Updated: 2:08 PM Monday on NewsChannel 7 at Noon, Newschannel 7's Donna Bell interviews Wayne and Billy Rader.
Updated: 8:15 AM 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.
Updated: 11:17 AM Panama City Beach - He went from being a well-known Olympic swimmer to an international sensation almost overnight. And Saturday Ryan Lochte was in Panama City Beach. He's the spokesperson for the Mac Crutchfield Foundation which held their annual fundraiser at Spinnaker Beach Club.
Updated: 11:06 AM A Miramar Beach man is busy training for what could be the most challenging race of his life.
Updated: 8:34 PM 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.
Updated: 2:36 PM 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."
Updated: 10:10 AM 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.
Updated: 10:09 AM 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.
Updated: 1:31 PM 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.
Updated: 8:44 AM Panama City - An estimated 30 million young Americans are participating in organized sports. While that's great news in the fight against childhood obesity, it also means more athletic injuries. The US Centers for Disease Control say more than 3.5 million kids under 14 were treated for a sports injury last year. So what can you do to help protect your child from an athletic injury? Turns out, quite a bit. According to the CDC, more than half of all children's athletic injuries are preventable.
Posted: 9:13 AM Santa Rosa - When a child has cancer, the entire family is affected. All the treatments and doctor's appointments can create a lot of stress for the patient, parents, and siblings. That's why Lighthouse Family Retreat gives families dealing with childhood cancer a weeklong getaway to help restore their relationships, and their hope. The Atlanta-based organization works with communities along 30A to host 12 retreats every year. Many of them take place at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach.
Updated: 3:41 PM The Department of Children and Families is helping to raise awareness about adult abuse and neglect in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, celebrated annually on June 15, through two local events.
Updated: 7:04 PM Panama City Beach - A hit and run suspect from Tennessee is in custody after hitting a bicyclist overnight. It happened on Richard Jackson Boulevard just south of Middle Beach Road on Panama City Beach just after 2AM.
Updated: 10:47 AM International adoption can be a joyful journey, but also a challenging one. That's why some local women are forming a support group for families who have adopted internationally.
Updated: 10:01 AM Tyndall Air Force Base - Algae, it grows fast and it grows just about anywhere. That's just one of the reasons the Air Force is trying to figure out how to use it as a fuel source. Researchers at Tyndall Air Force Base began exploring the possibilities of algae-based biofuel three years ago, and it looks promising.
Updated: 10:11 AM Panama City - With gas prices still high and the economy still struggling, many families are trying to trim spending wherever they can. How would you like to save 50 to 90 percent on your grocery bill every month? One local woman is doing just that, and it's not just her family who benefits.
Updated: 11:50 AM For 127 years, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse has overlooked the Gulf from a distance, but unless something is done to keep the two separated, the lighthouse likely will wind up in the water like its predecessors.
Updated: 10:19 AM Latex allergies have dramatically increased with glove use in the health care industry. Now, some say latex gloves used in food preparation can present a health hazard to sensitive workers, and customers.
Updated: 3:57 PM 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.
Updated: 2:26 PM 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.
Updated: 10:28 AM 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%.
Updated: 10:15 AM Panama City - Covenant Hospice will now be better able to serve patients and families dealing with end of life issues thanks to a new partnership with Bay Medical Center and Sacred Heart Healthcare System.
Updated: 3:36 PM 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.
Updated: 8:26 AM 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.