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Wallace B. Finlay
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January 19, 2005


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VOLUME 98 NO. 20 BLOUNTSTOWN, FLORIDA 32424 E-mail 500 (Including Tax)

City debates utility policies;

considering making changes

by Kelli Peacock
"Do you want a good rate or
your deposit back?"
That was the question
Councilman John Tomlinson, Jr.
posed at last Tuesday night's City
Council meeting during a discus-
sion on the City's current utility
deposit policy.
The County Record recently
reported that the City of
Blountstown's deposit policy
leaves something to be, desired.
Currently, residential customers
are required to post a $220
deposit that isn't refunded until
they move or die.
Although this appears to be
the trend in neighboring small
towns where the municipalities
handle utilities, the policies

by Kelli Peacock
A Blountstown man involved
in a two-vehicle collision Jan. 9
ied from his injuries last week.
Michael Gene Wise, 28, passed
hway at Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital last Tuesday afternoon.
He reportedly never regained con-
Sciousne'-s after the crash.
i; According to the Blountstown
Police Department, Steven Adam
Jordan, 20, was behind the wheel
of a 2000 Chevy truck, traveling
west on Lambert Street just
before 3 p.m. At the same time,
Wise, 28, was southbound on
Church Street in a 1990 Toyota
Camry. Jordan reportedly missed
a stop sign at the intersection of
Church and Lambert, resulting in
his truck running into the middle
of Wise's driver's side front door.
The truck had reportedly caved in
the door on the Camry, pinning
Wise in his vehicle.
Wise, who was unconscious,
had to be extricated from his
vehicle and flown to Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital in critical con-
Jordan was cited for failure to
stop at a stop sign. Further
charges are pending.
Wise, who was a student at
Chipola College, was laid to rest
Saturday. He leaves behind his
father, Royce Gene Wise; his

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employed by electric cooperatives
and power companies in the
region are much friendlier.
For instance, Florida Public
Utilities in Marianna .not only
refunds your $175 deposit after
25 months of no late payments,
.returned checks, or meter tam-
pering, they also chip in 6%
annual interest. Also refunding
deposits after good credit periods
are Gulf Power, Progress Energy,
Talquin Electric Cooperative, and
West Florida Electric Cooperative.
SThe County Record- News
Editor Kelli Peacock addressed
the City Council last week to find
out if they're considering any
changes to their deposit policy.
"If we didn't have utility
deposits, your rates would go
up," responded Councilman

mother and stepfather, Annie and
Joseph Kimbrel; and one sister;
Anna Regina Wise, all of
Blountstown. His complete obitu-
ary appears in this issue.

Tomlinson, who pointed out that
the City currently offers the best
utility rates in the region.
When asked what the deposits
have to do with utility rates,,
Tomlinson reported that the City
has suffered substantial losses
due to customers who have left
town without paying their utility
bills. "We lost $10,000 last year
in bad debt after we applied their
deposits," he stated.
According to city officials, 72 of
the City's 1016 utility customers
left owing money last year.
Peacock noted that some utili-
ty. companies The County Record
interviewed did credit checks on
customers and based, their
deposits on those findings, waiv-
ing them for those with good pay-
ment records and' increasing
them for those with bad credit.
"Chances are, someone w.ho
skips town without paying you,
it's not their first time'- they've
done it before," Peacock
remarked. She asked the Council
to c,,isidcr doing ci;edit checks
and requesting an adequate
deposit from hitgh riq k i customers
to cover polt-lnal loasest
Also learned duJin-e The
County Rei ordri' research was
how several utility companies are
See UTILITIES, page 4

Search is on for Calhoun County's...

Citizen of the Year
Do you know someone who selflessly serves our communi-
ty without fanfare or recognition? Here's your chance to
honor them!
The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce is searching
for the Outstanding Citizen of the Year and your nominations
are needed. The winner will be honored with an award at the
upcoming Chamber of Commerce banquet set for Tuesday,
February 15, at 6:30 p.m. Inside the Old Frink Gym at the
Panhandle Pioneer Settlement.
If you know someone who gives of their time to make
Calhoun County a better place, please call or stop by the
Chamber office to receive a nomination form (available on the
display shelves in front of the office if no one is in). The
Chamber is located in the Ag Extension building next to the
old courthouse at 20816 Central Avenue East, Suite 2, in
Blountstown. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 5.
For more information, call Jessie Ehrich, the Chamber's
staff assistant, at 674-4519.

Faircloth honored by new mayor
Outgoinc, BE..u, it.:l.,.n u.-., -. it-ie Faircloth, was honored at the first City Council meeting of the new year held'
January 11. Fairclolh, who passed the gavel to newly elected mayor, Winston Deason, was presented with a plaque
of appreciation, along with a beautiful charcoal portrait of him in front of Cily Hall. Faircloth served as the mayor of
Blounsltown lor two terms.

Father and son critically

injured in crash Friday

by Kelli Peacock
A father and son from Bristol
were critically injured Friday
morning when their pickup col-
lided with a Mack truck in
Calhoun County.
Fourteen-year-old Robert D.
Lewis remains in the intensive
care unit at Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital. His father, Bob Lewis,
52, is in stable condition at Bay
Medical Center.
According to Trooper Sisk of
the Florida Highway Patrol, Bob
Lewis was behind the wheel of a
1983 Chevy pickup, traveling
east on CR 274, behind a 1994
Mack truck driven by Mark
Waston, 35. At the intersection of

CR 274 and Felix Flanders Road,
Waston attempted to make a right
turn onto a private drive. Lewis
reportedly. realized Waston was
turning and. attempted to avoid a
collision by swerving to the left,
however, his pickup hit the rear
end of Waston's trailer.
Robert Lewis, a freshman at
Liberty County High School, was
flown to Tallahassee Memorial by
Air Heart emergency helicopter.
His father was taken by ambu-
Slance to Bay Medical Center.
Waston was not injured.
The County Record spoke with
Joann Hayes, Bob's sister-in-law
and Robert's aunt, Monday after-.
noon. Hayes advises .both she
and the Lewises have homes in

the Mossy Pond community and
were leaving at the same time
when the crash occurred. "We
both live over in the same area,"
she says. "I came out the back
way, when they came out a differ-
ent way."
Moments later, Hayes drove up
on the crash scene and spotted a
,neighbor standing near the truck,
"I guess by the look on my face.
he knew I was related. He told me
they were alive."
Hayes says Robert has a long
road ahead of him. 'They had to
put him on dialysis," she reports.
"Hopefully, it will only be a tem-
porary thing. His heart's doing
good, his lungs are still bruised
real bad, There's a possibility he'll
be paralyzed. They're talking
about, when he gets stabilized(
moving him to Shands. He has
two fractures on the right side of
his pelvis, plus where the hip
joint is, it's shattered."
See CRASH, page 4

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March, program in honor of Dr. King

Calhoun Countians endured the cold weather to celebrate the 79th birth-
day of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday. Festivities began at 9 a.m.
with a march that started at Blountstown City Hall. Walkers and riders of all
ages followed Central Avenue to River Street, winding up at St. Mary's

Missionary Baptist Church where a commemorative program was held in
honor of Dr. King. This year's activities were organized by Deborah Yon
Hammond and Dr. C.L. Wilson, Pastor.

Jan. 19


Local man diesfrom

.ituries in: car crash


The County Record, JANUARY 19 2005, Page 2

Old fashioned hog butchering
The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement provided the setting for an old fashioned hog butchering Saturday. All the
steps in the process were demonstrated with many hands taking part in the work, just like in the old days. Two hogs
.were butchered and prepared. The meat was cooked and cracklins were enjoyed by those in attendance. The
Pioneer Settlement is located inside Sam Atkins Park, providing a glimpse back into the 1800s.

Local school officials plan

for voluntary pre-k program

by Kelli Peacock
Calhoun County school offi-
cials are working together to
determine the best way to imple-
ment the new law creating the
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
Education (VPK) Program,
designed to prepare four-year
olds for kindergarten and lay the
foundation for their educational
Governor Jeb Bush signed HB
1A into law Jan. 2. The program
allows a parent to enroll his or
her child in a free pre-kinder-
garten (Pre-K) program offered
during the year before the child is
eligible for admission to kinder-
"Florida's new pre-k education
law is a start to recognize these
children, especially low income,
to give them a head start in
school," Calhoun County School
Superintendent Mary Sue Neves
remarks. "We've just got to work
out logistics."
According to a press release
from the Governor's office, the
VPK legislation provides a strong
foundation in reading readiness
and early literacy curriculum.
The bill requires each provider's
curriculum to be developmentally
appropriate and to be designed to
prepare a student for early litera-
cy. The program also affords par-
ents of four-year olds a choice
among different program options
including a 540-instructional-
hour school-year program deliv-
ered by a public school or private
provider and a 300-instructional-
hour summer program delivered
by a public school or private
In Calhoun County, officials
are leaning toward the summer
program. "Looking at the logistics
and space, I, don't think we're
going to be able to get it started
this summer," says
Superintendent Neves. "We're
probably looking at doing the

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summer program next year. We've
talked to other districts and
they're in the same kind of bind
we are with space and time."
Superintendent Neves says
offering a full school day's pro-
gram in summer seems more rea-
sonable than half a day during
the school year. "It's a very inten-
sive summer program," she
explains. "It probably would be
better than a three hour program
[during the regular school year]."
According to Neves, funding
for the program leaves something
to be desired. 'The legislature
really did not appropriate a lot of
FTE [funding] for these students,
so we're all having to look at this
very creatively so we don't go into

the red." Among the expenses are
transportation, meals, space, and
The bill limits class sizes to no
less than four students and no
more than 18 students in the
classroom. In addition, there is a
1:10 teacher student ratio in the
summer program and a 1:10 or
2:18 teacher student ratio in the
school year program.
Every Pre-K instructor must
have at least a child development
associate (CDA) credential. The
bill sets goals of having a teacher
with an associate degree in every
pre-k classroom by the 2010-
2011 school year and a bache-.
lor's degree by the 2013-2014
school year.

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Volunteers divided up the tasks, with some handling the cleaning and others doing the cooking of the hog.


