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Arrests December 15th, 2017 by

Man arrested for fleeing BPD Officer after leading him on two high speed chases

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 29-year-old Blountstown man who twice raced away from a policeman during back-to-back traffic stops and then drew his family into a tussle with the officer was charged with fleeing and eluding at a high rate of speed and resisting an officer with violence. Blountstown Police Officer Andy Pace attempted […]

BHS, School, Sports December 15th, 2017 by

Tigers claw to the end but fall 35-20 in Class A Finals

by Michael DeVuyst, Journal sports writer ORLANDO - The Blountstown Tigers (11-2) fought to the end but came up short in the Class A finals to the Madison County Cowboys (14-0) 35-20 in front of an announced crowd of 3,717. The Tigers came out on a mission to win the schools first football title in […]

Arrests December 8th, 2017 by

Pair charged with stealing & wrecking grandmother’s truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two men are charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle after taking it from a Hosford residence and wrecking it last month. Michael Trickey, 22, and Shelby Williams, 24, were arrested for the stealing the vehicle owned by Williams’ grandmother. The owner of the truck contacted the Liberty County […]

Arrests December 8th, 2017 by

Woman arrested after sending video threatening to ‘burn home to the ground’

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman shown on a video threatening to burn a family’s home “to the ground” following a dispute over the care of a child was arrested last week. Rachael Nicole Sims, 24, of Tallahassee was taken into custody Nov. 29 and charged with aggravated stalking and threatening death or injury […]

Accidents, News December 8th, 2017 by

Attempted lane change on I-10 leaves two vehicles on guardrail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 74-year-old woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she attempted to turn off I-10 at the last minute but instead drove into the path of an oncoming semi in the outside lane Tuesday morning in Jackson County. Anita Kay Bishop of Council Bluffs, Iowa was eastbound along the interstate […]

BHS, School, Sports December 1st, 2017 by

Tigers heading to Class A Championship Game Dec. 7 after defeating Baker 41-21

by Michael DeVuyst, Journal sports writer BAKER - Sometimes the best defense is a strong offense.  The Blountstown Tigers went on the offensive last Friday night in Baker on their way to a 41-21 victory over the Baker Gators (12-1). The Tiger offense was too explosive and multi-dimensional as it churned out 427 yards of […]

Arrests December 1st, 2017 by

Man held without bond after woman thrown out of truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who allegedly threw his girlfriend out of a pickup truck on Nov. 23 has been charged with domestic battery. Louis Cameron Rogers, 25, of Blountstown was arrested last Thursday afternoon when deputies responded to two reports from witnesses who saw a woman who appeared to have been pushed […]

Arrests December 1st, 2017 by

Woman, 74, charged with hitting CCSO jail employee

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman who went to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to ask about a legal order was arrested after a loud argument and an effort to push her way past a secured door ended with her slapping a jail correctional officer Friday morning. Mary Alice Leonard, 74, of Altha, came […]

Arrests December 1st, 2017 by

LCI officer arrested for smuggling in synthetic marijuana to inmates

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Liberty Correctional Institution (LCI) officer has been charged with 12 counts each of introduction of contraband into a prison and unlawful compensation for official behavior following an investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). Ryan Michael Essman, 27, of Chattahoochee was booked into the Liberty County Jail Nov. […]

Arrests November 24th, 2017 by

Calhoun Correctional CO charged with bringing synthetic cannabis to inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Eastpoint resident who worked as a correctional officer at Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown has been charged with introduction of contraband and unlawful compensation for unlawful behavior, according to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). Jesse Cardwell, 28, turned himself in at the Calhoun County Jail on Nov. 15 […]

Accidents, News November 16th, 2017 by

Body of missing boy recovered from lake

The body of 10-year-old John Skylar Brogdon-Marr,  who was ejected from a boat during an accident on Lake Talquin on Saturday, Nov. 4,  was recovered  Nov. 8 by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The boy and his uncle, Juan Tipper, 55, who is his legal guardian, collided with another boat […]

News November 16th, 2017 by

Bristol dentist installs solar array at office to keep lights burning andl drills turningl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor He started off with two solar panels, a battery backup and a charge controller to take his freezer off the grid and keep his food frozen by utilizing one of Florida’s greatest natural resources - the sun. That was over a year ago. He did a lot of research, which […]

