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S,.'vi. the Tree Capital of the, Sou-th Since 1
Class of 2007
A Wachovia Bank, teller was set bui
robbed at gunpoint Wednesday hair ar
afternoon, triggering a manhunt in mole/w
downtown Perry and a patrolled face, b
sweep of surrounding highways. appeared
The suspect, who remains at wearing,
large, is described as a white male, light cc
approximately 5'8" to 5'10" tall, The
weighing 210 pounds plus (heavy automa
ild), blue eyes, red/blonde
id red skin tones with a
vart on the right side of his
elow his bottom lip. He
ed to be in his 40's and was
g a green shirt, ball cap and
man was armed with a semi-
tic handgun, Perry Police
Innovative Water Use Agreement
Creates Environmental Benefit
Eighty percent of the Taylor Energy Center's water needs will come
from Buckeye's wastewater, and no wastewater will be discharged
by the power plant.
WATER USE AGREEMENT
Jacob "Jake" Meacham
built on a
Firmly rooted in a foundation of
faith and family, Jacob "Jake"
Meacham cultivated an academic
career that took him to the top of
his class--earning the title
His modest manner belies his
successes, whether they be in the
classroom or on the football field.
Attaining the distinction as the
top-ranked student for the Taylor
County High School Class of 2007
was not always Meacham's first
"I, maintained an 'A' average, but
"* Please see page 5
For 2007 Salutatorian Timothy
Machula, making the grade has
been a matter of setting personal
goals and doing the work needed-
to accomplish them.
"It's a matter of staying focused
and getting things done," Machula
said. "That's what it takes,
tightening your belt and getting
back to work."
He credits his work ethic to his
father, Timothy Lewis Machula.
"My dad always pushed me not
to settle. He urged me to do better
for my own sake."
"-* PLease see page 5
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Total proposed withdrawal = 45 MGD-
",'uV!o n CAjio6i PL, Dl,
Taylor Energy Center (TEC) and Buckeye announced
Thursday an innovative partnership in. which at least 80
percent of'the proposed 800-megawatt power plant's daily
water requirements will come from Buckeye's wastewater.
Following lunchroom fight
3 middle school
What started as a minor -
,altercation between two students
in the lunchroom at Taylor County
Middle School Wednesday
escalated into a much larger food
fight and ultimately led to three
students being taken away in -
The initial fight was broken up
by school personnel with the help
of Resource Deputy DeWayne
Bowden, Superintendent of
Schools Oscar Howard Jr. said
Although the students- were
taken out of the lunchroom, a food
fight broke out leading Bowden to
call for reinforcements.
Officers from the Perry Police
Department and Taylor County
Sheriffs Office (TCSO)
responded, TCSO Cpt. Richard
Between the two departments,
approximately eight officers were
on the scene, he said.
The fracas involved more than a
dozen students, but the officers
were able to calm most of the
crowd down and return them to
their classrooms, Johnson said.
Three students "continued to be
disruptive and would not calm
themselves," he said.
The three were then placed
under arrest and taken to the
county jail where they were
booked and subsequently released
to their parents, Johnson said.
One of the students in the
original fight was later taken to the
hospital by a family member for a
"busted lip," Howard said.
"We have a very high
expectation of student conduct at
Taylor County Middle School,"
Principal Paul Dyal said.
"We expect students to be
respectful, be responsible and be
safe. When a student makes a
choice to be disrespectful,
irresponsible and make unsafe
decisions, it will not be acceptable
-* Please see page 5
Department Detective Ben -
Ptl. Dwight Norris, who was
first to arrive on scene, stated that I 4,
the man approached the teller,
handed her a small paper bag and
told her to "fill it with 100s."
The man instructed the woman
not to put a security "dye pack" in -
with the money and -not to trigger
"He reportedly told her 'Don't
make me hurt'anyone'," Norris
After the teller filled the bag, the
suspect then exited the bank
through the front door.
"Once he had left the bank, the
teller set the alarm off and alerted
the other bank employees that she
had just been robbed," Norris '
Witnesses outside the bank said
the suspect fled the scene on foot,
running east on Main Street, A man armed with a semi-automatic handgun robbed a
toward Jefferson Street. teller at gunpoint Wednesday at Wachovia Bank. The suspect
remains at large and police ask anyone with information to
*,-* Please see page 3 contact investigators at 584-5121.
TEC, Buckeye partner
for water conservation
Groundwater use and
wastewater discharge in Taylor
County will be significantly
reduced by an innovative
partnership--between the Taylor
Energy Center (TEC) and
Under the terms of an agreement
announced Thursday, at least 80
percent of the TEC's daily water
requirements will come from
The benefits include conserving
groundwater resources and
reducing wastewater discharge to
the Fenholloway River.
"We promised the Taylor Energy
Center would be environmentally
responsible, and this innovative
partnership is more proof of our
commitment," said Mike Lawson,
project manager for Taylor Energy
.Since TEC will be located near
Buckeye, the two organizations
have been evaluating potential
synergies in their operations with
the goal of creating a net
environmental benefit. TEC will
require water primarily for cooling
wastewater, so watdr use was
identified as an area of potential
"Our discussions produced an
agreement that is a win-win for
both companies and the
environment," said Lawson.
The power plant requires
approximately nine million gallons
of water per day. With this
agreement, under normal operating
conditions, 7.5 million gallons per
day will be sent from Buckeye to
TEC. This will reduce'by 7.5
million gallons per day what is
otherwise discharged by Buckeye
to the Fenholloway River.
As an added benefit, the TEC
will be a zero-liquid-discharge
facility, so all of the wastewater
sent to the power plant will be used
Boys & Girls Club Director Kevin Kidd, left, accepts a $15,000 donation from Fred Morgan
of Big Bend Marine. The local business is the first to sign on as a title sponsor for the annual
"Reeling for Kids Celebrity Fishing Tournament." The two-day event opens today (Friday) in
Steinhatchee. More than $4,000 in awards will be presented at the conclusion of fishing
Saturday. Everyone is invited to "come enjoy this family event," Kidd said.
and recycled at the facility,
TEC needs water each day to
' replace whatjis lost to evaporation
in-the cooling process. With
extensive recycling and water
treatment systems at the. power;
plant, water use will be minimized,
and no wastewater will be-
discharged to any natural bodies of
TEC is a proposed state-of-the-
art, 800-megawatt, coal-fired:
power plant to be located in Taylor
County near Perry.
