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TRAIN DAY in Bristol

July 18, 2014
TRAIN DAY in Bristol

More than 150 people flocked to Veterans Memorial Park to enjoy free train rides on Saturday, July 12. Folks of all ages joined in the fun and learned about the different types of trains as well as getting their turn to ring the bell on the steam engine. Free train rides are held the second Saturday of each month. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. (ET).

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Father charged with child neglect for letting 6-year-old drink beer

July 18, 2014
Father charged with child neglect for letting 6-year-old drink beer

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford father who denied giving his six-year alcohol but commented that whenever the child saw a can of beer he would pick it up and drink it was arrested July 10 on a charge of child neglect. On July…

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Officer tangles with naked man walking down Evans Avenue by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

July 18, 2014

Blountstown man who peeled off his clothes as he walked along Evans Avenue last Wednesday was arrested and sent for a medical evaluation after an altercation with officers. Charges of indecent exposure, resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer were later…

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FSU student, 19, drowns in Chipola River on Saturday

July 18, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Search and rescue divers recovered the body of an FSU student from the waters of the Chipola River Saturday afternoon. The man, identified as Saud Alajmi, was a foreign student from Kuwait. He was with a group of several FSU…

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Oglesby among those eligible for medical marijuana license

July 11, 2014
Oglesby among those eligible for medical marijuana license

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor ALTHA – The staff at Oglesby Plant Labs could be pushing aside their trademark philodendrons and ferns to make room for something new if they become one of Florida’s five nurseries to grow marijuana for medical use. “We have been…

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History, technology merge at Settlement

July 10, 2014
History, technology merge at Settlement

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal EDITOR BLOUNTSTOWN – As the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement marks its 25th anniversary, its founders and new board of directors are embracing the latest in technology to promote the collection of historic buildings by having a virtual tour filmed and placed online…

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Altha man accused of sexual relationship with 14-year-old girl

July 4, 2014
Altha man accused of sexual relationship with 14-year-old girl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Benjamin Scott Donaldson, 32, of Altha, was taken into custody Friday on a charge of sexual battery on a child over 12. Donaldson’s alleged victim, a 14-year-old girl, told her pastor that she had been involved in a yearlong sexual…

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FHP, deputies search for hit & run truck that rear-ended car and left scene

July 4, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman and her young daughter escaped injury when their compact car was rear-ended in a construction zone on CR 69 Tuesday. The impact crushed the back of the car. The Florida Highway Patrol and Calhoun County deputies are looking…

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Couple escape harm despite totaling car on CR 67

July 4, 2014
Couple escape harm despite totaling car on CR 67

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A couple heading into Liberty County on CR 67 around 8 a.m. Friday were lucky to walk away with minor injuries after the car they were in hit a guardrail and overturned. Lauren Fant, 18, of Bristol, and her fiance’,…

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Nine-year-old girl gets third round of antivenin before coming home Youngster recovering after snakebite

July 2, 2014
Nine-year-old girl gets third round of antivenin before coming home  Youngster recovering after snakebite

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BROAD BRANCH – A nine-year-old Calhoun County girl bitten above her right knee when she tangled with a poisonous snake is recuperating at home after being released from Gulf Coast Hospital Monday. Despite having to spend five days in the…

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HIGH WINDS knock down power poles on SR 71, trees on CR 275

July 2, 2014
HIGH WINDS knock down power  poles on SR 71,  trees on CR 275

Emergency volunteers and crews from Florida Public Utilities (FPU) were busy opening the roads and restoring power after high winds blew through Calhoun County this weekend. Strong winds knocked down five utility poles along SR 71 Sunday around 1:30 p.m. ABOVE: Four FPU trucks line…

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Man admits taking over $13,000 from elderly relative’s bank accounts

June 20, 2014
Man admits taking over $13,000 from elderly relative’s bank accounts

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – A 19-year-old Blountstown man is charged with exploitation of the elderly after he took $13,200 from a relative’s bank accounts over a three-month period, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. The victim reported that…

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Child holding loaded gun answers door for deputies Man charged with making threat at gunpoint; 3 loaded weapons seized

June 20, 2014
Child holding loaded gun answers door for deputies Man charged with making threat at  gunpoint; 3 loaded weapons seized

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor ALTHA – When deputies went to the home of a man accused of making threats at gunpoint Friday, they were met at the door by an 11-year-old boy holding a loaded pistol tucked in a holster. The youngster told Deputies Richard…

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Time for Breakfast!

June 20, 2014
Time for Breakfast!

School may be out but kids are still stopping by the Tolar campus in Bristol to take part in the summer food service program, which provides a daily breakfast and lunch.  Jonathan Erby, 10, laughs with friends as he perches outside to enjoy breakfast at…

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Recycling employee finds his own property while unloading metal

June 20, 2014
Recycling employee finds his own property while unloading metal

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – Grand theft charges were filed against a Bristol man after an employee at Kyle Recycling in Hosford noticed some of his own property among a number of items brought in for scrap Friday. Thomas R. Varnum was moving…

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Child holding loaded gun answers door for deputies Man charged with making threat at gunpoint; 3 loaded weapons seized

June 19, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor ALTHA – When deputies went to the home of a man accused of making threats at gunpoint Friday, they were met at the door by an 11-year-old boy holding a loaded pistol tucked in a holster. The youngster told Deputies Richard…

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Hosford man recalls aftermath of D-Day

June 13, 2014
Hosford man recalls aftermath of D-Day

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor They were burying the dead when Colin Chester Moore stepped onto Omaha Beach after D-Day on June 6, 1944. Soldiers had already stormed the shores at Normandy, France, where their mission was to form a beachhead to link the Allied…

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Man charged with stabbing brother

June 13, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed his brother in the arm during a fight in the front yard of a home on SR 65 Thursday night. Jerry Lee McCullen, 28, was…

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Boy, 15, charged with break-ins at Shelton’s Store and Ace Hardware

June 13, 2014

A 15-year-old from Altha has been arrested in connection with burglaries in the Altha community after he was caught in the act early this week by a store surveillance camera, according to Lt. Jared Nichols of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Christian Smith was…

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Gov. OKs funding for new school in Altha

June 6, 2014

CALHOUN COUNTY – Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools Ralph Yoder announced that the funding for the construction of a new Altha School received the nod of approval from Governor Rick Scott and the 2014 Florida Legislature. The funding was included in the budget passed by…

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Davis withdraws from race for superintendent

June 6, 2014

The number of candidates hoping to take on the job of Liberty County School Superintendent has dropped by one. Jill Davis – who was one of five vying for the position – has withdrawn her name. Now narrowed down to four, the list includes Kathy…

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Mom, son & others facing charges in alleged insurance fraud scheme

June 6, 2014
Mom, son & others facing charges in alleged insurance fraud scheme

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Altha man, his mother and others are being charged with insurance fraud after they allegedly staged an accident between two vehicles in hopes of collecting insurance money, according to information from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Charges have been filed…

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Former Calhoun EMT sees plane crash killing son, mother & aunt

May 30, 2014
Former Calhoun EMT sees plane crash killing son, mother & aunt

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A paramedic who has responded to some of the worst calls in Calhoun County in recent years was the first on scene at a devastating tragedy Sunday that claimed the life of his 13-year-old son, his mother and his aunt.…

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Collision sends three to hospital

May 30, 2014
Collision sends three to hospital

Three people were hospitalized with non-incapacitating injuries after a head-on collision Thursday in Calhoun County.  According to FHP Trooper Luke Johnson, Patty O’Bryan of Clarksville was northbound on SR 71 S when she turned onto  SR 73, driving her Toyota Avalon into the path of…

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Memorial Day

May 30, 2014
Memorial Day

Those who died protecting our freedom were honored Monday during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Calhoun County Courthouse.  A monument in front of the courthouse serves as a year-round reminder of their sacrifice.  JOHNNY EUBANKS PHOTOS

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Otis Pennywell, Sr.

May 29, 2014
Otis Pennywell, Sr.

*Due to incorrect information supplied to The Journal, the wrong time for this Saturday’s funeral of 1 p.m. was listed in the obituary. Please note that services will start at 11 a.m. at the Fresh Start Church in Blountstown. BLOUNTSTOWN – Otis Pennywell, Sr., 64,…

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Account set up at Centennial Bank to help family after crash

May 29, 2014

Tuesday morning, Tom Schultz learned that a $5,000 insurance policy on Nicholas that he had been making monthly payments on since 2008 was not valid because he had not been legally declared his son. Nicholas died along with Tom’s mother and aunt in Sunday morning…

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Blountstown City Manager tells council he’s leaving

May 23, 2014
Blountstown City Manager tells council he’s leaving

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   Blountstown City Council members were surprised to learn that the city manager is leaving his job at the end of July.   Just before the conclusion of last week’s city council meeting, Emory Pierce announced his resignation.   He…

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Catfish Crawl 5K draws over 100 entries

May 23, 2014
Catfish Crawl 5K draws over 100 entries

Runners of all ages took on the challenge to run the Blountstown Greenway during Saturday’s annual Catfish Crawl 5K.  Entry fees collected provide scholarships for firefighter training.  Organizer Ben Hall said the final tally is not in but it appears they raised at least $2,000.…

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Child thrown from car during Saturday wreck

May 23, 2014
Child thrown from car during Saturday wreck

A three-year-old child was reportedly unhurt after being ejected from a car that overturned along SR 12 North in Bristol on Saturday.  Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle run off the road around 11 a.m. When the driver, who was  traveling with her two young children,…

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Truck overturns three times, trapping driver

May 23, 2014
Truck overturns three times, trapping driver

A Bristol man was cut from the wreckage of his truck after a crash about 10 miles south of Blountstown on SR 71 Tuesday.   Kenneth Ivey Walden, 41, suffered non-incapacitating injuries in the accident.  He was taken to Bay Medical Center by Life Flight…

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Bristol man dies in 40-ft. fall installing billboard

May 16, 2014
Bristol man dies in 40-ft. fall installing billboard

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   A Bristol man was killed when he fell from the bucket of a crane suspended 40 feet in the air during a billboard installation in Orlando last week.   The fatality was identified as 29-year-old Keith Bramblett, who worked with…

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Commission moves female inmates to Jackson County Jail

May 16, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Calhoun County Commission voted unanimously to turn over the housing of female inmates to the Jackson County Jail at their May 6 meeting. The next day, the Jackson County Jail sent a van to pick up eight inmates. Commissioners…

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Man caught coming out of bank window at 2:40 a.m.

May 16, 2014
Man caught coming out of bank window at 2:40 a.m.

