Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

JACKSONVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR THREAT TO PENSACOLA HIGH

A Jacksonville man is facing charges after a Pensacola High School (PHS) student reported a threat against the school. Officer Mike Wood with the Pensacola Police Department said 22-year-old Jamare Campbell created a profile on Facebook under someone else’s name. Campbell allegedly used that profile to make contact with a PHS student. Wood said they got into a heated exchange. ...

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OKALOOSA SUPERINTENDENT CHALLENGES SUSPENSION

Five days after being suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis, Okaloosa County Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson on Wednesday requested a formal hearing from the Florida Senate to challenge DeSantis’ decision. Under state law, suspended officials can go to the Senate to seek to be reinstated. In a one-page letter Wednesday, Jackson’s attorney, George Levesque, said Senate President Bill Galvano, ...

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PCB MAN KILLED IN WRECK

A Panama City Beach man was killed Tuesday night when he was hit by a car while walking north on Hutchinson Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The man, whose name was not yet released pending the notification of next of kin, was struck by a 2008 Hyundai Sonata being driven by 54-year-old Jeffery Duke, of Panama City Beach, ...

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HURRICANE MICHAEL DAMAGE EXCEEDS BAY DISTRICT INSURANCE CAP

Hurricane Michael cost the Bay District school board millions of dollars of damage as the storm tore apart many of the county’s schools East of the Hathaway bridge. District officials said current damage estimates which include mitigation and rebuilding are between $250 and $300 million. The problem now, is how to pay for it, since the damage exceeds the district’s ...

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DEPUTY PASSES OUT AFTER EXPOSURE TO FENTANYL

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy is taken to the hospital after being exposed to fentanyl during a field test Tuesday afternoon. The deputy was called to the Goodwill store in Marianna in regards to a possible shoplifter. Officials said the deputy made contact with the alleged shoplifter, 44 year old, Wanda Mercer, to discuss the allegations made against her. The ...

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT MAKEOVER UNDERWAY

Governor Ron Desantis is on a mission to remake Florida Courts. He’s already filled two vacancies on the state’s highest court and one more appointment is in the works, but there’s no guarantee his choices will ultimately make decisions to the Governor’s liking. The new governor made it clear in his inaugural address what he wants in a judge. “For ...

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