By Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Over the last eight plus years as an extension agent I have answered thousands of calls about landscape issues, but the number one topic consistently includes lawn problems. Questions about weeds, disease, and suspected insects regularly top the homeowner list. Although these pests...
By Bill Husfelt, Superintendent, Bay District Schools There’s never a good time to ask for a tax increase, I know that, but I also know that our students and employees deserve the very best we can give them and a one millage property tax increase is the only way we...
By Jamie Zimchek, Editor Anyone who’s had the opportunity post-Hurricane Michael to visit St. Andrews State Park, a scenic retreat fronting over a mile of stunning Gulf of Mexico coastline, would find a number of changes. For one, there are fewer trees in its forested area. More startling is the...
Presented by VBA Design, Hats & Horses is the first charity benefit for Club 360, taking place on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 3 to 7 p.m. at VBA Design, 2424 Jenks Avenue in Panama City. This fun afternoon event will include everything you’d expect (and hope for) from...
By Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Living in Northwest Florida, we get to enjoy birds all year long and by creating appropriate habitats in our landscapes we can attract a wide spectrum of species. This month we will cover Florida Friendly Landscaping™ Principle, Gardening for Wildlife, specifically attracting birds. What...
By Ellie Spivey, Principal Last year we celebrated the Silver Anniversary for Patronis Elementary School. This 25-year milestone marks a time to highlight our Patronis Panther Pride and our tradition of excellence! Patronis is not just an elementary school. It is a family-oriented environment where our students love learning and our...
By Marta Rose-Thorpe The Bay EDA’s (Economic Development Alliance) mission is to work with local companies to help them grow and expand, as well as work to recruit new companies to come into our area. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Becca Hardin, President of the Bay...
Northwest Regional Library System (NWRLS), serving Bay, Gulf, and Liberty counties, is again offering scholarships to the Career Online High School program, designed for adults aged 19 and over who lack a high school diploma. This nationally accredited program allows adult students to earn an accredited high school diploma (not...
By Bill Husfelt, Superintendent, Bay District Schools Despite the challenges associated with opening schools during a pandemic, I am so pleased to report that our teachers are teaching, our students are learning and we’re all working together every single day to overcome new challenges. We’re half way through the school year,...
By Anna McKay When was the last time you wondered when or where your next meal would come from? For many children in Bay County, hunger is more than a temporary discomfort — it dominates their lives. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and with working hours lost to the...

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