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Construction has resumed at a homesite in the Glenridge Subdivision that has become the center of a new whirlwind of controversy surrounding the citys land for homes home ownership program. A standing-room-only crowd of nearly 100 lled the Perry City Council room Tuesday night as residents from the Glenridge/ Pineridge/Pineland subdivisions protested what they saw as the placement of a mobile home on the property. You just cant bring something in on a set of wheels and drop it off. We are all concerned about our longtime investments in our homes in this area, resident Melissa Everett said. Rumblings rst reached City Hall Monday when the modular home arrived in two separate pieces. It became an issue when the modular home showed up, City Manager Bob Brown said. Some of the neighbors called, so we started making sure that everything was kosher as far as the home being a modular home, rather than a mobile home which is not allowed under the land for homes program. When we started checking, we found that the plans were submitted, reviewed and approved by the building inspection department (which the city contracts out to the county)we also found that the plans were stamped certied as modular home plans by the State of Florida. We knew wed better make sure all the is were dotted and the ts crossed. Thats when we found three issues that caused us to issue a stop work order Tuesday afternoon, Brown said. Those issues included the need for documentation from the homes manufacturer that the building did not fall under the jurisdiction of HUD; questions relating to ood zone issues; and clarication on why a mobile home contractor was doing all the Memorial Day program planned May 27Taylor County veterans will host the sixth annual Memorial Day Program at Veterans Memorial Park Monday, May 27, starting at 10 a.m. Our guest speaker will be Col. Gene Cater. JROTC will post the colors and preside over a ag changing ceremony. We will be lowering the ag which honored 1st Sgt. Charles Sessions and raising a ag in honor of Ssgt. Charles Gandy Sr., Coordinator Ed Shefeld said. A tribute and remembrance to soldiers killed in action will also be made with the performance of Taps. Refreshments (hot dogs, chips and drinks) will be served following the ceremony. All veterans and their families are encouraged to attend as well as all Taylor residents.School district conducting attendance surveyThe Taylor County School District is conducting an attendance survey and is asking for assistance from parents. The school district values the input from our parents and would like you to complete the attendance survey on our district website: www.taylor.k12..us, said Director of Support Services Michael Thompson.Steinhatchee Chamber to hold Casino Night this SaturdayThe Steinhatchee River Chamber of Commerce will host a Casino Night Saturday, May 18, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Steinhatchee Landing Resort. Tickets are $20 per person and include heavy hors doeuvres, dessert, soft beverages, play money, a rafe ticket, dancing and a cash bar. Games include roulette, craps, blackjack, poker, Texas hold em and slot machines. All proceeds support the Steinhatchee River Chamber. For tickets, call Meg Inorati at 850-371-1702.Today is deadline for short story contestToday (Friday) is the deadline for the seventh annual Friends of the Taylor County Public Library Short Story Contest. The contest includes three age categories: youth (grades 5 and below), student (grades 6-12) and adult. The contest is open to all Taylor County Public Library cardholders. Stories must be unpublished and under 2,500 words. Content should be kept to a family friendly level.Free exercise classes for girlsFree exercise classes for girls ages 10-13 are being offered weekly at Loughridge Park, every Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. The program is sponsored by Healthy Start and Covering Kids & Families. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayMay 17-18, 2013 Index One section 124th Year, No. 20www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday87 61 Saturday 88 62 Sunday87 63 Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-5 Sports . .................... A-6 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . ........... A-10 News Forum Perry man, 71, dies in crash A 71-year-old Perry man was killed Wednesday evening in one-vehicle crash on Puckett Road. Gregory Earl Gnapp was traveling south on Puckett in a GMC S15 around 5:45 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, his truck traveled onto the west shoulder of the roadway. He over-corrected to the left, causing the truck to travel southeast across both lanes of Puckett Road, according to a report led by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper James I. Parker Jr. The truck then traveled south onto the east shoulder and Gnapp over-corrected to the right, causing the truck to travel back onto Puckett and then overturn several times. The truck came to a nal rest facing east on its wheels blocking both lanes of Puckett. Gnapp was ejected from the vehicle and came to a nal