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Discount Vaccination Clinic is this SaturdayThe Taylor County Veterinary Medical Association will host a Discount Vaccination Clinic to benet Helping Hands of the Shelter this Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be held in the shaded lot adjacent to Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union. A wide variety of vaccinations for both cats and dogs will be available at discounted rates along with rabies shots, heartworm tests and nail trimming services. Flea control and heartworm prevention medicines will also be available for purchase. Organizers remind pet owners that cats must be in carriers and dogs must be on leashes for the event. The veterinary medical association is comprised of Dr. Tom Fletcher, Dr. Miles Owens and Dr. Will Sapp. To date, the group has donated more than $17,900 to Helping Hands of the Shelter.Register now for Day on the Suwannee River Auto Show & ParadeRegistration is underway for the rst Day on the Suwannee River Auto Show & Parade at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park slated Saturday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benet ACV Adventure Camp, a weekend camp for children who cannot live at home due to no fault of their own. All body styles are invited for the car show; early registration fees are $15 (per auto) through Sept. 20. For more information, call (386) 658-5291 or visit online: www.ACVautoshow.com.Tatting, jewelry workshops offeredThe Taylor County Public Library has announced its adult workshop schedule for September. The programs include: Tatting at 6 p.m. There will be a $5 materials fee. Handmade Jewelry with Moonower Designs at 6 p.m. There will be a $15 or $20 materials fee. With Herbs at 10 a.m. There will be a $5 materials fee.Ombudsman program has area openingsThe Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program currently has volunteer opportunities available statewide, including Taylor County. Program volunteers visit with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect and receiving the care they deserve. To learn more about becoming an ombudsman volunteer, please visit online ombudsman.myorida. com or call toll-free (888) 8310404. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdaySeptember 5-6, 2014 Index Two sections 125th Year, No. 36www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday91 73 50%Saturday91 73 Sunday88 73 50% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 50% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-5 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . .......... A-14 News Forum Home game tonight at Dorsett Stadium Taylor County High football players (left to right) Austin Roberts (80), County. The Bulldogs, under new coach Tanner Jones, are at home again (Photo by Wayne Dunwoody) County considers $1/hr raise for workersIn 2012, the Taylor County Commission gave employees a three-percent raise, their rst raise in ve years. In its proposed 2014-15 county budget, which the board will nalize during two public hearings held over the next two weeks, the commission has included a $1 per hour raise for all full and part-time employees. The commission will hold its rst budget hearing Monday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. to set the tentative budget. A second hearing will be held Monday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. to approve the nale budget and millage rates. The 2014-15 scal year begins Oct. 1. The commission held a series of workshops in July to balance the county budget, culminating in a special meeting during which the county set its tentative millage rates at the same levels as the current year. Once the board sets the tentative millage rates, it can later lower them at the public Gracie Tulls family said prayers have been answeredthe malignant tumor encompassing her left kidney is responding to chemotherapy treatment and shrinking. While it continues to be early yet in the treatment course, the seven-yearolds family welcomes the news and said they are thankful for the support they have received from the community since their daughters diagnosis. Residents will have an opportunity to continue that support with a triple-play of fund-raisers planned next Saturday, Sept. 13, for the childs benet. A car wash and BBQ (hot dogs) will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ragans Ace Hardware; a bake sale and rafes will be staged at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union (shaded lot adjacent to the drive-thru) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Pizza Hut will donate 20% from diners total bills for the day (must use code: Gracie for dine-in, carry-out or on-line orders). All proceeds will