The Calhoun LIBERTY 50 includes tax Wednesday October 17, 2018 Vol. 38 No. 42 Hurricane Michael leaves area unrecognizable after destroying homes, businesses & schools by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Seven days after the hurricane, the power is still out. Cell phone service is sporadic, if youre lucky enough to get a signal. Unless you happened to have a generator and a supply of gas standing by, everything in your freezer and refrigerator has spoiled. The contorted metal shells of cars, trucks and Youve probably got at least one big tree on your roof, with several more blocking your driveway. A Hosford man who called in to speak on a Tallahassee radio program the night after the storm summed up the aftermath in two words: Tore Up. Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning, snapping huge pine trees in two and knocking power lines down like dominoes along State Road 20 in Calhoun and Lib erty counties. Michael grew into a Category 4 hurricane as he en tered the Florida Panhandle. Even if your property was spared, your life was put on hold as communication ceased with the rest of the world. Cell phones and land lines went out, along with the internet and television. The folks who held on to their old portable radios had something to listen to...if they had enough fresh batteries, of course. responders had to work around the problems, including losing the use of their police radios. Much of their job became hands-on as they wielded chain saws to clear the way. Inside this special issue of The Calhoun-Lib erty Journal well share the challenges law en forcement faced and show you some of the dam ages in our area. And like those on duty that night, were do ing it all without electricity. At this writing, our by our second one. A new one is sitting on the front porch, connected by an extension cord to a If youre reading this now, youll know the third generator lasted until our deadline. A tree tipped over a delivery van at the Calhoun-LIberty Journal in Bris tol last Wednesday. Numerous other trees fell around and on top of the TERESA EUBANKS PHOTO s When a Category 4 hurricane hits a few lit tle towns in the Florida much left behind ex cept debris, as these photos show. ABOVE LEFT: A portion of the Hy-Temp Gas store in Blountstown was de molished. TOP: Mi chael ripped off huge sections of the roof at the new Blountstown High School. LEFT: This mobile home was no match for the pow erful storm. PHOTOS BY DOMENICK ESGRO and DR. LABAN BONTRAGER SHERIFF KIMBREL: Few spots left untouched in Calhoun Co. by hurricane..........2 CHIEF MALLORY: CHIEF BAGGETT: Numerous homes destroyed in Altha, families need supplies.....2 Keeping folks fed PAGE 12 J OURNAL
Page 2 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 Were here for our Community Calhoun-Liberty Hospital & Primary Care Clinic BLOUNTSTOWN by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor CALHOUN COUNTY No one escaped, said Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel about the impact of Hurricane Michael on Oct. 10. There was no property that did not suffer damage. Millions of dollars of timber was destroyed all over this county. I dont believe there was a road without a tree blocking it. While the City of Blountstown expects to get power within a month, Kimbrel said it will probably be three to four months before all power customers are back in service in the countys rural areas. He was at the county jail when the hurricane hit. The jail was shaking and vibrating, he said. He likened the experience to being in a three hour tornado. As soon as the winds died down, everyone went to work but there was a huge challenge no communications. Our radio system went down; would They had to come up with a way to work around cell phones, he said. As of Sunday, they could still He got in touch with the Florida Sheriffs Association President Mark Hunter to request help. After they spoke, Hunter called back and told Kimbrel, Sheriff, Seminole County is on the way. In a response effort coordinated by Steve Harriet, including a mobile kitchen. The group is set up in the parking lot of the courthouse. Other law enforcement have come to help, including Many other groups have set up camp in Calhoun County to help, including the National Guard. They brought eight chain saws to work with and are mixing in some patrolling along the way, Kimbrel said. incredible. Theyve really stepped up to the plate. I dont know what we would have done without them, he said. Church groups as well as former residents like Mike Dalton have been lending a hand, too, he said. These are my people and Im coming to help, Dalton told the sheriff as he got ready to leave his home in Texas, accompanied by several volunteers. They have set up a spot next to Blountstown City Hall to offer hot meals. Dalton also brought along a much-needed front end loader to help clear away fallen trees and debris, he said. Two airplanes arrived Saturday from Gainesville as diapers and hand wipes, he said. After securing the jail and calling other agencies for assistance, the sheriff and a few deputies grabbed some 71, he said. It took us about six hours. Two deputies on patrol during the hurricane found themselves trapped that night after trees fell near their patrol cars. Ricky Mayo was on 275 N trying to help some people when his vehicle was blocked, according to the sheriff. He was in the patrol car during the hurricane, the sheriff said, and added that when help arrived around 3 a.m., he was glad to see us! Rescuers working in Calhoun and Liberty counties werent aware of what was going on in other areas hit by the hurricane. We havent been able to communicate with other area sheriffswere all too busy, Kimbrel explained. At least two area prisons were impacted by the storm. Damages to three dorms at Calhoun Correctional Institution forced them to relocate a number of inmates by bus. Gulf Correctional Institution sustained storm damage and had been evacuated. And the sheriff is aware of at least one more home that still has two trees on the roof: His own. Few spots left untouched in Calhoun Co. by hurricane by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN Thursday and Friday I thought theres no hope, but by Friday night things