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Weather 5 Weather Friday Saturday76 54 Sunday76 61 76 55Index Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . .................... A-5 Religion . .................. A-6 Entertainment . ....... A-7 Sports . ................... A-8 Classieds . ............ A-9 60% One section 129th Year, No. 16 Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 50 Friday/ Saturday April 20-21, 2018 While the Taylor County School District will not participate in the voluntary school guardian program -which would have provided training and allowed certain staff members to carry weapons at school -school district ofcials and Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Padgett are seeking a way to fund as many as six additional school resource ofcers. Two weeks after delivering an update to the Taylor County School Board about the multitude of new state mandates facing the district as a result of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, Superintendent Danny Glover Jr. stood side-by-side with Padgett to present the Taylor County Commission with the potential nancial impacts. Under the proposal put forth by Glover and Padgett, local taxpayers will be asked to fund an additional $160,000 annually to help cover the cost of additional school resource ofcer (SRO) salaries -in addition to more than $337,000 in proposed one-time startup costs for equipment and vehicles for the SROs. I appreciate the Sheriff and all the support we receive at the schools, New resource ofcers will cost $170,000 for salaries and $337,000 for equipment Sheriff Wayne Padgett (far left) and Superintendent of Schools Danny Glover Jr. (second from left) addressed the Taylor County Commission Tuesday morning, requesting nancial assistance to help cover the cost of hiring as many as six new resource ofcers for local schools -including two ofcers at Taylor County High School and a supervisor to oversee the rest. A wide-ranging bill passed in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School requires a resource ofcer at every school. The local cost of the proposed plan would be $170,000 in annual salary expenses and $337,000 for cars and equipment.Please see page 4 Is 28 years long enough prison sentence for rape, kidnapping? Ronald Spring was 17 in 1990 when he charged with breaking into a Perry womans home, kidnapping her at knife-point, assaulting her and abandoning her in the woods before returning to her residence and attempting to set it on re. The woman managed to escape and get help from a home she stumbled upon while walking through the woods. Reports show that she was able to provide investigators with such a detailed description of the suspect (later identied as Spring) that her assailant was captured within hours of the assault. Faced with nine felony charges, Spring took a plea deal and received a combined 70-year prison sentence. However, subsequent rulings by the courts reduced his incarceration to 35 years and his current release date is Dec. 28, 2025. But, under a new ruling by the Florida Supreme Court, Spring could nd himself walking free next week for time served, or he could see his sentence extended to life. Jury selection will be held Monday for a new re-sentencing hearing for Spring. The State Attorneys Ofce is expected to present their case Tuesday. Instead of determining Springs guilt or innocence, the jury will be asked to make factual ndings that could support the judges decision to go above the guideline sentence, court ofcials said. He needs to be resentenced under sentencing guidelines from the early 1980s, which has a permitted sentencing range with a top and a bottom number, rather than a lowest permissible prison sentence like we have now. As a result, the court would need to nd valid reasons to depart from or exceed the permitted range of his guideline scoresheet, ofcials said. Any facts the judge could use to depart from the guideline sentence not related to a prior criminal history must be determined by a jury not the judge. Spring is being re-sentenced for: sexual battery (each a life felony, punishable by either life in prison or a term of years no greater than 40 years in prison); juvenile conviction for County Commission Chairwoman Pam Feagle was the only board member to vote against a $6,000 salary increase for County Administrator Ted Lakey at the countys Tuesday, April 17 meeting -despite serving as the boards representative in negotiations with the countys top administrator. Lakeys contract with the board provides for a negotiated salary increase after one year of employment. Under an agreement reportedly negotiated by Feagle and County Attorney Conrad Bishop, Lakey will receive a $6,000 pay increase -from $88,000 per year to $94,000 annually for 2018 -following completion of his rst year on the job, which began in January 2017. At the countys previous April 2 meeting, Bishop stated, The board instructed the chairperson (Feagle) and I to meet and negotiate with Mr. Lakey on his salary, as called for in his contract. We have offered, and he has accepted, a $6,000 raise retroactive to Jan. 30, 2018. Bishop recommended the matter be placed on the agenda for approval at the countys next meeting. When the item came up Tuesday, the board approved the recommended raise with no discussion. Commissioner Malcolm Page made a motion to approve, Commissioner Jim Moody offered a second and the motion passed 3-1, with Feagle voting no with no explanation. When asked after the meeting to explain her vote against the recommended salary increase she reportedly helped negotiate, Feagle responded, I, along Feagle votes conscience and says no to raise for county administrator Please see page 11 Please see page 11 Ask Louis Shaw where he grew up, and he boasts on the wrong side of the tracks. The tracks he refers to is the railroad that crossed the mill town of Foley, which had sprang up in the shadow of the Brooks-Scanlon sawmill established here in late 1920s/early 1930s. We lived in the Carbur quarters. Us mean boys, on Halloween night, wed go and pull all the trash from the back and spread it all over the sidewalks and wed mark up the windows with soap. That was us mean boys, not nice boys like Harry (Hall). He didnt go out, Shaw recalled. He couldnt go out -his daddy was a preacher, Shaws wife, Dianne Dawsey Shaw said. The comments only draw smiles from the nice boy, Hallwho is well into his 80s today. The good-natured teasing speaks of the long friendship between Shaw and Hall, who grew up together at Foley. You can expect more tall tales to be spun when the two gather with their friends and family for the 15th annual Please see page 3 Foley Reunion SaturdayMean boys and the wrong side of the tracks