The County Record, JANUARY 19, 2005, Page 3

Blountstown Main Street in

search of M & B mementos

Blountstown Main Street
recently held its regular meeting
on January 10 (instead of the
usual first Monday of the month
and due to the proximity to the
New Year holiday).
One area discussed was how
to get historical documentation
for the M & B Railroad Depot in
Blountstown, so that Main Street
can compile an accurate history
of the M & B Railroad and work

on updating the depot.
At a past event, some citizens
received some of this documenta-
tion and possibly, other memen-
tos. Others may have received
documentation or mementos
from friends or relatives. If you
have items that relate to the M &
B Railroad, please share your
knowledge with Jessie at the
Calhoun County Chamber of
Commerce, 20816 Central

avenue East, Suite 2,
Blountstown, FL 32424.
Telephone: (674-4519; e-mail:

AARP tax

help offered

AARP Tax-Aide is the nations
largest, FREE volunteer-run tax
preparation service available to
all taxpayers with middle-to-low
income, with special attention to
those age 60 and older.
Volunteers are trained to assist in
filing basic tax forms, including
the 1040, 1040-A and 1040-EZ.
Help is available at the Altha
Public Library every ITuesday,
from 1:00 p.m. ,until 5:00 p.m.
from February 1st through April

Grumpy Old Men help Coe family
Calhoun County's own Grumpy Old Men (and one grouchy lady!) have come out of retirement to help a local fam-.
ily in need. This group of volunteers, famous for building wheelchair ramps, are working to provide a new home for,
the Coe family in the St. Rose Community. They kicked off fundraising efforts Friday with a cookout in downtown
Blountstown. As described in previous editions of The County Record, the Coe family is living in extremely unsafe
conditions with an elderly woman and two children in the home. Anyone willing to help can contact caseworker
Melissa L'Heureux Schneider at 643-2415, ext. 246.

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Harry Douglas Bulzer and Janice Young Price

Price, Bulzer to exchange

vows Saturday, Jan. 22
Harry Douglas Bulzer and Janice Young Price would like to
announce their upcoming wedding to be held Saturday, January 22,
6 p.m. CT, at Blountstown First Pentecostal Holiness Church on
Angle Street.
God has blessed us with a new beginning, and we would like to
share this blessed event with family and friends. There will be a
reception following the ceremony.

Pastors asked to lead

Black History Parade

Calhoun County's Black
History Parade is set for
Saturday, February 19, at 10
a.m. and all pastors, ministers,
prophets. preachers, and apos-
ties are asked to be in the array of
grand marshals.
The affirmation still persists
that God's leaders should lead in
every community if they are
anointed to lead. Come on, pas-
tors, we are anointed to lead!
Don't be shy! Don't be hostile! We
are not prejudice! We have no
respective persons! We are saved
and sanctified, and obligated to
serve wherever God's people are!
It is not about color. It is not
about position, not about status,
but about God's love.

We are not trying to prove Dr.
Martin Luther King's point of view
that we can ride the bus together,
but we prove that, because of the
love of God, we can ride anywhere
together. tome join Pastor G.B.
Sheard and the anointed men
and women of God in a cruise
down Blountstown's Main Street,
historical River Street, the street
running with the future
The parade will line up on
Pennington Avenue behind
Blountstown High School at 9
a.m. If you would like to partici-
pate in the parade, contact Nela
Wilson at 674-1299, ;Debra
Peterson at 674-9819, or Debra
Jones at 674-4101.

Chamber of Commerce

banquet setfor Feb. 15

The annual banquet for the
Calhoun County Chamber of
Commerce is. scheduled for
Tuesday, February 15, at 6:30
.The Panhandle Pioneer
Settlement will host the event
and plans their "old fashioned"
menu with chicken and
dumplings as the entree. Ticket
prices are $15 each.
Please remember to submit
your nominations for
"Outstanding Citizen of the Year"
to the Chamber. Nomination
forms are available in the display

Bloodmobile will

be at Carr School

Wed., January 26
The Southeastern Community
Blood Center collects blood which
helps take care of and saves the
lives of patients in our communi-
ty; Blood makes many medical
and surgical procedures possible
and saves the lives of accident
victims, cancer, cardiac, and
organ transplant patients.
January is National Volunteer
Blood Donor Month. On
Wednesday, January 26, the
blood mobile will be at Carr
Elementary School from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. Please donate for the
unfortunate ongoing need for
blood. Let's show our communi-
ty how much we care, Donate
Blood...It's about Life!!

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office. The "Outstanding Citizen
of the Year" will be honored at the
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Utilities cont'd

Mayor, council members take oath

i It was the first meeting of the new year for the Blountstown City Council began his first term in office, while Council members Steve Bailey and John,
last Tuesday night, January 11, and one of the first items of business was a Tomlinson, Jr. each began another term. Above, City Attorney David House
swearing in ceremony. Newly elected mayor, Winston Deason, officially administers the oath of office to (from left) Bailey, Deason, and Tomlinson.

City talks Greenway, clean up

by Kelli Peacock

Issues ranging from the
Slountstown Greenway to speed-
ing drivers were on the agenda at
the Blountstown City Council's
first meeting of the new year held
last Tuesday night. Here's a few
highlights of topics discussed:
E Appointments: Council
members voted 3-2 to reappoint
I~olice Chief Glenn Kimbrel, City
attorney David House, City
l1anager/Engineer Jimmy Hand,
City Engineer David Melvin, and
iity Auditor Mike Tucker.
Councilman John Tomlinson,
4r. and Councilman Clifford
4ackson voted in favor of the

letter to the Editor,
Wonder of wonders! Someone
has finally come to realize there
are Calhoun County residents
who li\e in the north west county.
.Beyond Shelton's store!
Recently the prisoners have
been in the neighborhood; clear-
ing the trees and over growth
along the narrow limerock roads.
:' They also picked up the beer
;ans, soda bottles and all sorts of
fast food generated trash.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the
:road banks remained clear of all
the trash!
,Thanks to whoever sent the
work crew out here.
Sarah S. Goff
I Altha, FL
Bear Editor,
SYou have only failed, when you
have failed to try.
We are trying to locate the hit
and run driver who caused a near
iatal accident involving my son.
The incident took place- on
Thursday, November 18, 2004
j-etween 10 and 11 a-m. The
vehicle is black or navy blue. A
newer car similar to a Cadillac.
)lorida tag. With paint missing
'dn the trunk, exposing gray
paint, and a busted left tail light.
The driver was using a cell
$hone. He is a white male, dark
SHair, between 30-40 years old.
S After the incident he turned
eft onto Peacock Road (towards
SIf anyone has any information
pleasC contact me.
-, I only hope and pray he does
not hurt anyone else.
Thank vin
Rosalind Rauschenberg
1971.1 SW Barfield Rd.
Blountstown, FL 32424
237-2505 or 674-6142.

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reappointments, with Council-
man Steve Bailey and
Councilwoman Janie Boyd voting
against them. Bailey requested
holding off on appointments until
a special meeting could be held
between the Council and those to
be appointed to discuss what is
expected of them this year. Boyd
said she'd like the Council to
review the current packages for
these positions and consider
amending them. She suggested

appointing them without the
packages until they could be
reviewed. Mayor Winston Deason
broke the tie with a vote in favor
of the reappointments.
Blountstown Greenway:
Kent Wimmer of the Florida Trail
Association requested the
Council designate the
Blountstown Greenway as part of
the Florida National Scenic Trail.
One of eight congressionally
designated trails in the country,

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Compiled by Marti Vickery
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provider. This week's topic:
/ Last year, a week prior to Thanksgiving, I
Learned that women's symptoms of a heart
V attack can greatly differ from those of men.
S-My mother is one of these women.
V Her symptoms began as severe nausea and
Vertigo (dizziness). Thankfully, my father
S called 911 and the medical professionals with
speed and accuracy, determined this to be a cardiac
case. My mother has a pacemaker now, and with
I regular check ups and by following all of her doctor's
S L/^ orders, she is doing very well;
VL Let me share now, some things I have learned and
9 that may benefit you or someone you love.
SWomen may experience early symptoms of heart
disease differently than men. Their symptoms can be much more subtle. If
you or any woman you know, show these signs, seek medical help right
S1) Shortness of breath,, often without chest pains.
2) Flu-like symptoms; nausea, clamminess or cold sweats.
3) Unexplained fatigue, weakness and/or dizziness.
S4) Pain in the chest, upper back, neck, shoulders or jaw. ,
5) Feelings of anxiety, loss of appetite, and/or discomfort.* ,
Sometimes, when we are with our physician, we don't know what to ask.
Often, we may not think of things until after the office visit, especially
when we are feeling ill. Here are some questions regarding heart disease
Sfor you and your doctor to discuss.
V What is the difference between heart disease, heart attack and heart
S failure?
V What are my risk factors for heart disease?
V How do the warning signs for men and women differ?
V How will menopause affect my heart?
V How does smoking affect my heart?
V Do I need to lose or gain weight for my health? .
V What kind of exercise is right for me? .
V What is a healthy eating plan for me? .
V What are "good and bad" cholesterol and what should my levels be?
9V Based on my history and risk factors, what can I do to lower my risk of
heart disease?
V What kinds of tests are used to diagnose heart disease?
V Which tests 4re most appropriate for women?
S What are some available treatments for heart disease?

SFor More information
Nothing replaces a discussion with your doctor or healthcare provider.
You may want to check out the Internet for information about women and
heart disease to discuss with your doctor.
Some sites to consider:
V The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.
V WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease,
V American Heart Association,
*If you even suspect these symptoms, call your doctor. If urgent, call 911
or go to a local emergency room. If you have any doubts, talk to your
healthcare provider.
Note: Individual symptoms, situations and circumstances may vary.
Please consult your doctor or qualified healthcare provider regarding your
condition and appropriate medical treatment. The information provided is
Snot intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or as a
substitute for professional medical advice.

Health & Home
An additional important lesson my family learned was an unexpected one.
My parents had already planned for the future by remodeling their house
to put in wider doorways, lower sinks etc. in case they ever needed to use
Walkers or wheelchairs. However, the floor plan from the hallway, through
9 the walk-in closet area and into the master bedroom, made it impossible
for the EMT's to enter with a gurney.
With quick thinking, they contacted the Fire Dept. for use of a soft
stretcher. Valuable time was lost, though all worked out in my mother's
case, someone else may not be as fortunate, when every precious minute
When buying, building or remodeling, think about emergency or long term
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Wimmer says the Florida
National Scenic Trail is Florida's
version of the Appalachian Trail.
The designation would make
the Blountstown Greenway part
of a 1400 mile trail system, with
signs and other publicity attract-
ing recreational enthusiasts to
our area. "Hopefully, this will
help Blountstown promote it's
heritage and cultural opportuni-
ties such as the Panhandle
Pioneer Settlement," Wimmer
According to Wimmer, there
would be no financial obligation
from the City of Blountstown and
the Greenway would be eligible
for assistance from the Florida
Trail Association's volunteers.
The Council voted to table the
matter until City Attorney David
See CITY ISSUES, page 10.

