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AMVETS serving lunch today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.AMVETS will be selling lunches today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the post located on South Jefferson Street.Author to speak at library MondayOxford, Miss., writer Ashton Lee, author of The Cherry Cola Book Club series, will visit the Taylor County Public Library Monday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.Photos sought for historical calendarThe Taylor County Historical Society is nearing the nal planning stages of printing a 2015 calendar. We are in need of good old photographs for the calendar. If you have historical photos of Perry/Taylor County landmarks, we would love to see them and possibly use them. Please bring, mail or drop in the door slot, an identied copy of your photo with your name, address, and phone number to 118 E. Main Street, Perry, Fl. 32347, President Bettie Page said. If your photo is chosen for inclusion in the calendar, you will receive a complimentary copy of the new calendar as well as the latest installment of our They Were Here series. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJuly 25-26, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 30www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday93 74 30% Saturday95 72 Sunday92 73 Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 30% Looking Back ......... A-2 Living ..................... A-5 Religion .................. A-6 Sports .................... A-7 Entertainment ........ A-8 TV listings .............. A-9 Classieds .......... A-10 News Forum Voter registration books close Monday A new chapter begins High speed chase ends with 1 dead Taylor County law enforcement ofcers were preparing to stage units at Tennille Wednesday in response to a high-speed pursuit of a stolen truck that had already crossed three county lines when they received word the chase ended in a fatal crash just miles from the Taylor border. We had gotten word about the pursuit and our dispatchers were on the phone with Dixie County dispatchers when the wreck happened, Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) Capt. Ron Rice said Thursday morning. Our plan was to deploy stop sticks in order to prevent the chase from entering town, but before we could do that, it was all over, he said. The crash blocked trafc on U.S. 19 for several hours, with drivers forced to make lengthy detours. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Tallahassee Regional Operations Center is investigating the fatal trafc accident that occurred on U.S. 19 just east of Cross City. Just before 7 a.m., the Dixie County Sheriffs Ofce was notied of a vehicle pursuit, involving armed suspects, heading Investigators taking close look at TTI bank accounts A forensic analysis of Taylor Technical Institutes (TTI) bank accounts is underway as part of an on-going investigation by the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO). The investigation is active and we are in the process of taking statements, Capt. Ron Rice said Thursday. It was just four weeks ago that the investigative division conrmed action at the school. No arrest has been made in the case and we are working with the State Attorneys Ofce in conjunction with the school district. Perry City Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton cancelled an announced town hall meeting for residents in her district earlier this month after apparently failing to secure rental of Loughridge Park Community Center. City ofcials stated they were rst made aware of the scheduled July 7 meeting after reading a public service announcement in the Friday, July 4-5, edition of the Perry News-Herald. Acting administrator Barney Johnson (City Manager Bob Brown was on vacation at the time) contacted City Attorney Ray Curtis to nd out if Hamptons use of the facility (rent-free) would involve an ethics conict after discovering Hampton had not rented or reserved the facility for the meeting. (Rental fees for the facility are $140.95 without use of the kitchen and $167.70 with use of the kitchen; both charges include a $50--refundable--deposit.) Curtis, upon reviewing the situation, advised that Hampton would need to rent the facility in order to hold the forum so as not to receive a benet not available to the general public (i.e. free rental of city facilities). Hampton subsequently cancelled the meeting and re-addressed it during this Tuesdays Perry City Council meeting, requesting use of the facility. Curtis suggested scheduling such a forum as a council workshop, which would be noticed to the public