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After many anxious hours and days, the family of Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) Deputy Robert Lundy said he has won the ght for his life, but is now ghting for recovery. His wife, Kelly, released the following update late Wednesday: Robert has had three good days. The doctors basically closed his stomach up today. He will require a skin graph next week to complete the closure. Everything looked good when they were in there looking around. The tracheotomy was not done. His PEEP level was a little too high to do the procedure. They do plan on doing it within a day or so. His kidneys are still not functioning. However, the doctors are not too concerned with that right now. He has a 75 percent chance they will start working again. It may take a few months or they could start in two weeks. His doctors exact words were Everything is on Roberts side. Its up to his body now. He is young and in good health so there is no reason not to hope for the best. They will let him be a little more alert tomorrow Today! Last-minute gift ideas inside today.School board to meet TuesdayThe District School Board of Taylor County will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The meeting will will begin with a workshop session at 5:30 p.m. on the Florida Department of Education site team presentation for Perry Primary School. The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Both the workshop and the regular meeting are open to the public. A closed hearing session will be held following the regular meeting (closed to the public).Training offered for 4-H volunteersWould you like to make a difference in the life of a child and become a 4-H volunteer? If so, then you are asked to attend the 4-H volunteer training for new and existing 4-H volunteers on Thursday, March 6, at 12 noon and 5 p.m. For more information on this training or how to become a 4-H volunteer, contact 4-H Extension Agent Abbey Tharpe at 838-3508. Those interested in attending must RSVP by noon on March 3. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayFebruary 14-15, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 7www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday66 33 Saturday 65 46 Sunday69 34 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-12 News Forum Kelly Lundy, left, said she would like thank everyone. There is no way we could make it through this without everyone helping like they have. Team Lundy launches fund-raisers for deputy Sentence is reversed for Death Row inmate After spending nearly 40 years on Death Row, convicted killer Douglas A. Meeks may get the opportunity to spend the remainder of his life with the general prison population. Assistant State Attorney John Weed said that the reversal of Meeks death sentence meant his ofce had to determine whether or not it would accept a life sentence in the case or proceed with a new (sentencing) trial. During a status conference Monday with Judge Greg Parker and Meeks longtime attorney, Clyde Taylor, Weed announced the state after seeking input from the surviving victim and members of the (deceased) victims familywould proceed with seeking the death penalty. First we had to determine if representing the case to a jury for re-sentencing was viable. We feel that it is and will be moving forward, Weed said. But before that can happen, a hearing will be held to determine Meeks competency, Weed said. One of the elements Brian Curry, left, accepts a proclamation recognizing Deputy Robert Lundy for his heroic Please see page 3 The Taylor County School Board has approved a $380,000 expansion of Taylor County Technical Institutes (TTI) welding shop, which is expected to more than double the capacity of the program. At their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4, board members agreed to use $110,000 in state funds distributed to the district this year to expand career technical education (CTE) programs for the project. We saw the greatest need was in welding, Superintendent Paul Dyal said, adding that the improvements should be ready for the start of the next school year this fall. According to TTI Director Judy Johnson, the welding shop currently has 16 stations inside and three outside. The renovation project will add 20 new stations. We have been in communication with some of our surrounding districts that if we have any slots open, they could come in as dual enrollment students, Dyal said. Theyve been after us for the last four or ve years, but we just have not had the slots. We agreed that once we met our needs, if we have one, two, three slots, then we can offer them out to other districts. Johnson told school board members that demand for the program has been steadily increasing. Weve also had the opportunity to meet with our Taylor County Development Authority as well as Al Stimac, the president of the Florida Manufacturers Association, and the demand for welders is continually going up, she said. There are hundreds of welding jobs