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Campaigning in Florida on a rainy day in 1912

While doing some research on local history I came across the following newspaper article that appeared in the April 24, 1912, Wednesday Morning edition of the Pensacola Journal. It is the story of a group of Politicians who visited Blountstown during a particularly nasty stretch of weather and the chaos that unfolded.  Seeing how we […]

Guests enjoy music, art and food at Arts Series Saturday

The Blountstown Public Library held another Arts Series Event last Saturday. From Nature Photography to Florida Soundscapes featured two artists who are filled with the wonders and fascination of our physical universe. The event transported us to places in the wilderness and our senses were filled with all the sights and sounds of nature. Photographer […]

Remembering Jerry Johnson

  Friends and family gathered at Friday’s football game in Bristol to honor the late Jerry Johnson, who served Liberty County as a School Superintendent, teacher and coach for many years. The Bulldog Club presented the family with a plaque that read, “In Memory Of Coach Jerry Johnson, For 32 years of dedicated service, leadership, […]

Nurse, former city council member hope to start Boys & Girls Club in Blountstown

Barely a month ago, Rita Pruette and Clifford Jackson discovered they had the same idea: Blountstown needs a Boys & Girls Club. For Jackson, his first introduction to the program was when he took local kids to Tyndall Air Force Base to participate in basket games that were sponsored by the organization. He found out […]

Liberty Clerk asks for help saving documents packed in basement

Pipes are leaking, rodents are chewing their way through old files and at one point, “There was a mudslide or something in there,” said Liberty County Clerk of Court Kathy Brown about the basement records storage room in the Liberty County Courthouse. She’s had to peel apart stacks of soaked documents damaged so badly that, […]

History, technology merge at Settlement

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal EDITOR BLOUNTSTOWN - As the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement marks its 25th anniversary, its founders and new board of directors are embracing the latest in technology to promote the collection of historic buildings by having a virtual tour filmed and placed online with Google. “You’ve got to keep up with the times […]

Pelt’s building demolished

A landmark that stood at the corner of Central Avenue and Pear Street in Blountstown for decades was reduced to rubble this weekend. Long known as Pelt’s Department Store, the brick structure - believed to have been built in the early 1940s - once served as Floyd Parrish’s Grocery. It later became Pelt’s Department Store […]

Hosford man recalls aftermath of D-Day

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor They were burying the dead when Colin Chester Moore stepped onto Omaha Beach after D-Day on June 6, 1944. Soldiers had already stormed the shores at Normandy, France, where their mission was to form a beachhead to link the Allied Invasion forces. It is believed that between 2,500 and 3,000 […]

Liberty County veteran’s life forever changed after fighting in World War II

by Woody Stewart, contributing writer and member of VFW Post 12010 Few are aware of the heroism Lee Thompson displayed at a young age and the heavy cost he has paid since that time. Even at the age of 87, he has bad dreams - nightmares that take him back to the horrors of the […]

‘The Scott Massacre of 1817’ by Dale Cox; New book by local author interprets forgotten Apalachicola River battle

GREENSBORO — On Monday, Feb. 18 the West Gadsden Historical Society (WGHS) announced the release of a new book detailing the first U.S. defeat of the Seminole Wars. The Scott Massacre of 1817, by author and historian Dale Cox, is the first book-length study of the little-known but significant battle of that name that took […]