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Half-Cent Sales Tax Dollars at Work in Local Schools

Updated: 10/25/2007 - In less than two weeks, Bay County voters will head to the polls, deciding if they want another 10-years of the half-cent sales tax. In order to help you make an informed decision, we've been airing a special series this week on the tax renewal issue. Thursday, we visited two local schools to see how officials are spending your tax dollars.

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Surfside Letter on Half-Cent Sales Tax Causes Controversy

Updated: 10/25/2007 - Some people are upset over this letter and some of the statements it makes about the half-cent sales tax for schools. One of the people most upset is a member of the committee that oversees school construction paid for with the tax revenue. Some of the confusion and controversy over the half-cent sale tax may get cleared-up Thursday night.

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School Tax Renewal Faces Fierce Opposition

Updated: 10/23/2007 - With the November 6th vote just two weeks from today, many Bay County voters have yet to decide whether they want to extend the half-cent sales tax for another 10-years. Newschannel 7 kicks off a special series to help you make an informed decision, by showing you how the original school sales tax was created. Tonight, you'll hear from a group that believes it's time to retire the tax.

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Looking Back at the Half-Cent Sales Tax

Updated: 05/26/2009 - Almost 10-years ago, Bay County voters narrowly approved a half-cent sales tax to improve local school facilities. The tax expires early next year and the Bay County School District is asking voters to renew it for another 10-years. Just like 1998, the debate over the issue is fierce. Newschannel 7 reports on the half-cent sales tax issue in special three-part series, beginning with the history of the controversial tax.

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Mowat Robotics Team: The Best of the "BEST"

Updated: 10/22/2007 - A group of eighth graders in Panama City have been busy working on their science project, set to compete in one of the biggest science fairs in the country.

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School Officials Tour Bay County Campuses

Updated: 10/18/2007 - Bay County school officials want you to know where your half-cent sales tax money has been going the past 10 years and where it will continue to go if the upcoming vote passes.

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1/2 Cent Sales Tax Signs Causing a Stir

Updated: 10/06/2007 - It now appears there are some questions as to whether the signs are legal, but school officials say the signs are not advancing a political agenda.

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School Lunch Policy May Soon See Changes

Updated: 09/13/2007 - About 100 people showed up at the Bay District School Board offices to express their opinions about off-campus lunches. The school board called the special workshop on the issue after several lunchtime car wrecks involving local high school students.

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School Lunch Debate

Posted: 08/26/2007 - A serious traffic accident Friday involving four high school students has sparked some controversy on whether schools should allow off-campus lunches.

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First Day for Some Teachers Too

Updated: 08/20/2007 - Bay County students are all finished up with their first day of class. Today was the first day for some new teachers as well.

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High School Students to Pick Majors

Updated: 08/20/2007 - This year’s high school freshmen class will have some new opportunities, and possibly pressure that previous classes didn’t have.

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Share the Road With Bus Drivers on Monday

Updated: 08/17/2007 - Monday morning bus drivers will be behind the wheel for the first day of school, but they won't be the only increased presence on the roads. Police will be watching out for drivers disobeying school zone laws.

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Less Than a Week Left for Back-to-School Shots

Updated: 08/15/2007 - School starts Monday in Bay County, which means time is dwindling down to get back to school shots in order. The Bay County Health Department will be open all week to ensure you get your shots in time.

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Back to School Blowout

Updated: 08/12/2007 - Hundreds of local kids got to stock up on free back-to-school items Saturday morning.

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Bay County in Need of More School Bus Drivers

Updated: 08/09/2007 - School's starting in less than two weeks. Bay district school bus drivers are preparing to hit the road on August 20, but there may not be enough drivers to go around.

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Bay High Cleanup

Posted: 07/17/2007 - Bay High School organized a work day Tuesday, but not to do school work. Instead it was to do some yard work to keep the campus looking neat and clean.

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Teachers’ Pay Will Be Delayed This Year

Updated: 07/06/2007 - Last year the state legislature passed a law that pushed back the beginning of the public school year to no earlier than two weeks before Labor Day. It begins this school year.

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Walton Principals

Updated: 06/27/2007 - The Walton County school board meeting room was packed with parents upset over a proposed shuffling of principals at four schools.

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