The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for several counties in Northwest Florida, as well as Southeast Alabama. Included in the watch is Calhoun County. The watch is in effect until 5 p.m. CT. To see a full-color interactive weather radar and track this line of severe storms, click our "current weather" link above, then select the "Command View Interactive Weather Map" under the local information block. Use the "hand" tool on your computer to move the map around and zoom in or out to see the full line of storms.
The County Record has just received information that the IRS is currently experiencing federal tax refund processing delays that are affecting all tax preparation methods.
Anyone who has e-filed taxes or even mailed their tax return early may have initially been given an estimated refund date. That date has likely changed according to the IRS. The most up-to-date information is available through the IRS Get Refund Status tool. Make sure to wait 72 hours after your return is accepted by IRS to check your refund status.
At this time, the IRS expects to process refunds in 7-14 days from acceptance. Click this IRS link to check your updated refund date:
Another candidate has thrown his hat into the ring in Calhoun County politics. James "Junior" Grover has filed his letter of intent to seek the County Commissioner seat in district 1. The seat is currently held by Danny Ray Wise. Also announcing plans to run for this post is Jerry Guilford. No word yet on whether or not Wise is seeking re-election. Stay tuned!
Verdella Martin Carter, 67, of Blountstown, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at her home.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday Janury 28, at 1 PM CST at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Blountstown with burial to follow in the St. John Cemetery. Viewing will be from 2 PM to 7 PM EST at Bradwell Mortuary in Quincy (850-627-3700).
She is survived by her brothers: Edward Martin and Troy Martin of Plainfield, NJ, Dallas J. Martin of Brooklyn, NY and Gregory Martin of Blountstown, FL; and her sisters: Willa Martin and Betty Hudson of Blountstown, FL, Mary C. Martin of Orange, NJ, Joyce Draper of Panama City, FL and Darlene Martin of North Carolina.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, George and Chris Anna Martin.
Jan. 16: Dorothy Lee Battles, VOP
Jan. 17: Tracy Hall, non-support; Robert Bland, state VOP
Jan. 18: Joe Williams, fraudulent use of credit card; Curtis D. Strickland, retail theft
Jan. 19: Fredrick Barfield, VOP
Jan. 20: James Parker, stalking; John Berry, domestic battery/child abuse
Jan. 21: Stephen Mathews, aggravated battery
Jan. 22: Justin Harold Mills, resisting arrest without violence, battery touch/strike, child abuse, criminal mischief [Full Story »]
Sources report the victim in this morning's incident on Myers Ann Street in Bristol passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The name has not been released. Our prayers are with the loved ones of this person.
Details are sketchy, but The County Record has learned law enforcement officials and EMS are on the scene of a gunshot incident on Myers Ann Street in Bristol. No details on whether foul play is involved or the extent of injuries. There were four people in the home at the time and information appears that only one person has been shot. More details as they become available.
Raymond L. Anderson, 69, of Fanning Springs, passed away at his home on January 22, 2012.
He was born in Soperton, GA and moved to this area 25 years ago from Blountstown. Raymond was a welder and enjoyed hunting, fishing and scuba diving.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Georgia Anderson; son Raymond (Terry) Anderson, Jr., both of Fanning; step daughters, Miranda Scott and Gloria Ehrhart, both of Tampa; stepsons, Michael Scott of Tampa, Max Scott of Fanning Springs, Daniel (Mary) Scoggins of Tampa, David Scoggins of Jacksonville; brother, Curtis Anderson of Immokalee; half brother, Jerry Powell, of Vidalia, GA; half sister, Bonnie Ray, of Tampa; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan 25, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050. On line condolences may be sent through our website at www.hiers-baxley.com
A Hosford couple is behind bars after the makings of a meth lab were found at their home.
Chet Allen Geiger, 29, and Hali Danielle Smith, 19, have been charged with manufacture of meth within 1000 feet of a school. Smith is also charged with violating state probation.
According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Todd Wheetley and Sgt. Brian Bateman were joined by Drug Task Force members Lt. Timothy Partridge and Inv. Kevin Godwin in conducting a consent search at the couple’s home at 21266 Woodmen Street in Hosford last Wednesday.
A trash can outside had a 20 ounce bottle of bi-layer liquid, several tin foil strips, two plastic bottles that smelled of lighter fluid, and paper towels with a strong chemical odor. Items used in the manufacture of meth were discovered in the backyard.
Geiger allegedly told authorities, “I’ve cooked a couple times,” but refused to give a recorded statement.
After Smith and Geiger were taken into custody, Smith reportedly stated she had been present when Geiger was manufacturing meth and it was common for him to throw some items in the trash and burn the rest following the cook process.
Bond was initially set at $25,000 for Smith, but was then changed to no bond due to the fact she violated her state probation conditions. Geiger is being held on $42,000 bond.