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Library announces May workshopsThe Taylor County Public Library has announced its adult workshop schedule for the remainder of May: On Thursday, May 15, there will be an acrylic art workshop. Concluding the month is a crocheting workshop on Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m. with Elizabeth Gant. For more information or to sign-up for a workshop, call 838-3512 or visit www.3riverslibrary.com.Historical Society hosts banquet, music showcaseThe Taylor County Historical Society will host an Awards Banquet & Music Showcase Saturday, May 24, at 6 p.m., at the Perry Womans Club. Tickets are $10 each and include a chicken or pork dinner. Musical entertainment will be provided by Taylor Chafn, the New Brooklyn Choir and duo Mike Denmark and Buddy Murphy. The W.T. Cash Scholarship will be awarded during the evening and this years recipient of the Dr. Wilson T. Hendry-Dr. W.H. Peacock Award will be recognized. Tickets are available at the Historical Society (open Thursday from 1-5 p.m.) and at the ofces of Perry Newspapers, Inc.Want a chance to win a new Ford truck?Tickets are available for a chance to win a new F-150 Ford truck, in a fund-raiser supporting Timberland Ford shooting survivors Mike Cook, Deputy Robert Lundy and John Mahoney. Donations of $10 are being accepted at the dealership and at area businesses. The drawing will be held June 28.Paws for a cause this SaturdayHelping Hands of the Shelter will be manning a hot dog stand at Saturdays Master Gardener Plant Sale, with all proceeds beneting the local animal shelter. The sale will be held at Forest Capital Hall, opening at 9 a.m.Chamber to host poker tournament on May 30The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce will host its ninth annual Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament Friday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the Perry Elks Club. The entry fee is $50 (includes $3,500 in playing chips). First place wins a weekend in Biloxi, Miss. The entry fee includes a buffet of refreshments. Admission is $10 for those not playing. For more information, call (850) 584-5366. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayMay 9-10, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 19www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday87 65 Saturday 84 63 Sunday88 64 40% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 20% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-7 Sports . .................... A-8 Entertainment . ...... A-10 TV listings . ............ A-11 Classieds . .......... A-12 News Forum Tonight at Forest Capital Park 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. WWII vet: Trip of a lifetime Harold Young, 90, (in center) joined the Navy just 10 months before the start of World War II. Washington, D.C., to see the World War II monument. His granddaughter, Hope Lynn, accompanied him on the trip. The group was met by a large welcoming party that included Gov. Rick Scott, far right, upon their return. To schools welding facilityTTI begins $500,000 expansionThe Taylor County School District held an ofcial groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on a $507,000 expansion to Taylor County Technical Institutes (TTI) welding shop, which is expected to more than double the capacity of the program. 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. At its meeting Tuesday, the school board awarded the project to contractor Garrison Design and Construction, Inc., which was the lowest of four bidders at $507,000. Superintendent Paul Dyal, who was present for the groundbreaking, told school board members that he has been in contact with several surrounding school Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyal and District Facilities Coordinator Dan Anderson hold the (TTI) welding shop expansion project. Joining them was TTI Director Judy Johnson (third from left) and representatives of Garrison Design and Construction, Inc., which is the contractor in charge of the project. The group is standing on the site of the expanded welding facility. Relay For Life kicks off at Forest Capital Park tonightHonorary chairs Vickie Collins and Leanne Karstedt invite the community to join them tonight at Forest Capital Park for the 2014 Relay For Life benetting the American Cancer Society. Local cancer survivors will lead the opening lap of the 12-hour event at 6 p.m. The nal Victory Lap will be held at 6 a.m. Saturday morning. Teams will be offering a variety of concessions ranging from hot dogs to shrimp dinners at campsites Residents use shuttle for work, educationTaylor Countys Transportation Disadvantaged Program, which provides low-cost shuttle rides for local residents, had a total of 23,863 riders from June 2012 to July 2013. The Taylor County Commission held its annual public hearing Monday to update the public on the program, which oversees a number of transportation services including the intown shuttle. County Grants Coordinator Melody Cox, who helps administer the program, said the county is required by the state to hold the hearing each year. The programs busiest service is the in-town Please see page 13 Please see page 13 It was a homecoming celebration 67 years in the making. On Saturday, April 23, World War II Navy veteran Harold Young, 90, stepped onto the tarmac at Tallahassee Airport and was cheered as a hero. He was one of 78 World War II and Korean War veterans taking part in the second annual Honor Flight Tallahassee. The once-in-a-lifetime trip to the nations capital was fueled entirely by private donations and volunteers. Young, along with granddaughter Hope Lynn, boarded the airbus early that morning and then enjoyed a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., with their rst stop the World War II monument. Senator Bob Dole met the group at the memorial site. He goes down every Saturday to meet the veteran groups visiting the monument. Thats really coming, Young said. Everything was just so Please see page 13 Please see page 3(Photos by Meredyth Hope Hall)
