i .If the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889
December 7-8, 2007
Pulls all funds from SBA account
City hit with $1.3 million loss
eOmember the troops tMe
If you Would like to help our troops
during this.. holiday season, the
Homeschooler 4-H Club is collecting
the following items: books; Hillshire
Farms sausage/crackers, Hickory
Farms Cheese, crackers, sausage,
personal items (toothpaste,
deodorant, shampoo, razors, shaving
cream, etc.); Cup-o-Noodles meals,
microwavable chunky soups
ar.d; microwavable foods (raviol.,
lAfil -donated items can be dropped
off at the Taylor County 4-H Office
through Friday, Dec. 14.
The Homeschooler Club received a
grant to cover the shipping costs.
For more information, please
contact Lori Wiggins at
Free legal services
Three Rivers Legal Services wi I
offer Iree civil legal services to low
income and other eligible citizens at
thie Taylor County Public Ubraiy
Monday. Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to
To schedule an appointment,
please call toll-free (800).495-0039.
Areas of practice include.
landlord/tenant issues, foreclosure,
Social Security, living and legal wills.
.unfair sales practices, contracts,
Medicaid/Medicare and family law
The Taylor Republican. Women's
Network has postponed its regular
meeting in order for members to have
the opportunity of attending a
reception in honor of Don Curtis,
Republican candidate for Florida
House of Representatives, District 10,
in Tallahassee Monday, Dec. 10.
The next meeting date and time will
be announced at a later time. For more
information on the network, please
contact Opal Braswell at 584-7011.
Have a question for
:-::A: member of Congressman Allen
Boyd siatf will be visiting Perry on the
second Wednesday of every month so
the people of Taylor County have the
opportunity to discuss issues
Statmnembers are trained to assist
consti nts with a variety of issues
relating.to various federal agencies.
The-tnext visit will be Wednesday,
De1i&l. from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the
electriois office located on the second
floor of the Taylor County Courthouse.
Please give to Key CMb
holiday food drive
'A holiday food drive coordinated by
the Taylor County High School (TCHS)
Key Club continues with three
collection centers. Drop boxes are
located at the TCHS front office'
Buckeye Community Federal Credit
Union and Winn Dixie, The drive will
continue through Dec. 14; all collected
items will be donated to the Divine
Mercy Food Bank.
Coat & blanket collection
The third annual local coat and
blanket drive is now underway.
Donations of new and gently used
coats and blankets can be dropped off
at the offices of Thomas Chevrolet.
This year's drive is also expanding.
to include non-perishable food items
For.more information, contact Lynn
Harper[ at 843-1872.
City taxpayers have lost, more
than $1.3 million in the wake of
financial woes surrounding the
State Board of Administration
(SBA) Local Government
During a special meeting
Wednesday, the city council voted
unanimously to withdraw all of its
funds invested in the account,
"Better a bird in hand, rather
than risk losing it all. We have to
look out for number one," Finance
Director Penny Staffney said.
By opting to withdraw all of the
funds at one time, the city faced a
two percent penalty fee of
In addition, the state froze 14
percent of the account and ordered
it put into a "B" account comprised
of "bad paper," Staffney said. "You
hear stories like this from the
Depression. We now have $1.2
million of bad paper which might
buy a couple of loaves of bread. It's
The SBA allowed investors to
withdraw up to $2 million (or 15
percent of their holdings) from the
fund without any fee.
"We took the $2 million and
after paying the redemption fee;,
were left with about $5.4 million.
So all totaled we pulled about $7.4
Smoke.yconditions in and around Perry this week havye'been caused by an ongoing controlled burn in San Pedro Bay. The
helicopter above was utilized to help start the fire. Control burns help get rid of fuel that contributes to wildfires.
Grand jury to review shooting
A grand jury will be impaneled
next month to consider whether or
not criminal charges are warranted
in the Nov. 10 shooting death of
a 21-year-old Sunrise (Fla.)
The victim, Angel Bell,
was approximately six months
pregnant at the time of her'
The Taylor County Sheriffs'
Office (TCSO) has completed an
investigation into the shooting and
turned over its findings to State
Attorney Division Chief Todd
The grand jury will be
impaneled sometime in January
School district pulls
$2.6 million from fund
The Taylor County School District was left struggling to secure funds to
meet its payroll when state officials abruptly froze an investment fund in
which it had all of its money last week. In response, the district pulled
almost all of the approximately $3 million it had in the pool.
The State Board of Administration (SBA) Local Government
Investment Pool, in which hundreds of county and city governments,
along with school and other special districts had $28 billion invested, was
reduced by half when concerns over failing mortgage companies sparked
a frenzy of withdrawals.
"- Please see page 3
City opens talks on.