                        by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who triggered a motion alarm at Cadence Bank in Altha was arrested after he was spotted inside the bank around 2:40 a.m. Saturday. When Deputy Nate…

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Two file for superintendent’s job; more declare intent to run in Calhoun

May 16, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor LIBERTY COUNTY The Liberty County elections office has received several calls from citizens indicating interest in the School Superintendent’s job following incumbent Tony Anderson’s announcement last week that he was dropping out of the race. “There have been five or…

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Twin Oaks case manager arrested for fraud, larceny

May 16, 2014
Twin Oaks case manager arrested for fraud, larceny

Investigation shows employee altered papers, took $84,348 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman whose job it was to oversee youthful offenders’ transition back into society while working with the court system has been charged with stealing $84,348 from her employer, Twin Oaks Juvenile Development…

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Blaze destroys VW on Hoecake Road

May 9, 2014
Blaze destroys VW on Hoecake Road

 An electrical short is thought to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle traveling on Hoecake Road in Bristol Monday night. Garnette Pullam told firefighters he heard crackling and popping sounds in the floorboard just before he stopped the vehicle.…

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Storm Damage

May 9, 2014
Storm Damage

Several days of heavy rain left its mark in Calhoun County, causing an estimated $10 million in damages, according to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Office.   ABOVE, left:  A hole opened up on one side of Walter Potts Road on April 30  and then…

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Tony Anderson withdraws from superintendent’s race

May 8, 2014
Tony Anderson withdraws from superintendent’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County School Superintendent Tony Anderson announced Thursday morning that he is ending his campaign for superintendent. Anderson, 60, of Bristol, took on the duties of interim superintendent last October. On March 3, he filed his intent to seek the…

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Man killed in shooting at father’s home in dispute with brother

May 2, 2014

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – “My son is dead and my other son has got to live with it, which is probably harder,” said Randy Stewart about an argument that ended with the shooting death of his 29-year-old son, Roy Brian Stewart. Stewart…

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Ground breaking set for new LCHS field house May 1

April 25, 2014
Ground breaking set for new LCHS field house May 1

from the Liberty County School Superintendent’s office   The Liberty County School Board is pleased to announce a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday, May 1, at the south end of the Liberty County High School (LCHS) football field at 10 a.m. (ET) for the new…

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Stolen SUV scrapped before being traced to recycler’s

April 25, 2014
Stolen SUV scrapped before being traced to recycler’s

A Wewahitchka man is in the Liberty County Jail to face local charges after he reportedly sold a stolen vehicle to a recycling yard in Hosford.   Vertis Ray Hysmith, 31, has been charged with dealing in stolen property, perjury and submitting a false written…

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Altha woman dies after fall from pickup

April 25, 2014
Altha woman dies after fall from pickup

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 53-year-old Altha woman who fell out of the cab of a truck late Sunday night. The fatality was identified as Fe Smiley.   Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel said she…

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Man killed in shooting at father’s Turkey Creek home Wednesday

April 24, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Liberty County man is dead after a shooting in his father’s Turkey Creek Road residence Wednesday afternoon. Roy Brian Stewart, 29, was killed by a single gunshot to his upper torso, according to Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch. “We’re relatively confident…

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Blind dispatcher retires after 35 years of service

April 24, 2014
Blind dispatcher retires after 35 years of service

                                                              Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A playground accident cost him the vision in his right…

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Mercer, Parrish and McDougald file intent to run

April 17, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two more people have added their names to the list of Liberty County candidates seeking election this year, and one incumbent has made known his intent to seek another term in Calhoun County.   LIBERTY COUNTY   Former Liberty Correctional…

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WATER LANDING

April 16, 2014
WATER LANDING

A crop duster made an unexpected water landing at the Calhoun County Airport Saturday after experiencing problems with its landing gear.  The pilot, who was putting out fertilizer on pine trees, was not injured.  “He got on the runway, veered off to the left and…

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Calhoun County deputy resigns amid allegations

April 16, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who has served as a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy since 2008 has resigned amid rumors that he was having an inappropriate relationship with a woman while on duty. Deputy Bobby Sims left his job Monday. He denies the…

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Fire chief helps missing woman return home

April 16, 2014
Fire chief helps missing woman return home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor     A craving for chocolate milk put Blountstown Fire Chief Ben Hall in the right place at the right time to help a missing woman find her way home Monday night.   Hall had just finished a run across…

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Man shot by brother after refusing to leave residence

April 16, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who arrived uninvited at his brother’s home early last Thursday evening left in an ambulance after being shot in the leg. Jamie Reagan, 43, showed up at the home of his brother, Jackie Reagan, Jr. at 19041 NE…

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Relay for Life raises over 31,200

April 11, 2014
Relay for Life raises over 31,200

Fourteen teams of volunteers dressed up in outlandish outfits and took part in a variety of events for this year’s Relay for Life fundraiser, held at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown. The teams included:   •Liberty Cure O (Liberty Co. Courthouse employees)   •Prayer Chainers…

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New Liberty Co. candidate files intent; 2 more come forward in Calhoun

April 10, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Incumbent Roger Reddick has added his name to the list of candidates in the upcoming Liberty County election. He filed his intent to run on April 4 and will seek another term as the District 5 Liberty County School Board…

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Man arrested for aggravated battery also charged with witness tampering

April 10, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man is facing a charge of aggravated battery after he allegedly hit another man with a two-foot-long tree limb, according to a report from the Blountstown Police Department. The incident was reported March 21 after the 20-year-old male…

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No foul play suspected in Calhoun Co. infant death

April 10, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The April 5 death of a Calhoun infant is being investigated by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the medical examiner’s office and The Department of Children and Families. “There was no sign of any physical abuse or any type of…

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Easter Coloring Contest Pages for Download

April 7, 2014

Kids, if you’ve forgotten about the coloring contest, here’s a link to download the pages. Have mom, dad or your teacher print one or all of them and mail them to The Journal at P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321. Don’t forget the deadline is…

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Calhoun Jail C.O. charged with battery on an inmate

April 4, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A correctional officer with the Calhoun County Jail has been charged with battery after an investigator with the state attorney’s office concluded he used excessive force on an inmate. Officer Aaron Doyal resigned before the misdemeanor charge of simple battery…

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Blind dispatcher retiring after 35 years of service

April 4, 2014
Blind dispatcher retiring after 35 years of service

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The future couldn’t have seemed very promising for a boy in Hosford who was blinded just two weeks before his 12th birthday. But Junior Lolley managed to navigate around what he accepts as a minor inconvenience to make himself indispensable…

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Bake sales, walk-a-thon raise money for Madison; more events scheduled

April 4, 2014
Bake sales, walk-a-thon raise money for Madison; more events scheduled

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A bake sale, walk-a-thon and a t-shirt sale raised nearly $3,000 to help the family of seven-year-old Madison Anderson of Altha, who is facing weekly chemotherapy treatments following her recent diagnosis of Stage 4 kidney cancer. Jennifer Branning, a close…

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Log truck overturns

April 4, 2014
Log truck overturns

Traffic came to a standstill for awhile on CR 67, south of Telogia, March 26 when a log truck driver took a turn too quickly & overturned, spilling logs across the road and into the ditch.       JOHNNY EUBANKS PHOTO  

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Altha 7-year-old diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer

March 28, 2014
Altha 7-year-old diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Pockets and piggy banks were emptied when classmates, school staff and friends learned that seven-year-old Madison Anderson has been diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer two weeks ago. The rare childhood cancer, known as Wilms Tumor, is usually found in…

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Elected officials hold Super Council meeting in Blountstown

March 28, 2014
Elected officials hold Super Council meeting in Blountstown

Chamber of Commerce officials and public office holders gathered last Thursday at the Blountstown Library to discuss a long list of ongoing projects and make plans for the future. Topics included a newly-launched wellness intiative, plans for a new Altha School, a renovation of the…

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Wewa Search and Rescue volunteers find body of Curtis Anders Saturday

March 28, 2014
Wewa Search and Rescue volunteers find body of Curtis Anders Saturday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   The body of missing fisherman Curtis Anders was found 17 miles downriver from the Estiffanulga Boat Landing near the Calhoun County/Gulf County line at 8:24 a.m. CT Saturday, according to Don Minchew of Wewahitchka Search and Rescue.  Anders was…

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Remembering ‘Pop’

March 28, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I can remember laying in bed at night and praying they would get married,” said Jim McClendon of the man who became his friend, his mentor and his father when he was only 13. “Please Lord, let him be my…

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Wewa Search and Rescue volunteers find body Saturday

March 22, 2014

UPDATE by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of missing fisherman Curtis Anders was recovered 17 miles downriver from the Estiffanulga Boat Land near the Calhoun County/Gulf County line at 8:24 a.m. Central Time Saturday, according to Don Minchew of Wewahitchka Search and Rescue. Anders…

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Body of missing fisherman found Saturday morning

March 22, 2014
Body of missing fisherman found Saturday morning

Body recovered from river Two weeks after he fell from his boat and slipped into the waters of the Apalachicola River, the body of 52-year-old Curtis Anders has been recovered. Ray Womble, who was the last to see him alive just after Anders put his…

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Three escape after fleeing traffic stop; three others arrested leaving the area

March 19, 2014
Three escape after fleeing traffic stop; three others arrested leaving the area

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Three men who escaped on foot Saturday night after a traffic stop near the city limits of Blountstown took off with a backpack and left their rental car behind. A deputy clocked the car traveling more than 90 mph on…

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Search continues for missing man on Apalachicola River

March 19, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “We haven’t found him but it has not been for the lack of trying,” said Liberty County Emergency Management Director Rhonda Lewis about the search for a missing Bristol man. Ten days after he disappeared in the Apalachicola River, volunteers…

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Family waits and hopes as searchers comb the river

March 19, 2014
Family waits and hopes as searchers comb the river

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   “He was a good fisherman and a good swimmer,” says Elaine Anders about her son, Curtis. “I cannot understand what happened unless he got hurt and could not swim.”   The family of Curtis Anders, 52, and many friends,…

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Man injured when vehicle overturns during rainstorm

March 19, 2014
Man injured when vehicle overturns during rainstorm

A Quincy man was hospitalized in critical condition when he lost control of his 2000 Ford Expedition during a heavy rainstorm in Bristol Monday evening. The driver, Gerardo Reyes, was pulled from the wreckage after his truck hit a culvert and rolled over. The vehicle…

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Family waits for word on missing fisherman

March 13, 2014
Family waits for word on missing fisherman

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Ray Womble said he was sitting on his doorstep and talking on the phone when Curtis Anders pulled up at the Estiffanulga Boat Landing around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The men exchanged greetings and joked a bit as Anders, 52,…

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Liberty Co. deputy resigns as FDLE looks into ‘rumor’

March 13, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy has resigned after learning that FDLE plans to question him about an alleged sexual relationship with a female inmate. In his handwritten resignation letter dated March 7, Mauricio Gonzalez, of Blountstown, stated, “I fully plan…

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Candidate workshop in Blountstown Thurs.

March 13, 2014

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor If you ever considered running for office but didn’t know how to go about it, the staff of the Calhoun County Elections Office has scheduled a Candidate Workshop Thursday afternoon to explain the process and answer questions. The program will…

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Fire destroys Bristol home Monday

March 7, 2014
Fire destroys Bristol home Monday

Firefighters from Bristol and Hosford responded to a call early Monday evening when a passerby spotted a home on County Road 12 in flames. The 13402 NW 12 residence, which had been the home for many years of the late Sam and Rae Palmer Shuler,…

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Blood clot caused heart to stop for four minutes Deputy: ‘Hospital staff saved my life’

March 7, 2014
Blood clot caused heart to stop for four minutes Deputy: ‘Hospital staff saved my life’

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   If he had gone home as usual after working out at the end of his shift, “I would be dead,” said Nate Jordan.   Instead, a delay caused when he accidentally locked his keys in his vehicle gave him…

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Marianna teen hospitalized after pickup slams into tree on SR 69

February 28, 2014
Marianna teen hospitalized after pickup slams into tree on SR 69

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   “It was amazing that he just broke his foot and messed his knee up,” said a rescue worker who arrived at the scene of a single-vehicle crash Sunday night to find a truck wrapped around a tree and the…

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Four declare intent to run for office in August

February 28, 2014
Four declare intent to run for office in August

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   Candidates are already lining up to toss their hat in the ring for the 2014 Primary Election, with two from Calhoun County and two from Liberty County filing their notice of intent to run in the past few weeks.…

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Local attorney to seek circuit judge position

February 28, 2014

Local attorney Shalene Grover of Blountstown has announced plans to run for Circuit Judge in Group 10 of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. The seat is currently held by James B. Fensom of Bay County. Grover, who is married to Calhoun County Judge Kevin Grover, has…

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Bristol veteran awarded Legion of Honor medal

February 28, 2014
Bristol veteran awarded Legion of Honor medal

by Teresa Eubanks,   Journal Editor   Lee Thompson of Bristol was honored along with four other Florida veterans for their service to their country when the Consulate General of France in Miami presented them with the Legion of Honor during ceremonies Friday at the…

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Board discusses taking over Liberty County Jail

February 21, 2014
Board discusses taking over Liberty County Jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   “He’s wanted to give the jail back to the county since he got elected,” says Liberty County Commission Chairman Jim Johnson about Sheriff Nick Finch. “It’s the last thing we want to do,” he said, “But the board feels…

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Hosford’s Cassie Vickers named Liberty County Teacher of Year

February 21, 2014
Hosford’s Cassie Vickers named Liberty County Teacher of Year

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   “A lot of people just work and never find that one thing they love,” says Cassie Vickers. “I tell my kids do what you love. I love my job.”   By “my kids” she means her sixth and seventh…

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Garnette Pullam selected as school-related Employee of the Year for Liberty County

