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Title: Taco times
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Language: English
Creator: Taco times
Publisher: Perry Newspapers, Inc.
Perry Newspapers
Place of Publication: Perry Fla
Publication Date: December 19, 2007
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1961.
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General Note: Description based on: 22nd year, no. 27 (Apr. 11, 1984).
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December 19, 2007 lii
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Servwg the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961


With Bloomberg News report




Perry steps into nat'I spotlight


.at1the wrary
:;:--The Taylor County Public Library will
have a special Christmas Story Time
program Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10:30
a.m.
'Everyone is invited to hear a
reading of "The Night Before
Christmas." Participants will also
make a Santa craft.
,-The library will hold special story
time programs throughout the
Christmas school holiday, on
Thursday, Dec. 27, and Thursday, Jan.
,::.3Both programs begin at 10:30 a.m.
The next teen meeting will be held
Friday, Dec: 28, at 3:30 p.m. Activities
will include a game of "Message in a
Bottle," a variation on word games.
:At the Jan: 4 teen meeting, the
featured activity will be making a'
friendship necklace or bracelet.


Boys and girls have. one more
opportunity to share their Christmas'
wishes with Santa (aka Tommy
Parker), who will be receiving visitors
'at 307 West High Street tonight
(Wednesday), beginning'at 6:30 p.m.
There is no charge for the visit.
)- Please call Diane Raulerson at 584-
7829 (after 4 p.m.) for directions.

Chamber Chrisbmas
reception is Thursday
-Chamber members are reminded
that the annual Chamber Christmas
Reception will be held Thursday,'
Dec. 20, from 5-7 p.m., at
Christopher's Christmas Store in
downtown Perry.
"There will be festive
refreshments, fellowship and door
prizes," Director Dawn Taylor said.

Its a wrap!
-iThe Boys and Girls Club of
Perry/Taylor County will be wrapping
gifts from now until Christmas Eve
at Kmart for donations.
:Volunteers will be available from 3
i6iil 9 p.m. today (Wednesday)
t6bugh Friday; 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
fturday; 1-9 p.m. Sunday; and 10
?n. until 9 p.m.Monday.

hoeors out Friday
Taylor County students begin their
ipual Christmas holiday break this
14day, with an early dismissal
0ledule in effect.

fal week foP toy drive
,:.-he Taylor County Joint Drug Task
l4ce toy drive for Christmas 2007 is
d$wing to a close this week.
.Residents are asked to bring a
new, unwrapped toy to the
PIerry Police Department during
normal business hours by Friday, Dec.
2a.
-Toys will be distributed to local
families.



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Perry will be' a part of the
national spotlight shining on the
State of Florida and the financial
crisis surrounding a state-wide
local government investment pool
which holds hundreds of millions
of dollars in at-risk securities.
A reporter from Bloomberg
News was in town last week to
interview Mayor Emily Ketring


Drought



index



highest



in area

While .some areas of Taylor
County received more than an inch
of rain this past weekend, it did
little to alleviate the area's drought
conditions.
According to numbers from the
Florida Division of Forestry,
Taylor County has one of the
highest drought indexes in North
Florida at 495 (out of a possible
800). That number was at 572
before Saturday evening's .rains,
but forestry officials warn that the
drop will be short-lived.
"The rain did help us, but we're
.still in a drought," Senior Forest
Ranger Stephen Spradley said.
"In a few days, you won't even
be able to tell we had rain."
He did have some good news,
adding that no new wildfires were
reported as a result of the lightning
associated with the weekend
storms,
Currently there are two
wildfires still classified as active
near Swingle Grade off Hwy. 27
which have .consumed four acres.
Suwarinee River Water
Management District officials,
noting that 21 of the last 23
months reported below-average
precipitation, are blaming the
drought for dropping groundwater
levels.
Extremely low groundwater
levels were recorded throughout
most of the district's 13-county
"-* Please see page 3


After more than five years
of planning, two years of classes
and clinical, and provisional
accreditation by the Florida Board


and City Manager Bob Brown
Friday as part of a segment on the
Florida situation and sub-prime
mortgage problem affecting people
across the nation.
When asked Tuesday, Ketring
said she felt the interview "went
well."
"They qsked what it would take
to restore my confidence," she


said.
The city, along. with Taylor
County and the school district, had
millions invested in the State
Board of Administration (SBA)
Local Government Investment
Pool, which has seen more than
half of its volume withdrawn amid
concerns over failing mortgage
securities.


