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Sea Gull Easter Egg Hunt is SaturdayThe annual Sea Gull Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, April 19, at Keaton Beach. Refreshments and games begin at 10 a.m. with the Easter Bunny arriving at 10:30 a.m. The Egg Hunt is for children 12 and younger, and will begin after the Easter Bunny arrives. There will be three big prizes for three different age groups and all children will receive a prize bag. Everyone is welcome, organizers said. The event is being sponsored by Cedar Island residents, Jodys Surf & Turf, Betty Mauldin, Tammy Miller and Tommy Mauldin.16,000 Easter Eggs!An Easter Eggstravaganza will be held Saturday at the City Park across from the Chamber of Commerce. We will hide 16,000 eggs, Rodney McKinley, one of the organizers, said. The egg hunt--in its third year--will be held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the general public. Three age-appropriate hunts are slated, so that youngsters arent competing with older children. Bounce houses, games and food will also be provided. At 1 p.m., well shut it down to serve our volunteers lunch and then re-open at 2 p.m. for an hour for exceptional children. We did this with the Christmas Open House and it was well received, McKinley said. Cherry Lake sign-up is underwaySign-up for 4-H Camp Cherry Lake is now underway. Taylor County 4-Hers will be camping along with those from Gilchrist, Suwannee and Lafayette counties the week of June 9-13. The cost is $230 for the week for all expenses. A $50 non-refundable deposit will be required at registration. Campers are ages 8-12. 4-H camp counselors, ages 13-18, will be selected to serve during the week. For more information, please call 838-3508. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayApril 18-19, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. Weather Friday70 61 100% Saturday68 54 Sunday77 53 Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 30% 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 For potential $220 million project City approves incentive offer The Perry City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to move forward with a series of economic incentives to entice as much as $220 million in capital investment to the county in the form of Project Freedom, the code-name for the company which was revealed this week to be BioNitrogen Holdings Corp. of West Palm Beach. Last week, the Taylor County Commission unanimously approved ad valorem property tax abatements for the company should it choose to site here. The commissions approval was contingent on the city council and Taylor County School Board approving their own incentive packages. BioNitrogens Operations Manager Brian Samuels addressed the city council during a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the proposed project and eld questions from the council and those in attendance. According to Samuels, the company will utilize patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer at a series of plants, including potentially one in Taylor County. In total, the company is looking at ve sites in Florida and ve in Louisiana, with the Taylor site and one in Hendry County slated for the rst wave of construction. The companys innovative, proven technologies transform residual agricultural and forestry waste and other biomass materials into urea fertilizer, Samuels said. According to Samuels, who has more than 20 years of experience in fertilizer production, urea fertilizer is typically made using natural gas as feedstock, making it vulnerable to uctuations in natural gas prices. BioNitrogrens process, he stated, is more environmentally friendly and less susceptible to price variations. Samuels added that BioNitrogen has agreements in place with BioResource Management to procure feedstock for its plants as well as United Suppliers, Inc., to purchase a percentage of its product once the plants are operational. City Manager Bob Brown said he, along with other local ofcials working on the project, have veried the contracts, speaking with representatives from the other companies involved. BioNitrogen is projected to create 52-55 manufacturing jobs with a starting salary around $38,000 plus benets. The total investment here has been estimated to be between $100 million and $220 million. When asked Thursday, Brown said that construction could begin in as little as six to eight months. Under the proposal approved by the city council Tuesday, the city will offer three layers of incentives. First, although the project is not expected to be sited within the city limits and therefore would not pay city property taxes, the Biomed students put TCHS on the map with win at state competitionTwo students have helped put Taylor County High Schools (TCHS) biotechnology program on the map--by not only placing in state nals held last week in Orlando, but by bringing home the top two awards in their division. Sophomore Rebecca Barber took gold (rst place) and Junior Rohan Patel won silver (second place). There is no higher honor or award for our area of study in the state of Floridaat the state level, this is as big as it gets. This means that Taylor County High School will be going to nationals to compete. It doesnt get any bigger for us, teacher David Woods said. The competition was part of the Florida HOSA Future Health Professionals (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) State Leadership Conference which attracted more than 3,000 HOSA chapters members from across the state. HOSA is the premier organization for student leaders pursuing careers in the healthcare industry. HOSAs two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.Please