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Want to volunteer with a 4-H club?The Taylor County 4-H Club year has kicked off with record attendance in all clubs, according to 4-H Extension Agent Abbey L. Tharpe. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H volunteer, contact Tharpe at 838-3508 or email at If you have a passion for Legos or robotics, we are currently seeking a volunteer to lead a 4-H Lego/Robotics club, she said.Adopt a Pet SaturdayTaylor County Animal Shelter and other local rescues will be taking part in the Pet Adoption Day hosted by Tractor Supply here this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pet owners and their pets are also invited to attend. The free event will also feature door prizes and giveaways. Taylor County 4-H Sharpshooters will be holding a bake sale and AMVET Riders of Perry will be on site offering concessions. Helping Hands of the Shelter will have grooming services available. Taylor County Animal Control, Meow or Never Rescue, Unless You Rescue and Subway Dixon Rescue will sponsor adoptable pets for the adoption event. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdaySeptember 19-20, 2014 Index Two sections 125th Year, No. Weather Friday87 69 40% Saturday87 67 Sunday87 67 20% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 40% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Sports . .................... A-6 Religion . .................. A-7 Entertainment . ........ B-2 TV listings . .............. B-3 Classieds . ............ B-6 News Forum Business of the Year Wilson wins top state award Brenda Wilson, owner of OQuinn Pharmacy, was named Florida Main Streets Business of the Year during the state conference held last week in Stuart. Secretary of State Ken Detzner presented the award to Wilson, who was honored for the historic preservationfocused improvements made to the pharmarcys 100-year-old building as well as the long-standing business practices that keep OQuinns successful and the support she gives Main Street Perry. A nine-member delegation from Perry attended the state awards program, including local Main Street board members and supporters David Sullivan, former Main Street Perry president and newly installed Perry City Councilman; Morris Steen, current Main Street president; Bob and Vivian Shefeld, Main Street board members; Tracey Smith, former program director; and Meagan Robertson, current director. The City of Perry received two awards, taking top honors for Outstanding Florida Main Street Public Improvement and Outstanding Florida Main Street Economic Restructuring Program. The rst award was presented for the citys newly established Rosehead Park. Completed in 2013, the project creates a a vibrant civic space for public and private use as well as Its ofcial: Steinhatchee River joins Fla. paddling trail system Please see page 3With the addition of the Steinhatchee River, Florida now has 50 state paddling trails. The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Ofce of Greenways & Trails designated the Steinhatchee River during the Taylor County Commissions meeting Tuesday evening. The Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA) also presented signs designating the communities of Keaton Beach and Steinhatchee as Blueway Communities. We are proud to add the Steinhatchee River as our 50th designated state paddling trail, said Florida State Park Director Donald Forgione. Designation of the river creates well-deserved recognition of this excellent destination for paddling, shing and wildlife viewing and will promote sustainable tourism and boost the economy for the local communities.Please see page 5 Robertson takes the helm at Main Street Perry native Meagan Robertson hit the ground running in her new position as program director for Main Street Perry, attending the states annual Main Street conference her second week on the job and now overseeing a communitywide gospel sing her third week in ofce. The Florida State University graduate said she is taking the hectic pace in stride and is eager to keep Main Streets momentum moving forward. Robertson said she hopes to create a feeling of community and make Perry a place that people are proud to call home. Her own family has historic ties to downtown Perry. For many years, Robertsons greatgrandfather, Seb Robertson, operated the Chevron Service Station across from OQuinns, in the heart of downtown Perry. I am excited about the opportunity to serve my community, and to be a part of the positive changes in the downtown area, she said. After graduating from Taylor County High School, Robertson attended FSU where she earned a degree in retail merchandising and product development. Please see page 3The Perry City Council will hold its nal public hearing Tuesday on its proposed 2014-15 budget that includes a 27.72 percent property tax increase as well as an increase in water rates. The hearing will be held at the council chamber, located adjacent to City Hall, starting at 5:30 p.m. Revenue from the proposed increases will generate the estimated $445,000 needed to cover the projected shortfall in the coming years budget. The decit stemmed from a combination of ination Contracts signed The City of Perry and the West Palm Beach-based BioNitrogen have signed the agreement under which the city will provide collateral guaranty on a $5 million line of credit taken out by the company for work on its proposed $300 million plant here. City Manager Bob Brown said Thursday that all of the City holds nal hearing on tax, water rate hikes Please see page 5 Please see page 8BioNitrogen moves forward