of Nursing, North Florida degrees) during a time-honored
Community College recognized its pinning ceremony Dec. 17 at
first class of registered nursing the First Baptist Church in
students (who graduated with A.S. Madison.
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* The 2007 Registered Nursing class of North Florida Community College: (back row, I to r)
Tracey Gniewek, Tammy Leslein, Connie Walker, Jennifer Wimberley, Melissa Driver, Candy
Tyre, Bennie Richards-Baxter; (middle row, I to r) Aymee Wilson, Ginny Allen, Lindsey
Olson, Melissa Denton, Marguerite Sails, Tina Hollie, Mary Holt; (front row, I to r) Michelle
Miller, Kelly Fullwood, Annie Dyke, Michelle Dixon, Shelley Orlowski and Martha-Lynn
Smith.


The SBA board of trustees,
consisting of Gov. Charlie Crist,
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
and Attorney General Bill
McCollum, froze the pool on
Thursday, Nov. 30, after local
governments pulled billions out of
the fund, reducing what had been
one of the largest of its kind in the
country to only $14 billion.


Bloomnberq News repuiler Gary Matsumoto prepared to interview City of Perry Major
Emily Keling and Cily lanagJer Bob Brorn for a segment expected to air on the national
network sometime before Christmas. Matsumoto, along -with his film crew, spent much of
Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning in Perry filming footage. (Photo by Mark Viola)

In city offices


Council bans saggyy pants'


"Pull 'em up" if you're going to
City Hall.
That's the message sent by a
formal resolution adopted by the
Perry City Council last week
addressing saggyy pants" which
expose under garments and parts
of the lower anatomy.
The action, adopted by
unanimous vote, strictly prohibits
the wearing of "saggy- pants" in
city offices and urges all local


businesses and organizations to
adopt similar standards.
The resolution reads, in part:
"The City Council has deemed it
necessary and desirable to respond
,to concerns expressed by
members' of the general public
regarding attire referred to
generally as saggyy pants'...the
wearing of (this) apparel is
considered offensive and
indecent...and is considered


inappropriate' and disruptive for
city offices... the City Council
recommends that businesses and
organizations within the city adopt
similar dress codes and urges all
parents and guardians to require
their children to abide by these
guidelines in public."
Officials have posted signs on
all entrances to City Hall giving
notice of the restriction on saggyy
pants."


Taylor 'County residents--
Melissa Denton and Michelle
Dixon--were among the 20
students taking part in the services
which marked their completion of
professional nursing education
under the direction of Nita Fico,
RN, ARNP-C, director of NFCC
Allied Health Programs.
Local support for the nursing
course was strong, with
the Taylor County Board
of Commissioners contributing
$100,000 toward the program.
President Morris G. Steen Jr.,
who spearheaded the drive to bring
the registered nursing program to
NFCC, congratulated students and
nursing faculty for the historic
achievement.
"Graduating our first registered
nursing class is a true milestone for
North Florida Commnunity College.
The impact these nurses will have
on our rural communities over the
course of their careers is
incalculable. It is a very significant
development for health care in
North Florida," he said.
The R.N. students are now
eligible to apply to take the
National Council Licensure
Examination for Registered Nurses
which confers official graduate
R.N. status.
Denton received the John D.
Archbold Memorial Hospital
Leadership and Achievement
Award.


Subsequently, SBA decided to
create two funds out of the
remaining money, segregating
some 14 percent of the fund
.consisting of at-risk securities into .
a "Fund B."
The rest has been placed in
"Fund A," but limits were placed
on withdrawals once the freeze
was lifted Dec. 6. Investors were
allowed to .withdraw up to
$2 million or 15 percent of their
holdings, whichever was greater.
The City of Perry pulled all of its
Fund A money, resulting in $9,500
in redemption fees. The city was
one of only seven investors to
incur fees, according to numbers
provided by SBA.
Since the fund was re-opened,
some $2 billion has been
withdrawn by investors, with $110
million in reported new deposits.
The school district pulled '.its
available funds as well.
The county, upon advice of its
financial advisors, pulled all the
funds it could without incurring a
fee, some $6.48 million of its
$18 million.
Please see page 3




