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Inside todayToday (Friday) is the rst day of the 2014 income tax ling season and inside you will nd our tax guide lled with useful tips and information to help you le your federal taxes before the April 15 deadline. Also included is information about local programs offering assistance to residents here in Taylor County as well as a warning about potential scams to avoid this tax season.Scholarships availableCollege students majoring in political science, public or business administration, or journalism/mass communications are invited to apply for one of three $1,200 scholarships to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. Applications are available at the local supervisor of elections ofce or online at www.taylorelections.com.Veterinarians host discount vaccination clinic SaturdayLocal veterinarians, Dr. Miles Owens, Dr. Tom Fletcher and Dr. Will Sapp, will offer a discount animal vaccination clinic this Saturday, Feb. 1. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. until noon, will be held at the Buckeye Credit Union lot. This is an excellent opportunity to have your pet vaccinated at a lower cost, organizers said. Proceeds from the clinic help will benet Helping Hands of the Shelter, Inc., a local nonprot group that supports the animal shelter.Scouting for Food begins SaturdayLocal Boy Scouts will distribute bags to households this Saturday, Feb. 1, as part of their Scouting for Food initiative. Residents are asked to place canned goods and other non-perishable food items in the bag and scouts will return on Saturday, Feb. 8, to collect the lled bags. All donations are appreciated.Library workshops announced for FebruaryThe Taylor County Public Library has announced its adult workshop schedule for February. The programs include: internet workshop at 5 p.m. and mobile devices workshop at 6 p.m.; Valentines Day couple painting date at 6 p.m.; working workshop; internet workshop at 5 p.m. and mobile devices workshop at 6 p.m. The library is located on north Washington Street. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 5www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday64 52 Saturday 75 60 Sunday76 58 30% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 20% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . .......... A-10 News Forum Confessed killer: I took things too far By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer Pacing in the limited area around the defense table, admitted murderer Raymond Mark Lee was careful to avoid eye contact with the slight woman seated in the front row of the courtroom. Head down at times, and other times staring off into space, the former Jacksonville resident was in his own world as conversation owed around him. The woman, Lillie Grifn, sat quietly with her hands clasped in her lap and a Bible tucked by her side. As the minutes, then hours ticked by, the toll of the three-hour wait began to appear. Family members shifted in their seats and eventually stepped outside for fresh air. Grifn remained steadfast at her post, just feet away from where a three-woman, six-man jury deliberated the fate of her sons killer. Lee was escorted away and remained out of sight until the court bailiff indicated a verdict had been reached. The jury foreman handed the verdict documents over to Judge Greg Parker, who silently read the verdict and handed it to Deputy Clerk Gary Knowles with instructions to publish the ndings by reading them aloud. The jury found Lee guilty of a lesser-included charge of second-degree murder for the death of Perry resident Derek Dixon, and guilty as charged on two counts of tampering with evidence. (The state had indicted Lee with rst-degree murder in the case; however, the jury had the option of choosing one of the lesser-included charges of second-degree murder or manslaughter). Defense attorney Baya Harrison asked for additional time to present a short and to-the-point argument for fair sentencing and also requested that a presentencing report be completed on his clients behalf. Parker granted the requests and scheduled a sentencing hearing for Monday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Dixons mother, Grifn, said she felt good about the verdict. I was hoping for rst degree, but as long as I had a guilty verdict I was Hampton les city code violation complaints against horse owners Perry City Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton raised a few eyebrows Tuesday night when she stated she had led code enforcement violation complaints against city residents who have horses on their property. I did itI led so we can get some fairness, Hampton said. The issue was brought forward by a resident who had received notice he was in violation of city ordinances relating to keeping livestock on property zoned residential. The landowner stated that his family has had horses on the property for a long timemy granddaddy had horses, my daddy had horses. Ill be 70 coming upits been that long, Grifn Colson said. Colson said he was confused by the complaint Kiwanis Auction Default on your PELL grant? TTI waiting to collect The Taylor County School Board is considering hiring a debt collection service to help recoup money from Taylor Technical Institute (TTI) students