BRISTOL – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center and State Attorney Willie Meggs obtained a warrant for the arrest of Gloria Gay Uzzell, 51, of Bristol, Fla., earlier today on one count of grand theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of failing to disclose information in a public records request.
The investigation shows Uzzell opened a credit card in the name of the Liberty County School Board without its approval or knowledge. Investigators allege she made numerous personal purchases on the Visa card including clothing, lodging, lingerie, fuel, beauty supplies and alcohol.
Investigators believe Uzzell altered the credit card statements, blacking out personal purchases and changing travel vouchers to match her credit card purchases. She is accused of making more than $2,000 in personal charges on the credit card.
Uzzell turned herself into the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office around 1 p.m. today and was booked into the Liberty County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Uzzell was elected as Liberty County School Superintendent in November 2012.
The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
No word on who will be appointed interim superintendent.
Joseph Wade Earnest of Hosford, Florida, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the age of 70.
Wade was born in Recovery, Georgia, but lived most of his life in Hosford. He was retired as custodian of Hosford School where he served for 16 years. His favorite pastime was hunting and fishing. Wade attended Telogia Assembly of God Church.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Joseph Malcom Earnest.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn Earnest, of Hosford; two sons, Danny E. Earnest and wife, Wendy, of Hosford, and Ronald W. Earnest and wife, Amy, also of Hosford; two daughters, Nina L. Moore and husband, Craig, of Daytona Beach, Florida, and Krystle L. Ross and husband, Michael, of Bristol, Florida; fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; his mother, Opal Neely, of Hosford; two brothers, Eugene Earnest of Hosford and Gerald Jones and wife, Linda, also of Hosford; two sisters, Hazel Pullam and husband, J.R., of Hosford and Dorothy Carroll of Bainbridge, Georgia; several nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 16, at Adams Funeral Home in Bristol. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 17, in Hosford Cemetery. Interment will follow.
Adams Funeral Home in Bristol is in charge of arrangements. Phone 674-5449. Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com. [Full Story »]
Wilford Monroe Deason of Bristol, Florida passed away Friday, July 12, 2013 at the age of ninety-one. Wilford was a lifelong resident of Bristol and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, a Mason in Dixie Lodge 109 F&AM, and a member of the American Legion in Hosford, Florida. He was a Veteran of World War II serving in the United States Air Force. Wilford served as Liberty County Property Appraiser for twenty-four years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Abram and Julia Ethel (Peters) Deason, a brother Ralph Deason, sisters Lottie Peddie, Elsie Strickland and Lessie Revell.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Thelma of Bristol; a son, Michael (Dale) of Bristol; two daughters, Charis Thompson (Jack) of Gainesville, Florida and Sheila Shelton (Lamar) of Altha, Florida; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a brother Carlos Deason (Ivaleen)of Quincy, Florida.
His love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his community was evident to everyone he encountered. He was a hardworking man of integrity who also enjoyed gardening and cheering on the Florida Gators and he was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET, Monday, July 15 at Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown. A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, July 16 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bristol with Bishop Buddy Money officiating. Interment will follow.
Gifts in memory of Mr. Deason may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, c/o Marzuq Shrine Center, 1805 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303 or VFW Post 12010 for VFW National Home for Children, PO Box 243, Bristol, Florida 32321.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Phone 674-5449. Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.
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July 1: Jim Joseph Berry, VOP
July 2: Charles Aldridge, VOP
July 3: James Leavin, VOP; Lillie Middlebrooks, VOP
July 4: Jennifer Pullam, non-support
July 5: Terry Powell, DUI; Carla Causey, failure to appear; Adam Lerch, no valid drivers license
June 11: Stanley Daniels, assault
July 7: Euston Pitts, child abuse; Jeremy Proctor, driving while license suspended or provoked [Full Story »]
Calhoun County’s AA All-Stars traveled to Wildwood Millenium Baseball Park for the state tournament. These boys played with heart and soul - and even warmed up with spirit, doing their own little “Harlem Shake” to get ready for the games. They celebrated some big wins and handled a couple losses with good sportsmanship. The tournament started with the best 16 AA teams in the state and Calhoun County’s kids made it to the final 6! Congratulations to these fine young men on an outstanding job representing Calhoun County! [Full Story »]
Blountstown Middle School Cheerleaders participated in a cheer camp at the JAGS gym in Blountstown June 24-26. The owner, Michaeline Sheffield, and staff member, Bianca Hernandez, taught the girls many chants, cheer, routines, and stunts during the camp.
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June 24: Stacy Futch, VOP
June 26: Lillie Armstrong, VOP
June 27: Kimberly Jones, out of county warrant; Justin Anderson, state VOP
June 28: Christopher Jones, non-support
June 29: Anthony Raulerson, possession m/t 20 grams marijuana
June 30: Michael French, aggravated battery on a pregnant victim [Full Story »]
Calling all Dixie Youth League baseball and softball teams, local school and travel ball teams, pets and their owners, 4-H clubs, veterans, American Legion and VFW members, Ladie’s Auxiliary groups, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, elected officials, church groups, pageant queens, cheerleaders, organizations and even families! You are invited to show your patriotism by marching in an Independence Day parade from the M & B Train to the redlight on North Pear at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.
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