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Bay County Sales Tax Collections are Down Considerably

Posted: 02/08/2008 - Are we already in a recession, as some economists claim. The numbers seem to indicate a significant slowdown in the local economy over the past year. Perhaps the most telling number is that of the total sales in Bay County by all businesses for one year.

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Rebates For Seniors

Updated: 02/08/2008 - The federal economic stimulus package will put millions of dollar in the hands of some of the state’s most active spenders. More than 3 million senior citizens in Florida will receive an extra 3-hundred dollars with their tax returns. Members of AARP Florida say seniors spend more than 90 percent of their income.

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Hurricane Legislation

Updated: 02/08/2008 - Legislative Leaders want to change the way the state prepares for hurricanes, and it could cost you more up front. Lawmakers are looking at revamping the Catastrophe fund and requiring some Floridians to storm-proof their homes. Insurance premiums could go up, but lawmakers say it would save taxpayers in the long run.

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Pier Park Getting Close

Updated: 02/08/2008 - Shoppers and bargain hunters alike are getting ready for, Pier Park, one of this year's most anticipated openings here along the northern Gulf Coast.

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Weed Eating Fish

Updated: 02/08/2008 - It's going to be a beautiful weekend for fishin' and Deerpoint Lake may be the place to go. But be careful not to catch the grass carp that were just released into the water Friday morning.

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Mentors Needed

Posted: 02/08/2008 - There are a lot of local organizations that use volunteers to mentor children. And most of the time, they're acting on their own, unaware of the efforts of the other groups. But a new coalition is hoping to change that trend and combine the efforts of those organizations.

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Fools Gold

Posted: 02/08/2008 - If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. That's the case with regards to a stash of jewelry recovered by Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies.

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FWC / Red Snapper

Updated: 02/07/2008 - Hundreds of people, from all over the state, gathered in Bay County on Thursday to take-up a controversial issue. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took-up new, tougher limits on red snapper catches by recreational fishermen. The fishermen put up a good fight and won some concessions. They will have to live with some limits.

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Traffic Ticket Proposal is Dead Issue

Posted: 02/07/2008 - Local school officials have put the brakes on a proposal that would raise the price of traffic tickets in Bay County.

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Cove Area Drug Bust

Updated: 02/07/2008 - Three Panama City residents are behind bars for several felony drug charges.

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Crist on Romney

Updated: 02/07/2008 - Governor Charlie Crist waited until the final hours before the Florida Primary to endorse John McCain. That endorsement is given credit by many insiders for pushing the Arizona Senator over the top.

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Delegate Plea

Updated: 02/07/2008 - Florida Democrats continue to hold out hope the voices of their 210 delegates will be heard at the National Convention in Denver this summer.

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Local C-R-A Arguments

Updated: 02/07/2008 - The Florida Supreme Court heard two Bay County cases Thursday that could have a major impact on the future of Community Redevelopment Areas, or C-R-A's, around Florida.

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Evolution Debate

Updated: 02/07/2008 - The Bay District School Board is about to enter the fight over whether evolution should be taught as fact or theory.

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Take Your Gun to Work Proposed Legislation

Updated: 02/07/2008 - A two year battle over gun rights is pitting two of Florida's most power groups, the NRA and Florida Businesses, against each other. The issue if over whether you can have a legal firearm in your car while you are at work. A similar bill was voted down last year, but legislators have revamped it for the March session.

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Man sentenced for Attempted Murder in Gulf County

Posted: 02/07/2008 - One of two fishermen who attached a Grand Father and his son at the Tapper Bridge in Port St. Joe a year and a half ago, was sentenced today in Gulf County Circuit Court

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Florida becomes 35th state to ban Internet hunting

Posted: 02/07/2008 - Internet hunting will not be coming to Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to outlaw the practice at its meeting in Panama City.

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Husfelt Announces Candidacy

Posted: 02/07/2008 - Another candidate has announced his desire to be the next Bay District School Superintendent. Mosley High School Principal Bill Husfelt will be running for the position.

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Area Fantasy Five Winner

Updated: 02/07/2008 - Two winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night’s Florida Lottery Fantasy Five drawing, one of them in this area.

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Man Arrested For Aggravated Child Abuse

Updated: 02/07/2008 - Bay County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested a Venetian Villa man on allegations of the physical abuse of his three month old daughter. Michael Elmer, 26, of 3913 Pisa Drive, Panama City, was jailed on charges of Aggravated Child Abuse.

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Courts Block Laguna Beach Development

Updated: 02/07/2008 - The plaintiff’s call it a major decision in the future development of Bay County. The local courts Wednesday ruled in favor of the Western Beaches Neighborhood Defense Fund in a law suit against the Bay County Commission.

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Water War

Updated: 02/07/2008 - How much water should be released from Lake Lanier, the major reserve feeding the Apalachicola River? That has been the ongoing battle for the past six years for Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

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