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Cake auction, yard sale today, Saturday Two fund-raisers benetting Ricky Peterson and his family will be held today (Friday) and Saturday. The rst, an online cake auction, opens at 11 a.m. on Facebook (Benet Cake Auction for Ricky Peterson) and closes at 6 p.m. A yard sale and rafe will be held Saturday at Perry Connections (formerly Jacksons Furniture), starting at 8 a.m. Tickets will be available for a chance to win a cam-locker toolbox donated by American Aluminum Accessories. Peterson, who sustained traumatic brain injuries in a four-wheeler accident in August 2011, will draw the winning tickets at 3 p.m. Peterson has been given the opportunity to undergo extensive therapy at Brooks Rehab Hospital in Jacksonville for the next two to three months. Proceeds from the fundraisers will help his family with relocation expenses.Say cheese! Enter Baby Photo Contest todayEntries are now being accepted for the 2014 Florida Forest Festival Baby Photo Contest. The entry fee is $9 and age categories include: 0-6 months, 7-11 months, one year, two years, three years and four years. Prizes will be awarded for rst, second and third place in each age group. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: uniqueness of photo; capturing the moment; baby showing personality; and photogenic quality. Only one photo per child may be entered and photos must have been taken after April 1, 2014. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 10. Winners will be announced during the Florida Forest Festival Little King & Queen Pageant Saturday, Oct. 11. Entries may be turned in at Photos & Frames, located at 102 East Main Street. For more information, please call 5846979. The 59th annual Florida Forest Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 25. For more on this years festival activities, please visit online. www.oridaforestfest. org.Paddling Adventure is this weekend in Steinahtchee, JenaSteinhatchee and Jena will play host to the fth annual Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure (HCPA) this weekend (Oct. 3-5). This year the event has expanded to include a prefestival paddle with primitive overnight camping on Butler Island, one of the stops on the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail. A morning birding tour with FWC, a pontoon boat ride and a tour of Steinhatchee Landing will provide non-paddling options as well. On Saturday afternoon the public is invited to visit the Steinhatchee Community Center to see a variety of displays and to observe Deb Akins share her skills building a wooden kayak. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayOctober 3-4, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 40www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday87 70 40% Saturday82 68 Sunday77 44 Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald Looking Back . ......... A-4 Living . ..................... A-5 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Fun Page . ............. A-11 Classieds . .......... A-12 Some 25 junior princes and princesses will take the stage at Forest Capital Hall Saturday, Oct. 11, for the 59th annual Florida Forest Festival Little King and Queen Pageant. This years theme is Welcome to the Jungle and the opening number will feature the contestants dressed as different jungle animals. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. This years contestants are: (in the order they will appear on stage) Trey Roco, Mabry Johnson, Jalen Albritton, Briana Edwards, Bradley Freeman, Hunter Sparkman, Kaylan Barnes, Aiden Chapman, Aubriana Vann, Jalyn Sheppard, Colin Stiles, Kyran Barnes, Kennedy Padgett, Nolan Amman, Andrea Smith, Marshall Slaughter, Hannah Staab, Kolton Parker, Praislyn Ash, Cason Camps, Melissa Sunderland, Georgia Miller, Callen Morgan, Paiyton Clark and Preston Denmark.Welcome to the Jungle Child porn suspect tries to kill wife, self A Perry man facing multiple child pornography charges attempted to kill his wife and himself in a failed murder-suicide attempt late last week. Ernest Franklin Jones, 69, had been released on his own recognizance (ROR) in August following a second arrest for child pornography charges. (Jones was rst arrested June 12 and charged with three counts of possession of child pornography following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). He posted a $30,000 bond and was released. The State Attorneys Ofce led an additional 11 charges against Jones Aug. 15. The Perry man was booked at the Taylor County Jail and released at that time ROR per the order of Judge Bill Blue.) He was arrested Thursday, Sept. 25, on a charge of attempted murder and Blue ordered he be held without bond (he also revoked the $30,000 bond Jones posted at his initial arrest in June). Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce Deputy Jimmy Cash Ernest Jones Please see page 3 Taylor County: Live United Holton drops Brown from lawsuit United Way team announces $275,00 goal for Taylor County The 2014-15 Taylor County United Way campaign is ofcially underway after its annual kick-off breakfast Tuesday morning, with volunteers working to reach this years fund-raising goal of $275,000. The goal was announced by Campaign Team Member Scott Barton, who also chairs the local allocation team, which determines which agencies receive the funds and how much. There is no chairperson for this year, as the campaign team will be running the program collectively. Tuesdays event was hosted by the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center, with the breakfast sponsored by County Commissioner Malcolm Page. Karen Frazee, director of business campaigns for the United Way of the Big Bend, thanked the 85 people in attendance and noted that the county raised $254,000 last year. Ive been with United Way for 11 years, she said. When (United Way Campaign Associate) Glenda (Hamby) asks me to come to Taylor County, I truly love it, because you all are a very special group of people. Really, we cant do what we do without all of you. Your presence here indicates your dedication to help your community every single day. Its people like you who truly make things happen. The proceeds from the breakfast were collected, with a drawing held between the more than 20 agencies served by the Taylor County United Way. The senior center ultimately won the drawing, receiving $345. Following the drawing, Barton addressed the crowd. I want to talk a little bit about the investment team, he said. This year, we did have over $254,000 to allocate. Thats the good news. The bad news is that Please see page 3 FDOE upgrades TCES to C school Taylor County Elementary Schools (TCES) original 2013-14 grade of a D has been upgraded to a C after the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) granted an appeal by the school district, contending that testing data for seven students was omitted from what the state reviewed when making its determination. Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart notied Superintendent Please see page 10U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle issued an order Thursday, Oct. 1, supporting a motion from local business owner Tonya Holton dismissing claims against City Manager Bob Brown in the federal lawsuit she has led against the City of Perry. Brown was previously named individually in the lawsuit. Holtons attorney, James Garrity of the Marie A. Mattox, P.A., law rm, led a motion to dismiss (with prejudice) the claims against Brown on Sept. 26. The action followed a notice of sanctions that Browns attorney, J. David Marsey of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, led with Holtons representatives. The sanctions were basically asking them to take action regarding parts of the lawsuit that didnt meeting legal standards. I am glad they are realizing they had no legal support in the claims against me, Brown said. The claims in her lawsuit were not backed up by law. Since the actions cited in the letter have been cured, then the sanctions will not be led with the court, he Please see page 3
Taylor County Supervisor of Elections Dana Southerland is warning local voters than a yer recently sent out to people across the state has incorrect information regarding absentee ballots for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 4. Many of you have called our ofce questioning a yer that you received stating that you should have already received your absentee mail ballot, Southerland said. This yer began hitting mail boxes all across Florida over the weekend. The yer is very misleading and, in fact, is inaccurate. Per Florida Statutes the rst day to begin mailing domestic absentee mail ballots in any county in the state was Tuesday, Sept. 30. According to Southerland, her ofce is working diligently to process the absentee requests we have received to date as these are hand processed in our ofce by your elections staff. If you have made an absentee mail ballot request, you should receive your ballot by the end of this week. Please dont ever hesitate to call your Supervisor of Elections ofce if you have any questions concerning any election and we apologize for the voter confusion this yer has generated. Apparently the source of this yer was not familiar with the election laws. Local voters are reminded that Floridas book closing date for the General Election is Monday, Oct. 6. The book closing date is the statewide deadline to register to vote or make any party changes, Southerland said. Local voters can visit the elections website at www. taylorelections.com for additional information or call the elections ofce at 838-3515. 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. The ornaments are $25 each, and come in a decorative gift box. Ornaments are availble 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 as well as Christophers Christmas Shop. A-2 Perry News-Herald October 3-4, 2014 Shop now for the holidays Alert issued for voters; books close Monday