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using a "budget billing" method,
allowing customers the option of
paying the same amount each
month. Peacock told the Council
how Georgia Power uses this pro-
gram, averaging the previous
year's bills and coming up with a
set monthly payment. At the end
of the year, the customer who has
overpaid gets a refund, while the
monthly payment for those who
have underpaid are adjusted for
the next year.
"We had calls this week from
senior citizens with utility bills
that had doubled this month due
to the high gas prices," Peacock
advised. "We heard one lady's bill
was over $a500." Peacock stated
the budget billing.method would
be particularly helpful to senior
citizens on a fixed income, as well
as those living paycheck to pay-
check. She emphasized that it is
often difficult for customers to
pay their bill within 10 days after
it is received when they don't
know how much it's going to be.
After a lengthy discussion,
,Council members agreed to allow
customers having higher than
usual bills in January who
request assistance have their late
fees waived and prorate their bill
for up to three months.
As for the possibility of budget
billing and refunding deposits,
the Council opted to table these
issues until their next meeting,
giving them time to do further
research. Citizens who have opin-
ions either way on these issues
are urged to contact Council
members to offer any sugges-
tions. The next meeting will be
held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. at
the Angle Street complex.
In the meantime, The County

Record (TCR) requested the City
provide specific information on
last year's $10,000 utility deficit.
The questions and the responses
from City Hall are as follows:
TCR: How many of the 72 cus-
tomers leaving with debt were
renters vs. the number who were
City: The City does not docu-
ment whether the customer is a
renter or owner.
TCR: How was last year's
$10,000 deficit covered (from
which account)?
City: The utility bad debts are
absorbed each year as an operat-
ing expense. There is no actual
cash that is moved to replace this
Each customer's deposit is
maintained in one of two
accounts (SBA and the Utility
Deposit Trust Account at The
Bank). Each customer's deposit
will only be applied to that'per-
son's account in the event the
customer moves, is disconnected,
or deceased. If a person leaves
the City owing more than the
deposit amount, that is when the
City is subject to acquiring a bad
debt. Most of the time, the
deposit is sufficient to keep this
from happening. In no event is
another customer's deposit used
for another customer's bad debt.
TCR: Are utility deposits kept
in an interest-bearing account
and, if so, where and at what
, City: Utility deposits are kept
in interest-bearing accounts as
SBA, $201,681.36 at 2.24%
interest rate.
The Bank, $39,893.86 at .10%
interest rate.


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Jan. 10: Mandi Waldron, violation of community control
Jan. 11: George Edward Kates, driving while license suspended or
revoked/habitual offender, attaching tag-not assigned
Jan. 12: Billy Comer, Jr., stalking, battery, resisting arrest without violence,
criminal mischief, felony, criminal mischief, violation of state and county
probation, burglary of a structure, aggravated battery
Jan. 13: Rodney Pumphrey, violation of county probation; Nathan Smallwood,
lewd and lascivious battery; Jodi Johnson, failure to appear in court
Jan. 15: Elizabeth A. Hendrix, violation of state probation/Washington Co.

The above individuals were booked into the Calhoun County Jail during
the past week. Although they have been charged with a crime, they are
considered innocent until proven guilty.

Conference on spec

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children with special needs who
attend schools in Bay, Calhoun,
Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,
Liberty, Walton and Washington
counties, will be held February
5th from 8:30 to 12: 00 at
Chipola College Continuing
Education Conference building
located at 3158 College Street,
Marianna, FL. The conference
will focus on how to help your
child prepare for the FCAT.
Sessions include general infor-
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transition options. The-confer-
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71 during a storm.

Altha man hit by truck is

recovering in P.C. hospital

by Kelli Peacock
An Altha man is recovering in
a Panama City hospital after
being struck by a truck during a
storm Thursday night on SR 71.
Injured was Ronnie O'Bryan,
48, who was hit while crossing
the street in downtown Altha. ,
According to the Calhoun
County Sheriffs Office, Altha
Police Chief Jimmy Baggett
reported the accident just after 6
p.,m. O'Bryan was reportedly
pushing his large three-wheel
bike across SR 71 in front of
Hansford's Store when he paused
at the center line.
At the same time, Fredrick
Rouse, 49, was northbound in a
1989 Ford pickup when he spot-
ted O'Brvyan" standing in the
southbound lane. Rouse slowed
down. but as he got closer,
O'Bryan reportedly walked on
across the road. into the path of
Rouse's vehicle. Rouse advised he
put on brakes, but was unable to
stop in time.

O'Bryan's bike was reportedly
hit from the rear and he was
thrown onto the driver's side of
the truck, then onto the highway
appro.imrately 20 feet from the
point of impact.
Chief Baggett was notified and
then called the Sheriffs Office.
Also responding was the Altha
Volunteer Fire Department. Due
to emergency helicopters being
unable to fly because of bad
.weather. O'Bryan was transport-
ed by Emergvstat Ambulance to
Bay Medical Center. He remained
in the surgical intensive care unit"
at press time, but a family
spokesperson says his condition
is improving.
"He has a concussion, three or
four broken ribs, and a skull frac-
ture, but should be out of ICU in
a c~pile days." thee-family mem-
ber tells The County Record "He's
doing good."
O'Bryan is well known around
the Altha community and is often
seen making the rounds across
town on his bike with his dog by
his side. Fortunately, his beloved

pet escaped the accident without
The accident was investigated
by Trooper Philip Spaziante of the
Florida Highway Patrol.

Chipola College continued a
positive enrollment trend this
term with a total of 1,874 stu-
dents enrolled for'Spring 2005
Total enrollment was up 2.5
percent over Spring 2004 from
1,825 to 1,874. students. First-
time freshmen enrollment was up
25 percent over last spring .with
572 new students this term.
The number of transfer, stu-
dents was up by nearly 50 per-
cent with 146 transfers register-
ing this term compared to only 74
last Spring.
Dean of Enrollment Dr. Jayne
Roberts said the increase in
enrollment is indicative of the
greater emphasis students are
placing on a quality education
and of the college's ability to offer
those students a challenging,
innovative education. "It appears
that students are looking for the
total package-outstanding pro-
grams, services to support stu-
dents *as they pursue their
degrees, student organizations
that offer leadership opportuni-
ties, and most of all, competent
faculty and staff who are student-
oriented and who understand
that learning and student devel-
opment take place' both inside
andloutside of the classroom set-
ting," said Roberts. ,
College officials cite the impact
of adding four-year degrees to the
curriculum as contnbuting to the
positive enrollment trend. The
57-year old institution now
awards B.S. degrees in Secondary
Education with majors in
Mathematics and Science.
Other factors which have con-
tributed to Chipola's growth in
recent years include: increased
retention efforts, the presence of
University programs, on campus
and the offer of in-state tuition
for Alabama and Georgia resi-
Students may continue to reg-
ister for many of Chipola's
Workforce Development programs
and Continuing Education cours-
es throughout the semester.
For more information, call the

Enrollment remains

positive at Chipola

Chipola Admissions and Records
Office at 850-718-2211;


Events Investigated During the
Past Week by BPD and CCSD

Man wanted for
burglary, battery
flees from deputies
A Blountstowr man wanted on several
outstanding warrants was apprehended
Wednesday after leading deputies on a
brief foot chase. '
Billy Comer, Jr., 31, remains in cus-
tody at the Calhoun County Jail on war-
rants for stalking, battery, resisting arrest
Without violence, criminal mischief, bur-
glary of a structure, and aggravated bat-
tery, in addition to violation of probation.
According to the Calhoun County
Sheriff's Office, investigators received a
tip that Comer had been-spotted in a vehi-
cle outside his mother's residence on SE
CR 69. Deputy Jared N'ichols,' Major
Roman Wood, Lt. Michael Bryant, and
BPD Major Rodney Smith went to the
Maj. Wood and Maj. Smith reportedly
knocked on the front'door and watched
through the glass as a female walked over
to where a male was sitting. The man
turned and looked at Maj. Wood.who real-
ized it was.Comer. At this point, Comer
reportedly fled out the back door with Maj.
Wood coming in the front door, ordering
him to stop.
Dep. Nichols and Lt. Bryant pursued
Comer on foot for an estimated 200 yards
before he was overtaken by Dep. Nichols
and placed under arrest.
Dog gone intruder
apprehended after
entering Altha home
Deputy Nick Keller responded to an
unusual call about a home invasion on
NW CR 274 Monday night just after 8
Upon arrival, Dep. Keller apprehended
a small dog that had entered the home
through a screen door.
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The County Record, JANUARY 19, 2005, Page 6

Tigers defeat

Wewa, 69-26

The Blountstown Tigers split
two games last week, losing to
Cottondale, then defeating Wewa.
Highlights are as follows:

Cottondale 61, Blountstown 39
For one half the Tigers looked
like they could hold their own,
leading in portions of the first half
before relinquishing the lead on a
tip in (28-27) as the first half
buzzer sounded. The third quar-
ter saw the Hornets outscore the
Tigers 23-4 and pull away with
ari easy district win.
':The Tigers were led by TJ
iipmons with 8 points. Kenshare
Grant followed with 7 points.
Jerome Cooper, Joseph Warren
and Justin Watson all chipped in
with 6 points.
, "With Ish breaking his foot
Monday night and not having any
practice time without him, we did
hot handle their pressure well,"

Coach Jimmy Rogers remarks.
"We are young and we are going
to grow and continue to develop
into a nice basketball team. We
have some re-adjusting to do and
we will beginning tomorrow."
Blountstown 69, Wewahitchka
The Tigers started the game a
bit stale, trailing the Gators 9-7
early in the first quarter, then the
rest of the game was all Tigers.
The Tigers scored the last 11
points of the quarter to lead 18-9
after one period. The Tigers then
outscored the Gators 26-8 in the
second period to lead 44-17 at.
the half. All Tigers scored as BHS
cruised to an easy 69-26 win.
The Tigers were led by Joseph
Warren and Kenshare Grant as
both scored 14 points. Justin
Watson added 10 points and 10
assists. Jason Byrd, in. his varsi-

ty debut, scored 8 points. The win
lifted the Tigers to a record of 7-
"We played a lot better and
more comfortable tonight," said
Coach Rogers.. "I was pleased
with the effort. We were able to
get some teaching points across
and had a lot of positive high-
lights to build on. This group is a
great group of kids with great

attitudes and although we are
young, if we keep improving, we
can become a threat down the
The Tigers will be at Port St.
Joe on Friday night. Game times
are 5 and 6:30. They'll be on the
road to Cottondale on Tuesday
with game times at 6 and 7:30.
The J.V. Tigers chalked up two
victories last week. Here's the

Blountstown JV 70,
Cottondale JV 47
The BHS junior varsity cruised
to an easy win over Cottondale as
Jason Byrd led the junior Tigers
with 24 points. Courtney Thomas
added 22 in the winning cause.
Jonathon Lockhart added 10 for
the victors.