TOMS SOLD FOR $215 MILLIONToms Foods of Perry, and all Toms Foods plants throughout the United States, were tentatively sold to an English confections company for $215 million cash, according to a news release from General Mills, owner of Toms Foods. The tentative agreement was made between General Mills of Minneapolis, Minn., and Rowntree Macintosh of York, England. Rowntree Macintosh was a leading international marketer of confections and grocery products with more than $1.1 billion in sales and $52 million in net earnings in calendar year 1982, according to a General Mills spokesman. Rowntree Chairman Kenneth Dixon said that the proposed acquisition of Toms would achieve our aim of both expanding into the United States and broadening our products range.PAVING FOR NEW PARKING LOT AT LIBRARY APPROVEDThe Taylor County Commission voted unanimously to pay for paving a proposed new parking system in front of the public library on Washington Street in order to provide more parking spaces for the old jail. The Taylor Action Committee (TAC), the nonprot group which organized the jail renovation, asked the county to fund the paving. COUNTY APPROVED FUNDS FOR JAIL IMPROVEMENTSThe Taylor County Commission approved the expenditure of up to $5,240 for the Taylor County Sheriffs Department so improvements mandated by the state could be made before an Aug. 16 deadline. Sheriff Grady Murphy told the board that his department could not bear the expected cost of the improvements because of the extent of the work needed. The improvements at the jail included the installation of an electronically supervised manual re alarm system, an automatic smoke detection system and the construction of a smoke barrier between oors in the building. The improvements were mandated by the State Fire Marshals Ofce in February after a yearly inspection identied 14 deciencies the re marshall considered hazardous. BOWHUNTERS EARNED AWARDSThe Taylor County Bowhunters Association held its fourth annual Awards Night. Seventeen awards were given in honor of those who killed their rst deer. The recipients of 1983s awards were: Hal Hill, Ella Mae Parish, Dickie Smith, Winston French, Jimmy Langford, Bobby Hunt, Patricia Pittman, Tommy Smith, Jerald Denmark, Paul Lamb, Jerrod Lamb, Bill Lamb, Ricky Page, Keith Ragans, Waymond Carroll, Jimmy Pittman and Clinton Keen. The winner of 1983s Big Buck Award was Howard Whiteld, who killed an eight point. MANDY HENDRY WON MISS TCHSMandy Hendry, a 14-year-old freshman at Taylor County High School, walked away with the 1983 Miss TCHS crown. Hendry, the daughter of Aaron and Seamelia Hendry, performed I Saw You, a Christian song, as her talent in the competition and won the title in a eld of 16 contestants. Her accomplishments marked the rst time a TCHS freshman had ever won the Miss TCHS title, although many had competed in the past. And observers noted that her success proved to many people that any girl in high school if she had the poise, talent and charm could win. The judges claimed that it was a close decision, and kept the anxious audience of parents and friends waiting more than half an hour for the nal results. STATE DEDICATED NEW FORESTRY COMPLEXTo appreciate what we have today, you have to know what we didnt have in the past. These words from District Forester Larry Harrington marked the ofcial opening of the new Division of Forestry District Ofce on Plantation Road in Perry. State, county and city ofcials, as well as local businessmen, gathered at the new complex to celebrate the opening. Harrington presided over the ceremonies, giving those gathered a partial history of the local forestry ofce and introduced Commissioner of Agriculture Doyle Conner and Director of the Division of Agriculture John Bethea. BIRTHSApril Melissa Cone Mr. and Mrs. Derryl Cone of Keller, Texas, formerly of Perry, were pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, April Melissa, on Saturday, April 9, at Glenview Hospital. April Melissa weighed nine pounds, three and one-half ounces and measured 22 inches in length at birth. Maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. John T. McNeese of Perry. The mother was the former Selina McNeese. James Wesley Harris Mr. and Mrs. John Harris of Mayo were proud to announce the birth of a son, James Wesley, on Saturday, April 16, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. James Wesley weighed six pounds and one-eighth of an ounce and measured 19 inches in length at birth. The mother was the former Jean Brock. BIRTHDAY CHILD OF THE MONTHKristina Rommes, 11, the daughter of Isadore and Linda Rommes, was McDonalds Birthday Child of the Month for March. She received a $25 savings account, courtesy of the Citizens Bank of Perry from bank vice-president Ray Veal, after her name was drawn from entries made at McDonalds during March. A-2 Perry News-Herald April 20-21, 2018 April 20-21, 2018 Looking Back A glance at the past THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD April 21, 1983 Remember when... By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comMr. Bean, the farmer Old Mr. Bean had a farm. E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm, two blocks from Jefferson Street, Old Mr. Bean sat and watched as his grandchildren tended to the chickens, rabbits, pigs and garden. E-I-E-I-O. Mr. Bean was my grandfather, which meant that I was part of his labor pool. By the time I came along, my grandfather had retired from working as a logger with the farm. Although we lived less than a mile from downtown, my grandfathers yard wasnt too out of place in the neighborhood, except for maybe the pigs and rabbits. Our next-door neighbor, Mr. Ben, had chickens, ducks and a garden. Several of our other neighbors had chickens and gardens. bait business at his house. Although I loved my grandfather, and he loved me, I knew early on that he and I were cut from different fabric. He knew it too. My grandfather was a dog lover. I wasnt. My grandfather loved going out in the woods. I hated it. My grandfather loved his chickens, rabbits and pigs. I did not. Gardening was one of the few things (outside of family) we both loved. My grandfather walked with a cane, so when it was time to work on the farm, he would take a seat, then begin issuing work assignments. Because my grandfather knew how much I disliked coming into contact with the animals, he rarely made me reach inside the rabbit cages or enter the pigpens and chicken coops. But that didnt stop me from having to help catch the chickens, pigs and rabbits when they got out. My cousin Ballie and I were the fastest, so we were the ones my grandfather yelled for whenever the animals escaped their cages. This was when my grandfather and I usually went to war. Ant, I know you can run faster than that, he would yell and wave his cane to motivate me to get the molasses out. Let that chicken get away, and Im gonna show you something. The chicken ran, and I ran. The chicken my grandfather could say another word, I had caught the chicken. The same thing happened whenever a rabbit got out. The rabbit hopped, and I hopped. The rabbit darted under the house and I looked at my grandfather -who waved his cane -then I darted under the house. When I crawled out from under the house, I had the rabbit. I was scared of chickens and didnt So, capturing one of the pigs that had gotten loose was another thing. Before my grandfather could wave his cane and yell, Let that pig get away, and Im gonna show you something, I was standing in front of him. Go ahead, Id say. Heres your cane. E-I-E-I-O. Hendry makes Miss TCHS history Birds-eye view of Foley The Taylor County Historical Society has announced a July 1 deadline for submissions for the 21st edition of its They Were Here series. Families are encouraged to submit biographies and photos of loved ones for inclusion in the book. All photos will be returned. Forms are available online at the societys Facebook page or at the ofces of Perry Newspapers, Inc. For more information, please contact President J.T. Davis at (850) 843-0332.July 1 deadline announced for 21st edition of They Were Here


