BY KRISTY TERRY
Executive Director, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
The 65th Annual Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet was held Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the W.T. Neal Civic Center. The evening began with a reception featuring historic photos and newspaper clippings, followed by dinner, and an awards presentation. [Full Story »]
An inmate who fled from a work camp in Leon County was apprehended in Calhoun County Monday night.
Coty Anthony Turner, 20, is being held at the Calhoun County Jail.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, a tip was received just before 10 p.m. advising Turner had escaped and was contacting neighbors in Daleville, Alabama, to come pick him up from the Airport Motel in Blountstown where he was hiding.
Dep. Scotty Norris, Lt. Adam Terry, Lt. Mark Mallory, Maj. Roman Wood, Capt. Michael Bryant and Dept. of Corrections K-9 with Ofc. Kevin Barton responded. The K-9 Duece tracked a scent from the motel that continued westbound on SR 20 to the Calhoun-Liberty Ministry Center. Turner was found laying down on top of a storage bin outside the building. He was taken into custody without incident.
Feb. 20: Lamar Lashen Peterson, poss. of controlled substance (crack) with intent to distribute; Justin Martice Black, VOP
Feb. 21: Adrian White, VOP; Stacy Futch, VOP; Sara Locklear, domestic battery
Feb. 22: Cardonial Thomas, aggravated assault with a firearm; Michael Teston, county VOP; Dortha Catalano, state VOP
Feb. 23: Zachary Holliday, disorderly intoxication; James Porter, trespassing/structure; Vallerie Loranger, trespassing/structure; Khrystal Attaway, contempt
Feb. 24: Lamaris Jones, failure to appear, poss. of drug paraphernalia
Feb. 25: Ke’ontre Simpson, DWLSR; Christopher William Lewis, battery/Gadsden Co. warrants
Feb. 26: Robert Sangster, burglary of a structure with battery; Laura Wilson, VOP
Feb. 19: Vern McCombs, serving six months
Feb. 21: Michelle Purkey, DWLSR/state VOP; Sara Locklear, holding for CCSO; Stacy Futch, hold for CCSO
Feb. 22: Dortha Catalano, hold for CCSO, Valerie Loranger, hold for CCSO; Rahim McFaden, hold for Marion Co.; Krystal Attaway, hold for CCSO
Feb. 23: Eddie Lee Carter, writ of attachment
The above individuals were booked into the Calhoun or Liberty County Jail over the past week. Although they have been charged with a crime, they are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Kathy Renee Fortner of Blountstown passed away Friday, February 24, 2012, at the age of 48 at her mother’s home with her son, Cameo, and her sister, Dora, and brother-in-law, Tony Hall, by her side. Also by her side were neighbors and good friends, Lorene and Anita Holmes, and her son, Alex.
She was preceded in death by her son, Colby Fortner; her parents, Charles Herman and Wanda (Parrish) Fortner; and her sister, LaJuana Downum.
She is survived by two sons, Jeremy Fortner and his wife, Matrona, of Alaska, and Cameo Fortner of Blountstown; three sisters, Opal Brogdon and her husband, Danny, of Wewahitchka, Frankie Darlene ‘Dolly’ Chagnon and her husband, Xavier, of Miami, and Dora Mosley and Tony Hall of Blountstown; seven beautiful grandchildren; four nieces and four nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at Boggs Cemetery in Blountstown (in case of inclement weather, the service will be in Adams Funeral Home Chapel). The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 2, at Adams Funeral Home.
Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). On-line condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.
A suspect wanted in connection with over two dozen burglaries around the region has surrendered.
Keldrick Trenaud Wilson, 17, is facing charges in Calhoun, Liberty, Jackson, and Gadsden counties, as well as Decatur County, GA. Wilson was initially apprehended in Chattahoochee Feb. 15, along with Xavier Darcus Parks, 18. However, after being booked into the Jackson County Jail, Judge Woody Hatcher set bond at $50,000. Sources say there was a delay in warrants from other counties being processed. Wilson made bond on Feb. 20 and walked out of jail.
Authorities in other counties learned the following day Wilson was back on the streets and began searching for him. By week's end, the Fugitive Task Force with the U.S. Marshal's Office joined the hunt. Wilson turned himself into the Gadsden County Jail on Saturday.
A suspect wanted in over two dozen burglaries in Calhoun, Liberty and surrounding counties remains on the run with the U.S. Marshals joining in the hunt to bring him into custody.
As reported earlier this week by The County Record, Keldrick Trenaud Wilson, 17, walked out of the Jackson County Jail Monday after posting a $50,000 bond that had been set by Judge Woody Hatcher. Warrants from the surrounding counties were being processed at the time.
Authorities tracked Wilson to a housing project in Quincy Thursday, but have not yet found him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact local law enforcement.
Wilson and his alleged partner in the burglaries, Xavier Darcus Parks, 18, were first apprehended Feb. 15 when a group of investigators from Calhoun, Liberty, Jackson, and Gadsden counties gathered at the BP Station in Chattahoochee to discuss the case. The pair pulled up and authorities noticed their car matched the description of a suspicious vehicle reported by eyewitnesses in Liberty County. Stolen jewelry, cash and firearms were discovered in the vehicle.
Mr. Archie Faircloth Jr., 73, of Bristol and a former resident of Blountstown passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012 at his home.
Archie was born on July 29, 1938, in Liberty County and had lived in Liberty and Calhoun Counties all of his life. Archie worked for the Blountstown Police Department from 1970 until his retirement in 2000. He served as Mayor of Blountstown from 2000 to 2004. Archie was a member of Dixie Lodge #109 F&AM where he served as past master. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of Gateway Baptist Church in Blountstown.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Myrtice Faircloth of Bristol; two sons, Joe Faircloth and Archie Faircloth III, both of Blountstown; two daughters, Myrtice Elaine Faircloth of Bristol and Julia Allen and her husband, Paul, of Blountstown; two brothers, Roland Faircloth and his wife, Joyce, of Columbus, GA, and Franklin Faircloth and his wife, Glenda, of Blountstown; one sister, Ann Cureton, of Columbus, GA; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Rita Herndon, of Marianna; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 27, at 1 pm (CST)/2 pm (EST) at Gateway Baptist Church in Blountstown with Reverend Roger King and Reverend Rick Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 26, from 5 pm (CST)/6 pm (EST) until 7 pm (CST)/8 pm (EST) at Peavy Funeral Home.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).