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LOCAL ORGANIZATION HELPS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS THROUGH COLLEGE

  A local group is doing their part to help high school seniors go off to college. The Pilot Club of Panama City hosted their annual pancake festival Saturday morning. The event took place at Applebee’s on in Panama City, featuring pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice. Those who attended also were able to buy sweet treats in part of ...

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UWF OFFICE HELPS VETERANS, ACTIVE-DUTY TROOPS, DEPENDENTS NAVIGATE COLLEGE

  Technically, it’s the Military and Veterans Resource Center. Practically, though, the offices and study spaces on the second floor of Building 4 at the University of West Florida’s Emerald Coast campus are a haven for active-duty military personnel, veterans and dependents navigating the decisions, paperwork and other challenges of beginning, or continuing, a collegiate career. Even a partial list ...

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FEEDING THE GULF COAST DISTRIBUTES 30,000 POUNDS OF FOOD

  Feeding the Gulf Coast has been committed to the recovery effort post-Hurricane Michael and Saturday they partnered with First Baptist Church of Panama City to continue their work. Thirty thousand pounds of food were distributed, which is expected to feed up to five hundred families. Feeding the Gulf Coast’s service area includes all gulf coast counties in Florida, Alabama, ...

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DESTIN INDOOR ADVENTURE PARK DELAYS OPENING

  Urban Air Adventure Park Destin, an indoor trampoline park, will not open this spring. The park was scheduled to open at the Emerald Coast Centre in Destin in the spring or early summer, but the franchisee said that will not be the case. “Due to some delays in permitting and construction, a spring opening is no longer possible,” Urban ...

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EMERALD COAST BEACH ACCESS VARIES WILDLY, BASED ON COUNTY

  Residents of Holiday Isle don’t expressly forbid tourists and visitors from crossing the public beaches behind their homes or condominiums, but they don’t make it easy to get to them either. They’re not alone among inhabitants of the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village when it comes to trying to prevent the outside world from encroaching upon the crystal white sands ...

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RACE ON U.S. 331 RESULTS IN CRASH, INJURIES REPORTED

  According to Florida Highway Patrol, multiple people were taken to the hospital with injuries after a race led to a crash in Walton County Saturday night. Troopers said the crash happened as a result of a Chevrolet Camaro northbound on U.S. 331 racing another Camaro across the Clyde B. Wells Bridge. According to a release from FHP, one of ...

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SKYBORNE TECHNOLOGIES TO BUILD UNMANNED AIRSHIPS IN GULF COUNTY

  A new company has landed in Gulf County called Skyborne Technologies. They manufacture a variety of aviation systems including drones, unmanned vehicle systems, and airships. “We build airships and drones for different technologies, kind of like information systems whether it be telecommunications, environmental research, power grid monitoring, you name it,” said Skyborne Technology CEO Mike Lawson. They’re making Gulf ...

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SHERIFF RELEASES MORE DETAILS IN FATAL OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

  More details are being released about the officer-involved shooting in Gulf County from Sunday. Sheriff Mike Harrison spoke Friday about the investigation. He says Sunday afternoon Joseph Durman, 46, of Kingsport, Tennessee, drove away from a Bay County gas station without paying. Sheriff Harrison says Durman then struck a Tyndall Air Force officer during a pursuit. Deputies say they ...

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FORMER EMPLOYEE SUES OKALOOSA CLERK OF COURT

  A woman who claims she was forced to resign for trying to protect “seven potential victims of violence” by calling out a pair of Okaloosa County judges is suing her former employer, J.D. Peacock, in his role as clerk of court and comptroller. Beth McDonald had worked for the Clerk of Court’s office for more than 18 years and ...

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