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The Altha Wildcots clinched the
district title Thursday night with a
3-0 win over Bozemnan. Shown
celebrating are (front row, from
left) Brett Floyd, Caleb Chew,
Ben Boumer, Jacob Womner,
Jeremny O'Bryan, D.J. Griswold,
Caleb Morris, Ryan Edenfield,
Asst. Coach Steve Ashmore,
Head Coach Arthur Faurot, Tony
Golden, Gary Chew, Juan
Alejos, Eth~an Byler, Noah Byler,
Josh Mclntosh, Tod Scott, Jake
Edenfield, Josh Womer, Cale
Chafin, and, (on fence) Keith
Kirkpatrick. Turn to page 6 for Gll
The National Day of Prayer
is set for Thursday, May 1, and
Calhoun Countians are invited
to observe this day at a special
A time of prayer has been
set aside for 11:30 a.m. at
Magnolia Square on the corner
of SR 20 and 71 in downtown
The National Day of Prayer
is an annual event to highlight
the importance of prayer as a
nation. It's a time to pray for
our country and our leaders,
both nationally and on a local
For more information, go to
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BY K(ELL PEACOCK(
The County Commission
district 3 ballot continues to
grow with two new candidates.
stepping forward this week.
'Ibddie M. Attaway, Jr. and
Don Miller, both Democriats,
announced plans to seek the
board seat. Joining them on the
ballot will be incumbent Jeral
R. Hall, Sr., Wanda Abbott
Chason. and Steve Johnson.
The primary election is set
for AC~ugust 26' and the general
.election wd]l be held November
4. If you are not registered to
vote,.but would like to~ be, or if
you would. like to change par-
ties, the deadline before the`
To saec .orvotei status
and see a complete list of can-
didates go to www.votecal-
www.thecountyrecord .net '
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BY KELLI PEACOCK( night, telling him she needed to
Ne~ws Editor take a. shower since she had
been working at' the jail. He:
A correctional officer at the` reportedly agreed, offered his
Calhoun County, Jail landed personal phone number, and
behind the very bars he'd~been dropped her off at her resi-
hired to guard Thursday night dence.
_ after allegedly negotiating a sex Once at home in the
in exchange for special treat- Shelton's Corner area, Lisa told
ment deal with a. former her parents and sister` what had
inmate. happened.` She then set up a
Officer. William "Billyr" video camera in the living room
Strawn, 41, has been.charged of her parents' house and had
with bribery and solicitation of her father hide upstairs in case
prostitution. inhe had a problem.
The alleged victim .in the In the video, released (Friday
Case is Lisa Ann Vaughn, 32, to Tlhe County Recordl, Strawn,
.who was arrested back in, dressed in a t-shirt ~and jeans,
March, along with her husband, comes onto the screen as h'e
Phillip, after authorities discov- enters the living room, offering
cr~ed the makings of a metham- Lisa a longneck beer. Clad in
phetamine lab in their home. shorts and a t-shirt, -Lisa
When Lisa ivas released from appears intoxicated and tells
jail Thursday, Strawn reported- him she has taken a pml. During
ly drove her home~in a patrol the tape, she clutches a liquor
cat. She alleges he made sexual bottle and repeatedly tells him
advances toward hier during the she is messed up and scared.
ride, suggesting that he could HIe pulls her close to him, puts
make her husband a trustee if his hand under hier shirt, and
she lould sleep with him. She asks to see some pictures of her.
stalled Strawn by agreeing to, "What all are you gonna do
have: sex with him later that for him if I do this?" she asks
WI~uAM "Blus" SnTAwN
Strawn more than once, telling
him she wajxts her husband,
Phillip, to havel.an easier life in
"I'm trying to make him a
trustee," Strawn responds.
Later, as she continues to ask
how he will help her husband,'
he agrees to allow him to have
cigarettes and wear regular
clothes instead of an inmate
See STRAWN, page 4
For more information and an application please contact
Mrs. Adrienne WVood at 850-674-4698 or email mbralt-
road~~yahoo.com. Applications are also available at the~
Coung~ Extension office (850-674-8323).
Step on board as the First Annual
"Depot .Day" celebration rolls into
Blountstown on Saturday May 3.
Activities start at the? Depot on North ~Pear
Street behind the train park at 9:00 a.m. ..
c.s.t., hosted by the~ Blountstown Historic
This day will be full of entertainment for
the whole family. Musical performances by
area artists,i-arts and crafts vendors, food
vendors, antiques cars and'more await visi- 4
tors for this celebration on the grounds of *
the3 restored M&.B Railroadi Depot. .
The day will kick off with a "Dash to th *.
Depot" sponsored by the Calhoun Countj
Health Departmenzt. This walk and bike
ride will ~start at both ends of the
Blountstown Greenwiay (Sam Atkins IPark
and the Blountstown River landing), and
end at the Depot._ The Djash will .start at
8:00 AM S,s.t. with free t-shirts for partici-
pants. The Depot will have a ribbon cut-
ting and be open to the public. So come
ouit and' celebrate the restoration of an
important part of Calhoun County history.
Vendos are invited .to participate.
Booths -are 10 ft. x 10 ft., and cost is ~$10
each. There are a limited numhber -of
booths with .electricity' for $15 each.
Organizers are: also looking for' owners of pie-1972 _classic
and antique cars who would be interested in displaying
their cars that day.
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COun yjaikr amun ofbriey
aolicit ing sx A~om former inma to
LETer t he Edi o new
Sheila Baker, my reception
at Beacon Hill told me yester-
day about a comment from her
mother in Scott's Ferry.
Several months ago, EMS
was called to Scott's Ferry for
the sister-in-law of Sheila's
mother. The woman was
lethargic and confused and the
family wanted the ambulance
to take her to go to Bay
Medical for a possible stroke.
The crew seemed unprofession-
al, lacking in knowledge and
very sloppy in appearance.
Sheila's mom asked the crew to
check the patient's blood pres-
sure before they moved her but
they refused and told the
patient to come on and -get up
on the stretcher a lethargic,
confused patient!!! As they
were loading the patient in the
ambulance, the family request-
ed she be taken to Bay. The
crew refused and said they
would only transport to
Calhoun possible stroke
patients should go direct to
Stroke Centers. The~ crew
refused to take the patient to
Bay so the family refused
transport and ended up taking
the patient themselves to Bay.
Now Shelia's mother has
been hearing really good
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of God, devoted loyalty, and the vast
pride on the part of many people,
The County Record has never missed
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Great job, everyone. A good
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you are succeeding.
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To the Editor:
After reading how Calhoun
County is the second safest
county it gave me another rea-
son to love it here. I retired
here six years ago and am very
impressed with the warmth and
kindness of everyone. I am
especially impressed with the
way it takes care of it's senior
But Calhoun Co. has a very
large problem that must be
faced, it's the animal popula-
tion. We desperately need a
Humane Society building, ani-
mal control and a spay and
Many, many people are aware
of this situation and are trying
to help. Unfortunately, it is too
big for the ones who are trying
to take animals in, the numbers
are growing. Citizens all over
the county are feediing and try-
ing to help the many animals
dropped off or abandoned when
people move away.
Please call or write your
commissioner and tell them
how we understand money is a
problem, but this is becoming
an even b ggr one.
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The County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, Page 2
Cail)oun 00unty's Take
Stock In Children banquet
WOS held Monday night at
the W.T. Neal Civic -Center
with two of the latest grant
recipients signing their four
At left, Junicia Baker, a
BHS freshman signs as
her family, Maria Rebollar,'
Teresa Rebollar, Bianca
IVIrtin9Z, and Kenya
Baker, Jr., along with pro-
gramr director Barbara
Superintendent of Schools
Mary Sue Neves look on.
rneet regularly with a men-
t0r~and maintain their
grades in exchange for a
fOUr y90r scholarship.
Altho freshman Robyn
Paittrson is show sign-
ing as family, friends, and
School officials look on.
They include Julie Berge,
.Brie Durrdince, Beth Burge,
Teffy N901, Jim Burge,
80rbara Hathaway, and
IVaory Sue Neves.
If yOU WOUld like to
donate to the Take Stock
in Children Scholarship
program, contact Barbara
Hathaway at 674-5927.
You can make a differ-
enc4 in the life.of a stu-
dent who might not other-
Wise have a chance to go
dinner's on us and our zalny
Scholarships sighed at banquet for...
Take Stock in Children
f0r tis evienlI
If you have kids K-sth glrade, your whole family is invited to join us For a onceo-month-
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will wed June 21
Hannah McClellan and Adam Bartl of Pensacola will be
married June 21, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gadsden Street
United Methodist Church of Pensacola, Florida.
Hannah is the daughter of Steve and Mary Jane
McClellan, granddaughter of Mary Ellen Porter and the late
Dr. L.E. Porter, Gene and Betty McClellan of Blountstown.
The couple will reside in Tallahassee following their hon-
eymoon, where Hannah will finish FSU and Adam will work.
They would like to extend an invitation to friends and family
to join them in this celebration!
The County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, Page 3
son to Relay and her .involve-
ment in the fight to find a cure.
During the event there will
be a slide show featuring those
who have battled cancer. If you
would like to display a photo of
your loved one w~ho has battled
cancer, e-mail photos to
@yahoo.com Please include
the person's name and whether
"in honor' of" or "in memory
The entire 18 hour event is
open to the public and admis-
sion is free. There will be plen-
ty of food, great entertainment,
and activities for the kids. And
throughout all of this everyone
The 2008 Calhoun-Liberty
Relay for Life will be held at
Sam Atkins Park in
Blountstown on May 9th and
10th. This year's Relay prom-
ises to surpass even last year's
Thirty-one teams have been
working hard, to raise money
and awareness in the race to
find a cure for cancer. The
Relay for Life event is the cul-
mination ofa busy year and will
provide the community with a
chance to come together to
honor those who have won the
battle over cancer and to
remember those who are no
longer with us. .
Opening ceremonies are at 6
p.m. (CT) on Friday evening.
Cancer survivors will be hon-
ored with a Survivor Lap fol-
lowed by a reception and din-
ner. This dinner is complimen-
tary for survivors and a. guest.
Please call Jolene Bryant toll
free at 866-785-9205' or Lisa
Strawn at 643-6550 to pre-reg-
ister or come out and register at
Also featured during opening
ceremonies will be an address
from Honorary Event Chair,
State Representative Marti
Coley, who will share her rea-
will have an opportunity to
learn about the American
Cancer Society's life saving
mission as we "Celebrate,
Remember, and Fight Back".
Please .see next week's
paper for a schedule of events
and featured entertainment!
The American Cancer
Society is the .nationwide, com-
munity-based, voluntary health
organization dedicated to elimi-
nating cancer as a major health
Problem by preventing cancer,
saving lives and diminishing suf-
fering from cancer, through
research, education, advocacy
Hannah McClellan a~nd Adam BorHl
Jonathan Eldridge Kimbrel and Alexandra "Sondi' Noelle Skipper
Skipper and Kimbrel
announce final plans
Gerald and Diane Skipper of
Grand Ridge are pleigapd to
announce the final wedding
plans; of their daughter,
Alexandra "Sandi" Noelle
Skipper, to Jonathan Eldridge
'Kimbrel, son of Glenn and
Cathy Kimbrel of
The prospective bride is the
granddaughter of the late
Charlie and Pearl Skipper, and
the late Monroe and Gracie
John pr se tve room is the
grandson of Essi$ Kimbrel and
the late Tom Kimbrel, Miles
and Pck Elrde ,and the late
The wedding will be held .
The' 50th annual Bailey
Sunday Ma beh,heatd t
Magnolia Bap~tist Church,
nort CR 2s or north CR
at 12:30 p.m. so bring your
favorite dish and join us.
Looking forward to seeing
you there. For more informa-
tion, call 850-215-2096.
The Calhoun County
Retired Educators Association
will hold its annual "Dutch'
Treat" Luncheon and
bMenorial Ceremony ainanthe
11:00 a.m. Friday, May 2, with
Pres. Jessie Mae Price presid-
Memorials honoring mem-
bers Reva Guertin and Betty
Paul Hayes will be given at
' 11:00 a.m. Family members
and friends are invited to
Lunch will be served follow-
ing the Memorial presenta-
tinlan to attend at 11:00
Friday, May 2, at the Callahan.
Saturday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m.
