The Calhoun-Liberty journal


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The Calhoun-Liberty journal
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THE CALHOUNLIBERTY } 50 includes tax W ednesday APRIL 2, 2014 Vol. 34 No. 14 J OURNAL Sheriff's Log............2 Arrest Reports............2 Events and Community Calendar............... 3 & 4 Weddings and Birthdays.......5 Obituary........10 Outdoors Down South: Why turkeys usually win...7 Two Calhoun County educators honored...........8 Altha School sets Robotics Course record .......9 by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor force on an inmate. Calhoun Jail C.O. charged with battery on an inmate by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor R to join them this Friday, April 4, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Retirement reception at civic center Friday Blind dispatcher retiring after 35 years of service Major Junior Lolley is shown on his last day at his communications desk at the Liberty County Sher DOMENICK ESGRO PHOTO Bake sales, walk-a-thon raise money for Madison; more events scheduled by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Madison Anderson is shown with an Easter Egg she painted during her recent hospital stay about Madison's illness and the support she has Log truck overturns New dog training class to graduate next week at CCI PAGE 14


Page 2 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 CALHOUN COUNTY March 26 Henry Eugene Armstrong, VOCR, CCSO. Jessica Simmons, VOP (Jack son County), BPD. March 27 James Steven Crumbley, pos session of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of drug equipment, BPD. March 28 Scott Oliver Howell, criminal registrant CCSO. March 29 Earnest Dale McCardle, battery (spouse), CCSO. March 31 Brion Alexander Hall, VOCR, CCSO. Tommy Joe Thurman, posses session of listed chemicals, CCSO. LIBERTY COUNTY March 25 Shawn Reddick, domestic violence, possession of meth, pos session of paraphernalia, tamper ing, LCSO. Jessica Reddick, domestic violence, LCSO. Chester Walker, VOCP, LCSO. Chet Geiger, VOCP, LCSO. Valerie Loranger, holding for Gadsden County, GCSO. March 26 Antonio Giddens, passing worthless bank checks, LCSO. March 27 Jessica Simmons, holding for Calhoun County, CCSO. March 28 Alvardo Obdulio, serving week ends, LCSO. March 29 Anita Bernardez, VOP (petty theft 2 counts), GCSO. Brandi Brogdon, possession of meth, attempt to manufacture meth, possession of listed chemi cals, possession of paraphernalia, holding for Gulf County, GCSO. Leslie Sue Nesmith, public af fray, LCSO. March 30 Bobbi Jo Duke, holding for Gulf County, GCSO. SHERIFFS LOG arresting agency. The names above represent those charged. We remind our readers that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty. compiled by Journal Editor Teresa Eubanks ARREST REPORTS LLC Corletts ROOFING LIC# RC29027434 FREE ESTIMATES ( 850 ) 643-7062 Call Michael Lifetime Warranty on Repairs Will pay up to $500 of your deductible TNT Phone 674-8646 Fax 674-4914 CENTER TOBY GARNETT, OWNER Open to Conditionally Exempt Generators of Hazardous Waste Friday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. FREE drop off of household hazardous waste including paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, car batteries, computers, used oil, gasoline, etc., from local residents. Small businesses including schools and farmers can drop off hazardous waste at a reduced charge. For business waste please call Liberty C ITY T IRE C O. "Volkswagens to semi's, we handle them all" Why wear out your new tires (and waste time) driving from the tire store to the parts place and then to a service station to get it all put together? CITY TIRE IS YOUR ONE-STOP TIRE SHOP! TOYO TIRES "Authorized Dealer" Wheel Alignments Oil Changes Balancing Brakes Shocks Husband, wife both charged following altercation at home A Bristol man was arrested for domestic violence, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia and also charged with tampering with a witness following an altercation with his wife at their Mulberry Lane residence. She was also charged with domestic violence. Shawn Reddick, 34, was arrested March 25 after deputies brought hiding in the brush along the edge of the yard. Nearby, deputies found a methamphetamine and a straw with methamphetamine residue. They also discovered he had his wife's car keys, the distributor cable from her vehicle and four relay switches he had removed to prevent her from leaving. Both said they had started arguing that morning. Reddick said he got mad when his wife, Jessica, took the tag from his vehicle. She later stated she was upset with him because he wouldn't allow her to delete some personal photos from a memory card. She said Reddick threw the card SHAWN REDDICK A 38-year-old Bristol woman is the latest to be charged with public affray after a Jan. 8 altercation on Rock Bluff Road that involved several people. Leslie Sue Nesmith was arrested March 25. According a deputy's report, Nesmith reported that she went to take her garbage outside when her neighbors began yelling at her. She said that when she walked up to Ricki Campbell, Campbell grabbed her by the hair and started punching her in the head. Nesmith said several people jumped on her when she fell to the ground, including Devon Sherrod, who she said kicked her. She said a brawl started after Preston Mills and her daughter, Amy Nesmith, came outside to help separate her from Sharone McMillian, Campbell and Sherrod. Mills stated that he saw Nesmith laying in the road "getting jumped" by Sherrod, Campbell and they attacked him when he came to her aid. Nesmith said when she ran outside to help her mother, someone punched her in the jaw several times. According to the deputy's report, the altercation was apparently provoked by a comment on Facebook that one woman was going see that another one "got jumped." Mills was charged with public affray on Feb. 25. Arrests on the Jan. 26 for Campbell and Amy Nesmith. Identical charges were filed against Sherrod Jan. 30 and Sharone D. McMillian Feb. 2. Sixth person charged in Rock Bluff Road brawl LESLIE S. NESMITH A 34-year-old Blountstown man was arrested March 29 following an earlier incident in which he allegedly threatened to attack a younger relative and, when told by his grandmother not to do it, instead attacked her, according to the arrest report from the Calhoun Gary B. Jordan, who was on state probation, reportedly threatened to kill his grandmother, grabbed her by the neck and pushed her down on a couch and then pushed her head into a window, causing it to break. The victim filed a complaint the next day after he again pushed her down, this time leaving red marks on her Jordan was charged with felony battery. Blountstown man charged with felony battery on relative GARY B. JORDAN by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor Calhoun County Commissioner to seek another term representing District 4 and incumbent school the paperwork to run again for his District 3 seat. Both men already have challengers. Dennis L. Jones and Clifford Jackson are both running for Grants District 4 spot and Robert Pickron will seek Smiths school board seat. on Jan. 24 to seek another term as Calhoun County District 5 School Board member. the District 2 seat on the Calhoun County Commission currently held by Darrell McDougald. No new candidates have come intent to seek office in Liberty County. include incumbent Liberty County Commissioner Davis Stoutamire, who already has two challengers for his District 4 seat: Jason Singletary and Bo Sanders. Kyle Peddie will seek re-election to the District 4 spot on the Liberty County School Board. Tony Anderson, who was remaining term of Liberty County School Superintendent, will run for Qualifying week will be held from noon June 16 through noon June 20. The primary will be held Aug. 26, with an early voting period set Aug. 11 23. The general election is scheduled Nov. 4, with early voting from Oct. 20 Nov. 1. Two incumbents qualify for upcoming Calhoun election in her face. 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APRIL 2, 2014 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 3 The Calhoun-Liberty Journal is published each Wednesday by the Liberty Journal Inc., Summers Road, P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321. Annual subscriptions are $18. Periodicals postage paid at Bristol, FL POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to: P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321. (USPS 012367) Summers Road Located at 11493 NW Summers Road in Bristol MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 536, Bristol, FL 32321 TELEPHONE (850) 643-3333 Fax (888) 400-5810 EMAIL: ADS: JOURNAL STAFF J ohnny Eubanks...................Publisher Teresa Eubanks........................ Editor Sandra Brown...................Bookkeeper Domenick Esgro................Advertising OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. M-F THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Visit us on Facebook at CLJNews Thats how many copies of The Calhoun-Liberty Journal were distributed last week, ensuring plenty of coverage for your announcements and great response for our business advertisers! 