The votes are in with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders winning in Calhoun County's Presidential Preference Primary Tuesday. Totals are as follows:
Jeb Bush 16
Ben Carson 18
Chris Christie 1
Ted Cruz 356
Carly Fiorina 2
Jim Gilmore 0
Lindsey Graham 0
Mike Huckabee 5
John R. Kasich 27
Rand Paul 1
Marco Rubio 206
Rick Santorum 1
Donald J. Trump 524
Hillary Clinton 437
Martin O'Malley 225
Bernie Sanders 545
According to Supervisor of Elections Margie Laramore, 221 voters changed parties since Jan. 1, becoming Republicans. Eight switched to the Democratic party and three claimed no party affiliation.
Calhoun County has 7471 registered voters. Of those, 2397 (32.08%) cast ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary.
The Board of Directors for Calhoun Liberty Hospital and Hospital CEO Ruth Attaway today announced the hospital has engaged Alliant Management Services to bring professional management services to the the hospital. Attaway will transition her responsibilities as hospital administrator and CEO to Interim CEO James Heizenrater, FACHE beginning this week and will assume the role of Chairman of the Board.
“I feel like I was put in this position for a purpose, and that purpose was to save our hospital,” said Attaway. “Now that we’re moving in the right direction, this company and Mr. Heizenrater will be able to carry through with that mission, and I am excited about this new position of leadership for our Board of Directors.”
Alliant will provide oversight of the day-to-day operations of the hospital and lead the strategic direction of the organization. The Board of Directors, led by Attaway, will maintain its role as the governing body of the hospital and will continue to exercise its control over its affairs.
The body of Scott McCormick of Altha has been recovered from Ocheesee Pond in the Shady Grove Community.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirms a body surfaced late Monday near where McCormick's boat was found. An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but results have not yet been announced. However, it has been confirmed to be McCormick. His obituary states that he died as a result of a boating accident.
As previously reported, a concerned friend of McCormick, 59, contacted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Jan. 11 when he failed to return from a duck hunting trip. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, with assistance from the JCSO, launched boats and began a search, soon finding McCormick's boat and gear on the pond. His truck was located at a public boat landing.
A memorial service is planned Feb. 13 in Live Oak, his hometown.
A single vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Liberty County man.
Brian David Spikes, 45, of Hosford, died at the scene of an early morning accident in Jackson County Monday.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Spikes was behind the wheel of a 2012 Volvo Semi traveling westbound on County Road 162, east of Dudley Road. As he crested a hill and entered a downhill curve to the right, the vehicle crossed the center line into the eastbound lane. The semi left the roadway, rotated counter clockwise, jackknifed and overturned.
The crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. and Spikes was pronounced dead by Jackson County EMS at 6:10 a.m.
Corporal N.T. Russell is investigating.
A Blountstown man is behind bars accused of shooting another man at a home south of Altha Sunday night.
Mathew Hunter Tolley, 21, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
According to Lt. John W. Scheetz of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, investigators responded to a residence on State Road 71 North just before 8 p.m. Russell Allen Peterson, 44, was found inside the entrance to the home bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to his lower abdomen and upper left thigh area. Peterson was taken by ambulance to a regional hospital where he remained at press time undergoing treatment for his injuries. They are not believed to be life threatening.
Witnesses at the scene gave conflicting statements. Tolley refused to give a statement without an attorney present.
The incident remains under investigation. More details as they become available.
Criminal charges, divorce, child custody, money. These are topics people get passionate about. Those working with the public in courthouse offices know far too well that tempers can flare when dealing with these sensitive issues. That’s why courthouses commonly put security at the top of the priority list.
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