City residents are reminded that the Perry City Council will hold a
public hearing on a proposed special assessment for fire protection
services Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The city will be reviewing a non-binding resolution regarding the
assessment that would allow further discussion on the issue next year.
"I view this non-binding resolution as giving them a spare tire in case
they need it. This would be our fallback position if the legislature does
something drastic with property tax rates. This would give us the option of
-using the special assessment in order to still be able to offer these essential
and protective services," City Manager Bob Brown said.
Under a special assessment program, the cost for providing a service is
",, Please see page 3
and will consider all of the
facts surrounding the death of
Bell, make a determination
whether a crime was committed.
If so, the jury will return an
indictment for whatever charge the
evidence supports. ,
"If the jury determines a crime
was not committed, it will return a
no-true crime bill," Hingson said
"-0* Please see page 3
million, which we've now
deposited in a local bank,"
Staffney said Thursday afternoon.
"We first learned about problems
with the SBA account last Friday
morning. However, the trustees
voted to close the account
"- Please see page 2
County commissioners were
outspoken in their criticism of the
state's management of a
government investment pool
during an emergency meeting held
Wednesday to determine what
action to take concerning the
approximately $18 million the
county has invested in the fund.
Taylor County, long with local
governments and districts across
the state, had more than $27
billion in the State Board of
Administration (SBA) Local
Government Investment Pool.
This was before concerns over a
series of securities (backed by
failing mortgage companies)
sparked a massive series of
withdrawals,~shrinkng the fund by
half. "- -
The SBA board of trustees,
consisting of Gov. Charlie Crist,
Chief Financial officer Alex Sink
and Attorney General Bill
McCollum, froze the pool on
Thursday, Nov. 30, effectively
cutting many local governments
from money needed for routine
Upon the advice of investment
firm BlackRock, SBA decided
during a meeting Tuesday to create
two funds out of the remaining
money, segregating the at-risk
,-* Please see page 3
Cruise 4 UR School
As winner of the prestigious President's Award, Timberland Ford has been invited to take part in the "Cruise 4 UR School"
community outreach program--which has the potential to raise up to $6,000 for Taylor County High School (TCHS). Residents
are invited to test drive a new vehicle during a special on-site event Saturday,-Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TCHS. Each
test drive will earn the high school $20. Above, Timberland owner Brett Falicon is joined by members of the TCHS Student
Government Association: (front, I to r) President Rebecca Thompson, sponsor Janet Johstono and Korie Wilson; (back, I to r)
Chelsea Sparrow, Emily Newman, Shabrala Dunwoody, Jasmine Jones and Haley Johstono.
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& Festival of Lights
Downtown Perry Association President Joanna Ter Maat recognized winners from contests
held in conjunction with the annual Downtown Festival of Lights held Dec. 1. (Above) Ter Maat
presents a plaque to Tommy and Carol Gunter of Rosehead Junction, winners of "Best of Show"
in the Christmas window decorating competition. Also pictured is Cindy and Bryce Gunter.
Judges for the event were Perry Garden Club members Inez
SL Cone, Jimmie Bennett and Liska Gooding. (Left) Carmina
SKetring was the first place winner of the Talent Contest held
during the open house. She received $100, sponsored by The
Timbers of Perry. Second place was Kaley Freeman, who won
I $50, sponsored by Rebecca's; and third place was Hashanna
SChester, who received $25, courtesy of Heavenly Floors.
Judges for the talent show were Scott Harm, Patrick Floyd and
I j Bonnie LaCrouse. Rick Ter Maat served as emcee.
SBA trustees, handlers
'asleep at the wheel'?
Continued from page 1
Thursday. We were simply told the
account had been frozen until
further notice. My concern is that
if we get another run on the bank,
the potential loss is much greater'
than the two percent penalty fee,"_
City Manager Bob Brown told the;:
The city was also notified that
investors would not receive
interest payments for the month of
"So that's a $40,000 loss there,"
The SBA account earned the city
an estithated $400,000 in the past
_ 12 months.
"So if we pay the penalty,
essentialty-we arc giving ap-bout-
three months of interest to insure
the money is safe and protected,"
Councilman Don Cook said.
"I view the $111,00 (penalty
fee) almost as homeowner's
insurance. You never want to use
it, but you want to make sure you
pay for it," Brown said.
"All the investments in the SBA
funds are on Wall Street. The state.'
led us to believe that it would back:.;
the fund if push came to shove, but
it is inspiring no confidence at all,"
"This should have been stopped
before 43 percent of the fund was
pulled out. Somebody (at the state)
was asleep at the wheel," she
"I believe withdrawing our
funds would bethe prudent thing
and I feel comfortable with making
that decision tonight," Cook said.
