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back-to-back include THE CAL OUNI T
accidents in L
Bristol Thurs. RA
by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Volume29,Number 49 ( Wednesday. Dec. 9, 2009
FHP Trooper Jason King had a busy
couple of hours last Thursday, finding
himself with barely five minutes between
finishing one accident report and beginning
a second one for a pair of collisions that
happened just three blocks apart and
involved the same driver.
The trooper responded to a 12:30 p.m.
accident in the Express Lane parking lot to
find that a car making a left turn had struck
another vehicle parked at the fuel island.
Margaret G. Adkinson, 44, of Bristol,
was attempting to travel north to a gas pump *
when the front left corner of her 1991 Isuzur
pickup hit the driver's door of a parked 2002
Ford pickup belonging to Angelo Donar, 56,
also of Bristol. -
Both vehicles received an estimated $500
After finishing his report, the trooper
drove to the sheriff's office nearby and was
still in his vehicle when he received a call to
go to a second accident in front of Superior
Bank on S.R. 20.
He arrived to find thaiAdkinsonts vehicle
had run into the back end of a semi tractor-:
trailer, leaving her pickup inoperable.
The trooper found that Adkinson had -
been traveling east in the outside eastbound
lane of S.R. 20 while a log truck, driven by
Edward T. Hall, 53, of Bristol, was heading
the same direction in the inside lane around
Adkinson failed to ensure a clear path of
travel before attempting to change lanes and
collided with the right rear tandem tires of
the semi's trailer. Hall attempted to steer into
the westbound lane to avoid a collision and
came to a controlled stop back in the inside
eastbound lane while Adkinson pulled into
the parking lot at Superior Bank.
While speaking with Adkinson, the
trooper noticed she seemed to be struggling
with her motor skills and mental processingU SOW C i t asParade
of what had just happened.
Adkinson's passenger, BettyA. Williams, An excited youngster (right) clutches a Christmas stocking as she
47, of DeFuniak Springs, said she had watlls for more candy to be thrown during Saturday's parade in
attempted several times to tell her friend that Blountstown. There were plenty of colorful floats making their way
she was having problems with her driving. through town to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Mr. and Mrs.0
Neither woman was injured but Williams Santa (below) wave to kids along the parade route. More photos
was badly shaken by the accident, King said. on pages 16 & 17. or:oPS Br DANIEL WILLIAMS 3 JOHlJr EUBANJK
Both women were examined by EMS at the
scene but refused transport to a medical
Adkinson is charged with careless
driving, no proof of insurance and no
registration certificate for her tag in the
first accident. In the second collision, she
was charged with improper lane change, no
proof of insurance and driving a vehicle in
an unsafe condition.
Damages to her truck were estimated at
around $3,000. There was no significant
damage to the trailer.
King said that based on the two back-
to-back crashes and his investigation, he is
recommending that her driver's license be
reviewed by Highway Safety.
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Driver who thought he was in
Tallahassee charged with DUI
A third-year law student
from FSU was arrested
for DUI and fleeing or
attempting to elude an officer
after Liberty County Deputy
Chad Smith attempted a
traffic stop on State Road
20, just outside the Bristol
city limits Sunday.
The deputy was patrolling
along S.R. 20 near Turkey
Creek around 3:51 a.m.
when a silver SUV passed
him at a high rate of speed.
compiled by Journal Editor
lights and siren activated, Smith
followed the SUV, which was
going westbound at 85 mph.
At times, the driver later
identified as William Kemp
Applebee II would hit the
brakes off and on, as though he
were about to stop.
The pursuit continued When
the SUV came off the bridge, the
driver continued on until pulling
over at Blountstown Produce.
While speaking with the driver,
the deputy noticed the odor of
an alcoholic beverage and saw
that his eyes were bloodshot
and his speech was slurred.
After failing a series of
roadside sobriety tests, he was
taken to the Liberty County
While being booked in,
Applebee was asked where he
was going. He. replied that he
was heading home to Blairstone
Road and appeared to believe
he had been driving on Capital
Circle in Tallahassee when he
was traveling through Bristol
Breath samples showed his
blood alcohol level readings to
be .194 and .189. Florida's legal
limit is .08.
Woman charged with aggravated stalking
A woman who was prohibited
by an injunction from being at the
Houston Lane home ofEddie Pitts
was arrested Thursday afternoon
on a charge of aggravated
According to a report from the
Calhoun County Sheriff's Office,
Pitts called 911 at 4:45 p.m. to
report that 40-year-old Rebecca
Sims came to his home, refused
to leave and was standing in his
driveway cursing and yelling at
Deputy Jared Nichols was
on the phone with Pitts and
heard him repeatedly ask her to
leave. He then heard a woman
screaming and yelling and then
recognized the sounds of a
physical altercation. Another
woman then got on the phone
and told the deputy, "You better
get down here."
The deputy arrived to find
Sims and her mother, Shirley
Flowers, at the intersection of
Houston Lane and Pitts Circle, in
view of Pitts' residence.
Sims, who appeared
intoxicated, said Pitts attacked
her and showed what appeared
to be scratches on the inside of
Pitts stated that he was
returning to his home when he
saw Sims walking down PItts
Circle: She began cursing at him,
the two exchanged words and he
continued into his home. He said a
few minutes later, Sims attempted
to open his front door, threw a
bucket at him and at one point,
had a metal pipe in her hand.
He told the deputy he didn't
want her to go to jail, he just
wanted to be left alone. He was
advised to file for a violation of
injunction if he changed his mind
and the deputy left.
Moments later, Pitts again
called 911 to report Sims was
threatening him. The deputy
returned and found Sims back
on Houston Lane. She was taken
into custody and charged with
Sheriff finds intoxicated driver at accident scene
A Panama City if anyone was in the
man was charged with 2000 Ford two-door and
DUI after Calhoun discovered Tolley, who
County SheriffDavid M was unharmed.
Tatum saw his vehicle V S The sheriff brought
in a ditch near the Tolley out to his vehicle
intersection of S.R. to wait while a deputy
20 and S.R. 73 around lwas dispatched to the
6 p.m. Dec. 1. scene. While the sheriff
Arrested was JAMES TOLLEY talked with the driver,
55-year-old James he noted the odor of
Loyd Tolley Jr. an alcoholic beverage
According to a deputy's emitting from the man, who was
report, the sheriff went to see slurring his words and appeared
man charged with
When asked by a deputy if
he had been drinking, Tolley
admitted he had consumed
some alcohol earlier that night.
When asked if he knew where
he was, he replied that he was in
After failing a roadside sobriety
evaluation, he was taken into
custody. Two breath tests showed
his blood alcohol level to be .183
and .186. Florida's blood alcohol
level limit is .08.
*David Bayles, VOSP, CCSO.
*Shannon Murphy, FTA, CCSO.
*Brenda Smith, VOCP, CCSO.
*Shelburne Winfree, VOSP, CCSO.
'Ryan Gray, VOCP, CCSO.
'James L. Tolley Jr., DUI, CCSO.
*Russell Blue, resisting without violence,
*Phillip Colbert, trespass after warning,
*Stary Lynn Shaw, theft of retail, CCSO.
*Robert Davin Rainey, VOSP, CCSO.
*Rebecca Sims, aggravated stalking,
*Frank L. Johnson, contempt; child support,
*Artenio Perez-Ramos, disorderly intoxica-
*Amy Lynn Pegouskie, FTA (warrant Wash-
ington Co.), CCSO.
*James Alford Taylor, VOP, CCSO.
*Jesse Perterson, driving while license sus-
pended or revoked, BPD.
*Ledon Womack, domestic battery, CCSO.
*Keith Edward Summerlin, driving while li-
cense suspended or revoked, BPD.
*James Syfrett, less than 20 grams of mari-
*Andrew Barber, less than 20 grams of mari-
*Rebecca Sims, hold for CCSO, CCSO.
'Amy Lynn Pegouskie, hold for CCSO,
*William Kemp Applebee II, DUI, LCSO.
Listingsincludenamefollowedbychargeand identicationofarresngagency Thenamesaboverepresent
those charged. We remind our readers that all are presumed innocent untilproven guilty.
Blountstown Police Dept.
Nov. 30 through Dec. 6, 2009
Accidents............02 Traffic Citations.................07
Special details (business escorts, traffic details)......92
Business alarms.....02 Residential alarms..........00
A Calhoun County man was arrested on a charge of domestic
battery after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend during a dispute
early Sunday morning. Arrested was 48-year-old Ledon Rene
Deputies were called to the scene after relatives found the
female victim upset and crying. She said Womack struck her
in the face while they were sitting on a bed. The two struggled
and wound up on the floor, where she said he kicked her in the
head several times.
The woman's father stated that he heard her calling for help
and saw Womack kicking her.
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Blountstown Middle School's 1st annual Jingle Bell 5K/Fun Run was held Friday Dec. 4,
with a group of energetic participants taking to the streets of Blountstown that evening.
The group is shown above at the start of the race. Some young runners are shown at center
warming up before going to the starting line.
The event's mile fun run winner was Mackenzie Eubanks (shown above left) with a time
of 7 minutes and 38 seconds. Second place went to Jessie Langley, with a time of 8:36.
The 5K winners in the Men's Division were: Devin Farrel with 19:07, John Sewell with
19:39 and Jimbob Lein with a time of
Women's Division winners included
Mary Sewell with a time of 23:19, Tina
Smith with 24:19 and Rachael Williams at
Man arrested after giving
police officers false name
Blountstown Police Officers who were keeping an eye on Canal
Lane Apartments at the owners' request picked up a man on the
property after noticing him acting suspiciously and learning that he
had given a false name when they first spoke with him last Wednesday
Officers were on patrol around 9:36 p.m. when they spotted a man
standing outside the apartments, looking very nervous.
When asked to present ID, the man said his name was Michael
Gibbs and gave a birthdate, which could not be verified through a
computer check. When he gave a Social Security number that also
failed to prove who he was, officers again asked for his name.
After giving the name Russell Alexander Blue, the man said he was
on state probation and did not want to return to jail. He was taken into
custody on a charge of resisting arrest without violence.
Passenger standing behind truck
door hurt when vehicle backs up
A Wewahitchka man was cited for improper backing after his
pickup struck the open door of a 2006 Ford truck, injuring the
passenger who was standing just behind the door, according to a
report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Shelton C. Andrews, 19, was backing up on J.A. Daniels Road,
about 800 feet west of the intersection of Tomato Patch Road, when
he hit the open vehicle door that knocked 21-year-old Jesse P. Jones
of Panama City into the door frame Friday night.
Jones, who suffered non-incapacitating injuries, was driven out
to meet an ambulance after the 10:15 p.m. accident. He was then
transported to Bay Medical Center by Calhoun County EMS.
The accident, which occurred 20 miles s6uth of Blountstown, was
investigated by FHP Trooper M.P. Mattingley.
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Tour of Homes set
for Friday, Dec. 11
This year's Tour of Homes will be from
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT Friday, Dec. 11.
The first stop is the old M & B Train
Depot Museum on North Pear. Street in
Blountstown, where you can buy tickets
for $8 each and pick up a map to the
homes. After picking up' your tickets, tour
houses at your own pace.
Homes on the tour include the
untstown residence of Sidney and Marie
nge at 20139 NE Marie Avenue.
ross Trammell Bridge into Liberty
inty for the next two stops on the
Silas and Mary Revell will open their
ne, located at 13370 NW Pea Ridge
Id in Bristol, for the tour. Their special
day touches will include a live nativity
Just down the road from the Revells is
home of Teresa Eubanks. From S.R.
turn south onto Pea Ridge Road and
te 1.1 miles. You will see the Pea Ridge
sites sign on your right. Turn left at the
:son home at 13674 Pea Ridge Road.
past their driveway and continue down
two-trail road until you reach the end,
i left and park in front of the white
se with the red roof.
refreshments will be served at each
joking class set Dec. 10
Veterans Civic Center
'he University of Florida, IFAS,
ertr Calhoun County Famil Nutrition
gram and the Calhoun Libertr Counir
Ith Department Heallthi Communities.
lthy People Program will be holding a
lth\ cooking class for adults on Dec. Ii1 )
n 5-30 to 7:30 p.m. IET) in Bristol at
erans Memorial Ci ice Center
his is the forth adult class otTfered and
look forward to holding them on a
ithl\ basis. Chef Tanner ot' Chartmells
be teaching the class.
f you would like to anend this class.
se come b\ Veterans Memorial Ci\ ic
iter between 8 a.m and 5 p.m. to
ster and pay a $11) fee This fee will
Purchase food for the meal
t is limited to the first 12 people to
ster and pa b', deadline of Dec 9
holiday Bake Shop
r youth Dec. 22
he Liberms Counrn Extension Sen ice
ig with the Liberty Counts Health
)artment's Healthy Communities,
lthy People program are offering a
ida\ Bake Shop for youth ages 8 to
*he %workshop will be held at the
rans NMemorial Civ\ic Center. Tuesday.
. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p m. IET). Each
th \will make their ow n Gingerbread
ise and other goodies to take home.
hey will also prepare their lunch,
before no need to bring a lunch. A
station fee of $0I will be required
n registration no later than Frida',.
. IS. at the Libertm Counr Extension
The Calhoun-Liberty Journal is
published each Wednesday
by the Liberty Journal Inc.,
Summers Road, P.O. Box 536,
Bristol, FL 32321.
Annual subscriptions are $18.
Periodicals postage paid at Bristol, FL
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BIRTHDAY--CldarCes Bugs, Sr.
* Rotary Club, noon, Calhoun-Liberty Hospital
* Boy Scouts Troop 200, 6:30 p.m., Mormon Church in Bristol
* Weight Loss Support Group, 1:30 p.m., Shelton Park Library
* AA, 7 p.m., Calhoun County Old Ag Bldg. east door, in front of jail
Relay for Life Christmas Carnival
Rivertown Church Blountstown.
