Madison Peacock from Blountstown High School and Katie Cox from Altha High School were two of more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that represented the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the first ever Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando December 3 – 7.
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Dec. 21: Ronald Lamar Cheesmon, sale of cocaine; Erick Andrew Peterson, VOP; Christopher Neil Ricks, VOCR; Thomas Swearington, Jr., VOP; Jacob Christopher Wallen, burglary
Dec. 22: Terry L. Hobbs, poss. meth, VOP
Dec. 25: Marvin Goodwin Grimsley, Jr., battery
Dec. 26: Dakota Klotz, larceny; Daniel Temple, DUI [Full Story »]
If the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast is correct, residents along the Chipola River need to brace for more rising water.
Jody Daniels of the Calhoun County Emergency Management office says the Chipola River is currently at 16.73 feet, but the NWS has predicted it will rise to just over 26 feet in the coming days.
Daniels is hoping the forecast is wrong, but preparing for the worst. “It falls until this afternoon, then it all of a sudden takes off Jan. 1 and 2, getting up to 26.1 feet,” he remarks. “Our main problem is Scotts Ferry, the Dead Lakes area, and around Chipola Park. The Chipola River is already backed up because of the Apalachicola River being high. There’s areas there close to homes and almost in fish camps. If it jumps like they say, we’re looking at major problems. It has nowhere to go.”
Daniels says those living in the Lamb Eddy area should also prepare for rising waters that will limit access to homes.
The Apalachicola River has crested at 25.6 feet and is on a gradual fall, but still high. It should hit 20.5 feet Jan. 5.
Sandbags are available at the Calhoun County Road Department. Staff will be there until 3 p.m. today. Call the Emergency Management office at 674-8075 if you need sandbags after hours or over the holiday weekend.
Shelter and fresh drinking water are also available. Contact the Emergency Management office at 674-8075 for either of those needs. Phones will be manned throughout the weekend.
Road closures include:
Don O’Bryan Road
Parrish Lake Road East
John Redd Road
M.G. Holley Road
Lands Store Road
Blon Carter Road
Oak Street and Park Avenue in the Chipola Park Area (closed to thru traffic)
Mason Road has reopened.
The County Record has an hour-by-hour weather forecast and radar available on our website by clicking the “current weather” link at the top of our home page.
Calhoun County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency. According to Jody Daniels of the Emergency Management Office, heavy rains are forecast tonight and could impact local rivers. The Chipola River in Scott's Ferry is of particular concern. Daniels says a public shelter is open. Call 674-8075 for shelter details. Also, fresh drinking water is available at the courthouse for anyone in need. The Calhoun County Emergency Management Center is being staffed around the clock. Call 674-8075 if you have any questions or concerns. Daniels urges everyone to stay off flooded roads. An updated list of road closures will be announced soon. More details as they become available.
Patricia Ann Harris, 80, of Blountstown, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015 in Panama City.
Born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, January 30, 1935, Pat was the daughter of the late Albert and Jewel (Bass) Coward. She operated a day care for many years and was a member of Blountstown First Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Harris, and two sisters, Glenda Bozeman and Rita Musgrove.
Survivors include her son, Clay Harris, of Blountstown; daughter, Traci Powell, of Panama City; five grandchildren, Shayla Harris, Katelyn Harris, Jamie Harris, Lylly Kate Powell and Anna Powell; and a brother, Jerry Coward, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, in the Chapel of Adams Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Bud Guilford officiating. Interment will be in Boggs Cemetery in Blountstown.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements (ph. 674-5449). You may offer the family condolences online at adamsfh.com. [Full Story »]