THE PERRY NEWS-HERALDSeptember 20, 1979THEATRE TO BE BUILT HERE?Hardtack Construction, Inc., out of Steinhatchee had applied for construction permits for a trio theatre to be built on Park Street, behind Perry Square Shopping Center. A game room and ice cream parlor were part of the original plans. The cost of the 8000-square-foot building was estimated to be $129,000 with construction slated to begin immediately. WHATS THAT IN THE SKY?Thats what organizers of the 1979 Florida Forest Festival hoped crowds would ask on Festival Day. The answer would be the U.S. Army Golden Knights who had agreed to perform aerial free fall demonstrations during this years celebration of forestry. The world-famous parachute team had already dazzled crowds throughout the U.S. and in 25 foreign countries.FOUR CONTESTANTS FEATURED ON FRONTFour contestants for Florida Forest Festival Queen were featured on the front page of this edition (which cost 15 cents): Renee Allen, Ginger Andrews, Lisa DAntonio and Shirley Williams.4-HERS EARN RECOGNITIONKay Dees was spotlighted for winning the I Dare You award while Andy Bethea walked away with the 4-Her of the Year Award, presented by Extension Agent Henry Davis. Melissa Gardiner won the Doyle Conner Department of Agriculture Award.WHAT A GAME!The headline on Sports page declared, Bulldogs surprise Lincoln 28-27. While the rst two quarters seemed to be a repeat of the previous weeks loss to Godby with fumbles and penalties, the Bulldogs came back after halftime ghting, the newspaper reported. Charlie Tyre scored the Bulldogs rst touchdown but it was answered by Lincoln, which then dominated 27-7. That would be Lincolns nal score of the night. Taylors defense held Lincoln, while the home team scored again and again (one credited to a Ricky Bolden run) to win the ght 28-27 and improve its overall standing to 1-1.FIRST BIRTHDAYHampton ChryslerPlymouth-Dodge was celebrating its rst birthday with a free sh fry including mullet, swamp cabbage, baked beans, hushpuppies and Pepsi. All guests would be given the opportunity to pop a balloon to nd out which door prize they wonfrom a list which included a black-and-white t.v., oil change, owers from Zeiglers Florist, complete car clean-up, Chrysler CB radio or a shopping spree at Tallahassee Mall. For the individual who found a needle in the haystack, a good used car was promised.A-2 Perry News-Herald September 19-20, 2014 Looking Back September 19-20, 2014 My Uncle Willie was known by many names. My cousin Pat and many of the older relatives called him Willie Dog. Back when I was a child, his close friends and the members of his softball team all called him Devil. Although I dont recall him having any real musical skills, a few folks called him Ted Taylor, after the legendary R&B and blues singer. His nieces and nephews referred to him as their favorite uncle. His cousins, namely Estella and Joe Louis, called him favorite cousin. And nearly everyone who met him, called him a good friend. He answered to all of them. I dont know how Willie got all of these names, but he wore each well. During his younger years, Willie was an avid boxer, having taken up the sport with our cousin Joe Louis. I can remember sitting in the stands at Forest Capital Hall watching Willies boxing matches, which wasnt an easy thing to do because of my grandfathers unwritten rule. If one person came home beaten up, every family member who witnessed the beating had better come home beaten up too. So, it took a lot to keep me, my brothers and cousins from climbing in the ring to throw a few punches too. Luckily, Willie never needed our help in the ring. Willie frequently used the skills he had acquired in the boxing ring to even the odds when it came to protecting his family or supporting the underdog. Although nicknames like Willie Dog and Devil conjure images of a mean, hard-to-dealwith person, Willie was the exact opposite until someone provoked him or bothered his family. Then, he became like his namesakes. I remember one evening when my friend Christina and I were being threatened by a man hanging outside of her salon. We called 9-1-1. However, before the cops could arrive, we looked out the window and saw Willie rushing up the road toward the salon. I was listening to the police scanner and heard that someone was up here threatening yall, he said as soon as we opened the door. Where is he? Christina wasted no time telling him who the perpetrator was and which way he went. Luckily for the young man, the police arrived Once, when a friend of his was being attacked by an unruly group of men at a local diner, Willie took it upon himself to intervene. By the time it was over, all Willies friend. one, jabbed the second one, and swung a roundhouse punch that knocked the other three down, the