A-3 Perry News-Herald April 20-21 2018 Foley Reunion Saturday at Forest Capital Hall. This years reunion will be the last, for now, Hall said. Frankly, were getting too old to be carrying tables and chairs and doing all the set up, he said. Of course, if anyone else wants to organize another reunion, wed be happy to attend. The annual Foley gathering started out as plans for a traditional school reunion. We had talked about it for years and we decided to involve the surrounding communities who also had students who went to Foley School. That rst year, we had 400 people there. We had people come from North Carolina, Miami, Alabama, Colorado Springs and Louisiana, Dianne Shaw said. Hall, joined by his wife, Shirley, recently met the Shaws for a trip down memory lane to recall their childhoods at Foley. Recollections poured out as the couples looked at a collection of photos recently donated to the Taylor County Historical Society. The photos, numbering upward of 150, depict mill life, town characters and aerial views of the sprawling lumber plant. One photo promoted (Louis) Shaw to say, Thats the old depot. The man who worked there put many a mile on a push cart tacking it back and forth to the post ofce. Talk soon turned to some of the more memorable residents of the town, like company physician Dr. Walter Baker. That was the rst socialized medical coverage workers paid 25 a week for a doctors fee. He was a general practitioner, surgeon, ambulance and even a parent if you needed it, (Louis) Shaw said. I played basketball, and he gave us our physical, which was basically listening to our hearts and checking our ears. I remember him asking me, Why is your heart beating so much? It was because I was scared to death he was 10 feet tall and rough. Or at least when I was a little girl, thats how I saw him, (Dianne) Shaw said. Looking at a photo of the mills timber dock, (Louis) Shaw and (Harry) Hall both agreed that was my playground. A photo of the general store prompted stories of chicken coops out back and having to go catch the chickens with a coat hanger. Cows are shown grazing alongside the main two-lane highway leading to Foley in one photo, leaving (Louis) Shaw to explain, Thats why they xed up the houses. To keep the cows and pigs out. Foley was a complete town. It had a grocery, hotel, theater, boarding house, church, doctors ofce, (Harry) Hall said. It was a unique experience to have been raised there. I would have loved to have raised my kids there, (Louis) Shaw said. It was a family. Everyone looked after one another, (Shirley) Hall said. The family that owned the company was Catholic, and they were highly family-oriented. Those were the same standards they expected in the community. You had a unique core of individuals who worked at the mill. They were highly skilled. Many were collegeeducated, (Harry) Hall said. You knew if you trained with the craftsman at the mill, you could get a job anywhere in the United States, (Louis) Shaw said. The Halls and Shaws encourage all former Foley residents and their families to join them in reliving fond memories of Foley Registration for Saturdays reunion begins at 10 a.m. and everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share Those unable to attend can reconnect on Facebook at the Foley Reunion Group page. By CAITLYN BURCHETT Contributing writer Perry resident Michael Rhodes braved freezing rain and brutal conditions to fulll a personal goal on Monday, April 16, competing in and nishing what is being called the coldest Boston Marathon in more than 30 years. A total of 32,000 competitors from around the globe registered to participate in Americas oldest and most prestigious road racing event -the famed 122-year-old Boston Marathon but less than 26,000 actually made it to the nish line, and 23 of the elite athletes dropped out before the race even began. With freezing rain, wind gusts reaching 35 mph and the wind chill factor dipping down into the 20s, medical tents treated over 2,500 people most of whom were suffering from hypothermia. The last runner did not cross the nish line until after midnight. Equipped with gloves, head warmers and plastic ponchos, thousands of competitors were transported to the starting point some 26.2 miles away from the nish line, where they had to wait in the elements before beginning the trek back to downtown Boston. It was 37 degrees, without factoring in the rain or wind chill, as Rhodes made his way to the starting line that morning. Weather forecasts predicted the bone-chilling temperatures and heavy precipitation to last until 8 p.m. I couldnt believe it. There was snow on the ground in Hopkinton, where FOLEY REUNION Continued from page 1 Remember Dr. Baker? Boston Marathon: Rhodes perseveres despite record low temps and rain Please see page 10Michael Rhodes competed in the coldest


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A-5 Perry News-Herald April 20-21, 2018 Living Taylor County Relay For LifeFriday, May 4Rosehead Park6 p.m. to midnight Mark your calendar for the annual Taylor County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Spring Festival to be held at Forest Capital Park Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Master Gardeners have been working for the last several months propagating, planting seeds and caring for a wide variety of plants, including herbs, annuals, perennials, vegetables, succulents, hanging baskets and more. There will be a variety of plants to choose from to create a beautiful garden of your choice, including a buttery garden, bog garden or wildower garden, Master Gardener Debbie Ross said. Rain barrels will be for sale, and there will be a garden yard sale table set up with a variety of items to choose from. Rafe Chairman Karen Falicon said she has some wonderful prizes to rafe off throughout the event. Helping Hands of the Shelter will again be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks, with all proceeds from their sales going to support their organization. Master Gardeners will be available to help with advice and horticulture care of your plant selection, and there will be information available on a variety of garden interests. Local garden vendors will be set up outside in the park area, and the Master Gardeners will be set up inside Forest Capital Hall with plants for sale, along with the horticulture displays. The doors open at 9 a.m. (no early sales). Come on out and join us. Its the perfect time to pick up a special gift for Mothers Day and enjoy the fun activities. This is a fundraiser for the Taylor County Master Gardener Volunteer program. Bring your wagons and load up your favorite plants at unbeatable prices, Ross said. Master Gardeners host annual plant sale May 12 Give a child memories to last a lifetime and sponsor a 4-H camper today. The mission of the Taylor County 4-H camping program is to help develop life skills in youth through experiential education in an outdoor classroom. Research has shown camping helps kids build self-condence, decisionmaking skills and leadership in a safe atmosphere while having fun, said Taylor County 4-H Extension Agent Abbey Tharpe. You can help sponsor a camper who may not otherwise be able to attend Camp Cherry Lake by donating toward the residential camp fee of $215. To sponsor a camper for a week of local summer day camps, fees range from $30-$80 depending on the campers registration request. Your donation will make a positive impact in the life of a young person. Please give today, Tharpe said. For more information contact: Abbey Tharpe at 838-3508 or by email at Give the gift of camp