rest on the west shoulder. According to the report, he was not wearing a seatbelt. FHP was assisted at the scene by the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, Taylor County Fire-Rescue and Doctors Memorial Hospital EMS. Neighbors cry foul on modular home In light of the recent controversy, the Perry City Council Tuesday night opted to suspend accepting new applications for its Land for Homes home ownership program. (Top photo) nearly 100 residents from the Pineridge neighborhoods expressed concerns about the construction of a modular home (bottom photo) in their subdivision.Please see page 3 DMH posts net loss of $351,000 Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) ofcials recently unveiled their nancial gures for the rst nine months of the current scal year, which showed the hospital facing a $351,000 net loss through February. Compared to the previous scal year over the same nine months, the hospital reported an uptick in net operating revenue and a slight decrease in net operating expenses, although the hospital still had an operating loss over this period of $2.2 million (a $119,000 improvement over the previous year), according to gures presented to the Taylor County Commission last week by DMH CEO Gerri Forbes. The biggest nancial differences year-to-year, however, were outside of operations, with a $742,000 difference in rural assistance and a $873,000 reduction in other contributions, which includes state and federal funds. Ultimately, the $351,000 net loss represented a $1.5 million swing from the previous year, when the hospital reported a $1,148,000 net gain over the same nine-month period, leading Forbes to address the difference. I would like to clarify a couple of items so we all have the same information, Forbes told commissioners. This year we received one meaningful use check of $850,000. Last year at this point, they had received a meaningful use check of $1.2 million. [DMH] had received a $550,000 Medicaid payment in error that was reected that did not get caught, so weve been paying back that $550,000 this year. There was a $280,000 Medicare error that was discovered that were paying off this year. I wanted you to understand that the government gives us money and it takes away money. We Please see page 12 Second reef bid receivedThe Taylor County Commission reafrmed its decision to award a $63,000 articial reef deployment to D&L Contracting, LLC, of Suwannee, after discovering a second bid had been received prior to the deadline. The board opened D&L Contractings bid during its Monday, May 6, meeting and awarded the contract to the rm based on a recommendation of the Please see page 3Relay For Life starts tonight stand, a silent auction and games for the young and young at heart.

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FRIENDS MOURN DEATH OF COXErnest Luther Cox, age 84, was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, while friends remembered his contributions to this community. As far as weve been able to ascertain, said a spokesman for Gulf Telephone Company, he was the oldest telephone company president in years of service in the United States at the time of his death. The rst telephone was installed in Perry by the Perry Telephone Company in 1904; Cox went to work for the company in 1911. Within months, he along with his brother Bishop and Mrs. Hoyt Cox, purchased the company and Gulf Telephone Company was incorporated in 1911. Cox was installed as president. He was also a charter member of the Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Award.3 BUSINESSMEN TO PURCHASE SPORTCRAFTFederal Judge Leo Foster ruled that Don Everett, Frank Bump Faircloth and Joe Roberts had 20 days to complete paperwork transferring ownership of Sportcraft.HOWARD NAMED NEW PRINCIPALOscar Howard Jr. was named the new principal of Gladys Morse Elementary, effective Aug. 1. Howard would succeed Principal George Collins.TWO WEDDINGSMrs. Nora Edgerton of Graceville announced the engagement of her daughter, Lenora Lynn Bragg to Paul V. Quimby, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond M. Quimby of Perry. A June 17 wedding was planned at Wakulla Springs. Joanne Shiver Wilson and Glenn Eugene Knowles announced plans for a June 10 wedding in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Donald Day ofciating.THREE BABIESRonald Conrad Tucker was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Tucker on May 5 at Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). Mr. and Mrs. Dannie Ray Weatherly announced the birth of their son, Ray William, on May 9, also at DMH. Whitney Barrett Page was born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Page in Tallahassee.HIS FIRST BIG ONEDavid Lundy was pictured with his rst two-pound bass caught in local waters. He was the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Tiden Lundy.RANKED FIRST IN HOMOSASSAMike Aaron, the 18-yearold son of Chamber of Commerce Secretary Annette Aaron, was ranked as number one in the amateur 250cc class of the American Motorcycle Association district 8 competition held in Homosassa.GOOD WORK, GOOD-BYE!Buckeye said goodbye to three long-term employees. George O. Johnson retired from the company after 25 years of working as forest manager, and then re, bridge and road maintenance supervisor. James M. Hooker, who joined forces with Buckeye in 1940 in Memphis, Tenn., retired after a 38-year career which was only interrupted by military service during World War II. After working with Watkins, Charlie Futch accepted a position with Buckeye in 1960 but was ushered into retirement with appreciation and congratulations, as well as an 18-year service pin.A-2 Perry News-Herald May 17-18, 2013 Looking Back Perry News-HeraldPerry, Florida 123 S. Jefferson Street (850) 584-5513 The Perry News-Herald (ISSN 07470967) is published each Friday by Perry News papers, Inc., 123 S. Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida 32347. Subscriptions are $35.00 per year or $49.00 out of county. Periodicals postage paid at Perry, Florida 32348. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Perry News-Herald, P.O. Box 888, Perry, FL 32348. and views on the news. Please submit letters by Monday at 5 p.m. The Taco Times reserves the right to refuse publication of letters which are libelous or irresponsible. Name may be withheld if circumstances so require, but all letters submitted should We look forward to hearing from you! Our address is Perry, Newspapers, Inc., P.O. Box 888, Perry, Florida 32348. e-mail: newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comMember Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 888 DONALD D. LINCOLN Publisher SUSAN H. LINCOLN Managing EditorANGELA M. CASTELUCCIStaff Writer/Advertising Sales DEBBIE CARLTON Business Manager CAROLYN DuBOSE Advertising Director MICHELE ARNOLD Graphic Arts MARK VIOLA Staff Writer TAMMY KNIGHT 2013 Perry Newspapers Inc. May 17-18, 2013 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comReady for 4-H summer camp, again ese are the things I never forgot. Swimming in Cherry Lake. Cooking a peach cobbler and other delicacies over an open re. Dancing to Andy Gibbs Shadow Dancing in the camp pavilion. Morning revelry around the ag pole. And Karen Harvey. Every summer since the summer of 1981, I have silently wished that I could spend another week at 4-H Camp. Some of the most memorable days of my childhood summers were spent with my fellow Jerkins Heights 4-H club members and other Taylor County and Wakulla County 4-Hers camping at Cherry Lake near Madison. roughout the year, members of my 4-H club worked on various projects to earn scholarship money for camp. We grew vegetables, sold handmade cras, competed in local and district events, and just about anything else to earn our way to camp. Robin, Koski, Bobby and I were usually the rst members of our club to sign up for camp because we began planning for the next summers 4-H camp as soon as we arrived home from the camp. e last time I went to 4-H camp was the summer of 1981. I knew it was going to be my last time at 4-H camp, so I spent the weeks leading up to camp reecting on my previous ve weeks at Cherry Lake. e rst year I went to 4-H camp, I met several 4-Hers from Wakulla who would become lifelong friends. One of those 4-Hers was 10-year-old Karen Harvey, who decided I was going to be the love of her life the rst time she saw me. Im your what? I asked. Youre going to be my boyfriend, she answered. For real? Yes, for real, she answered. Now come over here and meet my momma Vera. I followed Karen across the pavilion to meet her mom, who was a 4-H program assistant from Wakulla. Mom, Karen said to her mom. is is my boyfriend Anthony. Your what? My boyfriend. Vera eyed me suspiciously then turned to my 4-H leader Leola Glenn. Karen done just took her a boyfriend, she said with a grin. Well, hell be a good boyfriend for her, Leola responded then looked directly at me. He better! So, every summer until 1981, Karen would be waiting for me, her boyfriend, at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake. When Karen married several years later, it wasnt to me. But, she made sure she invited me. What will your husband think? I asked. Hes not going to think anything, she said. He already knows youre my boyfriend for life. Today, 32 years aer my last week at 4-H Camp, these are things I still remember: Swimming in Cherry Lake. Cooking a peach cobbler and other delicacies over an open re. Dancing to Andy Gibbs Shadow Dancing in the camp pavilion. Morning revelry around the ag pole. And my girlfriend for life Karen Harvey. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD May 18, 1978 Editors Note: Local historian Henry McLeod has compiled an impressive collection of Taylor County history now available on a website appropriately titled Taylor County & Perry, Florida History (https://sites.google.com/site/taylorcountyhistory/). His latest addition to the site is an extensive prole of local churches. This weeks featured history was submitted for Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and written by the Rev. Byron Tedder in 1985.. Mt. Gilead Baptist Church has come a long way since the organization in 1850 of a small band of Christians who came together with love and prayer, and built a church near the banks of the Aucilla River in Jefferson County. Beginning with six members, they worshipped under a brush arbor during the building of the church. On Oct. 12, 1850, the church was admitted to the Florida Baptist Association. The Rev. Z. G. Wheeler was the rst pastor. The original building was set at Spring Branch, and when the county was divided and Taylor County came into existence in 1856, Mt. Gilead was the oldest church of record and is now listed in the archives of Florida as the oldest church in Taylor County. In 1902, the church became afliated with the Middle Florida Association. From the time of organization to the present time, the families and descendants of the Amans, Eakins, Reams and Vanns have sought to teach the Bible doctrine. The church was moved out to the present location, on land later acquired by J. O. Vann, where the building burned in 1928 and all the records were destroyed. Another arbor was used for worship while a new building was being built and furnished in 1929 with a seating capacity of 100. In 1945, the land was sold to Loomus and Clyde Jones, and they in turn deeded the land and church building and surrounding woodlands, approximately ve acres, to the church with hopes a cemetery would be built. On Aug. 20, 1950, a centennial anniversary was held with Brother Francis Cruce as pastor. Over the next 25 years the services would wane. The Aman, Campbell, Will Kemp, and Gelzer and Oby Vann families helped keep the doors open, and in 1975, a 125th anniversary was celebrated. From 1975 to present time, we have membership from charter families of Thomas Aman, Joshua Reams, George Eakins, Emory Vann and Campbells. The church transferred from Middle Florida Association in 1972 to the Taylor Baptist Association, as the church is located at the northern tip of Taylor County. The church was waning again, but the Lord opens doors. In 1978 and 1979 the woodlands to the south were cleared and a cemetery opened. The donor of the land to the church was the rst one to be laid to rest where his dreams nally were reality. Sunday, Sept. 7, 1980, was Commitment Day, held with dinner on the ground, and a ground-breaking service for a new sanctuary. With the help of friends, associational mission brothers and our own people, the building was dedicated to the Lord on Aug. 16, 1981. We have now set the third Sunday in August as an annual homecoming day. Pieces of furniture (for a seating capacity of 200) have been given in memory of loved ones. We have hopes of a baptistry and steeple to come later. A beautiful sign has also been donated which is an inspiration to all of us. The Lord has tremendously blessed us and hopefully well soon be debt free. This little country church has surely been founded on the Solid Rock Jesus Christ, and we can truly say To God be the glory. Faith family friendsMt. Gilead on record as Taylor Countys oldest church

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A-3 Perry News-Herald May 17-18, 2013 work at the site. We did get the certication regarding the HUD issue and the homeowners provided a survey which shows that the house is not in the ood zone. We also found out from the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that as long as a general contractor pulls the permit for the construction, the contractor can hire whomever they want to do the actual work. In this case, a general contractor pulled the permit and subcontracted the job to a mobile home construction crew. All of the issues were addressed, so the stop work order was lifted Wednesday afternoon. While construction is progressing at the site--located at 203 Dogwood Way--the city has moved forward with asking Gov. Rick Scott to request the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation dispatch a certied agency inspector to Perry and inspect the modular hometo ensure it meets current Florida Building Code standards. In the letter, Mayor Daryll Gunter states: This modular home was constructed in 208 and has never been installed or used as a residence until now. The Florida Building Code has been revised and strengthened since the construction of this modular home. To protect the owners and their neighbors, it is critical that this home meet current Florida Building Code standards in effect at the time of its installation. Local building inspectors are not authorized to have jurisdiction over the previously constructed portions of the building. Time is of the essence in completing this inspection, on behalf of the city council and the citizens of Perry, I urge you to quickly order that this inspection take place without delay. The city received notice that the letter had been received by the governors ofce Thursday and forwarded to DCA; however, no further action had been taken as of presstime Thursday. The tone of the letter appeared to be a diluted version of the protests that came from both sides of the podium at Tuesdays meeting. Former City Manager Bill Bryneswho noted that he did not live in the Pineridge areanevertheless expressed his concern that the issue had become one of ethics. You, as a council, are responsible for protecting the integrity of neighborhoods, he said. It was never the intent of