July 19~Ice Cream Social with Santa

Ice cream social with Santa on Friday, July 19th from 6pm to 9pm at The Little Mustard Seed on Harrison Ave in Panama City. They are kicking off Christmas in July with a visit from Santa, stop by, have some ice cream, and say hi!


Publix was opened by George Jenkins. His first store was opened in Winter Haven on Sept. 6, 1930, he opened his 2nd store in 1935 across town. He closed his first 2 stores to open his dream store Publix Super Market on Nov. 8, 1940. The name came from a chain of theaters which were operating throughout Florida at the time, Jenkins liked the name. Publix is an employee-owned, American supermarket chain headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. Publix is a private corporation that is wholly owned by present and past employees and members of the Jenkins family.  When Jenkins opened his first super market the store featured several features that were rare at that time to customers. Air conditioning, automatic doors, fluorescent lighting, terrazzo floors, and a scale at the front.

The scale has been a large part of the Publix history. At the time they opened very few people owned scales at home. Several stores offered to weigh you for a price. However Jenkins insisted his scales be free to guests. The company still has the original scale in the offices in Lakeland and it still works! You will not find scales in Publix locations outside of Florida, except a few just over the Georgia border. The scales were manufactured by Mettler Toledo and they stopped producing them in 2015. Publix bought up as many as it could and houses them in a warehouse in Lakeland. Technicians maintain a couple dozen backup scales in the warehouse. Whenever a scale breaks or needs repair at a Florida store, they replace it. The technicians use a Publix People Weigher Repair handbook when they need help repairing one. The scales will stay in the stores as long as the technicians can keep them operational.

The chicken is another thing Publix is famous for. It dates back to the 1950’s when it was cooked on a Rotiss-O-Mat. Fried chicken followed in the 70’s, with the final recipe being introduced in 1992. Chicken tenders are so loved they even have a twitter account for customers to see if the chicken tender sub is on sale.

Pub subs were introduced in 1992 as well. Custom-made sandwiches remain rare among grocery chains in the south. Both the subs and chicken were introduced first in the Atlanta market.

Kids love they get a free cookie in the bakery just for walking up and asking. Nobody seems to know for sure when this tradition started but it could date back to 1957 when the chain opened. By the way, those first bakeries were not located inside Publix stores but were in separate buildings.

Tipping associates is forbidden.

Publix has 1,147 (with over 30 in the Panhandle) stores and operates in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. They employee approximately 188.00 employees

Back 2 School sales tax hoilday for Alabama(7/19-7/21) & Florida 8/2-8/6 & FREE school supplies for Jackson County Students

All school supplies for students in Jackson County will be provided by the district this year, thanks to the donations after Hurricane Michael and also a $20,000 grant award from Save the Children. Superintendent Moore said he made this decision in hopes this will provide some financial relief for families, many who are still struggling from the impact of the storm. Individual schools will give information on the way supplies will be dispersed and this will be shared closer to the start of school. So as the tax holiday is approaching and the stores are starting to put out school supplies, keep in mind they will be provided for Jackson County students this year.

The 2019 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 2, 2019, and runs through Tuesday, August 6, 2019. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax. For more information and a complete list of qualifying items, please visit: floridarevenue.com/backtoschool

Alabama also has a sales tax holiday for back to school items. Those 3 days you pay no sales tax on textbooks that are $50 or less, clothing(including diapers) and footwear that is $100 of less per item, schools supplies, and computers. Be sure to check with the Alabama state revue for complete rules.

Volunteers needed~RSVP for July 18th Volunteer Workshop

Volunteer Workshop at 4540 Lafayette St. in Marianna from 10am to 2pm on July 18th. If you are looking to help others and are interested in volunteering consider joining them to learn about how you can help. They are in need of volunteers in many capacities. Building wheel chair ramps, doing yard work, crafting or sewing, cooking & baking, fundraising & helping with special events, office work assistance, support for caregivers, companionship for patients, and much more. Volunteers are needed in Holmes, Jackson, Washington, Calhoun, and Liberty counties. Please RSVP with the volunteer Manager Alisha by calling 850-753-4985 or emailing her at alishatownsendhall@choosecovent.org


Monday~July 15th

West Florida Electric-Bonifay is having a blood drive. Monday, July 15th from 12pm to 5pm. All donors will receive a OneBlood Cooler and a wellness checkup. They are asking you to please sign up with Beverly Anderson at 850-547-9325, but if you don’t walk-ins are always welcome! You can also make an appointment online at www.oneblooddonor.org be sure to use sponsor code #28706. Be sure to take your ID, it is required.