"Has this ever 'happened
before?" Councilman Alphsono
"Never and the governor has not
done anything to inspire
confidence in the fund," Brown
"I would rather come to you and
say we lost $200,000 versus $5.5
million, and that's why I think we
need to do this," Staffney said.
Cook made a motion to
withdraw all funds from the SBA
account; Dowdell offered a second
and the motion passed
"We do want the citizens to
know that our payroll is fine. This
was not our day-to-day budget
funds. This was our savings,"
Mayor Emily Ketring said.
"The operation of the city is
not--and was not--in jeopardy. We
have enough funds in local banks
to fully operate up to one year,"
Troubles with the SBA fund
began when, sparked by concerns
over a number of securities backed
by failing mortgage companies,
at credit union
Buckeye Community Federal
Credit Union will hold a cake
auction Friday, Dec. 14, to benefit
the United Way.
Those interested in placing bids
may stop by the bank anytime
from 9:30 a.m until 4:30 p.m.,
after which the winners will be
many local governments in Florida
began to pull their money out of
the State Board of Administration
(SBA) Local Government
Investment Pool in November.
The withdrawals further
confidence, resulting in a financial
frenzy as governments and school
districts pulled some $11 billion in
the past two weeks out of the pool,
reducing the fund to only $14
In an attempt to curb the flood of
exiting money, the SBA--which
consists of Gov. Charlie Crist,
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
and Attorney General Bill
McCollum--ordered a freeze of all
withdrawals from the pool
effective Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11
> THANK YOU! _
We take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you for your
support with the events we held on Saturday, Dec. 1. Snow Fest has proved too
be a great addition to our downtown activities. Many kids from all around were
on hand to enjoy snow, as they have never seen it before. We are a small group
in our downtown business district working to improve and add to the quality
of life we have to offer when youcome downtown. We could not put on such an O
event without the financial support and volunteer support we receive from our
community. Again, we say you are appreciated.
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securities, (accounting for 14
percent of the,total) into a "Fund
, while leaving the remaining
money into "Fund A."'
,! The freeze on withdrawals was
lifted Thursday morning, but
,i'eholders were limited to the
onpIy in Fund A. Also, agencies
9re only allowed to withdraw 15
recent of their invested funds, or
$ million (which ever is greater).
withdrawals above that amount
incur a two percent fee.
At Wednesday's meeting,
county Administrator Jack Brown
once in back
tflniied from page 1
^iBll died as a result of a single
gunshot wound to the back. She
WAsione of eight individuals
visiting a residence on Black Tail
Way off Jody Morgan Grade; an
acquaintance of Jer boyfriend was
identified as ihe shooter.
:Foll6wing the shooting, TCSO
Iir.-Donna Lee stated, "Several of
tie subjects had been target
practicing on and off throughout
the day. The shooter, Matthew
Miller, 30, said that around 9 p.m.,
he went into the house and got a
22-caliber rifle. When he came
back out, he fired two shots into
die woods and then aimed one shot
at a burn barrel located next to one
of the visitor's vehicles. He didn't
see that Ms. Bell was sitmng in a
chair (with her back toward him)
between him and the barrel. He
fired one shot and it struck Ms.
Iell in the back."
Miller is a resident of Margate
'He, along with the. other
individuals at the residence--
Tncluding Bell's boyfriend
Terrence Manero, have returned to
their homes in South Florida.
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the center's youth group.
"We had a great time and
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Youth Leader Robin Baker
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Debbie's Jewels, Rosehead,
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Taylor Gym, Cheer & Dance
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Freeze prompts policy change
withdraw the maximum amount
the county could without incurring
Commission Chairman Clay
Bethea questioned why the SBA
did not have a stop-gap limit
already established to protect the
pool from the massive withdrawals
that lead to the freeze.
"I don't think the SBA did
anything during their meeting last
week to instill any investor
Malcolm Page said.
He added that he had doubts
whether local governments would
invest further dollars into the pool,
even with assurances that those
funds would not be under the same
Page made a motion to instruct
Clerk of Courts Annie Mae
Murphy, who oversees county
finances, to withdraw the
maximum amount without
incurring the penalty.
In addition, he requested that she
work with Brown to find a suitable
bank to deposit the money with the
priority "being high security rather
than high interest rates."
Commissioner Pat Patterson
seconded and the measure passed
unanimously. The question then
turned to the remaining money.
"As everyone pulls out of the
pool, the percentage of bad debt
increases," Brown said.
"I would like to have a
professional advise us before we
do much more," Bethea said.
"I agree we need advice, but do
we have time?" Page asked.
expressed concerns that if many
local governments continued to
pull out once the fund was
reopened, the pool could be frozen
Brown suggested contacting
Mitch Owens, who has advised.the
county and the City of Perry on
bond issues in the past.
