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Patricia Joe (P.J.) Piland, a ninth and 10th grade science teacher at Taylor County High School (TCHS), has been selected by GeorgiaPacic to attend Keystone Science Schools 2014 Key Issues Institute: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom, set for June 2429, in Silverthorne, Colo. Held every June and July, the Key Issues program brings together middlelevel educators from around the world for a highly interactive four and a halfday workshop. The program is designed to help teachers of all subjects build students critical thinking skills. At the same time, its goal is to reinforce teachers condence and skills in bringing environmental issues and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based principles into the classroom. Teachers learn to present scientic concepts in an unbiased way to their students while discovering ways to make environmental issues and STEM fun and interesting, Keystone suggests. Piland is one of 10 teachers sponsored to attend from Georgia-Pacics facility communities in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin. Georgia-Pacic and the Foley Cellulose Mill are proud to support teachers by helping them bring important environmental issues to life for their students, said Public Affairs Manager Scott Mixon. One of the most valuable benets of the Keystone Science School program is that the teachers bring back the skills theyve learned and teach these valuable lessons in our communities year after year. At Key Issues, teachers work in teams to solve real-life scenarios such as investigating the source of a towns health epidemic, testing water quality of a nearby river and building a sustainable cable-car model. Teachers bring home lesson plans and lab kits to apply what theyve learned to their local classrooms. The institute also coordinates ongoing support from other educators and instructors online. Since 1997, GeorgiaHonor Poker Runs slated June 21Honor motorcycle and boat Poker Runs on behalf of Deputy Robert Lundy will be held Saturday, June 21. Both runs will end at Sea Hag Marina in Steinhatchee for lunch and live music. Cash prizes ($250) will be awarded for each run. Registration for the motorcycle run will held at the Taylor County Courthouse from 12:30-1:15 p.m. The ride will begin at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per bike and $5 for each additional hand or rider. Boaters will be able to register at Keaton Beach Marina from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per boat and $5 each additional hand. For more information, please contact Wendy Cruce at 8385190.Hungry for mullet?AMVET Riders Chapter 20 will be selling fried mullet dinners today (Friday) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinners (which include fried mullet, two sides and a drink) can be picked up at the clubhouse located at 1410 Jefferson Street. The cost will be $8 per plate. Delivery is available for orders of ve or more.School board changes meeting date, schedules workshopThe District School Board of Taylor County has changed its next meeting date from Tuesday, June 17, to Tuesday, June 24. The meeting will be held at the Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex, located at 318 North Clark St. The meeting time will be 6 p.m. There will also be a workshop session at 5:30 p.m. The workshop topic will consider the need for relocation of K-2 classes.Three authors to visit libraryThree award-winning Tallahassee authors will visit the Taylor County Public Library Monday, June 30, at 5:15 p.m. The event, hosted by the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library, will feature Rhett DeVane, author of humorous adult ction and the middlegrade fantasy book Elsbeth and Sim; middle grade and young adult author M.R. Street; and Susan Womble, author of the Newts World series. The winners of the 2014 Friends Short Story Contest will also be awarded at the event, which is free and open to the public. The library is located at 403 N. Washington St.Register for kindergartenPerry Primary School has announced registration dates for incoming kindergarteners. Parents/guardians will be able to register students each Tuesday and Thursday in June and July, from 8:30-11 a.m. Required documentation includes: current physical and immunization records, proof of birth and Social Security card (for child). For additional information, please call the school at 8383506. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJune 13-14, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. Weather Friday89 70 30% Saturday88 70 Sunday89 69 50% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 60% 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 TCHS teacher Patricia Joe (P.J.) Piland has been selected by GeorgiaPlease see page 3 Summer school for teachers TCHS Piland selected for science summit Commission nalizes incentive package for $220 million plant The Taylor County Commission has approved a modied set of incentives geared toward drawing as much as $220 million in capital investment to the county in the form of Project Freedom, the codename for a West Palm Beach company, BioNitrogen Corp. In early May, the Taylor County Commission unanimously approved ad