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Empty Bowl Fundraiser to Benefit Chataqua Adult Program and Hiland Park United Methodist Shelter

Updated: 03/26/2012 - Panama City - Eighteen different Bay County schools and organizations are participating in this year's Empty Bowl fundraiser on Tuesday, April 3rd to raise awareness about hunger in our community. Ceramic bowls crafted by hundreds of students will be sold to raise money for two different Bay County organizations. One, a homeless shelter for women and children. The other, the Chataqua Learn and Serve Charter School Adult Program, which receives no funding beyond grants and donations.

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Deane Bozeman 8th Grade Math Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 03/23/2012 - Panama City - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 8th grade math at Deane Bozeman School. Always smiling and full of energy, students and colleagues say Mrs. Sims is a rock for her 8th graders.

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Breakfast Point Academy Aspire Teacher Wins Golden Apple

Posted: 03/16/2012 - Panama City Beach - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 6th grade at Breakfast Point Academy. Mr.Rametta is a first year teacher, it's his second career after spending six years in the military. Students and colleagues say he started making an impact right away.

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Lynn Haven Roberts Hall Questions

Updated: 03/13/2012 - Lynn Haven City Commissioners concerned if a downtown landmark has the necessary building certificate to be operational.

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40th Annual Bay County Special Olympics at Mike Gavlak Stadium Friday

Posted: 03/09/2012 - Panama City - Hundreds of Special Olympians and their families will fill Mike Gavlak Stadium at Arnold High School Friday morning. The opening ceremonies for Bay County's 40th annual Special Olympics kick off at 9:30. A very special athlete will be at the microphone, a place he feels right at home.

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Lynn Haven 4th Grade Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award

Updated: 03/09/2012 - Lynn Haven - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches 4th grade at Lynn Haven Elementary School. Mrs. Pickett is new to the area and has only taught at the school for two years, but her students say it didn't take them long to see her award winning qualities.

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Program Offers Sober Spring Breakers Discounts and Activities

Updated: 03/07/2012 - Panama City Beach- It's no secret that many spring breakers come to Panama City Beach to party. But now some local businesses have joined together to entice spring breakers to stay sober by offering all kinds of activities and discounts. It's the first effort of its kind in the area and organizers are hoping for success.

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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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