TODAY'S MEETINGS 5-7 p.m. (CT)
* AA, 7 p.m., basement of Calhoun'County Courthouse
* Liberty Women's Club, 11 a.m., Anita Gouge's home in Bristol (Christmas Lunch)
FRIAY,3EC M -E 1
Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m.,
Rivertown Community Church
Dance, 6- 12 p.m., American
Legion Hall in Blountstown
Charles Suggs, Jr. & 'Keith Bar6er
Ho da in T r ainrd
Veterans Park beg nnin- Ater Parade
RvOdlneri: )hi'.1110, FPaiade
5:30 p.m. to
Beginning at M&B Train Depot in
Blountstown (touring Calhoun
& Liberty Counties)
Parade a I
Line up at 5 p m.
Scotls Ferry at 5 p m
Dance 6 712p m American Legion Hall in Biounislo\tn
this 51u it/
at 3 p.m.
* Walk-A-Weigh Program, 9 am Veterans Memorial Park Civic Center
* Altha Boy Scouts, 5:30 p.m. Allha Volunteer Fire Department
* AA, 6 p.m., Altha Community Center
* Bulldog Club. 7 p.m. LCHS leid house
* Calhoun Chamber of Commerce, 12 noon. Calhoun Sr. Citizens
* Calhoun Commission, 5 p m., Ag Bldg ConI Rm. across from Calhoun
* Hosford-Telogia Vol. Fire Dept.. 7 30 p m. Hosford Fire Station
* Dixie 10 Masonic Lodge. 7 p m.. Masonic Lodge in Blounlslown
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Annual Lights of
Liberty parade is
Dec. 12 in Bristol
The Lights of Liberty will shine
Saturday, Dec. 12 with Gloria Keenan
serving as this year's Grand Marshal.
The Liberty County Children's Coalition,
in collaboration with the Liberty County
Sheriff's Office, are proud to sponsor this
year's event! Parade line-up will begin at
5 p.m. (ET) at the Liberty County High
School Football field.
Judging of floats will take begin at 5:15
p.m., winners will be announced at 6:15
p.m. and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m..
Awards will be given for the best overall,
the best use of lights as well as first, second
and third place awards for each of these
three categories: churches, non-profit
organizations and area businesses.
The parade will travel north on Hwy
12 from the Library to Hwy 20 to Myers
Ann, right on Harvell and end at the
Bring the family, have a great time and
celebrate the spirit of the season!
For more information, please call 643-
2415 Ext 246 or 227 and ask to speak with
Yolanda or Peggy. Merry Christmas!
Turkey shoot planned
Dec. 19 at River Hill
Want to win a turkey or ham for
Christmas? The Big River Longbeards
Chapter of the National Wild Turke\
Federation ta non-profit organization is
hosting a Turkey lor Hami Shoot on Dec
19 located at Ri\er Hill just outside the
cit limits est of Bristol.
Fees are reduced to $3 per shot at a
target Feel free to bring sour own gun.
Acti% ties \\ ill been at 10 a.m. IETI and
end at 2 p.m (ET) Snacks will be sold at
The National \\ ild Turkey Federation
was established in 1973 and %works for
the conservation of the w ild turkey and
preservation of the hunting tradition.
E\er,one is in\tied to participate. Please
contact Jerr Le\%is at (850)643-5797 for
Blountstown Main Street
next meeting set Dec. 10
Blountstowin Main Street has changed
the meeting dates to the second and fourth
Thursday of each month.
The next meeting is set for Thursday.
Dec 10. at 5-30 p m. at Main Street
That's how many copies of
The Calhoun-Liberty Journal
were distributed last week,
ensuring plenty of coverage for
your community announcements
and great response for our
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DECEMBER 9,2009 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL .Page 5
Rescue Santa needs community help to get bikes for kids
I would like to thank the kind folks from Bay, Calhoun, Jackson,
Rescue Leon and Liberty Counties for your various donations of old bicycles,
Santa Gerald toys, supplies and money.
Barber is 'Rescue Santa' is reminding everyone that Christmas is getting very
shown next close and he and his elves are hard at work and still need old bicycles and
to the trailer toys in order to make them sparkle like new for children this Christmas
that carries and for Christmas' to come.
the many If anyone would like to make a donation toward this worthwhile cause,
bikes he's you can either see Gerald Barber or mail your donation to 19780 NW
CR 67, Bristol, FL 32321 or call (850)643-2636.
Your bicycle or toy donations can be dropped off at Ms. Skeet Shuler's
blue house on Hwy. 20 in Bristol or Rudy Sumner's house in Telogia.
kids have This will be an ongoing project throughout the years, so before you take
a special your old bikes or toys to the dump, please thing of 'Rescue Santa' and
Christmas. the children they could benefit.
Families that are in need of a visit from 'Rescue Santa' can
write or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include
your contact information, children's ages, gender, etc.
Cs BELOW: Gerald repairs a little girls bike getting it ready for a great
Christmas gift for a lucky child.
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President Obama's conundrum
The war in Afghanistan is now / \ villages. The Viet Cong in SEA
President Obama's war. Mr. OX'S were Vietnamese and blended in
Obama found himself between the ORNER with the population. The Taliban
proverbial rock and a hard place. are Afghans that blend in the Af-
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He couldn't wage a conven-
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*-. and achieve a "military victory." A military victory
*- - would incur too much collateral damage, like civil-
S ian casualties.
So, as in most political decisions, Mr. Obama
chose a compromise solution of sending some
troops but with a drop-dead date for the beginning
- l of the end of this foreign adventure. The additional
* -- 30,000 troops somewhat appeases the hawks and
S the drop-dead date for.ending the war somewhat.
appeases the doves. Straddling the fence, comes to
mind. For a country divided 50-50 on the war, he
__ -made the right decision.
Mr. Obama's decision on the Afghan war has been
diced and sliced like a boarding house pie. Talking
heads in the news media on the lunatic right and
left are in high keen. There is some middld-of-the-
-Nw road commentary on the decision, but not enough.
S As usual, everyone is an expert on the subject, just
l ^ as many, particularly on the right, claim to be Con-
vs Providers I would like to say that I'm an expert on what to
do about Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, but I'm not be-
cause like everyone else out here in the hinterlands,
I'm not privy to all the information related to this
I do have an opinion, but it is a military one. The
U.S. military, particularly the Air Force, could solve
the Taliban problem outside the cities and villages.
Fighter aircraft and AC-130 gunships are the answer.
In Southeast Asia (SEA), we could shoot any-
thing outside the village city limits. That's what I
did every day. I and my wingman would spend four
to six hours in an area about the size of the Florida
- ,. Panhandle from Tallahassee to Pensacola. If we
identified enemy targets, then the fight's on.
But while we could shoot up the countryside in
, SEA, we couldn't totally stop the flow of supplies
from North Vietnam to South Vietnam. The-prob-
0 lem was that the enemy had the cover of the jungle.
Interdiction would be easier in the open deserts of
Afghanistan, but, as in SEA, you can't shoot up the
which one is the bad guy.
I don't think that there will
be a satisfactory outcome to the
Afghan war. The reason is that
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Civilians shouldn't make military decisions
In this week's column, Mr.
Cox has actually saved me the
trouble of having to write any-
thing at all. I could do no better
job of telling you everything
that is wrong with the "deci-
sion" the President made than
he did. However, he seems to
think that Mr. Hussein Obama
made the "right decision." He
writes not only from that point
of view this week but with a
slant toward sympathy for the
poor President being put is the
of making a POLITICAL decision
that would hurt him the least.
In all my 56 years, I have never
seen a President of the United States
of America who was as egotistical,
vain and self centered as Mr. Hus-
sein Obama. Not even William Jef-
ferson Clinton was as bad as this.
I will leave Mr. Hussein Obama's
narcissism for another time and
focus now on the Vietnam War of
When this fiasco first began (and
I am talking pre-Obama) I could see
position of having to make such a "tough" decision. shades. of the SEA Conflict all over the place and
After all, Mr. Hussein Obama had the terrible task See HEWITT FLATS continued on page 12
See HEWITT FLATS continued on page 12
The View from
by Jim Pruette
Jim Pruette is a native of Mobile, AL and lives
in Calhoun County with his wife, Rita Smith
Pruette. They operate Granny Smith Farms
on Willard Smith Road. He is retired from the
U.S. Air Force, where he served as an avionics
technician with the Department of Defense.
Nowadays, he enjoys life as the
self-proclaimed Mayor of Hewitt Flats.
"success" depends on factors
that Mr. Obama and the' U.S. does not control.
The underlying problem is that we, like in SEA,
are embroiled in a civil war: the Taliban insurgents
versus the Karzai government. The Taliban ruled
Afghanistan from 1979 until 1981 when U.S. forces
booted them from power. The Taliban wants back in.
The question is, as with the South Vietnamese
government during the Vietnam War, can the U.S.
prop up the Karzai government sufficiently to coun-
ter the Taliban threat after the U.S. military leaves
the county? Additionally, can the'U.S. military train
a sufficient number of Afghani military and police
to ward off threats from the Taliban? In my view,
the probability of the Karzai government becoming
a strong, democratic central government with a reli-
able police and military force is slim to none.
One of the goals of this war is to deny al Qaeda
terrorists sanctuary in Afghanistan, but that depends
entirely on the ability of the Karzai government to
control the countryside. I doubt that is possible.
The news media reports that bin Laden is hiding
out in Pakistan. Now what? Do we invade Pakistan?
Don't think so. I'm surprised that Pakistan hasn't
made an issue of the CIA bombing Pakistan targets
with UAV Predators. But, we give Pakistan a lot of
money so they probably don't want to bite the hand
that is feeding them dollars.
.Defeating the terrorists is the main issue in my
view. The al Qaeda terrorists are everywhere, even
here in the U.S. Denying terrorists sanctuary in Af-
ghanistan is a good idea, but at what cost? The ter-
rorist problem is that they are not part of a nation
state with political and geographic borders. They
can congregate most any place where locals are
hospitable to their cause, places like Somalia. Part
of the 9/11 terrorist group came from Hamburg,
I don't think that Mr. Obama can "win" this one.
When the shooting stops and the smoke clears, it's
not likely that there will be a clear, decisive victory
like those that occurred in John Wayne movies, and
the terrorist threat will still be with us.
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An amazing four years of growth and
change for Calhoun-Liberty Hospital
This month four years ago,
Calhoun-Liberty Hospital was
almost closed by the for-profit
company that had managed it
for several years. The investor
owner had basically "raped it
and left it for dead." This was
after years of poor management
and absolutely no upgirades to
However, the members of
the Hospital Association Board
simply refused to allow that to
happen. Today, an amazing four
years later, the hospital is now
one the community it serves
can be proud of and use with
confidence. More and more of
them are doing so.
Virtually no investments were
made back into the hospital by
the for-profit operator. Instead,
he took any and all cash out
of the hospital and placed in
his own personal accounts,
resulting in an outdated hospital
in regards to equipment and
appearance. Needless to say the
morale of the staff was not the
In the short four years since
however, a lot of great progress
has been made. This is true
for not only upgrading the
equipment in virtually all areas
and the overall appearance, but
most importantly, the courteous
and compassionate care being
provided by our dedicated and
highly professional staff. All
of this, along with our great
physicians, has combined to
truly rejuvenate this once almost
The Board and staff along
with Dr. Iqbal Faruqui and Dr.
Misbah Farooqi assured the
hospital would remain open.
And although meeting almost
insurmountable challenges, it
did, indeed, survive and has
moved forward aggressively.
The community and elected
officials stepped forward to aid
in the recovery. Local citizens,
clubs, businesses, churches, and
families not only donated funds
to the hospital but "adopted"
inpatient rooms and areas of
the hospital, greatly aiding in
improving the overall aesthetic
appearance and surroundings.
Elected officials, like
Representative Marti Coley
and Senator Al Lawson helped
tremendously at the state level
in wiping out past debts of
the for-profit operator that the
board initially inherited. At the
federal level, Representative
Allen Boyd and Senator Bill
Nelson were instrumental in the
by Ron Gilliard,
Representative Boyd helped
secure key USDA grants and
low interest loans. His staff
was vital to our maintaining
critical Medicare designations
and other key assistance. They
continue that strong support
Local elected officials were
also very supportive. A large
donation from the Calhoun
County Board of Commissioners
was critical to early cash flow.
Liberty County's Commissioners
contribute a yearly donation to
the hospital's operations. The
City Council of Blountstown
processed a key low interest
loan from the, state.
A new group of Emergency
Room physicians were hired
and have also been instrumental
in restoring the confidence
of the patients in knowing
they will receive high quality,
professional care in the ER, our
"window to the community."
We're seeing record numbers
of patients in the ER.
Drs. Cliff Bristol and Jerry
Skipper rejoined the active
medical staff and are key cogs
in the revival of the hospital. Dr.
Bristol is currently President of
the Medical Staff.
Dr. Joti Keshav is also now a
member of their practice and on
our active staff.
Low interest loans and
grants from the USDA and
the state allowed the purchase
of almost one million dollars
in new medical equipment.
Everything from the old x-ray
unit to new inpatient beds has
been replaced. State-of-the
art items, such as automatic
pharmacy dispensing machines,
digital mammography, lab and
ultrasound machines, are now in
place to provide the best care to
Our implementation of an
electronic medical record system
will assure the safest and highest
quality care-is provided. This
system will match those of large
medical centers. We're very
proud of this achievement.
The list of visiting specialists
conducting clinic in the hospital
continues to grow as well.
Urology, nephrology and
now or soon will be conducting
clinics in our hospital. The
performance of diagnostic.
scopes will begin in mid January..