bullied friend bragged the next day. They didnt know who they were messing with. cant stand to see someone being picked on, Willie quickly added. In his later years, Willie prided himself on being called church usher. He was always a deeply religious man, but as he grew more with this role. During a conversation a few days before he passed, I jokingly reminded him that he used to be called Devil. He looked at me and shook his head and said, I used to act like a devil sometimes back then, but now Im just Gods child. And, in the end, he was. Remember when... By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comUncle Willie, Gods child The Sadler family The Taylor County Historical Society will publish a 2015 historical calendar and invites local civic organizations to include their meeting schedules on them. If your organization would like to be placed on the calendar, the prices are as follows: one monthly meeting for one year (12 posts), $50; weekly meetings for one year (52 posts), $100. Event sponsors (i.e. Florida Forest Festival, Relay For Life, etc.) may place their annual events on the calendar for $25 each, President Bettie A. Page said. The deadline to submit a calendar item has been extended to Thursday, Sept. 25. Please contact Page or historical society member J.T. Davis for additional information.Historical Society to publish 2015 calendar Exploring the Aucilla


A-3 Perry News-Herald September 19-20, 2014 recreation for families. The location of Rosehead Park encourages trafc in the downtown corridor in an effort to promote support for local businesses in Perrys historic downtown district, Robertson said. The second award recognized the city for its business incubator program located in the Historic Perry Station (train depot). Main Street Perry tied MainStreet DeLand Association, Inc., for the most awards received at the conference, with each group earning three rst place honors. DeLand is one of only two Florida Main Street programs to receive a national award from the National Main Street Center. Anytime we can be ranked up there with a program as successful as DeLand, we know were on the right track, Smith noted. All of the state awards selected were based on the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Florida MainStreet Awards Committee. The awards served to encourage and acknowledge the accomplishments of local Main Street programs, Robertson said. There are currently 40 Main Street communities in Florida. Through the local Main Street organization, Robertson will coordinate the various projects where Main Street is working to beautify, enhance and renew the downtown business district. Topping the list of those projects is this Sundays free gospel concert, Praise in the Park, at the Grand Pavilion in Rosehead Park, from 5-7 p.m. Next on the schedule will be a community Halloween Trunk or Treat event in downtown Perry, also from 5-7 p.m. Local businesses, churches and civic groups are invited to participate. Finally, she and other Main Street supporters are coordinating sales of a one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament (see related story) as a fund-raiser for the organization. For more information on any of these events and activities, please contact Robertson at the Main Street ofce, located in the Historic Perry Station, or call 843-1279. The nationwide, voluntary Main Street movement is 30 years old, and has as its purpose the revitalization of local downtown and neighborhood commercial districts. Main Street recognizes that the downtown commercial district is the economic engine, the big stage, the core of the communityOur Main Streets are the places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work and play. WILSON Continued from page 1 ROBERTSON Continued from page 1Next on Main Streets schedule: Praise in the Park, Trunk or Treat Limited edition Main Street Perry is offering a custom designed and hand painted ornament for the holiday season. The Historic Perry Station is featured on the ornament. Local photographer and Main Street volunteer Feebee Houck donated the photograph of the depot which served as the inspiration for this exclusive design. The prototype can be seen at the Main Street Ofce, located at the Old Depot. The ornaments are $25 each, and will arrive in a decorative gift box. Prepaid orders are now being accepted at the following downtown merchants: Debbies Jewels, Java Connection, Java Depot, Martys Embroidery, OQuinns Pharmacy, Photos and Frames Pinstripes and Polka Dots, The Shugar Shoppe, 3 Chicas,and Zeiglers Florist. Christophers Christmas Shop will also take prepaid orders. A limited number of ornaments has been ordered and delivery is expected in advance of Christmas. City is recognized with 2 top awards The Taylor County Commission received one bid this week for improvements to the Aucilla Rivers Williams Fish Camp Landing boat ramp, more commonly referred to as the Mandalay boat ramp. The commission opened the bid during its regular meeting Tuesday, with D&L Contracting submitting a bid of $166,125.03 for the project. With only one bid, which was within the available budget, the commission voted to accept the bid from D&L contingent on the bid committee nding the application in order. On Thursday, County Engineer Kenneth Dudley said the bid committee had not had an opportunity to review the bid yet. At Tuesdays meeting, Dudley said staff developed the work plan to cut down on the amount of time the ramp will be closed to minimize the inconvenience County awards bid on Mandalay Please see page 5


