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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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Pre-Kindergarten Scores Released

Updated: 06/25/2007 - For the first time ever grades are out for the voluntary pre-kindergarten programs across the state. The scores date back to the 2005-2006 school year.

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Florida First State to Outlaw Internet "Grooming"

Posted: 06/25/2007 - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum was in Panama City earlier this month promoting the intensive statewide effort to stop child internet solicitation, and child pornography.

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