began to get better. Its starting to feel like a new normal, said Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory. The town was decimated by Hurricane Michael last Wednesday. Homes and property were destroyed, communications were cut off and everyone lost power when utility poles were knocked down and lines snapped as the powerful hurricane made its way though Calhoun and Liberty counties. things are looking up. Governor Rick Scott toured the area Sunday. He made a personal visit here to the the community will get the assistance it needs. All I see is progresstheres just a lot to do, he said Monday afternoon. One thing on his list is to relocate the Blountstown Police Department (BPD). When the roof blew off at the peak of the storm, it left a hole over our servers and the phone lines were knocked out, he said. The phone lines were restored Sunday. He credits BPD Captain Adam Terry with suggesting they contact attorney David House to ask about renting his County Courthouse. Mallory got in touch with House, who said no when asked if he would rent it to them. Instead, he just handed over the key, the chief said. As of Monday, the BPD communications system was being moved to the new site. The servers are working and Ive got two laptops up and running, he said. No one can say for sure when the power will return but there are many crews working toward that end. Weve got about 40 linemen working in the city getting our grid rebuilt, he said. Were going to have to rely on the power companies and co-ops to get their lines rebuilt to feed Blountstown and Bristol. He said the power companies had put hundreds of linemen on the job to rebuild their grid. Blountstown homes north of SR 20, has given 30 days as their best estimate for the power to be back on, he said. He said that city customers have water and sewer service. It didnt take long for help to start heading his way thanks to the Florida Police Chiefs Association, he said. The hurricane hit Wednesday. By 5 a.m. Thursday, The Ocala Police door, he said. They were driving during the hurricane to get here. What kind of assistance did they offer? They told me whatever the Ocala Police Department has is mine. He said the Ocala team is also planning to do what they can to see that repaired. The chief urges anyone who would like to help their neighbors to drop off items to the donation center established Billy Carr Chevrolet) on Hwy. 71 South. Thursday and Friday I thought theres no hope, but by Friday night things began to get better. ---Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory There was no property that did not suffer damage. Millions of dollars of timber was destroyed all over this county. ---Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel Numerous homes destroyed in Altha, families need supplies by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Altha Police Chief Jimmy Baggett was quick to put his town on a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. curfew, explaining, Im not tolerating anything. He told FHP Troopers who came out to help, If you see take them to jail. Although there had been some problems with people stealing propane bottles and gas, he doesnt believe they will have a problem with looters. Two things have made his job extra challenging: generator when Hurricane Michael wiped out everyones power days after the hurricane. The shelter at Altha School was shut down, with the expectation that those who needed a place to stay would go elsewhere. Some people took temporary shelter at town hall. People dont have the gas to get to the Blountstown shelter, Baggett said. There was some good news, though. Monday night, he was scheduled to have a generator delivered with the help of Florida Public Utilities so that town hall could open back up, making it easier to coordinate hurricane response efforts. Many homes within the town limit were destroyed. The community is in great need of diapers, baby formula and toilet paper as well as all of the daily necessities, the chief said. Items can be dropped off at Altha Town Hall. INVENTORY REDUCTION
OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 3 Storm damage brings help from Texas relatives by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor CALHOUN COUNTY Stephanie Bran ton, 22, was at her mothers house eight miles west of Blountstown last Wednesday when the hurricane hit. We were in the laundry room and started hearing something cracking, she said. We watched a huge pine slowly fall over and then the whole house shook. The concrete block building wasnt immune to the force of the hurricane but it did keep them safe. Trees were snapping like toothpicks and others were uprooted, her mother Amy said. When things settled down, they walked outside to see two big trees on the roof, along with a yard full of other trees, limbs and de bris. After sharing the news with her family in Texas, got a nice surprise. Amys brother, Andy Hudson, grabbed his son-in-law and the two traveled from Texas to cut up and re move the trees from the roof. Amy said hed always told her hed never come to Florida because were from Texas. She said he ar rived Friday and stayed until Sunday to visit after getting the job done. Ive been here 20 years and its the only trip hes made to the house, she laughed. Andy Hudson of Colorado City, TX looks on as his son-in-law, Trent Smith of Gail, TX, cuts up a large sister outside Blountstown to help clear away the debris. TERESA EUBANKS PHOTO This tree was split while the other, shown below, was twisted and stripped of its bark. TERESA EUBANKS PHOTOS comfort in visits from friends by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor CALHOUN COUNTY The side of the yard facing SR 20 still looks nice and clean but the hurricane left its mark be hind June Kings SR 20 home, six miles west of Blountstown with trees destroyed in just about every way snapped, twist ed, stripped of bark and split down the middle. Michael destroyed their back porch, breaking out a window and tearing off the metal roof before peeling it back and over the top. It battered her husbands grill and a treasured antique windmill yard ornament. Her business, Alday Insurance, also took a few hits in the hurricane. A tree went through the