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Arrests September 23rd, 2016 by

Blountstown man charged with stealing phone, tablet and other items from home

A Blountstown man is facing charges after a man reported that he awoke around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 to discover Cavon T. Cox, Jessica Simmons and another black male in his home. The witness said he “didn’t think much of it” until later, when he realized several items were missing.  The property included his […]

Arrests September 23rd, 2016 by

Hosford man arrested on DUI charge after parking outside Calhoun home for 2 hours

After receiving a report last week about a suspicious vehicle parked outside a Calhoun County residence for two hours, a deputy arrived to find the driver leaving and noticed he had a bad headlight. Deputy Zach Whitfield attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver, later identified as Richard Lance Durden, 30, of Hosford, […]

Arrests September 23rd, 2016 by

DUI arrest

A 22-year-old Hosford man was charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over when an FHP Trooper noticed his tag had been expired for more than six months. Christopher Roger Clark was stopped on Sept. 13 while traveling on CR 12 in Bristol around 7:26 p.m. When asked about his possible level of […]

Arrests September 23rd, 2016 by

Berry pickers charged with trespassing and larceny

Six men were charged with trespassing and larceny after they were caught picking berries from palmettos on a hunting lease in Hosford. Deputies were called after the group was spotted on W.O. Shuler Road off SR 65 North late Friday afternoon. Two men who were putting out corn on the posted land noticed the men […]

News September 23rd, 2016 by

Council hires new attorney for Blountstown

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Jeff Carter has been hired as the new attorney for the City of Blountstown. Carter is taking over for David House, who has served the city in that capacity for the past 13 years. House recently closed his private practice and is currently working with the public defender’s office in […]

Arrests September 23rd, 2016 by

Intoxicated man resists being placed in the jail

An intoxicated man arrested Saturday by the Blountstown Police Department and then transported to the county jail by a deputy is facing several charges after he did not go quietly. According to the report from Deputy Zach Whitfield, Andrew Jerome Davis, 45, was handcuffed and placed in the back of his patrol car Saturday. While […]

News September 23rd, 2016 by

Altha native J. Earle Bowden to be inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor His journalism career began at Altha School when he started a student newspaper  - The Al-Hi Gab - and served as art editor of their first yearbook in 1946. From that small beginning, he carved out a legacy working with other publications until starting a 60-year career with The Pensacola […]

News September 23rd, 2016 by

Fines reduced; Alliant to continue running hospital

Calhoun Liberty Hospital Board Chair Ruth Attaway announced last week that a settlement agreement has been reached with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to reduce large fines they had incurred following a complaint by the agency. “The hospital was facing administrative fines up to $56,500. Under the settlement agreement, the hospital has until […]

Arrests September 23rd, 2016 by

Bristol convenience store clerk charged with voiding sales and keeping the cash

A convenience store clerk working at the Express Lane in Bristol was charged with grand theft for stealing approximately $304 by voiding out sales and pocketing the money. Nikki Remedies, 43, of Hosford was arrested Sept. 18. According to the report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, the store manager was reviewing security footage from […]

Arrests, News September 16th, 2016 by

Hosford woman charged with DUI after hitting car

A 47-year-old Hosford resident was arrested on a charge of DUI after she was involved in an accident outside a home on NE Cannon Branch Road on Sunday. According to the FHP report, Melissa McCrea was backing up when she hit another vehicle.  The vehicle’s owner gave a statement confirming that McCrea was behind the […]

Arrests September 16th, 2016 by

Woman arrested for stealing debit card, withdrawing $222

A Bristol woman is facing charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, petty theft and two counts each of fraud and larceny after a Bristol woman’s debit card went missing. Terry Armstrong, 65, was arrested Sept. 9. The victim had put $250 on the card and later realized it was missing.  After calling the […]

News September 16th, 2016 by

Runners will explore a new course, face new challenges at Saturday’s Mud Run

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor ALTHA - Most days, he’s training soldiers, law enforcement officers and tactical response teams at his base in the Calhoun County woods, but for the past few weeks he’s been busy on another project - building a new obstacle course for the annual Swamp & Stomp Mud Run. Master Trainer […]

News September 16th, 2016 by

FDOC: Normal operations resume after disturbances at four prisons last week

from The Florida Department of Corrections Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) has resumed normal operations at all institutions following disturbances reported in four North Florida institutions last week and through the weekend. Secretary Julie Jones said, “Due to the unwavering commitment and training of our staff we were able to quickly and […]

News September 16th, 2016 by

Correctional officer recovering after being stabbed by inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL - A Bristol man is recovering after he was attacked by an inmate at Liberty Correctional Institution last week. Correctional Officer Derek Shuler was stabbed three times with a homemade weapon around 12:53 a.m. last Wednesday at the prison.  He was left with a puncture wound on his head […]

Arrests September 9th, 2016 by

DUI arrest made after Blountstown traffic stop

A man who got a Blountstown Police Officer’s attention by causing the driver traveling behind him to repeatedly hit the brakes was later charged with DUI. BPD Officer Daisy Holliday was watching traffic just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 18 when a the brake lights of the vehicle traveling in front of her kept flashing […]

Hurricane/ Storms, News September 9th, 2016 by

Following Hurricane Hermine’s visit last week Calhoun and Liberty OK despite damages to surrounding counties

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun and Liberty counties emerged relatively unscathed compared to the damage surrounding counties sustained as Hurricane Hermine raged across Florida last week. After making landfall east of St. Marks around 1:30 a.m. last Friday, the Category 1 hurricane created record storm surges along the coast as it traveled across the […]

Election, News September 9th, 2016 by

Voters, candidates looking ahead to General Election

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County voters have just four races to decide on in the Nov. 8 General Election after last week’s Primary saw four incumbents return to office and put new member on the school board. Those re-elected included Clerk of Court Kathy Brown, Tax Collector Marie Goodman, District 5 County Commissioner […]

News September 9th, 2016 by

Meyers found not guilty on 14 counts of animal abuse

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man whose neighbors became concerned after seeing numerous pit bulldogs chained to trees on his Liberty County property was found not guilty on 14 counts of animal abuse Tuesday afternoon in Bristol. A six-member jury deliberated 20 minutes before returning their verdict in the case against Leslie Meyers, 40, […]

Arrests, News September 2nd, 2016 by

Series of threatening text messages leads to aggravated assault charge

A 30-year-old Blountstown man was arrested after an altercation with his brother-in-law that he said was set off by a threatening text message, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Chaffin was taken into custody Aug. 17 and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Chaffin told investigators that his […]


Arrests, News September 2nd, 2016 by

Blountstown man arrested with child pornography

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man was arrested Aug. 25 following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law  Enforcement (FDLE) that resulted in the discovery of obscene materials on his computer. Charles H. Babcock, 55, is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child […]

Arrests, News September 2nd, 2016 by

Hosford men arrested with methamphetamine

Two Hosford men were arrested after methamphetamine was found during a traffic stop Aug. 22. Sgt. Joshua Biggs pulled over a car on SR 20, west of Hosford, aware that the driver’s license was suspended. After running a computer check, he also learned there was a Leon County warrant for Jace Ammons, 38. After taking […]

Arrests, News September 2nd, 2016 by

Tallahassee man arrested after crash in stolen rental vehicle

A man in a stolen rental car was arrested after officers with the Blountstown Police Department responded to an accident on Central Ave. East on Tuesday, Aug. 23. BPD Officer Ethan Shuler arrived to find a man, woman and three children at the scene.  The man gave his name as Hasani Myers but had no […]

Arrests, News September 2nd, 2016 by

Woman charged with using stolen debit card

A Bristol woman was charged with larceny after she was identified on a store security video using a stolen debit card, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The card holder said she had lost her debit card.  When she checked her account, she discovered the card had been used for two […]

Arrests, News September 2nd, 2016 by

Tractor Supply employee charged with fraud

A store employee accused of making false returns for merchandise and pocketing the money has been charged with fraud. Tammy Lynn Attaway, 29, of Clarksville was arrested Aug. 22 after her supervisor at Tractor Supply contacted the Blountstown Police Department to report that she had taken $1,191 over the past month. Attaway told BPD Capt. […]

Hurricane/ Storms, News September 1st, 2016 by

Calhoun County Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 2, extra-curricular activities are canceled for Thursday, Sept. 1

The Calhoun County School District has released that Calhoun County Schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 2. After school activities for Thursday, including the Blountstown High School volleyball game are canceled. It has yet to be determined whether or not the Blountstown High School football game will be held Friday night. According to Calhoun […]

Hurricane/ Storms, News September 1st, 2016 by

Liberty County Emergency Management makes preparations for Hurricane Hermine

Government offices will close at 12 p.m. ET today and all day tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1 and 2. Schools will be also be closed Friday. The Fusion Church, located beside Bristol Ace Hardware, will be open this afternoon/evening as well, but space is limited. Blountstown High School will also be opening a Red […]

Education, News September 1st, 2016 by

Liberty County Schools open today, will be closed Friday

The Liberty County School District has decided to cancel school on Friday, Sept. 1 and all after school activities on Thursday and Friday Sept. 1 and 2 for all Liberty County Schools due to inclement weather from approaching Hurricane Hermine. This includes all extra-curricular and sports activities, as well as the 21st Century program.

Accidents, News August 29th, 2016 by

Altha woman killed in head-on collision

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Altha woman died Saturday after losing control of her car and hitting an oncoming pickup in Jackson County. Shelbra Cherie Hires, 25, was driving north on CR 276 (Pennsylvania Ave.) in Marianna, south of English Road, around 12:16 p.m. when she failed to maintain her lane after driving into […]

Arrests, News August 26th, 2016 by

Arrests made in Altha-based crystal meth trafficking case

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Several arrests have been made and additional warrants have been issued for others involved in a crystal meth trafficking organization headed up by an Altha man from his Evans Street home, according to Lt. Bobby Revell of the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force. John Stephen Fleck, 37 , is alleged to […]

News August 26th, 2016 by

Blaze damages kitchen

Firefighters rushed to the scene after smoke was reported billowing from a Blountstown home around 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Westside VFD joined the Blountstown Fire Department at 17444 11th Street where a fire started while someone was cooking on the stove. BFD Chief Ben Hall credited quick action on the part of the homeowner with […]

Arrests, News August 26th, 2016 by

Eleven arrested in drug sweep by BADTF

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A series of arranged drug deals by the newly-formed Blountstown and Altha Police Departments’ new task force, known as Blountstown-Altha Drug Task Force (BADTF), resulted in 11 arrests this past week.  Warrants have been issued and additional arrests are expected, according to Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory. Mallory said that […]

News August 19th, 2016 by

Accidental shooting in Altha

An Altha man whose identity was not released was rushed to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself just before 6 p.m. Thursday. The victim gave a statement to a deputy that he was trying to let the hammer down on his Rock Island 45 handgun.  He said the hammer slipped from his thumb and discharged […]

News August 19th, 2016 by

Burke charged with theft and larceny

A Bristol man is charged with the July 29 break-in at a Hosford residence in which several items were taken but the suspect left something important behind - his identification. Dan Faircloth reported that he and his fiance’s home was ransacked and some of their belongings were left scattered on the floor. The stolen property […]

Arrests, News August 19th, 2016 by

Smith admits using meth in bathroom at Bristol park

A Blountstown man spotted stepping out of a restroom with a woman at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Bristol was arrested on drug charges. Liberty County Sgt. Joshua Biggs was sent to the park to check out a suspicious person complaint on Aug. 9 sometime after dusk, when the park is closed. Terry Smith, 31, […]

News August 19th, 2016 by

Along with pills and more than $3,000 in cash, over 1 pound of crystal meth seized in drug sting on Sunday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Over a pound of crystal methamphetamine was seized along with nearly 60 pills and more than $3,000 in cash during a drug sting set up by the Calhoun-Liberty Task Force Sunday night in Altha. Rodney A. Keene Jr., 38, of Cottondale drove to Calhoun County alone that night, believing he […]

Arrests, News August 19th, 2016 by

Teen caught in stolen car

A young woman pulled over for traveling 49 miles an hour within the city limits of Bristol was later arrested after it was discovered she was driving a stolen car. According to the arrest report, Keiondra Posey, 18, of Panama City could not produce a driver’s license when pulled over around 11 a.m. on Aug. […]

News August 19th, 2016 by

Man charged after attack on girlfriend results in accident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bond was set at $7,500 for a Wewahitchka man whose car rolled into a ditch and overturned while he was attacking his girlfriend, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Blaine A. Pitts, 27, was charged with battery, abuse without great harm, child abuse and driving while license […]

Arrests, News August 19th, 2016 by

Driver arrested with meth, marijuana & over $3,000

A man pulled over after a deputy noticed one of his headlights was out and that his tag was obscured by chains and wires was arrested Aug. 7. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Nic Keller’s report noted that the driver, Andy Bivins, 60, of Fountain was “thick-tongued” and hard to understand when he spoke with him. […]

News August 12th, 2016 by

Tow truck driver frees man pinned beneath wreckage

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 43-year-old Fountain man is lucky to be alive after he was ejected and then pinned underneath his 2001 Ford F250 when he lost control of the truck Saturday night in Altha near CR 274 and Johnny Boy Landing. Carl T. Gann, 43, was traveling south along CR 274 around […]


News August 12th, 2016 by

Man arrested 17 years after warrant first issued

An Altha man who is accused of leaving child pornography inside a travel trailer that was repossessed back in 1991 was arrested Aug. 7 for possession of obscene material. Floyd Michael Hughes, 62, was taken into custody 17 years after a warrant was originally issued for his arrest. The owner of the trailer said he […]

News August 12th, 2016 by

Grantham charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual battery Aug. 4

A Blountstown man was charged with kidnapping, battery and attempted sexual battery after he allegedly attacked a woman at his home. According to the victim, Donnie Ray Grantham, 36, beat her and held her down on his bed “for some time” before letting her leave after the Aug. 3 altercation. The woman’s injuries included a […]

News August 12th, 2016 by

Man charged with exposing himself at courthouse

A Blountstown man charged with battery, indecent exposure and a probation violation after he allegedly made obscene gestures to a woman who was performing community service hours at the Calhoun County Courthouse. Arrested was Clifford F. Martin, 29. According to the arrest report, the victim said Martin made gestures indicating he wanted to have sex […]

News August 12th, 2016 by

Two seriously hurt, three escape with minor injuries Aug. 2

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Five people from Altha, including three children, received injuries ranging from serious to minor in an Aug. 2 crash in Jackson County. According to the FHP report, Jennifer Duncan, 30, was driving east on Old Spanish Trail around 7:30 p.m. and approaching SR 71 when her 1996 GMC Sierra ran […]

Arrests August 12th, 2016 by

Pair arrested after stolen truck discovered behind Telogia trailer

A Bristol man and a woman from Tallahassee are facing a long list of charges after deputies tracked down a stolen truck parked behind a trailer in Telogia around 6:31 p.m. Friday. A check on the tag attached to a black Chevrolet Silverado showed that it had been assigned to a 1993 Chevrolet station wagon […]

News August 6th, 2016 by

Bristol man charged with sexual battery of a child

Bristol man charged with sexual battery of a child   by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal A Bristol man is being held without bond at the Franklin County Jail after being charged with sexual battery of a child. Robert Parrish, 55, who works as a correctional officer, was arrested July 26 while on duty at […]

News August 5th, 2016 by

Wewa drowning victim had previous falls from Chipola River houseboat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Wewahitchka man was found 10 feet under a houseboat on the Chipola River Sunday afternoon, several hours after his brother had reported him missing. The deceased was identified as Michael Eugene McArdle,  56. McArdle, also known as “Cowboy Mike,” had been staying with his brother on […]

News August 5th, 2016 by

Woman killed in collision with log truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Grand Ridge woman was killed last Wednesday when she drove into the path of an oncoming log truck on SR 65, approximately nine miles south of Hosford. Lee Ann Wilk, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:51 p.m. on July 27. Wilk had been westbound on SW […]

Arrests, News August 5th, 2016 by

Man caught with key to stolen truck arrested after breaking into house

A Marianna man was arrested Tuesday morning after being caught inside a residence on 21st Street in Blountstown with the key to a truck that had just been stolen from Blountstown Middle School. William Earl Edenfield was charged with burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a structure, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.  […]

News July 29th, 2016 by

Traffic light goes up at SR 71 & 69 in Blountstown Tuesday

Traffic patterns along SR 71 in Blountstown will change a bit with the installation on Tuesday of a new signal light at the intersection with SR 69 (Pear Street).  The new light will give motorists a safer way to enter 71 without extra long waits.

