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Lawson for County Commission

Updated: 03/20/2008 - Former Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council Chairman Jim Lawson wants to serve on a different board. Lawson officially announced his candidacy for the County Commission District 5 seat on Thursday.

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Okaloosa Fatality

Posted: 03/20/2008 - A dump truck driver was killed early Thursday afternoon in a single vehicle crash in Okaloosa County.

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Highway 331 Closer to Four Lanes

Updated: 03/20/2008 - The Walton County Commission met with the Speaker Designate of the Florida House of Reps today about plans to expand.

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Inmates to Train Dogs

Updated: 03/21/2008 - Bay Correctional inmates will have the chance to train dogs for disabled veterans.

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Escaped Inmate Faces Multiple Charges

Posted: 03/20/2008 - An inmate who escaped from a Georgia deputy during a restroom break in Holt is now in the Okaloosa County jail. 33-year old Eugene Smith, aka Clifford Eugene Baker, is charged with escape, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and grand theft auto.

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Al Crotzer Compensation

Updated: 03/20/2008 - Lawmakers will have to decide how much a year of life is worth. A proposed bill would pay a man who spent 24 years in a Florida prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

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Noose Legislation:

Updated: 03/20/2008 - Lawmakers gathered at the old capitol Thursday in Tallahassee, to rally support for a bill to ban hanging nooses in public. For many the noose is a hurtful reminder of the murders of hundreds of African Americans in the early and mid 19-hundreds.

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Trooper Injured

Updated: 03/20/2008 - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was lifeflighted to a Dothan hospital this morning after his car was struck in the rear by a semi-tractor trailer rig on Interstate 10 near Chipley.

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Drivers Ed Bill

Updated: 03/20/2008 - It could soon be harder for your 16 and 17 year olds to get their licenses. As Whitney Ray tells us lawmakers want teens to pass a class before they hit the road.

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Beach Assault Arrests

Posted: 03/20/2008 - Two teenagers from Georgia are behind bars after allegedly attacking other visitors on the beach with pipe-like objects.

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Motel Security Guard Ordered Held Without Bail

Posted: 03/20/2008 - A security guard from a beach motel will be spending quite some time in the Bay County Jail. 29-year-old Shaun Wuertly appeared before a local judge Wednesday afternoon for a bond hearing.

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Another Democratic Plan

Updated: 03/20/2008 - Senate Democrats in Tallahassee have a new plan to have their delegates counted at the national convention. The authors of this plan are calling on the two candidates to agree on something.

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Myers Verdict

Updated: 03/20/2008 - The verdict is in for 72-year-old Bobby Myers Sr., accused of second-degree murder. Myers shot and killed his daughter's boyfriend Wendel Kirch, who is also known as Butch Kirch, in January 2007 at her house in Bonifay. It took jurors about two hours to come to a decision.

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Local JROTC Students Not Discouraged By Iraq War

Updated: 03/19/2008 - Wednesday marks the 5th anniversary of the current fighting in Iraq. A lot has changed since the first six months of the war, when the world was cheering the fall of Saddam Hussein. Nowadays, many Americans are questioning why American Troops are still fighting and dying in a country, where much of the population is either hostile or indifferent to our troops. However, the news out of Iraq hasn't discouraged young people from enlisting, at least not locally.

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Federal Reserve Cuts Fund Rate

Updated: 03/19/2008 - The Federal Reserve is trying to encourage spending by cutting the fund rate by 3/4 of a point.

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Local Girl Scout Troop Gives Back

Updated: 03/19/2008 - Girl Scout cookies continue to be one of the most requested items by our men and women in uniform.

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Florida Wants Salvia on the Banned Drug List

Updated: 03/20/2008 - State lawmakers want to ban a hallucinogenic drug that can be bought on-line and has already been linked to one death. Wednesday in Tallahassee a senate committee voted on a bill that would make Salvia illegal.

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Gay Adoption

Updated: 03/19/2008 - Florida is the only state in the country that *specifically* bans adoptions based on sexual orientation. At the capitol Wednesday, child welfare advocates were on hand to support a bill to allow gay couples to adopted.

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Florida Potty Bill

Updated: 03/20/2008 - Proposed legislation would penalize Florida restaurant owners if their bathrooms run out of toilet paper. Lawmakers voted on a bathroom bill that would create minimum standards for some public bathrooms.

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Off Shore Oil Drilling Bids

Updated: 03/20/2008 - With oil prices again pushing $110 a barrel and more potentially energy-rich territory opened in the Gulf of Mexico, petroleum companies have lined up to bid on federal offshore tracts.

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