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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, […]

Woman killed in head-on collision in Liberty County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One woman is dead and seven people - including one adult and six children - were seriously injured in a head-on collision at 3:26 a.m. Saturday in Liberty County. The fatality was identified as Mary Andraos-Gabriet, 47, of Palm Harbor.  One person was taken by emergency helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial […]

Blountstown police chief & investigator help out in Houston for five days following Hurricane Harvey

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Before the Florida panhandle was flooded with traffic from Hurricane Irma evacuees, a couple of lawmen from Blountstown traveled to Houston to help out as residents there dealt with rising water, power outages and caring for loved ones after Hurricane Harvey barreled into Texas on Aug. 25. By Thursday, Aug. […]

Hurricane cancels one wedding but friends quickly put together another

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor They had planned a nice wedding in scenic Wakulla Springs Saturday and expected at least a hundred guests in attendance, including the bride’s 90-year-old grandfather. The bride’s father is a minister and there was never any question over who would perform the ceremony - until Hurricane Irma stepped up and, […]

Evacuees take shelter with Strawn family after fleeing Hurricane

by Domenick Esgro, Journal staff Hurricane evacuees Tony Livingston and Ashlee Applewhite of the Gainesville area were in the parking lot of Harveys grocery store along SR 71 in Blountstown Saturday afternoon, sitting in lawn chairs with their two dogs and a cat, when Lynn Strawn noticed them and felt the urge to ask, “Do y’all […]

Clarksville man, Wewa driver both die in Gulf County crash

Two people are dead after a head-on collision early Saturday morning on SR 386, just north of Grassy Road in Gulf County. The fatal crash happened at 3 a.m. on Sept. 9, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Zachery Lance Porter, 32, of Clarksville was driving a 2007 Ford Mustang north on SR 386 as […]

Women and children lose home when fire destroys rental trailer

A rental home where several people lived with young children was destroyed by fire Friday morning.  The blaze began in the kitchen area and is suspected to be the result of an electrical problem.  Volunteers with the Bristol Fire Dept. responded to the scene at 18890 NW SR 12 N shortly before 8:30 a.m. when […]

Public hearing held Sept. 5 to discuss tentative county budget

Official minutes from the Sept. 5, 2017 tentative budget hearing of the Liberty Commission as recorded by the board secretary The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dexter Barber.  Present at the meeting were Commissioners James Sanders, Scott Phillips, Jim Johnson, Dewayne Branch, Clerk Kathleen Brown, Deputy Clerk Mason Kever and County Attorney Robin […]