It was an afternoon filled with food, fun and good ol’ politickin’ Saturday at the Kinard Community Center where the Kinard Volunteer Fire Department hosted a political rally and fish fry. Candidates had a chance to meet and greet, then three minutes at the podium.
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A man wanted for an Easter morning murder in Pinellas County, Florida, was apprehended at a Blountstown residence Wednesday afternoon.
John Curry IV, 22, of St. Petersburg, is accused of killing Tamika Lashond Mack, 24, a mother of two, during a home invasion the morning of April 8.
According to an article in the Tampa Bay Tribune, Curry and another suspect burst into Mack's home and began shooting. Mack was struck by bullets, became unresponsive and later died at an area hospital. Her friend, Tore V. Holley, 29, managed to escape during the shooting. Holley reportedly fled to a neighbor's house and called authorities.
St. Petersburg Police announced last week a warrant for first-degree murder had been obtained for Curry and a reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Capt. Mark Mallory of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office received a tip Wednesday that Curry was staying at the Boyd Street home of Dallas Muhammed. An arrest team, consisting of agents from the U.S. Marshal's Office, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Blountstown Police Department, successfully apprehended Curry at the Muhammed home without incident. Other occupants at the residence were questioned and advised Curry arrived in town a few days ago, claiming he was just there for a visit.
Curry is in custody at the Calhoun County Jail.
Check out all the details in next week's print edition of The County Record.
Ramsey Layne Brown, 29, of Bristol passed away Monday, July 30, 2012, at Dr. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, FL., with her mother, Teresa Hamlin, and her brother, Christopher Brown, by her side.
Ramsey fought a brave battle and was loved dearly by everyone that came in contact with her. We will miss her so very much.
She was preceded in death by her father, L.G. Brown, Jr., and her maternal grandfather, George Carroll Ramsey.
Ramsey is survived her mother, Teresa Hamlin; her step-father, Henry Hamlin; her brother, Christopher Brown; a step sister, Ann-Marie Hamlin Cury; a step-brother, Garrett Hamlin; her maternal grandmother, Betty Ann Ramsey, of Bristol; her paternal grandparents, L.G. and Ruth Brown, of Midland, Michigan; many other aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces and other family members; and many friends that loved her dearly.
The family will receive friends, Thursday, August 2, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Bevis Funeral Home in Bristol. The funeral service will be held Friday, August 3, at 11:00 am at the Lake Mystic Baptist Church in Bristol with the interment at Lake Mystic Cemetery.
Bevis Funeral Home, (850)643-3636, www.bevisfh.com is in charge of the arrangements.
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Courtney Thompson, a member of the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, will be taking to the court this weekend in London. The 28-year-old from Washington State has some cousins in Calhoun County cheering her on - Terry Neal and her daughter, Amanda.
"The day the U.S. team plays their first game is Leon's [Terry's late husband] birthday," Terry, who works at the Calhoun-Liberty Employees Credit Union, tells The County Record. "If the U.S. team goes all the way, the finals are on my mom's birthday. I told Courtney it's an omen - a good omen!"
Thompson, who stands only 5'8, is a setter for Team USA, known for her contagious enthusiasm.
The U.S. volleyball team will take on South Korea Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. CT. The match will be televised on WJHG Channel 7. Team USA goes up against Brazil Monday with game time at 10:30 a.m. CT and also aired on Channel 7. Watch for additional game listings in this week's print edition, along with details about the schedule for track star Justin Gatlin who also has local ties. Justin's first event is set for Saturday, Aug. 4.
Check out this article in The Seattle Times for more on Courtney Thompson, a remarkable young athlete with an inspiring story.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office raided a marijuana patch this morning, seizing numerous plants with a street value in excess of $60,000. The bust occurred near New Landing Road. Watch for more details in our print edition next week.
Shanda Lynn Reese of Clarksville, Florida, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Panama City, Florida at the age of 21.
Shanda attended Travelers Rest Free Will Baptist Church in Clarksville and was a graduate of Blountstown High School Class of 2009.
She was preceded in death by paternal great-grandfather, E. B. Reese and her maternal grandfather, Delbert Melvin.
Survivors include her father, Timothy Reese and his wife, Katrina, of Grand Ridge, Florida and her mother, Shawna (Melvin) Reese, of Clarksville; brother, Shane Reese of Clarksville; sister, Sasha Reese of Grand Ridge; paternal grandparents, Wayne and Stacy Reese of Marianna, Florida and Hannah Pumphrey of Panama City; maternal grandmother, Carolyn Melvin of Clarksville; paternal great-grandmother, Jeanette Reese of Panama City; and maternal great-grandmother, Christana Mercer of Cypress, Florida;
a special aunt, Debbie Parrish of Red Oak Community; and many other extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Travelers Rest Free Will Baptist Church with Reverend Shawn Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Travelers Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, July 27 at Adams Funeral Home.
Adams Funeral in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). Online condolences may be made at www.adamsfh.com.
Mr. Larry Carnley, President of the Panhandle Chapter of Building Officials Association of Florida, appeared at the July 3 Calhoun County Board of Commissioners meeting and presented to Mr. Dowling Parrish a plaque recognizing him as Building Official of the Year for the Panhandle Chapter.
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