who receive federal Pell grants but do not complete their programs. TTI Director Judy Johnson told the board last week that if a student receives a Pell grant to attend TTI and does not complete at least 61 percent of the program, the district is required to pay those funds back to the federal Title IV program. In the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, the repayments cost the district a total of $42,000, which had to be paid out of the general fund, Johnson said, adding that the district has no mechanism to get the money from the students. The only way is if they come back to take classes again, she said. During the resulting discussion, several school board members questioned what kind of service they would use, since whoever would be contacting the former students would essentially be representing the district. They have to follow the regulations in the law, Johnson said of collection agencies. Please see page 5 Bitter cold by-passes Taylor Co. Taylor County was just outside the winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) Wednesday, and aside from some afternoon sleet, the county avoided the worst effects from the system, unlike many communities to the west and north. Taylor County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Spradley said Thursday that his ofce had received no reports of damage or injuries as a result of the storm. Please see page 5 Please see page 5

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A-2 Perry News-Herald January 31 February 1, 2014 Looking Back Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comPower struggle What do you get if you put two grown women under one roof? A house about to collapse. Thats what my grandfather used to say whenever my grandmother and mother went at it. Being the only two women in a house full of men and young boys sometimes resulted in power struggles between mother and daughter. My grandmothers power was derived from her role as the First Lady of the White household, while my mothers power came from being the First (and only) Daughter of the house. My grandmother always won these but they were never cakewalks because my mother always had a hold card that she could play. Before my brothers and I came along, my mothers hold card was being Daddys little girl. And boy did she use it a lot. However, when my grandmother put her foot down and declared, Its my way or no way, my mother and everyone else knew it was time to throw in their hands because nothing could save them. Not even my grandfathers intervention. My birth and the birth of my two younger brothers gave my mother more win any of these battles for power, but, by using her children as pawns, she My mother became even more powerful when she moved into her own apartment. My grandparents didnt let us move with her, still, my mother was aware of her newly found power. my grandmother could roar like a lion. But, threaten to take her grandchildren away from her, and shed become as quiet as a church mouse. If my grandmother began arguing or saying something my mother didnt like, she would tell my grandmother, Youre gonna keep right on until I take my three boys with me. If my mother asked for a few dollars and my grandmother didnt hand them over, she would say, Well, I guess Ill take my three boys home with me and well starve together. I remember the last time my mother got mad with my grandmother and took us hostage. Go pack your things. Youre moving with me, she said as she ushered us out the front door. And youre not coming back over here. grandmother sat quietly and watched us pack as we kicked and screamed to keep from going. Usually, a good cry would be enough to get my grandmother to put when my mother began threatening her with taking us away, my grandmother decided that she was through arguing with people about their children. An hour later, my brothers and I were at my mothers apartment crying, unpacking, and making plans to run away, when we heard our grandfathers truck horn. Ant! Ken! Tony! he yelled from the truck. Get out here. We quickly crammed everything back into our suitcases and raced toward the door, where our mother was standing with a frown on her face. I dont know where yall running off to, she said under her breath. Im your momma and you aint going nowhere unless I say so. My grandfather blew the horn again and yelled, Lets go. My grandmother opened the passenger door and got out the truck so we could get in. As she got back in the truck and closed the door, she smiled at my mother like only a First Lady could and said, If you got problem with this, talk to your daddy. Evidently, my mother didnt know that First Ladies had hold cards too. Editors Note: The following is the continuation of a history of Taylor County written by the late June Parker McLeod, an educator and avid local historian. It is featured on a web site highlighting Perry and Taylor County history (https://sites.google.com/site/ taylorcountyhistory/). According to Cash, the 1860 census shows that Taylor County had 20,154 acres of farms of which 5,072 acres were improved. The following crops were produced: wheat, rye, corn, oats, rice, tobacco, ginned cotton, wool, peas, beans, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, cane sugar and molasses. At the time of the 1860 census, the