benet Tull and her family as they travel to and from Gainesville for her medical treatments. Doctors have told her parents to expect some 29 weeks of on-going chemo, surgery and radiation therapies. Tull was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor in midAugust; she is presently undergoing a six-week regiment of chemotherapy. Next Saturdays bake sale/ rafe is being sponsored by youth groups from Westside Baptist Church and St. Johns Christian Fellowship. Family and friends are coordinating the car wash and hot dog sale. For more information, please contact Tamika Freeman at 295-2761 or Christina Freeman at 8437475. An account in Tulls name has also been established at Capital City Bank. Gracie TullTrio of fund-raisers planned to benet 7-year-old cancer patient With only 180 days in the school calendar, every minute of instruction countsespecially when it comes to laying a solid foundation for a students math and reading skills. Thats the message the Taylor County School District hopes to impress upon parents as it addresses rampant unexcused absences through a new Truancy Court program. The goal is not to punish parents, rather to help them see the need for their children to come to school, Director of Support Services Michael Thompson said. He noted that the district is seeing the bulk of truancy cases among primary and elementary school students. These are critical years where students are learning the fundamental skills they will need to perform later on, he said. We want to catch these students early so they dont fall so far behind that catchup becomes impossible. The rst truancy court session was held Aug. 10 before Judge Bill Blue. Some 62 cases were heard, based on the last six months of attendance of the 2013-14 school year. In some cases, students missed more than 60 days of schoolor more than onehalf of the 180-day school year, Thompson said. We are talking about unexcused absences, instances where there is no good reason for the student not to be in school. In those initial cases, parents will be required to return to court (in person and with their child/student) for the next two truancy sessions. If everything is going okaymeaning they are Please see page 16 62 cases are handled in rst Truancy Court addressing student attendance Please see page 16 For the rst time in six years, the total real property value in Taylor County is projected to increase. According to preliminary certied values for 2014 released by Property Appraiser Bruce Ratliff, Taylor Countys total taxable value (including real property and tangible personal property) is expected to jump 1.84 percent or $23.6 million this year. The total taxable value of the county peaked in 2008 at $1.465 billion. (This and subsequent gures are based on the taxable value used to determine property taxes for the Taylor County School District. In Florida, school districts Please see page 3Property values increase for rst time since 2008
A-2 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 Looking Back September 5-6, 2014 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALDSeptember 6, 1979OPENING NIGHT FOR TCHS BULLDOGSIt was the opening game of the season for the Taylor County Bulldogs in 1979. Coach Elmer Coker would be elding nine starters from the previous season, described as, small, but gamey and tough. The Bulldogs were scheduled to face Godby at Capital Stadium in Tallahassee.BIG RATTLERJimmy Cruce stretched a big rattlesnake, with 10 rattles, across the back of his Mercury for a photograph for this weeks edition. As explanation, he said, I just hit him in the head with a stick.NURSING HOME OPENS SUNDAYPerry Health Facility, Taylor Countys milliondollar nursing home, was slated to hold an open house and dedication Sept. 9, following 14 months of construction.MEET THE CANDIDATES.Front page spotlights were given to Lisa Shaw, Sheila Sayers and Jogie Brown, all contestants for the upcoming Miss Florida Forest Festival Queen pageant. Last week, Deborah Brown, Charlene Mathis and Amanda Stephens were featured.HES AN ARTIST?At the Taylor County Public Library, oil paintings and acrylics by NewsHerald Editor Miller Holland were on display through the month of September.TWO WEDDINGSKarol Newport and Rodney Walker were married at the brides parents home with her mother performing the ceremony. Debbie Young and James E. Parkhill Jr. were married Aug. 11 in Perrys First Baptist Church.ONE BABYRichard Heath LaValle was born to Mr. and Mrs. William M. LaValle on Sept. 2 in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He weighed 9 pounds and ounce.OFF TO ECKERD COLLEGEKathleen Woodward, last years Forest Festival Queen, enrolled at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, which was founded as Florida