'The $2 billion power plant is:
expected to create some 1,500 "
construction jobs and 180
The plant will be jointly
owned by four community-owned
electric utilities: Florida
Municipal Power Agency, JEA,
the City of Tallahassee and
Reedy Creek Improvement -
Big Bend Marine is the first
Taylor County business to sign on
as a title sponsor for the annual
"Reeling for Kids Celebrity
On Wednesday, owner Fred:
Morgan presented a $15,000
check to Perry/Taylor County.
Boys & Girls Club Director Kevin
Kidd. The tournament serves as a:
major fund-raising benefit for the'-
local clubs here and in nearby:-
"We have been given a.
guarantee that 90 percent of this
donation will stay in Taylor
County and be used to help local
children both in Perry and
Steinhatchee," Morgan said.
The celebrity fishing
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Folk Festival p. B-2
Two sections il8th Year, No. 20
Looking Back .........A-2
Living ............... A-4
Sports ............... A-6
Religion ........... ...A-7
TV listings ...
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Though there wasn't a drop of blood kin between
us I felt a definite connection to Aunt Hattie. She
was a bigger-than-life personality who represented
-lazy days spent in the sun at Jug Island. Her place
'of business was a gray weathered building that sat
'out over the Gulf waters on wooden pilings. The
:entrance to the store was gained by a long
boardwalk that took you from the sandy shore to
'her front door. Looking back I realize it-was simple ,
.fare inside the store but for a child it held all the:
necessities required for beach living. Fishing'
:supplies shared shelves with canned groceries that
:didn't have any regard for order causing patrons to
?dig through the objects in search of items.
needed. Didn't seem to distress anyone since it,
provided an ideal opportunity to chat with Aunt.
BHattie. We kids followed along behind Mama who"
.used our arms as her shopping cart. We did the
'chore patiently knowing that our reward would be
:an ice-cold soda from the chest drink box that sat
:at the front of the store.
Aunt Hattie's method of check-out was unique--
-she added the items we held in our arms without
them ever leaving us, gave Mama the total, who
paid without question, and we were, out, the door
A view on the waterfront at Dekle Beach (November 1969). "
with our groceries still held fast in our makeshift
-cart. We raced down the boardwalk, deposited the
purchases, on the truck-bed, turned and raced
'back toward the store to plunge our hands in the
!ice-cold water of the drink box. It usually took
:several attempts in the ice water to come up with
-the favorite soda bottle since they were jammed
:together at the bottom of the box. I was never one -
to get in a rut so my favorite soda changed from
-week to week. But, -whether it was NuGrape or
:Strawberry Soda, it was devoured with, bliss as we
Stood still for that first swallow; With a contented
;sigh, we slipped to the edge of the boardwalk to sit
with our feet dangling over the edge as we finished '
the soda. It was a perfect place to sit for a. bird's
eye view of the goings-on at the beach. To our back
folks were passing on their way to the store and at
our feet the water was alive with swimming fish
:and crusty crabs. It was from this spot we would
.plan our strategy as to how we would catch those
,old crusty crabs without feeling the pain of their
pinchers. With the last drop of soda drained from
Athe bottle, we returned the bottle to Aunt Hattie
.and headed across the beach to the little cabin
;that Daddy had rented for a few days.
Like Aunt Hattie's store, the cabins sat high on
,pilings and were scattered in a random pattern
'around the shoreline. They were built shot-gun
style with two rooms for sleeping and a kitchen at
ithe back. I don't really remember a bathroom but
I: suppose there had to be some sort of facility
available somewhere. Checking in with Mama we
!shot out the door like brightly lit fireworks in our
tropical-print bathing suits. The trip to the water
"was filled with giggles as we herded the fiddler
Scrabs in a mass exodus across the sand before
hitting the cool water in a perfect belly-flop. In the
iyellow-hued Gulf water we would become pirates
-in search of lost treasure and beautiful mermaids
'gliding through the water at incredible speed.
^Whatever the fantasy, we never left the water for a
'moment until Mama would call us in to eat.
Sometimes lunch was an indoor affair, but most of
the time, we grabbed our sandwich and returned
:to the water's edge to sit with our feet buried in the
:sand while we munched in complete contentment
listening to the wind carry the cries of the gulls
:across the rolling waves. In fact, the gulls usually
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Pole houses on the roadside at Jug Island.
came to dinner as well when we tossed bits of
bread into the air for them. With lunch out of the
I'fwe- olledwonlto-our stomachs to wait the half-
'four WIama re'qu ii-red' before return ning to th '6V1ater.
She said we would die from stomach cramps if we
got in the water before our food digested, so we
used the time to visit one on one with friends,
whose families like ours, returned year after year
to the beach.
-. Some summers we stayed at Keaton Beach. The
cabins there were much the same in structure. My
best recollection was the time spent with Jimmie
*Lee, Howell whose family rented the cabins. I
-suppose they were the restaurant owners as well.
During those summers we were treated to real
restaurant meals on occasion. Um, um, was it ever
good--fresh caught mullet, fries and hushpuppies
cooked to perfection. There was a large room used
for socializing after the meal where we gathered to
dance to-the latest hits played on the jukebox. It
was in that very room that Mr. Oneal Boatright
taught most of us children the art of ballroom
A perfect spot for drinking an ice cold soda. (Photos courtesy Florida
Our family eventually bought property at nearby
Ezell Beach and built a small cabin there. Right
about this time each year with school at an end,
we would give the cabin a good cleaning and stock
the empty kitchen cabinets with food bought in
Perry. Somehow, bringing the supplies from town
was never as much fun as the days past when we
made our way across the water to Aunt Hattie's
place for our necessities. It's all gone now
physically, but no one can take away the memories
that were forged in my mind during those
wonderful summer days and nights at Jug Island.
received a $808,5
of the county suc
and Keaton Bea(
Students at .Ta
room at Taylor
the project were
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with Estin I
A-2 Perry News-Herald May 18-19,200Qq
GYMNASTS PERFORM -'
AT HIGH SCHOOL :
The Girls Athletic Club and the.i
| Physical Education Department ok
S*.. -Taylor County High Schl'
", presented a show including
unicycle team (Malinda Btd,.
.- Laurie Trofemuk. Peggy Howeljl
and Karen Blair): trampolmi-
performers (Barbara Waldor
C'" -. t pictured in action); tumblers an.lj3
:.7 '- *.-' gymnasts with Denise Bell&
featured on the balance beam..,
BULLDOG TRACK TEAM -.
QUALIFIES FOR STATE.:
The Bulldog track team earne.dK
PERRY 90 points in the distrit V
HERALD competition, placing second in the
eight-team event and qualifying -
1, 1972 for the state competition in Winteri
Park. Perry was led by Roger
LEPHONE King, Scott Nobles, Lamar ,
8,500 LOAN Hathcock, Andy Tate, GherrVy-'
s declared that Rolle and Terry Jackson.
