The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating three overnight burglaries. According to Sheriff David Tatum, the incidents occurred at Scotts Ferry General Store, Pit Stop, and Cumbaa Enterprises. Two have been arrested in the Scotts Ferry case. It is unknown at this time if the cases are connected. Check out tomorrow's print edition for more details.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a three month old baby boy kidnapped during an alleged carjacking in Ariton, Alabama near Dothan Sunday. The infant's two siblings turned up in Walton County, Florida. A woman called 911 just before 2 a.m. to report seeing two children in the road near her home, but the baby was not with them. The children were taken to a Walton County hospital. The suspects may be driving a 1996 Gray Isuzu Rodeo SUV with Alabama plate 61B93J9. If you have any information about this case, please contact the Dale County Sheriff’s Office at (334) 774-2335, Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8111 or your local law enforcement agency.
After discovering abnormal human footprints near their house, a Gadsden County family believes Bigfoot exists on their property. Bigfoot expert, Matt Moneymaker, and his team from the Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” help the family discover the truth behind this oddity.
The dubbed “Swamp Ape” episode of the show “Finding Bigfoot” premieres on Animal Planet this Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET.
Join Moneymaker and his team as they visit Gadsden County, whose citizens have an alleged history with this mythical creature that goes back hundreds of years.
EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY
Kickoff the weekend with a free wine tasting at Smokin’ Spirits next to the Quick Pic on SR 20 West in Blountstown. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will also be on tap. As Alan Jackson says, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere and it will literally be 5 o’clock when this event gets underway. The fun and free goodies last til 8.
GET YOUR ART GROOVE ON
Admit it. You are long overdue for some cultural enrichment and watching “a Dog The Bounty Hunter” marathon doesn’t count. Start your Friday night with a stop at the Preble-Rish Gallery in downtown Blountstown where seven local artists will have their wares on display. Everything from paintings to pottery will be featured, along with the permanent Apalachicola River photography exhibit by Clyde Butcher. Tickets are a steal at $10, with wine and cheese included. Get them early at Blountstown Drugs or at the door.
REEL IN THE BIG ONE
The Blountstown FFA invites you to drop a line in the Chipola River and reel in the winnings. The fishing tournament is set for Saturday with registration at 6 a.m. at the landing on SR 20 near Clarksville. Boats launch at 6:30 and must return by 2 p.m. Entry fee is $10, plus an additional $5 to enter the big fish contest. Prizes are $100 for the best 25 pan fish and $50 for the biggest fish. Proceeds benefit the FFA.
PASS THE SYRUP
For a belly-fillin’ good time, get outta that bed and head to the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Saturday morning where volunteers will be flippin’ pancakes and cookin’ sausage. Rise and shine...the all-you-can-eat feast starts at 6 and ends at 9. The cost is a donation (you choose the amount) to help complete the porch on the Club House. The Settlement is located inside Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown. Take Hwy. 20 west, turn at Lindy’s, drive into the park and follow the signs into the Settlement.
GATHER ON THE GREEN
Don’t waste that sugar high. After the pancake breakfast, cruise downtown to the greenspace next to Centennial Bank and expend some energy at the River Valley Marketplace sponsored by Blountstown Main Street. Arts, crafts, fresh produce and baked goods are for sale by local vendors. For a free booth space, just show up with your tables and wares or drop the tailgate for a truck sale. Businesses welcome. Open the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. Call Lisa at 850-258-3985 if you need more info.
A Blountstown man has been taken into custody by Jackson County authorities following a traffic stop that turned up drugs. Tommy Darrell Hill, 55, of Go Cart Road, was pulled over by the Marianna Police Department Wednesday, June 1, just after 8:30 p.m., on Penn Avenue under the I-10 overpass. He was found in possession of an estimated 1.2 grams of powder cocaine. More details in our next print edition.
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The Blountstown Rotary Club (BRC) hosted the 16th annual Big River Roundup Florida Flathead Catfish Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Ronald Earnest was named Flathead King after reeling in the 32.75 lb. first place fish. [Full Story »]
May 23: Matthew Adkins, VOP; Lauren Ashley Henderson, VOP; Jamie Summerlin, VOP; Demetre Green, VOP; Crystal Dawn Jones, domestic battery
May 24: John Davis, non support; Laura Wilson, VOP
May 25: Jeffery Moseley, VOP; Dominique Cargile, DWLSR with knowledge; Ralph Waterman, VOP; Robert Bland, VOP; Teresa S. Bailey, poss. controlled substance, poss. l/t 20 grams marijuana
May 26: Walter Mayo, battery by person being detained in a jail upon another detainee
May 27: Lillie May Middlebrooks, VOP; Scott Frederico, poss. of prescription drug without prescription
May 29: Vanessa A. Cassanova, poss. l/t 20 grams, introduction of controlled substance onto state property [Full Story »]