A-4 Perry News-Herald September 19-20, 2014 Living September brings babies to 2 families Fall arrives Monday Amanda Jayde DenmarkThomas and Dallas Denmark announce the birth of their daughter, Amanda Jayde, on Sept. 5, 2014, at 4:26 in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Patricia and Joseph Buhler. The babys maternal great grandparents are James and Betty Skipper. Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Barbara Denmark, and paternal great-grandparents are the late T.J.and Willie Mae Denmark.Ariana Levina MaldonadoSuzan Trujillo and Abraham Maldonado announce the arrival of their daughter, Ariana Levina, on Sept. 12, 2014, at 5:37 p.m. in Thomasville, Ga. She weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Daniel and Lea Trujillo (Whitehead) of Perry. Paternal grandparents are Coyo and Balvina Maldonado of Winter Haven. Ariana Levina Maldonado Amanda Jayde Denmark By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove columnist Shady Groves royalty contest is well underway but its not too late to get in on all the fun. Entry forms are available at Rockys Shady Grove Store. If you have questions, please contact Wendy Slaughter at 843-3146. Need volunteers!Calling all volunteers to the Shady Grove Councilsponsored auction on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Shady Grove Park from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with Ron Cox, auctioneer. If you have items you would like to donate to be auctioned, please call Claire Hatcher at 584-8370 or 850-253-5120 to arrange pick-up. We are also asking our ladies to bake their good cakes to be auctioned off. If you can help in any way, please give us a call, or just show up at the park. Concessions will be available. Get your ticketBeginning Oct. 1, council members will be selling tickets for a Savage Axis 308 Cal. Hunting Rie with 3x9x40 Bushnell Scope/ camo. Tickets will be $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. These fund-raisers will benet the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Annual Country Christmas event scheduled for Dec. 13. The Shady Grove Citizens Council invites all citizens to get involved in these events. This is your Shady Grove and we want you to help us make it a great place to live, work and play. The councils next meeting will be Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Cooking hints: cookies, use powdered sugar on your board instead of our. Cookies will have a better avor and wont get hard. until it is 75% done, some cooks advise, since salt draws out the juices and avor. Fall begins Sept. 22 is the ofcial rst day of fall. So Ill sign off with a Happy Fall to all...and Lord willing Ill see you back here in two weeks. Ryan Crosby, son of Travis and Liz Crosby, celebrated his 4th Birthday with family and friends at Shady Grove Park on Saturday, Sept. 13. Hot dogs, cake, ice cream and Ninja Turtles highlighted the day. Here he is, enjoying a quiet moment with his Papa Dale Rowell. Shady Grove prepares for royalty, auction


A-5 Perry News-Herald September 19-20, 2014 Presenting a certicate to the commission Tuesday, Ofce of Greenways & Trails Coordinator Liz Sparks said the designation is a tremendous resource for tourism. Tom McLaulin, president of FPTA, said the Steinhatchee River will get its own page on his organizations website to help promote the area to those looking for paddling options in Florida. Im delighted to have you on board, he said. Steinahtchee resident Meg Inorati, who has helped spearhead local efforts to secure the designations, thanked the commission as well as the Taylor County Tourism Development Council, the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and the Steinhatchee River Chamber of Commerce. At Tuesdays meeting, the commission unanimously approved a proclamation designating Taylor County a Blueway Community and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FPTA. A Blueway Community has paddling trails available and offers basic tourism amenities, which can be marketed as a nature-based tourism designation. Under the MOU, FPTA offers to promote Taylor County through its website and other media as well as conduct periodic guided tours. The Steinhatchee River is the latest of Floridas waterways to be designated a state paddling trail. The roughly eight-mile designated portion begins just below the historic Steinhatchee Falls, which has been an accessible river crossing for countless travelers through the ages. Steinhatchee Falls offers a picnic area and hand-launch access for small shing boats, canoes and kayaks. There is also a three-mile, multi-use trail that can be enjoyed by hikers, off-road cyclists and those seeking vibrant seasonal wildowers and wildlife. Fishing from a boat or kayak is a prospect for anglers, as both freshwater and saltwater