roof, I have some broken windows, a porch support came out and the vents in the upper portion of the porch got sucked out. The tree left a hole over the kitchen area; in the back, trees are laying against the windows, she said. in Tallahassee came to visit. When June opened the door, she found the woman in tears. She was stunned at the damage she had seen on the drive there and said that people in Tallahassee didnt realize how hard hit this part of the panhandle was. She vowed to come back with some sup plies for them. As they said goodbye, the visitor leaned in and asked June what she could do to make her happy. Could you manage to bring my husband a little Blue Bell vanilla ice cream? she asked. Its a done deal, the woman replied. They returned Sunday with a genera tor, a new grill, a couple of big steaks and some mashed potatoes, and last but not least, the ice cream for Joe. As much as they appreciated the food and supplies the couple brought, there was one thing even better, said June a good old-fashioned visit. Instant com munication through cell phone texting and Facebook messaging have kept people from really being together. With cell phone service spotty or nonexistent Looters may be keeping an eye on your property by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor While there are many goodhearted strangers who have come to help Calhoun and Liberty coun ties, there have also been reports of some unfamiliar faces trying to take advantage of the turmoil caused by Hurricane Michael. Joe and June King were show ing friends the damage to their home and yard Sunday afternoon when they had a surprise visitor. This guy just pops up, looks at us and says hi, June said. He quickly added, I just came to see if you needed anything. She ran through the house to get a look at his car and see if he was alone. She thought it odd that his car was parked in her front yard, up to the door. She said he seemed a little sur the group outside. It was like a wall of my family stood up when he appeared, she said. Her husband asked him, What are you doing here? He stood there, smiled and told them, I have a chain saw and Im ready to work. It was late afternoon, around 5 p.m., a little late to be looking for a days work. She also noted, he wasnt dressed to work. She said they escorted him back to the front of the house, where they said, No thank you and dont come back. following the hurri cane, she said it was nice to rediscover the pleasure of getting together with friends to sit, talk and enjoy one another. by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Crews from Florida Public Utilities were going through Bristol Monday, clearing away trees and removing damaged utility poles. Were making headway, thats for sure, said FPUs Project Manager and Bristol resident Jerry Lewis, who was traveling with the crew. In addition to readying the area for new equipment to be installed along the roads, they recently replaced a power line that crossed the Apalachicola River...until it didnt. The line was apparently snapped dur ing last weeks hurricane and fell from a 100 foot pole into the water. Hes also helping the folks of Altha get the town hall back open after his company arranged to pay the rental on a generator that was delivered Monday night. While working long hours, he and his wife, Liberty County Emergency Manage ment Director Rhonda Lewis, are living out of a camper at the Emergency Operations Theyre in the camper because they dont have power at home either. Even though he works with FPU, theres not much he can do about it. And since another utility company provides their service, theyre just waiting patiently like the rest of us. Florida Public helps Post-hurricane road hazard Drivers throughout areas of the panhandle have plenty of road hazards to look out for after Hurri afternoon. TERESA EUBANKS PHOTO
Page 4 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 What to expect after registering for FEMA Disaster Assistance TALLAHASSEE After registering for disaster assistance, you may be contacted by a FEMA-con tracted housing inspector to schedule an appointment for a housing inspection. or phone call and may come from an area code differ ent from yours. The inspection is needed to verify and inspection generally takes about 20 to 40 minutes, but may take longer. as damaged furniture and personal property. There is no fee for the in spection. When a housing inspector comes to visit your home, ask to see a FEMA photo ID badge. If you are All FEMA-contracted housing you by the unique nine digit num information. They already have it in their records. If see some documents. If you are unable to provide the requested documents, the inspection cannot be com inspector arrives: ing in the residence at time of disas ter. both real and personal property. outlining the decision about your claim. Inspectors do not make eligibility determinations for assistance. Read all communications from FEMA carefully or deposit it directly into your bank account. If you receive money for rental assistance, be sure to keep documentation and receipts of payments. If you pay You may be referred to the U.S. Small Business to accept a loan, but the information you provide on the application is important should you seek further FEMA assistance. Information about low-interest SBA disaster loans and application forms are available online at SBA.gov/disas ter. You may also call 800-659-2955 or email Disaster CustomerService@sba.gov. If you use TTY, call (800) 8778339. Applicants may apply online at SBAs secure website, https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Survivors in Calhoun, Gadsden, Jackson and Liberty counties may apply for Individual Disaster Assistance disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses result ing from Hurricane Michael. vidual Assistance on Oct. 12,. To be eligible for disaster aid, storm damage and losses from the hurricane result of Hurricane Michael, beginning claim immediately before applying faster your recovery can begin. If you cannot return to your home, or you are unable to live in your home, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call determine if state, voluntary or local organizations are in your community to address your immediate needs. If you can return to your home and service visit Di sasterAssistance. gov to determine if state, voluntary and local organiza tions in your com munity can address any unmet needs. have access to telephone or internet ser vice. Disaster survivor assistance spe cialists are helping people register for assistance in designated counties. Although the federal government by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure. FEMA assistance also may pro Long-term, ter loans from the U.S. Small Busi ness Administra may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate agencies or orga nizations. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application DisasterLoan.sba.gov or by calling the e-mail to disastercustomerservice@ sba.gov. The Federal Emergency Manage ment Agency is unable to duplicate be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled. to reimburse the state and local gov organizations for debris removal and eral assistance. Disaster recovery assistance is avail able without regard to race, color, re ligion, nationality, sex, age, disability, you or someone you know has been dis criminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585. FEMAs temporary hous ing assistance and grants for public trans portation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who re ceive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle re pair or replacement, and moving and stor age expenses. ACCEPTING NEW PA TIENTS Laban Bontrager, DMD 12761 NW Pea Ridge Rd., Bristol, FL 32321 TELEPHONE 643-5417 www.bristoldentalclinic.com DENTURE LAB ON PREMISES Same-Day Service on Repairs & Relines Bristol Dental Clinic Monica Bontrager, DMD C ITY T IRE C O. MV5496 "Volkswagens to semi's, we handle them all" waste time) driving from the tire store to the parts place and then together? CITY TIRE IS YOUR ONE-STOP TIRE SHOP! 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This year's Florida cotton crop in the core area appears to be a near-total loss, because harvesting percent of the crop remained in the core area is probably a 40 percent losses in less-affected areas. Damage to Florida planted-pine agronomic crops, Hodges said. Hodges, based at the main UF effort to consolidate and analyze visiting affected operations and in managers. "It takes some time, because of the severity of the damage in some counties, the challenges involved in reaching hardest-hit areas, and the fact that rescue efforts are still in progress." 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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 $20. Periodicals postage paid at Bristol, FL POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to: P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321. (USPS 012367) Summers Road Located at 11493 NW Summers Road in Bristol MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321 TELEPHONE (850) 643-3333 Fax (888) 400-5810 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org ADS: email@example.com JOURNAL STAFF Johnny Eubanks....................Publisher Teresa Eubanks..........................Editor Sandra Brown...................Bookkeeper Domenick Esgro.................Advertising Patricia Sherrod...Production Assistant OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. M-F THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Visit us on Facebook at CLJNews OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 5 TERESA EUBANKS PHOTOS Liberty County Emergency Management Liberty County Courthouse will be open Wed., Oct. 17 The Liberty County Courthouse will be open for busi ness Wednesday, Oct. 17, according to Clerk of Court Kathy Brown. She said the Corps of Engineers have provided a por table electric generating plant that will supply the whole courthouse and keep things up and running. DANIEL WILLIAMS PHOTO by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor LIBERTY COUNTY Easily 75 percent of the homes in Liber ty County have damage, with 30 percent or more having substan tial damage, according to Liberty County Emergency Management Director Rhonda Lewis about the impact of last Wednesdays Cat egory 4 hurricane. Many homes had complete roofs taken off but were still standing, according to Liberty John Summers. Over 330 people sought ref uge at the shelter set up at Tolar School, while around 100 made their way to Hosford School shel ter, she said. Just days after the storm, the crew at the Emergency Manage calls, helping some with transpor tation to leave their property and organizing more supplies to be delivered to the area. There are still many to worry about because, We have people living in houses that are not safe, Lewis said. Those who may have wanted to leave may not have been able to until help arrived. We had well over 1,000 road blocks, Sum mers said. county that was not blocked by trees and debris. But by Friday, Summers said, All the main arteries and major roads were cleared. Lewis added, The roads are probably close to 98% passable. A lot of that clearing work was done by local loggers as well as deputies, he said. Deputies would also conduct welfare checks as they made the roads passable. Theyve had a lot of good help. The National Guard came in Tuesday, Lewis said. Every body started on Wednesday after noon. Theyve also gotten assistance in from the Taylor County Sher iffs Department, who brought a mobile command center, she said. Employees had to work extra shifts at the county jail to accom modate a large number of inmates who were moved from the Frank lin County Jail Tuesday. They were later transferred to the Leon County Jail on Thursday, Sum mers said. on how many people were in jured or even died during the hurricane. Hurricane leaves its mark on most Liberty County homes county water related issues should be addressed to Lead Water Operator Page Wahlquist at 850-545-1370. charge accounts. day, until power is restored. -Piggly Wiggly is up and running with limited hours. -Both Dollar General Stores, both Bristol and Hosford, are open, cash only, one customer at a time. -T.Js Store up and pumping gas with a $50 limit -Busy Boys in Hosford up with a $50 limit. Updates on local business hours & hours