Mae Jean HoltonMae Jean Holton, 83, died April 18, 2018, in Perry. Mae Jean was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Perry, to Lonnie R. Vann and Clifton Wilcox Vann. Mae Jean was a former president of the Ladies Elks Club and was a volunteer at Doctors Memorial Hospital. She was an avid bridge player, Seminole fan and booster, and a nurse, serving in Taylor County for more than 40 years. Mae Jean was preceded in death by: her husband of 60 years, Steve O. Holton Sr.; her parents, Lonnie R. and Clifton Wilcox; her son, Steve O. (Neil) Holton Jr.; and her sister, Geneva Vann Thorton. She is survived by: her daughter, Stefane and husband, Brian Gray; her daughter, Tammy and her husband, Jeff Graham; her son, Stacy Holton and his wife, Tonya; her grandchildren, Trey Holton, Hope Holton-Carter, Devon Towles, Lydia Forehand, Rachel Graham and Holton Graham; a special niece, Debbie Hoover; and a host of greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Perry with the Rev. James Taylor ofciating. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service. All arrangements are under the direction of Burns Funeral Home of Perry. In lieu of owers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Perry. Friends may sign the online guest book at www. joepburnsfuneralhomes. com.Patricia Glenda Hicks TaylorPatricia Glenda Hicks Taylor, 82, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Palatka. Visitation will be held Saturday, April 21, from 9-10 a.m. at Beggs Funeral Home in Perry, with graveside services following at 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Lee. Patricia was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Perry to Glenn and Ruby Hicks. She grew up in Perry and graduated from Taylor County High School. After graduating from business college, she worked for the State of Florida HRS for 33 years in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. She and her husband, the Rev. Troy E. Taylor, retired and moved back to Perry in 1990. After her husband passed away in 2002, she moved to Palatka to be near her son, Glenn Taylor. Patricia was a devout Christian who loved the Lord. She served Him all the days of her life and was a faithful member of New Home Baptist Church in Perry. She was predeceased by: her parents, Glenn and Ruby Hicks; her husband, the Rev. Troy E. Taylor; and her brother, Walter Hicks Sr. She is survived by: her son, Glenn R. Taylor (Ruth); her daughter, Annette Taylor of Pomona Park; her sister-in-law, Linda Hicks; her nephew, Walter Hicks; her great-nephew, Grayson Hicks and great-niece, Brooke Hicks, all of Perry. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Donald D. WattsDonald D. Watts, 81, died April 17, 2018, at his Aucilla River Lodge in Eridu. Don was born Nov. 13, 1936, in Eridu, to Robert Watts and Corrine Kemp Watts. Donald honorably served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Don was a journeyman electrician for more than 30 years and a member of the IBEW for more than 55 years. He was an avid hunter and angler. In his spare time, he loved being at his river lodge and spending time in nature. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with friends. Don was preceded in death by: his son, Randy Watts; his parents, Robert and Corrine Watts; and his brothers, Rodney and Dean Watts. He is survived by: his wife of 21 years, Jo Ann Watts; his children, Don Watts Jr., Lori Ann Whatley and Sheri Lee Smith; his stepchildren, Lamar Lee Stephens III, Jefferey Stephens and Felecia Stephens; his sister, Bobbye Reece Ray; 13 grandchildren and ve great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held today (Friday) at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Brother Danny Lundy ofciating. Interment services will follow immediately afterward in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. All arrangements are under the direction of Burns Funeral Home of Perry. Friends may sign the online guest book at www. joepburnsfuneralhomes. com. A-6 Perry News-Herald April 20-21, 2018 Religion Make Church Going a Habit. Faith, Hope & Healing By SARAH HALL Turn to Him for strength Use what youve got! As believers in Jesus Christ, we must always remember we are not in competition with each other -unlike the world. God gave us a gift for His service. Our gifts and talents are for Gods glory and we must remember to use them wisely and respect the gifts of others. There will always be someone who can do things better than you, but dont let that worry you. Youre only responsible for what you can do. Remember the parable of the talents Jesus gave? Well, use what He gave you and He will bless you as you bring glory to Him. On the other hand, if you hid your talents, skills and gifts, He will graciously give them to someone else. So you see, it pays to serve Jesus. Amen. In bereavement The families and friends of the late Willard Pap Saunders are in our thoughts and prayers. City Wide Mission meets May 6 City Wide Mission Ministrys (CWMM) next session will be held Sunday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. at Springhill M.B. Church. The Rev. Izell Montgomery, Jr. is pastor and teacher, and Sister Irene Barnes is president of CWMM. Sister Eddie Mae Jackson will be in charge of services. Volunteers! We salute National Volunteer Month. Give, give, give. Encouraging one another is a blessing. He gives us strength When applied, Gods laws and principles restore strength, cause the heart to rejoice and make the eye shine. (Psalm 19:7-8) The Bible encourages us to: body. emotions. thoughts. against evil practices. relationships with our fellow man. We all need something to live for. Prayer Focus Please keep these friends in your prayers: Debbie Combs, Willie Mae Gadsden (Tampa), William Davis (Orlando) and Viola Miller. Our prayer Dear Lord, We come to You with a heart full of positive expectations. We have such great needs, and we know that You can meet all of our needs if theyre in Your will. We pray for physical healing, because You are a healer. We pray for understanding, because You give peace and answers to all our questions. We pray for more love, sincere love, unconditional love. We know that You are God and God is love. With all our blessings, we still have not learned how to love our fellow man. Lord, we need You. Please stay close to us, your children. We continue to praise and worship You. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen. Some things to think about The older I get, the more acutely I am aware that the vast majority of what is written remains unread. --Novelist Thumpa Lahiri If you have a job without aggravations, you dont have a job. Some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them. He deserves paradise who makes his companions laugh. As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. --Proverbs 27:17 NLT Among other things, people need people. Sarah Hall Obituaries First Baptist Church will host the Secret Church simulcast starting tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, April 21. The event is an intense time of Bible study and prayer for the persecuted church around the globe, organizers said This years theme is Cults and Counterfeit Gospels. The simulcast be held in the Student Center and will broadcast until 12:45 a.m. First Baptist hosts simulcast tonight New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Mission Program Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. Apostle Victoria Alston will be the guest speaker. The community is invited to attend and be blessed.Altson speaks Sunday at New Bethel Church Awana services at Calvary Baptist Church will conclude Wednesday, May 9. Youth are invited to attend the remaining sessions planned Wednesday, April 25; Wednesday, May 2; and Wednesday, May 9, each starting at 6 p.m. The church has also announced that its annual Vacation Bible School is planned June 24-28. This years theme will be Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus. Awana nale, VBS announced