throughout Welding program to get $380,000 expansion The suspect in Mondays robbery at Citizens State Bank is still at large and law enforcement ofcials are asking anyone with information to come forward. The robbery occurred shortly before 4 p.m. when an unidentied black male entered the bank, demanded Please see page 3Search continues for bank robber Scam alert issued Local law enforcement agencies have issued a scam alert for residents in Taylor and surrounding counties. Ofcials said local citizens have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs. The scammer goes into detail with badge number, case numbers, etc and explains that a warrant for the citizens arrest has been issued and if the citizen does not follow the callers instructions he will come and make an arrest. The scammer then instructs the citizen to go to Walmart, CVS or another available retail establishment and purchase a Pay-Pal Money Pack Card in a given amount of currency and remit payment to whomever the scammer identies himself as and a phone number (the most recent was Martin at 850-464-7754). The scammer explains that this will allow for all bonding fees or additional cost to be waived, ofcials said. Please see page 3 Please see page 3 Please see page 3Sentencing Monday The former Jacksonville resident was found guilty Jan. 30 of second degree murder for the death of Derek Dixon. The expanded program will include an additional instructor and 20 new welding stations.
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/). In April, 1864, a company of home guards organized with James W. Faulkner as captain. It is thought that the company met at various times at Camp Carlton on the Fenholloway River to carry out drilling exercises. The Confederate high command wanted to clear out the guerrillas and early in March, Lieutenant Colonel Henry D. Capers, Twelfth Georgia Artillery, was placed in command of a force to seek them out. Capers had the services of two local men, John Townsend and Jacob Chaney, who knew the land and led his force to the heart of the guerrilla stronghold. Capers determined the location of the guerrilla camp and moved his force into position to attack. The terrain of the land and the recent rains hindered Capers. He sent Major Charles H. Cameld and a cavalry detachment south along the east bank of the Econna with orders to attack the guerrillas if they were found. These cavalrymen were ambushed with two dead and two injured. Capers and his Georgia Battalion traveled along the Aucilla River from Gambles farm to the Natural Bridge toward Snyders Island. He reached camp on March 24 and found nothing but the deserted huts of the deserters. He ordered destruction of every house on the east and west banks of the Econna and Fenholloway Rivers belonging to the people. Major Cameld was charged with the house burnings. If there was a single deserter or guerrilla in the family he burned the homes. The nine-room home of John E. Jenkins, Sr. was not burned, although Jenkins and his sons had joined the Union army. Cameld used the Jenkins home as his headquarters. Cameld would sometimes hold eld court and those caught whom he believed to be disloyal were executed. The women and children of the dissidents were taken to Tallahassee. According to Mrs. Eppes, they were rounded up by a Wagon A-2 Perry News-Herald February 14-15, 2014 Looking Back February 14-15, 2014 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE email@example.comNice & sweet Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Would my cousin Tangerla be as nice if everyone called her Tart instead of Sweet? Would my friend Daisha be as adorable if her last name wasnt Love? Did folks like me better when I was Anthony Flowers instead of Anthony White? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, shouldnt we all have names synonymous with nice and sweet? Because its Valentines Day and sweet, Im going to look back and be Anthony Flowers for a day. Back in the day, however, before I became Anthony White, having a last name like Flowers sometimes made me a target. other kids would ask, poking fun. You gotta be some kind of weed, others would reply. The joking bothered me until I told my mother, who nipped that in the bud by telling me I was hers, so I couldnt be a weed. She also reminded and nice, and that everyone loved be a nice and sweet person everyone liked. Unfortunately, the last name didnt make me like everyone. As a child, Valentines Day was one of my favorite days of the year. I loved the candy. I loved the cards. And I loved the gifts I received. Oh, and I didnt mind giving them either. However, the one problem I had with Valentines Day back then was I didnt understand the concept of giving cards and gifts to people I didnt like. At school, the rule was you give everyone in the class a Valentines Day card or you dont give or receive any. The night before Valentines Day, my mother would sit with me and my brothers and help us prepare cards for everyone in our classes. When we were done, she would go over