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UPDATE: Body in trunk at Jackson County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: Shooter identified in Calhoun County shooting


The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the shooter involved in last night’s incident in Calhoun County. Dan Belc is in custody at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. As more details are released the TIMES will keep its readers informed. 



New information on the body of a woman found in the trunk of a car parked in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department parking lot has surfaced. According to law enforcement, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department was searching for the vehicle early this morning after a man shot his estranged wife. Calhoun County Sheriff Glen Kimbrell said the man drove from Tallahassee to where his wife was staying in Calhoun County. It appears they got into an argument and he shot and killed her. The man then left the scene with the woman’s body in the trunk. 


Sheriff Kimbrell said the man reached out to his children around 4:30 this morning, where one convinced him to turn himself in.  He drove to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to do so.  The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of interviewing the man at this time. Sheriff Kimbrell says the investigation is ongoing and they are working with the state attorney’s office to determine what his charges will be.  They are also in touch with the German consulate in reference to the investigation. 


The Times is on the scene at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department where a white female body was found in the trunk of a vehicle driven to the sheriff’s department parking lot.  It is believed the shooter drove the vehicle to the sheriff’s department from Calhoun County and turned himself in.  No other details are available as the investigation is in the very early stages.  Updates will be provided as they are made available to the TIMES.  

Catherine Dozier – setting the bar high for secretaries

Catherine Dozier was a fixture at Marianna High School for many, many moons.  She made lasting impressions on students who came into her classroom year after year.  She taught typing II, office practice, and shorthand. 

Many would consider those classes today as irrelevant classes, classes where you were looking for no homework, no study, and just an easy A for the class.  Mrs. Dozier was anything but easy.  She was professional, and she was very stern in what she expected of you in each class.   Anyone leaving her class knew how to present themselves at a job interview, how to conduct themselves on the job, and was keen in the knowledge of a job in the secretarial or administrative assistance fields.  

Jane Thomas said she knew early on she was not interested in another two to four years of college but would need skills to join the work force, “I had talked with Mrs. Speed and she suggested I talk to Mrs. Dozier.  I was a little jittery about talking to her because she always seemed so rigid that I wasn’t sure how we would mesh.  I finally got up the nerve to talk to her late in my sophomore year.  She explained to me very thoroughly what she expected of her students and it was like a bond was there from our opening meeting.  I enrolled in her classes for the next two years.  When I graduated, I moved to Tallahassee and had a job within two weeks.  I owe it all to Mrs. Dozier.  She taught me so much, not just about shorthand, typing, and business etiquette, but about how to conduct yourself in a business setting. I was raised in Jackson County and had no clue how to present in a legal setting. I worked my way up in a law firm in Tallahassee and retired from there after 35 years and couldn’t have gotten out of the door without the skills and self-confidence Mrs. Dozier gave me.”  

Grace Johnson had a different experience with Mrs. Dozier, “I had heard typing and shorthand were a cakewalk and I needed that.  My parents were very strict and my sister and I had to work in the house with our mom as well as do outside chores with our brother and dad.  There wasn’t a lot of time for homework if we were going to have any free time.  I heard little homework and I jumped on those classes.  The first day of class was an eye-opener for me.  Mrs. Dozier came in and I thought I was in basic training.  She started spilling out what all was expected of us and when she finally paused, I raised my hand and said, ‘May I go to guidance?  I think I’m in the wrong class.’  Mrs. Dozier very calmly said, ‘No, Grace, you may not, you may reap what you have sewn and be a better person for it.’  I was pretty sure I had signed up for a class from Hell and spent the rest of the day trying to figure out how I was going to get out of it.  Well, I went to guidance the next day and saw Mrs. Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson looked at me and said, ‘Grace, it’s early and I can pull you out of that block of classes but where would you be in ten years?’  All I could think of is anywhere but here.  Mrs. Johnson convinced me to stay in the class and I can’t tell you how many times, I told her thank you.  Mrs. Dozier was the best thing that ever happened to me.  She wasn’t the easiest teacher I ever had but she certainly impacted my life.  I retired from a group of attorneys in Tampa after 40 years.  I trained many paralegals throughout my 40 years and I trained each and every one with the same sternness that Mrs. Dozier conducted her class.”  Grace had a personal story about Mrs. Dozier she shared, “I remember one day her son Graham came in class and said he had lost his lunch money, a whopping 35 cents at the time.  She looked at him and said, ‘I have a sandwich for lunch, I will split it with you.’  Graham looked at her like she had poked him with a cattle prod and said, “Momma, you’re not going to give me lunch money?’  Mrs. Dozier never flinched, just said, ‘Of course, I’m going to give you lunch money Graham.’  A big smile came across his face as if he had won the lottery until she added, ‘Tomorrow morning when you get out of the car, maybe it’ll be kept in a safer place then.’  Graham turned and walked away.  We never knew the outcome of his lunch that day but we knew that lady wasn’t playing games.”  