Hopefully an orthopedic surgeon
as well as a general surgeon will
soon begin conducting clinics
We're also.working closely.
"with Covenant and other hospice
organizations with many oftheir
patients. This special category
of patients receives special
attention from our staff. They
treat them like their own family
with an extra touch of loving
care. Our swing bed program
continues to grow as well. And
we have a respite program to
assist families needing some
relief from the challenges of
personal care giving.
So from near death to a
viable, energetic hospital with
a bright future, Calhoun-Liberty
has indeed experienced quite a
four year run. We look forward
with confidence to the fifth year
of this amazing turnaround.
From our staff, our Board, and
members of the medical staff, we
wish everyone Happy Holidays,
a very Merry Christmas, and the
best in the New Year!
Give me a call if you have
any questions about the last four
amazing years or on anything
about the hospital at 674-5411,
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Wakulla Bank launches 'Helping Hands' drive for local food banks
Wakulla Bank this week kicked
off its "Helping Hands" drive
to benefit food banks in the
four counties where the bank
has branches and encourages
customers and local residents
to participate by donating
nutritious, non-perishable canned
or packaged foods.
Food items will be collected
in red wagons at all Wakulla
Bank locations in Calhoun, Leon,
Liberty and Wakulla counties
until Friday, Dec. 18, and all
of the donated items will be
delivered to local food pantries
"Hunger is an unfortunate
reality for many people and the
holidays are particularly tough
for families who are struggling
to make ends meet," said Wakulla
Bank President and CEO Walter
C. Dodson Jr. "Wakulla Bank
is dedicated to making our
communities better for all who
live here, and we encourage
everyone to contribute."
Feeding America, the nation's
leading domestic hunger-relief
charity, reports that hunger is a
reality for one.in eightAmericans.
In 2008, 4.1 percent of all
U.S. households (4.8 million
households) accessed emergency
food from a food pantry one or
more times an increase of 36
percent over the previous year.
Wakulla Bank is an American
Bankers Association "Bank of
Promise" ifi partnership with
America's Promise, a national
organization dedicated to
improving the lives of children
and youth. The America's
Promise campaign symbol is a
red wagon; the donation drive
features red wagons as drop-off
points in the bank's branches
in Calhoun, Leon, Liberty and
"Hunger is no longer
'somebody else's problem,"' said
Dodson. "Many of our friends
and neighbors are hungry or are at
risk of becoming hungry, and we
want to help make their holiday
Ocheesee Creamery grand
years of hard work and dedication,
the Wesselhoeft Dairy is proud
to announce the grand opening
of.their Ocheesee Creamery. A
ceremony and open house will be
held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 10
a.m. at 28367 NE State Road 69
North, Calhoun/Jackson County
For many years the
Wesselhoefts transported their
milk products elsewhere to be
processed, but dreamed of a day
when they would pasteurize,
process, and bottle their own
milk products. After 20 years
of hard work and mountains
of paperwork, the Ocheesee
Creamery has become a reality.
The store front has large glass
windows for viewing the bottling
operation. The milk is sold in
glass bottles which are recyclable
and returnable for a refund. They
currently process fresh milk,
cream, and butter, with more
goods such as ice cream and
cheese planned. Their products
seasons a little brighter."
Wakulla Bank is an FDIC insured
independent bank dedicated to
quality and innovative service, with
locations in Calhoun, Leon, Liberty
and Wakulla counties. The bank
maintains more than $450million
openingg Dec. 9
can be purchased directly from the
dairy, at local farmers' markets,
and grocery stores. In addition,
they offer agri-tours of their dairy
operation which features milk
Jersey cows on a pasture-based
Honored as Calhoun County's
Outstanding Farm Family in
1999, the Wesselhoefts operate
one of Calhoun County's two
remaining dairy farms. Their
ongoing dedication to agriculture,
land stewardship, and their
community is remarkable.
Please join us Wednesday, Dec.
9th at 10 a.m. as we celebrate the
official grand opening of the
Agency on Workforce Innovation launches
Web sitefeature for checking on benefits
from Kenny Griffin,
Chipola Regional Workforce Board
The Agency for Workforce Innovation has
launched a feature on its Web site where customers
may check to see if they are potentially eligible
for benefits under the Emergency Unemployment
Compensation (EUC) Tier III program, signed into
law by President Obama on Nov. 6. Customers
will be asked to enter their Social Security number
and PIN to determine if they are potentially
The feature may be accessed from (www.
floridajobs.org) or by clicking www.floridajobs.
As always, if you have any questions about
your current claim, please call our hotline at 800-
204-2418 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday- Friday
or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Blountstown City Manager James Woods is shown
with, from left, Florida Trail Association (FTA) Program
Director Judy Trotta, Council members Tony Shoemake
and David Blair and Mayor Winston Deason at
Saturday's dedication of Blountstown as one of the
Florida Trail Association's Gateway Communities. The
ceremony, which included the unveiling of the sign at the
Depot Museum, marks a big step forward in marketing,
the area for ecotourism, according to Woods. "It's a
wonderful marketing tool that over a long period of time
will bring us some nice rewards," he said: Hikers and
campers drawn to the area by the FTA's designation
will be buying supplies, eating in local restaurants and
shopping in local stores during their visits. "We've got
signs up at all five state road entrances into the city,"
he said, which will encourage those who routinely pass
through the area to stop and take advantage of the trails
for bike riding and walking. Blountstown is featured in
the Fall 2009 issue of the FTA magazine, Footprints,
which includes photos of the historic courthouse and
Panhandle Pioneer Settlement.
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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
BLOUNTSTOWN- A musical
that blends the contemporary
with the traditional will give
local families an opportunity
to come together and celebrate
the reason for the Christmas
The First Baptist Church of
Blountstown will present "Night
of Alleluias" on Sunday, Dec.
13 at 6 p.m. in the Blountstown
High School Auditorium. The
event is free.
The program, which features
singers, actors and the church's
Hollinger English Hand-bell
Choir, will have an appeal for
every age group, according
to First Baptist Pastor David
Throckmorton, the musical's
narrator and master of
"I'm very excited about this
show, which tells the story of
Christ's birth," Throckmorton
said. "Christmas is that one
time of year when Scriptures,
music and drama just have a
way of bringing people closer
Throckmorton added that -
he hopes the musical will give
people a fresh perspective on
Christmas, apart from the hustle
and bustle of the season.
"I hope people will see the
show and say, 'I need to get my
focus back on Christ because
he is what's really important,"'
Throckmorton said. "My hope
is for people to be inspired
and touched by the Christmas
BRISTOL CHURCH OF.
GOD'S KIDZ CHURCH-The
Bristol Church of God's Kidz
Church will present, 'The
Mystery of the Manager, It's
the Gospel Truth', a children's
Christmas musical Sunday, Dec.
13 at 11 a.m.
For many people, it is by
faith alone that they believe
Jesus was the Son of God and
the Savior of the world. For
others, this belief doesn't come
as easily--they need facts and
proof to support this truth.
This Christmas, through the
songs and narrative in this
musical from the best-selling
The family of Willie Lee
Sneads would like to thank
everyone for their help,
prayers and time during the
passing of our uncle, father
The Sneads Family
kids' musical creator Celeste
Clydesdale, we would like
you to share in.the evidence
surrounding Jesus' birth as it all
actually happened as promised
and prophesied in Scripture.
Join us Sunday, Dec. 13 at 11
a.m. and this may really be your
very first Christmas!
Bristol Pentecostal Holiness
Church will be presenting two
musicals on Sunday, Dec. 13.
The youth group 'Branded'
-will be ministering through a
Christmas musical titled 'The
Legend of the Christmas King'
Sunday morning during the
worship service beginning at
That evening the children
will be presenting their musical
'Christmas Hang Ups' beginning
at 6 p.m. Immediately following
the evening musical we will
have a Christmas tree and serve
refreshments in the fellowship
We would like to extend an
invitation to the community to
come and enjoy both musicals
and to celebrate the true meaning
The church is located at
12413 NW Solomon Street..
For more information call the
church at 643-5733.
Blountstown United Methodist
Church presents their Christmas
Cantata 'Repeat the Sounding
Joy' Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.,
performed by Tina Smith and
the Chancel Choir.
Join the choir as they take us
on a musical journey from our
modern world back to the Little
Town of Bethlehem. The cantata
will include Victorian carols,
a tribute to classic Christmas
films, and the never-changing
story of Christ's birth.
Deborah Craig-Claar and
David T. Clydesdale have
combined their talents to create
"Repeat the Sounding Joy".
Come and enjoy the talents
of our Chancel Choir on Dec.
13 at 6 p.m.
The Blountstown Community
Church will be having their
Christmas Program on Sunday,
Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. (CT).
The 'Best Christmas Present
Ever' tells the story about what
Christmas is really all about.
Come and join us in
celebrating Jesus' Birthday.
Fellowship will follow the
For more information call
643-3602 or 762-8405.
CHURCH-This Saturday, Dec.
12 the children at Hillcrest
Baptist Church would like to
invite other children to come
and pick a gift for Christmas.
There will be toys and clothing
wrapped in Christmas paper,
ready to put under the tree.
Gifts will be distributed
between the hours of 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m. Come and join
the fun and the true gift of
We are located 5 miles west
of Shelton's Corner on CR
Church will be fixing Christmas
Dinner for those that have no
where to go for Christmas.
The church hopes to serve
those that miss out on spending
time with others for Christmas.
Come join us for a great
time of fellowship. For more
information, call 643-3602 or
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Samantha Newsome, a W. R.
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a dog lover and a firm believer that '
no dog is born mean or violent.
She had always wanted a pit bull ,
after growing up around them.
Samantha finally got a pit bull
puppy in March of 2008 from one
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the mother of the litter, Dixie, and
found that she was very loving and
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Fox hunting not a 'blood sport';
FWC's efforts now harm hunters
To the editor:
The intention behind writing GUI
this letter is to give a hunter's
point of view, and to shed some
light that fox hunting is not a COLI
"Blood Sport," as was portrayed by Sky Sco
in last week's Letter to the Editor.
Twenty-five years ago fox hunters Sky Scott Si
realized hunting outside in open Board ofDir
areas with dogs was coming to an Florida State
end. With this inevitability, the Assoc
ones who could started building
pen enclosures to get out ofpeople's
way and preserve our sport.
The situation has beenacceptable for all concerned
until the Game Commission stepped in and decided
to shut down all fox pens. The Commission, whose
original purpose wasto assist and promote hunting,
in turn, has done a great deal to harm hunters, the'
very people that pay for licenses
and generate revenue from the
expenses involved with the sport.
The very people who should be
working for hunters are busy
working against them and a long
The' Game Commission is
trying to shut down enclosures and
end our sport. This government
bureau is continuing to set more
serves on the
actors for the
United States there are thousands
of people hunting in pens, the
Commission has continued to
listen to the minority. While
hunters have tried to comply with
each increasingly confining rules
and regulation, the Commission
has become more unreasonable in
its operation, thanks to influence
from a small body of complaints
from the outside. Its attempt to be
:"politically correct" injures those
who have worked hard to do what is
right for their sport.
The individuals who voice outrage seem to
know very little about the very creatures they seek
to protect. For example, do these people realize
that the only real enemy.of a coyote is the trappers
with a market to for them? It is a shame that these
Why does a
the nature of a
rules and less
productive regulations. It continues to require pen
owners to comply with impossible requirements,
mostly for the sake of protecting a predatory pest,
one that is unprotected until it is caught by a trapper.
If a person looks into the issue, he can see that it is
legal to call up and shoot a coyote, or trap and kill
it; it is legal to do this year round. However, if a pen
owner takes in the animal, it automatically becomes
a sacred, protected creature in the Commission's
view. Why does a fence change the nature of a
predatory pest? Why are we being abused by our
own employees? Our tax dollars and paid hunting
fees help pay this group's salaries.
Sportsmen, farmers, and ranchers can thank
pen owners who started working harder 25 years
ago to protect game in every state. Deer, quail,
turkey...just to mention a few ...were threatened
by the coyote, a wily creature that has few natural
enemies in its existence. Years ago, this predatory
animal, that will eat almost anything, including
crops and small pets, was beginning to be removed
from the threatening role it played in the balance of
nature. Today, the scarcity of desirable game has
been reversed because of pen owners who helped
to remove one main threat.
In recent years the Game Commission has
been trying to appease special interest groups
at the expense of true sportsmen. Despite the
fact that throughout the eastern part of the
people's influence will lead to the
end of a centuries old tradition
because of misinformation. It
is not an exaggeration to say
that fox pens across America
have helped remove thousands
of predatory pests, and in turn,
have helped everybody with a big
problem. Pen hunters try hard
not to kill any game because a
dead piece of game is no good to a pen owner or
dog hunter. Obviously, the Game Commission
has no respect for these sportsmen or any of their
Also, it should be noted that with the economy
in the tank and unemployment at over 10%, a
state agency could use its funds more wisely
than the Game Commission has done recently.
A sting operation utilizing surveillance planes,
extra vehicles, fuel, and extended man hours to
harass citizens involved with a predatory pest is
patently wasteful management. Here's a novel
idea: the Game Commission could return to ONE
of its original jobs, assisting pen owners in their
control and management of the coyotes, animals
that do more harm than good when they are on the
The above mentioned facts and opinions are
shared by thousands of people across America.
These people have been quietly complying with the
rules or they have faced stiff fines and penalties. We
have watched helplessly as the Game Commission
has continued with efforts to shut down pens
completely. Any help that you can give pen owners
to persuade the Commission to change some of its
overbearing and unnecessary regulations would be
Private pens are NOT a hazard to wildlife as
special interests would have people believe.