species may be encountered depending upon the stretch of river. Improved boat ramps on both sides of the river in Steinhatchee and Jena mark the lower end of the paddling trail and provide access for all types of boaters. Visitors are urged to bring binoculars and a camera to capture photos of the wildlife frequently seen along the river corridor and the Gulf coastline. In the fall, colorful monarchs and other butteries feed upon wildowers as they migrate southward. Flocks of white pelicans and other migrating birds are supported by vast tracts of public conservation land that bracket the Steinhatchee River, providing critical habitat for an array of wildlife species inland and along the coastline. For maps and information about the new paddling trail, visit gwt/guide/paddle.htm. Steinhatchee and Jena will play host to the fth annual Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure during the weekend of Oct. 3-5, attracting an estimated 150 kayak paddlers and volunteers to the area. For more information, visit HiddenCoast costs ($180,000), increased stafng requirements for the City Fire Department ($200,000) and employee costs ($65,000 to include a proposed three percent employee pay raise and benets), City Manager Bob Brown said. The proposed millage/ property tax increase marks the rst increase in ve years for city taxpayers, he noted. The current tax rate (4.5 mils) is actually lower than it was nine years ago. When the recession hit in 200809 and property values dropped, the city council at that time decided not to adopt the rollback rate (the tax rate needed to generate the same dollars as a previous years budget), which would have actually been a tax increase. If they had adopted the rollback rate, then property taxes would have gone up every year since. Instead, they decided to stay with the 4.5 millage rate and that hasnt changed since about 2009. The proposed 5.7474 rate will generate $283,000, helping to offset the almost $500,000 decit. What that translates to is about a $64 a year increase for a homestead house valued at $100,000, Brown explained. Council members will also be looking to adjust water rates for city utility customers but are eyeing two options: one would eliminate the current xed rate (which ranges from $7.53 to a maximum $30.73) and institute a $20 minimum rate for all users; the second option would be a $5.10 increase to the current xed rate. Both options would raise the $280,000 needed to overcome the decit. It would be the same amount of money, just a different way to collect, Brown said. Also on the table is a proposed adjustment to the citys current gas rate. However, because we have fewer gas customers than water customers, you would be collecting the $280,000 from less people in fewer months (in the water option, the increase would be spread out across the year; increased gas usage is traditionally conned to winter months). to the public. Exactly when the work will begin has not yet been determined but it is expected to happen later this year or in early 2015. Dudley said they will work with the contractor to determine a time when the tides are most cooperative for construction. In April, the commission approved an agreement with the Florida Boating Improvement Program for a $178,000 grant to fund the improvements. A $44,000 match, which includes $15,000 of in-kind match services for engineering and grant administration, was included in the countys current budget. The project includes the removal of the existing boat ramp, construction of a new two-lane, concrete boat ramp and a handicappedaccessible parking area as well as the installation of a new gangway and dockage. The grant will also fund boater safety signage to be installed at the site. The boat ramp is owned by the federal government as part of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and managed by Taylor County as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. MANDALAY Continued from page 3 Boat ramp to be replaced CITY Continued from page 1 First property tax increase in 5 years PADDLING Continued from page 1 Steinhatchee to welcome 150 kayakers


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A-7 Perry News-Herald September 19-20, 2014 Religion Lisa Allen HatcherPerhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat upon a chair. Perhaps you sent us beautiful owers. If so, we saw them there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words that any friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much, whatever your part. Lisa Allen Hatcher Family Daughter of Betty Ann Curvin and Buddy Allen Sister of Frankie AllenDrawdyWe would like to take this time to give thanks for the prayers, care and food from our loved ones, friends and co-workers in this time of loss of our son and grandson. Again we say thanks and may God bless everyone. Again thanks, The Drawdy Family Cards of ThanksGary A. ConvilleGary A. Conville, 57, of Perry, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. He was born May 29, 1957, in Mt Clemens, Mich., to John and Eleanor (Jeneereaux) Conville. A member of Blue Creek Baptist Church, Mr. Conville was a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by: his niece, Rainbow Star BrubakerGass, and her husband, Quinton, and their three children: Cameron, Owen and Allyanna of Perry; and one sister Carol Robinson of Perry. Funeral services with military honors were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Pastor Harold Reams ofciating. The family received friends from 2-4 p.m., before and after the service. A memorial service then followed at Blue Creek Baptist Church. All arrangements were under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Obituary The Perry Caregiver Support Group, a service of the Alzheimers Project, will meet at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Sept.25, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room 9. If you are caring for a loved one, please consider joining this group, urged one participant. This is not just for caregivers of Alzheimers patients. If more people attend these monthly meetings (always on the fourth Thursday), more services can be provided in Perry.Caregiver support offered here on Thursday Community churches slate revivals, concerts Revival planned Sept. 24-26Bishop Corey Neal and Radical National Temple of Deliverance Church will host the Greater Glory Dimension revival Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Sept. 26. Services are planned nightly at 7:30. Pastor Collion Williams of Atlanta, Ga., will lead the revival. Organizers urge you to come and receive a blessing with your name on it.Lakeside observes 61st HomecomingLakeside Baptist Church will celebrate its 61st Homecoming on Sept. 28 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. with special speakers, music, food and fellowship. No Sunday School or evening services will be held.First Baptist hosts WalkersFirst Baptist Church will welcome The Walkers, national charting artists, on Sunday, Sept. 28, for a 6 p.m. concert. The community is invited to attend.Salvation Army continues its yard salesThe Salvation Army, located at 604 W. Julia St., reminds the community of its weekly yard sales each Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Your patronage is encouraged, so that proceeds from the sales can continue to benet community projects of the Salvation Army.Garden GetawayWomen of First Presbyterian Church are nalizing plans for a Garden Getaway at Dowling Park Oct. 10-11. A $25 fee applies; please contact the church for details. Oakland Baptist Church will celebrate its 139th Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 21. with services tonight, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. and also on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Dinner on the grounds, featuring mullet and swamp cabbage, will start at 1 p.m. after the Sunday morning service. Everyone is invited to both services; please bring a picnic basket to share on Sunday Oakland Baptist celebrates 139 years


A-8 Perry News-Herald September 19-20, 2014 documents between the city and BioNitrogen have been signed. We have funded the cash collateral account, he said, adding that the company was working to close on the proposed future site of the plant, a 55-acre property located on Foley Road (CR 30) owned by Foley Timber and Land Co. BioNitrogen Facility Manager Brian Samuels spoke to the Perry Rotary Club Tuesday, stating that the company is currently putting together a site plan for the Taylor plant. He also said that in addition to the proposed plants in Taylor and Hendry County, the company is looking to site a third plant in Florida as well. According to Samuels, the company will take woody biomass and run it through a gasier, converting it into syngas. Additional processes will result in urea fertilizer as well as several other byproducts which can be sold as well, he said. BioNitrogen President and Chief Financial Ofcer Bryan B. Kornegay Jr. said last week they hope to have a ribbon-cutting at the site within the next month with the goal of moving dirt by the end of the year. As for the city, Brown said the next step will be to begin engineering work on the infrastructure enhancements necessary to provide the plant with city water. We are going to start the engineers working on the infrastructure to meet their water needs, Brown said. It has been estimated that the improvements will cost between $3 million and $3.5 million. When the Perry City Council approved its incentive package for BioNitrogen this summer, Brown said the company had agreed to pay for up to $2 million of the infrastructure costs contingent on the city approving the collateral guaranty agreement. Also included in the incentive package were utility rate concessions totaling $8 million over 10 years with the company becoming a city natural gas and water customer. Brown said even taking into account the concessions, the city is projected to receive more than $1 million in utility revenue per year from the company once the plant begins operation. On Tuesday, the Taylor County Commission voted 4-0 to instruct County Attorney Conrad Bishop to draft an ordinance for its already approved property tax abatement for BioNitrogen. In May, the commission unanimously approved ad valorem property tax abatements for the company totaling 70 percent of its