Photographers needed~Sept 19th

All call for photographers. Help tell the story of 1 year after a category 5 devastated our communities, they are planning to cover 2 counties. Meet Sept 19th at 4pm CT at .Chipola Baptist Ministries located at 2540 Lakeshore Drive in Marianna. Contact Coba Beasley at 850-526-4050 for more information.

WFEC planned outage on Sept 19 for certain areas

West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is having a planned power outage on September 19th from 9pm to approximately 10:30pm impacting all members served by the Chipley substation. The junction inside the substation that was damaged during Hurricane Michael will be repaired by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, WFEC’s generation & transmission cooperative during this time. This outage will impact 3,962 meters in Chipley, Wausau, Orange Hill, Duncan Community, Sapp Church Community, Rock Hill Community, New Home & Salem Communities, Hwy 273, Richter’s Crossroads, Lovewood Community, and the Falling Waters area.

WFEC apologizes for any inconvenience this outage may cause. These repairs are necessary to improve the quality of service to the members in that area. For addition information or to verify if you will be affected by the outage, contact your local district office at (850) 263-3231 or (800)342-7400.

September 15th

September 15th is the 3rd Sunday of the month. Today people everywhere are celebrating Wife Appreciation Day, National Cheese Toast Day, Greenpeace Day, National Felt Hat Day, National Double Cheeseburger Day, National Linguine Day, National Online Learning Day, National Tackle Kids Cancer Day, and National Crème Dev Menthe Day. That is a lot of National Days going on. Below each photo are a few facts about some of these days.

National Tackle Kids Cancer Day on September 15th gives you a chance to be part of the cure for pediatric cancer research. Join other Tackle Kids Cancer supporters and volunteer to rally our community and raise needed funds for pediatric cancer research. Join the team in several ways. Donate! Support essential clinical care, unique support services, and groundbreaking cancer research needed to find a cure. Get involved by organizing a fundraiser or volunteering for an event. Use #TackleKidsCancerDay to share on social media. Also September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Greenpeace Day is observed on September 15th commemorates the movement that began on this day. Founded in 1971 by 17 activists protesting nuclear testing off the shores of Alaska, Greenpeace now boasts a worldwide membership. Taking on environmental issues and raising awareness, their campaigns continually strive to support and preserve the Earth. This day highlights activism in the name of the environment. The day recognizes peaceful protest for change to improve air quality, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, use of plastics, water quality. Conservation and preservation fall under their topics of environmental justice. How can you observe Greenpeace Day? Learn more about activism. Find out about the roots and how its influence has changed the world around you. Use #GreenpeaceDay to post on social media.
Wife Appreciation Day provides an opportunity for spouses to show appreciation to their wives. The relationship between a husband and a wife takes balance. Every day, spouses do things for each other, sometimes without thinking. Other times, work and responsibilities get in the way. This observance offers a way to remind husbands to show a little appreciation to their wives. This particular observance sets aside time for couples who have no children. Not every woman is a mother, either by chance or choice. Since so many holidays celebrate families with children, this day offers a day for those who remained childless. Couples may choose to celebrate the day traditionally with a gift of flowers, perfume, jewelry or clothing. However, other options include a day at a spa, tickets to a show or dinner at a nice restaurant. A foot massage and cooking breakfast or dinner at home can also say, “Thank you for all the things you do every day. I appreciate them.” Share your celebration using #WifeAppreciationDay to post on social media.
One of America’s favorites, National Double Cheeseburger Day recognizes a food icon savored across the United States. Hamburger. Seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sautéed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, and cheese. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard, or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger. Now, double the patties and the cheese. The celebration requires it. It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States. Whether you cook together or go out to eat, remember to #CelebrateEveryDay and share your meal using #DoubleCheeseburgerDay to post on social media.




Lake Ella Park

Lake Ella Park is located in Tallahassee on North Monroe Street. This park is a beautiful and well maintained park. There is a .7 mile paved path around the lake with a fountain. Lots of natural beauty. This park has ample parking around the whole park. This is a dog friendly park with a drinking fountain/place to fill water bowls. They have bag/trash stations so you can pick up after you dog if you left your bags at home. The Shops of Lake Ella have a variety of locally owned shops. They have a stage and every other Thursday they have live music and food trucks from 5:30 pm to 8:30pm.

National Day of Encouragment

September 12th, yesterday, was National Day of Encouragement! This day was dedicated to uplifting people around you and making a positive impact. Even though this was yesterday, it is something we could all do everyday.

Verbal encouragement has been proven to increase physical performance by as much as 33% according to several studies. Don’t you feel a little more motivated, a little more excited to complete a task when someone offers you kind words? Try encouraging a friend, coworker, family, pet, or yourself with phrases like: ~ I believe in you no mater what. ~ You are safe and loved. ~ Be gentle with yourself, you are doing the best you can. ~ I’m proud of you. ~ You’re important to me, and I’ll support you no matter what. ~ I know it’s tough right now, but I’m cheering for you and believe you can make it through this.

These are just a few examples. I hope today you give yourself a kind word, and then pass it on. Walk with empathy, kindness, and love.


Saturday~ September 14th

A full day in the panhandle this Saturday. Below are just a few events going on. Be sure to look below each photo for a description.