The board voted unanimously to
hire Owens, if available, as an
"To me the state has been
negligent to have someone in
charge without the experience to
protect your money," Murphy said,
referring to Coleman Stipanovich,
SBA executive director since
2002, a'former lobbyist with a
degree in criminology.
"Somebody dropped the ball."
Page reiterated concerns over
the lack of a stop-gap on the
"We wouldn't have a problem
today if so many counties hadn't
pulled out their money," he said.
Taylor : County had
approximately $18 million in the
pool in six different accounts, with
$2.6 million of that now in the at-
risk Fund B, Brown said Thursday.
As directed by the board, $6.4
million of that has now been
withdrawn and 'placed in a local
bank, he said.
Brown, Murphy and County
Finance ,Director Tammy Taylor
held a conference call Thursday
afternoon with Owens and Chris
Debow,, who' advised them to
keep the rest of the money in the
"[Dehbow] thinks the actions
we've taken are prudent," Brown
said. "He doesn't think we need to
pull out the rest of the funds. He
thinks the penalty for withdrawal
is too high." '.,
Brown added that they will meet
with Debow on. Monday to further
discuss the county's options.
Unlike the county, the City of
Perry and Taylor County School
District pulled all of their funds
from the SBA pool (with the
exception of the still frozen Fund
B money) o9 Thursday (see related
The ,three trustees of the SBA
fund made a collective statement
Thursday stating, "In
conversations with numerous local
government investors, we were
very. encouraged by the level of
support we heard and the
expressed commitment of many
investors to ensure the success of
the reopening pof the LGIP. Many
investors have ,told us 'how useful
this fund has been to their
operations over its 25-year history.
In, particular, we hope to see
former participants help out by
reentering the fund. Remember
that all new subscriptions are fully
available for withdrawal under this
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The SBA board of trustees froze
the fund on Thursday, Nov. 30,
prohibiting any further
withdrawals. In doing so, they also
cut off many government's access
to money needed for routine
In the case of the school district,
it was only after several hours of
conference calls with state officials
that they were able to receive
funds required for Friday's payroll.
The freeze was lifted Thursday
morning with restrictions in place
that limited withdrawals to 15
percent of an agency's balance or
Public would have
input before vote
Continued from page 1
spread across the entire user base.
Should the city consider levying a
special assessment, a series of
public hearings would be held
prior to any final decision on the
$2 million, which ever is higher.
According to District Finance
Director Vicki McManus, the
district requested all of its
available funds from two accounts,
totaling $2.6 million.
That money has been placed in a
As part of a plan adopted by
SBA to try and secure the
investment pool, the state board
created two funds out of the $14
billion in remaining investments,
segregating the at-risk securities
(accounting for 14 percent of the
total) into a "Fund B." That money
is locked and not available for
McManus said the district had
about $400,000 in Fund B.
"We are confident, we will get
access to that money," she said.
"Just not all at one time."
Meanwhile, the district has
changed in routing policies, so
money from the tax collector's
office as well as federal education
funds are sent directly to the
district, rather than to the SBA
A-4 Perry News-Herald December 7-8, 2007
: Local Tax Collector Jack Tedder kicked off this year's
'Holiday campaign for the Boys and Girls Club by giving the
.Efrst donation. Tedder encourages others to give to the club
io help our local youth."
'Tis the season...and the Boys
and Girls Club of Perry and Taylor
County "is excited about kicking
off its annual campaign which
includes our annual Christmas
appeal letter and our gift program
at Kmart," said Daryll Gunter for
the B&G board.
"The club invites everyone to
invest in the children this holiday
season by giving to the Christmas
appeal directly. Donations may be
mailed to the Boys and Girls Club,
P.O. Box 1474, Perry, FL 32348."
In addition, local club members
can be seen wrapping gifts at
Kmart beginning Dec. 17 through
"All gifts are wrapped for a
donation to the club, and we
would appreciate your support,"
There's a new twist this year.
"For a few individuals, you can
get a volunteer to come wrap all
your gifts, or you can drop them
off at the club--just to make your
holiday easier." Please call the
club at 838-2471 to schedule an
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The shark busting out of the
Keaton Beach Hot Dog Stand still
shows his aggressive hold on the
point at Keaton Beach. He is a
tenacious reminder of the residents
of our beaches during the winters.