A-3 Perry News-Herald October 3-4, 2014 was dispatched to Jones home at 10229 Puckett Road around 6:39 p.m. last Thursday after a caller reported he observed a hose running from a truck in Jones front yard into the front bedroom window. Upon arrival I observed a red Dodge truck backed up to the front window on the southeast side of the home. The truck was not running but was warm to touch. There was a PVC pipe duct-taped and placed inside the exhaust pipe of the truck. A hose, approximately two inches in diameter, was duct-taped to the other end of the PVC pipe. The hose was also duct-taped to the shrubbery under the window in order to apparently stabilize the hose. The window screen was pulled out and the hose went into the window. A white towel was placed in the window to seal the gap of space. It was obvious this was an attempt to pump carbon monoxide into the home, Cash reported in Jones arrest afdavit. The deputy made contact with Jones in his front yard; according to the report, Jones initially said it was a misunderstanding and that he was testing new CO2 sensors he had recently purchased and placed in his home. Cash asked to speak to Jones wife and the defendant stated she was inside but in her night clothes. After explaining he (Cash) needed to conduct a welfare check on her, Jones allowed him into the home. Cash found the woman seated a recliner in the living room; she appeared to be sleepy and somewhat disoriented, the ofcer observed. There was also a heavy amount of fumes coming from within the home. When questioned, the woman stated she did not know her husband was testing any sensors. She also admitted that he had spoken of wanting to die recently. She adamantly denied wanting to commit suicide and repeatedly stated she had no idea her husband was pumping poisonous fumes into the home, Cash stated in his report. An inspection of the homes master bedroom revealed the bedroom door was propped open with an ornament and that the hose the defendant allegedly placed in the window was located directly beside the bed. Cash also observed that the right side of the bed appeared to have been recently slept in and that there was a yellow, legal size envelope in plain view on the dress labeled will. The deputy also saw where the bottom of the bathroom door had been sealed with laundry. A Miranda warning was read to Jones who denied attempting to kill himself or his wife, again stating he was trying to test the CO2 sensors in the home. He admitted to having messed up earlier this year, in reference to a recent arrest. He admitted to starting the vehicle and running exhaust into the occupied home, but only for a few minutes. Jones placed under arrest for attempted murder and transported to the Taylor County Jail. TCSO Sgt. Ray Kellerman also responded to the scene and assisted Cash with the arrest. we had requests for $80,000 more. Even worse, that was $25,000 less than what we gave the previous year. We have had times over the past 10 years, when we had lots more requests than we had money, but we were pretty much able to keep things the same. This year, somebody had to be cut. Usually, I wont say it is an easy process, but a lot of times its not difcult when theres just a small gap between what we have to give and what is requested. This year, we spent hours. He went on to thank the members of the allocation team, which includes June Evans, Ronnette Grifn, Debbie Bassett and Zach Bradshaw. Something Im going to ask you this year: make my job easier, Barton said. Lets start your campaigns. Lets run strong campaigns. He then announced the Taylor County fund-raising goal of $275,000. Thats a number I think we can meet, he said. Weve met it before, but we are the ones who can make that happen. Remember: I am. You are. We are United Way. The Taylor County United Way supports more than 20 local organizations, including 2-1-1 Big Bend, Ability 1st, Alzheimers Project, American Red Cross, Americas Second Harvest, Big Bend Cares, Big Bend Hospice, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Brehon, Childrens Home Society, Early Learning Coalition, Elder Care Service, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girl Scouts, Healthy Start Coalition, Needy School Children Fund, Refuge House, Taylor County Extension 4-H Foundation, Taylor County Special Olympics, Taylor County Senior Citizens Center and Taylor Leadership Council. said. In the order issued Thursday, Judge Hinkle stated: The claims against the defendant City of Perry remain pending. Contacted Thursday, Holton said: Ultimately, I made the decision to drop the suit against Bob Brown individually. The council is responsible for Bobs actions because they employ him as city manager and continued to employ him in that capacity despite the charges in my complaint and prior allegations. (A full copy of Holtons amended complaint against the city can be found at www.perrynewspapers. com). In the complaint, Holton is alleging violations of her rst amendment rights as well as persecution as a self-proclaimed whistleblower. Holton, a former member of the citys Planning & Zoning Board, Code of Enforcement Board, Board of Adjustment and Tree Board, led the lawsuit in late March seeking $75,000 in damages. UNITED WAY Continued from page 1 I am. You are. We are United Way. SUSPECT Continued from page 1 Husband said he was testing new CO2 alarms LAWSUIT Continued from page 1Claims against City of Perry remainWho will be Taylor Countys DYW 2014? Join (l to r) Jharmara Simmons, Haley Horner, Clara Taylor, Viva Gunter, Emily Arnold, Niya Lawson and Michayla Mitchell Saturday night, Oct. 4, at Forest Capital Hall as they compete in the 59th annual Florida Forest Festival Distinguished Young Women (DYW) Program. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.