Sept 14th from 9am to 4pm at the Centennial Hall in Port St. Joe located at 300 Allen Memorial Way is a housing resource fair. Free and Kid friendly event with free food, They will have realtors, mortgage companies, legal advisors, local recovery agencies, construction company, and health, career, and education staff on hand for you to meet with in person. Families from all communities are invited.
Free family matinee on Sept 14th at NorthStar Callaway campus from 11am to 1pm located at 162 N. Tyndall Parkway in Panama City. Lunch provided by Beef O Brady’s and they will have fun and games for the whole family.
Sept 14th from 9am to 3pm they are having a free event at the Holmes County Ag Center. The expo will have scavenger hunts, giveaways, live demonstrations, and more. Experts from across the region will be on-site to answer any questions you may have about topics including food plot management, aquatic feed control, and fish pond optimization.
Sept 14th, family scavenger hunt in Downtown Panama City from 10am to 3pm. Downtown Panama City is hosting the scavenger hunt in over 30 businesses and some of your favorite public spots. You can win prizes by getting your map stamped at participating locations as well as posting photos to social media with the #downtownpanamacity. You can pick up your map Saturday morning at Main Street Antiques on Harrison, Vinny’s and Bay’s coffee and eatery, or Panama City Center for the Arts and start searching!
Bunk Bed Build round 2 will be on Sept 14th from 8am till noon at Innovative Charities of Northwest Florida, Inc. on Hwy 71 in Marianna. Our area still has kids sleeping on the floor. So sleep in heavenly peace has teamed up to build 15 sets of bunkbeds this Saturday. If you can help please go to Bunk Bed Build Round 2! on FB and comment so they know how many will be attending.
Sept 14th from 10am to 5pm on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach Turtle Girls Market is hosting Septembart Creativity and Art Festival. This is the 1st (hopefully annual) event celebrating local artists and artisans. This event will feature local art, fun creations, beer, music, food and wine.




Where were you 18 years ago?  In the United States Patriot Day occurs on September 11th of each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks in the year 2001. A bill to make 9/11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on Oct. 25, 2001. Joint resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407-9, with 25 members not voting. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on Nov 30. President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002 as the first Patriot Day. Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, schools and businesses remain open in observance of the occasion. The flag is flown at half-mast at the White House and on all U.S. Government buildings throughout the world. Additionally a moment of silence is observed at 8:46am EST, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

~The impact lingers. Ten thousand first responders and Ground Zero volunteers have been diagnosed with cancer by the World Trade Center Health Program. – AFP
~The rubble of the World Trade Center has given way to a gleaming new complex of office towers, a museum, a transit hub and a memorial that draws millions of visitors each year. But rebuilding is still not complete. – AP




September 13th

Starting the weekend on Friday this week. Be sure to read under the photos for descriptions of events.

Anna Wescoat Live @ Milk And Honey on Hwy 90 in Marianna. 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. Relax and unwind and leave the work week behind. Anna will be playing live music on the patio and you can buy frozen yogurt with a wall full of toppings and they also have a full service coffee bar. A delicious way to start the weekend.
Yard Sale Friday and Saturday at Partners For Pets on Maintenance Dr. in Marianna. Starts at 7am both days and goes till 1pm. Help support a local no kill animal shelter.


National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 8-14th is when America takes time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment to tackling one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. Every September companies around the country come together to recognize and thank truck drivers. This annual celebration of America’s 3.5 million professional truck driver’s is the motoring public’s opportunity to thank truck drivers for delivering critical goods to their communities. Everyone has a truck driver to thank this week. If you are eating it, wearing it, cleaning with it, playing with it, then at least one truck driver delivered it!

~More than 80 percent of U.S. communities depend solely on trucking for delivery of their goods and commodities. ~There are 7.7 million truck drivers in the United States. Total industry employment is 3.5 million or one out of every 16 people working in the United States. ~Nearly every good consumed in the U.S. is put on a truck at some point.

If you know a truck driver consider sending a hand written card/letter to their home thanking them this week for the sacrifices they make everyday to help ensure we all get the products we need daily. If you don’t consider waving or saying thank you when you pass them in your town.

Sep 25th~Jackson County Legislative Delegation Meeting

The Washington and Jackson Legislative Delegation will hold their annual Pre-Session meeting ‪on Wednesday, September 25, 2019‬ at 2:15 p.m. CST Jackson County School Board Chambers‬ located at 2903 Jefferson Street in Marianna.‬

This meeting is an opportunity for citizens, elected officials, cities and local governments, and other civic organizations to address the delegation before the start of the 2020 Legislative Session. They will also consider and vote on “local bills”, which is state legislation that only pertains to a municipality, taxing district, or school district within the county.

Public testimony during the Legislative Delegation Meetings is welcome. To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Washington and/or Jackson County Legislation Delegation meeting, please email ‪‬ or ‪‬ or contact Rep. Drake’s district office at ‪(850) 951-0547‬ no later than ‪4 p.m., Friday, September 13th.‬

The legislative delegation consists of Representative Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) and Senator George Gainer (R-Panama City). Both Drake and Gainer represent other counties in Northwest Florida.