As a student under Mrs. Dozier, I can’t tell you how much she taught me about shorthand, typing, business etiquette but I can tell you she taught this writer so much about work ethic and the importance of putting your best foot forward 24/7.  If she said ‘do what’s right whether you’re on t.v. or in the shower, and you’ll never have to worry’ once, she said it 100 times in my two years with her.  

Kudos to Mrs. Catherine Dozier for not giving in and getting the very best out of her students year after year.  

Adam Putnam stops in Marianna

Adam Putnam wants to be your next Governor of the State of Florida and he addressed a standing room only crowd Tuesday morning at the Gazebo Coffee Shoppe in Marianna. Those gathered to hear what Putnam had to say didn’t seem to mind not having a seat for everyone as they listened intently to what Putnam had to say.  He took time to visit one-on-one to all who had a question or input for him.

Adam Putnam welcomed everyone and thanked them for a great turnout and he wasted no time letting his audience know what he stood for, “Well, it’s a pleasure to be here in Jackson County at Gazebo Coffee Shoppe sharing my grassroots message about how we are going to put Florida first. I’m the candidate running for Governor of Florida, who knows every corner of our state. I know Florida best, and I’ve always put Florida first. Putting our school children first. Putting our rural communities in a position where they can be competitive, and not be left behind by a rapidly growing state. Making sure small towns and big cities have to make Florida a launch pad for the American dream.”

In an interview after his meet and greet, when asked about bring back vocational education, Putnam said, “The enthusiasm about my plan to put vocational and technical training back in our middle schools and high schools has gotten wide spread support in big cities and in small towns. People realize that we are leaving two-thirds of our students behind who could be getting good paying careers, but they’re not getting those skills in schools. The school system has basically said, “If you don’t go to a university and take out student loans, you’re going to be a failure at life.” I think that’s flat wrong, so whether it’s here in northwest Florida or down in southeast Florida, everybody recognizes we’ve got to give our kids the skills to succeed in this global economy.”

Putnam related to his own children as well as himself being public-school educated, “I have four children in public schools in Polk County. I’m a product of public schools. I’ve got two high schoolers and two middle schoolers, so school safety is important to me. It’s critical that we create a safe learning environment, and it’ critical that we put resources in places that will actually make our schools safer. That means hardening our schools. It means school resource officers. It means the opportunity for small counties who don’t have the money, that there’s going to be some state support to put those law enforcement officers in those schools. That’s critically important, and also closing the mental health loopholes. It’s vitally important, so that this monster down in Parkland, in south Florida who had three dozen visits to his house by police, was expelled for a weapons violation, two calls to the FBI tip line that went unanswered, and Children and Families coming to his house doesn’t get missed.  I mean, that kid didn’t deserve a gun at any point at 18,21, or 41. I have expressed my concerns and frankly my opposition to raising the age and extending the waiting period because I don’t believe in punishing law-abiding citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights is going to make our schools safer.”