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When en-US Professor Henry Higgins en-US tries to teach her how to en-US speak like a proper lady, an en-US unlikely friendship begins Performances will be en-USApril 20-21 and 27 at 7:30 en-US p.m., April 22 and 29 at 2:30 en-US p.m. and April 28 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. For more information or http://quincymusictheatre. com. APRIL 5-22 Theatre Tallahassee en-UScontinues its season with en-US en-USSingin in the Rainen-US, based en-US on the classic MGM film. en-US Don Lockwood and Lina en-US Lamont are the hottest item en-US on the silent screen, but en-US now the studio wants them en-US to do talking pictures and en-US Linas squeaky voice might en-US be the end of her career. Don en-US quickly hatches a scheme to en-US use a talented young actress en-US to do the talking and singing en-US for Lina, and in the process, en-US one of the greatest musicals en-US of the silver screen is born. en-US Singin in the Rain is filled en-US with hilarious situations, en-US snappy dialogue and a en-US downpour of unforgettable en-US songs. Remaining showtimes en-US are: April 20-21 at 8 p.m. en-US and April 22 at 2 p.m. en-US To purchase tickets, visit en-US or call en-US (850) 224-8474. APRIL 27 -28 The North Florida Community en-USCollege Sentinel Upstage en-US Players presents the comedy, en-US en-USThe Curious Savage,en-US en-US at 7 p.m. at Van H. Priest en-US Auditorium in Madison. The en-US eccentric Mrs. Savage is en-US left $10 million by her late en-US husband and wants to make en-US the best use of it. Her wish en-US is to use the money to help en-US others realize their dreams, en-US but her grown stepchildren en-US will do anything to keep her en-US from squandering away their en-US money in such a manner. So, en-US they have her committed to a en-US sanatorium in an effort to get en-US the money. With the help of en-US Mrs. Savages new friends, en-US she leads the stepchildren on en-US a chase and learns the true en-US meaning of family. Tickets are en-US $6 for open seating. For more en-US information, visit https://www.en-US players/index. APRIL 27 MaA Y 13 Do you love a good slapen-USstick comedy? Do sardines en-US flying everywhere make you en-US giggle? Then you need to see en-US Micheal Frayns en-USNoises Off!en-US en-US presented by the Suwannee en-US Valley Players in Chiefland. en-US The farce features all the door-en-US slamming, unpredictability en-US and humorous insanity that en-US one could ever want. The en-US comedy follows the cast as en-US they play very bad actors en-US rehearsing, then performing a en-US sexy, silly, British farce called en-US Nothing On and driving their en-US frustrated director to his wits en-US end as they butcher the play, en-USthe plot, the set and bring en-US down the house (and a couple en-US of trousers). Its great fun and en-US plenty of laughs for the entire en-US audience. This production en-US is presented by special en-US arrangement with Samuel en-US French, Inc. Performances en-US are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays en-US and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. en-US on Sundays. Doors open 30 en-US minutes before show time. en-US For tickets, call (352) 493-en-US 2787. For more information, en-US visit APRIL 19-21 The 37th annual en-USDown Home en-US Days Festival and Parade en-US will take place in Madison. en-US featuring music, karaoke, a en-US gospel sing, street dance, en-US 5K run, games, crafts, kids en-US zone, car show, food and en-US more. For more information, en-US visit APRIL 21-22 Expect to have a first-class, en-USfun-filled outdoor cultural en-US experience at the en-US Chain en-US of Parks Art Festivalen-US in en-US Downtown Tallahassee. View en-US original and one-of-a-kind en-US works of art in a delightful en-US Southern outdoor setting. en-US Enjoy a wide variety of live en-US entertainment and a host of en-US local food trucks and vendors. en-US This annual two-day festival en-US draws tens of thousands of en-US people from the Southeast en-US to see 170-plus artists en-US who have traveled from all en-US over the country to display en-US their original fine art works. en-US For more information, visit en-US MaA Y 2-5 The 2018 en-USSuwannee en-US River Jamen-US at Spirit of the en-US Suwannee Music Park in Live en-US Oak will feature country music en-US from Alan Jackson, Josh en-US Turner, LOCASH, Easton en-US Corbin, Rodney Atkins, Tyler en-US Farr, The Lacs, Kentucky en-US Headhunters, William and en-US Ree, Cody Johnson, Pam en-US Tillis and more. Advance en-US weekend tickets are $90, en-US military and student tickets en-US are $80 and children (6-12) en-US are $50. Single-day tickets en-US are $20 for Thursday, $40 for en-US Friday and $60 for Saturday. en-US Single-day VIP tickets are en-US $225 and Gold VIP tickets en-US are $400 for the weekend. en-US For more information or to en-US purchase tickets, visit www.en-US MaA Y 15 The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee welcomes in concert en-USJoe en-US Bonamassa considered en-USone of the greatest guitar players of his generation. On en-USthis tour, Bonamassa will be en-US backed by a stellar band of en-US legendary musicians featured en-US on Joes Grammy-nominated en-US album, Live At The Greek Theatre, including Anton Fig (drums), Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans en-US(piano, Hammond organ), en-US Lee Thornburg (trumpet, en-US horn arrangements) and en-US Paulie Cerra (saxophone), along with amazing back-up en-USvocalists to bring a whole new en-US life to the show, which will en-US feature new songs alongside career-spanning favorites. en-USTickets range from $61 to $151. For more information en-USor to purchase tickets, visit en-US MaA Y 18 en-USLegendary rock and roll band en-USChicagoen-US will perform at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee. Recently ranked #9 on en-USBillboard Magazines Hot en-US 200 All-Time Top Artists en-US chart, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top en-US40 albums in six consecutive en-US decades. Some of Chicagos en-US classic hits include Make Me en-US Smile, or 6 to 4, Does en-US Anybody Really Know What en-US Time It Is, Saturday in the en-US Park, Feelin Stronger Every en-US Day, Hard to Say Im Sorry en-US and (Ive Been) Searchin for en-US So Long. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark and include 21 Top 10 singles, five consecutive Number en-USOne albums, 11 Number One singles and five Gold en-USsingles. An incredible 25 of en-US their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold en-USand platinum awards. Tickets en-US range from $59.50 to $99.50. en-US For more information or to en-US purchase tickets, visit www.en-US Anderson has one of the most unique and recognizable directing styles of anyone en-USen-US en-US en-US en-US Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand en-US Budapest Hotel -I spoke about how his en-US en-US things up this time, I thought en-US I would take a moment to talk en-US about how absolutely unique en-US en-USthe camera work and the set en-US designs, the color palettes and en-US en-US en-US the cadence with which the en-US en-USstop-motion animation, after en-US 2009s Fantastic Mr. Fox, en-US and possesses much of the en-US en-US en-US en-US fans in quite a few years. en-USen-US en-US keep that in mind if you saw the trailer and en-US were interested in it until you saw who wrote en-US and directed it. the future, and one particular city has found en-USen-US many of which are suffering from a form en-US en-US humans if nothing is done. Mayor Kobayashi en-US (Kunichi Nomura, Lost in Translation) en-US orders that all dogs be rounded up and exiled en-US to Trash Island, which, as its name would en-US suggest, is one large dumping ground. A young boy named Atari (newcomer