Editors Note: As Taylor County prepares to celebrate its 59th annual Florida Forest Festival, we take a look back at a recollection written nearly a decade ago by the very rst Pine Tree Festival queen, Carol Smith. In it, she describes her memories of the rst Pine Tree Festival. Clad in a rufed gown of white confection, complemented by elbowlength gloves and a sparkling tiara, young Carol Smith glowed on the grandstand of the rst Pine Tree Festival. The pretty Taylor County High School sophomore was crowned the rst Miss Pine Tree Festival Queen in October 1956 and recalls feeling so nervous that she didnt hear a word the keynote speaker said that day. There were 22 of us nominated to run. The high schools in Perry, Foley and Salem all had nominees... there were two nominees from each homeroom class in the schools and we were voted on by the students of each school. The best I can remember, the student body voted in all three schools and I guess my name came up the most. There was no talent competition, no bathing suit competition, the former beauty queen said. Now retired and living in St. Augustine with her husband, John P. Jagodinski, she speaks with great fondness of the day in the spotlight during the Taylor Countys rst forestry celebration. The festival started as an educational tool because of the forest res in the area that were crippling Taylor Countys economic base in the timber industry. That was how it was conceived in 1956. I didnt have to go and make speeches or anything of that nature, but I did ride in the parade in front of all those people. We then went to the park and Mr. (Henry) Dorsett crowned me and gave a speech. I was so excited and overwhelmed I really dont know what he said in his speech. The next year, I crowned Elizabeth Blume as the second Miss Pine Tree Festival Queen. The Florida Forest Festival is 50 years of tradition and is a symbol of Taylor Countys timber industry past and present. The timber industry, as well as the Florida Forest Festival, has indeed put Taylor County on the map statewide. The citizens of Taylor County working together on behalf of the Florida Forest Festival will only further promote the uniqueness of Taylor County and its industries. Summing up her experiences with the festival and Taylor County, Jagodinski said, I thank the citizens of Taylor County for all they have given me throughout the years.JOGIE BROWN TO REIGN AS QUEENEighteen-year-old Jogie Brown was selected from 13 contestants to serve as Florida Forest Festival Queen in pageantry at Forest Capital Hall. Her court included third runner-up, Amanda Stephens; second runnerup, Lisa Shaw; rst runnerup, Shelia Sayers; and Janet Guenthner who was chosen Miss Congeniality.WHAT ABOUT THE BOYS?Last weeks edition featured the candidates for Little Queen. This weeks newspaper included pictures of the hopefuls for Little King, and they included: Benji Hendry, Lewis Cruce, Jerrod Walker, Garrett Lundy, Trey Howard, Ty Bennett, Samuel McElveen, Lee Ratliff, Eric Slaughter, Lance Holder, Ray Diamond, Lucas Perryman, Jay Ricketson, Mark Wiggins, Ashley Belle, Calvin Morgan, Jason Vinson, Michael Jolley, Michael Wade Von Stein and Michael Newman.TWO WEDDINGS, ONE ENGAGEMENTPeggy Ferrell became the bride of Robert Vaughan at the First Presbyterian Church. Her sisters, Pamela and Polly, were bridesmaids. Winifred Kelly and Gary Keith Hathcock were married at Southside Baptist Church on Aug. 5 with the Rev. Jack Anderson ofciating. The family of Brenda Kay Drung announced her forthcoming marriage to James William (Chip) Freeman, son of Mrs. Sarah Freeman and James Freeman Sr. of Perry.THREE ARE NEWAmy Lynn Cruce was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kent Cruce on Sept. 23 at Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mixon welcomed a daughter, Julie Ann, to their family on Sept. 23. She weighed 9 pounds, 6.5 ounces when she arrived at DMH. Tanya Renee Strevel was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tony Strevel on Sept. 20 at DMH.A-4 Perry News-Herald October 3-4, 2014 Looking Back October 3-4, 2014 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD October 4, 1979 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE firstname.lastname@example.orgA mystery to solve Shonny and I need your help to solve a couple of mysteries. When I was growing up, nothing peaked my interest and my friend Shonnys interest like a good mystery. And the best kinds of mysteries back then were those that involved people in our neighborhood. There were the whatever happened to mysteries. When Mr. So-And-So and Miss You-Know-Who-Im-Talking-About, who lived down the street from each other, disappeared one day, the talk around the neighborhood was they had ran off together. My momma said they were boyfriend and girlfriend, one of the neighborhood kids said, quoting his mother. And that they left here hitchhiking together. Although it was hard to picture these two senior citizens on the side of the highway with their thumbs out, we let ourselves believe this rumor. When I told my grandmother what Id heard about our former neighbors disappearance, instead truth, she told me not to believe everything I heard. Then what happened to them? I asked. I dont know, she answered. But, hopefully, theyll come back soon and then they can tell everyone where theyve been. Thirty-some years after Mr. SoAnd-So and Miss