The Salon at Chipola College

The Salon at Chipola College is located at 3094 Indian Circle in Marianna. Chipola offers a full lineup of services for the cost of the materials. You can call 850-718-2439 and make your appointment to get a haircut, color, highlights, wax, facial, manicure, pedicures and more at The Salon at the Chipola College.

Art Break Day~Sep 6th

Art Break Day is a worldwide event, annually on the 1st Friday of September. Grab your favorite creative hobby and go do it in St. Andrews in Panama City on Friday, September 6th from 12pm to 6pm. They will have arting, dancing, music making, and preforming all over Historic St. Andrews, and they want to do it with you! St. Joe Community Foundation is sponsoring this day for everyone to take an afternoon art break. An art break is an intentional act of creativity. Hope you have a creative day!

For more information visit them at


Volunteers needed~Apalachicola Forest~Sept 7th

3rd Annual Apalachicola National Forest Trash Cleanup! Saturday, Sept 7th from 6am to 11am. Cold drinks, donuts, and trash bags will be provided. Please meet at Hwy 12 & Forest Road 105. Contact Michael Harris for more information at 850-630-8187 or Joseph Hall at 850-272-6507.

National Wildlife Day~Sept 4th

September 4th is National Wildlife Day (NWD). Colleen Paige created National Wildlife Day in 2005 they also celebrate on February 22nd in honor of the late wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin- the famed “Crocodile Hunter.” NWD encourages wildlife lovers to stand up and fight for animals that need a voice. Wildlife doesn’t just exist in the forest or outside the city limits. The creatures and animals sharing our world live under our feet and in the sky above us. Today serves to bring global awareness and education concerning the number of endangered animals and the need for conservation and preservation. This is a great day to visit (and donate to) your local zoo, wild animal sanctuary, state park, wildlife conservation center, etc. If you visit one be sure to email with blog in the subject line and you can also post to social media using the hashtag #NationalWildlifeDay!

A few local places: ~Gulf World in Panama City Beach, ~ZooWorld Zoological and Botanical Conservatory in Panama City Beach, ~Redemption Love Farm in Miccosukee, Emerald Coast Zoo in Crestview, ~Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc, in Tallahassee, St. Franchise Wildlife in Quincy, and Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley.


Jackson County Teachers Credit Union

The Jackson County Teachers Credit Union(JCTCU) was created in 1954 to support Jackson County educators. Later they added Chipola College teachers, followed by the board of County Commissioners’ employees and families. Three years ago membership became open to anyone who works or lives in Jackson County. The staff at this branch provide personal service and care about their members.

The JCTCU is a financial co-operative that exists for the benefit of its members. The member’s satisfaction and well being is the number one priority of this Credit Union. The Credit Union was built on the foundation of people helping people. This organization has never been bought out, sold, or changed their name. They offer online banking, mobile app, bill pay, teller line, debit cards, ATM cards, gift cards, CDs, checks, payroll deduction, direct deposit, loans, credit cards, and much more.

They use their profits to serve their members and community. One special project involves financial literacy being taught to seniors, students, and groups free of charge. They are active in the school system and help during disasters.

They are located at 4466 Clinton St in Marianna. Hours are Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4:30 in the lobby and 9am to 5pm in the drive thru. Phone number is 850-526-4470 and the fax number is 850-526-5813. They do have a FB page and you can like and follow them.

September facts and trivia

September is the 9th month of the year and also has 9 letters in it’s name. It is the only month with the same number of letters in it’s English name as the number of the month. It has 30 days. It is the first month of the fall season. The birthstone is Sapphire, which was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. The birth flowers are aster, forget-me-nots, or morning glory. And the band-aid was invented in September.

September in Old England was called Haervest-monath(Harvest Month). September’s name came from the Latin word septem, meaning “seven.” This month had originally been the seventh month of the year of the early Roman calendar.

The name “United States” came into existence in the month of September on Sept 9, 1776. Originally it was referred to as the United Colonies.

Holidays in September are : Labor Day Sept 2nd, Grandparents Day Sept 8th, Patriot Day Sept 11, Constitution Day Sept. 17, International Day of Peace Sept 21, Autumnal Equinox Sept. 23 at 3:50am EDT, Michaelmas Sept 29, and Rosh Hashanah Sept 29.

On Sept 1st Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, died at the age of 76, after ruling France since the age of 5.

Folklore about September: ~Fair on September 1st, Fair for the month. ~Heavy September rains brings drought. ~Married in September’s golden glow, smooth and serene your life will go. ~September dries up ditches or breaks our bridges.

Saturday, August 31st

Lots to do this Labor Day weekend. Below are just a handful of things that are going on. Stay safe, have fun, and keep on eye on Hurricane Dorian.