News November 16th, 2017 by

Liberty Commission votes to keep inmate crews from using restrooms at parks

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The restrooms in Liberty County parks are off limits to inmates on work crews following a unanimous vote by the Liberty County Commission at last week’s meeting in Bristol. The issue came up at Thursday’s regular meeting after the board learned that just one day earlier, packages of cigarettes and […]

Accidents November 10th, 2017 by

Tolar student missing after Lake Talquin boating accident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Recovery efforts continued Tuesday at Lake Talquin as divers searched for the body of a 10-year-old boy thrown into the water during a boating accident Saturday. The boy and his uncle, Juan Tipper, 55, who is his legal guardian, collided with another boat the morning of Oct. 4. Tipper was […]

Arrests November 10th, 2017 by

At times, reaching speeds of 120 mph Hosford man in stolen vehicle leads 76-mile chase

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man in a stolen SUV led officers on a 76-mile chase, at times reaching speeds of over 120 mph, early Sunday morning through Calhoun County into Bay County before returning to Blountstown, where he wrecked after striking a guardrail on SR 20 near River Street, according to a […]

Arrests November 10th, 2017 by

Gun, ammo & surveillance equipment found in vehicle Man jailed as FDLE looks into what he was doing at bank

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who pulled into the parking lot at Centennial Bank in Bristol early Tuesday morning to get a little sleep after a night out found new accommodations a short time later - the county jail. When employees arrived to open up for the day, they noticed a maroon Chevrolet […]

Fires, News November 3rd, 2017 by

Early a.m. fire destroys Altha Auto Parts store

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A massive blaze tore through the Altha Auto Parts building on SR 71 early Friday morning, destroying the two-year-old building and most of its contents. A passing motorist reported seeing smoke coming from the store around 12:53 a.m. Oct. 27. When Altha Fire Chief Scott Waldorff arrived, “Fire was coming […]

Fires, News November 3rd, 2017 by

Hosford recycling business burns

Four fire departments, Liberty EMS and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office responded to a blaze at Kyle’s Recycling on SR 65 South in Hosford shortly before midnight Monday. They arrived to find a roaring fire consuming the office building and a semi-trailer at the site. The flames also damaged or destroyed other items on the […]

News October 27th, 2017 by

Commission grants oil company’s request to amend comp. plan

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Calhoun County Commission voted 4-0 to amend the Calhoun County Comprehensive Plan and the county’s land development code at Tuesday night’s meeting in Blountstown. Those voting in favor were Chairman Danny Wise, Darrell McDougald, Jeral Hall and Gene Baily.   Commissioner Dennis Jones,  who had previously voted against the […]

Accidents, News October 27th, 2017 by

Bristol man killed in crash Monday night on CR 274 in Jackson County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Liberty County man Monday night. Robert Hodge, 51, of Bristol was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from his vehicle on a Gadsden County road around 11 p.m., according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Hodge was […]

LCHS, School October 27th, 2017 by

School to open August 2019 Groundbreaking ceremony held for new 87,000-sq. ft. school

BRISTOL - The formal groundbreaking ceremony for the new Liberty County High School was held on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. CT at the Liberty County High School football field. “Getting where we are today has required countless hours of paperwork, meetings, teamwork, and preparation. Our joint efforts and ultimate success has spanned almost a […]

Accidents, News October 20th, 2017 by

Investigators believe Lacey Ammons Kirkpatrick died Tuesday; cause of death not yet known Woman’s body found behind Telogia home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor TELOGIA - Investigators are trying to determine what caused the death of a woman who was found face down in a wooded area behind a Telogia home shortly before noon Friday. She was identified as 30-year-old Lacey Ammons - also known as Lacey Kirkpatrick - according to Capt. John Summers […]

Accidents, News October 20th, 2017 by

Man who discovered body feared it was his granddaughter

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor TELOGIA - Surgery on an injured hand had kept Billy Bodiford from mowing his yard for three or four weeks but when he finally felt well enough to go outside to do the job Friday, he got the shock of his life. The 63-year-old man, who has previously suffered four […]

Accidents, News October 14th, 2017 by

Body located behind Telogia home identified

from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal The body of a woman found in the woods behind a Telogia home Friday has been identified as Lacey Ammons, 30, according to Lt. John Summers of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy performed Saturday showed no sign of trauma to the body, Summers said. “There was no gunshot wound,” […]