LCHS, News, School July 29th, 2016 by

New LCHS construction ranked #1 on Special Facility Committee list

The Liberty County School District is pleased to announce the Special Facility Construction Committee’s #1 ranking of the Liberty County High School Project. In a letter addressed to Liberty County School District Superintendent, David Summers, Linda Champion, Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Operations for Florida Department of Education stated, “The committee determined that the Liberty […]

Community, News July 29th, 2016 by

Jail & Bail

Major Brian Langston of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department leads an unremorseful Jordan Chaney from his patrol vehicle following his arrest for “trespassing while playing Pokémon Go” on Friday.  Jordan was one of more than 20 people who were hauled into a cell during Friday’s Jail & Bail that resulted in raising approximately $5,000 for […]

Community, News July 29th, 2016 by

Unity of Community

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Kenneth Speights wanted to do something to bring community members together with those who answer our calls for help - the deputies, police officers, FWC officers, FHP  Troopers, firefighters, correctional officers and emergency medical responders.  Those who serve and protect have seen a shift in public perception following a spate […]

News July 28th, 2016 by

FATAL CRASH

Grand Ridge woman dies in collision with log truck near Hosford   by Teresa Eubanks, Editor The Calhoun-Liberty Journal   A Grand Ridge woman was killed Wednesday when she drove into the path of an oncoming log truck on SR 65, approximately nine miles south of Hosford.   Lee Ann Wilk, 42, was pronounced dead […]

Community, Events, News July 22nd, 2016 by

Bass Pro Big Cat Quest holds first Calhoun tourney

from Kristy Terry, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Director BLOUNTSTOWN – They came, they fished, and they’ll be back!  The Bass Pro Big Cat Quest’s (BCQ) first visit to Calhoun County was a success, with more than 65 participants, some from as far away as Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Neal Landing in Blountstown served as […]

Community, News July 22nd, 2016 by

Candidates discuss how they would manage the sheriff’s office if elected

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Money, staffing and training. Those were the main topics discussed by four of the five candidates seeking the job of Calhoun County Sheriff as they took part in a debate Thursday evening in the Heritage Room of the Blountstown Library. A room full of spectators looked on as incumbent Sheriff […]

News July 22nd, 2016 by

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against hospital by Barbara Dawson family

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun Liberty Hospital is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of the late Barbara Dawson, who died of a blood clot late last year after being removed from the facility in handcuffs several hours after she went there for treatment. The Blountstown Police Department, former Police Officer John […]

Arrests, News July 15th, 2016 by

Sumatra man arrested on warrant for battery

A Sumatra man was taken into custody Saturday on a warrant stemming from an altercation he had with his girlfriend last month. Horace Harris, 42, left the scene before a deputy arrived on June 8.  While en route, Deputy Kyndal Strohecker was notified by dispatch that a call was received reporting that Harris was driving […]

Arrests, News July 15th, 2016 by

Meth arrest made July 5

The Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force completed an extensive investigation into a crystal methamphetamine distributor in the Blountstown (Live Oak Heights) Community of Calhoun County on July 5, which led to an arrest warrant for Kenneth Adrian Best for sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Best was taken into custody without incident and was subsequently booked […]

News July 15th, 2016 by

With some help from Kratos Training Facility near Altha, Swamp & Stomp Mud Run will feature new course and challenges

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Things are going to be a little different at this year’s Swamp & Stomp Mud Run in Calhoun County with a new location, a new course and some new challenges. For the past five years, the event has been held at the Altha Recreation Park and featured a trail of […]

News, Sports July 15th, 2016 by

Girls heading to the Dixie Youth World Series after winning state

The Liberty County Bulldogs girl’s 10U team made history Monday in Okeechobee, becoming the first girl’s team from Liberty County Parks and Recreation to win a state championship, defeating Frostproof 15-1. The Lady Bulldogs opened the tournament Friday with a big win over Belleview.  Kallan Mercer pitched a no-hitter to lead the Lady Dawgs to […]

Arrests, News July 15th, 2016 by

Two arrested after argument over van

A Hosford woman and a Bristol man were taken into custody after a dispute on the side of the road in Telogia on July 5. A witness who contacted 911 said Maegan Serrano, 26, was trying to get her van back from Ronnie Hathaway, 27. Serrano took the phone and was told the sheriff’s office […]

Arrests, News July 15th, 2016 by

Man charged with indecent exposure, girlfriend arrested for intoxication

A Ft. Lauderdale man was taken into custody after witnesses reported that he exposed himself. Kody Lee Burns, 25, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest.  His girlfriend, Amanda D. Ramos, was arrested for disorderly intoxication. Deputy Zac Whitfield responded to a complaint at Look and Tremble Road Saturday after a caller reported that […]

Arrests, News July 8th, 2016 by

Holland facing additional charges

A man wanted on drug charges who had eluded arrest was taken into custody last Thursday after a tip on John Holland’s whereabouts was received by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Holland, who authorities say is believed to be distributing crystal methamphetamine, was arrested without incident at a Live Oak Heights residence shortly after 5:30 […]

Accidents, News July 8th, 2016 by

Monday wreck claims life of retired UPS driver Ken Purvis

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A good guy. Those three words have been repeated endlessly since friends and former customers learned of the death of 67-year-old Ken Purvis Monday afternoon. The former UPS driver made a lot of friends while making his rounds, especially in Liberty County. Although aware of the time restraints put on […]

Arrests, News July 8th, 2016 by

Man admits to crawling through dog door to have sex with 13-year-old girl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 30-year-old Blountstown man who admitted to sneaking in through a dog door to meet a 13-year-old girl in her bedroom has been charged with sexual battery on a victim over 12.  The victim’s mother had previously called law enforcement officers to her home when she thought that Bryan Oscar Burke […]

Arrests, News July 8th, 2016 by

Altha man charged with selling methamphetamine

A man found standing next to his vehicle with the motor off and the lights out around 12:38 a.m. on June 29 was arrested after a deputy discovered methamphetamine in the console of his truck. Calhoun County Deputy Patrick Crawford was patrolling along Miller Road in the Mossy Pond area when he noticed the parked […]

Arrests, News July 8th, 2016 by

Bristol man arrested for selling ‘Mojo’

A 28-year-old Bristol man was charged with sale of a controlled substance after he sold a $10 bag of fake marijuana to an informant working with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office last year. The exchange took place on Dec. 4, 2015 as investigators monitored the transaction with Cameron L. Moore. The substance purchased was later […]

Arrests, News July 1st, 2016 by

Bristol man charged with selling ‘Mojo’

A  28-year-old Bristol man was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges of selling synthetic cannabis laced with illegal narcotics, according to a news release from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Cameron L. Moore was arrested Tuesday after a long term drug investigation by the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force. Moore was selling a product commonly referred to […]

Election, News July 1st, 2016 by

Candidate list set for 2016 county elections

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Qualifying for office ended at noon Friday and the lineup is set for this year’s county elections. LIBERTY COUNTY SHERIFF:  Nine candidates are vying for Liberty County’s top law enforcement job, with eight men challenging incumbent Sheriff Nick Finch. Democratic candidates include Corry Fletcher, Henry Hamlin and Eddie Joe White.  […]

Arrests, News July 1st, 2016 by

Altha man arrested for selling methamphetamine

An extensive investigation into a crystal methamphetamine distributor in the Altha Community resulted in the arrest of Jerry D. Thurman, 42, on Friday, according to a news release from the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force. Thurman was charged with one count sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and one count sale of a controlled substance within […]

News July 1st, 2016 by

Hosford trailer fire ruled accidental

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A blaze that quickly destroyed an older model singlewide mobile home this weekend was determined to be accidental, according to Hosford Fire Chief Curtis Fletcher. He indicated that the fire marshal believes the home was set aflame by either a fallen candle or a defective power strip.  The blaze began […]

Arrests, News June 30th, 2016 by

Holland in custody

from the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force   On June 30, 2016 the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the whereabouts of fleeing suspect, John Holland. At approximately 5:30 a.m. CST, members of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a residence located in Live Oak Heights. During this time Holland was located and was […]

Agency Press Releases, News June 29th, 2016 by

Warrant issued for man wanted for selling meth

Authorities are looking for a Blountstown man alleged to be a crystal methamphetamine distributor following a recent investigation in Calhoun County. According to information from the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of John Holland, 51, for one count sale of a controlled substance and one count sale of […]

Accidents, News June 24th, 2016 by

Bristol librarian killed in head-on crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A black ribbon is hanging on the front door of the Harrell Memorial Library in Bristol after the sudden death of its young branch manager, who was killed in a head-on collision in Calhoun County last week. Anna Kay Taylor was just five days away from her 23rd birthday. In […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News June 24th, 2016 by

Bristol man charged with having meth & marijuana

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 32-year-old Bristol man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop in Blountstown Friday. Taken into custody was Ellis Summerlin Jr., who was charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. Summerlin was pulled over around 7 p.m. after Calhoun County […]

Hunting News, News June 23rd, 2016 by

FWC votes to postpone Bear Hunting in 2016

from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission EASTPOINT - On Wednesday, June 22, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016. Although the framework for bear hunting in Florida remains in place, there will be a zero hunt objective set for 2016, and the […]

News June 21st, 2016 by

Maintenance on Apalachicola River Bridge planned for June 22 and 23

Drivers will encounter intermittent lane closures Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, on the State Road 20 Apalachicola River Bridge in Calhoun County.  Lane closures will remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. as crews perform routine bridge maintenance.

Accidents, News June 17th, 2016 by

Bristol librarian killed in head-on collision Thursday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A young woman who had recently started her duties as the librarian at Harrell Memorial Library in Bristol was killed in a head-on collision in Calhoun County last night. Anna Kay Taylor, 22, was traveling east on SR 20 near Willard Smith Road around 11 p.m.  when her 2008 Nissan […]

News June 17th, 2016 by

King resigns to run for school superintendent

Calhoun County District 2 School Board member Kelly King officially resigned from the board and is now running for School Superintendent. Five people quickly stepped up to declare their intent to seek the board seat, including Ray Howell, Lynette Miller, Kevin O’Bryan and  Jamie Strickland. Ward 4 City Council member Beverely Veress, 79, of Blountstown […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News June 17th, 2016 by

Liberty County Jail escapee caught in Tallahassee June 8

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The man who escaped from the Liberty County Jail on Sunday by kicking out an air conditioning unit on the second floor was captured in Tallahassee Wednesday morning. Jed Ellis, 31, of Hosford is currently in custody at the Leon County Jail. Ellis was walking in the area of […]

Accidents, News June 17th, 2016 by

Rainy afternoon scooter accident

Two EMTs check on a woman who lost control of a scooter while traveling along Hoecake Road in Bristol late Saturday afternoon.  Kelly Skinner, of Hosford, was transported to Calhoun Liberty Hospital to be examined for unknown injuries after crashing her  2016 Taio Motor Scooter.  The crash was investigated by FHP Trooper Bruce Ivey.

News June 17th, 2016 by

Cookout raises $5,833 to help with woman’s travel to rehab

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Community members raised $5,833 with a cookout to help a Bristol woman critically injured in a car accident last year. Friends gathered to cook up huge pots of chicken and rice to fill 450 to-go boxes as they worked under a tent beside the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office on Friday. […]

News June 10th, 2016 by

Search continues for Liberty Co. jail escapee

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 31-year-old Hosford man serving an 11 month, 29-day  sentence at the Liberty County Jail remains at large following his escape Sunday night. Everett Jedadiah Ellis was one of four inmates in confinement on the second floor of the jail.  He was being held in one of the six cells […]

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Assistant property appraiser is charged with 29 felony counts

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A former employee with the Liberty County Property Appraiser’s Office who is facing 29 felony counts turned herself in at the Liberty County Jail late Tuesday afternoon. Julie Suber, 50, of Bristol is charged with seven counts each of embezzlement, forgery, uttering and grand theft.  She is also charged with […]

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Man with shotgun & bulldog charged in agg. assault

Man with shotgun & bulldog charged in agg. assault by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 33-year-old Altha man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a man when he went to a home looking for a woman he believed lived there. The complainant contacted the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office […]

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Dispatcher looks back on a career filled with challenging calls…and a few funny moments

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Debra Grantham can sum up her career in a few words:  “They pay me to tell men with guns where to go.” Throughout her 35 years working as a dispatcher and 911 operator, she’s been the voice behind the microphone for the Blountstown Police Department, The Florida Fish and Wildlife […]

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LIBERTY JAIL ESCAPEE CAUGHT IN TALLAHASSEE WEDNESDAY MORNING

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The man who escaped from the Liberty County Jail on Sunday by kicking out an air conditioning unit on the second floor was captured in Tallahassee Wednesday morning. Jed Ellis, 31, of Hosford is currently in custody at the Leon County Jail. Ellis was walking in the area of Tennessee […]

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In this week’s Calhoun-Liberty Journal

•Former deputy property appraiser charged with embezzlement •Search continues for Liberty Co. Jail escapee •Dispatcher looks back on 35 years of challenging calls…and a few funny moments •Man with shotgun and bulldog charged with aggravated assault •Grandfather arrested for child neglect •Missing teen flees traffic stop •Man hurt after attempting to go around 3 vehicles […]

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Inmate escapes from Liberty Co. Jail Sunday; search continuing

from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office On Sunday June 6th, 2016 at approximately 1820 hrs, Corrections Officers of the liberty County Jail discovered Inmate Everett Jedadiah Ellis, w/m dob 11/02/1984 approx. 5’7” 160 lbs., had escaped from the second floor confinement area of the Liberty County Jail. Inmate Ellis was able to gain access to […]

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Man causing disturbances around Altha facing charges

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bond was set at $12,500 for an Altha man arrested after he created disturbances in three areas along Main Street, beginning with a convenience store and then going to a restaurant before starting an altercation at the Altha Police Department on Sunday. By the time his adventures ended, Brendan McCardle, […]

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Another crash at Mom and Pop’s

Nine days after a man lost control of his truck and drove into the old Mom and Pop’s restaurant at the corner of SR 71 South and Chipola Road, a second vehicle found its way into the abandoned building.  Ashley McCumber, 24, of Wewahitchka, was traveling south on Chipola Road late Monday night when she […]

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FDLE: Actions appropriate, no criminal violation found in death of woman at hospital

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I feel like a huge and heavy load has been lifted off my shoulders,” said former Blountstown Police Officer John Tadlock after learning that the FDLE investigation into his actions prior to the death of a Bristol woman at Calhoun Liberty Hospital has concluded. “The State Attorney’s Office is closing […]

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Ninth candidate joins Liberty Sheriff’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Corry Fletcher has joined the long line of candidates who would like to be the next Liberty County Sheriff. Fletcher, 44, of Hosford filed his paperwork on May 19. As of Tuesday, the slate of candidates for that position includes incumbent Sheriff Nick Finch, Leo Marlowe, Shane Geiger, Eddie Joe […]

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Drug & firearm charges for Hosford pair

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A joint investigation between the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with the assistance of a DOC K-9 team, resulted in the arrest of a Hosford couple last week. Julie C. Dunklin, 43, and Louis R. Dunklin, 50 The two were taken into custody […]

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As Kelly King files to run for superintendent’s job and says she will resign seat on the school board Candidates come forward for newly-open School Board seat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Five candidates quickly stepped up Monday to add their names to the list of those seeking the District 2 Calhoun County School Board seat which is expected to be vacated in mid-term by Kelly Edenfield King, who has filed by petition to run for school superintendent. Calhoun County Elections Supervisor […]

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Sumatra man with two guns arrested for DUI, fleeing police and speeding

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Sumatra man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly threatened “to kill everyone” at a Hosford residence and then went outside and starting firing a gun, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to N.E. Arnold Kelly Road around 8 p.m. on May […]

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Four Calhoun Co. EMS employees fired after alleged HIPAA violation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Four employees with Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services were fired Monday following an allegation that a cell phone photo had been taken and possibly shared via email of a patient who died a short time later. “Calhoun Liberty Hospital released three EMS employees and one EMS supervisor after an internal […]

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One more candidate for Liberty, Calhoun Co. gains four

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Michael Richter, 37, of Bristol filed his intent to run for Liberty County Commission in District 3.  He is a Republican. He faces off against Democratic incumbent Jim Johnson, 47, of Bristol, and Mike T. Yon, 53, also of Bristol, who is running with no party affiliation. Renee Attaway […]

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Teachers hold historic 61-55 vote for 1st union in Calhoun

from Organize Calhoun Tallahassee – After three weeks of mail-in balloting, votes were tallied Tuesday by the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) to determine whether or not Calhoun County teachers would have a teacher association to represent them in collective bargaining with the district. The certified results of the tally are  61 voting YES and […]

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Wewa man dies in May 12 crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Wewahitchka man was discovered at the scene of a single vehicle accident last Thursday night just inside the Calhoun County line. The fatality was identified as 31-year-old William Lee Kelly. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Kelly was northbound on SR 71 around 10:53 p.m. when […]

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Altha Kindergarten Graduation

Cason Proctor,  sitting between Nadalyn Stone and Brandon McDaniel, waves to relatives in the audience at Monday’s Altha Kindergarten Graduation.

