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Creation Date: March 16, 2005
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VOLUME 98 NO. 28 BLOUNTSTOWN, FLORIDA 32424 E-mail news@thecountyrecord.net 500 (Including Tax)


Leader of bogus check ring



gets 5 year prison sentence


by Kelli Peacock


A woman believed to be the
ringleader of a counterfeit check
i-ing busted in Calhoun County
Over a year ago has been sen-
tenced in federal court.
Kimberly Mayo Skidmore, 34,
was sentenced March 9 to five
rears in prison, $4030 in restitu-
lion, a $300 special monetary
assessment, and three years of
supervised release. She was con-
ricted for theft of mail matter,
possession of stolen material
matter, and identity theft' after
pleading guilty on December 1.
According to Inv. Michael
Bryant of the Calhoun County
Sheriffs Office, Skidmore had
been living in Winter Haven, but
has family ties in Calhoun
County, listing an address of
10350 NW Baggett Loop.
The case began when she
allegedly stole a woman's identify
in Winter Haven by taking her
homestead exemption application
containing her social security
number, date of birth, driver's
license and tag number, and
--phone number Utilizi.ig thi:
woman's information. Skidmore
allegedly opened an account at
Wachovia Bank.
From there, the operation
moved to Calhoun County where
Skidmore, along with her alleged
accomplice and boyfriend,
William Terry Fuqua, 42, of
Clarksville, -allegedly put the


Kimberly Mayo Skidmore.
scam into action. Armed with a
computer and printer, they
allegedly began printing counter-
feit checks, using fictitious
banks, routing numbers, and
towns. Some of the counter
checks were used to purchase
gas, cigarettes and beer at conve-
nience stores around town.
Along with the fake checks
they were creating. Skidmore and
Fuqua allegedly stole credit card
checks out of seven mailboxes in
the Clarksville and Altha areas.
Inv. Bryant reported the checks
were then made payable to the
woman in Winter Haven whose
identity had been stolen. They


by Kelli Peacock


Three people ate behind bars
afteranother meth lab has been
busted in Blountstown.
Arrested were Susan Manning,
32; Margaret Durham, 32; and
Joseph Bracewell, 27.
According to the Calhoun
County Sheriffs Office, an inves-
tigation led to thl discovery of the
meth lab at Manning's home at
20941 NE Bay Street. A search
warrant was executed March 8,
resulting in the following find-
ings:
A matchbox containing two
Ziplock bags of meth, a bag of


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Hydrocodone pills, and other
miscellaneous pills in Manning's
purse;
A small metal container that
possessed small rock form meth,
plastic straws, and tin foil shaped
into a pipe used to smoke meth,
all in Manning's vehicle;
Two sandwich bags of mari-
juana, a brown glass vial with
meth; scales, plastic .straws, a
spoon, scissors, tin foil, and
small Ziplock bags used to pack-
age meth, alk in Manning's bed-
room;
Two Ziplock bags with meth,
straws and razor blades in
Manning's living room area;
A freezer that had been par-
tially buried in a shed on
Manning's property..Inside the
freezer, muriatic acid, iodine, ace-
tone, hydrogen, peroxide, dena-
tured alcohol, a Mason jar with
alcohol, and lighter fluid were


were able to run those checks
through the Wachovia account
and utilized a debit card from the
account to do business, including
jewelry purchases in Marianna.
The pair also allegedly. enlisted
five local women to cash bogus
payroll checks at the ACE check
cashing business located in a
Blountstown shopping center,
with the women reportedly receiv-
ing a fee for their assistance.
The case was cracked January
2, 2004, when Inv. Rodney Smith
of the Blountstown Police
Department and Inv. Bryant
responded to a tip that a phony
check was going to be cashed
that morning at ACE. They inter-
cepted a woman who admitted
the check was bogus and shewas
cashing it for Skidmore for a per-
centage of the proceeds.
Skidmore was tracked down at
the Holiday .Inn Express in
Marianna and her car was pulled
over as she and Fuqua entered
Calhoun County. A search of
their vehicle turned up two more
phony checks. In addition, mail
stolen from Calhoun County
mailboxes. \,i, discu,.t, iLn
folder between the front seats.
According to a press release
from the U.S. Department of
Justice, Skidmore admitted that
she and her boyfriend stole mail
from private mailboxes at' homes
in both Calhoun and Polk coun-


See THEFT, page 2


discovered;
A red ice chest that con-
tained five Mason jars with liq-
uids, a coke bottle with flamma-
ble liquid, Pyrex dishes, and razor
blades were discovered in a stor-
age building on Manning's prop-
erty. Two of the Mason jars con-
tained a bi-layer liquid that test-
ed positive for the traces of meth.
The other three contained flam-
mable liquids. Also in the storage
building, red phosphorus, iodine
crystals, pieces of rubber hose,
razor blades, two Ziplock bags of
meth, red devil lye, hot plates,
denatured alcohol, two pickle jars
that contained ephedrine pills
Wrapped in coffee filters soaking
in denatured alcohol, muriatic
acid, and one pound container of
MSM cuLtting agent) were found.
Manning. Durham, and
Bracewell were all at the resi-
See METH, page 14


A Blountstown trio is behind bars after a meth lab bust at a home on Bay
Street. Chemicals used in cooking meth were discovered in a shed and stor-
age building. Meth, marijuana, and illegal pills were also found in the bust.


Altha royalty crowned
Four young ladies were crowned in the Miss Altha pageant held Saturday night in the school gymnasium. Shown
(from left) are Savannah McCroan (Junior Miss)., Mitzi Whitfield (Miss Allha), Brandie Varnum (Teen Miss), and Katie'
Cox (Little Miss). Mitzi Whitfield is the only girl to ever hold all four Altha lilies. She was crowned Little Miss Allha in
1993, Junior Miss in '1999, Teen Miss in 2002, and will now reign as the 2005-06 Miss Altha. Mitzi and Katie will go
on to represent Altha in the Miss and Little Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant this fall. Look inside this issue for
more pageant highlights.



Utility deposit creditsfor



residents, businesses soon


by Kelli Peacock
Hundreds of Blountstown resi-
dents, as well as numerous busi-
nesses, will be seeing a credit on
next month's utility bill after the
City Council voted to begin issu-
ing deposit refunds.
City Finance Director Kim
Tanner presented a proposed
plan for refunding deposits at last
Tuesday night's Council meeting.
Initially, the refunds were to be
limited to residential customers,
however, Councilman Steve
Bailey said he felt commercial
customers should also be includ-
ed. 'They're already paying 50
percent more on their utility
bills," Bailey pointed out.
After discussion, the Council
agreed to begin issuing the
deposit refunds immediately to
eligible residential and commer-
cial customers through a credit
on utility bills. For many residen-
tial customers, this will mean up
to a $220 credit, depending on
the deposit they paid when they
became a customer. For commer-
cial users, the credit could be in
the thousands.
The criteria for refunds is as
follows:
V Deposit refunds will apply to
residential and commercial cus-
tomers, in good standing after 18
months of service from the City of
Blopntstown. To qualify for
refunds, the customer must have
had no late fees, turn offs, bad
checks or meter tampering dur-
ing the past 18 months of service.
V Commercial customers
must be with the City for five
years with the last eighteen
months of the five years showing
good standing.
V Deposit refunds will be eval-
uated annually in March.


V Family members of deceased
customers who have had deposits
refunded must post a new deposit
before accounts can be trans-
ferred to their name.
V If disconnected, a customer
becomes effectively a new cus-
tomer and will have to post a new
deposit if their's has been refund-
ed. They will be eligible to have
their deposit credited again after
18 months in good standing.
According to Tanner, 549 resi-
dential customers 22% are
currently eligible for the credits.
Those not eligible at this time will
be evaluated each year in March
to see if they have met the criteria
over the prior 18 month period.
In addition to refunding
deposits, city officials are allow-
ing anyone desiring to pay an
average bill each month. This will
help those customers who have
extremely high bills in the winter
or summer some doubling dur-
ing those months. The bill aver-
aging policy is as follows:
V The City will provide to any
customer of the City, upon
request, theii average monthly
bill amount for the previous 12
months. Customers must have
at least 12 months history on
City services.
V The customer can then pay
that average amount each month
if that amount is equal to or
greater than the "balance due"
shown on the customer's month-
ly bill. If more is due than the
average, amount, then the cus-
tomer will pay the full balance
due amount.
t/ The average payments
should help customers prepay
bills so that during extreme
usage months, months of higher
bills, the customer will have lower


balance due amounts.
V The City does not accept
partial payments less than bal-
ance due amounts.
V Any customer can prepay
bills in excess of balance due
amounts at whatever amounts
they deem appropriate for their
budget.
For more information on utili-
ty bill deposit credits or bill aver-
aging, call City Hall at 674-5488.


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The County Record, MARCH 16, 2005, Page 2


Governor Bush proposes education reform



Neves discusses potential changes


by Kelli Peacock

Governor Jeb Bush is pitching
an education reform package that
could bring some significant
changes to local schools.
SIncluded in his proposal is
bumping the minimum starting
salary for teachers to $35,000
cross the state and require
future increases to keep the pay
above the national average.
This would be a significant
increase for teachers in Calhoun
County. Under the current salary
schedule, a new teacher with a
bachelors degree starts out at
$27,680. Not until the 16th year
6f service would they clear
$35,000. However, teachers
employed on a 12 month basis do
receive a a $4160 allocation for
two summer months.
S"Due to the critical shortage of
teachers, I think it's a great idea
as long as the funding is going to
be provided," says Calhoun
County School Superintendent
Mary Sue Neves. "We need to
recruit teachers. Some districts
in South Florida need as many as
2000 teachers."
Under the governor's proposed
resolution, flexibility would be
given to school districts to imple-
ment district average class sizes
limits. The implementation time-
frame would be moved up to
2007, rather than 2010.
"By maintaining reasonable
district class size averages, fund-


ing can be re-directed to much
needed teacher pay increases,"
says Lt. Governor Toni Jennings.
According to Superintendent
Neves, Calhoun County schools
already meet the district class
size. "[The state] is basically
switching from one pot of money
to the other," she explains. "It's
easier to meet the district average
class size. That will free up
money for teacher salary increas-
es that the governor wants to do."
Passed in 2002, original pro-
jections to implement the class
size amendment by the Revenue
Estimating Conference showed
'spending between $20 billion and
$27 billion over the 8-year imple-
mentation of the amendment. To
date, Florida has invested more
than $2 billion in class size
reduction, and if the Governor's
budget recommendations are
adopted, that figure will increase
to more than $3.8 billion. The
projected total spending to imple-
ment class size through 2010 is
expected to exceed $22 billion.
Bill Montford, a Calhoun
County native and
Superintendent of Leon County
Public Schools says, "My col-
leagues and I have been con-
cerned about the financial and
other impacts of the class size
amendment since it's inception.
We are also very supportive of
raising teacher salaries -- which
recognizes their value in the edu-
cation system. The Governor's


proposal addresses both of our
issues in a positive and aggres-
sive manner. We are appreciative
of his efforts to continue to recog-
nize the value of our classroom
teachers."
Maintaining district average
class sizes of 18 students in ele-
mentary school, 22 students in
middle school and 25 in high
school will enable principals to
allocate resources in the best
interest of the students.
In order to fully implement the
current class size amendment by
2010, some districts might have
to rezone students and bus them
miles away to available class-
rooms in other schools, use
music, art rooms and gymnasi-
ums for classrooms, or require
double sessions to comply with
the new law.
The governor's plan also
includes creating an Online
Classroom Management System
known as Sunshine Connections.
"Microsoft will develop the soft-
ware that the entire state will be
using for teachers to record their