Putnam concluded with, “We’ve been doing what we’re calling these up and Adams breakfasts all over the state since I announced my campaign in May in my hometown of Bartow. We do them in big cities and small towns and the crowd this morning was a good example of the types of crowds we’re getting from here to Key West.”

Jackson County hits a homerun in legislature

The Florida House and Senate have ended their session this year and Jackson County and in the words of Representative Brad Drake hit a home run with the windfalls coming our way.  

The funding for the second phase of the new K-8 school in the amount of $19,059,807 was approved. The City of Marianna will receive $500,000 for the Marianna Public Safety Administration Complex.  Jackson County Fire and Rescue will be the recipient of $150,000 towards their new building with the town of Jacob receiving $50,000 for their park.  Alford also received $50,000 for Donald Smith Park.

Gainer said in an interview Saturday with the Times, “I think we had a pretty good session considering so much was taken for the school safety bill. I was just as pleased as I could be. At first, it looked like we weren’t going to get that second phase of the K-8 school over there but we did.”

Senator Gainer praised Representative Brad Drake for his dedication to the panhandle, “Representative Drake for all the work he did to help make this happen.  He was working hard for Jackson County and it paid off.”

Senator Gainer also praised Jackson County NAACP’s president Ronstance Pittman for her work, “That little Ronstance, she was as fair as anyone I’ve ever seen and she worked hard for Jacob. I’m really proud we got them some money for their park. They have a nice little park there and it’s a nice town.”

Senator Gainer said, “I was very pleased and, of course, I think I worked hard enough to get us a hundred million but I think we came out really good.  We have five other counties that I think we did really well in. What I hope, moving forward is to get some of these projects that we really need, prioritize them and have everyone agree on the direction we are moving in so that when I go over there, I know it’s for the leadership in Jackson County and what they really, really want.  And that we can meet their needs.” 

When asked about Jackson County Schools specifically on the school safety issue, Senator Gainer said, “That comes out of a different fund that comes out of the bill that was passed in the last few days. They will share up all the schools.  They will evaluate what they need to do there and the superintendent will meet with them and let them know their needs. So that $400 million will be thrown into the education account.  I’m real proud of everything we have accomplished, real proud of our Governor who said he was going to help northwest Florida and he’s trying to. I feel like the Senate was being a lot fairer than it has in the past. Representative Brad Drake helped a lot with all of this, we couldn’t have got it done without him. We have a lot to look forward to and I’m really excited about it.” 

Representative Drake said, “Another Home Run for Jackson County with the passing of this year’s budget that was signed by Governor Rick Scott. Senator George Gainer and I worked till way in the night most every night in the last week of the regular Session to secure these projects for our community, and I thank the Governor for his final approval. I know that every dollar in these projects will be invested locally to provide safety, essential services and educational opportunities for our people, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Marianna City Manager Jim Dean was all smiles when he received the news, “The City of Marianna received a phone call from Senator Gainer and Representative Drake this past weekend, to make the City aware funding in the amount of $500,000 had been budgeted and approved towards funding of the City of Marianna Public Safety Administration Complex. We are fortunate to have Senator Gainer and Representative Drake working on our behalf in Tallahassee, and we are grateful for the work they have done to help secure funding for another portion of this project which will move our Police Department and Fire Department out of a department store and 80-year-old facility, and into a facility that meets all local, State and Federal facility requirements.”

Ronstance Pittman was well pleased both with the news of the $50,000 and the fact that Senator Gainer made the trip to Jacob to visit the area and personally see the need, “We do appreciate Senator Gainer for taking an interest in the City of Jacob. He came out here and saw not only our park which we are so proud of but the city itself. He saw why we were asking for certain things to get Jacob to where we should be. We are going to do some renovations, the walking trail is one thing, the basketball courts, an update to the old pavilion which is the first one that we had. Then we are going to renovate the old bathrooms. The community is very happy and we do take pride in our park that is used not only by the city of Jacob but by others so we are very happy that we get a chance to renovate and make it better for all.” 

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