Accidents, News October 14th, 2017 by

Woman’s body discover hidden in weeds behind Telogia home

from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal The body of a woman was discovered face down in waist-high weeds behind a Telogia home Friday morning. The discovery was made a man who had gone outside to mow his back yard and noticed the body a short distance from his home, according to Lt. John Summers of the Liberty […]

Arrests October 13th, 2017 by

Kincer charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault on officers

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The man who was shot after fleeing from law enforcement officers last week is now in custody. After being treated for two gunshot wounds in his left arm, Rickie Joe Kincer, 31, of Altha was released from a Bay County hospital Saturday and booked into the Calhoun County Jail. He […]

Arrests October 13th, 2017 by

Mom arrested for neglecting & abusing baby

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 22-year-old Bristol woman is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child after her seven-week-old infant suffered a fractured femur. Suspicious injuries from previous weeks were discovered when additional scans were taken of the little girl. Ricki Campbell was arrested last Thursday following an investigation by the […]

Arrests October 13th, 2017 by

Blountstown couple charged with total of 40 counts involving molestation of 2 girls

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man has been charged with 34 felonies and his wife is facing six on charges relating to the molestation of two young girls. The charges include lewd or lascivious conduct, lewd or lascivious exhibition, lewd and lascivious molestation as well as false imprisonment. The husband is also charged […]

Fires, News September 29th, 2017 by

Fire guts Blountstown home early Saturday morning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After noticing the beep of a dying battery in a smoke detector early last week, Donna Dawsey, 46, said she replaced it and put up three new alarms in the wood-frame home she shares with her son, Dean Dawson, 27,  and her three-year-old granddaughter, Sophia. A few days later, she […]

Election Update, News September 29th, 2017 by

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 […]

Arrests September 29th, 2017 by

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 […]

Arrests September 22nd, 2017 by

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 […]

News September 22nd, 2017 by

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 […]

Hurricane/ Storms September 22nd, 2017 by

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, […]

Accidents September 22nd, 2017 by

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 […]

Hurricane/ Storms September 22nd, 2017 by

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. […]

Weddings September 22nd, 2017 by

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, […]

News September 22nd, 2017 by

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 […]

Accidents September 22nd, 2017 by

Clarksville man, Wewa driver both die in Gulf County crash

Two people are dead after a head-on collision early Saturday morning on SR 386, just north of Grassy Road in Gulf County. The fatal crash happened at 3 a.m. on Sept. 9, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Zachery Lance Porter, 32, of Clarksville was driving a 2007 Ford Mustang north on SR 386 as […]

Fires September 22nd, 2017 by

Women and children lose home when fire destroys rental trailer

A rental home where several people lived with young children was destroyed by fire Friday morning.  The blaze began in the kitchen area and is suspected to be the result of an electrical problem.  Volunteers with the Bristol Fire Dept. responded to the scene at 18890 NW SR 12 N shortly before 8:30 a.m. when […]

News September 8th, 2017 by

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News September 8th, 2017 by

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 […]

News September 8th, 2017 by

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.

Fires, News September 8th, 2017 by

Family of four lose everything when home burns

A single mom and her three young daughters lost everything when their rental home in Liberty County was leveled by fire around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The family lived on CR 333 and had been in the process of packing up to move out when they took a break and drove to Bristol, where they […]

Accidents, News September 1st, 2017 by

Fountain woman dies after attack by pit bull

A 76-year-old woman died after being attacked by a pit bull she was looking after for her daughter and son-in-law early Saturday morning. After being injured sometime around 1 a.m., Alicia Malagon called the couple, who were about to leave on a cruise from South Florida. Malagon told them what happened but said she was […]

Achievements, Community September 1st, 2017 by

BFD Chief Hall marks 15 years on the job

In his 15 years on the job, Ben Hall has worn many hats…and once or twice, a skirt (although he likes to call it a kilt). School kids know him from his fire chief helmet but over the years, his closet has held a number of items reflecting his diverse interests and passion for community […]

Accidents, News August 25th, 2017 by

Man walking off SR 20 struck by car and killed

He may not have had any relatives or close friends here, but when the staff at the Calhoun County Jail learned that 45-year-old Victor Sandoval Rivera was killed last week shortly after he was released from their custody, they mourned. Rivera had spent the last three months in their custody on a probation violation for […]

Accidents, News August 25th, 2017 by

Driver hospitalized after being ejected in crash on Tuesday

An 88-year-old Blountstown man was ejected from his car in a single vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon. Quinn Ray Dennis was traveling on Charlie Johns Street shortly after 4 p.m. CT  when he lost control of his 2003 Lincoln Continental. According to Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory, Dennis was heading north at a high rate of […]

Accidents, News August 25th, 2017 by

Tallahassee woman hurt in head-on collision with semi at 3 a.m.

