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MERCY CHEFS CONTINUE TO SERVE UP MEALS IN THE PANHANDLE

  Mercy Chefs were first introduced to our community shortly after Hurricane Michael. Although the storm has passed, the need for a hot meal, in some cases, is still there. Mercy Chefs are still in town helping serve up delicious food to students on spring break who might not have access to food during this time. So far, they’ve served ...

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PET WELFARE VOLUNTEER TURNS 90

  While most 90 year-olds are enjoying the quiet retired life, Jack Dickason still chooses to go to work. For the past 16 years, Dickason has volunteered at Pet Welfare, a no-kill animal shelter on Eglin Air Force Base. “He works the whole time he’s here,” said Carla Engeldinger, who oversees Pet Welfare. “He comes to every board meeting and ...

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DESTINY WORSHIP CENTER COMES TO FWB

  Over 1,000 people took part in the grand opening of the new Destiny Worship Center. The round, cavernous building — and fifth location of the church — features a stage, two large screens, multiple TVs, a high-quality sound system and stage lighting. Sunday’s opening at 233 Hill Ave. N.W. drew more than 500 to the 9 a.m. service and ...

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TWO EGLIN WILDFIRES ’100 PERCENT CONTAINED’

  Two of the three wildfires on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation were reported to be “100 percent contained” as of late Sunday afternoon, while the third blaze was reported to be “approximately 80 percent contained.” That news came in the latest daily update on the fires, issued at 5 p.m. Sunday by Brett Williams, spokesman for the Eglin ...

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ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF OKALOOSA COUNTY THREE-YEAR-OLD

  The Okaloosa County sheriff’s office has charged a Bluewater Bay area man in connection with the stabbing death of his three-year-old son. 61-year old Frederick Franken was arrested at Fort Walton Beach medical center, where he is still undergoing treatment for self-inflicted stab wounds. Investigators said Franken and his son were found on the floor of their home by ...

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FWC WARNS WILDLIFE BECOME MORE ACTIVE IN SPRING

  A variety of species are following their internal biological clocks that tell them to move, mate, feed and nest. Florida’s residents and visitors can help by avoiding disturbing wildlife in spring, according to these tips from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Keep beaches dark at night and free of obstacles during sea turtle nesting season, March through ...

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HURRICANE RECOVERY GRANTS TO AID PANHANDLE COMMUNITIES

  VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, announced Thursday, it’s given out another round of hurricane recovery grants to panhandle communities recovering from Hurricane Michael. This latest round of grants totaled nearly $230,000; the Franklin County Tourist Development Council was awarded $174,000, and the Holmes County Tourist Development Council received $55,000. Since February, VISIT FLORIDA has awarded more ...

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PANAMA CITY POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING ENDANGERED MAN

  Panama City Police are looking for a man they say is an endangered adult. Police say Patrick Darrow, 51, was last seen in the area of Bay Medical Sacred Heart Friday morning. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, grey sweatpants, and blue and white tennis shoes. If you see this man, call police at 850-872-3100.

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SMOKABLE MARIJUANA HITS MARKET

  A North Florida man who’s struggled with fibromyalgia for years became the state’s first patient to legally buy whole-flower cannabis for smoking Thursday, just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a measure repealing a ban on smokable medical marijuana. Trulieve, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator, was the first of Florida’s 14 operators to sell whole-flower ...

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PCB COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SEX CRIMES AND CHILD NEGLECT

  Panama City Beach Police announced the arrest of Kristopher Parish and Tara Parish on Thursday night. The arrests stem from a report saying Kristopher sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage girl. He provided incriminating statements and confessed to sending the messages. Tara admitted she knew her husband was sending the messages and inappropriately touching the juvenile. The ...

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