valorem property tax abatements for the company--should it choose to site here--totaling 95 percent of the increased property values resulting from the companys capital investments for a period of 10 years. (Taylor County voters authorized the commission to offer tax abatement incentives in 2008.) At the time, the commissions approval was contingent on the city council and Taylor County School Board providing their own incentive packages. A week later, the city council unanimously approved its own incentive package, which included utility concessions, infrastructure construction and a short-term line of credit. Originally, the county commission was seeking an interlocal agreement between itself and the Taylor County School Board under which the school district would contribute 25 percent of its increased tax revenue from the project to the county. (School districts do not have a mechanism to abate property taxes.) According to Taylor County Development Authority Director Scott Frederick, subsequent talks with the district and the Florida Department of Education revealed that while the district would be in line to see around $700,000 in Please see page 3 Talk of the town Council split on Holton request Two members of the Perry City Council were willing to give city council candidate Tonya Holton a discounted rate on a $400-plus bill generated by a voluminous public records request made by her in April. At Tuesday nights regular council meeting, Holton said she felt the bill was an excessive amount to charge for public records and asked if any other individuals had been billed with like charges. Finance Director Penny Staffney, whose ofce handled the request, stated Florida statute allows cities to charge an hourly rate, plus benets for records request, in addition to copying fees. Its the law. We had two employees who lost one Please see page 3


COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES PACK FOREST CAPITAL HALLTaylor Countys Class of 1979 said farewell to high school during commencement exercises at Forest Capital Hall. Approximately 200 degrees were awarded.FAMILIAR FACESPam Slaughter was pictured after receiving an award for her article on Aplastic Anemia during the annual Convention of Medical Technologists in West Palm Beach. Laura Holton and Paul Dickert were pictured after they became Mr. and Mrs. during a garden wedding at the home of the grooms parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dickert. Wedding bells would soon ring for: Debra Dianne Courtney who was pictured with the announcement of her engagement to Vance Reed Howell ; and Linda Gail Swain whose picture accompanied the announcement of her engagement to Mancel W. Sherrer. Debbie Mason was also pictured in this edition, with the news that she was awarded a Florida Supervisor of Elections scholarship to assist with tuition at the University of Florida where she was pursuing a degree in journalism. Jasmine Ann Lands picture marked her rst birthday. Lisa Rodgers and Leah Clark were pictured with certicates noting their perfect attendance at Perry Elementary School during the previous year. J oe Burns was pictured with an award which acknowledged his outstanding service to scouting. Al Suban was pictured driving a stake into the ground in Pine Ridge where a major street-lighting project was underway. Dorothy Sadlers photograph was accompanied by the news that she had earned the rst certicate of achievement ever awarded to a female student in the eld of auto mechanics at the Taylor County Vo-Tech Center. Lonnie Vanns picture was in his tomato patch where his plants were nearly eight feet tall and busy producing fresh tomatoes for his table and other tables. Luther Gunters photograph marked his mention on the Deans List for Coyne American Institute in Chicago, Ill.PAUSE AND REFLECTThat was the message from the Perry Elks Lodge on the occasion of Flag Day, which reminded, The Stars and Stripes is the symbol of true world unity. SPRING SPORTS TAKE SPOTLIGHTA banquet was held for athletes participating in spring sports. Nathaniel Washington received the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for basketball while Mark Fraser won the Best Free Throw Shooter award. Reggie Wentworth was named MVP of the baseball team A-2 Perry News-Herald June 13-14, 2014 Looking Back June 13-14, 2014 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD June 14, 1979 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.com1+1=4 I thought I did the math. I graduated in 1982. Its 2014. That means I graduated 34 years ago. Or, so I wrote in my column last week If you graduated in 1982, then youve been out of school 32 years, a reader called me and said. I know how long Ive been out of high school, I replied, a bit puzzled as to why she was telling me this. Well, thats not what you wrote in your column, she explained. You wrote that you had been out of school 34 years. No, I didnt. Yes, you did, she countered. After hanging up the phone, I opened the News-Herald and there it was in black and white: That is how we felt 34 years ago when it was our turn to walk across the stage as graduates of Taylor County High Schools Class of 1982. I couldnt believe my eyes. She was right. My math didnt check out. You know