the class rosters to make sure we had a card for everyone. Ant, youre missing two people, she said after counting my cards one year. Im not giving two people one, I responded. First of all, yes you are, she corrected me. But I want to know why you dont want to give them one. I dont like them, I told her. Why? Because they dont like me. Do you think theyll like you more if you give everyone a card but them? The answer to her question was obvious. They wouldnt. So I signed two more cards, slipped them in envelopes, then I slipped the two envelopes in with the other 26. The next day when I came home, I counted out all the cards I received. Everyone in my class had given me one. Even the two people who I thought didnt like me. So whats the moral of this tale? Its simple. If we can all be nice, sweet and someone everybody happiest Valentines Day ever. of Taylor County History T h e GIRL SCOUTS GET NEW EMBLEMThe timesthey are achanging and the Girl Scouts of America were changing with them. This weeks edition showcased the new emblem for the organization, underscoring the distinctive, contemporary mission of the Girl Scouts.NEW HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATIONThe board at Doctors Memorial Hospital approved Keith Gilles as the new administrator. The position was left vacant by the resignation of Administrator Gary Muller.FIFE ENTERS THE FRIENDLY SKIESCarol Kim Fife completed training for Delta Airlines and was designated a ight attendant. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Burton Fife of Perry.WEDDING BELLS RINGThe engagement of Melanie Elaine Gibson of Shawmut, Ala., and Charles William Walker of Perry was announced. An April 7 wedding in Lanett, Ala., was planned. The groom was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Walker of Perry.THREE BABIES ADDED TO FAMILIESMr. and Mrs. John D. Cannon announced the birth of their daughter, Sarah Catherine, on Feb. 1 in Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Sean Ryan Mosley was born to Mr. and Mrs. John F. Mosley on Feb. 1 at Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). He weighed 7 pounds, 1.5 ounces Joda Garvin Lynn was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lynn on Feb. 2 at DMH, weighing 8 pounds, 7.25 ounces.NEW PILOT CELEBRATES WITH FLIGHT TO N.C.Mrs. Marilyn Satterwhite was the newest pilot at the Perry-Foley Airport. After earning her wings, she celebrated by ying to North Carolina for a ski outing.BATTLE OF THE SEXESThe Perry Kiwanis Club was busy practicing for its upcoming game against the all-girl Arkansas Gems. Pictured on the basketball court were: David Shiver Tom Fletcher Isadore Rommes, Tom Moore, Mike Smith, Dave Fraser, Buddy Humphries, Ray Veal, Jim Bean, Miles Owens, Don Grant and John Hill. GOING FOR THE GOLDJoe Lyles of the Lyles Brothers was pictured on scaffolding putting the nal touches of gold paint on the ag pole atop the newlyremodeled First Federal Savings and Loan building.NOW SHOWINGThey Call Me Bruce Lee, starring Bruce Ly, was showing at Graves Theatre along with High Rolling in a Hot Corvette with Joseph Bottoms and Greg Taylor.NAMES IN THE NEWSFred Ogilvie was named president of the board of directors for Buckeye Credit Union. Sgt. Carl Williams of the Florida Highway Patrol spoke at Gladys Morse Elementary with Guidance Counselor Thyrza Bolton keeping law and order during the career education program. Linda Shaws artwork was on display at the Taylor County Public Library. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD February 15, 1979 Homes burned, women & children held captive in TallahasseePlease see page 5 56 years ago this week...
A-3 Perry News-Herald February 14-15, 2014 (Thursday). Thank you everyone for your prayers. God is in this and we will triumph. To everyone who has helped us, in any way, shape or form, I am forever in debt to you. I thank you so much. A number of local individuals, groups and businesses have launched fund-raisers to assist the family, including a t-shirt drive, sticker sales and matching donations. Supporters are rallying behind the moniker Team Lundy and their efforts are out in force throughout the county, from Perry to Steinhatchee. Fellow deputies and dispatchers have organized a t-shirt campaign featuring shirts bearing the logo Handlin U. Our goal is to sell 500 t-shirts, which would raise more than $5,000. Currently we have orders for 106 shirts, translating to a collection of $1,790. Robert has a very long road to recovery and we want to help make that as comfortable as possible with the least amount of worry for him and his family. We are encouraging any businesses that want to get involved, to support Team Lundy with a match of the proceeds and they can contact me at (850) 295-3059 to discuss it. Once the campaign closes on Feb. 24, the shirts will be printed and shipped to the contributors. All proceeds will be deposited into the account that has been opened at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union (BCFCU) for the Lundys, co-organizer