5,178 Liberty County 4-H is gearing up for a great summer of camping fun. It is time to be making plans for attending 4-H Camp Timpoochee in Niceville, June 16-20. Youth between the ages of 8 and 12 as of Sept. 1, 2013 are eligible to attend the overnight week long camp. The cost is $220 for 4-H members and $230 for non-members. Camp includes kayaking, snorkeling, arts and crafts, recreational sports, shooting sports, and much more. The deadline to submit all forms and camp fee is Friday, May 30. If you would like to raise money to offset the cost, please let the Lib 2229 for more information. Come pick up your camp packet today from the The community is cordially invited Blountstown Public Library on Satur day, April 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program From Parisian Artisan to Cabaret Soiree takes on a french twist and will turn the library into an evening to remember! It is free to all and family friendly. Parking is in the back lot of the Library. First up in the Heritage Room will be Charles Carman Pierce, whose main interest is producing portraits in char coal, pastels and oil. Plein Air study in landscapes, still life and animals in acrylic and watercolor have also proved rewarding. After college he studied in Chicago at the American Academy of Art and later at the Chicago Art Insti tute. He and his wife, Peach, recently took a wonderful trip to Paris, France erywhere you look there are centuries of art," he says enthusiastically. For the event he'll talk about his observations and a power point with photos of the to do a demonstration of his painting techniques using water soluble oils. A portrait will appear before our very eyes. His mastery is almost magical. A collection of his original art will be displayed like that of the street artists in Paris. After a break for refreshments we will move into the courtyard...our very own french cafe. Under the stars we will listen to the beautiful voice of romantic songs from the past. The audience is urged to enjoy the dance with her sisters and their mom taught them how to harmonize encouraging them to practice. In school she appeared in talent shows and later in college she joined a choral group then held the lead part in many musicals. Singing in a bluegrass band after Art Series to feature From Parisian Artisan to Cabaret Soiree Charles Carman Pierce is shown above painting on location in Paris, France. Singer Peggy June Coc is pictured above at upper right. Celebrate Spring with the Calhoun County 4-H and learn how to enjoy the outdoors in your own backyard! Individuals and families are invited to attend this three class series at the Container Gardening: April 3, Cavity-Nesting Birds : April 10, kid-friendly activities. The cost is $30 for the series or $10 per class which covers all materials and instructions for one person. If families wish to at tend, they may pay for each member to have their own supplies, or pay for one set of project supplies which they will work on together as a family unit. All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. register. 4-H is open to ALL youth, ages of 5-18, regardless of race, color, creed, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or disability. Persons with disabilities requiring special least 10 working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request (850) 674-8323. Buckets, Birds and Classes to make the most of spring The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement will hold an afternoon and an evening Introduction to Machine Sewing class on Thursday, April 10. The class will be held at the beau tifully restored log Clubhouse. The instructor will be our renowned Sandy quilting. The cost of this class is $30. Students will learn all about their machine, including how to clean and maintain it, the presser feet, using the proper needles and thread before then completing a simple project. All students must have their own ma chine and sewing notions. For more Introduction to Machine Sewing class Thursday ed to make your own jelly? Linda Smith, cofounder of the Pioneer Settlement, is making jel lies, jams and preserves. Learn how to make your own jelly on April 26 She is holding a class on Saturday, April 26 starting at 9 a.m. CT, held at the Settlement's Clubhouse. skill that will give you a lifetime of pleasure. Making your own jellies gives you really fresh taste as well as lower sugar. Homemade jellies are also a wonderful gift. There are many recipes are out there for jelly, jam and preserves. always wanted to learn? Consider treating them to this class. 34 years of teaching was "a wonderful part of a duet with Sue Bradley called Heritage Harmony. Her selections for dreamy! you are asked to dress up party style to celebrate 'April in Paris.' Come help create a memorable Parisian Night right here in Blountstown. Camp Timpoochee deadline is May 30 Wednesday, April 2 Saturday, April 5 Thursday April 3 Friday, April 4 Monday, April 7 Tuesday, April 8 Sunday, April 6 BIRTHDAY Betty J. Smith, Merle Headings & Cindy Revell at Sam Atkins Park, Friday 6 p.m. to Saturday 6 a.m. (CT) Junior Lolleys Retirement Celebration at Veterans Memorial Pavilion BIRTHDAYS Corey White and Betty Hill BIRTHDAYS Mark Mallory, Travis Allen, Scott Bontrager & Gail Napoli Sosa BIRTHDAYS ~ Mitchell Manning, Leta Knight & Scott Yancey Women of Higher Vision Banquet 5 p.m. (ET) at Veterans Memorial BIRTHDAYS Wendy Lampkin Millette and Greg Reese HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ~ Rob & P.J. Wheetley BIRTHDAY Marie Detweiler and Shelia Harris BIRTHDAYS Catherine Proper, Keith Daniels & Joe Brinkley Learn to make beaded jewelry, 10 a.m. at Harrell Memorial Library Madison Anderson Fundraiser at Panhandle Machine & Supply 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CT)


Page 4 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 Rivertown INSURANCE MELISSA PITTS Owner/Agent HOME AUTO COMMERCIAL Call or come by today for a Quick Quote at 674-1520 17251 Main St. North Blountstown Located at the red light where the former !El seguro de automovil vendio aqui! NEW HOURS: 9 a.m. 6 p.m. (CT) AUCTION AUCTION 9 a.m. Dothan Alabama 10513 Hwy 84 West, 8 miles from Dothan Saturday, April 5, 2014 FARM EQUIPMENT CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT TRUCKS, TRAILERS AND OTHER ITEMS VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR EQUIPMENT LISTING: CONSIGN YOUR EQUIPMENT EARLY WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPROVED CONSIGNMENTS CONTACT US TO HAVE YOUR ITEM LISTED AND PROMOTED INTERNET BIDDING & PROMOTING WILL BE OFFERED TERMS: All items to be paid in full sale day by cash or approved check, 3% buyers fee to be added to purchase. BURTON AUCTION CO. P.O. Box 5908 Dothan, AL 36302 Dennis Burton, AL #578 (334) 692-3955 NO HIDDEN CHARGES: It is our policy that the patient and any other person responsible for payments has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed by payment or any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours or responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. Cataracts? Freedom from Eye Glasses, Now a reality for many. In Memory of Lee Mullis M.D. Smart Lenses SM Dr. Mulliss Smart Lens SM procedure can produce clear vision without eyeglasses. Close-up, Far away & In-between CALL TODAY for a Smart Lens Evaluation Mullis Eye Institute 4320 5th Ave. Marianna (2 Blks from Jackson Hospital) (850) 526-7775 or 1(800)769-3429 members meeting is Saturday WEWAHITCHKA Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative will hold its 66th annual Members Meeting Saturday, April 5 at its headquarter of the meeting is to communicate information about the Cooperative, overall business status, as well as serve as a social event for the entire (CT) with each registered member given the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day, including the will also be plenty of refreshments provided by GCEC and booths of fering valuable information for the tainment will be provided by The bounce house and a petting zoo for of the Annual Meeting will begin I invite all of our members to Meeting, not only to be present for the business portion of the meeting, but also to enjoy food, prizes and entertainment, Gulf Coast Electric CEO/General Manager Michael MEETINGS Wednesday, April 2 Boy Scout Troop 200, Thursday, April 3 Altha Area Recreation Committee, American Legion Hall Bingo night Mossy Pond VFD, Mayhaw Community Action Group, stown Liberty Comm. Coalition Liberty Emergency Management Build Friday, April 4 Autism Support Group, Saturday, April 5 American Legion Hall Live Band, Sunday, April 6 American Legion Post 272 Monday, April 7 Altha Girls Scout Troop #39, Panhandle Creative Crafters Bizzie Bees,, AA, Altha Boy Scouts, Bristol City Council, Tuesday, April 8 Altha Town Council, Blountstown City Council, Bristol Lions Club, Blountstown Chapter #179 O.E.S., Liberty School Board, Bristol VFD, AA Meeting, 6-7 The Liberty County Se nior Citizens Association has scheduled the follow ing activities for the month Thursday, April 3 Tuesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. Come join us for a Senior Craft Day at Friday, April 4 if you plan to attend; also call Liberty April 4 if you need trans portation to the Bristol Thursday, April 10 Marianna Wal-Mart is the place for shopping this Thursday, April 10 A trip to Graceville Outlets will be a day of fun with enjoy a good lunch before Monday, April 14 The Liberty County Senior Citizens Board of Direc The public is welcome to Tuesday, April 15 at 10 a.m. Bingo with Nina from Blountstowns River Valley Nursing Home will be at the Bristol Senior Center for another fun Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. Come join us for a Senior Craft Day at the Hosford Senior Friday, April 11 if you need transportation to the Thursday, April 17 at 11 a.m. Here comes A delicious meal and some Easter fun awaits for seniors of Liberty Call Liberty Transit at you need transportation to Thursday, April 17 April 14 to reserve your Friday, April 18 The Hosford and Liberty County Senior Centers and Liberty County Transit be no meal deliveries on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. A representative of Big Bend Hospice will be at the Bristol Senior Center to discuss services provided by Big Bend important information can be learned from this need transportation to the Wednesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. A Senior Citizens Representative will be Harrell Library in Bristol to provide information about services that are provided by and through Liberty County Senior Thursday, April 24 This is the day for Shop ping at the Tallahassee Wal-Mart and then have Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 The Liberty County Senior Cit Tournament, sponsored in part by Liberty County will be someone from Senior Citizens from 9 for the Tournament and for ers, hot dogs, fries, pop be available for purchase for lunch on Friday and be drawn shortly after 1 winner does not have to information, for entry forms or to purchase Tuesday, April 29 at 10 a.m. Cindy from Blountstown Rehab will host the Bingo game at Call Liberty Transit at reserve your transit ride to Wednesday, April 30 at 10 a.m. Bingo fun, prizes and a good time to be had at the Hosford Blountstown Rehab will portation to the Hosford The Bristol Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hosford Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors are welcome to come for a hot meal served at noon and to enjoy socialization with others. Call 643-5690 to make a meal reservation the day before you plan to attend. If you need transportation to either center, you will need to call Liberty Transit at 643-2524 three (3) working days before. Flathead Tournament, Easter dinner & shopping included in Aprils Senior Citizens events