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Wewa man dies In May 12 wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Wewahitchka man was discovered at the scene of a single vehicle accident Thursday night just inside the Calhoun County line. The fatality was identified as 31-year-old William Lee Kelly. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Kelly was northbound on SR 71 around 10:53 p.m. when his […]

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Calhoun candidate debates set for July

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Debates have been scheduled for candidates in two races of the upcoming Calhoun County Election. The debates - which are being organized and will be moderated by Blountstown resident Sally Gadson - will be held in the Heritage Room of the library in Blountstown. The first debate is scheduled for […]

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Man arrested for jumping in truck, breaking window & attacking driver

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bond was set at $115,000 for a Bristol man arrested on numerous charges after jumping into the back of a pickup truck, knocking out the rear windshield and cutting the driver on the neck with a paint scraper before fleeing. Bobby Gale Foster, 39, was charged with aggravated assault with […]

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Bristol man charged for involvement with underage girlfriend

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man involved with a teenage girl was arrested after details of their relationship became known to her family. Blaise Curstin Thaw, 19, was taken into custody last week on a charge of cruelty toward a child. Earlier this year, the girl’s parents met with Thaw and his mother […]

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Quincy man saves science – and tax dollars

by Jack Payne, UF/IFAS QUINCY - George “Shannon” Darby had the chance to be a hero on his day off, and he seized it. With his quick action, he saved science. He also saved taxpayer money. Like he does on many weekends, he checked in at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy […]

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Transfer station, truck & skidders burned in Liberty Co. landfill fire

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A lighting strike is suspected to be the cause of a fire that destroyed the recycling center and transfer station at the Liberty County Landfill last week. Solid Waste Director Danny Earnest arrived for work Wednesday morning, May 4 and saw smoke coming from the area where cardboard is stored […]

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Kinard man charged with sale of crystal methamphetamine

A Kinard man described as a major crystal methamphetamine distributor was arrested Monday following an extensive investigation by the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force, according to a news release from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Robert Lee Browning Jr., 39, was arrested Monday on two counts of sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Additional charges of […]

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LCHS JROTC instructor charged with sexual battery, molestation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County High School JROTC instructor Antony Joseph, 55, of Quincy, was arrested April 26 following an investigation into allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student. The complaint against Joseph was filed Monday, April 25, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Joseph is […]

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Mechanic arrested for taking payment without doing work

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The owner of a local auto shop was charged with larceny and two counts of fraud after customers paid for repairs but the work was never completed on their vehicles, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Keith Allen Lee, 40, was arrested Sunday. According to reports […]

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Hospital collects nearly $9,000 during weekend fundraiser

An early count of the funds collected from ticket sales and donations through the week of April 24, including the day of the Bluegrass and BBQ fundraiser, indicates over $8,750 was raised for Calhoun Liberty Hospital.   Costs for the event were minimal because supportive community members and businesses donated supplies. Volunteers included women from […]

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Four more come forward to seek office; incumbent Flowers drops out

Delayne Watson Todd, 38, of Hosford and Tommy R. Varnum, 49, of Bristol will both seek the Liberty County Tax Collector’s job.  Incumbent Marie Goodman, 42, of Bristol declared her intent to seek another term earlier.  All three are running as Democrats. Gene Bailey, 71, of Blountstown has thrown his hat in the ring for […]

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Pair charged with grand theft auto

    by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people were charged with grand theft auto after a missing vehicle was found parked and partially hidden behind a Hosford residence on Johnny Brown Road, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The owner of a 2001 Kia four-door reported that Amanda Piercy, 30, […]

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Blountstown man, 79, dies after SR 12 collision Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 79-year-old Blountstown man hospitalized after a collision on SR 12 around midday Friday died the next morning at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. Eddie Clemmons was pronounced dead at 1:47 a.m. Saturday. The FHP report stated that Clemmons was traveling north on […]

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Two new candidates for Sheriff, one for Co. Commission

Darrell Johnson, II, 35, of Bristol has joined the race for Liberty County Sheriff. He is running with no party affiliation and faces seven opponents so far, including incumbent Sheriff Nick Finch. Laramie “Larry” Battle, 43, of Blountstown will run for Calhoun County Sheriff. A Democrat, he joins four other declared candidates. Nathan Goodman of […]

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Friday fire sparks arson investigation

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a suspicious blaze that damaged a rental home at Duggar’s Trailer Park in Bristol on Friday morning.  Neighbors called for help after seeing smoke coming from the woodframe home, located at Lot #11 on 12164 NW Rock Bluff Road.  “The home was filled with smoke when we got […]

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LCHS JROTC instructor charged with sexual battery and molestation of a child

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal Liberty County High School JROTC instructor Antony Joseph, 55, of Quincy, was arrested Tuesday night following an investigation into allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with a student. The complaint against Joseph was filed Monday, April 25, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Joseph […]

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Two escape serious injury in Kinard head-on crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people escaped serious injury in a head-on collision around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of SR 73 and 71 in Kinard. Nancy Davis Kramer of Wewahitchka was southbound on SR 73 when she pulled into the path of a 1994 Ford Ranger traveling south on SR 71. Kramer’s […]

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Bay Ford dealership damaged in electrical fire Thursday night

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A fault in the wiring in the wall between the parts department and the service department caused a fire that spread through the ceiling of Bay Ford Thursday night, according to Blountstown Fire Chief Ben Hall. The building, at the corner of Main Street and West Central Avenue, showed little […]

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Second rabid raccoon killed in Calhoun Co.

Calhoun County – A raccoon a few miles west of Blountstown, has tested positive for rabies. The Florida Department of Health in Calhoun County would like to remind citizens that Florida law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets over four months of age to be currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.  Unvaccinated dogs […]

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City Council approves proposal for mobile vet clinic in Blountstown

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The staff of Quincy Animal Hospital will soon be offering veterinary care in Blountstown following approval by the Blountstown City Council. A decision was made for the Quincy-based animal hospital to branch out after the recent retirement of the town’s only vet, Dr. Quentin Henderson. Blountstown Mayor Tony Shoemake said […]

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Letters sent to encourage voter participation upsetting to many

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A letter recently sent out to 20 states, including Florida, from the Washington-based Voter Participation Center (VPC)  has been upsetting for area citizens, according to Calhoun County Elections Supervisor Margie Laramore. The letters state that the recipient is not currently registered to vote and must do so soon.   It […]

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DAR helps Bristol member continue family history research

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman was among seven new members inducted into the Fort San Luis Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Saturday in Tallahassee. Margaret Lewis Rankin, 62,  was drawn to the national service-oriented organization by her longtime interest in genealogy.  She started attending […]

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New CEO settling in at hospital and making changes

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “Our problems are not unique,” according to the new CEO at Calhoun Liberty Hospital (CLH).  “They’re very typical for small rural hospitals.” James Heitzenrater is confident that Alliant, the management company he works with that was hired by the board of directors at CLH is already making a difference at […]

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Couple found in submerged truck at Compass Lake

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A couple whose bodies were found in a submerged truck in Jackson County’s Compass Lake Sunday morning drowned, according to the preliminary cause of death released Tuesday afternoon by the Bay County medical examiner. They were identified as Billy Daniel Pullam, 60, of Hosford and 46-year-old Tarina M. White of […]

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Man arrested for holding knife to girlfriend’s neck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man was arrested on March 24 after he reportedly held a knife to his girlfriend’s throat during an argument. Shawn Reddick, 36, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The victim was standing on the side of Turkey Creed Road, crying uncontrollably and barely able to […]

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Grocery store brand change

A longtime family grocery store, Ramsey’s Piggly Wiggly, unveiled a new look last week during ribbon-cutting ceremonies for its newly renamed Ramsey’s CashSaver in Blountstown. Under the new brand, the business will sell groceries at product cost (determined by their cost to buy and transport to the store) plus ten percent. Store owners, employees,  Chamber […]

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Hospital, new Altha School, sewer status and other projects discussed

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun County’s elected officials who gathered for the March 24 Super Council meeting were introduced to the new hospital CEO, heard from two Walton County men about their success extending high speed broadband and got updates on local projects. The Super Council meets twice a year, bringing county commissioners, school […]

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Property owner spends $6,400 to replace city-installed grinder pumps

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Property owner Travis Sykes believes there’s only one solution to Bristol’s grinder pump maintenance problem: Hire the Grand Ridge man who has already done several successful repairs and is asking for a part-time job with the city to help maintain the system. He just wishes they’d found Lee Horne before […]

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Hosford man exonerated in federal case filed by inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two career correctional officers at Franklin Correctional Institution charged with assaulting an inmate and violating his civil rights have been acquitted. Capt. Corry B. Fletcher, 43, of Hosford and Sgt. William J. Ray, 41, of Carrabelle were found not guilty March 10 during a trial in federal court in Tallahassee. […]

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Hospital on the road to recovery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After several troublesome months, it looks like Calhoun Liberty Hospital is officially on the road to recovery. That’s especially important after this Easter weekend, when the emergency room saw 94 patients over the two day period.  Last week, the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) approved the corrective action taken […]

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Driver suffers broken neck after impact with culvert

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 70-year-old Blountstown man leaving Bristol and heading for Trammell Bridge was injured when he lost control of his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado just before noon Thursday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Jerry Shields was westbound on SR 20 when he suffered a medical episode and lost consciousness.  His […]

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Trump leads the pack of Republicans in local primary on March 15

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Donald Trump led the way for Republicans in last week’s Presidential Preference Primary in Calhoun and Liberty County, claiming 45.29 percent (524 ballots) of the votes in Calhoun County and 44.44 percent (160 ballots) of the votes in Liberty County. Ted Cruz came in second in both counties, receiving 30.77 […]

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Clerk gets a challenger; Seventh candidate enters Liberty Co. Sheriff’s race

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two new candidates have come forward to put their name in the hat to seek office in Liberty County. Last Thursday, Lisa Shuler, 45, of Bristol filed her intent to run for the Clerk of Court position currently held by Kathy Brown, who is seeking re-election. On Tuesday, John […]

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Bristol man killed when metal hoist drops on tractor

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Bristol man was found slumped over a tractor after he was struck and killed by an A-frame metal hoist that fell on him Saturday. Deputies arrived to find the deceased, identified as Wilford Lee Webb, 54, in the seat of an older model Ford tractor that […]

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New CEO & management team in place at CLH

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Things are rapidly changing at Calhoun Liberty Hospital A management team has been hired, a new CEO has been named, two new members have been added to the hospital board, three employees were fired, a number of Tallahassee-based doctors are continuing to review thousands of emergency room records to meet […]

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Blountstown man in critical condition after colliding with tree

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man remains in critical condition after he collided with a tree while traveling on Bloxham Road in Leon County on March 5. Cassius Miah Jackson, 22, sustained brain damage, had a collapsed lung and a fractured left shoulder blade.  He also broke his left leg as well as […]

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CLJ Easter Coloring Contest entry pictures now available for download, entries due by March 24

Kids, if you missed snagging those pictures you needed out of last weeks issue of The Journal for your Easter Coloring Contest entries, don’t panic. You can download them here by clicking on the links below. The full page version as it appeared in print is available as well as individual coloring pages. Be sure […]

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Calhoun Liberty Hospital Board hires management company, names interim CEO

BLOUNTSTOWN - The Board of Directors for Calhoun Liberty Hospital and Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway today announced the hospital has engaged Alliant Management Services to bring professional management services to the the hospital. Attaway will transition her responsibilities as hospital administrator and CEO to Interim CEO James Heitzenrater, FACHE beginning this week and will assume […]

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Pythoning in the Everglades

          by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The pop of a champagne cork may set the mood for a romantic Valentine’s Day date, but it’s the hiss of something deadly swimming through waters of the Everglades that provides the soundtrack to a couples night out for Tom and Melanie Aycock. “Like other […]

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Bristol man left in road in hit & run

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Family members are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who left a Bristol man lying in the middle of SR 20 after hitting his motorcycle Friday. Christopher Hansford, 22, was heading to work around 6:45 a.m., just east of Bristol when he passed […]

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Esther Stoltzfus joins staff to oversee hospital ER

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One of the items in the list of changes that were agreed upon by new leadership at Calhoun Liberty Hospital (CLH) following a review of the facility by the Agency for Health Care Administration was that they hire a board-certified emergency room nurse. The didn’t have to look too far. […]

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Hospital races to respond to requirements from AHCA

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor You would expect the medical staff at an emergency room to be busy day and night -  but perhaps not the office personnel. However, since being cited for 10 deficiencies by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) just three weeks ago, Calhoun Liberty Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway has led […]

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‘Day of Grace’ fundraiser to help hospital meet fines

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun Liberty Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway has a unique idea to help with the financial burden of the fines that have be leveled against the facility following the investigation by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). She’s hoping those who can afford to will consider buying A Day of […]

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Divers recover stolen truck in river at John Redd Landing

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Divers retrieved a submerged vehicle from the Apalachicola River near John Redd Landing Monday night. Sonar was used to verify that a vehicle was under water after a report last Thursday that recent tire tracks were found that ended at the edge of an embankment. The vehicle was approximately 30 […]

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Opportunity Florida urges support of hospital; Attaway meets with AHCA after plan rejected

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor At a special meeting Monday night in Marianna, the board of Opportunity Florida approved a letter of support for Calhoun Liberty Hospital. The letter points how rural hospitals are essential for the economic growth of rural communities and attracting industry. “In December, a tragic death at the facility has already […]

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Couple accept help from Good Samaritans before stealing credit cards, guns, tools and medication

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Doug Goodman was in the process of having a new roof put on his old store at Pine Island in Blountstown when a Dodge Intrepid with a rusted fender pulled up and a stranger got out. Jimmy McCullough, 46,  approached him and commented, “I see you’re putting a metal roof […]

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Bristol man charged with strangling girlfriend, battery on a deputy

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man was arrested after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend and became combative with deputies Saturday morning. Wendell Anderson Moore, 23, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation, battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest with violence and tampering with a witness. Deputies […]

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Hospital working to correct issues cited in AHCA investigation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun Liberty Hospital received a long report and has been given some tight deadlines following an investigation by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). “Our agency found the deficiencies at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital so egregious that the facility will be fined and is required to submit a Plan of Correction […]

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Magnolia Square Gazebo Dedication

Howard Johnson Jr., left, and Scott Stephens, right, hold the ribbon as the new gazebo is dedicated during ceremonies Saturday at Magnolia Square in Blountstown.  Doing the honors is Wintson Deason, center, flanked by Blountstown Mayor Tony Shoemake and Doris Traylor, who had the idea for the project and saw it through.

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One candidate withdraws as 2 more join the list of Liberty Co. candidates

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The first man to file his intent to seek office in the 2016 Liberty County election has stepped down. Bristol resident Jan C. Egan withdrew his name from the sheriff’s race on Tuesday, leaving six others in the running for now. Two new candidates have come forward to vie for […]

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Most local schools maintain grades while Tolar waiting on follow-up to ‘Incomplete’

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun County Schools scored four A’s and one B in the recent school accountability report from the Florida Department of Education (DOE) for the 2014-2015 school year. Blountstown High School, Blountstown Elementary and Blountstown Middle School maintained their A ranking from last year, while Altha Public School’s grade went up […]

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Hosford man charged with meth trafficking after LCSO responds to 911 report

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man was arrested Thursday after more than 754.7 grams (approximately 26 ounces) of methamphetamine was found in his bedroom along with the supplies needed to make the drug. Lamar Earl Ridley, 35, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession or use of drug equipment, domestic battery by strangulation […]

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Driver totals car after avoiding dog on CR 12

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An 18-year-old Blountstown man was taken to Calhoun Liberty Hospital with serious injuries after an early morning accident in Liberty County Monday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Justin Presbitero was southbound on CR 12 in a 2016 Kia Forte around 6:40 a.m. when a dog ran into the […]

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Two injured in SR 12N head-on crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people were injured in a head-on collision Sunday morning on SR 12 N, just south of CR 270. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Blake Jerravonte Garrett, 23, of Bristol was traveling north on SR 12 N around 8:30 a.m. when he fell asleep. Garrett’s 2005 Mercury Mountaineer […]

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Finch, Marlowe add their names to sheriff’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch has joined the line-up of candidates who want his job. Finch, 53, of Bristol, announced his bid for re-election Monday.  He will run with no party affiliation. Leo Marlowe, 48, of Bristol added his name to the list of sheriff’s candidates on Friday.  He will […]

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Man charged in shooting on Hwy. 71 Sunday night

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man is being held without bond following a Sunday night shooting at a mobile home along Hwy. 71 N., south of Altha. Mathew Hunter Tolley, 21, of Blountstown was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after Russell Allen Peterson, 44, was shot sometime before 8 p.m. […]

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Hospital Task Force holds first meeting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The newly-formed Hospital Task Force held an organizational meeting last week and has started work to establish a higher standard of care at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown. The task force was established after the death this past December of Barbara Dawson, who collapsed next to a patrol car after being […]

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Altha man killed in Tuesday night collision

A 71-year-old Altha resident traveling north on NW Porter Grade Road, approaching CR 274, was killed when he drove into the path of an eastbound car Tuesday night.  The fatality was identified as Gerard Paul Belliveau.  His passenger, Edna Mead, 73, also of Altha, had minor injuries.  The Altha man’s 2014 Toyota Camry struck a […]

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Altha Homecoming

Altha Homecoming Queen Aubree Bay receives her crown and sash at last week’s coronation.  Below, students gather outside the school to watch Friday’s parade.