Lorien Hershberger said. We have gotten a lot of questions about the writing on the front of the shirts, which says: Brave. Calm. Lionheart. Lifesaver. Guardian Angel. The Handlin U is in reference to an industry phrase that we use--where we say that weve been to Handlin School. Robert is now a graduate of Handlin University with an honorary doctorate in Handlin It. Hes been Handlin it since he started with the sheriffs ofce in 2004 and that is why the bottom lettering is in green, representing the thin green linea universal symbol for a deputy lawman. Online orders are available at www.booster. com/teamlundy. For more information, contact Hershberger at (850) 2953059, Mark Hershberger at (850) 838-6164 or Brenda Blue at (850) 843-1793. Steinhatchee residents may contact Pamela Reed Revels at (352) 356-2657. The local Hardees restaurant set up a money donation box Wednesday and had already surpassed the $500 mark by Thursday afternoon. Restaurant management said it would match the rst $500 collection. Stickers bearing the Team Lundy logo ($7.50 each) will be available from Susans T-Shirts, Hats & More starting today (Friday) with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lundy family. The Steinhatchee Projects Board also announced it will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from its annual Duck Race to Lundy. The race will be held this Saturday, Feb. 15, in conjunction with the sixth annual Fiddler Crab Festival underway today through Sunday. Steinhatchees Sea Hag Marina has also added a donation option to its website (seahag.com). Kelly Lundy said her family welcomes letters and cards for her husband. Please mail them care of P.O. Box 230, Steinhatchee, FL, 32359. Lundy was critically injured Feb. 5 when a man drove his truck through the front lobby of Timberland Ford and opened re. The deputy was at the dealership having his patrol car serviced and immediately responded to the threat. Gunre was exchanged and the shooter was killed. Lundy sustained a gunshot wound and had to undergo emergency surgery at Doctors Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for further treatment. Local law enforcement agencies, including the Perry Police Department, TCSO and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, are continuing their investigation into the shooting. Two other individuals who were also shot during the incident are recovering in area hospitals. On Tuesday, the Perry City Council recognized Lundys heroic efforts and presented a plaque to a representative of the Lundy family. Numerous police ofcers and deputies were on hand to witness the presentation. The council also declared that Feb. 5 would henceforth be known as Robert Lundy Day. This is history and what he did should be remembered, Perry Councilwoman Venita Woodfaulk said. of his appeal was that his attorney at the time was not able to present what he (Meeks) said was a mitigating factor to the juryhis low I.Q., or rather his claim of being intelligence disabled. Meeks attorney said he would be ready for a competency hearing by late June. If Meeks were found to be competent and thus eligible for the death penalty, then the case would proceed to a penalty trial. I could be ready for that by mid-fall, which would put us in October, Taylor said. Taylor, who was appointed by then Circuit Judge Royce Agner more than 20 years ago, said he felt he could secure a waiver for the speedy trial timetable that accompanies the new pre-trial phase of the case. According to court les, on the morning of Oct. 24, 1974, Meeks entered the Majik Market convenience store and fatally stabbed the store manager, Chevis Thompson, while attempting to rob the store. Two weeks later, on Nov. 6, 1974, Meeks and an accomplice, Homer Lee Hardwick, robbed the Junior Food Store. Meeks pulled a gun on the stores cashier, Diane Allen, and Harwick grabbed Lloyd Walker, a 16-year-old customer who just happened to be in the store. After giving Meeks approximately $35 from the cash register, the cashier and Walker were taken to the back of the store and told to lie facedown on the oor in a storage room. At that point, Meeks red several shots, hitting Allen in the shoulder and Walker in the head. Allen later recovered from her shoulder wound and testied in court; Walker died six days after the shooting. the state of Florida that are going unlled because of the lack of trained welders. Our program is a program known throughout the state for the quality, the caliber, the consistency of the product these students turn out. So they are coming from all over. We graduated a young man from Gainesville and two local young men just this December, and they already have jobs making well over $25 an hour. They dont lack for jobs when they graduate. Dyal said the expansion will allow TTI to add a second instructor as well. At one point this year, we had a waiting list of 18 students, Johnson said. According to District Finance Director Ashley Valentine, in addition to the CTE funding, the district plans to use $92,000 in local capital outlay funds, $110,000 in state Capital Outlay and Debt Service (CODS) funds and $70,000 in Classroom First funds. Valentine said the district receives approximately $110,000 in CODS funding each year and $130,000 in Classroom First funds. In the past, both funding sources has been spent on various construction programs throughout the district, she added. cash, took an undisclosed amount and then left. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect exited the west doors of the bank and ed from the area southeast across a busy highway to what we believe was an awaiting, lightcolored SUV, Perry Police Department (PPD) ofcials said. The suspect is described as a black male with medium build, approximately 5 and 175 pounds in his late 20s to mid 40s. He wore a black stocking cap, a fake beard, a gray sweatshirt and dark jeans. Anyone with information concerning the robbery or the suspect is urged to call the PPD at (850) 5845121. Local agencies said that type of warrant call is in no way a form or fashion of a practice that any law enforcement agency utilizes and furthermore has no authority to conduct such transactions. These case activities are currently under investigation in Taylor and surrounding counties. Residents who think they may have been a victim of such activity or even an attempt, are asked to please contact the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce. SCAM ALERT Continued from page 1 Scam calls under investigation BANK ROBBER Continued from page 1 Suspect likely ed to waiting SUV WELDING Continued from page 1 2nd instructor to be added DEATH ROW INMATE Continued from page 1 Meeks killed 2, injured 1 in convenience store robberies TEAM LUNDY Continued from page 1 T-shirt drive hopes to raise $8,000 Organizers hope to raise more than $8,000 by selling t-shirts honoring TCSO Deputy Robert is Feb. 24.
A-4 Perry News-Herald February 14-15, 2014 Living Groundhogs forecast: Heres hoping Punxsutawney Phil is wrong... In a family ceremony at Attapulgus, Ga., on Jan. 11, 2014, Shelby Bryant of Tallahassee and Adam Cook of Perry were married. The brides parents are Larry and Cindy Bryant of Attapulgus, and Ms. Victoria Miller of Panama City. The ceremony took place at the Bryant home, conducted by the brides mother, Victoria Miller. A dinner reception followed that evening in Tallahassee, attended by many friends and family members of the couple. The introduction of the couple, special comments and prayer were offered by Michael Crews, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections and a longtime friend of the brides family. The bride is a 2008 graduate of Chiles High School in Tallahassee. She is currently pursuing a degree in accounting while employed in the nancial ofce of Tallahassee Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep. The groom is the son of Don and Dianne Cook of Perry. A 2007 graduate of Taylor County High School, he earned a business degree from Webber International University in 2011. He is employed by the Florida Department of Corrections in Wakulla County. The couple makes their home in Tallahassee. Bryant, Cook exchanged wedding vows January 11 Mr. and Mrs. Adam Cook Punxsutawney Phil, the world famous groundhog and weather predictor, made his forecast on Feb. 2 for six more weeks of winter. I did a little research and you may be happy to hear that Punxsutawney Phil is often wrong. I think most folks hope he is wrong since we have had so many days of rain and cold. All the comments I have heard are hoping for winter to be over. Sweet memoriesMy paternal grandparents passed away before I was born. My Grandpa, Auley Henry Rowell, died in 1936 and my Grandma Inez Wilson Rowell in 1945, the same year that I was born. How I wish I could have known them! Grandpa Rowell died at the age of 45 from pneumonia. I have heard a lot of stories about them through the years and the following is the prayer that was prayed at my Grandpa Rowells funeral. I am grateful to the writer of this as it tells me a lot about my Grandpa. The Twenty-Third Psalm Jehovah was his Shepherd who all his needs supplied. He leads him in the pastures green, and there in peace he lies. The restful waters cheered his soul, no doubts of fears could annoy; for in the paths of righteousness, his thoughts were there employed. And when he walked in the valley dark, and the shadows pierced his soul, it never left a doubting look that could have been told. The rod and staff they comfort him and strength to him it did impart. A table for him was prepared, that lled his hungry heart. So will you meet him in the kingdom when the days of toil are past, meet him when the glory kindles, in the promised land at rest; where no sorrows ever enter, no storms come to destroy, but there in peace forever, in the land of peace and joy. Will you meet him in the dawning of lifes everlasting day, where all midnight has vanished and the darkness passed away, where the light that shines eternal, casts its fadeless glory down, over the home of many