Another new candidate has stepped forward in the Calhoun County School Superintendent's Race. Julie Leonard Smith has filed her letter of intent to seek the office. She will be running with no party affiliation (NPA). Smith will face Logan Barbee and Ralph Yoder on the ballot, both running NPA. Incumbent Tommy McClellan has not yet announced.
If it was a movie, the ending would sound unbelievable.
A group of investigators from Calhoun and surrounding counties gathered in Gadsden County Wednesday to compare notes and strategize following a string of 25 burglaries spanning from Bainbridge, GA, all across Northwest Florida. As they sat outside the BP in Chattahoochee talking in unmarked vehicles, a Calhoun County investigator noticed something. A car fitting the description of one they were seeking after an attempted burglary in Bristol Tuesday afternoon pulled into the parking lot. Two black males matching the description of the suspects stepped out of the car. A Chattahoochee police officer quickly boxed in the vehicle, preventing the pair from leaving.
Within minutes, two teens from Quincy were in custody. Their car contained firearms, as well as some of the jewelry missing from homes around the region.
Xavier Darcus Parks, 18, and Keldrick Trenaud Wilson, 17, are facing numerous charges in Calhoun, Liberty, Jackson, and Gadsden counties, as well as Decatur County, GA, where residents were actually home at the time of the break-in. Other cases in Wakulla County may also be connected. Additional members of the burglary ring are being sought.
The Black History Parade Committee would like to extend an invitation for this year's celebration of Black History month. The month has been packed with lots of fun activities. Mark you calendar to come out and celebrate with the community for all of these events:
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Authorities in Chattahoochee have apprehended two suspects in a burglary ring that recently hit homes in Calhoun, Liberty and Jackson counties. Task Force members are in Gadsden County now where the pair were taken into custody at the Chattahoochee BP. The search continues for two more suspects, as well as the location where the loot from these burglaries is being stashed. The County Record will post more details as they become available.
Madison County businessman, Mike Williams, has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination to represent ten North Florida counties in the Florida House of Representatives, District 7 seat. The post is currently held by Marti Coley.
Feb. 6: Shane Goff, state VOP; Ronnie Taylor, state VOP, non-support; Clayton Earl Harris, violation of community control, contempt; John Derek Sangster, disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, aggravated battery, assault
Feb. 7: Crystal Landrum, state VOP; Kevin Hansford, violation of community control; Charles Barbee, failure to appear
Feb. 8: Zachary Willis, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana; James Travis Lane, driving while license suspended or revoked, sale of crack cocaine within 1000 ft. of a school
Feb. 9: Otis Pennywell, failure to appear
Feb. 10: Lavon Holland, state VOP; Shane Coburn, manufacture of meth, possession of listed chemicals
Feb. 11: Christia Clinney, manufacture of meth, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, possession of listed chemicals; Joseph McDonald, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana; Christopher Butler, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of listed chemicals, manufacture of meth, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana; Frederick McCormick, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana
Feb. 4: Stephen Hanf, possession of less than 20 grams, poss. of controlled substance, poss. prescription drug without prescription
Feb. 6: Charlie Drew, sentenced to DOC; Shawn Goff, housing for CCSO
Feb. 7: Vicki Bailey, DWLSR, DUI refusal
Feb. 8: Crystal Landrum, housing for CCSO; Ronnie Taylor, state VOP
Feb. 9: Tina Marie Andrews, holding for Gulf Co.; Travis Allen, Liberty Co. warrant, Franklin Co. warrant, Travis Johnson, state VOP, out of county warrant
Feb. 10: Gary Miley, grand theft, trespassing
Feb. 11: Christia Clinney, hold for Calhoun
The above individuals were booked into the Calhoun or Liberty County Jail over the past week. Although they have been charged with a crime, they are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Roy Pitts of Wewahitchka, FL went home to be with the Lord on February 13, 2012. Roy was born April 20, 1925 to George and Rosella Pitts of Kinard, FL. Roy was a veteran of World War II in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dewey Pitts, and a daughter, Windale Laurimore.
His survivors include one son, Winiferd Pitts, of Wewahitchka; and one daughter, Charolette Hysmith, of Camden TN; his brothers, Jesssie Aaron, Barnum, Cllifford and Williard Pitts of Kinard; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Kinard Community Holiness Church at 2:00 P.M. CT Thursday, February 16, with a visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Cypress Creek Cemetery, Kinard.
All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch Chapel.
As reported last week, 16 Air Commandos from Hurlburt Field are ruck marching to honor our fallen Special Operations warriors and to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. They will be coming through Blountstown this afternoon, then proceeding into Bristol. Updated information is the group will REACH Magnolia Square around 3 p.m. (coming in on Hwy. 20 from the west). The group will set up at Magnolia Square for anyone wishing to purchase t-shirts, etc. to support the cause. Once they finish the visit in Blountstown, the Air Commandos will proceed into Bristol. The march began Feb. 12 at Hurlburt Field and will continue all the way to Tampa.
Ralph Yoder has filed his letter of intent to run for Calhoun County Superintendent of Schools. This seat is currently held by Tommy McClellan who has not yet announced. Logan Barbee has also entered this race.