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Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayOctober 24-25, 2014 Index Weather Friday80 45 Saturday 80 46 Sunday82 48 Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . .......... A-12 One section 125th Year, No. Carnival! Wednesday evening brought the opening of the annual Florida Forest Festival Carnival. Children of all ages, from toddlers to teens, enjoyed the rides, games and fair foods. The carnival will be open through Saturday night, Oct. 25. Remains identied as teen missing since 1993 For the family of missing Perry teen Ruby Dean Lane, a 20-year wait has come to an end. Police notied her surviving relatives this week that skeletal remains discovered in Madison County in 2000 have been positively identied as the 19-year-old, who disappeared in 1993. The conrmation, which came from DNA testing conducted by the University of North Texas, will allow the Perry Police Department (PPD) to close its one and only open missing persons case. Joint investigative efforts with the Madison County Sheriffs Ofce will turn now toward determining the circumstances leading to Lanes death. Lane was last seen by anyone in 1993; however, she was not reported missing until April 1, 1997, when a family member who lived in Tallahassee contacted the PPD. At that time, investigators opened a missing persons case, but had little information to go on other than what Lane might have been wearing the last time anyone had contact with her, Capt. Jamie Cruse said. The case was worked on and off, but didnt pick up steam until last year when a state law enforcement agency asked us about any missing persons case where the individual was a young female. They knew suspected serial killer Sam Little had been in this area of North Florida in the late 1980s/early 1990s and were seeking a nexus of missing persons cases possibly Woman attacks ofcerMan ees policeA routine trafc stop led to a car chase that ultimately ended with two arrests Wednesday afternoon. Perry Police Department (PPD) Ptl. Jamin Cephus had stopped a vehicle driven by a man who was later identied as Mohammed Diane, 27, of Perry. The ofcer was in the process of asking for consent to search the vehicle when Diane jumped back in the car and drove off. Cephus returned to his patrol vehicle and pursued Diane, Capt. Jamie Cruse said. Diane pulled into a yard located on the north end of Washington Street and ran into some woods nearby. Cephus followed him on foot and had to deploy his Taser in order to take Diane into custody. When Spearheaded by student council members, Taylor County Middle School recently completed its 2014 United Way campaign, raising $540 through a quarter a day fund-raiser. Along with the help of Second Harvest Food Bank, all it takes is a quarter to feed a meal to someone in need, TCMS Student Council Sponsor Sally MacNeill said. Based on those numbers, the money raised by TCMS students could potentially provide 2,160 meals for needy families in Taylor County. The various grades competed against each other to raise money, and the eighth grade took rst place with $347. Additionally, Natalie Fullers homeroom class won a pizza party for raising the most money of any one class, $117. Student council members shown above include: (from l to r) front row (kneeling), Madison Terry, Ariel Grambling, Lacey Burns, Teresa Rogers, Bea Anderson, Chris Buehler and TCMS Student Council President Kaitlyn McGufe; middle row, Principal Kiki Puhl, Josiah Windom, Evie Gillis, Noved Ahmed, Katie Ricketson, Makyla Watson, Victoria Roberts, Ryan Thompson and Malayshia White; and back row, United Way Board Member June Evans, Josiah Windom, Max Kallschmidt, teacher Natalie Fuller, Nathan Hendry, teacher Sally MacNeill, Jacob Wilson, NyKashia Britt, Joanie MacNeill, Kathryn Brown, Haley Cruce and Javonna Green. A quarter a day to feed those in need BioNitrogen announces opening of local ofce BioNitrogen will soon open an ofce in Perry as the company continues its efforts to construct a $300 million plant here. BioNitrogen Vice President Ernesto Iznaga told the Perry News-Herald Thursday that Facilities Manager Brian Samuels will move into one of the existing ofces at the former Foley Timber and Land Co. property the company purchased last week. Iznaga said they are just waiting on water and power to be turned on, adding that he expects Samuels to be at the Perry ofce around three days a week. The company closed on the 55-acre parcel located on Foley Road (CR 30) last week along with two smaller parcels in the Bohannan Subdivision on the opposite side of Eustis Gunter Road. Iznaga said survey work on the two smaller parcels is expected to be completed this week and once that is nished, Please see page 14 Please see page 14 Mohammed DianePlease see page 14