only corn mill employed one hand at the cost of $240 per year and produced meal valued at $2,000. The only sawmill employed one hand at an annual cost of $240 and sawed $500 worth of lumber. The 1860 census was the rst census to be taken in Taylor County. There were 1,384 people included in this census. The rst census taker was a Missionary Baptist preacher named G. G. Wheeler who was born in North Carolina. In 1860 less than onetenth of Taylor Countys population was slaves. The election results showed a small majority for the secession Democrat, John Milton, for governor. In the secession convention, which met in Tallahassee on Jan. 3, 1861, Madison, Taylor and Lafayette counties were considered as a group, the whole being allowed four members. Two of these were from Madison and one each from Taylor and Lafayette. Taylor Countys member was W. H. Sever, who was strong for secession and voted against every movement in the convention calculated to cause delay. The vote to secede carried by a 62-7 margin and on Jan. 11, 1861, Florida became the third state to withdraw from the Union. Taylor County had only been a county for about four years when the war began. When the War Between the States broke out, the area was abundant with strands of timber; however, the chief industry of the county was farming, stock raising and shing. The Confederate Army rolls show that more than 250 men and 10 ofcers came from Taylor County. Among the early Taylor Countians who fought of Taylor County History T h e EIGHTH GRADERS SCORE HIGH ON STATE ASSESSMENTEighth grade students in Taylor County outstripped students in other districts in Florida, earning top scores on the Florida Test of Basic Skills. Principal Doris Kelynack said 85 percent passed the reading standards test (compared to a state average of 81 percent) and 99 percent achieved the master status in interpreting maps. COFFEE WINS PINEWOOD DERBYDavid Coffee won rst place in the 1979 Pinewood Derby held at Gladys Morse Elementary School. Ron Cannon placed second and Billy Morris took third place. Doyle Lundy was the judge for the event which drew 27 entries.HIGH SOCIETYCathy Williams and Arthur Gregory Farmer announced plans for a Feb. 3 wedding at Antioch Revival Center. Jamie Newport and Sonny Ellison exchanged wedding vows in a late fall wedding, with pictures from the event on this weeks Society page.THREE NEW BABIESMr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Lee announced the birth of their son, Thomas E. Lee Jr. on Jan. 11 in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Padgett welcomed a son, Ronald Lee, to their family on Jan. 26. He was born at Doctors Memorial Hospital, weighing 6 pounds, 8.5 ounces. Natasha Catherine Sims was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Sims on Jan. 11 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She weighed 2 pounds, 14 ounces.BUSINESS MEN MAKE NEWSState Farm Insurance announced the appointment of a new agent, Jim Tedder, who would join his father, Ernest, in the business. Kenneth Dennis announced that he was opening the towns rst complete locksmith business, on call 24 hours a day. Harry and Miriam Allison announced the opening of Harrys Place at the junction of U.S. 27 and Foley Cut-off Road. Pool tables, foosball, beer and wine were advertised.BOWHUNTERS ORGANIZEA group of local hunting enthusiasts gathered at the Florida Power Lounge for an organizational meeting for a Local Bowhunters Association. Ray Whiteld, Ella Mae Parrish and Kay Parrish were among the ofcers chosen.WHAT A DEAL AT SCOTTIES AND CRIBBSOne hundred Bayer aspirin were 88 cents at Scottie Drugs where Valentine candy was already being advertised. To celebrate its fourth anniversary, Cribbs Tire offered a $5 discount per tire for all customers with a coupon. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD February 1, 1979 Winter delight Old Man Winter has often found Taylor County in late January/early February and here are the pictures to prove it--an unlikely snow shower which covered the town in February 1958. The Gunter yard. Florida was third state to secede in War Between the StatesPlease see page 5

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okay. (Assistant State Attorney) Mr. (John) Weed did a fantastic job and Im happy with the outcome. I understand that he (Lee) could still get a life sentence even with second degree murder, Grifn said Thursday. The verdict, which was read around 6 p.m. Wednesday, brought to a close two days of intense and graphic testimony that included disclosures by the defendant of weekends lled with drinking and crack cocaine abuse, and a nal alleged encounter in which he simply overreacted. Weed spent much of Tuesday drawing the jury a roadmap that he believed would lead straight to a guilty verdict using a mix of eyewitness testimony, investigative reports, jailhouse conversations and detailed scientic ndings. Crime scene experts identied blood splatter covering the walls, ceilings and oors of Lees room as belonging to the victim, Dixon. Additional blood evidence found in the truck bed of the work truck Lee used was also conrmed as Dixons. In a recorded interview, Lee denied any knowledge of Dixons death, stating he had met Dixon in the hood and brought him back to his rental residence on Puckett