mansions, and there the deathless crown. Will you meet him when the ransomed gather round the throne divine, to bow in perfect adoration to your living Christ and mine? Where the sweetest songs of praise of His sweet and saving grace, end with the joy and good pleasure of seeing our Lord face to face. Oh my friends will you meet him for eternal joy is there; and the blood-stained crown is waiting for the loved ones bright and fair. Not a fear that haunts the meadows, not a shadow that crowns the hill, will you be there at the crowning, I know you can if you only will. So when your earthly work is ended and your path of life is trod, may your name in gold be written in Inez Wilson Rowell and Auley Henry Rowell Taylor Countys Master Gardeners will conduct a workshop on planting and growing potatoes on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Perry Community Garden, the workshop will address fertilization, irrigation, insect and disease control. The community garden is located in front of the Taylor Senior Citizens Center (formerly Gladys Morse Elementary).Master Gardeners urge: come Tuesday to learn about potatoes YOUTH: DONT MISS DEADLINE FOR FITNESS! Please see page 13Youth, ages 8-18 are encouraged to get t with 4-H in a 12-week tness and nutrition program which begins Feb. 26 and continues through March. In addition to physical activity, nutrition and healthy food preparation lessons will be taught. To sign up, call 850-838-3508 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A-5 Perry News-Herald February 14-15, 2014 Brigade. They were ordered to pack their belongings and if they refused the drivers packed them. They were loaded into wagons and left under military guard with the animals driven behind the wagons. Then Capers force torched all the houses as they left. The wagon train with the families were headed for Camp Smith, six miles south of Tallahassee, adjoining Camp Leon at a place called Six Mile Pond. The families remained as prisoners under guard. It was told by Susan Caroline Grooms, who was seven years of age, that the winter at Camp Smith was cold and few provisions were available. Governor Milton was convinced that the house burnings and seizure of women and children were major blunders and had caused more citizens to be alienated. He sent a letter to Major General Anderson in May of 1864 pointing out that some of those made homeless were the mothers and helpless brothers and sisters of patriotic and brave men who were soldiers in the armies of Virginia and of the West. He said he was unwilling that any women and children of the state be deprived of legal protection and humane considerations. He said he didnt approve of warfare upon the women and children. At the home of William W. Strickland were found 2,000 rounds of ammunition and several barrels of our from the US Subsistence Department. Also captured was a document, subscribed to be Strickland and thirty-four other men calling themselves the Independent Union Rangers of Taylor County Florida, in which they declared their allegiance to the United States and set forth for their own conduct in guerrilla warfare. Anderson believed that the iron st was the only policy and in June, Milton forwarded another complaint to Anderson protesting the burning of homes of loyal citizens and the imprisonment of others. On July 19, 1864, Milton ordered the release of the women and children and directed the military to escort them to a Union blockading vessel off St. Marks. Strickland apparently took part in the various raids launched by the 2nd Florida (US) Cavalry. As the year drew to a close it was obvious that the Confederacy was beginning to lose. The Union commanders in Florida still wanted Tallahassee, the state capital, taken. It was decided to capture St. Marks on the coast, and cut the railroad linking the capital with the northeast portion of the state. In February 1865, Major Weeks, along with Companies C, D, and E, Second Florida Cavalry (dismounted) and Companies E, G, and H boarded the USS Magnolia and sailed north along the coast from Cedar Key. Strickland was member of this force. They combined with a naval force of 14 other vessels to land in various locations with the intent of taking possession of the East River Bridge, capturing the pickets there, landing and marching on to Newport and destroying establishments there, then crossing the St. Marks River and taking St. Marks and breaking up the railroad between St. Marks and Tallahassee. On March 2, six men under William Strickland landed at the mouth of the Aucilla River with orders to destroy the railroad bridge at the head of the stream to prevent confederate reinforcements from reaching the area under attack. Stricklands orders were to remove the track on the bridge, causing the trainload of Confederate reinforcements from Madison to be dumped into the river. Strickland decided to burn the trestle and give the train time to stop. This would keep the Confederate troops out of action without killing them. As the train rounded the