LOOKING BACK AT THE 1979 FOREST FESTIVALFront page headlines declared, It was another great festival with pictures of Queen Jogie Brown and her court in chiffon and rufes riding down Jefferson Street in the King Tree Parade. Hordes of sh-fry attendees were also pictured, along with Smokey Bear, square dancers and the Singing Tree which provided music. But there was a bit of festival drama, swirling around the 1979 event, too. On the editorial page, the disappointing banquet was detailed: seating was too crowded, but the steak dinner was delicious; Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner was only supposed to introduce Mr. Tree-rifc, but he apparently took a long 15 minutes to do so; FSU Coach Bobby Bowden and University of Florida Coach Charlie Pell kept their sniping remarks to a minimum but Pell apparently skirted his responsibilities early in the evening, leaving Bowden to serve as the solo emcee Im going to look for a quarterback, Pell said, as he departed. The biggest distraction, however, appeared to be the comedy routine of Roger & Roger (which was warned, when the contract was inked, against any smutty jokes or bad language). The duo apparently descended into a burlesque routine with lthy material causing a sizable segment of the honored guests to leave in protest. In response, a committee was formed for the 1980 festival and tasked with tightening up details for the banquet.HIGH SOCIETYVanell June Bailey and Jacob Summers, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bauchie Summers of Perry, were united in marriage Sept. 22 in Bristol. The engagement of Miss Katrina Earline Wilkinson of Live Oak to Robert Dale Slaughter of Perry was announced, with a Nov. 10 wedding set. Elicia Gayle was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Eugene St. John on Oct. 16 at Doctors Memorial Hospital. Jerrod Tharpe, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Tharpe, celebrated his rst birthday Oct. 18.BULLDOGS WIN 2-0The Taylor County High School Bulldogs held Jacksonvilles Bishop Kenney scoreless and only put two points on the board, resulting from a safety.SOLO FLIGHTTom Stewart soloed for the rst time at the Perry-Foley Airport, having nished a course of instruction by William McDougall.A-2 Perry News-Herald October 24-25, 2014 Looking Back October 24-25, 2014 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD October 25, 1979 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comOur favorite festival queens From Kathleen and Jogie in the 70s to Thalia and Connie in the 80s. From Jessica, Allison and Jennifer in the 2000s to Jabrayla and Jharmara in the 20-teens. Ive always had a fascination with our local festival queens. I was happy when Kathleen won because her sister, Emily, a dynamic singer and thespian, was so talented that anyone kin to her should have won. I was one of Jogies biggest fans after following her pageant career in the local newspapers, so I think I may have been happier than she was when she was crowned festival queen. The October 1981 festival pageant pageant Ive ever had to sit through because I didnt have any favorites. All of the contestants were my classmates, so I sat quietly through the opening number, the gowns and the talent presentations then clapped loudly for each contestant. At the end of the pageant, the judges selected Thalia as the festival queen, and I was happy for her. The next year, I missed the pageant because I was busy being a freshman at the University of Florida. However, a few minutes after the pageant was over, I was on the phone calling knew all of the young ladies in the pageant that year because they were a grade behind me, I didnt have any favorites. But, because she had won and because I was living 90 miles away and the other contestants couldnt get to me, I declared Connie as my favorite contestant after the fact. I managed to make it home for a few pageants over the next several years, but even when I wasnt able to make it, I had a few folks that I could call and get the rundown. Lakechia Bryant was one of those people. Bryant, like myself, has always had a fascination with the local festival queens and could be counted on to attend the pageant. Unlike me, Bryant didnt usually have a favorite. While I was cheering for favorites, she would sit and judge each contestant fairly. I was in the audience when Jessica won. To be honest, because I had coached one of the contestants on her talent, I had a favorite that year. However, Jessica did such a great job during the pageant, I was happy she had won. I had a bunch of favorites the year Allison won, and she was one of them. Even though I didnt know Allison personally, I knew her dad Jim so I was happy for him. I felt the same way when Jennifer Tedder won. Her dad, Kent, was my classmate, so I was cheering for him and for her. When Jabrayla won, she was my obvious favorite. As much as I liked all of the other contestants, I had to pull for my cousin, Jabrayla, or risk getting beaten down by her mother, my cousin, Tameko. And now for Jharmara. As much as I liked the other young ladies, Jharmara was my clear favorite going into the pageant. Why? Because she was Bryants daughter and Bryant knows pageants. Jabrayla. To you Jennifer, Allison and Jessica. To you Thalia and Connie. And to you Kathleen and Jogie. You are all my favorites. Quotable QuoteHe who plants a tree plants a hope. --Lucy Larcom Remember when? Florida Forest Festival Flashback


