July 3: Bryan Oscar Burke, sex offense/victim 12 to 15, trespassing; Albert Lee Milton, trespassing; Steven Lavelle Ragston, withholding support, VOP, resisting officer with violence
July 5: Kenneth Adrian Best, sale of meth; Christopher Brian Butler, out of state fugitive; Stephen Paul Nichols, out of county warrant
July 6: James Craig Tarr, battery; Deveonte Lakell Taylor, operating vehicle without valid license, poss. of meth
July 8: Trevor Lee Howell, non-current insurance, license plate not assigned, DWLSR
July 9: James Howard Bateman, disorderly intoxication; Kody Lee Burns, indecent exposure, resisting officer without violence; Amanda Dianna Ramos, disorderly intoxication
July 10: Amanda Miles, DUI [Full Story »]
Blountstown High School graduate Morgan LaWarre has been awarded the W.L. Bailey Memorial Scholarship. Bailey worked for many years as an attorney in Blountstown and later became a Circuit Judge in the 14th Judicial Circuit.
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The issue of whether the ambulance service should remain with Calhoun-Liberty Hospital or be taken over by the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners came up for discussion at last week’s board meeting.
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Sylvia Kay Haught Gates passed away at home on June 30, 2016, in Fultondale, Alabama, at the age of 69.
Sylvia is survived by her husband, Frank Wayne Gates; daughters, Holley Annette Gates of Pelham, Alabama, and Gina Gates Averett and husband John of Tallahassee, Florida; and granddaughter, Olivia Kate Averett of Tallahassee, Florida.
She is preceded in death by her parents, O.B. and Louise Haught, of Lubbock, Texas, and sister, Gay Nelle McHugh, of Littleton, Colorado.
Sylvia was born on March 25, 1947, in Lubbock, Texas, to O.B. and Louise Haught. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 1969 with a degree in French. Following graduation, Sylvia travelled abroad while working for the Central Intelligence Agency. She then met Frank Wayne Gates and they married in 1970. Sylvia eventually settled in Blountstown, Florida, and worked at R.Y.S.C.O. Shipyard, the W.T. Neal Civic Center, and C&L Bank. She moved to Fultondale, Alabama, in 2003, when her position with the bank was transferred to Birmingham.
Sylvia was an extraordinary woman who overcame numerous medical challenges. Her strong will to live and faith in God was an inspiration to all who knew her. She loved music, travelling, and spending time with her family. Sylvia was a longtime member of the Blountstown United Methodist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir.
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, July 6, at 11:00am at Blountstown United Methodist Church at 20500 West Central Avenue, Blountstown. Reverend Nicholas Hughes will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Sylvia's life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Blountstown United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank the U.A.B. Hospital and HTICU doctors and staff for their dedication. [Full Story »]
Geneva Pitts, 72, of Blountstown, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Panama City.
Geneva was born December 13, 1943, in Marianna to Willie and Effie (Jeter) Pitts. She lived most of her life in Blountstown and was cashier at Southern Express for many years. Her favorite pastime was fishing in Apalachicola River and arts and crafts.
Geneva was preceded in death by her parents; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bubba, William and Tommy Pitts; and five sisters, Rebecca, Mary Ann, Dorothy, Teresa, and Diane.
Geneva is survived by three sons, Randall Pitts of Blountstown, James Allen Peters and his wife, Dreama, of Altha, and Sylvester Peters, Jr. of Blountstown; a daughter, Sheila Ann (Peters) McFarland and her husband, Gerald, of Clarksville; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a brother, Marion Pitts, and his wife, Bonnie, of Altha; and three sisters, Shirley White and Carolyn Gomillion, both of Blountstown, and Jenell Lemaster of Guntersville, Alabama.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 2, at Adams Funeral Home and the funeral will follow at 1:00. Interment will be in Dykes Cemetery in Grand Ridge.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements (ph. 674-5449). You may offer the family condolences online at adamsfh.com.
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Lauren Kinman of Chipley and Seth Alday of Altha were among nearly 1,700 high school students from 43 states who participated in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour held June 11-16, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Kinman and Alday were sponsored by West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) and represented Chipley High School (Kinman) and Altha School (Alday).
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