something, Anthony, another reader said, after stopping me the next day. Youre a good writer, but youre also the only person I know who can add one and one and come up with four. Her assessment of my mathematical skills got me to thinking. I used to be good at math. In high school, I made a 31 out of 36 on the math portion of the ACT test. University of Florida studying industrial engineering, which meant I had to complete three courses of calculus, a course in differential equations, and a few more high-level math courses. I wont claim that they were easy, but I passed them all. So, I dont know what happened. Ill tell you what happened, another more sympathetic reader tried to explain. If you dont use it, you lose it. Since I agreed somewhat with this particular reader, I posed the question, Why do computer programs have spell check and not math check? He responded with a look that suggested he was thinking, Duh? Theyre called calculators. So, I elaborated. Im not talking about using a calculator to recheck my math. Im talking about a math check program installed directly into the writing software. If there had been a math check in the Microsoft Word program I use to write my columns and everything else, I would not have needed a separate calculator to make sure that 2014 minus 1982 was still and will always be 32. When I mistakenly typed 34, a squiggly red line would have appeared under the 34, letting me know that my computation was wrong. But since there was no math check or no squiggly red line under the 34, I kept writing. I read over it a couple of times to make sure there were no comma on sentences, misspelled words, or awkward sentence structure. Thats what good writers do. From now on, however, Ill try my best to be more than just a good writer. Im going to be a good math checker too. You can count on it.By DONNA OSTEEN-MIXON The family of the Rev. Jim and Lou Hendry will reunite for the 94th consecutive year Sunday, June 22, at Lake Bird Methodist Church starting at 11 a.m. Jim and Lou were the parents of 14 children: Bethel, Leilah, Bill, Lyman, Louisanna, Bolon, ( Cleopatria, Addie, Jane, Helon, Suletia, Dewitt, Van and Gareld. Jim was the son of Robert McFail and Martha Carlton Hendry, who relocated from Georgia to Florida around 1854. Jim was the rst of their children to be born in Florida, being born in a part of Madison County that is now within the present boundary of Taylor County. Jim was what was then called a circuit rider. Leaving the Methodist Church (South) ( in 1880, he joined the Methodist Protestant Church and soon became president of ( that churchs Florida Conference. Even though his familys livelihood depended on an intense preoccupation with farming, ( raising livestock, hunting, cutting wood, splitting fence rails and hauling water, he found ( time outside of those chores and preaching for politics. An Independent, he won his race for state representative in 1886. In 1892 he joined the Populists Party and won again in the 1896 race. The Rev. Gareld Hendry wrote of his father, He led in the organization of several churches through the county and assisted in the construction of most of them with his own personal labor and contributed to their support. He was twice a member of the Florida Legislature and served with credit and distinction. He was not a politician for he stood unswervingly for his convictions and all his friends and neighbors knew where he could be found on any question of public interest. His personal life and ministry were above reproach. Truly, he put God rst, others second and himself last. He was devoted to his family and faithful to his friends. This years reunion speaker will be Michael Mike Lyman Morris, the great grandson of Lyman Henry ( Hendry, the fourth of 14 children born to Jim and Lou. Morris, an award-winning author, is a ( fth generation native of Perry. His background, seeped in southern culture inhabited by unique ( characters, where he nds inspiration for his work. A portrait of James Madison and Louisanna (Jim and Lou) Williams Hendry (Above) Louisanna and Jim at their home in San Pedro Bay; (right) Lyman Hendry at his desk at the 1933 Florida Legislature. 94th annual family reunion Morris to be reunion speaker Descendants of Jim & Lou Hendry will gather June 22 in Lake Bird


or two full days of work to handle this request. We had to research information that went back nine years. They were not able to do their regular jobs, so the law allows us to charge an hourly employee rate and a benets fee. We have had law rms in the past contact us with records requests and we have charged them the same way. Its the standard set by statute, Staffney said. You are taking them away from their regular duties to do specic work for (someone else), thats why we are allowed to charge the benets rate. Holton stated that in her correspondence with City Manager Bob Brown, he asked for a $50 deposit and later gave her an estimated cost of maybe $100. At the meeting, Brown declined to engage in further dialogue with Holton on the matter, stating, On the advice of counsel, I have been advised not to enter into any conversations with Ms. Holton. (Holton has led a federal lawsuit against Brown and the city regarding alleged violations of her rst amendment rights