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Lack of candidates means no election for City of Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The election scheduled for Nov. 14 to select three council members, a mayor and town clerk for the City of Bristol will not be held since there are no contested seats following the end of the qualifying period. Mayor Steve Cutshaw will serve another term, as will City Clerk Robin […]

Several used needles and suspected meth residue found Durden charged with operating ‘drug house’ at Hosford home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man accused of running what deputies called a “drug house” was charged with maintaining a public nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia after a search warrant was served on his mobile home, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Clerk’s Office. The residence, located on NE SR […]

Alice Marie Reed

BRISTOL - Alice Marie Reed, infant daughter of Jacob and Jessie Leach Reed of Bristol, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 in Tallahassee. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kim Leach and great-great-grandfather, Arthur Leach. Survivors include her parents; her grandparents, Marilyn and Archie Harris of Bristol and Kathy Herring of Tallahassee; great-grandparents, […]

BHS teacher charged with sending explicit texts to Altha student

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A teacher at Blountstown High School (BHS)  has been charged with sending sexually explicit text messages to a teenage boy. Marquita Nichole Calhoun, 28, of Blountstown was taken into custody early Tuesday at the Calhoun County Jail and later released on her on recognizance.  She began teaching science this year at […]

German family wind up in the right place at the right time Stranded evacuees get help from Bristol couple

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The frightening stories about Hurricane Irma rampaging through Florida left one Bristol resident with a real desire to be of help. Joni Read had told her husband Donnie she had been praying for a way to make a difference for a family in need.  When the two went to the […]

Evacuees take shelter from hurricane at Torreya State Park

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Some Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Irma last week found a unique place to seek shelter - Torreya State Park. The Liberty County park was one of several in the panhandle offering free camping sites for storm evacuees who started coming in Friday, Sept. 8. After the park’s 29 campground sites, […]

Woman killed in head-on collision in Liberty County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor One woman is dead and seven people - including one adult and six children - were seriously injured in a head-on collision at 3:26 a.m. Saturday in Liberty County. The fatality was identified as Mary Andraos-Gabriet, 47, of Palm Harbor.  One person was taken by emergency helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial […]

Blountstown police chief & investigator help out in Houston for five days following Hurricane Harvey

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Before the Florida panhandle was flooded with traffic from Hurricane Irma evacuees, a couple of lawmen from Blountstown traveled to Houston to help out as residents there dealt with rising water, power outages and caring for loved ones after Hurricane Harvey barreled into Texas on Aug. 25. By Thursday, Aug. […]

Hurricane cancels one wedding but friends quickly put together another

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor They had planned a nice wedding in scenic Wakulla Springs Saturday and expected at least a hundred guests in attendance, including the bride’s 90-year-old grandfather. The bride’s father is a minister and there was never any question over who would perform the ceremony - until Hurricane Irma stepped up and, […]