3000+ CELEBRATE BUCKEYES ANNIVERSARYThreatening skies, and the prospect of showers, did not deter 3,000-plus from gathering to celebrate Buckeye Celluloses 25th anniversary. Senator Dick Stone called Buckeye a magnicent blend of natural resources and human resources. The theme was, good years in Perry.TOMS FOODS MAY LOCATE TO PERRY?Taylor County Industrial Representative Fred Frankland was circulating a petition urging Toms Foods of Columbus, Ga., to re-locate in Perry. Frankland commented that the company had run into zoning problems in Lake City where it planned to build a plant. Some 2000 signatures were being sought. According to Frankland, Toms would employ between 200 and 250 local people.A NIGHT ON THE TOWNThis years prom was being called A Night on the Town with blue and silver metallic streamers creating the setting at Forest Capital Hall. Almas Photography would be capturing the moments for all juniors and seniors, and their dates.HERE COMES THE QUEENKendall Walters was crowned Miss Taylor County High School with her court including: Francina Slaughter, Katrina Ellis, Janet Guenthner and Kristy Askew.WHOS NEW?Robert Lamarel Stephens was born to Robert and Kay Stephens on April 28 in Tallahassee. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces. Jerry and Antonitte Singletary announced the birth of their daughter, Jennifer Leigh, on May 4 at the Portsmouth (Va.) Naval Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 15.5 ounces. Erica Lynne Rommes was born to Mr. and Mrs. Isadore F. Rommes April 24, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces .A-2 Perry News-Herald May 9-10, 2014 Looking Back May 9-10, 2014 Quotable Quotes THE PERRY NEWS-HERALDMay 10, 1979 Remember when... By ANTHONY L. WHITE email@example.comHappy Mothers Day My mother was single, but my brothers and I never lived in a single-parent home. We mostly resided with my grandparents, so we were part of a three-parent household. But even when my mother moved out and forced us (mainly my two younger brothers) to live between her place and our grandparents house, she still had to share parenting duties with them. Until I was nine, we--my mother and her three sons--lived with my grandparents, which meant that, although my mother was my mother, she was not Momma. That title and the responsibilities that came with it belonged to my grandmother. When my mother moved out, my grandparents midnight-to-morning job as security guard and ofce cleaner at Martin Electronics forced me and my brothers to live between the two houses. Every night, my grandparents dropped us off in our pajamas and tucked us in bed at my mothers then went to work. Early the next morning, they picked us up, took us home, and then we got dressed and went to school. My mother never complained about having to share parenting duties. In fact, she welcomed the assistance because it allowed her to be more of a big sister and best friend to her sons. My brothers and I took advantage of this arrangement quite often. It didnt take us long to realize that, because our mother was being a sister and friend, she would sometimes abandon us. When we wanted to go somewhere or do something that we knew our grandmother wouldnt approve of, we would bypass our grandmother and ask our mother. Well, go ahead, my mother would tell us. But if Momma nds out, you better not tell her I said you can go. If you do, Im gonna tell her the truth and then whip your behind for lying on me. This was important for us to know because if our grandmother did nd out, her rst question was sure to be, Lois, did you know they were going? No, maam, my mother would respond with her version of the truth. So, you didnt tell them they could go? my grandmother would continue her inquiry. Moving out of my grandmothers sight, my mother would cut her eyes at us in a threatening manner then answer, No, maam. Thats all I need to know. In my mothers defense, what happened next hurt her as much as it hurt us. Well, at least thats what she claimed. When I or my brothers got in trouble at school, the rst thing we did was tell the principal or dean to call our mothers other phone number which was at her house instead of the primary number which belonged to our grandmother. Then, unlike other kids our age, we would jump off the bus and rush home to tell our mother in case she missed the call. Lois, did the school call you? wed burst through the door asking. If she said yes, we breathed a sigh of relief. If she said no, we grabbed the phone and told her to call the school before they called you-know-who. Its too late. The school already called her, my mother would say if she looked out the window and saw my grandmother marching across the street toward her house. And with that, my mother would retreat to her bedroom, lock the door, and once again abandon her children. We loved her anyway. Happy Mothers Day. Tickets are now available for the Taylor County