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openly said so and continue to
do so to this day. But sudden-
ly, it was not "PC" (politically
correct)-to make those kinds
of accusations. The news
media spouted that rhetoric
all over the air waves and the
printed media. And as I said,
that was when G.W. was the
If our military leaders had
been allowed to run the war
in SEA I am confident that
we would have won. But two
major impediments prevented
the victory that my brothers
The first.was the decisions
made by civilians here in the
states which prevented our
military from doing what was
necessary to win. Mr. Cox
states that it was that the en-
emy had the cover of the jun-
gle." I vehemently disagree.
It, was the prohibition of cut-
ting off supplies brought in
courtesy of the Chinese via
the Ho Chi Mihn Trail.
What was the reason given
for this prohibition? It was in
the country of Laos, not Viet
This should begin to ring
bells for the readers of this
column who have kept of
with all the "ROE" (Rules of
Engagement) now placed on
War is not a pleasant thing.
It is hell. Innocent people die.
OUR innocent people die on a
regular basis. The "decision"
made by a man who has NO
military experience (nor has
he much experience at ANY-
THING that we know of) will
now cost many more lives of
Mr. Cox asks, "Now what?
Do we invade Pakistan? Don't
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think so." I couldn't agree
more.. However, we MUST
pursue the terrorists till they
are eradicated. If they flee
to Pakistan, we pursue with
all stops out. If Pakistan (or
wherever we sniff these bar-
barians out) tries to stop us,
then they miusf realize that
they are now siding with the
terrorists and we will engage
them as such.
President Hussein Obama
has made a terrible and costly
decision, which is to ignore
the people he appointed to
fight the war and hopefully
make a "politically expedi-
But I will admit that he is
ardently consistent. Every
decision he has made has been
in one of two venues: "Politi-
cal Expediency" or leading
us closer and closer to the so-
cialistic ideals of his mentors,
Mao and Stalin.
Her smile says
lr a -V
A Gift of Love
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ZOE HIATT & LIAM HIATT
Zoe Hiatt celebrated her fourth birthday on Nov 14. Liam Hiatt
celebrated his first birthday on Aug 14. They are the children of
Lee and June Hiatt of Tallahassee. Their maternal grandparents
are Doug and Janie Pelt of Clarksville and Sue Lee of Michigan.
Their maternal great-grandmother is the late Eldora Pelt Barber
of Bristol. The paternal grandparents include Lyle and Vanda
Ragans of Tallahassee and their paternal great-grandparents
are Robert and
xxf Gloria Hiatt of
r Tallahassee. Zoe
time with her
~ a' family, going to
her dance class
and playing with
her little brother
with his family,
playing with his
big sister Zoe and
S playing with all of
Shaterica Zahnae Smith cel-
ebrated her fourth birthday on
Nov. 28. She is the daugh-
ter of Voloria and Sheffield
Smith. Her grandparents are
Gladstone and Leola Love,
Alvin Mathis, all of Bristol,
and Edward and Helen Jones
of Blountstown. Her great-
grand mother is Rosetta
Baker of Bristol. Her godpar-
ents are Wanda and Frizroy
Douglas of West Palm Beach
and Viola Daughtrey of Hobe-
sound. Shaterica enjoys play-
ing dress up with her momma
and sister Vashara, bossing
around her big brothers Von-
tarius and Sheffield. She cel-
ebrated her fourth birthday
with a mermaid party.
Kaleb Conyers celebrated his
first birthday on Dec. 1. He
is the son of Grant and Jen-
ny Conyers of Bristol. His
grandparents include Kenny
and Jayne Foran, Donnie
and Ann Conyers, all of Bris-
tol, and John and Barbara
Church of Arizona. His great-
grandparents are J.B and the
late Dory Holmquist of CA,
Smitty and Esther Smith of
Bristol, the late Calvin and Al-
lene Church, the late Wayne
Klingler, the late Claude and
Bennie Conyers and the late
Johnnie and Carolyn Foran.
Kaleb loves playing with his
big sister, Kara.
Trenton Anderson will cel-
ebrate his sixth birthday on
Dec. 10. He is the son of
Derrick and Carol Jean An-
derson. His grandparents
are Walter and Jeannette
Joiner and Robert and Vera
Anderson. Trenton enjoys
going to school, spending the
night with his grandparents
and playing with his younger
Payton Grace Roberts cel-
ebrated her first birthday on
Nov. 24. She is the daughter
of John and Angie Roberts
of Havana. Her grandpar-
ents include David and Mar-
tha Brandon of Hosford and
Warnie and Linda Roberts of
Bainbridge, GA. Payton loves
being outside,.riding the golf
cart and tractor.
m:-^ STORK REPORT -
MCKENZIE GRACE JACOBS
Benny and Gracy Jacobs of. Bristol are 8 Ibs. and 2 ozs. Her grandparents are Ronald
proud to announce the birth of their and Barbara Jacobs and Sible and Gary
daughter, McKenzie Grace Jacobs, born Firestone. McKenzie was welcomed home by
Nov. 10 at 9:37 p.m. in Albany, GA weighing lots of family and friends.
ARIANA REBECCA &
KATIE MARIE LAYFIELD
Ariana celebrated her ninth birthday on Dec. 5 and Katie will
celebrate her fifth birthday on Dec. 13. They celebrated their
birthdays with their family at Walt Disney World. They are the
daughters of Matt and Dara Layfield of Blountstown. Their
maternal grandparents are Becky and Larry Finn of Largo
and Rick Banzal of Melbourne Beach. Their maternal great-
grandparents include Marie Holland-Boals and the late Earl Boals
of Altha. Their maternal great-great-grandparents were the late
Ethel Rebecca *
the late Luke
Holland ofAltha. ,
Their paternal "
are Violet Goss
Layfield. Ariana '
enjoys art and
life and being-
They both love
their baby sister, .
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Pearl Harbor RN, Monica Benning recognized as American Hero
by Theresa Gaffney, RN, MPA
Retired RN Lt. Monica Conter
Berining, the only remaining
nurse survivor who was on
duty at Hickam Air Force Base,
Hawaii, when the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,
1941, was recognized for courage
and service in October during the
Florida Nurses Association's
Raised in Apalachicola,
Benning enlisted in the Army
Nurse Corps in January 1940 and
was transferred to Hickam Air
Force Base Hospital in 1941. She
recounts how, on the morning of
Dec. 7, she reported for work
in a hospital ward. She heard a
"great explosion" and looked out
a window to see planes diving
and smoke bellowing from Pearl
Harbor. Within a short time,
casualties began pouring in, and
Center Benning helped care for
Benning met her futuree
husband, Lt. Barney Benning,
only a few weeks. before the
Pearl Harbor attack, and they
were to have had their first date
on that fateful day. Several days
later she learned that he was
safe, and they were married in
Their romance became the
basis of the love story between
Kate Beckinsale and Ben Affleck
in the movie "Pearl Harbor."
Shelevia Dawson graduates from South
Florida nursing program with BS degree
John and Angela Dawspn of Bristol are
proud to announce the graduation of their
daughter, Shelevia Latasha Dawson from South
FL University with a Bachelor of Science in
Nursing. She will be attending a special pinning
ceremony on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. on the campus
of South Florida.
..Shelevia is a 2000 graduate of LCHS and a
2005 graduate of FSU ,where she received her
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science.
She will begin her internship at the Veterans
Hospital in Tampa in Jan. She tested in the 89th
percentile for an opportunity to intern at the
Veterans Hospital in Tampa.
Her sisters are Jessica Dawson ofAtlanta, GA
and Theressa Reed of Blountstown.
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Retired RN Lt. Monica Conter Benning of Apalachicola is shown at the
FNA Centennial Celebration in October.
Calhoun Chamber offers a different & unique hunting event
to support eco-tourism efforts with Big River Valley Hunt
by Kristy Terry, Calhoun Chamber Director
On Jan. 7-9,2010 the Calhoun County Chamber
of Commerce will welcome hunters as we
showcase our community. This event offers a
rare opportunity for visitors to hunt big game on
private lands guided by area landowners.
Locals have known for years that the
Apalachicola River Valley is overflowing with
natural resources. The Chamber of Commerce
is attempting to capitalize on those resources by
focusing on eco-tourism. In addition to looking
at nature tourism opportunities on the rivers and
trails, the area's abundance of good hunting land
could not be overlooked.
Several local landowners have partnered with
the Chamber to offer hunting on their properties
for one weekend in January. The three-day event
is called the Big River Valley Hunt. There are two
hunting packages available, one being a three-day
hunt, and the other a two-day hunt. Prices are
$700 and $500 respectively.
Upon arrival in Calhoun County, hunters will
make their way to the M & B Train Depot Museum
where they will meet Chamber representatives and
receive registration materials with details of the
hunt. There will be a Game Hunters Dinner Friday
night at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement where
guests will enjoy a fine Calhoun County meal.
Hunters will also meet each morning for a
continental breakfast sponsored by the local
Ducks Unlimited Apalachicola Valley Chapter.
Other sponsors include Southern Gator Trails
and Live Oak Production Group. Partners for the
event are Florida Fish & Wildlife, Big Bend Bait
& Tackle, and Norris Smoke House.
Advertisements for the event have run in Woods -
N' Water, as well as various outdoors websites. *
There are still spaces available, but spots are filling
quickly. So far, there are hunters coming in from
as far away as Largo.
The Big River Valley Hunt is an ideal Christmas
present for family or friends, or the perfect gift
for a prospective or existing client. Deadline for
registration is Friday, January 1, 2010. Brochures
are available at the Chamber office, or available
for download on the website.
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DECEMBER 9, 2009 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 17
ratures to enjoy Satu
Saturday's parade drew an appreciate crowd as
it went though Downtown Blountstown. Honors
for the best overall float went to Calhoun-Liberty
Hospital, shown below. In the Business/Non-
Profit Division, Calhoun Correctional Institution
took first place and.second place went to the
Boy Scouts. In the Church Category, the Open
Arms Assembly of God (shown at left center)
took first place, followed by the Anited Method-
ist Church with second place, and third place
went to the Church of Jesus Christ of. Latter
went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Page 18 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL DECEMBER 9, 2009
BLOUNTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Spelling bee contestants from left: Jawon Mosley, Treazure Engram, Mrs. Strong, DeeAnna Grimes and Justin
BHS participates in County Wide Spelling Bee
by Katie Strawn
BHS participated in the County Wide
Spelling Bee last Thursday, Dec. 3 at the W.
T. Neal Civic Center.
In ninth grade, Justin Woods took 1 st place,
in tenth grade Jawon Mosley placed 2nd, in
eleventh grade DeeAnna Grimes placed 2nd,
and in twelfth grade, Treazure Engram placed
BHS Spelling Bee Coordinator, Mrs. Strong,
says that, "All the students did well and I am
proud of them, because they are all winners,
whether they win first place or not."
Anyone interested in participating in the
BHS spelling bee next year, should contact Mrs.
Strong, so she can help them begin to preparing
Community Pep Rally kicks off Basketball season
by Cory Baldwin
Thursday, Dec. 3 a Community Wide Pep
Rally was held in the BHS gymnasium for the
upcoming basketball season. BHS cheerleaders
performed and Coach Davis shared his
expectations with the team and supporters.
The J.V. Boys Basketball and Varsity Boys
Basketball players were introduced to the
community. Following the introduction, the
basketball players, staff of BHS and a few
talented community members put on a display
of their skills in a shoot-out contest.
Mr. Barber was pleased with last year's
performance. "We may have lost a few seniors,
but we have returning players which makes for
a very productive season.
BHS is in a new district this year and we
are looking forward to watching the hard work
and high energy of this team."
Also, Mr. Barber challenges the team
to "Avenge the loss from last year to
do you know
Head Football ,
born in 1969,
in Florala, AL.
year. The -h
that year with
a 7-0 record. BHS football C
Coach Jordan started as QB on
varsity under Coach David Pitts.
After graduating in 1987 from
Blountstown High, he moved on
to play football at Valdosta State
but due to a shoulder injury, his
football career ended.
Coach Jordan decided to go to
Chipola and from there moved
on to Florida State University
and earned a degree in Physical
Education. Besides coaching, he
has taught Personal Fitness and
Now as head Coach he runs
the weightlifting program. I had
a chance to ask coach if he ever
thought of another career and he
said, "I liked Biology in school.
and like the outdoors so I probably
C o Coach s
time with his
t" lovely wife
FSU, but in
ach, Greg Jordan the past two
and Georgia Tech to his list.
Blountstown's very own Ryan.
Baker and. Jonathan Lockhart
are attending these colleges on
Football Scholarships. He enjoys
watching the movie Remember
the Titans and reading his favorite
book-Bleachers, by John Grisham.
He also enjoys listening to classic
rock and country.
Greg Jordan is a wonderful
coach and the thing he values most
from his 13 years of coaching is
watching kids from 9th grade
grow into young adults in their
senior year. "I enjoy being a
part of their lives and I hope to
instill a motivation in their hearts
and minds to someday become
Fundraiser for the Tolar
Music Dept. a success.
The parent-sponsored Wii
Fundraiser to purchase items for
the W.R. Tolar Music Depart-
ment was a great success. Con-
gratulations to the lady from Tal-
lahassee winning the Wii, who
wished to remain anonymous.
Congratulations' to Trevor Mur-
phy who won the prize for sell-
ing the most tickets, 501 total.
Thanks for your hard work.
Thanks to the following busi-
ness who gave donations and
made it possible to purchase the
game system for this fundraiser:
Sheriff Donnie Conyers, Super-
intendent of Schools Sue Sum-
mers, Strickland's Ace Hatd-
ware, Liberty Tire Company,
Buy Rite Drugs, Benny's BP and
Design Graphics. Also a thank
you to Stacy Fant and Rodney
Money for all your hard work.
Thank you to all the kids and
parents that sold or bought tick-
ets, we appreciate it.