NAACP hosting

Easter Parade

on March 26th
The Calhoun/Liberty County
NAACP, Branch 5695 will spon-
sor an Easter Parade from Ray,
Street to Mayhaw Avenue on
March 26, at 5:00 p.m. We are
requesting ALL women to wear
their Easter hats and dress
clothes and take a stroll down
River Street. Women that can't
walk will be provided transporta-
tion. We will assemble at Ray
Street at the Jackson business
and proceed to the Methodist
lunchroom where the men will
provide a "dine-out" for good-
looking women.
The regular meeting will be
held as 'usual, Monday evening
after the third Sunday, March 21.
We are requesting all members
and their friends to attend.
Business to be discussed will be
an upgrade of the local scholar-
ship and Founders Day
Assessment. Please come. We
need your attendance. T-shirts
are'back. Please come pick _ti
your shirt.


grades and document their les-
son plans," says Superintendent
Neves. "Parents and students can
go online and see their grades
and classes. Each district will pay
a certain portion to use this and
it will take .about a year and a
half."
The governor emphasizes that
high performing principals
attract, retain and support high
performing teachers. His propos-
al includes establishing a compe-
tency-based, statewide profes-
sional development program to
provide training and support for
the state's principals and assis-
tant principals.
"Every district is having more
difficulty in finding people to go
in the human resources develop-
ment program training for princi- .
pals and assistant principals,"
says Superintendent Neves.
'They are looking at ways to train
them, offer incentive packages,
anything to entice people to go
into this. Most people are not
interested in going into the
administrative level anymore. I
think the training is outstanding
and administrators need this
training."
The reform package also calls
for reading program enhance-
ments; aligning the mission,
grading scale, and course-taking
requirements of middle schools
with high schools; moving the
FCAT to later in the school year;
using the SAT-or ACT in lieu of
the 10th grade FCAT; and offer-
ing parents the ability to select a
school that best meets their
child's needs,
For more information on
Governor Bush's education
reform initiatives, please visit
www.myflorida.com.


Theft

ties. Fifteen victim families were
identified.
Skidmore, who has an exten-
sive criminal past involving fraud
and forgery charges, was released
from prison in April 2003 after
serving over two years behind
bars.
The case was investigated by
the U.S. Postal Inspection
Service, the Calhoun County
'SWeriff' is 'Offioe,, *and, j- the
'B16utifstown' Police' Department:
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SThe annual bicyclist event is
coming to Calhoun County on,
Monday, March 21!
The "Red Hills to the Sea" Ride
is sponsored by the Calhoun
County Chamber of Commerce
and managed through Bike
Florida and Share the Road
Campaign out of Gainesville,
Florida (see website: www.bike-
florida.org).
The riders will bicycle through
Liberty County to Calhoun
County on March 21 and leave for
~ipalachicola the following morn-
ing.
L The-Calhoun-Countny Chamber
of Commerce would like to thank


all local businesses who have
offered to promote their busi-
nesses with coupons, gift certifi-
cates, discounts, and other pro-
motions, and invites others to
participate. Please contact the
Chamber before March 16 to
arrange your promotion.
If you know of attractions in
either county that may interest
bicyclists, please share pictures,
information, etc. with the
Chamber by telephone (674-
4519), fax (674-4962), or e-
mail(ccchamber@yahoo.com).
Let's welcome the riders to our
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Becky Player and Ryan Tucker


Player, Tucker will wed


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: Ms. Benna Player of
Tallahassee and Mr. and Mrs.
David Player of Port St. Joe are
pleased to announce the engage-
inent of their daughter, Becky
Player of Tallahassee, to Ryan
Tucker, son of Mike and Ann
Tucker of Blountstown.
, The bride-elect is the grand-
daughter of Katherine Player and
the late Grady Player of Port St.
Joe and Aline Butts and the late
Royce Butts of Port St. Joe. The
groom-elects grandparents are
Kathryn Tucker and the late
Tommie Tucker of Blountstown
and 'the late Peth and Gen
Petherbridge of Whittier, CA.
Becky is a 1997 graduate of
Godby High School in
Tallahassee and a graduate from
Flagler College with a BA degree
in education. She is presently
employed as a 4th grade teacher
with Brookwood School in
Thomasville, GA.
RIan is a i993 gradiiate of
Blountsto\wn .High School. He
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BS degree in accounting and a BS
degree in finance. He is present-
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The wedding is planned for
Saturday, June 11, 2005, at 5:30
p.m. (ET) at the Timberlane
Church of Christ with Rev. Steve
Warren officiating. A reception
will follow at the Tallahassee
Womens Club. All friends and
relatives are invited to attend the
wedding and the reception.


Keep Calhoun County
Beautiful, Inc. volunteers will
improve the quality of life in
Calhoun County as they clean up
litter-strewn areas and fix up and
beautify eyesores during Keep
America Beautiful's Great
American Cleanup, the nation's
largest annual community
improvement program, March 1
through May 31. Keep Calhoun
County Beautiful, Inc. will focus
on Calhoun County's clean-up
efforts the week of April 11th
through the 15th and volunteers
are encouraged to roll up their
sleeves and support clean com-
munities. To volunteer, call 674-
5635.
'The 20th anniversary of our
Great American Cleanup marks a
milestone for creating and main-
taining clean communities as vol-
unteers rally together this spring
to eliminate litter, graffiti and
blight that plague local environ-
ments. Through their hands-on
commitment and positive behav-
iors, volunteers are providing the
solution to sustaining a healthy
quality of life for everyone," said
G. Raymond Empson, president
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communities so they are safer to
play in, live in and enjoy.
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unteering more than 7 million
hours to clean, beautify and
.improve 15,000 communities


Walden, Tharpe will


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- Congressman Allen Boyd is presented the "Spirit of Enterprise" award
from the United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas
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S.ar Editor:
ti: March is national "Mental
R. 6 Petardation Awareness Month."
Unaware to most, there are
Approximately 170 million people
; t h intellectual disabilities
y orld\ide. and more than 7 mil-
.'on ui the United.States, many in
Sour o\w.- commu nitiels.
Through Special Olympics, we
serve over one million athletes
with intellectual disabilities in
more than 160 countries provid-
irig year-round sports training
and competition in 26 Olympic-
type summer and winter sports.
Yet to reach the millions who
could benefit from this program,
we need the help of many more
volunteers and contributors.
We see the abilities not the
limitations of people with intel-
lectual disabilities. This month,
Special Olympics Florida athletes
Traveled to Nagano, Japan for the
2005 World Winter Games. The
motto of the Games was "Let's
Celebrate Together," words that
l:oridians seem to have already
einbraced. Citizens everywhere
Sshowved their support of these
,.extraordinary athletes by joining
Sforces with Publix Supermarkets
' to raise over $1.1 million dollars
-for Special Olympics Florida in
S:the month of January. This sup-
port helps make Special Olympics
:;a reality for more people than
ever before.
-f, -While everyone can benefit
;from sports, for our athletes there
:are also clinical benefits like
ifra.rli aind, fitness and self-
S-.:eer;i :-nd greater social adjust-
-.ment. But at the end of the day,
,Spf-c il Olympics is an environ-
r.i-j1 w.'.~lre people with intellec-
'tual disabilities can be successful
See LETERS, page 14


and I am proud to work with the
Chamber of Commerce to pro-
mote more economic growth.
Our communities are stronger
because of the work and dedica-
tion of the local chambers and
their membership, and I will con-
tinue to support our chambers
and the issues that are important
for the economic development of
North Florida.'
The Chamber awards the
"Spirit of Enterprise" based on
rankings it gives members of
Congress for key business votes.
Among the key votes counted by
the Chamber in 2004 were votes
on medical liability reform, the
U.S.-Australia free trade agree-
ment, pension reform and tax
relief.
"As America's economy
strengthens, we are clearly seeing
the benefits of. supporting pro-
growth policies in Congress," said
Chamber President and CEO
Thomas Donohue. "On key
issues like cutting taxes, trade
and health care reform. this
av.-ard recognizes the lawmakers
who are paving the way for our
continued economic expansion."
Chamber-designated "key
votes" are recorded floor votes on
issues established as priorities by
the Chamber's board of directors
and on which the Chamber com-
municates its position prior to
the vote. Members of Congress
who support the Chamber's posi-
tion on at least 70 percent of key
votes receive the "Spirit of
Enterprise" award.



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the part of many people, The County
Record has never missed an issue.


Blountstown man
stabbed twice during
Sun. morning brawl
A Blountstown woman is behind bars
for allegedly stabbing a man during a
brawl Sunday morning. The man she
stabbed is also facing battery charges for
allegedly hitting her in the face.
Arrested were Kianna L. Scott and
Seneca Addison, both 21.
According to the Blountstown Police
Department, Ofc. Eddie Dalton responded
to a call on Lockwood Avenue where
Corey McCullough, 34, and Scott advised
they were asleep in the home when
Addison came over and began beating on
their door. McCullough told authorities
Addison asked him why he took his dope
and gun. McCullough responded that he
didn't have either and alleged Addison
stated, "Someone could die over this..."
McCullough told authorities he went to
put his shoes on and, as he turned
around, Addison allegedly hit him in the
back of the head. A fight ensued and
Addison allegedly began calling for his
brother to help him. Scott told authorities
she tried to get Addison off McCullough
and alleged Addison hit her in the mouth
with his fist. She said she then grabbed a
knife that was on the porch and stabbed
Addison in the back two times.
McCullough and Scott said Addison's
brother and another man at the scene
broke the fight up and, after they were
pulled apart, Scott alleged Addison
reached over and struck her in the mouth
again.
During the interview, Ofc. Dalton
learned that Addison was at the police
department waiting to talk, with him. Ofc.
Dalton arrived and found. him bleeding
from his lower back area. He was trans-
ported by EMS to Calhoun-Liberty
Hospital and then transferred to
*Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he
was treated and later released.
Scott was arrested on charges of
aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
She remained in custody at'the Calhoun
County Jail at press time.
Addison was arrested Monday for vio-
lation of probation. He is also facing
charges of two counts of battery.

Man charged with
domestic battery
after weekend fight
A domestic dispute landed a
Blountstown man in jail Saturday after-
noon. /
Arrested was Curtis David Strickland,
33, charged with domestic battery.
According to the Calhoun County
Sheriff's Office, a 15-year-old boy called
authorities from a neighbor's house just


after 3 p.m. to report his mother's
boyfriend was hitting her and had ripped
the phone out of the wall.
A deputy responded to a home on SW
Hinton Johnson Road and learned
Strickland had reportedly wanted Robin
Bramblett, 35, to drive him to town, but
she refused because he was intoxicated.
Strickland reportedly became angry and
allegedly tore some of the plug wires off
Bramblett's vehicle. He then allegedly
forced his way into the home against
Bramblett's will.
Bramblett reportedly went into a bed-
room and shut the door. Strickland
allegedly snatched the bedroom door off
and threw it in the backyard. Bramblett
then stood between Strickland and a gun


cabinet he was allegedly trying to reach.
He reportedly began beating on the wall,
then allegedly threw Bramblett on the
bed. She yelled for help and Dana Fritz,
33, ran in the bedroom and reportedly
saw Strickland holding Bramblett down on
the bed. Fritz told him to take his belong-
ings and leave. He then reportedly went to
the front of the home. At some point dur-
ing the incident, Strickland allegedly dis-
abled the phone line by snatching the line
out of the hub outside.