see page 3 Corps extends deadline for public input on Rosehead Lake project The Army Corps of Engineers has extended its deadline to April 26 to receive public comment on the proposed Rosehead Lake project. We extended the comment period due to the request of different agencies and the general public. I really cant address who the agencies or individuals were until after the public comment portion has been closed, Engineer Jason Lockwood said. When it comes to projects like this one, it is not unusual for an extension to be granted. Once all the comments have been received, I will be reviewing them and determine the Corps position. Ill then send a letter summarizing any concerns or questions we may have for the city, he said. The City of Perry has already obtained permits from the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), the Florida Department of Transportation and other agencies for the project. Congressman Steve Southerland has also submitted a letter of support to the Corps engineers. We have all the permits we need to go out for bids for the project and start the work other than the Army Corps. However since they possibly may want to make some slight modications to the design, we are waiting for that permit to clear before seeking bids, City Manager Bob Brown said. City council candidate Tonya Holton, who has also led a $75,000 federal lawsuit against the city, has initiated a web petition drive against the lake project, which cites the following Please see page 3 The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that as much as four inches of rain may fall on Taylor County today (Friday) and Saturday. Local emergency management ofcials warn that could bring rivers and creeks back to the levels seen early last week after the last major storm moved through the area. According to the NWS, an area of low pressure in the Gulf will move through North Florida and Southeast Georgia today. As it does so...a large Get ready: more rain coming Please see page 14 Please see page 14


BUCKEYE CONTRIBUTIONJeanette Sneed was pictured presenting a $2,100 check to Kathy Beers, special services coordinator for Taylor Association of Retarded Citizens. Also pictured was John Redmond, chairman of the Buckeye Employees Community Services Fund.IT PAYS TO SPRUCE UPWesley Cutter, Lisa Bayes and Heidi Lundberg were congratulated, and awarded, for their posters promoting a county-wide spruceup as directed jointly by the Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and the Perry Garden Club. Those three Gladys Morse Elementary students were joined by others from Perry Primary who also received recognition for their posters and promotions: Brett Harvey, Tonya Hornsby, Jimmy Cash, Deanna Sneed, Becky Lewis, Malissa Swain, Sandra Cutter, Jennifer Clayton and Ann Davis. Students were awarded savings certicates from First Federal by Vice President Matt Brown.LYNNE FRASER NAMED LADY OF THE YEARA tea honoring Lynne Carol Fraser was held at Olgas Oasis, toasting her accomplishments as a tireless volunteer in the community and her designation as 1979 Lady of the Year by Beta Sigma Phi sorority.MAY WEDDING PLANNEDMr. and Mrs. Ralph Holton announced the engagement of their daughter, Laura Annette, to Paul Wilson Dickert The ceremony was planned for May 12 in the Dickert home on Plantation Road.SKATING HIS WAY TO GOOD HEALTHLuther Langford of Langfords Skating Rink welcomed Leonard H. Slawson to his business to professionally sand the oor. In conversation, he learned that Slawson, now 84, had skated until two years ago. He attributed his good health to clean living and said skating aided him in his battle against arthritis.BIRTHDAY SELLABRATION FOR CHEVROLET DEALERWhat a party! To celebrate the birthday of the L. R. Thomas Chevrolet dealership, the business planned a Sellabration which included prizes, hot dogs, apple pie and caps for all who took demo drives. Marty Glickman would stage a disco dance party from 8 p.m. until midnight. Earlier in the day, the Taylor County High School Band would play, and $10 from every car sold during May was promised to the band. Salesmen, who were pictured, included: O. B. Glenn T.B. Whiteld Phillip Stephens and Al Ray Brantley An antique car show, as well as a custom van show, would be held in conjunction with the celebration. A-2 Perry News-Herald April 18-19, 2014 Looking Back April 18-19, 2014 Quotable Quotes THE PERRY NEWS-HERALDApril 19, 1979 The Taylor County Historical Society is accepting applications for its W.T. Cash Scholarship. The scholarship program is open to any graduating Taylor County High School senior or home-schooled (senior) student who plans to attend a Florida college or university. Application forms are available at the high school guidance ofce and Perry Newspapers, Inc. Apply today The annual Foley Reunion will be held this Saturday, April 19, at Forest Capital Hall, starting at 10 a.m. A covered dish lunch will begin at noon. Tea, water, coffee and paper goods will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring any old photographs, memorabilia or other items of interest for display. Foley Reunion is Saturday Remember when... By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comWearing white on Easter? Whenever it came to making decisions about her three sons, my mother had to contend with my grandmothers voice shouting in the back of her head. But that didnt mean she always listened. This was never more apparent than the year my mother bought me a three-piece, white suit for Easter. I dont know who my mother was angrier at, me, my grandmother or herself, but before the sun set that Easter Sunday, my mother was ready to kill