Road to just drink some beer and hang out. A former jailmate testied Lee told him he had killed Dixon and that he had no remorse other than getting caught. When testimony resumed Wednesday morning, medical examiner Dr. Lisa Flannigan took the stand and stated Dixon died as a result of blunt force head trauma and that she ruled the manner of death as homicide. Autopsy photos were exhibited during her testimony, with Flannigan explaining to the jury the extent of injuries found on Dixons body. There were multiple impact injuries to the headboth sides of his head and face. There were skin lacerations and skull fractures with brain tissue coming out of the wound. There were additional impact sites to the back of the head, she said. Flannigan testied there were around 15 distinct impact injuries to Dixons face and skull. The extensive nature of the injuries to Dixons foreheadnamely open skull fracturesindicated multiple blows, she said. The state rested its case following the medical examiners testimony. Harrison then presented his defense, calling Lee to the stand to testify on his own behalf. Under questioning, Lee related his account of the events leading up to Dixons death. Lee said he met Dixon in the area known as The Trapon Fridays I would get off work, go to the laundry mat and then go the hood. Dixon, he said, was a drug dealer and I was driving the company truck and told him I shouldnt be over there in itso I brought him to the house on Puckett Road. Lee said this was his second encounter with Dixon and that during the rst meeting, Dixon stole two $61 money orders he (Lee) had in his room. On the night Dixon was killed, Sept. 7, 2012, Lee said the two men were at his home drinking and doing crack cocaine. At some point in the evening, Lee said he confronted Dixon about the stolen money orders. I would say by this point my judgment was highly impaired by alcohol and thats when I brought up the issue of the missing money orders. The party was breaking up but it just struck me and I wanted to hear it from him that hed taken them. We were getting a bit loud and irritated, and he shoved me and I fell hard, fell back. Money was no objectI work hard and get paid well. It was just the idea someone would just take it. Did I have an intent to kill him? Not at all. I had seen the knife he carried on his belt and when I fell down and started to get back up, he swung at me and reached for the knife. When I hit the oor I had the feeling this aint going to be good. I thought I was xin to get jumped on. There was a (industrial) crescent wrench on the shelf where I fell. When I came up, he swung. I seen his left hand went back and thats when I hit Derek. Thats when it started. I truly felt threatened. I had been in bad situations before and I had been hurt severely by younger, smaller people and it just escalated onIt was a heated exchange and I took it too far. I know I did. It happened in a matter of seconds, Lee testied. Under cross-examination, Lee admitted to lying to investigators: I was not truthful. I misled them. He also stated, I knew when they showed up at the houseI knew it was over. I was glad they were there in a way. The whole thing is messed up. I knew all along it was coming down to this here. When you struck Derek Dixon the rst time, what was your intent? Weed asked. To ght back. When Mr. Dixon was no longer a threat, you kept hitting him? Yes, sir. When asked about the amount of alcohol he consumed, Lee stated, I stopped counting long ago. As for crack cocaines effect on him, Lee said, Crack cocaineunless youve done it, it is something you have to experience to know. Lee also admitted that Dixon did not have his knife out when he struck him and that he took his body and dumped in some woods off Highway 98. In his closing argument, Weed reiterated testimony from an investigator who reported that when Dixons body was found, he was not wearing pants and that a belt and knife were found beside his body, not on it. Harrison told the jury what Lee said was the real, real circumstances of the deadly encounter: There is no evidence Mr. Lee had the slightest intent to kill Mr. Dixon when he came over to his housethey were just going to be drinking some beer and smoking some crack cocaine. But what was Mr. Dixons motive? He had already stolen from Mr. Lee once before and he was coming over to hit a lick, which is slang for a person saying they are out to do no good. This is not a case of premeditated murder it is a tragedybut when you look at what really happened, we ask you to nd my client not guilty because of self-defense or in the least, manslaughter, Harrison said. Lee, who has ve previous felony convictions, is being held without bond at the Taylor County Jail awaiting sentencing. Dixons family is moving forward with his mother stating, My son got killed for nothing. He didnt steal those money orders. I dont believe he (Lee) feels any remorse. Her strength, she said, Comes from just trusting in the Lord and He will see you through. He will comfort you and He will strengthen you. And thats just what I did yesterday (during the court testimony). I kept asking for Him to give me strength when they were showing those (autopsy) pictures and He did. I got through it. Derek was my oldest child and I loved him. I carried his Bible with