and open for other council members to attend, although they would not be required to do so. If you wanted to hold something to address the public in a particular area, you can hold workshops off site, he said. Mayor Daryll Gunter asked the council for Rental fee stops town hall meet? Please see page 3 Please see page 3Ination, new reghters trigger $430,000 decit in projected budgetThe Perry City Council is beginning its budget process for the 2014-15 scal year with a projected $430,000 decit, setting a tentative property tax millage rate which would boost local property taxes if approved in September. City Manager Bob Brown updated the council members on the budget during their meeting Tuesday. Were just starting the budget process and this isnt an unusual gure to have at this point in the process, Brown said. According to Brown, nearly half of the gap--$185,000--is from projected ination in the cost of goods and services purchased by the city for operations. The largest new expense is hiring new reghters, at a total cost of $150,000 for next scal year. Brown said new Insurance Services Ofce (ISO) requirements necessitated increasing personnel at the Perry Fire Department to maintain its certication. According to City Finance Director Penny Staffney, the city is adding four part-time auxiliary reghters, with three starting a few weeks ago. The city has also budgeted a three percent raise for employees, which will cost an additional $65,000 over the current year. Brown said the number would have been higher, but the city has a high-salary department Please see page 3The Taylor County Commission will hold a public hearing next month to consider utilizing $2 million in excess sales tax revenue to purchase equipment for Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). The commission agreed Tuesday to hold the hearing after discussing a pared down list of capital equipment needs at the hospital presented by DMH CEO Gerri Forbes. DMH ofcials rst approached the commission at a joint workshop held Monday, July 14. At that meeting, hospital ofcials presented a list of needs totaling $3 million. After a lengthy discussion, the commission agreed to put the issue on the agenda for their Tuesday, July 22, meeting to consider scheduling a public hearing. At Tuesdays meeting, Forbes presented a list separated into two parts, one for high-dollar items totaling $2,210,493 and one for smaller ticket items, totaling $147,872. Input sought on proposed $2 million equipment purchase for hospitalPlease see page 11 Special Edition Inside Today
AROUND THE TOWNThis editions front page included a range of community topics, including: crab plant on Hampton Richard Allison hoped to renovate, upgrade and begin next crabbing season; crime or simply detract from the beauty of the area; recommended by the Taylor County Development state congress. The front page picture of these Andy Bethea, Kay Dees, Melissa Gardiner, Charles Ellis, Ella Mae Rhines, Michelle Hughes, Greg Wynn, Jimmy Frostick Anthony Flowers and Robin Williams.PHF PREPARES TO OPEN Director Nancy Holland and Director of Nursing Evelyn Williams pictured looking over the facility.A KEY TO THE CITY OR A GOLF CLUB?Perry Mayor T. Conrad Williams Jr. presented an ofcial key to the city, as Lee Grose, vice president of opening a plant in Perry.DOCTORS BAG MISSING story had ramications for headline read, Dr. Bakers bag missing. It seems the black medical Dr. W. J. Baker on Doctor Baker Day several years been offered for its safe be asked. doctor needed his bag. ADVERTISING PLOYS for Padgett Brothers featured in this edition. Big Yank pants and shirts panties and polyester fabrics. Every nurse deserves a gotem: big cars, little cars, advertised Seminole Toyota. playing. Stop and have lunch or suggested.SOCIETY NEWSBrenda Darlene Murray and William Clayton Gunter Glenn Ratliff, C.B. Ratliff and Larry Lee as groomsmen. Denise Murray maid of honor. Lucille Mathis and Kenneth Hendry united in marriage in a home Mr. and Mrs. James announced the birth of their daughter, Charlene Lea, on July 8 at Doctors Memorial HAPPY BIRTHDAY!Neeley Sadler celebrated his second birthday July 8, the son of Glenn and Winky Sadler. Jeanne Allison Edwards celebrated her rst birthday and the granddaughter of JUST SO YOU KNOWWhen opportunity knocks at the front door, some folks are in the leaf clover.A-2 Perry News-Herald July 25-26, 2014 Looking Back July 25-26, 2014 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD July 26, 1979 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE email@example.comTony, you will be truly missed We were two different kinds of peas in