Blountstown JV 52,
Wewahitchka JV 28
The BHS junior varsity contin-
ued to roll Friday night, winning
their seventh straight game and
unbeaten since the return of the
football players. TC Copeland led
the way with 17 points. Courtney
Thomas added 13 points. Jared
Lilly contributed 8 points in the
winning effort.

Smith shares details

of Puerto Rico Classic

'-,Brandon .Smith, a member, of
Blountstown High School's base-
ball team, recently returned from
Puerto Rico with plenty of memo-
ries after playing for the USA
Baseball Athlete Development
Program at the 2nd Annual
American School of Baseball's
Puerto Rico Winter Classic.
:; The tournament was held in
San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Dec.
26 through Jan. 2. Brandon was
featured on a team representing
thii U.S. in his age group, an
honor requiring character,
integrity and leadership.
"Our opponents were San
Juan, Carolina, and two other
teams with kids from all around
Pulerto Rico," says Brandon. "I
played a little in each game out-
field and pitcher. I closed one
game, striking out three to win
the game. I only batted a few
times and hit a single and a dou-
tbl in different games."
''Brandon says he enjoyed
meeting baseball players from all
over and realized how different
the playing conditions are in
other areas. "I'll never forget there
were very few fields with grass."
he recalls. "Most had only a dirt
* \hen-he -wasn't playing ball.
Brandon got to experience a little
Puerto Rican culture. "I got to see
the New Year's Eve fireworks off
the roof tops of the buildings in

,Chipola basketball fans will
have the chance to win a new
Pontiac G-6 valued at $24,000
during halftime of the Indians'
game on Jan. 25.
:., ,Hopkins Pontiac in Marianna
isi sponsoring the contests. Fans
may register at Hopkins on Hwy.
90 East in Marianna, at the
Chipola Bookstore and during
the Chipola's women's game on
Jan. 25. The rinning retgistrain
must make two of three half court
shots to win the car. All who enter
wiill have the chance to win a trip
for two to the 2005 Final Four in
St. Louis.
' Participants must be at least
18 and must not have played
high school or college ti-., r:-,,,i
in the last four year or ever have
played professional basketball or
eve r have coached at or above the
high school leveL Hopkins

San Juan and a bunch of people
shooting off guns."
The trip was designed to give
each player exposure to a high
level of baseball while providing
an introduction to professional/
college level expectations. The
trip -demonstrated the everyday
mental" and physical grind it
takes to succeed on the next le el
while also providing coaches and
scouts a valuable opportunity to
evaluate the skills of each player.

employees, Chipola employees
and their families are not eligible.
Other exclusions, also apply.

Local baseball

league parent and

coach meeting set
Attention parents: There will
be a meeting for the upcoming
baseball season for ages 5-14 at
the new Westside Volunteer Fire
Department located on Hwy. 20
West in the old DOT building.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m.
CST on Monday, January 24. All
interested coaches and par-
ents need to attend.
For more information, .please
call Ernor' Horne at 674-2434
lilt:r 5 p.m.

Tiger Jason Byrd(14) scored eight points in his varsity debut Friday. Justin Watson contributed 10 points and 10 assists in the win over Wewa.

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Wildcats win two of three;

host Grand Ridge Friday

by Kelli Peacock
The Altha Wildcats won two
out of three last week, defeating
Carrabelle and Bethlehem, while
falling to Freeport.
The Cats started off the week
with a home game against

Carrabelle, coasting to a 62-15
Altha victory.
Jason Holland led Altha with
11 points and 11 rebounds, fol-
lowed by T.J. Lewis with seven
points. John Mark Peacock had
four assists. Rex Hansford and
Everett Baggett chipped in five

rebounds a piece.
The Cats were on the road to
Freeport Thursday and suffered a
65-39 loss.
Chris Vickery led Altha with 15
points. Peacock had five steals
and Holland had five rebounds.
The Cats were back at home
Friday to host district foe
Bethlehem and won, 39-22.
Tyler Luke led Altha with nine
points, followed by Peacock with
six. Vickery, Holland, and Baggett
chipped in five points a piece.
Brad Neel added four.
"This was our second win over
Bethlehem," Coach Jason Keene
remarks. "They're a district oppo-
nent, so we're 2-0 in the district."
Altha traveled to Gracevllle
Tuesday (details unavailable at
press time). They'll host Poplar
Springs Thursday and Grand
Ridge Friday with game times at 6
p.m. for J.V., followed by varsity
at 7:30 p.m.

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by Coach Jim McIntosh
After knocking the rust off the
first four games, the Altha Junior
Varsity Wildcats seem to have
finally found their rhythm.
They won two games by beat-
ing Class 2A South Walton and
Paxtonr before the 'Cats took a
Christmas holiday break. Then
the Sneads Pirates swiped a.tyo-
point nail-biter from Altha but a
very young, inexperienced
Carrabelle team didn't put up
much of a fight in the Wildcat's
last win.
Coach Sidney Granger has
now found the right mix of play-
ers to have the 'Cats playing good.
ball. The'members of this year's
team are sophomores Zack
Bishop, Matt Baggett, and Matt
Maxwell; freshmen Josh
McIntosh, Cale Cllafin, Noah
Byler, Nic Chamberlain, Juan
Alejos, Kevin Saldana, Corde
Beauchamp, and Nathan
Castaneda; and eighth grader
Jason Grimes.
Here's some highlights from
the Altha J.V.'s most recent
Jan. 10 Carrabelle (5) @
Altha (52)
The Wildcats posted their third
win of the season against a very
young and overmatched
Panthers' team.
Altha had a 12 0 first quarter
lead and built a 25-1 lead by half-
time. It was 38-5 at the end of
three quarters and the Wildcats
added 14 more while holding the
Panthers scoreless in the final
Corde Beauchamp led the
Wildcats' scoring frenzy with 10
points. Nathan Castaneda
knocked down eight points.
Three 'Cats chalked up six
points: Matt Maxwell, Josh
McIntosh, and Kevin Saldana.
Nic Chamberlain sank five points.
Matt Baggett, Zack Bishop, and
Jason Grimes each scored three
points (Grimes swished a three-
pointer.). Cale Chafin was good
on one of his two field goal
Jan. 13 Altha (45) @ Freeport
As unrelenting as the rain was
pouring outside last Thursday
night, so were the Wildcats who
rained down shot after shot on
Class 2A Freeport and put them
in the doghouse with a 45-42
overtime victory.
With less than 20 seconds left
in overtime, Altha inbounded the
ball and brought it down the
court. They passed it around the
key toward the end line but their
was no open shot. They reversed
the ball passing it back out to the
top of the key. Josh McIntosh
was about to pass the ball when
he heard Coach Sidney Granger
shout, "Shoot it!" From the top of
the key McIntosh launched a
three-pointer and it found noth-

ing but net'with four seconds left!
Freeport tried a desperation
shot as the buzzer sounded but it
wasn't even close.
At the end of the first quarter,
Freeport held a 7-3. led. But
Altha.made a 17,j0 .run in the
second period taking a 20-17 lead
with them Into the locker room.
The Bulldogs regained the lead at
the end of three, 31-28. At the
end of regulation Noah Byler had
an opportunity to win the game.
He put up a shot from the side of
the goal was fouled hard but no
whistle sounded only the buzzer.
A 36-36 tie sent, the game into
Altha shot a sizzling 83 per-
cent (19 of 23) from the floor, can-
ning five of their seven three-
point attempts or 71 percent.
From the charity stripe they shot
40 percent (4 of 10). Kevin
Saldana, playing with a severely
bruised ankle, was tenacious
under the boards. He led the
Wildcats in scoring with 11
points. Kevin also cleared the
boards four times along with
steal and a blocked shot. Josh
McIntosh swished three of his
four three-point attempts for nine
points and he had a rebound.
Cale Chafin chalked up eight
points including two beyond the
arc and two steals. :Noah Byler
was credited with seven points
and seven rebounds. Also, he
had a blocked shot and a steal.
Juan Alejos knocked down two
field goals and he picked
Freeport's pockets twice.
The other categories reveal
how evenly these two teams
played each other. Both teams
had nine steals and 15 turnovers.
The difference was in rebounding
(Altha had one more than
Freeport, 13-12) and in blocked
shots: the Wildcats swatted away
two shot attempts by the
Bulldogs and Freeport had none.
Jan. 14 Bethlehem (24) @
Altha (28)
Bethlehem was one of three
teams that had beaten Altha ear-
lier in the season but they had
gotten used to winning and
weren't about to let Bethlehem
come into their house and sweep
However, it would be a defen-
sive struggle frorL the opening
tip. Altha took a 7-4 lead in the
first quarter and never relin-
quished it. At halftime it was 1.4-
10 and at the end of three periods
the score was 22-15 in favor of
Altha. Although Altha got care-
less with the ball in the fourth
quarter and turned it over result-
ing in a 9-6 run by Bethlehem,
Altha was able to hold them off
for their third consecutive win.
Matt Baggett led Altha with 10
points. Kevin Saldana and Noah
Byler each had six points. Both
Corde Beauchamp and Josh
McIntosh bagged a three-pointer
See J.V. Cats, page 10

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The County Record, JANUARY 19, 2005, Page 8

Altha homecoming parade

Feb. 4; seniors raisi

from Altha Public School

Carr December Students of the Month

Principal Darryl Taylor, Jr. is pleased to announce the December Students of the Month at Carr School. They
include (front row, from left) Vaughn Pelham (kindergarten), Gus Cockram (kindergarten), Cecilia Whittington (1st
grade), Nicole Byrne (1st grade), Cierra Brown (2nd grade), Kristen Brown (2nd grade), Jenna White (3rd grade),
ena O'Bryan (3rd grade), (back row) Kristen Jenkins (4th grade), Vicki Tipton (5th grade), Kate McFarland (6th
brade), Quin Segers (7th grade), and Kevin Alday (7th grade). Not pictured is Emily Davis (8th grade).

