Katie Bente, WJHG-TV

Katie Bente


Panama City Beach, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Katie:

Panama City officials working to build back parks better than before

Nearly four years after being hit hard by Hurricane Michael, Panama City leaders are working on bringing some area parks back to life. Some of those include Sudduth, Joe Moody, Daffin, and Bay Memorial Parks. → Read More

How next year’s Panama City Beach budget broke city record

Next year, Panama City Beach will have more to spend than ever before. The biggest chunk always comes from the 1% Business Tax Receipt (BTR), but it isn’t just from tourism boosts. → Read More

Panama City Beach leaders discuss how to spend largest budget in the city’s history

Panama City Beach is looking at its largest budget in the city’s history, which is roughly $75 million for the fiscal year 2023. → Read More

Oscar Patterson Academy reopens after nearly 4 years

Oscar Patterson Academy in Panama City is opening its doors back up again after being closed shut nearly four years following Hurricane Michael. → Read More

Investigation continues for illegal open house party at $8 million Watercolor home

Investigators have already identified dozens involved, but now they’re looking for those responsible, the ones who posted fliers advertising it on social media. → Read More

PCB city leaders work to move forward with widening Back Beach Road

Panama City Beach Parkway, or as locals know it as Back Beach Road, may soon be widened. → Read More

New D-BAT indoor training facility could be coming to Frank Brown Park

At Thursday's city council meeting, city leaders approved an exclusive negotiations agreement with the potential developer. → Read More

Panama City family protests for justice of loved one killed last year

Family members were protesting along Business 98 in Panama City Thursday asking for signatures. Their hope is to get the case heard in front of a grand jury. → Read More

PCB city leaders discuss legalizing food deliveries on the sandy beaches

At Thursday’s council meeting, city leaders discussed allowing beachfront businesses to use online food service apps to deliver onto the sand. → Read More

Local church camp hosts gas buy down event in PCB

For a few hours Wednesday, they lowered the price per gallon of gas by 50 cents for anyone filling up at the Express Lanes Exxon on the west end of Panama City Beach. → Read More

Latest on the ECP Airport expansion project

The official Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport sign is finally up at the entrance off State Road 388. → Read More

Walton County Sheriff’s deputies buckle down on golf carts driving along Highway 98

Walton County Sheriff’s deputies are reminding both residents and visitors that golf carts are not allowed on Highway 98. That means not on the road or off to the side of it. → Read More

Possible affordable housing coming to South Walton

Christian International is looking to build a family-style residential development near the church, just off of Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. → Read More

Progress to come for the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center

The Martin Luther King Junior Recreational Center is just a few weeks away from being torn down, and a brand new state-of-the-art recreational center will be taking its place. → Read More

Private Facebook group exposes Walton County road rage incidents

A crazy road rage incident was caught on camera and posted for the nearly 14,000 members of the 30A/ 98 Road Rage Facebook group to see. → Read More

The 80th anniversary of the sinking of Empire Mica

A popular dive site off the coast of Apalachicola has a story dating back 80 years. Wednesday marks the anniversary of when Empire Mica was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, right in our backyard. → Read More

New intercity bus between Atlanta and Panama City Beach coming in July

The Atlanta Beach Bus Express out of College Park, Georgia, will soon be making the roughly six-hour drive down to PCB daily, Thursday through Monday. → Read More

Parker Elementary School becomes community school

This will create new learning opportunities for students, as well as become a one-stop shop for anything families living in the Parker area need. → Read More

Bay County public schools need more mentors

Right now, roughly 300 Bay District Schools students are on a waiting list to be assigned a mentor. → Read More

Bay County Commissioners push to swap out septic tanks for sewer lines

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is putting up $1,000,000 towards permitting and designing the Bay County North Bay Water Quality Improvement Program. → Read More