the council for anything that looks like that out there to begin withthats why we have been working the last 24 hours to try and nd a remedy to this problem. We are doing our best to nd a remedy and a solution, Gunter said. City Attorney Mike Smith related how the program came about and the councils intent when it was put into place. All of the properties transferred under the program have included exhaustive publication there was a publication regarding the ordinance (to transfer the property), it went through public meetings and was published in the local paper. It just didnt happen overnight. I know you are all here with concerns on how this will affect the value of your home. I live around the corner from this property and Im not that concerned about it. Ive been doing this for 40 years and I dont panic. I say wait until they comply with Florida law (on the installation/construction of the home) and wait until it is assessed before worrying whether or not it affects your property, Smith said. He also noted that restricted covenants put in place for the Pineridge subdivisions lapsed sometime in the 1980sI do a lot of closures on property sales in this area and I have made sure to mention to both the seller and the buyer each time that the covenants have lapsed. It is up to the property owners in the neighborhoods to come together and draft new ones if that is what you want. As it is now, the restrictions the city has in place for the program are the only ones in place for this piece of property. Those requirements include a minimum home value of $75,000 and a minimum square footage of 1,000 feet. House trailers are not permitted under the citys Land for Homes program restrictions. The structure being placed at site has been certied by the state as a modular home. We have the plans which certify it is a modular home and we have inspected the breaker box where it is stamped modular home, Gunter said. Florida Statute prohibits any government entity from treating a modular home any differently than a stick built home. And thats why we are stuck here between a rock and a hard place, Brown said. DCA overrides anything you or I may think. Everything we have says it is a modular home. Thats why I want to contact the governors ofce and have the DCA inspector come look at it and see if it meets the requirements for a modular home, Gunter said. During the course of investigation on the issue, Browns ofce received a detailed timeline relating to the construction of the home. Each step in the trail shows it is a modular home, he said. The citys Land for Homes program can trace its roots back to a MainStreet Perry iniative in 2006. At that time, the city conveyed eight city lots located at the end of Julia Street (on Veterans Drive) to the organization in a bid to boost its housing assistance program. We did everything we could to get the word out. We sent iers out that were placed with paychecks from all the major employers the school district, the hospitaleven Chemring. We just didnt have any takers, so we turned the lots back over to the city, Main Street board member Penny Staffney (who is also the city nance director) said. In 2007, the council broadened the program to include the other surplus lots in inventory. Main Street only ever had the properties on Veterans Drive. The others (properties in the Land for Homes program) were a consecutively running city program. Main Street decided last year (2012) to end their efforts and asked the city to accept the Veterans Drive properties back, which council agreed to do, Brown said. As for the timeline on the Dogwood Way property, Brown said city employee Michael Harris and his wife approached the council in late September/early October 2012 requesting the piece of property. We had a rst reading of the ordinance to convey the property on Oct. 23. It was advertised Oct. 26 and a nal public hearing was held Nov. 13. The council passed the ordinance unanimously Nov. 13. From that point, they (the Harris family) had to pay fees related to the deed transfer and related items which comes to about $800. There was a short time lapse before that was paid, but it was paid and the deed was issued to the couple March 1, 2013. The deed restrictions were the same as all the other properties in the city program: construction started within 12 months (occupied within 18 months), minimum value of $74,000 and minimum square footage of 1,000 square feet. This homes listed value, on the permit, is $80,000 and it is 2,040 square feet. The plans for the foundation call for a concrete pile foundation. They have met all the requirements both on the local and state level, and nothing gives the city the right to make them move it or change anything, Brown said. projects bid committee, which consisted of County Extension Agent Clay Olson, Marine Agent Geoff Wallat and Building Director Danny Griner. According to County Clerk Annie Mae Murphy, however, her staff discovered the next day a second bid, from Walter Marine of Orange Park, Ala., had arrived in their post ofce box prior to the deadline on May 6 but after they had checked the mail. The commission held a special meeting Monday to open