Calendar of Events
Wed., 1/19 Even block day; Girls
Weightlifting Meet vs. Marianna at 3:30
Thurs., 1/20 JV/ Boys Basketball
game vs. Poplar Springs at 6:00 and 7:30
Fri., 1/21 JV/ Boys Basketball
game vs. Grand Ridge at 6:00 and 7:30
Home; Girls Weightlifting Meeting in
Maclay at 2:30
Mon., 1/24 Girls Basketball game in
Freeport at 6:00
Tues., 1/25 Club Day; Girls
Basketball game in Malone at 4:30; JV/
Boys Basketball game in Malone at 6:00
and 7:30
Wed., 1/26 Odd block day;Girls
Weightlifting Sectional Qualifying Meet in
Niceville at 11:00
Thurs., 1/27 Pro-Start trip to Keiser
College;' JV/ Boys Basketball, game in
South Walton at 5:30 and 7:00
Fri., 1/28 Girls Basketball game in

Grand Ridge at 4:30; JV/V Boys
Basketball game in Grand Ridge at 6:00
and 7:30
Mon., 1/31 Homecoming Coronation
Tues., 2/1 JVN Boys Basketball
game in Poplar Springs at 6:00 and 7:30
Wed., 2/2 Even block day
By: Holly Byler

The Altha School Homecoming
Parade will be on Friday, February 4. The
homecoming parade line-up will take
place at 12:30 pm on the softball field.
The parade will begin at 1:00 pm.
Contact Russell Baggett or Kimberly
Swindle at Altha School, 762-3121, if you
want to participate in the parade.
Everyone is welcome to attend and/or
take part in the parade.
Fundraiser Updates
The seniors of 2005 have a new
fundraiser to raise money for their Senior
Trip to Orlando.
They are selling T-Shirts supporting
the school. They say "Altha Wildcats" on
the front, with a paw print and "Authentic
Wildcat Wear" on the back. The shirts are
available in gray and the fabric is a 50/50
blend. Youth sizes XS, S, M, and L are
$10. Adult sizes are $12, XXL is.$13, and
XXXL is $14.
Payment must be made when shirts
are ordered and checks should be made
payable to Altha Public School. The order
deadline is January 19th and shirts will be

ing funds

delivered by February 2. If you would liko
to support the seniors by ordering a T-
Shirt, please contact Sara Kay Waldorff at
Altha School or a member of the senior
The Altha journalism staff is also doing
a fundraiser to help pay for the production
of school yearbooks. The donation is for 4
chance to win a Shakespeare fishing roc0
and reel.
The winner will be selected or(
February 4 at the Homecoming game!
The chances are 50 cents for one ticket,
or $1.00 for three tickets. Please contact
member of the journalism staff or Sherry
Joyner at Altha School if you are interesti
ed in supporting our journalism staff.
By: Holly Byle$
Trip to FSU
Coach Missy McGill recently took the:
girls' basketball team on a trip to watch,
the FSU women's basketball team during:
one of their practices.
The girls were given a tour of the prac-.
lice facilities as well as the locker rooms.
The girls were also able to sit in as the
team watched films on a team they were
about to play.
This experience was one that the
whole team enjoyed; especially being
able to meet some of the basketball play-
ers. Several of the girls said that seeing
hpw it is like to be a college basketball
player made them want to work harder to
reach their goals of playing basketball in

BMS Geography Bee winners

Blountstown Middle School recently held a Geography Bee. Overall win-
ners include (from left) Kayla Caudill (1st place), Brentt Ransom (2nd place),
and Levan Khulordava (3rd place). Congratulations to each of these students
on an outstanding job!

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from Blountstown Middle School

Important Dates:
Jan. 18 1st Semester Failure Notices
Sent Home
Jan. 18-21 BMS Baseball Tryouts
Jan. 24-26 -BMS Softball Tryouts
Honor Roll ."' .
Principal Mike Johnso'n pleased to
announce the Blountstown Middle School
honor roll for the second nine weeks:
6th Grade: Junicia Baker, Tasheana
Brown, Morgan Davis, Eric Jones, Kristen
Peacock, Jacy Richards, Cameron Smith,
Hayley Sumner, and Warren Tanner.
7th Grade: Ashley Adams, Tarak
Amin, Jessica Collier, Alison Slongo,
Laura Stoltzfus, and Jacob Wainwright. ,
8th Grade: Joy Armitage and Marlee
Al A's and B's
6th Grade: Cherie Baggett,,.Shayn
Baggett, Delia Coxwell, Trevor Engram,
Caroline Johnson, Jahnice Jones, Levan
Khulordava, Ivy Martin, Stephahie Martin,
Sawyer Maxwell, Matthew McGraw, Paul
Mosley, Travis Pittman, Alexandria Smith,
and Karis Smith.
7th Grade: Virginia Baker, Aaron
Daniels, Stafford Dawson, Robert
Deason, Kelby Durham, Hira Farooqi,-
Erin Fowler, Michael Gibson, Brittany

BHS cap and

gown portraits

to be done Feb. 2
from Blountstown High School

Cap & Gown Portraits
Seniors will be taking Cap and Gown
portraits on February 2. There is a $25
deposit due at that time.
Guys need to wear a white dress shirt'
with a black tie. Girls should wear a
scooped neck shirt.

Students Thank Soldier
On the first two days upon returning to
BHS for the' 2nd semester, Dr.
Henderson's six classes wrote personal
letters of encouragement to Marine Staff
Sergeant, Perry McGhee, husband of
Amanda Doyal McGhee who teaches sci-
ence and math at BHS.
Perry graduated from BHS in May
1993 and was a 9th, 10th and 11th grade
student of "Doc." He is currently with the
First Marine Expeditionary Force serving
as Section Leader with personal com-
mand and responsibility of three Amtraks.
Perry has been in Fallujah, Iraq, since
September 2004 and is expected to return
home April 2005.
All thirty letters included great admira-
tion and respect for Sgt. McGhee, and
thanked him for his service. Each student
found a personal way to encourage and
support Perry.
The students truly appreciate our mili-
tary forces and several .mentioned that
they are considering joining a branch of
military service.
Jan. 19 Stained glass demo .for
seniors 1st and 3rd period; 10th grade
incentive during reading time
Jan. 20 ,- Girls basketball home
against Sneads at 6 00'7 30, 11th grade-
incentive during reading time
Jan. 21 Boys basketball away in
Port St. Joe at 5:00/6:30; Girls basketball
home against Poplar Springs at
5:30/6:30; FFA District Contest in

Griffin, Rachael King, John McDaniel,
Shakeyria Murrell, Kayla Shuler, Sasha
Simmons, and Maria Trejo.
8th Grade: Casey Brown, Ryan Frye,
Demarco Johnson, Jared King, David
Mayo, Hailey Moravek, Chelsea
Snowden, Valerie States, and Ashley Van
Lerobp *, : ...

Top spellers at BMS

The annual Spelling Bee was recently held al Blounistown Middle School
to select Ihe winners who will move on to the countywide compelilion. Overall
winners include (Irom left) Travis Piltman (6th grade), Holland Thornlon (7th
grade), and Ryan Frye (8th grade). Homeroom winners are 6A Levan
Khulordava, 6B Travis Pittman, 6C Monique Pou. 6E Delia Coxwell, 7A -
Holland Thornton. 7B Emily Mayo. 7C -Amanda Kelley, 7D -Tanya Whitlield,
7E Ty Paige, 8A Ryan Frye. 8B Sarah Abraham, 8C Jasmine Corlelt.
8D Jasmine Simmons. and 8E Collon Bush


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Liberty Chamber celebrates
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the year in busi-
ness at their annual banquet held Monday night at the Veterans Memorial
Civic Center in Bristol. Special guest was Ronnie Paul of the Georgia Pacific
Corporation. Guest speaker was Rep. David Coley (pictured). During his
speech, Rep. Coley thanked everyone for their prayers following his recent
diagnosis of liver cancer. He said he is looking forward to representing our
region in Tallahassee. Shown above are Chamber Directors (from left) Dr.
Labon Bontrager, Lester Summers, Richard Brown, Tim Revell, Mark
Plummer, Johnny Eubanks (President), Gordon Parker Revell, O.B. Shuler,
Joe Shuler, Joe Brown, and Betty Lunsford (Secretary/Treasurer).

Meetings in Blountstown,

Bristol with legislators

Legislative delegations serving.
both Calhoun and Liberty coun-
ties will be holding public hear-
ings in each community on
Thursday, February 3.
The Calhoun- County legisla-
tive delegation will meet with res-
idents and elected officials at 3
p.m. CST in the Calhoun County
Commission Chamber, 20859
Central Avenue East, in
Liberty County's legislative
delegation will meet that evening
at 6:30 p.m. EST. The hearing
will be held in the courtroom of
the Liberty County Courthouse,

10818 NW State Road 20, in
These hearings will allow area
citizens the opportunity to meet
their legislators, discuss con-
cerns, ask questions, and offer
comments for the upcoming 2005
Legislative Session.
For more information, call
Senator Al Lawson's office at

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Swamp Gravy's cast of over 80 is made up of volunteers from the local communities, acting under the direction
of theatrical professionals from. all over the country.