someone. And since, I was the one wearing the dirty white suit, I was her target. Thankfully, the voice shouting in the back of her head saved me. What kind of mother dresses her 10-yearold son in a white, three-piece suit with matching white shoes, takes him to a baseball park that sits in the middle of a dust bowl and tells him not to get dirty? my grandmothers voice shouted in my mothers head. My mother tried to dismiss the voice, but since my grandmother was in the other room singing, I told you so, it was hard to ignore the voice in her head. Look at you, my mother said as the black suit. I cant believe I wasted my money on that suit. She twisted the belt in her hands. It hurt her not being able to use it. But, this was, after all, her fault. My grandmother had told my mother to let me and my brothers wear the short sets she had bought, but my mother wanting to show us off, said no. Theyre going to wear the suits I spent all that money on, my mother explained. They wore them to church, my grandmother countered. They dont need to wear them to the baseball park, especially not Antmar. His suit is white. Well, hes going to wear it, and hes going to My grandmother shook her head disapprovingly. What kind of mother dresses her son in a white, three-piece suit with matching white shoes, takes him to a baseball park that sits in the middle of a dust bowl and tells him not to get dirty? A mother who spent three weeks searching her son, my mother answered. A mother who spent over a hundred dollars for this suit. You forgot the third kind, my grandmother said. What kind is that? my mother asked. A mother whos going to want to kill her son because she wasted over a hundred dollars on a dirty white suit that hell never be able to wear again, my grandmother added. Well, it was my money, my mother shot back. And these are my children. Youre right, my grandmother said. Theyre your children and it was your money. Then she threw her hands in the air and walked out of the room. By the end of the day, instead of me getting punished for getting my white suit dirty, my mother was being by punished by the voice shouting in the back of her head. As my mother contemplated what to do with me, the voice in her head entered the room and asked, What kind of mother puts her son in a white suit, takes him to a park, and tells him not to get dirty? Not to be outdone, my mother answered, A mother raised by you. And with that statement, my mother her head. At the fair? Calvin Brandon displays his cigar products, possibly at a Taylor County Fair. This photo is from the collection of Henry McLeod, local historian. If you have a historical photo you would like to share or one for which you need helping identifying the who/when/where details, please give us a call at (850) 584-5513 or e-mail The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.--Robert FlattEaster says you can put truth in a grave, but it wont stay there.--Clarence W. HallEaster is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. --Charles M. CroweOn Easter Day the veil between time and eternity thins to gossamer.--Douglas HortonEaster spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.--S.D. GordonWe live and die; Christ died and lived! --John StottEaster tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in terms of ideals. --Charles M. Crowe


A-3 Perry News-Herald April 18-19, 2014 information: This project disturbs unique and natural Florida springs, our towns oldest and largest pecan tree, a natural beaver dam, and possible Native American artifacts. This project restricts water ow downstream. This project destroys a bridge that is not in need of repair and closes through trafc on Washington Street, creating greater congestion on Jefferson Street and Center Street. When asked about the issues the petition raises, Brown noted: We are not doing anything around the spring head except removing invasive vegetation. The path of the spring now is not in its pristine, natural stateit was dug in the late 1960s/early 1970s and was machine dredged several times after that before you had to get permits to do any dredging. The Center Street nger that comes in was actually part of a drainage canal put in to drain part of the Bay; it was tied into Spring Creek at Center Street when all that was done. The existing path of the stream was dug out and made larger and dredged several times. For lack of a better word, it has been man disturbed many times over the years. Regarding the large pecan tree located on the north bank of the creek between Jefferson and Washington streets, Brown said, There are several pecan trees in the city limits that are larger in diameter, so we assume they are older. We have talked with several individuals in the community, including the Historical Society, and nobody knows anything that sets it apart as historical. There really is nothing extraordinary about the tree. Also, the tree is not in good health. The designers took pains to include the large hardwoods (oaks) in the lake design to protect them and not take them out. As for the beaver dams, they are downstream of the park. We are not disrupting the natural ow of water going downstream. If anything, the lake will enhance the water owing to the dams. The natural ow rate is going to be maintained. There are no beaver dams in the project area to be disturbed, Brown said. On the matter of Native American artifacts, Brown explained, Part of the process is for the project plan to go to the a state (permit) clearinghouse and the division of archaeology had no negative comments on it. Also, someone contacted members of the local Muskogee Indian Nation, which sent representatives down here and they