APRIL 2, 2014 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 5 OPEN 7 days a week! Sun. thru Thurs. 10:30 a.m. 10 p.m. (CT) Fri. and Sat. 10:30 a.m. 11 p.m. (CT ) 5400 E. Bus. Hwy. 98 PANAMA CITY PHONE (850) 215-2449 Come play with Nightly sessions: 7:30 p.m. (CT) MR. BINGO 2800 Hwy 71 MARIANNA PHONE (850) 482-6911 BEE THE 15447 NW CR 12 BRISTOL Check out our full line of bee supplies! (850) 643-2929 HOUSE Carol Varnum of Bristol and Hank and Karla Nichols of Clarksville would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather LeAnn Varnum to Timothy Travis Smith. Heathers grandparents are Maxine Mercer of Panama City Beach, the late Tommy Varnum of Bristol and the late Henry and Linda Nichols of Clarksville. Travis is the son of Timmy and Becky Smith of Clarksville and Milinda and Dennis Pierce of Dothan, AL. His grandparents are the late George Dewey and Hazel Smith of Clarksville and the late Big Jim and Lucille Godwin of Blountstown. The wedding is planned for Saturday, May 3 at 6 p.m. (CT) at Woodmen of the World in Hosford. No invitations will be sent out. All friends and family are invited to attend. Varnum, Smith to exchange vows May 3 in Hosford WEDDINGS BIRTHDAYS CHARISMA SHAYE GOFF Charisma Shaye Goff will celebrate her ninth birthday on Monday, April 7. She is the daughter of Billy Goff of Blountstown and Jessica Goff of Quincy. Her grandparents are Carolyn Cook of Bristol and Mike and Susan Keith of Altha. Her great-grandparents are Albert and Elsie Osbourne of Georgia. She enjoy FSU football, hiking and camping, especially at the beach, reading Spiderwick and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and spending time with her family. When she grows up she wants to be an anthropologist. ALLIE ROBERTS Allie Roberts will celebrate her fourth birthday on Wednesday, April 2. She is the daughter of Jared and Stephenie Roberts of Bristol. Her grandparents are Stephen and Vanesa Ford of Bristol, George and Stephanie Roberts of Panama City and Durwood and Mary Katherine McElvy of Wigham, GA. Her greatgrandparents are Erika Ford of Bristol, Betty Roberts of Hosford and Laverne Whiddon of Climax, GA. She loves playing dress-up and wears a costume day and night. Ride the train at the park in Bristol April 12 Bring your family and friends for a free train ride on the Veterans Me morial Railroad on Sat urday, April 12 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. (ET). The park has a Rail road Caboose you can walk in, two pavilions for picnics, a walking trail, a playground, an air-condi tioned depot with a train table with lots of trains for childrens play. Donations are always appreciated to help with the upkeep of the train. See the trains in action at sRailroad. Learn more about us at VeteransMe Want to get your message across? Its easy when you place your ads and announcements in Calhoun-Liberty JOURNAL Mark and Barbara Collier of Blount stown are pleased to announce the forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Jessica Lindsey Collier to Jared Shelby Barber, son of Gerald and Debra Barber of Bristol. Jessica is the granddaughter of Carl ton and Marilyn Van Lierop, the late B.A. Doll Collier, Bonnie Hand, and the late Billy E. Hand. She is a graduate of Blountstown High School and Florida State Uni versity. Jared is the grandson of the late Mon roe and Dorothy Barber and Shelby and Peggy Shoemake. He is a graduate of Liberty County High School and Florida State Uni versity. The wedding will be held this Sat urday, April 5 at 4 p.m. (CT) at First Baptist Church of Blountstown. A reception will immediately follow in the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Gym. Please note that due to inclement weather, the couple has changed the location of the ceremony. Jessica Collier, Jared Barber will wed at First Baptist Church in Blountstown this Saturday


Page 6 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 WASHINGTON Ex-presidents are an untapped natural re source. It should not be so. Former President Jimmy Carter is mak ing the rounds of the talk shows promoting his latest book, which focuses on humanrights abuses against women worldwide, which are often conducted in the name of re ligion. Carter at age 89 spends every day de after one term. He sets a standard for public service that makes his years since leaving the White House his enduring legacy. He also reminds us of the unique experi ence and knowledge that ex-presidents have, and how they could be put to greater use once their term is over. Carters biggest for eign policy achievement as president was the Camp David peace accords that he personally hammered out between Israeli Prime Minis ter Begin and Egyptian President Sadat. For all the turmoil in the Middle East, that peace treaty endures today, a testament to Carters determination and willingness to take politi cal risks. Subsequent presidents have occasionally called upon Carter to undertake diplomatic missions that he was uniquely suited for, but none tapped Carter for a continuing role in the Middle East as perhaps a special envoy. As Carter himself acknowledged in inter views this week, his outspokenness on sen sitive matters has made him too much of a lightning rod for presidents of either political party. But what if Carter were in the U.S. Senate, a permanent member with voting privileges who could speak his mind without fear of los ing an election, who could cross the political aisle at will, and who could bring his consid erable expertise to any debate. What if every president upon leaving the White House could then enter the Senate; it would help ease the gridlock, bringing an independence of mind and party, Republicans and Democrats alike, men and someday women tempered by the in the land. It would take a constitutional amendment, and some spoilsport would say, what about President Nixon? It was hard enough for much of the country to accept Richard Nixons forced resignation and Pres ident Fords pardoning his predecessor. Imag ine if a Senate seat had been Nixons conso lation prize. Yet Nixons policies were never the problem; he was a moderate Republican. Even though he had been disgraced, politi cians in both parties thereafter sought his ad vice and counsel. So set aside Nixon, and think of the contri butions to the current debate that our ex-pres idents could make, Carter, Bill Clinton, and the two Bushes, father and son. The young er Bush, whose antipathy to Washington is well known, could bring something valuable based on his eight years as president in a time of two wars, wars of his own making. Even Republican Herbert Hoover, whose failure to grasp the magnitude of the Great Depression still marks him as a failed presi dent, was called back into service by Presi dent Truman, a Democrat, to give advice on aid to Europe at the end of World War II. Hoover had been dubbed the Napoleon of Mercy for his successful effort to provide food to war-torn Belgium during World War I. John Quincy Adams, after losing reelection to Andrew Jackson in 1828, ran for Congress and served nine terms in the House after exit ing the White House. President Obama often says he has waged his last election, and its unlikely any modern president would leave the White House and stone to the Senate might not even be that ap pealing. Obama in particular wasnt that hap py there, serving only part of one term. Like his predecessors, Obama is expected to carve out a cause or an area of public service where he can make an impact. As for Carter, who in vented the idea of the post-presidency, asked this week by humorist Stephan Colbert what inspired him, Carter said simply, I didnt have anything else to do. Presidents as permanent senators COMMENTARY Late Night Laughs A RECAP OF RECENT OBSERVATIONS BY LATE NIGHT TV HOSTS. The movie Noah comes out this weekend. It follows the story of a family trying to survive Gods wrath on a giant boat for months. Or as thats more commonly known, a Carnival Cruise. JIMMY FALLON time the New York Yankees will be playing with out the services of their relief ace Mariano Ri vera since World War II. DAVID LETTERMAN Its great to be here in Dallas for the Final Four. Of course, in Texas the Final Four refers to the number of Democrats in the Legislature. CONAN OBRIEN President Obama was at the Vatican today. He casual meeting. They spoke privately for about an hour and grabbed lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. JIMMY KIMMEL Pope Francis and President Obama met for Obama: Lord, please help me accept the things I cannot change, which is everything. SETH MYERS Noah tells the story of a man who takes on a massive project that no one believes in. Or as Obama put it, Been there. JIMMY FALLON I will try my hardest ever to give you people a great show. You know why? Because I know youre all armed. CONAN OBRIEN Its traditional for world leaders to exchange gifts Obama his book and two medallions. The presi dent gave him seeds from the vegetable garden. The Pope said, Great, my favorite. JIMMY KIMMEL Today the U.N. approved a resolution calling Russias annexation of Crimea illegal. For those of you who dont know what a U.N. resolution is, its about as powerful as a negative Yelp review. SETH MEYERS At March Madness, Dayton beat Stanford to advance to the Elite Eight. Stanford students havent been this disappointed since they didnt get into Harvard. JIMMY FALLON The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 26th straight game last night to tie an NBA record. Yeah, they only TIED the record. Man, those guys cant win anything. JIMMY FALLON The new movie Noah is a blockbuster but a lot of people say its not accurate. I thought it was accurate, especially the part when the ark hits the iceberg. DAVID LETTERMAN Lululemon is the company that makes yoga pants that are so tight they cut off circulation to the part of your brain that decides how much money is OK to spend on yoga pants. JIMMY KIMMEL A British tech company has debuted new tech nology that lets clothing store mannequins talk ventor, The idea came to me in a nightmare. SETH MYERS You know the 76ers dont even have cheerlead ers? They have grief counselors. JIMMY FALLON A lot of schools are banning the yoga pants because theyre causing male students to go through puberty prematurely. JIMMY KIMMEL After discovering a new dwarf planet orbiting the sun beyond Pluto, scientists have named it VP113 or Biden for short. Scientists say they chose the name because the planet, like Biden, is pretty far out there. SETH MEYERS WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND by Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift


APRIL 2, 2014 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 7 The Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Florida Regional Housing Authority will hold its Annual Meeting on April 17, 2014, at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 2725 Graves Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. E.S.T. The meeting will be open to the public. Notice of ANNUAL MEETING The Oaks Restaurant LL THE OAK STATION SHOPPING CENTER Jumbo Shrimp Angus Beef 850-526-1114 4727 Hwy 90 E., Marianna Delicious Southern Home Cooking FULL MENU AVAILABLE Dont miss Calhoun Countys HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY FREE FREE Saturday, April 26 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Were taking old computers and components at Calhoun County Recycling Center. PLEASE, NO GAS CYLINDERS OR EXPLOSIVES NO TIRES AND NO GLASS NO COMMERCIAL WASTES, HOUSEHOLD WASTE ONLY. Small businesses including schools and growers will be accepted at a reduced rate Please call 6748075 for details. HAZ-MATS are Hazardous Household Materials & other Toxic Wastes Pesticides Insecticides Pool Chemicals Solvents Fertilizers Spot Removers Paint Stale Gasoline Used Oil Paint Thinners Antifreeze Batteries Brake Fluid Paint Strippers Furniture Polish Engine Degreasers CALL 674-8075 FOR DETAILS Sponsored by: The Calhoun County Board of County Commissioners Magnolia Church Rd. Calhoun Co. Recycling Center HAZ-MATS HERE HWY. 20 Blountstown HW Y. 71 CLJ NEWS .COM T Ladies and gentle men, turkey season is here. The target species is a large, amorous bird that has a brain the size and speaks very little on Facebook and lacks the technical capabilities to enrich uranium. Given these natu think our hunting be much higher. Yet more times than not, most of us come home empty handed. ted by poultry. thing that makes like chumps, despite being as dumb as they are delicious. bring females to them. Calling is an attempt to tract one of his less popular buddies. may have given turkeys a permanent seat on but he also gave them the ability to see it coming from a mile Turkeys are also they come running straight to you and move at all. And for get about sneaking ish the thought. When you do man age to get one in range, they can still be hard to actually kill. friend of mine tried to make a headshot so the breast. Just as he pulled the trigger, the nothing. turkey hunting is literally a hit or miss propo sition. It also helps explain to the non-hunters in coys, Thermacell and special turkey load shotgun shells are absolute necessities. grandparents managed to kill so many turkeys before most of those things existed. OUTDOORS Why the turkeys usually win Calhoun County native Jim McClellan grew of his family has enjoyed. He lives in Pensacola. His columns can also be found on his blog, JIM McCLELLANS OUTDOORS Down South LATEST COUNTRY CHARTED SONGS AND YOUR FAVORITE OLDIES. WPHK Radio K-102.7 FM WYBT Radio Y-1000 AM K102.7 FM Hometown News, weather and river readings at 8 a.m. ET. Our daily newscast also airs at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. ET. Swap Shop from 9-10 a.m. ET Buy, Sell, Trade or Give Stuff Away.


Page 8 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 EDUCATION CALHOUN COUNTY Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools Ralph Yoder, an nounced that Jimmy Rogers was recently recognized as the recipient of the Make Their Day Better award for the month of February. This monthly award was instituted by Su perintendent Yoder to recognize individuals that make a difference in the day of fellow staff members, students and/or parents. Rogers was selected from twelve nomina tions that were submitted by administrators and colleagues working in the Calhoun County School district. He has been working for the Calhoun County School Board for 14 years, but has been teach ing for a total of 25 years. Currently, he is employed at Blountstown Middle School as the P.E. teacher and coaches several sports. When asked what he enjoys most about coaching and teaching, Rogers stated, I enjoy teaching the kids the value of hard work and seeing them develop as students and athletes as they master the fundamentals of whatever they are learning. Jimmy was nominated for how he handled an emergency situation with a recent student injury. He, along with BMS principal Neva Miller, provided calm assurance to the injured student, siblings and parents. Together, they made a difference during this emergency situa tion, as well as the days following the incident. Neva Miller, Principal of Blountstown Mid dle School stated, Jimmy is an asset to BMS. He has stepped up to the plate and is making Im thankful that he is part of the BMS team. Congratulations to Jimmy Rogers as he works daily to make others days better. Jimmy Rogers presented with Make Their Day Better award Ashley Everette receives Shine Award from Gov. Scott On March 18, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott rec ognized three outstanding North Florida educators for their contributions to learning with the Governors Shine Awards. The teachers were recently named District Teachers of the Year for their respective counties. The Shine Award is presented to Floridians who have positively helped chil dren through education. Governor Scott said, I am honored to present these educators from North Florida with the Shine Award for their commitment to education in Florida. Teachers provide our students with the foundation for success and a quality education. With this training ground, Floridas students are among the best and the brightest in the nation. Shine Award Recipients: Ashley Everett, Calhoun County, Blount stown Elementary School Ashley Everett has been teaching at Blountstown Elementary School for nine years. She has served in her current position as a 5th grade teacher for the past two years. Everett not only motivates her students academically, she also helps them to develop socially. She works hard to build via a Brag Board, where she highlights stu dents who made the Top 5 largest growths on tests or activities. Everett believes it is important to base successes on how far we have come not how high we are. Jennifer Amman, Taylor County, Perry Primary School Jennifer Amman works hard to enable every child to begin their educational journey in a positive and caring classroom. She has been teaching in kindergarten at Perry Primary School since 2008. She has been described by her colleagues as a problem solver, an innovator and a dynamic member of the Perry Primary School team. Ammans enthusiasm, love and passion for teaching are evident not only in her classroom, but also in the many John Kane, Wakulla County, River springs Middle School John Kane is an 8th grade teacher at Riversprings Middle School. He has been teaching for eight years. He is a hardworking, dedicated teacher with a relentless determination to prepare students for success in the classroom, in the workplace and in life. To provide assistance for students who may be struggling in math, Kane hosts a daily after-school mathematics tutoring program that is open to all middle school and high school students in Wakulla County School District. Each of Floridas 67 school districts selects a Teacher of the Year who is then considered for statewide recognition. The Florida Teacher of the Year is chosen from 192,000 public school teachers throughout the state by a selection committee represent ing teachers, principals, parents and the business community. Floridas top educator is selected on the basis of the superior ability to teach and communicate knowledge of the subject taught, professional develop ment, philosophy of teaching and outstanding school and community service. The students of all backgrounds and abilities. Gov. Rick Scott presents Blountstown Elementary School teacher Ashely Everette one of three honored on March 18 during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet with the Shine Award. A FloridaLearns STEM Scholars event took place on the campus of Chipola College Tuesday, March 18 for students in Holmes, Liberty and Washington Counties. The event involved high school students enrolled in the Florida Learns STEM Scholars Initiative for Gifted and Talented Students in Floridas Rural School Districts. Students in grades 9-12, worked in teams, competed in a Rube Gold berg Challenge using only the ma terials provided by the instructors. The challenge is designed to stimulate ingenuity and imagination in Engineering. Such activities are an important component of the curriculum to help foster team building skills as well as inspire and motivate students toward higher education and ultimately a STEM event students compete in Rube Goldberg Challenge at Chipola College TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 27, 2014 Videos starring the Florida Stan dards are in the works to spread the word about how best to teach the concepts to students. State Farm is partnering with the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education to help bring the project to life. State Farm contributed $100,000 to make the proj ect possible. Great teachers make great schools, said State Farm Senior Vice President Jim Thompson. This commitment will help provide vivid examples of the Florida Standards to teachers across the state, allowing them to push students to achieve more. The video series is titled, We Can Do This, Florida! and will focus on ematics standards. They are being created as a resource for teachers, parents and postsecondary students in teacher edu cation programs. The short videos will feature top teachers across the state in a classroom setting giving tips on teaching the Florida Standards. These more rigorous Florida Stan dards are already pushing our students to reach their full potentials today by helping prepare them for the colleges and workplaces of tomorrow, said Commissioner of Education Pam Stew art. I want to thank State Farm for this contribution that I know will be a great asset to Florida teachers and students. The series is expected to be released in the fall of 2014. State Farm makes donation to support Florida Standards The video se ries is titled, We Can Do This, Florida! and will focus on kindergar ten through 5th grade math ematics stan dards.