February 21, 2014
Garnette Pullam selected as school-related Employee of the Year for Liberty County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   Long before the teachers pull in the parking lot and the kids step off the bus at Tolar School, Garnette Pullam is there.   As custodial foreman and groundskeeper, he’s the first to arrive each morning and the last…

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Southerland, Lucas discuss Farm Bill

February 21, 2014
Southerland, Lucas discuss Farm Bill

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam joined Rep. Steve Southerland and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas for tour of Baggett Farms on Hwy. 71 in Jackson County Tuesday afternoon, where they talked with community members about the Farm Bill. “I appreciate the hard work of…

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Calhoun Co. Teacher of the Year keeps students busy & learning

February 14, 2014
Calhoun Co. Teacher of the Year keeps students busy & learning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   Her learning tools are varied.   “I teach in any way that I can to achieve learning gains in my students,” says Ashley Everette, who was named Calhoun County Teacher of the Year Friday.   She’s selected rap videos…

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Three arrested for tractor theft, trespassing and other charges

February 14, 2014
Three arrested for tractor theft, trespassing and other charges

A search by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 units from Gulf and Calhoun Correctional ended Friday morning with the arrest of a third person allegedly involved in the theft of a tractor Thursday. The suspect was apprehended near Clarksville General store. One suspect…

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Love for children guides the life of Calhoun County School District Employee of the Year

February 14, 2014
Love for children guides the life of Calhoun County School District Employee of the Year

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   To say Sue Willis loves children is an understatement.   Unable to have children of their own, she and her husband, John, adopted.   Eight times.   And they didn’t just adopt, they took on children born with health…

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Woman rear-ends unmarked patrol vehicle

February 14, 2014
Woman rear-ends unmarked patrol vehicle

The front plate of this 2013 Dodge Charger may have a front tag that reads “Sitting Pretty” but that wasn’t the case for the car after a run-in with the law Tuesday morning. The driver, Nedra L. Peterson, 34, of Blountstown rear-ended an unmarked BPD…

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Liberty County Schools will be open on Feb. 17

February 12, 2014

The Calhoun and Liberty County school food menus indicated that students are not scheduled for classes on Monday, Feb. 17. Students and staff of Liberty County Schools are scheduled to report for classes on Monday. Calhoun County students and staff are NOT scheduled for classes.…

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New administrator hired at Liberty Co. Jail; other changes being considered

February 7, 2014
New administrator hired at Liberty Co. Jail; other changes being considered

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   A new administrator is now overseeing the Liberty County Jail, according to Undersheriff Brian Langston.   Langston, who was hired by Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch a little over two months ago, said Joyce Arnold of Vernon began work…

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Rare freeze leaves snow and ice across panhandle; closes bridge

February 7, 2014
Rare freeze leaves snow and ice across panhandle; closes bridge

After a night of freezing rain last week, folks in Calhoun and Liberty counties woke up to find their homes ringed with icicles with lots of white frosty stuff gathered around tree trunks and spreading across porch steps. The biting cold prompted the closure of…

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Bristol teen injured when truck slams into tree

February 7, 2014
Bristol teen injured when truck slams into tree

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Liberty County High School student remains in a coma at Bay Medical Center after the truck he was driving collided with a pine tree late last Wednesday night about 26 miles south of Bristol. Brandon Sparks, 17, was on…

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Cruiser hits deer and catches fire on SR 20

January 31, 2014
Cruiser hits deer and catches fire on SR 20

A collision with a deer apparently set off a fire in a 2001 PT Cruiser that was headed east on S.R. 20 near Hoecake Road in Bristol around 10 p.m. Friday night. The impact with the animal pushed the radiator into the motor and the…

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After meeting about youth baseball program Mears arrested for attack on Calhoun Commissioner

January 31, 2014
After meeting about youth baseball program Mears arrested for attack on Calhoun Commissioner

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – A man who had attended a meeting about Calhoun County’s Little League program is facing a charge of felony battery on an elected official after he allegedly attacked a county commissioner Thursday night. Two men who were leaving…

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Remembering Dr. King

January 24, 2014
Remembering Dr. King

Community members gathered for the 22nd annual march through downtown Blountstown to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday morning.      

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Altha teen killed in Saturday a.m. crash

January 24, 2014
Altha teen killed in Saturday a.m. crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   A week planned for celebration has taken on a somber tone as students at Altha School struggle to cope with the death of one of their own during Homecoming Week.   •”Not one day will ever be the same…

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Helping Hands manager arrested; 2 others charged

January 24, 2014
Helping Hands manager arrested; 2 others charged

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – The store manager, one employee and a volunteer have been arrested after the discovery that several thousand dollars have gone missing from the Helping Hands Thrift Store, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. •…

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Sleeping family escapes late night fire at Bates Road home

January 17, 2014
Sleeping family escapes late night fire at Bates Road home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   If she and her husband, Alan, had been sleeping in their own bedroom that night, Crystal Bates said she’s not sure her family would have gotten out safely when their house caught fire on Jan. 7.   The pair…

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Patrol car hits side of Trammell Bridge

January 17, 2014

A minor accident with a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle halted traffic on the Trammell Bridge Saturday morning. According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Reserve Deputy Keith Daniels was bringing a female inmate from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office to the Calhoun…

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Flames destroy mobile home at Green Acres Monday night

January 10, 2014
Flames destroy mobile home at Green Acres Monday night

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   A wall of orange flames leveled a mobile home at Green Acres on S.R. 12 South Monday night in Bristol.   John Roddenberry, his girlfriend, Terry Armstrong and his son, John Roddenberry, Jr. had a fire going in the…

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Furr sentenced to 12 years in shooting death

January 10, 2014
Furr sentenced to 12 years in shooting death

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The woman convicted in the 2012 shooting death of her boyfriend was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Jonathan Sjostrom on Monday. Chairty Furr, 35, was convicted by a Liberty County jury of manslaughter with…

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Hosford man hospitalized after two-vehicle collision

January 10, 2014
Hosford man hospitalized after two-vehicle collision

by Teresa Eubanks,   Journal Editor   Two men were airlifted to area hospitals and a woman and her one-year-old daughter were taken from the scene by ambulance Friday morning after a truck drove into the side of an oncoming vehicle on S.R. 69 in…

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Liberty Co. School Superintendent’s job on August ballot

January 3, 2014
Liberty Co. School Superintendent’s job on August ballot

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County citizens will be going to be polls to vote for a school superintendent for the second time within two years in the 2014 election. The school superintendent’s job will be on the Aug. 26, 2014 Primary Ballot, and…

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Cash reward offered for info on suspects Thieves unable to open safe during Dec. 24 break-in

January 3, 2014
Cash reward offered for info on suspects Thieves unable to open safe during Dec. 24 break-in

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor   Thieves spent close to four hours trying to break into the safe at Waldorff Ace Hardware in Altha during the early morning hours on Christmas Eve but failed, despite being in a store full of tools.   “It was…

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Liberty Co. teachers get something extra in December check

December 27, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor While some already got their bonuses and other school districts are still waiting, Liberty County teachers found a little something extra in their December checks. The school district had received funding earlier this year for pay raises but the details…

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Man crashes motorcycle to avoid collision on bridge

December 20, 2013
Man crashes motorcycle  to avoid collision on bridge

by Teresa Eubanks,   Journal Editor   A Panama City motorcyclist sustained minor injuries after he deliberately laid his bike down on one lane of the Trammell Bridge after he suddenly drove up behind a line of stopped traffic Sunday afternoon.   Raymond Glasglow, 53,…

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Liberty County will celebrate A Country Christmas

December 13, 2013
Liberty County will celebrate A Country Christmas

Liberty County will celebrate a County Christmas Saturday, beginning with Christmas on the Square at the courthouse in Bristol at 10 a.m.   Kids can visit with Santa and his elves and enjoy playing in Bouncy Houses. Vendors are welcome to set up booths.  …

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Gov. Scott and First Lady plan visits to Bristol

December 13, 2013
Gov. Scott and First Lady plan visits to Bristol

Florida’s First Lady, Ann Scott, is scheduled to visit W.R. Tolar School today in Bristol, according to Liberty County School Superintendent Tony Anderson.   She will visit Fran Cutshaw’s fourth grade class to read the story, “Elizabeth’s Stormy Ride.” Next, she will go to Jessie…

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Blountstown Tigers fall 14-0 in Class 1A Finals on Friday

December 13, 2013
Blountstown Tigers fall 14-0 in Class 1A Finals on Friday

by Michael DeVuyst, contributing writer   Orlando – The old coaches’ adage that defense wins championships was true last Friday night in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl in the Class 1A State Finals.   With the top-ranked Blountstown Tigers defense only surrendering 61 points in…

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Former staffers file suit against Uzzell, Liberty School Board

December 6, 2013
Former staffers file suit against Uzzell, Liberty School Board

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday against former Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell and the Liberty County School Board claiming that they violated the federal civil rights of seven former school system employees and…

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Woman aspiring to become the ‘Paula Deen of meth’ arrested

December 6, 2013
Woman aspiring to become the ‘Paula Deen of meth’ arrested

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman who said she didn’t know how to make methamphetamine yet but planned to become the “Paula Deen of meth cooks” was arrested after an informant working with the Blountstown Police Department approached her and offered to trade some…

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SNOWVEMBER

December 6, 2013
SNOWVEMBER

Families made the most of a rare event – Florida Snow – thanks to the efforts of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Snowvember event held Saturday afternoon at the courthouse in Blountstown. Organizers say a huge crowd attended the unique festival, which also including fingerprinting…

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BHS student charged with bringing gun on campus

November 8, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A student at Blountstown High School was arrested Tuesday after a gun was found in his backpack, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Principal Dr. Debbie Williams discovered the gun when she looked inside a backpack…

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Austin & Archer make their way through the panhandle on cross country journey

November 8, 2013
Austin & Archer make their way through  the panhandle on cross country journey

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Despite a comfortable upbringing in Plano, TX, a four-year stint in the Navy and the start of his third semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, something was missing. “I knew I needed some sort of a challenge,” said…

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State will drop charges if she meets ALL conditions Uzzell signs deferred prosecution agreement

November 8, 2013
State will drop charges if she meets ALL conditions Uzzell signs deferred prosecution agreement

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor If she resigns as Liberty County School Superintendent and follows the other terms of her agreement with the state attorney’s office, Gloria “Gay” Uzzell, 51, won’t have to worry about going to trial. She was removed from office July 17…

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St. Joe announces agreement to sell 382,834 acres of timberland

November 7, 2013

WATERSOUND – The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) (the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a sales agreement (the “Sales Agreement”) with AgReserves, Inc., a Utah corporation, to sell approximately 382,834 acres of its non-strategic timberland and rural land in Northwest Florida for…

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Jury seated Monday; trial opens Tuesday

November 1, 2013
Jury seated Monday; trial opens Tuesday

After little more than a half day spent selecting a six member jury with two alternates on Monday, the trial of suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch got under way Tuesday morning. Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch was suspended from office and charged with official…

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Two vehicles totaled in crash

November 1, 2013
Two vehicles totaled in crash

The drivers involved in a crash at S.R. 20 and Turkey Creek Road in Bristol Monday escaped serious injury when both vehicles were totaled. Victoria Neil of Umatilla, FL, was traveling in a 2011 Dodge pickup when she stopped to make a left turn from…

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Sheriff Finch reinstated to office on Thursday

October 31, 2013
Sheriff Finch reinstated to office on Thursday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Sheriff Nick Finch is back in office just hours after a Liberty County jury acquitted him of charges of official misconduct and falsifying a public record. “Sheriff Nick Finch will be reinstated immediately,” according to a statement just issued by…

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Sheriff Nick Finch acquitted Thursday

October 31, 2013
Sheriff Nick Finch acquitted Thursday

A six-member Liberty County jury deliberated for a little over an hour Thursday before returning a verdict of not guilty on one count of official misconduct and one count of falsifying public records in the trial of suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch. The trial…

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Bristol man using library computer charged with possession of child porn

October 25, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 21-year-old Bristol man was charged with possession of child pornography after he allegedly used a library computer to download pictures of children involved in sexual activity, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Terry Williams Adkins…

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Pair involved in murder-suicide identified; victim, 15, was pregnant

October 18, 2013

A young girl whose body was found suspended from a rope in the rafters of a Clarksville barn was five weeks pregnant, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. “At this time we do not know who the father was but we do believe that…