A-3 Perry News-Herald October 24-25, 2014 Second Front With the potential threat of ebola continuing to lead headlines across the country, Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) is very well prepared for the situation, according to hospital ofcials. Representatives from DMH were at Tuesdays county commission meeting to present quarterly nancial numbers when Commissioner Pat Patterson asked about the hospitals ebola readiness. The governor requested the CDC to have a conference call with all of the hospitals, Patterson asked. Were you involved in that conference? We have been involved with numerous phones calls every day for the past three weeks, DMH CEO Gerri Forbes said. Weve been on the phone with the CDC, the World Health Organization, the Florida Health Department. Weve talked with local representatives. We have spent time collecting the items we need to guard our employees and patients appropriately. We have done training. We have done everything at the highest level of preparation possible. So we are well prepared. Forbes went on to explain the equipment the hospital has purchased to safeguard employees. Under normal circumstances we follow what we call universal precaution, which means we treat everyone who walks through the ER doors as if having a potential contagious condition. The main difference with ebola is they are now saying no skin exposure whatsoever. So in the past, you might have gloves on and you might have a gown and you might have a gap. But now the gowns have nger holes in the sleeve that bring the gown all the way down to your hands so you can put your gloves on and overlay it. In addition, we are investing in a lot of masking tape, because were taping people as well. We have full hoods coming down versus someone wearing a mask who might have some neck exposure. The main issue with ebola is the amount of secretions and uids it creates. Do you feel you are covered? Commission Chairman Malcolm Page asked. Literally and guratively, Forbes answered. We are very well covered. Our training has been very well attended. We are working through our staffs in the emergency room. Each shift, as they come on, we train them. Ebola: DMH well-prepared While Florida Department of Educations (DOE) Special Facilities Construction Committee recommended the Taylor County School Districts proposal for a new Perry Primary School be included in the agencys 2014-15 budget, the line item was not part of the Commissioner of Educations proposed budget. According to Taylor County Superintendent Paul Dyal, none of the four projects recommended by the Special Facilities committee this year were included in the commissioners budget, which was released recently and will be submitted to the governor to become part of his proposed state budget. The only special facilities fund projects included were those already underway, putting the future of this years slate of projects in question, Dyal said. During a pubic meeting held in Perry Monday, Dyal lobbied for help from Taylor Countys legislative delegation--consisting of Sen. Bill Montford and Rep. Halsey Beshears--passing out documents detailing the proposed new school, as well as the DOEs determination of need and the committees recommendation for funding. We need your help, Dyal said to the representatives, noting that three of the four projects not included in the commissioners budget are in their districts. During the meeting, Montford noted that the program is designed for districts, such as Taylor, in which ad valorem revenues are not enough to fund new school construction. Im condent one of these days we will get relief, Montford said. Weve got to. State statutes say the districts recommended for funding will be included in the commissioners budget, but the only funded projects were those projects already in place, Dyal said Tuesday. He added that the district is seeking help from Montford and Beshears in ensuring the funding is included in the governors budget, which will be presented to the legislature next March. Local ofcials made a presentation before the Special Facilities Construction Committee in August to make their case for funding along with representatives from Jefferson, Jackson, Liberty and Hamilton counties. All but the Jackson County project were ultimately recommended for funding. The committee deemed the Taylor County Primary School project a critical need, DOE representative Linda Champion said in a letter to Superintendent Paul Dyal at the time. The committee voted to recommend, for inclusion in the commissioners Capital Outlay Budget for 2015-16, the Taylor County Primary School project. The districts request for this project totaled $17,643,531 to construct 788 student stations with a student capacity of 788. The committee ranked this project third on the project list. In July, the school board entered into a contract to purchase a parcel of property adjacent to elementary school for the proposed new school. The district has twice before received funding through the program: $8.5 million in 2001-02 for TCES (with $4.4 million in local funds), and $10.2 million in 1991-92 for Taylor County High School (with $3.9 million in local funds). The program requires districts to allocate revenues from their capital improvement property tax for three years. Eddie Hodge, president of Williston Timber, heads the company he and his brother, Johnny, founded in 1977. Proposed new primary school not included in DOE budgetRepresentatives from Williston Timber Company, Inc., will be featured in Saturdays Florida Forest Festival King Tree Parade. The Florida Forestry Association recently named the business this years Logger of the Year. Logging and working in the woods is just our way of life said Eddie Hodge, president of Williston Timber Co Inc. Hodge and his brother, Johnny, went to work with their father, Chuck Hodge, as soon as they graduated from high school. Since the late 1940s, the elder Hodge had operated a stumping and later a land-clearing business. The brothers (Eddie and Johnny) launched Williston Timber Co. Inc. in 1977 based on their love of the wood business and upon Williston Timber named Logger of the YearPlease see page 14