APRIL 2, 2014 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 9 THE CITY OF BRISTOL HAS ADOPTED A NEW POLICY RELATED TO BEGGING AND SOLICITING DONATIONS ON PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY WITHIN THE INCORPORATED CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF BRISTOL. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, INDIVIDU ALS OR ENTITIES WISHING TO BEG OR SOLICIT DONATIONS ON PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN THE CITY OF BRISTOL SHALL BE REQUIRED TO OB TAIN A PERMIT, AND SHALL AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THE ADOPTED POLICY SET FORTH BELOW: City of Bristol Begging and Soliciting Policy Henceforth, individuals or entities wishing to Beg or So licit donations on public rights-of-way within the City of Bristol shall: 1. Be required to obtain a permit from the City of Bristol that will be valid for one day. Such permit will state the purpose, date, and location of the activity and must be agreed to and signed by the person assuming respon sibility. 2. The activity will be for a legitimate purpose and not for individual gain. 3. Activity will be conducted during daylight hours and during good visibility. 5. Persons entering the roadway must be at least 18 years of age. 6. The City Clerk shall notify the Liberty County Sher ing of said activity as workloads allow. 7. The City of Bristol reserves the right to deny any and all Permit requests. Adopted in open session of the Bristol City Council on March 10, 2014. NOTICE Liberty Post and Barn Pole Inc. DEMPSEY BARRON ROAD, BRISTOL (OFF HWY. 12 N) PHONE (850) 643-5995 Brian Riviere, Vernon High School Principal, requested that Ralph Yoder, Su perintendent of Calhoun County Schools, extend his appreciation to the Blount stown Softball Team and their coaches for the spirit in which they greeted the Vernon High Softball Team as they arrived to the BHS and found a large banner, planned and created by the BHS softball players, was decorated in the VHS colors and embellished with wore blue ribbons in their hair to show support for the Vernon fered a heartbreaking injury in which she lost the lower When asked about the ban ner, the girls said that they just wanted to express their concern for Andrea, her team acted on their own in this very moving show of compas Johnson is very proud of his team and told them that this gesture showed what great people thanks to whoever was responsible for this gesture of kindness and sportsman acknowledge the BHS softball team members for their great expression of Fifteen teams of students from across using student designed and built robots in the seventh annual robotics contest sponsored by CareerSource Chipola and The contest challenged the students to create robots that could race down an obstacle course in the fastest time as well as create log books designed to document Team Titanium from Altha High to defeat Team Aint Care, also from Bethlehems Team Wildcat won the Log Book portion of the contest with Vernons Team Kloutz placing second Team Kolutz also took home the prize The contest was started by Career Source Chipola to give area educators an extra tool to use as they help youth learn how to think critically, problem s olve and Richard Williams, Executive Director of CareerSource Chipola, said the contest is a fun way for students to expand their amazed by the creative designs the stu dents develop and the way they bring those students are getting hands on experience in science, technology, engineering and math in a way that allows them to do more He added, Anyone that thinks the youth of today dont have the tools to excel in the future needs to come to this contest next year and watch these students Byron Ward, Chair of Opportunity Florida, said he was impressed by the students have obtained the fundamental elements that it will take to be successful We would like to congratulate all the winners and also thank the teachers, stu Altha School sets course record in Robotics Contest Pictured are students of Altha Schools Team Titanium and Team Aint Care who participated in the Robotics Contest held March 20. Team Titanium set a course record, beating Team Aint Care by eight seconds. The Altha Lady Wild cat middle school softball team recorded an unde season, as well as captured ference Championship Lady Wildcats end season with 10-0 title The team was comprised of three This group has a great softball future to the parents and supporters of these BHS Softball team praised for outstanding spirit shown to injured Vernon High player *Wednesday, April 2 FCA Huddle during lunch *Thursday, April 3 *Friday, April 4 Assembly *Saturday, April 5 Brain Bowl Competition *Monday, April 7 FCAT Reading Retakes *Tuesday, April 8 BHS calendar of events SCHOOL NEWS


Page 10 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 We are here for you should the need arise. COMERFORD Vault Memorial Service Open Monday Friday 7:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Saturday by appt. Closed Sunday Located at 7871 Hwy 90, Sneads PHONE (800) 369-6828 Memorials Mausoleums Burial vaults Markers Charles McClellan Funeral Home Butler-Morgan/Morgan-McClellan Funeral Home Building at 15 S. Jackson St., Quincy, 32351 Phone: (850) 627-7677 or 643-2277 Charles K. McClellan Licensed Funeral Director 42 years experience Call us Let us explain how we can conveniently handle arrangements in Liberty County. Telephone (850) 674-2266 Your hometown funeral home since 1994 A Hometown Funeral Director You Can Trust and Depend On! Funeral Services with Dignity, Caring and Professionalism. Marlon Peavy Peavy Funeral Home & Crematory 674-5449 or 643-5410 Visit us online: OBITUARY ROBERT LEE THOMPSON BRISTOL Robert Lee Thompson, 88, of Bristol, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 in Tallahassee. He was a member of Bristol First Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II and is considered a hero in the Battle of the Bulge. He staked his life to save fellow Ameri cans who were penned down by a German battle tank. He was a member of the Ameri can Legion, Masonic Dixie Lodge #109, and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 12010. In a formal ceremony in Tal lahassee he was awarded the prestigious French Legion of Honor medal. He was preceded in death by his foster parents, Lettie and Earl Brown; his wife, Bruce; two sons, Bobby Lee Thompson and William Allen Thompson; a stepson, Everett Perkins. Survivors include a stepson, Daniel Perkins of Daytona; two daughters, Wanda Campbell and her husband, Billy of Chattahoochee and Deborah Peddie and her husband, Wayne of Bristol; a stepdaughter, Judy Locke and her husband, Dale of Tallahassee; one sister, Helen King of Turlock, CA; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Services will be held Thursday, April 3 at 11 a.m. (ET) at Bristol First Baptist Church with Reverend Bristol Cemetery with military honors. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the ar rangements. Online condolences may be made at JEHOVAHS WITNESS ASSEMBLY The Blountstown Congregation of Jehovahs Witnesses will be attending a Special Assembly Day on Saturday, April 5 at the Marina Civic Center in Panama City. The theme of the assembly is, Gods Word Exerts Power, drawn from Hebrews 4:12. Speakers at the assembly will bring out how the Bible has the power to transform us, bringing our thoughts and ways into harmony with Gods will. They will show just how powerful Gods word is, and how we individually can fully utilize its power in our lives. Those in attendance can listen to the answer for word? How can we avoid falling prey to the deceptive power of Satans world? What is the key to changing our lives even if we have strongly entrenched bad habits and attitudes? community are invited to attend. The program will begin at 9:40 a.m. There is no admission charge and no collections will be taken. ************ ABE SPRINGS PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH We would like to invite everyone to join us as we celebrate 74 years of service to the Lord Sunday, April 6. Service will begin at 9:45 a.m. (CT) for Sunday School and praise and worship to the Lord will begin at 10:45 a.m. (CT). If you are a former member, current member or just a visitor, we invite you to come. After services we will be having lunch in the fellowship hall. Come bring a cover dish and let us fellowship together. Pray that you will make plans to come. ************ PAGE POND ASSEMBLY OF GOD Looking for a special way to have your children photographed and support world missions too? For only $10, you will receive a beautiful 10x13 antiquity photograph of your child, with no obligation to buy more photos, and help us support missionary programs around the world through the Assemblies of Gods Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge. Costumes and props are provided, just bring your children ages 16 and under for an old-fashioned style photo with no sitting fee required. Photos will be taken at Page Pond Assembly of God on Murdock Drive, near Sheltons Corner, on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, but an appointment is required. Please contact Peggy at (850) 762-8423, or (850) 557-2278 for more information or to secure your time. ************ BRISTOL PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH We would like to invite you to an Easter Eggstravaganza Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET). Join us for this fun and free event for the whole fam ily. Hear the real Easter story, play fun games, bounce houses, pony rides, lunch and more. We are located at 12413 NW Solomon Street, Bristol. (850) 643-5733. ************ CORINTH BAPTIST CHURCH Corinth Baptist Church invites everyone to join them at their annual Gospel Jubilee Saturday, April 5. The day will include a chicken pilau, which will run from 12 5:30 p.m. for a suggested donation