Strickland, who was still at the house
when authorities arrived, was taken into
custody and booked into the Calhoun
County Jail. He was given a conditional
release the following day.


Traffic stop for
speeding leads to
cocaine arrest

A speeding driver is now facing drug
charges following a Saturday night traffic
stop.
Albert Nims, 22, has been charged
with possession of cocaine and drug
paraphernalia, along with driving while
license suspended or revoked with knowl-
edge.
According to the Calhoun County
Sheriff's Office, Deputy Nick Keller was
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Mar. 7; Billie Jo Tolley, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of
Mar. 8. "r :.... : iL, :.:-y. I.Ilurfe to appear in court/criminal
mischief/warrantl; Eret Snowden, failure to appear in court/Leon Co.; Jessica
e tI'. violation of community control/two counts; Angela Howard, violation of
S*:-.r'ir."'. release; Shane Black, I.-Iur. to appear in court; Shannon Kent,
violation 'of E, p..T,:ir..-, Trae y Brown, violation of state probation; Jesse
Manning, failure to appear in court; Juan Vazquez, holding for Hillsborough Co.;
Margaret Durham, i.,'. i'l-ri ,-.f i.i, 1Lji,. Su',.jl o anninu, violation of probation;
Joseph Bra-.'i:r 'li ;-... r' ,.. r'I m itharlnphelamine. possession of drug
paraphernalia, possession of listed chemicals, manufacture of meth; David
Cooner, violation of state p,,r'Alor,
Mar. 9: r'rhm.,r ,1 Williams, violation of probation; John Calhoun, holding for
Hillsborough Co., David -laugh, holding for Hillsborbugh Co.
Mar. 10: Jerry Melton, serving 10 days; Karlier Robinson, unqualified elector
willfully voting, false swearing Jose Hernandez (aka Arturo Arriaga Gonzalez),
violation of probation; Mark Honnaker, disorderly conduct
Mar. 11: Arturo Alvarez Pane Pablo, no drivers license; Robert Vagedes, holding
for Martin Co.; Wayne Merritt, child support/holding for Gilchrist Co.
Mar. 12: George, McNeal, violation of probation/Leon Co. warrant; Curtis
SSIrnckiand domestic battery; Karla L. Oliver, Washington Co. warrant/failure to
appear PWC
Mar. 13: Elizabeth J. Amason, possession of controlled substance/meth; Albert
Nims, possession of controlled substance, driving while license suspended or
revoked; Kianna Scott, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon; Edwiges R.
Gonzalez, no drivers license
The above Individuals were booked into the Calhoun County Jail during
the past week. Although they have been charged with a crime, they are
considered Innocent until proven guilty.


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Consider joining the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce



Many business benefits offered


If you're considering joining
the Calloun County Chamber of
Commace, but wonder how it
benefit; you, here's some infor-
matior that should prove helpful.
JessieEhrich, Staff Assistant for
the Clamber, offers the following
details about Chamber member-
ship benefits:
Tie primary responsibility of
the Mhamber is to promote the
ecoromy of Calhoun County
businesses and help develop a


prosperous and dynamic busi-
ness environment in our commu-
nity and the surrounding area.
Our Chamber is made up of
businesses, churches and non-
profit organizations. They are big
and small, old and new. They
range from manufacturers to
retailers and everything in
between. Our members come
together to enhance the quality of
their goods and services, to inter-


act with the community and they
share a common purpose: to keep
Calhoun County economy strong
and our community vibrant.
Our website contains informa-
tion about our members, the
county government, services,
points of interest, schools, parks,
community organizations, etc.
This site also has community
activities and events calendar
and much more.
The Chamber was formed
when business and professional
people, educators and interested
citizens joined together to
improve economic, industrial and
civic well being of the area. The
mission of the Chamber is to
unite the people of commerce,
industry, education and the pro-
fessions to work together for the
development of the Calhoun
county area.
Membership in the Calhoun
County Chamber of Commerce
means greater access to business
opportunities, enhanced expo-


sure for your business and
opportunities to improve your
bottom line. In short, it is an
investment in business and the
community. As soon as you join
you may display your business
cards and promotional materials
in the chamber office and get
involved in the chamber activi-
ties.
The chamber does it all. The
chamber offers a variety of oppor-
tunities for businesses to get
involved, market their products
and services, and grow their busi-
nesses.
For more information on join-
ing the Calhoun County Chamber
of Commerce, contact Jessie M.
Ehrich at the Chamber Office,
20816 Central Avenue East, Ste.
2, Blountstown (County
Extension Building), or call 674-
4519. She can also be reached at
email ccchamber@yahoo.com or
fax 674-4962. Visit the Chamber
on the web at:
www.calhounco.org


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Local teachers travel to D.C.
Area bachers traveled to Washington, D. C., February 17-20, 2005
through tie US Department of Education's Teaching American History Grant
awardedio the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC). Teachers
had to cTnplete a project and meet various other criteria in order to partici-
pate in pis magnificent opportunity. The teachers learned first-hand about
our nation's capital and will. be able to share this in their classrooms.
Attendirg teachers included, by school district: Calhoun County -
Chevorell Johns, Teresa Curl, Amy Henegar-Valenta, and Alice
Marshal; FAIl1U De,,:'n Cummnings and Charles Burn,- Franklin C,:unl\ -
SMike.Toid;, Holmes County-. James Simsand-Julie Finch; Jackson County -
SMindy lowell, Faye Parker, Miranda Boyd, Laurie Neel-Hamilton, Carol
Laramop, Dawn Gentry, Lanita Baxley, and Jacque Stokes-Taylor; Liberty
County- Jeri Flowers and Donna Summers; Taylor Gloria Parker;
Wakulla- Derek Miller and Bill Taylor; Walton Karen Kelch and Delores
Ennis./


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Mar. 23 for local leaders


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of Commerce is sponsoring the
"Florida Leadership Opportunity
Workshop" (F.L.O.W.) for local,
business leaders and elected offi-
cials. The workshop will be held
on Wednesday, March 23, from
10:00 a.m. ito 2:00 p.m. CST in
the Heritage Room of the Calhoun
County Public Library in
Blbuntstown
The workshop \ill be present-
ed by Towuhtone Energy and
includes a catered lunch. The
Chamber iE personally delivering
invitations/and requests RSVPs
by March 11, by telephone (674-
4519), fa (674-4962), or e-mail
(ccchambr@yahoo.com).
The spekers for the workshop
and their opics are:
Johl Hansen, Executive
Director of the Economic
Development Association of
Alabama Topic Economic
Developrient Process
Rio Marcum, Executive
Director!of Opportunity Florida,
Topic Retail/Commercial
Development


David Roberts, Economic &
Community Development/
Alabama Cooperative, Topic -
Assessing Your Community
Gary Clark, V.P./Member
Services, West Florida Electric
Coop, Topic Working Together/
Strategic Planning

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Altha lifters win


by Coach Robbie Smith
The Altha Boys' Weightlifting
team won their season opener
last Wednesday at South Walton
High School.
The Wildcats won 7 out of the
10 weight classes despite only
having 13 lifters. The final score


for the meet was: Altha 50,
Walton Co. 46, South Walton 37,
and Freeport 18.
Weight class winners were:
Corde Beauchamp (119), Britt
Wood (139), Michael Mills (154),
Cody Parrish (183), Lloyd
Williams (219), Nick Hansford
(238), and Kevin Barton (H).


opener

This year's team is smallerr
than teams of the past, biu easily
the best team we've had n our
short history of lifting wights.
We upped the standard sort this
year and that meant losinggood,
but undedicated, lifters'who


See LIFTERS, i8ge 8


These aspiring athletes have been practicing many long hours to prepare for the opening day of baseball set for
Saturday, March 26, at Sam Atkins Park. Come out and support them, along with all the other teams who will take
to the field to officially start the season. Pictured are (from left) Tristan Wood, Ethan Glass, Camden Skinner, Malac
Johnson, Shad Johnson, Zach Bryant, and Drew Bryant, all members of the Indians coach pitch team.



'Opening Day of Baseball'



Mar. 26, Sam Atkins Park


By Sherry Miles
Do-you have fond memories of
baseball in years gone by? Do
you dfeam pf warm sunny days
filled with the smell of popcorn,
peanuts, hotdogs, and the sound
of the umpire calling "You're
ouIt!"', Can you remember
t'atching the ball game, cheering
.d-tl onre? hand, and holding an


ice-cold soft drink in the other?
You have a chance to come
and bring your family to enjoy
these experiences once again.
The Calhoun County Dixie Youth
Baseball League is planning an
Opening Day of Baseball at Sam
Atkins Park in Blountstown.
From Tee-Ball to Pony League, all
teams will play a game that day to


Indians capture second


straight championship

Thel Chipola College Indians Earlier Saturday evening the
captured their second straight' Chipola Lady Indians captured
'Floiida Junior College Region VIII their first-ever state champi-
meni's basketball championship onship-only the second time in
Saturday, with a 73-61 win over state history that one community
Darto0Pa Beach Community -college won both the men's and
Colleg-e.' women's titles.
The' hdians were led in scoring 'The Lady Indians captured the
by' NMario Boggan with4l9 points. F-lorida. Championship witha;.54-
Stefon Hannah scored 1'4. 51 win over 'd'.fendiLi..state
Kendaris Pelton added 11. championin Gull Coast CommunILMIL\
..hipla will represent Florida College.
and Region VIII in the National A capacity home-court crowd
Juniio : College Athletic in the Milton H. Johpson Health
As'Soc Ltion tournament, March Center watched as Tojalyn "Sweet
2-26 2 in Hutchinson, KS. Pea" Atmore hit a shot at the
Chiipoa~ finished sixth in the
2004 national tourney. See CHIPOLA,page 8
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The First Annut


celebrate the opening of our base-
ball season.
The festivities will commence
at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,
March 26th at the, Sam Atkins
Park ball fields. We will raise our
country's great flag, hear our
National Anthem, and pray for
our young people that day. A cer-'
emonial first pitch will start the
ball games.
So come join us for a great day
of baseball. There. will be no
admission charge, and plenty of
food available from our conces-
sion stand. After our Opening
Day, there will be baseball on
Tuesday and Thursdays begin-
ning at 5:15 p.m. You and your
fiil.r ~ran enic sr ning watching


ICU.lIly Clal e j yv -t-- C' .y p.... ....
our young people play their
hearts out, and eat supper.
Al proceeds from the conces-
sion stand goes to assist the
Calhoun County Dixie Youth
Baseball League to better equip
and teach our young people the
'r?'erat team sport f baseball.
.-- An\ qLuestions. rearding the
nOpening Day activities of the reg-
ular season may be directed to
Emory Home, President at 674-
2434, Bobby. Tipton, Vice
President at 643-1586, or
DeWayne Miles, Player Agent at
674-4512.
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Through March 13, 2005
2005 Nextel Cup
Driver Points
1) Jimmie Johnson 525
2) Kurt Busch 510
3) Greg Biffle 428
4) Jeff Gordon 418
5) Cart Edwards 408
6) Tony Stewart 406
7) Rusty Wallace 395
8) Kevin Harvick 394
9) Ryan Newman 385
10) Mark Martin 374

2005 Busch Grand National
Driver Points
1) Kevin Harvick 515
2) Car Edwards 454
3) Clint Bowyer 433
4) Martin Truex Jr. 423
5) Reed Sorenson 414
6) Ashton Lewis 397
7) Shane Hmiel 376
8) Kenny Wallace 318
9) Justin Labonte 303
10) Jason Keller 294

