_Another high school teacher is facing criminal charges. Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested him Thursday night for allegedly having sex with some of his male students. Three teenage victims have accused the 8th grade Social Studies teacher of having sex with them. The alleged victims told investigators the longtime teacher would befriend them at school, then invite them to a storage unit he had been renting since 1999. The current principal says the school’s students and staff must continue moving forward despite the latest setback.
Gulf World Marine Park workers have been busy taking care of an unexpected guest that made a surprise appearance Tuesday morning along Panama City Beach. While at the local facility, the dolphin was monitored and stabilized; however, Gulf World did not have space available to continue long term rehab so workers called the Hubbs Sea World Research Institute in Orlando. They agreed to take the dolphin, so Wednesday morning, the Sea World Rescue Team arrived in Panama City Beach to transport the mammal to Orlando for rehabilitation.
Local Panama City Beach tourist leaders wanted to come up with a fun Spring Break promotion that would gain mainstream attention, they did so by ushering in the ‘World’s Largest Bikini Parade’ breaking the world record previously held in Australia.
_ The new movie "Red Tails" tells the story of the famous World War II flying unit, the Tuskegee Airmen. There are very few of the original Tuskegee Airmen left, but one of them lives in the viewing area and is alive and well in the Florida panhandle. Cornelius Davis’ home is filled with tons of memorabilia from his days as a Tuskegee Airman. Even after his days as an active airman, Davis returned to civilian life, his service to country continued. Davis has says even though the movie “Red Tails” was enjoyable, it failed to convey the extent of integration among white and black aviators.
_ A local family is struggling in more ways than one, as one of its youngest family member’s long fight with cancer came to an end over Thanksgiving weekend. As they prepared to lay their three year old son to rest, they were in desperate need of cash to cover the funeral cost. The cost is estimated to be around 4,000 dollars. After the story was aired, an outpouring of support from the community helped the family raise $3,000 dollars in a span of 3 days to cover the cost of all the funeral arrangements for Altaveus Branch Jr.
_ It’s always a heartwarming moment when a soldier returns from a long tour of duty overseas, but one local soldier had the red carpet rolled out for her, literally. While several members of Warriors Watch Riders with flags in hand wait patiently for Sgt. Shannon Bruce to step off the plane, several of Bruce’s fellow Airmen arrived, as well as the Panama City Beach Mayor all converged to welcome Sgt. Bruce home.