of $6 per plate. The day will progress to a concert beginning at 6 p.m. featuring The Parish Family and Undivided. For more information feel free to call Pastor Kyle Peddie at (850) 556-1881 or James Thorpe at (850) 379-8455. NEWS from the PEWS NOTES of APPRECIATION On behalf of Lib erty County Search and Rescue, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all that this community and our neighboring communities contributed to our team as well as the Anders family during our recent recovery efforts of one of our fellow residents, classmate, husband, father and friend, Curtis Anders. Liberty County truly lost a great man, but as always, God will make something good happen even through bad situations. He did this by allowing families to come closer, friends to show compas sion and neighbors to become more acquainted and work together. People gave their time, money, food, equipment, fuel and many other resources to help in our search and recovery. This is the very reason that makes our small towns so special. We are there for each other in times of crisis. Once again, thank you Liberty, Gulf, Calhoun, Franklin, Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Bay, all the local churches and all those who contributed to the success of bringing Curtis home to his family. We appreciate you! Sincerely, Rhonda Lewis, Director Liberty County Emergency Mgt.; Liberty County Search and Rescue; Washington County Search and Rescue; FSU Dive Team (Panama City Branch); 1st Response (Monticello); Houston County Rescue (Dothan) and R & R Construction (Panama City) / / / / / / / We would like to give a huge thanks to the entire community for supporting Madison Anderson. The Bake Sale at Smiths Supermarket in Altha this past Saturday and Sunday raised between $1,400 and $1,500! We would like to thank Bill and Christine Smith for allowing us to set up the Bake Sale outside their store. Along with Jackie Taylor, Jennifer Bran ning, Wanda Allen, Jean Adkins, Weleska Shelton, Jackie Berens, Melba Hall, Merle Rackley, Diane Sessions, Jennifer Bates, Bonnie Miller, Edwina Johnston, Brittny Wooten, all the anonymous donors, and anyone else that may have been left out who baked goods, donated money or gave gift cards. A huge thanks to Susanne Bramblett, Wanda Allen, Tyler Hill and Heidi Scharlach for taking the time to work the booths. The community sup port has been overwhelming and will help the family focus on the needs of Madison. Thank you and God bless to everyone that has helped this family. Thank you again, Madison Anderson and family / / / / / / / The family of the late Deacon Lawrence Baker would like to say thank you to the staff of Crawford and Moultry Funeral Home, Elder E. Brigham and members of True Holiness Church of Christ Writ ten in Heaven, Pastor Larry Brown and members of St. Paul AME Church, Bishop Walter Williams and members of Faison Temple Church of Christ Written in Heaven, Pastor Mark Dudley and to Bishop Almando Mullings. We thank our many friends and family members or just spoke words of comfort. We know you are with us in our time of sorrow, sharing our prayers, today and tomorrow. God gives us comfort in the form of family and friends, may his peace be with you, and his love never ends. Sincerely, The family of Deacon Lawrence Baker / / / / / / / The Anders family would like to thank everyone for their support during their recent loss of Curtis, who was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend to many. Curtis meant so much to so many people across our community and it showed at the river and at his memorial service. We would love to thank everyone personally, but that would probably be impossible to list everyone that had prayed, cried, hugged, gave shelter, searched and talked with us over the last several weeks. We, as the Anders family, would like to say thank you and we wouldnt have made it through the weeks of searching and the memorial service without the love you showed us during our time of need. Sincerely, The family of Curtis Anders


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Commercial Residential Refrigeration Ice Machines Edward Dykes, Owner HEATING & COOLING LLC HEATING & COOLING LLC DYKES 850-251-5597 850-251-5597 DENTAL PLANS Tucker Life-Health Insurance, Inc. Chartered Life Underwriter Ross E. Tucker, Agent Registered Health Underwriter **OFFICIAL** NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GEN ERAL ELECTION will be held in LIBERTY County, State of Florida, on the FOURTH day of Representative in Congress: District 2 Florida Cabinet Governor Florida Cabinet Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet Attorney General Florida Cabinet Chief Finan Florida Cabinet Commis sioner of Agriculture State Representative: District 7 First District Court of Appeal: Retention of Six Judges Circuit Judge, Second Judi cial Circuit: Groups 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 and 16 Chipola River Soil and Water Conservation District: Groups 1, 2, 4 and 5 Superintendent of Schools School Board: Districts 3, 4 and 5 County Commissioner: Dis tricts 2 and 4 3-29, 4-19 ---------------------------**OFICIAL** AVISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALES Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la que se llevarn a cabo ELEC CIONES GENERALES en el Condado de LIBERTY, Estado de la Florida, el da CUATRO de NOVIEMBRE de 2014 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Representante ante el Con greso: distrito 2 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vice gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Fun cionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Direc tor Financiero Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Representante Estatal: dis trito 7 Tribunal de Apelaciones del Distrito: retencin de 6 jueces Juez del Circuito, 2. Circuito Judicial: grupos 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 y 16 Distrito de Conservacin de Tierra y Agua de Chipola River: grupos 1, 2, 4 y 5 Superintendente Escolar Junta Escolar: distritos 3, 4 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 2 y 4 3-29, 4-19 ---------------------------NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE MALLORY TOWING & RECOVERY, INC. MALLORY TOWING & RE COVERY, INC. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and in tent to sell these vehicles on 4/14/2014, 2:00 p.m. at 18114 STATE ROAD 20 W BLOUNT suant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. MALLORY TOWING & RE COVERY, INC. reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. ---------------------------NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE MALLORY TOWING & RECOVERY, INC. MALLORY TOWING & RE COVERY, INC. gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and in tent to sell these vehicles on 4/17/2014, 2:00 p.m. at 18114 STATE ROAD 20 W BLOUNT suant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. 2000 CHRYSLER MALLORY TOWING & RE COVERY, INC. reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. ---------------------------NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS The Liberty County Board of County Commissioners will receive sealed bids from any corporation interested in pro viding construction services for the following project: CHATTAHOOCHEE CIRCLE This project will include the resurfacing of Chattahooch ee Circle and Flint Avenue. Shoulder re-grading, ther pavement markers, side drain replacement with mitered end sections and seeding and sod ding are also included. be obtained at Preble-Rish, Inc., 20684 Central Avenue East, Blountstown, Florida 32424, (850) 674-3300. (For questions, please call Kristin Brown at (850) 674-3300 or at The bid must conform to Sec tion 287.133(3) Florida Stat utes, on public entity crimes. Completion date for this proj ect will be 90 days from the date of the Notice to Proceed presented to the successful bidder. All bidders shall be pre-qual ment of Transportation per Section 2-1 of the F.D.O.T. Road and Bridge Construc tion, 2014 edition for: Flex ible Paving, Hot Plant Mixed Bituminous Courses, Grading, Drainage and Grassing, Seed ing and Sodding. Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on the $200.00 per day. Please indicate on the enve lope that this is a sealed bid, for the CHATTAHOOCHEE CIRCLE Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on at the Liberty County Clerks house, 10818 NW S.R. 20, Bristol, Florida 32321, and will be opened and read aloud on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Liberty County Board of Com missioners is an Equal Oppor tunity Employer/Handicapped Accessible/Fair Housing Juris diction. tions will be $50.00 per set and is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to PREBLE-RISH, INC. The Liberty County Board of Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all bids. All Bids shall remain after the opening. All bidders shall comply with all applicable State and local laws concern ing licensing registration and regulation of contractors doing business to the State of Flori da. 4-2-14 LEGAL NOTICES 8 positions Temporary/seasonal work. Stable Attendants needed to handle horses. Work in cludes feeding, watering, turning out horses and general farmwork, from 5/9/2014 to 11/30/2014 at Country Life Farm LLP, Fallston, MD. 12 months job described. Saturday work required. Must be able to lift/carry 60 lbs. $11.06/hr or current ap plicable AEWR. Raise/bonus at employer discre tion. Workers are guaranteed of work hours of total period. Work tools, supplies, equipment supplied by employer without charge to worker. Housing with kitchen facilities provided at no cost to only those workers who are not reasonably able to return same day to their place of resi dence at time of recruitment. Transportation and subsistence expenses to work site will be paid to nonresident workers not later than upon com pletion of 50% of the job