Company had : A
500 loan from the NEED A TASTE OF
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to the rural areas "Simple Elec-Trix" were offeredK
:h as Nutall Rise by Mr. Wel-Fed of the FloridSa:
ch, according to Power Corporation. He uhgiested:-:
this recipe while the :runi, are
STUDENTS 1gStrawberry Heaven .,
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CONDITIONER 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple.
ylor County Vo- drained :
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it for -the band 1/2 pkg. miniature
r County High marshmallows ,
I in the midst of 1 small container whipped
Edward Aycoth, topping '' *n
I Randell Poppell Prepare gelatin and partially gel.
Herrington, air Add fruits, marshmallows :-'l.A
structor, and J. whipped topping. Chill until firm.
Louie Adams, maintenance
supervisor for the school.
RUNS DOWN KIDNAPPER
A Polk County man was arrested
in a swamp near Perry on charges
of kidnapping and robbing- a
Florida State University faculty
member at knife-point. Law
enforcement officers from three
counties were.assisted by a pack of
bloodhounds in apprehending the
suspect. The FSU employee had
picked up the 21--year-old who was
hitchhiking in Tallahassee.
CURB MARKET OPENS
Taylor County.: Extension,
Director Henry Davis reported that
the long-awaited Farmers Curb
Market would soon open in City
Park featuring fresh, homegrown
vegetables from the area.
Robert. Brian Barfield was
born to Mr. and Mrs. -Robert J.
Barfield on April 27 at Doctors'
Memorial Hospital. He-weighed
8 pounds, 12.25 ounces at birth. .
Mr. and Mrs. Donnie N.
Shinholser welcomed a son,
Donnie William, on April 28. He
weighed 9 pounds, 9.5 ounces.
* Shelby Rebecca Gurr. was born
to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gurr on May
I in Tallahassee Memorial. She
weighed 6 pounds, 10.5 ounces.
Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Bennett
announced the birth of their
5-pound, 13-ounce son, Clint
Erikson, on May 6.
Your families are extrefiely
proud of you. You can'tL ,
imagine the sense of rekei
they are experiencing. This
would be a most -.A
opportune time to askj~f
money. : :,.
An investment inni zc
knowledge alwday' pnys
the best interest.
Wherever you go, go with,
all your heart.
Try not to become a man
success, but rather try to.
become a man of value.-
If at first you don't
succeed, do it like your|
mother told you.: "
There is just one life for
each of us: our own.
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A-3 Perry News-Herald May 18-19, 2007
In district schools
Robbery triggered lockdown
Continued from page 1
.Officers secure evidence found near the dirt parking lot
next to the vacant Wells building on Jefferson Street.
Historical society meets Monday
The Taylor County Historical Society will wrap up its 2006-07 year with
ecpoyered dish dinner Monday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
-:All members are encouraged to attend for "food, fun and fellowship."
-:The meeting will be held at the society building, located on Main Street
mi downtown Perry.
today in Steinhatchee
Continued from page 1
tournament, co-chaired by former
University of Florida and NFL
great Doug Johnson, will be held
this weekend, May 18 and 19, in
Steinhatchee. Prizes, include a
$3,000 offshore master's prize and
a $1,500 inshore master's prize.
"In today's world, so many
children don't have anything to do
or have parental guidance. The
Boys & Girls Club helps to address
this very important need in our
community," Morgan said.,
"We appreciate Big Bend's
support and thank Mr. Morgan for
'his generous donation. This is a
win-win for our kids and Taylor
"If you're looking for a program
that attracts tourists and promotes
can beat 'Reeling for Kids'," Kidd
For more information about
the tournament, 'call (352) 372-
5342 or go on-line to
He cut across the parking lot at
Davita Dialysis and into a dirt lot
adjacent to Espresso Yourself Cafe
where he then got into a vehicle
and left the area.
"His last known direction was
traveling north on Jefferson
Street," Flowers said.
The robbery was caught on
surveillance tape at the bank; the
tape is currently being analyzed by
the Florida Department of Law
An undisclosed amount of
money was stolen. ,
Responding offices were quick
to set up a perimeter around the
bank. Once it was learned that the
suspect had gotten into a vehicle
and driven off, police issued a
BOLO (be on the look out) alert to
all units. The alert has also been
dispatched to surrounding
Plaster-type casts have been
made of tire tracks and
footprints discovered in the dirt
That scene, as well as the
Voters are reminded that two
separate voting polls will be
located under one roof for the
upcoming special primary election
Tuesday, June 5.
Voters who normally cast their
ballots at Precinct 10 (Lakeside
Baptist Church) will be voting at
Precinct 8 (PACE Workers Union
Hall located at the corner of
Plantation Road and Old Dixie).
"We will have both precincts
located within the same building,"
Supervisor of Elections Molly H.
Gov. Charlie Crist ordered that
the special election be held to fill
the vacancy in the office of state
senator following the current
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interior of the bank, was processed
for evidence, Norris said.
The Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) sent two agents
to assist with the investigation,
which is standard procedure for
bank robberies, PPD Chief Vern
Clark said Thursday.
"The suspect was not wearing a
mask and had been in the bank
approximately 15 minutes prior to
the robbery. He waited until
everyone in the main lobby had left
the bank before approaching the
teller," Norris said.
The incident happened in the
middle of the lunch-hour, at 12:40
p.m. Police are asking anyone
with information about
the robbery, or who was in the area
around the time it happened'
and noticed anything suspicious,
to contact investigators at
The hold-up also prompted
schools within the area (Perry
Primary, Taylor County
Elementary, Taylor County Middle
School and Taylor County High
School) to issue a "lockdown
Officers responding the scene
For senate election
representative's appointment to the
state's Public Service Commission.
"The countywide primary will
be held June 5, followed by a
general election June 26."
Absentee ballots may be
requested by calling 838-3515.
Early voting will be held Monday,
May 28, through Saturday, June 2.
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Emcee'Caleb Reaves is shown with 7th and 8th grade winners (left to right)
William Wentworth, Colby Robertson and Lyndsey Carter.
'David Morgan and Taylor Lilliott represented Taylor County
in the district event, competing against speakers from seven
N drth Florida counties.
By LORI C. WIGGINS Speaking Program is an
4-H Extension Agent II educational program aimed at
I.arina Boy, My Cousin's teaching young people the
Wedding and Three Spectacular techniques of effective public
Aircraft, Oh My! Those were just speaking. The program is designed
a- few of the interesting, topics to give elementary and middle-
sleakers chose, for the 2007 4- school age students experience in
H/Tropicana Public Speaking the preparation and delivery of a
CoEtest which was held April 24. speech.