Teen hit



by truck

A 14-year-old Perry teen was in
serious condition after being
struck by a car Sunday evening .
Dec. 16.
Kenneth Jordan Vaughn was
walking north of East Royal Oak
Drive--which is a one-lane
unpaved road with no
streetlights--when he was hit by a
2000 Ford F-150 driven by Henry
E. Bridgeman, 60.
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper
Brian Lundy was the crash
investigator. In his report, Lundy
noted that Bridgeman failed to
observe Vaughn in the roadway
and struck the teen with the front
of his vehicle.
Vaughn was treated at the scene
by Doctors' Memorial Hospital.
EMS and flovn by AirMcdic One
to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital,
where his condition was unknown
as of presstimL.
Charges are pending .results of
the crash investigation.


The student class planned and
organized, the ceremony. Officers
include: President Connie Walker
of Madison, Vice President
Melissa Denton of Perry, ( I i...n
Tracey Gniewek. Historian
Melissa Driver of Mayo and
Events- Coordinator Michelle
Dixon of Perry.
The 2007 RN class was
composed of: Ginny Allen of Lee:
Melissa Driver and Jennifer
Wimberly of Mayo; Annie Dyke,
Tracey Gniewek., Lindsey
Olson, Bennie Richards-Baxter.
Marguerite Sails and Consuelo
(Connie) Walker. all of Madison:
Kelly Fullwood of Atlanta. Ga.:
Tina (Claridy) Hollic of Jasper:
Mary Holt of Lake City: Tammy
Leslein of Pinetta; Michelle Miller
of Greenville; Shelley Orlowski.
Candy Tyre and Aymcc Wilson of
Live Oak.
The RN class of 2007 extended
its gratitude to family, friends and
NFCC faculty writing in the
program, "Without your support.
we never could have.made it."
NFCC recen-tly welcomed its
third new class of R.N. students
with an orientation session Dec. 7.
The pinning ceremony,. a
symbolic welcoming of newly
graduated nursing students into the
nursing profession. was the
highlight of the evening. Nursing '
"*- Please see page 3


From inaugural NFCC oroaram


2 from Taylor among RN graduates


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DR UGHT
Cor*tnued from page 1
arex- in November, with 12
mo storing wells dipping to
historic lows and 32 wells
experiencing new record lows for
the rponth of November.
T* ;Te district issued 11 emergency
construction permits for dry wells
in lJvember, bringing the total to
128ince April.
'OaS average, the district is
expiencing a 25-inch rainfall
deficit for the past 24-month
perill_
The Econfina River was dry four
mile above U.S. 98 at the district's
gaug.. The Aucilla River at
Lajint, one-half mile below the
gaus at U.S. 27 also remained
dry._nead's Lake, the headwaters
of tt Aucilla, set a new historical
1iw'for the fourth consecutive


month.
A Phase I Water Shortage
Advisory declared by the district
governing board in November
2006 *remains in effect, and
officials urge voluntary reductions
in water use.
Meanwhile, Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
is urging residents to use caution
with any type of fire until the state
receives enough rainfall to relieve
drought conditions.
"Unfortunately it does not look
like we will see any significant
improvement in drought
conditions anytime soon," Bronson
said.
The outlook for the next few
months shows a developing La
Nina in the Pacific Ocean, which
equates to below average rainfall
this winter and spring, and above


"The predicted forecast and the
lack of summer rainfall
significantly increase the
probability that Florida will see a
very active wildfire season once
again in 2008," Bronson said.
Since Jan. 1,. 4,630 wildfires
have burned 582,486 acres of state
and federal lands in Florida.
The Florida Division of Forestry
is urging people: to be cautious
with any outdoor burning as recent
freezes have dried out vegetation,
which means that any fire that
starts can spread quickly under the
right conditions.
Given the length of the current
drought and continued lack of
rainfall, SRWMD officials are
asking citizens to conserve water
by following these practices:
Outdoors:
Water lawns and landscapes no
more than two days a week, before


10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
If you must wash your vehicle
or bathe your pet, use an automatic
shut-off nozzle on the hose.
Use a broom, not a hose, to
clean debris from sidewalks and
driveways.
Landscape with drought-
tolerant plants.
Indoors:
Fix leaks and/or install water-
saving devices on toilets, faucets
and showerheads.
Wash only full load, of clothes
and dishes; select the' minimum
water-volume setting needed per
load.
Don't leave the faucet running,.
while brushing teeth, shaving or,
washing dishes.
. For more water-saving tips
and information about
Florida's drought, visit
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Nursing pin dates


back 1,000 years


::Eitremely low groundwater levels are extensive
throghout North Florida, as shown by this SRWMD map.