(CST) at the Blountstown
United Methodist Church. The
reception will immediately fol-
low the ceremony at the W.T.
17eal Civic Center.
All friends and family are
cordially invited to attend the
ceremony and reception.
Sylviar Engrarm a~nd Ernest Nicholas Robinson
Engram, Robinson to
speak vows Saturday
Ernest Robinson and Shirley
Robinson. He is a graduate of
Panama Christian School and is
employed at Calhoun
The wedding will be held on
May 3, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at
Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church in Panama City.
Family and friends are invited
to attend the wedding.
Sylvia Engram and Ernest
Nicholas Robinson are pleased
to announce their forthcoming
The bride-elect is the daugh-
ter of the late Jimmy and Mary
Engram. She is a graduate of
Bloubntstown High School and is
employed with Blountstown
Health and Rehab Center.
The groom is the son of
Wow! Can ,you believe it?
Thaf's right t~he LCHS Class of
1978 is celebrating 30 years on
May 24 and would' like to invite
the Class of 1977 and Class of
1979 to join us in our celebra-
This celebration will take
place at the Veteran's
Memorial Civic Center from
7:00pm 12:00pm. Teachers
are welcome, casual dress and
please bring your spouse or sig-
nificant other along with photos
of your family.. Class shirts are
. available upon request and you
can call Big River Sporting
Goods at 643-4068 to place
your order. The cost is $7.00.
There will be a small cost to
cover the rental of.building, DJ,
and food depending on how
many call and RSVE! To RSVP
you can call Michael Wahlquist
at 850-643-8037 or Cathia
Potter Schmarje at 850-643-'
5773 (if you get the answering
machine, please leave us mes-
sage). Or you can email at
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"'Relay for Life" set for
May 9-10 at Atkins Park
LCHS classes of '77-'79
to hold reunion 1May 4 ~
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VOSS, failure to appear
Apr. 22: Jess Hesson, VOCP; Tracey Brown, VOSP
Apr. 23: Darcey Bess, sentenced from court/? days
Apr. 24: Richard Kyle, dealing in stolen property; Anthony
Turner, possession of Schedule Ill narcotiCS
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tute; Jacqueline Robinsoni, no valid DL; Michelle Griffin,
VOSS, criminal mischief
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Sharon Taylor, sentenced from court; James Brown, failure
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The County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, Page 4
BY KELLI PEACOCK
The Calhoun County
Chamber of Commerce is tak-
ing the lead on uniting the com-
munity to work toward a com-
mon goal for the future. With
that end in mind, they are host-
ing a strategic planning series
set for three Thursdays in May.
The free sessions, which
include lunch, will be held on
May 1, 8, and 15 from 11 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m. in the Heritage
Room at the Calhoun County
Public Library on North Pear
Street/Hwy. 69 North in
Blountstown. Whether you are
a concerned ~citizen, an elected
official, or business owner, your
voice and ideas are needed.
"Everybody has a stake in
this community," says Mary
Mc~enzie, CEO of Oglesby
Plants International, who was.
recently named president of the
Chamber of Commerce. "You
don't have to be a business
owner to participate. If you
have a child, you have an inter-
Gar Cl:- -cePresident
of Member Services with West
Florida Electric, will facilitate
the series with the "Vision
2011" theme. The first session
will focus on reviewing the
strengths, weaknesses and
threats discussed ait a previous
series held two years ago. The
second day will focus on setting
objectives. The final gathering
will be for developing bench-
"We all have a vested inter-
est in this," says Elam Stoltzfus,
a documentary filmmaker who
serves as the Chamber's vice
president. "Anyone who wants
to grow their business, this is a-
chance for them to have their
say. We can build a strategic
plan and that becomes our
Space is limited to 60 peo-
ple, so please reserve your seat.~
Call the Chamber at 674-4519
~ a~l~lilr II I
Lisa Vaughn (center) is escorted by her mother and one of her
lawyers into the Sherif~s Office for an interview Tuesday morning.
Stra wn case
had just happened, she told
Sheriff Tatum and they headed
for the 'Icker house.
Meanwhile, Strawn left the
scene and phoned the sheriff. "I
told him I knewr and to go to
Shelton's Park and wait,"
Sheriff Tatum tells The County
Record. He was later appre-
hended at the park.
Strawn was held in an isola-
tion cell at the Calhoun County
Jail and released Friday after
posting an $8000 bond, $4000
In a press advisory released
shortly after his arrest, Sheriff
Tatum states, "The matter will
be handled in the full light of
the sun to send a resounding
message that law enforcement
officers are held to a higher
standard and conduct of this
nature will niot be tolerated.
Officer Strawn's behavior is a
discredit to all the men and
women that wear a uniform in
public service and hold public
Strawn has been employed
by the -Sheriff's Office for the
past seven years. He was ini-
tially hired as a deputy, but was
demoted in 2004 for reportedly
allowing a woman to drive his
patrol car. At that time, he was
stripped of his deputy title, lost
his patrol car, leave time, and
seniority, and was placed in the
.position of jailer whicl hi,held
until, being for iriated
Thursday night. r,
SheriffTatum says he$ is con-
ducting what will likely be a
lengthy investigation, inter-
viewing other female inmates
with whom Strawn has been in
Vaughn has hired three
attorneys one criminal and
two civil. They were at the
Sheriff's Office 'Iesday morn-
ing to discuss the details of the
uniform. When she asks if she
and her husband can spend
time together, Strawn answers,
"By yourselves? I'll have to
work on that."
As the pair stand next to a
sofa, with the video, camera just
a few feet away, Strawn tugs at
her shorts. Lisa pulls back,
takes a seat on the couch, and
asks him to go over the list of
promises one more time before
she does anything with him.
While they continue to talk,
Strawn appears nervous, and
repeatedly glances around the
room and out the window.
"Nobody's coming," Lisa
assures him. "Daddy and
mama are gone to the ball-
When he continues to look
around she laughs and says,
"You want to search my
Strawn replies, "No, I want
those pictures and that video-
tape," apparently referring to
the photos he mentioned earli-
Seconds later, he walks clos-
er to the camera and says,
"You've got a video camera
Right there." He then closes in
on the lens and remarks, "That
son of a [expletive] is on!"
Suddenly, the film goes
black as Lisa shouts, "Daddy!"
What happened next was
not captured on tape,,bt.~isa
wias treated the following~ day at
Callioun-Liberty Hdispital for a
Sblow to the head and bruises to
her arm. As for Strawn, Sheriff
David Tatum confirms that
Lisa's father, brother, and
brother-in-law beat him severe-
Lisa's mother, Debra
'Ibcker, was at the Altha base-
ball game during the alleged
ir'cident, as was Sheriff Tatum.
When she received a phone call
from her family advising what
it is important to educate citi-
zens' about electrical safety
because those citizens share
this information with others -
their kids, grandkids and others
in the community. It is then a
never-ending, cycle of informa-
tion that could save someone's
life," said Wiorley.
Freddy Wood, WFEC Shop
Foreman also attended
WFEC is a non-profit
Cooperative owned by its mem-
bers and locally operated.
WFEC serves approximately
28,000 'meters, providing
dependable electricity and
Other services at competitive
prices in Calhoun, Holmes,
Representatives from West
Florida Electric Cooperative
(WFEC) conducted a safety
presentation for the Calhoun
County Fire Fighters
Association on Monday, April
21. Firefighters from
Carr/Clarksville, Mossy Pond,
Kinard, Scott's Ferry, Nettle
Ridge, Magnolia and West Side
Volunteer Fire Departments
participated in the meeting held
at Scott's Ferry VFD.
Donnie Worley, WFEC
Manager of Loss Control &
Transportation spoke about
electrical safety and what ~fire-
men should and should not do
around energized power lines.
Worley also spoke about other
. safety hazards downed power
.lines can create like wildfires
and other potential accident sit-
uations that can arise when
lines fall onto automobiles or
metal fences. He also stressed
how important it is for volun-
Governor Charlie Crist has
announced the appointment of
Brantley S. Clark Jr. to the
14th Judicial Circuit Court.
enB ant ley' n ive sxperi-
criminal law in both the public
and private sectors have pro-
vided him with 'significant
uhader tlanding ad cmpa si n
14th circuit well," Governor
Crist said. "His common-sense
approach when applying the
law will ensure that justice is
Clark has served as a gener-
al magistrate for the 14th
Judicial Circuit Court since
2004. Prior to that appoint-
ment, he practiced law in .sev-
eral different capacities, includ-
ing assistant public defender for
more than six years and associ-
ate with McClellan and House
EA;. while also serving as a
part-time assistant state attor-
ney for the 14th Judicial Circuit
Co rt for thregr ye ofthe
University of Florida, he
received~ an associate's degree
from Tallahassee Community
College in 1984 and his Juris
Doctor from the Walter F.
George School of Law at
Mercer University in 1990.
That year, he began his law
career as an associate with the
Law O9ffices of Hal Richmond
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Clark will fill the vacancy
created by the resignation of
Judge Glenn L. Hess, whose
resignation was effective March
teer firefighters to be conscien-
tious when working at accidents
where downed lines play a fac-
tor. He suggested designating a
person to "guard" the downed
line until line workers-from the
power company arrive at the
scene to ensure the line is de-
energized. Making sure every-
one at the accident scene is
aware that the power line may
or may not be energized and
therefore, a safety hazard is this
person's job. Worley also
explained how WFEC's electri-
cal system works and cautioned
firefighters to be cautious with
metal ladders and other equip-
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be raffled at the close of the
quilt show on Saturday. The
quilt and furniture raffle tickets
will be sold throughout the day
on Saturday. Hurry and don't
miss this opportunity to win
either of these beautiful items.
Visitors to the quilt show will
be asked to vote on the Best of
Show. Best of show winners
will be awarded gift certificates
from local businesses.
Please plan to come join us
at the Pioneer Settlement to
view these beautiful quilts. If
Srou need additional information
contact us at email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
The Panhandle Pioneer
Settlement would like to invite
you to attend our 7th annual
quilt show. The quilt show will
last one day only, Saturday,
May 3, from 9:00 3:00 p.m. in
the Frink Gymnasium.
Admission cost is $3.00 per per-
The quilt competition fea-
tures wonderful entries from
throughout the Florida
Panhandle. Entries to the com-
petition will include traditional
and innovative quilts.
The, spectacular quilt creat-
ed by Regina Johnson and the
beautiful cypress plordh furni-
ture built by Jerry Mazerac will
A. 2001 graduate of Altha
High School, Jeremy graduated
from Chipola Colliedae in 20"f
University, then transferred to
Palmer College of Chiropractic
in Port Orange where he
earned his degree. He graduat-
ed Magna Cum Laude and was
among four students nominated
for a Clinical Excellence
Jeremy recently interned in
Wooster, Ohio, and plans to
return to run a practice in
He is the son of Jeff and
Linda Flanders of Altha. His
grandparents are Drew and
Rachel Peacock, Robert
Flanders and the late Nita
Flanders, all of Altha.
Call 674-504 ;1
MlcIntosh selected for state All-Star team
Josh Mclntosh, a starting senior second baseman on the AlthG
Wildcats baseball team, was selected to the Florida Athletic Coaches
Association's 2008 All-Star Baseball Team on April 15. He will par-
ticipate in the 2008 All Star classic that is set for Fireman's Field on
May 23-24.in Sebring, Florida.
Teams are comprised of players from the North, South, East and
West sections of the state.. Josh will be a member' of the North Team
that will be coached by Ray Hughes of Aucilla Christian School. The
North Team will play the South Team in Game 1 on Friday, May 23
at 2:30 p.~m (ET). A banquet will be held on Friday night at which a
representative of Major League Baseball will be the keynote speaker.
The teams will play in a winner-loser bracket format (time to be deter-
mined) on Saturday, May 24.
This will be the twenty-ninth time the game has been played before
the pro draft. Because of this a large number of pro scouts (over 60
in 2007), front office people and college coaches are expected to
watch Florida's top high school baseball players perform
The Sebring Firemen, sponsor of the 2008 FACA All-Star Baseball
Classic, will pay for food and lodging of the players.
Josh is the 17-year-old son of Jim and Miriam Mclntosh of Altha.
