Deer Safety~tips to avoid a accident

In Jackson County, Florida Highway Patrol has seen two fatal accidents involving deer in the last two months. Troopers say car crashes with deer or animals are common in Northwest Florida. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about one million car accidents involving deer happen each year, killing about 200 people. In Washington County alone, troopers say one in six accidents involve hitting an animal.

Drivers should be aware and attentive when driving where deer are known to cross. “If you’re driving on a four-lane highway, then I would recommend that you stay on the inside lane as opposed to the outside lane if you’re in a rural area where you think you might encounter deer. I would recommend you don’t do anything to startle the deer,” said Lieutenant Robert Cannon, the public affairs officer for the Florida Highway Patrol.
And when asked what if the worst happens and a deer does run in front of your car? Lieutenant Cannon said “Honestly what I would recommend is that you don’t brake, you continue to drive through the deer. Your safety comes ahead of the animal.”

Below are 7 tips to help you know what to do when driving and a deer comes in contact with your vehicle or trying to avoid a deer contacting your vehicle.

1.If a collision is inevitable, if you get the proverbial “deer in the headlights” look from a deer and you know you can’t stop, plow through without hitting the brakes. It is intuitive to want to stop, but often at highway speeds, it cannot be done. Braking will dip the front end of the vehicle and increase the chances the deer will come up the hood and through the windshield. 2. Pay attention to deer crossing signs. 3. Stay alert if you spot a deer. Deer tend to travel in packs – so if you see one deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Even if you spot a deer on the side of the road or surrounding areas, remember that there could be others about to cross your path. 4.Don’t be afraid to use your horn. Animals have a tendency to run when you really lay on your horn, which can often make them get in gear and move.  5. Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Do not swerve to avoid a deer collision. By swerving you put yourself at risk for a worse collision with another vehicle or running off the road. Swerving often leads to hitting a fixed object, especially a tree. 6. Get comprehensive coverage for your car. Did you know that physical damage to your car as a result of something other than a collision with another vehicle might not be covered by standard car insurance? With comprehensive car insurance, you will receive additional coverage and protection for car accidents involving animals. 7.Be cautious while driving during dusk or dawn. Deer are most active during sunrise and sunset. Ensure that you and your passengers are wearing seat belts at all times, even in the back seat, just in case you have to make a sudden stop. Use your high-beam headlights when there are no oncoming cars. Deer are hard to see early in the morning and at dusk, your bright lights will help pick up a deer’s eye to give you advanced warning time.

Drive safe!

Leap Year

This year February has 29 days rather than 28. It’s what is known as a leap year. Do you know why leap years exist? Because it takes the Earth 365.24 days to orbit the sun. That time adds up! So to keep the calendar right we have leap years!

Leap years are years where an extra, or intercalary, day is added to the end of the shortest month, February. The intercalary day, February 29, is commonly referred to as leap day. Leap years have 366 days instead of the usual 365 days and occur almost every four years.

Leap years in the western calendar were first introduced over 2000 years ago by Roman general Julius Caesar. The Julian calendar, which was named after him, had only one rule: any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. This formula produced too many leap years, causing the Julian calendar to drift apart from the tropical year at a rate of 1 day per 128 years. This was not corrected until the introduction of the Gregorian calendar more than 1500 years later, when a number of days were skipped to realign our calendar with the seasons.

There is an official Leap Day cocktail and it’s called…the Leap Day Cocktail! This colorful cousin of the martini was invented by pioneering bartender Harry Craddock at London’s Savoy Hotel in 1928. According to the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, “It is said to have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail ever mixed”. Whether or not you’re in the market for a freshly soused spouse, you can make your own Leap Day cocktail with Craddock’s original recipe:
1 dash lemon juice
2/3 gin
1/6 Grand Marnier
1/6 sweet vermouth
Shake, serve, garnish with a lemon peel, and enjoy the flood of bittersweet flavors. It’s like a marriage, in your mouth!

10th Annual Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade~Feb 22nd

  St. George Island is ranked at the TOP of Florida’s most pet friendly beaches! Bring your pet have fun let loose and enjoy the day with like minded animal loving folks! The 10th Annual Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade. Saturday, February 22rd, 2020 11am-4pm
Riverfront Park in Apalachicola. The theme is: Surf Dogs USA… and they expect guests will be excited by the choice that reflects local coastal character. It offers lots of possibilities for costumes and decorating. Join them in celebrating all the fun of Mardi Gras with dogs! The festivities will start at 11:00 am at Riverfront Park with live entertainment, local food vendors and a variety of arts and craft vendors to enjoy while strolling through the park. The parade begins at 1:00pm. In the tradition of the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, profits from the parade will be donated to help care for the animals of the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Beneficiaries have included Franklin County Humane Society, the Florida Wild Mammal Association and the Apalachicola Dog Park. They greatly appreciate the support of the local businesses and families who sponsor the Krewe in its tradition of charity and service to the animals.

For additional information call 850-670-5064 or

Lazy Acres Farm~Feb 22nd

The Lazy Acres Family Farm located on 6512 Americus Road in Marianna from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, Feb, 22nd is a great place to be. Family fun & games, hayride, feed milling demonstration, visit the Farm Store and much more! No cost to attend. They will have popcorn, drinks and snacks available for sale. Also, the Farm Store will be open for business!