the same pod. That is how my cousin Tony McAllister described us. He was a few years younger. He was a lot more outgoing. And we shared only a few similar interests, like music, movies, tennis and football (except he liked the NFL while I liked college football). Another interest we shared was my writing, but from different perspectives. I was the writer and Tony was my sounding board. He read everything I wrote. He gave his feedback, even when I didnt ask for it. And, he encouraged me when I needed it. Because I have a tendency to become complacent, there were plenty of times when Tony encouraged me to follow his lead. In 1990, Tony moved to Detroit with our cousin, Chanda. A few months later, I decided to move to Detroit, which came as a major surprise to everyone in our family. Although there were two aunts, an uncle, and a host of cousins living in Detroit, I had never visited the city. Even when my mother and the rest of the local family visited each summer, I chose to stay at home with my grandmother. But, after Tony convinced me that I would like Detroit, I packed my bags and headed for the Motor City. A month later, I was helping legendary Motown bandleader Choker Campbell write a memoir about working with all those legendary Motown acts. Unfortunately, he passed before the memoir was complete. In 1994, Tony moved to Gainesville. A few weeks later, he called me and said, I was passing the University of Florida campus and you just popped up in my mind. If I were you, I would move to Gainesville and go back to college. A month later, I was standing in the spring semester. There were times when he encouraged me to go for it when I otherwise wouldnt have. A year after I went back to college, I was offered an internship at CBS News in New York. I was more than a little apprehensive about living in NYC and was on the verge of declining the offer, when Tony suggested, If you dont want to live in New York City, stay in New Jersey and just work in the city. But take the internship. A month later, I was spending my days working with the likes of Mike Wallace and Ed Bradley and having lunch with the cast of As the World Turns, which was taped in the building I worked in. When I called Tony and told him this, all he wanted me to do was get an autographed photo of Dan Rather. In 2001, a play I wrote was chosen to appear at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C. I was thrilled the play was accepted, but I wasnt planning to go. When Tony found out I wasnt going, he came by the house, and he and my mother talked me into going. You have to go because I want to go, was his argument. When the 12-year-old actor starring in my play couldnt make the opening was about to close on my play before it opened. Tony was sitting in on rehearsal. When he heard what was happening, he walked over to me and the director and said, I already know the lines. The character is 12, I said. Youre 33. Its called acting, he replied. I can act like Im12. And he did. Tony had never acted before, so I asked him why he decided to play the part. He said, The show had to go on. Tony passed away last week while volunteering at First Baptist Churchs community food and clothes bank, Our Fathers Storehouse. He will be truly missed, especially by me.
A-3 Perry News-Herald July 25-26, 2014 opinions on the issue. I have no position either way on it, Council Member Don Cook said. I would back Shirlie I believe on her request. The rest of the council agreed to allow Hampton to schedule the forum as a workshop. Later in the discussion, Hampton, who did not have a date in mind for the workshop, asked if other council members were planning to attend. I do not, Cook said. Im not being facetious. I dont want to get you in trouble with the Sunshine Law if somebody else does shows up. I think what Ray is trying to do is nd a way for it to be an ofcial event, City Manager Bob Brown said. And not a benet to one of us, Cook added. Thats the way you can do that, Brown said. Dont be offended, Cook said. I am offended, Hampton said. Im not trying to offend you Ms. Shirlie, Im trying to make sure if we do this, we do it right, Curtis said. Hampton then said she would provide staff with a date when she picked one. toward Dixie County. The high-speed chase began in Marion County after a black Dodge Ram truck was stolen in Ocala. Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher and deputies became involved in the pursuit once the truck entered Dixie County. Hatchers patrol vehicle came in contact with the suspects vehicle, and the suspects vehicle crashed. There were three occupants inside the stolen truck. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers, a 17-yearold male and 15-year-old female, were treated and released from the hospital. At the request of the Dixie County Sheriffs Ofce, FDLE is investigating the use of force by Sheriff Hatcher. Florida Highway Patrol assisted on scene. The Marion County Sheriffs Ofce is investigating the vehicle theft. Additional reports indicate that someone went into the Too Your Health Spa in Ocala Wednesday morning and stole the keys to the 2008 black Dodge Ram Diesel 2500. A Marion County deputy spotted the truck shortly after a Be On the Look Out (BOLO) was issued and pursued it. According to reports, the pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour with the truck spinning out before it literally drove over a Marion County sheriffs cruiser and kept going. The chase crossed into Levy County and through the city limits of Williston. The police chief there reported the driver was driving crazy, running red lights and showing no regard for the safety of others. Chieand police stayed with the vehicle until it crossed into Dixie County, where Hatcher joined the chase as it entered U.S. 19 about three miles from Cross City. Early reports indicate Hatcher used his vehicle to force the speeding truck off the roadway, where it overturned in the southbound lanes. Hatcher was not injured; investigators stated a handgun was found inside the stolen truck. Another high-speed chase that came close to Taylor Countys southern border four years ago ended with the death of Dixie County Sheriffs Ofce (DCSO) Capt. Chad Reed. Reed, who was born and raised in Steinhatchee, was shot and killed by John William Kalisz on Jan. 14, 2010, while DCSO was attempting to take him into custody after he ed Hernando County. Hatcher was Reeds sheriff at the time of his death. head set for retirement, and the city will no longer pay for crossing guards or a school resource ofcer next scal year. Other projected cost increases are $10,000 in higher insurance costs as well as a proposed $20,000 donation to Main Street Perry for event planning, promotion and branding of the downtown area. Mayor Daryll Gunter suggested the donation earlier this month. Moving onto the discussion of the citys property tax millage rate, Brown said staff was recommending a tentative rate of 5.7474 mills, a jump from the current 4.5 mills. According to Staffney, the higher rate would generate approximately $290,000 in additional tax revenue in the 2014-15 scal year. She added that the millage increase would add $64 to the tax bill for a homesteaded property valued at $100,000 (with a $50,000 homestead exemption). The nal millage rate will not be set until two budget hearings are held in September. Once a local board sets its tentative millage rate, it cannot be increased, but the council can approve a lower rate in September. Brown said the higher tentative rate would allow staff a cushion to work with while working to lower the current decit. He added that the city has not raised its tax rate in six years. Council Member Don Cook said he preferred to go with the staffs recommendation knowing the council could lower the rate before it was nalized. The council unanimously approved the tentative rate. The council will hold the two budget workshops during its regular scheduled meetings on Sept. 9 and 23. BUDGET Continued from page 1 Budget includes 3% raise for city workers TOWN HALL Continued from page 1 Forum will be scheduled as city council workshop HIGH SPEED CHASE Continued from page 1 Chase exceeded 100 mph; TCSO set to block at Tennille Partnership for Strong Families (PSF), the lead community-based care agency for Florida Judicial Circuits 3 and 8 (which includes Taylor County), is holding a Back to School Drive for children in their care. This annual initiative covers the needs of nearly 200 victims of child abuse and neglect. Most of these children would not receive new supplies if not for the efforts of PSF and community donors, said Stephen Pennypacker, president/ CEO of Partnership for Strong Families. The agency is most in need of backpacks, markers, colored pencils, highlighters, erasers, scissors and calculators. Community members can partner with PSF by donating supplies, providing a monetary donation or hosting a collection box in their place of business. Interested donors can contact Patty Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 318-1298. Donations and monetary contributions can be dropped-off at PSFs Gainesville ofce or at the Live Oak regional ofce (501 SE Demorest Street, Suite B, Live Oak). Donation drive launched