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Altha man arrested for sending nude photos, sexual messages to girl

October 18, 2013
Altha man arrested for sending nude photos, sexual messages to girl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 25-year-old Altha man is facing one charge of solicitation of a child after a concerned parent reported that he was sending inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old girl through Facebook. Jesse James Kaufman, who was on state probation, was arrested…

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Anderson named interim Liberty Co. School Superintendent

October 11, 2013
Anderson named interim Liberty Co. School Superintendent

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Longtime educator Tony Anderson, 60, of Bristol has been appointed as interim Liberty County School Superintendent by Gov. Rick Scott. He will be taking over the duties of suspended School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell, who was removed from office July…

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Two found hanged in Calhoun County barn Monday morning

October 11, 2013
Two found hanged in Calhoun County barn Monday morning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The bodies of a teenage girl and a 33-year-old man were found hanging from nooses in a Clarksville barn Monday morning in what appears to be a murder/suicide, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. No names have been released…

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Man, 23, charged with three counts sexual battery of teen

October 4, 2013
Man, 23, charged with three counts sexual battery of teen

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 23-year-old Bristol man is facing three counts of sexual battery after the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department followed up on a tip that he was involved with a 15-year-old girl and had inappropriate photos of her on his cell phone.…

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Judge denies request to suppress jail records in Finch case

October 4, 2013

Circuit Court Judge William Gary denied a motion to suppress request from suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch’s attorney, who had asked that jail records – mostly notably the booking log – be taken off the evidence list for his upcoming trial. Finch was suspended…

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Teen taking 8-year-old on alleged drug buy is charged with child abuse

October 4, 2013
Teen taking 8-year-old on alleged drug buy is charged with child abuse

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man who allegedly made a stop at “The Cut” in Blountstown earlier this month to buy marijuana is facing a charge of child abuse because he had an eight-year-old relative with him at the time, according to a…

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Mark Mallory named new Blountstown Police Chief

October 4, 2013
Mark Mallory named new Blountstown Police Chief

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Tuesday afternoon, he was a lieutenant with the Blountstown Police Department (BPD) but Tuesday night, Mark “Kipper” Mallory, 34, became the new Blountstown Police Chief. The position opened up when Police Chief Rodney Smith surprised the city council by announcing…

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Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Tony (Anthony) Anderson as the Interim Liberty County Superintendent of Schools.

October 3, 2013

Anderson, 60, of Bristol, is a retired educator. Anderson has nearly 30 years of experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent in Liberty County, having served as Liberty County Superintendent from 2000-2004. From 2004-2011, he worked at the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium. Anderson received his…

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Collision causes van to overturn; driver listed in critical condition

September 27, 2013
Collision causes van to overturn; driver listed in critical condition

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Calhoun County man is listed in critical condition following a Saturday morning collision on S.R. 71. Charges are pending against the driver of the truck that rear-ended his van. A news release from the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that…

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Pilots unhappy with revised airport lease

September 27, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Several of the pilots who lease hangers at the Calhoun County Airport are unhappy with the way it’s being managed and some long-simmering issues surfaced when they learned of changes in a new lease agreement. Some current lease holders say…

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Altha man arrested for child pornography

September 13, 2013
Altha man arrested for child pornography

ALTHA – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center Cyber Crime Squad, with assistance from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Douglas Bruce L’Heureux, 66, of Altha, for one count of distribution of child pornography and 10 counts of possession of child…

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Reward offered for info on mailbox marauders

August 30, 2013
Reward offered for info on mailbox marauders

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has responded to numerous reports of mailbox bashings in the Clarksville and Red Oak Communities over the past two weekends. Suspects have caused more than $1,000 in damages. A reward is being offered through Crimestoppers for any information leading to…

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Finch supporter gives FDLE tape to Gov. Rick Scott

August 30, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Talk radio host Burnie Thompson told listeners he had Gov. Rick Scott’s “undivided attention” during a 15 minute meeting Tuesday morning when he asked him to appoint a special prosecutor in the case of suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch…

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Panama City event raises over $15,000 for Finch legal defense

August 30, 2013
Panama City event raises over $15,000 for Finch legal defense

Some stuck cash in collections jars, others wrote checks and many took part in a spirited auction in which one unique item brought in $525 alone – a pair of pink boxer shorts signed by former Graham County, Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, Bay County Sheriff…

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DJJ announces closure of Bristol Youth Academy

August 23, 2013
DJJ announces closure of Bristol Youth Academy

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is closing Bristol Youth Academy (BYA), citing the decline in need for residential commitment beds. BYA opened in 2000 to work with male juvenile offenders from 14 to 18 years of age, providing boys…

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Cadence Bank to end service at Bristol branch

August 23, 2013
Cadence Bank to end service at Bristol branch

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Bristol branch of Cadence Bank will be closing its doors Nov. 18. In a letter sent out last week, bank representative Anna Harris urged current customers to continue their business with the bank’s main office in Blountstown, which she…

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McDaniel pleads guilty to four counts of lewd/ lascivious molestation

August 16, 2013
McDaniel pleads guilty to four counts of lewd/ lascivious molestation

A 47-year-old Bristol man charged with capital felony sexual battery has waived his right to trial and entered a plea of guilty on four charges of lewd or lascivious molestation on a child. In exchange for the plea, the state dropped sexual battery charges against…

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Saturday storm sends cars off the road; one injured

August 16, 2013
Saturday storm sends cars off the road; one injured

A Bristol woman was injured after she lost control of her car and slammed into a utility pole during a Saturday afternoon rainstorm on CR 12 South. Anna Rebecca Chambers reportedly suffered a broken hip and broken pelvis as well as lacerations to her head…

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Patient, donor both doing well after kidney transplant Monday

August 9, 2013
Patient, donor both doing well after kidney transplant Monday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After 11 and a half hours of surgery to put a new kidney in his tiny body, Bryson Hatcher is doing so well that the dark rings that have marked his eyes for most of his young life have already…

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New work camp

August 9, 2013
New work camp

 

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Uzzell pleads not guilty & asks for trial

August 9, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell has entered a plea of not guilty and is demanding a trial by jury, according to the Liberty County Clerk’s Office. Uzzell was removed from office July 17 following her arrest on charges…

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LCSO gets two more patrol vehicles; another on the way

August 2, 2013
LCSO gets two more patrol vehicles; another on the way

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office has recently added two vehicles to its fleet. Two 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors are now on the road with a third on the way. These vehicles were donated by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at no cost to…

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School Grades

August 2, 2013

BMS earns an A grade CALHOUN COUNTY – Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools Ralph Yoder, announced that Blountstown Middle School (BMS) earned an A grade by the Florida Department of Education in its annual release of school grades for elementary and middle schools. The A…

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Miami Bound

August 2, 2013
Miami Bound

Alicia Kitchen cradles a sleepy three-year-old Bryson Hatcher as he prepares to make the trip to a Miami hospital. Kitchen will join him later this week and the two will be side by side in the operating room as she donates a kidney to the…

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School Superintendent arrested for grand theft, misconduct & failing to disclose info

July 26, 2013
School Superintendent arrested for grand theft, misconduct & failing to disclose info

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – Liberty County School Board Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell was arrested July 17on charges of official misconduct, grand theft and failure to disclose information in a public records request. Uzzell, 51, turned herself in at the Liberty County Jail…

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Two arrested in suspected meth lab Sat.

July 26, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people are facing numerous meth-related charges after deputies arrived at their door just before noon Saturday. Members of the Liberty County Drug Task Force went to the residence at 10628 NW Peddie Road after receiving information that it was…

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Woman Runs From Home With Pill Bottles And Syringes When Deputies Arrive Three arrested on drug charges when deputies arrive to serve eviction notice

July 26, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Deputies who stopped by a Bristol residence to serve an eviction notice last Thursday left with three suspects in custody after the home’s occupants reacted to their arrival. When deputies knocked on the door, they heard people start running back…

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Two Bristol men arrested for having sex with a minor

July 26, 2013

Two Liberty County men are facing charges after being accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Joshua Michael Watts, 24, is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a person under 16 and one count of interference with child custody. His…

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Driver trapped after van hits utility pole, overturns

July 26, 2013
Driver trapped after van hits utility pole, overturns

 

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Montford opens satellite office

July 19, 2013
Montford opens satellite office

 

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Two vehicles damaged in Tues. afternoon collision

July 19, 2013
Two vehicles damaged in Tues. afternoon collision

Both drivers and a young passenger escaped injury in a Tuesday afternoon collision in Bristol, according to Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Jarrod Taylor. Whitney McKenzie of Blountstown was traveling south on Baker Street around 2:45 p.m. when she drove into the path of a 2005…

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Altha woman charged with slashing man

July 19, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Altha woman was charged with domestic aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after her husband was slashed seven times with a knife during an altercation at their home. Altha Police Chief James Baggett was dispatched to the NW Oak…

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Uzzell to Peddie: ‘We do not have time to visit with you’

July 19, 2013
Uzzell to Peddie: ‘We do not have time to visit with you’

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell has essentially told employees not to talk to School Board Chairman Kyle Peddie. In an email sent late Monday afternoon, Uzzell instructed school district staff to refer Peddie to her office “if he…

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Gov. suspends Uzzell

July 17, 2013
Gov. suspends Uzzell

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School Superintendent charged with official misconduct, grand theft and concealing information in a public record

July 17, 2013
School Superintendent charged with official misconduct, grand theft and concealing information in a public record

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – Liberty County School Board Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell was arrested today on charges of official misconduct, grand theft and failure to disclose information in a public records request. Uzzell, 51, turned herself in at the Liberty County Jail…

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Former employees: Superintendent told staff who to talk to, what to say and who to ‘Like’

July 12, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I’ve dedicated many years here only to be pushed out the door,” says Jason Fowler, 35, who served as technology supervisor and special assignment teacher for the Liberty County School District until he decided it was time to go. He…

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Buddy Money appointed Liberty Co. Sheriff

July 12, 2013
Buddy Money appointed Liberty Co. Sheriff

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – Walter Lee “Buddy” Money, 57, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to take over the duties of Liberty County Sheriff on an interim basis last week. Money was advised of his selection shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, July…

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Liberty Sheriff’s Office dispatcher arrested

July 5, 2013
Liberty Sheriff’s Office dispatcher arrested

A dispatcher with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was arrested at work Friday morning after paying a confidential informant $20 for four hydrocodone pills, according to an arrest report. Jackie King was charged with purchase of a controlled substance. The sheriff’s office conducted a reverse…

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Area’s newest business holds ribbon-cutting

July 5, 2013
Area’s newest business holds ribbon-cutting

Chamber members and community supporters gathered to celebrate the opening of Blountstown’s newest business, Rivertown Mercantile on Thursday. Owner Carole Pope is shown at far left with her husband, Jim, along with Barbara Wilson and Dana Foster, who both have shops of their own inside…

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Scooter crushed, Bristol man escapes with minor injuries

July 5, 2013
Scooter crushed, Bristol man escapes with minor injuries

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I had a split second to get out of the way,” said Chad Copeland, who escaped with some minor but painful injuries when he lost control of his small scooter just before it was crushed by a garbage truck last…

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Walter Lee “Buddy” Money sworn in as interim Liberty County Sheriff

July 3, 2013
Walter Lee “Buddy” Money sworn in as interim Liberty County Sheriff

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Walter Lee “Buddy” Monday, Jr. to serve as Liberty County Sheriff on an interim basis. He was sworn in this afternoon by Liberty County’s Judge Kenneth Hosford. Money, 57, has served as the victim’s advocate…

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Buddy Money appointed Liberty County Sheriff

July 3, 2013
Buddy Money appointed Liberty County Sheriff

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – Walter Lee “Buddy” Money, 57, was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to take over the duties of Liberty County Sheriff this morning. Interim Sheriff Carl Causey and Money are currently beginning the transition process at the sheriff’s office…

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FDLE investigates bloody mobile home where man’s body is found

June 28, 2013
FDLE investigates bloody mobile home where man’s body is found

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Emergency personnel responding to a call about an unresponsive man found a body at a blood-soaked scene when they arrived at a single-wide trailer in Clarksville early Thursday evening. Not sure what they had walked into, Deputies Bobby Sims and…