as well as persecution as a self-proclaimed whistleblower.) I will be happy to answer any questions council may have though, Brown told council members. He then explained that the hourly rate charge was based on the lowest paid salary at City Hall (just over $10/hour). By law, we can charge the actual compensation rate, but we didnt so taxpayers actually absorbed some of the cost because we had personnel pulling records going back more than eight years. She was charged what is consistent with the law, consistent with what other people payits the law, Brown said. Thats the maximum allowed by the statute, its not what the council has to charge, Holton said. So what it comes down to, is you are asking to be given this work product at a substantially lower cost which would be up to the councils decision and Im saying no, said Vice Mayor Don Cook (who was in charge of the meeting due to Mayor Daryll Gunters absence). He then asked for input from the other members present. No, Councilman Mike Deming said. I think they are public records and she should be given them, Councilwoman Venita Woodfaulk said. I think it is still high. She should get them, Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton said. Its a moot point because were split on it and there are only going to be four members at the next meeting as well, so this may have to wait until the rst meeting in July to be resolved, Cook said. I thought the manager broke the tie, Holton interjected. The city manager never has a vote, Brown said. He works for them, Staffney said. I understand what you said, but Im like Shirlie, this is just real high, Woodfaulk told Staffney. By law we could have charged more, Staffney said. We need to stand rm with state statute and uphold the law, Deming said. What if I ask for a biweekly payment plan? Would you release them then? Holton said. I would go for that, Cook said. And just release the documents to you as you pay for them? Yes, Holton replied. How about thisI could put it on your utility bill once a month for whatever arrangement you want, Staffeny offered. Money has been invested and if whatever she is looking for is in the rst 50 pages, then there is no guarantee she will pay for the rest of the documents. That could be the same with any other records request we get if you do it like that. The work is done and it ought to be paid for before it is released, Brown said. It (the bill) will be (paid) tomorrow, Holton said. As of presstime Thursday, Holton had not paid the bill and the 847 pages of documents were still at City Hall. This was the largest records request I have ever seen since Ive been with the city and her list included items that she did not really specify what she wanted, just general terms like all lawsuits from December 2005 to now, copies of all liability policies from 2005 to the present, copies of the citys contracts with FairPoint, Comcast, all correspondence with Ken Smith, the city managers contract, all invoices sent out on letterheadthings like that, Staffney said. In total, Holton was billed for 22 man hours, benets (insurance and retirement) for those man hours and .15 per page. A-3 Perry News-Herald June 13-14, 2014 additional tax revenue-based on a model with $100 million of capital investment on the part of BioNitrogen-corresponding reductions in state funding would negate most of the increase. Instead, the school district could expect to see a net increase of around $160,000 per year, mostly in its capital improvements fund (based on the $100 million model). Frederick and City Manager Bob Brown approached the commission at their May 20 meeting, with a new proposal for consideration, under which the commission would agree to abate 70 percent of its property tax assessments for 10 years, reaching the same result they would have had under the proposed deal with the school district. Using the same model--assuming a $100 million in capital investment--the county would still see approximately $235,000 in annual tax revenue from BioNitrogen after the abatements. The commission unanimously approved the new incentive package.According to BioNitrogens Operations Manager Brian Samuels, the company will utilize patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer at a series of plants, including potentially one in Taylor County. The companys innovative, proven technologies transform residual agricultural and forestry waste and other biomass materials into urea fertilizer, Samuels said. On May 14, the company held a ribbon cutting ceremony in Hendry County for its rst plant, joining local and state ofcials for the event. BioNitrogen is projected to create 5255 manufacturing jobs in Taylor County with an average starting salary of $38,000 plus benets. The total investment here has been estimated to be between $100 million and $220 million. Pacic has sponsored more than 150 teachers from its facility communities across the country to attend Keystone Science School. I am grateful that Georgia-Pacic has a strong desire to emphasize the importance of receiving a quality education, TCHS Principal Audie Ash said. As principal of TCHS, I am thrilled that Piland was chosen to participate this summer in the Key Issues program and she is a worthy recipient of the Key Issues scholarship. Not only will she benet personally from this experience, but I expect that her experience will inject a renewed passion for the art of teaching throughout our school. The greatest benet will be received by our students. Taylor County High is proud of P.J. According to Mixon, support of Keystone Science School is just one example of community investments made by Georgia-Pacic. Annually, Georgia-Pacic contributes through inkind giving and direct contributions to causes and organizations aligned with its philanthropic focus areas: education, environment, entrepreneurship and enrichment of its communities. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., GeorgiaPacic is one of the worlds leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. Since 1976, Keystone has taught scientic principles and leadership skills to young people, teachers and community members through engaging hands-on eld experiences. For more information, visit www. KeystoneScienceSchool. org. SCIENCE SUMMIT Continued from page 1 Ash: Students, teachers will benet from Pilands trip BIONITROGEN Continued from page 1 First plant slated to be built in Hendry County CITY Continued from page 1 Work took 22 man hours, 847 pages


A-4 Perry News-Herald June 13-14, 2014 Living Animal stories ...theres a pony named Cow and a stray who found a home By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove NewsThe Old Home PlaceA lot of us have memories of the Old Home Place-a place where our parents or grandparents once lived. For me it was the old log house that had been the home of my grandparents, Auley and Inez Rowell. Three boys and seven girls were born to my paternal grandparents. All of their children have gone home to be with the Lord except my Aunt Lois Odom. Aunt Lois is one of the twins who were the youngest. Aunt Lois provides many memories of those days. Some of what I write must be attributed to her and also to my Uncle Russell Tedder who are both very good writers and have good memories to share. Our home was directly in front of the old house, but it was this place with the pecan trees and the running red rose bush where my Dad always picked red roses for us to wear on Mothers Day that was dear to us because our Grandparents had once lived there. There were many family reunions in this special place, the old home place. As I have written before, I was born after my paternal grandparents had passed away. The log house that had been their home had been modied and had no interior walls or oors. I think it had been converted to a barn as I recall my Dad, Lawrence Rowell storing hay and tobacco there. My sister and I used it for a playhouse and spent many happy days playing with our dolls in that old house. Mama would give us empty grocery packages to play with, one of which was a tea box that always had a sweet fragrance. Still today, when I open up a package of tea, I am reminded of those days. I gaze at the picture of my Grandma Rowell and wonder if I am anything like her. She died just a few months before I was born. I try to imagine what she must have been like. Do I have any of her good qualities as I have heard that she was a wonderful Christian woman with a great love for her family? One of the stories that had been written about her expresses that love for her two sons who had gone to war. I can almost feel her pain. Then there was that great homecoming when they returned. She had noticed someone coming down the road, walking. She stared until she knew it was one of her boys safely home from the war and then bounded from the porch and ran to meet him. Ah! Sweet bliss! This Old Home Place is still in the family, owned by my nephew Kyle, an 8th generation Taylor County rancher and has been designated as a Century Farm as it has been in our family for more than 100 years. When my 3-1/2 year old great nephew, Lawton, goes with his Dad to feed the cows, he calls it by what it should be called, the home place.Lobo makes threeI said I did not need another dog. But a yellow Labrador hung out at my closed gate for about a week. I thought he belonged to a neighbor and I tried to get him to go home. He was there every morning but by the afternoon he disappeared. On Thursday evening, I left my gate open and when I looked out Friday morning, there he was, sitting just inside the gate. He appeared reluctant to come further into the yard, but after I spoke kindly to him, he followed me to the house. He was so thin his ribs were showing and he had cuts and scrapes all over his head and some on his neck. I gave him food and water which he quickly accepted. I called Animal Control and asked them to come pick up the dog telling myself that surely someone would adopt this dog. Later in the day Animal Control called and said it would be Monday before they could pick him up. Well, you know what happened over the weekend. It was just long enough for me and two of my granddaughters who were visiting to fall in love with him. Animal Control called on Monday morning to verify that I still had the dog. I told them yes but asked them what they would do with this dog. I was told they had picked up 18 strays that morning and the chances were very slim that this one would be adopted. When I learned of the almost certain fate of this