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for the Blountstown Tigers
lost to Sneads and defeat-
t Gadsden.
Tigers hosted Sneads at
Thursday and. lost 5-1,
g them at 1-1 in the district
.4 overall.
only had two hits-
Ion Smith and : Michael
rd who were both 1 for 3,"
Coach Greg Jordan. "We
I one in the second inning
Lead off single by Michael
rd and led 1-0:' Sneads
1 three in the fourth, one in
th and one:in the seventh.":
don Smith was on the
Sfor the Tigers, pitching six
s. He struck out 12 bat-
ve up four hits, and had
k. Garry Reed finished the
with two strikeouts, a run,
, and no hits in the sev-
Tigers traveled to East
len on Friday and brought


elli Peacock -
e Altha Wildcat improved
[, in the district ad 3-4 over-
ter \winning two out of three
s last week..
e Cats traveled to
indale Monday and were
ted, 10-2.
'e made what I call little
e mental mistakes that cost
:out six runs," says Altha
.i Arthur Faurot. "They
0 better than we did."
shman Keith Kirkpatrick
d on the mound for Altha,
ng out 10. "He pitched
ly well to have lost: 10-2,"
i Faurot points out.
ensively, Matt Maxwell was
14, while Kirkpatrick and
McIntosh were each 1 for 3.
aceville came to ', town
ay for a district matchup.
'were 1-0 in the district and
.re 0-1, but we wound up
ig 7-0 which was a big dis-
win for us," says Etoach
t. 1
Father ninth grade, Tad
:started on the mound for
its, striking out six batters.
ia chalked up five' hits to
Ville's three. The Wildcats'
senior, Kevin Barton, got
,rolling with a grand slam -


home a 13-2 win.
Matt Alford was the winning
pitcher for BHS, going five
innings. He struck out six,
allowed one walk, and gave up
one unearned run. Reed and Eric
O'Bryan each pitched one inning.
They both struck out one, while
O'Bryan also had two walks and
allowed one unearned run.
Offensively, Smith was 3 for 5,
Robby McDonald was 3 for 4,
Reed was 2 for 5, Guilford was 1
for 1, O'Bryan was 1 for 3,
Chance Attaway was 1 for 4, and
Titus Overholt was 1 for 1.
Looking back over the past
week, Coach Jordan is pleased,
but sees need for improvement.
"We struck out 21 times against
the pitcher from Sneads the other
night. He was good, but he wasn't
that good. Then we had a season
high 14 hits against East
Gadsden. Basically, we've just got
inconsistency."
In J.V. action, the Tigers
defeated Liberty County 9-8 last
Monday in seven innings. Ricky


,. tl dS jil-~si ubre-u+rj, L:C,..j- d :.fourl
RBIs for the game and was I for
3. Maxwell was 1 for 3 arid Johnl
Mark Peacock was 1 for 2 with
two runs scored.
The Cats were on the road to
Grand Ridge Thursday for anoth-
er district game and won 7-2.
Noah Byler was on the mound
for Altha, striking out 10 batters.
S"We played real good," Coach
Faurot remarks. "'We made one
error in the entire game. We're
playing better with a bunch of
mostly ninth graders."
Altha traveled to Bethlehem
Monday and hosted Malone
Tuesday (details unavailable at
press time). Panama City
'Christian .comes to town
Thursday for a varsity only game
at 5:30 p.m. The Cats will take off
next week for Spring Break.


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-The Tigers are now at 2-4
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from Blountstown High School
Publication News
The Blountstown High School
Publications Staff will be selling year-
books March 28 through April 1. The
yearbooks will be thirty dollars, and
checks need to be made out to BHS. For
more information, please contact Rhonda
Marshall at 674-5724.
By: Sarah Hatcher
Spring Fling
Blountstown High School will be hav-
ing a Spring Fling on March 16. This
year's Spring Fling's theme is "Tiger Road
Trip."
Students will participate in singing,
dancing, acting, and karaoke. Also, there


'Socialburn' at Club La Vela Thursday
Blountstown's own rock band, Socialburn, is touring during Spring Break and will be close to home Thursday night
at Club La Vela on Panama City Beach. Dubbed the "rock show of the year," Socialburn headlines the concert with
"Fall as Well" opening the show. For a preview, you can check out Socialburn on Channel 13, live and unplugged,
Early Thursday morning. Socialburn features Calhoun County's own (from left) Dusty Price, Chris Cobb, Brandon
Bittner, and Neil Alday. The band is currently finishing a new CD and preparing for another tour.


A 9i.


will be team games for students from
each grade to participate in such as tug-
of-war, water balloon volleyball, and sack
races. School clubs will have booths
including a marriage and divorce booth, a
catapult, a boxing ring in which the con-
testants use big foam gloves on an inflat-
able boxing ring, and a sticky wall. There
will also be several food booths.
This year we will be starting a new tra-
dition of having 2005 Spring Fling Royalty.
Each homeroom selected a couple as
representatives; The couples were to col-
lect money for Student Council. The cou-
ple from each grade that collected the
largest amount of money will be the king
and queen of their grade level. The couple
that collects the greatest amount of
money will become the Spring Fling King
and Queen. The winners will be
announced at the Spring Fling on
Wednesday.
Students will have a wonderful time
celebrating spring!
Cheerleadihg Banquet
On March 5th, the BHS Cheerleaders
celebrated the end of a successful season
with their end of the year banquet at Pizza
Hut.
This was the last opportunity for the
squad to eat together. Each cheerleader
received an award based on their individ-
ual traits and personalities, as well as par-
ticipation trophies for the year.


Mrs. Carmen Overholt has b-
sponsor for two years and she
wonderful job. The BHS creei
want to extend a special thank,yo
of her love and support.
By: Courtney.
Calendar of Events
March 16- Spring Fling
March 17- Baseball Home-
6 against St. Joe; Boys Weight liftir
at Godby 3:00
March 18- Prom "A Night Un,
Stars"
March 21- Baseball Home I
vs. Malone; Boys Weight lifting N
Home 12:00
March 22- Baseball Home i
Vernon

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Month at local libr.

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ALL Calhoun County Libr:
Please check in your car, i
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from Altha Public School
SCalendar
March 16- PreK Screening
March 17- Chorus M.B.A. @
SArnold High School; 2nd and 4th
: Sea to See; Chorus Concert. @
7:00 PM in the gym
S'March 18- Family Breakfast
March 21 25 Spring Break



Lifters -

wanted to be on the team, but
didn't want to do the hard work it
Stakes to be excellent.
The boys that are lifting this
year are dedicated to getting bet-
ter and doing what few want to
do. I tell the kids all the time that
if weightlifting was easy, our
weightroom would be packed. Not
many people have the drive that it
takes to be a weightlifter. I am
really proud of this group of boys
and the hard work they have put
in this year.
The kids that will be returning
next year are excited about the
new-weightroom that is going to
be built this summer. Hopefully.
the success of our girls and boys.
along with a new weightroom that
we can have pride in, will encour-
age other kids here to lift.
Altha: competed at Marianna
Tuesday (details unavailable at
press time).



Chipola-

buzzer to give Chipola the edge.
Atmore also led Chipola with 16
points. Chinata Nesbit added 12.
Tayani Clark scored 10.
The game appeared to be
headed for overtime with four
seconds remaining when Atmore
made. the field goal to give
Chipola its first-ever women's
state title.
Second year Chipola head
coach David Lane, said, "It was
unbelievable. I'm so happy for
Sweet Pea. We practiced the shot
several times this year. From my
angle, the shot appeared to be off,
but it hooked and went in."
Lane said his team had
tremendous heart and. spirit.
'They battled and did what they
had to do to win. It was a neat
Experience for them. I'm happy
they'll get to go to nationals.
SThat's why I coach, so they can
get see that hard work pays off."
Chipola's Cinderella season
began to blossom on Feb. 1, when
they scored a 62-40 upset over:
top-ranked Gulf Coast. The
Chipola win was Gulf Coast's first
conference loss in. 66 games.
Chipola also had to beat
Pensacola in a Feb. 28 playoff
game to earn their spot in the
state tournament.
The Lady Indians will repre-
sent Florida and Region VIII in
the NJCAA National Tournament,
March 22-26 in Salina, KS.



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March 28 & 29 Spring
Pictures, Cap & Gown Pictures,
Class/Group Pictures
Accelerated Reader Email
Altha School is now offering a
new service --n regards to
SAccelerated 'Reader communica-
tion. "

David Simpson, our District
Technology Specialist, has devel-
oped a piece of software that
allows an e-mail to be sent to
parents notifying them of
Accelerated Reader test(s) that
their child has taken that day.
Letters have been sent out to
parents this week. If you would
like to request this service please
sign the form at the bottom of the
letter and return to the school. If
you did not receive a letter and
your child attends Altha School,
please feel free to contact the
school for a form.
The school will begin this ser-
vice on March 28. If, at any time,.
you would like to discontinue this
service you will be able to do so
by contacting the school or


responding to the e-mail notifica-
tion.
The e-mail is only a service to
assist you in your involvement in
your child's education. It is not
an official Accelerated Reader
record as there are other factors
that can affect the student's actu-
al score.
By: Jordan Waldorf

'Cap & Gown, Class Pictures
Unfortunately, the Spring cap
and, gown and pre-k through 5th
class pictures scheduled at the
end of February had to be post-
poned. They have been resched-
uled for Monday, March 28, and
Tuesday, March 29.
There is no advance fee for the
Spring pictures. Class group pic-
tures for pre-k through 5th are
$10; envelopes to order these pic-
tures went home with students
earlier.
There is a $20.00 sitting fee
for senior cap and gown pictures.
Young men in the senior class are
asked to wear a white button
shirt and tie for the cap and gown
pictures.


Former Adult School
student attending
college in Vermont

James Travis McCardle was
accepted into Landmark College in
Putney,, Vermont, and survived his
first blizzard. He is studying for his
Associates Degree with plans to
major in archeology afterwards.
Landmark is a private college and
Travis was very fortunate to be given,
a scholarship that has paid for the
majority of his tuition.
Travis has been one of the most
dedicated and diligent students that
Ms. Jana Hill, teacher at the Calhoun
County Adult School, has ever seen.
"He never gives up, and I have no
doubt that he will be a great college
success," says Hill. "He is truly an
inspiration! His family and the teach-
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Four crowned in Miss Altha Pageant