You-Know-WhoIm-Talking-About vanished from the neighborhood, Shonny and I still what happened to them. Then there were the could that really happen? mysteries. These types of mysteries, which today could be answered with a simple Google search, resulted in more than a few sleepless and sometimes hungry nights. I was around nine or 10 when my neighbor, Ms. Rosa Lee, died after eating leftover meatloaf. At least thats what the neighborhood street committees autopsy results determined. They just found Ms. Rosa Lee dead, one of the neighborhood kids burst through the door and yelled. What happened? I quickly asked. They say she ate some leftover meatloaf, he said. If they just found her, how do they already know what killed her? my older cousin asked. They found the plate of meatloaf answered. neighborhood kids begin to boycott meatloaf. My grandmother, unfazed by the street committees autopsy results, continued cooking meatloaf. We dont eat meatloaf, I informed her as my brothers and I sat at the dining table staring at the meatloaf and wondering if our grandmother was trying to rid herself of us. Yall can sit there and not eat if you want to, she would tell us, but Im not cooking anything else. So, off to bed we went hungry. Today, we still dont know if leftover meatloaf is bad for you, but until the mystery is solved, well eat meatloaf, but only if its fresh out of the oven. Quotable Quote Queen for a day ...Florida Forest Festival Royalty AlwaysCarol Smith was a sophomore in high school when she was crowned the Carol Smith The newest member of Taylor Countys Florida Forest Festival royalty will be named during the 2014 Distinguished Young Women program Saturday, Oct. 4, at Forest Capital Hall. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and all are invited. When the winner is symbolically crowned, she will join the ranks of a proud line of title-bearers: 1956 Carol Smith 1957 Elizabeth Blume 1958 Judy Warren 1959 Martha Carter 1960 Wanda Morgan 1961 Hazel Redd 1962 Mildred Hendry 1963 Suzanne Redmon 1964 Marie McMillan 1965 Ann Williamson 1966 Mary K. Brillhart 1967 Mary Clark 1968 Ann Massey 1969 Reba McDaniel 1970 Martha Lott 1971 Georgia Puckett 1972 Kay Griner 1973 Sheryl Moore 1974 Susan Spradley 1975 Pam Ferrell 1976 Carol Fife 1977 Charise Williams 1978 Kathleen Woodward 1979 Jogie Brown 1980 Diane Hagan 1981 Thalia Karakitsios 1982 Connie Wentworth 1983 Amy Eckel 1984 Kathy Archer 1985 Denise Lewis 1986 Beth Davis 1987 Cindy Chasteen 1988 Mina Krishnamurthy 1989 Allison Kinsey 1990 Jennifer McGlocklin 1991 Lori Cannon 1992 Shelly Ferguson 1993 Angie Bradshaw 1994 Christy Massey 1995 Callie Whiteld 1996 Emily Murphy 1997 Nimi Patel 1998 Lydia Veal 1999 Lori Jones 2000 Kaci Blue 2001 Ashley Wigglesworth 2002 Leah Brooks 2003 Sarah Milam 2004 Jessica Manning 2005 Allison Bassett 2006 Jennifer Tedder 2007 Lauren Hardin 2008 Shabrala Dunwoody 2009 Maisie Wilson 2010 Marybeth Clark 2011 JaBrayla Bell 2012 Megan Huyck (DYW of Perry) Molly Wilson (DYW of Taylor Co.) 2013 Makenzie Cannon 2014 To be named Oct. 4 Who will be named DYW 2014?Do your best and dont worry.--Alain Whyte and Steven Morrissey
A-5 Perry News-Herald October 3-4, 2014 Living Sneezing? Dont blame the Goldenrod By DEBORAH ROSS Taylor County Master Gardeners Fall is nally here with cooler temperatures, shorter days, beautiful fall blooming wildowers, and for many folks, the sneezing, coughing and runny nose of allergy symptoms. Some of the showiest of the wildowers this time of year are the goldenrods. With their bright yellow owers they are often blamed for the problems that allergy sufferers have to deal with; but, if you take a closer look around, most likely you will see the real culprit of the allergy problems growing nearby common ragweed. Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and goldenrods (Solidago spp.) are both in the Asteraceae family, both are native to North America, and are often found growing together in disturbed elds, along roadsides, This is showy goldenrod, a sign of Fall This is ragweed; it may make you sneeze This is goldenrod and ragweed, thriving together Farm Bureau salutes Dormans, FFA Taylor County Farm Bureau held its 2014 annual meeting Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. featuring the traditional Farm Bureau BBQ dinner. Billy Murphy, Taylor County Farm Bureau president, welcomed all, reminding them of the important role Farm Bureau plays in preserving the American Family Farm and its heritage, as well as this nations many freedoms while working to create a fair system of taxation as well as an abundant and healthy domestic food supply. Guest speaker for the meeting was Ronnie Simmons who extolled the virtues of Future Farmers of America (FFA), looking to the next generation. The William Rusty Dorman Family was recognized as Farm Family of the Year for Taylor County. Jerry Register presented the Dormans with a plaque demonstrating Farm Bureaus appreciation. If you have questions about becoming a member, please call 584-2371. Please see page 10Guest speaker Ronnie Simmons praised the goals and accomplishments of Future Farmers of American (FFA) in his remarks to Taylor Countys Farm Bureau. President Billy Murphy welcomed everyone. Jerry Register recognized Debbie and William Rusty Dorman as Farm Family of the Year. 4-H Livestock Club members helped serve the traditional bbq dinner.