dont see any issues with it (the lake). They dont have any concerns. Much of the property once belonged to the railroad and had heavy industrial use in the past. It has been farmed, timber grown on it and taken off it. This is not pristine land that has been sitting undisturbed for decades or hundreds of years. Regarding potential trafc congestion issues on Jefferson and Center streets, Brown said, When the idea of removing the bridge on Washington Street was rst raised, the rst thing I did was go to the re department and police department and ask them if the bridge was taken out would it negatively impact their responses to emergencies and they responded no. We have conducted trafc studies and the additional trafc was actually lower than I thought it would have been. He added, This will not be a retention pond. This will be a viable lake. The Duck Pond is a retention pond. This pond will be like the current creekfed by the spring. We plan for it to be a good habitat for sh so we can stock it for recreational use. It is designed to handle any heavy rain so that it will not ood the areas around it. It will have a walking path and a pedestrian bridge. From the beginning, the city councils stated goal for the project was to help attract more people downtown as part of its revitalization efforts. Even now, with just part of the park complete with the Grand Pavilion, playground and splash pad, we are seeing what we all thought and what the planners promisedan increasing number of people downtown. ROSHEAD LAKE Continued from page 1Our HOSA team is only two years old and we have been to regionals two times and won, and been to state once and have won. This will be our rst year qualifying for nationals. Hard work pays off and I am very proud of all eight members of our HOSA team, Woods said. Relating a detailed account of the competition trip, Woods said, Thursday, April 3, our students arrived in Orlando and were part of the largest convention/ academic competition in state history. More than 3,000 student competitors represented all school districts and schools in the state--to include private, prep and Mag schools. Our students competed in forensic medicine, researched persuasive speaking and biotechnology. The eight-member teams included: Patel, Barber, Ashley Wallace, Jamarcus Robertson, Anthony Conde, Madison Elliot, Trevor Driggers and Trent Jones. After the rst day of competition 50 to 75 percent of the competitors were eliminated but we still had ve teams in the running. Day Two of the competition more teams were eliminated, but Taylor County High School was still standing. By the end of the second day TCHS was the only public school north of Ocala that was still in the competition. The third day of competition came and we competed to the best of our ability and had to wait until 10 p.m. that night for the Grand Awards Ceremony to hear if our hard work paid off. We were very happy to hear we placed in the top 10 in the state in the area of forensic medicine. Then, they called the top ve students in the biotechnology division to the stateand we had two students in the top 10, something no other school did. So at that point, we were glad to be in the top ve. But then they started calling out fth; fourth, third placeand our two students were still standing. They then announced that Rohan placed second and Rebecca, rst. All the cheering and shouting you hear on the video recording of the ceremony? That was our group! We were competing against schools who have teams with up to 100 members. We have eight. But its like I tell my students: quality, not quantity matters, Woods said. Barber and Patel are now prepping for the national competition, slated June 25-29 at Disneys Coronado Springs Resort. The biotechnology event Barber and Patel won consists of two rounds of testing that requires knowledge pertaining to the industry of biotechnology, including knowledge of products and equipment, careers in the laboratory, DNA structure and sequencing, hematology and other areas. In the second round of competition, participants had to showcase practical skills pertaining to the eld, which may include for example, identifying laboratory instruments, using a microscope, demonstrating infection control, inoculating and streaking an agar plate and others. The students can expect much of the same during the national conference. They even perform mock surgeries, Woods noted. When everyone else gets out of school for summer break, they will be here studyingthree days a week, four hours a day, Woods said. The TCHS students will be competing in a eld of national teams expected to number 7,500 to 9,000. Anyone wishing to support the students trip to the state competition may contact Woods at the high school. Barber is the daughter of Larry and Idora Barber; Patel is the son of Jay and Priti Patel. BIOMED STUDENTS Continued from page 1 City goal for lake: attract people downtown Biomed instructor David Woods, left, with students Rohan Patel, center, and Rebecca Barber. Both students said they plan to pursue careers in Barber, Patel prepping for the national competition


