About Us

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The Lynn Haven Ledger is your source for learning about our community, whether you are interested in town events, school activities, or just local stories.  Our mission is to be a source of positive, informative, entertaining and down-to-earth content. The Ledger publishes on Friday, every two weeks.

The Health Care Monthly

The Health Care Monthly is a publication of the Lynn Haven Ledger and is included once a month with the Ledger publication, as well as additional copies printed for distribution in surrounding counties.  It is distributed in Gulf, Jackson, Washington, Holmes and Walton, in addition to Bay, counties.

The Owners

The Lynn Haven Ledger was founded by Jim and Donna Vavala (pictured above right) in 2009. The couple had many years of experience in the newspaper business, but it was still quite difficult for them to get the paper off the ground. However, over the years, a reliable community newspaper for Lynn Haven residents had finally taken shape. In March of 2015, the paper, including the Health Care Monthly, had grown enough to be sold to its current owners, Brian and Catherine Davis (pictured, above left).

Brian and Catherine moved to Lynn Haven in 2003 when Brian was employed at Sallie Mae. They have six children ranging in age from 11 to 27.  Most of the Davis siblings live in Lynn Haven and are excited about being involved in one function or another in the paper, including writing, photography, distribution and even accounting.

Brian and Catherine met in Houston, TX, when they both worked at Exxon. They married, began raising a family and moved to Michigan, then Indiana for many years and finally to Florida, as they settled and found careers that best suited their talents and interests.

For 30 years, Brian, an Indiana native, has focused his career on information technology and managing all aspects of business in the corporate world before moving into consulting about five years ago. Catherine, who hails from St. Augustine, has been an administrative assistant at Exxon Corporation in Texas, a para teacher in the Bay County School system and still remains a Mary Kay consultant and a HealthPlex fitness instructor locally.

In 2011, the couple bought Super Cuts hair salons, one each in Lynn Haven, Panama City, Callaway and Marianna, which they continue to operate.  They are committed to Bay County and especially to Lynn Haven, where their two youngest children attend Mowat Middle School.

“We love Lynn Haven,” says Brian. “The Lynn Haven Ledger and Health Care Monthly reflect everything good about this community. We look forward to carrying on the good work Donna and Jim began six years ago.  We see this as an opportunity to help the businesses here become stronger, to offer positive news and share information.  We are fortunate to be able to involve our family as part of this endeavor.”

Catherine is especially thrilled about bringing their children into the family business if they so choose and likened the experience to something the Dalai Lama once said about giving the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.


2 Replies to “About Us”

  1. 9.21.2015

    To Whom It May Concern:

    We are relativity new to the Panama City Beach and I stumble across your publication last Friday when I was downtown Panama City at an asian owned country style buffet. Sorry,
    that is the best that I can do as I do not remember the name of the location.

    I offered payment for your publication but she declined. My questions are as follows: (a) Do you have a location on this side of the Hathaway Bridge in Panama City Beach where I can pick-up a copy of the Lynn Haven Ledger? (b) Perhaps, you offer a by mail subscription.
    (c) Also, what is the frequency of your publication? Please reply back to the inquiry as I enjoyed reading the Lynn Haven Ledger:
    Volume 6, Issue 19 September 11 – September 25, 2015 edition.

    Respectfully yours,

    Michael Zimmerman

    1. Hello Michael!

      Welcome to the area! We appreciate your letter and are sorry you were unable to take a copy from the restaurant (Cassandra’s). The papers are left at many medical and dental offices on the beach side and we are planning on placing at the library with the next issue barring any unforeseen circumstances. We also offer a subscription of $20/year. If that suits you better, just send a check to Lynn Haven Ledger, P.O. Box 912, Lynn Haven 32444, with your mailing information.

      The paper publishes every other Friday (the 25th being the next issue) and the Health Care Monthly publishes in addition to it once per month; the Health Care Monthly is also distributed separately throughout Bay County and 5 other counties, as well.

      I hope this helps and please let me know if you need anything else.

      Thanks again,

      Catherine Davis

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