A-6 Perry News-Herald October 3-4, 2014 ReligionBe at Dorsett Field Wednesday at 7 The 2014 Fields of Faith gets underway at Dorsett Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The event will feature worship songs led by the Praise Band which includes: Ashley Phillips and Michael Sullivan, vocals; Zach Bradshaw, guitar; Noah Sadler, bass guitar; Mackenzie Wynn and Cindy Bradshaw, keys; and Keaton McKinley, drums. Testimonies and skits are planned by students from several churches in the community. Pastor Tyler Campbell of First Baptist Church will conclude the program. Everyone in the community is cordially invited to participate. ObituariesChris HightowerChris Hightower, 45, died at Doctors Memorial Hospital in Perry on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. A lifelong resident of Taylor County and a Baptist, she was born on April 5, 1969, to George Emory Hightower and Mary Anne King, now deceased. She worked as a paralegal for Smith, Smith & Curtis Attorneys at Law. Survivors include: her two sons, Trenton Connor Jones and Ridgley Baryt Hilson, both of Perry; one daughter, Amara Holly Jones of Gainesville; her partner, Justin Hilson of Perry; two brothers, Robert Emory Hightower and David Keith Hightower, both of Perry; three sisters Candy Sue Hightower and Sherry Lane Hightower of Perry and Jennifer Newell of Crawfordville; and one granddaughter. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. A memorial fund has been set up for her children at Citizens State Bank of Perry. Donations may be made to Memorial FundAmara Holly Jones. Beggs Funeral Home Perry Chapel is in charge arrangements. Addie Varie AlvarezAddie Varie Alvarez, 94, died at her home in Perry on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014. She was born in Taylor County to John Lacy and Telithia Lee. She worked many years as a salesperson for companies such as Avon and Tupperware. After living in Hudson, she moved back to Perry in 1997 and was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witness. Survivors include: one grandson, John Wesley Alvarez of Perry; two great-granddaughters, Tamela Maxwell and Andrea Maxwell; and one great-great-grandson, Damien Craven. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Pete Alvarez, and one son, Nelson Alvarez. The family held a memorial service at 10 a.m., Sept. 29, at Kingdom Hall. Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.Pearlie Mae SmithPearlie Mae Smith, 87, of Perry, died on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., she was a member of St. Peter Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include: two daughters, Lillie Mae Grifn and Hattie Bell Smith, and one son-in-law, Alex Grifn Sr., all of Perry. Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m. at Antioch M.B. Church, with interment at Springhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today (Oct. 3) at Evans-Walker Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.Please see page 10 New Home, Lake Bird observe Homecoming this weekend DuBose to speak for HomecomingJayce DuBose will be guest speaker at New Home Baptist Church Sunday when the congregation marks its 73rd Homecoming. Special music will be provided by the adult and childrens choirs for the occasion. A Homecoming Meal will follow the 11 a.m. service; everyone is invited to attend.Pastor Miles will be honoredNew Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church will honor Elder Floyd Miles and Felicia Miles this Saturday and Sunday. A pre-anniversary prayer service will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with Minister George Clayton of New Brooklyn M.B. Church as guest speaker. Breakfast will follow. The celebration continues Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with Elder Willie Chambers and the Mt. Olive P.B. Church of Lamont ofciating. Faith welcomes River JordanFaith Baptist Church will welcome River Jordan Gospel Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 5, for the 10:30 a.m. service. Lunch will be served following the service.Watson Family to lead worshipCricket Watson will be the guest speaker for Homecoming services at Lake Bird Methodist Church this Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. Special music will also be provided by Watsons family. A covered dish luncheon will follow worship; the public is invited to attend. Please see page 10
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