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Game camera catches pair stealing from Halley Road site

June 28, 2013
Game camera catches pair stealing from Halley Road site

Two Scotts Ferry men were arrested after a property owner concerned about recent thefts installed a game camera and caught them in the act, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. After realizing that items of his as well as his father’s…

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CLARKSVILLE MAN’S BODY FOUND AT HOME Investigator: Wounds suspicious but death appears to be suicide

June 21, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor CLARKSVILLE – Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a Calhoun County man whose body was found at his Hwy. 73 South home Thursday evening. His name has not be released pending…

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Rally at the Capitol for Sheriff Finch

June 21, 2013
Rally at the Capitol for Sheriff Finch

Second Amendment supporters joined Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Adrian Wyllie at Friday’s “Rally for Sheriff Nick Finch” at the Capitol in Tallahassee to protest his recent suspension by Gov. Rick Scott following his arrest for official misconduct. Finch cited the Second Amendment as his reason for…

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Kidney donor found for Bryson; final tests begin soon

June 21, 2013
Kidney donor found for Bryson; final tests begin soon

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Neither knew the other worked at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital when their paths crossed a few weeks ago. When they were teenagers, Rachel Hatcher of Chipley and Alicia Kitchen of Altha would see each other at parties or find themselves in the…

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State Attorney’s office investigating Uzzell, Superintendent calls meeting ‘a witchhunt’

June 14, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor State Attorney Willie Meggs has confirmed that his office is looking into allegations of wrongdoing by Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell. Meggs said the investigation surrounds her use of a county credit card. Investigators arrived at the school…

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Ex-employee files sexual harassment complaint against suspended sheriff

June 13, 2013
Ex-employee files sexual harassment complaint against suspended sheriff

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A former jail employee has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch alleging that she was fired after rejecting his advances. Jennifer Bailey, 29, of Hosford was hired as a nurse in the jail when the…

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Second amendment supporters plan rally for Finch at Capitol

June 12, 2013
Second amendment supporters plan rally for Finch at Capitol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch, who was suspended following his arrest for official misconduct when he allegedly removed records after dropping charges for a man arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, will be the focus of a rally in Tallahassee…

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Liberty School Board takes away county office credit cards

June 7, 2013
Liberty School Board takes away county office credit cards

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County School Board voted unanimously to cancel credit cards that had been issued to Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell and three other administrators, including Gay Lewis, Cathy Nobles and Mary Eubanks during Tuesday’s meeting in Bristol. The superintendent failed…

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Two charged with defrauding credit union of over $9,000

June 7, 2013
Two charged with defrauding credit union of over $9,000

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Liberty County women who withdrew more than $9,000 from Calhoun-Liberty Credit Union in Blountstown just minutes after depositing worthless checks at the credit union’s Bristol branch are facing fraud charges. Samantha Brannon, 26, was arrested May 28 and later…

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Sheriff arrested for official misconduct

June 7, 2013
Sheriff arrested for official misconduct

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch was suspended from office Tuesday afternoon and charged with official misconduct following an investigation over allegations that he removed an arrest record from the jail file, had a man’s name taken off the arrest log…

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Liberty Co. Sheriff Nick Finch arrested; FDLE special agent to be interim sheriff

June 4, 2013
Liberty Co. Sheriff Nick Finch arrested; FDLE special agent to be interim sheriff

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations obtained a warrant for the arrest of Liberty County Sheriff Finch, 50, of Bristol, Fla., earlier today on one count of official misconduct, a violation of section 838.022, Florida Statutes. Investigators allege that…

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Driver ejected in SR 65 wreck early Sunday a.m.

May 31, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 19-year-old from Tallahassee was transported by LifeNet emergency helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after he was ejected after he lost control of his 2005 F150 Ford early Sunday morning, 10 miles south of Hosford. According to a report from…

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Active Shooter Drill

May 31, 2013
Active Shooter Drill

Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Mallory leans over School Resource Officer Gary McGee during last week’s Active Shooter Exercise held for law enforcement personal and emergency responders last Thursday. The training drill is designed to test and strengthen deputies’ actions in a deadly situation. The…

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Bodies of Bristol man, four-year-old granddaughter found in river

May 31, 2013
Bodies of Bristol man, four-year-old granddaughter found in river

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor When Morton Armstrong stopped to check on a friend’s houseboat Thursday evening, he knew something was wrong. Eugene Jacobs, 63, and his four-year-old granddaughter, Alayha Jacobs, often spent afternoons on Ronni Jacobs’ little red houseboat that was anchored on the…

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Man caught after high speed chase facing multiple charges

May 24, 2013
Man caught after high speed chase facing multiple charges

A Marianna man is facing a long list of charges after a night that began with a report of domestic battery led to a high speed chase, a crash at the Express Lane in Bristol and an accident on the Trammell Bridge Saturday. A 911…

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St. Joe signs letter of intent with Bio Energy company to encourage economic development in NW Florida

May 24, 2013
St. Joe signs letter of intent with Bio Energy company to encourage economic development in NW Florida

The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Green Circle Bio Energy, Inc., a producer of biomass based renewable energy. The LOI encourages economic development opportunities for Florida’s Northwest region, including the potential to make…

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Calhoun company protests Liberty Commission’s local bidders preference

May 24, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A company that had the lowest bid on a road project but lost the job is challenging the Liberty County Commission’s Local Bidders Preference policy. North Florida Construction (NFC) of Clarksville bid $2,993,765.81 on Liberty County’s CR 2224 Phase II…

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Catfish Crawl 5K

May 24, 2013
Catfish Crawl 5K

Folks of all ages and ability levels took part in Saturday’s Second Annual Catfish Crawl in Blountstown. One hundred and twenty-five runners came from all over to participate. The event raises money for the Blountstown Fire Department’s Scholarship Fund, which sends a high school senior…

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Panhandle pays tribute to Kinard teen who planned a life of service to others

May 17, 2013
Panhandle pays tribute to Kinard teen who planned a life of service to others

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – State Road 20 was packed with a long line of firetrucks, ambulances and law enforcement vehicles Saturday morning to honor a 17-year-old who had already dedicated his life to helping others. Emergency responders from throughout the panhandle gathered…

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Is there a Pellet Plant in Liberty County’s future?

May 15, 2013

WATERSOUND – The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Green Circle Bio Energy, Inc., a producer of biomass based renewable energy. The LOI encourages economic development opportunities for Florida’s Northwest region, including the potential…

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Driver pinned in wreck

May 10, 2013
Driver pinned in wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after being removed by rescue workers who found him trapped under his car Saturday afternoon on MLK Blvd. in Bristol. Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jody Hoagland waited…

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Kinard teen killed in crash with log truck

May 10, 2013
Kinard teen killed in crash with log truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor SCOTTS FERRY – Emergency responders lost one of their own Tuesday morning. Just 17 years old, Ryan Flowers had already gone on ride-alongs with local ambulance crews and helped out at the Kinard Fire Department for the past year and…

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LCHS headed to State Championship

May 10, 2013
LCHS headed to State Championship

Liberty County High School’s Lady Bulldogs boarded a bus Tuesday morning to head to the Regional State Championship game. LEFT: The team is all smiles as they settle into their seats for the ride to Vero Beach.

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Three arrested on meth charges after home is searched

May 3, 2013
Three arrested on meth charges after home is searched

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor                   Three people were arrested on methamphetamine charges after a deputy went to a Blountstown residence to serve a civil paper last week. Calhoun County Deputy Bobby Sims noticed a strong chemical…

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Man charged for leaving toddlers alone in truck

May 3, 2013

A father was charged with child neglect after Blountstown Police Officer Adam Terry spotted a three-year-old climbing out of the window of a parked truck that was idling with its lights on Thursday night. Terry was driving through the parking lot at Family Dollar around…

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Car chase ends with crash in yard, driver arrested

May 3, 2013
Car chase ends with crash in yard, driver arrested

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – A man who fled a traffic stop and led deputies on a chase down SR 12 north into the Hall Circle community was caught after he lost control of the car, crashed into several trees and hit a…

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Flat Head Tourney Winners

May 3, 2013
Flat Head Tourney Winners

The Liberty County Senior Citizens made $3,500 with this year’s Flathead Fishing Tournament fundraiser, held Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at the Bristol Boat Landing. Between the 81 adults and a number of children who participated in the 12th annual tournament, a total…

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Calhoun boy diagnosed with Joubert Syndrome needs kidney transplant

April 26, 2013
Calhoun boy diagnosed with Joubert Syndrome needs kidney transplant

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Rachel Hatcher was six months pregnant when she learned her baby was in renal failure. Doctors tried to prepare her for the worst. They told her he would not look good at birth and would die soon afterward. “They were…

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Pair charged with taking over $10,000 in coins & antiques from Calhoun home

April 26, 2013
Pair charged with taking over $10,000 in coins & antiques from Calhoun home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people have been charged with taking an estimated $10,000 in antiques as well as gold and silver coins from the home of a Calhoun County man. An alert clerk at a Marianna motel noticed that two people staying there…

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Commissioner hospitalized with head injuries after ATV accident

April 26, 2013
Commissioner hospitalized with head injuries after ATV accident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County Commissioner Scotty Phillips is in intensive care at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after suffering severe head injuries in an ATV accident Thursday. His four-year-old son, who was riding on the back of the vehicle, escaped with just a few…

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Training drill held for LCSO

April 19, 2013
Training drill held for LCSO

Ten members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office took part in a four-hour tactical law enforcement training session late Monday afternoon, participating in different scenarios requiring them to make quick decisions and take decisive action. The program, coordinated by Management Experts out of Tallahassee with…

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Former Jail Administrator charged with grand theft

April 19, 2013
Former Jail Administrator charged with grand theft

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County Jail Administrator Jenny Young is charged with grand theft after over $1,000 in jail funds and three computers could not be accounted for when she left her job on Jan. 1, 2013. Young, 50, of Hosford, served as…

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Sellers of synthetic drugs to face fines in Liberty County

April 19, 2013
Sellers of synthetic drugs to face fines in Liberty County

by Teresa Eubanks It’s not illegal, but if you get caught doing it in Liberty County, it will cost you up to $500 and could send you to jail for 60 days. An ordinance passed April 4 by the Liberty County Commission will fine anyone…

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Beer stolen in ‘smash & grab’ at Crow’s Corner Monday

April 19, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information on the identity of two people who broke into the Crow’s Corner convenience store late Monday night, shattering the front glass door and stealing three boxes of beer. The sheriff’s office…

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Three arrested after meth lab discovered in SR 71 residence

April 12, 2013
Three arrested after meth lab discovered in SR 71 residence

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A seven-year-old girl was removed from her home and three people were arrested after investigators walked into a residence filled with the chemical fumes created by cooking methamphetamine last week, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office…

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Relay for Life

April 12, 2013
Relay for Life

A lot of meetings, a lot of support and a lot of caring went into this year’s Relay for Life event. Volunteers exceeded their $25,000 goal and raised more than $30,000 to go toward cancer research. Survivors, supporters and friends gathered Friday night at Sam…

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Law Enforcement Torch Run

April 12, 2013
Law Enforcement Torch Run

Volunteers from the prison staff and local law enforcement agencies took part in the annual Torch Run this week. A group from Liberty County (right) made the run Monday. The torch made its way through Calhoun County on Tuesday (left) as part of the event…

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Liberty County featured on ‘Untold Stories: Behind the Squatch’

April 5, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A behind-the-scenes program showing how the series “Finding Bigfoot” is made aired on Animal Planet Sunday night and featured the crew during their recent visit to Liberty County. The actual “Finding Bigfoot” episode they were here to film won’t be…

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Approx. $1,000 in beer, cigarettes stolen in break-in

April 5, 2013
Approx. $1,000 in beer, cigarettes stolen in break-in

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a March 27 break-in at Caz’s Bait & Tackle on CR 333, where someone made off with over $560 worth of beer, nearly $400 in tobacco products and groceries worth four dollars. Store…

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Paralyzed driver operating pedals with stick arrested on DUI charge

April 5, 2013
Paralyzed driver operating pedals with stick arrested on DUI charge

