Meth is everywhere. The jails in both Calhoun and Liberty counties are like others around the nation - filled with family and friends who have succumbed to meth addiction. This week, The County Record is preparing a feature story on the "Madness of Meth" and we want to hear from you. Whether you provide your name or not isn't important. Just tell us: How has meth affected your family?
The Blountstown City Council interviewed three candidates in a special session today (Friday, July 15) and voted to hire Emory Pierce of Brooksville for the job.
Pierce garnered 430 points, followed by Nathan Goodman of Blountstown with 347 and Don Hart with 270. A motion was made by Councilman James Griffin, seconded by Councilman Clifford Jackson and unanimously carried to offer the job to Pierce.
During the interview, Pierce told the Council he would accept the $55,000 salary if he was selected and could start within a week. He will be notified today of the firm job offer.
Pierce is a licensed civil engineer and served as public works director for the City of Brooksville from 1996 to 2009. He has a degree in business administration, as well as engineering, and experience in grant writing. He is currently a member of the Brooksville City Council after running unopposed.
Five finalists had been named, but two dropped out just prior to the interview.
Interviews are set for today (Friday, July 15) beginning at 1 p.m. for the top five candidates seeking the Blountstown City Manager position. The County Record will be sitting in on interviews and the public is welcome to attend. No questions and answers will be taken from the floor. Interviews are being held at the City's Angle Street Complex. Watch for an update later today.
Do you know your neighbors? Is there a sexual offender or predator on your street?
A resource is available to help Florida residents be aware of any residents in their area who have been convicted of sex related crimes. The purpose is not to encourage anyone to engage in vigilante justice; these individuals have already been convicted and sentenced in a court of law. However, this resource has been provided to help you safeguard your children from someone who could possibly be tempted to re-offend.
Here is a step by step guide to checking out the sex offenders and predators in Calhoun and Liberty counties:
-Click this link to access the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sexual offender and predator search page: http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/Search.jsp
-Select “Standard” under the “Offender search” section of the page
-Leaving the name and city blank, scroll down four spaces and select “Calhoun” for offender’s county of residence (or “Liberty” if you are checking offenders in Liberty County), then click “Search”
-As of today, there are five pages with 40 sexual offenders and two predators listed in Calhoun County and three pages with 24 offenders and three predators in Liberty County. Check the addresses to see who is in your area (or search by neighborhood from the main search page). Click “View flyer” under each offender to read specific charges and aliases, along with other details of the offender’s case.
Check out the July 13 print edition for some safety tips from FDLE to share with your children.
The skies lit up across Blountstown Monday night during the 4th of July fireworks show. Local clubs such as the Blountstown Historic Preservation Committee and the BHS Boosters sold concessions as folks gathered downtown. [Full Story »]
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The former president of C&L Bank of Bristol, has been indicted
on federal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making false entries into the books and
records of a federally-insured bank.
By an indictment filed yesterday afternoon, Jed Hiers, 50, of Bristol, was charged with one count of
conspiracy to defraud The Bank, also doing business as C&L Bank, in Bristol, Florida, and nine
counts of making false entries into the books and records of the bank. The indictment alleges that
between 1999 and 2004, Hiers, a bank officer, conspired with others to conceal the true financial
picture of the bank from bank examiners and the bank’s own management. Hiers is alleged to have
made loans and extensions of credit to borrowers who were unable to repay, and that he attempted,
through a variety of means, to conceal the borrowers’ actual indebtedness from bank examiners. The
allegations include charges that Hiers falsified borrowers’ financial statements, that he made loans
to third parties for the purpose of paying off the loans of other borrowers, and that he made false
statements in response to audit questions of a bank employee examining existing loans.
Hiers’ initial appearance on the charges is set for 4:00 today before United States Magistrate Judge
William C. Sherrill, Jr. in Tallahassee.
United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement whose joint investigation led to the charges in this
case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Rhew-Miller.
An indictment is merely a charging document. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and
until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.