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Rutherford Math Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 11/22/2012 - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches math at Rutherford High School. As head of Rutherford's math department, Karen Harrell helps direct math instruction for not only her students, but every student at Rutherford High.

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Reality TV vs. Real World: Pageants

Posted: 11/16/2012 - NewsChannel 7's Meredith TerHaar followed four contestants ranging in age from 6 to 17, as they prepared for and competed in the National Southern Miss Scholarship Pageant here in Panama City Beach. While their experiences and reasons for participating are different, they all agree those reality shows give pageantry a bad rap. They were eager to show what a typical pageant family is like... makeup, gowns, spray tans and all.

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North Bay Haven Language Arts Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 11/15/2012 - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 8th grade language arts at North Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City. Brenda Fondren was nominated by a student who says her energy and enthusiasm is a great way to jump start the day.

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Shaddai Shriners Help Hundreds in Northwest Florida

Updated: 11/14/2012 - Since 1922 the Shaddai Shriners have helped one million children with medical needs get the care they need free of charge. In Northwest Florida alone the organization is currently helping 300 families.

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Bay County Veterans Day Parade in Panama City

Posted: 11/12/2012 - Continuing the recognition of local men and women in uniform, Bay County's annual Veterans Day parade takes place in downtown Panama City Monday.

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St. John Catholic School's Mr. Boss Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 11/08/2012 - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches middle school religion and social studies at St. John Catholic School in Panama City. Mr. Boss has been teaching at St. John Catholic School for 30 years, teaching lessons with eternal implications.

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Voting Booths Added to Alleviate Back-Up at Precinct 14 Tuesday

Updated: 11/07/2012 - The polls opened at 7AM Tuesday but it didn't take long for a very long line to form at one Bay County voting location. Some voters waited for two hours before casting their ballot at the La Quinta on Panama City Beach.

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Mosley High School Algebra Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 11/01/2012 - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches algebra at Mosley High School in Lynn Haven. Mrs. Denery-Page was nominated by a student who says she completely changed his perception of math.

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ESE Social Studies Teacher From Everitt Middle School Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 10/18/2012 - This week's Golden Apple Award Winner is an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Everitt Middle School. From parents to co-workers, lots of people nominate teachers for the Golden Apple Award, but when a student does the nominating, those times are extra special.

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Margaret K. Lewis Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 10/04/2012 - Millville - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 1st through 4th grade autistic students at Margaret K. Lewis school in Millville. Keri Lewis was nominated by a mother who's daughter doesn't speak, but she communicates in other ways just how much she loves being in Ms. Lewis' class.

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Waller Elementary School First Grade Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 10/31/2012 - Youngstown - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches first grade at Waller Elementary in Youngstown. Spend just a little time in Ms. Suzie Carter's classroom and it's easy to see why so many parents request her.

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Surfside Middle School Language Arts Teachers Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 09/20/2012 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 6th grade language arts at Surfside Middle School. Kimberly Meadows has only been teaching for 3 years, but she has already made a lasting impact on the life of the student who nominated her.

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Back-to-School Lunch Ideas from My Best Friend's Kitchen

Posted: 08/17/2012 - Kathie Riley of My Best Friend's Kitchen visited NewsChannel 7 Today Friday morning and has some recipes for adorable lunchbox snacks and some great back to school tips for packing healthy lunches.

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Fishing Industry and Congressman Steve Southerland Rally Against "Idle Iron" Policy

Updated: 07/18/2012 - Teeming with life, fish, turtles and dolphins have made abandoned oil rigs their home. But a well-intentioned federal program might wipe out that habitat. The "Idle Iron Policy" calls for 3,500 non-producing wells to be capped and 650 dismantled. Secretary of the Interior Salazar issued the mandate in September of 2010 citing safety and environmental concerns.

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Monday: Final Day of Extended Red Snapper Season

Updated: 07/16/2012 - Panama City - Today is the final day of the extended red snapper season, at midnight the season comes to an end. It's the first time the season has ever been extended, in response to rough weather brought on by Tropical Storm Debby which forced boats to stay docked. Red snapper season is a huge draw for Northwest Florida, bringing thousands of tourists and millions of dollars to the local economy. NewsChannel 7's Meredith TerHaar spent a day offshore to find out why.

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Local Summer Drama Camps Gaining Popularity

Updated: 07/13/2012 - Panama City - Sports camps are a favorite summer activity for thousands of kids across Northwest Florida, now drama camps are gaining popularity locally. Two dozen elementary and middle school students are busy putting the finishing touches on their presentation of "The Little Mermaid Jr."

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Niceville Teen Carries Olympic Torch

Updated: 07/10/2012 - Panama City - It's certainly the opportunity of a lifetime! Sixteen-year-old Bailey Reese, of Niceville, carried the Olympic torch through Bisham Abbey in England Tuesday morning.

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"Klothes for Kids" Begins On-Site Registration

Updated: 07/10/2012 - Panama City - School doesn't start for another several weeks, but a Panama City Rescue Mission program that helps students in need get ready for the new year is already busy getting families signed up. New this year, "Klothes for Kids" is doing on-site registration at places like Girls Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club. That makes it even easier for families to get the help they need.

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Free Online Training Module Helps Families Dealing with Alzheimer's

Updated: 07/05/2012 - Panama City - Alzheimers. By age 85, 30% to 50% of adults show signs of the disease. For family caregivers, dealing with Alzheimer's effects on their loved one can be heartbreaking and stressful. That's why a local in-home senior care provider is spreading the word about a new, and free resource for families. The online training module is called "CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education." It helps families better understand the disease and how to cope with it, as well as offer tips on how to care for the 60% to 70% of Alzheimer's patients still living at home.

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