'Dawn Murphy (parent sponsor)
D D I 16, IO20
A choice of low fat white,
chocolate or strawberry milk
served with all meals.
Cheese toast with cheese grits or as-
sorted cereal with buttered toast and
French toast sticks with syrup, sau-
sage patty or assorted cereal with
buttered toast and assorted juice.
Sausage and egg, biscuit, tater tots
or assorted cereal with buttered toast
and assorted juice.
Pancake/sausage on a stick with
syrup or assorted cereal with but-
tered toast and assorted juice.
Cheese toast with ha and grits or as-
sorted cereal With buttered toast and
NOTE: BES RECEIVES CEREAL ON MONDAY AND
HOT CHOICE TUESDAY THRU FRIDAY.
(Pre-K thru 5th)
Baked Ziti, broccoli/cauliflowerpolanaise,
garlic bread stick and fresh fruit. (Grades
6-12) Alternatives: Buffalo chicken wrap;
Caesar chicken salad.
Cheese pizza, garden salad and fresh
fruit. (Grades 6-12) Alternatives: Turkey
and cheese wrap; Chef salad.
Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn
on the cob and apple sauce. (Grades
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Vegetable beef soup with grilled cheese
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Alternatives: Turkey BLT wrap; Grilled
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garlic bread stick. (Grades 6-12) Alter-
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French toast sticks, ham or
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Sausage biscuit or assorted
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hash browns and assorted
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Grits, scrambled eggs or as-
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Hot dog on bun; or alternative Ital-
ian chef salad, crinkle cut fries, green
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Shrimp poppers; or alternative Ham and
Turkey sub, cheese grits, baked beans
and chilled peaches.
Cheeseburger on a bun; or alternative
Popcorn chicken salad, lettuce/tomato/
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DECEMBER 9, 2009 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 19
Kindergarten class wins pizza party
for collecting the most canned foods
The Elder Care Services and The Retired and Senior Volunteer
Program (RSVP) would like to thank Altha Public School for their
support during their Red Ribbon Week.
"I Can, You Can, We Can, Be Drug Free"
In return for raising food, Elder Care Services provided the winning
class with a pizza party. The winning class for the contest was Mrs.
Alysha Edenfield's kindergarten. They helped raised enough canned
foods to help 20 seniors in Calhoun County for the Holidays.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program isfederallyfunded
by the Corporation f6r National Service and sponsored by
Elder Care Services, Inc., A United Way Agency.
ALTHA SCHOOL NEWS
A lt h a 's I# FA f '1
Principal Ladona Kelly -
proudly announces .
Altha School's Kids .
of Character for the
month of Nov.ember, e"
who demonstrate -
the character trait of
left: Montanna McClain,
Julie Burge, Bettyanne
Crank and Jared
Middleten. Second row:
Dylan Cassatt, Timmy
Griffin, Austin Roberts
and Aidan Quattlebaum.
Third row: Collin Mears,
Bryce O'Neal, Madison
Marshall and Elayna
Schwartz., Not pictured:
Audrey Marston. ....
,. Altha holds Sports Banquet Nov. 17 for all school teams
The sports banquef vwas held Nov. 17 at 6:30
p.m. in the Altha School Lunchroom. Varsity, JV
and Middle School teams were all recognized for
their hard work. Attendees enjoyed a video with
highlights of the season put together by Varisty
Coach LeAnna Hall with the assistance of Albert
Next week, boys' basketball will be featured.
S "The Middle School
Volleyball A-Team, from
S Left: Hannah Register,
S- Highest GPA; Mackenzie
May, Best Defense; Carly
.. Schwartz, Highest GPA;
-' / J Mary Sewell, Best Offense
and Morgan Lewis, Most
Varsity Volleyball team, first row, from left: Cessna Folsom, Senior Award;
Rebekah Wiltse, Wildcat Award & Senior Award; Amy Tharp, Senior Award;
Emily Brooks, Highest GPA and Senior Award. Second row: Loni Johnson,
Most Service Points and Senior Award; Cortney Harris, Setter Award; Christy
Simmons, Hitter Award and Best Defense; Nikki Schamens, Most Improved;
Coach LeAnna Hall. Not Pictured: KK Beauchamp and Brett Floyd, Senior
The Middle School
Volleyball B-Team, from
left: Jenny Moore, Best
Defense and Highest
GPA; Madison Rowe,
Best Offense and
Elizabeth Bailey, Most
Improved. The middle
school team was coached
by Maggie Sewell.
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Haley Payne, Most Improved.
Page 20 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL DECEMBER 9,2009
Wildcats fall to Malone and Munroe last week
ABOVE: Brett Floyd goes up for the jutip shot. BELOW:
Will Rogers shakes hands with a Malone player after the
loss to Malone. DANIEL WILLIAMS PHOTOS
ALTHA, DEC. 1-The Altha
Junior Varsity Wildcats trailed the
Malone Tigers 16-13 at halftime in last
Tuesday's regular basketball season
opener. However, the Tigers defense
proved to be too much for the Wildcats
in the second half and the Tigers walked
away with a 38-18 win.
Caleb Chew led Altha with 8 points
and 3 steals. Corey Barton, Jae Fielder,
Jeremy O'Bryan, Jeffery Waldroff and
Ryan Wood all contributed a 2-point
field goal apiece. Also, Wood cleared 4
rebounds and blocked a Tiger's shot.
The varsity Wildcats also ended up
on the wrong end of a 66-40 score in
their season and district opener.
Tyler Hamilton was the leading
scorer for Altha with 16 points as well
as 7 rebounds. He and Josh Warner
had 2 rebounds. Will Rogers sank 12
points (including 4 3-pointers), led his
team with 6 assists and he had a steal.
Warner added 4 points, snagged 4
rebounds, picked up 2 steals, blocked
a shot and was credited with an assist.
Ethan Ellis, Brett Floyd, Carl Montecon
and Terry Wyllie each added a 2-point
field goal. Ellis had 3 rebounds and an
assist. Floyd blocked ii shot atteinpt
and Wyllie picked up an assist.
MT. PLEASANT, DEC. 3-Trailing
the Munroe Bobcats 23-20 in the last
few seconds, Altha's Kent Rogers
launched 3 3-pointers trying to tie
the junior varsity game and send it
to overtime but he missed on all 3
Ryan Wood rebounded Rogers' last
shot and with time running out put
back up a 2-point field goal to pull
the Wildcats (0-2) to within a point,
Wood was the offensive leader with
11 points (including his first from
beyond the arc). Both he and Jeremy
O'Bryan cleared 4 rebounds. Also,
O'Bryan had a steal and he blocked
a shot attempt. Caleb Chew scored
9 points and was credited with an
assist. Jeffery Waldroff chipped in a
2-point field goal and he pulled down
a rebound. Jae Fielder had 2 rebounds
and a steal. Tyler McClellan snared 2
rebounds, had 2 steals and he picked
up an assist.
Where there's a Will, there was
almost a way last Thursday night.
Will Rogers put his team on his
back and almost single-handedly
led the Wildcats (0-2; 0-2, Class
IA-District 2) from a scome-from-
behind win over the Munroe
Trailing 12 points with just over
3 minutes to go Rogers sank 3
3-pointers to give Altha a chance
for their first win but Munroe (1-2;
0-1, Class IA, District 2) sank their
last 5 free throws
to secure a 4641 .
Munroe held a
10-4 first quarter
lead and they
extended it to 24-
17 at the break. At
the end of the third
stanza the Bobcats
were still leading
31-20 before the -
Wildcats went on
their 21-15 point
a career-high 30
Also, he had
two steals and
an assist. Both
and Jacob Warner
scored 4 points
came away with
a season-high B B
10 rebounds and
he picked up 2
assists. Warner BOVEKentRog
ABOVE: Kent Rog
was credited with 3 rebounds, 2
blocked shot attempts, a steal and a 2
assists. Ethan Ellis chipped in a 2-point
field goal, cleared 2 rebounds and he
had an assist. Carl Montecon sank a
free throw, pulled down 2 rebounds,
and he was credited with 2 steals and
The Wildcats were back in action
this past Monday and Tuesday against
John Paul II and FAMU High (check
out next week's issue for game details).
Tomorrow (Thursday) the Wewahitchka
Gators come crawling into "THE
DEN" for a 6 p.m. (CT) Junior Varsity
game, followed by the Varsity match
at 7:30 p.m.
Next'Tuesday, Dec. 15 the Wildcats
will travel to Poplar Springs with the
junior varsity action beginning at 5 p.m.
(CT) and the varsity action is scheduled
to get under way at 6:30 p.m.-
4JW % !E
)er; i fule a hechrge te lne
to hold basketball
registration Dec. 12
Registration is open for the
2010 Liberty County Recreation
program. This program is open
to youth ages 6-13 as of Jan. 1..
Cost for the program is $30
which includes a shirt. The
program will begin Saturday,
Jan. 9 and continue for six
Registration will be held
Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Civic
Center from 9 a.m. until noon.
For further information call
the Recreation Department at
643-2175 or Joe Ferolito at
The Recreation department is
also looking for coaches for this
program. If interested please
call the above numbers.
Liberty County Road 12 will temporarily close
from County Road 379 (in Orange) to SR 65
(in Wilma) to thru traffic from December 14,
. -2009 @ 6 a.m. until December 23, 2009 @ 5
p.m. This will be conducted to replace the cross
drains under the roadway at Rowlett's Creek.
Local traffic will be permitted. Thru traffic will
need to use County Road 379 as a detour.
ON WYBT AND WPHK
Listen to football on WYBT and WPHK. This week..
The Miami Dolphins take
on Jacksonville, Sunday,
Dec. 13 in Jacksonville.
Air time 12 noon (CT)
immediately following the
Gateway Baptist Church
broadcast on K102.7.
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Kids had a chance to talk to Santa while the rest of the family
enjoyed listening to music and doing some holiday shopping at
Saturday's Christmas Festival at Magnolia Square in Blountstown.
At left, Young Bradley Edwards keeps smiling even little Kloee
Bailey looks like she's having second thoughts about sitting on
this stranger's lap. DANIEL WILLIAMS PHOTOS
CALHOUN COUNTY RESIDENTS:
A CHANGE IS COMING!
*Emerald Waste Services (EWS) has been awarded the Gar-
bage Collection Contract to service residents and businesses
in the "UNICORPORATED" areas of the County.
*(Please note: Residents and Businesses located in the City
Limits of "Blountstown" are not part of the service.)
*EWS will start service Saturday, January 2nd by picking up the
homes which normally would have been collected on Friday -
but will not be on Friday, January 1st due to the New Year's
holiday. Normal collection days will begin on Monday, January
4th, 2010. Service will remain once per week for residential col-
lection and as appropriate for businesses.
*Starting December 14th, EWS will begin delivering new
96-gallon carts to residents. If you are an existing collection
customer, we will deliver the cart to your curbside. All carts will
be delivered by December 30th.
*If you are not currently signed up for the collection service,
please do so immediately to avoid future penalties for non-
compliance with the new Mandatory Solid Waste Collection
*Our intention is to maintain the same service collection
days. However, it is possible there could be a change. In
the event, we will notify you in advance.
*SIGNING UP IS EASY! Visit our website at www.emerald-
waste.com, or call us at (800) 847-6422. (REMEMBER,
IF YOU ARE ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR COLLECTION
WITH THE PREVIOUS SERVICE PROVIDER, WE WILL
AUTOMATICALLY SIGN YOU UP AND DELIVER YOUR
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BLOUNTSTOWN-Bobbie Lou Williams,
98, of Blountstown passed away Friday, Dec.
4, 2009 in Tallahassee. She was born on July
3, 1911 in Headland, AL and had lived in
Graceville for several years before moving to
Blountstown in 1971. She was a homemaker and
a very active member of the Blountstown United
Methodist Church in Blountstown. She was a
member of the Women's Club and the Garden
Club in Graceville.
She was preceded in death by her husband
Frank W. Williams and a daughter, Frankie Lou
Survivors include one son, Davis Wilson
Williams and his wife, Peggy of Crawfordville;
six grandchildren: Sharon Bush and her husband,
Rick of Bonifay, Lynn Williams Lynn and her
husband, Andy of Wakulla Station, Donna
Clark and her husband, Lindell of Sopchoppy,
Sandy Register and her husband, Mike of
Crawfordville, Eddie Shiflet and his wife, Jo of
Louisville, KY and Dorenda Hunt of Frankfort,
KY; 13 great-grandchildren and five great-great-
Services were held Monday, Dec. 7 at the
Blountstown United Methodist Church with
Reverend Steve Warren and Reverend Charles
Smith officiating. Interment followed in the
Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown. Serving
as pallbearers were her great-grandsons, Shane
Bush, Patrick Bush, Britt Bush, all of Bonifay,
Cole Oliver and John Landrum, both of
Crawfordville and Heath Clark of Sopchoppy.
Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown was in
charge of the arrangements.
H. Shepard, 72, of Sycamore
passed away Sunday, Dec.
6, 2009 in Blountstown. He
was a lifetime native of the.
Sycamore/Pine Grove area and
retired from the Department of
He was preceded in death by
his parents, James H. 'Bud' and
Adell Miley Shepard.
Survivors include two
daughters, Shelly Arnold and
her husband, Brian of Sycamore
and Marilyn Long and her
husband, Omar of Wellington;
a sister, Yvonne Hindman
and her husband, Jimmy, a
brother, Ellis Shepard and his
wife Velma, all of Sycamore;
three grandchildren, Jeremy
Watson, Corrie Shepard and
Services will be held
Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at
the Pine Grove Baptist Church
with interment following in the
Pine Grove Cemetery.
Charles McClellan Funeral
Home in Quincy is in charge of
James Alford, 91, of
away Wednesday, Dec.
2, 2009 in Blountstown.