property tax assessments for 10 years. Local economic development ofcials have estimated that the plant could bring in as much as $220 million in capital investment to the county. Using a model assuming $100 million in capital investment, the county would still see approximately $235,000 in annual tax revenue from BioNitrogen after the abatements. BioNitrogens proposed plant is projected to create 52-55 manufacturing jobs in the county with an average starting salary of $38,000 plus benets. According to company ofcials, Deutsche Bank is prepared to purchase a series of industry revenue bonds issued by the Taylor County Development Authority (TCDA) once the local project reaches a certain point in its development. The city-guaranteed line of credit is expected to provide nancing assistance up to that point, with funding for civil engineering work, trafc studies and other site specic work at the property. Brown said the company will turn in invoices which would have to be approved by the city before payment is made through the line of credit. The funds will only be available for site work connected to the proposed Perry site. BIONITROGEN Continued from page 1 Company hopes to be moving dirt by years end Members of the City of Perry Fire Department and Taylor County Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the reghters annual Fill the Boot fund-raising campaign this weekend to benet children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Taylor County area. More than 10 members of the City of Perry Fire Department and Taylor County Fire-Rescue will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this years drive on Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, at Wal-Mart and Winn Dixie in Perry from 9 a.m. to noon. Throughout 2014, MDA and reghters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the ght against life-threatening muscle disease, said Area Director Crystal Ralys. Fireghters in the Taylor County area do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group, dedicating countless hours of their time every year participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. Were grateful for the support of these inspiring, seless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families health, wellbeing and quality of life, and were excited to make this years City of Perry Fire Department and Taylor County Fire Rescue Fill the Boot campaign the most successful yet. ( Funds raised through the 2014 City of Perry Fire Department and Taylor County Fire Department Fill the Boot event will help support MDAs programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support--which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a weeklong, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Dowling Park. In 2013, more than 100,000 reghters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country, raising $26.2 million.City Fire Dept., Fire-Rescue will support MDA campaign by Filling the Boot this weekend Saturday, Sept. 20 Sunday, Sept. 21


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B-1 Perry News-Herald September 19-20 2014 While in Orlando, the First Presbyterian Church youth group handed out approximately 300 puzzle pieces at Disneyworld telling all recipients, You are an important piece of Gods purzzle. Shown from left are: Genie Early, Daniel Everett, Suzan Everett, Dilan Clark, Roland Early, Cole MacNeill, Haiiey Torres, Mitchell Worthy, Ember Sprigle, Joanie McNeill, Donna Sprigle, Maicie Clark, Anna Morgan, Sally MacNeill, Katie King and Brandon Allen. Perry was well represented at Disneyworld in Orlando when the annual Night of Joy was celebrated. Calvary Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church and Crosspoint Christian Fellowship were all represented, hearing such leading contemporary Christian artists as Casting Crowns, Mercy Me and Britt Nicole. First United Methodist Church converged on Universal Studios for the same weekend, to participate in Rock The Universe, also featuring Christian musical groups. Calvary Baptist Church (above and left) lled a bus for the trip to Orlando. The weather dampened t-shirts but not the groups enthusiasm. Cornerstone youth (above) Audie Ash, center, and Canyon Gray enjoyed concerts by contemporary Christian artists. Seminoles and Gators from First United Methodist Church joined youth from all over the United States at Universal Studios. Rocking the Universe were (l to r) Rosie Flores, Alex Flores, Brittany Niles and Catherine Crawford. Night of Joy Abigail Wynn, Trista Knowles and Mattie Drawdy represented First Baptist Church, doing their time in the stocks. Zach Bembry, kneeling, surrounded himself with friends from First Baptist Church, including: back row (l to r) Haleigh Bembry, Ruth McGeehee, Cali Burkett, Jessica Knowles, Brittany Hughes, Kacey Parker and (middle row) Mattie Drawdy, Abigail Wynn and Trista Knowles. Braving the weather from Calvary Baptist were Trina Stengel, Jessica Ricketson, Alan Hall, Marti Lee, Connor Stengel and Katie Ricketson with Treyton Kirk trying to get in the picture. Meagan Mosley and Harley Mosley rode out the weekend!


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