Sometimes I feel like the lone
shark, without the awful bite; I
miss the scallop crowd. Yet when
you see the beautiful sunsets from
the Hot Dog Stand, you might
understand our willingness to mete
out the harsh winters at the
Along this same point is the
-survival skills of the chefs that run
the hot dog stand. There have been
several and now, we have a new
shark in town. Bernard Harelle is
the new proprietor of the restaurant
and if you talk to him, you might
notice a slight accent. He was born
in France. He told me that since
the age of 10 he has wanted to
reside in the United States. I am
proud of the fact, that even a 10-
year-old European realizes what
we so often forget. America is a
great place to live and visit.
Anyway, back to my review:
Bernard' has many accolades with
the culinary arts including working
with Disney through the Epcot
Center where he was head chef for
10 years. He has continued
restaurant work in Jacksonville, his
last place of residence. I asked
him what brought him to Keaton
Beach; he smiled and told me a
story that I can share with you.
He said he always wanted to run
a restaurant on the beach. This
opportunity presented itself, and he
took the bait--hook, line and
Hot Dog Stand
sinker. The irony was when he
told his wife, Willy Jean, they
would be running a restaurant.on
the beach; she thought it would be
Jacksonville Beach. I don't believe
she will be disappointed with this
move, but I believe she was
surprised when she found out her
move would entail changing
Bernard, has kept the standard
menu of fried fish and hotdogs, but:
is adding different entrees as we
speak. I hope all my readers make
their way to Keaton Beach to see
our magnificent winter sunsets.
And while you are here, stop in to
see Bernard, try some of his
cuisine; let's keep him from being
that lone shark, and give him the
Taylor County warm sunshine
I really don't want to bait you too
much, but I tried the steak, and I
mean it makes you want to be back
for more. It might start a frenzy.
Please call me at 578-2310 with
news on any upcoming events.
Jenny Cloud and Destin DuBose remind friends and relatives of their
wedding Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with
a reception following.
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A-6 Perry News-Herald December 7-8, 2007 '
1:11 AM 3.1
3:01 PM 2.8
8:07 PM 1.3
I Beat Jasper 41-38
Lady 'Dogs win 2 straight
The Taylor County High girls
basketball team made it two
straight Tuesday as they defeated
Hamilton County in Jasper 41-38.
Arneshia Stevenson led Taylor
County with 18 points followed
, by Kia Fitchett with 12.
-- Others scoring for TCHS were
Chelsea Sparrow, with six,
Nikitress Smith and Sharicka Ellis
with two points each and Chelsea
Tucker with one point.
The Lady Bulldogs are now 1-1
in district play, 2--5 overall. They
were slated to host Lincoln High
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BY PAT MCGRIFF
One More Cast Guide
Finally some good
my entire report, refle
as my news comes
Apparently the tro
... one, either so "po0
saying what they did
"good" that no one i
I did see a couple c
Hardee's parking lot
who had just pull
fishing Spring Warrio
they had a limit of
I got, inshore anyway
Billy Pillow took I
Dec Pillow and Chri
. of Tallahassee out Fri
. brought back 13 gi
pounds fishing liv
northern mackerel in 35-48 feet.
Service David Hayman took Wayne
weather, and Lacey and crew from Nih-Ray
cts the same, Industries of Moultrie, Ga., out
mostly from for their "Christmas party trip"
and they brought back 25 grouper
)ut fishing is one hogfish, and 50-plus pink-
or" no one is mouth grunts. These guys used
or, two, is so live bait and squid to land their
s telling that haul!
Larry and Trampus Bass went
of guys.in the Sunday and bought in ten grouper
at 2:30 p.m. trolling Mann's Stretch Thirty
ed up from plus plugs.
r Sunday and Billy Pillow and I took his
trout fishing Team Triple Fish 29-foot Triton
s." That's all back out Sunday, and brought
y. back ten grouper with the largest
Travis Green, (Billy) weighing 16.6 pounds on
is Mantanzas his Boca Grip.
iday, and they Where and how?? Well, let's
rouper to 14 just say 45 feet of water, on
ve bait and squid...of course!
"We Have Everything You Need!"
I love every day we
Memaw t D
i Birthday :
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S great grandma
SDecenmber 8. 2007
We love you!
IWil, Sherman, Blame,
Janet &l Jaydyn
Date Opponent Site Team Time
Oct. 23 Pre-Season Tourney. Home V 7:00
Oct. 25 Pre-Season Tourney Home V 7:00
Oct. 29 Leon Away V 7:00
Oct. 30 Wakulla Away JVN 5/7:00
Nov. 1 JPII Away V 5:00
Nov. 5 Leon Away JV 7:00
Nov. 6 Wakulla Home JVN 5/7:00
Nov. 9-10 Chiles Tourney Away TBA
Nov. 13 FSU Away JVN 5/7:00
Nov. 15 Hamilton Away JVN 5/7:00
Nov. 16 Rickards Perry JVN 5/7:00
Nov. 20 Madison Perry JVN 5/7:00
Nov. 27 JPII Perry V 6:00
Nov. 27 Mayo Away JV 5:00
Nov. 29 Godby Away V 5:00
Nov. 30 Live Oak Home JVN 5/7:00
Dec. 3 Lincoln Home JVN 5/7:00.