Presbyterian College. The daughter of Leonard and Beverly Woodward, she hoped to study psychology and business management. CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST The GAs (Girls In Action) mission group from New Home Baptist Church, under the leadership of Peggy Morgan and Molly Lilliott met for a spaghetti supper and sleep-over, working on projects including an upcoming shipment of gifts to a missionary in Mexico for their Christmas in August observance. The GAs included Melanie Morgan Andrea Kirkland Melissa Kirkland Regina Massengale and Robin Lilliott .YARD OF THE MONTHAurelia Dorsetts home on North Orange Street was named Yard of the Month for September by the Perry Garden Club. THREE FULL PAGES OF BARGAINS! Scottie Discount Drugs ran three full pages of advertising, promoting Stanback powders (50 ct.) for 99 cents, Cover Girl mascara for $1.39 and Aqua Fresh toothpaste for 59 cents, as well as hundreds of other items. In its full page, A&P Grocery advertised New York Strips for $2.38 a pound and boneless chuck roasts for $1.68 a pound. Nothing can make you miss home like a song and a few hundred miles. It was two in the morning and I was sitting in a recording studio in Detroit with time on my hands, a song in my head and a longing for home. I had been in the studio for nearly 12 hours writing and producing a television infomercial for a cosmetics company. The work was done and everyone had gone except for me and Tom, the projects music director. The song in my head was about longing to be home. And, because I had time on my hands, I jotted down the words to the song while Tom caught a few winks. When I was through with the lyrics, I woke Tom up, told him about the song, If You Were Here, then I sang it for him. An hour later, I was in the recording booth adding vocals to Toms music tracks. As the sun came up, we sat listening to the song that had been in my head for weeks blaring from a cassette player. I didnt miss home quite as much. The hundreds of miles came back into play two months later. That time, instead of being in a music studio at 2 a.m., it was 9 a.m. Jam Session Films, which was owned by my producing partner, Carlesa. Everything else was the same. I was in Detroit which was hundreds of miles from home. I had time on my hands and that song on a cassette. Because I had nothing better to do, I played the song for Carlesa and she immediately said, Come on. Lets go shoot a music video. After reluctantly agreeing to Carlesas suggestion, she and I spent the rest of the day scouring Detroit to shoot scenes for the video then most of the night editing the footage. As the sun came up the next morning, we sat watching a music video of If You Were Here, the song that had been in my head for weeks. I didnt miss home quite as much. Several weeks later, the hundreds of miles disappeared. It had been wanted to do was see my nephew Tony, who wasnt quite two. Later that day, when my mom brought him to my grandmothers house where I was staying, I told my grandmother to turn on the VCR and let him watch the video that I had put in while I hid. I want to see if he remembers me, I explained. A few minutes later, I heard my grandmother tell my mother, Tony, and my cousin Kashari, who was two months younger than Tony, Lets watch a video. Tony and Kashari jumped up and down and cheered then plopped down in front of the television. Neither my grandmother nor mother had any idea what was on the video, so they were as anxious as Tony and Kashari. I watched from the hallway as she pressed the play button on the VCR. The titles appeared on the television screen: If You Were Here--a song written and performed by Anthony Lamarr. What is this? my mother asked. I hope he aint trying to sing, my grandmother said and shook her head. Then the titles faded, the music began, and I appeared on the screen. Get my uncle out the TV, Tony cried and charged into the television. Get him out! I had to run into the living room to keep him from cracking open the television. That day, I realized that even though I was living hundreds of miles away and had not been home in four months, I was never completely gone. Part of me was always there with them. Ive missed home since then, but never quite as much as before that day. Remember when... By ANTHONY L. WHITE firstname.lastname@example.orgIf You Were Here Coastal escapesAs the dog days of summer draw to a hot and humid close, Butch Gunter shares with us a look back at two rustic coastal retreats many local families enjoyed for an escape: Fish Camp. All three photos here are dated from 1951; Gunter (from the top) Luther and Elizabeth Gunter, Jug Island; great uncle Willis Sasser and granddaddy Durden, Jug Island; and Grace Hood, Anne Bell Durden and Lamar Sasser at Jabo.
