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Walton County Man Saves Thousands Thanks to Electric Car and Solar Panels

Updated: 04/27/2012 - Walton County - Gas prices have recently taken a dip, but just a few weeks ago they nearly topped $4 a gallon. Transportation costs are still eating up a major portion of every family's budget. A Walton County man wants to see our country's reliance on the oil industry come to an end. And he's leading by example.

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Bear Creek Fires Believed to be Arson

Updated: 04/26/2012 - A fire broke out in Bear Creek Wednesday afternoon in the same place as another fire broke out on Tuesday night. Investigators believe it to be arson.

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Tyndall Air Force Base on Track to Meet 30% Energy Reduction Mandate

Updated: 04/26/2012 - Panama City - By the year 2015, the United States Air Force must meet a federal mandate to cut energy consumption by 30%. Tyndall Air Force Base is well on it's way to reaching that goal. Last year Tyndall cut electricity use by 8% and natural gas by 16%.

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Third Grade Teacher at Altha School Wins Golden Apple

Updated: 04/20/2012 - Altha - This week's Golden Apple award winner teaches third grade at Altha Public School. Mollie Branton has been teaching in Altha for two decades. It's a job she says she never wants to leave.

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Bay County Veterans Center Specializes in Counseling Services for Vets

Updated: 04/17/2012 - Panama City - It's estimated between twenty-two and twenty-three thousand veterans live in Bay County. Recent statistics show one out of every six returning vets have feelings of depression or post traumatic stress. But there is a place for them to go for help, the Bay County Veteran's Center in Lynn Haven specializes in counseling services.

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Second Chance of Northwest Florida's Sherl Morden Wins National Honor

Posted: 04/11/2012 - Panama City - Second Chance of Northwest Florida serves the needs of adults with brain injuries in Panama City and the surrounding areas. Later this week the center's volunteer director, Sherl Morden, will be recognized at the national level.

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As Grocery Prices Rise, Making Wise Food Choices is Even More Important

Updated: 04/10/2012 - Panama City - As your bank account can tell you, it's costing us more to eat. Consumer price index statistics show the cost of food is up more than 5% from a year ago. Fuel prices have a lot to with it. NewsChannel 7's Meredith TerHaar met Dr. Tali Cluxton, a chiropractor who specializes in nutrition, at the Grocery Outlet in Panama City to learn how to get the best nutritional bang for your buck.

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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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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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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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Gas Prices Expected to Keep Climbing

Posted: 02/27/2012 - Drivers bracing for more pain at the pump as gas prices continue to rise, up 7 cents from a week ago to $3.75 a gallon on average.

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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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Whitney Houston's Body to be Taken Home to NJ

Whitney Houston dead at 48 (WRDW-TV, February 11,2012)

Updated: 02/13/2012 - Two people who have spoken with Whitney Houston's family say the singer's body will be taken home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end.

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The Mystery of Allergies

Updated: 02/09/2012 - More people than ever are being diagnosed with seasonal or food allergies, and researchers say allergies could make people sick in other ways, too.

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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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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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School Bus Advertising

Updated: 01/09/2012 - Advertising could soon be coming to a school bus near you. A divided State Senate Committee in Tallahassee narrowly approved a measure allowing some advertising on school buses Monday.

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Millions of BP Dollars Spent on Special Events in Northwest Florida

Updated: 12/31/2011 - Panama City Beach - Friday is the last day for the "Fun for the Holidays" Christmas display at the old Miracle Strip lot in Panama City Beach. The massive million-dollar display and ice skating rink was set up with funds from BP to attract more tourists to the beaches.

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Minivan Crashes into Side of Restaurant

Updated: 12/26/2011 - Panama City- woman driving a caravan plowed through Enzo's Pizza at the corner of Beck and 14th Street in St. Andrews around 2:45 Sunday afternoon.

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