He is the maternal grandson of Mary Linder of Recovery, GA and the
late Marvin Linder. Josh is the paternal grandson of James Mcintosh
of Pmne I, TMS an Nthe lae Et~hyleneSM~clnt~oshJOHI
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1McFairland is Teen Mliss Emerald Coast USA
iRatelin McFarland was crowned Teen Miss Emerald Coast USA
over the weekend at the Martin Theatre in Panama City. This is a pre-
liminary to the Teen Miss Florida USA Pageant. She will go on to com-
pete in Teen Miss Florida USA in October in Hollywood, Florida. She
'is a freshman at Blountstown High School and the daughter of Jeff
and Gpyie McFarianrd of Clairksville. Katelin was so shocked that she
won because she entered ~at the last minute...on Thursday.
Happy '8th" Birthdayll
Blake Thorpe will turn 8 years
dsn ofSridnoe andayTin To ethe o
Bristol and Jason and Dani
Strickland of Bristol. Blake
enjoy ihsehi g, hunting and stay-
We love you veryrnuch!
Love Daddy, Your Tina,
Ginna, & Blaine
Hoppy "6th" Blithdayll
ofMalloery Kayd Dalton, daughter
turned 6 years old on April 26th.
Mallory had a birthday party at
nh Atha dPark wit rail %an
Daytona with her daddy where
she enjoyed going to Daytona
Beach and playing with her
daddy's K-9 dog, Gina.
Settlement to host
Quilt Show M/ay 3
Flanders earns doctorate
in chiropractic medicine
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The County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, Pag~e 6
Josh's Dad, Jim McIntoSh, was
announcing the game, said to an
Altha student, Carrie 'A~cker,
"Wouldn't it be something if
Josh hit a homerun to win this
game?" Then Pat Jones fed
him a high fastball that
McIntosh didn't offer at and it
gave him a 1-2 count. The next
pitch was a curveball that J. Me
just nicked to stay alive. 'Ibiing
himself this was not going to be
his last at bat as an Altha
Wildcat, he took a letter-high
fastball, turned it around and
slammed his third homerun of
the season into the wind and
over the left field fence to put
Altha in the championship
Thd Scott (8-1-1, 1.07 ERA)
pitched 7 innings giving up 8
hits, 2 earned runs, he walked 3
batters, and struck out 8.
Pat Jones (5-5) was saddled
with the loss. He also pitched
the entire game surrendering 4
earned runs off of 6 hits, issued
4 walks and striking out only 3
As a team Altha left 4 men
,.n base while. Sneads stranded
- Leading the WdI ~Bs at the r
plate was Gary Chew who :had
a double in his only official at
bat. Thd Scott had a single in
his only at bat. Tony Golden
was 2 for 3 with a stolen base.
In his three plate appearances,
Jake Edenfield was 1 for 3 with
a RBI double. Although he
grounded out his 3 previous
trips in the batters' box, it was
J.Mc's last of the bat that he
will always remember.
And that last swing allowed
all Wildcats' fans to breathe
ALTHA, APRIL 24-
Having been shutout in their
previous two meetings with the
Bozeman Bucks (22-4; 8-1, 2-
2A), Altha (20-6; 8-2, 2-2A)
decided to return the favor
when it counted. In last
Thursday night's district cham-
pionship game the #8 ranked
Wildcats shutout the #5. ranked .
Bucks, 3-0, to win their second
district 2-2A championship!
Keith Kirkpatrick (8-3, 1.34
ERA) pitched the game of his
career. Of the 24 batters he
faced he sat down 7, induced 10
groundouts, surrendered only a
walk, and allowed only 3 hits to
the #1 seeded Bucks. It was
Kirkpatrick's fourth shutout of
By virtue of being the #2
seed, Altha was the guest for
the game and shook up
Bozeman's ace, 'Iavis Register
(7-2), with' 3 first inning hits.
Leadoff batter Josh McIntosh
opened the game by flying out
to right fielder Nick Peterson
who made a running catch near
the fo~ul kne.- Tad Scott took a
1-1 pitch and jacked a towering
homerun (his third on the sea-
son) over the left centerfield
fence to give the Wildcats a 1-0
lead. Noah Byler struck out
swinging. Jake Edenfield siri-
gled through the right side of
the infield and Ethan Byler sin-
gled through the left side of the
infield. Keith Kirkpatrick
See WILDCATS, page 7
The Altha Wildcats defeated
their district tournament oppo-
nents, Sneads and Bozeman,
last week at The Cotton Patch
to win their second Class 2A
District 2 championship in the
last three years. .
ALTHA, APRIL 22--
Those are just a few adjec-
tives that described the intense
atmosphere that surrounded
Wildcats' fans last 'Iesday
night at The Cotton Patch
before Josh McIntosh's dramat-
ic walk-off, two-run homerun
gave Alths (19-6; 7-2) a 4-3
semifinal win over the Sneads
Sneads took a 1-0 lead in the
third inning when leadoff batter
Taylor Edge singled through the
left side of the infield. 'Itevin
Hall flied out to left field and .
Garrett Dunham singled
through the right side- of the
infield to score Edge. 'Johnny
Yawn struck o~ut.10king to~ end ,.
In .the.,,fourti ;imig .,the
-Wildcaht~itidd th4 $cork, t r
Tad Scott drew a leadoffwdalk.
Noah Byler laid down a sacri-
fice bunt to move Scott over to
second base. Jake Edenfield
doubled to centerfield to plate
Scott. Ethan Byler struck out
swinging and Edenfield ran into
Keith Kirkpatrick's batted ball
for the third out.
The Pirates scratched out
their second run in the sixth
inning. Johnny Yawn grounded
out to Altha's hurler, 'Aid Scott.
Josh Blount reached on an error
by Wildcats' shortstop, Keith
Kirkpatrick. Pat Jones doubled
to left centerfield to advance
Blount to third base. Jaike
Roberts reached on a bunt sini
gle that neither Scott nor catch-
er Noah Byler could corral.
With the bases loaded Jeri-y
Bamburg lifted a sacrifice fly to
centerfield that allowed Blount'
to score. Marcus Beauchamp
hit a grass-burner deep in the
right side hole that second base-
man Josh McIntosh grabbed,
spun around and~ threw
Beauchamp out at first base for
the third out.
In the home half of the sixth
inning, Alth'a knotted the score
at 2. Tad Scott walked for the
second consecutive time. Noah
Byler reached on a fielder's
choice as Scott was forced out
at second base. Jake Edenfjeld
saw four straight balls and he
received a free pass to first base
and Ethan Byler walked. With
the bases loaded Noah crossed'
the dish on Keith Kirkpatrick's
sacrifice fly to left field. Tony
Golden popped up to third base
toend te o e3 n':
Taylor Edge grounded out to
first baseman Ethan Byler. .
'Itevin Hall was issued a walk.
Garrett Dunham singled to cen-
terftield, advancing Hall to sec-
ond. Johnny Yawn struck out
swinging and Josh Blount
reached after being hit by a
pitch to load the bases. Pat
Jones singled through the right
side of the infield to bring Hall
home. Jake Roberts would go
down swinging to end the
Pirates' scoring opportunities.
The stage was set for the
ending. Gary Chew led off by
ripping a double to left center-
field. Josh Warner's ground out
to first base moved Gary over to
third base. Leadoff batter Josh
McIntosh stepped into the bat-
ter's box. He fouled 2 fastballs
out of play. At this moment
After 3-0 wlin over Bozeman Buckcs...
Wildcats ar e district champs!
The Liberty County
Recreation Departments pixtie
Youth Baseball Majors Conyers
team won two more games last
week and remained undefeated
with an 8-0 iecord for th~e year.
Conyers got two fine pitch-
ing perf brrances in bea ng the
Blountsfjilin Braves 10-1 on
'Iesday and defeating the
Blountstown Cardinalst 10-0
Chuck Morris pitched a 3-
hitter and fanned 10 in a 10-1
win over the Braves. Morris
also slammed a bases loaded
home run in the game. D.J.
Pittman homered for Conyers
See.LIBERTY, page 11
Monfn Fr # LVVVU N 11.n IIQII
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DAl LY LUNCH SPECIALS
Great Se af ood & Stea ks
HIG HW AY 2 31 CAMPBEL LT ON
'avon Cox places
2nd. at state meet
BY MICHAEL KELLEY High School. Cavon placed
second with a high jump onf
Freshman Cavon Cox 6f'eet, inches.
represented- Blountstown Congratulations to
High School on Friday, Cavon (pictured above) and,
April 25, at the state finals the 'BHS bofis and girls:
for track and field held in track team for a successful
Orlando at Winter Park year!
The County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, Page 7
Keith Kirkpatrick was the winning pitcher in the district champi-
3 of his 7 strikeouts in the fifth
inning. Will Humphreys was
caught looking at strike three.
aey Register reached after he
was hit by a pitch. Both Mark
Christensen and~ Mason
Bennett fanned trying to catch
to a Kirkpatrick's nasty cuyrve-
Kirkpatrick flied out to cen-
terfield to begin the sixth
inning. 'Ibny Golden struck out
looking and Giry Chew ground-
ed out to third baseman, Mark
Bozeman's only scoring
threat came in their frame of
the sixth inning. Leadoffb~atter
Jace Wade drew a walk. Lane
1Hall reached on a fielder's
choice when first baseman
Ethan Byler threw to shortstop
Tad Scott to force Wade out at
second base. Dustin.Duncan's
ground rule double' advHiced
Hall to third. The sacks'ier
full, of Bucks when ?favis
Register walked. But
Kirkpatrick induced a popped
up to short right field that 'Ibny
Golden wrapped leather around
for out number 2 and he struck
Will Humphreys out looking to
retire the side.
Paul Myers cgme in to pitch
for aavis Register in Altha's
last inning. ~Josh Warner lined
out to shortstop Lane Hall.
Josh McIntosh went down
swmingig. The next three
Wildcats-Tad Scott, Noah
Byler, and Jake Edenfield--all
'drew. walks. Will Humphreys
replaced Myers and caught
Ethan Byler looking at strike
three to retire the side.
Keith K~irkpatrick faced the-
bottom of the order in
Bozeman's last half of: the sev-
.enth inning. He got e~y
Register to ground out to short- -
stop .Tad Scott. Kirkpptrick
struck out the last, two bat-
ters-Mark Christensen was
caught looking at strike three
and Mason Bennett waved at
the third strike--to give the
Wildcats their 2008 District 2-
In their 24 at bats, Alths
produced 3 earned runs off of 5
hits iand they left 9 men on
Having the same number of
at bats, Bozeman could only
manage 3 hits and they left 5
men on base.
The Wildcats with the hot
sticks were Noah Byler who
homered in his 2 plate appear-
ances. Also, Jake Edenfield
was 1 for 2 on the night. Tad
Scott went yard in his 3' official
at baits. Ethan Byler was 1 for
3 and Josh McIntosh had a RBI
double in 4 at bats.
SEnough, cannot be said about
all the W~ildcat fans and the
Wildcats themselves. All of you
were EXTRA CRUNK and
you never let up! Wowl This
writer has never heard it any
louder at an Altha baseball
game. THANK YOU FOR
The Wildcats hosted the
Freeport Bulldogs (check next
week's issue for game details)
last night (Thesday) in a regiion-
al quarterfinal game. The win-.
ner of that game will face the
winner of the Bozeman v. Jay
game this Friday at 7:00 p.m.
(CT) If the Wildcats win the
information about the regional
semifinal game will) be broad-
cast over WPHK / WYBT.
grounded out to Trey Register
at second base to end the
The. Wildcats retired
Bozeman in order .in their
frame of the first inning. Jace
Wade struck out swinging.
Lane Hall grounded out to
shortstop Tad Scott and Dustin
Duncan grounded out to
Toniy Golden reached for
Alths in the second inning after
Being hit by a pitch. Gary
Chew went down swinging.
Golden reached second on the
catcher's indifference and Josh
Warner struck out looking.
Josh Mcdntosh plated Golde'n
with his screaming double to
right centerfield to put Altha on
top, 2-0. The inning ended
*when Scott struck out swinging.
Bozeman had their first base
runner to reach in the second
inning. Travis 'Registe'r led off
the inning by grounding out to
Edenfield at third base.
Peterson groumded :out to
Kirkpatrick. Will HuImiphreys
reached ori a single that hit
Sspun off where the grass and
dirt infield meet at first base
anid the ball hopped over.Ethan
Byrler's head. Humphreys
advanced to secopd' on
Ikirkpatrick's balk. Josh
McIntosh' ended the Bucks
.scoring opportunity by gloving
?fey Register's grounder and
flipping it to Ethan .at first. base.