A woman was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after a head-on collision between the car she was driving and a semi truck early last Thursday morning. The crash happened around 3 a.m. CT on SR 20 in Blountstown in front of the Airport Motel. According to the accident report from the Florida […]

Arrests August 25th, 2017 by

Thurman speeds away from officer, crashes car & flees into woods Friday afternoon

A man wanted on warrants from both Calhoun and Liberty County totaled his car and left behind two passengers after he fled from an officer who recognized him when they passed one another on SR 71 Friday shortly after noon. As of Tuesday, Tommy Thurman, 38, of Altha remains at large. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office […]

Accidents August 17th, 2017 by

UPDATE ON AUG. 16 FATALITY PEDESTRIAN KILLED WED. ON SR 20 WAS FROM PLANT CITY

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal The man killed when he was struck by a car in Liberty County early Wednesday evening has been identified as a 45-year-old male from Plant City but his name is being withheld until his family can be notified, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. Rachel N. […]

Accidents August 17th, 2017 by

WOMAN INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH TRACTOR-TRAILER IN BLOUNTSTOWN EARLY THURS.

from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal A woman was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after a head-on collision between the car she was driving and a semi truck early this morning. from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal A woman was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after a head-on collision between the car she […]

Arrests, News November 25th, 2016 by

Teen charged in stabbing incident

A 16-year-old Calhoun County youth is facing a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed a man in the back during a domestic altercation on Nov. 17. According to the report, a deputy arrived to find the youth trying to stop the bleeding of a man who was on the […]
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Arrests, News November 25th, 2016 by

Speeding stop results in arrest for possession of controlled substance

A drive through Calhoun County ended with a trip to the county jail for a Clearwater man, who was found to be in possession of an unspecified amount of cocaine, some pills, less than 20 grams of marijuana and a pistol. Dustin J. Anderson, 24, caught the attention of Blountstown Police Officer Ethan Shuler when […]
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Arrests, News November 25th, 2016 by

Altha man charged with attempting to strike police chief and officer’s cars during pursuit

An Altha man who fled an attempted traffic stop and later reached speeds of over 100 mph as he disappeared down SR 20 earlier this month was taken into custody Nov. 16. Joseph Daniel Spence, 39, is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police, two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and […]
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Accidents, News November 25th, 2016 by

Blountstown woman killed, another injured in SR 71 crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 97-year-old Blountstown woman was killed Nov. 15 and another seriously injured when their car struck a tractor in Jackson County. The deceased was identified as Mildred Strawn. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Strawn was a passenger in a 2009 Mercury Marquis driven by her daughter, […]
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Arrests, News November 18th, 2016 by

After hitting two vehicles and running patrol cars off the road Blountstown shooting suspect stopped after chase in Bay Co.

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A suspect in a Sunday night shooting in Blountstown is in custody after leading deputies on a chase in Panama City Sunday night. Derrick Devon Lane, Jr., 24, of Panama City was arrested after fleeing a traffic stop, running two red lights, forcing one deputy off the road and striking two […]
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Arrests, News November 18th, 2016 by

Blountstown man shot in front of Yates Street home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Blountstown Police Department (BPD)  is investigating a Sunday night shooting that left one man hospitalized and another behind bars in Bay County on unrelated charges.  Two to three other men believed to have been at the scene have yet to be identified. Rufus Cargile, 31, was taken by private […]
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News November 18th, 2016 by

Firefighters come together to help one of their own with Boot Drive

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Firefighters took to the streets Saturday for a Boot Drive to help one of their own who was recently hit with a life-threatening illness that has resulted in the loss of his job as well as his insurance coverage. Ricky Hires, 57, fell ill on Aug. 13.  After seeing numerous […]
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News November 16th, 2016 by

One Blountstown woman killed, another seriously injured in SR 71 crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Calhoun-Liberty Journal A 97-year-old Blountstown woman was killed Tuesday afternoon and another seriously injured when their car struck a tractor in Jackson County. The deceased was identified as Mildred Strawn. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Strawn was a passenger in a 2009 Mercury Marquis driven by Marie Granger, […]
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Accidents, Fires November 11th, 2016 by