Twenty-one school finalists from More than 900 students in the
across the county competed for county participated in the program.
-$56 cashbft d a fill Tcholarsh'ip t6 Students in grades 3-8 froin Taylor
- 4-H Camp Cherry Lake. Past County Elementary School, Taylor
county winner, Caleb Reaves, County Middle School,
served as emcee for the contest. Steinhatcheee e School and
The 4-H/Tropicana Public homeschoolers took part in the .
Courtney reunion Saturday
=All friends and relatives of the Edgar James Courtney and Miley Grubbs
GTaurtney descendants are encouraged to meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May
19 at Forest Capital Park in Perry for their 44th annual reunion.
everyone is asked to bring a picnic basket of your favorite foods, as well
as a beverage, to be enjoyed at 12 noon. All paper tableware and ice will
bfumished by hee Edgar Courtney Family.
further, please bring folding chairs for you. comfort, cameras to ,
preserve memories and pictures from previous Cfamily get-'tgethers to
C Visit us Saturday, May 19 A S
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program. The top speeches were
selected from the class level,
school level and then from the
county level. The top county
winners received a plaque and the
first place county winner, in each
division, received $50 and a full
scholarship to 4-H camp this
The top county winners in 4th
and 5th grade division were: 1st
place-David 'Morgan with his
speech titled "Three Spectacular
Aircraft"; 2nd place- Laura
Freeman "My Favorite ,Teacher";
3rd place- McKenzie Wynn
Fourth arnd fifth grade winners were: (left to right) McKenzie Wynn, Laura Freeman, David7
Morgan and Grant Parker.
Sixth grade winners were: (from left) Erin Rohlfing, Taylor Lilliott, Caroline Schwab and::":;
"Fishing on the Aucilla River"; and
4th place Honorable Mention-
Grant Parker "My Dog Eve."
Top winners for the 6th grade
division were: 1st place-Taylor
Lilliott for his speech titled
"Marina Boy"; 2nd place- Caroline
Schwab "A Day at the Beach"; 3rd
place- Erin Rohlfing "Barbaro, A
Racing Legend"; and 4th place
Honorable Mention Jarvis Fudge
"Why' You Should believe :in Jesus
C h r is t." ".
The top winners from the 7th,
and 8th grade division were 1st
place Colby Robertson for his
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speech on "My Cousin's.
Wedding"; 2nd place Lyndsey
Carter "Weird Parents"; 3rd place.
William Wentworth "Walking A
Different Walk, Talking A
Different Talk"; and 4th place
Honorable Mention Caylen Baker
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Continued from page 1
Machula also thanks teachers
Susan Nelson and William Tripp
for his success.
"They challenged me the most.
That made me understand what I
"They didn't just give me a
grade; I had to work for it."
. He will admit, however, that
making the grade wasn't always his
"It didn't really hit me until the
end of my ninth grade year. That
was sort of a transition year. I got
an idea of what was expected of:
"I took more responsibility for
Since then, he has added even
more responsibility, joining the
high school's academic and tennis
teams, as well as volunteering with
Teen Court and Parent Connection.
He is also working part-time after
Rather than hindering his
academic pursuits, the extra duties
helped, he said.
"The more I did, the easier it was
to get my work done. When you
have that responsibility, it forces
you to set your priorities. It makes
you more creative."
Machula plans to attend the
University of Florida in the fall
and pursue a major in
biochemistry. He then hopes to
attend medical school.
He is looking forward to
moving to Gainesville and having
"the ability to make my own
decisions. I like the feeling of
being totally responsible for
When Machula speaks before
his fellow students Saturday
morning, he will talk about "a few
things I feel are important about
As for students just beginning
their high school career?
"Have a goal," he said.
"Stick to it and that's all you
Valedictorian will stay
-I- ...g r to
Recognizing confederate ancestors
Confederate Memorial Day was observed on April 21 when the 2nd Lt. Joseph Morgan Camp
2012 (and Chapter 8 of the Confederate Rose) participated in placing a memorial wreath at FOUNDATION OF FAITH
the base of the battle flag. According.to the organizations; there were some 300 men from Continued from page 1
Taylor County who fought in the war for southern independence. Confederate Memorial Day,
thqy added, is celebrated throughout the southern states. it wasn't until my junior year that I
started looking at rank. When I
Realized that I was number one, I
U told my parents about it and just
Thought it would be neat to be
valedictorian. Making good grades
e was something I had always
.enjoyed doing, but now I had more
nfi ln rnnwith nll~p
Continued from page 1
',is our goal to maintain an
environment that is safe and
conilhicie to learning for all
students," Dyal said.
"If students cannot behave, they
do not belong in school or deserve
to be in school," Howard said.
Law enforcement continued an
increased presence at TCMS as
well as the high school for
the rest of Wednesday as well as
Thursday and will remain at
the schools for the final day of
classes today (Friday), Howard
According to Johnson, the three
students will face a court date
sometime in the future.
Annual Ducks Unltd.
Banquet is tonight
The. armual iucks. .Unlimitdo auctionn a@d L ovy rqus drawings~,,.
banquet 'is- set to gb'this Friday, Contributions help conserve and
May-18, at the Perry Elks Club. maintain valuable North American
Doors will open at 6 p.m. wetlands.
followed by the dinner and auction Ducks Unlimited donations have
at 7,p.m. helped conserve 22,308 acres in
Organizers say this year's event Florida including hickory Mound
wi$eature numerous high-quality
guns- up for auction as well as
Dtiks Unlimited art and other
jackets, are $50. for individuals
anJ$70 per couple: ,
tOrporate tables'(six tickets) are
$2). each. DUCKS
Elclkets include membership,
diliier and, the Iopportunity to IUN LIM IT EDJ
participate in the! auction, silent
LOw cost pet sho
will be held this
seventh annual Low Cost Both dogs and cats on
Pet hot Clinic, presented by the leashes, and in pet carriers, are
Sub.ray Dixon Rescue Fund, will welcome.
be'held Saturday, May 19, from 2 The Subway Dixon Rescue
until 5 p.m., at 3364 Foley Cut-Off Fund, a not-for-profit organization
Rqca (at the gazebo) with which specializes in the rescue and
I d8y 'Spencer, D.V.M., rehabilitation of lost dogs, has also
administering immunizations, teamed up -with Winn-Dixie for a
: month-long fundraiser.
Throughout the month, you may
donate to this animal
G ato rescue/rehabilitation program by
completing a form at Winn-Dixie
which will then be scanned
and added to your total bill at
i May 24 The Subway Dixon Rescue
TG e annual Taylor/Madison P o p
Gator Gathering will be held
Thursday, May 24, at Rosehead
The gathering will begin with a
socil at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7.
