An Altha family had an early morning visitor they won’t soon forget. An enormous oak tree crashed into their brick home on Fuqua Street Tuesday, destroying two bedrooms and causing extensive damage to the residence.
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Just a month after surviving a high voltage shock while working a construction job in Marianna, Kenny Wayne Klotz, 45, of Blountstown tackled another challenge and lived to tell about it.
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The Blountstown Tigers are in the midst of training for the upcoming football season. Leading the team this year are seniors (from left) Austin Capps, Ryan Hathcox, Bobby Andrews, Roosevelt Martin, and Christian Pierce.
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Aug. 6: Nathan Cooper, violation of state probation; David Earl Cutchins, failure to appear; Jack Huff, violation of state probation, dealing in stolen property; Matthew Aliffi, trafficking in amph, possession
Aug. 7: Brandy Vestal, violation of conditional release; Samantha Swearengin, violation of probation; Christopher Schebel, domestic battery
Aug. 8: Charlotte Burch, poss. listed chemicals; Willie Yawn, trafficking in meth, poss. listed chemicals; Robert White, trafficking in meth, poss. listed chemicals
Aug. 9: Robert Tensley, DUI; Laura Yon, non-support; Fredrick Barfield, violation of probation
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Mr. Joseph V. (Bill) Cohee, age 88 of Blountstown, FL, passed away early Wednesday morning, August 15, 2012, in Blountstown.
Bill was born on February 21, 1924 in Peru, Indiana, moved to Stuart, FL in 1954 then to Blountstown 28 years ago. Bill was in the United States Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. He worked for the Florida Turnpike Authority and then was self-employed small engine mechanic. Bill was a member of the Macedonia First Baptist Church in Blountstown.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Minnie and Leo Cohee; sister, Mary Poff; brother, David Cohee; and son, Daniel Cohee.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Elaine Cohee, of Blountstown; sisters, Elizabeth Cohee of Peru, IN, and Dorothy Brown of Kimberling City, MO; sister-in-law, Flo Cohee, of Peru, IN; brother, Phillip Cohee, and his wife, Jane, of Rochester, IN; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and very dear friends, Robert and Kay Trammell, of Tallahassee, FL.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 17, at 11:00 am (CDT) at Macedonia First Baptist Church in Blountstown with Reverend David Wood officiating. Memorialization will be by cremation. The family will receive friends Thursday, August 16, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).
Calhoun County Primary Election results are in with only 23 provisional ballots remaining outstanding. Those totals should be added tomorrow, but should not affect any of the following races. Here are the totals:
Glenn Kimbrel - 1791
Roman Wood - 1753
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
Sharon Chason - 2132
Sky Scott - 1293
Ruby Clark - 864
Becky Trickey Smith - 2622
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Tommy McClellan - 2421
Ron Mears - 1056
CLERK OF COURT
Renee' Attaway Crawford - 1611
Ray Howell - 1309
Danny Ray Wise - 616
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1
Fred D. Blankenship - 149
Lee Lee Brown - 397
Nathan Goodman - 306
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3
Jeral Hall, Sr. - 249
Don Miller - 214
Lee Shelton - 260
COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 5
Thomas G. Flowers - 423
Harold Pickron - 374
SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 1
Edward Holley - 470
Danny Ryals - 593
SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4
Katrina Hatchett - 191
Kenneth Speights - 279
BLOUNTSTOWN CITY COUNCIL
David Blair - 365
Beverly Veress - 398
Check out tomorrow's print edition for a precinct by precinct breakdown.
William Charles “Bill” Lee of Blountstown, Florida passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the age of 82. Bill returned to Blountstown in 1983 from Winter Haven, Florida where he worked as a supervisor in the Department of Transportation. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham Lincoln “Link” and Minnie (Bryant) Lee; a brother, Ralph Lee; sisters, Doris Covington, Myrtle Burch, Vivian Russ, and Mary Goodman.
Survivors include his wife, Sybil (Shiver) Lee; sons, Gary Lee and his wife, Patricia, of Carrabelle, Florida, Dougie Brackins and his wife, Laura, of Blountstown, and Freddie Brackins and his wife, Heather, of Altha, Florida; daughters, Karen Etheridge and her husband, Barney, of Winter Haven and Maria Thurman and her husband, Tommy, of Blountstown; seventeen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brothers, Maurice Lee of Blountstown, Amos Lee of Abe Springs, Florida, and Roger Dale Lee of Panama City, Florida.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in the Chapel at Adams Funeral Home with Dr. Shawn A. Williams officiating. The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 14 at the funeral home.
Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements. Phone 674-5449. Online condolences may be made at www.adamsfh.com.
Mrs. Irene Jane Flowers, 64, of Bristol, FL, passed away Saturday morning, August 11, 2012, in Tallahassee, FL.
Irene was born on November 18, 1947, in New York City, NY, and had lived in Liberty County for past 37 years, coming from Union City, NJ. She retired after 25 years of service with the State of Florida working in Department of Financial Services. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blountstown, FL.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Elizabeth (Daly) Rudersdorf.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Flowers, of Bristol; two sons, Thomas Flowers and his wife, Sherry, of Blountstown, and Patrick Flowers and his wife, Tiziana, of Italy; one daughter, Irene Flowers Myers, of Bristol; one brother, Steve Rudersdorf, and his wife, Missy, of Little Ferry, NJ; one sister, Mildred Marsella, of Little Ferry, NJ; grandchildren, Tyler Myers, Carson Flowers, Allison Myers, Hunter Flowers and Alissa Flowers.
Funeral mass will be held Tuesday, August 14, at 9 am (EDT)/8 am (CDT) at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blountstown with Father Chuck officiating. Interment will follow in Lake Mystic Cemetery in Bristol. The family will receive friends Monday, August 13, from 6 pm until 8 pm (EDT)/5 pm until 7 pm (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home. The family will accept flowers, but anyone wishing may make contribution to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (674-2266).
A trio is behind bars after a meth lab bust in Altha Wednesday.
Robert “Bob” Melton White, 49, of Altha, and Willie F. Yawn, 29, of both Altha and Arkansas, have each been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of listed chemicals. Charlotte Michelle Burch, 26, of Santa Rosa Beach and Arkansas, is charged with possession of listed chemicals.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, members of the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force served a search warrant on White’s Apache Road residence just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, leading to the arrests.
Check out next week's print edition for all the details.
FCCLA Nationals was held in Orlando, Florida, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and Conference Center on July 7 - 12. Calhoun County had seven students attending - six for competitions and one as a Florida State Officer.
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