Page 6 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 COMMENTARY Sean Dietrich writes about life in the Ameri can South. His columns have appeared in South Magazine, the Bitter Southerner, Thom Magazine and the Tallahassee Democrat. He shares his observations and chronicles his interaction with friends, family and strangers he meets along the way while sharing glimps es of daily life in our little corner of America. He has written several books which can be found on Amazon.com. R Im in North Alabama, far from the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Long stretches of the Gulf Coast are trashed. But by a divine miracle, my family is safe, alive, and accounted for. So are my friends and neighbors. A miracle. So Im getting a haircut. I almost went for a haircut yesterday, but I couldnt pull myself away from the televised hurricane coverage. It was high adrenaline stuff. Gone are the days of sedate news report ers who look like your fathers dentist, seated behind news desks. Today, we have a breed of brave journalists, fearless, with the courage to risk their lives for breaking news, public safety, Yesterday, I watched one such reporter stand on a beach, enduring gale force winds that were strong enough to ruin most reproductive organs. He screamed into the camera: Its windy out here, guys! Super, super windy! Back to you, Bob! I shudder to think of what couldve happened if he hadnt told us that. Anyway, my mother texted me today and told me the lethal storm passed over her home yes terday. Today, she is enjoying sunshine, crochet ing a scarf. Like I said, a miracle. So getting back to the barbershop. When I enter the shop, a bell on the door announces my arrival. This is your average clip joint. There is a barbers pole out front. Inside are men who gather for no particular reason. They pause their conversation when I enter. I greet them. They are quiet. But soon, they go back to telling stories like before. I am grateful for their stories. Im tired of hur ricanes, storm surges, and reporters with death wishes. I need something to take my mind off the anxieties of Hurricane Michael. And thats exactly what I get here. Soon, I am sitting in a barbers chair over hearing stories of all kinds. The woman snipping my hair is a hairdress ertrained in cutting womens hair. There is a difference, she explains, between being a barber and a hairdresser. A HAIRDRESSER can cut womens hair AND mens hair, she says. But a barber cuts mens hair and tells dirty jokes. This shop is full of white-haired men who love jokes. They talk and talk. She listens to their outlandish tales without interrupting be cause she is a smart woman. In her line of work she has learned the two cardinal rules of old men: 1. Always tell clever stories intended to make people laugh. 2. When all else fails, fart. One man is talking about his son, who sells agricultural equipment up in Pennsylvania. Its SAFE AND ALIVE AFTER THE STORM S EAN S OUTH OF THE BY SEAN DIETRICH not a funny story, per se, but its good to hear a man brag on his son. about getting stranded on a lake. Men laugh. I laugh. Its a good tale with a great punchline. Then, a man with a walrus mustache tells a joke about the preacher and the farmers daugh ter, and several of us nearly ruin our pants. Then. An older man begins talking about the Old Days. This topic is holy. And it brings out the best in elderly men. They talk of their own history with a kind of reverence you can feel. They wear looks on their faces that make them seem older and wiser than they are. They smile. They recite the simple poetry of our people. One man recalls the autumn evening he stole sweetheart to a movie. Another recalls the day he kissed his sweet heart goodbye and went to Korea, then Vietnam. The man in the barber chair next to me, cape around his neck, tells the story of how he met his second wife: wife died when Is twenty-six. I was raising my boys on my own, and this pretty teacher come into town His story is beautiful, and he tells it so well. courage to ask her out. He took her to Huntsville and bought her a steak and a glass of beer. They were married a lifetime. She is no longer with us. goodbye. I wish I had a good joke to tell them, or a good story, but that would only spoil it. Today, I was here to listen. I crawl into my vehicle and breathe a few times. I call my mother. She is glad to hear from me, and I am glad to hear her voice. And even though this hurricane caused a mess that will cost billions to clean; even though it looks a war zone only thirty miles from my house; even though a storm almost killed us all, were alive. And I am grateful for that. I am grateful for old men who tell stories. For laughter. Good haircuts. And any miracle involving my mother.
OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 7 Calhoun Liberty Hospital kept going through the storm by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun-Liberty Hospital kept open and remained in operation during Hurricane Michael. We saw 11 patients that night, said the facilitys administrator Charles Durant. There were four Blackhawk helicopter landings here Thursday to evacuate critical patients, he said. (EOC) is working with the hospital to get an emer gency helicopter based there as soon as possible. The facility had a 45 KW generator until Friday night. The EOC found us a 300 KW generator that was brought in, he said. The facility is seeing a steady stream of patients, many with storm-related injuries including chainsaw accidents, lacerations and head injuries from falls. Weve also had people with heat exhaustion, chest pains, strokes, shortness of breath, sick babies and a lot of rashes due to contact with poison ivy during clean ups, he said. The hospital didnt escape damage from the hur ricane but we never suffered any injuries and all em ployees were accounted for, he said. Its really messed up but were in great shape, he said. Hurricane Michael took out the structural cross hairs for the portico in the front of the building, blow ing them into another building. This building is old, he said but added, We do need storm-rated windows. He said staff saw about 50 patients in a 24-hour period Sunday. Weve had people working here for two and three days straight, he said. Two medical teams known as DMATs have been assigned to the