NURSING,
Continued from page 1
instructor : Michele Richardson,
RN, MSN, presented each
graduating student with an enamel'
pin with the words NFCC
Registered.Nursing, encircling an
oil lamp, a. symbol of the
originator of. odern nursing,
Florence Nightingale, who is also
known as "The' Lady with the
Lamp,"
The nursing pin is a 1,000-year
old symbol of service to others
dating back to the Maltese Cross,
adopted by crusaders and worn on


their habits as a symbol of service
to Christianity.
The tradition of the nursing pin
and the ceremonial pinning known
today, actually originated in the.
1860's at the Nightingale School of
Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in
London.
Florence Nightingale honored
her most outstanding graduates by:,
presenting each of them with 'a.
medal for excellence.
After lighting the symbolic lamp
of knowledge, the nursing students-
recited the Nightingale Pledge first
used in 1893 as. an oath for the
nursing profession in the U.S.


A-3 TaCO Times December 19, 2007


Lawsuits in the works?


SPOTLIGHT
Continued from page 1
State officials have tried to
emphasize the good news,
stating that withdrawals since
the fund's re-opening were less
than expected.
They also point to Monday as
the first day in which the fund
grew, with new deposits
exceeding withdrawals, although
the growth was only $34


million.
County Administrator Jack
Brown said Tuesday that the
county's advisors were still
advising the. county to "hold
still" and not pull out any more
money.
Meanwhile, reports indicate
that several governments around
the state are considering legal
action against the SBA over the
handling of the fund, including
Hillsborough County.


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Living


A-4 TaCO TimeS December 19, 2007


Keepsake spoons need



homes for Christmas


'Bling-bling becomes cha-ching for Relay
=.. The Roseheads of Perry Relay For Life team recently held a Premier Designs High Fashion
*jewelry Party as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Tonya Holton,
jewelry consultant, donated 30 percent of all sales to the ACS, and is pictured presenting a
check for $456.35 to Cheryl Gregory, right, chair of the event. "This exceeded our
expectations," said Gregory. "On behalf of the Roseheads and the ACS, I want to say 'thank
you' to all who came to our great party and to all who ordered from us. Our wonderful
community supported us in this worthwhile project. A special 'thank you' is extended to
Tonya Holton for her generosity."


S'Kaylan Claire Kirk
- John and Kim Kirk of Perry
announce the birth of their
daughter, Kaylan Claire, on Nov.
15, 2007, at 8:05 a.m. in Capital
Regional Medical Center in
Tallahassee.
F Maternal grandparents are


Eddie and Cynthia Dorman of
Perry. The baby's maternal great
grandparents include the late
Bennie and Marjorie Dorman, and
the late Hugh and Mamie Davis.
. Paternal great grandparents are
Wesley and Janie Mangum of
Hillsborough, N.C., Jean Kirk of
:Bonifay, and the late Arnold Kirk.
The new arrival was welcomed
home by her brother Treyton, who
is 6, and sister, Emyleigh, who is
2.


Roseheads: have
you paid your dues?
Dues for the Roseheads of
Perry, chapter 2207 of the Red Hat
Society, are needed by Jan. 15,
2008.
"This is different than in past
years, so if you haven't already
paid your.dues, please plan to do
so by the earlier due date," said
Debi Limoges, secretary/treasurer.
Checks, made payable to
Roseheads of Perry, can be mailed
to 104 Cashmore St., (32348) The
next luncheon meeting is Jan. 26.


