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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 […]

Melinda Gail Pearson Kelsoe

WEWAHITCHKA - Melinda Gail Pearson Kelsoe, 39, of Wewahitchka, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at home, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with breast cancer. She lived all of her life in Wewahitchka and was a homemaker. Survivors include her parents, Julian and Idella Williams of Wewahitchka and the late Paul Pearson; […]

Visitor sets new shoal bass record Dec. 6 in Altha

from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Charles “Anthony” Tucker of Albany, GA, established the first official Florida state record for a shoal bass just three days before his 57th birthday. Shoal bass are, pound-for-pound, one of the top fighters in the black bass family. His weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 […]

Conservation means more human interaction with Florida panthers

from The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Over the past 40 years, Florida panther conservation efforts have resulted in the panther population growing significantly from the1970s, when the panther was first federally listed as Endangered. As the population grows, the chance for interaction between the large cats and humans also increases – which can […]

Couple developing online herbarium of local plants; wildflower festival planned

by Eleanor Dietrich, Florida Wildflower Foundation   When Kristy Terry, Executive Director of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce learned about the Florida Department of Transportation’s new Wildflower Management Program, she knew right away that this would be good for economic development in her county. Calhoun County is full of beautiful countryside and roads through […]

Catfish Crawl 5K planned Saturday in Blountstown

BLOUNTSTOWN - Forty-seven runners have already registered and many more are expected to take part in Saturday’s first-ever Catfish Crawl 5K in Blountstown, according to the event’s organizer, Ben Hall. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT. The fee is $20. The run will start at 8:30 a.m. CT. Registered runners will get a shirt […]

Bike Tour

More than 600 bicycle riders made their way through Liberty and Calhoun County Monday during the 2012 Forgotten Coast Tour, organized by Bike Florida. One of the many riders who stopped to sign the guest book at the Depot Museum in Blountstown is shown at left.  Wave after wave of bicyclists rolled through Bristol and […]

Paddle with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition

Calhoun County filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, photographer Carlton Ward Jr., biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt will spend March 29, the 73rd day of a 100-day expedition, paddling and snorkeling in Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County. The explorers are hiking, biking and paddling the 1,000-mile journey to raise awareness for the Florida […]

FWC needs help in mapping fox squirrel sites

If you have seen a big squirrel with a long, bushy, fox-like tail, Florida wildlife biologists need your help. What you saw was a Florida fox squirrel, and biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking you to go online and record your sighting of this creature twice the size of […]

Hunters now must download permits from FWC website

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to make hunters aware that beginning this year, quota permits for general gun, archery, muzzleloading gun, family, youth, airboat and track will not be mailed out to successful applicants as they have been in the past. Instead, the FWC is allowing hunters, who are awarded permits […]