Vehicle overturns & burns just off SR 71 on Saturday

Two people escaped with minor injuries after a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander overturned and burned in Calhoun County Saturday afternoon.  The vehicle was en route to Port St. Joe around 2:15 p.m. CT  on SR 71, about two miles south of Blountstown, when the driver lost control.   The vehicle began rolling end-over-end until reaching a […]
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Arrest Reports, Arrests, News February 26th, 2016 by

Couple accept help from Good Samaritans before stealing credit cards, guns, tools and medication

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Doug Goodman was in the process of having a new roof put on his old store at Pine Island in Blountstown when a Dodge Intrepid with a rusted fender pulled up and a stranger got out. Jimmy McCullough, 46,  approached him and commented, “I see you’re putting a metal roof […]
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Man arrested for fleeing BPD Officer after leading him on two high speed chases

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 29-year-old Blountstown man who twice raced away from a policeman during back-to-back traffic stops and then drew his family into a tussle with the officer was charged with fleeing and[...]

Tigers claw to the end but fall 35-20 in Class A Finals

by Michael DeVuyst, Journal sports writer ORLANDO - The Blountstown Tigers (11-2) fought to the end but came up short in the Class A finals to the Madison County Cowboys (14-0) 35-20 in front of an announced crowd of 3,7[...]

Pair charged with stealing & wrecking grandmother’s truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Two men are charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle after taking it from a Hosford residence and wrecking it last month. Michael Trickey, 22, and Shelby Williams, 24, were arrested f[...]

Woman arrested after sending video threatening to ‘burn home to the ground’

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman shown on a video threatening to burn a family’s home “to the ground” following a dispute over the care of a child was arrested last week. Rachael Nicole Sims, 24, of Tallah[...]

Attempted lane change on I-10 leaves two vehicles on guardrail

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 74-year-old woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she attempted to turn off I-10 at the last minute but instead drove into the path of an oncoming semi in the outside lane[...]

Tigers heading to Class A Championship Game Dec. 7 after defeating Baker 41-21

by Michael DeVuyst, Journal sports writer BAKER - Sometimes the best defense is a strong offense.  The Blountstown Tigers went on the offensive last Friday night in Baker on their way to a 41-21 victory over the Baker G[...]

Man held without bond after woman thrown out of truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who allegedly threw his girlfriend out of a pickup truck on Nov. 23 has been charged with domestic battery. Louis Cameron Rogers, 25, of Blountstown was arrested last Thursday afte[...]

Woman, 74, charged with hitting CCSO jail employee

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A woman who went to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office to ask about a legal order was arrested after a loud argument and an effort to push her way past a secured door ended with her s[...]

LCI officer arrested for smuggling in synthetic marijuana to inmates

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Liberty Correctional Institution (LCI) officer has been charged with 12 counts each of introduction of contraband into a prison and unlawful compensation for official behavior followin[...]

Calhoun Correctional CO charged with bringing synthetic cannabis to inmate

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor An Eastpoint resident who worked as a correctional officer at Calhoun Correctional Institution in Blountstown has been charged with introduction of contraband and unlawful compensation f[...]

Body of missing boy recovered from lake

The body of 10-year-old John Skylar Brogdon-Marr,  who was ejected from a boat during an accident on Lake Talquin on Saturday, Nov. 4,  was recovered  Nov. 8 by officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation[...]

Bristol dentist installs solar array at office to keep lights burning andl drills turningl

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor He started off with two solar panels, a battery backup and a charge controller to take his freezer off the grid and keep his food frozen by utilizing one of Florida’s greatest natural [...]

Liberty Commission votes to keep inmate crews from using restrooms at parks

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The restrooms in Liberty County parks are off limits to inmates on work crews following a unanimous vote by the Liberty County Commission at last week’s meeting in Bristol. The issue c[...]

Tolar student missing after Lake Talquin boating accident

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Recovery efforts continued Tuesday at Lake Talquin as divers searched for the body of a 10-year-old boy thrown into the water during a boating accident Saturday. The boy and his uncle, J[...]

At times, reaching speeds of 120 mph Hosford man in stolen vehicle leads 76-mile chase

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Hosford man in a stolen SUV led officers on a 76-mile chase, at times reaching speeds of over 120 mph, early Sunday morning through Calhoun County into Bay County before returning to B[...]