the second bid in a public forum and have the bid committee reexamine both bids to make a new recommendation as to which rm to select for the project. Murphy pointed out a potential discrepancy between the bid packet sent out to potential bidders and the projects advertised notice. In the advertisement, it states that bidders must submit their bid to either the clerks ofces physical address at the courthouse or the post ofce box by 4 p.m. on the day the bids are opened, which was May 6. In the general proposal information sheet included in the packet, however, it states that respondents who elect to send proposals Over Night Express (which is what Walter Marine did) or Federal Express, must send them to the physical address. According to Murphy, the proposal arrived at 10:40 a.m. on May 6, after her staff had checked the post ofce box. After a brief discussion, County Attorney Conrad Bishop recommended the board open the bid. Walter Marines bid was for $63,000, the exact same dollar amount as D&L Contracting, as well as the amount of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission grant, which is funding the project. The difference between the two bids was in the amount of cubes each rm was offering. The grant proposal asked for at least 120 cubes. D&L Contracting offered 120 cubes while Walter Marine offered 122. When the bid committee returned after examining both bids, however, they recommended the commission go with D&L Contracting due to several omissions in Walter Marines bid. The issues the committee raised included the rms hold harmless agreement not being notarized as well as a lack of proof of workers compensation insurance. As for the workers compensation insurance, the county requires either proof of insurance or proof that the rm is exempt. Walter Marine included a letter stating that they were exempt under Alabama state law and the project would not be taking place in Florida (the deployment location is in federal waters). Bishop said it was his opinion that this was not sufcient to meet the countys requirement, calling it an unsworn statement, and concurred with the bid committees recommendation. Commissioner Jim Moody then made a motion to reafrm the commissions previous action to award the bid to D&L Contracting. Commissioner Jody DeVane seconded and the measure unanimously. BIDS Continued from page 1 Bid sent to countys post ofce box, not courthouseAll requirements met, construction cleared to proceed on Dogwood Way MODULAR HOME Continued from page 1 Parrotheads in Perrydises award-winning Sunset Shrimp will be just one of the tasty dishes available at the 2013 Relay For Life. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the high school track. Serving lines will open shortly after 6. Come party (and eat) with a purpose

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A-4 Perry News-Herald May 17-18, 2013 Living Why do Mothers want their children around? Perhaps you will understand when youre a mama... The Einstein Begonia was in good company at Wednesdays garden club meeting where individual table designs vied for attention amongst plants By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove columnist Remembering Mama I hope all of you had a great Mothers Day. Thoughts of my Mama were with me throughout the day and I thought it would be a good time to share those thoughts. Virginia Edith Tedder Rowell was born in 1921 to Sam and Mary Elma Hicks Tedder. She was the most patient, kind and loving woman I have ever known. She had six children, 14 grandchildren, 36 greatgrandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Of course, Mama went home to heaven before some of these were born. Mama loved for us all to come to her house, especially after Daddy passed away in 1999. As a Mama with grown children and grandchildren of my own, I now understand her need for having us there with her. Its a Mama thing and something that children dont understand until their grown children have own the nest. Every Easter I think about how Mama made sure my sister and I had a new dress and new shoes to wear to church. And Im sure the boys got new clothes also. It was a Saturday night routine for Mama to prepare for church the next day. She would be up late getting our clothes ready and shoes polished. I am so thankful that Mama knew the importance of bringing us up in Gods house. Mama had a beautiful alto voice and sang in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Choir as long as she was able. On those occasions when we gathered at her home, we always sang with her. Her rst job was as a lunchroom worker at Shady Grove School. Later she became the Shady Grove Postmaster and served in that position for nearly 30 years. When my parents purchased Knowles Grocery Store (which became Rowells Store), the Post Ofce was moved into the store. Many days my Mama managed the store and the Post Ofce. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman, always looking to the needs of her family and supporting her husband, my Daddy, in all his endeavors. Our family, like all families, weathered many stormsbut in the midst of those storms my Mama and her faith always stood strong. Sneaky snakes and persistent woodpeckers On Saturday afternoon while walking the dogs I saw him, sneaky snake #1. He was lying quietly under the pecan tree. I couldnt get him to move. Even when I nudged him with the shovel I had picked up for protection, he remained still. After a bit he did coil up and when I turned away he disappeared quickly. Some of you may think I am brave, but I knew it was not a rattlesnake or a moccasin. I believed it to be a rat snake, and I really dont mind rat snakes as long as they stay out of my sight. But on Sunday afternoon, sneaky snake #1 returned and was found on my back porch obviously laying in wait for the wrens that were nested above the door. My son, Wade, transported sneaky snake #1 out to the pond and encouraged him to do his hunting elsewhere. Then on Sunday afternoon, my two pups found sneaky snake #2 in my back yard and thought he would make a ne playmate. After I scolded them and they came to me, sneaky snake #2 crawled under the old pool liner that had just been placed there during the installing of a new liner. Now to the woodpeckers-I never knew they could be such pests. I must nd something to deter them or my carport and my shop will be demolished. It seems the woodpeckers are trying to get to the boring beetles that drilled into the wood and deposited their eggs sometime earlier. I can hear them before I get out of the house in the morning. I have tried to shoo them away without success. The only way they will y away is when I get close to them. But they always come back. Fundraisers The council is having two fundraisers in the future. The funds raised will support the Dec. 21 Christmas event and will help us to put a shade structure over the playground equipment at the Park. We are having a yard sale on Aug. 3 and are in need of donations of items to sell. We are also having an auction and sh fry on Sept. 21, and again we are in need of items to auction. If you have anything you wish to contribute, please contact Claire Hatcher at 584-8370 or JoAnn Wilson at 5848181. It is only tting for members of the Perry Garden Club to be surrounded by owers. That was the case on Wednesday, when individual table designs decorated the club house for the nal meeting of the 2012-13 year which was marked by a covered dish luncheon. Mickey Nyberg, District III director of Steinhatchee, installed ofcers for the next two years and presented each with a carnation in a symbolic color. Outgoing Presidents Tuckie Maultsby and Doris Lepoma presented potted African violets to other outgoing ofcers, and all members brought plants--blooming plants, hanging baskets and potted varieties--to exchange with one another. Even if you didnt know this was the garden club, clues were everywhere. Kathy Bean showcased the Lucerna Begonia which was later awarded randomly to a ticket-holder. Nyberg, the days guest, won that opportunity and the begonia--commonly called the Einstein Begonia--now lives in Steinhatchee. Bean explained that her cutting came from Gale Dickerts plant but that lore traces this begonia back to Albert Einstein. Table designs were created by Judy Nowlin, Jimmie Bennett, Doris Lepoma, Karen Falicon, Shirley Hall, Bettie Page and Polly White. Before passing the gavel, Maultsby and Lepoma announced that the club would prepare a oral design for the May 16 veterans tribute, Heroes Rise. New ofcers include Joanna Ter Maat and Judy Nowlin as copresidents; Bettie Page as vice president; Jeannie Malone as corresponding secretary; Tuckie Maultsby as recording secretary; and Jamie Shefeld as treasurer. With appreciation for her help and service, Nyberg was presented a copy of the clubs Sawgrass and Pines cookbook.Plants, owers dominate at installation for Garden ClubHayden Barton and Ryan Hagberg remind friends and relatives of their wedding Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church. Wedding reminder Virginia Rowell Zachary Ezell, who recently graduated from Neosho High School in Neosho, Mo., was awarded a two-year scholarship to Crowder College for a non-ction story he submitted to The Quill, the colleges literary magazine. Ezell is the son of John Henry Ezell of Neosho. His grandparents are Windell and Shelby Ezell of Perry, owners of the Sno-Ball Shack and ice cream truck in Perry. Ezells submission was entitled, The Last Call, a true story about the last phone call he received from his friend Patrick.Ezell earns scholarship Zachary Ezell