en-USen-US en-US encounters a group of mostly former pets en-US who decide to help him on his journey. They en-US include Chief (Bryan Cranston, Breaking en-US Bad), Rex (Edward Norton, Birdman), en-US Bill Murray (The Jungle Book), Jeff en-US Goldblum (Thor: Ragnarok) and Bob en-US Balaban (The Monuments Men). Meanwhile, back on the mainland, an exchange student (Greta Gerwig, Jackie) en-US surrounding the mayor and his decision to en-USbanish the dogs.en-US I should say up front that while this is an en-US en-US en-US Fantastic Mr. Fox, was based on a classic en-US childrens book, and you can tell watching it en-US that there was a concerted effort to keep it to en-US en-US possessed. en-US en-US is working off an original en-US script based on a story en-US en-US frequent collaborators Jason en-US Schwartzman, Roman Coppola en-US and Kunichi Nomura. This en-US is simply a story that could en-US en-US action, so Anderson rightfully en-US jumped back into stop-motion en-US animation. There isnt anything en-US en-US is a bit of language, some en-US en-US en-US for teens -as its PG-13 rating would suggest en-US -but probably not for smaller children.en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US dogs, not to mention the other ways humans en-US mistreat animals, but our characters possess a en-US en-US en-US en-US big fan of Anderson, but this is a nice change en-US of pace and another reason the uninitiated en-US en-US en-US Additionally, the animation is beautiful. en-US en-US of Fantastic Mr. Fox, but you can tell en-US en-US en-US what will hopefully be a wonderful collection en-US en-US en-US wholeheartedly recommend it, with my earlier en-US warning about the rating notwithstanding. If en-US en-US en-US en-US of dogs, if you saw the trailer and thought this en-US one was interesting until you saw it was an en-US en-US because youre likely going to be surprised.en-US en-US en-USEntertainment A-7 Perry News-Herald en-US en-US April 20-21, 2018 en-USThis is the last weekend before the Hollywood en-USblockbuster season kicks en-US off a week early next en-US Friday with the release of en-US en-US en-US are looking to squeeze in en-US and attract your business en-US before the big boys come en-US into town. en-USI Feel Prettyen-US is a comedy starring Amy en-USSchumer as Renee Bennett, en-US en-US low self-esteem about her en-US looks. After suffering a head en-US en-US Renee sees herself as the en-US most beautiful woman in en-US the world, and begins to en-US act accordingly, as her en-US en-US en-US considered before. But, en-US sooner or later, she is going en-US to learn the truth. This is the en-US directorial debut for writers en-US Abby Kohn and Marc en-US en-US penned Hes Just Not That en-US Into You, The Vow and How to Be Single. en-USen-US 13 for sexual content, some en-US partial nudity and language.en-US en-USSuper Troopers 2en-US is en-US the long-awaited sequel en-US to the cult-classic comedy en-US from 2001 about a group en-US en-US Broken Lizard, the comedy en-US en-US would go on to make Club en-US en-US a sequel to their biggest hit en-US en-US after a $4.4 million crowd-en-US funded campaign to raise en-US the money, Super Troopers en-US en-US en-US more fun. This time, the en-US troopers are tasked with en-US setting up a new state police en-US en-US a small area of Canada is en-US actually on U.S. soil. Aside en-US en-US known about the plot. The en-US en-US with hilarious call-backs to en-US the original, so fans of the en-US en-US checking this one out.en-US en-US crude sexual content and en-US language throughout, drug en-US material and some graphic en-US nudity.en-US en-US en-USen-US, which follows en-US a couple (Omar Epps, en-US House, and Paula Patton, en-US Mission: Impossible en-US Ghost Protocol) who head en-US off to the mountains for a en-US romantic weekend. Along en-US the way, they encounter a en-US criminal biker gang and en-US become their targets after en-US someone plants a phone en-US in their belongings, one en-US en-US en-US en-US en-US Meet the Blacks). The en-US trailers look tense, so fans of en-US crime thrillers might want to en-US consider this one.en-US en-US en-US material, language en-US throughout, some drug use en-US and sexual content. CONcCERTS en-USIsle of Dogs is another wonderful en-US movie from the mind of Anderson FESTIVALS en-USCALENDAR OF EVENTS TTHEATRE Dont be left out! en-USIf you have an en-US entertainment event you en-US would like included in our en-US calendar of events, please en-US call us at (850) 584-en-US 5513 or e-mail mark@en-US Quincy Music eatre ends season with My Fair Lady en-USThe Quincy Music Theatres production of My en-US Fair Lady opens tonight (Friday) and will run en-US through April 28. TTHEATRE


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INSIDE SALE. Saturday, April 21. 8 a.m. until noon. 815 Stephens Court (behind Senior Center). Furniture, 50 at screen TV, dishes, art, complete full-size white iron bed and more. To preview items, go to Hearts for Hometown Dogs Facebook page. All proceeds support Taylor County Animal Rescue. 4/20 GARAGE SALE. Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. 580 E. Ash St. Womens and mens clothes, shoes, home dcor, household goods, furniture and much more. 4/20 YARD SALE. 2957 Foley Cutoff Rd. Saturday, April 21. 8 a.m. until. Lots of stuff. 4/20 HUGE YARD SALE. Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21. 8 a.m. 2 p.m. 4479 U.S. Hwy. N. 1 mile past Big Top. Electric hospital bed, DVDs $1, furniture, childrens clothing, household items, etc. 4/20 YARD SALE. Saturday, April 21. 8 a.m. 1 p.m. 1106 N. Allen St. Off W. Ash St. Sewing machine; baby swing; stroller; deck chairs; childrens, womens and mens clothing (small to 3X); and a lot more merchandise. 4/20 SECOND INDOOR/OUTDOOR YARD SALE. St. James Episcopal Church, 1100 W. Green. Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. 12 noon. Entrance and parking off Main St. behind church. Please do not drive across front lawn. Dishes, glassware, rugs, bedding, lamps, books, DVDs, CDs, electronics, sewing and crafting supplies, pullout hide-a-bed couch, standard 3 cushion couch, recliner chair, toys, blonde table and chairs, glass top table, scuba gear, pro golf clubs and bag, electric 4 burner stove, gas water heater, sewing machine and lots of new stuff added since last week. 4/20 MISC WE BUY Scrap Metal and Junk Cars. (850) 838-5865. RC WANTED LOOKING FOR 4 5 rims 8 lug 16.5 x 12. (863) 228-1848. 4/20-5/18 FOR RENT WOODRIDGE APARTMENTS Accepting applications for 1, 2, and 3 BR HC and Non-HC accessible apartments. HUD vouchers considered. Call (850) 584-5668. 709 W. Church St., Perry, FL 32348. TDD 711. Equal Housing Opportunity. WA 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT available. Credit check required. Applications available at Ware Oil. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m., call (850) 584-6666. WO FOR SALE: 1991 Fleetwood single-wide. 14 x 70 ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Delivered and set up. $15,900. Interested parties call Perry Repo Outlet. 584-7094. EMHP REAL ESTATE FOR SALE: 221 North between Shiloh Church Rd. and Cairo Parker Rd. 1 acre lots with paved roads. Owner nancing available. Please call (386) 658-1346 or (850) 584-7466. EF SERVICES NOW OPEN! HAIRCUT HUT By Walter Bs on Beach Rd. All haircuts $13. Open Monday, Thursday and Friday, 12 noon 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. 12 noon. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. (850) 295-5872. 5/11 MS. MAGICSPELLS We reverse all evils. Love. Money. We do court cases. Free readings by phone. Call (786) 382-8503. 