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Accidents, News February 5th, 2016 by

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 […]

Arrests, News February 1st, 2016 by

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 […]

News February 1st, 2016 by

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 […]

Community, News January 29th, 2016 by

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, […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News January 29th, 2016 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News January 29th, 2016 by

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. […]

Accidents, News January 22nd, 2016 by

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 […]

Community, News January 22nd, 2016 by

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 […]

Community, Events, News January 22nd, 2016 by

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 […]

News January 22nd, 2016 by

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

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 […]

Accidents, News January 15th, 2016 by

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 […]

News January 15th, 2016 by

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. […]

News January 15th, 2016 by

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 […]

News January 9th, 2016 by

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 […]

News January 8th, 2016 by

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 […]

Births, Community, News January 8th, 2016 by

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 […]

News January 8th, 2016 by

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 […]

Accidents, News January 8th, 2016 by

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 […]

News January 7th, 2016 by

Dash cam video released in death of Barbara Dawson

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Accidents, News January 6th, 2016 by

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 […]


Hurricane/ Storms, News January 5th, 2016 by

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 […]

Accidents, News January 1st, 2016 by

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. […]

Hurricane/ Storms, News December 31st, 2015 by

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. […]

News December 28th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 28th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 28th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 25th, 2015 by

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. […]

Accidents, News December 25th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 25th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 23rd, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News December 23rd, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News December 18th, 2015 by

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, […]

Business, Government, News December 18th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News December 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News December 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

News December 7th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, Community, News December 4th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News December 4th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News December 4th, 2015 by

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 […]

News November 27th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrests, News November 27th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News November 20th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News November 20th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News November 20th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News November 13th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News November 13th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News November 6th, 2015 by

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 […]

News November 6th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News November 6th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News October 30th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News October 30th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News October 30th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, Arrest Reports, Arrests, News October 29th, 2015 by

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, […]

Accidents, News October 23rd, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News October 23rd, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News October 23rd, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News October 16th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News October 16th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News October 9th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrests, News October 9th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News October 9th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News October 9th, 2015 by

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 […]

News October 2nd, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News October 2nd, 2015 by

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. […]

News September 25th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News September 25th, 2015 by

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. […]

Arrest Reports, News September 18th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News September 18th, 2015 by

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, […]

Accidents, News September 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News September 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News September 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News September 11th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, News September 4th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News September 4th, 2015 by

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 […]

Community, Events, News September 4th, 2015 by

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 […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News August 28th, 2015 by

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, […]

Accidents, News August 28th, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News August 28th, 2015 by

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. […]

Arrests, News August 21st, 2015 by

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 […]

News August 21st, 2015 by

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 […]

News August 14th, 2015 by

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 […]

News August 7th, 2015 by

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 […]

News July 31st, 2015 by

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 […]

Accidents, News June 19th, 2015 by

Altha man is killed in car wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 31-year-old Altha man was killed early Saturday morning when he lost control of his car and hit a tree in Jackson County. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Hector Gonzales Hernandez was traveling south on SR 71, south of Rocky Creek Road,  around 1 a.m. when […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News June 19th, 2015 by

Man charged with DUI also found with trooper’s cell phone

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man picked up at the scene of a vehicle accident on Hanna Tower Road June 9 was already facing a DUI charge when he made things a little worse. He stole the trooper’s iPhone. According to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Robert Kimbrel, 40, of […]

Outdoors June 12th, 2015 by

Bristol boy lands 49-lb. lunker near Bloody Bluff

by Domenick Esgro, contributing writer Kade Williams, 12, was recognized Tuesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for reeling in an impressive 49 lb. flathead catfish, measuring 46” long. Even though it did not beat the current state record of 55.05 lb., it was the longest flathead caught in Florida’s recorded history, according to […]

Community, News June 12th, 2015 by

Altha Town Council plans to run own election; will not allow absentees Finances, staff issues & recording meetings discussed

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor At Thursday’s regular Altha Town Council meeting, the board got an update from CPA Ruth Attaway about their financial status, discussed their employee situation, made plans to run their own election and had some heated words when Mayor Wes Johnston tried to resume the practice of recording the meetings. The […]

Business, Community, News June 12th, 2015 by

Board extends moratorium to ban on-site beer and wine consumption

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Liberty County business owners who have been waiting eight months for the county commission to allow them to resume serving beer and wine are going to have a wait a little longer. The board voted to extend the three-month ban against on-premises alcohol consumption for the third time after […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News June 5th, 2015 by

Bristol man facing charges following May 26 incident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 34-year-old Bristol man has been charged with burglary of a structure while armed, battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and property damage after he went to a home where his girlfriend was staying temporarily. The homeowner told deputies that James G. Parker had been told not […]

Arrests, News June 5th, 2015 by

Shots fired in Pine Island early Monday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Law enforcement officers responding to reports of explosions in the Pine Island community around 4:26 a.m. Monday discovered that a man had been standing in the road, repeatedly firing a shotgun. Before they arrived at the scene, the sheriff’s office dispatcher got a call from Keijuan Davis, 25, of Blountstown, […]

Arrest Reports, Arrests, News June 5th, 2015 by

Five arrested; over a 1/2 lb. of marijuana is seized

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Five people were arrested after over a half pound of marijuana was found and cell phones with contact information about drug transactions were discovered when search warrants were served on two Blountstown homes last Thursday. Nine officers with the Blountstown Police Department (BPD) converged simultaneously on neighboring homes on SE […]

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

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 [...]

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

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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 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 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. Fletch[...]

Altha man is killed in car wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 31-year-old Altha man was killed early Saturday morning when he lost control of his car and hit a tree in Jackson County. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Hector [...]

Man charged with DUI also found with trooper’s cell phone

  by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man picked up at the scene of a vehicle accident on Hanna Tower Road June 9 was already facing a DUI charge when he made things a little worse. He stole the trooper’s iPhone. [...]

Bristol boy lands 49-lb. lunker near Bloody Bluff

by Domenick Esgro, contributing writer Kade Williams, 12, was recognized Tuesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission for reeling in an impressive 49 lb. flathead catfish, measuring 46” long. Even though it did [...]

Altha Town Council plans to run own election; will not allow absentees Finances, staff issues & recording meetings discussed

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor At Thursday’s regular Altha Town Council meeting, the board got an update from CPA Ruth Attaway about their financial status, discussed their employee situation, made plans to run thei[...]

Board extends moratorium to ban on-site beer and wine consumption

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Liberty County business owners who have been waiting eight months for the county commission to allow them to resume serving beer and wine are going to have a wait a little longer. Th[...]

Bristol man facing charges following May 26 incident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 34-year-old Bristol man has been charged with burglary of a structure while armed, battery on an officer, resisting an officer with violence and property damage after he went to a home[...]

Shots fired in Pine Island early Monday

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Law enforcement officers responding to reports of explosions in the Pine Island community around 4:26 a.m. Monday discovered that a man had been standing in the road, repeatedly firing a[...]

2016 Election Candiate

A former Altha Town Council member hopes to return to town hall after announcing he will run for mayor; two Liberty County incumbents will seek another term, a new candidate for Liberty County Sheriff comes forward and t[...]