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Storm roars through Calhoun County early Tuesday evening

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A severe thunderstorm left its mark Tuesday after fierce straight line winds knocked down trees and pulled out utility lines, dropping them across roads throughout Calhoun County. Many were left without power.  Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, deputies and emergency crews were patrolling the county looking for storm damage and blocking off […]

After being delayed by Hurricane Matthew, three local missionaries finally get a flight home from Haiti

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A quick trip to celebrate the 15th anniversary of a church congregation in Haiti stretched into days of “wait and see” as three people from Rivertown Community Church (RCC)  found themselves scrambling for a way home after Hurricane Matthew blew through early last week. Jeff Vickery said his first visit to […]

Missionaries trapped in Haiti by hurricane

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Three Calhoun County men are making the best of it as they wait out Hurricane Matthew’s travels through the Atlantic Ocean, which brought it between Haiti and Cuba and then toward the East Coast of Florida late Tuesday. The Category 4 Hurricane made landfall early Tuesday morning in Haiti where […]

Following Hurricane Hermine’s visit last week Calhoun and Liberty OK despite damages to surrounding counties

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun and Liberty counties emerged relatively unscathed compared to the damage surrounding counties sustained as Hurricane Hermine raged across Florida last week. After making landfall east of St. Marks around 1:30 a.m. last Friday, the Category 1 hurricane created record storm surges along the coast as it traveled across the […]

Calhoun County Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 2, extra-curricular activities are canceled for Thursday, Sept. 1

The Calhoun County School District has released that Calhoun County Schools will be closed on Friday, Sept. 2. After school activities for Thursday, including the Blountstown High School volleyball game are canceled. It has yet to be determined whether or not the Blountstown High School football game will be held Friday night. According to Calhoun […]

Liberty County Emergency Management makes preparations for Hurricane Hermine

Government offices will close at 12 p.m. ET today and all day tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 1 and 2. Schools will be also be closed Friday. The Fusion Church, located beside Bristol Ace Hardware, will be open this afternoon/evening as well, but space is limited. Blountstown High School will also be opening a Red […]

Flood waters linger

A picnic table at Johnny Boy landing along the Chipola River is submerged following recent heavy rains.

Recreation areas closed due to flooding along Apalachicola River

TALLAHASSEE - The Apalachicola National Forest has closed several recreation areas Jan. 5 along the Apalachicola River due to flooding over the weekend. These sites will remain closed for public health and safety until further notice.      The recreation areas affected are Hickory Landing, Cotton Landing and White Oak Hunt Camps along with Forest […]

Pumping out the rising water

Crews were working to pump out water surrounding the Florida Public Utilities substation off River Street in Blountstown midday Tuesday as waters from the Apalachicola River continue spreading over roads and through yards following recent rains.  The substation supplies power to Bristol.

Fishing out river debris

Leader Lineman Alvin Foran, is shown at left as he leans out of a boat to dislodge debris from a telephone pole guy wire.  Sections of entangled limbs and leaves formed soggy islands underneath the  Trammell Bridge near Blountstown.