SAfter running up the count
to full, Altha's Noah Byler drew
a walk to open the third inning.
Edenfield moved Noah to sec-
onrd with .a sacrifice .bunt~.
Ethan was hit by a pitch but
was forced out at second base
when Kirkpatrick hit a ground
ball to the shortstop Lane Hall
who began the double play.
Playing errorless ball in their
second game of the season, the
Wildcats made quick work of
the Bucks' in the third inning.
Make Christensen popped up
to Ethan at first. Mason
Bennett flied out to centerfield-
er Gary Chew. Ethain Byler
recorded his first unassisted out
on Jace Wad6 to close out the
third inning. .
Tony Golden reached after
being hit by a second consecu-
tive pitch' to lead off ~Altha's
fourth inning but he was caught
trying to steal second base.
,Gary Chew popped up to the
pitcher and Josh Warner
reached base on shortstop Lane
Hall's throwing error.
However, Josh Mcfntosh went
down swinging to end the
Lah~e Hall made the first out
of Bozeman's fourth frame
when his shot down the first
base line was picked by Ethan
who made the unassisted out.
For the second consecutive
time, Dustin Duncan grounded
out to Kirkpatrick. Travis
Register reached on a brint sin-
gle to the left side. But Nick
Peterson grounded out to short-
stop Tad Scott to complete the
Altha picked up their final
run of the game in' the fifth
inning. Tad Scott' struck out
swinging. Then Noah Byler
lasered a first-pitch'fastball over
the left centerfield fence, giving
him a team-leading 5 homers
on the season. Jake Edenfield
struck out looking and Ethan
Byler popped up to the' short-
Keith Kirkpatrick recorded
gdline for New
~qMonday at No
~opicana: Speech winner
selected, book fair underway;
BES Tropicana Speech School Advisory Coundit A.M. immediately following
Contest There will be a School Family Breakfast. All councilEl
BES held the WIopicania Advisory Council (SAC) meet- members are encouraged toe
Speech ~Contest between the ing oni Friday, May 2', at 8:00' attend.
Fourth and Fifth Grade class .rS
winners. Eight students c~m- .
peoe tand g jo thehr spwAeeh g i -O
grade students, parents and
The winners were (pictured
above) ~tied for 3rd Place:
w::.ie Aford and Anthn
Howell;~ and 1st Place: ?ipp M O ther 's Day/ is lairl
STaylor. aipp will compete at
:dacont spe chnmbst on S n a a
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Bo Ia n r~a8 1"NE '1 BeanePod Cndles MOm Frames
2nd from 7:30 A. M. to 2:30 E! u~ Ge FE Wind chimes
M., to purchase books for our Voiv anle *NEW" Spring &
' Media Center. Families, teach-
ers, and the community are ...Summer Jewelry
invited to attend the Book Fair, ,'NEW"I Eden's Angels
which will feature a special
canriping theme: A Reading
On May 1st from 7i:00 to
8:00,,g~ Book Eair~will featureI
a special Family Event entitled, *rdato sol
"Goodies for Grandpgrents". Gauto sol
Grandparents are encirged Jpn'tforet our Kodak Weeks away, so see us
to come out to read with their Digital Processing .fO laStin ift id !..
grandchildren in the media cen- Center O n i e
ter.: Refreshments will be
Parents don't forget to come l
and join your children for
Family Breakfast on Friday,
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SThe County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, Page 8
Kida hof Character for
prPrmocipaann R nc e HI d
School's Kids of Character for
the month of Maich. They
include (pictured above, front
row) 'Kelsie Ederifield,
Michaela M~arliwalter, (secijd
row) Sumnier 'llaner, Joshua
Schneider, Nathaniel Thaxton,
Cole Yon, (third row) Megan
Cderbiti, Laurei ;Martin,
Stephanie Wriston, Cy Barton,
(standing) ~Dustini W~illis, 1)allas '
Clem~mons, Brooke: Boggs, and
Marisa Maishall. Not pictured :
are Tyler Walkrer and Tiffany ,
The Altha Juriior-Senior
Prom was held Saturday, April
5, at the -W.T.: Neal Civic
Cdnter. One of the highlights of
the evening was the crowning of '
the prom ~king and quee1,
Joshua McIntosh and Meagap
Wiltse. The theme for the
evening was "Forever for
Cats' Cuisine -invites the
piiblic to eat lunch at Food
Lorose ~on Thursdays May 1,
.2008. The menu will consist of
Gar'den Salad, French Dip~
Sandwiches, Roasted Garlic
Mashed Potatoes, and Banana
Seating times are 11:40 and
12:30. For reservations call
Altha School at 762-3121 no
later than '~llesday, v April 29,
2008. The price is $6 per plate.
Wednesday, April 30 -- PreK
Screening, 8 -12; Drama' Play,
Thursday,. May 1 -- County
Track Meet, grades' 6-8
:Althe Prom Kirlig and gueen, Josh Ic/nlosh and Meagan Wiltse
Friday, May 2 -- Honor Roll
(grades 6-12) / Beta Field n-ip;
Kindergarten Registration, 8
am-12 pm; Elementary ?fack
Monday, May 5 -- I~ool Kids
Day' (3rd grade) at Chipola;
Tuesday, May. '6 -
Student/Teacher Day FEA;
All A's lunch grades` 6-8; C-
T am Cheerleader Tryouts,
grades 4 85 5, 1:3q
Wednesday, May 7 -
Awards Day, 8:15 am; Early
Release, 1 pin
..to tirowse our unpceral&clkselection of:
w1edlcliGd~ invitations and stationery. C Roose
om .an incredible var~iet of clesizgns and6
sty es, f~om tf~e traclitionalto the
gI~arlx roC O CAla'DS
(ra'PrlcllG S FavORaS
A~nA CHOL EWS~- BLOUNTSTOWN
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p ALTHA /
Prom long & queen crowned,
Kids of Character announced
*Thank You Notes
* Photo Albums
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on Ce tral91ve 95 (Coun tstown
The County Record, APRIL 30, 2008, PoO*
As you know I was defeated 4 years ago when I ran for
reelection as school superintendent of Calhoun County. The great
thing about a democracy is the people control who they want in
office. They have the power to put you in or vote you out. A few
days before the last election which was the last chance to hear from
your candidates some: cleverly timed ads with no time for rebuttal
went to press. Now it is 4.years.Ilater, but I can have my rebuttal.
'The ads placed by the present superintendent Mary Sue Neves, and
I quote exactly what was stated in those ads. '7 have NO plans to
hire or dismiss personnel for political reasons. I have NO plans to
close any schools. The second ~ad stated: Is it necessary to
continue increasing our taxes ? Are you getting the most for your tax
dollars? Is it necessary to levy a discretionary tax? Do you know
taxpayers are paying 28% more: school tax than they were four
years ago? Did you know that a 2-mill increase, in addition to the
previous increase, together equals 49% increase over a 2-yeair
period? Those, ads did tremendous danyage to my reelection bid. It
implied that I was going to close schools, and raise your taxes, and
she was opposed to those efforts. As *Paul Harvey used tio say,
"Now you know the rest of the story."
I am opposed to consolidation for a number of reasons: First,
you will not get a 20 something million dollar school for a million
dollar investment. True, yoII pledge 1.5 mills of the 2 mill increase
back to the state for the new school. That' is required no questions
asked. However, in, addition to the 1.5 mills pledged we have
invested over $800,000 -in architectural fees. Nobody has donated
the land so the purchase price of land is also an additional fee.. The
clearing, prepping, and landscaping of that land will, be another
major investment. The paying of roads for buses,.students, parents,
guests, and faculty members will be another major expense. Also, a
paved ,parking lot will be a necessity. If we cannot tap into some
existing water supplier source, the water treatment system and
sewage will be beyond expensive. If we spend ~our' reserve dollars
which were' $5,000,000 plus when I left office where will the money
come from for employee raises and benefits? Where will the money
come from to, repair our existing schools? With the rising cost of
pacticl ye ery hghtrsacnhsopol ntn hviin to ridt ep s Thos
that don't ride will put an extra burden and hardship on students,
parents, employees, faculty members and guests making daily trips
to the new school! Who will be responsible for students that
participate in extra curricular activities? Students who used to could
walk to school, ballgames, and etc. will need transportation if we
compete in events. This will be-a terrible inconvenience on many,
I will be fair, and not wait until there is no time left to give my-
opporient a chance for rebuttal, or time to explain their side of the
issue. I know that campaigns sometime get like a wai, and, get
nasty, and misrepresent the issues that the public has a right to
know. However, I sort of agree with the .statement made by Robin:
Williams in one of his movies where he said, "Politicians are
sometimes like a diaper, they need changing and usually for the
I will be honest, and straight forward in my campaign and let you
know where I stand, and let my opponents tell you where they
stand. I respect both of my opponents, and their views. I have no
party affiliation, and I will not be on the August ballot, but will face~
.the winner of that primary in November. I know I am the best man
for the job.'
To mmy McClellan
Superintendent of Schools
SPaid Political Advertisement Paid for by Tommy McClellan for Superintendent of
schools at cath'oun County, No Party Affiliation
For people who don't
like to wait,..
1 management Wins State
t~On Friday, April. 25th, the
1 A~ competed in the state
petition in Orlando and the
Business Management team
s~zd first place!
FThe team consisted of
~Porga Davis, Catherine
Orliaccio, Laura Stolizfus, and
1Urey Tharpe with sponsor
Mr. Ron Mears. The team was
given 3 hours to find the yield
and profit of 1 acre of dry land
corn. Morgan Davis said she
was excited to be there, espe-
cially being a freshman anid was
thrilled with their first place tri-
y Next, the Blountstown FFA
Business Management Team is
on~ their way to the National
Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Last Friday night, the Junior
c honored the Seniors,` as
11as their dates, at the 2008
outstown High School
o. The theme was
sdnswore masks and deco-
rdtdthe W.T. Neal Civic
ntrto fit the theme.
After. the Grand March,
began at 10:30 p.m., four
dents were named prom roy-
y Selected from the Junibr
css, Julius M~onlyjn and Secora
11l were announced Prom
qice and Princess. Chosen
ffm the Senior class, Dillon
Etirke and Lane Golden were
asinoiunce Prom Kmng ~and
~een. These students
reived crowns, plaques, and
trsin the` 2007-2008
nsonHigh School year-~
k.Congratulations!!! , -'t"r
mmasnitrative ~ Asisistants
e Thursday, April 24, BHS
I~gculty honored five dedicated
~strative assistants that
kolrkat IB1 untstortra sih
Mrarilyn Vincent, Jeannine
4aoek, Brend Burnsed, and
SMr. Barber presented each
e nployee with a special card
which included a gift certificate
tb Wisteria Caf6. The ladies
etljoyed, a delicious lunch that
d y and also gathered that
afternoon with the faculty for a
time of cake and ice cream in
the Media Center.
Sophomore Rings from Herff
days l ae 6d li ereld e
Center before school from 7:30-
8:00.aRemaining balance is~ due
SBHS Prom King & Queen, Dillon Burke and Lane Golden
Prom Prince & Princess, Julius Monlyn and Secora Bell
Cheerleaders Calendar of Events
Wednesday, April 30 is the Thurs., May 1 -Spring~
last day to order Krispy Krem~e Training Starts for Tiger
doughnuts or certificates from Football
the BHS Cheerleaders. They Mon., May 5 Progress
wih t~o p lce anor e,. le e RIep ., May 6 Class Ring
call Mrs. McClellan at 674- delivery
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TROPICANA SPEECH WINNERS: Carr School held its annual Tropicana Speech Contest Thursday, April 24,
in the lunchroom. Winners in the fourth/fifth grade division are (seated, left to right) J.P. Leonard (1st Place),
Emily Sewell (2nd Place), Greyson McCroon and Ayers Hassig (3rd Place). Winners in the sixth grade division
are (standing, left to right) Kirsten Stalnaker (1st Place), Cassidy Odom and Savannah Stephens (not pictured,
2nd Place), and Rena O'Bryon (3rd Place). First place winners are eligible for the countywide competition in
the auditorium at Blountstown High School on Wednesday, April 30. Congratulations to these boys and girls!
The Miss Altha Pageant will
be held thiis Saturday, May 3,
at 6:00 p.m. in the Altha School
Gym. Admission is $5.00.