A-4 Perry News-Herald April 18-19, 2014 Living Shady Grove reminded: Donaldson Bridge is on countys April 22 agendaBy FLORRIE BURROUGHS Donaldson Bridge is on the April 22 county commission agenda. Shady Grove citizens who are interested in this matter are encouraged to attend this meeting. Information I have received is that the state (FDOT) will not repair the present bridge, they will only replace it with a two-lane bridge. FDOT maintains the bridge is in far worse condition than can be seen. If citizens reject FDOTs offer, funds to replace it will be withdrawn and passed on to the next project. FDOT will continue to monitor the bridge and when it deteriorates to a certain point it will then be closed permanently. The county commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room at 201 E. Green Street. In search of the perfect purse...I am certain there must be an unwritten law that all ladies magazines must have three articles: 1) how to lose weight, 2) how to get out of debt, and 3) how to de-clutter or get organized. All three of these are noble ambitions and I must say I have tried them all with varied amounts of success from time to time. But my favorite is the article on how to declutter. If a magazine has an article on how to get organized, I most likely will buy it. I like to think I am a neat person but the rst place I nd clutter is in my purse. If my purse is a mess, then it seems other areas of my life, my car and my desk are also in disarray. So rst things rst, here are instructions for decluttering/organizing your purse. First you must make your bed! Now while you wonder what making the bed has to do with organizing your purse, let me talk a little about the perfect purse. Of course there is no such thing. Perfect and purse should not be named in the same sentence. Some of us are always searching but never nding the perfect purse because it simply does not exist. A purse that is navy blue or black on the inside is a lost cause before you ever put your duds inside it. You simply cannot see inside that dark hole. If the purse has more than one strap, they always become entangled, especially if they are long. If you place it on the oor beside you, you may nd the straps somehow wrapped around your ankles. I thought for a brief time that a purse with many pockets would be the right choice but, alas, when I have more than one or two pockets, I am forever looking through them all to nd just what I need. I repeat, There is no perfect purse. I am still searching . for the right purse. If I ever nd it, I will let you know. They are all either too small, too big, too many pockets, not enough pockets, too dark inside, too many straps, not enough straps, and so you see how it goes with me and purses. Now back to the madeup bed. Next you open your purse, open all the pockets, snaps and zippers, turn it upside down over the bed, shake it well until everything that is in it spills out onto the made-up bed. You will be able to see everything that was in your purse, throw away all the gum wrappers and used tissues, then re-arrange check book, make-up, pen, cards, note pad, new tissues, calendar, and whatever else you deem necessary to have in your purse. That feels so much better and now I can move on to another de-cluttering/ organizing task. But later! Now for details on the Appreciation Party held April 6..... Early risers needed for 8 a.m. tee times in benet tourney Early risers are being sought to ll the 8 a.m. tee times for the Tuesday, April 29, three-person golf scramble planned at the Madison Golf and Country Club to benet John Mahoney, Mike Cook and Deputy Robert Lundy, all recovering from the shooting at Timberland Ford on Feb. 5. There are lots of door prizes, hole prizes, a chance to win a brand new Ford truck, free breakfast from Johnson & Johnson, and a grilled chicken lunch with all the sides, said Brian Faircloth who is coordinating details for the fund-raiser which is being presented by both the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) and the Madison County Sheriffs Ofce, in conjunction with Timberland Ford and Team Lundy. We will be paying cash prizes for both tee times, 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., Faircloth added, urging interested persons to sign up now. Non-golfers can pre-order grilled chicken lunches for $7. Both golf entries and preorder forms can be faxed to 850-584-7016. For additional information, please contact Sgt. Buddy Lee with TCSO (850-843-1679). Grow your own... A Beginning Gardening Workshop is planned for Tuesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Service. There is no cost for the workshop, but preregistration is encouraged. Please call 838-3508 or e-mail Participants will learn how to build a raised garden bed; production tips and techniques; fertilizer amounts, placement and timing; as well as words of caution about pets and disease. The Shady Grove Citizens Councils Appreciation Party on Sunday, April 6, was enjoyed by about 80 people. The weather was great and ice-cream--any way you wanted it--was enjoyed by all. Mark the Magnicent and his able Assistant Deborah were on hand to entertain us with magic tricks. Thank you Mark and Deborah for making this such a fun event, especially for the children! Door prizes including gift certicates to Rockys Shady Grove Store were given away as well as other great prizes. Thanks to all who helped us in so many ways through the past years. We need your help to continue so please come on board and let us know you are there to help us as we carry out the events for Shady Grove. You can always call me at 584-6343 or Claire Hatcher at 584-8370. For ice creamAppreciation party in Shady Grove lures 80