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A paralyzed man using a stick to operate the pedals in an SUV was charged with DUI after a 1:27 a.m. traffic stop in Bristol, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jarrod Taylor was patrolling…

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Carrying the Cross

April 5, 2013
Carrying the Cross

Nearly 40 runners took part in Saturday’s first ever Carrying the Cross for Jesus run through Calhoun County. Most started at the Calhoun Liberty Ministry Center, and some joined near the Calhoun County Airport.  Other runners who weren’t up for the full 13.75 miles could…

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Suspect caught soon after liquor store armed robbery

March 29, 2013
Suspect caught soon after liquor store armed robbery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man arrested for Thursday nights armed robbery of West End Liquors in Blountstown told investigators he did it because he was depressed about his financial situation. Justin Levi Lovett, 21, of Blountstown was charged with one count of armed…

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‘Behind the Scenes’ show this Sunday to focus on ‘Finding Bigfoot’ episode set in this area

March 29, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor It may be a few months before the Florida episode of “Finding Bigfoot” filmed here recently will air, but some of the background work done to create the show will be featured on Sunday night’s “Finding Bigfoot; Untold Stories,” at…

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Three from Quincy arrested; Gallon bag of cannabis found in traffic stop

March 22, 2013
Three from Quincy arrested; Gallon bag of cannabis found in traffic stop

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Three people from Quincy were arrested after a gallon-size bag filled with marijuana was found in their vehicle during a traffic stop on SR 12 last week, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Jonathan Gentry…

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Bristol toddler dies after being found in bathtub

March 22, 2013
Bristol toddler dies after being found in bathtub

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor In the midst of their devastation, a young couple in Bristol have found a way to give hope to other parents with the decision to donate the organs of their one-year-son following his unexpected death. Doctors are scheduled to remove…

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Broadband equipment going up at Calhoun Industrial Park

March 22, 2013
Broadband equipment going up at Calhoun Industrial Park

Workers are shown Tuesday as they install microwave antennas on the Calhoun County Airport/Industrial Park water tower as part of the Florida Rural Broadband Alliance. These are point-to-point antennas that will transmit large volumes of data into the fiber optic system. Construction is under way…

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Wounded warriors on wheels roll through panhandle Friday

March 15, 2013
Wounded warriors on wheels roll through panhandle Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A group of wounded warriors taking part in a unique rehabilitation program rolled through the panhandle last week, traveling from Panama City to Tallahassee during the final segment of their Gulf Coast Challenge. On Friday, they made their way through…

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Fuder, Smith arrested for making meth

March 8, 2013
Fuder, Smith arrested for making meth

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – Two women are facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after investigators arrived at their Kelly Avenue residence on Jan. 24 as they were in the process of cooking the drug. A report of excessive pseudoephedrine purchases brought investigators to…

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Ex-roommate charged with theft

March 8, 2013
Ex-roommate charged with theft

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor MOSSY POND – A 23-year-old Cottondale man who once shared a mobile home with a woman on Lake McKenzie Road in the Mossy Pond Community has been charged with trespassing and grand theft after numerous items went missing from the…

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Barrentine arrested on arson charge in Feb. 18 camper fire

March 8, 2013
Barrentine arrested on arson charge in Feb. 18 camper fire

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor FANTASY ISLAND – A Clarksville man with a history of calling emergency responders and asking for a ride into town was arrested last week for setting fire to an unoccupied camper trailer. Michael Aaron Barrentine, 28, has been charged with…

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Reddick, Severance win Bristol City logo contest

March 1, 2013
Reddick, Severance win Bristol City logo contest

The winning entry in the City of Bristol Logo Contest, pictured at right, was submitted by Frank Severance and Laurie Reddick. When Bristol Mayor Steve Cutshaw notified Severance to share the good news, he gave all the credit to Reddick. The logo will go on…

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DNA match made over three years after burglary

March 1, 2013
DNA match made over three years after burglary

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Despite collecting DNA evidence at the scene of a burglary in Calhoun County, it took more than three years to make an arrest because the suspect’s DNA wasn’t in the system at that time. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office reports…

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BHS weightlifting champ killed in Oklahoma shooting Thursday

March 1, 2013
BHS weightlifting champ killed in Oklahoma shooting Thursday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “The way he was always smiling and laughing, it just seemed like he had all his stuff together. Nothing could make him mad,” says Blountstown High School senior Christian Pierce about his friend Chaz Fain. The two friends shared the…

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U.S. Supreme Court rules in State’s favor in Liberty County ‘Dog Sniff’ case

February 22, 2013

TALLAHASSEE — The United State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of the State of Florida in Florida v. Clayton Harris, deciding that police dog Aldo’s sniff constituted probable cause for Liberty County K-9 Officer William Wheetley to search Clayton Harris’ vehicle for illegal drugs.…

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Bigfoot researcher talks with students

February 22, 2013
Bigfoot researcher talks with students

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Whether or not you believe in Bigfoot, you can be sure of one thing: Tyler Bounds loves his job. “I’m getting paid to go around the country to camp with friends to go look for Bigfoot,” he says. Although he’s…

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Inmate caught with cell phone,cocaine, marijuana & tobacco

February 22, 2013
Inmate caught with cell phone,cocaine, marijuana & tobacco

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Liberty County Jail inmate in custody after he fled from court following a bond revocation hearing Feb. 4 is facing additional charges after he was caught with drugs and a cell phone. As the jail staff was getting ready…

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Samantha Newsome is named Liberty Co. Teacher of the Year

February 15, 2013
Samantha Newsome is named Liberty Co. Teacher of the Year

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Sixth-grade math teacher Samantha Newsome says she’s learned a lot of lessons from her young students at Tolar School in Bristol. “Each student brings a uniqueness to the classroom that makes each day different,” she says. “There is not a…

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Calhoun County selects Karen Tomlinson this year’s top teacher

February 15, 2013
Calhoun County selects Karen Tomlinson this year’s top teacher

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Long before the state began limiting class size, math teacher Karen Tomlinson had already discovered how effective it was to deal with smaller groups of students. In 29 years of teaching, she’s learned what works and doesn’t. Last year, when…

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Finding Bigfoot; Animal Planet crew visits Torreya Park to prepare for filming

February 15, 2013
Finding Bigfoot; Animal Planet crew visits Torreya Park to prepare for filming

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A three-member location scouting group from the Animal Planet program “Finding Bigfoot” is visiting four counties in the Florida Panhandle this week, including Liberty County, to make preparations to film a new episode of the series. The upcoming program is…

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Two charged after attempt to outrun BPD traffic stop

February 8, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – A man caught on radar going nearly twice the speed limit lost control of his vehicle while trying to outrun a police officer attempting a traffic stop Sunday in Blountstown. The driver, Jeffrey Lee Harris, 48, of Boston,…

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LCI tracking team captures escapee near Gadsden County line; Man flees courtroom Monday after bond revoked

February 8, 2013
LCI tracking team captures escapee near Gadsden County line; Man flees courtroom Monday after bond revoked

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – A man who fled down the back stairwell of the Liberty County Courthouse Monday morning led deputies on an 12-mile chase through Bristol and up SR 12 North before being captured 90 minutes later about a mile from…

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Supervisor charged with having sex with teen at Liberty Wilderness Camp

February 1, 2013
Supervisor charged with having sex with teen at Liberty Wilderness Camp

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who was previously in charge of juvenile offenders sent to Liberty Wilderness Camp for rehabilitation was charged with sexual assault after one of his former campers revealed that not only had they been intimate, they had a child.…

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Montford talks education, jobs & prison at Liberty Co. Chamber annual meeting

January 25, 2013
Montford talks education, jobs & prison at Liberty Co. Chamber annual meeting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor State Senator Bill Montford’s speech at Monday night’s annual Liberty County Chamber of Commerce Membership meeting made it clear where he stands on the issues and a story from his years as a school principal shows he knows how to…

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Liberty Chamber honors Joe Shuler

January 23, 2013
Liberty Chamber honors Joe Shuler

Longtime Liberty County Chamber of Commerce member Joe Shuler was honored with an award recognizing his efforts with the organization. The inscription read, “In appreciation for your outstanding and dedicated service to our community.” Chamber President Michael Wright is shown holding the award as Shuler…

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Liberty Commission turns down request to fund SRO position

January 18, 2013
Liberty Commission turns down request to fund SRO position

by Liliane Parbot, contributing writer Resource officers to ensure the safety of Liberty County students are being sought by the school district, but the Board of County Commissioners did not agree to help with the costs, as requested to do at Thursday’s meeting in Bristol.…

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Former BPD officer, PBA representative charged with domestic violence

January 18, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A former law enforcement officer and investigator was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a felony domestic battery charge following an altercation with his ex-wife at her home on SE CR 69. Steve Mears, 38, was taken into custody without incident at…

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School Board to fund 3rd SRO position

January 18, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County School Board unanimously voted to fund a third School Resource Officer (SRO) position at Tuesday night’s meeting. “They didn’t hesitate, there was no discussion…I was very pleased,” said School Superintendent Gay Uzzell, who was less successful when…

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Seven former LCSO employees get $78,570 in leave payouts

January 18, 2013

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor When two majors, two lieutenants and three sergeants ended their employment with the Liberty County Sheriff’s office last month, they received a combined $78,570.08 in pay for unused sick time, comp time and annual leave. Before ending his term in…

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Shooting death of former Altha resident said to be accidental

January 11, 2013
Shooting death of former Altha resident said to be accidental

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BAY COUNTY – A memorial service was held Saturday for a 24-year-old man whose life ended abruptly with a discharge from a shotgun being handled by one of his best friends at a home on Panama City Beach Jan. 2.…

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Families welcome first babies of the New Year

January 11, 2013

Calhoun County’s first baby of 2013 arrives on Jan. 2   from Jackson Hospital Amanda Jones and Robert Kuzmanko of Altha are the proud parents of Elijah Michael Kuzmanko, the first baby born in the New Year at Jackson Hospital in Marianna. He is also…

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Nick Finch sworn in as Liberty County Sheriff

January 2, 2013
Nick Finch sworn in as Liberty County Sheriff

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Groups compete for $2.25 million grant to run FQHC

January 2, 2013
Groups compete for $2.25 million grant to run FQHC

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two groups are vying to take over Liberty Community Health Care, a federally qualified health center, as its second round of funding comes to a close in April of this year. Federally Qualified Heath Centers (FQHC) provide primary and preventative…

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Chambers charged with attack on former girlfriend

December 14, 2012
Chambers charged with attack on former girlfriend

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man is being held without bond on a charge of felony domestic battery by strangulation after his ex-girlfriend reported that he chased her down, grabbed her by the throat, threw her to the ground and choked her. Arrested…

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Clarksville man is charged with DUI manslaughter in Jan. wreck

December 14, 2012
Clarksville man is charged with DUI manslaughter in Jan. wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Highway Patrol has charged a Clarksville man with DUI manslaughter for the death of a friend in a single-vehicle accident this past January. Arrested Monday was Tyrell Odom, 27. His bond was set at $20,000 and includes the…

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Altha teen killed in single-vehicle wreck on CR 69A

December 7, 2012
Altha teen killed in single-vehicle wreck on CR 69A

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor There were plenty of tears at Altha High School (AHS) Monday morning for a young man whose greatest joy was making others happy. Eighteen-year-old Angel Enrique “Ricky” Morales, who graduated from the school last year, was killed after he lost…

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Angie Smith named Emergency Mgt. Director; Joe Wood named Public Works Director and Grant Coordinator Calhoun Commission fires Emergency Mgt. Director

December 7, 2012

Two weeks after taking away Sonny O’Bryan’s position as County Administrator, the Calhoun County Commission voted to take the rest. He was fired at Tuesday’s regular meeting by a 3-1 vote. Commissioner Darrell McDougald held the sole vote in favor of keeping O’Bryan on the…

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Liberty claims Region 2 Championship with 14-7 victory over Blountstown

November 30, 2012
Liberty claims Region 2 Championship with 14-7 victory over Blountstown

by Richard Williams and Michael DeVuyst, Journal sports writers Liberty County’s defense kept the Blountstown Tigers from taking advantage of early Bulldog miscues while the Tiger defense allowed two long scoring drives in a 14-7 Liberty County win over Blountstown on Nov. 23 in Bristol.…

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Commission strips O’Bryan of County Administrator title; Workshop & special meeting planned Thursday

November 30, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Longtime Emergency Management Director and County Administrator Sonny O’Bryan wasn’t fired, but one of his many titles was taken away at last week’s Calhoun County Commission meeting. And no one can say exactly what that means…at least not until a…

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Sheriff-Elect ready to make some changes in Liberty Co.