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Hosford man killed in semi crash Monday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man is dead after losing control of the semi he was driving early Monday morning in Jackson County. Killed was 45-year-old Brian David Spikes. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Spikes was traveling westbound on CR 162, east of Dudley Road around 5:30 a.m. The […]

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TOLLEY, 21, CHARGED WITH SUNDAY NIGHT SHOOTING

by Teresa Eubanks, Calhoun-Liberty Journal Mathew Hunter Tolley, 21, of Blountstown has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon following a shooting Sunday evening at the Hwy. 71 N home of Russell Allen Peterson, 44. Peterson was found inside his home, where he was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen/upper […]

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SHOOTING VICTIM IN SURGERY AS INVESTIGATORS QUESTION SUSPECT

12:52 a.m. CT ——————- by Teresa Eubanks, Calhoun-Liberty Journal A man who was shot in the lower abdomen last night is in surgery at this time and a suspect is being questioned, according to Capt. Emory Godwin of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting happened at a mobile home at SR 71N and 275 […]

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Tractor Supply plans Grand Opening at new Blountstown location in April

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “We’re definitely excited to be coming to Blountstown and we know we’re going to be good for the community,” says Calhoun County native Jevin Morris about plans to open a Tractor Supply store at the former Alco site on SR 20. The grand opening is planned for Saturday, April 23, […]

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Gun found in purse Woman arrested after threatening to shoot husband

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman who allegedly attacked her husband and threatened to shoot him was arrested for domestic battery earlier this month. Deputies responded to a Hosford residence on Jan. 13 after getting a call from a man who said his estranged wife had a gun and said she was going to […]

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Charges pending against woman in Bristol stabbing, man arrested for domestic battery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who was stabbed Friday at a residence on Martin Luther King Road was taken to jail and the woman who allegedly attacked him with a knife was transported to the hospital. Deputies arrived to find Charles Peterson, 57, standing outside with a bandage wrapped around his left arm. […]

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Bristol woman dies, two hospitalized after head-on collision

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman has died after a head-on collision at SR 20 and Hoecake Road Thursday afternoon. Shereen E. Shuler, 38, was taken by ambulance to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Her son, who is a year-and-a-half old, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by medical helicopter.  The […]

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Liberty Chamber banquet

Chamber members heard updates on the St. Joe Port and the Apalachicola Northern Railroad, which runs through Liberty County, during Monday night’s annual banquet.  Jim Brook of Opportunity Florida said the port, now under construction, will be one of the largest in the panhandle - bigger than ports in Pensacola or Panama City.  He said […]

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Honoring Dr. King

Community members came together Monday to honor the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in the annual march along East Central Avenue in Blountstown.  The group started across from city hall, walked through town and then went down River Street, where they stopped to attend services at St. Mary […]

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Missing Altha hunter’s boat & waders found as search continues

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Despite more than a week of searching, an Altha man who disappeared during a duck hunting trip in Jackson County has not been found, according to Bekka Nelson, spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Scott McCormick, 60, was reported missing Jan. 11 by a friend who said […]

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Bristol woman dies, two hospitalized after head-on collision Thursday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman has died after a head-on collision at SR 20 and Hoecake Road Thursday afternoon. Shereen E. Shuler, 38, was taken by ambulance to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Her son, who is a year-and-a-half old, was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital by medical helicopter.  The […]

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Hospital names task force, plans internal investigation

Hospital names task force, plans internal investigationby Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An eight-member task force comprised of medical educators, physicians and community leaders has taken on the mission of establishing a higher standard of care at Calhoun Liberty Hospital and regaining the confidence of the public after the tragic death of a patient last month. […]

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Sheriff and Commission come to an agreement on the jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After about an hour of discussion, debate and some barbed-comments, the Liberty County Commission and Sheriff Nick Finch came to an agreement about the management of the county jail. He’s going to keep it as long as they pay for a new security camera system. The sheriff came before the […]

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Daniels captured Friday night at Wrennie Moody Road residence

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The manhunt for Scott Anthony Daniels, 46, of Blountstown, ended with his arrest at 11:38 p.m. Friday at a house on Wrennie Moody Road. Seven minutes after a 911 call reporting his whereabouts was made, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Beau McCorvey pulled up to the address with his patrol car lights […]

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Calhoun Co. authorities search for man who threatened public official

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A five-mile radius in the Ocheesee Community is the scene of a manhunt at this time as authorities are attempting to find Scott Anthony Daniels, 46, of Blountstown who is wanted for threatening a public official. Earlier this week, Daniels was taken to Emerald Coast Behavioral Center by the sheriff’s […]

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Naomi Grace Martinez is hospital’s New Year’s Baby, Another Calhoun County infant is born later that evening

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor When little Naomi Grace Martinez made her debut as Jackson Hospital’s first baby of the new year early Friday morning, she had plenty of company. Her dad, Joshua Martinez, 24, of Bristol was standing nearby as first-time mom Santanna Cataldo, 19, of Blountstown gave birth. Also joining the couple in […]

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Fears of anthrax in package at Liberty Corrections unfounded

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an incident at Liberty Correctional Institution in which someone allegedly placed anthrax in a piece of mail being sent from the prison. FDLE  Spokesperson Gretl Plessinger confirmed that her agency was contacted Monday morning about a suspicious package at the facility.  “It […]

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Altha man seriously injured in wreck Tuesday morning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 36-year-old Altha man was transported to Bay Medical Center at Sacred Heart with serious injuries following a single-vehicle crash around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to a report from the  Florida Highway Patrol. A witness who saw the Jan. 5 crash reported that John Paul McClendon was driving recklessly as […]

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Dash cam video released in death of Barbara Dawson

Click here to view the dash cam footage from the night of Barbara Dawson’s death. https://www.facebook.com/teresa.eubanks.9/videos/10206068949098363/?l=6550888332304062196

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Video in Dec. 21 death of Barbara Dawson expected to be released by attorney

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory confirmed that on Monday afternoon, a representative from the Tallahassee law firm of Parks and Crump picked up a copy of the dash cam recording showing the final hour of Barbara Dawson’s life. The attorneys are expected to release the video during a press conference […]


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Recreation areas closed due to flooding along Apalachicola River

TALLAHASSEE - The Apalachicola National Forest has closed several recreation areas Jan. 5 along the Apalachicola River due to flooding over the weekend. These sites will remain closed for public health and safety until further notice.      The recreation areas affected are Hickory Landing, Cotton Landing and White Oak Hunt Camps along with Forest […]

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Christmas eve crash leaves one dead, two injured

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Crawfordville man is dead, a Telogia man remains hospitalized and a Bristol resident is home recovering after a horrific head-on collision just inside Gadsden County on Dec. 24. Glen Wade, 54, died Monday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in the crash, according to FHP Trooper Bruce Ivey. […]

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CHIPOLA RIVER TO CREST AT 26.1 FT. TUESDAY; SANDBAGS, DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “The Apalachicola River is gradually falling but the Chipola River is what we’re really worried about right now,” Jody Daniels, Calhoun County Emergency Management Coordinator, said Thursday afternoon. “If predictions are correct, it’s going to be pretty bad on the lower end of the Chipola River.” “As of 3 p.m. […]

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NAACP PLANS TOWN HALL MEETING DEC. 30; URGES GOVERNOR TO APPOINT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

PRESS STATEMENT from the Calhoun-Liberty NAACP Florida State Conference NAACP is calling for State and Federal Agencies to investigate the unnecessary, tragic death of Ms. Barbara Dawson that occurred as a result of inhumane and negligent treatment by Calhoun-Liberty Hospital and the Blountstown Police Department on December 22, 2015. According to the preliminary investigation by […]

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BLOUNTSTOWN POLICE CHIEF RELEASES OFFICER’S REPORT ON DAWSON DEATH

Report of Officer John Tadlock On 12-21-2015 at approx 0446 hrs I was dispatched to Calhoun Liberty Hospital in reference to Barbara Dawson refusing to leave the premises. Upon my arrival contact, was made with hospital staff who stated that Dawson was in room six and was refusing to leave. Staff also stated that Dawson […]

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GETTING READY FOR THE RAIN

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Apalachicola River. Calhoun County Operations Director Joe Wood, who’s helping out at the Emergency Management Office today, said five roads - including Don O’Bryan Road, Ocheesee Landing Road, Lands Store Road, Parrish Lake East and John Redd East roads […]

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First candidate in Liberty Co. sheriff’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The first candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 Liberty County election is Jan Charles Egan, who delivered a petition with 45 signatures to the elections office in Bristol last week. Egan, who is running as a Republican, is seeking the job of Liberty County Sheriff. […]

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Four taken to hospital after collision with truck trailer

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two adults were injured while two young children are believed to have escaped serious harm when a car traveling south on SR 12 ran into the side of a trailer pulling out from Rex Lumber in Bristol just after 7 p.m. Thursday. The driver of the 2010 Dodge Charger was […]

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Altha woman killed in crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Altha woman was killed Thursday night when her vehicle ran off the road and into a tree, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatality was identified as Mary Jane Donaldson, 60. Donaldson was traveling southbound on SR 71 in Jackson County around 7:40 p.m. when […]

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Barbara Dawson death result of blood clot; Police Chief asks for FDLE investigation

Statement from Blountstown Police Chief, Mark Mallory First and foremost, our deepest condolences go out to the family of Ms. Barbara Dawson. As law enforcement officers we are frequently, and in fact, perhaps daily, called to the emergency room to ensure the safety of patients, staff, family members and visitors. During the early morning hours […]

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Woman collapses, dies after being taken from hospital in handcuffs

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Family members are anxiously awaiting the results of an autopsy after a woman removed from Calhoun Liberty Hospital in handcuffs collapsed next to a patrol car and later died early Monday morning. Barbara Dawson, 57,  was taken by ambulance from her apartment at Chipola Manor across the street to the […]

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Driver charged with striking 2 people with open door of moving truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A  Blountstown man is facing two charges of aggravated battery after he allegedly struck his girlfriend and her cousin with the open door of his truck when he quickly backed up during an argument over a cell phone. According to a report from the Blountstown Police Department, Victor Herndon, 24, […]

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Liberty Commission ready to take over jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I’m tired of jacking around here.  If he’s going to do it, do it. I’m ready.  Is he ready?” That’s how Liberty County Commissioner Bubba Branch summed up his fellow commissioners’ thoughts when they gathered for a special workshop Dec. 10 at the request of Sheriff Nick Finch to discuss […]

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Young detention center escapees tracked down in Hosford last week

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two teenage boys who escaped from a DeFuniak Springs Juvenile Justice Center on Nov. 28 and were on the run for five days were caught in Hosford by Liberty County deputies. Richard Faircloth, 17, and Noah Prosser, 16, left the juvenile facility on a Saturday and were later spotted in […]

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Ex-hospital CEO being investigated for fraud

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Former Calhoun Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated for allegedly defrauding the facility by collecting payment for items ordered but never delivered, according to the hospital’s current administrator and CEO Ruth Attaway. It is believed that the hospital paid well over a million dollars for non-existent supplies.  At […]

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Four taken to hospital after SR 65 collision Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Four people were injured when two trucks collided at the entrance to Georgia Pacific in Hosford around midday on Friday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chaz Benjamin Whitten, 24, of Wewahitchka was going north on SR 65 and turned left at the plant, driving into the path of the […]

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Former hospital administrator being investigated over payments made for supplies that were never delivered

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Former Calhoun Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated for allegedly defrauding the facility by collecting payment for items ordered but never delivered, according to the hospital’s current administrator and CEO Ruth Attaway. It is believed that the hospital paid well over a million dollars for non-existent supplies.  At […]

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Calhoun County two-year-old recovering from coral snake bite

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A two-year-old from Calhoun County was released from the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville Tuesday after he was bitten on the right ankle by a coral snake at his home in the Mossy Pond Community. Nicole Peters, 21,  said she was in the front yard with her […]

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Bear steals hunter’s 10-point kill near tree stand on Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor About fifteen minutes after he walked out of the woods to get his truck to haul back a deer he killed, a Blountstown hunter returned to discover the animal had been taken. At first, Cal Hayes, 33, figured it was his stepfather, Terry Lollie, pulling a prank on him.  The […]

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FWC releases three bears in national forest near Sumatra

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The growing numbers of bear sightings have some people convinced that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)  has rounded up nuisance animals around the state and dumped them in the Apalachicola National Forest. But that’s not the case, according to Dave Telesco, FWC bear management program coordinator. He […]

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Sykes family uses light-hearted logo to promote awareness of testicular cancer

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Denean Sykes admits the logo is a little edgy. Her husband, Travis, came up with the design nearly two years ago and had it trademarked with plans to sell t-shirts one day. The design was just a couple of words - Grab Life - with two letters in the second […]

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Anderson in custody after fleeing deputies in 2 counties

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who ran from a Liberty County Deputy before disappearing into the woods and eluding tracking dogs Nov. 17 was arrested two days later in Calhoun County  - but not without another chase. Steven Dewayne Anderson, 22, of Bristol, was discovered hiding under a blanket in the front passenger’s […]

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Sheriff ready to hand over jail to County Commission

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I’m tired of fighting with them.  If they’re not going to give me the money to properly fund the jail, I’m not going to run it,” said Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch. Liberty County Commissioners learned of his intent at their Nov. 5 meeting when a letter was read notifying […]

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Arson suspected in Thursday evening fire in Blountstown

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a suspicious fire that destroyed a wood-frame structure at the corner of Palm Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Blountstown on Thursday night. Fire Chief Ben Hall said the fire was reported around 10:45 p.m. and his crew arrived to find the building fully […]

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LCSO looking for suspect who eluded arrest Tuesday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who eluded arrest Tuesday after they learned he had violated a no-contact agreement with the woman he is accused of attacking in September. Deputies did not find Steven Anderson, 22, of Bristol when they went to his home early Tuesday […]

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New fire truck rolls into Blountstown

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A shiny new 2015 Rosenbauer fire truck with a Freightliner chassis left the factory in Lyons, South Dakota last week and found its new home when it rolled up at the Blountstown Fire Department Monday. The $210,000 vehicle was a welcome sight for Blountstown Fire Chief Ben Hall. “We’ve always […]

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Driver charged in death of Clarksville woman killed in August crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 25-year-old man has been charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicle homicide and DUI with serious bodily injuries following the investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol of the Aug. 22 crash that killed a Clarksville woman and injured her husband. Wesley Alan McHenry, who had recently moved to Tallahassee, and was […]

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Man found on Blountstown Greenway with Flakka, straw

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Greenwood man sitting at a picnic table at the head of Blountstown’s Greenway Trail found himself sitting in jail a short time later after he was found to be in possession of the drug Flakka, a cut straw and rolling papers. Blountstown Police Officer Daisy Holliday was conducting a […]

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Jackson wins City Council seat by 11 votes

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Just eleven votes made the difference in Tuesday’s Blountstown City Council race. Former Councilman Clifford Jackson will return to the council after defeating incumbent Ronnie Williams Sr. in a close election. Jackson received 95 votes to Williams’ 84. A total of 181 votes were cast.  Two of those were thrown […]

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Woman arrested with mix of Flakka & cocaine coming home from Quincy

Rounzell Timothy Brown by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after she removed a package from inside her pants that contained a half ounce mixture of cocaine and suspected Flakka. Tammie Gentry, 49, was riding back from Quincy with Rounzell Brown Oct. 23 when Blountstown Police […]

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Hunters go in search of the big one during two-day bear hunt

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One huge black bear was killed near Bristol and many more were taken throughout the panhandle during this past weekend’s two-day bear hunting season. Tim Revell didn’t start his hunt until 4 p.m. Saturday.  He was at his property along Telogia Creek for about 30 minutes when he sat down […]

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Liberty County woman dies in wreck on US Hwy. 129 in Gilchrist County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A local woman who had moved to Gilchrist County, where she was employed as a preschool teacher, was killed in a single vehicle crash late Saturday night. Autumn Smith, 24, was traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 129, approximately five miles north of Trenton, when she lost control of her 2000 […]

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Blown tire causes blaze that engulfs motorhome Thurs.

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bristol firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze that destroyed a large recreational vehicle that was traveling along SR 12 last Thursday, about six miles north of Bristol. No one was injured.  The 2012 motor home was a total loss. According to the report from the Florida Highway […]

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Stolen school bus wrecked, naked suspect is caught in Kinard woods

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A wrecked school bus, a pile of discarded clothes and a man running naked through the Kinard woods kept the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office busy Sunday. With the assistance of dog tracking teams from Calhoun and Gulf Correctional Institutions, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Division and several helpful neighbors, […]

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Dothan man injured in parachute accident at Calhoun Co. Airport

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An experienced skydiver who has made more than 150 successful jumps was seriously injured Saturday while attempting to land at the Calhoun County Airport. Tony Antonovich of Skydive Panama City said his company took the man out Sunday, Oct. 18. According to Antonovich, the skydiver was attempting a high performance […]

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Motorcycle accident claims promising young life of FSU student living in Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two days after he was reported missing by his cousin, Maple Spears of Bristol, the body of 24-year-old Dexter “D.J.” Monroe Jr. was discovered in Leon County. He was found with his motorcycle off SR 20, east of Crooked Road in Leon County just before noon Thursday. According to the […]

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Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown woman was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend. A Calhoun County deputy responded to a call from a Blountstown residence around 10 p.m. on Oct. 19, where he arrived to find the male victim sitting in the kitchen wearing a […]

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Family hoping for improvement soon for Bristol woman critically injured in three-vehicle crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Wait and see. That’s what family members are trying to do as they sit next to Renee Odom’s bed in the neuro intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The 54-year-old Bristol woman remains in critical condition after her car was caught in the middle of a three-vehicle collision on […]

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Three arrested after stolen vehicle pulled over, meth residue found

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Three passengers in a stolen vehicle were taken into custody after a routine traffic stop Oct. 7. According to the arrest report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Zach Whitfield was patrolling along Hayes Subdivision Road around 8 p.m. when he noticed that neither the tail lights nor the […]

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FDLE Agents arrest Liberty County man for child pornography

HOSFORD - Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Edward Lewis Price III, 50, of 21904 Talquin Circle, Hosford, Fla., on five counts of possession of child pornography. Agents arrested price yesterday. FDLE began the investigation in May after it was determined that a computer at the Price […]

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FDLE seizes child pornography at Hosford home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are processing evidence seized at a Hosford home early Tuesday morning after a search warrant was served at 21094 NW Talquin Circle. Twenty-seven images of child pornography were found in the home, according to FDLE Public Information Officer Molly Best. She […]

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Woman in critical condition after 3-vehicle crash Sunday on SR 20

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman remains in critical condition after her car was rear-ended and knocked into another vehicle on SR 20 Sunday afternoon. Teresa Renee Odom, 54, was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after emergency workers freed her from the wreckage of her 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix, which went into the […]

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LCI officer charged with plan to smuggle cigarettes,synthetic marijuana into prison

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 19-year-old Bristol man working as a correctional officer at Liberty Correctional Institution was arrested Oct. 2 after investigators determined he accepted money to smuggle in controlled substances to inmates at the facility. Zephaniah D. Mike was charged with unlawful compensation by a public employee, two counts of conspiracy to […]

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Jury convicts teen for death of Calhoun Co. man at party

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Jurors deliberated about two hours last Wednesday before finding a Youngstown teenager guilty of manslaughter for killing a Calhoun County man by kicking him in the head. Trial began Sept. 22 in Panama City for Chad Mercer, 19, one of two men charged with the Oct. 18, 2014 death of […]

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Buyer steps in to save restaurant just hours before closing

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor They had exhausted all their options. Unable to make the final payment on the loan on their restaurant, the Barragans - Maria, her husband, Guadalupe and their daughter, Liza - realized last Wednesday that they were going to have to close the doors to Main Street Station Restaurant in Blountstown. […]

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Hospital searched after caller makes two bomb threats

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A pair of back-to-back bomb threats sent the staff at Calhoun Liberty Hospital scrambling Tuesday afternoon as they searched the facility to ensure nothing suspicious had been brought into the building. “I think it was simply a hoax but we treated it as if it was real,” said interim administrator […]

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Blountstown woman seriously injured in Wakulla Co. crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night in Wakulla County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Elizabeth Dawn Clabaugh, 45, was a passenger in a car driven by David D. Hartman, 37, of Eastpoint. The two were traveling south on SR 267 around 9:45 p.m. […]

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Two charged with selling cocaine in Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Quincy men were arrested in separate cases last week after the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office monitored drug transactions in Bristol. A 31-year-old man is facing cocaine distribution charges after deputies caught up with him outside a Bristol convenience store. Investigators were listening in when a buyer made arrangements over […]