A-5 Perry News-Herald July 25-26, 2014 Living Oklahoma awards doctorate to Jones for org./leadershipJaneka Vertez Jones was awarded a doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma on May 9. The daughter of Chenita Jones, she is a 1990 graduate of Taylor County High School and a retired captain in the United States Air Force. Dr. Jones currently works for the Department of the Navy. For Shady Grove Clean-up Day, conference planned for AugustBy FLORRIE BURROUGHS Here is a calendar of upcoming events for Shady Grove Community: Aug. 2 Fellowship Cemetery Cleanup beginning at 7:30 a.m.; Aug. 10-13 Prophecy Conference at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church; one of Evangelist Al Gists topics will be The Four Blood Moons and other messages will pertain to prophecy and current events; Sept. 1 Contest begins for Shady Groves Little Miss and Mr., Prince and Princess, and King and Queen; The contest will run through the month of September with the winners being announced on Oct. 11 at the auction; Oct. 11 10 a.m. to 12 noon Auction at Shady Grove Park; Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting at Shady Grove Park; Dec. 13 Annual Country Christmas at Shady Grove Park with parade. Pass the ChowChow...One of the good things about summer is the many vegetables and fruits that are grown and canned or frozen for later use. Mrs. Madelyn Smith has been canning tomatoes and making chowchow relish from peppers and other vegetables. Now I did not know what chowchow was and after talking to Mrs. Madelyn, I looked it up online. By the way, Mrs. Madelyn promised to share her chow-chow with me. This is what I found: Chow-Chow (or ChowChow Relish) is made from chopped green tomatoes (and sometimes red tomatoes), cabbage, mustard seed or powder, onions, hot peppers, sweet peppers and vinegar. Other optional ingredients include cucumbers, celery or celery seed, carrots, beans, asparagus, corn and cauliower. Unlike most condiments, Chow-Chow retains a chunky (chopped) texture and is not pureed. The taste can be sweet, tangy, hot or a combination thereof. It is typically served cold and like many foods, there are various varieties with an increasing availability of hot versions. Most believe that relishes originated from the need to preserve vegetables for winter. More specically, its origination may have stemmed from using the end of season vegetables in the garden at the rst frost. This notion is consistent with the word relish, which rst appeared in English in 1798 and comes from the word reles meaning something remaining in Old French. Regardless of when or where Chow-Chow originated, one thing is for sure in that it has been enjoyed in the Southern U.S. for well over 200 years. Donna Rowell has put up tomatoes and okra, and she and Dale are planning to put up cream corn as soon as the corn is ready. Here in Shady Grove we have to gather the corn quickly or we will be edged out by the deer. My sister, Sara Grubbs, has put up g preserves, peach jam and grape jelly. She has frozen blueberries to use in pies and cakes later. Her blueberry bushes have been bountiful this year. Most everyone gets in on putting up vegetables and fruits. Theres nothing like it when, in November, corn and peas from the garden are added to the Thanksgiving table.Remembering Granny Cruce...There is one really special lady that I am reminded of when I think about good vegetables and I think she may have made chow-chow relish also. Mrs. Christine Cruce was once my motherin-law. Many times I have sat at her table and enjoyed peas, beans, creamed corn, Janeka Vertez Jones Surrounded by Red Hats Brett Falicon, manager of Timberland Ford, found himself surrounded by Red Hats bearing money. The Sandy Toes chapter of the Red Hat Society recently presented Timberland Ford with a check to assist survivors of the tragic shooting at the business. Falicon is pictured with (left) Treasurer Cheryl Hinthorne and Queen Mother Marcia Parker.Sandy Toes view Heaven Is Real during June gathering Please see page 6The Sandy Toes Red Hats saluted Marcia Parker, Wendy Johnson, Marleen Semas and Elizabeth Gant as they celebrated their June birthdays. This summer meeting attracted 23 members and two guest attending in June! Winning door prizes were: Mae Jean Holton, Denny Balbaugh and Peggy Parker. Following lunch at Casa Grande (Mexican) restaurant, the group headed to the Perry Movies to see, Heaven Is Real! We say thank you to Larry and Teresa Schmidt for opening their theater for this Wednesday afternoon showing, noted Sandy West Coleman for the group. Hostesses for the June meeting and luncheon included Kathy McDevitt, Jeanne Hlebak and Jeanne Harden.
