In response to ongoing questions surrounding the death of Blountstown Middle School coach Tranum McLemore, The County Record has requested several public records from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Several items have been received and are currently being reviewed.
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Sheriff David Tatum has been advised of a scam in the region involving newspaper subscription sales. A tall (approximately 5’9”) lean white male with dark hair driving a dark gray Suburban SUV with a woman inside has reportedly been soliciting for newspapers. The scam first began in Dothan, then spread to Jackson County. The Sheriff's Office received a tip that the scam is now occurring in Calhoun County, however, no official complaints have been filed. The couple reportedly requires cash-only payments and refuses any checks for subscriptions. Be aware that The County Record has no one outside the newspaper office selling subscriptions.
Thelma Louise Sanders, 78, of Hosford, Florida, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, in Tallahassee, Florida.
She was born in Greensboro, Florida, to the late Kinch and Della (Durden) Arnold. She and her late husband, Eric T. Sanders, who she married April 3, 1953, lived in various parts of the United States as his job required at the time, but returned home to Liberty County after the birth of their daughter, Joy. From that time, Louise was a homemaker and also worked for several years as a teacher’s aide at Hosford School. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church of Hosford.
She was one of the happiest people on the planet, and always had a ready smile for everyone she met. The care and well-being of her family was always her number one priority and she enjoyed cooking, baking, and sewing for them. Louise loved music and singing and her family was used to her singing from the time she woke in the morning until she retired at night. She had many health issues over the past few years, some of which cost her her legs, but even through all of that she never lost her smile. She lived the last three years at Blountstown Health and Rehabilitation where she was a “social butterfly” wheeling around in her motorized wheelchair visiting with other friends both old and new. Even after the loss of her legs, she stated many times that she didn’t know the purpose that God had for her without her legs, but if she could be an example to someone else that you should never give up or feel sorry for yourself, then she would be the example that God wanted her to be.
She is survived by her daughter, Joy Sanders Hartsfield, of Crawfordville, Florida; two step-daughters, Glyndell Perri of Tallahassee and Jackie Hallman of Graceville, Florida; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Eustas Arnold, of Telogia, Florida; two sisters, Elma Arnold Kent of Branford, Florida, and Sarah Arnold “Boogie” Sauls and her husband, Bobby, of Abbeville, Alabama. She will be missed by a large family of cousins and a host of nieces and nephews who were all a very special part of her life; and also a very special friend, Marion Mercer, who was like a sister to her.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 25, at Corinth Baptist Church in Hosford with Kyle Peddie and Ken Hosford officiating. Interment will follow in Hosford Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 24, at Corinth Baptist Church.
She will be greatly missed, but we know that we will walk with her again on golden streets one day.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.
Adam Terry, a lieutenant at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, has filed his letter of intent to seek the sheriff’s post. He is running with no party affiliation. Terry will be on the general election ballot Nov. 6 with Poney B. Adams (R), James “Jimmy” Baggett (NPA), Kenneth B. Futch (NPA), and Earl Hunt (NPA), as well as the winner of the democratic primary between Roman Wood and Glenn Kimbrel.
Richmond Broward Pitts has entered the race for Calhoun County Tax Collector. He is running with no party affiliation. Pitts will face the winner of the democratic primary between incumbent Becky Trickey-Smith and Ruby K. Clark. The primary is set for Aug. 14 with the general election Nov. 6.
Calhoun County Judge Kevin Grover will remain in office another term as he has been unopposed. Today at noon was the last day for any candidates to qualify in judicial races. Congratulations to Judge Grover!
Lee Lee Brown has filed his letter of intent to run for county commissioner in district 1. He is running as a democrat and will go up against Fred D. Blankenship and Nathan Goodman in the democratic primary Aug. 14. The top vote getter will go up against the republican primary winner between Glenn A. Byler and Jerry Guilford, along with James Grover (NPA), in the general election Nov. 6.
Blountstown High School will present its spring production of GUYS AND DOLLS on Thursday and Friday, April 26th and 27th. Admission is $3 students and $5 adults. It will be performed in the new BHS Auditorium. Show time is 6:30 p.m. [Full Story »]
Apr. 9: Nellie Marks, petit theft; George Huie, non-support; Latasha Ivory, battery; James Stewart, aggravated assault with intent
Apr. 11: Terrence Walker, disorderly intoxication; Levar Algernon Johnson, grand theft over $300/under $5000; Gary Powell, sale of cocaine
Apr. 12: Gary Powell, violation of conditional release; Latasha Mathis, violation of state probation; Stephanie Nelson, DUI with property damage; Johnny Harold Hutton, failure to appear; Ronnie Allen Davis, Jr., violation of probation
Apr. 13: Charles Blackwell, petit theft; William Baggett, petit theft; Chuck Basford, worthless check; Crystee Raynor Williams, worthless checks
Apr. 15: Ross C. Anderson, Jr., battery
Apr. 16: Pearlie Hearns, VOP
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When a Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) investigator and a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper began investigating suspicious activity at an Altha home over a year ago, they had no idea the kind of case they were about to crack. But after a little digging, it was clear they had stumbled upon a major drug ring with ties to a Mexican cartel. [Full Story »]