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At age 90 & 91, these two veterans have a few stories to tell about their wartime experiences

STORY AND PHOTOS BY PHIL COALE The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement opened its doors Friday night, July 6 to two American Heroes as the Settlement hosted Senior Master Sgt. James Ayers and Tuskegee Airman Sgt. Cornelius Davis, both retired, to tell stories of their lives including military service to their country. Ayers, 90 and Davis, 91, […]

Liberty Ozone Dixie Youth win district; will go to Sebring for World Series July 6

The Liberty County Ozone team will be traveling to Sebring on July 6 for the Ozone Dixie Youth World Series. The boys and the parents are collecting donations to help pay for the trip. If you would like to help out, please contact Stacey Creamer at 447-0116, Rhonda Polver at 508-9558, Dawn Weeks 228-6073 or […]

Remembering Mrs. Doris Shuler and summer fun at White Springs

by Tony Anderson The recent passing of Mrs. Doris Shuler, who in my personal opinion will always be one of Liberty County’s’ greatest ladies, has conjured up memories of what she has meant to me and how White Springs was one of my favorite places to go when I was growing up. When I think […]

Ida Larkins to others, she was ‘Bunny’ to her grandchildren

by Harriet Revell Brady, granddaughter of Ida Larkins Thanksgiving Day, any guest in the world would say - “I’ll invite Bunny back.” Since I was the first grandchild to give her a title, and she never liked Grandma names anyway, “Bunny” suited us both. Ida Larkins, to others, Bunny to her grandchildren. If I could […]

Bristol Texaco Station

Elwood & Red’s Bristol Texaco Station Elwood Long and an unidentified woman are shown inside a Texaco Station, known as Elwood and Red’s Texaco Station, which operated in Bristol during the 1930s and 40s. It was located on the west side of State Road 12 North, across from Liberty County High School (where the Christian […]

The lives of George Dewey Sr. & Hazel Eunice Eubanks Bateman

George and Hazel lived in Bristol most of their lives. George worked at different jobs during his working life. He snaked poles out of the swamp with his prized oxen: Rough, Rite, Buck and Bright. He made syrup locally and traveled to parts of the state making syrup for different individuals. George owned and operated […]

The Browns and the Allens: Great Depression drew many to Florida

by Joe Brown During the early 1930s, during the Great Depression, many families migrated to Florida to seek their fortunes in a new life. They used every means of transportation to get here. This is a story about one of those families who only got as far as Liberty County. In 1930, things were tough […]

A look back at Blountstown High School

by Lisa Grice The original part of the building pictured above, identified as Blountstown High School, was constructed in 1904, and was a T-shaped frame building with four rooms. The front room and the steeple were added around four years later. This picture, from 1908, commemorates that addition. This school was located across the street […]

The Three States survived sandbar collisions, mechanical failure & fire

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Three States was one of many vessels that traced the rivers through Georgia, Alabama and Florida at the turn of the last century. But this sternwheeler’s history is remarkable in that she emerged from several disasters and was declared worthless before returning to service. Her sometimes infrequent use and […]

The Queen City sternwheeler was a majestic sight

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Competition was up and rates were down when the new Queen City sternwheeler was christened with a bottle of champagne across her bow in Columbus, Ga., on Jan. 20, 1891. Built at a cost of $20,000, she was one of many steamboats making their way along the waters that emptied […]