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Two women killed, three injured in collision at SR 69 intersection

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two women were killed and three others were injured in a collision at SR 69 and CR 286 early Friday afternoon in Calhoun County. The fatalities were identified as 65-year-old  Glenda Morris of Moultrie, GA, and Karen Brown, 67, of Crandall, GA. Both were passengers in a 2014 Toyota Camry, […]

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Blaze destroys home

A Calhoun County mobile home was destroyed by flames last week despite the efforts of firefighters from Nettle Ridge, Altha and Blountstown along with the Magnolia Fire Department.  No one was home at the time when the fire started at the W.L. Godwin Road residence last Wednesday.  Firefighters responded a day earlier at the same […]

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One hospitalized, 12 others taken to ER after propane leak at cookout

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 14-year-old Bristol boy was hospitalized and 12 others were treated and released from the emergency room at Calhoun Liberty Hospital after a gas leak disrupted a cookout at a River Stix fish camp Sunday evening. Seventeen people were at a camp along County Road 379 where a group of […]

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Ex-Altha resident arrested for sexual battery on a child

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A former Altha resident reported to have an extensive criminal history in several states was arrested Monday and charged with sexual battery on a child under 12, according to Altha Police Chief Jimmy Baggett. The suspect, identified as Donald Gene Yeany, 58, is originally from Pennsylvania and was living in […]

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Husband charged with battery by strangulation

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 40-year-old Altha man was charged with domestic battery by strangulation after he allegedly wrapped a nylon rope around his estranged wife’s neck during an Aug. 25 altercation. Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call and spoke with Ezekiel J. Nichols’ wife, who told them she came […]

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CLH departments undergo reviews

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Dr. Garrett Chumney will be running the Primary Care Clinic next to the hospital in Blountstown as part of the facility’s reorganization, according to Calhoun Liberty Hospital (CLH) Interim Administrator Ruth Attaway. Chumney has worked with the hospital’s emergency room over the past four years and will be coming on […]

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Wewahitchka man hurt in collision with dump truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 61-year-old Wewahitchka man was taken to Bay Medical Center in critical condition after his car collided with a dump truck Tuesday morning in Calhoun County. Volunteers from the Kinard Fire Department worked for an hour to cut the roof off a 2004 Mitsibushi Galant before they could free the […]

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Bill Nye comes to Bristol to talk about global warming for show

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL - Best known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the bowtied celebrity scientist stopped in Bristol last week to conduct interviews about climate change as part of an upcoming program to be aired on the National Geographic Channel. Nye and a crew of seven arrived at the Apalachee Restaurant […]

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Roll of duct tape leads to one arrest; two others sought in Hwy. 69 armed robbery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One man has been arrested and two other suspects are being sought in connection with an armed robbery at a Hwy. 69 home on Aug. 16. Roshawn Pringley, 22, of Marianna was arrested and is being held without bond. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Pringley’s alleged accomplices, […]

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Family, co-workers mourn death of Candie Laramore

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Mark and Candie Laramore had just left the grocery store early Saturday evening and were heading back to their Clarksville home to wait for their daughter, 15-year-old Karlee Gilbert, to return from a church trip to Tallahassee. They were traveling on SR 20, approaching the intersection at CR 275 when […]

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Clarksville woman killed, 2 drivers injured in SR 20 & CR 275 collision

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One woman is dead and two others were hospitalized following a two-vehicle collision on SR 20 in Calhoun County early Saturday evening. The fatality was identified as 45-year-old Candie Elizabeth Laramore of Clarksville. Laramore was a passenger in a 2010 Ford Escape, driven by her husband, Mark Wilburn Laramore, 57. […]

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Blountstown man charged with choking, threatening to kill his mother

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who allegedly choked his mother after telling her “you’re gonna die today” has been charged with attempted murder, according to a report from the Blountstown Police Department. Officers documented the woman’s injuries, which included red marks on her neck and a bloodied scalp along with several locks of […]

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FWC Officer saves woman thrown from motorboat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An FWC officer and several good Samaritans at the Blountstown Boat Landing rescued a 64-year-old Indiana woman after she was thrown from her boat earlier this month. FWC Officer Keith Baber was conducting a fisheries inspection of another vessel a little after 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 when he looked […]

Arrests, News August 21st, 2015 by

Man, 24, arrested for exchanging explicit photos with 12-yr.-old girl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 24-year-old Blountstown man has been charged with transmission of child pornography after the father of a 12-year-old girl learned the two were exchanging sexual messages and nude photos. The father became alarmed when he discovered his daughter had two cell phones.  She told him Brandon Carpenter had given her […]

News August 14th, 2015 by

Hill steps down as CEO of hospital

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill, who has headed up the once-failing facility since early 2008, turned in his resignation Monday. The hospital board has asked CPA Ruth Attaway to step in as interim administrator. “Phillip is going to stay on for a couple of weeks and point us in the […]

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Misunderstanding over backpack raises concern

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Courthouse was evacuated and searched after a white male, described as wearing all black Kevlar clothing and “acting weird” was seen walking through the building Friday. After discovering that Adams Charles Davis, 39, of Bristol, was wanted on an outstanding charge for driving while license suspended or […]

Business, News August 7th, 2015 by

Proponents expecting new sewer extension to bring in business, promote growth

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Altha Town Council has agreed to kick in $435,000 on the sewer extension project that will link their community - along with homes, businesses and the industrial park along SR 71 -  with the treatment plant in Blountstown. The money has been held in escrow after the town was […]

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Sheriff’s Office investigating death at Newsome Rd. home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what was described as an “unattended death” that was discovered at a Newsome Road residence (left)  in the Carr-Clarksville area Thursday afternoon. Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel identified the decedent as Bill Stone. The Panama City Medical and the FDLE Mobile Crime Lab was called […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News July 31st, 2015 by

Pair arrested for SR 20 altercation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An apparent argument over a malfunctioning scooter resulted in battery charges against a couple who witnesses reported stopped in the road and began fighting. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received several 911 calls reporting a physical altercation between a man and a woman in the middle of SR 20, west […]

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Altha police chief signs five-year job contract

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Altha Police Chief Jimmy Baggett has signed a five-year contract with the Altha Town Council which would pay him $48,000 a year in addition to approximately $22,000 in benefits, according to unofficial reports. The Journal has been unable to obtain a copy of the contract despite requests. Baggett, who has […]

Community, Events, News July 31st, 2015 by

Family Affair Event Held

Employees of Ameris Bank hosted a “Fill the Bank” game for youngsters at their table (above)  during the annual Family Affair event at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown held Saturday, July 25.  Families lined up to collect much-needed school supplies along with information about local services.

Arrests, News July 24th, 2015 by

Melton charged with attempted murder in Blountstown shooting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN - After a night on the run, the man wanted for the July 14 shooting at a Blountstown home is behind bars at the Calhoun County Jail. Christopher Melton, 24,  is charged with second-degree attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was found around […]

News July 24th, 2015 by

Calhoun teen recovering from rattlesnake bite

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN - He thought it was just a wasp sting but a moment later, he realized it was a lot more serious. “I kind of felt something hit me, looked down and saw a snake slithering away,” said 16-year-old Bryce O’Neal.  He had been leaning forward to pick up a […]

Arrests, News July 24th, 2015 by

Man arrested for relationship with 13-yr-old

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 21-year-old Clarksville man was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior after the stepfather of his 13-year-old girlfriend found out the two had been intimate. According to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, another family member caught the young girl with a cell phone, which she was not supposed […]

Arrests, News July 24th, 2015 by

Bristol man, 22, facing charges after deputies catch him tending illegal crop

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL - Acting on a tip that a local man was growing marijuana near his home, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office staked out the man’s property, found a good hiding place and waited for him to come take care of his crop. Deputies were near the 4406 NW CR 270 […]

News July 24th, 2015 by

Torreya Park camper struck by copperhead Saturday evening

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bryce O’Neal was still being treated at Calhoun Liberty Hospital Saturday night when a second snakebite victim across the river called for help. A Tallahassee man, described as being in his 20s, was walking between the bathroom and his campsite at Torreya State Park around 9:40 p.m. ET when a […]

News July 17th, 2015 by

CCSO uproots 167 pot plants

A phone tip from a man who said he stumbled across approximately 30 marijuana plants while walking through the woods resulted in the discovery of many more in the Sandy Acres area of Altha on Friday. With the help of pilot Lt. Randy McCroan, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office searched the area and discovered a […]

Accidents July 17th, 2015 by

One seriously injured, two others hurt in Hoecake Rd. crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One woman was seriously injured and two others were hurt in a single-vehicle crash on Hoecake Road in Bristol Friday afternoon. A 2008 Nissan Altima was traveling north on Hoecake Road around 4:46 p.m. when the driver, identified as 21-year-old Terryal Lamar Jenkins, lost control of the car in a […]

News July 15th, 2015 by

Alleged shooter in custody

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal After a night on the run, the man wanted in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting at a Blountstown home is behind bars at the Calhoun County Jail. Christopher Melton, 24,  is charged with second-degree attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was found […]

News July 14th, 2015 by

Shooting suspect sought in Blountstown

                    Helicopters are up, tracking dogs are on the ground and a SWAT team from Bay County has joined the search for a man who allegedly shot and wounded another man Tuesday afternoon in Blountstown. The search is on for a man wearing blue shorts and […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News July 3rd, 2015 by

Craig’s List seller arrested for taking money but not delivering mobile home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Tallahassee man with several aliases and 60 previous felony charges was arrested after he failed to deliver a long-promised triple-wide mobile home to a Liberty County woman who answered his ad on Craig’s List. After responding to an online ad offering owner financing for mobile homes late last year, […]

Community, Events, News July 3rd, 2015 by

Patriotic Donation

Blountstown American Legion Post 272 Commander Eric Pierce holds the microphone for Tiny Miss Independence Chloe Barfield as she and Junior Miss Independence K’leigh Kitchen present him with a $500 donation from the Miss Independence Pageant during Saturday’s Walk to Liberty ceremony in Bristol.

Accidents, News July 3rd, 2015 by

Tuesday Storm

A Tuesday afternoon storm left its mark on Blountstown roads and businesses yesterday.  High winds snapped trees, pulled down power lines and sent debris flying.

Community, News July 3rd, 2015 by

Services held for man who died after dispute at work

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A panhandle man who died unexpectedly following an altercation with a co-worker at a Panama City restaurant was laid to rest at a cemetery in Blountstown Tuesday afternoon. Josh Halley, 33, had been a longtime employee at Buddy’s Seafood when he and another employee, Orlando Thompson, 26, of Panama City, […]

News June 26th, 2015 by

One qualifies for seat on Altha Town Council

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two seats were open but only one candidate filed the necessary paperwork and brought in the $2 check to seek a spot on the Altha Town Council during last week’s qualifying period. Altha Town Clerk Carol Finuff said the candidate, Carol Anderson, will take one of the seats on the […]

Community, Events, News June 26th, 2015 by

Women’s Health Seminar

Maryell Dillard smiles while taking part in some balance exercises conducted during the Women’s Health Seminar held Thursday morning at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in  Bristol.  The annual event is hosted by the Calhoun and Liberty County Health Department.  The free seminar shares health and nutrition information with women and offers a little pampering with […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News June 26th, 2015 by

Bristol man arrested with guns & cocaine at Liberty Preschool

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man involved in an altercation at the Liberty County Pre-K building, where the school board offices are also located, was arrested when he returned later that same day and removed two loaded guns from a parked car. According to the arrest report, Damien Houston, 22, arrived in a […]

Government, News June 26th, 2015 by

Altha School project, Blountstown sewer, Liberty records facility survive governor’s ax

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Gov. Rick Scott’s Tuesday morning budget cuts eliminated a much-needed $100,000 allocation for Blountstown’s Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. Many other projects spearheaded by District 3 Senator Bill Montford survived the cut, however, including $2 million for Blountstown’s sewer system, approximately $8.5 million for the second phase of the new Altha School, […]

News June 26th, 2015 by

Commission OKs nearly $1.6 million for sheriff’s budget

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office withdrew an appeal with the Florida Administration Commission (FAC) after reaching an agreement on their budget with the Liberty County Commission. The commission agreed to fund the sheriff’s office at just over $1.6 million following a budget hearing in Bristol last week. Sheriff Nick Finch […]

News June 19th, 2015 by

Citizens debate racial comment made by county commissioner: Commissioner’s recorded comments discussed at Thursday board meeting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor About 32 days after Liberty County Jail employees heard County Commission Chairman Dexter Barber make a racist comment and then disparage jail employee Maple Spears during a recorded phone call with an inmate, he offered an apology. But for Veldina Dawson, it was too little too late. Dawson, who is […]

News June 19th, 2015 by

Probable cause found in complaint against Uzzell; another dismissed

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed one complaint and has found probable cause to pursue a second one against former Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzzell. Meeting in closed session in Tallahassee on June 5, the commission determined there was no probable cause to believe that she misused […]

News June 19th, 2015 by

Bristol man indicted for violation of inmate’s civil rights

A longtime Liberty County Sheriff’s Office employee is one of two correctional officers facing trial after a federal grand jury returned an indictment against them last week. The indictment charges that Corry B. Fletcher, 43, of Bristol,  and William J. Ray, 40, of Carrabelle, conspired to violate the civil rights of a state inmate and […]

Blountstown man charged with stealing phone, tablet and other items from home

A Blountstown man is facing charges after a man reported that he awoke around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 to discover Cavon T. Cox, Jessica Simmons and another black male in his home. The witness said he “didn’t think much [...]

Hosford man arrested on DUI charge after parking outside Calhoun home for 2 hours

After receiving a report last week about a suspicious vehicle parked outside a Calhoun County residence for two hours, a deputy arrived to find the driver leaving and noticed he had a bad headlight. Deputy Zach Whitfield[...]

DUI arrest

A 22-year-old Hosford man was charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over when an FHP Trooper noticed his tag had been expired for more than six months. Christopher Roger Clark was stopped on Sept. 1[...]

Berry pickers charged with trespassing and larceny

Six men were charged with trespassing and larceny after they were caught picking berries from palmettos on a hunting lease in Hosford. Deputies were called after the group was spotted on W.O. Shuler Road off SR 65 North [...]

Council hires new attorney for Blountstown

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Jeff Carter has been hired as the new attorney for the City of Blountstown. Carter is taking over for David House, who has served the city in that capacity for the past 13 years. House r[...]

Intoxicated man resists being placed in the jail

An intoxicated man arrested Saturday by the Blountstown Police Department and then transported to the county jail by a deputy is facing several charges after he did not go quietly. According to the report from Deputy Zac[...]

Altha native J. Earle Bowden to be inducted into the Florida Newspaper Hall of Fame

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor His journalism career began at Altha School when he started a student newspaper  - The Al-Hi Gab - and served as art editor of their first yearbook in 1946. From that small beginning, h[...]

Fines reduced; Alliant to continue running hospital

Calhoun Liberty Hospital Board Chair Ruth Attaway announced last week that a settlement agreement has been reached with the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to reduce large fines they had incurred following a[...]

Bristol convenience store clerk charged with voiding sales and keeping the cash

A convenience store clerk working at the Express Lane in Bristol was charged with grand theft for stealing approximately $304 by voiding out sales and pocketing the money. Nikki Remedies, 43, of Hosford was arrested Sept[...]

Hosford woman charged with DUI after hitting car

A 47-year-old Hosford resident was arrested on a charge of DUI after she was involved in an accident outside a home on NE Cannon Branch Road on Sunday. According to the FHP report, Melissa McCrea was backing up when she [...]

Woman arrested for stealing debit card, withdrawing $222

A Bristol woman is facing charges of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, petty theft and two counts each of fraud and larceny after a Bristol woman’s debit card went missing. Terry Armstrong, 65, was arrested[...]

Runners will explore a new course, face new challenges at Saturday’s Mud Run

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor ALTHA - Most days, he’s training soldiers, law enforcement officers and tactical response teams at his base in the Calhoun County woods, but for the past few weeks he’s been busy on [...]

FDOC: Normal operations resume after disturbances at four prisons last week

from The Florida Department of Corrections Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) has resumed normal operations at all institutions following disturbances reported in four North Florida institutions[...]

Correctional officer recovering after being stabbed by inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL - A Bristol man is recovering after he was attacked by an inmate at Liberty Correctional Institution last week. Correctional Officer Derek Shuler was stabbed three times with a h[...]

DUI arrest made after Blountstown traffic stop

A man who got a Blountstown Police Officer’s attention by causing the driver traveling behind him to repeatedly hit the brakes was later charged with DUI. BPD Officer Daisy Holliday was watching traffic just before 9 p[...]

Following Hurricane Hermine’s visit last week Calhoun and Liberty OK despite damages to surrounding counties

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun and Liberty counties emerged relatively unscathed compared to the damage surrounding counties sustained as Hurricane Hermine raged across Florida last week. After making landfall[...]

Voters, candidates looking ahead to General Election

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County voters have just four races to decide on in the Nov. 8 General Election after last week’s Primary saw four incumbents return to office and put new member on the school b[...]

Meyers found not guilty on 14 counts of animal abuse

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man whose neighbors became concerned after seeing numerous pit bulldogs chained to trees on his Liberty County property was found not guilty on 14 counts of animal abuse Tuesday aftern[...]

Series of threatening text messages leads to aggravated assault charge

A 30-year-old Blountstown man was arrested after an altercation with his brother-in-law that he said was set off by a threatening text message, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Ch[...]

Liberty and Calhoun UNOFFICIAL AUG. 30, 2016 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

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Blountstown man arrested with child pornography

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man was arrested Aug. 25 following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law  Enforcement (FDLE) that resulted in the discovery of obscene materials on his compute[...]

Hosford men arrested with methamphetamine

Two Hosford men were arrested after methamphetamine was found during a traffic stop Aug. 22. Sgt. Joshua Biggs pulled over a car on SR 20, west of Hosford, aware that the driver’s license was suspended. After running a[...]

