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Local Businesses Seek Growth in NW Florida

Posted: 03/02/2012 - Hundreds of local business representatives and business owners got the chance to hear from the President of Florida's Great Northwest, Don Kirkman.

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Bay District School Officials Alert Parents to Changes with F-CAT Grading System

Updated: 02/28/2012 - Panama City - Bay District School officials are trying to make parents aware of major changes to the F-CAT grading system which could affect their child's score and their school's grade. In December the State Board of Education raised F-CAT scores for reaching passing level, making the cut more difficult to achieve. Now the board is set to vote Tuesday on changes to the way schools are graded, which could result in a full letter drop for many schools.

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Bozeman Teacher Charged with Having Sex with Students

Updated: 02/24/2012 - Another Deane Bozeman teacher is facing criminal charges. Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested him Thursday night for allegedly having sex with some of his male students.

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Southport Elementary ESE Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 02/24/2012 - Southport - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches Exceptional Student Education at Southport Elementary. Joan Gilder works with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders all in one classroom. Parents and colleagues say she has an uncanny ability to understand what each of her students need, emotionally and academically.

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Southport Elementary Students Collect Peanut Butter for Crop Walk

Updated: 02/24/2012 - Panama City - Crop Walks will be held over the next several weeks in many cities to collect food for those in need. In Panama City, the Crop Walk is this Saturday at McKenzie Park. Organizers of the local walk are focusing on an item found in almost everyone's kitchen: peanut butter. And that has captured the imagination of students at Southport Elementary.

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Syrian Revolution Hits Close To Home

Updated: 02/23/2012 - A local pediatrician tells how he escaped his homeland of Syria 30 years ago. Now, he shares his story, hoping change will finally come to his homeland.

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Tougher DUI Laws Possible in Florida

Updated: 02/23/2012 - State lawmakers are considering a proposal that will come down even harder on drunk drivers. The bill includes new tougher penalties for first time offenders.

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Local Mom Credits March of Dimes for Saving Her Son

Updated: 02/20/2012 - Panama City - Originally formed to fight polio, the March of Dimes is now on a mission to save babies by working to prevent birth defects and premature birth. Nationwide 1 in 8 babies is born premature, putting those children at risk for for severe health problems. While proper pre-natal care can help prevent prematurity, sometimes it's unavoidable. One local family is now serving as March of Dimes ambassadors after their son was born three months early.

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Surfside Middle School Math Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 02/16/2012 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a math teacher at Surfside Middle School. Tinsley McGruder says she went into teaching because she wanted to be a positive influence on her students. According to them: mission accomplished.

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Couple Celebrates 35 Years Together after Hollywood

Updated: 02/15/2012 - Santa Rosa- Hollywood romances have a terrible track record, the vast majority end in a split. But one local couple, who's romance began among the glitz and glamour of show business, beat the odds. The two now live in Santa Rosa Beach and are celebrating 35 years together. On this Valentines Day they share their secret to success.

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Local Woman Designs "Skite" for Women on the Go

Updated: 03/06/2012 - Panama City - Women are known for our ability to multi-task. Sometimes don't you wish your wardrobe could multi-task as well as you do? One local woman's active lifestyle prompted her to create a new line of fitness apparel for women on the go.

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Tyndall Agency Develops Rapid Intervention Fire Vehicle

Updated: 02/08/2012 - Panama City - Air Force firefighters now have a new high-powered tool thanks to technology developed at the Air Force Research Lab on Tyndall Air Force Base. The P-34 Rapid Intervention Vehicle uses ultra high-pressure technology to fight jet fuel fires faster and cheaper.

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Callaway Elementary ESE Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 02/03/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches Exceptional Student Education at Callaway Elementary. Parents and colleagues say Mr. Kessler's students take great pride in being one of "Kessler's Cool Cats."

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Helps Vets Recover

Updated: 02/06/2012 - Panama City - Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder are becoming the signature injuries of the Iraq and Afhgan wars. With symptoms like depression, irritability, hyper-vigilance, short-term memory loss, and difficulty sleeping, some affected vets have trouble doing the simplest things. But now some vets are finding help in an unusual way. A treatment developed to cure the Bends in divers is now being used to heal the brain and cure vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that resulted from traumatic brain injury.

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Covenant Christian Hosts FIRST LEGO League Tournament

Posted: 02/02/2012 - Panama City Beach - State and federal leaders, as well as education officials, are really emphasizing the importance of getting students interested in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. Once fantastic way to do that is through robotics.

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Santa Rosa Author Shares His Love of Sherlock Holmes with Book and Society

Updated: 01/31/2012 - Santa Rosa Beach - A Santa Rosa Beach man believes readers can't get enough of detective Sherlock Holmes. That's why two years ago "Chick" Huettel set out to write a tale of mystery and romance based on the most famous Sherlock Holmes story "The Hound of the Baskervilles." An international publishing company out of London liked what they saw and picked it up.

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Chipley High School Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 01/27/2012 - Chipley - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a math teacher at Chipley High School. Her students say Millie Kindig is giving them the tools and the confidence they need to pursue careers in the fields of math and science.

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Ponce de Leon High School Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 01/19/2012 - Ponce de Leon - This week's Golden Apple award winner is a teacher at Ponce de Leon High School. Janice Andrews is so well-loved, her nomination received more than one thousand hits on our website in just one day!

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Surfside Middle Awarded $24,000 Grant for Pre-Engineering Program

Updated: 01/11/2012 - Panama City - On Wednesday the Society of American Military Engineers will donate a large check to three Bay County educational institutions. Seventy-four thousand dollars will be given to Haney Technical Center, Gulf Coast State College and Surfside Middle School. Surfside will receive a $24,000 grant for it's Gateway to Technology pre-engineering program which began in 2007. Program administrators say without these grant funds, their materials would be 5 years behind.

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