Shop, sip, and enter to win great baskets~Feb. 22

This Saturday, Feb. 22nd in the heart of St. Andrews two local small business owners are coming together to put on an amazing shopping event, it’s going to be a must see. This event will be held at The Blissful Cottage located at 1310 Beck Ave. in Panama City from 10am to 5pm.

Come browse the selection of Fusion paint and the unique furniture pieces The Blissful Cottage has to offer – you can’t find this anywhere close to Bay County. Grab a bubbly drink and sip while you shop the clothing line featured by J. Kelley Designs – if you love trendy and amazing quality clothing items this is going to be the event to go to. As both business owners have a big heart – The event would not be complete without a raffle to win THREE basket options full of goodies including gift certificates and 100% of the proceeds to be donated to our local animal refuge : Alaqua!!

It’s going to be a fun day to shop local and show your support!

Harry Potter Trivia Night~Feb 20th

Harry Potter Trivia Night!! They will be having a trivia game night at Milk & Honey Soft Serve & Coffee Shop on Thursday, February 20th at 6pm. Each round will be filled with questions from the Harry Potter Series. Prizes will be given to each winner. You don’t want to miss out! The address is 4767 Highway 90, Ste E in Marianna.


Feb 18th~Panama City Publishing Co. Museum reopening

The Panama City Publishing Company Museum has been closed for floor repairs since November. The original floors were damaged beyond repair after getting wet during Hurricane Michael. Now that those repairs are nearly finished, the public is invited to attend the museum’s grand re-opening. Plan to join them at 4pm, Tuesday, Feb. 18 to celebrate the reopening of this historic treasure. Located at 1134 Beck Avenue in Panama City, you can call them at 850-872-7208.

George Mortimer West is credited as the founding father of Panama City, developing it into an economically viable city and port on the shores of St. Andrews Bay. He built the Panama City Publishing Company building in 1920, in the heart of historic St. Andrews. The building served as the home of Panama City’s first newspapers, including the St. Andrews Buoy, the Panama City Pilot, the St. Andrews Bay News and Lynn Haven Free Press. West died in 1926, and his wife, “Miss Lillian,” continued to run the business. She was an outspoken and sharp businesswoman, and one of the first women registered to vote in Bay County. Miss Lillian sold the St. Andrews Bay News to John Perry, owner of the Panama City Herald in 1937, and he merged the two papers into the current Panama City News Herald. In addition to photos, newspapers, and documents, produced by Mr. West, the building houses more than 70 major historical items, including original printing presses and office furnishings, which were still in use by Mr. West’s great-great grandson Charles (Buddy) West, who operated the business until the City of Panama City purchased the building in October 2005, restored it, and opened it as a museum in 2008.

February is Pet Dental Month

Celebrated every February, National Pet Dental Health Month was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association to highlight how important oral health is to overall health, happiness and wellbeing of your pet. If you don’t brush your pet’s teeth every day, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that only 2% of dog owners brush their dog’s teeth on daily despite recommendations from veterinarians across the US to do so. As a result, supplemental dog dental chews that are proven effective in fighting plaque and controlling tartar become an important part of a dog’s daily routine.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has reported that 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some kind of oral disease by the age of three. It’s one of the most common problems faced by our four-legged family members.

According to US Veterinarians, periodontal disease, a gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup, is the most common dental condition for dogs, with 80% exhibiting evidence of the disease by age 3. When it comes to dental health care in dogs, offense is the best defense. Brushing your dog’s teeth and providing a daily dog dental chew are great ways to reduce plaque and tartar accumulation.

Spring Garden Class~Feb. 22nd

Spring Garden class on Feb 22nd from 10am to noon. This is the annual Spring Gardening Workshop Event! Once again they are teaming up with Matt and Judy from the Washington County Extension office. You will learn great tips on how to prepare for and have a successful & bountiful Spring Garden! As always there will be great door prizes and food!! The event is FREE!! You can call the Orange Hill Express who is hosting the event, or just stop by to sign up. This will be at the ORANGE HILL VOL. FIRE DEPT located at 1927 Orange Hill Road in Chipley.


Food Truck Festival~ Feb 15th and 16th

Food Truck Festivals of America is heading back to Florida’s Panhandle for the 3rd Annual Panama City Beach Food Truck & Craft Beer TWO DAY Festival at Aaron Bessant Park. Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites such as fall-off-the-bone BBQ, to wood-fired pizzas to zesty tacos to the sweetest treats and more! Along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries to wash it all down. FTFA will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to Panama City Beach! FEBRUARY 15th & 16th. Saturday & Sunday 12 – 5 PM *Early access VIP hour 11 AM – 12 PM Located at Aaron Bessant Park at 600 S Pier Park Drive in Panama City Beach.

Enjoy outdoor games like cornhole, giant jenga, and a bouncy house for kids! Dance to the tunes of a local DJ. Face Painting for kids and adults! Most importantly – bring your friends and family, lawn chairs, blankets, and soak in the sun!

Additional Information: -NEW ticket packages available -PCB & Panama City Residents will receive $1 off beer with show of valid ID at the beer ticket tent -All First Responders (will valid ID) and children 12 and under will receive free admissions  -Food & drink will be sold separately from admission   -This event is family friendly -Cash & Credit available at gate and most vendors -ATMs will be available at festival -Lawn Chairs are welcomed -Well behaved & leashed dogs are allowed -No Refunds.

Click the link below to purchase tickets or get more information.