Tallahassee man arrested after crash in stolen rental vehicle

A man in a stolen rental car was arrested after officers with the Blountstown Police Department responded to an accident on Central Ave. East on Tuesday, Aug. 23. BPD Officer Ethan Shuler arrived to find a man, woman and[...]

Woman charged with using stolen debit card

A Bristol woman was charged with larceny after she was identified on a store security video using a stolen debit card, according to a report from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The card holder said she had lost h[...]

Tractor Supply employee charged with fraud

A store employee accused of making false returns for merchandise and pocketing the money has been charged with fraud. Tammy Lynn Attaway, 29, of Clarksville was arrested Aug. 22 after her supervisor at Tractor Supply con[...]

Calhoun County Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 2, extra-curricular activities are canceled for Thursday, Sept. 1

The Calhoun County School District has released that Calhoun County Schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 2. After school activities for Thursday, including the Blountstown High School volleyball game are canceled. It [...]

Liberty County Emergency Management makes preparations for Hurricane Hermine

Government offices will close at 12 p.m. ET today and all day tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1 and 2. Schools will be also be closed Friday. The Fusion Church, located beside Bristol Ace Hardware, will be open this[...]

Liberty County Schools open today, will be closed Friday

The Liberty County School District has decided to cancel school on Friday, Sept. 1 and all after school activities on Thursday and Friday Sept. 1 and 2 for all Liberty County Schools due to inclement weather from approac[...]

Altha woman killed in head-on collision

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Altha woman died Saturday after losing control of her car and hitting an oncoming pickup in Jackson County. Shelbra Cherie Hires, 25, was driving north on CR 276 (Pennsylvania Ave.) i[...]

Arrests made in Altha-based crystal meth trafficking case

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Several arrests have been made and additional warrants have been issued for others involved in a crystal meth trafficking organization headed up by an Altha man from his Evans Street hom[...]

Blaze damages kitchen

Firefighters rushed to the scene after smoke was reported billowing from a Blountstown home around 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Westside VFD joined the Blountstown Fire Department at 17444 11th Street where a fire started w[...]

Eleven arrested in drug sweep by BADTF

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A series of arranged drug deals by the newly-formed Blountstown and Altha Police Departments’ new task force, known as Blountstown-Altha Drug Task Force (BADTF), resulted in 11 arrests[...]

Accidental shooting in Altha

An Altha man whose identity was not released was rushed to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself just before 6 p.m. Thursday. The victim gave a statement to a deputy that he was trying to let the hammer down o[...]

Burke charged with theft and larceny

A Bristol man is charged with the July 29 break-in at a Hosford residence in which several items were taken but the suspect left something important behind - his identification. Dan Faircloth reported that he and his fia[...]

Smith admits using meth in bathroom at Bristol park

A Blountstown man spotted stepping out of a restroom with a woman at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Bristol was arrested on drug charges. Liberty County Sgt. Joshua Biggs was sent to the park to check out a suspicious[...]

Along with pills and more than $3,000 in cash, over 1 pound of crystal meth seized in drug sting on Sunday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Over a pound of crystal methamphetamine was seized along with nearly 60 pills and more than $3,000 in cash during a drug sting set up by the Calhoun-Liberty Task Force Sunday night in Al[...]

Teen caught in stolen car

A young woman pulled over for traveling 49 miles an hour within the city limits of Bristol was later arrested after it was discovered she was driving a stolen car. According to the arrest report, Keiondra Posey, 18, of P[...]

Man charged after attack on girlfriend results in accident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bond was set at $7,500 for a Wewahitchka man whose car rolled into a ditch and overturned while he was attacking his girlfriend, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’[...]

Driver arrested with meth, marijuana & over $3,000

A man pulled over after a deputy noticed one of his headlights was out and that his tag was obscured by chains and wires was arrested Aug. 7. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Nic Keller’s report noted that the driver,[...]

Tow truck driver frees man pinned beneath wreckage

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 43-year-old Fountain man is lucky to be alive after he was ejected and then pinned underneath his 2001 Ford F250 when he lost control of the truck Saturday night in Altha near CR 274 a[...]

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Man arrested 17 years after warrant first issued

An Altha man who is accused of leaving child pornography inside a travel trailer that was repossessed back in 1991 was arrested Aug. 7 for possession of obscene material. Floyd Michael Hughes, 62, was taken into custody [...]

Grantham charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual battery Aug. 4

A Blountstown man was charged with kidnapping, battery and attempted sexual battery after he allegedly attacked a woman at his home. According to the victim, Donnie Ray Grantham, 36, beat her and held her down on his bed[...]

Man charged with exposing himself at courthouse

A Blountstown man charged with battery, indecent exposure and a probation violation after he allegedly made obscene gestures to a woman who was performing community service hours at the Calhoun County Courthouse. Arreste[...]

Two seriously hurt, three escape with minor injuries Aug. 2

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Five people from Altha, including three children, received injuries ranging from serious to minor in an Aug. 2 crash in Jackson County. According to the FHP report, Jennifer Duncan, 30, [...]

Pair arrested after stolen truck discovered behind Telogia trailer

A Bristol man and a woman from Tallahassee are facing a long list of charges after deputies tracked down a stolen truck parked behind a trailer in Telogia around 6:31 p.m. Friday. A check on the tag attached to a black C[...]

Bristol man charged with sexual battery of a child

Bristol man charged with sexual battery of a child   by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal A Bristol man is being held without bond at the Franklin County Jail after being charged with sexual battery of [...]

Wewa drowning victim had previous falls from Chipola River houseboat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Wewahitchka man was found 10 feet under a houseboat on the Chipola River Sunday afternoon, several hours after his brother had reported him missing. The deceased was identi[...]

Woman killed in collision with log truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Grand Ridge woman was killed last Wednesday when she drove into the path of an oncoming log truck on SR 65, approximately nine miles south of Hosford. Lee Ann Wilk, 42, was pronounced [...]

Man caught with key to stolen truck arrested after breaking into house

A Marianna man was arrested Tuesday morning after being caught inside a residence on 21st Street in Blountstown with the key to a truck that had just been stolen from Blountstown Middle School. William Earl Edenfield was[...]

Traffic light goes up at SR 71 & 69 in Blountstown Tuesday

Traffic patterns along SR 71 in Blountstown will change a bit with the installation on Tuesday of a new signal light at the intersection with SR 69 (Pear Street).  The new light will give motorists a safer way to enter [...]

New LCHS construction ranked #1 on Special Facility Committee list

The Liberty County School District is pleased to announce the Special Facility Construction Committee’s #1 ranking of the Liberty County High School Project. In a letter addressed to Liberty County School District Supe[...]

Jail & Bail

Major Brian Langston of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department leads an unremorseful Jordan Chaney from his patrol vehicle following his arrest for “trespassing while playing Pokémon Go” on Friday.  Jordan was o[...]

Unity of Community

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Kenneth Speights wanted to do something to bring community members together with those who answer our calls for help - the deputies, police officers, FWC officers, FHP  Troopers, firefi[...]

FATAL CRASH

Grand Ridge woman dies in collision with log truck near Hosford   by Teresa Eubanks, Editor The Calhoun-Liberty Journal   A Grand Ridge woman was killed Wednesday when she drove into the path of an oncoming log truck o[...]

Bass Pro Big Cat Quest holds first Calhoun tourney

from Kristy Terry, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Director BLOUNTSTOWN – They came, they fished, and they’ll be back!  The Bass Pro Big Cat Quest’s (BCQ) first visit to Calhoun County was a success, with more [...]

Candidates discuss how they would manage the sheriff’s office if elected

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Money, staffing and training. Those were the main topics discussed by four of the five candidates seeking the job of Calhoun County Sheriff as they took part in a debate Thursday evening[...]

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against hospital by Barbara Dawson family

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun Liberty Hospital is facing a wrongful death lawsuit from the family of the late Barbara Dawson, who died of a blood clot late last year after being removed from the facility in h[...]

Sumatra man arrested on warrant for battery

A Sumatra man was taken into custody Saturday on a warrant stemming from an altercation he had with his girlfriend last month. Horace Harris, 42, left the scene before a deputy arrived on June 8.  While en route, Deputy[...]

Meth arrest made July 5

The Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force completed an extensive investigation into a crystal methamphetamine distributor in the Blountstown (Live Oak Heights) Community of Calhoun County on July 5, which led to an arrest warr[...]

With some help from Kratos Training Facility near Altha, Swamp & Stomp Mud Run will feature new course and challenges

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Things are going to be a little different at this year’s Swamp & Stomp Mud Run in Calhoun County with a new location, a new course and some new challenges. For the past five years,[...]

Girls heading to the Dixie Youth World Series after winning state

The Liberty County Bulldogs girl’s 10U team made history Monday in Okeechobee, becoming the first girl’s team from Liberty County Parks and Recreation to win a state championship, defeating Frostproof 15-1. The Lady [...]

Two arrested after argument over van

A Hosford woman and a Bristol man were taken into custody after a dispute on the side of the road in Telogia on July 5. A witness who contacted 911 said Maegan Serrano, 26, was trying to get her van back from Ronnie Hath[...]

Man charged with indecent exposure, girlfriend arrested for intoxication

A Ft. Lauderdale man was taken into custody after witnesses reported that he exposed himself. Kody Lee Burns, 25, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest.  His girlfriend, Amanda D. Ramos, was arrested f[...]

Holland facing additional charges

A man wanted on drug charges who had eluded arrest was taken into custody last Thursday after a tip on John Holland’s whereabouts was received by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office. Holland, who authorities say is b[...]

Monday wreck claims life of retired UPS driver Ken Purvis

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A good guy. Those three words have been repeated endlessly since friends and former customers learned of the death of 67-year-old Ken Purvis Monday afternoon. The former UPS driver made [...]

Man admits to crawling through dog door to have sex with 13-year-old girl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 30-year-old Blountstown man who admitted to sneaking in through a dog door to meet a 13-year-old girl in her bedroom has been charged with sexual battery on a victim over 12.  The vic[...]

Altha man charged with selling methamphetamine

A man found standing next to his vehicle with the motor off and the lights out around 12:38 a.m. on June 29 was arrested after a deputy discovered methamphetamine in the console of his truck. Calhoun County Deputy Patric[...]

Bristol man arrested for selling ‘Mojo’

A 28-year-old Bristol man was charged with sale of a controlled substance after he sold a $10 bag of fake marijuana to an informant working with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office last year. The exchange took place on[...]

Bristol man charged with selling ‘Mojo’

A  28-year-old Bristol man was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges of selling synthetic cannabis laced with illegal narcotics, according to a news release from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Cameron L. Moore wa[...]

Candidate list set for 2016 county elections

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Qualifying for office ended at noon Friday and the lineup is set for this year’s county elections. LIBERTY COUNTY SHERIFF:  Nine candidates are vying for Liberty County’s top law en[...]

Altha man arrested for selling methamphetamine

An extensive investigation into a crystal methamphetamine distributor in the Altha Community resulted in the arrest of Jerry D. Thurman, 42, on Friday, according to a news release from the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force[...]

Hosford trailer fire ruled accidental

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A blaze that quickly destroyed an older model singlewide mobile home this weekend was determined to be accidental, according to Hosford Fire Chief Curtis Fletcher. He indicated that the [...]

Holland in custody

from the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force   On June 30, 2016 the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding the whereabouts of fleeing suspect, John Holland. At approximately 5:30 a.m. CST, memb[...]

Warrant issued for man wanted for selling meth

Authorities are looking for a Blountstown man alleged to be a crystal methamphetamine distributor following a recent investigation in Calhoun County. According to information from the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force, a w[...]

Bristol librarian killed in head-on crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A black ribbon is hanging on the front door of the Harrell Memorial Library in Bristol after the sudden death of its young branch manager, who was killed in a head-on collision in Calhou[...]

Bristol man charged with having meth & marijuana

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 32-year-old Bristol man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop in Blountstown Friday. Taken into custody was Ellis Summerlin Jr., who was charged with intent to distribute m[...]

FWC votes to postpone Bear Hunting in 2016

from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission EASTPOINT - On Wednesday, June 22, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016. [...]

Maintenance on Apalachicola River Bridge planned for June 22 and 23

Drivers will encounter intermittent lane closures Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, on the State Road 20 Apalachicola River Bridge in Calhoun County.  Lane closures will remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. as[...]

Bristol librarian killed in head-on collision Thursday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A young woman who had recently started her duties as the librarian at Harrell Memorial Library in Bristol was killed in a head-on collision in Calhoun County last night. Anna Kay Taylor,[...]

King resigns to run for school superintendent

Calhoun County District 2 School Board member Kelly King officially resigned from the board and is now running for School Superintendent. Five people quickly stepped up to declare their intent to seek the board seat, inc[...]

Liberty County Jail escapee caught in Tallahassee June 8

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The man who escaped from the Liberty County Jail on Sunday by kicking out an air conditioning unit on the second floor was captured in Tallahassee Wednesday morning. Jed Ellis, 31[...]

Rainy afternoon scooter accident

Two EMTs check on a woman who lost control of a scooter while traveling along Hoecake Road in Bristol late Saturday afternoon.  Kelly Skinner, of Hosford, was transported to Calhoun Liberty Hospital to be examined for u[...]

Cookout raises $5,833 to help with woman’s travel to rehab

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Community members raised $5,833 with a cookout to help a Bristol woman critically injured in a car accident last year. Friends gathered to cook up huge pots of chicken and rice to fill 4[...]

Search continues for Liberty Co. jail escapee

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 31-year-old Hosford man serving an 11 month, 29-day  sentence at the Liberty County Jail remains at large following his escape Sunday night. Everett Jedadiah Ellis was one of four inm[...]

Assistant property appraiser is charged with 29 felony counts

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A former employee with the Liberty County Property Appraiser’s Office who is facing 29 felony counts turned herself in at the Liberty County Jail late Tuesday afternoon. Julie Suber, 5[...]

Man with shotgun & bulldog charged in agg. assault

Man with shotgun & bulldog charged in agg. assault by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 33-year-old Altha man was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a man when he went t[...]

Dispatcher looks back on a career filled with challenging calls…and a few funny moments

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Debra Grantham can sum up her career in a few words:  “They pay me to tell men with guns where to go.” Throughout her 35 years working as a dispatcher and 911 operator, she’s been[...]

LIBERTY JAIL ESCAPEE CAUGHT IN TALLAHASSEE WEDNESDAY MORNING

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The man who escaped from the Liberty County Jail on Sunday by kicking out an air conditioning unit on the second floor was captured in Tallahassee Wednesday morning. Jed Ellis, 31, of Ho[...]

In this week’s Calhoun-Liberty Journal

•Former deputy property appraiser charged with embezzlement •Search continues for Liberty Co. Jail escapee •Dispatcher looks back on 35 years of challenging calls…and a few funny moments •Man with shotgun and b[...]

Inmate escapes from Liberty Co. Jail Sunday; search continuing

from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office On Sunday June 6th, 2016 at approximately 1820 hrs, Corrections Officers of the liberty County Jail discovered Inmate Everett Jedadiah Ellis, w/m dob 11/02/1984 approx. 5’[...]

Man causing disturbances around Altha facing charges

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bond was set at $12,500 for an Altha man arrested after he created disturbances in three areas along Main Street, beginning with a convenience store and then going to a restaurant before[...]

Another crash at Mom and Pop’s

Nine days after a man lost control of his truck and drove into the old Mom and Pop’s restaurant at the corner of SR 71 South and Chipola Road, a second vehicle found its way into the abandoned building.  Ashley McCumb[...]

FDLE: Actions appropriate, no criminal violation found in death of woman at hospital

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I feel like a huge and heavy load has been lifted off my shoulders,” said former Blountstown Police Officer John Tadlock after learning that the FDLE investigation into his actions [...]

Ninth candidate joins Liberty Sheriff’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Corry Fletcher has joined the long line of candidates who would like to be the next Liberty County Sheriff. Fletcher, 44, of Hosford filed his paperwork on May 19. As of Tuesday, the sla[...]

Drug & firearm charges for Hosford pair

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A joint investigation between the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with the assistance of a DOC K-9 team, resulted in the arrest[...]

As Kelly King files to run for superintendent’s job and says she will resign seat on the school board Candidates come forward for newly-open School Board seat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Five candidates quickly stepped up Monday to add their names to the list of those seeking the District 2 Calhoun County School Board seat which is expected to be vacated in mid-term by K[...]

Sumatra man with two guns arrested for DUI, fleeing police and speeding

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Sumatra man was arrested on several charges after he allegedly threatened “to kill everyone” at a Hosford residence and then went outside and starting firing a gun, according to a [...]

Four Calhoun Co. EMS employees fired after alleged HIPAA violation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Four employees with Calhoun County Emergency Medical Services were fired Monday following an allegation that a cell phone photo had been taken and possibly shared via email of a patient [...]

One more candidate for Liberty, Calhoun Co. gains four

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Michael Richter, 37, of Bristol filed his intent to run for Liberty County Commission in District 3.  He is a Republican. He faces off against Democratic incumbent Jim Johnson, 4[...]

Teachers hold historic 61-55 vote for 1st union in Calhoun

from Organize Calhoun Tallahassee – After three weeks of mail-in balloting, votes were tallied Tuesday by the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) to determine whether or not Calhoun County teachers would have [...]

Wewa man dies in May 12 crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Wewahitchka man was discovered at the scene of a single vehicle accident last Thursday night just inside the Calhoun County line. The fatality was identified as 31-year-old[...]

Altha Kindergarten Graduation

Cason Proctor,  sitting between Nadalyn Stone and Brandon McDaniel, waves to relatives in the audience at Monday’s Altha Kindergarten Graduation.[...]

Wewa man dies In May 12 wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Wewahitchka man was discovered at the scene of a single vehicle accident Thursday night just inside the Calhoun County line. The fatality was identified as 31-year-old Will[...]