Dec. 6 Madison Away JVN 5/7:00
Dec. 7 FSU Home, JVN 5/7:00
Dec. 10 Live Oak Away JVN 5/7:00
Dec. 11 Hamilton Home JVN 5/7:00
Dec. 13 Mayo Home JV 5:00
Jan. 9 Leon Home V 7:00
Jan. 10 Godby Home V 7:00
Jan. 11 Rickards Away JVN 5/7:00
Jan. 15 Districts Away 5 OR 7
Jan. 17 Districts Away 6:30
BIG BEND HOSPICE
Capital City Bank
Doctors' Memorial Hospital Big Bend
Nature Coast Eye Care institute 0 -ospice
. Wachovia 'B:dnk your hometown hospice,
Perry licensed since 1983
Make a contribution to place an Angel. Bell or Bow
on the Tree of Remembrance in honor or memory
of your loved ones at one of the locations listed.
For more information, call 566-7491.
Taylor County High
School Girls Soccer
DEC. 10 LIVE OAK AWAY
JV 5:00 Varsity- 7:00
DEC. 11 HAMILTON HOME
JV 5:00 Varsity 7:00
DEC. 13 MAYO HOME
HAVE IT YOUR WAY!
2144 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. 584-8700
, Roses are red, violets
are blue A
Souja Boy is turning "2" 0
V0' : HAPPY BIRTHDAY Tv
^ wSparrow V
December 9, 20Q7 A
Grandma Linda, Daddy, V
Auntie Lisa, Ciara & the gang A
el lefii l0
Bulldogs fall to 1-li
after Hamilton loss
The Taylor County High boys
basketball team fell to 1-1 in
district play Tuesday night in
Jasper as Hamilton County
pummeled the visiting Bulldogs
Hamilton jumped on Taylor
County early and never looked
back, taking a 26-10 lead after the
first quarter before expanding it to
45-18 at the half.
Matt Burrell led the Bulldogs (4-
3 overall) in scoring with 15
points followed by Greg Flowers
Others scoring for TCHS:
included Curtis Jones and Lavaski.
Williams with eight- points each,.
Bryckoski Jackson with six,.t
Dereke Miller with four points,
Greg Sneed and Reggie King with'
two apiece and Dwayne Beasley
with one point.
The 'Dogs were slated, to host''
night before taking a few days off."'
They will travel to Madison Dec.'.
14 in another district match-up,, ,:,
The Steinhatchee Lady Rays
basketball team ran its record td 3-
0 with wins over Creekside
Christian and Yankeetown this
past week. The Lady Rays defeated
Creekside Christian 33-5 as Nancy
Emery led the team with 14 points
followed by Caylen Baker's 13.
Victoria Jenereaux scored 4 points
and Erin Rohlfing chipped in with
The Lady Rays played
outstanding defense, limiting
Creekside to 5 points for the
game. Megan Huyck, April Hull
'and Jessica Weeks contributed
greatly on defense.
"I can'tsay enough about how
well Caylen Baker is playing for
us at the point guard position and
Nancy Emery has been scoring a
lot of points for us. It has been a
total team effort for us with every
player on the team contributing in:.
some way," Coach Reggiec!
The Lady Rays defeated,'
Yankeetown 35-16 to run their,
record to a perfect 3-0. Again,'.
Emery led the team with 20 points,
and Baker had 11;
Jenercaux and Elizabeth
Mathews rounded out the scorir ,'
with 2 points each.
Huyck, Hull, Weeks- and.'
Rohlfing played good defense `aid
had some key rebounds. .'
Emery is. averaging 17,,pqints a:
game through the firSt 3 contests,
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A-7 Perry News-Herald December 7-8, 2007
.Christmas music fills area churches
'Mary, Did You Know?'
Weslside Baptist Church will present the cantata, "Mary, Did You
Know;P on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. This is a combined effort of the
church's choirs, youth and children. Pastor Tim McDonald encourages
everyone to attend. For information or directions, please call 584-5915 or
'The Gift Goes On'
The adult choir of Athena Baptist Church will present its Christmas
musical, "The Gift Goes On," this Sunday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. The service
will be followed by the church's annual Christmas dinner, and everyone is
cordially invited to attend.
Marvin John Morrison
Marvin John Morrison, 89, died
Dec. 5, 2007, at his residence in
Mr. Morrison was the son of the
late James Lamar Morrison and'
Stella Ashworth. A native -of'
Cherokee County, Ala., he was a
former resident of Plant City. Mr.