A-4 Perry News-Herald October 24-25, 2014 Living Fireghters salute royalty, add $400 to the bottom lineBy FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove correspondent Shady Groves Little Mister and Miss Ryan Crosby and Rylee Cruce were crowned in a ceremony on Oct. 11 at Shady Grove Park. The prince crown went to Walker Heartseld while Kelsey Adams was named princess. Casen Heartseld received the kings crown and Shelby Blanton was awarded the queens crown. Each contestant who participated received a gift. From the proceeds of the contest, a check in the amount of $400 was presented to the Shady Grove Volunteer Fire Department. Community auction Ron Cox did a wonderful job, as usual, in auctioning the many items that had been collected. Members of the council called the auction a success and appreciate everyone who participated. Among those who came to support us was County Commissioner Pam Feagle. Thank you Commissioner Feagle for always supporting Shady Grove. We truly appreciate you! Members of the community and the council are working on our oat that will be in the Florida Forest Festival parade this week-end. Winners of the contest as well as all contestants, are invited to ride in the parade. So look for our Shady Grove royalty on Jefferson Street this Saturday. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. Upcoming events Upcoming events on the Shady Grove Citizens Councils calendar are: Nov. 13 Council meeting 6:30 p.m.. (call 584-6343 for location) Dec. 6 Lighting of Christmas tree, planned at Shady Grove Park Dec. 11 Council meeting 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 Shady Groves Annual Christmas event We invite anyone in the community who desires to be part of what is happening here in Shady Grove to join us. We will be needing plenty of volunteers to help us on Dec. 13. Lord willing, Ill see you back here in a couple of weeks. Prince Walker Organizers of the Trunk or Treat event, planned in downtown Perry Oct. 31, want to alert parents that they will also offer alternative trinkets for children with food allergies. Part of an awareness program, called the Teal Pumpkin Project, this event promises non-food treats so Halloween can be less scary for children with food allergies --promoting safety, inclusion and respect of individuals and keeping Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.What in the world is a Teal Pumpkin?




A-6 Perry News-Herald October 24-25, 2014 Religion Shall we gather at the river? Yes, Sunday a.m.On Sunday, Oct. 26, St. James Episcopal Church will hold its mid-morning worship service and celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Econna River Resort. Father Aquilla Hanson will be the celebrant. The park is located at the end of County Road 14 off U. S. Hwy 98. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. A sh fry and an afternoon of fellowship and live music will follow the service. Lunch will feature freshly caught sh with all the trimmings. Special desserts will be provided for all who attend. The public is invited to attend this annual event. The regular 8 a.m. service will be held at the church at 1100 West Green Street for anyone unable to attend the service at the Econna. Tidbits: New Brooklyns Jubilee By SARAH HALL Congratulations to our 2014 Little King Preston Denmark and Little Queen Aubriana Vann and their court. Celebrate! Celebrate Breast Cancer Month by wearing pink and thanking God for all our survivors! Jubilee, Jubilee, Jubilee! Youre invited to a happy jubilee as New Brooklyn M.B. Church celebrates 100 years. On Nov. 7, at 6 p.m., the centennial celebration will be highlighted by praises in songs, testimonies and shouting. Come singing, praying, shouting and praising God. God is good, His grace is sufcient and His mercy endureth forever! Dress is casual and comfortable. (Sponsored by the New Brooklyn Missionary Ministry, Sister Lessie Dunnell, president, and the Rev. D.L. McBride, pastor/teacher). Ministry report On Oct. 18, the Brotherhood Ministry went to the Mayo Health and Rehab Center where they shared the word of God in praises and songs. While there, they visited with Sister Helen Irvine, a resident from Perry. Sister Leona Summer, a former resident, has returned home. Praises went up and blessings are coming down for they were invited to come back again. The Brotherhood Ministry is sponsored by the Taylor County Union. The visit is a vital part of the Brotherhood Outreach Ministry.