He 4was born on Jan. 18,
1918 in Dellwood and had lived in Calhoun
County for most of his life. He was retired
from the United States Navy with 20 years of
duty. He had a very impressive military career,
-stationed at U.S. Naval Training Command in
Norfold, VA, U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus
Christi, TX, O.P. Dev Station in Key West, New
York Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet, NSG in
Bayonne, N.J. He served aboard the carriers
USS Lexington, USS Hancock, USS Philippine
Sea, USS Greenwich Bay, USS Ticonderoga
and the USS Midway. He also served aboard
the destroyers USS Stormes, USS Maloy and
PC 1121. He was of the holiness faith.
Survivors include one brother, R.L. Alford
of Blountstown; two sisters, Mildred Peck and
Betty Watson, both of Tallahassee; several
nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2
p.m. (CT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel
with Reverend Richard Waterman officiating.
Interment followed in the Edenfield Cemetery
in Altha with military honors. In lieu of
flowers, contributions can be made to the
Panhandle Pioneer Settlement at P. O. Box 215,
Blountstown, FL 32424.
Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown was in
charge of the arrangements.
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This special time of remembrance and healing is open
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A reception will follow the service.
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Make holiday memories last with a-living tree
C by Theresa Friday,
Horticulture Extension Agent,
Santa Rosa County
The Christmas tree is an
iconic symbol of the holidays.
A living Christmas tree--with
roots still attached--is an envi-
ronmentally friendly version
of the traditional Christmas
tree. And when the Christmas
season is over, plant your liv-
ing tree outside. Fortunately,
January. is a great time to
plant trees in Florida.
There are several things to
consider before deciding to
purchase and then transplant
a living Christmas tree.
First, select a species that
is well-suited to your grow-
ing area. In Northwest Flor-
ida, we live in plant hardi-
ness zone 8. While many
evergreen trees are not suited
to the Gulf Coast, there are
several that will thrive in our
Tree species that are suited
for Florida include red cedar,
Leyland cypress, sand pine,
and junipers. Some unusual
choices include the Japanese
cedar (Cryptomeria japoni-
ca) and deodar cedar.
Be sure to select a tree
whose mature size will work
in your landscape. If you
don't have space for a full-
size tree, consider placing a
smaller container plant on a
tabletop. You can keep the
plant on a patio or deck dur-
ing the remainder of the year
and bring it inside to decorate
for the holidays.
Don't try to find your live
Christmas tree in the woods.
Digging up live trees can
cause transplant shock, and
the tree will probably die.
Wild trees are also unlikely
to have the classic Christmas
tree shape. Many nurseries
grow Christmas trees in con-
tainers. These trees can be
brought inside the house and
decorated just like cut real
trees or artificial trees.
When you go to select
your tree, look for one with
well colored needles. Avoid
buying trees with yellow-
ing or brown tips. If you are
purchasing a containerized
tree make sure that it is not
pot bound. The root ball of a
balled and burlapped (B&B)
tree should be firm and well
When taking the tree home,
try not to injure the roots of
the tree by dropping it, this
will stress the tree and do not
carry the tree by its trunk.
Always be sure to cover the
tree when bringing it home
to prevent desiccation by the
Before moving the tree in-
side the house, acclimate the
tree to its new environment
by moving it to an unheated,
but sheltered area (such as
garage or patio), for a couple
Once inside and decorat-
ed, remember to take care of
your tree properly. Locate
the tree in as cool a location
as possible. Keep it away
from heating vents, fireplaces
and other heat sources. Use
limited numbers of miniature
tree lights. Keep the root ball
evenly moist, but not flood-
After the holidays, readjust garage or sheltered patio for
the tree to outdoor tempera- several days. Try to plant the
tures by placing it back in the tree as soon. as possible. Do
not wait until spring.
For more information on
how to properly plant a tree,
view a University of Florida
online publication at www://
edis.ifas.ufl.edu/epll2 or call
your local Extension Agent.
Once your tree has been
planted in the landscape, you
can decorate it every holiday
season with yard-brightening
tinsel, ornaments, and out-
door lights. Make holiday
memories last by adding a
living tree to your landscape.
Theresa Friday is the Resi-
dential Horticulture Exten-
sion Agent for Santa Rosa
County. The use of trade
names, if used in this article,
is solely for the purpose of
providing specific informa-
tion. It is not a guarantee,
warranty, or endorsement
of the product name(s) and
does not signify that they are
approved to the exclusion of
For additional information
about all of the county exten-
sion services and other arti-
cles of interest go to: www://
Squirrels are natures acrobats
Squirrels are nature's acrobats
Bounding from tree limb to
tree limb, running up and down
and all around, chattering and
squeaking, the gray squirrel
plays endlessly through the
There are many things to
learn about this energetic
Three kinds of squirrels live
in Florida the fox squirrel,
the southern flying squirrel
and the eastern gray squirrel,
which is the most common
Eastern gray squirrels are a
part of the rodent family, like
rats and mice.
Squirrels have bushy, gray-
brown tails; small, pointy ears;
whiskers; and a gray body that
is 8 to 12 inches long. Their tail
adds another 6 inches.
The tail is its most familiar
feature. The mammal uses it
for many things. When the
tail twitches, a squirrel may be
saying to other squirrels, "Get
away! That nut is mine!"
A squirrel's tail is very
useful. It helps with balance
and serves as a blanket in cold
weather, an umbrella on rainy
days and a shield in a fight.
Gray squirrels live in trees
by Jessica Basham
Florida Fish and Wildlife
either in hollowed-out areas
or in a nest. Ground squirrels
(chipmunks, groundhogs and
prairie dogs) live in holes in
Squirrels are acrobats and
can climb and jump to all sorts
of places. How many times
have you seen squirrels'"rob"
bird feeders? People spend a
lot of time trying to make bird
feeders that squirrels cannot
* get into.
These animals are accidental
farmers. The seeds and nuts
they drop or bury sometimes
sprout and become baby
Get Outdoors Florida!
Can you spot an oak tree,
a favorite source of food for
\ Look under the tree to see if
there are acorns on the ground.
Can you crack one with a rock?
Squirrels do it with their sharp
teeth. American Indians used
acorns for food, but first they
had to remove the shells, pound
the nuts with rocks and rinse or
soak the pieces many times to
remove the bitter taste. Then
they ate the mushy meal as a
good source of protein.
Acorns look like little elf
heads with hats. Can you draw
little faces on them?
Think about the squirrel's
gymnastic abilities. Some
can jump up to 6 feet! For a
foot-long squirrel, that is six
times its body length. How
tall are you? Ask a parent to
measure you. If you are 4 feet
tall, and you jumped six times
your body length, you would
have to travel 24 feet, or eight
Now go outside and measure
that distance. Then see how
far you can jump. Do not
be too disappointed, though.
Squirrels can do many things
Land clearing, excavation
and root raking:
*Private Drives & Roads
*Animal Food Plots
Call Eddie Nobles
at (850) 643-5390
or (850) 447-0449
L EDDIE NOBLES
Page 24 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL DECEMBER 9, 2009
Calhoun C.I. Sergeant Andy Millard of the K-9 Unit, Calhoun C. I. Warden Adro Johnson, and Blountstown Police Department
Major Rodney Smith. The vehicle in the background served as Major Smith's duty vehicle for more than three years. Officer
Sergeant Andy Millard will.use the much needed extended cab to facilitate better transportation of the K-9 team in the perfor-
mance of-their duties.
City of Blountstown presents surplus
truck to Calhoun Correctional Institution
The City ofBlountstown showed
their appreciation for the Staff of
the Calhoun Correctional Institu-
tion by providing them with a sur-
plus vehicle on Dec. 2.
On Nov. 10 the City Council for
the City of Blountstown declared
a 1997 Ford Pickup Extended Cab
surplus and further authorized the
gift of the vehicle to the local cor- P
The gift was made possible by
another grant from the State of Left to right: Blountstown City Councilmanr Tony Shoemake, Mayor R.W. Wihstoi
Florida through the Calhoun Coun- Deason, Blountstown City Manager James A. Woods, Calhoun C.I. Warden Adr
Flonda through the Calhoun Coun- Johnson, Blountstown Police Chief Glenn Kimbrell, and Calhoun County Sheril
ty Sheriff's Office. David Tatum as Warden Johnson was presented the title and key to the vehicle.
Deadline is March 14
March of Dimes
FL chapter seeks
FLORIDA The March of
Dimes Florida Chapter is seeking
proposals for grant projects in
Florida that. will address unmet
maternal health needs for high risk
women. "These grants address
significant maternal health issues
for women who have already had
a baby in the NICU, or who have
experienced the death of a baby,"'
said Valerie Browne-Krimsley,
RN, Ph.D., March of Dimes
Program Services Committee
Forms and instructions for
the 2010 grant program are
available on our web site,
Completed applications are due
no later than December 14. Please
com for more information. These
grants are one way the March
of Dimes pursues its mission
to give every baby. a healthy
start, according to Dr.Browne-
Krimsley. "We are grateful that
our successful fundraising efforts,
such as March for Babies, make
it possible for us to support new
efforts to help more babies to be
born healthy in Florida."
The March of Dimes is a
national voluntary health agency
whose mission is to improve the
health of babies by preventing
birth defects, premature birth,
and infant mortality. Founded
in 1938, the March of Dimes
funds programs of research,
community services, education,
and advocacy to save babies.
For more information, visit
the March of Dimes Web site at
www:marchofdimes.com or its
Spanish language 'Web site at
Tips on how to poison
The holiday season always
couples excited children, rushing
parents, holiday decorations, and
holiday parties; all of which have
been shown to create potential
for increases in accidental
The staff of the Florida/USVI
Poison Information Center
- Jacksonville would like to
remind everyone of the potential
poisoning hazards that could
threaten your holiday cheer.
Bacterial food poisoning from
mishandled food at parties can
result in diarrhea, stomach pain
and vomiting. These symptoms
usually go away in 12 to 24 hours;
however, severe and persistent
symptoms, especially when
accompanied by fever, can signal
that medical attention is needed.
Holiday decorations at this,
time of year often find their way
into a young child's or pet's
mouth. Likewise, alcoholic
beverages left unattended at
family parties have been known
to change holiday cheer into a
significant cause for concern.
The Poison Center can be reached
at 1-800-222-1222, 24 hours a
day, to immediately help with any
of these concerns or to answer
questions about these holiday
The following tips can help
you to ensure a safer holiday
season. Don't forget to remind
your sleep over holiday guests to
also keep their medications up,
out of reach and out of sight of
*Do not thaw food at room
temperature; this allows for
bacterial growth. Thaw
frozen food unwrapped in the
*Wash work areas, utensils
and hands after contact with
*Do not partially cook turkey
one day and continue cooking the
separately after the meal; room
temperature is not sufficient. Use
leftover turkey, stuffing and gravy
within three days of cooking.
*Be cognizant of how long
food, especially those requiring
refrigeration, is left out.
*Antique tree ornaments and
toys/decorations may contain
lead and should not be handled
*Bubble lights may contain
methylene chloride which is toxic
if the liquid is swallowed. '
*The use of artificial snow can
cause respiratory problems if not
used in a well-ventilated area.
*Angel hair, made of spun
home for the holidays
glass, is irritating to the eyes and
*Lamp oils can be toxic if
contents are swallowed and
coughed/vomited into the lungs.
*Artificial tree scents often
contain alcohol and other
irritants, and can be dangerous
if swallowed or sprayed into the
eyes. Tree preservatives may have
dangerous levels of electrolytes
and chemicals and should be kept
away from children and pets.
*Many small decorations, toy
parts, and batteries can block a
child's airway if swallowed. If
the decoration or toy fits into
the inside of an empty toilet
paper roll it may be too small for
very young children to handle.
Button batteries are particularly
dangerous if swallowed and
require immediate medical
*Clean up immediately
following all holiday parties so
that alcohol, cigarette butts, and
other potentially harmful items
are not within reach of children
who may imitate adult behavior.
*A small amount of alcohol
can cause a child's blood sugar
to drop to a dangerously low
level. Sleepiness, seizures and
breathing difficulties can occur
when a child swallows alcohol.
*Store all alcoholic beverages
in a locked cabinet or up and out
of reach and sight of children.
*Don't drink and drive.
If you suspect a poisoning
has occurred, or if you have
questions concerning poisonings,
immediately call the Poison
Centerat 1-800-222-1222. When
the problem is poison, the answer
is poison control.
DECEMBER 9, 2009 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 25
Big Bend Hospice Caring
Tree Program receives
Big Bend Hospice was recently visited by the Community Health
Accreditation Organization (CHAP) the premier hospice accreditation
provider in the country.
The Caring Tree Program, which.provides grief support for children
and teens, was singled out by the surveyors for special commendation.
In their written comments, the accreditation team said "This program
presents annually at several national conferences and is frequently
used as a 'laboratory site' for others in the USA and beyond to see
an outstanding example of a program that impacts the community
in profound ways while maintaining a slim budget and intense
community support and involvement." The Caring Tree program
which was established in 1995, partners with the school system, the
juvenile justice system and the Challenger Learning Center to provide
grief and loss counseling to children and teens both in groups and
through Camp Woe-Be-Gone.
Big Bend Hospice is pleased that the Caring Tree has been
recognized for their work with young people who are often the
"forgotten mourners" after a death. In 2008 the Caring Tree's staff
of four counselors touched over 2,700 young people in our area. The
majority of the families of these children and teens did not use Big
Bend Hospice services.
Because this program is funded through community donations it can
be provided free to those who need it. For more information on the
Caring Tree Program, call Pam Mezzina at (850) 878-5310 ext 799.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Commissioners of the
Northwest Florida Regional Housing
Authority will hold a Special Meeting,
December 15, 2009 in the Regency
Room of the Ramada Inn North, 2900
North Monroe St., Tallahassee, Florida.
Meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. E.S.T.
The meeting will be open to the public.
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Residents flocked to Connie's Cafe early Saturday morning to
do their part in helping raise money by enjoying a big pancake
breakfast for a $5- donation. The event made approximately
$1,500, which. is earmarked for a special Blountstown Fire
Department project the restoration of a 1945 fire'engine. ABOVE:
Emory Godwin (left) and Mark Collier (right) operate a pancake
assembly line as hungry customers wait for a plate. BELOW:
Megan Shoemake takes orders for drinks while the pancakes are
cooking. PHOTOS COURTESY TONY SHOEMAKER
Page 26 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL DECEMBER 9, 2009
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on 140 x 210 lot with paved
street. 2,200 sq. ft. under
Call 674-8003 or 209-9853
1, 2 & 3 Bedroom
"The Best Place to Live"
Call (850) 674-4202
16978 NW Mayo Street,
Blountstown, FL 32424.
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and fenced in area 500 sq. ft
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ITEMS FOR SALE
Baby clothes, 0-18 months, baby
blankets and toys, all items priced
low; Strawberry Shortcake baby
crib set, includes bumper pad,
blanket, pillow, mobile, dust ruffle,
night light and sheet set, asking
$100 (paid over $220). Call 447-
4527. 12-9, 12-16
New 2008 Quickbooks Pro pro-
gram, paid $275 asking $150; Five
Liberty Garango year books ('80-
'84) like new condition, $10 each.
Call 674-4885. 12-9,12-16
GE Space-saver microwave, wall
mount, excellent condition, two
years old, $125. Call 674-4885.
Walk-in cooler, $2,000; canvas
tent sections 30x30, $150 each;
artificial Christmas tree, $25. Call
Gateway computer, complete,
$300; Black and Decker vacuum
cleaner, $39; basket of clothes,
, $4; 4 ft. Christmas tree, $4; stuffed
animals, 500 $1 each or $4 a
bag. Call 272-4824. 12-9.12-16
Tan twveed fabric couch with dual
recliner $200; oversized chair with
recliner $100, take both for $250.
No stains or tears, approx. 5 years
old, good condition. Call (850)
447-2701. 12-2, 12-9
Couch, $20. Call 379-3046.
16" girls bicycle, excellent condi-
tion, $15. Call 674-4475. 12-2, 12-9
Aquarium, 40 gallon, complete
with everything including fish,
$125. Call 379-8220. 12-2,12-9
1997 Honda Accord Wagon,
190K miles, excellent interior and
exterior, automatic transmission,
A/C, power everything, runs great,
$3,800. Call (435) 452-1727 or
694-8462. 12-2, 12-9
1995 Buick Century Wagon,
needs transmission work, practi-
cally new tires, $600. Call 643-
1150. 12-2, 12-9
1992 Nissan Sentra, 4-cyl. man-
ual transmission, recent clutch kit,
new radiator and fans, runs ex-
tremely well, cold A/C, 35-38 Hwy.
MPG, $1,600. Call (850) 227-
4881. 12-2, 12-9
TRUCKS & SlUVS
2004 GMC 3/4 ton work body
truck, 71,000 miles, $11,500. Call
674-8092 or 573-0616. 12-9, 12-16
350 Motor w/turbo 400 transmis-
sion, dressed out, runs good, $400.
Call 643-3622. 10-7, 10-14
1974 Nova body, $1,000 OBO.
Call 643-2557. 12-9,12-16
2002 Honda 250,2-stroke, $1,000.
Call 643-2647. 12-9, 12-16
2004 Yamaha 4-wheeler, 350
Bruin, 2wd, auto, -very low miles,
$2,000. Call 643-1402. 12-2,12-9
One acre on Ashley Shiver'Road,
five miles S. of Altha, $20,000 firm,
prime property; Approximately 1/2
acre on Black Bottom Road, four
miles S. of Altha, $10,000 firm. Se-
rious inquires only. Call 674-7138.
10 acres of land on Hwy. 67 out-
side of Telogia, two miles south,
$10,000 down and take over pay-
ments. Call 379-3046. 12-2, 12-9
One acre in Eastpoint, $25,000,
owner will finance, no develop-
ments. Call 379-3965. 12-2, 12-9
1/2 acre of land in city limits of
Blountstown, $12,000 OBO. Call
(850) 727-3494. 12-2, 12-9
Big lot on Chipola River, located in
Calhoun County. Call 643-1514.
Propane tanks, 120-gallon, $150;
20-gallon, $50. Call 643-2672.
Generator, 6250 watt power,
never used, $450 OBO. Call 379-
Briggs Stratton XL4000 gen-
erator, 5300 starting watts,
like new, $350. Call 379-
3789 or 294-4137. 12-2, 12-9
55-gallon steel drums with lids,
25, $10 and up, excellent storage.
Call 592-5780. 11-18thru 12-23
White Boxer puppies, 2 males
& 1 female, 8 weeks old, has had
wormed and shots, $100. Call
762-3998 evenings and 209-1913
anytime. 12-9, 12-16
American Bulldog puppies,
greattonfirmation and bone struc-
ture. Call 544-5440. 12-9,12-16
Colby Pit Bulldog, female, great
hog dog (hard hitting), $100. Call
(850) 545-1560. 12-2, 12-9
Bulldog puppies, 4 females and
3 males, first shots, 8 weeks old,
$25 each. Call 379-3046. 12-2, 12-9
Free kittens. Call 674-1838.
FOUND: Male dog, approximate-
ly two years old, tan with dark
streaks, white front paws, white on
chest, spot on nose, very sweet.
Call 643-5731. 12-9,12-16
LOST: Beagle dog, female, 8
months old, last seen in Clarks-
ville CR 1. Offering $1,000 reward
and no questions asked for return.
Call (850)819-4579 or (850)814-
LOST: Brown, male dog, weighs
about 33 lbs. and last seen around
the Snipes Trailer Park. He is short
legged, long body and has a nick
in one ear and a cropped tail. He
came to my home several months
ago, I took him to the vet had him
fixed, got all his shots and a col-
lar. The collar was taken off when
he was in the house, he ran away
when let out in the yard without his
collar. He is due a flea treatment.
His name is Cody. Please call me
at 643-5254 and I will come get
him. If he has found a new home
let me know and I will at least come
give him his flea treatment.
New or used instruments do-
nated to the Tolar School for the
band. Call 643-6390. 12-9,12-16
Vertical shaft for lawn mower en-
gine, 16-25 Hp. Call 674-8010.
Place to rent in Sumatra area
or a small fixer upper to purchase
with owner financing. Retired
couple interested. Call 762-8530.
A reasonable place to rent. Call
Two working front axles for a
2002 Honda Rancher 350 4x4.
Call (850) 526-8234. 12-912-16
Ab Circle Pro for a younger per-
son's Christmas gift. Reasonably
priced. Call 643-1428 evenings.
Junk cars and trucks, any condition.
We pay cash. Call 762-8459 or 272-
1126 cell. UFN
BOAT & GUNS
Red Nose Pit puppies, $50 each. 14 ft. Aluminum Boat and trailer,
Call 762-8225. 12-9.12-16 $400. Call 643-2672. 12-9,12-16
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Dec.13 Dec. 19
ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You may be tempted to sleep in most days this week,
Aries, but don't waste your time on too many ZZZZs. You
will find that it's actually a good time to get moving.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Have you felt like you're doing so much that the days
seem doubly long? Don't worry, more free time is head-
ing your way along with a chance to kick back and relax.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
While you thought you had the energy to make it through
the week, by Wednesday you may find you need to take a
"mental health day." Do something you enjoy.
CANCER- Jun 22/Jul 22
Many people believe that what goes around comes
around. Perhaps you should apply this notion to the way
you have been acting lately, Cancer.
'LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
There comes a time when the curtain must close on the
show you keep putting on. It's time that you figure out,
that others need to share the spotlight, Leo.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
It's feeling like a long time that you've experienced your
inner child, Virgo. This week let it shine through and
have a lot of fun in the process. Pisces tags along.
LIBRA- Sept 23/Oct 23
Don't feel disheartened if things don't go according to
plan, Libra. At least that means that changes can be in
store and better news on the horizon.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
There are some days when you just have to admit that
you're wrong, Scorpio. Tuesday of this week is one of
them. Be a big person and stand up to your shortcomings.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
This is a week where there are many opportunities
for having fun, Sagittarius. You just have to hop
on the right excitement train. Find a friend to
be your partner in crime.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
You have been on a strict regiment and schedule,
Capricorn. It could be time to loosen up a bit and
enjoy yourself for a change. Don't feel guilty
about having a little fun.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Just because you are in a bad mood,
Aquarius, you shouldn't take it out on others.
They only mean well and you're on edge. A
few days away may recharge your batteries.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Spend some time with friends and family this week, Pi-
sces. You can really use the comradery they will provide.
Taylor Swift, Singer (20)
Vanessa Hudgens, Actress (241)
Don Johnson, Actor (60)
Benjamin Bratt, Actor (46)
Bill Pullman, Actor (56)
Steven Spielberg, Director (63)
Alyssa Milano, Actress (37)
25 ft., fiberglass boat, hull and
cabin, new stringers being in-
stalled, built on NC coast, no pow-
er w/tandem axle trailer included,
$4,900. Call 762-8812. 12-9,12-16
Hunting rifle, Remington model
700, 7mm magnum caliber, black
matt finish, synthetic stock, like
new condition, with sling, scope
and mount rings, $350 or best of-
fer. Call 762-3986.
Rossi 357 Mag, stainless steel
double action revolver, complete
with all reloading supplies and ex-
tra items, $495 for all. Call 674-
12' Plywood boat, with motor and
trailer, two gas tanks, 3 life jack-
ets, and new boat seat. Call 643-
Saturday, Dec. 12 begin-
ning at 8 a.m. Located at
15,006 NW CR 274 in Al-
tha. Household, clothing
and other misc. items. Call
0 BRISTOL *
Moving sale, all must go
within 2 weeks. 36" TV,
antique wrought iron. rack/
with several shelves, hide-
a-bed sofa, lamps, bed lin-
er for 5.5 Ford truck, area
rug and other misc. items.
Saturday, Dec. 12 from at
8:30 a.m. until noon, locat-
ed at 15908 NW CR 379A
in Bristol beside the Life
pen'.'..'.. .. .
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John Deer Excavator, 690B, 3 ft.
bucket, $1,250. Call 674-8092 or
Small Ford tractor, overhauled,
new electrical, new tires, new
paint, $3,200. Call 643-3509.
Viking pop-up camper, needs
canvas work, make offer. Call
More Abundant Fellowship
Church. Clothing for work
and play, infants/toddlers
items, & more.
j BLOUNTSTOWN Tj
Friday, Dec. 11 and Sat-
urday, Dec. 12 at SW Cy-
press Street in Blountstown
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each
,day. Over 150 fishing rods,
all sizes, salt and fresh wa-
ter, light and heavy duty,
tackle boxes, 'tackle; two
boats, 17 ft. center console,
16 ft. fiberglass Avalon;
Yamaha Jet Ski; Honda
Odyssy Dune buggy; '89
Jeep Wrangler; other misc.
items. Call 237-1388.
.s.ll, .MO., O .*S. .'.,
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Good for dog pens,
bird pens, dog pens,
goat pens, dog pens,
cow pens, dog pens,
horse pens, and
Did I mention
12 N in Bristol
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REDUCED--210 acre hunt-
ing tract in Jackson County.
Abundance of deer, small
spring for water supply and
numerous food plots. Mar-
ketable pines, about 10 min-
utes from 1-10 and Walmart.
$399,000 or will subdivide.
Call Elaine Gary, BlueWa-
ter Realty Group, 850-509-
40 acre tract in Jackson
County. Abundance of
deer, small spring for water
supply and numerous food
plots. Marketable pines,
about 10 minutes from
1-10 and Walmart. *80,000,
other tracts available. Call
Elaine Gary, BlueWater
Realty Group, 850-509-
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Brian Anders kills two deer minutes
apart during Thanksgiving weekend
Brian Anders received a true Thanksgiving daughter Whitney, wife Mellisa and daughter
blessing when he walked out with two nice Lindsay. He was hunting on private land the
bucks that he shot within minutes of each day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27 and shot a
other. He is shown with his girls, from left: 7-point and a 10-point.
... .. ......
Forrest Rainwater kills his very 1st deer
and his sister Chloe catches her 1st fish
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Forrest and Chloe Rainwater visited Lib-
erty County with their parents Mark and Kathryn along with their grandfather, Carlos
Rainwater. They enjoyed the company of Johnny and Beth Eubanks at their camp.
LEFT: Forrest Rainwater is pictured with his grandfather after killing his first deer, a
nice six-point buck. RIGHT: Chloe shows off her catch, her very first fish ever. For-
rest and Chloe live in Atlanta, GA with their parents. Their grandfather, Carlos, lives in
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FWC announces continuation of python permit program.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
will issue permits for capturing
reptiles of concern on state-
managed lands in South Florida,
beginning January 2010. These
permits will expire Dec. 31,2010.
Applications are available at
MyFWC.com; click on "Burmese
pythons" from the "Quick Clicks"
menu. Only qualified applicants
will be issued the permits.
The first phase of this program
began July 17 and ran through
Oct. 31. The FWC issued 15
permits for capturing Burmese
pythons and other reptiles
of concern on specific state-
managed lands in South Florida.
'Ten of the 15 permit holders
actually made trips on the wildlife
management areas, capturing a
total of 39 Burmese pythons. No
other reptiles of concern were
. found. For the 10 who made trips,
their original permit has been.
extended through Dec. 31, 2009.
They are eligible to apply for the
The permit period beginning
Jan. 1 requires potential permit
holders to be Florida residents and
to have a reptile of concern permit,
digital. camera and a GPS unit.