MI,'r, i~_' ino'edJ tp Perry in' 1961
and ws. a member of the Kiwanis
Club, Elks Lodge, Taylor County
Coolers, and first Baptist Church
in Pjrry >' '
He \v a, precded in- death by his
wife ot 66 years, Betty Audrey
He is.survived by two daughters,
Sue Rowell of Birmingham, Ala.,
and Patsy Campbell of
Tallahassee; one .sister, Marlene
Timita, of Brandon; and two
Graveside services will be held
today,, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at
Family members will receive
friends prior to.the service from 1
to 2 .pam. at ,Beggs Funeraf Home,
which is in charge of
Peggy Ann Yates
Peggy Ann Yates, 51,' died.Dec.
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4, .2007, at Doctors' Memorial
Hospital in Perry.
She was a native and lifelong
resident of Taylor County. She was
a member of Antioch Revival
Church and worked as a CNA at
Marshall Health Center.
She was preceded in death by
her father, John C. Thomas.
..'She is, survived by her mother,
Merle Thomas; two daughters,
Christi Murray of IMVayo and Amy
Murray of Perry? a brother, Robert
Thomas of Perry; a sister, Shirley
Swanson of Mayo; and five
Funeral services will be held
Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at
Antioch Revival Church with
Cricket Watson officiating.
Interment will follow at Woodlawn
Family members will receive
friends today, Dec. 7, from 6 until
8 p.m. at Joe P. Burns Funeral
Home, which is in charge of the
I. Memory of
December 7, 1971
April 18, 2007
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'The Joy of Christmas'
The festive sounds of the Christmas season will ring from the rafters at
First Baptist Church of Perry as the Celebration Choir performs "The Joy
of Christmas" this Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. The
program features an array of new and traditional songs and carols.
"This is more than just a First Baptist Choir concert," noted choir
director, Sara Sue Grambling. "Because Christ's coming was for
everyone and Christmas is for everyone, we have opened the production
up to members of the community as well as the church. Several folks who
just love caroling anid just love to sing. have joined us and really added a
fine dimension to the group. Some of the singers have a church home,
some do not. The only thing that matters is that Jesus is praised.
"We plan to honor the Christ child with all of our energy. The choir has
been gearing up for this since August," Grambling said. "It certainly will
put focus on the real meaning of Christmas and direct your heart toward
Healing, deliverance crusade ends tonight
Kingdom United Global Assemblies, Inc., will conclude its Healing and
Deliverance Crusade tonight, Dec. 7, with services at 7 p.m.
The crusade is being held at Solid Rock Apostolic Ministries located at
1780 N. Jefferson St.
For directions or information,,please call 838-3908. Crusade officiant
will be Apostle Gabriel Robinson of Tallahassee. Church Pastor James
Calhoun invites the community to attend.
4 onS Ati i y4
Jesus Christ said, "I am The Way, The
Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the
father, except by Me!" ,John 14:6
Please respond to
Lakeside Baptist Church
"A Place to Call Home"
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a,m. Morning Worship
6:00 p.m. Discipleship Training
7:00 p.m. Evening Worship
6.:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting
Hwy. 27 584-5688
Steven Ruff, pastor
~r St. Johns Christian
Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. StudylPrayer Meeting
A'vrser% and Children's Ministry Provided
(located at the intersection of Puckett Rd. and Golf Course Rd.)
6 Mark McElfresh, pastor 584-7251 /
rFirst United Methodist Church"
Open Hearts Open Minds & Open Doors
"The People of the United Methodist Church"
302 N. Jefferson St. Perry, Fl. (850) 584-3028 fax (850) 223-2460
Rev. James Taylor, pastor nursery provided Email firstname.lastname@example.org
S 1-room carpet
Protection treatment ^
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Taylor County for the past 25 years
-Tile Floors 584-CLEAN
Pet Odors ~ (584-2532) Dries in 3-4 hours
St. James Episcopal Church
Located at 1100 W. Green St.
Church Office: 584-7636
ry First Ctich of God
''.S i Sunday School 10:00 -10:45
l Worship Service 11:00 -12:00
SChildren's Church 11:00- 12:00
a'u n d a y g u"tS S u n d a y N i g h t
hp/w w.py lc se Prayer Group 6:00 6:45
SChoir Practice 6:00 6:45
Nusery provided withadult supervision 9:45-12:00 Sunday Service 7:00 8:00
Mike Hicks.,pastor Wednesday Night
'V O L PYothi Group 6:00 7:30
1915 N. US 221 (850) 584-7992 Study Group 7:00
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 2959 Golf Course Rd,
Sunday Worship Services .-
Q,n. n i n ,nw q,-.hn "l I ", h l
:,3u 1am1 Iun ay ouo.io/t
10:45 am Morning Worship
6:00 pm 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.