Gun, ammo & surveillance equipment found in vehicle Man jailed as FDLE looks into what he was doing at bank

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A man who pulled into the parking lot at Centennial Bank in Bristol early Tuesday morning to get a little sleep after a night out found new accommodations a short time later - the county[...]

Early a.m. fire destroys Altha Auto Parts store

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A massive blaze tore through the Altha Auto Parts building on SR 71 early Friday morning, destroying the two-year-old building and most of its contents. A passing motorist reported seein[...]

Hosford recycling business burns

Four fire departments, Liberty EMS and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office responded to a blaze at Kyle’s Recycling on SR 65 South in Hosford shortly before midnight Monday. They arrived to find a roaring fire consum[...]

Commission grants oil company’s request to amend comp. plan

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Calhoun County Commission voted 4-0 to amend the Calhoun County Comprehensive Plan and the county’s land development code at Tuesday night’s meeting in Blountstown. Those voting [...]

Bristol man killed in crash Monday night on CR 274 in Jackson County

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Liberty County man Monday night. Robert Hodge, 51, of Bristol was pronounced dead at the scene after being ejected from his vehicle on a Gads[...]

School to open August 2019 Groundbreaking ceremony held for new 87,000-sq. ft. school

BRISTOL - The formal groundbreaking ceremony for the new Liberty County High School was held on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. CT at the Liberty County High School football field. “Getting where we are today has required count[...]

Investigators believe Lacey Ammons Kirkpatrick died Tuesday; cause of death not yet known Woman’s body found behind Telogia home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor TELOGIA - Investigators are trying to determine what caused the death of a woman who was found face down in a wooded area behind a Telogia home shortly before noon Friday. She was identi[...]

Man who discovered body feared it was his granddaughter

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor TELOGIA - Surgery on an injured hand had kept Billy Bodiford from mowing his yard for three or four weeks but when he finally felt well enough to go outside to do the job Friday, he got [...]

Body located behind Telogia home identified

from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal The body of a woman found in the woods behind a Telogia home Friday has been identified as Lacey Ammons, 30, according to Lt. John Summers of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. An aut[...]

Woman’s body discover hidden in weeds behind Telogia home

from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal The body of a woman was discovered face down in waist-high weeds behind a Telogia home Friday morning. The discovery was made a man who had gone outside to mow his back yard and noticed t[...]

Kincer charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault on officers

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The man who was shot after fleeing from law enforcement officers last week is now in custody. After being treated for two gunshot wounds in his left arm, Rickie Joe Kincer, 31, of Alth[...]

Mom arrested for neglecting & abusing baby

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 22-year-old Bristol woman is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect of a child after her seven-week-old infant suffered a fractured femur. Suspicious injuries from previous [...]

Blountstown couple charged with total of 40 counts involving molestation of 2 girls

 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A Blountstown man has been charged with 34 felonies and his wife is facing six on charges relating to the molestation of two young girls. The charges include lewd or lascivious conduct[...]

Fire guts Blountstown home early Saturday morning

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor After noticing the beep of a dying battery in a smoke detector early last week, Donna Dawsey, 46, said she replaced it and put up three new alarms in the wood-frame home she shares with [...]

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 o[...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 pray[...]

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 fr[...]

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 identi[...]

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 risi[...]

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 fa[...]

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 i[...]

Clarksville man, Wewa driver both die in Gulf County crash

Two people are dead after a head-on collision early Saturday morning on SR 386, just north of Grassy Road in Gulf County. The fatal crash happened at 3 a.m. on Sept. 9, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Zachery La[...]

Women and children lose home when fire destroys rental trailer

A rental home where several people lived with young children was destroyed by fire Friday morning.  The blaze began in the kitchen area and is suspected to be the result of an electrical problem.  Volunteers with the B[...]

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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 H[...]

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.[...]

Family of four lose everything when home burns

A single mom and her three young daughters lost everything when their rental home in Liberty County was leveled by fire around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The family lived on CR 333 and had been in the process of packing [...]

Fountain woman dies after attack by pit bull

A 76-year-old woman died after being attacked by a pit bull she was looking after for her daughter and son-in-law early Saturday morning. After being injured sometime around 1 a.m., Alicia Malagon called the couple, who [...]

BFD Chief Hall marks 15 years on the job

In his 15 years on the job, Ben Hall has worn many hats…and once or twice, a skirt (although he likes to call it a kilt). School kids know him from his fire chief helmet but over the years, his closet has held a number[...]