Calhoun candidate debates set for July

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Debates have been scheduled for candidates in two races of the upcoming Calhoun County Election. The debates - which are being organized and will be moderated by Blountstown resident Sal[...]

Man arrested for jumping in truck, breaking window & attacking driver

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bond was set at $115,000 for a Bristol man arrested on numerous charges after jumping into the back of a pickup truck, knocking out the rear windshield and cutting the driver on the neck[...]

Bristol man charged for involvement with underage girlfriend

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man involved with a teenage girl was arrested after details of their relationship became known to her family. Blaise Curstin Thaw, 19, was taken into custody last week on a cha[...]

Quincy man saves science – and tax dollars

by Jack Payne, UF/IFAS QUINCY - George “Shannon” Darby had the chance to be a hero on his day off, and he seized it. With his quick action, he saved science. He also saved taxpayer money. Like he does on many weekend[...]

Transfer station, truck & skidders burned in Liberty Co. landfill fire

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A lighting strike is suspected to be the cause of a fire that destroyed the recycling center and transfer station at the Liberty County Landfill last week. Solid Waste Director Danny Ear[...]

Kinard man charged with sale of crystal methamphetamine

A Kinard man described as a major crystal methamphetamine distributor was arrested Monday following an extensive investigation by the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force, according to a news release from the Calhoun County S[...]

LCHS JROTC instructor charged with sexual battery, molestation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County High School JROTC instructor Antony Joseph, 55, of Quincy, was arrested April 26 following an investigation into allegations that he had an inappropriate relationship with[...]

Mechanic arrested for taking payment without doing work

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The owner of a local auto shop was charged with larceny and two counts of fraud after customers paid for repairs but the work was never completed on their vehicles, according to a report[...]

Hospital collects nearly $9,000 during weekend fundraiser

An early count of the funds collected from ticket sales and donations through the week of April 24, including the day of the Bluegrass and BBQ fundraiser, indicates over $8,750 was raised for Calhoun Liberty Hospital.  [...]

Four more come forward to seek office; incumbent Flowers drops out

Delayne Watson Todd, 38, of Hosford and Tommy R. Varnum, 49, of Bristol will both seek the Liberty County Tax Collector’s job.  Incumbent Marie Goodman, 42, of Bristol declared her intent to seek another term earlier.[...]

Pair charged with grand theft auto

    by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people were charged with grand theft auto after a missing vehicle was found parked and partially hidden behind a Hosford residence on Johnny Brown Road, according to a [...]

Blountstown man, 79, dies after SR 12 collision Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 79-year-old Blountstown man hospitalized after a collision on SR 12 around midday Friday died the next morning at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, according to a report from the Florida [...]

Two new candidates for Sheriff, one for Co. Commission

Darrell Johnson, II, 35, of Bristol has joined the race for Liberty County Sheriff. He is running with no party affiliation and faces seven opponents so far, including incumbent Sheriff Nick Finch. Laramie “Larry” Ba[...]

Friday fire sparks arson investigation

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a suspicious blaze that damaged a rental home at Duggar’s Trailer Park in Bristol on Friday morning.  Neighbors called for help after seeing smoke coming from the woo[...]

LCHS JROTC instructor charged with sexual battery and molestation of a child

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal Liberty County High School JROTC instructor Antony Joseph, 55, of Quincy, was arrested Tuesday night following an investigation into allegations that he had an inappropri[...]

Two escape serious injury in Kinard head-on crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people escaped serious injury in a head-on collision around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of SR 73 and 71 in Kinard. Nancy Davis Kramer of Wewahitchka was southbound on SR 73[...]

Bay Ford dealership damaged in electrical fire Thursday night

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A fault in the wiring in the wall between the parts department and the service department caused a fire that spread through the ceiling of Bay Ford Thursday night, according to Blountsto[...]

Second rabid raccoon killed in Calhoun Co.

Calhoun County – A raccoon a few miles west of Blountstown, has tested positive for rabies. The Florida Department of Health in Calhoun County would like to remind citizens that Florida law requires all dogs, cats, and[...]

City Council approves proposal for mobile vet clinic in Blountstown

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The staff of Quincy Animal Hospital will soon be offering veterinary care in Blountstown following approval by the Blountstown City Council. A decision was made for the Quincy-based anim[...]

Letters sent to encourage voter participation upsetting to many

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A letter recently sent out to 20 states, including Florida, from the Washington-based Voter Participation Center (VPC)  has been upsetting for area citizens, according to Calhoun County[...]

DAR helps Bristol member continue family history research

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman was among seven new members inducted into the Fort San Luis Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Saturday in Tallahassee. Mar[...]

New CEO settling in at hospital and making changes

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “Our problems are not unique,” according to the new CEO at Calhoun Liberty Hospital (CLH).  “They’re very typical for small rural hospitals.” James Heitzenrater is confident t[...]

Couple found in submerged truck at Compass Lake

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A couple whose bodies were found in a submerged truck in Jackson County’s Compass Lake Sunday morning drowned, according to the preliminary cause of death released Tuesday afternoon by[...]

Man arrested for holding knife to girlfriend’s neck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man was arrested on March 24 after he reportedly held a knife to his girlfriend’s throat during an argument. Shawn Reddick, 36, was charged with aggravated battery with a dea[...]

Grocery store brand change

A longtime family grocery store, Ramsey’s Piggly Wiggly, unveiled a new look last week during ribbon-cutting ceremonies for its newly renamed Ramsey’s CashSaver in Blountstown. Under the new brand, the business will [...]

Hospital, new Altha School, sewer status and other projects discussed

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun County’s elected officials who gathered for the March 24 Super Council meeting were introduced to the new hospital CEO, heard from two Walton County men about their success ext[...]

Property owner spends $6,400 to replace city-installed grinder pumps

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Property owner Travis Sykes believes there’s only one solution to Bristol’s grinder pump maintenance problem: Hire the Grand Ridge man who has already done several successful repairs[...]

Hosford man exonerated in federal case filed by inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two career correctional officers at Franklin Correctional Institution charged with assaulting an inmate and violating his civil rights have been acquitted. Capt. Corry B. Fletcher, 43, o[...]

Hospital on the road to recovery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After several troublesome months, it looks like Calhoun Liberty Hospital is officially on the road to recovery. That’s especially important after this Easter weekend, when the emergenc[...]

Driver suffers broken neck after impact with culvert

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 70-year-old Blountstown man leaving Bristol and heading for Trammell Bridge was injured when he lost control of his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado just before noon Thursday. According to the[...]

Trump leads the pack of Republicans in local primary on March 15

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Donald Trump led the way for Republicans in last week’s Presidential Preference Primary in Calhoun and Liberty County, claiming 45.29 percent (524 ballots) of the votes in Calhoun Coun[...]

Clerk gets a challenger; Seventh candidate enters Liberty Co. Sheriff’s race

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two new candidates have come forward to put their name in the hat to seek office in Liberty County. Last Thursday, Lisa Shuler, 45, of Bristol filed her intent to run for the Cler[...]

Bristol man killed when metal hoist drops on tractor

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The body of a Bristol man was found slumped over a tractor after he was struck and killed by an A-frame metal hoist that fell on him Saturday. Deputies arrived to find the deceased, iden[...]

New CEO & management team in place at CLH

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Things are rapidly changing at Calhoun Liberty Hospital A management team has been hired, a new CEO has been named, two new members have been added to the hospital board, three employees[...]

Blountstown man in critical condition after colliding with tree

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man remains in critical condition after he collided with a tree while traveling on Bloxham Road in Leon County on March 5. Cassius Miah Jackson, 22, sustained brain damage,[...]

CLJ Easter Coloring Contest entry pictures now available for download, entries due by March 24

Kids, if you missed snagging those pictures you needed out of last weeks issue of The Journal for your Easter Coloring Contest entries, don’t panic. You can download them here by clicking on the links below. The fu[...]

Calhoun Liberty Hospital Board hires management company, names interim CEO

BLOUNTSTOWN - The Board of Directors for Calhoun Liberty Hospital and Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway today announced the hospital has engaged Alliant Management Services to bring professional management services to the the ho[...]

Pythoning in the Everglades

          by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The pop of a champagne cork may set the mood for a romantic Valentine’s Day date, but it’s the hiss of something deadly swimming through waters of the Everglades that [...]

Bristol man left in road in hit & run

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Family members are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver who left a Bristol man lying in the middle of SR 20 after hitting his motorcycle Friday. Chr[...]

Esther Stoltzfus joins staff to oversee hospital ER

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One of the items in the list of changes that were agreed upon by new leadership at Calhoun Liberty Hospital (CLH) following a review of the facility by the Agency for Health Care Adminis[...]

Hospital races to respond to requirements from AHCA

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor You would expect the medical staff at an emergency room to be busy day and night -  but perhaps not the office personnel. However, since being cited for 10 deficiencies by the Agency fo[...]

‘Day of Grace’ fundraiser to help hospital meet fines

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun Liberty Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway has a unique idea to help with the financial burden of the fines that have be leveled against the facility following the investigation by the Ag[...]

Divers recover stolen truck in river at John Redd Landing

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Divers retrieved a submerged vehicle from the Apalachicola River near John Redd Landing Monday night. Sonar was used to verify that a vehicle was under water after a report last Thursday[...]

Opportunity Florida urges support of hospital; Attaway meets with AHCA after plan rejected

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor At a special meeting Monday night in Marianna, the board of Opportunity Florida approved a letter of support for Calhoun Liberty Hospital. The letter points how rural hospitals are essen[...]

Couple accept help from Good Samaritans before stealing credit cards, guns, tools and medication

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Doug Goodman was in the process of having a new roof put on his old store at Pine Island in Blountstown when a Dodge Intrepid with a rusted fender pulled up and a stranger got out. Jimmy[...]

Bristol man charged with strangling girlfriend, battery on a deputy

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man was arrested after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend and became combative with deputies Saturday morning. Wendell Anderson Moore, 23, was charged with domestic [...]

Hospital working to correct issues cited in AHCA investigation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun Liberty Hospital received a long report and has been given some tight deadlines following an investigation by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). “Our agency foun[...]

Magnolia Square Gazebo Dedication

Howard Johnson Jr., left, and Scott Stephens, right, hold the ribbon as the new gazebo is dedicated during ceremonies Saturday at Magnolia Square in Blountstown.  Doing the honors is Wintson Deason, center, flanked by B[...]

One candidate withdraws as 2 more join the list of Liberty Co. candidates

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The first man to file his intent to seek office in the 2016 Liberty County election has stepped down. Bristol resident Jan C. Egan withdrew his name from the sheriff’s race on Tuesday,[...]

Most local schools maintain grades while Tolar waiting on follow-up to ‘Incomplete’

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun County Schools scored four A’s and one B in the recent school accountability report from the Florida Department of Education (DOE) for the 2014-2015 school year. Blountstown Hi[...]

Hosford man charged with meth trafficking after LCSO responds to 911 report

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man was arrested Thursday after more than 754.7 grams (approximately 26 ounces) of methamphetamine was found in his bedroom along with the supplies needed to make the drug. Lam[...]

Driver totals car after avoiding dog on CR 12

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An 18-year-old Blountstown man was taken to Calhoun Liberty Hospital with serious injuries after an early morning accident in Liberty County Monday. According to the Florida Highway Patr[...]

Two injured in SR 12N head-on crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two people were injured in a head-on collision Sunday morning on SR 12 N, just south of CR 270. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Blake Jerravonte Garrett, 23, of Bristol w[...]

Finch, Marlowe add their names to sheriff’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch has joined the line-up of candidates who want his job. Finch, 53, of Bristol, announced his bid for re-election Monday.  He will run with no party affi[...]

Man charged in shooting on Hwy. 71 Sunday night

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man is being held without bond following a Sunday night shooting at a mobile home along Hwy. 71 N., south of Altha. Mathew Hunter Tolley, 21, of Blountstown was charged wit[...]

Hospital Task Force holds first meeting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The newly-formed Hospital Task Force held an organizational meeting last week and has started work to establish a higher standard of care at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital in Blountstown. The [...]

Altha man killed in Tuesday night collision

A 71-year-old Altha resident traveling north on NW Porter Grade Road, approaching CR 274, was killed when he drove into the path of an eastbound car Tuesday night.  The fatality was identified as Gerard Paul Belliveau.[...]

Altha Homecoming

Altha Homecoming Queen Aubree Bay receives her crown and sash at last week’s coronation.  Below, students gather outside the school to watch Friday’s parade.[...]

Hosford man killed in semi crash Monday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man is dead after losing control of the semi he was driving early Monday morning in Jackson County. Killed was 45-year-old Brian David Spikes. According to a report from the Fl[...]

TOLLEY, 21, CHARGED WITH SUNDAY NIGHT SHOOTING

by Teresa Eubanks, Calhoun-Liberty Journal Mathew Hunter Tolley, 21, of Blountstown has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon following a shooting Sunday evening at the Hwy. 71 N home of Russell Allen[...]

SHOOTING VICTIM IN SURGERY AS INVESTIGATORS QUESTION SUSPECT

12:52 a.m. CT ——————- by Teresa Eubanks, Calhoun-Liberty Journal A man who was shot in the lower abdomen last night is in surgery at this time and a suspect is being questioned, accord[...]

Tractor Supply plans Grand Opening at new Blountstown location in April

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “We’re definitely excited to be coming to Blountstown and we know we’re going to be good for the community,” says Calhoun County native Jevin Morris about plans to open a Tractor[...]

Gun found in purse Woman arrested after threatening to shoot husband

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman who allegedly attacked her husband and threatened to shoot him was arrested for domestic battery earlier this month. Deputies responded to a Hosford residence on Jan. 13 after ge[...]

Charges pending against woman in Bristol stabbing, man arrested for domestic battery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who was stabbed Friday at a residence on Martin Luther King Road was taken to jail and the woman who allegedly attacked him with a knife was transported to the hospital. Deputies a[...]

Bristol woman dies, two hospitalized after head-on collision

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman has died after a head-on collision at SR 20 and Hoecake Road Thursday afternoon. Shereen E. Shuler, 38, was taken by ambulance to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, where she was [...]

Liberty Chamber banquet

Chamber members heard updates on the St. Joe Port and the Apalachicola Northern Railroad, which runs through Liberty County, during Monday night’s annual banquet.  Jim Brook of Opportunity Florida said the port, now u[...]

Honoring Dr. King

Community members came together Monday to honor the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by taking part in the annual march along East Central Avenue in Blountstown.  The group started across from city hall, wa[...]

Missing Altha hunter’s boat & waders found as search continues

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Despite more than a week of searching, an Altha man who disappeared during a duck hunting trip in Jackson County has not been found, according to Bekka Nelson, spokesperson for th[...]

Bristol woman dies, two hospitalized after head-on collision Thursday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman has died after a head-on collision at SR 20 and Hoecake Road Thursday afternoon. Shereen E. Shuler, 38, was taken by ambulance to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, where she was [...]

Hospital names task force, plans internal investigation

Hospital names task force, plans internal investigationby Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An eight-member task force comprised of medical educators, physicians and community leaders has taken on the mission of establishin[...]

Sheriff and Commission come to an agreement on the jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After about an hour of discussion, debate and some barbed-comments, the Liberty County Commission and Sheriff Nick Finch came to an agreement about the management of the county jail. He[...]

Daniels captured Friday night at Wrennie Moody Road residence

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The manhunt for Scott Anthony Daniels, 46, of Blountstown, ended with his arrest at 11:38 p.m. Friday at a house on Wrennie Moody Road. Seven minutes after a 911 call reporting his wher[...]

Calhoun Co. authorities search for man who threatened public official

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A five-mile radius in the Ocheesee Community is the scene of a manhunt at this time as authorities are attempting to find Scott Anthony Daniels, 46, of Blountstown who is wanted for thre[...]

Naomi Grace Martinez is hospital’s New Year’s Baby, Another Calhoun County infant is born later that evening

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor When little Naomi Grace Martinez made her debut as Jackson Hospital’s first baby of the new year early Friday morning, she had plenty of company. Her dad, Joshua Martinez, 24, of Brist[...]

Fears of anthrax in package at Liberty Corrections unfounded

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating an incident at Liberty Correctional Institution in which someone allegedly placed anthrax in a piece of mail being sent from th[...]

Altha man seriously injured in wreck Tuesday morning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 36-year-old Altha man was transported to Bay Medical Center at Sacred Heart with serious injuries following a single-vehicle crash around 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to a report from the[...]

Dash cam video released in death of Barbara Dawson

Click here to view the dash cam footage from the night of Barbara Dawson’s death. https://www.facebook.com/teresa.eubanks.9/videos/10206068949098363/?l=6550888332304062196[...]

Video in Dec. 21 death of Barbara Dawson expected to be released by attorney

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory confirmed that on Monday afternoon, a representative from the Tallahassee law firm of Parks and Crump picked up a copy of the dash cam recording sho[...]

POLICE CHIEF MARK MALLORY RELEASES MEDIA STATEMENT ON DAWSON DEATH

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Recreation areas closed due to flooding along Apalachicola River

TALLAHASSEE - The Apalachicola National Forest has closed several recreation areas Jan. 5 along the Apalachicola River due to flooding over the weekend. These sites will remain closed for public health and safety until f[...]

Christmas eve crash leaves one dead, two injured

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Crawfordville man is dead, a Telogia man remains hospitalized and a Bristol resident is home recovering after a horrific head-on collision just inside Gadsden County on Dec. 24. Glen W[...]

CHIPOLA RIVER TO CREST AT 26.1 FT. TUESDAY; SANDBAGS, DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “The Apalachicola River is gradually falling but the Chipola River is what we’re really worried about right now,” Jody Daniels, Calhoun County Emergency Management Coordinator, sai[...]

NAACP PLANS TOWN HALL MEETING DEC. 30; URGES GOVERNOR TO APPOINT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

PRESS STATEMENT from the Calhoun-Liberty NAACP Florida State Conference NAACP is calling for State and Federal Agencies to investigate the unnecessary, tragic death of Ms. Barbara Dawson that occurred as a result of inhu[...]