The ,guest speaker will be Steve
Russell, sports director for WRUF
in Gainesville. f
tickets are $15 per person.
Trie Gator clubs are also holding LAND SU
twd raffles, one each for a NCAA
Limited Edition National
Chainpionship football and Terry L. Putnal President *
Tickets are available for a $2 Roland S. Hooker Manager
donation or six for $10. The
winners will be drawn at the
gathering. 364 West Base Street
For more information about Ph: 850-973-2472 *
tickets tothe gathering or the
raffle tickets, call Betty Culbreath e-mail: poppellir
Impouidment ,in Taylor County.
Total expenditures in the state onr
Ducks Unlimited projects is more
than $3.3 million.
Primary waterfowl species that
benefit from DU's efforts include
wood duck, black duck, mallard,
gadwall, northern pintail,
American wigeon, canvasback,
scaup, ring-necked duck, blue-
winged teal, green-winged teal,
redhead and mottled duck.
This year's Perry Chapter
officers include Al Smith, Marvin
Brooks, Toni Everett and James
Blume. For tickets or additional
information, contact any officer or
program is under the watchful eye
of Mary Lpu Dixon who
For additional information, she
can be reached at 584-2944.
Many of the dogs which are
rescued can be rehabilitated and
then adopted. Those which are not
suitable for adoption are cared for
Winn-Dixie's support of this
project is part of its "Neighbors
Helping Neighbors" program, in
observance of May as Pet
The fundraising partnership
continues throughout May 29.
Walton F. Poppell Surveyor
Lesley Putnal Secretary
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oi a reason, especai y wim co ege
coming up," Meacham said.
"My parents enjoy learning and
they imparted that interest to me.
Learning is a key to success in so
many areas of life."
A member of the National Honor
Society and FCA (Fellowship of
Christian Athletes), Meacham also
played football all four years of
high school and participated in
weightlifting and baseball.
He led the team in tackles for
two years and was named to the
second team "All State."
During his senior year, he was
named captain of the team (sharing
the position, with three other
players as co-captains).
Despite offers to play on the
college level at a number of
'orange & blue'
different schools. Meacham stayed
true to the "orange and blue" and
will be attending the University of
Florida in the fall.
"I've always been a Gator and
the school has one of the top
engineering programs in the
nation. And right now that is
the career I am looking at the
Meacham held a representatives
seat on the TCHS student
government association and
stepped up his involvement his
"One of the most challenging
things was striking a balance with
extracurricular activities and my
classes. I really had to concentrate
on managing my time well."
In his valedictorian address
during commencement ceremonies
Saturday, Meacham said he will
challenge his fellow graduates to
stretch the boundaries of what they
"Graduation is only the
beginning--there is no limit to
what you can do," he said.
For incoming high school
students, like his younger sister
Sarah who will be a freshman next
year, Meacham had just one word
of advice: "listen."
"Your teachers, other students--
they have been there and just want
to help you out."
The 18-year-old is the son of
Bill and Lisa Meacham. He has an :
older brother, Ben.
Humble in his i success,
Meacham concluded his reflection
of the accolades and awards by
saying, "All to God's glory."
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,BY PAT MCGRIFF
One More Cast Guide Service
Hey, last week we saw our first
ladyfish of the year. We also
caught a couple of Jack Crevalle,
and a Gafftopsail catfish(ugh). Yet
all are signs of spring and warmer
water etc. Monday we had a great
limit of 15 trout for two new
clients, Rick Vaida and Alvin
Leapheart of Covington, Ga. They
had never fished with me before.
We had three trout over 20 inches
long with three reds as well.
Despite the 15-20 knot w-i-n-d-s;
we had a blast!
Our trout continue to be in 4-5
feet of water adtd the eggs in the
females, I have cleaned lately,
indicate that our May and June
trout-fishing should be excellent!
More ballyhoo continue to
show up and that is a good sign,
as well, as our larger Sow trout
need the prptein of ballyhoo and
other white bait to supplement
their egg development.
My charters are fishing live
pinfish under Cajun Thunders to
produce our limits.
Here are some other reports
Tom and Bo.bby Hall with
Rollie Chester limited out
Wednesday fishing Saltwater
Assassin electric chicken sea shads
bouncing the bottom in 3 -5 feet
Jimmy Lawson, John Lawrence,
Larry Carlton fished Tuesday-
Thursday and caught their limit
each day using Saltwater Assassin
electric chicken and a green and
yellow tailed Deadly Dudley. This
crew was also fishing in 3 -5 feet
Saturday, John Carroll and Pepe
Antiga from St. Mary's Ga. fished
in 7 feet of water using White
Gulp and landed 7 trout and a
black sea bass.
Hey this weekend, May 18th
and 19th, is the Doug Johnson
Reeling For Kids Celebrity
Fishing Tournament in
Steinhatchee. Prizes include a
$3000 Offshore Master's Prize and
a $1500 Inshore Master's Prize.
This family event will be
raising money for our local Boys
and Girls Club. Call 352-372-
5342 for more information or go
TCHS baseball team
honored at banquet
The 2007 Taylor County High
varsity and junior varsity baseball
teams were honored Tuesday at the
annual end of the year banquet.
Guest speaker for the event,
sponsored by the Baseball
Boosters, was former Cleveland
Indian pitcher Carl Sadler.
Sadler, who played his high
school ball at Taylor County,
encouraged the players to work
hard to reach their dreams whether
it be baseball or some other
Bulldog Coach Kelly Armstrong
gave special praise to the team's
five graduating seniors...Josiah
Anderson, Dusty Knight, Brandon
Mock, Drew Mock and Gerald
Top varsity awards were given
to Taylor Ratliff (golden glove),
Brandon Mock and Josiah
Anderson (coaches' awards) and
Ethan Young (big stick). .
Armstrong also paid special
tribute to his assistant Coach
Danny Glover and gave out the
following "special' awards:
Comeback Player of the Year,
Josiah Anderson; Catch of the
Year, Gerald Walker; Biggest
(pitching) win, Brandon Mock;
Play of the year, Will Hall; Team
spirit award, Dusty Knight; Most
improved hitter, Greg Flowers;
Team player, Taylor Ratliff;
Mr. Clutch, Drew Mock; Best
base ,runner, Ethan Young; Top
newcomer, Nick Allbritton;
Pitching award, Josh Gilbreath;
Top 100 list in Florida, Derek
Miller; Persistence award, Zach'
Knowles and Leadership award,
Junior Varsity Coach Bobby -
Eason, whose team finished 12-5-
1 this season, recognized the
jayvee squad and gave out the :
Coach's award, Matt French;
Pitching award, Charlie Johnson;
Hustle award, Colby Murphy; Big
Stick award, Wil Joiner and
Golden glove award, Caleb
Former Cleveland Indian pitcher Carl Sadler was the guest
speaker at the Bulldog baseball banquet this week.
