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Grades Are in for Bay County Schools

Updated: 06/29/2007 - Students may not be worried about grades during their summer break. But Florida school officials certainly are paying attention.

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A Water Boil Notice has been lifted for Bay County.

Updated: 06/29/2007 - Lightning from an Thursday afternoon thunderstorm knocked-out power at the water treatment facility. This caused most of Bay county to be placed under a water boil notice for most of last night and today.

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Road Closure Due To Fire & Smoke

Updated: 06/29/2007 - The Walton County Sheriff's Office has shut down parts of State Highway 20 near Basin Bayou west of Freeport.

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New F-A-M-U President

Updated: 06/29/2007 - The incoming President of Florida's only historically black university says he's not going to waste any time getting the school's financial house in order. James Ammons held his first formal news conference at Florida A & M University this week.

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The Number of Failing Schools Quadrupled in Florida Because of Tougher Scoring Criteria

Updated: 06/29/2007 - School grades are out, and as expected, the numbers aren't great. While the combined number of “A” and “B” schools dropped in Florida, the total of “D” and “F” schools skyrocketed. State officials say that’s because FCAT standards are higher this year, but that’s not enough for critics of the test.

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11 Weeks and Still No Barnett Replacement

Updated: 06/29/2007 - It's been 2-and-a-half months since Rick Barnett resigned his position as Bay County's Property Appraiser. And the office is still vacant.

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Homeless Shelter for the Beach?

Updated: 06/28/2007 - Local organizations are making plans to set up a temporary shelter for the homeless population in Panama City Beach. As of right now, the only available shelter for the area is all the way in the down town area.

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Five And A Half Years Later, 9/11 Still Hurting Florida’s Economy

Updated: 06/28/2007 - Florida’s new state budget isn’t even set to take effect until Sunday, but Governor Charlie Crist is already talking about making cuts. Economic forecasts show Florida’s revenue is continuing to fall off, and a new study shows the effects of a post 9-11 world may be at least partly to blame.

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Nine Arrested Today At Construction Site

Posted: 06/28/2007 - Investigators from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office visited the site of Wyatt Construction located at 3306 Highway 98, Mexico Beach, Thursday after complaints had been received regarding suspected illegal aliens working at this job site.

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Veto on Dogs on Beach Bill

Posted: 06/28/2007 - Governor Crist vetoed the bill on this week that would have decriminalized violation of the state park dog rule.

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Tail of Two Beaches

Updated: 06/29/2007 - While Bay County dog owners are still fighting to get their pets near a beach, dog owners in Walton are raring up to re-new their dog on the beach permits.

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Sewer Protest

Updated: 06/29/2007 - Some Grand Ridge residents are protesting against the route city officials want to take for a sewage spray-field. The city has received a waste collection system. Now, all they're waiting for is word on where to put the waste. Some say they want the waste to go somewhere else.

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Training

Updated: 06/29/2007 - Until recently, sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, was considered the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old. However, the more experts understand about the condition, the more they believe many of those deaths are misdiagnosed. Local law enforcement agencies are trying to find out more about SIDS, so they can properly handle child death investigations.

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County Wide Boil Water Notice

Posted: 06/28/2007 - A temporary loss of power at the Bay County Water Treatment Plant Thursday has caused a temporary reduction in water pressure in the distribution system. As a precaution, the county has issued a county-wide boil water notice for all water used for cooking or drinking.

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Bolinger News Conference

Updated: 06/28/2007 - The year long saga over Bay High Principal Larry Bolinger is coming to an end. Just Wednesday the school board approved a move by Superintendent James McCalister to remove Bolinger as the principal.

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Jail Death Probed

Posted: 06/28/2007 - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office are continuing the investigation into the death of an inmate at the county jail in Eastpoint.

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Lifeguard Training

Updated: 06/28/2007 - The lifeguard program in South Walton County is only into it's second summer season. From March to October, lifeguards protect swimmers from rip currents, potentially dangerous marine life and just plain inexperience.

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Doctor Shortage Could Soon Affect You

Updated: 06/27/2007 - Gulf Coast medical officials say they expect a drift of close to 95 percent of orthopedic patients from Bay Medical to follow their M.D.s all the way to Gulf Coast. And, while officials at Southern Orthopedic say it was a quality life decision, the drift has Bay Medical in a squeeze.

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Individual Augmentees Recognized For Their Service

Updated: 06/27/2007 - You may have never heard of them. They're called individual augmentees or IA's. They're Navy sailors who go on voluntary temporary orders to support other branches of the military.

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