Historical Societys upcoming Awards Banquet & Music Showcase planned Saturday, May 24, at the Perry Womans Club starting at 6 p.m. The event will include the Dr. Wilson T. Hendry and Dr. W.H. Peacock scholarship presentations and live music performances by Taylor Chafn and New Brooklyn Choir, along with Mike Denmark and Buddy Murphy. The W.T. Cash Award will also be presented. Tickets are $10 each and include your choice of a chicken or pork dinner. They are available at the historical society museum in downtown Perry or at the ofces of Perry Newspapers, Inc. Admit one This sprawling tent was home to movie theaters. It was set up on the Washington Street city block now used as the Perry Police Department compound. A local resident recalls stories about the tent theater related by her grandfather. Tickets on sale now for Historical Society banquet A mother is a person, who seeing there are only four pieces of promptly announces for pie. --Tenneva Jordan A moms hug lasts long after she lets go. --Author Unknown
A-3 Perry News-Herald May 9-10, 2014 much more than I expected. We had a mail call while we were on the plane going up and I had a whole bunch of letters from my children and grandchildren, as well as cards and letters from people I didnt know thanking me for my service. Then, when we arrived in D.C., they hosed the plane down with water, what they call a water shed. It was a sight to look out and see those big retrucks spraying water on the plane. The trip included a tour of all the war monuments in Washington as well as a trip to Arlington National Cemetery. That place is so big you just look out over the elds and it keeps going and going and going. Young rst heard about the trip last year and applied. However, that rst trip was all lled up, so they said I had to wait until the next one. That was ne. I told Hope about it and she got all the paperwork and took care of all the correspondence. When it came time to choose a chaperone for the trip, Young said he knew who it would be. From the day she was born, weve been buddies, he said of Lynn. His trip to the World War II memorial reminded me of a lot of things I saw during the war. It also reminded me of the good friends Id made. If someone hasnt been to the memorial, they need to go. But as overwhelming as the trip itself was, Young said the homecoming the group received back in Tallahassee was equally as amazing. Everybody from the governor to the senator was there. We didnt have that kind of homecoming when we returned home from the war. Veterans were presented with commemorative medallions during the welcome home ceremony as well as certicates and gifts from a host of sources, including various veterans organizations and the City of Tallahassee. For now, all the keepsakes proudly ll Youngs dining room table and each time he passes by, he gets a reminder of a nations thanks. TRIP OF LIFETIME Continued from page 1 Gov. Scott joined welcoming party
A-4 Perry News-Herald May 9-10, 2014 Living TCES salutes top collectors, urges businesses to help tooAs the Box Tops coordinator for Taylor County Elementary School, Donna Faircloth reminds parents that collecting Box Tops is an easy way to get involved in your childs education. Just by purchasing Box Tops products, clipping the coupons and sending them to school, we earn cash to purchase necessary educational supplies. This year, the school has earned $1313.90. The schools overall total, through the program is $12,728, which can make a real difference, Faircloth reminds. All year long, we collect Box Tops, found on thousands of products from cereal to ofce supplies. Each Box Top is worth 10. When students, families, schools and communities work together to collect Box Tops and send them in, the money adds up fast, Faircloth said. We can earn even more cash with your help. She reminds that Box Tops are on lots of products companies are probably using, like Avery binders, Boise paper, Scott paper towels and bath tissue, and Ziploc brand storage bags. Would you be willing to save Box Tops from packages for us? Well make it easy: well provide a collection box, stop by frequently to pick up the packages and clip the Box Tops ourselves. All you need to do is drop the packages in the box, Faircloth said, thanking businesses, in advance, for considering this opportunity. (Left to right) Blane Lytle was the top collector of Box Tops for the third grade at Taylor County Elementary School while Kadence Pittman gathered the most in fourth grade and Trista Knowles collected the most Centennial Celebration for Perry Womans Club Nothing to do? Nicole Gibson and Billy Ernst will be married Saturday, May 10, at 5 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. A reception will follow at the Perry Elks Lodge. Everyone is invited.Gibson, Ernst to marry
A-5 Perry News-Herald May 9-10, 2014 Camp Blanding trip gives cadets taste of military life TONIGHT (FRIDAY) AT FOREST CAPITAL STATE PARK WIN THIS GRILL TONIGHT A highlight of each Relay For Life is the live auction, which will start tonight at 7:30 p.m., at Heritage Pavilion in Forest Capital Park. Auction items will include: a handmade pink ower planter; a Trucks Gone Wild DVD (set 1-8); gift certicate to Hilaman Golf Course in Tallahassee; matching love t-shirts with bracelets; spa day basket; Oakley sunglasses; Kennedy Space Center tickets; Family Fun in St. Augustine package; Tampa Bay Rays autographed baseball; two (2) day passes, Wild Adventures; and passes for The Florida Aquarium.
