Changes in FCAT scoring and unexpected lower grades in reading and writing led to an outcry from educators across the state last week. The Florida Department of Education (DOE) officials called an emergency meeting to address concerns.
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A crash in Liberty County Friday night landed a local man behind bars and blocked traffic following the spring jamboree between Blountstown and Bristol.
Jimmy Allen O’Bryan, 49, of Bristol, was charged with DUI, careless driving, and open container.
According to Trooper Jason King of the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just after 9:30 p.m. on SR 20 about a half mile west of the traffic light at the intersection of CR 12. Tpr. King found a small white pickup in both the outside and inside east bound lanes blocking traffic. O’Bryan was still behind the wheel with an opened, spilled can of beer in the driver's floorboard. The driver, later identified as O’Bryan, stated, “Please, Trooper King, you know me, please don't do this to me, I am sorry, I only drank a little.”
Tpr. King informed the driver he was still conducting his crash investigation, to relax and allow EMS to check him out.
The report indicates O’Bryan was attempting to negotiate a slight uphill curve when he failed to maintain control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. The truck rotated clockwise, landing across both lanes.
O’Bryan refused medical treatment and, once Tpr. King completed the crash investigation, he switched gears to a criminal investigation for DUI. Tpr. King noted in his report he could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from O’Bryan’s mouth and face area as he spoke. He also noticed his eyes to be very bloodshot and his speech was slurred.
After failing a field sobriety test, O’Bryan was booked into the Liberty County Jail.
Linda Eldridge of Blountstown passed away April 24, 2012, following an extended illness.
Born April 5, 1944, Linda was a captain in the Army Reserve. She graduated from Florida State University with a nursing degree and worked for many years at Florida State Hospital, as well as Calhoun-Liberty Hospital.
She is survived by a son, Brian Eldridge, and a daughter, Kimberly Eldridge.
A memorial service is planned Saturday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Calhoun-Liberty Hospital. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.
J.R. Still, 63, of Port St Lucie, FL, and formerly of Westville, FL, passed away April 25, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL.
J.R. (Junior) was born June 20, 1948 in Bonifay, FL, to Reba Mallory and the late Travis Still. He graduated from Martin County Senior High School in June of 1966 and, in August 1966, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completing Basic Training at Paris Island, South Carolina, and Advanced Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he volunteered for 18 months in Vietnam. He was part of one of the first groups of soldiers pulled out of Vietnam in the historic troop withdrawal ordered by President Richard Nixon. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps with the rank of Lance Corporal. Upon returning home, J.R. worked at Smiley's Dairy in Indiantown, FL, Register's Dairy in Graceville, FL, and Showell Farms in DeFuniak Springs, FL. J.R. learned the plumbing trade from his stepfather and later became a state licensed plumbing contractor who owned and operaterd Still Plumbing in Port St. Lucie for many years. He was an avid gardener who, along with his wife, spent many hours creating a beautiful backyard oasis that will continue to grow as a living legacy of his love for God and his family.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffery Mark (Buddy) Mallory, his stepfather, John C. Mallory, and his beloved brother, Dan Mallory.
J.R. is survived by his mother, Reba Mallory, of Westville, FL; his wife of 41 years, Pamela Voltz Still, of Port St Lucie, FL; three children, James Still and his wife, Maribell, of Port St. Lucie, Patrisha (Still) Barker and her husband, Daniel, of Port St. Lucie and Pauline (Ginger) Still and her fiance, Kyle Rarrick, of Jensen Beach, FL; three sisters, Marcy Owens and her husband, Brad, of Blountstown, FL, Sally Phillips and her husband, Greg, of Mossy Pond, FL, and Dottie Mallory Howard of Clarksville, FL; one brother, John Mallory, and his wife, Christine, of Clarksville; one aunt, Katie Parish, of Bonifay, FL; one uncle, Leonard Still, of Graceville, FL; three grandchildren, Luis Still, Ashton Rarrick and Ethan Still; five step-grandchildren, Stephen Rodriguez, Ashley, Jacquelin, Lindsay and Jayme Barker; two step-great-grandchildren, Jack Lowery IV and Layla Barker; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held May 20 at Hickory Hill Baptist Church in Westville, FL. Memorialization was by cremation.
Three Florida Forest Service tractor-plow units (fire suppression bulldozers pulling fireline plows) and one ‘brush truck’ are currently on the scene of a 35-plus acre wildfire right on the Bay County-Calhoun County line near the end of McGill Road/County Road 109 south of Scott’s Ferry Road.
According to the Florida Forest Service, the wildfire was discovered and reported earlier today around 10:30 a.m. by a Florida Forest Service tower person from a Calhoun County firetower (Smith Tower). A fixed-wing aircraft pilot was dispatched to fly over the blaze. He then reported that it is growing and spotting—meaning that embers are being blown by the wind ahead of the actual fire itself causing new smaller fires to start.
"I do believe that this area is, for the most part, remote meaning no homes appear to be immediately threatened," Brian Goddin, a spokesperson for the Florida Forest Service, reports.
The County Record will provide updates as they become available.
On Friday, May 11th, “The Tasty Tiger” prepared a delicious meal that consisted of Parisian Watermelon Salad, Pork Medallions w/deglazed sauce, Warm Asian Salad, Cappuccino Mouse in Chocolate Cups and Iced Tea.
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Recognize the masked individual in the photo shown above? The Blountstown Police Department is seeking information on this suspect who allegedly burglarized the Gas Mart across from Harvey’s on SR 71.
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May 9: Hali Smith, VOP
May 10: Darin Summerlin, state VOP; Curtis Garrett, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, sale of cocaine; Sabrina Nicole Allen, VOP; Dominique Urie Cargile, sale of cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack form cocaine
May 11: John Michael West, burglary of structure, grand theft; Jimmy Tucker, VOP, failure to appear; Curtis Huie, DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge
May 12: Michael Herrell, non-support, VOP; John Will Holland III, battery; Susan Gortt, battery
May 13: Joseph Gortt, battery; Jonathan Thomas, DWLSR with knowledge; James Littlejohn, DWLSR with knowledge; Rachel Cannon, GA/failure to appear warrant [Full Story »]
No more turning lane at the corner of Charlie Johns Street and West Central/State Road 20. The Blountstown City Council has voted to return to the original street design with two, wider lanes.
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