News for Calhoun and Liberty County, FL
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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, […]

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, […]

Evacuees take shelter with Strawn family after fleeing Hurricane

by Domenick Esgro, Journal staff Hurricane evacuees Tony Livingston and Ashlee Applewhite of the Gainesville area were in the parking lot of Harveys grocery store along SR 71 in Blountstown Saturday afternoon, sitting in lawn chairs with their two dogs and a cat, when Lynn Strawn noticed them and felt the urge to ask, “Do y’all […]

State of emergency declared for Calhoun & Liberty Counties

The Liberty County Emergency Management (LCEM) declared a local state of emergency last night (Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017) to gain access to extra resources needed to address high winds and water levels during the looming Hurricane Irma. In the event Red Cross is needed their estimated response time is 8 hours. W.R. Tolar will be […]

Hurricane Irma creates traffic jam

A steady stream of traffic is passing through Liberty and Calhoun counties as South Florida residents flee Hurricane Irma Friday morning.