4/13-5/11 JOE COXWELL WELDING LLC Welding Fabrication & Repair Mobile Service (850) 843-3500. JC A TO Z FARM AND LAWN Service Complete Lawn Services Land clearing, dozer work, tree trimming/removal, dump truck services, harrowing, bush hog mowing, rake work, dirt leveling. Call (850) 838-5996 or (850) 5847972. AZ C & R LAWN SERVICE Call for a free estimate on all of your lawn care needs. No job too big or small. (850) 843-0315. 3/14-10/26 HELP WANTED ECOAST TIMBER INC Truck Drivers Hauling Timber Must have: clean CDL, Experienced log hauler. Drug test required. Offering: competitive wages, health Insurance, paid vacation. Must live in Perry/ Madison area. Contact: Jay Asbel at (727) 457-6001. 3/28-4/27 SERVICE TECH-INSTALLERHELPER Valid DL and Drug Screening. Applications accepted at 520 W. Hampton Springs Ave. ARA PROGRAM AIDE The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Florida is currently accepting applications for program aides. This position is responsible for planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating activities provided within a specic program area, such as Education, Special Education, Social Recreation, Arts and Crafts and Physical Education. Eligible candidates must have a High School Diploma or GED, at least 1 year of experience working with children and be able to pass a level II background screen. Candidates must also have the ability to motivate youth and provide guidance and positive role modeling to members both on and off-site. If interested in applying please submit a resume to Julie@ 4/20-5/2 BGCHEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS, SKILLED UNDERGROUND UTILITY INSTALLERS, AND GENERAL LABORS needed for construction contract utility projects. North Florida Construction, Inc. located at 10367 NW Newsome Road, Clarksville, FL 32430 is seeking full-time, experienced Heavy Equipment Operators, Skilled Underground Utility Installers, and General Labors for municipal pipeline construction projects. Candidates are preferred to have experience in underground utility construction including gravity collection systems. Heavy equipment operation in any realm will be considered. Competitive pay and benets are offered with this position. North Florida Construction, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. If you wish to apply, please send a resume and inquiry for an employment application to Jamie Miller at Please feel free to contact us at (850) 674-5730. 3/16-4/20PROGRAM DIRECTOR The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Florida is currently accepting applications for a full-time Program Director. This position will assist with the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a large program of approximately 170 youth to ensure the program meets and exceeds the mission and goals of the organization. Candidates must have a minimum of a two-year degree in a related eld from an accredited college or university and two years of experience working with children. Candidates must also have strong interpersonal skills and must exhibit tact and professionalism in a diverse environment. Must be able to pass a level II background screen. If interested in applying, please submit a resume to Julie@ 4/18-4/27 BGC PART-TIME POSITION. Ofce cleaning/janitorial. 5 nights per week and some day time. Must pass background check. Must have valid drivers license and vehicle. If interested please call (850) 8382805. 4/20-4/25 AWS TAYLOR COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. The job description and our 2 step application process can be found on our website at www., or in the lobby of the County Annex. Applicants must apply through Career Source. Roll Off Site Attendant call in oversees activities at County Solid Waste Collection Sites to ensure that proper procedures are followed. Engineer professional-level position involving application of engineering principles associated with public works type projects throughout the County.   Boat Ramp Attendant seasonal part-time oversees activities at County Boat Ramp and County Park to ensure that proper procedures are followed. Mosquito Control Driver seasonal part-time call in position during times when active mosquito spraying is necessary. Sports Complex Part-time Concessions Worker seasonal this position is responsible for concessions work on a seasonal/ part-time/as-needed basis to provide concessions during events at the Taylor County Sports Complex Day Camp Counselor this is a part-time seasonal position that reports directly to the 4-H Coordinator and assists with planning, organizing and implementing various day camp activities and programs.   Community Services Director this is a high visibility position responsible for the administration and management of Community Services to include the Library, County Boat Ramps and, Parks and Recreation.   Code Enforcement Ofcer part-time perform activities related to the administration and implementation of the Countys Code Enforcement program. 4/20-5/2 TCBCC NORTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Madison FL: Positions available English Instructor; Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Program Data Manager; Director of Advance Manufacturing and Engineering Technology; See for details. 4/20-5/9 NFCC LOOKING FOR SOMEONE to come out to my home to cut down small trees and trim hedges. Call Linda at 223-1705. 4/20AMTEC LESS-LETHAL SYSTEMS, INC. (ALS) is currently hiring for a Purchasing Associate position. The successful candidate will join our purchasing department, whose primary focus is negotiating and processing the purchase of direct materials, equipment, and MRO supplies. Typical duties of this position include; placing purchase orders, tracking order conrmations, and material planning. Applicants should be comfortable being behind a computer for hours at a time, and have experience working in Microsoft Ofce Suite. ALS offers an exceptional benets package including; paid time off, a 401K program with company match and full health care benets. An Associate degree or equivalent purchasing experience preferred. Please visit www. for additional information on this position, including details on how to apply. All resumes must be submitted to no later than April 27th, 2018. ALS is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals. This position is subject to a background check and drug screening. 4/25 HELP WANTED: SEA HAG MARINA is seeking help at 322 Riverside Drive in Steinhatchee. Store Clerk positionduties include running a cash register, friendly to public, stocking, pricing and cleaning inventory in store. Boat Washer positionjob consists of fueling and washing boats, upkeep of marina cleanliness and helping customers on the docks. Must be able to work in the sun all day. Applications are available in store. Each applicant needs to apply in person. 4/11-4/20 SHMBIG TOP MFG. MIG WELDERS High school diploma or equivalent. Must read and speak English. Minimum two years welding experience or graduate of a certied welding program. Ability to read/understand CAD sketches. Able to read a tape measure to the 1/16th. Pass a weld test on site is a must. Two (2) positions available. Company benets include health, dental, 401(k), paid holidays, paid vacations, life insurance.   Qualied interested candidates may apply in person at 3255 N. U.S. 19, Perry, FL, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EEO/AAP/m/f/vets/disabled 5/4 BT BIG TOP MFG.: FIELD TECHNICIAN NEEDED Position requirements: extensive travel including weekends, some holidays and at times overseas; a valid driver license, we prefer you have a passport; pass a background check and drug screen; basic computer skills; professional communication skills to interact with customers; ability to lift 50 lbs. Experience/Background: knowledge of tools and equipment; construction experience. We have two (2) positions available. Please apply in person at Big Top Manufacturing, Inc., 3255 North US 19, Perry, FL: Monday Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Big Top Mfg. is an Equal Opportunity employer veterans/ disabled and other protected categories. 4/4-4/27 BTA-9 Perry News-Herald April 20-21, 2018 Please see page 11 Make $$$ sell your stu with an ad! Call 584-5513. Place your ad today! Call 584-5513


