By Marta Rose-Thorpe Moving to a new town is not new to me… I’ve done it several times in my life. We moved a few times growing up and as kids, and then teens, you adjust. The big change happened when this Florida girl moved to Los Angeles in the...
Review by Jack Smith Sometimes you just get lucky and trip over a reading treasure. About ten years ago I picked up a paperback that I had never heard of by an author I had never heard of and lost sleep reading it. Katz, in real life, owns a Border...
By Clint Whitfield, Principal, Breakfast Point Academy August 10th marked our first day of school for 2021-2022, and it was so amazing to see all of our returning Stingrays and meet new ones! We welcomed over 1,000 students back into our classrooms, and we are so excited to kick off...
Shopping-for-a-cause is not a new concept, and when you step into a room with hundreds of items priced at $1 or less, you’re going to need a bag! This is exactly what happened at Grace Presbyterian Church off Airport Road, inside their fellowship hall, as they hosted their Annual...
By Jamie Zimchek Sally Sparks has a history of helping people, from over three decades with the Bay County sheriff’s office to regular mission trips with her church. Then, in 2009, her youngest son moved out and she didn’t have a mission trip lined up. “I wanted to do something...
By Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Late summer is a great time to observe butterflies visiting gardens in Northwest Florida. Monarchs are probably the most recognized butterfly migrating through, but don’t fixate on only catering to this species. It’s important to make your landscape attractive to a variety of...
By Ed Offley When the hopper dredge begins pumping 2.1 million cubic yards of slurry along the gulf beachfront at Panama City Beach (see mypcblife.com/gulf-beachfront-getting-a-major-facelift/), it will do much more than replace the shoreline eroded by past storms. It will also bring a bonanza for seashell hunters. While the waters of the...
By Ed Offley The world’s most beautiful beaches are about to get even better. Three years after Hurricane Michael seriously eroded sections of the twenty-seven-mile Gulf beachfront, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to begin a $28.5-million beach renourishment project that will add approximately 2.1 million cubic yards of...
By Bill Husfelt, Superintendent, Bay District Schools If I had to sum up our return to school with one word I would definitely choose “gratitude.” As I have visited our schools, I have just been overwhelmed with the continued resilience of our students, the passion and dedication of our employees, and...
By Jamie Zimchek When it comes to picking the perfect place to spend your golden years, there are a number of reasons Panama City Beach beats out the competition (from the balmy climate to the area’s stunning beaches). But this fine coastal community has more to offer than just sun...

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