Mitzi Whitfield is Miss Altha
The Altha School gymnasium was the setting for the annual Miss Altha Pageant held Saturday night. The patri-
Sotic-themed event featured 14 contestants in four categories competing for titles. Miss division winners include (from
len) Patricia Williams (1st runner up), Lizzie Woolever (Miss Congeniality). Mitzi Whitfield (Miss Altha), and Shannon
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MARY CHRISTINE BAKER
MONLYN
Mary Christine Baker Monlyn,
age 73, of Blountstown, who
retired from Florida State
Hospital in Chattahoochee died
Wednesday, March 9, 2005, in
Lawton, OK.
She is survived by her ten chil-
dren: Wanda Byrd, Barbara Orr,
LaCoya Monlyn, Tamara Monlyn,
Antoinette Holland, Gina Monlyn,
Roderic Monlyn, Jerry Monlyn,
Terry Monlyn and Scott Monlyn
and numerous grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held
today, Wednesday, March 16,
2005 at 11:00 a.m. EST at St.
Patil AME Church in
Blountstown. Interment will fol-
low at Magnolia Cemetery.
L(JS ELIZABETH WILSON
MERCER
Irs. Lois Elizabeth Wilson
Mtcer, 92, a retired educator,
di4d Wednesday, March 9, 2005,
in 47allahassee.
VMrs. Mercer was born in 1912
in Malone and raised in Dothan.
S graduated from Bob Jones
C llege, then located in Lynn
Haven. By the time she was 21,
sh1 had received a master's
degree in library science from
Cdlorado State Teacher College
and had done additional graduate
work at the University of
Michigan. She then joined the
faculty of Bob Jones College
where she was head librarian and
taught speech. She married the
Rev. James "Cotton" Mercer on
May 29, 1940, and they had six
children. After her marriage, Mrs.
Mercer devoted her time and
energy to raising her family. She
also did extensive volunteer work
with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts
and was state director for camp-
ing for the Minnesota Girl Scouts.
She was active in her church and
taught Sunday school for many
years. She was an avid reader
and her library always contained
a vast array of subjects.
In 1959, Dr. and Mrs. Mercer
relocated their family to Pontiac,
Michigan, and Mrs. Mercer
returned to teaching speech and
English full time and later
became a high school guidance
counselor. She received an addi-
tional master's degree in educa-
tional counseling from Michigan
State University and became-
head guidance counselor at
Pontiac Northern High School.
Following her retirement in
1977, Dr. and Mrs. Mercer lived
in Quincy -and Apalachicola....
When her husband of 56 years
died, she moved to Havana. She
was very devoted to her family. In
addition to her six children, she
and Dr. Mercer had 14 grandchil-
dren and 16 great grandchildren.
She was a loving and nurturing
mother, grandmother, and great
grandmother.
Survivors include two sons,
James Woodrow Mercer and his
wife, Vicki, of Pacific Palisades,
California, and John T. W. Mercer
and his wife, Mary, of Atlanta,
Georgia; four daughters,
Elizabeth Ann Sandberg and her'
husband, Buzz, of Ashland, Ohio,
Martha Pagliuca and her hus-
band, Lou, of Brandon,
Mississippi, Jane Heady of
Canton, Michigan, and Sara Jill
Mercer and her husband, Ned
Megargee, of Havana.
Funeral services were held at
1:00 PM EST Friday, March 11,
from the Corinth Baptist Church
in Hosford. Interment followed in
Hosford Cemetery.
Adams Funeral Home was in
charge of the arrangements.
THOMAS J. SWEARINGTON
Mr. Thomas J. Swearington,
66, of Bristol, passed away
Monday morning, March 14,
2005, at his home.
Mr. Swearington was born in
Panama City and had lived in
Bristdl for the past two years,
moving here from Panama City.
He was a heavy equipment opera-
tor in the landscaping business.
Survivors include his wife,
Phyllis Swearington of Bristol;
four sons, Tommie Swearington
of Blountstown, Raymond and
Byron Sherrod, both of Bristol,
and Roninie Swearengin of
Dothan; four daughters, Ginger
Harris of Bristol, Leathie
Swearington of Blountstown,
Jeanne Roney and Rosie Boone,
both of Missouri; three brothers,
Billy Swearengini of Dothan, John
Swearengin of Blountstown, and
David Swearengin of Bristol; one
sister, Joyce Foster of Panama
City; two stepsisters, Patty
Swearengin of Blountstown and
Diane Swearengin of Bristol; and
five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at


3:00 PM EST today, Wednesday,
March 16, from .the Bristol
Assembly of God Church.
Interment will follow in the Rock
Bluff Cemetery near Bristol.
Adams Funeral Home is in,
charge of the arrangements.

MAGGIE LOU ELDRIDGE
BRANTON
Mrs. Maggie Lou Eldridge
Branton, age 90, of Blountstown
died Wednesday, March 9, 2005
at the home of her daughter in
Piano, TX. Mrs. Branton was


born in Blountstown and had
lived all of her life in Calhoun
County. She was a member of
the First Baptist Church in
Blountstown and had been a
teacher's aide in Blountstown
Elementary School for several
years. She was also a reception-
ist for her husband, Dr. M.W.
Eldridge for several years.
Survivors include one son,
Webster Majia Eldridge and his
wife, Julie of Havana, FL; three
step sons: Dr. M.C. Eldridge,
M.W. Eldridge, Jr. and Miles
Eldridge, all of Blountstown;
Sandra Wynn and her husband,
John of Piano, TX; three step
daughters: Evelyn Gaskin,
Glenda Vickery and Dorothy
Ward, all of Blountstown; one
brother, Jerome Rabon of
Albermarle, NC; two sisters:
Dorothy Rabon Eldridge of
Blountstown, Ruth Aultman of
Wewahitchka; thirty four grand-
children, fifty one great-grand-
children and twelve great, great
grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
Monday, March 14, 2005 at
11:00 a.m. (CST) from the Peavy
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.
Robert Walker and Rev. Tom
Stallworth officiating. Interment.
followed in Nettle Ridge Cemetery
in Blountstown.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Marlon Peavy at
Peavy Funeral Home in
Blountstown, FL. 850-674-2266.

WADE MONROE SMITH
Mr. Wade Monroe Smith, age
73 of Blountstown died Thursday
morning, March 10, 2005 at the
Bay Memorial Medical Center in
Panama City. Wade was a native
and life long resident of Calhoun
County. he was a veteran of the
Korean Conflict serving in the
United States Army. Wade was a
lumber yard manager at Waldroff
Ace Hardware in Altha for 22
years. He and his wife Faye were
owners and operators of the
Union 76 Service Station in
Blountstown for 26 years. Mr.
Smith attended the Victory Hill
Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Survivors include: his wife,
Faye Smith of Blountstown; one
son, Gregory Wade Smith of
Gainesville; one daughter, Traci
(Smith) Hall and her husband,
Jim of Blountstown; one brother,
John A. Smith of Pensacola; one
sister, Hilma Barbee of
Blountstown; three grandchil-
dren: Brody and ReaFan Hall of
Blolnrsto\wrr-and Chris- Hall of
Tallahassee.
Funeral services were held
Saturday, March 12, 2005 at
1:00 p.m. (CST) from the Peavy
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.
Billy Wallace, Rev. Edgar Fuqua
and Rev. Dewayne Tolbert offici-
ating. Interment followed in the
Nettle Ridge Cemetery in
Blountstown.
All arrangements were under.
the direction of Marlon Peavy at
Peavy ,Funeral Home in
Blountstown, FL.' 850-674-2266.

ANTHONY TODD HOLCOMB
Mr. Anthony Todd Holcomb,
36, of Bristol, passed away
Friday, March 11, 2005, in
Gainesville, Florida.
Mr. Holcomb was born in
Hattlesburg, Mississippi, and had
lived in Liberty County for most of
his life. He was a member of
RiverTown Community Church in
Blountstown, and worked as, a
third generation self-employed
stumper.
Anthony was preceded in
death by his grandparents,
Edward Nobles of Bristol, Gussie
.Nobles Lofton of Hattiesburg, MS,
and Rueben and Callie Holcomb
of Hattiesburg, MS.
Survivors include his wife,
Patricia Gall Pickron Holcomb of
Bristol; his son, Jared Anthony
Holcomb of Bristol: his parents,
Royce and Patricia Holcomb of.
Bristol; one sister, Tammy Revell,
and her husband, Tony, of
Tallahassee; three brothers,
Jamie Holcomb and his wife,
Randy, Scott Holcomb, and Kyle
Holcomb and his wife, Misty, all
of Bristol; his father and mother-
in-law, Bob and Ruth Pickron of
Bristol; his brother and sister-in-
law, Doyle and Beth Brown of
Hosford; and numerous nieces
and nephews.
Funeral services were held
Monday, March 14, at 3 p.m. CST
from the RiverTown Community
Church in Blountstown with Rev.
Paul Smith officiating. Interment
followed in Lake Mystic Cemetery
in Bristol. The family accepted
flowers, however, anyone wishing
may make donations to the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
Northern Chapter, 9143 Phillips


Highway, Suite 130,
Jacksonville, FL 32256, or at
www. leukemia-lymphoma.org.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Marlon Peavy at
Peavy Funeral Home in
Blountstown, ph. 674-2266.

MARY WEEKS VARNUM
Mrs. Mary Weeks Varnum, age
96 of Blountstown, FL died
Thursday, March 10, 2005 at the
Calhoun Liberty Hospital In
Blountstown. Mrs. Varnum was,
born in Washington County, FL


and had lived in Blountstown
most of her life. She was preced-
ed in death by her husband,
Hezzie Varnum, one step daugh-
ter, Elva Marsh and two great
grandsons: Ren Glass and
Benjamin Bramblette. She was of
the Methodist Faith.
She is survived by: two sons:
Stanley Varnum of Chipley and
Harry Varnum of Blountstown;
three daughters: Patricia Lee and
Mary Burch, both of
Blountstown, Catherine Schlein
of Casselberry, FL; two sisters:
Becky Garrett of Chipley and
Alberta Ealum, of Glendale, FL;
fifteen grandchildren, seventeen
great-grandchildren and one
great, great grandchild.
Funeral services were held at
3:00 p.m. (CST) Sunday, March
13, 2005 from the graveside at
Dykes Cemetery in Greenhead,
FL with Rev. Chad Corbin offici-
ating. Interment followed in
Dykes Cemetery.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Marlon Peavy at
Peavy Funeral Home in
Blountstown, FL. 850-674-2266.



Crime

patrolling southbound on SR 71 when he
pulled over a 2005 Mustang, driven by
Nims, for speeding. While speaking with-
Nims, Dep. Keller noticed a small amount
of what appeared to be marijuana shake
on the center console.
After running a check on Nims'
license, Dep. Keller learned it had been
suspended and placed him under arrest.
As Nims stepped out of his car, Dep.
Keller spotted a small white bag of
cocaine in the driver's seat, along with a
three inch straw on the floorboard, result-
ing in the drug charges.
Nims was booked inio Ihe Calhoun
County Jail and given a conditional
release later that day.


Oak Terrace speaker will
discuss Jewish Passover

What do the Jewish Passover
and the Last Supper have in com-
mon? Jhan Moskowitz with Jews
for Jesus will answer that ques-
tion when he presents "Christ in
the Passover" at Oak Terrace
Mennonite Church located at
16970 NW 22nd Street in
Blountstown on Saturday,
March 19, at 7:00 p.m.
You will gain wonderful
insights on how the pieces of
God's Plan of Salvation fit togeth-
er and you will remember this
visual display of the Passover
pageantry for years to come. Join
us for Christ in the Passover from
Egypt to Calvary to what it means
to us today.
Jews for Jesus is a 21st centu-
ry ministry that is 2,000 years
old. This presentation has been
demonstrated in over 5,000
churches. The message is not
new, but 'is being told in a new
way.
There will be no admission
charge, however a love offering
will be taken which will go to sup-
port Jews for Jesus. For addi-
tional information, contact Pastor
Dale Ivy or Ms. Diane at 674-
4516.

Page Pond will feature
Africa's Hope missionary

Rev. DeVane McGee,
Assemblies of God missionary
serving with Africa's Hope, will be
the featured guest speaker at
Page Pond Assembly of God,
23422 NW Murdock Dr., Altha,
FL on Sunday, March 20th at
10:45 a.m. according to Rev. Bo
Senterfitt, pastor.
DeVane and Mary served in


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BEVIS
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of Bristol


Formerly Doing Business as

McClellan Funeral Home

All existing pre-n*ee-d-ifdat need contracts rife nor :
handled by the Bevis family and staff.

All operations of the funeral process will be handled on
location at 12008 NW State Road 20.