are exempt from certain state-mandated property tax breaks which results in a slightly smaller gure for county tax purposes. For example, the total taxable value for county tax purposes in 2008 was $1.417 billion.) After 2008, the countys total taxable value fell $56.1 million in 2009, $89.1 million in 2010, $73.9 million in 2011 and $6.9 million in 2013. The lone exception to the drop was in 2012, when the total taxable value jumped $48.7 million. Even this year, however, the real property value still fell $31.8 million. The drop was overcome by an unusually large rise in tangible personal property of $81.7 million, resulting in an overall increase in the countys total property value of 4.2 percent that year. (Businesses and those who rent property are required to le tangible personal property returns. Tangible property is dened in Florida Statutes as all goods...and other articles of value capable of manual possession. Inventory and household goods are excluded.) We have been in a transitional period, Ratliff said. We went from assessments being lower than our sales to where our assessments were higher than sales. This is the rst time real property has gone up in relation to our assessments, he continued. He noted that the increases in the real property values could be mainly found along the coast but added that there were some increases in the City of Perry as well. As for the city, the total taxable value has fallen 13.4 percent since 2008, when it was $254.6 million. According to the 2014 preliminary gures, the total taxable value is set to increase $2.7 million (1.23 percent) to $226.8 million. Ratliff said TRIM notices have been mailed to property owners and the nal gure may be adjusted as they work with owners. He also noted increases in property owners tax bills may not have necessarily been caused by higher assessments. The school districts required local effort millage (which is set by the state legislature) is set to increase by 3.19 percent. Additionally, the citys proposed millage rate represents a 27.72 percent increase over the current rate. A-3 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 Taylor County Taxable Values 2008-2014 $1,465,307,511 $1,408,995,584 $1,319,808,152 Property values in Taylor County peaked in 2008 at $1.46 billion. The total taxable value of the county in 2014 is 10.52 percent below that number. $1,245,856,383 $1,294,571,993 $1,287,572,506 $1,311,227,474-3.8% -6.3% -5.6% +3.9% -0.5% +1.8%All gures are based on the taxable values used to determine property taxes for the Taylor County School District. In Florida, school districts are exempt from certain state-mandated property tax breaks which results in a slightly smaller gure for county tax purposes. For example, the total taxable value for county tax purposes in 2008 was $1,417,583,210. Figures for 2008-2013 are nal certied rates, while the 2014 gure is the preliminary certied rate. PROPERTY VALUES Continued from page 1 Increases found along the coast, in the city
A-4 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 Living Cooking up a storm... The Boys & Girls Club of Taylor County created a Club Cookbook titled, Cooking up a Storm. Kids (and moms) from all three Boys & Girls Club locations contributed their favorite recipes to the cookbook which has 273 recipes. The suggested donation for purchasing the cookbook is $12 with available at the Boys & Girls Club, City of Perry and Chamber of Commerce. is in the rear view mirror; whats ahead this Fall? By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Labor Day 2014 is in the rear view mirror and we are quickly approaching the fall season which ofcially begins on Sept. 23. The long unbearably hot days of summer will soon become a memory as we ease into cooler days. Its time for football, festivals, hayrides and pumpkins. And while we are on the subject of pumpkins, here is a recipe you might like to try. Pumpkin Crunch Cake1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk 3 eggs 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. salt 1 box yellow cake mix 1 c. pecans, chopped (roasted, candied optional) 1 c. butter/margarine, melted Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour into greased 13 baking dish. Layer dry cake mix evenly on top of pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix. Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Serve either warm or chilled with cream! --Author UnknownCooking Hints: When youre short one egg for a cake mix, substitute two tablespoons of mayonnaise for each egg. You will never taste the difference. a recipe calls for softened butter but you forgot to take it out of the refrigerator in advance, measure the correct amount and shred it as you would a carrot. The small pieces will be soft enough to work with immediately.Upcoming events: Cemetery Clean-up Shady Grove Citizens Council Meeting for entering the Shady Grove Royalty Contest. Applications are available at Rockys Shady Grove Grocery or by contacting Wendy Slaughter at 8383146. Contest runs Sept. 1-28. noon Auction at Shady Grove Park followed by crowning of Shady Grove Royalty.It could be youThe Shady Grove is still looking for a few good men or women to become volunteer reghters in our community. If you are interested, please contact Department at 850-8383522 for information. Thats all for now, Lord willing I will see you back here in two weeks.A perfect match The McClellans had been looking for a wonderful, kind, caring home with children for their cat, Snowball. Fairpoint Technician Matt a service call to the McClellan home on McKinleyMaddox Road South, the perfect match emerged. I will miss Snowball, said Laura McClellan Wilson, but Ill be at peace knowing she is in a happy who was patient with Snowball who observed his every move. It was truly the right time, right place, she said. I told Snowball, Youve won the Lotto. Perry Womans Club launches new year Wednesday at noonPerry Womans Club President Sharron Dorman invites all members of the club, as well as those who are interested in its projects and friendships, to gather on Wednesday at noon for the kick-off of the 2014-15 year. We have a lot of new members, so were going to spend our meeting time acquainting them with the club as well as our plans for the new year, she said. The club is celebrating its centennial year, having been founded in 1914. Dorman is the 59th president, following Shawna Beach who orchestrated plans for its centennial celebration in May. Jeanne Raulerson, Lindsay Moody, LaDonna LaValle and Barbara Burns also serve as ofcers. The club meets the second Wednesday of the month at the PWC Clubhouse at 502 N. Jefferson. Lunch is served and a program follows.