The American Cancer Society has selected Vicki Collins and Leanne Karstedt to serve as honorary cochair for this years Taylor County Relay For Life, planned May 9-10 at Forest Capital Park. Opening ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. that Friday. The ladies will also be those honored during the annual Survivors Banquet set for this coming Tuesday, April 22, at Crosspoint Fellowship, beginning at 6 p.m. All cancer survivors and their families, along with Relay supporters and volunteers, are invited to attend this free event. Dinner will be provided compliments of Goodmans BBQ. This years Relay theme is A Cure is Sweet and the banquet hall will be decorated in a Candyland theme, ONeal said. The worlds largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to ght back against the disease. Here in Taylor County, funds raised by our Relay For Life event are making an impact on so many lives, ONeal said. From making possible the vital American Cancer Society programs and services that support those in our community facing a diagnosis, to life-changing cancer research and medical discovery, to advocacy for access to quality health care for everyone affected by cancer, the money raised through Relay For Life of Taylor County is helping further the vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. For more information about how Relay For Life benets the local community, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345, or visit A-5 Perry News-Herald April 18-19, 2014 Survivors Banquet Tuesday, April 22 Crosspoint Fellowship Church Cancer survivors recognized Tuesday (Left) Vicki Collins, shown with husband, Joe, and (above) Leanne Karstedt will be recognized at the April 22 Survivors Banquet. By JEFF BYERS Once there was a yellow daisy, who went by the name of Ms. Daisy-D. She was loved and cared for by an exceptional person called Suezette Stephens, and Ms. Daisy-D returned her love. Ms. Daisy-D had the humble abode of a ower pot in Ms. Suezettes house to call home. With each passing day, Ms. Daisy-D noticed that Ms. Suezette was a joyful, outgoing individual who enjoyed all things in life, including people of all ages. Ms. Suezette was also known as the Library Lady. When she worked at the public library, she helped out with what she was able to, including reading to all the children. She also helped children out at the Steinhatchee School. Not to mention that she told scary stories at the Cracker Home Homestead at Forest Capital State Museum during the annual Forest Festival. She always had a cheerful attitude about life. Ms. Suezette absolutely loved books. She couldnt get enough of them. Her favorite book was entitled Although the Day is Not Mine to Give, Ill Show You the Morning Sun, which she never tired of re-reading countless times. Ms. Suezette enjoyed scrapbooking quite a bit, too, and helped many others create special scrapbook memories of their own. Sadly, one day, Ms. Suezette fell ill and was consumed by a disease known as cancer. She left all the things of life she loved to go to Heaven. Without her beloved companion, Ms. Daisy-D felt lost and confused. She hadnt the slightest idea of what to do. She felt so awful about this tragedy, and wanted to do something special to honor her friend. The day after Ms. Suezette passed away, her friends and family came to her house. They recalled all their good times and memories together. They also talked about the things Ms. Suezette enjoyed during her life. They even mentioned Ms. Daisy-D and the love Ms. Suezette felt for her; as well as her most favorite candies, M&Ms and Hersheys milk chocolate. As Ms. Daisy-D listened to Ms. Suezettes friends and family celebrating Ms. Suezettes life, she also heard them discussing what could be done to make people more aware of how serious cancer is, and how a cure can be found. Ms. Linda, a friend of Ms. Suezettes, informed everyone about what Taylor County High School (TCHS) does to recognize cancer. They create artwork and raise money and awareness through a program called Relay for Life. They all agreed that this was a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness of cancer, and to help raise money to someday nd a cure. Needless to say, Ms. Daisy-D was thrilled. In fact, she was so excited that she nearly broke her stem with the sheer burst of joy she felt! Now Ms. Daisy-D knew exactly what to do, so she gathered herself uproots, leaves, petals, and alland headed toward TCHS. There she found the art department, along with the art teacher. Filled with hope, she asked him if the students at TCHS would like to participate in creating an artwork that could be used to help people become more aware of the seriousness of cancer, and to raise money for Relay for Lifeand, of course, honor Ms. Suezette. The art teacher eagerly agreed to this plan. He told Ms. Daisy-D that he also knew Ms. Suezette, and he knew that she was a very special person who brought cheer and delight to multiple people. Ms. Daisy-D was elated, and told the art teacher about everything that made Ms. Suezette the wonderful person she was. Ms. Daisy-D was explicit in describing her requests for the main artwork to honor Ms. Suezette (which happened to be a ceramic creation). She suggested that the artwork should be of a park bench, sitting on top of a scrapbook, and beneath that scrapbook should be Ms. Suezettes favorite book. She said that there should be an M & M character, along with a Hersheys milk chocolate bar character sitting on the park bench. Ms. Daisy-D also claried that, at the asking of Ms. Theresa (one of her best friends), the M & M character should be red because that was Ms. Suezettes favorite color M&M. Ms. Daisy-Ds last request was that, since she had such a deep love for Ms. Suezette, she should also be on the park bench, between the two candy characters, hugging a picture frame to hold Ms. Suezettes picture. Complying with Ms. Daisy-Ds suggestions, students helped glaze and re the artwork. It was brought out of the kiln after a glaze-ring on April 2, 2014. Everyone at TCHS became thrilled, and decided to make a commitment to support Relay for Life. One of the science classes were so impressed by Ms. Daisy-D, that they decided to create an acronym