me yesterday and I know his spirit was there. Taylor County Middle School is having more than a book fair, its showcasing the co-CEO of Archie Comics next week, and encouraging parent/public attendance at its Friday, Feb. 7, event at 1 p.m. Nancy Silberkleit, who is the daughter-in-law of one of the founders of Archie Comic Publications, stepped into her role as coCEO in 2009. A former public school educator, Silberkleit said she believes that the comic book is a valuable tool for developing literacy among rst-time readers and instilling love for reading in everyone. Reading Archie Comics for 30 minutes is what I like to call Archie Therapy. The light-hearted, humorous stories have appealed to readers for generations. So she created Comic Book Fairs in schools across America and Canada, to ignite an interest in reading. TCMS will present such a fair through Feb. 7, allowing students and their families to dive into the world of comic books and graphic novels. For this event, students may bring in $2.50 to $20 to purchase from the Archic Comics line, as well as the heroic adventures of Sonic Comics and graphic novels, said Dale Thompson, media specialist for the school. Its a fundraiser for our school, but its also an opportunity to promote learning and reading through comic books, Thompson said. When the fair concludes on Friday, Silberkleit will speak to the students about the importance of creative thinking and reading. The public is invited to attend. A-3 Perry News-Herald January 31-February 1, 2014 Archie CEO speaks at TCMS next Friday Victims mother carried his Bible into court with her CONFESSED KILLER Continued from page 1

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By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove correspondent Dirt roads . . When I was born, we were living on a dirt road and for many years we continued to live on a dirt road. I recall riding our bicycles on the dirt road, walking to a friends house, and catching minnows in a jar in the ditches along the dirt road. Life seemed a lot slower and perhaps better. My sister and I learned to drive on dirt roads--curvy, dirt roads it seemed. Each time we neared a curve we would blow the horn to let folks know we were there. It might seem that the car horn could not be heard by oncoming drivers, but remember we did not have loud blasting radios or air conditioners where we might have closed up the car. Windows down and blowing the horn, we were learning to drive. Help for my family was just a little way down the dirt road where someone would be sent when we needed Aunt Ellens help when one of us was sick. Paved roads have replaced most of the dirt roads that we once knew. That is progress and rightfully so. But in light of all that is going on in our world today, I cannot help but believe that we would all be happier and perhaps better off if we could live again as we did in the days of old dirt roads. Hows the park?Citizens of Shady Grove and surrounding communities are very grateful to the county for installing a shade structure over the playground equipment. The structure is a beautiful addition to the park. Thank you Taylor County manager and commissioners for allowing us to have this very needed cover to protect our children. The park continues to be enjoyed by many families. I attended two birthday parties there on Jan. 4 and 26 for my granddaughters, Samantha, 10, and Rylee, 6. I also attended the 14th birthday party of my granddaughter, Chloe, on Jan. 11 in Perry. Join the council!The Shady Grove Citizens Council meets every second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. We are looking for new members and also for friends of the council. If you are interested in being a member, or just being a friend who helps us at our events, please call me at 584-6343 or Claire Hatcher at 584-8370. Our next meeting will be Feb. 13. David Matthew Spieth A-4 Perry News-Herald January 31February 1, 2014 Living Flowers and praise Dara Nix (top photo, center) was named Teacher of the Year for Taylor plaque commemorating her selection. Nix is in her eighth year of teaching algebra and geometry. She also serves as head of the math department for the school. Donna Kinsey (bottom photo, center) was named NonInstructional Employee of the Year for TCHS. With 14 years invested in Do dirt roads hold more good memories for us? Shelton Jerry Register III Cousins welcomed David Matthew Spieth Mr. and Mrs. David Spieth of Sinsheim, Germany, announce the birth of their son, David Matthew, on Jan. 4, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Michael Spieth and Sabrine Spieth of Germany. Maternal grandparents are Shane and Julie Ritter of Matthews, N.C. Paternal great-grandparents are Richard Ritter and Linda Montgomery of Jackson, Miss., and maternal greatgrandparents are Tommie and Mary Jo (Wincey) Stanaland of Perry. Shelton Jerry Register III Jerry Jeremy and Kori Register Jr. announce the birth of their son, Shelton Jerry Register III, Tripp, on Sept. 19, 2013, in Charlotte, N.C. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Tripp was welcomed home by his two big sisters, Kalin and Kylie Douglas. Maternal grandparents are Dennis and Debbie Bowman of Myrtle Beach, N.C. Paternal grandparents are Jerry and Carol Sue Register Sr. of Perry.

