testing is being completed
    by Cortney Evans on May 23, 2024 at 10:48 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - Some beach residents have been asking council members for months to test the stormwater near Lullwater Lake. City staff decided this week to collect data from the lake and conduct testing. They have hired field crews from two companies to complete an analytical investigation in and surrounding the Lullwater Lake [...]

  • IFAS continues deploying artificial reef materials
    by Courtney Fegley on May 23, 2024 at 10:47 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - Crews continued building artificial reef systems off the Bay County Coastline on Thursday. They dropped dozens of concert road cylinders about 6 miles South of the St. Andrews pass. It's in the same area where they dropped 120 tons of material last month. Bay County and the University of Florida [...]

  • FWC educates the public during National Safe Boating Week
    by Courtney Fegley on May 23, 2024 at 10:45 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — It’s National Safe Boating Week, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials are making sure Panama City Beach locals and visitors are informed. “Boating safety is one of our top priorities because boating safety gear and operating a vessel safely truly does save lives,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Public [...]

  • Panama City Beach officials scratch idea of tornado sirens
    by Cortney Evans on May 23, 2024 at 10:36 pm

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) - A tornado siren system will not be coming to Panama City Beach, anytime soon. City council members heard from Fire Chief Ray Morgan about several possible systems. Morgan discussed systems that play an alert noise, some that broadcast messages, and alternatives like weather radios. Council members expressed concerns about [...]

  • Panama City officials move forward with plans for pickleball courts and skate park
    by Cortney Evans on May 23, 2024 at 10:35 pm

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) - On Thursday morning, Panama City Beach Council members found themselves in the middle of a misunderstanding. It began with a standoff between skateboarders and pickleball players. For months now, Panama City Beach officials have been planning a state-of-the-art skatepark for Frank Brown Park. But the need for the facility [...]

  • Shipwreck Island Waterpark celebrates Bay District academic achievers with free entry
    by Melanie Mitchell on May 23, 2024 at 10:25 pm

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) - Shipwreck Island Waterpark announced they're wrapping up the school year by celebrating Great Grades Days. Great Grades Days begin May 28th through May 30th from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to a news release, Shipwreck Island will honor Bay District School students who present three or more A's [...]

  • Panama City man charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 23, 2024 at 9:54 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - Panama City Police arrested a local man on child sex charges. According to investigators, 35-year-old Harlin Crowley created a sex video of himself and the victim. Investigators said the alleged crime happened in March of 2022 when the victim was 11 years old. Crowley was charged with promoting the sexual [...]

  • Crowd cheers for Chuckles as he returns to the Gulf of Mexico
    by Kimber Collins on May 23, 2024 at 9:19 pm

    INLET BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) -- May 23 is World Turtle Day, and what better way to celebrate than a sea turtle release in the Gulf of Mexico. Cheers rang out Thursday morning for Chuckles. A fisherman on the M.B. Miller Pier hooked the 60-pound sub-adult loggerhead on May 3. After X-rays, staff at the Gulf [...]

  • Two arrested after complaint leads to police response in Calhoun County
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 23, 2024 at 8:42 pm

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - On Wednesday, authorities responded to a complaint of an RV parked along a roadway. Authorities said the RV was parked near the intersection of Lil Circle and Maines Rd. in the Scotts Ferry Community, in Calhoun County. When officers arrived, they made contact with Felica McKenzie, Tristian Darna, and Brian [...]

  • Local doctor sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a child
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 23, 2024 at 7:30 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - On Thursday, a Bay County podiatrist was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child. On May 1st, a Bay County jury found 61-year-old, Dr. Daniel Feitz guilty of sexual battery on a child under the age of 12, lewd and lascivious exhibition, and lewd and lascivious molestation. [...]

  • New 30A trailhead open in Walton County
    by Kimber Collins on May 23, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) -- Point Washington State Forest in Walton County has a new point of entry from the beach. Behind YOLO Bike and Board rental on 30A in Seagrove lies the newly opened trailhead. This latest path connects the Eastern Lake Trail with Seagrove. The Florida Forest Service and [...]

  • WCFR partners with the American Red Cross to prepare residents for house fires
    by Melanie Mitchell on May 23, 2024 at 6:34 pm

    WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - The Walton County Fire Rescue announced its partnership with the American Red Cross to implement a program to prepare residents for a house fire. WCFR officials said the Sound of Alarm provides Walton County residents north of the Choctawhatchee Bay with free smoke detectors for their homes. "The Sound the [...]

  • News 13 Pet Adoption Option: Beck
    by Melanie Mitchell on May 23, 2024 at 4:48 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - Meet Beck, News 13’s Pet Adoption Option of the Week! This 5-month-old, playful black and white Labrador Retriever mix is available for adoption at the Bay County Animal Shelter. Learn more about other adoptable animals at the shelter. Bay County Animal Control is located at 6401 Bay Line Drive, Panama [...]

  • Bring your butts on over to Gulf County fundraiser
    by Ethan Logue on May 23, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    CAPE SAN BLAS, Fla. (WMBB) – The South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department kicked off its largest fundraiser of the year in Cape San Blas on Thursday, May 23rd. For over 20 years volunteers have been cooking slow-grilled Boston Butts to raise money for the department. Although some of the butts have already been sold [...]

  • Bay County teacher recognized by Tyndall Air Force Association
    by Ethan Logue on May 22, 2024 at 11:27 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - On Wednesday, a Panama City teacher received a special award from the Tyndall Air Force Association. Holy Nativity Episcopal School's Jeremy Brannon was named AFA Teacher of the Year at an end-of-the-year awards ceremony. This is the first initiative the Tyndall AFA Chapter has overtaken in six years. Brannon was [...]