facility to help care for patients. Each seven member team includes a team leader, a doctor, nurses, paramedic and two security people. They are here to help us during the surge of patients, he said. Monday the hospital resumed their regular outpa tient services including X-rays and lab work daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Durant said they are working on getting a generator for their rural clinic next door and hope to have it up and running again very soon. The front facade of the hospital was torn away, along with the sign out front and of exterior sections of the building. DOMENICK ESGRO PHOTOS the county during one of the twice-daily meetings held at the emergency operations center in the basement of the Calhoun County Courthouse following the devastation left by Hurricane Michael last Wednesday. TOP LEFT: A search dog was among the those turning up to help out. Top RIGHT: An emergency worker keeps others updated on incoming information. Calhoun County EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
Page 8 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 9 HURRICANE MICHAEL Oct. 10, 2018 ABOVE: These storage buildings in Blountstown took a tumble. BELOW: These silos were left in a jumble. TOP CENTER: The silhouettes of broken trees line SR 20 west of Blountstown. ABOVE: The Bris tol shop, Some Place Else, was buried in fallen bricks. LEFT: Storefronts in Blountstown. BELOW CENTER: The interior of the damaged Blountstown High School Gym. BOTTOM CENTER: Insulation was blown all the fence and yard at the Blount stown Bus Barn. BELOW: The hurricane left a tangle of trees along SR 20. FAR LEFT: Another badly damaged Blountstown building. PHOTOS BY TERESA EUBANKS, DOMENICK ESGRO, DANIEL WILLIAMS & LEIGH ANN SUMMERS
Page 10 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 Joshua Van Lierop, OWNER firstname.lastname@example.org 12998 SW CR 275 Blountstown, FL Dead M le Hill ST MP GRINDING Lifetime Warranty pay up to $500 TNT CENTER TOBY GARNETT, OWNER Seven distribution points set up in Calhoun County CALHOUN COUNTY Emergency Management Liberty Co. consolidates all distribution points Lending a hand Volunteers were busy making a place for those who had no where to go af ter the destruction left by Hurricane Michael last Wednesday and mak ing sure they had something to eat. ABOVE: Matt Schmarje prepares sandwiches at his restaurant, The Sand Bar, in Blountstown. BELOW: Volunteers stay busy at the grill dur ing a cookout. DANIEL WILLIAMS PHOTOS BECOME A VOLUNTEER BECOME A VITAL PART OF THE ADVOCACY TEAM. HELP AN ABUSED, NEGLECTED OR OTHERWISE AT-RISK CHILD BY BECOMING A VOLUNTEER GUARDIAN AD LITEM. DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN MAKE FLORIDA GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOUNDATION PHONE (850) 410-4642
OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 11 ATLANTA When natural disasters occur, it is common for people to take advantage of survivors by trying to help survivors complete their applications. report any suspicious activity or potential fraud from scam artists, identity thieves and other criminals. by these criminals, such as phone calls from people the survivors Social Security number and income or banking information. Giving out this type of infor mation can help an unscrupulous person make a false claim for assistance or commit identity theft. These are common post-disaster fraud practices survivors should be vigilant of: HOUSING INSPECTORS CLAIMING TO REPRESENT FEMA Be cautious if somebody asks for your nine-digit for this information. They already have it in their re cords. tor badge to identify themselves. FAKE OFFERS OF LOCAL OR FEDERAL AID tions. grant and asks for large cash deposits or advance payments in full. Report suspected fraud to the Florida Attorney FRAUDULENT BUILDING CONTRACTORS by reliable references. Dont pay more than half the costs of repairs in advance. Demand that contractors detail the job to be done against a company or contractor. If you suspect fraud, call the National Center for TRUSTED INFORMATION SOURCES A rumor control page has been set up to dispel gov/hurricane-michael-rumor-control. sending fraudulent communications through email signed to solicit contributions. Tips may be reported saster.org/info. Beware of frauds and scams after natural disasters According to Kevin Wil Transportation and Facilities for Liberty County School District, Liberty County High School to receive any major damage, mostly to the Vocational Wing. enforcement relief efforts. All Liberty County Schools tice. the Telogia area, spotted a tor his front door during Hurricane p.m. Hurricane damages vocational wing at LCHS DOMENICK ESGRO PHOTOS Settlement needs help putting up tarps following hurricane damage There is a lot of damage in the liv ing to Willard Smith, co-founder of The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement. part, if not all of their roofs. With all that is going on, they have no help to tarp or repair the roofs. to estimate the number of days the served by the co-op. damage directly to their homes ser Washington & Holmes Counties: restored Calhoun County before the majority of members are restored and assessing damage, more detailed information should become avail able. In regard to additional progress, substation have been repaired today the third circuit. We continue to have members in make payment, members can mail usual. They can also place payments in the night deposit at the Bonifay chael so no payments can be accept ed there until further notice. Neither period until further notice. mation. This is currently one of the phone service in our area. West FL Electric Oct. 16 update on hurricane outages