November 23, 2012
Sheriff-Elect ready to make some changes in Liberty Co.

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “Things are going to change dramatically. It’s going to be a good change,” says Liberty County Sheriff-Elect Nick Finch, 50, of Bristol, who is preparing to take on the county’s top law enforcement position in early January after defeating incumbent…

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Judge injured in 15-foot fall head first from shooting stand

November 16, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A mishap in a tree stand left Liberty County Judge Ken Hosford with a broken collarbone, four broken ribs, six damaged vertebrae and a severe concussion Saturday morning during a hunting trip in Springfield, Kentucky. He said he realized there…

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Gov. appoints Gloria “Gay” Uzzell as Liberty County School Superintendent

November 1, 2012

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Gloria “Gay” Uzzell as Liberty County Superintendent of Schools. Uzzell, 50, of Bristol, is currently the Superintendent-elect and Director of Administration for the Liberty County School Board. She succeeds Dr. Sue Summers and is appointed for…

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City of Blountstown ordinance requires all businesses be licensed

October 26, 2012

Businesses operating within the city limits of Blountstown are now required to have a license, according to an ordinance passed by the Blountstown City Council that went into effect Oct. 1. Business owners must pay a $25 fee each year and anyone wanting to conduct…

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GOAT DAY

October 19, 2012

The 26th annual Goat Day will be held this Saturday at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown, drawing thousands of visitors to the area to enjoy the park, the old-fashioned games, the animals and the chance to do some early holiday shopping from the many vendors…

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Fired Health Dept. Director awarded over $600,000 & job reinstatement

October 19, 2012
Fired Health Dept. Director awarded over $600,000 & job reinstatement

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – A six-member Liberty County jury agreed with former Health Department Director David Odum, 68, that he should not have been fired and awarded him over $600,000 at the end of a four-day trial last week in Bristol. “Just…

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Calhoun Correctional officers charged with accepting bribes

October 5, 2012
Calhoun Correctional officers charged with accepting bribes

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – Three officers at Calhoun Correctional Institution, including the Chief of Security, have been charged with accepting bribes to do favors for inmates. The special treatment included bringing in alcohol and a cell phone as well as offering “protection,”…

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Eleven charged at Swampy Tonk Bar Owner, staff & customers arrested in AB&T raid

October 5, 2012
Eleven charged at Swampy Tonk Bar Owner, staff & customers arrested in AB&T raid

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A raid by officers with Alcoholic Beverage & Tobacco (AB&T, ) a division of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, closed the doors to a Blountstown bar after the owner, two employees and eight customers were arrested Thursday…

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Man charged with shooting into residence

September 28, 2012
Man charged with shooting into residence

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN – A man who allegedly held a sawed-off shotgun at his hip while firing into a home with people inside is being held without bond in the Calhoun County Jail. Darcey Lamont Bess, 41, of Blountstown, was arrested on…

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Hosford men charged with kidnapping woman and five-year-old

September 21, 2012
Hosford men charged with kidnapping woman and five-year-old

A Hosford man is being held without bond in the Liberty County Jail after he allegedly abducted his estranged wife and their five-year-old daughter Saturday night, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Conley Richard Burke, 26, is charged with kidnapping and…

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Three Alco employees, five others charged with stealing store inventory

September 21, 2012
Three Alco employees, five others charged with stealing store inventory

Seven people have been arrested and another is being sought for the theft of over $5,000 in merchandise from Alco, according to a report from the Blountstown Police Department. Three of those charged were current employees while one previously worked at the store, according to…

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Woman arrested in shooting death

September 14, 2012
Woman arrested in shooting death

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor LOWRY – One man is dead and the woman who called 911 for help and exclaimed, “I just shot my boyfriend,” was arrested for his murder Friday night in Liberty County. Chairty Furr, 34, was charged with homicide after deputies…

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Burglary suspects stranded after owner takes back boat

September 7, 2012
Burglary suspects stranded after owner takes back boat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Deputies didn’t have to look far to nab three suspects accused of breaking into a houseboat near Ocheessee Landing around 2 a.m. Saturday. After seeing the group enter the locked structure, the owner took the boat they had used to…

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Ejected driver in critical condition

September 7, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man was transported to Bay Medical Center in critical condition after losing control of his truck and overturning in a 2 a.m. accident Tuesday. The injured driver was identified as Darryl K. O’Bryan, 50. According to Florida Highway…

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FDLE reports ‘inconclusive’ finding in McLemore case

August 31, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Did Tranum McLemore die by his own hand or was he killed? An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) resulted in the same answer for both questions: “Inconclusive.” The FDLE investigation “does not support a finding that…

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Gator tips boats and takes hunters for a ride First-time alligator hunter lands 13-foot, 900-lb. monster on the Apalachicola River

August 24, 2012
Gator tips boats and takes hunters for a ride First-time alligator hunter lands 13-foot, 900-lb. monster on the Apalachicola River

Justin Ranew admits he felt kind of bad about not telling the truth to Blountstown Police Chief Rodney Smith last Wednesday night. The two met in passing on the Apalachicola River, where both were on the lookout for alligators. Smith is a longtime gator hunter…

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Mother awaits autopsy results to explain death of 13-yr-old son

August 10, 2012
Mother awaits autopsy results to explain death of 13-yr-old son

Betty Cornwell said her 13-year-old son, David, recently returned from a church youth camp and was looking forward to being baptized on Sunday. Instead, he was buried on Saturday. The youngster, who was slated to start eighth grade at Tolar School this month, died unexpectedly…

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Justin Gatlin wins Olympic Bronze in 100-meter dash

August 10, 2012
Justin Gatlin wins Olympic Bronze in 100-meter dash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor When Justin Gatlin crossed the finish line of the men’s 100-meter dash during the 2012 Olympics in London this week, he got more than the bronze medal – he got a little redemption. Gatlin made a name for himself when…

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Heart patient loses battle with organ rejection Monday

August 3, 2012
Heart patient loses battle with organ rejection Monday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Any death in a small community has an impact but it’s even harder for those left behind when the one they lost fought so hard to survive. Until her death Monday afternoon, Ramsey Brown defied the odds. A heart defect…

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Bristol woman held at gunpoint by man at Quincy recycling business

August 3, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman who went into work a few minutes early Tuesday morning found herself at the mercy of a gun-wielding man who threatened to kill her if she didn’t hand over money he believed was being kept in the…

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Local health departments at bottom of FL rankings; changes already under way

July 27, 2012
Local health departments at bottom of FL rankings; changes already under way

Residents got a surprise when it was learned Friday that the Liberty County Health Department was the lowest ranked facility in the state and that the Calhoun County Health Department was only two notches higher. The Franklin County Health Department was wedged between the two…

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Family and friends gather to honor Grady Lou Nichols on 100th birthday

July 27, 2012
Family and friends gather to honor Grady Lou Nichols on 100th birthday

There’s no way to accurately count up the meals she’s cooked and quilts she’s stitched, but as she nears her 100th birthday, Grady Lou Nichols fondly recalls doing those things for the family she raised in Calhoun County. And she had a lot of family…

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Journey Stories

July 20, 2012
Journey Stories

The Journey Stories display will remain set up in the Clubhouse at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement through August 25. It features photos, stories and personal mementos from families who traveled to the Florida Panhandle to make their home.

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Tire problem on towed vehicle causes car, SUV to overturn

July 20, 2012
Tire problem on towed vehicle causes car, SUV to overturn

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two vehicles were left overturned along the side of the road following an equipment problem on a 1979 Oldsmobile that was being towed by an SUV along State Road 65, a mile and a half north of the Lowery Chip…

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Calhoun and Liberty County Schools grades

July 20, 2012

Calhoun and Liberty County’s elementary and middle schools had a drop in scores following last week’s release of their school grades by the Florida Department of Education. Educators are not happy with the tougher grading requirements recently implemented and this year, districts throughout the state…

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At age 90 & 91, these two veterans have a few stories to tell about their wartime experiences

July 13, 2012
At age 90 & 91, these two veterans have a few stories to tell about their wartime experiences

STORY AND PHOTOS BY PHIL COALE The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement opened its doors Friday night, July 6 to two American Heroes as the Settlement hosted Senior Master Sgt. James Ayers and Tuskegee Airman Sgt. Cornelius Davis, both retired, to tell stories of their lives including…

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Bristol 12-year-old wins Wewa Fishing Tournament with 35.03 flathead

July 6, 2012
Bristol 12-year-old wins Wewa Fishing Tournament with 35.03 flathead

There may have been 70 anglers taking part in last weekend’s fishing tournament in Wewahitchka, but a youngster from Bristol put ‘em all to shame after he collected four trophies, four checks and a pile of big flathead catfish. It must have been a heck…

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Standoff at road block ends when suspect shoots himself in chin

July 6, 2012
Standoff at road block ends when suspect shoots himself in chin

A 51-year-old Calhoun County man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot his estranged wife and led deputies on a chase at speeds of over 100 mph and then turned the gun on himself, resulting in a non-fatal wound…

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Woman charged with attempted murder after shooting at ex

June 29, 2012
Woman charged with attempted murder after shooting at ex

A 56-year-old Marianna woman is being held without bond after investigators say she shot up the home of her ex-boyfriend and tried to kill him by firing a gun through his bedroom door. Shortly after deputies arrived, Brenda “Sissy” Toole was taken into custody without…

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GETTING OFF THE ISLAND

June 29, 2012
GETTING OFF THE ISLAND

 

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REPORT: Bristol felon took investigator’s truck, used gun & badge to pose as undercover officer

June 29, 2012
REPORT: Bristol felon took investigator’s truck, used gun & badge to pose as undercover officer

Convicted felon Travis Allen has spent a lot of time in the back of patrol cars but in recent months, it seems he’s been in the driver’s seat. Allen, 29, has been a frequent guest of the Liberty County Jail and has served time in…

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Stealing Second

June 22, 2012
Stealing Second

Blountstown’s Trace Mears, right, steals second base as Liberty County shortstop Lucas Polver, left, reaches too late for the throw during the eight and Under Little League game last week in Sneads. Blountstown won.