Relax and Learn hosted by Colonics & Massage of Marianna. This event runs from 9am to 2pm located at 2946 Jefferson St. Go meet and greet with health conscious individuals. Learn the many benefits or Massage, Colon Hydrotherapy and the Ion foot bath detox. They will also introduce to you the benefits of the Salt Therapy that is coming soon. There will be a special guest to speak on her weight loss journey. This lady dropped 130lbs. If you have an questions the number they provided is 850-526-3211.
The Downtown Panama City merchants has a great group of businesses participating. On August 31st from noon to 1pm stroll thru Downtown’s many locations. They will provide maps for which store has who playing in front of it. A lot of the businesses that are participating are on Harrison St in Downtown Panama City. Play Music on the Porch Day started out as an idea in 2013. By 2018 thousands of musicians from at least 60 countries and over 600 cities participated and the movement continues to grow everyday. Participation is easy. You can go to a schedule event like this one or just go outside and play music. Participate alone or invite your friends to gather on the porch. Share a video on your social media and add #playmusicontheporchday
Saving with Soul pet rescue is a foster-based rescue, so adoptable animals are in private homes in the NW Florida Panhandle. The best way to meet one of there pets is to attend the adoption events on Saturdays. They have events EVERY Saturday follow there page on FB to see what pets they have and where the location for that Saturday will be. Most of the pets are fully vetted and most are ready to go home right away. Fees range from $75 to $250.
Alaqua Animal Refuge is a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts a wide variety of animals in need. They are located at 914 Whitfield Road in Freeport. The webpage is The contact phone number is 850-880-6399. This Saturday they are having a 1/2 off adoption fee promotion in order to find forever families for more of their dogs. They are completely overwhelmed by the amount of dogs in the kennels and are running at maximum capacity. They need to send home as many dogs as they can. They are open from noon to 5pm on Saturday.
Labor Day Concert Celebration at HarborWalk Village in Destin. This event is Aug 31st and Sep 1st. Live music all weekend long and on Sunday they will have fireworks over the Destin Harbor.



23rd Annual Florida Scallop, Music, & Arts Festival~August 30th through Sept. 1st

The 23rd Annual Florida Scallop, Music, & Arts Festival will be held Friday, August 20th thru Sunday,  Sept 1st. This years event will be held in George Core Park (Lighthouse Park) in St. Joe Bay. No coolers allowed but pets properly restrained on leashes will be welcomed. From 9pm to 10pm on Friday The Rachel Hillman Band will be preforming. On Saturday from 6:30pm to 8pm Bill Wharton (The Sauce Boys) will be preforming, and 14 more bands will be preforming throughout the weekend.

This event does have a charge of $20 a person for a weekend pass or $10 a day for Friday and Saturday. Then Sunday is only $5. Admission charge starts at 4pm on Friday, 2pm on Saturday, and 1pm on Sunday. All active and retired military are free with military id. And kids 10 and under are free with a parent or guardian. Below is the link for more information.

Florida producers eligible for reimbursment due to Hurricane Michael

A catastrophic Category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael struck Oct. 10th and spanned from Panama City to Mexico Beach to western Georgia. The hurricane brought wind speeds up to 161mph and caused widespread damage. To date, Hurricane Michael(HM) was the 4th most powerful hurricane to hit the US. It is the most powerful hurricane to impact the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.

Ranchers who were in the path of HM can now access funds to rebuild provided by the Sales Tax Relief for Farmers Impacted by HM. The relief fund will provide allocations for farmers to use to purchase building and fencing materials, for fuel to transport agricultural products to a processing or storage facility or for any costs accrues while removing hurricane debris.

According to the University of Florida Extension, Florida law provides for a refund of sales and use tax and discretionary sales surtax paid on materials purchased during the period Oct. 10, 2018, through June 30, 2019. In order to access these funds, applications must be filled out no later than Dec. 31, 2019.

Any person who purchased and placed tax-paid fuel into a motor vehicle from Oct. 10, 2018 through June 30, 2019 and used the fuel on a Florida public highway to transport agricultural products to an agricultural processing or storage facility or to remove hurricane debris may apply for a refund. The refund is limited to the taxes paid on fuel used to transport agriculture products or hurricane debris from locations in Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, or Wakulla counties.

For more information click here and then click on forms. You can also call about your refund at 850-617-8585.


New Italian Resturant in Marianna opens August 28th

August 28th at 5:30pm The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Penello’s Italian Cuisine will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Penello’s Italian Cuisine located at 4217 Lafayette St. The hours will be Wednesday-Thursday 10:30am until 9pm, Friday-Saturday from 10am until 10pm, and Sunday’s from 11am to 5pm. For more information you can call them at 850-546-5200. After the ribbon cutting on the 28th they will have their grand opening with the first dinner service being served at 6pm. The public is invited to help celebrate this occasion.

Penollo’s is owned by Arty, Paula, and son Bryan who will be cooking New York Style Italian Cuisine from family recipes passed down over time. The family was born and raised in New York where Arty worked for the transit authority. Arty and Paula owned some property in Compass Lake and in 2006 someone made them an offer. So the family decided to come to the area and take a look at their investment. During the visit they fell in love with the area and moved here in July of 2006. Bryan’s love of cooking developed early in life and continued into high school where he was part of the culinary program at Marianna High School for 3 years and later at Gulf Coast State College. Bryan is not the only one in the family with culinary experience. Dad Arty operated a successful catering business for 10 years serving a wide variety of events.

The sauces they will be cooking will take between 12-24 hours to prepare. They will be sweetened with natural ingredients, no sugar, and very little salt. They plan to have New-York style cheesecake that stands 2 1/2 inches tall. They are focused on doing business locally.  They are working with Southern Craft Creamery to create a specialized surprise ice cream for the restaurant. They will have zucchini and squash noodles to provide healthier options as well. The owners plan to server locally grown vegetables for side dishes. Wine and beer will be available.