A-6 Perry News-Herald July 25-26, 2014 Religion collards, and the list goes on and on. Her freezer was always full as she spent many days picking and putting up vegetables. And she made the best corn bread ever. Granny Christine or Granny Cruce as she was called was known and loved by everyone in Shady Grove. She was always a delight to me in that she could always nd the bright side of any situation. I can hear her laughter now. Her life was not an easy one, especially after she became a widow in 1958, but she had ve children to raise and she carried on with great determination raising four ne sons, L.M., J.W., Jerry and Richard Cruce and one special daughter, Reba Cruce Todd. Mrs. Christine Cruce went home to be with the Lord in February of 2009. With that, I will sign off and, Lord willing, Ill see you back here in two weeks. SHADY GROVE NEWS Continued from page 5 Christine Cruce Chow-Chow prompts memories around dinner table Tuesday meeting will address foster care need in community Responding to a community need for foster care, First Baptist Church will host a Foster/Adoption Care orientation meeting on Tuesday, July 29, from 7-8 p.m. There are only two licensed Foster Care homes in Taylor County, said a spokesperson for the church. At this meeting, information will be given on foster care and adoption care. If youre interested in becoming a foster parent, there are four required classes; sessions will be held Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9 a.m. until 2:45 p.m., also at First Baptist. This course is required for individuals wishing to become licensed Foster Care providers. The license is good for ve years. For additional information, please call the church at 584-7066. The orientation meeting will be led by the Florida Baptist Childrens Homes which urges anyone who has felt the call to minister to children by foster or adopting to attend. FBCH can be reached at 850-878-1458. Tidbits: Taylor Senior Center toasts young at heart during recent prom By SARAH HALL What a time! What a time! As Joan Hennings would say -Awesome! and awesome it was-our Annual Senior Prom for senior citizens and their guests. The center was beautifully decorated in purple and blue with Mardi Gras decor everywhere. Our distinguished D.J., Eldon Sadler, kept the dancers on the oor with all the latest sounds. Very cool, Eldon. Several miscellaneous prizes were won. The winners were Josephine Coach, Sarah Hall, Nell Barnett, Danny Lastinger, Hazel Shefeld, Troy Register, Ralph Carlton, Margie Eaddy, Tom Manseld and Harold Mixon. The delicious food was also Mardi Gras style. Red beans and rice, jambalaya, etc., no crawsh pie, but plenty of goodies for everyone. Our new king and queen for 2014 was crowned: King, William Bill Gunter and Queen, Peggy Sisk. They are now the royalty of Taylor County Senior Citizens! Thanks from all of us and Administrator Beth Flowers go out to Tracy Haithcock, OAA coordinator/activity director, her assistants Vera Howell, Joan Hennings and the executive board members of TCSC. Very well done and we hope to see yall next year! Special Prayer List Remember in your prayers: Eddie Bo Flowers, Belvajean Millinor (TMH), Frankye Suzzanne Cook and Glen Miller (DMH). In Bereavement: the families and friends of the late Dorthy H. Williams, Tony McAllister, Nobie Roberts, Minister George Ford and Mabel Hawkins. Another year... Congratulations another birthday is acoming .. right around the corner...July 27, 2014. Our ne lady, Sis. Annie Mae Porter. Our best wishes to you, and lots of love! What kind of friend are you? Theres a wonderful thing that money cant buy and time cannot erase; a blessing thats the gift of a really true friend, one thats compassionate, understanding and caring. honest and trustworthy. One thats there for the long haul. What kind are you? A night of empowerment for all churches and church leaders is planned at Lighthouse Revival Center on Saturday, July 26. The church is located at 808 Granger Drive. Please gather by 7 p.m. For more information, please call (850) 843-6808.ALL churches, leaders invited to Saturday meeting CALL 584-5513 TO SUBSCRIBE
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After a discussion on the beds, Commission Chairman Malcolm Page asked commissioners if they had any specic questions on any particular item on the list. Commissioner Pam Feagle asked about the inclusion of a replacement ambulance for $110,000, since the last several ambulances were purchased with funding from state grants. Forbes said there was not enough funding provided by the state this year to request an ambulance and the next cycle does not begin until 2015. Page asked about an automatic door opener priced at $30,000 for the emergency room, and Forbes said this would be a new automatic door, not a replacement. County Attorney Conrad Bishop said he had been communicating with the bond council, which oversees the bond issued to cover the construction of the DMH building, and stated they would support the commission using the excess sales tax to purchase new equipment. Any equipment purchased