Kaylan Claire Kirk


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This Endless Wail
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December 20th
Happy 16th
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Nine of the 11 silver spoons
which created such a stir earlier in
the fall, continue to be in the
possession of Perry Newspapers,
Inc., although the rightful owners
are still being sought.
"Marti, who arrived on the
afternoon of Nov. 24, 1960,"
claimed her spoon and made news
on WCTV explaining the value of
her keepsake.
"Terrilee, born during the
afternoon hours of Oct. 10, 1962,"
was awarded her spoon by her
family on the occasion of her
birthday.
But the other nine haven't been
claimed, and a little investigative
work by newspaper staff member
Sarah Weirick has provided the
following clues:
"Anita, who was a Jan. 28
arrival in the year 1964" appears
to be Anita Ann Jackson whose
birth announcement appeared in
the Jan. 30, 1964, bound volume of
Perry News-Herald copies. Born
in Doctor's Memorial Hospital,
she. was the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Jackson of Live
Oak.
"Alton just missed Valentine's
Day, arriving on Feb. 15, 1964,"
the original article explained, and
Weirick found a birth
announcement for Alton Frank
McMullen published on Feb. 27,
1964. He was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew H. McMullen of
Perry in Doctors' Memorial
Hospital.
The third birth announcement
Weirick located announced the
birth of Connie Coleen
Beauchamp on Dec. 27, 1960. She
was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.C.
Beauchamp of Route 1, Perry, also
at Doctors' Memorial.


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An adult Florida panther roams its home range in search of food, shelter and water. (FWC photos)


Florida's state animal: The Florida

panther in a league of its own
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* Loss of habitat forces the
panther to roam near
highways and other roads.
ByFWCSTAFF

When the Spanish firstdiscovered Flor-
ida, the Florida panther roamed through-
out the southeastern United States. Now,
more than 500 years later, the range of the
panther .has been reduced to Southwest
Florida where less than 100 of the unique
cats exist today. The loss of habitat, as a
result of urban growth, endangers the
very existence of the panther.
Recognizing the plight of the cat, el-
ementary.students in Florida voted to
make it the state animal in 1982. The
designation helped bring public aware-
ness to the perils existing for the panther
as scientists found a way to manage and
protect the endangered animal.
Despite loss of habitat and other
,hrpts,'tl Florida.jaitgjprrhastma.,raged-,
to survive with the-helpTof the dLtdficatett:
biologists with the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission (FWC).
"Research by biologists includes field
studies on the panther to determine den-
ning habits and movement patterns," said
Kipp Frohlichi with the FWC's Imperiled
Species Management Section. "All of these
studies will aid in the long-term survival
and recovery of the Florida panther."
A.. subspecies of the cougar, also known
as the mountain lion or puma, the Florida
panther has developed its own unique
characteristics, setting it apart from other
subspecies.' The Florida panther has lon-
ger legs, smaller feet and a shorter, darker
coat. Its skull's shape gives it a distinctive
Reman-nosed look with its arched nasal
bones.. The Florida panther is the only cou-
gar found east of the Mississippi River.
The panther's numbers declined to ap-,
proximately 30 cats by the early 1980s but
efforts to conserve its dwindling numbers
began as early as 1958 when the state listed
it as .endangered. The' low population re-
suited in severe inbreeding, which created


many health and physical problems. A ge-
netic restoration project in 1995 brought
success by improving the genetic health
and vigor of the panther population.
Further help in protecting the panther
occurred with the development of the
Florida Panther Research and Manage-
ment Trust Fund. This fund receives its
money directly from the purchase of pan-
ther specialty license plates. The popular-
ity of the Florida panther can be seen in
the number of these tags purchased each
year. Currently, it ranks as the second
most popular specialtlylicense plate in
"Florida.
Panthers are strictly carnivore,. char-
acterized by sharp teeth adapted for eating
meat. They live mostly on feral hogs, white-
tailed deer, raccoons and armadillos. Only
occasionally will they feast on rabbits, rats
or alligators. For wild panthers to remain
healthy, males need the equivalent of one
deer or hog per week. Females with kittens
may need more thantwice that amount.'
Wildlife biologist Maurice Hornocker,
Ph.D., one of the pioneers in the study of
the great cats, stresses the importance of
the panther's health. ". .because it sits
at the top of the food chain, along with
other large carnivores, its health is an in-
dicator of the health of everything in the
chain below it."
Threats remain for the panther as it
struggles to survive. Continued loss of
habitat forces the panther to roam. near
highways and other roads where vehicles
become its greatest enemy. The panther
trust fund was developed partially to
help aid in the recovery of injured anid or-
phaned panthers.