Please come out and cheer on
all of our lovely girls.
FI ida PTA
Florida PTA presents an
informational workshop on how
Parent involvemenit.can boost '
energy mn your Calhoun County
School. Please join us at the
Neal WT Civic Center, 17772
NE Pesgr Street, Blountstown,
FL on May 10 at 1pm.
Refreshments will be served.
.We will be discussing the fol-
*Why parental involvement
is important to your school and
*How PTrA can benefit your
students and parents '-
*How to organize a PTA in
*MUCH, MUCH MORE!
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The Early Learning
Coalition of Northwest Florida
board meeting will be held
Friday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m.
CST at the Workforce Center
in Panama City.
The call-in number is 1-888-
808-6959, guest code:
The tentative agenda
includes personnel and policy
committee report, awarding of
R~FP's. for o~ffce and classroom
Foi- additional information
regardinlgthis meeting or agen-
da, 'call (850) 747-5400, ex.
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Share your famd!y story mn...
Calhoun County history book,
We, the family of the late
Billy Brady .."Bill" Baggett
have been blessed with rela-
tives,` friends, healthcare
providers and spiritual leaders,
who have ~surrounded us with
l~ovq, and support during our
loire one's stay in the hospital,
dgath, and funeral. The doiido ,
lances, prayers, flotirers, food,
gifts, cards, calls and visits will
always be remembered. We
Have you ever
received a surprise gift
from a dear friend, and
as you were opening it
you made this remark:
"Now, they shouldn't
have done thisl" What a
Tim~damswonderful feeling! .
FnfferahreEIO The heart-warming
experience of getting
actullybeyod something for nothing is
These rare and wonderful occasions are few
and far between. They are so rare, in fact,
that we are inclined to question the motives of
many of the most noble acts of love..
What else can be expected of a person who
lives in ora d Ihr t seW m to I be "vr
person has seems to be devoted to his family
group, and there isn't enough to share with
tMrany years ago someone wrote these
words: "Love never ask how little it can do;
love always asks how much." To this
statement we could add "Love goes farther
than any man could look for who is guided by
cold and calculating reasoning."
OUR THOUGHT TO REMEMBER:
In my haste let me find what guides
ww mfh .om
realize these actions were a
reflection of the love and friend-
ship our loved one felt for those
whose paths he crossed. Our
.hearts will foretrer treasure the
many deeds of compassion and
support we have received.
A special thanks to Thomasi
anrd Jana Matautihf~`for their
outpouring of love. 'Ib Russell
Baggett for providing the family
with a video of the celebration
'"rhi 'lo'pas ibonate ud~aR e
through every step of this diffi-
cult time. 'Ib Reverend Car~lton
Baggett for the heartfelt service
you oas eur Lord to look
upon each of you with kindness
and to bless you.
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For Information On Listing Your Church, Call 674-5041
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Exciting Worship .....;.........................'...11;00 AM
Bible Study & Worship ........................ 6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study..........6:30 PM
Interim Pastor Dr. David Coggins
ir Meiigu il td.....,,,.....15
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
Blountstown United Methodist Church
Located onbwy 20 drcectly across from
Wednesday Bible Study...9:00 AM
Sunday School... 9:45 AM
Sunday Worship... 11:00 AM
Telephone: 674-8254 Email: htownumc @jiahoo.com
Asssembl of Goid Church
Sunday Services Pastor, Shelton Kindig
Sunday School...9:45S AM Hwy. 20 West, 13th Street
~Morning Worship...11:00 AM. '
Evening Worship...5200 PM : IP n~BWi F
Wensdaervice.,..7:00 PM . 850-674-4831
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25 great-grandchildren; 19
great, great-grandchildren; a
devoted niece, Gloria Parrislh,
of Bristol; a host of nephews,
nieces, relatives and friends.
Clary's Funeral Home of
Quincy, Fla is in charge of the
funeral arrangements (ph. 850-
VIRGINIA RUTH FIGGATT
Mrs. Virginia Ruth Figgatt,
86, of Altha, passed .away
Saturday, April 26, 2008, in
.She was born in Madison,
West Virginia, and had lived in
Calhoun County since 1982.
She was an avid quilt maker
and artist. .
She is preceded in death by
her husband, James "Jirm"
Henry Figgatt, an infant son,
William Henry Figgatt, and a
brother, Corbett Lee Hendrix.
Survivors include two sons,
James E. "Tad" Figgatt and his
wife, Sandi, of Lake Mary,
Floida,oand 0ioh F "m"
daughter, Rose Marie Cloud
mnd he husada Her ell
Virginia; a sister in law, Elfreda
E Covert, of Palm Bay, Florida;
four grandchildren; three great-
grandchildren; and many nieces
and nephews '
Funeral services were held
at 2:00 .p.m. CST, Th~eadar,
.April 29, from the Macedonia
Baptist Church with Reverend
David Wood officiating.
Interment A~llowed in the
Nettle Ridge Cemetery.
Adams Funeral Home was in
charge of the arrangements (ph.
850-674-5449 or online at
Rev. Parker will also speak
Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.
and Monday through
Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.
The Praise and Worship Team
at Hillcrest will lead the music.
Come join us for a great time
of fellowship. We are located on
Hwy. 274, five miles west of
for pizza and a service. Sat.
night, May 3, there will be a
cookout at 6:00 at the church,
with a service following. Sun.
morning, May 4, Duke will
preach at the Reach Out
Service at 8:30a.m., and then
-again Sun. evening at 6:00, fin-
ger foods following the evening
friends to come and be with us
on this very special day. There
will be special music, inspired
preaching and a great fellow-
ship meal provided by the
The, worship service will be
at 11:00 a.m. CST and the fel-
lowship meal will follow.
ROVIVal begins Sunday
at HillereSt Baptist -
Sunday, May 4th, begins
four days of spiritual revival at
Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. there
will be a bottomless cup of cof-
fee and refreshments before
Sunday School at 10:00. Come
and join us as we seek to meet
our goal for High Attendance
Sunday in Sunday School!
At the 11:00 service, Rev.
Charles Parker will share God's
Word. Reiv. ~arker is a retired
Naval Chaplain. Currently, he
is Vice President of
Development for the 13aptist
College of Florida. Come hear
and be, renewed and chal-
lenged. We invite you to stay
for a fellowship dinner on the
grounds following the morning
Church will present "The.
Singing Doutts" in concert on
May 4th at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. Come expecting a day of.
music, ministry and worship.
The church is located at 16345
SE County Road 69,
.Blountstown.' For more infor-
mation call 674-7023, 643-~
3602 or 643-3036.
The Gaiteway Baptist
Church is having a~ "Coming
Home .Day" on May 11th.
John McDaniel, a beloved for-
mer pastor will be the morning
speaker. John McDaniel wants
all of his many friends to come
be with him on this day.
We want to invite all mnem-
.bers, former members ~gnd
Mrs. Henrietta Davis
Jackson, born October 24
1920, was the daughter of the
late Henry J. and Elvira
Holmes Davis, passed away
April 24, 2008 at Parthenon
Health Care of Blountstown.
The family will receive
guests Thursday, May 1, from
u:0 era7:0Hop.m. allClary'
Jefferson St., Quincy, Fla.
.-:eal e vcs wl held
12:00 noon CST) at St.. Mary
M.B. Church, 16345 SE River
St, Blountstown, Fla., with
Rev/Dr. C.L. Wilson officiating.
Interment will follow at Ne~w
Hope Church Cemetery.
She leaves to cherish her
memory four daughters, Elsie
Althamease Blue (Rojr),
Blountstown, Nellie Long (Ira),
Springfield, Mass, Carolyn Yon,
Blountstown; two sons, Bobbie
Paul Jackson (Janet), Quincy,
Eugerie Jackson (Gertrude) of
Cocoa, Fla; 21 grandchildren,
The First Baptist Church of
Blountatown would like to
invite everyone to a youth
revival May 2-4 featuring Duke
Underwood as' our guest speak-
SFriday night, May 2, we will
meet at the 4-H Camp behind
the Pioneer Settlement at .6:00
of each story. Sources, limited
to four, can be written as mar-
riage records, census records,
Bible, family letters, etc.
Stories mixst be typed or
computer generated and dou-
ble-spaced on at least 20 lb,
paper. Handwritten or stories in
all capital letters will be
Computer generated photo-
graphs must be printed at a
minimum of 720 x 720 dpi.
They are not to be imbedded
within the story, but placed on a
separate sheet. Scanned photo-
graphs should be on photo .qual-
ity paper. Those on regular,
paper reproduce poorly..
Color and black and white
photographs up to 8" x.10" are
acceptable. Do not size photo-~
graphs to fit the book. The pub--
lisher will size them. Photo cap-
tions are limited to 10 words
and must be typed at the end of
the story. Please provide SASE
as publisher will attempt to
return all photographs, .(not
respoagi Ilp fbr lost, photos).
Please pplot write pn back of
Mary Ann Flowers, co-phair,
ph. 674-3747, 'email maflowu-
Frances Price, family tihair,
674-8554, emaiil dinow-
Tony Shoemake, .topical
Mary. Lou Taylor, treasurer,
'67 ;8276, ,email mtay-
You are invited to publish
Your family history for free in
The Heritage of Calhoun
County, Florida A Grassroots
Family Histories 'Collection.
Current residents, former
residents, and those with ances-
tors in the county may submit
stories. Each household may
submit 500 words and one pho-
tograph" to be pointed free of
charge. Pioneer families are
usually those in a county before
1890. One 1000 wordi story per
pioneer family will be used
along with` two photographs.
Other stories Trom that particu-
lar pioneer family are limited to
500 words per household. You
may purchase words above the
free amounts at 15 cents per
word. Extra photographs are
No one edits the famiily sto-
ries, however, submissions that
harm or embarrass will not be
used. Stories must be in narra-
tive format with no genealogical
charts, lists, or tabular material.
Authors must place their
names and addresses at the endt
photo. Send information to:
Calhoun~ County HBC, E~O,,
Box 275, Blountstown, FL
For more information, con-
tact any committee members
for the Heritage obf Calhroun
Country, ~Florida book which -
Mary Lop Holley, co-chair,
ph. 674-8860, email
Covenant Hospice is hosting
"Remembrance Celebration" at
2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at
The Russ House~ located at
4318 Lafayette St in Marianna,
This special service will give
families and friends of former
Hospice patients as well as the
entire community an~ opportu-
nity to honor and celebrate the
lives of their loved ones wvho
have died in, the past year.
The celebration will include
a guest- speaker, music, ~singing,
candle lighting andi selected
readings around the fountain
outside. The service -will last
about an hour with a reception
immediately following inside
The Russ House in the upstairs
parlor. Refreshments will be
The celebration is open .to
the entire community.. There is
no cost to attend this event.
Please come and be a part of
this: memorable time of remem-
For more information, please
contact January McKeithan at
(850) 482-8520 or toll free at
SOUTHSIDE ASSEMBLY OF GOD Gateway Baptist Church
15164 SR 71 South, Blountstowin, Fla. 17667 N Main St., Blountstown, FL 674-5725
SCJNDAYS WEDNESDAY Sunday School...9:30 AM W6rship Service...11 i00 AM
Suriday School 10:00 AM Bible Stud~y 7:00 PM Sna vnn..:0P
LARID'T ITE, M mni gbship llAM Kidz Jr. Bible Quiz 7:00 PM Wliednesday Prayer & Bible Study...6:00 PM
482HU 2 HO E enn ay oip5:00 PM www~dtapps~com/southsidel "At Gateway Baptist Church Everybody Is Somebody
674-8884 and Church 10AM 12Noon arid Jesus Christ is Lord"
St. Mary Missiuonary
16846 SE River Street, Wlountsate, FL
"We Minister To Needs Without Magnifying Faults"
Sunday school :30 All *1~rming hbyl~p- IMM Al
Prayer and Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 PMl
Genrasl Milssion & arothernood sad a 4th saturday Io AI
Shelton's corner. Singing Doutts will
COIming Dome Day at promo a
Duke Underwood to perform on May 4I
Speak at youth revival miountstown commru
CoveantHospwce to host
D nt tS nIy
meets other favorite characters
who impart their wisdom.
Everyone from the Three Little
Pigs to Goldilocks gets in on the
action as Oscar sings and
dances her way to her very own
"happily ever after."
