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Archive for September, 2017

Fire guts Blountstown home early Saturday morning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After noticing the beep of a dying battery in a smoke detector early last week, Donna Dawsey, 46, said she replaced it and put up three new alarms in the wood-frame home she shares with her son, Dean Dawson, 27,  and her three-year-old granddaughter, Sophia. A few days later, she […]

Lack of candidates means no election for City of Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The election scheduled for Nov. 14 to select three council members, a mayor and town clerk for the City of Bristol will not be held since there are no contested seats following the end of the qualifying period. Mayor Steve Cutshaw will serve another term, as will City Clerk Robin […]

Several used needles and suspected meth residue found Durden charged with operating ‘drug house’ at Hosford home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man accused of running what deputies called a “drug house” was charged with maintaining a public nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a search warrant was served on his mobile home, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Clerk’s Office. The residence, located on NE SR […]

James “Jim” Kenneth Montford

BLOUNTSTOWN - James “Jim” Kenneth Montford, 65, of Blountstown, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 in Tallahassee. Born in Marianna, Sept. 22, 1951, he was the son of the late L. T. and Arlene Wimberly Montford. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Annette Montford. Survivors include his brother, Harold Montford […]

Steve R. Forehand

GRAND RIDGE - Steve R. Forehand, 64, of Grand Ridge, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. He was born in Wewahitchka, July 11, 1953, to the late Ruel Ervin and Dorothy Redd Forehand. He lived most of his life in Grand Ridge and did construction for Boilermakers Union #111. He was an avid outdoorsman. He […]

Alice Marie Reed

BRISTOL - Alice Marie Reed, infant daughter of Jacob and Jessie Leach Reed of Bristol, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 in Tallahassee. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kim Leach and great-great-grandfather, Arthur Leach. Survivors include her parents; her grandparents, Marilyn and Archie Harris of Bristol and Kathy Herring of Tallahassee; great-grandparents, […]

BHS teacher charged with sending explicit texts to Altha student

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A teacher at Blountstown High School (BHS)  has been charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to a teenage boy. Marquita Nichole Calhoun, 28, of Blountstown was taken into custody early Tuesday at the Calhoun County Jail and later released on her on recognizance.  She began teaching science this year at […]

German family wind up in the right place at the right time Stranded evacuees get help from Bristol couple

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The frightening stories about Hurricane Irma rampaging through Florida left one Bristol resident with a real desire to be of help. Joni Read had told her husband Donnie she had been praying for a way to make a difference for a family in need.  When the two went to the […]

Evacuees take shelter from hurricane at Torreya State Park

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Some Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma last week found a unique place to seek shelter - Torreya State Park. The Liberty County park was one of several in the panhandle offering free camping sites for storm evacuees who started coming in Friday, Sept. 8. After the park’s 29 campground sites, […]