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Federal appeals court rules that state was wrong to demand Ocheesee Creamery add vitamins or change skim milk label

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After five years of battling the State of Florida over their skim milk, Calhoun County’s Ocheesee Creamery finally got some good news. On March 20, three federal appeals court judges agreed that the state can’t stop the Wesslehoeft family from labeling the milk they get from their own cows on their […]

Blountstown mill closes; equipment to be auctioned

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Big River Cypress and Hardwood of Blountstown is in the final stages of shutting down operations, according to the company’s president, Harry Rogers. The business, located off Hwy. 71 in Blountstown, operated in partnership with Neal Land and Timber for the past 25 years.  “The log supply is gone,” said […]

Ribbon-cutting and grand opening at iPuff N Play

Community members and representatives of the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce came together to welcome a new business in Blountstown on Wednesday, Dec. 21 during the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of iPuff N Play, owned by Chris Hobby of Clarksville. Shoppers enjoyed a one-day sale while they were treated with to free refreshments and raffles. […]

Neal Land and Timber property swap; buyers look at sawmill

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Some changes are in the works for Neal Land and Timber Company after a recent land swap and a possible sawmill sale. The company’s executive vice-president, Philip McMillan, said, “We traded our river bottom lands for acreage in Alabama.” The swap, which took place last week, involved approximately 40,000 acres […]

Liberty Commission ready to take over jail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor “I’m tired of jacking around here.  If he’s going to do it, do it. I’m ready.  Is he ready?” That’s how Liberty County Commissioner Bubba Branch summed up his fellow commissioners’ thoughts when they gathered for a special workshop Dec. 10 at the request of Sheriff Nick Finch to discuss […]

Blountstown’s newest shop holds ribbon cutting Thurs.

Emily Jones officially opened her new boutique, Pretty Girlz, just before the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Business Bounce on Thursday afternoon.  After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, visitors toured the shop and got a look at the variety of items in stock, which includes jewelry, clothing, fragrances and gifts. Jones says her boutique “will fill every […]

Proponents expecting new sewer extension to bring in business, promote growth

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Altha Town Council has agreed to kick in $435,000 on the sewer extension project that will link their community - along with homes, businesses and the industrial park along SR 71 -  with the treatment plant in Blountstown. The money has been held in escrow after the town was […]

Board extends moratorium to ban on-site beer and wine consumption

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two Liberty County business owners who have been waiting eight months for the county commission to allow them to resume serving beer and wine are going to have a wait a little longer. The board voted to extend the three-month ban against on-premises alcohol consumption for the third time after […]

Gwen Graham to meet with Liberty County officials over claims of forest mismanagement

Congresswoman Gwen Graham will meet with county officials in Bristol Wednesday to hear their concerns about how the management of the Apalachicola National Forest is hurting Liberty County economically. The county has long relied on funds from the non-taxed lands to support the school system and maintain roads and bridges. Approximately half of the land […]

Elimination of Hurricane Tax Assessments will mean more money in the pockets of Floridians

from the Florida Chamber of Commerce TALLAHASSEE – For the first time since 2004, Floridians will have more to celebrate on New Year’s Day than just the dawn of 2015. Floridians will also celebrate the elimination of hurricane tax assessments on their insurance policies and a savings to their bottom line, the Florida Chamber of […]