Chris Manasco created the
original script under the direc-
tion of Charles Sirmon,
Director of Theatre. .I ?,
For ticket information, call
NlOTfICE OFI:Pt.BLIC HEA'RING
ON A SPECIAL LAND USE EXCEPTION
FOR A RESTRICTED USE OF LAND
The City of Blountstown, Florida will hold a public hearing on a proposal
to allow a Special Exception for a Conditional Use of Larid for .a
Communications Tower in the Inistitutional Land Use Area. The
proposed .use will replace the existing. tower located on -City .property
South of Angle Street, immediately adjacent to the City -Council Meeting
Chambers and Maintenance Department facilities, in! Sections 29,
Township 1 North Range .8 West.
The Institutional Land Use Category allows public and semi-public
Structures including facilities and educational and recreational facilities
The City of Blountstowrl Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing
on the proposed Conditional Use on TUESDAY, MAY: 13, 2008, at
6:00 P.M., to consider recommendations to the City Council regarding
the proposed development. The City Council will hold a Public He~aring
10 COnsider approval of the development on TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008,
at 6:30 P.M., or immediately following -the Planning Commission-
public hearing, in the Blountstown City Commission IVeeting Room. .A
COpy' of the development application may be inspected by the public at
PleaSe be advised that if a person decides to appeal any decision made
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, such person will
need a record of these proceedings, and fo~r this purpose,such person
may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal
iS to be base .
April 30, May 7, 2008
FutreCiiznsSwing bed program on
~A lj;P~g~the increase at hospital
Mariana, Panama City and
other urban hospitals. The say-
ings in time and now the very
expensive cost of gas also makes
it a benefit to the families of
these patients. The loved one is
in our hospital, here locally,
rather than the family having to
drive to these larger cities.
Often, due to Medicare's
reimbursement rules and regu-
lations, the larger hospitals
desire to, discharge these
patients once the more acute
treatment is completed. That's
Hospital comes in. It can be a
realf WIN-WIN situation foi- the
patient and his or her family, as
well as the larger hospital and
As mentioned, often this pro-
gram is utilized prior to the
placement in a nursing home.
We work very closely with the
family members of these very
special patients in ~this often-
times sensitive and emotional
If you have questions about
our swing bed program, give us
a call and we will be glad to dis-
cuss it with you. Aimee
H~anvey, LPN, at 674-5411, ext
209 is our swing bed point of
contact. Give her a call. She
can answer all your questions
about swing beds!
Or give me a call if you have
questions about swing beds or
anything else about the hospital
at 674-5411, ext 206.
BY RON GILLIARD
tion usually given in a nursing
home or other healthcare set-
It is very cost effective for
the patient as well. Many
patients are placed in a swing
bed for continued medical care
prior to going home or place-
ment in a nursing home.
Often it is used as a place to
gain strength before entering
the rehabilitative phase of
The patient is cared for in
Our hospital in much the same
way as care would be provided
in a nursing home, with a high-
er intensity of services available
only in a hospital setting.
A registered nurse assesses
the patient's needs, and works
with the patient's ,doctor to
design an individualized plan of
care. The primary goal of the
swing bed program is to provide
high quality healthcare in a
comfortable, safe environment.
The goal oriented treatment
for the swing bed -patient is
aimed toward optimat~function-
al independence before dis-
charge. A wide range of thera-
py is available for the patient
depending on his or lier needs.
Respiratory, physical, speech
and occupational therapies
make up a big part opf the
patient's plari of care. Our hos-
pital provides professional,
courteous and compassionate
care to these special patients.
We receive referrals for this
type of care from Tallahassee,
Are you aware of our "swing
bed" program? If not, let me
tell you about a service we offer
that could be of significant ben-
efit to you or a loved one.
Swing beds, or sub-acute
care as it is also known, is com-
prehensive, inpatient care
designed for someone who has
had an acute illness or injury,
usually in a larger, urban hospi-
It is an excellent alternative
for someone who no longer
requires the. intensity of acute
care, but needs an extended
period of time after the acute
phase to fully recuperate. The
patient needs skilled nursing
care, the type of medical atten-
the May 8 evening production
of the Chipola children's show,
"LOnce Upon a Time," are now'
on sale in the college business
Kaylin. 8, Grace, 7, and Eh,. 4, are Tickets are $5 for the 7 p.m.
the children of Dave and Teresa evening performance of this
Weiler of BlounlslowNn exciting original hit. Hundreds
py, of area elementary students will
attend sold-out daytime per-
I~P~ I formairces during the first weeko Mjr
o .. ."Once Upon a Time" tells
the std~ry of Os'car whc'li~hauing
enin'g Al"' treh walay s
Carson, 4, is the son of Chris and t a h r
Lorie Duncan of Blountstown. t a h r
Calhoun School District,
being committed to excellence
in academics, works diligently
to recruit and maintain highly
qualified teachers in the local
schools. In addition to highly
attempt is made to recruit
teachers from different cultures
Carson, 5, Chandler, 3, and Ali to provide cultural diversity in
Claire, 8 months, are the children the educational community.
of Chad and Kelly Ramsey of In an, effort to recruit highly
Blounttown.qualified teachers from minori-
ty groups to form a culturally
diverse educational community,
Calhoun County School District
participates in teacher recruit-
ment efforts sponsored by sur-
.4 rounding school systems and
,universities. On April 23,
Calhoun District personnel par-
ticipated in Florida Agriculture.
and Mechanical University's
(FAMU) 'Iacher Recruitment
Day in Tallahassee. In the com-
ing months, county recruiters .
will take part in Leon Counfty
School District and Florida
State University 'teacher
Being highly qualified allows
Braden, 5, is the son of Ricky and teachers to offer students excel-
Jennifer Mayo of~ltha. lent academic opportunities,
while cultural diversity pro-
vides students with diverse role
models and a window to differ-
and Ryan Rogers doubled. Will
Hosford scored twice for the
Hayden Swier hurled the
allowing 2 hits and striking out
10. He also hit a home run and
scored 3 runs.
Ken King tripled and 'Icker
Abbot, Lee Hambright, and
Morris each scored 2 runs to
Cayla, 10, and jared, 3, are the aid the Conyers offense.
children of Mark and Trina This week Conyers hosted
Johnsn ofBloutston. .the Braves 'Ibesday night and
will play at Quincy in a twin bill
Saturday beginning at 10:00
L'6/s Next Wlelek a.nt. On 'Ibesday, May 6, they
play at'the Cardinals.
'Once~ ~ Upo a i
on stage at Chipola
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trustees and all parties claiming an interest by,
through, or under or against the Defendants, who
are known known to be dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to have any rlght, title, or
interest in the property described below.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Quiet
title, has been filed against you regarding the
property located in Calhoun County, and more
fully described as follows:
Lot Twenty (20) in Block Eight (8) of Lake
McKenzie Homes Subdivision, according to the
Official Plat thereof, filed for record on the 5th day
of September, 1961, and recorded in Plat Book
Number 1 on Page 52 in the Official Records of
Calhoun County, Florida.
You are required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to this action on Mel Magidson,
Jr., Plalritiff's attorney, whose address is R.O. Box
340, Port St. Joe, Florida 32457, on or before
March 4, 2008, and file the original with the clerk
of this court at Calhoun County Courthouse,
1000 Fifth Street, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456,
either before service on Petition's attorney or
immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief demanded in
DATED this 4th day of February, 2008.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
CALHOUN COUNTY FLORIDA
File Number: PR08-12
IN RE: MARY LOIS RAGER
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION AND
NOTICE OF CREDITORS
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE
AND ALL OTHER PERSONS INTERESTED IN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that the administration of
the Estate of MARY LOIS RAGER File Number
PRO8-12 is pending in the Circuit Court for
Calhoun County, Florida, Probate Division,
20859 Central Ave., Blountstown, FL 32424, the
address of which is the Calhoun County
Courthouse, Blountstown, Florida. The Personal
Representative of the Estate is VALERIE JEAN
DEBOLT. The name and address of the Personal
Representative's attorney are set forth below
SAll pson hrae nrg laiir or demands agisd
MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE, to file with the
Clerk of the above Court a written statements of
any claim or demand they may have. Each claim
mus be in wiin nd ma s d n dirate hheebasi if
or his agent or attorney and the amount the claim
is contingent or unliquidated, the nature of the
uncertainty shall be state. If the claim is
secured, the security shall be described. The
claimant shall deliver sufficient copies of the
claim to the Clerk to enable the Clerk to mail one
copy to the Personal Representative. AHl persons
interested in the Estate to whom a copy of this
Notice of Administration has been mailed are
required, WITHIN TI-REE MONTHS FROM THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE, to file any objection they may have that
challenges the validity of the decedent's Will, the
qualifications of the Personal Representative, or
the venue or jurisdiction of the Court.
DATED this 7th day of April, 2008
VALERIE JEAN DEBOLT
15610 WW Broad Street
Altha, Florida 32421
J. DAVID HOUSE
16865 S.E. RIVER STREET
BLOUNTSTOWN, FLORIDA 32424
FLORIDA BAR #282359
ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL REP.
April 9, 16, 23, 30,. 2008
R &R WAREHOUSES
NOTICE OF SALE
On May 5, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. (CST), R & R
Warehouses will dispose of the contents of four
(4) storage units from Blountstown and two (2)
storage units from Bristol at R&R Warehouses in
Blountstown at 19300 SR 20 W. (850) 674-4700.
The units are believed to contain household
and/or personal property of the following tenants:
Karen A. Engram
All units not paid in full by this date will be dis-
posed of. THERE WILL BE NO AUCTION!
April 23, 30, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR CALHOUN COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No. 08-79CA
MOSES MEDINA. JR.
AND HECTOR E. VAZQUEZ,
PHILLER LEE JOHNSON, CHARITY VERNELL
AND IF EITHER IS DEAD, THEIR RESPECTIVE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, JUDGMENT CREDITORS, AND
ALL -OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING BY
THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST HER; THE
UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES. AND JUDGMENT CREDITORS OF
DEFENDANTS, DECEASED, AND ALL OTHER
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER,
OR AGAINST DEFENDANTS; AND ALL
UNKNOWN NATURAL PERSONS IF ALIVE,
AND IF DEAD OR NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, THEIR SEVERAL AND RESPEC-
TIVE UNKNOWN SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, AND JUDGMENT
CREDITORS, OR OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING
BY, THOROUGH, OR UNDER THOSE
UNKNOWN NATURAL PERSONS; AND THE
SEVERAL AND RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN
ASSIGNS, SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST,
TRUSTEES, OR ANY OTHER PERSON CLAIM-.
ING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST
ANYNCAOMRPDORAATION OR OTNHDEARN LEGALDEITTIL
CLAIMANTS. PERSONS OR PARTIES, NATUR-
AL OR CORPORATE, OR WHOSE EXACT
LEGAL STATUS IS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING
UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE NAMED OR
DES RBGEDODE EDANTSROGRH ARI LES OR
INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR PUBLICATION
TO: PHILLER LEE JOHNSON, CHARITY VER-
NELL JOHNSON, ETAL
whose residence is unknown if helshelthey be liv-
ing; and If helshelthey be dead, the unknown
Defendants who may be spouses, heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees, Ilenors, creditors,
Paul's Wrecker Service will hold a public auc-
tion on May 15, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. (C.T.).
S 1989 Dodge Pickup
Vln #1 B7GG2X5LS134486
Red in Color
Auction will be held at Paul's Wrecker Service,
19844 S.W South Street, Suite A, Blountstown,
Paul's Wrecker Service reserves the right to
reject any and all bids. PH: 850-674-TOWS
April 30, 2008
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~~ Deadline M~onday Noon FAX: 674-8008 Phone: 674-5041 E-mail: email@example.com iL
HADPCE QU gT
1, 2, & 3 Bedroom
Yrse Psee Place to ove"
utton Creek Aprmet
16l978 NW Mayo Street
elountstown, FL 32424
Equal Housing Opportunif'
Saturday, May 10, 2008 8:30 A.M.
Dispersal of Estate of Lamar
Tractors, Combines, Trucks,
Wagons, Field & Hay Equipment
100+ Reg. Quarter Horses
Mason Auction & Sales.LLC FL#
BOATS & MOTORS '
1986 GlassStream bass boat with
150 hp Mercury, Black Max XR2,
power tilt and trim,.new carpet floor
and seats, hot foot, hijacker plate
and pro trim, motor runs great, very
fast, needs little work, $2500. Call
1989, 17 ft. Skeeter bass boat with
150 hp Mercury motor, good condi-
tion. Call 850-573-2362.