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Inmates seen disappearing into walls of jail bathroom

June 22, 2012

A correctional officer at the Liberty County Jail made a startling discovering Friday evening when a surveillance camera caught four inmates who had removed a sheet of stainless steel in the men’s bathroom and disappeared into the wall. The incident is under investigation and charges…

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Juvenile charged with arson in June 13 Barfield Road fire

June 22, 2012

The State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a juvenile has been charged with one count of arson in connection with the June 13 fire that destroyed a vacant building at 19677 SW Barfield Road in Calhoun County. Spokesperson Deborah Cox said a flammable…

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Poker Run raises funds for 4-H campers

May 25, 2012
Poker Run raises funds for 4-H campers

Riders enjoyed the day and raised money for a good cause when they gathered at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Bristol for a Poker Run on Saturday. There were 25 riders with 11 passengers taking part. The group raised approximately $800 which will be used…

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Driver charged with DUI after crash near bridge

May 25, 2012
Driver charged with DUI after crash near bridge

A Friday night wreck just east of the Apalachicola River bridge in Bristol damaged a pickup truck and a guardrail, blocked traffic for nearly an hour and sent a man to jail for driving under the influence. Jimmy Allen O’Bryan, 49, of Turkey Creek Road…

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First Annual Catfish Crawl 5K reels in a crowd

May 25, 2012
First Annual Catfish Crawl 5K reels in a crowd

The First Annual Blountstown Fire Department Catfish Crawl 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run was an awesome success! One hundred and twenty-four registered runners, more than half from out of town, converged on the Depot Park and made tracks down the Blountstown Greenway Bike Path…

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Bristol man sentenced to life after kidnapping conviction

May 18, 2012
Bristol man sentenced to life after kidnapping conviction

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who called 911 and said he found a severely injured woman propped up against a tree in the woods not far from his home in Liberty County was convicted last week of kidnapping and ordered to serve life…

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Altha man charged with battery in parking lot altercation

May 11, 2012
Altha man charged with battery in parking lot altercation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 25-year-old Altha man was arrested for battery after witnesses called the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to report that a man was attacking a woman in a car in the parking lot of Smith’s Grocery Sunday afternoon. Witnesses said they…

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FDLE to open new investigation into McLemore death in Bristol

May 11, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is taking a closer look at the death of Tranum McLemore. The agency was called to the scene the night McLemore’s body was found on the bedroom floor of his Bristol home with three…

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Manspeaker named new Health Department Director

May 4, 2012
Manspeaker named new Health Department Director

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Rachel Manspeaker, 40, began her duties Monday as the new Director of the Calhoun and Liberty County Health Departments. The Bristol native holds two master’s degrees, one in nursing, and one in Business Administration/Heath Care Management. “Public health has always…

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Blountstown man charged in Chattahoochee shooting

April 27, 2012
Blountstown man charged in Chattahoochee shooting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied dwelling after an argument in Chattahoochee ended with a man being shot in the leg. Desmon Antwan Martin, 23, was taken into…

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Sheriff’s Office releases report on death of Tranum McLemore

April 20, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office released the report on the death of Tranum McLemore Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff Donnie Conyers said he is satisfied that McLemore, who was found facedown on his bedroom floor with three bullet wounds ­–…

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Brother asks for new investigation

April 20, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Dothan, AL man has a lot of questions about the night his half-brother, Tranum McLemore, 35, died at the Bristol home where he lived with his wife, Winter, and their three young daughters, who are two, five and 10…

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Altha men convicted in federal court for drug conspiracy

April 20, 2012

TALLAHASSEE ­- By jury verdicts returned at 8:30 last Friday night in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Jose Misael Garfias-Garcia, 33, and Miguel Angel Moreno-Ortega, 25, both of Altha, Florida, were convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Evidence at trial showed that…

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Wife describes night that ended with Tranum McLemore’s death

April 13, 2012
Wife describes night that ended with Tranum McLemore’s death

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL – Winter McLemore remembers her husband, Tranum, as a good man who loved their three little girls. “He loved playing ball outside with them, wrestling on the floor with them, and playing games with them,” she said. He had…

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Sheriff says McLemore’s death was a suicide; two other wounds plus fatal head wound found on body

April 6, 2012
Sheriff says McLemore’s death was a suicide; two other wounds plus fatal head wound found on body

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal The death of Blountstown Middle School Coach Tranum McLemore, whose body was found in his Bristol home Wednesday, was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to Liberty County Sheriff Donnie Conyers. Two other gunshot wounds…

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Broadband meeting set April 10 in Blountstown

April 6, 2012

BLOUNTSTOWN – Two centuries ago, this early town on the western bank of the Apalachicola River was a center for trade. Local Native Americans bartered goods to English and American trading companies and those goods flowed north to Columbus, Georgia and south to the Gulf…

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Naked man arrested after disturbance at Camel Lake Saturday

April 6, 2012
Naked man arrested after disturbance at Camel Lake Saturday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man under the influence of mushrooms ran naked and screaming through the campground at Camel Lake before being arrested after a foot chase and taken into custody with the assistance of another camper, according to a report from the…

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Hosford man facing child abuse and battery charges following altercation

March 23, 2012
Hosford man facing child abuse and battery charges following altercation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man is facing several charges following an altercation in which he hit a man, grabbed a child from a stroller and then resumed fighting while still holding the child, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s…

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Hiers sentenced to 6 months in prison, 3 months home confinement

March 16, 2012
Hiers sentenced to 6 months in prison, 3 months home confinement

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Former C&L Bank President Jed Hiers was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by three months of home confinement and three years of supervised release after prison during a sentencing hearing that lasted over three hours last Thursday in…

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Broadband Network installation starts soon

March 16, 2012
Broadband Network installation starts soon

from Opportunity Florida MARIANNA – The interior of this hollowed-out 30-year-old factory building looks more like a scene from NASA than the sewing operation that originally occupied the facility. Within this abandoned 31,000 sq. ft. building in the Marianna Industrial Park, rows of white and…

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Man charged with trying to smuggle smoking incense into Liberty County Jail

March 12, 2012
Man charged with trying to smuggle smoking incense into Liberty County Jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man who brought toiletry items for his brother at the Liberty County Jail found himself on the other side of the bars after a bag of synthetic marijuana was discovered hidden inside an Old Spice Body Wash bottle.…

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Teens arrested for break-ins; Pair charged with robbing Jackson County homes

February 24, 2012
Teens arrested for break-ins; Pair charged with robbing Jackson County homes

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Gadsden County teens linked to numerous area break-ins, including eight in Liberty County, two in Calhoun County, six in Jackson County (along with one attempt) and two in Gadsden County, were arrested last week. Xavier Darcus Parks, 18, and…

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St. Joe leases land to ship-building group for expansion

February 24, 2012

WATERSOUND – The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE – News) announced that it will lease 20 acres of its former paper mill site in Port St. Joe to Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) of Panama City. ESG plans to expand its existing shipbuilding, vessel construction and…

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Sanctuary founder Betsy Knight dies at 73, leaving behind a legacy of love for wildlife

February 24, 2012
Sanctuary founder Betsy Knight dies at 73, leaving behind a legacy of love for wildlife

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “Take it to Betsy.” That’s what was said when injured and abandoned animals were found in this part of the Florida Panhandle for years and that’s how many of us first met Betsy Knight. Baby birds who had taken a…

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Blountstown’s Laura Davis on primary care track at FSU

February 17, 2012
Blountstown’s Laura Davis on primary care track at FSU

By Doug Blackburn Reprinted with permission from the Tallahassee Democrat Her mother calls Laura Davis “just a regular, small-town girl.” There are other ways to describe Davis, a third-year medical school student at Florida State University. She is, by all accounts, a poster child for…

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Two Bristol homes robbed; attempt made on another

February 17, 2012
Two Bristol homes robbed; attempt made on another

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Bristol houses were robbed and another homeowner came face-to-face with a would-be intruder peering into his window Tuesday afternoon. Lamar Holland, 70, said he came downstairs just before 1:30 p.m., walked into his kitchen, happened to look out the…

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NEWS ALERT Two suspects in custody; other arrests possible in Liberty County burglaries

February 15, 2012

Two men are in custody today in connection with the recent rash of Liberty County home break-ins and other arrests are possible, according to Liberty County Sheriff Donnie Conyers. He said local Task Force members were in the Chattahoochee area around noon when two suspects…

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Series of break-ins reported in Calhoun and Liberty

February 10, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Thousands of dollars’ worth of property – including guns, jewelry, TVs and game consoles – have been stolen in recent burglaries in the Calhoun and Liberty County area. Three of the break-ins happened in Calhoun County. Three more were discovered…

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Altha man charged with trying to stab trooper, resisting arrest

February 10, 2012
Altha man charged with trying to stab trooper, resisting arrest

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor John Derek Sangster, 57, had a lot of people worried Monday morning as he stood in front of the Chevron Station in Altha, swinging a hand saw and acting in what many saw as a threatening manner. Including FHP Trooper…

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Investigation into inmate’s accusations inconclusive; Calhoun County booking officer turns in resignation

February 3, 2012
Investigation into inmate’s accusations inconclusive; Calhoun County booking officer turns in resignation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A booking officer with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office accused of inappropriate behavior by a female inmate will not be facing charges after a seven week internal investigation resulted in an inconclusive finding. Melissa Ann Terry, 34, was taken to…

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Girls arrested after taking a Hosford School bus for joy ride

February 3, 2012

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two teenage girls are facing charges of felony grand theft and trespassing on school grounds after they stole a school bus and took it on a joy ride through Hosford Sunday night, according to a report from the Liberty County…

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Altha native honored for terrorist attack response

January 26, 2012
Altha native honored for terrorist attack response

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Altha native Lamar Conner, 53, was taking a quick smoke break from his job as a customer service agent at Frankfurt airport in Germany last March when he heard shots and turned to see a man stumbling out of a…

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Company planning to build five solar farms in Liberty County

January 20, 2012
Company planning to build five solar farms in Liberty County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County’s economic future just got a little brighter with the news that a Melbourne-based company plans to build five 200-acre solar farms here. National Solar Power CEO James Scrivener made the announcement at Monday night’s Liberty County Chamber of…

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Florida High School grades announced

January 13, 2012

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s high schools increased in the number and percent of schools achieving high marks for the 2010-11 school year, according to results just released from the Florida Department of Education. Results show that 78 percent of the state’s high schools earned either an…

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National Solar Power CEO to speak at Liberty Chamber banquet

January 6, 2012
National Solar Power CEO to speak at Liberty Chamber banquet

James Scrivener, CEO of National Solar Power, will be the guest speaker at the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on Monday, Jan. 16. The banquet, which will be followed by the general membership meeting, will begin at 7 p.m. and is being held…

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Liberty Co. inmate escapes through unlocked jail door

January 6, 2012
Liberty Co. inmate escapes through unlocked jail door

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL — A 25-year-old man arrested last month for manufacturing methamphetamine had a few hours of freedom when he escaped from the Liberty County Jail after discovering an unsecured door. Daniel M. Brown of Vermilion, LA, was downstairs with other…

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Two Liberty Co. men charged with stealing boat, stove & copper wiring

January 6, 2012
Two Liberty Co. men charged with stealing boat, stove & copper wiring

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL — Two 19-year-old Liberty County residents were arrested Dec. 29 for the theft of an aluminum boat, a four-burner wood stove and an estimated $3,000 worth of copper wiring. James Tipton and Jessie William Hobby were charged with grand…

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Liberty County kids find something extra under the Christmas tree

December 30, 2011
Liberty County kids find something extra under the Christmas tree

Liberty County Sheriff Donnie Conyers and Phillip Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bristol, are shown just before packing up a roomful of toys collected for children in the community who might not otherwise find anything under the Christmas tree this year. The…

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Assisted living operator, 75, arrested for grand theft and exploitation of an elderly/disabled adult

December 30, 2011
Assisted living operator, 75, arrested for grand theft and exploitation of an elderly/disabled adult

Joyce Daughtrey, 75, of Bristol was arrested last week for grand theft and exploitation of an elderly and disabled adult, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s office. She is charged with stealing $9,500 by withholding the victim’s Social Security funds and his…

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Man charged after hitting wall and resisting arrest

December 30, 2011
Man charged after hitting wall and resisting arrest

A 34-year-old man found in the midst of a loud argument with a woman at a residence on River Street was taken into custody after refusing to comply with a police officer and resisting arrest. Octavio Torres Garcia was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting…

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House guest steals host’s pickup truck

December 30, 2011

A man who showed up uninvited asking for a place to stay for the night didn’t leave empty handed. The next morning, he stole his host’s truck, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Chet Geiger said he let Daniel Brown, 22,…

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Man arrested after witnesses confirm he knocked down wife and took phone

December 30, 2011
Man arrested after witnesses confirm he knocked down wife and took phone

A 29-year-old Blountstown man is charged with domestic battery after his estranged wife said he threw her on the ground and then dragged her into the house by her feet when she tried to get away from him, according to a report from the Calhoun…

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Legal – Minutes from the June 5 Liberty County Commission meeting

July 22, 2014

Official minutes from the June 5, 2014 regular meeting of the Liberty County Commission as recorded by the board secretary The meeting was called to order by Chairman Jim Johnson. Present at the meeting were Commissioners Scott Phillips, Davis Stoutamire, Dewayne Branch, Dexter Barber, Attorney…

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Accidental shooting in Hosford Thursday morning

July 17, 2014

A Hosford man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his left foot after an accidental shooting Thursday morning. Joe Combs was on his front porch with his seven-year-old grandson sometime between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when a 20 gauge shotgun the…

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Tirzah brings home many awards from L.A. showcase

July 4, 2014
Tirzah brings home many awards from L.A. showcase

Tirzah Mosley went to Los Angeles, California on January 9 through 12 to perform at the iPOP Showcase with the JRP Acting and Modeling Agency of Orlando, FL. She represented Florida, competing against contestants from other states. She enjoyed herself and was able to meet…

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