curve, the trestle was seen to be burning and the engineer tried to apply the brakes, but realized he could not stop in time so he crammed on full power to speed across the burning trestle. The last car made it across as the bridge collapsed. At the next stop, ten men and a pack of hounds were sent to the Aucilla River trestle. The hounds picked up the scent and Strickland and his men were trapped in a stand of cypress. In the ensuring re ght three were killed and Strickland and John R. Brannon were captured on March 5, 1865. They were in blue uniforms and the Federal forces were defeated at the Battle of Natural Bridge, and St. Marks remained in confederate hands. In Tallahassee Strickland and Brannon were convicted and sentenced to death as deserters. They were buried in unmarked graves. In Taylor County the graves, burned-out homes and shattered dreams remained as witness to the Civil War. HISTORY OF TAYLOR Continued from page 2 Men sentenced to death as deserters
A-6 Perry News-Herald February 14-15, 2014 Religion Carol Cruce and Rhett Cannon are coordinating a Walk For Jesus on Sunday, Feb. 16, leaving from the Taylor County High School football eld. Interested persons are urged to gather at 2:30 p.m.; the walk will leave from the eld at 3, reaching its midway point (Walmart) before returning to the eld. Participants are encouraged to bring a Bible or sign that reads, Walk For Jesus Day. Prayer will be offered before and after the walk. A hundred have already committed to participate. For information, please contact Cruce at 850-948-2048. Starting at football eldHundred join Walk For Jesus Sunday The First United Methodist Church Food Pantry and the Taylor County 4-H Backpack Program have recently partnered with Farm Share of Quincy. This organization provides Farm Fresh food and other food items for needy people in the community. Pictured above are Kristy Anderson, Carolyn Winningham and Karen Falicon, all of Perry. For more information for your organization, the three urge you to contact Farm Share, 18212 Blue Star Hwy #5, Quincy, FL 32351. The ofce phone number is 850-627-9500 and the Fax number is 850-6279501. Please send e-mails to email@example.com Farmshare partners with local programs Joe Lynn KellowJoe Lynn Kellow, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Mr. Kellow was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Trenton, Tenn., to Robert Owen Kellow I and Irene Velma Stewart. He moved to Perry in 1985 from West Frankfort, Ill. He was a self-employed appliance repairman. Survivors include: his wife of 46 years, Janell Ilene Walker Kellow of Perry; three sons, Robert Owen Kellow II of Perry, Barry Kellow of Humboldt, Tenn., and Danny Kellow of Vandalia, Ill.; two daughters, Monica Blount of Shady Grove and Tonya Rowe of Indiana; 8 grandchildren; and 3 greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 15, beginning at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Rodney McKinley ofciating. Earlie Jane WilliamsEarlie Jane Williams, 57, of St. Petersburg died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. A native of Taylor County, she was a member of Stewart Memorial AME Church of Perry. Survivors include: her husband, Lonnie Bethune of St. Petersburg; one son, Corey Bethune of St. Petersburg; three brothers, David Williams and Charles Williams, both of Perry, and Jerry Williams of St. Petersburg; four sisters, Frankie (Raymond) Wilkerson of Alachua, Emma Williams, Betty Williams and Thorter Williams, all of Perry; and one sister-in-law, Patricia Williams of Perry. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Stewart Memorial AME Church in Perry. Family members will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, also at Stewart Memorial. Evans-Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Obituaries Take, share joySinger teaches valuable lessonEditors Note: The following article by the Rev. Candace McKibben references serenades from Price Carmichael, whose wifes obituary appears in todays edition. It was rst published in the Tallahassee Democrat. McKibben is an ordained minister, director of supportive care services for Big Bend Hospice and pastor of Tallahassee Fellowship The rst time I heard it, I was not sure where the singing was coming from. I was sitting with my parents in the lovely courtyard off the second oor of the Health Center at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee. I did not recognize the rst song, mufed by the sounds of the air-return unit that was humming loudly. But as the motor fell silent, I could distinguish the words to the old hymn, In the Garden. My curiosity got the best of me and I tried to stand on the bench to look over the wall and down to the source of the song. But, alas, I was far too short for that. It wasnt until a few nights later that I saw the man singing out in front of the health center. A thin, pleasant fellow who enjoys sitting in the sun and feeling Please see page 13 Earlie Jane Williams
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