16 ft. Bonita boat, 90 hp Johnson
motor, runs and looks good, $2,000.
Call 762-2963 or 209-5270.
CARS & TRUCKS
2004 Ford Mustang GT
Convertible, Fortieth Edition, black
in color, leather interior, power win-
dows, locks and seats, 47,500 miles,
100,000 mile exterided warranty
transferable, new tires, asking
$16,000.00. Call after 6:00 p.m.
(CST) Monday Friday or anytime
Saturday & Sunday. Seridus inquires
1999 Dodge Neon, 151,000 miles,
5 cyl., cold AC, excellent gas
1998 Coachman Santara 35 ft.,
23,000 miles, 17 kw generator, 2 DS,
ducted CH/A, hydraulic levelers,
rear queen, sleeps 6, leather power
captain chairs, basement model,
great shape, all manuals, service
records, $32,000. Call 850-762-
2 free kittens, ready to~go, litter box
trained. Call 674-5150.
Free kittens, to a good home, litter
box trained. Call 762-1905.
DRIVER'TRAINEES NEEDED. No
CDL7 No Problem! $900 weekly.
o uf- Co s Electric Cpooperatkieolnc will be accepting a p ications or rtcheeeosio nof F h
MarinerPlaza, 625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida. This opening is in our Wewabitchka
Minimum Job Specifications for Equipment Operator position are as follows: Require
High School Graduate/Equivalent, minimum of two years experience as Ground Technician or
Right-of-Way Helper, including prior experience with tractors and power equipment, and
proficiency in operation of all power equipment. Prefer experience in the operation of a Klipper
side cutting machine. Require the ability to use power tools, all equipment hydraulics and be
capable of performing minor line duties. Require ability to acquire an excellent knowledge of Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative's policies and procedures and rules and regulations. Require the
ability to have and maintain a valid F~lorida commercial -driver's~ license and DOT certification-
Require excellent verbal and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with members, require the
physical ability as defined as medium work, flexibility to work varied hours, availability to work
ieguloy tar d h ddu gaed eloo ys rein R qure eisu acaintydin mmchin e lion" an
exposure to outside environmental conditions.
Equal opportunityy Employer as
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Inc. will be accepting applications for the position of
Engineering/Staker through Friday, May 2, 2008 at Workforce Center of Florida, Mariner
Plaza, 625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida. This opening Is in our Southport Office.
Minimum Job Specifications for Engineering/Staker are as follows:' Require High
School Graduate/Equivalent Prefer successful completion of two years of vocational technical
school training in drafting, engineering or electricity. Require a minimum of two years /
experience in an electrical utility or related industry, with knowledge of construction or line crew |
duties. Require the ability to develop knowledge of company equipment and materials, RUs
specifications, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative policies and procedures, National Electric Code
Requirements for the construction and maintenance of an electrical distribution system.
Require ability to perform staking functions with minimum supervision; knowledge of preparing
vidintnerpretmstakling shesi adc i dagas. IRf ruir ioxceln linte r u~nal sI a fo
assignment completion. Require the ability to have and maintain a valid Florida driver s license
and pass and maintain DOT certifications; to satisfactorily pass Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative's employment and drug and alcohol screening. Primarily field work; general office
environment for some office duties; and require flexibility to work irregular hours and to work
during emergency situations. Require the physical ability defined as light work. Require visual
acuity in machine operation and exposure to outside environmental conditions on an infrequent
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Inc. will be accepting appica~tions for the position of
Warehouse Clerk through Friday, May 2, 2008 at Workforce Ceniter of Florida, Mariner plaza,
625 Highway 231, Panama City, Florida. This opening is in our Southport Office.
Minimum Job Specifications for Warehouse Clerk position Bar as follows:
Require High School Graduate/Equivalent. Require a minimum of one year experience in
warehousing or line construction responsibilities. Flequire ability to be knov~ledgeable of an
electrical distribution system and materials, apparatus and equipment used in the construction
and maintenance of electric distribution lines, substations and service to members. Require the
ability to maintain accurate records; excellent interpersonal skills for working ~with fellow
employees; excellent organizing and written communication skills. Require the ability to have
and maintain a valid Florida driver's license. Require the ability to successfully pass
employment and drug and alcohol screening. Require both inside and outside work in various
weather conditions; require flexibility to be available for overtime, and flexibility to work during
emergency situations, as necessary. Require visual acuity in machine operation and Infrequent
exposure tD Outside environmental conditions. Require the ability to work various computer
programs to release, process and settle inventories.
Equal OpportuniliyEmployier Ars=
Over 35 years experience
LAWN CA RE
PleaSe Call John
IN HOME TELEPHONE
REP LACE OLD LI NES
INSTALL NEVV JACKS
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M8W Self Storalge
1 Days A Week Service
lex20...$70 Per Month
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CALL 762-8807 OR 762-9255
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album you'd like to search.
Click on the' photo and order
everything from wallet size to 1Ix1 4,
Cups, playing cards, sweatshirts and
more...alt with your favorite photo
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.photos and much more.
'ime ount! nRecord
20311 CentralAve. West
mileage, $1200. OBO. Call 674-
1989 Ford F150 4X4, auto, V-8
302, smooth 4x4 fuel injected, runs
good, great hunting truck, $1500
OBO. Call 674-3229.
2002 Chevy Alvanche, pewter
color, 87,000 miles, leather, all elec-
tric, $11,000 QBO. Call 674-8245.
2003 Ford F150 King Cab pickup,
super clean, CD player, 110K miles,
must sell, $9,995. Please call Janice
Watson at the Apalachee Regional
Pannin4- council for more details.
2004 Ford Explorer, V8, 80K, Eddie
Bauer, rear air & entertainment sys-
tem, tan leather int., gree(1/tan ext.,
asking $13,500 OBO. Call 447-
1994 F-250 4x4,, brand new 17.3
liter diesel brand turbo and exhaust,
looks and runs excellent, new tires,
power everything. $7,000. Call 762-
2963 or 209-5270.
RV trailers $75 $80 week, most
utilities furnished; 2 bdr. trailers when
available. Qall 674-4011.
2 bdr., 1 bath house for rent, CHIA,
Newly remodeled, hardwood floors,
good neighborhood, 3 miles on Hwy.
69N. No pets. $;j50/mo plus $500
deposit. Call 674-5059 or 674-5921.
Mobile home, 1 bedroom on John
F. Bailey Road, ~SR 20 W,
Blountstowh. $85 to $145 weekly.
Deposit required. All utilities includ-
ed. NO PETS. Also RV for rent
and/or sale. Call 674-7616.
Ai & 3 bedroom trailer for rent in
3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home in
Blountstown area, 1 Jniles from
Parramore's Restaurant. $550
deposit, $550/mo upfront, lease. No
pets. References required. Call 447-
$150 2 pc Queen PIT mattress
set. New in plastic with .warranty.
Can deliver. 545-7112. ~
$279 New Q~Queen Orthopedic
Pillowtop Mattress Set in Sealed
Plastic, Warranty. Can Deliver. 222-
.100% LEATHER SOFAll.OVESEAT.
NEW, lifetime warranty, sacrifice
$895. (delivery available). 545-
5pc. bedroom set. Brand new in
,boxes $499. Can deliver. 425-
9-pc cherry dining room set -
Formal & elegant. New in boxes.
$799. (delivery available). 222-
All NEW Pillow~top King Mattress
Set. W/Warranty. $299. 425-8374.
Brand Name Queen Cherry Wood
7-pc Sleigh Bed Set w/dovetail draw-
ers. $2400 value, must sacrifice
BRAND NEW: full size-mattress
set. $12j'. or TIN matt. set. $100.
BOth W/Warranty. 850-545-7112.
Couch, loveseat & chair. New
100% micro fiber, stain resistant,
$600, delivery available. 222-9879.
EntertainmentffV center solid
wood and glass, still in ship box,
Computers for sale new or factory
refurbished computers, Monitors,
Inkjet &. Laser Printers, CD's, CD-
RW, CD Drives, Zip Drives, SparQ
Drive and Software. Call Russell A.
Peterson at (850) 674-2958, 17785
Crozier St., Blountstown. E-mail:
rUSsellp @digital Expt. Com.
Antique mahogany table with 4
chairs,.$400. Call 674-5396.
Motorcycle trailer, custom made'
red, $800. Call 674-8478 after 5 p.m.
Kids toy riding train set, battery
charger included, works on or off
track (track & horn included) for ages
1-1'/2 & up. $50. Call 674-9721.
SQUeen Size waterbed, -70% wave-
~less, mirrored headboard, soff~ side.
2000 Kawasakti Vyllcan 500 motor-
cycle, 18,000 miles, 40-55/mpg,
$2200 OBO. Call 447-1604 or 674-
(3) drawer desk in great condition,
$30; (2), size 6 formal dresses. One
black fully bedided and one pihk.
B th bell-utiftl arxt in great condition.
Home weekends with .TMC. looking for a one of a kind yard sale,-
Company endorsed CDL Training. 1- come to Mert Stephen's house -
866-280-5309. 20808 SW Sherry Ave., Blountstown.
Yard~ sale Friday & Saturday, 21379
SE 'Ridge Ave., 7:30 -Noon.
Chimney flues, new condition;
antique tools, bamboo shades,
couch and love seat,. tables, end,
coffee; glassware, dishes, men,
women 'clothes, bed spreads,
shee~ts. cork block, cork sheets. 674-
Yard sale Saturday, starting at 7:00,
located at 17391 NW 11th St. at
Shuler Brothers ~parking lot. Items
include couch and love seat, dresser,.
toolbox, clothes, shoes, cookbooks,
tables, free stands, linens, filing cab-
inets, twin mattress, household
items; and lots- more. 643-6009.
Yard sale Saturday, Turn right on
Hanna Tower Rd, on Hwy 71N, then
turn left on Fuqua Circle (2nd Rd.)
Altha. 8:00 a.m. until. Round dining
table with 4 chairs, pack-in-play, high
chair, baby items, make up table,
bedding, shelving units, clothes,
hOUSehold items, furniture. No Early
Birds`!! Call 762-3513 for directions,
between 5 p.m & 8 p.m., leave mes-
Yard said T~itlrs., Fri., & Sat., 22982Y
NW McKenzie Lake Blvd, Hwy 274,
8 miles W of Shelton's Store, 7:00 -
3:00. Look for signs & balloons.
Prom dresses, wedding dresses;
plants, clothes, collectibles, house-
93d tems, antiques, baby items.
Multi family yard sale Saturday,
7:00 1:00 at 202f0 NE Marie Ave.,
.Yard sale Saturday, 7:00 12:00 at
17854 NE Charlie John St., Apt. H-1,
Blountstown. clothes, microwave
cart, kitchen tabli and 2 'chaiirs,
household items. 674-3033.~
Yard sale Saturday, 7:00 a.m. until
at .Round away Daycare behind
Blountsfown Drugs, Blountstown,
16875 NW Maple St.. Children's
women's and men's clothes.
Multifamily yard sale,' Saturday,
8:00 12 noon on the corner of
Morningside Circle and Ray St. (off
of Pear St.), Blountstown. Living
room furniture, as well as otherfumni-
ture, household decor, kitchen uten-
sils, liens, boys, girls, men, &
women's clothing, shoes, toys, books
and much more. Cancel if rain. No
SA Terrific Opportunityl
Liberty National Life Insurance
$100,000+ Earning Potential,
Pension, 401 K, BCBS Insurance
Call 1-800-257-5500 .
,HOME FOR SALE
Very nice home sits on beautiful lot
with several big trees on it and has
an adjoining wooded lot directly
behind it. Home is newly recarpeted
and includes stove and refrigerator,
1485 sq. ft. $74,000.00. Call 674-
8538 or. 674-8634..
Found Gbilden lab breedr, male,
found with past two weeks on
Charles Pippen Road. Currently
being kept at home of Bill Cohee.
Call 674-4353 to identify.
PETS FOR SALE
Springer Spaniel puppy, female, 1
yr. old, liver/white color, registered,
$150. Call 674-8682.
Lion Head Rabbit, cage and all,
$50. Call 850-447-2995.