BLOUNTSTOWN POLICE CHIEF RELEASES OFFICER’S REPORT ON DAWSON DEATH

Report of Officer John Tadlock On 12-21-2015 at approx 0446 hrs I was dispatched to Calhoun Liberty Hospital in reference to Barbara Dawson refusing to leave the premises. Upon my arrival contact, was made with hospital [...]

GETTING READY FOR THE RAIN

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Apalachicola River. Calhoun County Operations Director Joe Wood, who’s helping out at the Emergency Management Office to[...]

First candidate in Liberty Co. sheriff’s race

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The first candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the 2016 Liberty County election is Jan Charles Egan, who delivered a petition with 45 signatures to the elections office in Bristol [...]

Four taken to hospital after collision with truck trailer

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two adults were injured while two young children are believed to have escaped serious harm when a car traveling south on SR 12 ran into the side of a trailer pulling out from Rex Lumber [...]

Altha woman killed in crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Altha woman was killed Thursday night when her vehicle ran off the road and into a tree, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. The fatality was identified as Mary Jan[...]

Barbara Dawson death result of blood clot; Police Chief asks for FDLE investigation

Statement from Blountstown Police Chief, Mark Mallory First and foremost, our deepest condolences go out to the family of Ms. Barbara Dawson. As law enforcement officers we are frequently, and in fact, perhaps daily, cal[...]

Woman collapses, dies after being taken from hospital in handcuffs

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Family members are anxiously awaiting the results of an autopsy after a woman removed from Calhoun Liberty Hospital in handcuffs collapsed next to a patrol car and later died early Monda[...]

Driver charged with striking 2 people with open door of moving truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A  Blountstown man is facing two charges of aggravated battery after he allegedly struck his girlfriend and her cousin with the open door of his truck when he quickly backed up during a[...]

Liberty Commission ready to take over jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I’m tired of jacking around here.  If he’s going to do it, do it. I’m ready.  Is he ready?” That’s how Liberty County Commissioner Bubba Branch summed up his fellow commis[...]

Young detention center escapees tracked down in Hosford last week

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two teenage boys who escaped from a DeFuniak Springs Juvenile Justice Center on Nov. 28 and were on the run for five days were caught in Hosford by Liberty County deputies. Richard Fairc[...]

Ex-hospital CEO being investigated for fraud

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Former Calhoun Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated for allegedly defrauding the facility by collecting payment for items ordered but never delivered, accord[...]

Four taken to hospital after SR 65 collision Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Four people were injured when two trucks collided at the entrance to Georgia Pacific in Hosford around midday on Friday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chaz Benjamin Whitten, 2[...]

Former hospital administrator being investigated over payments made for supplies that were never delivered

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Former Calhoun Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated for allegedly defrauding the facility by collecting payment for items ordered but never delivered, accord[...]

Calhoun County two-year-old recovering from coral snake bite

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A two-year-old from Calhoun County was released from the intensive care unit at Shands Hospital in Gainesville Tuesday after he was bitten on the right ankle by a coral snake at his home[...]

Bear steals hunter’s 10-point kill near tree stand on Friday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor About fifteen minutes after he walked out of the woods to get his truck to haul back a deer he killed, a Blountstown hunter returned to discover the animal had been taken. At first, Cal [...]

FWC releases three bears in national forest near Sumatra

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The growing numbers of bear sightings have some people convinced that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)  has rounded up nuisance animals around the state and d[...]

Sykes family uses light-hearted logo to promote awareness of testicular cancer

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Denean Sykes admits the logo is a little edgy. Her husband, Travis, came up with the design nearly two years ago and had it trademarked with plans to sell t-shirts one day. The design wa[...]

Anderson in custody after fleeing deputies in 2 counties

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who ran from a Liberty County Deputy before disappearing into the woods and eluding tracking dogs Nov. 17 was arrested two days later in Calhoun County  - but not without another [...]

Sheriff ready to hand over jail to County Commission

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I’m tired of fighting with them.  If they’re not going to give me the money to properly fund the jail, I’m not going to run it,” said Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch. Liber[...]

Arson suspected in Thursday evening fire in Blountstown

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a suspicious fire that destroyed a wood-frame structure at the corner of Palm Street and Martin Luther King Drive in Blountstown on Thursday night. Fire Chi[...]

LCSO looking for suspect who eluded arrest Tuesday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who eluded arrest Tuesday after they learned he had violated a no-contact agreement with the woman he is accused of attacking i[...]

New fire truck rolls into Blountstown

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A shiny new 2015 Rosenbauer fire truck with a Freightliner chassis left the factory in Lyons, South Dakota last week and found its new home when it rolled up at the Blountstown Fire Depa[...]

Driver charged in death of Clarksville woman killed in August crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 25-year-old man has been charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicle homicide and DUI with serious bodily injuries following the investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol of the Aug. 22 c[...]

Man found on Blountstown Greenway with Flakka, straw

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Greenwood man sitting at a picnic table at the head of Blountstown’s Greenway Trail found himself sitting in jail a short time later after he was found to be in possession of the dru[...]

Jackson wins City Council seat by 11 votes

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Just eleven votes made the difference in Tuesday’s Blountstown City Council race. Former Councilman Clifford Jackson will return to the council after defeating incumbent Ronnie William[...]

Woman arrested with mix of Flakka & cocaine coming home from Quincy

Rounzell Timothy Brown by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after she removed a package from inside her pants that contained a half ounce mixture of [...]

Hunters go in search of the big one during two-day bear hunt

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One huge black bear was killed near Bristol and many more were taken throughout the panhandle during this past weekend’s two-day bear hunting season. Tim Revell didn’t start his hunt[...]

Liberty County woman dies in wreck on US Hwy. 129 in Gilchrist County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A local woman who had moved to Gilchrist County, where she was employed as a preschool teacher, was killed in a single vehicle crash late Saturday night. Autumn Smith, 24, was traveling [...]

Blown tire causes blaze that engulfs motorhome Thurs.

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bristol firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze that destroyed a large recreational vehicle that was traveling along SR 12 last Thursday, about six miles north of Bristol. No on[...]

Stolen school bus wrecked, naked suspect is caught in Kinard woods

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A wrecked school bus, a pile of discarded clothes and a man running naked through the Kinard woods kept the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office busy Sunday. With the assistance of dog trac[...]

Dothan man injured in parachute accident at Calhoun Co. Airport

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An experienced skydiver who has made more than 150 successful jumps was seriously injured Saturday while attempting to land at the Calhoun County Airport. Tony Antonovich of Skydive Pana[...]

Motorcycle accident claims promising young life of FSU student living in Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two days after he was reported missing by his cousin, Maple Spears of Bristol, the body of 24-year-old Dexter “D.J.” Monroe Jr. was discovered in Leon County. He was found with his m[...]

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown woman was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend. A Calhoun County deputy responded to a call from a Blountstown res[...]

Family hoping for improvement soon for Bristol woman critically injured in three-vehicle crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Wait and see. That’s what family members are trying to do as they sit next to Renee Odom’s bed in the neuro intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. The 54-year-old Bris[...]

Three arrested after stolen vehicle pulled over, meth residue found

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Three passengers in a stolen vehicle were taken into custody after a routine traffic stop Oct. 7. According to the arrest report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Zach W[...]

FDLE Agents arrest Liberty County man for child pornography

HOSFORD - Florida Department of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Edward Lewis Price III, 50, of 21904 Talquin Circle, Hosford, Fla., on five counts of possession of ch[...]

FDLE seizes child pornography at Hosford home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are processing evidence seized at a Hosford home early Tuesday morning after a search warrant was served at 21094 NW T[...]

Woman in critical condition after 3-vehicle crash Sunday on SR 20

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol woman remains in critical condition after her car was rear-ended and knocked into another vehicle on SR 20 Sunday afternoon. Teresa Renee Odom, 54, was transported to Tallahass[...]

LCI officer charged with plan to smuggle cigarettes,synthetic marijuana into prison

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 19-year-old Bristol man working as a correctional officer at Liberty Correctional Institution was arrested Oct. 2 after investigators determined he accepted money to smuggle in control[...]

Jury convicts teen for death of Calhoun Co. man at party

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Jurors deliberated about two hours last Wednesday before finding a Youngstown teenager guilty of manslaughter for killing a Calhoun County man by kicking him in the head. Trial began Sep[...]

Buyer steps in to save restaurant just hours before closing

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor They had exhausted all their options. Unable to make the final payment on the loan on their restaurant, the Barragans - Maria, her husband, Guadalupe and their daughter, Liza - realized [...]

Hospital searched after caller makes two bomb threats

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A pair of back-to-back bomb threats sent the staff at Calhoun Liberty Hospital scrambling Tuesday afternoon as they searched the facility to ensure nothing suspicious had been brought in[...]

Blountstown woman seriously injured in Wakulla Co. crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Thursday night in Wakulla County. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Elizabeth Dawn Clabaugh, 45, was a passenge[...]

Two charged with selling cocaine in Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Quincy men were arrested in separate cases last week after the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office monitored drug transactions in Bristol. A 31-year-old man is facing cocaine distribut[...]

Two women killed, three injured in collision at SR 69 intersection

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two women were killed and three others were injured in a collision at SR 69 and CR 286 early Friday afternoon in Calhoun County. The fatalities were identified as 65-year-old  Glenda Mo[...]

Blaze destroys home

A Calhoun County mobile home was destroyed by flames last week despite the efforts of firefighters from Nettle Ridge, Altha and Blountstown along with the Magnolia Fire Department.  No one was home at the time when the [...]

One hospitalized, 12 others taken to ER after propane leak at cookout

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 14-year-old Bristol boy was hospitalized and 12 others were treated and released from the emergency room at Calhoun Liberty Hospital after a gas leak disrupted a cookout at a River Sti[...]

Ex-Altha resident arrested for sexual battery on a child

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A former Altha resident reported to have an extensive criminal history in several states was arrested Monday and charged with sexual battery on a child under 12, according to Altha Polic[...]

Husband charged with battery by strangulation

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 40-year-old Altha man was charged with domestic battery by strangulation after he allegedly wrapped a nylon rope around his estranged wife’s neck during an Aug. 25 altercation[...]

CLH departments undergo reviews

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Dr. Garrett Chumney will be running the Primary Care Clinic next to the hospital in Blountstown as part of the facility’s reorganization, according to Calhoun Liberty Hospital (CLH) In[...]

Wewahitchka man hurt in collision with dump truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 61-year-old Wewahitchka man was taken to Bay Medical Center in critical condition after his car collided with a dump truck Tuesday morning in Calhoun County. Volunteers from the Kinard[...]

Bill Nye comes to Bristol to talk about global warming for show

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL - Best known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the bowtied celebrity scientist stopped in Bristol last week to conduct interviews about climate change as part of an upcoming pro[...]

Roll of duct tape leads to one arrest; two others sought in Hwy. 69 armed robbery

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One man has been arrested and two other suspects are being sought in connection with an armed robbery at a Hwy. 69 home on Aug. 16. Roshawn Pringley, 22, of Marianna was arrested and is [...]

Family, co-workers mourn death of Candie Laramore

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Mark and Candie Laramore had just left the grocery store early Saturday evening and were heading back to their Clarksville home to wait for their daughter, 15-year-old Karlee Gilbert, to[...]

Clarksville woman killed, 2 drivers injured in SR 20 & CR 275 collision

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One woman is dead and two others were hospitalized following a two-vehicle collision on SR 20 in Calhoun County early Saturday evening. The fatality was identified as 45-year-old Candie [...]

Blountstown man charged with choking, threatening to kill his mother

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who allegedly choked his mother after telling her “you’re gonna die today” has been charged with attempted murder, according to a report from the Blountstown Police Departmen[...]

FWC Officer saves woman thrown from motorboat

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An FWC officer and several good Samaritans at the Blountstown Boat Landing rescued a 64-year-old Indiana woman after she was thrown from her boat earlier this month. FWC Officer Keith Ba[...]

Man, 24, arrested for exchanging explicit photos with 12-yr.-old girl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 24-year-old Blountstown man has been charged with transmission of child pornography after the father of a 12-year-old girl learned the two were exchanging sexual messages and nude phot[...]

Hill steps down as CEO of hospital

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill, who has headed up the once-failing facility since early 2008, turned in his resignation Monday. The hospital board has asked CPA Ruth[...]

Misunderstanding over backpack raises concern

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Courthouse was evacuated and searched after a white male, described as wearing all black Kevlar clothing and “acting weird” was seen walking through the building F[...]

Proponents expecting new sewer extension to bring in business, promote growth

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Altha Town Council has agreed to kick in $435,000 on the sewer extension project that will link their community - along with homes, businesses and the industrial park along SR 71 - [...]

Sheriff’s Office investigating death at Newsome Rd. home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what was described as an “unattended death” that was discovered at a Newsome Road residence (left)  in the Carr-Clarksville ar[...]

Pair arrested for SR 20 altercation

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An apparent argument over a malfunctioning scooter resulted in battery charges against a couple who witnesses reported stopped in the road and began fighting. The Calhoun County Sheriff[...]

Altha police chief signs five-year job contract

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Altha Police Chief Jimmy Baggett has signed a five-year contract with the Altha Town Council which would pay him $48,000 a year in addition to approximately $22,000 in benefits, accordin[...]

Family Affair Event Held

Employees of Ameris Bank hosted a “Fill the Bank” game for youngsters at their table (above)  during the annual Family Affair event at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown held Saturday, July 25.  Families lin[...]

Melton charged with attempted murder in Blountstown shooting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN - After a night on the run, the man wanted for the July 14 shooting at a Blountstown home is behind bars at the Calhoun County Jail. Christopher Melton, 24,  is charged with[...]

Calhoun teen recovering from rattlesnake bite

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN - He thought it was just a wasp sting but a moment later, he realized it was a lot more serious. “I kind of felt something hit me, looked down and saw a snake slithering aw[...]

Man arrested for relationship with 13-yr-old

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 21-year-old Clarksville man was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior after the stepfather of his 13-year-old girlfriend found out the two had been intimate. According to a report [...]

Bristol man, 22, facing charges after deputies catch him tending illegal crop

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BRISTOL - Acting on a tip that a local man was growing marijuana near his home, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office staked out the man’s property, found a good hiding place and waite[...]

Torreya Park camper struck by copperhead Saturday evening

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Bryce O’Neal was still being treated at Calhoun Liberty Hospital Saturday night when a second snakebite victim across the river called for help. A Tallahassee man, described as being i[...]

CCSO uproots 167 pot plants

A phone tip from a man who said he stumbled across approximately 30 marijuana plants while walking through the woods resulted in the discovery of many more in the Sandy Acres area of Altha on Friday. With the help of pil[...]

One seriously injured, two others hurt in Hoecake Rd. crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One woman was seriously injured and two others were hurt in a single-vehicle crash on Hoecake Road in Bristol Friday afternoon. A 2008 Nissan Altima was traveling north on Hoecake Road a[...]

Alleged shooter in custody

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal After a night on the run, the man wanted in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting at a Blountstown home is behind bars at the Calhoun County Jail. Christopher Melt[...]

Shooting suspect sought in Blountstown

                    Helicopters are up, tracking dogs are on the ground and a SWAT team from Bay County has joined the search for a man who allegedly shot and wounded ano[...]

Craig’s List seller arrested for taking money but not delivering mobile home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Tallahassee man with several aliases and 60 previous felony charges was arrested after he failed to deliver a long-promised triple-wide mobile home to a Liberty County woman who answer[...]

Patriotic Donation

Blountstown American Legion Post 272 Commander Eric Pierce holds the microphone for Tiny Miss Independence Chloe Barfield as she and Junior Miss Independence K’leigh Kitchen present him with a $500 donation from the Mi[...]

Tuesday Storm

A Tuesday afternoon storm left its mark on Blountstown roads and businesses yesterday.  High winds snapped trees, pulled down power lines and sent debris flying.[...]

Services held for man who died after dispute at work

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A panhandle man who died unexpectedly following an altercation with a co-worker at a Panama City restaurant was laid to rest at a cemetery in Blountstown Tuesday afternoon. Josh Halley, [...]

One qualifies for seat on Altha Town Council

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two seats were open but only one candidate filed the necessary paperwork and brought in the $2 check to seek a spot on the Altha Town Council during last week’s qualifying period. Alth[...]

Women’s Health Seminar

Maryell Dillard smiles while taking part in some balance exercises conducted during the Women’s Health Seminar held Thursday morning at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in  Bristol.  The annual event is hosted by the C[...]

Bristol man arrested with guns & cocaine at Liberty Preschool

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Bristol man involved in an altercation at the Liberty County Pre-K building, where the school board offices are also located, was arrested when he returned later that same day and remo[...]

Altha School project, Blountstown sewer, Liberty records facility survive governor’s ax

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Gov. Rick Scott’s Tuesday morning budget cuts eliminated a much-needed $100,000 allocation for Blountstown’s Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. Many other projects spearheaded by District[...]

Commission OKs nearly $1.6 million for sheriff’s budget

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office withdrew an appeal with the Florida Administration Commission (FAC) after reaching an agreement on their budget with the Liberty County Commission. [...]

Citizens debate racial comment made by county commissioner: Commissioner’s recorded comments discussed at Thursday board meeting

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor About 32 days after Liberty County Jail employees heard County Commission Chairman Dexter Barber make a racist comment and then disparage jail employee Maple Spears during a recorded pho[...]

Probable cause found in complaint against Uzzell; another dismissed

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissed one complaint and has found probable cause to pursue a second one against former Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria “Gay” Uzze[...]

BRISTOL MAN KILLED IN 3 a.m. CRASH SATURDAY

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor The Calhoun-Liberty JournalA Bristol man is dead after a single vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Liberty County.   Michael Bramblett, 33, was killed after losing control of his 1990 Chev[...]