They also must have experience
in capturing wild snakes, handling.
large constrictors, euthanizing
reptiles and working in remote
areas. The permit holders are
required to photograph and mark
GPS locations, photograph and
describe stomach contents of
euthanized snakes, file reports
with the FWC within 36 hours
of capture, and euthanize pythons
onsite or transport live pythons to
be euthanized at a location with
veterinary facilities or deliver live
pythons to a reptile- of concern
licensed recipient. Permit holders
will be required to make at least
five trips each calendar quarter.
Fish and Wildlife
cgig pml $:
They also must visit each WMA
at least twice during the year.
"We were able to collect some
initial data during the first phase
of this program that will help
us determine the extent of the
population on state-managed
lands," said Scott Hardin, the
FWC's exotic species section
leader. "We want to continue
allowing experts.out there to
ensure this exotic species does.
not spread any farther north in
The permit holders may
work any time outside hunting
season and between sunset and.
sunrise during hunting season.
on Everglades and Francis S.
Taylor WMA, Holey Land
WMA, Rotenberger WMA and
Southern Glades Wildlife and
Burmese pythons are a
nonnative species to Florida and
to North America, but they have
spread throughout the Everglades
region, with populations in the
thousands. All reptiles of concern
may be taken under this permit,
although in the first phase of the
program, only Burmese pythons
were found. Other reptiles of
concern include Indian python,
reticulated python, African
rock python (both southern and
northern), amethystine or scrub
python, green anaconda and
Nile monitor lizard. Reptiles of
concern may be kept as pets in
Florida, but owners are required
to have a reptile of concern permit
from the FWC. The license costs
$100 per year and mandates
specific caging requirements.
Reptiles of concern more than
2 inches in diameter must be
implanted with a microchip
that identifies the animal. It is
unlawful to allow them to escape
or to release them into the wild.
For the application and more
information, visit MyFWC.com
and click on "Burmese pythons."
If you have a reptile of concern
you can no longer keep as a pet,
call your local FWC regional
FWC needs your input on the draft black bass management plan
by Bob Wattendorf
Black bass are the most popular
recreational fishes in the United
States, but do you know what they
are? In the Sunshine State, black
bass include Florida largemouth,
shoal, spotted and Suwannee
basses. We are fortunate to live
in a state known as the Garden
of Eden for these feisty sport
fish. Scientists specializing in
fish species will tell you they
aren't real bass at all, but rather
members of the sunfish family
that include crappie and bluegill.
But anglers who have tussled
with a Florida largemouth bass
will insist they are the "reel"
In Florida, black bass annually
provide more than 800,000 anglers
with nearly 15 million days of
healthy outdoor recreation and
generate substantially more than
a billion dollars in economic
impact for Florida. So although
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
(FWC) has always zealously
managed these fish to ensure their
survival and sustainable use, it is
now time to pull together all the
loosely connected pieces into one
cohesive management plan.
Darrell Scovell, director of the
Division of Freshwater Fisheries
Management, announced the
framework for such a plan at the
first public meeting of the rapidly
evolving Florida Freshwater
Fishing Coalition (FLFFC.org), in
October in Orlando. The FWC's
Black Bass Management Plan will
ultimately provide the blueprint
to ensure Florida's recognition
as "The Bass Capital of the
World," according to Scovell.
The meeting drew representatives
from 17 fishery-dependent type
organizations, businesses and
groups who actively participated
in the discussion and commended
the FWC for its outreach effort.
Tom Champeau, an FWC
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fisheries expert and director of
the South Region, introduced
the concept at the meeting. He
emphasized that the prominence
of our bass fisheries cannot be
taken for granted. Participation
in freshwater fishing has been
affected by societal changes
related to urbanization and
Freshwater fishing license sales
have shown an overall decline
since the 1980s, although sales
have stabilized over the past 10
years. Development of land and
water resources to support our
current and projected population
growth threatens lake, river and
associated wetland habitats. The
uncertain impacts of climate
change on freshwater habitats and
bass fishing require investigation
and adaptive management.
To protect our valuable bass
fisheries, the FWC plans to engage
more stakeholders through a year-
long process to develop a long-
term (2010-2030) management
plan for Florida bass species.
This plan will provide strategies
and programs to manage for high
quality fisheries and increase
opportunities for anglers to pursue
trophy Florida bass.
"The FLFFC is ecstatic about
being involved at the grass roots
level in discussing Florida's black
bass management," said Todd
Kersey, CEO of the FLFFC. "The
enthusiasm of the participants
shows how important this is
and the desire to see all aspects
of management from aquatic
vegetation control, to habitat
enhancement and stocking, to
regulation management and
enforcement included in the
That is just what the FWC
biologists wanted to hear, not
only from the FLFFC, but from
all of the nearly 1 million anglers
who enjoy fishing in Florida for
black bass. The plan will include
all those aspects and more, but
the final product depends on
good, solid science, knowledge
of local fisheries including the
constraints and opportunities and
what you, the public, want your
fisheries resources to be. From
creating relaxing, low-pressure
aesthetic fisheries where natural
scenery is the major draw, to fast-
action schooling bass in the small
to average size range, to limited-
entry trophy bass fisheries,
FWC biologists are willing to
work with local communities
to design a management plan
that, with adequate funding and
public support, can provide the
sustainable fishing opportunities
To see a draft of the plan and
the PowerPoint presentation
given at the FLFFC meeting,
visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and
select Black Bass Management
Plan proposal. You'll also have
the opportunity to fill out a survey
to provide the FWC with more
information about what you think
is important to having quality.
bass fishing in Florida. Make
your voice heard, fill out the
Instant licenses are available
at MyFWC.com/License or by
(347-4356). Report violators by
calling *FWC or #FWC on your
cell phone, or 888-404-3922.
Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing for
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Life-saving holiday gifts
for the boater on your list
Have you been wandering
the shopping mall trying to find
the perfect gift for the holidays?
If your loved one is a boater,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife
(FWC) has a suggestion. A new,
comfortable life jacket could
be the best gift you could ever
give, and your loved one ever to
The FWC investigates boating
accidents that result in drowning,
deaths, which may have been
prevented had the victim been
wearing a life jacket. The FWC
recommends boaters wear life
jackets all the time while on the
water. "A lot of people don't
wear life jackets because they
feel they're uncomfortable," said
Lt. Ed Cates, the FWC's assistant
boating safety coordinator.
"However, with the newer models
that are belt packs or suspenders,
you hardly know you have one
Replacing an old, bulky
life jacket with a newer model
would make a great gift." Belt
pack and suspender life jackets
are inflatable. Some inflate
automatically when a person
falls into the water, while others
inflate after the wearer pulls a
cord. Prices of the belt pack and
suspender life jackets start at
"People don't expect their
boat to sink, to be involved in a
boating accident or that they will
fall overboard, but it happens,
so wearing a life jacket all the
time makes sense." Cates said.
"Even for good swimmers, if
you're wearing a life jacket, your
chances of survival are greatly
Last year, there were 54 boating
fatalities. Of those deaths, 38
were due to drowning. "The gift
of a life jacket may be a gift of
life," Cates said. "The giver and
receiver would like that gift best
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FWC field operations weekly report for Nov. 20 through Dec. 3
This report represents some
events the FWC handled over
the past week; however, it does
not include all actions taken by
the Division ofLaw Enforcement.
For the Northwest Region:
Officers Van Barrow and
Alan Kirchinger responded to a
complaint of shots fired in the
Laurel Hill area. Upon arrival,
they saw a vehicle turn into the
property where the shots were
allegedly fired. The officers
stopped the vehicle and found the
driver in possession'of a doe deer
and a firearm identified as stolen
out of Alabama. Officer Barrow
interviewed the subject .who
admitted to shooting the deer.
The deer and the gun were seized
and the subject was charged
with killing doe deer during
closed season. FWC officers are
working with Alabama authorities
on the stolen firearm case.
Officer Ryan Nelson received
a favorable disposition on a
stolen vessel case he worked
this summer. The subject was
found guilty on charges of grand
larceny, possession of less than
20 grams of marijuana, boating
under the influence, fleeing and
eluding, destroying evidence,
and reckless vessel operation.
The subject was sentenced to 26
months in prison and received
$1700 in fines.
Officer Danny Amette heard a
rifle shot while patrolling a local
hunting club and later checked
a subject exiting the area where
he had heard the shot. When the
subject observed Officer Amette,
he quickly exited his truck to
place a doe tag on an antlerless
deer which was in the bed of his
truck. Officer Amette later spoke
with the subject's young daughter
and learned that the deer was the
first one she had ever taken. The
subject was issued a warning
for not tagging the deer and was
allowed to keep the young girl's
Lt. Mark Hollinhead was
working illegal night hunting on
Highway 185 when he observed
a light being displayed from a
vehicle in a manner capable of
disclosing wildlife. The vehicle,
containing four occupants, was
stopped. An inspection revealed
a Marlin 30-30 rifle. The subjects
stated that they were looking for
coyotes. Three of the subjects
were cited for attempting to take
wildlife with a gun and light. The
rifle and spotlight were seized.
Officer Randall Brooks
made contact with two subjects
parked on a closed road at Tilley
Landing in the Choctawhatchee
River Wildlife Management
Area. While issuing warnings,
a computer check revealed one
of them had an active warrant
for violation of probation. The
subject was taken into custody,
and booked into the Walton
Officers Carmon Brownell,
Percy Cook, and Steven Cook
were working illegal net fishing
in the area of Bob Sike's Pass.
From a secluded location,
Officer Steven Cook observed
a recreational angler in a vessel
catch and keep what appeared to
be an oversize red drum. After
landing the fish in the vessel, the
angler started the.vessel and left
the area. The officer relayed the
vessel and angler's description to
Officers Perry Cook and Cannrmon
Brownell who were in a patrol
vessel in the area. After locating.
the angler, he admitted to catching
the red drum. The. red drum.
was 39 inches in length. The
angler was issued a misdemeanor
citation for possession of an
oversize red drum and the fish
was released alive.
Officer Percy Cook was
conducting recreational license
and fisheries inspections on
anglers at the St. George Island
fishing pier. An inspection of
one angler's catch revealed
that he was in possession of
seven undersize spotted sea
trout ranging in size from 12-/2
inches to 14 inches. The fish
were seized and the angler was
issued a misdemeanor citation for
possession of undersize spotted
sea trout and-a warning for over
the bag limit of spotted sea
Officer Carmon Brownell
and Lt. Harry Parker responded
to a call of a commercial oyster
vessel harvesting oysters from
closed waters. Upon arrival,
the officers saw the harvesters
actively engaged in the harvest
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seasonal weather changes that can
directly affect the wildfire risk in
our area. Cooler temperatures
and crisp winds often lower
the relative humidity.causing
the surface of the ground to
become much drier. Wintertime
with little rainfall adds to these
dry conditions. Temperatures
below freezing produce frost
that may kill grasses and small
shrubs. This frost-kill increases
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along with driving winter winds
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of oysters. When the harvesters
noticed the marked patrol vessel
approaching, they pulled their
anchor and attempted to leave
the closed waters. After boarding
and inspecting the vessel, the
three commercial harvesters
were each issued misdemeanor
citations for harvesting oysters
from conditionally approved
waters during a closure. Three
bags of oysters were returned to
the water alive.
Officers. Benjamin Barnard,
Percy Cook and Don Walker
were working illegal net fishing
in the area of St. George Island
and Eastpoint. From a secluded
location, Officer Walker saw
a commercial oyster harvester
in prohibited waters. He made
contact.with Officers Barnard
and Cook, who were in the area
in a marked patrol vessel, to
advise them of the location of
the vessel and a description
of it and the harvester. The
officers quickly made contact
with the commercial vessel and
harvester. The harvester was
issued a misdemeanor citation
for harvesting oysters from
prohibited waters. The oysters
were seized and returned to the
prohibited waters alive.
Officers Carmon Brownell,
Benjamin Barnard and Percy Cook
were working in Apalachicola
Bay addressing saltwater product
license and Apalachicola Bay
oyster permit violations. The
officers were trying to locate a
harvester who had given false
information to Officer Brownell
the day before. When his vessel
was boarded, the harvester
supplied his brother's name
instead of his own, knowing that
his brother had a valid license
and permit. After locating the
harvester the second time, he
admitted to Officer Brownell that
he provided false information the
day before to avoid receiving a
citation. Officer Brownell placed
the harvester under arrest and he
was transported to the Franklin
County Jail where he was charged
with giving a false name to a
law enforcement officer, no
saltwater products license and no
Apalachicola Bay oyster permit.
Before the opening of deer
season Officer Lane Kinney, Lt.
Steve Carter and a Washington
County sheriff's deputy responded
to a residence where a subject was
cleaning a deer out of season.
Further investigation revealed the
subject possessed an antlerless
deer (short horn buck) taken
out of season. Officer Kinney
arrested and cited the man for
taking deer out of season. The
rifle was seized as evidence
and the deer was receipted and
donated to Teen Challenge for
During the general gun season,
Officer Lane Kinney responded
again to assist the Washington
County Sheriff's Office on a
vehicle stop. In this case, the
deputy discovered a driver in
possession of an antlerless deer
(short horn buck) in the back of
his truck. Officer.Kinney charged
the subject appropriately and
seized the deer.
Lt. Hampton Yates and Officers
Kathy Jackson and Lane Kinney
worked in Econfina Wildlife
Management Area targeting
the opening of general gun
season and dog hunting in the
management area. Area violations
were few, with quota permit and
blocking gate violations cited and
Lt. Hampton Yates responded
to Lake Victor on a complaint
of short bass. The bass were
hitting shad and .a local boat
containing three subjects was in
possession of their limit of bass.'
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