by the commission in this manner would remain the property of the county and leased to the hospital, he continued. Additionally, all purchases which are not from a sole source would need to follow the countys bid procedures. Page said he did not feel is was necessary to go down the list of needed items one by one, but instead wanted the commission to come up with a gure and let DMH pick the items it needed. While Page said he was he was in favor of the county paying down its debt, he also noted that depending on how much the commission agreed to give, it would only delay paying off the hospital bond by two to three years. Feagle said she agreed with the idea of setting a gure. Commissioner Jim Moody was he was in favor of the $2.2 million gure. Whats important to me is that we have good quality healthcare, Feagle said. Its important not only for our citizens but also for economic development. She then made a motion to offer $2 million to DMH for equipment purchases. Page asked for a second and at rst did not receive one, but then Commissioner Jody DeVane seconded. The measure passed 3-2, with Moody and Commissioner Pat Patterson voting no, both stating they were in favor of the $2.2 million gure. Later in the meeting, the commission briey returned to the issue to set a date for the public hearing, which is required by county policy to utilize the excess sale tax funds. The hearing will be held during the commissions regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 4. Taylor County voters approved the current one cent local sales tax to fund the construction of the DMH building, which opened in 2003, and to purchase equipment, with the initial expenses covered by a 30-year bond. The county has been collecting the excess sale tax generated beyond what is needed for its annual bond payments to eventually make a lump sum payment once that is allowed, which will be after Oct. 1, 2015. According to county gures, the board has approximately $6.3 million in excess sales tax, with an additional $2.1 million expected in the 201415 scal year, which begins Oct. 1. The annual bond payment is $1,058,000. On two separate occasions, however, the commission has tapped a portion of the excess sale tax revenue to purchase additional equipment for the hospital. In 2006, the county purchased $128,0000 in orthopedic equipment. Then in 2009, the commission agreed to buy $2.2 million in radiological equipment as well as pay off a $500,000 USDA loan dating back to when the hospital moved to its new location. $2 MILLION/HOSPITAL Continued from page 1Kenneth Lee EakinsKenneth Lee Kenny Eakins, 55, of Buena Vista, Va., formerly of Greenville died Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home in Virginia. He was born Dec. 7, 1958, in Monticello to Lester Luther and Sarah Helen (Parker) Eakins. Mr. Eakins was a member of Sirmans Missionary Baptist Church in Sirmans and a 1976 graduate of Greenville High School. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include: his mother, Sarah Helen Eakins of Sirmans; his brothers, Homer L. Eakins of Greenville and Danny (Sue Ann) Eakins of Perry; his sister, Sandy (Mark) Dwyer of Virginia Beach, Va.; his daughters Leah, Lacey and Candice; ve grandchildren; as well as several nieces and one nephew. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Friday) July 25, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Madison with Gary Blanton ofciating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville. Family members received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the funeral home. Nobie Roberts Jr. Nobie Roberts Jr., 75, of Perry, died July 17, 2014, at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee. Survivors include: his wife, Willie C. Roberts of Perry; two daughters, Tamiko Colvin of Hope Mills, N.C., and Pamela Williams of Winston Salem, N.C.; four brothers, the Rev. Jessie Hawkins Sr. of Tallahassee, the Rev. Earnest Washington Sr. of Tampa, Alonzo Stewart Sr. of St. Petersburg, Eugene Stewart Sr., of Perry; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Stewart Memorial A.M.E Church with Pastor Raynetta L. Pandley ofciating. Interment will follow at Springhill Cemetery. Family members will receive friends tonight, Friday, July 25,from 5-7 p.m. at Evans-Walker Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements Obituaries Patterson, Moody in favor of $2.2 million purchase list; Feagle, Page, DeVane vote for $2 million list At Tuesdays county commission meeting, Doctors Memorial CEO Gerri Forbes presented a list of items for which the hospital board was requesting nancial assistance. The commission ultimately agreed to consider funding $2 million of the high dollar purchase list, which includes: ICU, $627,030; $203,838; BER monitor, $184,000; $170,000; $170,000 (balance of $110,000 from DMH foundation); $113,000; $110,000; $80,000; $59,000; $43,000; cpap, $40,000; $36,250; $36,000; ER, $30,000; monitoring systems, $30,000; $29,375; $28,000; $27,000; $23,000; What will $2 million buy for hospital?
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