dog, I told them to cancel the request to pick him up. And now you know the rest of the story. I named him Lobo. He appears to be about six months old and Lawton named his pony Cow and knows when he and his father feed the actual cows, theyre at the old home place. Sandy Hall (center) hosted the Red Hats who celebrated the 14th anniversary of the international organization. Shown with her are (from left) Marne Helberg, Esther Ehle, Cindi Bishop and Jeanne Hilgendorf. Twenty-three members of the Roseheads, chapter 2207 of the Red Hat Society, gathered April 26 to celebrate the 14th birthday of the international organization. They met for brunch at Sandys, located in downtown Perry, decorated with birthday banners, as well as red and purple balloons. After a welcome by Cindi Bishop, the group enjoyed scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes and syrup, fruit and, of course, Please see page 5 Please see page 5Brunch marks anniversary for Red Hats all over the world


SHADY GROVE Continued from page 4 On SaturdayWhiddon competes in Watermelon pageant How did Red Hats begin? With a red hat, of course...Kate Whiddon of Perry, a rising sophomore at Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA), will be among contestants vying for titles during the 2014 Watermelon Pageant planned Saturday night at the old Jefferson County High School on Water Street in Monticello. Both Teen Miss and Miss Watermelon Queens will be selected. Whiddon, the 15-year-old daughter of Stan and Shona Whiddon of Perry, has a 4.0 grade point average at ACA where she was a JV cheerleader for two years (serving as captain in eighth grade). She is now entering her second year as a varsity cheerleader. Academically, she is pursuing all honors classes at ACA as well as online classes through Florida Virtual School. Whiddon worked with the U.S. Forestry Service and Smokey Bear as the 2012 Teen Miss Taylor County and the 2013 Teen Miss Jefferson County Forestry, promoting forest management and wildre prevention. A member of ACAs Beta Club, she has participated in such community activities as Toys for Tots and Relay For Life. This years Miss Watermelon Pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. with an opening number, followed by sportswear and evening gown competitions. Awards will also be presented for Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality, the latter determined by the contestants themselves. One of the Miss contestants will also be awarded the Best Interview award. Also new to this year will be awards given for Prettiest Dress, Prettiest Smile, Prettiest Hair and Best Stage Presence. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children three and under will be admitted free. Kate Whiddon What are the joys being an animal rescuer? Read below... Cheryl Gregory gave the history of the Red Hat Society which was established April 25, 1998, by Sue Ellen Cooper in Fullerton, Calif. In 1997, she gave a friend a 55th birthday gift (a red hat bought from an antique store) with a copy of Jenny Josephs poem entitled, Warning, which begins, When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple With a red hat that doesnt go and doesnt suit me. Cooper repeated this gift on several occasions and eventually the women bought purple outts and held a tea party on April 25, 1998. Word spread quickly and widely, as there were many requests for help in starting a chapter. Cooper then established Hatquarters and now serves as Exalted Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society. During this anniversary celebration, members heard announcements for events in May and names were drawn for handmade, crocheted items (doilies, dish cloths and coasters) which served as door prizes. Sharon Reed and Iona Walker were recognized for their April birthdays. The group concluded by singing the Red Hat Anthem to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. RED HATS Continued from page 4 we have an appointment with the vet for vaccinations, etc. I was unaware of the magnitude of the problem in our area until I spoke to staff at Animal Control. It is difcult to imagine so many pets that have been abandoned. I hope you will please neuter or spay your pets to help control the population of unwanted animals. And if you are looking for a pet, you may want to check with Animal Control. I have had great success with my found/rescued pups. Lobo joins my Dachshund, JR, and my Jack Russell/ Dachshund, Jack. Both of these were strays. They bring a lot of joy to me and I could not imagine abandoning them. The following was on Facebook (author unknown) but it seemed to t a lot of us. I am an ANIMAL RESCUER. My job is to assist Gods creatures. I was born with the drive to fulll their needs. I take in new family members without plan, thought, or selection. I have bought dog food with my last dime. I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand. I have hugged someone vicious and afraid. I have fallen in love a thousand times and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body. I am an ANIMAL RESCUER. My work is never done; my home is never quiet. My wallet is always empty. But my HEART is always FULL!A-5 Perry News-Herald June 13-14, 2014


