After learning that one county employee’s fuel and travel expenses are handled differently than any other local government worker, The County Record did some digging. To put it simple, our numbers aren’t adding up the same.
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Calhoun County Commissioner Danny Ray Wise has called for a grand jury investigation after questions were raised about travel payments to County Administrator Sonny O’Bryan.
The matter came up during Tuesday evening’s board meeting. Commissioner Wise began by asking two questions of County Attorney Matt Fuqua. The first question was, “Have you, as a county attorney, prepared a resolution or ordinance as to Florida Statutes 112.061, allowing Mr. O’Bryan’s travel allowance to exceed Florida Statutes?”
Wise then asked Fuqua if he had prepared an ordinance in accordance with Florida Statute 125, Part 3, allowing the Board of County Commissioners to appoint a county administrator.
Fuqua responded “no” to both questions.
Commissioner Wise then made the following statement, “As a duly elected official of Calhoun County, I am requesting a grand jury investigation by the State Attorney of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, Glen Hess. This request will include Ruth Attaway, Clerk to the Board, Don “Sonny” O’Bryan, and the Board of County Commissioners. I am also requesting a review of all county contracts, all road bids, purchasing procedures, including the $985,000 on limerock in this fiscal year. A copy of my request will also go to Governor Scott.”
The County Record had already gone to press when this meeting occurred. Check out the Sept. 26 print edition for more details.
Gary A. Watterson, age 80, a Certified Public Accountant in Tallahassee, Florida for fifty years, died in Blountstown, Florida on Monday, September 17, 2012.
Gary was born in Jacksonville, Florida and lived for many years in Tallahassee before moving to Blountstown. He was a member of Blountstown First Baptist Church and was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard. Gary enjoyed playing his guitar and singing at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Shirley (Prescott) Watterson; his brother, Gerald; a sister, Jacqueline; a daughter, Selena Williams Burke; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Watterson.
Survivors include his wife of thirty-six years, Imogene Watterson, of Blountstown; sons, Bruce Watterson of Tallahassee, Sean Watterson and his wife, Bridget, of New York, NY, Steve Williams and his wife, Wendy, of Altha, Florida, and Dillon Burke of Blountstown; daughters, Stephanie Williams of Blountstown, Sheila Shelton and her husband, Greg, of Altha, Shelly Smith and he husband, Ronnie, also of Altha, and Kayla Burke of Blountstown; seventeen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Eddy Watterson and his wife, Edie, of Hobe Sound, Florida.
Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Blountstown First Baptist Church with Bud Guilford and Dusty Malphurs officiating.
Contributions may be made to the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement, P. O. Box 215, Blountstown, Florida 32424; Florida National Guard, 1225 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311; or Florida Baptist Children’s Home, P. O. Box 8190, Lakeland, Florida 33802-9963.
Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements. 1-850-674-5449. Online condolences may be made at www.adamsfh.com.
The Blountstown Police Department has arrested three employees from the local Alco store, one former employee, along with four friends and family members of the Alco workers, in a major theft case.
Charles Swearington, 39, Austin Lee Scott, 24, Robert Lee Miller, 48, and Bradley Terry, 23, are all charged with grand theft over $5000, but under $10,000, and conspiracy to commit grand theft. Thomas Franklin McCourt, 18, Jeremiah Cain Grzegorcyzk, 18, Standish Allum Croley, 18, and Kathryn Olivia Murphy, 20, have all been charged with conspiracy to commit grand theft and principal in the first degree to grand theft. All are Calhoun County residents.
According to the BPD, over $8100 worth of merchandise has been stolen from the business over the past couple months. Items taken range from power tools to electronics. The case came to light after a woman spotted Swearington selling MP3 players still in Alco shipping boxes at a Blountstown convenience store parking lot.
All suspects were booked into the Calhoun County Jail Thursday with the exception of Scott. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
William Hubert “Bill” Lindsey, Sr., USAF M/Sgt. Ret, was born at Sumatra, Florida, at the home of his maternal grandparents on March 10, 1929, the son of Melvin and Ludy May Hill Lindsey. He died in Tallahassee September 3, 2012, with his beloved wife of 60 years, Anne, by his side.
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Altha School needs your help! Did you know there are many things we throw away every day that can raise money for our school? We are collecting Box Tops for Education, Labels for Education, old ink cartridges, My Coke Rewards Points, and Sunny D labels to raise money for our school. [Full Story »]
The Blountstown Tigers and Chipley Tigers have met many times over the years, but Friday night's game at newly named Ted Cooper Stadium might be remembered for years to come as the most exciting of the series.
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This past Saturday, the Altha Lady Wildcats participated in a volleyball tournament at Chipley High School where they competed with many teams. Beating Holmes County and losing to Walton, they were placed in the silver division.
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Sept. 3: Euga Lee Edenfield, domestic battery
Sept. 4: Mardreon Taforrest Gatlin, sexual battery with deadly weapon; Kevin Johnson, domestic battery
Sept. 5: Richard Flanders, violation of probation; Cardonial Thomas, violation of probation; Rodney Dewayne Adkison, violation of probation
Sept. 6: Dorothy Mae Howard, battery [Full Story »]