We will soon be celebrating Independence Day on the Fourth of July. In the spirit of celebration of the freedoms we have as a Christian nation, the churches and businesses in Calhoun and Liberty counties are coordinating a community God & Country Celebration.
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A settlement has been reached between former Liberty County Jail nurse Jennifer Sanders Bailey and correctional officer Elizabeth R. Evans in a lawsuit they filed against Sheriff Nick Finch. [Full Story »]
Five candidates have qualified for two seats on the Blountstown City Council.
Ward 1 incumbent, Ronnie Williams, Sr., has opposition from former Councilman Clifford Jackson, along with newcomer Bill Riley. Ward 2 incumbent Janie Boyd will face Richard Armstrong on the ballot. Election day is set for Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Over in Altha, there will be no election as Carol Anderson was the only candidate to step forward. She will automatically fill one of the vacant Council seats, leaving another one still open. The Altha Town Council will now decide on appointing someone to fill the second seat. More details as they become available.
A correctional officer from Bristol, who also serves as a part-time deputy for the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday, then arrested.
Corry B. Fletcher, 43, along with Correctional Officer William J. Ray, 40, of Carrabelle, have been accused of physically assaulting an inmate at Franklin Correctional Institution without justification and causing the inmate bodily injury. The incident reportedly occurred last summer. Fletcher was additionally charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly misleading FBI and FDLE agents through false statements.
Fletcher was transferred to Calhoun Correctional Institution in September where he served as a captain. He was terminated this week by the Florida Department of Corrections and suspended by the LCSO.
Check out the full story in this week’s print edition of The County Record.
SPORTS ALERT: The BHS Tigers defeated Northview yesterday and will advance to the state championship game TONIGHT, Thursday, May 14, against Williston!!! Game time is 6:35 p.m. CT. You can listen live on WYBT 1000 AM or stream live from the FHSAA.org website if you are a Brighthouse customer. GO TIGERS!!!
On April 2, 2015, at approximately 10:59 am Central Standard Time (CST), the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to reports of an unresponsive child at Calhoun/Liberty Hospital. The unresponsive child was identified as Anya Dziura (age 2). Anya Dziura was taken to Calhoun Liberty Hospital because she was not breathing. Anya had extensive injuries, including, among other things, fractures to the skull. Ultimately, Anya Dziura was pronounced dead on April 3, 2015.
After conducting an autopsy, the medical examiner determined Anya Dziura’s cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. Anya Dziura had been in Stephen Aaron Young’s care on April 2, 2015 after Anya’s mother, Jessica Dziura, left for work earlier that morning.
Based on the foregoing, there is sufficient probable cause to charge Stephen Aaron Young with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, Florida Statutes 782.07(3). This offense is a 1st degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Investigation is still ongoing.
The child's mother remains in custody on child neglect charges.
The North Florida Wildflower Festival is set for Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Blountstown. The event will feature wildflower and gardening-themed products, plants, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities.
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Authorities are searching for a Blountstown man who left Saturday morning to visit a friend for the day and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Lawrence “Larry” Nathan Taylor, 61, resides with his sister on Thomas Leath Drive in Blountstown. According to Capt. Adam Terry of the Blountstown Police Department, Taylor left Saturday, April 11, around 10:30 a.m. bound for a friend’s house.
The last thing he said to his sister was, “I’ll see you tonight, sis,” says Capt. Terry, adding that it is completely out of character for Taylor to not return home or contact his family.
Authorities and family members are unsure of the friend’s identity. All the sister knows is the friend owns a farm in Grand Ridge.
There is an added sense of urgency since Taylor is on heart medication and does not have his meds with him.
Taylor is driving a 1996 white Kia Sophia, tag number 434PXX. The photo shown here was taken the morning he left home.
The BPD has partnered with both the Calhoun and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices on this investigation. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the BPD at 674-5987 or your local law enforcement agency.