A-6 Perry News-Herald June 13-14, 2014 Religion Three churches kick off Mega Sports V.B.S. First Baptist Church, First Assembly of God and Northside Church of God have combined forces to present a Vacation Bible School June 23-27 centered around Mega Sports. The game plan calls for classes to begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. in the Taylor County Middle School gymnasium. Students in kindergarten through fth grade are invited. Dinner will be served each evening. To register or nd additional information, please visit the website, Irabelle White Irabelle White, 99, of Perry, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Tallahassee. A native of Perry, she was a faithful member of Stewart Memorial AME Church, and a loyal member of the Stewardess Board. She was predeceased by her parents, the late Rev. Charlie and Ollie Simmons. Survivors include: one son, Bobby (Cynthia) White of Perry; one daughter, Betty J. (Lawrence) Hughes of Perry; three brothers, Johnny (Eleanor) Simmons, of Oneal, Albert (Gertrude) Simmons, of Erie, Pa., and Robert (Gertrude) Simmons, of Natrona Heights, Pa.; one sister, Rebecca Abrams of Natrona Heights, Pa.; six grandchildren; and 9 great gandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at Stewart Memorial AME Church, with interment following at Springhill Cemetery. Family members will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. today, June 13, also at Stewart Memorial AME Church. Trinity Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Obituaries Be a lightThe next work day for Project Backyard is Saturday, June 28, and volunteers are urged--on that day, and others--to be a light in your own backyard. Here, Damarcus Taylor proudly displays the motto and invites others to join in.Happy Fathers Day!By SARAH HALL, TidbitsHappy Fathers Day! Happy Fathers Day...enjoy your children, your family and your life now, because when your children grow up, they nd other things to enjoy. Your family either becomes larger or separates itself from you. And your life becomes so different from what you thought it would be. For we are here but a moment, strangers in the land; our days on earth are like a shadow, gone too soon, without a trace. (I Chronicles 29:15 TLB) People wont forget... People may not remember what you said, People may forget how you look; But people will never forget how you made them feel. Good conversation... communication... pass it on!Remember these...Special prayers for: Leona Summers; Juanita Calloway at Health South in Tallahassee; Tion Fifa and Linda Nesbitt at DMH; Nobie Roberts, Virdie Dobson, Mary Topsy Jones and Frankye Sermons; Lelia Tina Rhines at Marshall Rehab; the Rev. Bell, former pastor of Stewart Memorial, at TMH; and for those in bereavement, the Whites and Hughes families in the loss of their loved one and mother, Irabelle White. The Perry First Church of God on Highway 221 North will have a Gospel Sing this Saturday, June 14, with a free spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. The music begins at 7 p.m. featuring The Cavaliers and Mended Wings. Mens Day will be observed at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, June 15, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Don Toliver of Tallahassee as guest speaker.Dont forget!


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County Court Judge Bill Blue went back to school May 20-22, teaching Taylor County High School (TCHS) history students about the U.S. Constitution. The Florida Supreme Court, as part of the justice teaching program, encourages judges and lawyers to help teach Florida students about the U.S. and Florida Constitutions, the legal process and the role of the judiciary. Participating lawyers and judges typically volunteer to speak to one or two class periods each year. The purpose of the exercise is not simply to educate the students. The bench and bar have found that when people have a better understanding of the role of the judiciary, and the lawyers role within the judicial system, they come away with a greater appreciation for the U.S. Constitution and the judicial system. They also then tend to view judges and lawyers more favorably, according to Blue. Students in William Goggans history classes received three lessons each. The rst lesson was about the purpose of the U.S. Constitution, how the government is organized and rights protected by the Constitution In the second lecture, students participated in an Invaders role-playing scenario. The classes divided into small groups, the Invaders instructed each group to select only ve rights they could keep, and the Invaders abolished the rest. Blue quizzed then the groups about why they selected the rights they chose, and pointed out the signicance of the rights they lost. He asked the class, If you chose to keep the freedom of religion, but not the freedom of assembly, how is your inability to assemble going to affect the way you worship? The point of the question, Blue said, was to teach students how important each and every right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights is to our way of life, and along the way point out differences between our own country and others where certain rights and liberties are not guaranteed. On the third day, students participated