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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 […]

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 […]

Driver slams into fire truck parked inside Scotts Ferry VFD building A fire truck parked inside the Scotts Ferry Volunteer Fire Dept. off Hwy. 71 is believed to have been totaled when Timothy Allen Peddie lost control of a 1997 Jeep Cherokee late Saturday night and drove into the building, according to Fire Chief Junior Yon. […]

Mom and twin fawns

Merle and Verna Headings, who live near Altha, found this image on their game camera this past weekend. A mother deer and her twin fawns were caught on camera in their front yard at 12:34 a.m. Friday. “We did not see them for a week. We were a little worried, as we had seen their […]

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 John W. Callahan: 1907-1923

by Norman Krentzel The John W. Callahan , pictured above, was named for the owner of the Callahan Line. She was built in Apalachicola in 1907 using parts taken from an earlier vessel known as the Gertrude. She was 153 feet long by 34.6 feet wide. Captain Poley McDaniel, one of the last of the […]

The W.C. Bradley at Neal’s Landing in 1910

Pictured above is an old postcard featuring a photo of the W.C. Bradley as it passes Neal’s Landing in Calhoun County. The picture is thought to have been taken around 1910. The sternwheeler was commissioned in 1898 and worked the rivers until she sank at Aspalaga in 1919. The Bradley had cabins and a dining […]

Taking a spin in “The Chicken Killer”

Albert Cayson, father of retired Blountstown postmaster Gerald “Bug” Cayson, is pictured above back in 1905 when he went for spin with Dr. Elmore (at the wheel) in a car that quickly earned the dubious nickname of “The Chicken Killer.” Cayson said his father was about 25 years old when the photo was taken. At […]

Miss Chaffa returns to her family home

by Norman Krentzel Miss Chaffa returned to Ocheesee to reclaim her father’s property in 1895. After hiring an attorney, Francis C. Carter, she accomplished the task, recovering 2,700 acres, and refurbished the Gregory House built by Jason Gregory. “She made the surrounding lands and the house a place of beauty,” said Mrs. Sam Gay of […]