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A-6 Perry News-Herald January 31February 1, 2014 Religion Women: gather Feb. 7 and bring your ifs Ham dinners served tidbits: Seeing the world, through Gods eyes... By SARAH HALL Those in bereavement: remember the familes of the late Ella M. Mae Mae Jones and the late Rose Glee, sister of Lueva Demps, Madison; special prayer is also requested for Leroy Johnson, surgery, and Hazel Stone, sister of Almira Lee, in Maryland. Citywide Mission will convene with New Bethel M.B. Church on the rst Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Jones is pastor. What do you see? Observing people is a hobby of mine. I enjoy a variety of people. People are interesting. Everybody has a story--a personal story--different from everybody else. This makes them interesting, stimulating to my minds growth. What I see in them is often very different from what someone else sees. I learn from people. I try very hard to avoid some of the pitfalls that trap others. I also try not to be entrapped in the norm or lifestyle of someone other than myself or in the negativities of the world. Trust me, its not easy. Its a constant ght against the principles that Ive been taught. Picture this: if we all thought alike, we would lose the creativity in the world, the world (people) would become stagnant/ new ideas would fade and get lost in idle thoughts. Explorations would vanish. Nobody would want to do or say or experience nothing. Imagine that! With all the technology, people still experience boredom, get lonely, frustrated and desperate! We must keep looking wondering, creating and exploring. Our minds must not be wasted. What do you see? Keep looking and thank God that we all see things differently. What do you see? I pray that we dont see all good or all bad, but see Gods creation (human beings) as His greatest creation, for his good pleasure, with love, grace and mercy for all. Regardless of all the different interpretations of His word, my prayers will continually be that we will all one day see this beautiful world through the eyes of God. Are you looking? Or do you have a closedminded mentality? The Pentecostals of Perry are serving ham dinners on Saturday, Feb. 1, for $6. Meals include ham, beans, cornbread, dessert and a drink. Delivery is available for four or more. Please call 223-1466 or 843-4332 with orders. Christian Youth Fellowship will be collecting cans of soup as well as donations of money Sunday morning to help re-stock the food pantry at First United Methodist Church. This event uses the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united, national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need, organizers said. More details can be found at www. souperbowl.org. Locally, youth will be collecting cans of soup and stews, as well as any non-perishables, at both First United Methodist Church and the First Presbyterian Church during Sunday worship services. Donations may also be made directly to either church ofce or to Kristy Anderson at Forest Capital Hall. Your support is a appreciated, said a spokesperson for the group. The Super Bowl is about football...but the Souper Bowl is about caring. Sundays Souper BowlBring soup; stock food pantry for others Women in the community are urged to mark Feb. 7-8 on their calendars for the If: Gathering in the student center of First Baptist Church. This is not a retreat, said Kristy Goodman and Kendall Cruce, organizers. It will not be polished and perfect, but simply a gathering place for women to come and to be real, honest, open and vulnerable with God and with each other. The event features a simulcast with sessions on Friday from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We will gather as women, not as a church, a denomination or anything more, to wrestle out how to live out the calling God has placed on our lives. Late registration of $25 is due by Feb. 6. On the day of the event, registration is $30. A light lunch of soup will be served Saturday. For additional information, please contact 850-672-2321 or 850-838-6800.

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rfntt bft bff tbt bnt t nb t nttt bb n f b t f n f n f t t f b f fb t f fft f t f ff f f nb ff f n t f rf f nftnbf nn f b f tnf f tbn t tb f n f f f r b bb nff b ff f f f ff f f fff f b f f nf f f ff ff r f f t n b t b t fnf f f f tbn t tb f ff f f f n f f n nf n nff b rtb n f t ffftb nn b n b f fnt b bff b b ff ffnt ff b n f n f ff b n b ffnt ff b rf t t tfn f n f b ff f t f tbb n tb f t f bf f f f f n f n f rfn tbtnntbb nb nntbtn b ntbt tn b nb ntbt t b nb b nn n nb b ntbtn bn nb n nnn nb nnn t tt ttt t rt ttf r rt t r tf t ttt t bn tb b nn bn b r tb b b f f f t rfffrn

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