Swamp Gravy's going 'Down

at the Depot' in March, Aprl

Get your freight together and
head to Colquitt to experience
this years addition of "Swamp
Gravy," Georgia's Official Folk
Life Play.
The Colquitt Miller Arts
Council is pleased to open the
doors to Cotton Hall on March 3
for the spring season subtitled
"Down at the Depot."
Swamp Gravy is a play that is
sure to entertain as we tell you
stories that focus on Colquitt's
own train depot. Among others,
you will follow two young men
who "hop a freight" for a short
train ride, but end up "acciden-
tally" traveling all over south
Georgia. Along the way you will
meet many other interesting
characters who explore the role
the railroad once played in the
lives of those living in rural
southwest Georgia.
Now in its. twelfth, year,
"Swamp Gravy' has received crit-
ical and national acclaim for cre-
ating a new genre of theatre -
Community Performance. Each
year stories are collected from the
residents of Miller County and
the surrounding area. Using a
unique form of "theatrical story-
telling" that has become the hall-
mark of "Swamp Gravy," local
playwright Debra Jones puts the
stories in script form.
Through the stories and events
from local history, each play
explores universal themes such
as family, community, love and
death. Audiences; young and old,
love the show's "down home"
Southern brand of humor, while
critics have praised the show for
not shying away from darker
themes such as racism and

domestic violence.
"Swamp Gravy" has also
become famous for its music-a
unique blend of traditional
favorites, and original ncw songs
especially written for each show
by various local artists. The
musical score features uniquely
Southern ,musical influences,
such as Gospel, Negro Spirituals,
Blue Grass, Folk, Country, Blues
and Jazz.
The show's cast of over 80 is

made up of volunteers from the
local communities, acting under
the direction of theatrical profes-
sional directors, musicians,
choreographers, lighting design-
ers, and stage managers who ,are
brought in frbm across the
United States. Since "Swamp
Gravy" features stories from local
history, often the volunteer cast
members end up portraying
See SWAMP, page 10

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Prayer Chainers

Gospel Youth Pageant
The Prayer Chainers Mission of God will. host and sponsor its 2ndAnnual
Gospel Youth Pageant on February 26, at 7 p.m. at the Prayer Chainers
Mission of God in Hugh Creek. The ages for participants are 2 to 8 years
old. Entry fee is $25. The absolute deadline is Jan. 26. Applications are
available at Prayer Chainers on McDaniel Rd.
Winning Criteria: The child raising the most money over $500 will receive
a $500 "Save for College" scholarship. All participants will receive
participation trophies or certificates. The remainder of the proceeds raised
will be distributed between existing scholarships such as The Geraldine B.
Sheard, The Eligah Gammon, and the Mayhaw Community Scholarship.
Pageant enrollees so far are India Jaasua Aliece Battle, 3, and Monazia
Khaleigh Smith, 8. Each participant will have to model two outfits, do one
talent, and demonstrate a good relationship with parents. Percentage of
scoring will be 60%
for highest amount
of money raised
;1- through sponsors
over $500, 10% for
.',. @ decoration of
pageant gown, 10%
for modeling
Monazia, 8, is the daughter of India, 3, is the daughter of Larry pageant gown and
Lynette Harris Denhem and and Tarsha Battle. She is the one more attire,
Anthony J. Smith. She is the granddaughter of Josephine and 10% for talent
granddaughter of Don and Nela 'Ted Jerry McCray, and Nathaniel
Wilson. Monazia is in 1st grade and Bessie Battle. India is (uniqueness,
at Blountstown Elementary and presently being schooled at home originality, and
attends Prayer Chainers Mission by Granny Geraldine B. Sheard deliverance), and
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hot dogs, McDonald's, and grits Her favorite foods are popsicles,
with jelly toast. Monazia wants to pizzas, and turkey bacon. India is
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Free trees offered Friday

Free gallon size trees will be front of Ramsey Piggly Wiggly on
given away Friday, Jan. 21, from SR 20 in Blountstown. The policy
9a.m. to noon, by the Division of is one tree per person on a first
Forestry in honor of Arbor Day. come, first serve basis.
The trees will be available in

Crash injures two

This little fellow had the best ride in the parade. He waved while cruising
across Central Avenue toward River Street.

All ages took part in the celebration Monday in honor of the late Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.

City issues cont'd

House could review the contract.
Speed Bumps: John Allgood
addressed the Council about the
need for speed bumps on
Lambert Street due to speeding
drivers. Police Chief Glenn
4Kimbrel said a woman on nearby
Church Street advised there are
problems in that area, as well.
Mayor Deason asked Chief
Kimbrel to investigate and report
back to the Council.
Black History Parade:
Pastor Geraldine Sheard request-
ed and received permission to
close the downtown streets for
the annual Black History Parade
on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m.
Code Enforcement: Sue
Allgood advised garbage and. deer
carcasses are still being, strewn
on roadsides around the city,
despite the Code Enforcement

Tranquille named

to honor roll at

Gerald L. Tranquille, son of
Vonsenita Tranquille of Bristol,
FL was named to the HonoriRoll
for the 2004 fall semester at
Culver-Stockton College.
Students on the Honor Roll have
earned between 3.2 and 3.49 CPA
and were enrolled in a minimum
of 12.hours, with no grade lowei
than a C.
S Culver-Stockton College,
located in Canton, MO., offers a
career-oriented education in a
liberal arts setting. C-SC is affil-
iated with the Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ).


Happy 1st Birthday, Trace!!
Trace Emory Home celebrated his first
birthday on December 27, 2004, with a
party at the park with all of his family and
friends, Trace is the son of Emory and
Kim Home of Blountstown. His maternal
grandparents are Vergil and Deanie
Daniels of Blountstown. His paternal
grandparents are Joe and Betty Home of
Wewahitchka and Fran Pippin of Panama
City. Trace's favorite thing to do is trying to
keep up with his big brother, Bryson.

Carson Lynn Duncan will cele-
brate his 1st birthday on January
19th. Carson is the son of Chris
and Lorie Duncan of Blountstown.
His grandparents are Gary and
Judy Duncan of Clarksville and
Reese and Gayle Suggs of Altha.
Carson enjoys playing with all
of his toys and spending time with
his family and friends.
Happy Birthday, Baby!!
Love, Daddy & Momma

Ordinance. "Blountstown's a nice
little town, but it needs to be
cleaned up," Allgood remarked.
She asked that the Council
enforce the $250 per day fine as
allowed in the ordinance.
Police Chief Kimbrel reported
that several cases are one step


friends, relatives, and other char-
acters from their pasts.
In recent years, "Swamp
Gravy" has been presented for the
Vice President at Washington,
D.C, Kennedy's Center and at the
Olympic Games in Atlanta. The
show has been featured in such
national publications as "USA
Today," "Southern Living,"
"Drama Review" and "American
Dates for "Swamp Gravy:
Down at the Depot" are March 3-
6, 10-13, 17-20, and April 14-17.
For tickets call 229.758.5450, or
visit our website at www.swamp- ALL ABOARD!

J.V. Cats-

Altha hosts .Poplar Springs
Thursday and Friday the Grand
Ridge Indians come calling on the
Wildcats. All games are slated for
a 6:00 p.m.start. Next Tuesday,
Altha goes to Malone to take on
the Tigers at 6:00 p.m.
Come out and support this
bunch of hard-playing Wildcats!

CASE NO. 04-342-CA
GARY R. WILEY, et ux., et al.,
TO: SHEILA C. WILEY if alive, and /or dead his
unknown heir. devisees, legatees or grantees
and all persons or parties claiming by, through
under or against him.
Address unknown.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Action for
foreclosure of a mortgage on the following
property in CALHOUN County, Florida:
LOTS 3, 4, 5, AND 6, BLOCK 8, HALLEY'S
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on SPEAR AND
HOFFMAN, P.A., Attorneys, whose address is
708 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables,
Florida 33146, (305) 666-2299, within 30
days after the first publication of the notice
and on or before 28Lh day of February, 2005
and to file the original with the Clerk of this
Court either before service on SPEAR AND
HOFFMAN' P.A., attorneys or immediately
thereafter: otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in, the
Complaint or Petition.
WITNESS my hand and seal of'this Court on
this 6th day of JANUARY, 2005.
Ruth W. Attaway
As Clerk of the Court
Jan. 12, 19, 2005

Council of the Town of Altha, Florida, will,
pursuant to Section 285.011(8), Florida.
Statutes, hold an attorney/client session on
Tuesday. January 25, 2005, at 5:00 p.m.,
C.S.T.. at the Town Hall, Highway 71, Altha,
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss
pending litigation to which the Town of Altha is
presently a party, specifically. Daymand
Jones Plainliff vs. Town ofAltha Florida Lee

luaay inuiviauall
Rrice Peacock I

his offlrrial fc rapa .y
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the United States District Court, Northern
District of Florida, Panama City Division. Case
Number 05;04-cv-79-MCR.
SThose attending this session will be Town
Attorney. H. Matthew Fuqua, Eaq,, Michael
Mattimore, Esq. and Rob Larkin, Esq.,
Co-counselor for Town of Altha, Town Cofntcll
Members, Belly Hunt, Linwood Sewell, Clharlle
Mac Hansford, Kenneth Waldorff, David
Culpepper and Lee Alday,
January 10, 200B

away from going to the code
enforcement officer for a hearing.
"There are problems all over
town," Chief Kimbrel stated. "We
have one patrolman spending 80
percent of his time on enforce-
ment and it's a battle."
FMEADues: The Council
considered renewing their mem-
bership with the Florida
Municipal Electric Association
(FMEA), requiring annual dues of
$8500. "After the high utility bills
that went out this month, it's

hard to justify paying $8500 for
organization dues," Council-
woman Boyd remarked. Council-
man Tomlinson also said he
could not see spending the
money. The Council voted unani-
mously not. to renew their mem-
bership with FMEA.

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Calhoun County School Board

The School Board of Calhoun County is accepting applications for the
following position:

Educational Paraprofessional 1

Terms of Employment: 10 months/37.5 hours per week

Salary: Commensurate with Salary/Schedule and Experience

Applicant Qualifications: AA Degree or appropriate certification
Computer Skills
Possess the necessary skills and training to
assist in the total management of children,
and the ability to work cooperatively with
both students and adults.

Applications are available at the office of the Superintendent located in
the.Courthouse. Completed applications may be returned to the School
Board office by January 24, 2005,12:00 noon.

A copy of the job duties pertaining to this position is available at Altha

Questions concerning this job opening may be directed to Mrs. Mary
Sue Neves, Superintendent or Mrs. Harriett Peacock, Principal.

Employment opportunities are offered without regard to race,- religion,.
'sex, national origin, handicap or marital status.

Calhoun County School Board

The School Board of Calhoun County is accepting applications for the
following position:
Educational Paraprofessional 1
Blountstown Elementary School

Terms of Employment: 10 months/37.5 hours per week

Salary: Commensurate with Current Salary Schedule and Experience

Applicant Qualifications: AA Degree or appropriate certification
Computer Skills
Possess the necessary skills and training to
assist in the total management of children,
and the ability to work cooperatively with
both students and adults.