in a Constitution scavenger hunt. The students searched the U.S. Constitution to nd where answers to certain questions are found. By ABBEY L. THARPE 4-H Extension Agent I Todays 4-H Youth Development Program is teaching youth life skills that will benet them throughout their adult life. One of the programs 4-H sponsors along with Tropicana is the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program. This educational program aims to teach young people the techniques of effective public speaking. It is designed to give elementary and middle-school age students experience in the preparation and delivery of a speech. The 4-H/Tropicana program is administered in all 67 counties in Florida and is sponsored by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service and Tropicana. More than 1,200 students in the county participate in the program. Students in third through sixth grades from the elementary school and middle school took part in the program. The top speeches were selected from the class level, school level and then from the county level. The top county winners received a plaque and the rst place county winner in each division received $50 and a full scholarship to 4-H camp this summer (a $230 value). The top county winners in the fourth and fth grade division were: rst place, Caroline Gray with her speech titled The Ghost Upstairs; second place, Malayshia White, The Bahamas; third place, JaKovie Island, Imagination; honorable mention, Madison Sadler, The Snake Bite; and honorable mention, Kinsey Goodman, My Disney Cruise. The top winners for the sixth grade division were: rst place, Bradley LaValle, th Grade Survival Guide; second place, Elizabeth Blue, Life in a Campaign; and third place, Robert, Animal Prison. The top speaker from the fourth/fth grade division and sixth grade division advanced to a district competition held May 15 in Tallahassee. Both Caroline Gray and Bradley LaValle received honorable mention at the district level. The results of 4-H and Tropicanas dedication to this program are evident in the condence displayed by young people in making prepared or extemporaneous presentations later in their school and professional careers. The 4-H/ Tropicana Public Speaking Program offers young people this opportunity and teaches them to be better communicators--a skill which will benet them throughout life. A-10 Perry News-Herald June 13-14, 2014 County speech winners advance to district, earn honorable mention Justice in the classroomBlue shares lessons on U.S. Constitution Taylor County Judge Bill Blue with history students Air Force Airman 1st Class Marshall K. Jones II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical tness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Jones earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the grandson of Sherry Brady of Perry. The airman is a 2011 graduate of Aucilla Christian Academy. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from North Florida Community College. Marshall K. Jones II Marshall K. Jones II Military Action Timberland Ford and Marker 1 have joined forces for a Built Tough & Standing Strong fundraising drawing to benet shooting survivors Mike Cook, Taylor County Sheriffs Deputy Robert Lundy and John Mahoney. Timberland owner Brett Falicon is working with Marker 1 to provide a new 2013 F150 truck for the drawing. A $10 donation enters your name to win the vehicle. The drawing will be held in Steinhatchee Saturday, June 28. These men push the limits on the words Built Tough & Standing Strong. Due to events that took place Feb. 5 at Timberland Ford in Perry, these mens lives are forever changed. Going to work and doing their job is all they had expected on this February day, Falicon said. You never know what is in store for you. One thing I know is that we are loving, compassionate people who want to help each other in hard times and, trust me when I say, this is a nancial hardship on the lives of these men who are proving just like the Ford truck they are built strong and are still standing strong. For entry information, contact Patty at (352) 3567100, Audrey at (850) 3710966, Linda at (352) 2137371 or Falicon at (850) 584-6178. Online entries through PayPal are available through the Built Tough & Standing Strong Facebook link. COOK LUNDY MAHONEY BUILT TOUGH & STANDING STRONG BUILT TOUGH & STANDING STRONG Donate $10 for a chance to win a new truck Rotary Club hosts dance on June 20 The Perry Rotary Club will host its second annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Perry Womans Club. Tickets are $25 for a father and daughter and $10 for each additional daughter. The event will include music, door prizes, heavy hors doeuvres and refreshments. Photo packages will be available as well. Tickets can be purchased at the PerryTaylor County Chamber of Commerce or from any Perry Rotarian. For more information, call 584-5366. (Above) The county winners in fourth and place, Caroline Gray; second place, Malayshia White; and third place, honorable mention to both Madison Sadler and Kinsey Goodman. (Right) The top winners for the sixth grade place, Bradley LaValle (center); second place, Elizabeth Blue; and third place, Robert Glanton.


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