A-7 Perry News-Herald May 9-10, 2014 Religion Tidbits: KingWe the family of Drucilla King would like to thank everyone for their cards, calls, owers, and most of all their prayers. Also we would like to thank the hospital staff. It was well appreciated. The family of Drucilla King Card of Thanks By SARAH HALL Prayers for all In their bereavement, we remember the families of the late Dorothy Cook, and also pray for: Donna Washington and LaDoris Brasby, both at home; Niva Rawlins, Shands, Gainseville; Ethel McKnight, rehab; Leroy Sneed, Surando Blue, Theodore Taylor and Jayden Crowell; and John Collier, surgery. Happy Mothers Day!Happy Mothers Day, May 11, 2014: Mothers are the best thing that every happened to children.Last call for May Day Now is the time! We need your support for participation in our Calender of Events, or if you plan to make a donation and if you would like to order a commemorative t-shirt, the deadline is NOW! You may Contact Geraldine Sparrow at 5843995, Shirley Scott at 5842404 or me (Sarah Hall) at 584-5314. The event will be held May 17 at Loughridge Park Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The special feature is platting the Maypole. Make plans to join us for plenty of fun, food and festivities.Celebrate Mothers Day, May Day 1st Baptist celebrates Mothers Day, by dedicating babies Sunday will be a day of smiles for First Baptist Church as ve babies will be dedicated during the morning worship service which begins at 10:45 a.m. Completing this day of praise and worship, which also marks Mothers Day, will be the dedication of: Aiden All, son of Justin All and Baily Crane; ( Kylin Anne Campbell, daughter of Pastor Tyler and Jessica Campbell; Enslie Ro Gober, daughter of Keith and Kellie (Cruce) Gober; ( Eleanor Grace Grubbs, daughter of Laura Grubbs; and ( Eva Pearl Slayton, daughter of Ryan and Sky (Horton) Slayton. The church is located at 102 N. Center Street. No evening services are planned on Sunday. For more information about the church and its ministries, please contact 584-7066 or visit the web site, www. fbcperry.org. Gospel sing Sat.; Mother-Son dance postponedNew Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church will celebrate Womens Day on Sunday, May 11, at 11 a.m. The speaker for this occasion is the Rev. Sheila Combs of Madison, and the theme is Be Like a Tree Steadfast, Unmovable. Elder Floyd Miles is pastor. Everyone is invited. Come to Womens Day Ladies of Faith to sing Temple of God Baptist Church is planning a gospel sing for Saturday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.. Featured musical groups will include: Minister Godbolt and True Testimony, Ladies of Faith, The Cloud Singers, Minister Febe, Chosen Ones and the Thessalonians. Everyone is cordially invited. Vogue XIII postpones danceThe Mother Son Dance planned by Vogue XIII, Inc., for Saturday, May 10, has been postponed until a later date. Sondra Shaw, spokesperson for the organization, apologizes for the change of plans and assures interested mothers (and sons) that the re-scheduled event will be advertised when plans are complete.
