Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

HANCOCK WHITNEY BANK DONATES TO CITY OF MARIANNA

It’s been almost three months since hurricane Michael and  the donations are still making their way to the areas affected. Hancock-Whitney Bank donated $25,000 to the city of Marianna to help with recovery efforts. The company’s headquarters are based Mississippi so, since they have suffered through hurricanes, they felt the need to help. Marianna city manager, Jim Dean, said they ...

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PANAMA CITY INTRODUCES ‘OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP’ VOLUNTEER CLEAN-UP INITIATIVE

Do you want to continue helping Panama City recover but don’t know how or where to begin? Panama City officials introduced “Operation Clean Sweep” at Tuesday morning’s commission meeting. City limits have been sectioned off into 69 zones, and now all the city needs is help from residents. They’re looking for anyone from citizens to volunteer organizations to help make ...

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BICYCLIST KILLED IN HIGHWAY 388 CRASH

An Illinois man is dead after a crash on Highway 388 Tuesday night. Florida Highway Patrol officials say Stanimir Yordanov, 43, of Schaumburg, Illinois was killed when a local woman hit him. The woman, Lisa Lefurge, 39, of Panama City was driving east on Highway 388 when she struck Yordanov. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Both lanes of ...

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2 LOCAL BEACHES NAMED AS LITTLE-KNOWN WINTER VACATION SPOTS

Two local beaches have been named in online travel booking site Fodor’s Travel article, “11 Under-the-radar Florida Beach Towns to Visit this Winter.” Santa Rosa Beach and Navarre Beach were both noted as under-the-radar vacation spots for the traditional shoulder season winter months. The article touts Santa Rosa Beach as more “mellow and classy,” than its neighboring Panama City Beach, ...

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APPEALS COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS ON PROPOSED OIL WELL IN EVERGLADES

A major South Florida landowner will be back in court on Tuesday asking a judge to override a final order by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection against their request to drill an exploratory oil well in the environmentally sensitive Everglades. Kanter Real Estate is a limited liability company representing Joseph Kanter, a Miami real estate developer and banker who ...

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MILTON MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR CHILD MOLESTATION

A Milton man has been sentenced to life in prison for molesting a child. A Santa Rosa County jury found 32-year-old Terry Jonathan Phillips guilty of three counts of sexual battery on a victim less than 12 years old and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation. Phillips committed the offenses between January 2015 and August 2017 at his home ...

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BAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY GRADUATES FROM FBI NATIONAL ACADEMY

Captain David Baldwin of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office graduated from the FBI National Academy on December 14th. Baldwin has served the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for 26 years and is also Commander of the West District in Field Services. The FBI National Academy strives to improve the administration of justice in police departments locally and abroad, and to improve ...

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TWO PEOPLE CHARGED AFTER INTERRUPTING RADIO SYSTEMS

Two people are facing charges after deputies say they interrupted radio systems of several law enforcement agencies without permission. Bay County Sheriff’s officials say Cody Jones, 21, of Southport, was arrested January 4th for multiple counts of disruption of law enforcement network, unauthorized interference of governmental radio frequencies, impersonating an officer, depriving an officer of communications, unlawful use of a ...

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CHIPLEY MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY MOLESTING CHILD

A Chipley man is facing charges for allegedly molesting a child. Police say Thorne Evins, 28, was arrested Monday after investigators got word Evins touched a child inappropriately at a local motel on October 10. Evins was booked into the Washington County Jail on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.

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