Tide Tables Hunter safety course
7:51 AM 2
Thursday, May 24
Rosehead Junction -- Downtown Perry
Social--6:30 pm Dinner--7:0
Cost is $15.00 per person
Guest speaker STEVE RUSSELL
Sports Director for WRUF-Gainesville, Fla.
Tickets will be sold in advance. Deadline for tickets is'
May 21, 2007. Contact Betty Culbreath 584-2399
If no answer, please leave message and we will call you back.
offered here June 4-9
Taylor County 4-H will sponsor a Hunter Safety Course June 4-8 from
5 until 8 p.m., and June 9 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the 4-H office in
Forest Capital Hall.
The course is open to ages 8 and up with youth and adults welcome.
A $25 fee covers dinner each day, snacks and drinks.
On Saturday, June 9, a written test will be given and a parent must
accompany his/her child. Lunch is also "on your own" that day.
To sign up, please contact the 4-H Office at 838-3508 or stop by the
local 4-H/County Extension Office (old armory building).
For questions contact Becky Strickland at 584-5293.
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A-7 Perry News-Herald May 18-19, 2007
N.ew Life Methodist Church will
celebrate Homecoming Sunday
Along with Route 66
Pleasant Grove h(
Angelina McKeithen, a third The comm
generate ion gospel singer, will invited to atte:
pefform at Pleasant Grove Baptist
Church 'on Sunday, May 20, at 6
P'er grandfather, the Rev. E:V.
M Keithen was part of the I *
MalKeithen Brothers Quartet of Of
Lqaisiiana which sang in the 1930s
anl 40s.. .Her father, Tim
MgKeithen, traveled for 35 years
in gospel music with his family.
mnd after 25 years of traveling
L& th her faniily, McKeithenr is now
doing solo dates--featuring music
fr .er heritage as well as
[Ier Web site is also "up and
rufming" and you can log on at
bt Pleasant Grove, she will be
joined b) Route 66.
Come for worship, lunch!
Homecoming-will be observed at Boyd New Life Methodist Church'on
Sunday, with services beginning at 11 a.m. under the leadership of the Rev.
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fellowship, including a 12
First Baptist choir sings its gift
The First Baptist Church Celebration Choir will perform a choral
concert on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m. featuring a variety of anthems and
"The Celebration Choir considers it a privilege and honor to serve our
Lord and His church through the gift of music," said Director Sara Sue
Grambling: "In return, we want to give a gift of love to the church which
has supported us with prayers and love. We also extend a warm invitation
to any in our community who would like to join us for this time of worship.
"We covet your continued prayers for the music ministry as we endeavor
to give God our best every time we stand to sing," Grambling said.
Men's Day is Sunday
New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its annual
unity is cordially
Member by Invitation
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V"If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and
You j~lieve in your heart that God raised him
frqo the dead, you will be saved." Rom. 10:9
Please respond to
Lakeside Baptist Church
"A Place to Call Home"
ISunday Services 7:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting
;9:45 a.m. Sunday School Mission Activities
:11 .00 a.m. Morning Worship
:6:00 p.m. Discipleship Training Hwy. 27 584-5688
7:00 pm. Evening Worship Steven Ruff, pastor
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Matthew William Taylor, the
infant son of Richard and Dawn
Taylor, died Sunday, May 13,
2007, at Capital Regional Medical
Center in Tallahassee.
In addition to his parents,
survivors include: maternal
grandmother, Linda Viola of Perry;
paternal grandmother, Ursula
Stranghoener of Ft. Lauderdale; a
brother, Kevin Murray; two
uncles, Mark Viola and Eddie
Viola; an aunt, Nikki Viola;
and three cousins, Ashley Viola,
Casey Viola and Tara Viola, all of
A private family graveside
service will. be held today, May 18,
at 9 a.m.
Joe P. Bums Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.
St. Johns Christian
Sunday School 10:00 a.m
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
Nursery and Children's Mfinistry Provided
(localed at the intersection of Pucke~Rtd. and Golf Course Rd.)
Mark McElfresh, pastor 584,7251
Ash Street *
CHURCH OF CHRIST
601 West Ash Street
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Worship 10:45 a.m.
Wed. Bible Class
Church Ph: 584-6155 Carl Desmartin: 223-3210
SOnce our little girl,
( now a young lady.
We are so
-. proud of you.
Keep your m
/ ,. focus on God
and let Him
direct your path.
All our love,
AWL.. Now look what God
can do for you if you
Remember, if youuset
your mind on Him and
stayfocused as you
travel through life.
everything is possible if
you believe and trust in
Him, He'll continue to
order your steps.
Chandra, Rette Glanton.
Khe'Olanda, Javdan & Chico
Men's Day on Sunday, May 20, at 11 a.m. with Minister Ulysee Hawkins
as the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend.
Choir rehearsal will be tonight, May 18, at 7.
Beaching-it June 4-8?
Blue Creek Baptist Church at the Beaches will hold Vacation Bible
School June 4-8 from 6 until 8:30 each evening, Transportation will be
furnished in the beach area.
For details, please call Sandra Bolton at 838-2674.
Church offers appreciation
An appreciation service for Elder Maurice Perkins will be held Sunday,
May 20, at 11 a.m. at Triumph The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ.
Sftch of God
Sunday School 10:00 10:45
Worship Service 11:00 12:00
Children's Church 11:00 12:00
f Prayer Group 6:00 6:45
Choir Practice 6:00 6:45
d with adult supervision 9:4512:00 Sunday Service 7:00 8:00
Mike Hicks, pastor
1915 N. US 221 (850) 584-7992
Youth Group 6:00 7:30
Study Group 7:00
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2959 Golf Course Rd.
Sunday Worship Services
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7:,* U OlI J I um u a1 y JlI1 l
10:45 am Morning Worship
6:00 prri' Evening Worship
8:00 pm Adult Choir Practice
Discipleship Training 6:00 pm
Programs & Bible Study for all ages
Bring the Whole Family
Calvary Baptist Youth meet each Monday Night 6:00 pm.
All area youth are invited.
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Sar. 6 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
CCD & Aduht Education Classes
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
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rFirst United Methodist Church)
Open Hearts -.Oper Minds & Open Doors
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A-8 Perry News-Herald May 18-19, 2007
' Units from Taylor County Fire/Rescue and the. City of Perry Fire Department responded to
a house fire at the Weldon Poppell residence (above) Wednesday afternoon. Fire Rescue Lt.