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A-13 Perry News-Herald May 9-10, 2014 Quality Assurance Manager AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. (ALS) has an open position for a Quality Assurance Manager.The successful candidate will join our operation located at 4700 Providence Road, Perry, FL.The position will be responsible for ov erseeing and implementation of the companys Quality Management System to ensure finished product meets ALS specifications.Typical duties include:supplier quality management, production line process control, process and statistical evaluations, in-process and product acceptance testing. This position will also be responsible to the Engineering Department in support of new and improved product development.A Bachelors degree in Engineering is preferred with a minimum of 2 3 yearsrelevant experience.The successful candidate will have a proven ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing with customers, peers and management.If interested, send y our resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or to AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., 4700 Providence Road, P erry, FL 32348 no later than May 23, 2014. 5/7-5/9 JM Handyman Home Repairs, LLC Pressure washing, painting, concrete, wood decks, Ceramic tile, laminate wood available, Mobile Home Repairs, RV Leak Repairs.838-6077 or 584-2270. JM,tfn (Fri) Chad Cannon's Lawn Service Affordable, will get the job done right. No yard too big or small. 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The stops include: Super Wash (1403 Hwy. 98 W.), Tidewater Apartments, Jerkins Community Center, Exxon Station (1203 Byron Butler Pkwy.), Woodridge Apartments, Family Dollar, Kmart, Winn-Dixie, Southern Villas, Pineview Apartments, Stonegate Apartments, Taylor Technical Institute, BP Station (South Byron Butler Parkway), Dollar General, Walmart, Perry Post Ofce, Taylor County Courthouse, Taylor County Public Library, Even Start, Taylor County Health Department, Premier Medical, Taylor County Senior Center and Doctors Memorial Hospital. The shuttle makes the loop in one hour and repeats the route throughout the day, except from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. According to Cox, of the 18,003 people who utilized the in-town shuttle, 4,790 traveled to medical appointments, 2,913 traveled to work, 4,788 traveled for education and 5,512 for shopping. She added that no complaints were led with the state about the program during this time, making it the 10th year in a row that no complaints were led. Over the holiday season this past December, the Taylor County Commission waived the 50 fee for two weeks. According to Cox, ridership doubled during that time and it only cost the county $189.50. In addition to the in-town shuttle, the Transportation Disadvantaged Program offers an on-call service as well, through which people can schedule rides to and from other locations in the county. The cost of the rides is pro-rated based on income, Cox said. To set up an appointment, call Big Bend Transit at 584-5566. On Tuesdays, veterans are provided rides to Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City. There is no charge for the ride, but those wishing to utilize the service must reserve a seat by 12 noon on the Monday before by calling Cox at 838-3553. She said the program averaged 80 riders per month and almost always had a full transport. The nal service offered through the Transportation Disadvantaged Program is providing rides to class and back home for Special Needs Adult Program (SNAP) participants at Taylor Technical Institute. At Mondays hearing, a large contingent of SNAP students and their parents thanked the commission for funding the service. that will be set up around the park. Campsites will reect this years Relay theme: A Cure is Sweet. Highlights will include a live auction at 7:30 p.m., a Luminiara Ceremony at 9 p.m. and performances from local musicians, including Deuces Wild (duo Tom Harrison and Heather Dice). SHUTTLE Continued from page 1 RELAY FOR LIFE Continued from page 1 $500,000 EXPANSION Continued from page 1 Deuces Wild performs tonight at Relay For LifeOne-way ride is just 50 cents Original project estimate: $380,000 Talking about ethicsCareerSource North Florida Executive Director Sheryl Rehberg recently spoke to the Perry Rotary Club about ethical behavior in the workplace. One of the avenues of Rotary service is vocational service, which calls for every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Shown above with Rehberg (left) is Perry Rotary President Sondra Shaw.Camps will focus on many areas of baseball CAMPS Continued from page 812 noon. The camps will focus on the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, defense and base running. The cost is $50 per participant with discounts available for parents with more than one child. Registration forms are available at the front ofce of each of Taylor Countys schools. For more information contact Coach Wentworth at 842-3203. Commercial, recreational stone crab seasons will close May 16The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on May 16, with the last day of harvest on May 15. This closure occurs each year during the species peak spawning season to help protect and sustain Floridas valuable stone crab resource. Stone crab season will re-open on Oct. 15. Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer. Stone crab traps must be removed from the water within ve days after the close of the stone crab season unless a special extension is granted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Learn more about the stone crab harvest season by visiting MyFWC.com/ Fishing and clicking on Saltwater and then either Recreational Regulations or Commercial.Bear workshop set for May 13The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled six public workshops to discuss management of black bears in the eastern portion of the Florida Panhandle and how people can get involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues.A meeting is scheduled to be held in Perry at Forrest Capital Hall on Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.Under the FWCs Florida Black Bear Management Plan, approved in 2012, seven bear management units (BMUs) will be established throughout the state.The BMU approach will allow the FWC to manage bears based on the characteristics of bears, people and habitat in different parts of Florida, ofcials said. The rst steps are being taken to create the East Panhandle BMU to manage the bear subpopulation in the Apalachicola National Forest and surrounding areas.Workshops will offer the public a chance to provide input on local bear issues and allow interested individuals to sign up to be active members of the East Panhandle.