Page 12 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 Keeping folks fed after the hurricane A good meal may not make up for what was lost in Hurricane Michael but it sure can make your stomach feel better! Mike Dalton brought his wife and two sons along with employees from their trucking company to help out the people of Calhoun County. He along a front end loader to help clear roads. DOMENICK ESGRO PHOTOS Liberty County Emergency Management guidelines for curbing your debris The Liberty County Emer gency Management has issued guidelines for a speedy, low cost cleanup when you curb your debris. Be sure to keep roads and storm drains clear and do not stack debris against trees, poles, hydrants or storm drains. Place your items next to the road if there is a sidewalk or at the edge of your property otherwise. Debris needs to be sorted for pickup into six categories: branches, leaves, logs, etc.) food, paper, packaging, news papers, etc.) teries, pesticides, paint, clean ing supplies, compressed gas, etc.) ing materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, plumbing, furniture, etc.) erator, washer, dryer, air con ditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher, etc. removing any doors the appliance may have) Catch up online at: CLJ N ews .COM Members of the Christian Aid Ministries brought their Loaves & Fishes Food Kitchen from Berlin, OH to cook for Liberty County Residents after Hurricane Michael. DANIEL WILLIAMS PHOTO Volunteers brought food to feed the emergency person nel set up at the EOC staging area located at Bristol Pente costal Church. DANIEL WILLIAMS PHOTOS
OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 13 JAMES DAVID REVELL James David Jimmy Revell was best known as a husband and father, teacher and farmer, hunter and this world along with three children, John Revell, Jimmie Lynn Revell, and University of Florida and a member of beloved teacher of agriculture to many generations of cherished the many memories made with them and of his loved ones and his body will always lie close to Lifesong Funerals & Cremations was in charge of the arrangements. OBITUARY As a family owned and operated funeral home, we take our commitment to your family personally. We value your trust in us, and it is our honor to help you through your time of sorrow with compassionate service, professional guidance and a Serving Calhoun, Liberty and the surrounding counties Honoring the memory of your loved one. . A dams Funeral Home A 17845 N. Main St. BLOUNTSTOWN ALDAY INSURANCE AGENCY call for an insurance quote! Family Owned & Operated S irmons HOURS : Monday-Friday 8 a.m. 5 p.m. ET SERVICES PROVIDED: Wheel Alignments, Brake Repair, Tire Repair/Sales, Suspension Repair and Replacement Forest Service safety tips for burning hurricane debris and yard waste tion when burning hurricane debris and building debris and millions of acres of dead trees and shrubs throughout the Before burning hurricane debris and yard waste, Floridians should check if there are any burn restrictions in critical to avoid burning green vegeta their family and communities from the caution and following burning laws that Floridians must meet the follow ing requirements to conduct debris and yard waste burns without authorization: outdoor burning and ensure there are no hibit burning; Limit burns to yard waste gener ble container; and quire hurricane debris and yard waste to be: combustible structure; ings; and eter will require an authorization from feet will not be issued for the following more information on burning outdoors com or contact your local Florida For is now hiring for the following positions: CREW CHIEF (Previous Experience Required) (No Experience Necessary) JOBS Waldorff Hardware JOB OPENING building materials a plus OPEN POSITION WOERNER FARMS OF CLARKSVILLE Minimum of 1 year driving experience Hourly pay with plenty of hours available. as well as Paid Vacation and Holidays. (8 miles east of US-231) Contact Alvin for more information or email: email@example.com LIBERTY CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, WE WILL TRAIN For more information contact Liberty Correctional Institution Recruiter Tony Hill at (850) 643-9628 CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS charge background investigation and drug test EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
Page 14 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL OCTOBER 17, 2018 LEGALS NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that KENNY KING the holder of the following ESTATE NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that KENNY KING the holder of the following ESTATE FOR FREE ESTIMATES Call (850) 674-8092 WILLIAM'S Home Improvements No Job Too Big or Small" (850) 272-0144 Clint Hatcher, Owner New Homes Garages Additions Electrical Remodeling Foundations Screenrooms Sunrooms VINYL SIDING CIAL FREE Estimates Serving Calhoun, Liberty & Jackson Counties Allens Concrete CALL BOBBY OR KELLY ALLEN FOR ALL OF YOUR CONCRETE NEEDS! QUALITY SEAMLESS GUTTERS FREE ESTIMATES WARRANTY TELEPHONE (850) 209-5757 Licensed & Insured CALL 674-8081 or 643-1594 (Cell) FREE Licensed & Insured NISSLEYS TREE SERVICE & STUMP GRINDING The Calhoun-Liberty Journal SERVICE Directory ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL CALL (850) 643-3333 Increase PROFITS and get RESULTS! DAVI D JACKSON SUMMERS P. A (850) 643-2030 Liberty Storm Damage
OCTOBER 17, 2018 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 15 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL CLASSIFIEDS 643-7740 FOR RENT BLOUNT STOWN BRISTOL FOR SALE Utility trailer Inversion table, The Calhoun-Liberty Ministry Center UFN BOAT boat PETS $ 27 $ 45 $ 75 $ 90 M & W SELF STORAGE RENTALS 7 days a week service NO UFN TALLAHASSEE Following the devasta tion caused by Hurricane Michael, Governor Rick Scott announced Satur day that more emergen cy supply distribution centers and sheltering enhancements were de ployed to the following counties: Bay, Liberty, Franklin, Calhoun and Gulf. Many distribution sites have been estab lished and are operation al with many more com ing online throughout the weekend. Also, to protect the health and wellbeing of impacted Floridians, Governor Scott directed the deployment of addi tional showers, portable toilets, laundry facili ties, comfort stations and feeding stations to local shelters. These shelter enhancements will help fami lies stay as comfortable as possible as Governor Scott said, Following Hurricane Michael, weve deployed an enormous amount of resources into our communities. One of the most impor tant things we can do now is ensure that families have food, water, medication and a safe place to stay. We have made this critical mission a top priority and will work day and night to keep every