*PAINTING * OR JUST NAME ITI
S 850-762-8498 .
Need someone to work .on a go-
cart motor. Call 674-3462.
Yard sale Saturday, 8:00 a.m. 3:00
p.m..~ Many unique items. Pageant
dresses, wedding dresses starting at
$20.00 and up, glassware, pitchers
and many more sur prises. If you're
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Home Improvements .
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RihmndIt'l Racewy A LOOK AHEAD:
Banking in turns: 14 degrees What: Crown Royal Presents the
Frontatretch: 1,290 feet Dan Lowry 400
Backstretch: 860 feet When: 7 p.m. ET Saturday
Seating capacity: 112,029 Where: Richmond Int'I Raceway
Year'completed: 1946 *TV: Fox
Key ~story lines as NASCAR heads to Richmondl
Finally: An exciting Talladega
The Aaron's 499 at T'alladega Superspeedway
showed that NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow is capa-
ble of generating exciting races, as 521e~ad changes
among 20 drivers will attest.
The Aaron's 499 alsd indicated once again that
SKyle Busch is going to have a spectacular season
in his first year since being dropped by Hendrick
It was his second victory in Cup thiis year, and
he already has three more in the Nationwide
Series and two in Craftsman tr-ucks.
Brisch has~ eight career Cup victories an~d has
moved to within 22 points of leader Jeff' Burton in
the Sprint Curi points
have their day
If there's a bright side
to the "Big Wrecks" that
typically occur at
Superspee~dway,; it's the
opportunity they offer to
Sthe journeyman drivers
who manage to steer
their way through the
.In Satuirda~y's Aaron's
312 Nationwide Serie's
race at Tanladega, Mark
Green scored his first
top-five finish since 1997 .
at Charlotte. Kertus
Davis' 12t~h-pla~e finish
was his best since a 10th~
at Talladega in '05, and
Shepherd led one lap~ en
route to a 13th-place fin-
ish, his best since an
11th, also at Talladega,'inl
At the front, Spkint Cup regular Tony Stewart
took the victory, his first at Talladega, and runner
up honors went to David Str-emme. That tied.
SStremme's best previous finish, which-came at
,Milwaukee in 2004.
Driver migration contirnses
In recent year-s, some of open-wheel racing's
best drivers, including Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario
Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr., have left behind a
sure thing to start over in NASCAR.
Now, a top s~traight-line racer, five-time NHIRA
Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, said last
week that he also would like to try NASCAR-style
Schumacher, 38, said that while he's reluctant to
leave a kvinning Top Fuel team, he's intrigued by a
potential switch to round-track racing.
He said he has a firesuit, helmet and radio sys-
has arranged to run some NASCAR-style short-
track races on the West Coast for veteran car
owner Bil McP~nally later this year.
"I don't want to be 75 years old, talking to my
wife and grandkids: and say I had the chance but
never tried it," he said.
And he said he's more than willing to pay his
dues if he makes a switch.
"I will do it in the correct order,' he said. "I will
not push myself and try~ to accelerate the process. I
will let them train me right. I wciill not go over .
there just to be there."
Harvick begins drug testing
Kevin Harvibk is backing' up his recent com-
plaints about NASCAR's lack of
more stringent drug testing b'oimr-
plementing a random testing pro-
gram at his ownm team, Kevin
Harvick Inc., according to a recent
Associated Press report.
"The whole company will be
tested within the next week,"
HARVICKHarvick told the AP. "We've got
most of then done. We haven't
had any failures yet, ~so that's a good thing."
The drug-testing issub arose after former-
Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron. Fike admit-
ted that he used heroin on some race days.
Leicht malang the most of tou h tI mes
Jon Plummer, Pharmacist
20370 Central Ave. West,
UHY 2 ETTE
noour Aneur tai nm and
19277 State Rd 20 West,
8/0untStown, FL 32424
POntiac( MC IRc.
1732.4 Main St. N.,
0 a 0 0Blountstown, FL
20ssi ,.~ ~4ent e 1 6 7 4-4 5 5:7
li. 850 674-2869
Local residents mourned
the loss of big-time racing and
began to view the giant rock
in front of the speedway
where race winners' names
were carved in stone, as a
Then along came
Hillenburg, a journeyman *
driver, driving-school owner
and a man with big dreams of
making the racing world a bet-
He purchased the track,
where he made his own Cup
and Nationwide Series debuts,
at auction last year, and next
Sunday wil hold his first race,
h 500-kilometer event for the
The purse, $320,000 and
growing each day as more
sponsors sign on, is the largest '
in ARCA's 56-year history, as is
the 50-driver starting field.
The race and the track are
much~more than just business
ventures for Hillenburg, who,
like the fictional George .
Bailey character, often makes
key decisions with his heart
instead of his better judg-
ment. Rockingham Speedway,
and his ideas about how rac-
ing ought to be, mean more to .
him than a fat financial payoff.
"I've always been a big his-
torian about racing," he said.
"I'm interested in the past, the
present and the future, and
.quite honestly, I hope I have a
chance to impact all three."
Hi~enburg's friend and for-
mer teammate, Andy Belmont,
worries that his buddyi is risk-
Andy Hillenburg purchased North Carolina Speedway
at auction last year with plans to bring racing back to
the motorsports facility. Next Sunday, the sound of
roaring engines again will be heard as Hillenburg'S
ambitious vision becomes a reality.
ing too much in putting on the
Carolina 500 the same name
as the first NASCAR race
there but he admires what
he stands for.. .,.
"And3y in his heart, mind
and soul, believes he can make
a difference in the world of
motorsports and fix some of
the thiings that are wrong in
how it's being run and man-
aged," Belmont said.
.As race day nears,
Hillenburg is discovef-ing that
he really has had a wonderful
The track's suites are sold
out. Local business owners
Shave gotten race fever again,
volunteering to help out on
race weekend and dusting off
their."Welcome Race Fans"
And some heavy hitters
have gotten on board.
Sprint Cup star Tony .
Stewart will drop the green
flag, and Stewart's crew chief,
Greg Zipadelli, will drive the
pace car. Ricky Rudd, who
made his first Cup start at
"The Rock" in 1975 and won
there in 1996, will chauffeur a
lucky fan at the back of the
pack during the pace laps.
A military fly-over, just like
those at major NASCAR
events, has been arranged,
and country music star Josh
Gracin will perform the na-
Hillenburg said that he
doesn't expect to get rich, but
once the race is run, he envi-
sions a scene much like one
from "It's a Wonderful Life. "
It'll be him and some
friends, counting down the
dollars, hoping there are
enough to cover~his expendi-
"If we have just two dollars,
Mama and Papa Dollar, it wil '
be OK with me,"' he said-
By RICK 191INTER
Cox News Service
In 2006, David Gilliland scored an upset
victory at Kentucky in the former Busch
Series and within weeks had signed with
Robert Yates Racing as a full-time Sprint
A year later, young driirer Stephen
Leicht drove a Yates car to a Nationwide
victory at the same Kentucky Speedway
The assumption among many was that he
also would have a Cup contract. He al-
ready had run a Cup race the year before
at Pocono, starting 36th and finishing
33rd, a steady performance that saw him
take care of his equipment and avoid
probleins with the leaders.
But a year later, Leicht doesn't even
have a full-time Nationwide ride. As part '
of its downsizing, Yates dropped its -
Nationwide program, so Leicht had to go
looking for a new team. He signed on as a
part-time Nationwide driver for Richard
Childress Racing. .
In his new job, he shares the potent No.
21' Chevrolet with Sprint Cup veteran
Instead, questions about it bring an im-
mediate smile to his face.
"It's not a bad thing," he sait "I'm with
Richard Childress now. These RCR guys
are great, and these cars are so, so fun to
drive and ate,good everywhere we've
been. This is the best equipment I've ever
been in. I'm proud to be a part of it all."
He said it is a disadvantage to be out of
the car for long stretches at a time.
"You can never be too sharp," he said.
"Having to sit out races definitely hurts
It's the first time since he was a child
that he hasn't been racing on a regular
By the time he turned 14, he was a regu-
lar Late Model competitor on tracks
across the South.
"That seems like forever ago, but it was-
n't that long,'' he said. "I'd like to do some
more Late Models sometimes."
It is possible that he'll get to race more
in Nationwide this year than he first ex-
"If we can nail a sponsor, we can run
about 20," he said. .
Driver Stephen Leicht is.without.a
f ull-time nide, burt he is learning and
having f un as a part-time
Nationwide driver with RCR.
Bobby Labonte. In his three starts this
season, Leicht, a 20-year-old Asheville,
N.C., native, has been a steady performer
- finishing 10th at California, 12th at .
Nashville and seventh at Phoenix before
being collected in a crash at Talladega.
It might appear that Leicht would be
bitter about being without a full-time gig.
With a year and a half ~re-
mammig on h1is driving contract
with Joe Gibbs Racing, Tony .
.Stewatrt is beginning to field of-
febrs from other team' owners. .
He met with reporters at -
Talladega Superspeedway last
Week to discuss his future. Here
are excerpts, compiled by Rick
Minter of Cox News Senrvice.
Q. Are you happy at Joe
Gibbs Racing, and do yoiu~want
A. "There's nothing wrong at
Joe Gibbs Racing. There's noth-
ing broke. There's nothing that
needs fixing, and there's no
problems there whatsoever. It's
the same thing that happened
two or three years ago when we
got a year toward the end of my
contract. Just this year, the ,
variables are a little different.
There are a couple groups that
have thrown some ownership'
in thie mix. ... We hairen't made
a 100 percent decision yet ~on .
what we're going to do, but
we're going to look at all the.op-
tions. I think it's been a huge
; honor to get these offers be-
cause it gives me a perspective
of where I fit in this series and
what the car owners think of
Q. Would you like to get out of
your contract early?
A. "No, not necessarily We're
going to look at all these op-
~tions, and we're going to evalu-
ate what we want to do. think
once we decide what we want to
do, we'll decide what the plan is
from there. Right now, we've
not asked to be released out of
our contract or anythingg"
Q. Do you think you will be at
Joe Gibbs Racing in 2009?
A. "We haven't signed any-
thing, so it's too earlyaaaeeeeeaaaaaeeeee to say.
This isn't something that's hap-
pened overnight. ... We're going
to do our due diligence and go
Tony Stewart (20) battles Brad Ke~selowski in the early
Iaps of Saturday's Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race.
Stewart won the event, his first victory at Talladega.
earned in. Sprint
Cup this season
by Kyle Busch (at
victory Sunday at
t ops among
races this season by Dale
Earnhardt Jr., tops among .
through looking at every option
and looking at the pros alict
cons to everything anid then
make a decision. The good
thing is we have a year left on
our contract; we're not in any
rush right now. There's nobody
putting any pressure on us to
make something happen next
Q. Would you like to get back
A. "I'm still passionate about
Chevrolet. I've had a great rela-
tionship with General Motors.
Obviously when I started, I wais
with Pontiab, aild thehn we won
a championship with thevrolet
in 2005. They are our power
plants and our- sponsor in the
open-wheel series. I still have a
lot of connections there, but at .
the same time, we've built a
great relationship in a short
amount of time with Toyota.
It's not an issue where there's
something wrong there, but I
have a lot of strong ties to
Points positions gained by Juan
Pablo Montoya, as a result of his
runner-up finish at Talladega
Points separating Montoya, 12th in
the Sprint Cup standings, and
Kasey Kahne, in the 13th position.
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By RICK MINTER
Cox News Service
st no wonder that one of
Andy Henburg's favorite
sis the classic "It's a
Wonderful Life." In many
ways, the movie is the story of
He's the Jimmy Stewart
character George Bailey and
Rockingham Speedway is his
known for years as North
Carolina Speedway, once was a
regular stop for NASCAR's
elite divisions. The stories
from there were among the
sport's most compelling, be-
ginning with the first race
when an aging Curtis Turner
capped off a late-career come-
back with a 500-mile victory ~
It was the site of Bill
E11iott's first race, in 1976, and
his last triumph, in 2003.
In the final race for
NASCAR's top series there,
Matt Kenseth beat Elliott's re-
placement, Kasey Kahne, in a
classic late-race duel.
Theix NASC;AR moved on to
bigger tracks in faraway cities,
'and "The Rock" sat, aban-
doned, except for an occasion-
al test session.
CATCHING UP WVITH ....