for her name: Daisy-D: Distinguished, Awesome, Intelligent, Sassy Yellow-Daisy. Now it is nally time to raise money for Relay for Life, and there is some good newsand, unfortunately, some bad news. The bad news is that the Taylor County Relay for Life wants to auction Ms. Daisy-D and her candy friends to the highest bidder! The good news, however, is that the TCHS Key Club, JROTC, Little Women, cheerleaders, art students, and staff are pitching in to win this bid by raising money for Ms. Daisy-Ds cause. During rst and second lunches from April 28May 2, they will encourage students and staff to give a dollar or two for her cause. Not to mention that the student groups will offer the student body the opportunity to be out of dress code on Friday, May 2, if they donate one dollar on that day! (All the students, of course, must have their hand stamped as proof of their commitment to the Relay cause.) Although it may seem like the end, this story is not yet complete. However, there is a month of activities planned out in order to do so. Everyone remember that the Relay for Life event (the Walk Day for Relay for Life) is Friday, May 9, at Forest Capital Park, kicking off at 6 p.m. Come and help raise money to raise awareness of cancer, and maybe someday even nd a cure for this horrendous disease that affects nearly every individual worldwide. Hope to see you there to nd out how the story ends! (Revised & edited by LUCY WHITEHEAD) librarian at the Taylor County Public Library for many years and later was a Meet Ms. Daisy-D!Distinguished, Awesome, Intelligent, Sassy Yellow-Daisy


A-6 Perry News-Herald April 18-19, 2014 Religion Courtyard invites all at 7 a.m.Katies Courtyard will provide the setting for a Son-Rise service on Easter morning at 7 a.m. for Courts of Praise Church which is located on Puckett Road. Refreshments will be served following the service in the banquet room which is adjacent to Katies courtyard. Athena sings King Is ComingAthena Baptist Church will present an Easter musical, The King is Coming, this Sunday at 11 a.m. An Easter egg hunt is planned for the children and everyone is invited for lunch.Come for worship, breakfastThe Pentecostals of Perry will have a sunrise service Easter Sunday at 6:45 a.m. followed by breakfast. No 10 a.m. service will be held, but evening worship begins at 7 pm. featuring presentations by children and adults. Baptismal service at Rosehead PavilionIn an effort to Rethink Easter, a group of community churches are planning an observance by the same name on Easter Sunday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the downtown Farmers Market. What churches are participating? Its going to be awesome, said Rodney McKinley, pastor of Northside and one of the organizers. In addition to praise and worship music, an Easter message will be presented by the Rev. Tyler Campbell, pastor of First Baptist. We will have a baptismal service for all those who wish to be baptized on Easter Sunday, he said.Passion play FridayThe congregation of Perrys First Church of to view the Passion of the Christ today, April 18, at 7 p.m. The event will take place on the grounds of the It will be preceded by the On Easter Sunday, the church will present the 10:45 a.m. depicting Jesus appearance to his disciples. Janet Albanese will sing, Jesus Messiah.Walk with Cross todayBlue Creek Baptist Church at the Beaches invites everyone to join in the annual Walk With the Walkers are asked to meet Road, at 8:45 a.m. to begin walking at 9 a.m. to Hodges Park. Transportation back to the church will be provided for those who are unable to complete the walk. Blue Creek has also scheduled sunrise services at 7 a.m. at Hodges Park. The public is cordially invited. Music resounds from New Home BaptistNew Home Baptist Church invites the community to these worship opportunities on Easter Sunday: (1) SonRise Worship at 7 a.m., followed by a.m., followed by (3) Childrens Easter musical, Christ Is Risen,and Easter worship at 10 a.m. followed by (4)Day Three, the adult choirs cantata at 11 a.m. No evening services will be held.Cavaliers sing at Mt. GileadEaster worship at Mt. begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with special music provided by The Cavaliers and Rebekah Aman. Dinner-on-the-grounds will follow, as well as an Easter egg hunt. Everyone is invited. Community Egg Hunt is Sunday host its annual Community Egg Hunt on Sunday, is invited. ObituariesBilly Charles ConeBilly Charles Cone, 54, home in Trenton. He was born in Monticello on Sept. 8, 1959, to Hunter Cone and Josephine Miller. He had lived in Trenton for the past 11 years and worked as a plant manager Survivors include: his Cone, and two sons, P.J. Cone (Tracee) and Joshua Cone, all of Trenton; one daughter, Candice (Clint) Burris of Monticello, Ark.; two brothers, Nelson Cone Cone of Perry; two sisters and Iris Williams of Wewahitchka; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today, April 18, at Beggs Funeral Home in Perry with a memorial service beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, also at Beggs Perry Chapel. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Please see page 13


