Were you ever a band member at Blountstown High School or any other school? An effort is underway to create a community band to perform at home football games, parades and other events. All ages are welcome to join, from students to older folks.
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Growing up above a funeral home in downtown Panama City, Steve Southerland has literally spent his life surrounded by business. So when he became fed up with private enterprise being over-regulated and government running amok with taxpayer dollars, he decided enough was enough. He threw his hat in the ring and hit the high road to Washington, garnering a seat as the U.S. Representative for district 2. [Full Story »]
The skies lit up across Blountstown Monday night during the 4th of July fireworks show. Local clubs such as the Blountstown Historic Preservation Committee and the BHS Boosters sold concessions as folks gathered downtown. [Full Story »]
June 28: Elton Pitts, violation of community control
June 29: William Shane Black, possession of listed chemicals; Joseph Spence, out of county warrant/grand theft
June 30: Michael Kenneth Watson, VOP
July 1: Savannah Downum, VOP; Paul Babagian, VOP (Hillsborough Co.)
July 2: Clarence Neal, habitual traffic offender; William Burnett, DUI (Duval Co. warrant); Jamal Al-Zibbett, possession less than 20 grams marijuana; Anthony Mills, possession drug paraphernalia
July 3: Terry Lee Hampe, Bay Co. warrant; Sean Nellan, violation of county ordinance
Three Calhoun County schools are celebrating “A” grades issued by the Florida Department of Education.
Blountstown Elementary, Blountstown Middle and Carr School all received their “A” report cards last week. Grades for Altha and Blountstown High will be coming soon. High school grades are released on a different schedule and, since Altha is a PreK through 12th grade school, the entire Altha score is delayed until high school scores are available. [Full Story »]
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The former president of C&L Bank of Bristol, has been indicted
on federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making false entries into the books and
records of a federally-insured bank.
By an indictment filed yesterday afternoon, Jed Hiers, 50, of Bristol, was charged with one count of
conspiracy to defraud The Bank, also doing business as C&L Bank, in Bristol, Florida, and nine
counts of making false entries into the books and records of the bank. The indictment alleges that
between 1999 and 2004, Hiers, a bank officer, conspired with others to conceal the true financial
picture of the bank from bank examiners and the bank’s own management. Hiers is alleged to have
made loans and extensions of credit to borrowers who were unable to repay, and that he attempted,
through a variety of means, to conceal the borrowers’ actual indebtedness from bank examiners. The
allegations include charges that Hiers falsified borrowers’ financial statements, that he made loans
to third parties for the purpose of paying off the loans of other borrowers, and that he made false
statements in response to audit questions of a bank employee examining existing loans.
Hiers’ initial appearance on the charges is set for 4:00 today before United States Magistrate Judge
William C. Sherrill, Jr. in Tallahassee.
United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement whose joint investigation led to the charges in this
case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Rhew-Miller.
An indictment is merely a charging document. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.