Man walking off SR 20 struck by car and killed

He may not have had any relatives or close friends here, but when the staff at the Calhoun County Jail learned that 45-year-old Victor Sandoval Rivera was killed last week shortly after he was released from their custody[...]

Driver hospitalized after being ejected in crash on Tuesday

An 88-year-old Blountstown man was ejected from his car in a single vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon. Quinn Ray Dennis was traveling on Charlie Johns Street shortly after 4 p.m. CT  when he lost control of his 2003 Li[...]

Tallahassee woman hurt in head-on collision with semi at 3 a.m.

A woman was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after a head-on collision between the car she was driving and a semi truck early last Thursday morning. The crash happened around 3 a.m. CT on SR 20 in Blount[...]

Thurman speeds away from officer, crashes car & flees into woods Friday afternoon

A man wanted on warrants from both Calhoun and Liberty County totaled his car and left behind two passengers after he fled from an officer who recognized him when they passed one another on SR 71 Friday shortly after noo[...]

UPDATE ON AUG. 16 FATALITY PEDESTRIAN KILLED WED. ON SR 20 WAS FROM PLANT CITY

by Teresa Eubanks, Editor Calhoun-Liberty Journal The man killed when he was struck by a car in Liberty County early Wednesday evening has been identified as a 45-year-old male from Plant City but his name is being withh[...]

WOMAN INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH TRACTOR-TRAILER IN BLOUNTSTOWN EARLY THURS.

from the Calhoun-Liberty Journal A woman was taken by emergency helicopter to an area hospital after a head-on collision between the car she was driving and a semi truck early this morning. from the Calhoun-Liberty Journ[...]

Teen charged in stabbing incident

A 16-year-old Calhoun County youth is facing a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed a man in the back during a domestic altercation on Nov. 17. According to the report, a deputy ar[...]

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Speeding stop results in arrest for possession of controlled substance

A drive through Calhoun County ended with a trip to the county jail for a Clearwater man, who was found to be in possession of an unspecified amount of cocaine, some pills, less than 20 grams of marijuana and a pistol. D[...]

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Altha man charged with attempting to strike police chief and officer’s cars during pursuit

An Altha man who fled an attempted traffic stop and later reached speeds of over 100 mph as he disappeared down SR 20 earlier this month was taken into custody Nov. 16. Joseph Daniel Spence, 39, is facing charges of flee[...]

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Blountstown woman killed, another injured in SR 71 crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 97-year-old Blountstown woman was killed Nov. 15 and another seriously injured when their car struck a tractor in Jackson County. The deceased was identified as Mildred Strawn. Accordi[...]

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After hitting two vehicles and running patrol cars off the road Blountstown shooting suspect stopped after chase in Bay Co.

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A suspect in a Sunday night shooting in Blountstown is in custody after leading deputies on a chase in Panama City Sunday night. Derrick Devon Lane, Jr., 24, of Panama City was arrested[...]

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Blountstown man shot in front of Yates Street home

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor The Blountstown Police Department (BPD)  is investigating a Sunday night shooting that left one man hospitalized and another behind bars in Bay County on unrelated charges.  Two to thr[...]

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Firefighters come together to help one of their own with Boot Drive

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Firefighters took to the streets Saturday for a Boot Drive to help one of their own who was recently hit with a life-threatening illness that has resulted in the loss of his job as well [...]

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One Blountstown woman killed, another seriously injured in SR 71 crash

by Teresa Eubanks, Calhoun-Liberty Journal A 97-year-old Blountstown woman was killed Tuesday afternoon and another seriously injured when their car struck a tractor in Jackson County. The deceased was identified as Mild[...]

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Vehicle overturns & burns just off SR 71 on Saturday

Two people escaped with minor injuries after a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander overturned and burned in Calhoun County Saturday afternoon.  The vehicle was en route to Port St. Joe around 2:15 p.m. CT  on SR 71, about two mile[...]

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Calhoun Co. man seriously injured in Monday wreck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor A 20-year-old man injured in a single vehicle accident Monday in Calhoun County remains in critical condition at Bay Medical Center. Nathan D. Dunham, who had just moved from Blountstown[...]

Legals – Dec. 6, 2017

NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS The Liberty County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any qualified person, company or corporation interested in providing construction services for the following pr[...]