The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will hold its 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St. The event will feature Christmas carols, a visit from Santa Claus and hot cocoa and cookies. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring cameras for photos with Santa!

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Deer Point Reservoir drawdown set

Deer Point Reservoir drawdown setBay County Utilities will hold a winter drawdown of Deer Point Reservoir, as requested by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission from Dec. 15 to Jan. 30. The drawdown is aimed at reducing the number of weeds growing in the reservoir by killing them due to exposure to freezing temperatures. For more information, please call Bay County Utility Services at 248-5010.

BCAS hours to change

BCAS hours to change In an effort to better serve citizens, Bay County Animal Control will change the shelter's operational hours for the public, effective Dec. 1. The shelter will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shelter will be closed to the public on Sunday and Wednesday.

BOCC offices to close for holidays

BOCC offices to close for holidays The offices of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners will be closed Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will close at noon Dec. 24 and continue to be closed all day Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 in observation of the Christmas holidays. We will also be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day.