Jiffy Food Stores
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Federal Credit Union
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SIn Loving Mmory of
anil pJarker r,.,
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye,
YoUi were gone before we lkiew it
and only God knows why.
June 3, 1981
December 10, 2006
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coill Your family and Friends
A-8 Perry News-Herald December 7-8, 2007
Including Progress Energy
,, Storm-hardening plans
greenlighted for utilities
The Taylor County High Baseball Boosters in conjunction with the Taylor County School
Board have been busy in recent weeks rebuilding the backstop area at Pace Field. As part of
the project, the facility will have a new outfield as well as a reconditioned infield.
DOF offers services to
reduce risk of wildfires
By STEVE SPRADLEY
Senior Forest Ranger
- Wildfires in Florida burn an
e'.er.-Le? of 200,000 acres each
These fires endanger the lives of
_firefighters, threaten our homes
-and communities and destroy our
natural resources. Urban
-boundaries continue to push into
our forest lands creating a
wildland/urban interface, where
:-ore homes are threatened by
wildfires every year. To protect
these homes; we must reduce our
risk of wildland fire.
Florida has a long growing
season with abundant rain and
sunshine; allowing wildland
vegetation to grow tall and thick.
Much of this native brush is
extremely flammable and poses a
risk to nearby homes.
To reduce this threat, the
Division of Forestry conducts fuel
reduction projects that remove
brush mechanically or with the
careful use of prescribed fire,
however until we receive
substantial rain we will not be able
to conduct the prescribed fire
portion. Both methods safely and
effectively reduce the danger of :a
The initial fuel reduction
treatment is a free service offered
by the Division of Forestry to
wildland/urban interface residents.
Bonnie Jo Wells
1466 Ezell Beach Rd.
/ Perry, FL 32348
V i (850) 578-2202
Celebrating 33 years!
Kids, Teens & Adults
Tuesday & Thursdays
Executive Karate 12:05-1:00 pm
Beginner Karate Little Kids
(8-10 yr. olds) 4:00-5:00 pm
Intermediate Karate Bigger Kids
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To qualify, landowner's must have
hazardous vegetation within one-
quarter of a mile of six or more
This initial treatment will enable
the property owner to get control
of overgrown vegetation and easily
maintain it, in the future.
Additional treatments can be
obtained at the owner's expense
from our local forestry office or
through a private contractor.
For more information on
wildfire fuel reduction plans,
contact the Division of Forestry at
The Florida Public Service
Commission (PSC) has approved
plans by four of the five state
investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to
make the state's electric
infrastructure more resistant to
future storm damage.
The storm-hardening plans
incorporate all previous PSC
directives for the IOUs to make the
grid more storm resilient,
including increased pole
inspections. Ten other initiatives
ordered by the PSC are also part of
the plan, and include requirements
for increased vegetation
management, strengthening of
critical electric infrastructure, and
enhanced disaster recovery
"These plans reflect the lessons
learned from the devastating
hurricanes of 2004 and 2005," said
Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar.
"We've required utilities to
strengthen their systems to
expedite response time and
minimize electrical outages to
customers when storms do occur."
Plans approved by the
Commission include those for
Florida Power and Light Company,
Tampa Electric Company, Progress
Energy Florida, and Gulf Power
The PSC will evaluate Florida
Public Utilities Company's plan in
early 2008 as part of their request
for a rate increase.
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Sunday, Dec. 9
St. John s Christian
Come light a candle and honor a
loved one. This time of healing
and remembrance is open to
everyone. A reception will follow
r Big Bend
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For more info, call 566-7491.
The PSC is committed to
making sure that Florida's
consumers receive electric, natural
gas, telephone, water, and
wastewater services in a safe,
affordable, and reliable manner.
The PSC exercises regulatory
authority over utilities in the areas
of rate base/economic regulation;
competitive market oversight; and
monitors safety, reliability, and.
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* We are now accepting absentee ballot requests if you
would like an absentee ballot mailed to you, please contact
the Supervisor of Elections office at 850-838-3515.
* The Presidential Perference Primary registration books
will close on December 31, 2007. In order to vote in this-
election you need to be registered before the books close. If
you are unsure about your status as a registered voter please
contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 850-838-3515.
* Florida is a closed primary state; therefore you must vote
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affiliation verified, please contact the Supervisor of Elections
office at 850-838-3515. If you would like to change your
party affiliationbefore the books close for the Presidential
Preference, Primary please let us know, we can forward an
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