contract. Interviews re quired. Apply for this job at nearest State Work force Agency in state in which this ad appears, or One-Stop Career Center, 16908 NE Pear St., Ste. 2, Blountstown, FL 32424. Provide copy of this ad. MD Job Order #320229. PO BA3072 4-2-14 Family and Community Partnership Specialist North Florida Child Development, Inc. is seeking a Family and Com munity Partnership Specialist for its 0-5 year programs. Preferred a mini mum of BS in Social Work or related community social services agencies, family involvement programs, and must have a background in deliver ing relationship skills training to lowincome community. Early Child Development and Disability Specialist North Florida Child Development is seeking an Early Child Development and Disability Specialist for our 0-5 year programs. Must have a Bach elors degree or advance degree in early childhood education; or a Bachelors or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major re lating to early childhood education. Must have 3 years of experience in child development, early child devel opment, and/or disabilities services. Must have experience in the follow ing disciplines of developing and supporting articulated training and technical assistance for a diverse early care and teachers; planning/ implementing educational compo nent plans, and working with families and children with disabilities. Preschool and Substitute Teachers North Florida Child Development is seeking Preschool and VPK teach ers for our Centers located in Blount stown, Wewahitchka, and Port St. Joe. Must have at least a FCCPC/ CDA. North Florida Child Development OPEN POSITIONS package including health, dental, life, disability, sick leave, 401k, etc. For detailed information view careers at Send resumes to: Sebrina McGill at fax (850) 639-6167 DFWP/M-F/7-5/EOE JOB MKT Email your ad info to


Page 12 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 20634 E. Central Blountstown (850) 674-8801 "Fine Jewelry & Gifts" The Diamond Corner LIBERTY April 2 April 8 CA L HOUN Pea Ridge Road in Bristol, Phone (850) 643-5417 Laban Bontrager, DMD, Monica Bontrager, DMD Bristol Dental Clinic Each breakfast includes a choice of assorted cereal, whole grain buttered toast and juice or choice of milk. MENUS SPONSORED BY: Perennials Mulch Statuary Pine straw Shrubbery Bedding Plants Fruit & Shade Trees Potting Soil Garden Supplies Hanging Baskets Spring plants are in stock! ( 850 ) 674-2454 19277 SR 20 Blountstown Common myths about Spanish Moss & Lichen by Julie McConnell, UF/IFAS Bay County Horticulture Extension Agent I Spanish moss and lichen have earned an inaccurate reputation for damaging trees and shrubs in the Florida landscape. Although they may be found in plants that are in decline or showing stress symptoms, they are simply taking advantage of space available to survive. Both plants are epiphytes and are obtaining moisture and nutrients from the atmosphere rather than from the plants they rest upon. Lichen are more commonly found on plants that are in poor health because they need a plant that is grow ing slowly and access to sunlight. These conditions can typically be found in thin canopies of trees and to the surface of the plant, they are not taking nutrients from the tree or shrub, but rather from the air and other sources such as organic debris and bird excrement. If into what stress factors might be causing the plant to grow slowly such as compacted soil, extreme weather conditions, drought stress, disease or insect pressure. Spanish moss does not harm trees and many people misconceptions about Spanish moss include that the weight causes branches to break and that it is a host site for chiggers. Spanish moss is very light and any it may harbor some insects and provide nesting mate rial for birds and other wildlife, Spanish moss in trees is not a site conducive to chiggers because they favor low-lying moist environments. To read more about Spanish moss, lichens, and other common epiphytes please read the EDIS publication Spanish Moss, Ball Moss, and Lichens Harmless Epiphytes. Lichen is shown on the trunk of an oak tree. Spanish Moss is pictured below. STOUTAMIRE INSURANCE INC. 16783 SE Pear St., Blountstown Contact Bill Stoutamire Phone 674-5974 Fax 674-8307 ACCEPTING NEW PA TIENTS Laban Bontrager, DMD 12761 NW Pea Ridge Rd., Bristol, FL 32321 TELEPHONE 643-5417 DENTURE LAB ON PREMISES Same-Day Service on Repairs & Relines Bristol Dental Clinic Monica Bontrager, DMD Adoptables from Alaqua Animal Refuge Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal refuge located in Northwest Florida. The refuge has placed over 9,000 animals of all kinds since its inception in 2007, and has grown to be come a recognized leader in animal welfare and animal cru elty prevention. To learn more about how you can help, visit our website at: Sophie is a female Poodle/Terrier mix about eight years of age who is looking for the right family to come her way. She came to us as one of the res cues from the August cruelty case and she was pregnant. She was the most perfect mommy to her sweet babies, but they have all found their forever homes and now she is left waiting for hers. Due to her age, she would truly enjoy a forever home that is very lowkey and has lots of time to snuggle up with her. If you think that you would be a great match for Sophie, she would love to meet you! For more information about Sophie or any of our other adoptable animals please visit our website, www.alaqua or visit us 32439, or call us at (850) 880-6399. HELLO! My name is SOPHIE


APRIL 2, 2014 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL Page 13 5 x 10 ..... $ 27 10 x 10 .... $ 43 10 x 20 .... $ 70 10 x 25 .... $ 90 M & W SELF STORAGE RENTALS Call 762-9555, 447-0871 or 762-8597 7 days a week service UFN THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL CLASSIFIEDS To place your ad, call (850) 643-3333 by noon Eastern Time on Monday. Non-business ads run FREE for 2 weeks. For Rent in ALTHA 762-9555, 447-0871 or 762-8597 Very NICE *2 & 3 BD trailers. With lawn service included 2 BD, 1 1/2 BA Town houses Commercial, Old Mexican Restaurant Day care location BRISTOL Mobile home lots 2BR 1 BA singlewide 3BD doublewide 643-7740 FOR RENT BLOUNTSTOWN MISC. ITEMS Porcelain Indian doll that stands 30 inches tall, still in the box for $40. Call (850) 643-5011. 4-2, 4-9 Randy Rhodes edition Jackson electric guitar. Flying V black with white polka dots and a custom soft case for $400. Call (850) 447-0586. 4-2 4-9 A/C window units lightly used, $75 each. Call (850) 576-2104. 4-2 4-9 New coats for $35 each. One size 2X is a quilted green & the other size 3X is a Barber coat from Romans. Call (850) 573-3155. 3-26, 4-2 Doors: size 6/0 X 6/8, 13/8 lite Wooden doors only, with T-ast and head bolt, stained dark on one side, painted white on the other. $200 for the set. Call (850) 545-5544. 3-26, 4-2 Lumber: large maple and birch trees already cut down. Logs to be removed. Will take best offer given. Call (850) 639-9698. 4-2 4-9 FURNITURE Patio set with red & white cushions on 4 chairs for $100. Will thrown in the um brella for an additional $45. Call (850) 573-3155. 3-26, 4-2 Lots of good used furni ture for sale at the CalhounLiberty Ministry Center thrift store. Come check us out. Located on SR 20 East of Blountstown. Call (850) 6741818. UFN Upright Spinet Kimball Piano $150.00. Call (850) 643-4166 or (850) 4436108. 4-2 4-9 AUTOMOTIVE 1995 Saturn 5 speed, needs a starter, $900. Cooper Tires size P225 70 R14, $40 for all three or $15 each. Call (850) 294-1264. 3-26, 4-2 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, V6 3.7 liter, quad cab 100,000 miles, one owner, in good condition, gray in color, $8,700. Call (850) 643-4166 or (850) 443-6108. 4-2 4-9 HOMES & LAND Approx. 10 acres with power pole, septic and well. Private drive. Borders the National Forest in Liberty County, $45,000. Call (850) 381-8135. UFN Floating house with 20x28 deck, 16x18 cabin. Covered front and back porch with covered walk around. Metal roof and metal sides. On sty Asking $20,000 OBO. Will consider reasonable offers. To schedule a showing or to get more information, please call (850) 643-9890 or (850) 447-2811. 4-2 4-9 WANTED Black male pig from wild stock. Syrup making cast iron kettle. Please call (850) 592-1155. 3-26, 4-2 HUNTING & FISHING Pietro Beretta 20 gauge over/under for $500. Call (352) 708-4657. 3-26, 4-2 Row boat, 12 foot long $275. Call (850) 674-2716 or (850) 447-0779. 4-2, 4-9 PETS & ACCESSORIES Red Rooster, free to a good home. Call (850) 643-2212. 4-2, 4-9 Male cat: white, free to a good home. Call (850) 674-2716. 4-2, 4-9 Black & tan male chihua hua free to a good home. Four years old, weighs about four pounds, house broken and neutered. Call (850) 643-5011. 4-2, 4-9 Roping saddle, 15 1/2 inch, $300. Call (850) 6742716 or (850) 447-0779. 4-2 4-9 LOST & FOUND LOST: Red Healer/Austra lian Cattle dog weighing about 55 lbs. last seen near Neils Camp on Thursday af ternoon. Her name is Molly, she is blind and is wearing a collar. If found please call Glenn at (850) 643-8088. 3-26, 4-2 LOST: Blue pit bull terrier about 4 months old and 25 30 lbs. last seen on Sunday around 10 a.m. behind Lake Mystic Church. He has no collar but there is a distinc tive white spot on his head. His name is Smoke. If you 643-5559 or (850) 4473475. 