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South Walton High School Play

Updated: 11/02/2007 - South Walton High School's drama department has had a hard time presenting a fall play this year. A group of concerned citizens challenged the first selection, Blithe Spirit, then rumors began circulating there would be another challenge to the second choice, which was a murder mystery.

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School Dropout

Posted: 10/31/2007 - Non-high-school graduates can expect to make $7,000 less a year than those with a diploma.

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Local Schools Labeled as Dropout Factories

Posted: 10/31/2007 - A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds more than 1 in 10 high schools across the country and about half of all Florida high schools are considered dropout factories.

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Senator Gaetz Attacks Half-Cent Sales Tax Renewal

Updated: 10/30/2007 - State Senator Don Gaetz visited Mexico Beach on Tuesday, as part of his outreach work in his five-county district. He met with the AARP early Tuesday morning, where area seniors were concerned about senior citizen issues as well as education spending.

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Half-Cent Sales Tax Q & A

Updated: 10/29/2007 - The special election to decide if Bay County voters will renew a half-cent sales for schools, is about a week away. Last week, Newschannel 7 brought you a series of stories on the tax issue, highlighted by a live debate between Bay County School Board Member Ginger Littleton and Bay Tax Foundation President Lee Sullivan. One of the items surfacing in that debate concerned deals, certain items that are exempt from the tax.

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We Build Schools, But Can We Keep Them in Shape?

Updated: 10/27/2007 - Bay County School officials have spent over $100 million dollars on school repairs over the last 10-years. The money came from the half-cent sales tax. Now, school officials want voters to renew the tax for another 10-years to renovate even more facilities. But how is the quality of some of the most recent work?

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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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