Todd Wahlquist, Rocky Bevis & Ed Peacock
iLicensed Funeral Directors


SeEspanol

We would love to meet everyone in our community.
Please stop by and say hello.
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Sierra Leone, West Africa, with
ICI University International
Office, with Africa harvest, and
life Publishers International.
Currently the McGees serve with
Africa's Hope, also known as
Africa Theological Training for the
continent of Africa.
Africa is a continent in crisis
with AIDS, famine, poverty and
civil war. Many believe that
Africa is hopeless. However, we
disagree. We feel that hope lies in
the training of Africans to pro-
claim the gospel of Jesus Christ,
the hope of the world.
We praise God for the growth
of the Assemblies of God from the
beginning of the Decade of
Harvest in 1990 to the end of
2003: The number of: churches
grew from 11,688 to 36,793; pas-
tors grew from 9,827 to 32,002;
believes grew from 2,140,202 to
11,287,513. And the revival has
just begun!
Currently there are more than
14,000 future proclaimers of the


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Open & Closings
Slabs Cleaning
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gospel in Assemblies of God Bible
schools and extension centers
across the African Continent. We
feel these 14,000 students and
those who will follow are Africa's
Hope.
For further information call
762-8406.

Abe Springs Gospel Sing
Saturday, March 19th

There will be a gospel sing at
the Abe Springs Baptist Church
on Saturday, March 19. The sing
will begin at 6:00 p.m. (CST).
Featured singers will be The
Bluegrass Kingswood Group from
Southport along with local talent.
Pastor Allen Pitts and congrega-
tion extend a warm invitation to
everyone to come and be a part of
this. The church is located at
13913 SWCR 275. For more
information call 674-4376 or
674-5880 and leave a message.

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(850)674-54491

Mr. Tim Adams, Owner & Licensed'Funeral Director
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12385 Pea Ridge Road Bristol, FL
For helpful information and to review recent
obituaries or video tributes log on to
www.adamsfh.com


SOUTHSIDE ASSEMBLY OF GOD REJOICE! RENEW! REACH OUT!
REJOICE! RENEW! REACH OUT!
with
15164 SR 71 South, Blountstown, Fla. Bountstown United Methodist Church
SUNDAYS WEDNESDAY
Sunday School 10:00 AM Bible Study. 7:00 PM, A Place Where We,
LARRY WHITE, Morning Worship 11:00 AM Kidz Jr. Bible Quiz 7:00 PM REJOICE in God's Grace, RENEW our hearts in God's Love and
PASTOR Children's Church 11:00 AM REACH OUT followingthe example of Christ
482-4825 Evening Worhsip 5:00 PM www.dtappsom/sthsidel 20500 Central Ave. West 850-674-8254
CHURCH PHONE KidZ Sunday School p 850-674-3144
674-8884 and Church 10AM-12Noon Blountstown, Florida 850-674-3144
STEVEN D. WARREN, PASTOR


Meaningful Bible Study.....................9:45 AM
S Exciting Worship...;.............. ........,11:00 AM
Bible Study & Worship....... .....6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study..........6:30 PM
SPastor Tom Stallworth
Located two blocks south of the intersection Highway 20
and Main Street in Blountstown

First Baptist Church
Helping people follow 'in the footsteps of Christ


Service Times
Worship Service:
Sunday
8:00am & 10:30am

COMMUNITY cHucHI
19359 SR 71 North Blountstown, FL 32424
850,674-5747 e-mail: info@rivertownchurch.info
Website: www.rivertownchurch.info


For Information on Placing Your Church


St. Mary Missionary

Baptist Church
16345 SE River Street, Blountstown, FL
DR. C.L. WILSON, PASTOR
850-674-8716
"We Minister To Needs Without Magnifying Faults"
Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM
Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 PM
General Mission & Brotherhood 2nd & 4th Saturday -10 AM


For information on listing

your church in this

directory, please contact

The County Record at

674-5041.


in the Directory, Please Call 674-5041


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Colon cancer screenings urged


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j.. 1r 17773 N. Pear St.,
Blountstown. Please RSVP by by
:-A.llin! WVes Johnston at 762-
9620. Please show up with your
commitment fee and receive a
Prize.


Two of the American Cancer
Society, Florida Division's top
leaders CEO Don Webster and
Immediate Past President Dr.
Karen Moffitt underwent colon
cancer testing this month in an
effort to take the mystery and fear
out of this vitally important
process.
Both Moffitt and Webster had
colonoscopies, the type of proce-
dure made famous by Today


Relay For Life is a way to honor
those who have won their battle
with cancer and remember those
we've lost. Funds raised through
the Relay For Life event help
assist with local patient services
here in Calhoun and Liberty
Counties.
For more information about
how you can get involved, please
join us at the next team captains'
meeting.


Show host Katie Couric in 2000.
"I've been putting this off for
years," said Moffitt, 57, who
resides in South Tampa. "I feel
bad that I waited so long because
the procedure is actually no
problem at all."
Today, colon cancer is the sec-
ond leading cause of cancer
death in the United States. Early
stages of colon cancer usually
show no symptoms, meaning that
regular testing is imperative to
catching the disease before it
becomes deadly. If caught early,
colon cancer has a 90 percent
survival rate. Otherwise, that rate
plummets to nine percent.
"At least half the people we
lose to colon cancer could have
been saved," said Webster, 55, of
Tampa. "It's a cancer that
shouldn't be killing as many peo-
ple as it does."
Webster says he understands
people's reluctance to be
screened. 'There's an embarrass-
ment and fear," he said. "But 20
years ago, people were embar-
rassed to talk about breast and
prostate cancer, too. That's


changed, and it isn't awkward to
talk about these parts of the body
anymore. This has helped reduce
prostate and breast cancer death
rates. If we can desensitize people
from their reluctance to talk
about colon cancer, we could
have the same type of impact."
Moffitt says that when it
comes to testing, there's nothing
to fear. Patients are anesthetized
while a slender, flexible, hollow,
lighted tube is eased inside the
colon. A tiny video camera sends
images back to a TV monitor
where the physician can get a
clear picture of any polyps or
other irregularities.
The exam itself only takes
about 30 minutes. "And when
you wake up, there's no pain or
soreness," Moffitt said. For her, it
was the preceding day's prepara-
tions, which involved a special
liquid diet and the ingestion of
very strong laxatives to clean out
the entire digestive system that
took the most commitment.
"If you're reluctant to get a
- colonoscopy, there are other test-
ing methods that are non-inva-


sive," Webster said. He suggests
that people discuss testing with
their doctors. That's especially
true for older individuals. The
American Cancer Society recom-
mends that both men and women
age 50 and older get screened on.
a regular basis.
Ultimately, both Webster and
Moffitt agree, getting tested is
worth the effort. "It's like any
medical procedure you're going
to be nervous," Webster said.
"But it's truly not a big deal and
it shouldn't be ignored- especially
if it can save your life."


The American Cancer Society ,
is the nationwide community;-
based voluntary health organiza-
tion dedicated to eliminating can-
cer as a major health problem,
through research, education,
advocacy, and service. In Florida,,
there are three Hope Lodges,
more than 35 American Cancer..
Society offices, and approximate-
ly 100,000 active volunteers. For
information about cancer, call
toll-free anytime 1-800-ACS:
2345 or visit the Americarn
Cancer Society Web site at
www.cancer.org.


GCEC Manager of Marketing and Member Services Michael White pre-
sents a Capital Credit Check to WJHG News Channel 7. Accepting the
check on behalf of the station is Tracy Connors and Joe Moore.


GCEC issues $200K in


Capital credit checks
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Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative recently distributed
Capital Credit checks. Those
who were members of the
Cooperative in the years 1982
and 2003 received checks total-
ing $200,000.
SGulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is a member-owned,
non-profit organization.
Therefore, at the end of each year
and after all operating expenses
have been paid, a prorated per-
centage of its margins, referred to
as Capital Credits, are allocated
to GCEC members based on the
amount they paid for electricity
during the year. The decision to
make a refund and how much to
refund is made by.the Board of
Trustees and is based on the
financial health of the coopera-
tive,
The refunding of Capital
Credits is spread over a period of
time because the cooperative
uses the capital l to finance plant
and equipment purchases
instead of borrowing funds and
paying interest for those purpos-


es. Capital Credits represent
most of the cooperative's equity,
which has reached a level that
enables the cooperative to borrow
at the most attractive rates.
Therefore, Capital Credits are
used wisely to keep the cost of
electricity as low as possible dur-
ing the time period before they
are refunded.
Should you have any ques-
tions regarding Capital Credits,
contact the Southport office at
265-3631 or the Wewahitchka
office at 639-2216.

Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is. part of the
Touchstone Energy@ national
alliance of local, consumer-
owned electric cooperatives pro-
viding high standards of service
to customers large and small.
GCEC serves approximately
19,200 consumers in Bay,
Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton
and Washington counties and in
the municipalities of
Wewahitchka, Ebro, White City,
Fountain and Southport.


Cattlemen to meet


i ,-r."- will be a Cattleman's
_4-...~.,:ir. Me.ing Monday,
2ia' i. 7. at 5:30 pm CST, at the
Calhoun "C-it|.'' Agricultural
Tension ..'fi':- conference room
(west end of b'oidirn).


A Bar-B-Q dinner will be
served for $10.00 per person.
Please RSVP. at 674-8323 by
March 18 if you would like to
attend.


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GALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 8, 2005

The Regular Meeting of the Calhoun
,*


County School Board was called to order
by Chairman Tim Smith. The following
members were present: Tim Smith, Doyle
Daniels, Volena Barfield, Willie Brown and
Grant Williams. Superintendent Mary


BLOUNTSTOWN I


CITY COUNCIL MINUTES


S Blountstown City Council
S Regular Session Minutes
STuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, 6 p.m.