A-5 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 ReligionThe Conrmation Class at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church began on Wednesday, Aug. 27, led by Father Bernie Jakubco, MSC. For more information on this class, please contact Jakubco at 850-584-3169. The rst Holy Communion Class will begin this Sunday, Sept. 7, with Doris Galindo Lepoma teaching. For additional information, she can be reached at 850223-2956. As an afliate of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, the church has a Saturday vigil at 6 p.m. and Sunday masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Weekday masses are Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. Catholic Church starts conrmation and Holy Communion classesImmaculate Conception Catholic Church Calvary Baptist caravans to Keaton Beach Senior citizens from Calvary Baptist Church will resume their monthly lunches next Tuesday, Sept. 9. The invitation, however, goes out to all seniors and not-so-seniors. If youre hungry for food or fellowship, youre invited to gather at the church at 11 a.m. to caravan to the Keaton Beach Hotdog Stand. The church is planning its High Attendance/ Promotion Sunday for Sept. 14 and everyone is invited for Sunday School and morning worship service followed by dinner on the grounds. You have a week to get ready! For Calvary Baptist, Kim Tharpe reports, The rst week of AWANA was a huge success. We had more than 200 last week and we were so excited to see all their smiling faces. We welcome all the children and youth in our community to take part in this AWANA program. We have classes for age 4 years thru high school seniors. A full dinner is served each Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and classes are from 6-7:25, she said. Tidbits: Live well, laugh often, love much By SARAH HALL Live well, laugh often, love much! Remember: Ones life has value as long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.-Simone de Beauvior Prayer focus Pray for: Juanita Scott, Donna Washington, Juanita Calloway (Brynwood Rehab/Monticello), LaDoris Brasby, Gary Blanton, Marva Edwards, Angie Clark and her mother Mary Beth Clark, Wilhemenia Blue (DMH), Melinda Macky, Tallahassee, daughter of Linda Allred. Heavenly father, we thank you for the sincere prayers and words of encouragement from our sisters and brothers in Christ for those in need. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to laugh together, cry together, pray together, work together and stay together, for that which is right, holy and pleasing to you, our Holy Father. May all we do be an expression of praise to you and your darling son, Jesus Christ. We are learning that we must live so others can see Christ in our lives. We realize that we are not perfect because the Bible, your word, teaches us that no one is perfect but the Father. Therefore we realize that Jesus Christ is our only hope for eternal life, and that only how we treat and care for others in your name, will last. Keep us close to you always we pray in the name of Jesus--this is our prayer of intercessory for those in need. Amen.Congratulations!Special congratulations to our own Betty Hughes, 2014 honoree for Capital City Democratic Womens Club. Very well deserved.Looking aheadThe annual Womens Day observance will be held at New Brooklyn M.B. Church on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. Vicki Mays as guest speaker. Please make your plans to attend. Gerald R. Lyle Gerald R. Lyle, 76, of Perry, died Monday, Sept.1, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 14, 1937, in Erin, Tenn., to Herman Lyle and Ruby Bone Lyle. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Lyle came to Perry in 1962 to teach in Salem. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Auston Peay University majoring in science and math. After leaving the school system, he began work with Sportcraft Boat Manufacturing. He later went to work at RDS in the plastic division and retired in 2008. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sara H. Lyle of Perry; his son, Gerald Ray Lyles Jr. of Perry; his daughters, Sherri Lyle (Marcus Dowdell) of Perry and Sonya Sauls of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother, Larry Lyle of Erin, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Woodlawn Cemetery with Pastor Eddie Pridgeon ofciating. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Obituaries Youth from First United Methodist Church leave this weekend for Rock The Universe, a three-day music event in Orlando featuring Christian music groups. Pastor James Taylor reminds everyone in the community that youth and childrens ministries begin at 6;30 p.m. every Wednesday night at the church with Bible drills returning for the Fall slate of activities. Back to School Bash is this Sunday at PisgahHoping to get the 2014-15 school year off to a great start, Pisgah Baptist Church will hold a Back to School Bash this Sunday from 5-7 p.m. for everyone in the community. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be served; games will be provided for the kids, along with a bounce house. The church urges all to come fellowship with us. The church is located at the corner of U. S. 19 North and Harrison-Blue Road. Need lunch Sunday? Centennial dinners will be provided by New Brooklyn Church Sunday, Sept. 7, beginning at 12 noon. Your support is needed!