Chad Arrepdale and Firefighter/EMTs David James and Kyle Gibbs, along with volunteer Ken
Parker battled the blaze, as .jd Elton Carraway from the city. Personnel from the Taylor
County Sheriff's Office, Florica Division of Forestry and Doctors' Memorial Hospital
Emergency Medical Services also reported to the scene. The Fire Marshal was called and the
cause of the fire is under investigation. Left, a firefighter tries to reach the blaze from
underneath the floor. Right, Arrendale uses an ax to break a hole in the wall, giving him access
to the fire and allowing him to use his water hose to douse the flames.
Cards of Thanks
The family of Mary Jeanne
Steen Baeza want to express our
sincere appreciation and thanks to
our extended family, friends and
community for the support, prayers
and loving care provided us over
the years, but .most especially, in
*the recent weeks following
Mary Jeanne's death. We have
*been greatly comforted by the
'many cards of sympathy; the
.presence of all, who attended the
memorial service in Shady Grove
,Robert M. Hendry Memorial
ch- church and at Dowling Park arid
.!qe wonderful food. for the
Gathering at Morris' and Judy's
:-Some. We will miss Mary Jeanne's
loving presence in the months and
years to come. She loved family
gatherings and reunions. We also
know that she will be with us
forever in memory, heart and
Thanlk you from the bottom of
Sarah Helen Hendry Steen
The family of Doris Grantham
expresses their appreciation for the
many acts of kindness they
received during the home going of
their mother, grandmother and
great grandmother. There were
many expressions by way of
prayers, visits, cards, flowers and
To the Madison County Hospital
Staff, Dr. Stick, and Tammy
Williams we especially thank you;
you made mothers last days and
ours with her a special time of
sharing. To the Madison Health
Care Facility and Big Bend
Hospice, thank you.
Glenn, Kim, Ethan
and Whitney Young
Amalia and Jeff Barrett
John, Paula and Cole Tuten
Joe and Peggy Grantham
Andrea, Drew, Ellie
and Katie Frick
,- p April Arnold
Thank God you
made it from a
? .little girl to a l
pg i ,,From Mother & Steypdad.
"1 j Monique, CJ. Morgan, I.J..
Babe ColbIy, "___ _
Grandma Babisister and
the rest of the g B
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Look who's all grown up
S into a young lady!! '
But remember whatever you
EA -l do in life, put God first.
% -o Love,
SMom, Grandma & Family .
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MOTHER HONORED FOR GOODNESS AND LOVE
Our Mother's name is Mrs. Johnnie Mae Richards. She has
beet an excellent mother, grandmother, friend, worker, helper
and servant of God for many years. She is a beautiful, royal,
queen, the daughter of Mr. John and the late Mrs. Florence
Monroe and the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Rosa Roberson
(Mama Rosa). Mom's girls, grandchildren, grandcats, Pastor
Bishop McBath, and friends would like to honor such a beauti-
ful, wonderful lady.
During the month of May we would like to take this opportu-
nity to express words of affirmation to Mom concerning how she
has blessed us in our lives. According to Prov 31:28-31 (NASB),
"Her children rise up and bless her... (29) many daughters have
done nobly, but you excel them all. (30) Charm is deceitful and
beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be
praised. (31 )Give her the product of her hands, and let her works
praise her in the gates."
Pastor Bishop McBath said:
"Pastor Janeen and I want you know that we love and appre-
ciate you and your heart of faithfulness. Though you have a long
list of accomplishments, the Lord is not finished with you yet.
The best is yet to come and your best and brightest days are still
ahead of you! We thank the Lord for your commitment to us
over the past ten years and county an honor that you're a part
of our family. Mother Richards, may this be the best day of your
life. With love, honor and appreciation." Bishop B. C. McBath
-Warrant Officer Danni Rogers applauds you Mother Richards
for being a wonderful mother and faithful servant of God.
Latashia and the kids say, "Mommy (grandma); we want to thank you for always being there for
me and my kids. There have been times when I did not know what I would have done without your
wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for everything you have done for us, you mean a lot we love.
Marisa and daughter say, "Mom we love you and thank you for everything you have done for us.-
You mean a lot to us thank you!"
Valerie says "Mom; words can never express my love and gratitude for all the wonderful things
you have contributed to my life. I will never forget the wonderful times we have had together laugh-
ing, talking and reminiscing about the past. I thank God for blessing me with your majestic ways. You
are the mother that most kids dream of having. Your strength, courage and independence have
molded six girls to be the best that we can be. You have done a wonderful job and I just want to thank
i jyou from the bottom of my heart and then some for being my friend, a shoulder to cry on, my refuge
In time of trouble, and my mother. God has.truly answered one of my prayers. May you continue to
be blessed in everything In Jesus name I pray. The kids say grandmom, 'we love you grandma you
are the best!!!'"
Trenla says, "Mom, you are a fighter, friend, advisor and so much more. Mom you are selfless,
always putting others before yourself. Everyone who has met you mother always speaks about your
kindness and love. You have taught me so much. You have always been there. I love you so mych;
Thank you Mom!"
Chief Petty Officer Robin Wrice loves yours thoughts of love, appreciation, affection, encourage-
ment and joy you have brought to our lives Mother Richards.
Wilma says, "Mom, you are a Queen, always elegant, patient, humble, loving, modest, stylish, an
unselfish lady and servant of God. You are the same kind, gentle and understanding person who
worked as one of the first African American Social Worker Assistants In-Taylor County. Thank you for
every sacrifice you have ever made in my life and every kind gesture to my friends, co-workers, or
those who worked for me during my career. I salute you Mom for over twenty years while I served In
the military you were extraordinary, superb, wonderful and totally the best! Thank you, Mom Sweetie,
may God's blessings continue to reign in your life, you deserve to be honored and blessed for all you
have done and will do congratulations we honor you excellent Mother, friend, advisor and woman of
God! Mother, the best is yet to come for you!"
Love always your family, friends and Pastor
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M. Jo e "Ma Rchards
Mrs. Jonnie "Mae Richards
Benjamin "BJ" Nawlin
from family and friends.
BJ graduates Sunday,
May 20, at Faith Baptist
Church at 6 p.m. from home
school through the Abeka
Home School program.
BJ works at Ace Hardware
and plans to go to college.
Wle are proud of you and love you.
Dathy, Monmmna. Nathan
VZ 2007 Graduationi Editioni rage A~i.
Class of 2007
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'Pomp and circumstance' await
150 Taylor County High seniors
Donald Bass Jr.