The City Council, City of Blountstown,
County of Calhoun, State of Florida, met
irt Regular Session on Tuesday, February
82005 at 6:00 P.M. at the City Council
meeting room with the following members
the City Council present: Mayor R.W.
Ibason, Councilwoman Janie Boyd,
Councilman Clifford Jackson, Councilman
John Tomlinson and Councilman Steve
Iailey.
Also present were City
Ianager/Engineer Jimmy Hand, Police
Chief Glenn Kimbrel and City Attorney
Zvid House.
Others present included Cissy
arfield, Harry Hagan, Ben Hall, Mike
Ailhoun, Dowling Parrish, R.L. Dancy,
,rchie Faircloth 11, Archie Faircloth II,
hfirc Tomlinson, Kim Tanner, Jonathan
itmbrel, Charles Sherrod, Rodney Smith,
Killi Peacock, Hiedi Rynyard, B.J. Bailey,
Bountriem Dancy, Stan Sexton, Doris
1iaylor, Kathy Stewart, Gene Barfield,
Eldie Dalton, Darlene Malaney, and Fred
Tanner.
SMayor Deason called the meeting to
order at 6:00 P.M.
SCouncilwoman Boyd led the invoca-
tion and Councilman Jackson led the
Pledge of Allegiance.
0 The following minutes were presented
Atl the Council for their approval: Special
"Session January 6, 2005 (Community
MBidget Issue Request), Special Session
January 6, 2005 (CDBG Sewer Rehab
Phase III), and Regular Session January
11, 2005. Councilman Tomlinson made a
motion to accept the minutes as present-
ed. Councilman Bailey seconded the
motion. The motion carried.
Next was the- discussion Of monthly
bills through January 31, 2005. Stan
Sexton with Gulf Power briefly discussed
the bill received from Gulf Power.
Councilman Tomlinson made a motion to
accept the monthly bills as presented
along with the ad-on list and the Gulf
Power bill. Councilman Jackson second-
ed the motion. The motion carried.
The following were added to the open
agenda: R.L. Dancy
The first item on the agenda was the
City Reserve Funds. Darlene Malaney, a
representative with the Florida League of
Cities addressed the Council concerning
an investment plan that the Florida
League of Cities offers After the presen-
tation the finance darecior KimI Tanner,
addressed -hie 'Gonenoi -cencernin --the
quijleS recei ed irora anrius tirlan3 inal
institutions. Mrs. Tanner also discussed
the excess funds of the operating
account. She requested the freedom to
move excess funds based on the interest
rates at the available accounts. After a
lengthy discussion, Councilman Bailey
made a motion to put 3 to 3.5 million dol-
lars in a 3 month CD at Regions Bank and
the other money left available to move
from-account to account. The maturity
date of the CD needs to fall around the
15th. Councilman Tomlinson seconded
the motion. The motion carried.
Next, the City Attorney addressed the
FNST Trail Certification Agreement. It
was the direction of the City Attorney for
the Council to sign the agreement.
Councilman Tomlinson made a motion to
sign the agreement.' Councilwoman Boyd
seconded the motion. The motion carried.
The City Council addressed the City
Utility Deposits being refunded to the cus-
tomers. Kim Tanner addressed the
Council with a recommendation. Mrs.
Tanner explained an on-line Utility
Exchange Credit Check. After two years
of good payment history, the utility
deposits will be refunded to the cus-
tomers. The Council instructed Mrs.
Tanner to create a proposed, policy and
bring it back to the Council at the March or
April regular Council meeting.
Next was discussion on utility bill aver-
aging. After a brief discussion, the
Council suggested allowing customers to
pay extra on their utility bills. This will help
the customer when the bills are higher.
The Council suggested sending a mailer
out to inform the customers.
Next, Kim Tanner addressed the
Council concerning the IRS Audit on
2002. The following were problems aris-
ing from the IRS audit. Fire department
volunteers that were employees of the
City, fipe department volunteers that
where not employees of the City, City,
Council members, and City vehicles dri-
ven home. All the areas, with the excep-
tion of the vehicles the City has previous-
ly handled as contract labor. Now the IRS
has informed us they have to be employ-
ees, which means FICA, medicare, and
withholding tax will be taken out of their
wages. Also they will be issued a W-2
instead of a Form 1099. City employees
that drive .vehicles home will also receive
W-2, and FICA, medicare, and withhold-
ing tax will be deducted out of their wages
as well. The only employees this does not
affect are the ones that drive "emergency"
vehicles. This includes the Police
Department and the Fire Department. All
other vehicles are not considered "emer-
-gency". The City will have to pay the IRS
approximately $2,944.00.
The Council discussed City Vehicles
being driven home by employees. The
Council asked the City Manager/Engineer
who he feels should drive a vehicle home.
The City Manager/Engineer stated that
Charles Sherrod (Lead Operator), Jimmy
Elkins, (Electric Supervisor), Street
Supervisor, Meter Reader, and the
Assistant City Manager currently drive a
City vehicle home. It was the consensus
of the Council to table this item.
Chief Kimbrel updated the Council on
the speed bump request on Lambert
Street. Chief Kimbrel Informed the
Council of the actions the Police
Department has taken to try to enforce
speed in this area. Chief Kimbrel feels
progress has been made and requests


the Council to extend the request for
speed bumps for another month to see if


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the problem can be resolved without plac-
ing speed bumps on Lambert Street.
Chief Kimbrel also recommended placing
a 4 way stop at South Pear Street and
,Azalea Street and a 3 way stop at Sherry
Street and Gaskin Street. Councilman
Bailey made a motion to follow Chief
Kimbrel's recommendation of placing a 4
way stop on South Pear Street and
Azalea Street and a 3 way stop at Sherry
Street and Gaskin Street, and after 30
days of study if the Chief feels it neces-
Ssary, then place a speed bump at Lambert
Street and Church Street. Councilwoman
Boyd seconded the motion. The motion
carried.
Next, the City Manager/Engineer
asked the Council how they wanted to
handle the Supervisor pay. Street
Supervisor Robert Barton stepped down
last week from his position. Hank Nichols
and Gene Barfield have been supervising
the Street Department. It was the con-
sensus of the Council to take the addi-
tional supervisor pay away, since he is no
longer supervisor. The Council would like
to see how things are working with Hank
Nichols and Gene Barfield as Supervisors
over the Street Department.
Mrs. Kathy Stewart from the office of T.
Micheal Tucker, CPA presented the
Council with the 2004 Audit Report.
Next, Mrs. Doris Traylor with Keep
Calhoun County Beautiful requested the
Council to enforce the Code Enforcement
Ordinance. Mrs. Traylor also commended
the City in its efforts to keep the City of
Blountstown clean. Mrs. Traylor would
also like to see the train park ihed up
since this is going to be pan o tr e
Blountstown Greenway Bike Trail Mrs
Traylor is thankful for the annual amnresiy
clean up the City provides. Councilman
Bailey recommended placing some type
of cover over the train to protect iI
Councilman Bailey stepped down trom
his seat at this.time. Dowling Parrish and
Steve Bailey requested a variance t,-.r hin.
property located on South Pear Streei
(Dogwood Estates). This would Le a ..de-
and rear setback variance. Councilman
Tomlinson made a motion to granl Ihe
variance. Councilman Jackson seconded
the motion. The motion carried.
The City Attorney read Resolutilon
2005-02 (Florida League of Cities Growinr
Management Issues). Councilman
Tomlinson made a motion to accept
Resolution 2005-02 as read. Councilman
Bailey seconded the motion. The moon
carried
Tne City Manager'Engineer informed
i he Geiotoil .of.al.egislative Delegallon
Reception sponsored by the Nonrii-..-i
Florida League of Cities. The C..:un.:,l r,
invited to this reception which is being
held on Wednesday, February 23 20015
The City Manager/Engineer informed
the Council on an open fo'um ihe
Department of Environmental Proleclion
is holding concerning Petroleum Cleanup
This will be held on Wednesday, =ebruary
16, 2005. The Council has.a copy or irns
information if they are interested in
attending.
SNext, Mr. Earl Godwin was ,on Ire
agenda. Mr. Godwin was not in alien-
dance.
Kim Tanner informed the Council ol
the FEMA reimbursements Irom
Hurricane Ivan and Frances. Mrs Tanner
handed the Council a report of the reim-
bursements. There were no questions
concerning this item.
The City Manager/Engineer mniormed
the Council of Notice from Brignriouse
that TV cable rates are going up in cosl to
the City Of Blountstown citizens.
The Council received a letter Irom Mr
George Bryan requesting water to be run
to his property. The Council agreed to
allow water to be run to this propen,'
Next, Mr. R.L. Dancy addressed ihe
Council concerning several issues. The
first item is trash being picked up on
16048 SE Ward Street. Mr. Dancy would
like to.see this trash picked up. Mr Dancv
also questioned why his water bill is so
high. The City Manager/Engineer asked
Mr. Dancy if he has contacted Cly Hall.
Mr. Dancy stated that he has not coniact.
ed City Hall concerning this matter The
City Manager/Engineer informed Mr.
Dancy that City Hall would look inio thri
matter and get back with him concerning
this issue. Mr. Dancy then requested nme

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEETH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR CALHOUN
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO: 04 387 CA
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
BARBARA E. ALVAREZ,
Petitioner/Wife.
vs.
JULO CESAR ALVAREZ,
Respondent/Husband.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JULIO CESAR ALVAREZ
YATES CONSTRUCTION
FT. WALTON BEACH, FL
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a 'tImm.rin
for dissolution of Marriage has beri- I'lr*:
against you, and you are required to ';r I: :
copy of your answer or pleadings '.. Inie
Petition on Petitioner's attorney: Stan Ti-prp,
Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 2526. Panama :1.,
FL 32402. and file the original ar. .:i .:.r
pleading in the office of the Clerk c.i uil
Circuit Court on or before the 1st. day .i: .ip:ll
2005. If you fall to do so, Judgment t ..-i ,uli
will be taken against you for tlt: cll.lI
demanded In the Petition.
This Notice shall be published once ,i ,_t
for four (4) consecutive weeks in The Ci:uni
Record, a newspaper printed In Blourn_=h:,, r,


Calhoun County, Florida.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of thl: ,:.'j,'
In Blountstown, Calhoun County, Flo:-Ida ihi-
25th day of February, 2005.
Mar. 9, 16. 23, 3,' 230.'


Sue Neves, Assistant Superintendent
Greg Jones, and Attorney David House
were also present.
The meeting was opened with prayer
by Doyle Daniels, followed by the Pledge
of Allegiance.
A motion was made by Doyle Daniels,
seconded by Willie Brown and carried to
adopt the agenda.
.. Mary Sue Neves informed the Board
of the nominees for Teacher of the Year
and School Related Employee of the
Year.

Mrs. Neves also recognized Clint
Capps from Blountstown High School for
being the finalist in the 2005 Competition
for Merit Scholarship Awards and Adam
Harpool for being the finalist in the 2005
Competition for Achievement Scholarship
Award.
A motion was made by Volena
Barfield, seconded by Grant Williams and
carried to approve the January 11, 2005
minutes.
The re-districting of School Board
District 3 was discussed with Marjie
Laramore of the Voter Registration Office.
The Board agreed by consensus to
schedule a public hearing in conjunction.
with the Calhoun County Commissioners
on the re-districting of the School Board
District 3 issue.
A motion was made by Willie Brown,
seconded by Doyle Daniels and carried to
approve the personnel recommendations
as follows:

ALTHA PUBLIC
Miranda Rehberg Letter of resigna-
tion from Pre-K position effective January
14, 2005.
Miranda Rehberg -
Recommendation to hire as assistant
coach for softball HS/JV.
Roy Harris Recommending he be
paid out of SAI funds for 3rd grade after
school tutoring.
Cathy Sumner Recommending she


be paid out of SAI funds for 3rd grade
after school tutoring. She is assuming the
duties of this position, previously held by
Roy Harris, effective January 20.
Melanie McCroan -
Recommendation to hire as Educational
Paraprofessional for the PK Handicapped
classroom.
Thelma Sellars -Recommendation to
hire as a Bus Monitor on Marlene Ellis'
bus; to replace Linda Yon.
Greg Granger Recommendation to
hire as assistant girls basketball coach-
HS/JV.
Myrlene Goodson -
Recommendation to hire as a long-term
substitute (more than four weeks in the
same position). Recommendation to pay
substitute pay as per Calhoun County
Salary Schedule for the first four weeks
and beginning teacher pay based on her
degree level beginning with the fifth week.

BLOUNTSTOWN ELEMENTARY
Bernita Beckwith Resignation effec-
tive January 21, 2005.
Charlotte Hanna Recommendation
to hire as a Paraprofessional II. Mrs.
Hanna will be replacing Mrs. Bernita
Beckwith. She will begin work on
Monday, February 7, 2005.
Ethel Thomas Recommendation to
hire as a lunchroom worker to replace
Mrs. Cynthia Burke.who transferred to a
Custodian I position, effective January 24,
2005.
Todd Wertenberger Resignation
from his position as media specialist
effective February-11, 2005.

BLOUNTSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
Warren Tanner- Recommendation to
hire as an assistant baseball coach,
beginning January 24, 2005.

CARR SCHOOL
Donna Whitfield Recommendation
to hire as a custodian to-fill the position
left by Lisa LaWare. Beginning date


Tuesday, January 18, 2005.
Joyce James-Recommendation as a
.long-term substitute (more than four
weeks in the same position). Also recom-
mend that she receive substitute pay as
per the Calhoun County Salary Schedule
for the first four weeks and beginning
teacher pay based on her degree level
beginning with the next week.

BLOUNTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Nicole Marchant Recommendation
for a supplement as assistant softball
coach at Blountstown Middle School for
the 2004-2005 school term.
Jason Rogers Recommendation for
one half the supplement as assistant
baseball coach at Blountstown Middle
School. He is already serving as the head
baseball coach for the 2004-2005 school
term at Blountstown Middle School.
Angel Spurling Recommendation
as Paraprofessional. She will begin work
on Monday, January 7, 2005.
A motion was made by Volena
Barfield, seconded by Grant Williams and
carried to approve'the out-of-field teach-
ers as follows:
Boggs Ramsey-teaching CARE stu-
dents at the sheriff's office when they are
suspended.
Miranda Rehberg substitute
teacher in the ESE classroom vacated by
Roy L. Harris.
Myrlene Goodson substitute
teacher in ESE classroom vacated by
Christi Lovely's leave of absence.
A motion was made by Doyle Daniels,
seconded by Volena Barfield and carried
to approve the financial reports as follows:
A. Vouchers Payable, Appropriations,
Expenditures Ledger & Budget
Amendments
B; Monthly Financial Report for the
month of January 2005
C. Leave request
A motion was made by Willie Brown,
seconded by Grant Williams and carried
to approve the 2005-2006 Offer and



Acceptance for Type A & B Commodities.;.
A motion was made by Grant Williams,
seconded by Willie Brown and carried to
approve the School Lunch Meal Charge.
Policy.
A motion was made by Volena
Barfield, seconded by Doyle Daniels and
carried to approve the Projects, Plans and
Agreements as presented.
A motion was made by Grant Williams,
seconded by Willie Brown and carried to
approve the Auditor General's Audit
Report for fiscal year ending June 30,
2004.
A motion was made by Doyle Daniels,
seconded by Volena Barfield and carried
to approve advertising for a consultant to
do the Facilities Feasibility Study.
A motion was made by Willie Brown,
seconded by Grant Williams and carried
to approve the Plant Survey.
Emergency Items:
A motion was made by Doyle Daniels,
seconded by Volena Barfield and carried
to approve the Travel Contract: Teenage
Parent for Infant.
A motion was made by Grant Williams,
seconded by Willie Brown and carried to
grant Dennis Bates permission to take
the GED.
A motion was made by Grant Williams,
seconded by Doyle Daniels and carried to
approve the School Related Employee of
the Year Bonuses in the amount of
$125.00.
The Home Land Security Grant issue
was for information only it.will be put on
next months agenda.
A motion was made by Doyle Daniels;
seconded by Willie Brown and carried to
approve the PAEC Historical Partnership
Grant.
A motion was made by Doyle Daniels;
seconded by Volena Barfield and carried
to approve the donation of junked items to
the Pioneer Settlement.
A motion was made by Willie Brown,
seconded by Grant Williams and carried
to adjourn.


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Holy Week services planned


SThe Blountstown and Bristol
community will be observing Holy
Week, with worship services
beginning March 21 through
March 27. Everyone is invited to
be a part of this great worship
experience. You will be blessed
by great Gospel Preaching and
singing. Services will begin each
evening at 7:00 (CT). The follow-
ing is the schedule of the services



Letters

and where parents can be proud
of their children. That's no small
feat given the amount of preju-
dice and discrimination that most
of our athletes face on a day-to-
day basis.
By participating in Special
Olympics, people with intellectual
disabilities have gained the self-
confidence and social skills to
succeed both on and off the play-
in!t field: individuals once
thought burdens to society are
proving themselves productive
citizens.
SDuring "Mental Retardation
Awareness Morth." if you would
like to support a movement that
celebrates differences and
embraces E.cc-.'It.:Ic :imid under-
standing, call Special Olympics
Florida at 1-800-322-IiERO
(4376) or visit us on the web at
www.sofl.org and volunteer
today. In addition, April is
"National VoImteerism Month,"
so get involved! Because with
your help, everyone wins.
Monty Castevens
Pre sienitn,' CEO
Special Olympics Florida



Minu tes-

Council take Nathaniel Davis off proba-
tion. Mr. Dancy feels that Nathaniel has
been on probation for over 90 days and
that he should be removed off of proba-
tion. Councilman Bailey would like to see
the probation to stay in place for now
because this is part of a package deal set
by the Council.
Councilman Jackson addressed the
Council concerning Code Enforcement
and Amnesty pick up. After a lengthy dis-
cussion, the Councilman Tomlinson made
a molton to pick up limbs one day per
week and pick up amnesty items one
.week a month. Councilman Bailey sec-
onred Ithe motion The moiion carrie
Councilman Jackson addressed his
concerns about the ditch on Mayhaw,
across from the Middle, School. This is a
very deep ditch and he is concerned with
children riding bikes. It was the consen-
sus of the Council to place a handrail in
front of the ditch.
The Council would like to see a special
meeting held trls month on city opera-
tions before the next Regular Council
Meeting. After a brief discussion, the spe-
cial meeting is tentatively held for
February 15, 2005, at 6:00 p.m.
Chief Kimbrel addressed .the Code
Enforcement position. Chief stated the
officer that was handling code enforce-
ment resigned. Chief recommended to
the Council that Fire Chief Ben Hall han-
dle Code Enforcement along with the Fire
Department. It was the consensus of the
Council to allow Mr. Hall to handle the
Code Enforcement.
"' There being no further business, the
ineeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m.
BY: R.W. Deason, Mayor
ATTEST: Jimmy Hand, City
Manager/Engineer


with speakers and'their theme:
Monday, New Hope Baptist
Church, Pastor Sandra Barns,
"Christ' Prayer For his prosecu-
tors", Luke 23:34;
Tuesday, Macedonia Baptist
Church, Pastor A.J. Davis,
"Christ's Promises to a Penitent
Thief', Luke 23:24;
Wednesday, Elizabeth AME,
(Chattahoochee) Pastor Rosetta
Baker, "Christ's provision For His
mother", John 19:26, 27;
Thursday, Church of 'God
Prophecy (Bristol), Pastor C.L.
Wilson, "Christ's Cry From the
Depths of Sorrow" Mark 15:34;
Friday, St. Mary Baptist


Meth

dence when the search warrant
was executed. Manning has been
charged with manufacture of
meth, possession of meth with
intent to sell, possession of listed
chemicals, possession of drug
paraphernalia, and possession of
a schedule JI narcotic. Durham
has been charged with posses-
sion of meth. Bracewell has been
charged with manufacture of
meth, possession of listed chemi-
cals, possession of drug para-
phernalia, and possession of
meth.
In addition to the drug
charges, Manning and Durham
are also facing violation of proba-
tion charges. The pair were sen-
tenced to five years probation
after their arrests last summer
following another meth lab bust
at a home on Jim Durham Road
in Blountstown. They were both
charged with manufacture of
meth and possession of listed
chemicals in that case.
All three remained in custody
at the Calhoun County Jail at
press: time. .Durham and
Manning are being held without
bond, while Bracewell's bond has
been set at $15,000:
The case was worked by Inv.
Michael Bryant and Deputies
Nick Keller, Jared Nichols, and
Chris Porter.

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Happy "1st" Birthday
India Julia Swearengin is the one year
old daughter of Johnny and Crystal
Swearengin and the sister of John-John,
James, Arizona and Cathy. Her grand-
parents are Raymond and Bobbie
Sherrod and John and Darlene
Swearengin. Great grandparents are
Betty Todd and Mary Sherrod.
India loves to take baths and watch
TV.


Church, Pastor David Rhone,
"Christ's Cry of Human Suffering,
John 19:28
Saturday, St. Paul AME
Church, Pastor R.C. McGriff,
"Christ's Cry of Triumph" and His


Cry of Soul Committal" John
19:30 Luke 23:4;
Sunday Sunrise, Greater Faith
Temple, Pastor Robert Baker,
Summary of Christ's Last Saying
From The Cross".


Boyd to host forum at City Complex


Meeting March 31


on Social Security

Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) will host a com-
munity meeting in Blountstown on Thursday, March 31, for
constituents to express their concerns and ask questions
about Social Security. The meeting will be held from 4:30 to
5:30 pm CDT in the Blountstown City Council chambers at
the Angle Street Complex.
During the meeting. Congressman Boyd will also explain
the Social Security reform legislation he has recently intro-
duced in Congress.
"With the debate over Social Security reform dominating
national news programs, I urge the residents of Calhoun
County to attend the community meeting so we can person-
ally discuss the issue of Social Security," said Congressman
Boyd. "This meeting will allow for an open and honest dis-
cussion about Social Security, the long term, financial prob-
lems with the system, and the possible solutions for fixing
this vital program so that all Americans can have a safe and
secure retirement."


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
The Board of Commissioners of the Northwest
Florida Regional Housing Authority will hold
its Annual Meeting, April 1, 2005, at the
Ramada Inn North, 2900 North Monroe St.,
Tallahassee, Florida. Business meeting will
begin at 1:30 P.M., E.S.T. The meeting will be
open to the public. March 16,24,2005



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


A Public Hearing will be held Thursday,
March 17, 2005, at 5 p.m. (CST) in the
County Commission Board Room in the
Calhoun,County Courthouse, 20859 Central
Ave. East, Blountstown, Fla., to discuss
changes to the District 3 County
Commission and School Board boundary
lines east of the Chipola River.

All interested persons are invited to attend.

Ruth W: Attaway
Calhoun County Clerk of Court
Phone 674-4545
Margie C. Laramore
Calhoun County Supervisor of Elections
Phone 674-8568
3/9, 3/16,'2005


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SHidden Treasures
by
Ryan


How Do You Find God's Will?
Text: Romans 12:1-2
A man was praying to God for direction
in -,I if4 He decided to let God lead Him.
i'e found his Bible and decided to open it
'up and leave it on an open windowsill. He
let the wind blow the pages. When the
pages stopped turning, he took the Bible,
closed his eyes, and put his finger down
on the page. He opened his eyes and
read, "Judas...went and hanged himself."
The man thought, 'That can't be right."
So he put the Bible back on the win-
dowsill. The pages quit turning, he closed
his eyes, put his finger on the page,
'opened his eyes' and read, "Go and do
thou likewise,"
The man scratched his head thinking,
"God wwu'dw want me to hang rryself"
,He went to the windowdll again. This
time, he opened his eyes and read, "what
thou d-ce' do q,'r. '-t "
How does one go about finding God's
'will? When the disciples were distraught
at the though of Jesus going away, Jesus
promised that He would send Hl s Holy
-Spirit to teach us and guide us into all
truth. How does that work?
There is no magical formula. It really is
not all that mysterious. We just have to
'prepare ourselves to listen and learn to
recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit.
There are certain things in our lives that
must be in order before God will speak to
us and communicate His will:
The apostle Paul explains this in
Romans 12:1-2. For the next few weeks,
we are going to find out how to prepare
ourselves to listen to God.
SWhen we are ready to listen, God will
communicate His perfect plan to us. Then
we can walk in God's presence and lead
an effective, productive life. We can have
the abundant life that Christ promised.
Ryan McDougald is a licensed,
ordained Free Will Baptist Minister host-
ilg Bible study in the home. For more
information, call 674-6351.


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Love, Mama, Daddy, Philip,
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Happy 6th Birthday!
Seth Alday of Altha celebrated his
sixth birthday on Saturday, March 12. He
is the son of Steve and Cindy Alday and
has one sister, Anna. He is shown here
with his first deer killed New Year's Eve.
Happy birthday, Sethl.


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