one safe and healthy. Also, Governor Scott assisted the Florida National Guard with an air lift, water and supplies into Franklin County for families in need. The state has millions of meals and gallons of water on their way into impacted com munities, including three million Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE), two million gal lons of water and two million pounds of ice. So far, more than 142,000 gal lons of water and nearly 174,000 MRE have been dropped. Emergency Supply Distribution Centers, or Points of Distribution (POD), are places where the public can pick up emergency supplies following a disaster. These sites have food, water, or other critical supplies. Currently Open Emergency Supply Distribution Centers: Park 16200 Panama City Beach Park way Street Elementary School 1125 Cherry St. Hospital 100 Main St. Point of Distribution 3018 Hwy. 71 N Library 16327 Blountstown Hwy. nity Center 8000 Old Woodville Hwy. Main St. tersection of SR 20 and SR 71 Park 22216 NW Silas Green St. cy Management 10979 Spring St. Heffeman Dr. #A partment 1001 Gray Ave. Park 3121 Possum Palace Drive 1545 Brickyard Rd. road Baptist Church 3276 Main Street dart Park 79 Recreation Drive Wakulla County Sher Fire Department 24 6th St. County 379 Avenue A ginnings Baptist Church 1049 Sanders Ave. Thomas Parkway na Walmart 2251 SR 71 Rosenwald High School 924 Bay Ave. Distribution 192 14th St., Suite 1 nity Center 8000 Old Woodville Rd. partment Station #1 327 N Adams Street Park 7550 Apalachee Parkway For an updated list of currently open supply distribution points, as well as other resources available to individu als impacted by Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Michael, follow us on Face Thousands working to restore cellular service TALLAHASSEE As of Sunday, Oct. 14 Gover nor Rick Scott announced that more than 2,000 tele communications professionals working in 200 Com munication Technician Repair Crew Strike Teams are fully mobilized in impacted counties working to restore cellular service. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have deployed mobile cellular towers to provide ser vice. Governor Scott said, After a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Michael, one of the most important things we can do is make sure families can connect and maintain open lines of communication with emer Highway Patrol has been working hand-in-hand with cellular service provider crews to get them access to directed the Florida Department of Transportation to provide excavators, heavy loaders, and chainsaw accessing sites in the Panhandle. Since Michaels impact, thousands of telecom munications professionals have deployed into impact ed communities to begin rebuilding cellular networks and opening lines of communication. We will not stop this important work until service is fully restored and these impacted families can connect with the friends, family and resources they need to recover. The following updates on cellular service restora tion have been provided to the State Emergency Re sponse Team (SERT): -At the direction of Governor Scott, Florida High way Patrol escorted cellular service provider crews to the affected areas this afternoon. See the video HERE. -Emergency communications crews have been at tached to the law enforcement emergency push teams working task force missions. -At Governor Scotts direction, the Florida Depart ment of Transportation to provide excavators, heavy loaders, and chainsaw crews to assist cellular service -The state has deployed 12 Public Safety Mobile Communications Trailers and Towers. -Thousands of public safety portable radios from -The State Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) has remained operational thanks to supple those areas where local law enforcement lost their own towers and connectivity, the State has provided and radios. -Communications support packages have been dispatched through the Florida National Guard to Franklin, and Washington counties. -AT&T has reported to SERT that its service in Franklin County has been restored. Light Trucks) (ECVs) and Emergency Communications Portables (ECPs) -AT&T reports it has been working around the clock, deploying portable cell sites and recovery currently supporting affected areas, including but not limited to Mexico Beach, Apalachicola, Panama City, Force Base and Cypress. -AT&T has deployed network assets at the guid ance of public safety. FirstNet SatCOLTs have boost ed connectivity for FirstNet subscribers in hard-hit areas. These deployments are supporting national guardsmen, airmen, state patrol, trauma care, police, as Oregon. -Earlier this week, AT&T delivered hundreds of without service from their commercial providers in parts of Florida. response and local command centers. -As recovery efforts and conditions allow, AT&T retail stores are open for people to charge their devices and connect to WiFi. Locations are available HERE. -AT&T announced that for customers in the areas affected most by the hurricane, it is automatically is suing credits and waiving overage charges from Oc tober 10 through October 14 to provide unlimited talk, text, and data access for AT&T wireless and -Verizon's "Big Red" trailer has arrived at the Bay full telecommunication operations including full sat ellite uplink. -Big Red is Verizons most robust deployable asset having cell and internet service, as well as multiple workstations with Chromebooks. -Verizon has also reported that it has restored full telecommunications capabilities to the Bay County Emergency Operations Center. -Verizons crews are working around the clock to in Panama City, Panama City Beach and surrounding areas. -Several sites in the area have come back into ser vice including Sneads, Altha, Chattahoochee, Rose -Verizon has deployed 10 additional COWs to the tems are restored. -Verizon has deployed a Tactical Command Center to the Panama City Beach Police Department. This trailer provides command center capabilities with communications. -Verizon has nine SPOTs (mobile cell sites con nected with a satellite link) at several locations, in Regional Medical Center, City of Parker Police De partment, Tyndall Air Force Base, FDOT Chipley Of
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