  • American Public Works Association honors local man with prestigious award
    by Josh Rustin on May 22, 2024 at 11:18 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay County's Chief Infrastructure Officer has been named one of the 10 Best Public Works Leaders of the Year. The American Public Works Association presented the honor to Keith Bryant during Tuesday's County Commission meeting. Bryant received the award based on a number of factors including his commitment to his [...]

  • Panama City man arrested for lewd and lascivious conduct involving a minor
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 22, 2024 at 10:43 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) - A Panama City man is facing child sex charges. Panama City Police said 41-year-old, Heman Mathis inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl. According to the Panama City Police Department, officers began investigating after the victim's mother allegedly found multiple text messages between her daughter and Mathis. The victim participated in a [...]

  • CR 2 closing near Paxton for bridge repair
    by Kimber Collins on May 22, 2024 at 10:41 pm

    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WMBB) -- A traffic advisory for Walton County residents and visitors. County Road 2 south of Paxton and just west of U.S. Highway 331 will be shut down at the Long Creek Bridge for repairs.   Crews put up signs on 331 for a short detour around the expected closure.  Walton [...]

  • Problem-solving courts are recognized for helping people in the judicial system
    by Cortney Evans on May 22, 2024 at 10:40 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — May is known as Problem-Solving Court Month here in Florida. Problem-Solving Courts assist individuals who are facing a wide range of problems. "We've learned over the years that having a hands-on approach with people is a little bit better, I think Florida courts were looked more on as punishment for [...]

  • Walton County to send alerts Saturday for evacuation zones
    by Kimber Collins on May 22, 2024 at 10:38 pm

    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WMBB) -- The start of hurricane season is June 1, and Walton County Emergency Management is getting a head start on preparation. Saturday is the Know Your Zone exercise. More than 20,000 accounts connected to the Alert Walton system will receive a text or message on Saturday morning. The message will let them [...]

  • Holmes County officials work to create ordinance for large-scale events after Sol Fest
    on May 22, 2024 at 10:21 pm

    HOLMES COUNTY, Fla. (Holmes County Advertiser) - Following Sol Fest, officials in Holmes County are looking to have an ordinance on the books that will regulate potential large-scale events. County Attorney Nate Nolin has been drafting the ordinance following the electronic dance music festival at Vortex Spring held in early May and presented draft details to [...]

  • Gulf County Sheriff's Office K-9 first night on the job leads to drug arrest
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 22, 2024 at 9:38 pm

    GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - The Gulf County Sheriff's Office conducted a vehicle stop resulting in a narcotics arrest with the assistance of a K-9 named Loki. Deputies Stockton and Randig said they initiated a traffic stop for an inoperable tag light on a truck traveling south on Highway 71 near Osceola Avenue late last [...]

  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group awarded new contract to build Fisher Island ferry
    by Jakson Hurst on May 22, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - Eastern Shipbuilding Group has been awarded the contract to build a ferry for the Fisher Island Community Association. It will be constructed at Eastern Shipbuilding's Allanton and Port St. Joe facilities. Fisher Island is a private community of about 700 wealthy people between Miami and Miami Beach. The only way [...]

  • Russell Fields City Pier reopens for normal business hours
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 22, 2024 at 6:42 pm

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) - Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation has announced the reopening of Russell-Fields City Pier. The pier is now operating at normal business hours after a lightning strike which resulted in electrical damage on Saturday, May 18. Locals and visitors can now access the pier after 7 p.m. For more [...]

  • Mosley promotes Doug Lee as head baseball coach
    by Sam Granville on May 22, 2024 at 6:30 pm

    LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) - Mosley High School Athletic Director Doug Lee has been promoted from interim head baseball coach to the Dolphin's full-time head coach. Lee was named the interim HC at the beginning of April when Mosley fired Hall of Fame coach, Bobby Howard. The Dolphins were 7-10 at the time of Howard's [...]

  • Wellness Wednesday: The good and bad oils
    by Dee Tiebklang on May 22, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — News 13 brings a segment focused on health and fitness midday every Wednesday, called “Wellness Wednesday”. This week, Personal Trainer, Traycee Green, from Pure Platinum was in the studio with Kelsey Peck to show how to discuss the good and bad oils in preparation for Memorial Day weekend. Green discussed a few [...]

  • PCPD officers share coffee and conversations with residents
    by Ethan Logue on May 22, 2024 at 4:53 pm

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – On Wednesday, Panama City residents had the opportunity to join local law enforcement officers for some coffee and conversation at Cahall’s Deli. The Panama City Police Department hosts an event called “Cops and Coffee” four times a year. It gives residents the chance to ask officers any type of question [...]

  • Florida woman arrested for smuggling contraband into a detention center
    by WMBB-TV Staff on May 22, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - On Monday, a Pensacola woman was arrested in Washington County for allegedly smuggling contraband into a detention center. On May 18, Washington County deputies said they were contacted by the Northwest Florida Reception Center (NWFL) to transport an arrestee following an investigation conducted by the prison inspector. Authorities said 25-year-old, [...]

  • Bay County Commissioners address concerns over proposed housing development
    by Courtney Fegley on May 21, 2024 at 10:53 pm

    BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) - Bay County commissioners are trying to balance the area's exploding growth with the demands on infrastructure. The latest concerns involve a developer's plans to build dozens of new homes in the Bridgewater Way community, north of Woodlawn. Neighbors are afraid the new development will cause flooding issues for the existing [...]

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