Applications are available at the office of the Supenniendent located in
the Courthouse; Completed applications may be returned to the School
Board office by January 24, 2005, 12:00 noon.

A copy of the job duties pertaining to this position is available at
Blountstown Elementary School or the School Board Office.

Questions concerning this job opening may be directed to, Mrs. Mary
Sue Neves, Superintendent or Mrs; Vicki Davis, Principal.

Employment opportunities are offered without regard to race, religion,
sex, national origin, handicap or marital status.
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Clock Repair, 17 years experience. Call
Assisting the elderly, male nursing
technician (rehabilitation) will assist elderly
patient in your home. References. Call
John at 674-3898.
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Reasonable Rates Free Estimates
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Found: black and white spotted puppy,
tiny, probably 8 weeks old. Found on
Gaskin St. Call 674-3133'


SHappy Jack Kennel Dip II: treats & fleas,
tick & Mange, stops scratching & gnawing
without steroids. Contains NO solvent.
Biodegradable!....ALTHA FARMERS
COOP, 762-8749

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:

Cedar/hope chest, beautiful, 35L x 18W
x 20H, has cedar tray inside, bought at the
Amish Store, excellent condition. Asking
$200. Call 643-2398 or 643-6009.
*** *************
Moving/shipping boxes, :dish
pcks/wardrobes and more. 150+ boxes,
packing materials. Must take all boxes and
materials. $100 : Firm. NCC.

Porcelain dolls, large, 26"-30", 10
choose from, $100 ea. Call 643-3542.
Layaway avail.
**** **********
Grace quilting frames, new, never
used, $200. call 643-3542.
** * *****
Plans and cog wheels for Grace
quilting frames, $40. Call 643-3542.
Red A.R.E. camper top, 2002, for a
2001-2002 Toyota Tacoma, has fold down
sliding glass, in excellent condition. Paid
$1,200, asking $600 OBO. Call 643-2898
or 643-6599.

BOXES,. Headboard, frame, dresser,
mirror, chest, nightstand, $595.
Mattress set; New king pillow-top
mattress and base. In original plastic,
factory warranty, $295. 850-222-2113.
A****'*********** *
CHERRY SLEIGH BED, still in box,
never used. Sacrifice $295. 850-222-7783.
***** **********
NEW QUEEN Pillowtop mattress set.. In
factory plastic with warranty. Can deliver.
Must sell, $175. 850-545-7112.
A* **************
New Living Room set. Suggested list
$1400, sell sofa $275, loveseat $225, chair
$175. Set $625. Hardwood frames with
lifetime warranty. .850-222-9879.
** ** *** ******
Dining room table, leaf and six chairs,
$600. 'Sofa server table, $300,
*** *-*********

Leather Sofa suggested list $1400.
100% new, sell $500. 850-222-7783.,
***'*************. ,
Mattress set, Serta queen size, six
months old, pillow top, $500. Call 674-4885
Prom dresses; Morgan & Co. dress, size
13, baby pink with white overlay, worn
once, $40. Jessica McClintock dress, size
11, coral color, worn once, $30. Call
643-6009 or 643-2398.'
S-** ******,******
Waterbeds, king size with everything
needed. Queen size waterbed needs a
mattress. Call 674-6104..

Ceiling fans, (4) 52" fans, (1) 42" fan,
Call 674-6.104.
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Free puppies, to a good home, Pekinese
mix. Call 674-3462.

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For rent 2 bdr trailers., semi-furnished,
no pets. 674-4011.
.*** **** ** ****
RV trailers for rent, $75 $80 week,
most utilities furnished; 2 bdr. trailers when
available. Call 674-4011.
House for rent, 2 bdr., 2 bath house on
Burns Ave. Large fenced backyard.
Clean! Available February 1. Requires 1
year lease, $550/mo. Call 674-4419.

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16978 NW Mayo Street
Blountstown, FL 32424
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Isuzu Trooper, 1987, 4WD, excellent
condition, runs good. Call 674-3571 or

Ford F-250, 1993, diesel, 4 WD, 7.3
,motor, power windows and locks, AC and
heater works. $5,000. Call 209-1310.
***** *** ****
Camaro Z-28, 1994, LTI automatic, fresh
white and bia.-:k pa;nt CD, PW, PL, cruise,
wo seis of heelss, $5 000 firm. Call Cindy
ai 674-9352, leave message..
***** **********.
Honda Accord, 1995, has been
wrecked. $500 OBO. Call 674-4762 or
***** ** **********
Pontiac Firebird, 1990, runs great, V8
engine and transmission, PW, PL, needs.
minor body work, $1200 OBO. Call
674-3784, leave message.


Wanted, old Kirby vacuum cleaners for
parts. Call 674-4857.


153 acres of timber land for sale, $1675
an acre. Clark Investment Property.

South Pear.Street 4 bdr., 2 bath house.
95'Acres -- Borders County Road 275 &
Minnie Lee Road; Commercial building --
252 East Central Avenue/Rhochele
Excellent Retail Space & Investment;
Lake Seminole Lots;
Beach & Bay Property Available
Contact: Nancy Mauldin
850-674-4469 *850-643-6107
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We Accept Major Ciedit Cards
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Mobile home for sale, 1999 Horton 16 9
80. 2 bdr., 2 bath, master bedroom is.large
with garden tub and shower in master bath.
Fireplace never used, washer & dryer
included. White vinyl siding w/green
shutters and skirting. $22,000. Call'
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7 Days A Week Service
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OR 762-8597


Fishing outfit, 1-4 plyw.od boat with 25
HP Evinrude motor with trailer, used very
little. $1,295. Call 674-5393.





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The County Record, JANUARY 19, 2005, Page 12

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Mr. Dennis William Parrish,
age 58 of Blountstown, FL died
Saturday night, January 15,
2005 at his home in
Blountstown. Dennis was a
native and life long resident of
Calhoun County. He was owner
and operator of Parrish Garage in
Blountstown for many years and
was a member of the First Baptist
'Church in Blountstown. Dennis
was an avid deer hunter and fish-
erman, he loved the outdoors and
sitting in one of his many hunting
houses. He was a former mem-
ber of the Blountstown Fire Dept.
Survivors include: his wife,
Sandra Ann Parrish of
Blountstown; three sons: Keith
Parrish and his wife, Lori of
Blountstown, Kevin Parrish and
his wife, Liz of Blountstown,
Timothy Parrish of Blountstown;
one daughter, Deanna Parrish of
Bristol, FL; two step sons:
Richard Swim and his wife,
Martha Mae of Orlando, FL,
Stephen Swim and his wife,
Sarah of Ft. Gordon, GA; two
brothers: Dan Parrish and his
wife, Renata of Blountstown,
Lewis Earl Parrish and his wife,
Sara of Altha, FL; one sister, Neva
Alice Miller and her husband,
Glenn of Clarksville, FL; eight
grandchildren: Kayla, Luke and
Heather Parrish, Caylee Parrish,
Jared and Jeremy Tolbert, Cassie
and C.J. Hiers.
Funeral services were held
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at
10:00 a.m. (CST) from the First*
Baptist Church in Blountstown
with Rev. Tom Stallworth officiat-
ing. Interment followed in the
Nettle Ridge Cemetery in
Blountstown. Contributions may
be made to Covenant Hospice,
4349 Lafayette St., Bldg. 2,
Marianna, FL 32446.
All arrangements were under
the direction of Marlon Peavy at
Peavy Funeral Home in
Blountstown, FL. 850-674-2266.
Ms. Esther Lee Tatum, age 73,
of Altha, died Wednesday,
January 12, 2005 at the
Marianna Convalescent Center.
Ms. Tatum was born in Jackson
County and was a lifelong resi-
dent of Calhoun County. She
was employed at Shelton's Store
for 25 years. She loved to garden
and crochet. It was also said of
Ms. Tatum that she was a moth-
er to all that knew her.
Ms. Tatum was preceded in
death by her husband, James
Edward Tatum (1988), her par-
ents: Edward Houston and Annie
Jane Weeks, as well as a brother
Henry Weeks.
She is survived by a very spe-
cial niece, Pam' McDaniel and her
husband, Bobby and their chil-
dren, Brandon and Kristal. She
is also survived by three broth-
ers: Willie B. Weeks of Altha,
William Earl Weeks of Ocala, and
Melvin Weeks of Marianna; four
sisters: Kathleen Thomas of
Marianna, Juanita Singletary of
Marianna, Irene Hartsfield of
Tallahassee and Betty Griffin of
Funeral services for Ms. Tatum
were held Friday, January 14,
2005 at Hall Funeral Home in
Altha with the Rev., James
Barwick officiating.' Burial fol-
lowed in Page Pond Cemetery.
Hall Funeral Home in Altha
was in charge of the arrange-
ments. 850-762-3965.
Mell Dekel Leonard, age 79,'of
Orlando, FL went home to be with
his Lord on January 10, 2005.
He was born on October 5, 1925
to Mell Claude Leonard and
'Agnes. Mc Kennai Leonard in
Blountstown, FL and was

SKeep God

In Your Heart
by Rev. R. W. I\'tecr,nwi .

The Spirit Beareth Witness
I John 5:6
When we watch courtroom scenes on
television or read good books that deal
with the rules of evidence, we will begin to
ask, what kind of testimony is allowed and
also effective. Testimony that is accepted
comes first from a reliable source, second
)s confirmed by agreement of evidence,
three is consistent with all the facts in the
case, and fourth creates additional evi-
dence that gives support to earlier evi-
With the Holy Spirit it is the same!
One He is truth v.6, two he bears witness
v:6, three He is in agreement with eternal
reality within me v.7 & 8,. and four He
assures me of eternal life v.11.

Agreement between my spirit, God's Holy
Spirit, and the Word of God provide the
one and only basis for security, assur-
ance, and inner peace regarding eternal
life. As you meditate and pray, let the
Holy Spirit search for this perfect three
part witness that creates a sanctified cer-
tainty of your relationship to God!
If we refuse to believe the Spirits' wit-
ness of either conviction, or convincing,
we make God a liar v.10 and base our
nner condition on our weak and imperfect
human wisdom It is His spirit that bears
witness with our spirit that we truly are the
children of God, Romans 8:16.
We all need to ask ourselves "If I were
on trial for being a Christian, would the
evidence convict me?"