Spanish Trail Farms~Grand Ridge

Spanish Trail Farms is located at 7202 Old Spanish Trail in Grand Ridge. The phone number is 850-209-8321. Be sure to follow them on FB for up to date availability. They do a weekly fill your freezer Friday contest on FB as well. They do recommend you bring an ice chest to transport your produce. They have frozen, fresh, and cold food from the farm for you to choose from. Prices are listed as you walk in the large open shopping area. This is a local farm that sells what they grow. Recently they have had creamed field corn, squash, peas, butter beans, watermelon, bell peppers, cantaloupe, sweet corn, okra, squash, and peaches. Looking forward to what they have next!

Saturday 7/13~ Lots to do this weekend


July 13th doors open at 9am at the First Presbyterian Church at 810 Georgia Ave. in Lynn Haven across from the Elementary School. They will have a lot of FREE new or like new household items: pots, pans, bed linens, towels, etc. Everyone is welcome , but they are really trying to reach those who are in the greatest need.
July 13th from 5pm to 8pm at the Live Oak Gallery at 156 Market St in Apalachicola. A tribute to Susan’s Life and Art. A show and sale of Original Paintings and prints. 30% of silent auction proceeds to benefit Franklin County Humane Society. Opening reception on the 13th. The show is open daily July 14th-20th from 11am to 6pm.
July 13th, 10am to 4pm Dothan Nurseries yard sale at 1300 Montgomery Hwy. They are cleaning out and are going to have a yard sale right out front in the parking lot. They are asking for cash only, they will accept credit cards but will be charging a 5% service charge. No plants for sale however they will have plenty of pots, wind spinners, some candles, jewelry, and all other types of gifts. They say they are marking things cheap, so go early!
July 13th Summer Sidewalk Sale from 10am to 5pm at 711 N. Main St. in Havana. This is a town wide sale.
July 13th at 4pm join the New Salem Baptist Church at a Sunday School Splash Bash! They will have a bounce house, music, games, food, water slide, dunking booth, and much more. Located at 3478 Kynesville Rd. in Marianna.
July 13th AND July 14th from 10am to 4pm the Broken Horn Ranch & Town will host a Old West Round Up. Go back in time to the 1800’s. They will have gunfighters, shootouts, shops, vendors, food, and drink. Be sure to take your camera. For more information call 850-557-1716. This event is not free.
Pensacola Beach will be having a airshow featuring the Blue Angels, visit Pensacola said they will be covering tolls. The kickoff began on Wednesday with Breakfast with the Blues. Be sure to go online and look at all they have planned. Too much to list. They will be increasing free parking transportation on Friday and Saturday, but traffic will still be heavy. In addition to the Blue Angels, there will be a host of world-class military, aerobatic and stunt plane performers, as well as interactive exhibits, military recruitment stations and all types of vendors on the ground.

Here are 7 things to do around the panhandle this Saturday. Read the brief description below each photo. With Barry hanging around be sure to check the weather in the area you are going and also see if the event has been cancelled or not. Be safe and try to stay dry!

Every Thursday thru August 15th

Throwback Thursdays happen every Thursday at HarborWalk Village in Destin. Every Thursday it kicks off at 6:30pm with a Vintage flyover. Different bands will be preforming at the main stage starting at 7pm. After the show stay for fireworks which start at 9pm over the Destin Harbor. Firespinning ends the night on the main stage right after the fireworks show.                          Band lineup: 7/18~Flash Flood                                                                                     7/25~Modern Eldorados                                                                                                       8/1~Girls Rock                                                                                                                       8/8~Modern Eldorados                                                                                                               8/15~All That and a Bag of Chips(90’s music)

Alligator Point in Franklin County

Alligator Point is located in the eastern most corner of Franklin County. It is a sparsely populated rural beach community that the locals refer to as “The Point.” It boasts some of the most pristine beaches in Florida. Alligator Point got it’s name because from the air the land is shaped like an alligator’s tail. They are a hotspot for both on and off shore fishing. The community’s protected bay, the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, encompasses 14,366 acres. This community offers fishing, wildlife viewing, biking, hiking, swimming, star gazing, canoeing, and basically any outdoor activity that you enjoy. All of the 9.5 miles of beach is closed to dogs to protect the sea turtles and shore birds that nest there. However they do have vacation rentals that are pet friendly. If you are looking for uncrowded beaches, fabulous fishing, and incredible wildlife viewing Alligator Point is something you should check out.