The 8th Annual Scotts Ferry Redneck Christmas Parade will be held Saturday December 12th. Lineup is at 3:30 P.M. CST with the parade beginning at 4:00 P.M. CST at the Scotts Ferry Volunteer Fire Department and proceeding down to Stumpknocker Road.
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Runners of all ages came out Friday night with bells on - literally - for the Blountstown Middle School Jingle Bell Run. Participants donned reindeer antlers and other festive attire for this annual tradition.
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Nov. 30: Marvin Marcus Crockrell, indecent exposure, battery; Albert G. Schwendeman, DWLSR
Dec. 1: Marion Crawford Cull, contempt of court/violation of injunction for protection; Emmannuel Deveaux, out of county warrant; Damian Dziura, felony battery; Michael Norris, withholding support
Dec. 2: Aaron Dupree Burkes, battery; Willie Gerald Fant, VOP, battery
Dec. 3: Mahershalal Washington, battery; James Keith Golden, burglary; Macca B. Jones, poss. l/t 20 grams marijuana, cocaine; Jeffery Ryan Marshall, DWLSR, poss. narcotic equipment, out of county warrant, battery on officer
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Former Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated by state and local authorities after an internal audit at the facility raised red flags.
The County Record questioned the hospital’s interim administrator, Ruth Attaway, who confirmed a criminal investigation is underway and Phillip Hill is the subject of that case.
“While reviewing the financial records of both the hospital and the ambulance service on September 30, we found significant inconsistencies and troubling evidence that led us to believe there was an elaborate criminal scheme to defraud the hospital of a large sum of money,” Attaway stated. “Upon discovering this, we immediately notified law enforcement and have been working with various authorities since the first of October to confirm the extent of these misdeeds.”
Sources indicate a vendor known as Southeasteren Medical Supplies - yes, the “Southeastern” in the company name is misspelled on all materials seized - came under scrutiny during the hospital’s internal audit. No record of the company’s existence could be found despite the hospital and EMS being billed thousands by this “supply company” on a monthly basis for years. The trail eventually led to a post office box in Tallahassee. More details about what was discovered from this point in the case will be released after the investigation is completed.
Hill resigned from the hospital back in August. Attaway confirmed the hospital "ended its relationship" with Hill over "management differences." She emphasized board members had no idea about the financial inconsistencies until after Hill was gone and they began auditing.
Attaway’s full statement and more details will be in this week’s print edition. No arrests have been made at this time as the investigation continues.
The County Record will reach out to Hill today to see if he wishes to comment.
Mrs. Grace L. (Klewer) Kemp, 90, of Altha, FL, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2015, in Blountstown, FL.
Grace was born on December 7, 1924, in Chicago, IL, to David Eiklor and Laura (Lipp) Eiklor. She had lived in Calhoun County since 1990, coming from Chicago. She was a retired telephone operator with over 25 years of service.
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, David and Laura Eiklor; husbands, Roy Klewer, Sr. and Julius (Dick) Kemp; sisters, Marilyn, May, Ruth, and Joan; and brother, Fred.
Survivors include one son, Roy Klewer, Jr., and his wife, Irene, of Long Grove, IL; one daughter, Joy Klewer, of Altha, FL; one brother, Frank Eiklor, of California; one sister, Bertha; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 5, at 11:00 am (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Frank Eiklor officiating. Interment will be at Nettle Ridge Cemetery in Blountstown. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 5, from 10:00 am until service time at 11:00 am (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).
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Madison Peacock from Blountstown High School and Katie Cox from Altha High School are two of more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the first ever Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida from December 3 – 7, 2015.
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