He was a proud member of the
U.S. Marine Corps during WWII
and served on two Jima. He lived
in Washington, DC until 1953 at
which time he moved back to
Orlando with his family and
entered the employment busi-
ness. He was known as "Florida's
Mr. Employment" and helped
thousands of people obtain jobs.
He loved politics and jet skiing
and was a past member of the
Orlando Jaycees.
Mell was preceded in death by
his wife, Nell Hunt Leonard, and
is survived by his son, Mell Blaine
Leonard, Orlando, daughter,
Debra and son-in-law Steve
Hoffman, Casselberry, daughter,
Lisa Leonard, Orlando and two
grandsons: John and Mark
Hoffman, Casselberry. His step-
children Harold Maxwell and
Jackie Hunt and family, Morris
and Jan Hunt and family, Brenda
and Mike Propps and their son,
Jeffrey, all of Orlando, Wanda
and Jim Queen and family of
Greenville, SC. two first cousins,
Mrs. Mary Leonard Yates and
Mrs. Jane Leonard Howell of
A memorial service was held at
College Park Baptist Church in
Orlando on Tuesday, January 18,
2004 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Michael Gene Wise, 28, of
Blountstown, passed away
Tuesday, January 11, 2005, in
Tallahassee, Florida..
Mr. Wise was a native and life
long resident of Blountstown and
a student at Chipola College. -
Survivors include his father,
Royce Gene Wise of Blountstown;
his mother and stepfather, Annie
-and Joseph Kimbrel of
Blountstown; and one sister,
Anna Regina Wise of
Funeral services were held at
10:00 AM Saturday, January 15,
from the Adams Funeral Home
Chapel in Blountstown.
Interment followed in the Pine
Memorial Cemetery near
Adams Funeral Home was in
charge of the arrangements.

The family of our beloved
Demetrius "Love" Cargile, wish to
thank all who showed their love
with- cards, calls, flowers, food,
and attendance. Although belat-
ed may God go with you and your
Deidre, Rufus III, Dominique,
and Mary Frances

Hidden Treasures

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord
Text: John 15&22-25
Is Jesus a liar, a lunatic or Lord?
C.S. Lewis wrote n MAere Christianity,
"A man who was merely a man and said
the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a
great moral teacher. He would either be a
lunatic on the level with a man who says
he's a poached egg or else he would be
the devil of hell; you must take your
choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of.
God, or else a mad man or something
worse. You can shut Him up for a demon,
or you can fall at His feet and call Him
Lord and God."
What do you believe about Jesus?
The Pharisees of Jesus' day accused Him
of being the son of Satan! They said this
because He was driving demons out of
tormented souls.
They accused Him of blasphemy
when He told the paralytic that his sins
were forgiven, claiming authority to for-
give sins. To prove that He did, Jesus
healed the man.
Jesus was picking grain in .the field
and eating it. He was accused of breaking
the Sabbath. Jesus claimed .to be "greater
than the temple" and "Lord of the
Sabbath." He healed a man's shriveled
hand to prove it. They plotted to kill him.
Jesus said to see Him was to see God
who sent Him. He promised eternal life to
those that believed in Him. He said we
would. see Him coming on clouds of the
sky with.great glory.
To prove it, Jesus healed the sick,
raised the dead, made the lame walk, and
the blind see. He walked on water and
calmed the storm. They did not believe
and demanded a sign. Therefore, He
said, "They have no excuse for their sin,"
They saw the miracles and still hated Him..
You can be stubborn. You can persist
in unbelief. But that does not change the
fact that Jesus is Lord. Indeed, it leaves
you without excuse,.
Ryan McDougald is a licensed,
ordained Free Will Baptist Minister host-
ing Bible study in the home. For more
information, call 674-6351.

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Free groceries

at Hillcrest on

January 22nd

Hillcrest Baptist Church will
hold it's free food giveaway day on
Saturday January 22, beginning
at 12:30 PM.
If you need to pick up food for
another signed up person, please
call Beverly, after 9:00 am at 762-
4384, to receive instructions. If
possible, please bring a clean
paper bag for exchange.
The church is located approxi-
mately 5 miles west of Shelton
Corner on Hwy 274. You may call
the church at 762-8200, and
leave a message.

New pastor welcomed
at Hillcrest Baptist

Hillcrest Baptist Church would
like to invite one and all to come
worship with them and their new
pastor, Rev. David Crockett. Bro.
Davey was called to the pulpit on
Dec. 26.
Bro. Davey, who is a member
of "His Lighthouse Quartet", and
his beautiful wife, Peggy, are a
welcomed addition to our church
family, and exciting things are
starting to happen.
Come and be blessed. We have
motivated Bible Study starting at
10:00 am on Sunday mornings,
and then at 11:00 am, we go into

I ln Loving Memory of
Nelson E. Trickey
May 15, 1938 Jan. 15, 1998
"DAD" many images come to mind
whenever I speak your name;
It seems without you in my life things
have never been the same.

What happened to those lazy days
when I was just a child;
When my life was consumed in you in
your love, and in your smile.

What happened to all those times
when I always looked to you;
No matter what happened in my life
you could make my gray skies blue.

Dad, some days I hear your voice
and turn to see your face;
Yet in my turning...:it seems the
sound has been erased.
badh who will I turn to lor answers
when life does not make sense;
Who will be there to hold me close
when the pieces just don't fit.

Oh, Dad, if I could turn back time and
once more hear your voice;
I'd tell you that out of all the dads you
would still be my choice.

Please always know I love you and
no one can take your place;
Years may come and go but your
memory will never be erased.

Today, Jesus, as You are listening in
your home above;
Would you go and find my dad and
give him all my love.
Missing you deeply,
Janet, Allen, Becky, Vicky
-. Kathy, Paula & Families

worship service. Sunday Nights
begin at 6:00 pm. Wednesday
Prayer Service is at 7:00 pm, with
Bro. Robert Wilks bringing the
The church is located approxi-
mately five miles west of Shelton
Corer on Hwy. 274. The church
phone is 762-8200. Come expect-
ing a blessing.

Chalk drawings at
Bristol Baptist Church

On Saturday, January 22,
beginning at 11:00 a.m. First
Baptist Church of Bristol will pre-
sent Brother Clyde Roberts doing
a chalk drawing for the children
grades 1-5. This will help them to
understand our Mission
Programs. Please make plans for
your child to come and be a part
of this important day!
Refreshments-will be served. The
church is located at 10922 NW
SR 20, Bristol.

New Harvest Church
begins revival Sunday
New Harvest Fellowship
Church, located on Highway, 71,
two miles north of Wewahitchka,
FL will be holding revival begin-
ning Sunday, January 23, at 6:00
p.m. CST. Services will continue
through Wednesday, January 26,

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Apr. 14, 1927to Jan. 20, 2004
It's been a year since you left us
and it seems like yesterday.
There's not a day that I don't think
of you and remember all the good
times and some of the bad and all
the things our Lord brought us
I watch our great grandchildren
and wish you could see them. So
many things I want to share with
you again.
Every day I want to say, I love you,
one more time. Fifty-six years
together wasn't nearly enough. I
thank God for every one of them
and for you and our family.
We all miss you, but I'm glad
you're with Jesus and not sick
anymore. I will see you soon.

I love you (we love you),
Your Family

beginning at 7:00 p.m. Guest
speaker will be Pastor Charles
Jackson of Dellwood, FL. Plan to
attend expecting to receive a
great blessing! For further infor-
mation, please contact Bob Davis
at 639-4853 or Pastor Eddie
Causey, 639-6191.

Abe Springs PHC will
host sing January 22

Abe' Springs Pentecostal
Holiness Church will be having a
gospel sing Saturday, January
22, at 6 p.m. The featured group
will be the Harrell's from
Douglas, GA. Come to receive
and be a blessing. The church is
located 3.5 miles off State Road
20 on Hwy. 275 South. For more
information call Bro. Michael
Morris at 762-2292.

Manna Ministries to
open food pantry Sat.
Manna. Ministries, a ministry
of Blouritstown Church of the
Nazarene, will open its food
pantry on Saturday, January 22,
from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. This
food pantry will be opened for
individuals and families in our
community who need help with

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10491 NW Newsome Rd.
Clarksville, FL 32430
(850)674-6396 (Work)
(850)643-7135 (Cell)
(850)674-8534 (Home)

food and related supplies. To
help us in this endeavor, we ask
.that anyone planning to receive
assistance from the food pantry
please bring a box or a bag with
them, so that it may be used by
us in upcoming months to dis-
tribute food in. And we also ask
that anyone who is picking up
food for someone who is unable to
come to the pantry, please bring a
note signed by that person giving
you permission to get their food
for them. The Church is located
at 17788 NE Crozier St. diagonal-'
ly across from the southwest cor-
ner of Calhoun Liberty Hospital'

St. Paul Ame will host
Family & Friends Day:

Pastor David Rhone, Sr. and
the congregation at St. Paul AME
church in Blountstown would
like to extend a warm invitation
to everyone to attend our Family
and Friends Day on Sunday,
January 23, at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Leatricia A. Williams
of Greater Mount Pleasant
Missionary Baptist Church in
Tallahassee will be the featured
guest speaker. Come out and
enjoy this' event with us. The
church is located at 10679 River
Street in Blountstown.

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Baptist Church
16345 SE River Street, Blountstown, FL
"We Minister To Needs Without Magnifying Faults"
Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship 11:00 AM
SPrayer and Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 PM
General Mission & Brotherhood 2nd & 4th Saturday 10 AM

15164 SR 71 South, Blountstown, Fla.
Sunday School 10:00 AM Adult Bible Study 6:30 PM
LARRY WHITE, Morning Worship 11 :p0 AM
PASTOR Children's Church 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY
482-4825 Evening Worhsip 5:00 PM Missionette's 6:00 PM
CHURCH PHONE Royal Rangers 6:00 PM
674-8884 Youth Ministry 6:00 Pm

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Bible Study & Worship......................... 6:00 PM
Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study..........6:30 PM
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Located two blocks south of the intersection Highway 20
and Main Street in Blountstown

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True Holiness Church of Christ Written In Heaven
15965 SE River St, Blountstown, FL Church Ph: 850-674-8414; Home Ph: 850-674-7896
.Heb. 12:14...Follow peace with all men, and holiness,
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