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A-14 Perry News-Herald April 18-19, 2014 city would offer utility rate concessions totaling $8 million over 10 years with the company becoming a city natural gas and water customer. Brown said the city is projected to receive more than $1 million in utility revenue per year from the company (before the concessions), meaning the city would still receive around $200,000 in annual revenue over the rst 10 years with the incentives in place. Second, the city will need to make between $3 million and $3.5 million in utility infrastructure upgrades to serve BioNitrogen, with work on the improvements not beginning until the construction phase at the proposed site is underway, Brown said. At Tuesdays meeting, he added that BioNitrogen has agreed to pay for up to $2 million of the infrastructure costs contingent on the city agreeing to the third arm of the incentive package. That incentive involves the city guaranteeing a short-term (12-month) loan taken out by the TCDA on behalf of BioNitrogen to provide a line of credit. According to Brown, the company will turn in invoices which would have to be approved by the TCDA and the city before payment is made. The funds will only be available for site work conducted in Perry, including the purchase of the 55-acre site from Foley Timber and Land Co., geotechnical studies of the property as well as the engineering and design of the plant. The company will have access to permanent funding sources once the construction phase begins, at which time it could repay the short term loan, Brown said. According to Brown, should the loan be granted and then the project not proceed as planned, the city would own the property in question. He added that the city was working with the company to establish additional collateral for the loan. At Tuesdays meeting, former City Manager Bill Brynes objected to the plan, stating that the council was risking half of its available reserves should the project fall through before the city was repaid for the loan. He questioned the council whether the risk was worth it? Perry Mayor Daryll Gunter responded by saying he felt the risk was worth the potential rewards, with Council Member Don Cook adding that he felt the same. Council Member Mike Deming said he agreed, stating that without risk there is no reward, before offering a motion to move forward with the proposals. Cook offered a second and the measure passed unanimously. The city charter requires the council to pass an ordinance to borrow money and Brown said that once the terms of the agreement were reached with the company, he would bring it back to the council to consider the ordinance. In related news, the Taylor County Planning Board will consider a comprehensive plan land use change on Thursday, May 1, led by Foley for the property to convert the 55-acre parcel from mixed-use rural residential to industrial. That meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Taylor County Courthouse Annex on Green Street. area of heavy rain will overspread the entire tristate region resulting in widespread average rainfall totals of three inches, the NWS said in an advisory. Isolated spots could see as much as 6 inches of rain, though these amounts are expected to remain fairly uncommon at this time. Ongoing river ooding will mean the potential for isolated ash ooding near sensitive rivers and streams. The NWS issued a ood watch for the entire region, including Taylor County, beginning Thursday evening and continuing through the early morning hours of Saturday. A ood warning has also been issued for the Aucilla River at Lamont. Although as of Thursday morning, the river was at 53.9 feet (ood stage is 54 feet), the level is forecast to rise above ood stage by early Saturday morning and continue to rise to near 55.2 feet by Tuesday morning, with additional rises possible. The waters have receded since we received the six inches of rain last week, Taylor County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Spradley said. The ground is so saturated, theres nowhere for it to go. Were expecting, if we get the three to four inches predicted, it will put the rivers, including the Steinhatchee and Aucilla, back into ood stage and back to the levels we saw last Monday. We will lose the ground we gained this past week. The rain we received earlier this week didnt really impact us, but if we get three to four inches, were back to where we started. He did note that while additional encroachment around certain homes could be expected, they are not projecting any catastrophic effects from this latest storm. With this being the Easter holiday weekend, however, ofcials are urging those traveling through the county to be mindful of the conditions. As with any torrential rain, drive carefully and be aware of water pooling on the roadways to avoid hydroplaning, Spradley said. Also, if you come across water running across a road, remember that it only takes a few inches to pick up a vehicle. Consider taking an alternative route. INCENTIVE Continued from page 1 Without risk, there is no reward RAIN COMING Continued from page 1 County could see as much as 6 of rain Ken Arnold, chairman of the Doctors Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, will be the speaker for the Monday, April 21, Taylor County Historical Society program. Arnold spent his career in hospital administration at the highest levels and became a member of the hospital board upon his retirement and move back to Taylor County. He will provide some history of the Perry hospital and give an update on its current status, future goals and vision. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by refreshments and fellowship. Arnold to share hospitals history at Monday meeting The Taylor County Public Library will be closed today (Friday) and Saturday, April 18-19, in observance of the Easter holiday. The library will re-open Monday, April 21. Library closed today, Saturday James Barber Shop will hold a Cut-A-Thon to benet Team Lundy Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all proceeds benetting Deputy Robert Lundy and family. A bake sale and rafe will also be held.Dont miss Saturdays Cut-A-Thon