3-26, 4-2 YARD SALES BLOUNTSTOWN Saturday, April 5 from 7 to 11 a.m. (CT) Next To Quick Pic store. (850) 209-3975. Saturday, April 5 at 18700 Live Oak Lane from 8 a.m. until (CT). Miscellaneous items. (850) 674-8314. Saturday, April 5 at 20817 SE Morning Side Circle from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CT) Handicapped walker and cane, books, ladys small motorcycle jacket, clothes, lamps, television and mis cellaneous items. (850) 6748285. Saturday, April 5 next to Quick Pic store at 7 a.m. Large multi-family items in cluding name brand clothing such as Aeropostale, Ameri can Eagle and more, in all sizes, electronics, sports equipment, household items, jewelry, crafts and tools. (850) 274-9140. BRISTOL Saturday, April 5 at 13040 NW County Road 12 from 8 a.m. until. Multi-family yard sale. There will be clothes, gardening supplies and yard tools. For more information call (850) 643-7200. (813) 253-3258 UFN LAND LAND LAND Liberty and surrounding counties OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE Anything from choice home sites and commercial op portunities to hunting and UFN (850) 447-2372 We also provide lawn care, pressure washing & more! Arrants Stump Grinding & Tractor Service For fast, reliable service call: Jeff Arrant ( 850 ) 643-3524 Licensed & Insured April 5 at 7 p.m. (First Saturday of every month) Public is invited. 18098 NW County Rd. 12 AUCTION (850) 643-7740 Col. James W. Copeland AB1226/AU0001722 Candy Food Misc. items FREE SETUP FOR YARD SALE EVERY SATURDAY. Old Coins Tools Collectibles 3 BR 2 BA Home Located in Bristol on 1.25 acres with a 10 X 20 shed w/ power. Pos sible lease option with a substantial down payment. For more info call: (850) 643-1566 3-26, 4-2 Home repairs and more! For FREE estimates call or text (850) 566-3410 2/3 BR 1 BA Home 3-26, 4-2 Ideal for commer cial or residential. (850) 643-2261 $250 deposit $500 a month First and last months rent plus deposit due at signing. For more call Robin Hatcher: 4-2 3 BR 2 BA Older home with Central Heat/Air on 1 acre in Hosford on Old Mill Road. $39,900 (850) 379-8651 (850) 570-0418 REDUCED for quick sale! Please call on of the following: CLJ N ews .COM Furniture and decoration sale! Model furniture, deco rations, pictures, plants and so much more! 2550 W. Tennessee St. Tallahassee, 32304 (850) 576-2104 of Tallahassee Call today for more information: 1 & 2 bedroom mobile homes in Blountstown and Bristol. $105 to $155 weekly. DEPOSIT REQUIRED. All utilities included. NO PETS. Perfect for Singles or Couples. Call 674-7616 FOR RENT PENDANT LIGHT FIXTURE Hunter brand, exqui site antique-style de sign. New, still in box, never unpacked. Paid around $200; will sell be seen at the Journal MISSING Female Red Heeler, missing from Scotts Ferry Chipola River area. She is blind and weighs about 60 pounds. She has been missing since March 20th. $250 REWARD! Please call Glenn: (850) 643-8808 STARSCOPE Week of April 2 April 8, 2014 ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you have a great deal of energy but have no idea where to focus all of it. This could be a good week to visit with friends and family and spend time together. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Dont get swept away by old habits, Taurus. It is time to try something new and get a new perspective. Accept a new challenge and you will be glad for having done so. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you may be tempted to question the actions of others this week. But try to focus instead on what you are doing and do not be concerned with the motivations of other people. CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, you have to go to great lengths to get your point across this week. Approach such situations with tact and patience and do your best to simplify your point of view. LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, all you need is a little spark to motivate you this week. You may be able to tackle projects around the house or assignments at work with ease and a little inspiration. VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, your romantic life is full of complicated patterns and obstacles, which could be taking their toll on your relationship. Some subtle changes might get things back on track. LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 Unfortunately, sitting back and doing nothing this week will move you nowhere fast, Libra. vation to increase the pace. SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22 Things move along quite smoothly for you this week, Scorpio. There are plenty of distractions heading your way, but do your best to stay focused. SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21 Get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air, Sagit tarius. Fresh air is just what you need after a bout of cabin fever. The weather is breaking and outside projects beckon. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, start planning a much-needed vaca time away from the hustle and bustle is just what the both of you need. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Trust your instincts, Aquarius. When something seems off-kilter, you owe it to yourself to trust your gut and speak up, even if others arent ready to believe you. PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20 Express your passion for a special project to a loved one, Pisces. Dont be afraid to share your feelings with those closest to you.


Page 14 THE CALHOUN-LIBERTY JOURNAL APRIL 2, 2014 Saturday, April 5 8 A.M. UNTIL 1 P.M. CT AT BLOUNTSTOWN DRUGS 20370 Central Ave W Blountstown PHONE (850) 674-2222 Custom monogrammed baskets and T-shirts ...perfect for your little ones on Easter! & Easter Photos by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor BLOUNTSTOWN Dogs with to a prison work camp are forging relationships that are helping both move forward. The Unconditional Love Program, conducted through Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, started last fall at Calhoun Correctional Institution. Inmates care for animals that may have been abused as well as abandoned, helping them learn some basic commands as well as teaching them to interact with people. The third class of canines will graduate April 9. Another group of dogs will be brought in immediately afterwards and a new training cycle will begin. All graduates will be in basic obedience. Once they complete the 10week program, the dogs' chances of finding a new home improve dramatically. They've been cratetrained and learned to walk on a leash. At the same time, their enjoy taking care of the animals and creating a bond with them even though it's a temporary one. Two men are assigned to each dog; there are nine dogs in the current class. The dogs sleep in kennels next to their caretakers' bunks in a dorm that houses 71 men. Even inmates not signed up for the program get some time with the dogs. Others in the dorm have painted murals featuring quotes like, "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole" and "Men training dogs, dogs teaching men." The opportunity to work with the dogs gives inmates something to look forward to as well as an incentive to stay out of trouble. One man who has 16 months left on his sentence told a staff member that caring for a dog was "relaxing." He said, "I can't image doing my time without this." It doesn't take long to notice the change in an inmate after they are assigned a dog, according to Officer Christiane Blackwood, who oversees the program at the Blountstown facility. "The men care about the dogs so much that they don't want to get in trouble and lose that privilege," she said. When an inmate starts taking care of a dog, he takes better care of himself as well. "We don't have to get on to them about shaving, keeping their hair cut or wearing their uniforms," Blackwood explained. Inmates keep journals about their experiences working with the animals. A quick glance through a few excerpts show that the men are learning as much about themselves as the animals: "This program is way more important than just training and playing with dogs. It's about friendship and fellowship with our brothers in hard times away from our loved ones." "It teaches us leadership, to prove ourselves" "I came from a broken home and just like these dogs, all we (the inmates) need is a second chance." "Lincoln (the dog) is still a little aroundhe's getting there." "My new pal, Lizzy, is slender and petite, elegant in demeanor and she has eyes the same color as mine. She has a grey mohawk that sets her apart from the other dogs.she's kind of wary. I have to build up her trust for me." "This program has given me hope after 16 years of incarceration and four years to go that upon my re-entry into the free world, I have a new skill and passion to look forward to. Not only do these dogs get a second chance at a new life, so do we." The program is funded through donations to Alaqua Animal Refuge. They provide nine to 12 dogs each time, according to Blackwood, who said there is a long waiting list of inmates who want to take part in the program. She said they are building a library for inmates interested in learning more about carrying for animals and would welcome any donations of books or videos on the topic. They would also welcome any kind of dog toys and supplies for the program. She added, "We'd love to have some volunteers from the community with any knowledge of dogs who could assist us in socializing the animals and perhaps even help plan the graduation programs." The animal refuge plans to expand the program to other area prisons. If you would like to learn more about the refuge, donate to the Unconditional Love Program or adopt a pet of your own, visit their website at the program are among those featured in our weekly "Adoptables" column in The Journal. Third group of CCI dogs will graduate soon from Unconditional Love program ABOVE: K-9 coordinator Nancy Bown walks Farley. BELOW: Inmates paint inspirational sayings on the walls of their dorm where they live with the dogs. with Warden Scott Payne. RIGHT: Dogs sleep in kennels next to their trainers bunks. Men training dogs, dogs teaching men Inmate Robbie Butler is proud of the work hes done with a tiny pooch called Andre. They are shown during the Jan. 21 graduation. DOMENICK ESGRO PHOTOS Inmate Joshua Rogers and his dog wait their turn to show the results of their training program during the January graduation.