Ashfey Batton .
In a ceremony filled with pomp
and circumstance, some 150
'1niors will graduate from Taylor
Cdunty High School Saturday,
\L.c, 19, beginning at 9 a.m. at
Dorsett Stadium. TCHS Principal
Michael Thompson said that in
case of rain, the ceremony will be
held in the TCHS gymnatorium.
The program will begin with the
processional, "Pomp and
Circumstance," by the Pride of
Taylor Band, under the direction of
Band Director Brett Wilson..
Those in attendance will be
treated to the JROTC Color Guard,
which will present the colors while
Senior Class Vice President Amy
Brett and Senior Class Secretary
Jessica Brock lead students and
guests in the pledge of allegiance.
TCHS Principal Michael
Thompson will deliver the'
welcoming address and introduce
The 2006-2007 salutatorian
address will then be given by
Timothy Machula, followed by the
valedictory speech by Jacob
A farewell address will be given
by senior class president Joseph
Proenza, followed by the "Alma
Mater," which will be led by senior
class representatives Shamanda
Ridgeway and Zachary Bradshaw.
Graduating seniors will then be
awarded their diplomas by District
School Superintendent Oscar
Howard Jr. and Thompson, who
will also lead the students in the
changing of tassels.
The band will conclude the
ceremony with a musical
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Che sea Bennett
As we are busy congratulating our
graduates on their achievements, let
us also take time to challenge them
While high school graduation
marks a milestone in the life of the
young people, it also brings a new
area of freedom--and responsibility-
-for the future.
Challenge our graduates to move
the world back toward "old" values
of honesty,- integrity, loyalty,
love, respect and
Challenge them to make the world
a better place.
Let them know they
can make a difference.
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313 N. Jefferson St.
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Taylor County High School
Jacob Henry Meacham
Attorneys At Law, P.A.
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K(imierfjy Bfanton ilerry Blaste
Christy Britt Jessica BrockC
Zaci Bradshaw Erin Bratcher
Danie[lBrown Ashlea Browning
Erica Davis 'Patricia Davis
Superlatives are chosen annual
by the senior class to hoi
classmates they feel stand
among the rest. These seni
were chosen for 2006.
Most Talented -
& Ashley Scott
Adlam Coofk Casey Cooper
Jadacie Demps Brett Denmark Lindsey Dice James Dutes
-- SeniroriuperlVtives .
ally Best Dressed Unsung Heroes Most Dependable
nor Tradelvan Whetsel Christian Wigglesworth Thomas Gober
out & Anngelica Florence & Tedrick White and Thao Tran
ors Best All Around Class Clowns Happy Go Lucky
Jake Meacham, Japhnee Thomas James Garrison and Jill Hunt
-& Erin Bratcher & Jabaree Williams Most Athletic
Most Shy Most Friendly Marq Ellis and
Tiffany Flowers Trev Kreicar & Athenia McNealv Robin Jackson
Kimberly Blanton 2007
Congratulations, Baby, you did it.
,, It seemslike only yesterday yoti
were just a bab in my arms, I
S nowyou have grown into such J
S a beautiful young woman.
Sam so proud of you and your
You have given me so much
joy--- you are the reason /
survive all of life's twist and .
S turns. Ilams oroudthatyou
are my daughter.
Nomatter howold you are,;
you ~iill always be my baby." M 5'I
Love you with allmy heart. -g
Congratulations to the
Graduates of 2007
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Class of 2007
You've Done It!
on a job well done.
You are the star that shines the
brightest on the darkest of nights.
We are so very proud of you for
staying true to yourself and never
going along with the flow. You will
always get what you want, because
you're willing to go after it. Keep up
the hard work.
Pad, Morn, Lee, Hollie
& Hayden Purham
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I just wanted you to know
that I am proud of you
and what you have
become. I'm wishing you
the best in whatever you
Decide to do, and always
remember that your Big
Sister loves you.
Congratulations on your graduation, Baby!
I wish the best for-you in everything you do!
Congratulations to all the
to our Special Senior
Thank you for all your hard work
and for blessing our lives.
We love you,
S.... ,Your Family
Congratulations! We are proud of you!
Mama, Daddy, Matthew, Grandpa Pop Man brawdy
O on your graduation with honors from
Aucilla Christian Academy. It took a lot of
S hqrd work and dedication to graduate with
honors and your Cisco Networking
.Certification. Work hard, play fair, and be
kind to everyone and you'll go a long way in
this life and the one to come.
God blessed us beyond measure when
He blessed us with you.
Mom, Dad, Claire, Grannie Cat, Grannie Bonnie
and Grandpa Bill
From the time you came into our lives you
Congratulations have always filled our hearts with joy and
I. we are so proud to say congratulations
i ,Cierra to the upcoming event on your
on your graduation day.
accomplishments. We love you and,
We are so hope you will
proud of you! continue to be the
sweet person we
Aunt Sharon (Monroe) known.
Ford, Jabari Love,
Aaron & Grandparents,
Katie Monroe Ronnie & Bonnie
learn the Santa
Fe campus half
as well as you'll
l. Oaks Mall!!
SWe are proud of you!
Daddy, Mama Jordan
God bless you!
You are the BEST son.
YOU DA MAN!!!
Mom and Dad
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We Salute the 2007 Seniors! I
Brooke granthum ir ara gray
Lindsey mray Brandy Gregg
Lyndsey gray BrantfY gregg
Good Luck to Our Seniors!
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A. Lamar Morgan, D.M.D.
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
11 313 N. Jefferson St.
I BPerry, F1 32347
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Cera Horner Jarvis Howell
Aaron Johnson Apri Johnson Gregory Johnson
Class.Motto: "Don't dislike us, Get like us.
We are so proud
of you both.
Mom, Dad, Caleb
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Sorry I can't be
,I there, but I'm very
proud of you!
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but you won!!!'
Mama & Tammy
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We love you,
14F. Mom, Grandma, Phillip and eol
luck i the boys
.e ee eewoee *e** *
You went fi-om our little
baby to our little lady.
C01n.Qratt atio,nN and good
luck in the real world.
.. .. ,"Senior of 2007"
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!n mCongratulations We are so
A, KIA proud of you
I knew you You
could do it! it made it!
Diane Eillis Mom & Dad
You certainly have a BRIGHT FUTURE ahead
We loved you as a baby
We loved you as a child
We love you as a young woman
We will ALWAYS love you.
Daddy, Momma and Chase
We are so proud of
Way to go you and what youlhave
GIRL! We know that you have
GI RL!a great future ahead of
Good LMuck you and always
remember how much
at UF!i we love you.
Love, Daddy, Mama
Will & Elie & Russell