A-10 Perry News-Herald April 20-21, 2018 The Jerkins High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion on June 22 24 at the Jerkins Community Center in Perry. For more information, contact Ellen Montgomery Smith at (850) 672-9620 or James Porter at (321) 2768876.Jerkins Class of reunites in June A hurricane or other natural disaster can strike at any time, are you prepared? In light of the upcoming hurricane season and recent severe thunderstorms, Emergency Management reminds the public to sign up for ALERT TAYLOR, system that Emergency Management uses to notify the public of impending disasters or other vital information. ALERT TAYLOR Mass us over 5000 possible contacts to notify during an emergency or when there is important public information that needs to be pushed out to as many individuals as possible, Emergency Management Director Steve Spradley said. However, if you have a block on your land line or use a cell phone, you will not receive the automated call unless you sign up. Signing up for the system is free and Emergency Management encourages all local citizens to visit and click on the Alert Taylor icon, which will direct users to the sign in page to register. Users can select which would like to receive. Options include: cell phone, home phone, email, SMS text or all, in any order. Emergency Management reminds the public again, if you have a block on your phone, you cannot receive the messages. When you sign up you will be required to give your address because this system will identify where you live, so we can send a for a certain location, like in the City of Perry or Steinhatchee, Spradley continued. We will only send the message to the addresses in that affected area. The alert system is already being used for public information on mosquitos, freeze warnings, hurricane and tornado warnings. Emergency messages such as missing persons, hazardous chemical spills, road closures or various public information broadcasts are also sent out. If you would like only weather warnings texted to your smart phone, sign up by simply texting TAYLORFL to 888777. Sign up for emergency notication system Stay one step ahead of disaste r the start line was, Rhodes said. Rhodes described runners waiting under tents in muddy pens before being herded like cattle to the starting line according to the start time of each wave. Once you get started, the rain doesnt matter because you are already soaked and cold, Rhodes said. Forced to battle shoulderto-shoulder crowds, headwinds averaging 25 mph and navigate deep puddles without spraining for Rhodes to pick up and maintain his pace. Every time I hit a puddle, I could feel my I ended up having to run on the sidewalk where the spectators were, just to get out of the water and the slow-moving groups of runners in the streets, Rhodes explained. Some runners described the brutal mixture of cold, wind and rain as being like a hurricane -conditions that Rhodes had never before experienced as a Florida road runner. My hands were so numb, I could not feel the zipper to open my pack to get out medicine or snacks along the way to keep me going, Rhodes said, I just kept thinking Let me get to the next mile. Let me get to the halfway mark. Once I made it halfway, I knew I had made it that far, so I couldnt stop then. Any marathon is tough, but the harsh weather conditions proved to be just as mentally exhausting as it was physically. Around the 10-mile mark was when it started to wear on me. So, I started thinking about all my support, from Facebook posts, calls, texts and the family and friends that came with me. Lydia (Veal-McRae) told me to be tough, and another friend told me to run with my heart. My mind just kept going back to my support when things got hard, an emotional Rhodes said. In such miserable weather conditions, personal times and goals became irrelevant to competitors, as the focus shifted to simply putting one foot in front of the other. No one was worried about times. We were all just worried about making said. According to Rhodes, competitors were dropping out of the race all the way up to the last three miles, unable to continue any further. Even Rhodes was unsure if he could make it to the signature blue and When you make the last left turn, you are a mile not even see where it ended because the weather was so bad, But I knew it was there, and thats when I knew I was going to make it, Rhodes recalled. After a brutal 26.2 miles, line of the Boston Marathon with 3:13:46 on the clock -averaging 7:23 per mile. division out of nearly 3,000 males aged 45-49. Upon crossing the were immediately greeted by volunteers and race and nourishment to the near-frozen marathoners. I was relieved when I away they put a heating blanket on me and got me food and water. It happened so fast, I just remember seeing a runner in a wheelchair shaking so badly under his heated blanket, and his lips were blue. They were taking him to be treated for hypothermia, Rhodes said. While Rhodes did not beat his personal record of 3:08 for the 26.2-mile course he accomplished a feat that nearly 20% of the registered marathoners were unable to complete and did it within six minutes of his best marathon time. I feel like I could have done better, but the way my legs felt, I know I did all I could do, Rhodes said. the 2019 Boston Marathon and intends to run again. To prepare for next years race, Rhodes plans to train more on hills and to continue running in short and longdistance races. If everything goes right, the good Lord willing, I will run in the Boston Marathon next year. I know what to expect now, and I am ready to go again, Rhodes said. Rhodes thanked Paul McRae, his running coach at Personal Running Solutions, and his friends and family for being his support team and encouraging him to do his best. Whatever advice I needed, McRae gave it to me, no matter how many times I asked, Rhodes said, And for all the people that supported me, it was appreciated and helped me to continue on. Rhodes said the full weight of the race did not hit him until after the marathon. It was not just another race, Rhodes explained, I ran past people that were injured in the Boston bombing -running on prosthetics, missing arms or legs, sometimes both -and I saw how far they had come and felt how amazing it was to be running beside them. They did not let anything stop them. It shows you that if you really want something, you CAN do it. BOSTON MARATHON Continued from page 3 I ran past people that were injured in the Boston bombing The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce and to help senior high school students planning to attend or currently attending Big Bend Technical College (BBTC). The chamber is offering the opportunity to apply for a $3,000 scholarship to attend BBTC. Taylor County High School (TCHS) students may apply at the TCHS Guidance All other students may apply at BBTC. Applicants must be a senior in high school. The deadline to apply is May 4. Scholarship opportunity for high school seniors


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