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Religion A-5 Perry News-Herald May 17-18 2013Gospel sing, scholarships slatedThe celebration of Pentecost is the great festival that marks the birth of the Christian church by the coming of the power of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost means, th day and is celebrated the 50th day after Easter. On Sunday, May 19, St. James Episcopal Church will be celebrating the birthday of the church with a Homecoming picnic following the 10 a.m. worship service. We invite all members, former members, and former clergy of St. James and their families to come and celebrate this day with us. Since red is the liturgical color of Pentecost, we invite you to wear red to the celebration, said Rachel Spanjer for the church. Casual attire is recommended since the picnic will be on the lawn, weather permitting. The cooking will not begin until shortly after 11 a.m. so former members who are worshiping elsewhere or have other obligations should still feel free to come to visit with old friends and enjoy the fellowship. Pentecost observed by Episcopals; all invited to picnic Obituaries H. Swain Norris Jr.H. Swain Norris Jr., 71, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at his residence in Old Town. Mr. Norris was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Thomaston, Ga., to the Rev. Hubert and Frances (Storrs) Norris Sr. He was preceded in death by his rst wife, Oneta Norris, and one brother, Van Norris. Mr. Norris was a member of First Baptist Church of Cross City. He was a member of several singing groups and a minister of music at his church for many years. He also loved being a part of Taylor County sports as a booster and sports announcer. He is survived by his wife of four years, Melinda Norris; two daughters, Dawn Lagle and her husband Kenny of Chelsea, Ala., and Deidra Wright and her husband Kyle of Perry; one son, Hubert, and his wife Sharon of St. Johns; three granddaughters: Ashlee Wright, Kaylyn Wright and Hannah Norris; as well as three brothers, Dwight Norris (Sylvia), Noel Norris and Mark Norris (Debra). Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at the First Baptist Church of Perry with Pastor Mike Brown ofciating. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Family members received friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements for the family.Gospel sing in Lake BirdChapel Road of Pigeon Forge,Tenn., and Brian Norris of Madison will be featured at a gospel sing planned for Saturday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Bird United Methodist Church. The community is cordially invited.Mens Day at New BrooklynThe Rev. DeMario Bart Bryant, a native of Perry, will be guest speaker for the annual Mens Day observance at New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship hour. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. Bryant is associate minister of Jacob Chapel Church in Tallahassee. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Scholarship program presented The United Clubs (Hostess, Women, and Vogue XIII) will sponsor the 29th annual Homer J. Smith Scholarship Program this Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at Little Bethel A.M.E. Church. Speaker for the occasion will be Minister Azryana Campbell Soto, the daughter of Pastor Rose Campbell. We request your attendance and nancial support again this year, organizers said. TIDBITS: Breakfast spotlights foreign missions By SARAH HALL Come to breakfast! A Foreign Mission Breakfast will be sponsored by New Brooklyn Missionary Ministries with Sis. Lessie Dunnell, as president. The breakfast will be held May 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the New Brooklyn Fellowship Hall with special guests, the Rev. Ellis McKenzie of New Creation Baptist Church in West Palm Beach and Missionary Gail Parsons of First Baptist Church in Perry. Donations will be accepted. All donations for the Haiti Relief (food, canned goods, paper goods, shoes, etc.) will be accepted at this time also. A Reminder.... This is for Bel Air and Beverly Heights communities: please bring all food donations to Loughridge Park, Saturday morning, May 18, at 8:30 a.m. All nancial donations: please bring them to Sarah Hall or Irene Barnes. We plan to have a good time and plenty of wholesome fun and food! Thank you... Prayer list Macilla Bailey (surgery), Cheryl Lynn Sirmans (prayer), Lessie Gent (DMH), Sherri Baskin Wiggins (Jax). In Bereavement: The family of the late Elihu Jack Scott Meltdown Meltdown, according to Websters dictionary is the melting of a nuclear reactor core. Melt: To change or be changed, i.e, to make or become gentle or mild or soften. Commonly expressed as going through some changes. We all have meltdowns for one situation or another. Most come at a time when we least expect them. Its how we handle them, that makes the difference. Our self-worth, our selfesteem, our inner being is challenged. Our whole life takes a beating. We begin to wonder who we are! We get confused on issues like what is right and what is wrong. Comments about us from others come into play and confuse us. I woke up one morning and I asked myself, Why get up? What is going on? Whats happening to me? My mind searched for answers. Naturally I began to question my thoughts. I realized I needed the word. I needed to conrm what I know is right-Gods Holy word. I began to pray Dont forget: Voces Angelorum sings here Sunday Voces Angelorum (Latin for voices of angels) will present a spring concert in Perry this Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. The performance is free and will be held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 310 Plantation Road. Made in America is the theme of this years concert; Broadway favorites will be included in the concert. Please see page 12

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