Panhandle counties receive Federal Disaster Declaration for July floods ….

Tallahassee – Governor Rick Scott announced Friday, August 2, that the State of Florida received a Presidential Disaster Declaration to assist Panhandle Counties affected by severe storms and flooding over the July 4 holiday week. Holmes, Walton and Washington Counties have been declared for Public Assistance.   “Helping communities return to normal after a disaster […]

PRESIDENT’S WEEKLY ADDRESS: Securing a Better Bargain for the Middle Class

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, President Obama told the American people that his plan for creating a better bargain for the middle class builds on the progress we’ve made, fighting our way back from the worst economic recession of our lifetimes. The President underscored the need for Congress to end the logjam in Washington […]

Governor Scott Unveils Teacher supply debit card ….

Governor Scott Unveils Teacher supply debit card ….

Because of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, the Sunshine State has jumped to the top ten in the nation for the overall quality of its education system.     Because of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, the Sunshine State has jumped to the top ten in the nation for […]

Florida Land Steward Update ……

Florida Land Steward Update ……

Have Land?  Get a Plan and Stay Connected.  Florida Land Steward is your source of assistance, information, events and resources. News and upcoming events below. Please share this update with your neighbors, agents, foresters, biologists, clients, constituents.   News & Info Brief HELP STILL NEEDED WITH UF STUDY – COYOTES VS BOBCATS: WHAT ARE THEY EATING? Your […]

Attorney General Bondi’s Weekly Briefing

Last week, nearly 160 people were arrested and 105 children were rescued in a nationwide child sex trafficking sweep, “Operation Cross Country,” coordinated by the FBI. More than 230 law enforcement agencies throughout the country participated in rescuing these children. This mission is yet another example of the need for a collaborative, comprehensive response to […]

Gulf Coast State College welcomes new director of the Small Business Development Center/Veterans Business Outreach Center

Panama City, FL –The Small Business Development Center/Veterans Business Outreach Center at Gulf Coast State College has hired Robert J. Goetz as the new director. Goetz is educated in economics and business from the State University of New York at Albany (BA) and the University of South Florida (MBA). He is certified in technology consulting […]

Chipola Nursing Graduates …..

Chipola Nursing Graduates …..

Twenty-nine students recently completed the Associate Degree Nursing program at Chipola College.     Graduates are now qualified to take the state certification examination to become Registered Nurses. Pictured from left, are: (seated) Hannah Shouppe, Hannah Moore, Emily Warner, J.D. Sellers, Myles Taylor, Justin Neel, Calvin Gilbert, Valerie Gonzalez, Tania Harvey, Sarah Durden, (standing) Kristie […]

Obituary for Wilma Carolyn Stubbs

Mrs. Wilma Carolyn Stubbs, age 83, of Vernon, Florida passed away August 1, 2013 at Northwest Florida Community Hospital in Chipley, Florida. She was born December 26, 1929 in Bonifay, Florida to the late John Alex Wells, Sr. and Arleva Cook Wells.   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stubbs was preceded in death by […]

Obituary for Zelda Marie Fry

Mrs. Zelda Marie Fry, age 68, of Vernon, Florida passed away July 28, 2013 at her home. She was born December 9, 1944 in Vernon, Florida to the late Tonny Dalton Holstead and Lucille Austin Holstead.   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fry was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Wayne Fry and […]

President Obama Signs Florida Disaster Declaration ……

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Florida and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of July 2-7, 2013. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations […]

PdL man dies in Walton County crash …..

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports that 64-year-old Ponce de Leon resident Charles Bruce Johnson died Thursday in a  two vehicle crash on County Road 181C  in Walton County.   According to the FHP report, Crestview resident,  Douglas Alan Sanders, was reported as injured and taken to Bay Medical Center.  A passenger in Sanders’ vehicle, […]

Gov. Scott Highlights Teacher School Supply Debit Card Before Tax-Free Back-to-School Weekend

Gov. Scott Highlights Teacher School Supply Debit Card Before Tax-Free Back-to-School Weekend

Governor Rick Scott highlighted the Teacher Supply Debit Card, which was a part of the Governor’s 2013 legislative agenda. The Governor’s Teacher Supply Debit Card unveiling is part of his effort to promote Florida’s Tax Free Back-to-School weekend, which runs this Friday through Sunday (August 2nd to August 4th).     Governor Rick Scott highlighted […]

Goodwill Named Finalist for National Service Award, Seeks Support of Community for Online Vote

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Goodwill Industries- Big Bend, Inc. announced today that it has been named a finalist for the National Service Impact Award given by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).   Through this award, CNCS recognizes outstanding impact in communities accomplished through service and volunteering. The nomination is specifically for the AmeriCorps […]

Obituary for Charles Roy Reeves …..

Charles Roy Reeves, age 74, went to be with the Lord and Savior on August 1, 2013. He was born in Dixon, Mississippi on November 2, 1938 to Thomas Cooper and Ethel Maude Grimes Reeves. Charles graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in forestry. Forestry was his passion. He served as the County […]

Employment Situation in July …..

Employment Situation in July …..

WASHINGTON, DC – Alan B. Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, issued the following statement today on the employment situation in July. You can view the statement HERE.     The Employment Situation in July Posted by Alan Krueger on August 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM EDT While more work remains to be […]


~A-1 Flow Equalization Basin project part of Gov. Scott’s Everglades Restoration Plan~   TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a permit for the first major construction project as part of Governor Rick Scott’s Everglades Water Quality Restoration Plan — to the South Florida Water Management District authorizing construction, operation and maintenance of […]