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A-10 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 Delores Leggett Walkers Christian/suspense novel, Gathering Promises, was released by CreateSpace in August 2014. It is the second book in the acclaimed Promise Series. It continues the saga introduced by Loren Taylor Shaw in the rst book, Legend of Promise. A third book, Promises Kept, will complete the trilogy and is set to be released in 2015. Walker, a former reporter for the Mayo Free Press and contributing columnist for Perry Newspapers, Inc., credits her writing ability to her on-the-jobtraining under the capable hands of more experienced newspaper folks who gave her the opportunity to learn the skill, even though her career started when she was in her mid-50s. After retirement, Walker wrote Lets Talk, for the Perry News-Herald. The folksy stories about growing up in Taylor County will be included in Daddys Supper Tales, a 100-page book set to come out in the future. That, along with inspiration from God, and growing up in Perry with the appreciation of a good story inherited from her daddy, Walker said she plans to write as many novels as her mind can create before she closes this chapter of her life. Most folks who have read my book recognize my ctional town of Monroe as my hometown, Mayo. Ive moved the town closer to the Gulf of Mexico, but events and people from my years in Mayo play a major role in the stories. The doublewedding ring quilt that is surrounded with mystery was indeed quilted by my husband Edwards greatgrandmother, Georgiana Sullivan Walker, during the Civil War. I weave actual events along with ctional ones, and hopefully it will make the readers want to take the journey with us as Loren plays out her destiny in life. Walker said she has drawn from several talented people in Mayo, like Jack Howdeshell who has created both book covers. Howdeshell used local areas such as Koon Lake, Wayfare Cemetery and even the Town Water Tank to photograph Walkers granddaughter, Brittany Walker, for the covers of both books. A trailer, produced locally to promote the series, is also in the works. Legend of Promise and Gathering Promises are available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle. Delores Leggett Walker Gathering Promises Walker debuts second book in Promise trilogy Fund-raiser is this Saturday The Taylor County JROTC Bulldog Battalion will hold a chicken dinner fund-raiser this Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the WalMart parking lot. Please help our JROTC cadets and the TCHS Bulldog Battalion raise money for their annual drill meets. Our cadets compete at the district, state and national levels, and need your help in raising money for travel, hotels and food, Senior Army Instructor Christopher McDaniel said. Dinners will be $6 (white meat) and $5 (dark meat); drinks, 85.White graduates from basic training in Texas Air Force Airman Danisha K. White graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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. White is the daughter of Paul and Mildred White of Perry, and Ida D. Pittman of Tallahassee. She is a 2012 graduate of James S Rickards High School, Tallahassee. Airman Danisha K. White Award-winning author Sydney Ann Clary, who has written many contemporary and historical romance novels under several pen names, will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library meeting on Monday, Sept. 29. Clary has written historical romance novels under the pen names of Sara Chance, Sherry Carr, Sydney Ann Clary and Lacey Dancer. Her latest novel is entitled Choices by Lacey Dancer and she is working on a non-ction book entitled Care Giving: Real Life Answers by Sydney ann Clary. Clary now lives on a farm in Live Oak. The program will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library, which is located at 403 N. Washington St. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Friends of the Library welcome award-winning romance author as guest speaker on Sept. 29 Four Taylor County students were named to the Presidents Honor Roll at the conclusion of North Florida Community Colleges (NFCC) Summer Term 2014. The Presidents Honor Roll recognizes outstanding academic achievement at the completion of each semester. Inclusion on the list is awarded to all full-time students who, during the term, have earned a grade point average of 3.75 or greater for at least 12 college credit hours of course work. Local students recognized for academic achievement and named to the Presidents Honor Roll for Summer Term 2014 are: Justin C. Calhoun, John O. Hilton, Joshua E. Leverette and Carrie A. McGuire. For more, please visit www.nfcc.edu. 4 from Taylor named to Presidents Honor Roll Remaining 2014-15 Taylor County School Open Houses Taylor County Head Start Sept. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Taylor County Pre-K Sept. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Perry Primary School Sept. 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Taylor County Elementary School Sept. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. Taylor County High School Sept. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Taylor County Career Academy at Taylor Technical Institute (formerly ACE program) Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. For Taylor County School District, Sept. 8-Sept. 19
United States Attorney Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida, announced that Elisa Christina Avila Jackson, 30, of Tallahassee, was arraigned this week in court after being charged by a federal grand jury with ve counts of wire fraud and one count of possessing a counterfeit Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stamp. The indictment alleges that between June 7, 2011, and Feb. 11, 2014, Jackson conducted a scheme to defraud owners of large tractor trailers around the State of Florida of monies that were to be paid to the IRS relating to the federal Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax. Jackson operated Bees Carrier Permitting and Licensing, Inc. (BCPL), which purportedly provided assistance to owners of large tractor trailers in preparing and ling their annual applications for registration with the State of Florida. As mandated by federal regulation, prior to issuing a vehicle registration, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles required BCPL and others applying for annual large tractor trailer registrations to provide a copy of a tax form stamped by the IRS as proof that the owners federal Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax had been paid. The indictment further alleges that Jackson collected from BCPL customers the amount due and owing to the IRS for the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax and promised to pay that amount to the IRS. However, rather than paying the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax to the IRS, Jackson created fraudulent IRS forms bearing a counterfeit IRS numbered remittance stamp, which forms falsely reected that these taxes had been remitted to the IRS, the ling stated. The indictment also charges that through this scheme, Jackson fraudulently obtained approximately $248,000.00. Counts one through ve of the indictment charge Jackson with wire fraud. For each of these counts, if convicted, Jackson faces a term of imprisonment of not more than 20 years, a period of supervised release of up to three years, a ne of up to $250,000, and a $100 special monetary assessment. Count six charges Jackson with possession of an IRS stamp with intent to defraud. The trial of this case is scheduled for Nov. 3, before the Honorable Robert L. Hinkle. The indictment results from an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services. A-11 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 Woman indicted for bilking big rig owners with false IRS stamp
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A-16 Perry News-Herald September 5-6, 2014 within the allowed limit of excused absences and the childs grades reect he or she is putting forth the effort in schoolthen the parents will be allowed to check in once a month with the court for the remainder of the truancy probation. Under the districts current attendance policy, students are deemed truant with ve unexcused absences per month or 15 unexcused absences in a 90day window. Truancy and student accountability go hand-inhand. If they are not there, they cant learn the material. One of the things Judge Blue stressed to the parents is that truancy court isnt about punishment, but if the truancy continues, parents receiving public assistance could see that stopped as a result of the truancy or they could face nes or jail time, Thompson said. Addressing the issues, Superintendent of School Paul Dyal said: Our school district, like all school districts in Florida, are part of a statewide accountability system as mandated by our state legislature and administered by the Florida Statutes. This accountability, through the Florida Statues, monitors the performance of students, teachers, principals, the schools and the school district for student performance on the Florida Standards. Students are held accountable for their performance on the new Florida Assessment and End-of-Course (EOC) exams. Teachers are held accountable through their evaluations, from which a portion is based on the performance of