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A-14 Perry News-Herald October 24-25, 2014 the principles of family and responsibility learned from their father. Younger brother Billy also went to work for the family enterprise as soon as he was out of school. The family connection runs even deeper: Eddies mom, Essie Hodge, his wife, Julie Hodge, as well as Christine Hodge (the late wife of Johnny Hodge) and all the grandchildren have been involved with the day-to-day operations of Williston Timber Co Inc. and Derby Gold. (Derby Gold is a pine shavings and pellet mill that was opened by the entrepreneurial family in 2000. The mill distributes their products all over central Florida, the United States and internationally.) Combined, Williston Timber Co. and Derby Gold employ 50 personnel. Williston Timber Co Inc., which has two hill/pine crews and one swamp crew, employs 30 people total including 12 drivers along with additional contract haulers for 10 to 12 trucks at any given time. Like many logging companies, the business began cutting and hauling using chain saws and cable skidders, Now the operation is fully mechanized and, over the years, has been able to maximize production and improve income using technological innovations in harvesting equipment, etc. However, over the last 10 years or so, income has remained at compared to the rising costs of doing business. Since the 1990s Hodge and his family, like so many others, have had to rely on their wits and their guts to see them through. The decision to expand our interests to include Derby Gold has been the difference between success and failure of our logging operation, he said. Another primary issue of concern for the logging operation is the number of acres in Florida that are being converted from growing trees to other uses. The need for our industry and related industry partners to work together has never been greater than now, Hodge said. He is one of the original Florida wood producers who worked to form the Southeastern Wood Producers Association and served on the SWPA Board of Directors from 1991 to 2003, He is also a past Chamber and Rotary Club member. The family businesses consistently support local high school clubs and activities, annually sponsor the Johnny Hodge Memorial High School Rodeo, statewide equestrian events, the Sand Slough Hunting Club, and Gainesville Assisted Riding and Therapy, a therapeutic horse-riding group for handicapped children, When asked why he chose to be a logger, he said, My lifeblood and sweat are in It. Staying viable is going to continue to be a struggle but I will continue to ght the good ght. It is my hope that as an overall industry we will recognize the value of the logger and work together to make this industry sustainable. It is an honorable life. LOGGER OF THE YEAR Continued from page 3 Being a logger: Its an honorable life questioned as to why he ran, Diane said he was scared, so I ran. Diane was arrested and charged with resisting without violence and reckless driving along with eeing and eluding police. Det. Sgt. Gene Franklin was seeking to secure Dianes vehicle when a female (later identied as Shannee Bulger, 30, of Perry) drove up to the scene and attempted to get into Dianes car. Bulger evidently confronted Franklin, striking him physically. She was arrested for battery on a law enforcement ofcer (LEO) and resisting arrest with violence. linked to him. During our conversations regarding the case, someone remembered that remains had been found in Madison County around 2000 that had never been identied. (Please see related story above.) So we contacted investigators there who told us a preliminary anthropology exam of the remains had determined the individual had been a young black female. We were able to obtain only a partial ID from a dental comparison. They had been able to develop a DNA prole for the woman, so we started looking for her closest living relative. We were able to obtain a DNA swab from that individual and samples were sent to the University of North Texas for analysis. We received those results last week, positively identifying the remains as those of Ruby Lane. Her family was notied earlier this week. It gave them some measure of closure and they are now looking at their options for having a memorial service for her, Cruse said. The cause of Lanes death remains undetermined. the company will issue a request for quotes for land clearing on the properties, which are expected to accommodate a future rail spur to the main site. In other company news, Iznaga said BioNitrogen and its engineering rm AMEC met with representatives from Duke Energy last week to discuss the proposed plants power demand requirements, a meeting he said went very well. Duke is completely on board, Iznaga said. BioNitrogen plans to utilize patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer at a series of plants, including the one in Taylor County. The proposed plant is projected to create 52-55 manufacturing jobs in the county with an average starting salary of $38,000 plus benets. Local economic development ofcials have estimated the total capital investment here to be between $100 million and $220 million. REMAINS IDENTIFIED Continued from page 1The Perry Police Department (PPD) has joined a long list of agencies across the country that have been looking into cold cases for possible links to suspected serial killer Samuel Little, 73. Through our investigation, we have been able to determine that Little had been in Perry in the late 1980s/early 1990s. We have even identied the motel where he was living during an extended period of time. We are now working to established a timeline regarding his whereabouts around the time Ruby Lane went missing, Capt. Jamie Cruse said. Skeletal remains found near Sirmans in Madison County in 2000 were positively identied last week as those of the missing teenager. (Please see related story below.) Little, who was charged with three California murders in January 2013, has an extensive record spanning 56 years and covering crimes in 24 states. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been working with investigators in California and contacted us regarding any possible missing person cases that could be linked to Little. Ruby Lane was the only open missing persons report we had and it is a possible match, Cruse said. According to reports, Little, a former boxer and transient, traveled across the country shoplifting and then selling the stolen goods out of the trunk of his car. Authorities said they believe Little delivered a knockout punch to this victims before strangling them. BIONITROGEN Continued from page 1 Suspected serial killer may be linked to Lanes disappearance POLICE Continued from page 1 DNA analysis conrmed identify Woman charged with battery on LEO Shannee Bulger Company confers with Duke ofcials