their students on the assessments that can determine receiving of performance pay. The principals are held accountable for their school based on the performance of the students that attend. This performance is part of their evaluation and also determines if they receive performance pay. The school is held accountable for the students performance as the school grade is based upon the prociency of the students based on the states school grading formula. The district is held accountable for the overall success of the schools based on all students prociency to determine the districts state issued grade. Because of the high stakes that student performance plays in the accountability model outlined in Florida Statutes, attendance has become even more important than it has ever been. To be able to cover all of the standards, assess the students for mastery and re-teach if needed, the schools have developed curriculum maps that are used to develop lesson plans that drive the instruction each day. Everyday school attendance is the only way that students have to be introduced to the skills and content that is required in each subject and each grade level. When a student misses school they miss the opportunity to be part of the instruction delivered by the teacher that day. The new Florida Standards are so rigorous and require intense instruction that make-up work doesnt replace classroom instruction. Our teachers, our principals and our district staff are required by statutes to enforce the laws that address school attendance as well as the responsibility in addressing what has to be done if students are not coming to school on a regular basis. Florida Statute 1003.21 School Attendance, is the compulsory school attendance law that governs students age six to age 16. Florida Statute 1003.26 Enforcement of School Attendance, governs the steps schools take to promote and enforce regular school attendance. In this statute, the schools after all attempts to correct nonattendance provide the documentation to the district ofce at which the documentation is submitted to the county judge for truancy. Taylor County School Board Policy 5.02 Student Attendance says that attendance be addressed in the Student Progression Plan. The Student Progression Plan addresses number of absences, unexcused absences and excused absences. This information is also a part of the student handbook for each of our districts schools. This information is based on Florida Statutes and Board Policy. The Taylor County School District encourages our students and parents/ guardians to adopt a philosophy that everyday school attendance is important. Allow our teachers to be able to be involved in the education of your child each and every school day. Remember, if your child has to miss school, send a note to their teacher, or call the ofce so you can have it recorded as an excused absence. We understand sometimes students have to miss. Remember, when your child isnt at school, they are missed. TRUANCY COURT Continued from page 1 Students accountable for academic performance hearings, but it cant raise them. According to County Finance Director Tammy Taylor, the budget originally included a three-percent raise for employees, but that was changed to the $1 per hour raise during the commissions discussions. Call-in and seasonal employees will not be included in the raises, she said. Because of an increase in the projected taxable value of the county, while tax rates are staying level, the commission is set to bring in an additional $208,000 in tax revenue for its general fund as well as $30,000 in its MSTU fund (which is funded on a tax on property in the unincorporated area of the county for services duplicated by the city such as re protection). The countys proposed 2014-15 budget totals $41.3 million, an increase of $4.2 million over the current year. According to Taylor, $1 million of the increase will result from accumulated excess sales tax revenue for the hospital as well as $725,000 in road paving grants and $409,000 in airport grants. Based on a budget summary provided by Taylor, many internal departments are set for increases over the current year due to the proposed raises. The commission has proposed to cut its funding of the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce ($5,000) as well as United Way ($20,384). The budget does include $10,000 for Main Street Perry and $1,500 for the Taylor Soil & Water Conservation Board. County to cut chamber, United Way funding? $1/HR RAISE Continued from page 1The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce announced that its next business after-hours event will be hosted by Vicki Brannen of Florida Drug, Alcohol & DNA Screening, LLC. The event will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, starting at 5 p.m., at the business Highway 19 location (23498 Highway 19 South, Suite 2, adjacent to Taylor Storage Center).Business After-Hours event set Sept. 11