Florida panther safety tips
a Be alert from dusk to dawn- Florida
panthers are most active at nigh ..
i Landscape for safety -Remove
vegetation that provides cover for
panthers or that attracts wildlife
such as deer.
Keep panther prey away Deer,
raccoons and wild hogs are prey for
the Florida panther, so keep garbage,
pet foods and vegetable gardens safe
from their scavenging.
Keep pets safe and secure Roaming
pets are easy prey for predators,
including panthers.
Keep livestock secure 'lit r,.
practical, chickens, goats, hogs or
other livestock should be placed in
enclosed sheds or barns at night.
Supervise children Educate them
about panthers and other wildlife
they might encounter.
a Never appr,ich ,a p.,iih r .r
panthers .%:inrT n raiim h nl i i -'' --'
Give a panther the time and space to
steer clear of you.
a Always hike, backpack and camp with
a companion when in wild areas.



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To learn more about Florida panthers, visit PantherNet


A unique idea for gift-giving
this holiday season can help
the Florida panther. The Flor-
ida Department of Highway
Safety & Motor Vehicles now
offers gift certificates for the
purchase of any specialty tag
in Florida.
While the efforts of the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
have resulted in positive strides
in panthers' bnce-dwindling
numbers, funds are still need-
ed to keep the research moving
forward. By giving the panther
specialty license plate gift cer-
tificate, residents can help the
Florida panther.
Each panther license plate
gift certificate costs $25.
Eighty-five percent of that $25
goes directly into the trust
fund for research and manage-
ment of Florida panthers. To
purchase the gift certificates,
visit any authorized motor ve-


hicle office and a credit will be
issued in the name of the gift
recipient. When recipients re-
new their license plates, they
can use the gift certificate to
buy the specialty tag.
Since most tags are renewed
on the birth date of the regis-
tered vehicle owner, these gift
certificates make great birth-
day presents also.
Information on projects
funded through the Panther
Research and Management
Trust Fund can be found at
MyFWC.com /panther.
This holiday season, help
save the Florida panther from
extinction by giving a gift that
can be used year-round.
Panther specialty tag gift
certificates may be purchased
at any authorized motor
vehicle office, such as a state
motor vehicle office, loctl tax
collector's office or a licensed
tag agent.


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2 weeks of age, their eyes are blue. At 6 months, those blue
eyes begin turning amber and the black spots on their
backs have almost all disappeared.
',. The Florida panther is a subspecies of puma, also known
as a mountain lion or cougar.


Mark Lotz in the field with


the Florida panther


* Tracking a sample of Florida panthers enables
the FWC to monitor important information.
ByFWC STAFF


Mark Lotz knows that work-
ing on the panther capture
team each year from Novem-
ber to March helps the effort to
keep the Florida panther safe
from extinction.
His job with the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC), along
with the other team members,
requires capturing panthers to
put new radio-collars on them
or replacing radio-collars that
have failing batteries. Addition-
ally, kittens are handled at the
den while the mother panther
is away when they are about
2 weeks old and permanently
marked with a transponder
chip similar to what people use
for their pets.
Manniade threats to pan-


others concern the scientists,
but discovering how and where
the remaining panthers live
will help with future planning
of wildlife management areas
where panthers roam. For Lotz,
finding the panthers in their
natural habitat poses one of the
greatest challenges of the cap-
ture season.
Last year, between Novem-
ber and March, Lotz and the
capture team spent 53 search
days in several public lands, in-
cluding the Big Cypress Nation-
al Preserve, Everglades National
Park and the Seminole Indian
Reservation. During those days,
they captured 13 panthers.
It can take days of tramping
through the wilderness, swamp
buggies loaded down with the


gear necessary to do their job,
before they spot a panther.
"We can spend days tracking
and never see one," Lotz said.
"Then when we do find one,
he'll most likely climb the high-
est tree to avoid us."
The panthers are chased up
a tree with 'specially trained
dogs. The capture team then
sets up a large, portable air
cushion and safety net to catch
the panther if it falls after be-
ing darted. Then an anesthetic
dart is shot through the tree
limbs with an air rifle, reach-
ing a very small area on the
panther's rump. After the cat is
sedated, it is up to Lotz to climb
the tree to assist the panther
safely to the ground where the
capture team performs a thor-
ough veterinary exam.
"I sometimes have to climb 30
to 40 feet up a tree to tie a secu-
rity rope around the panther and
slowlylower the 100 to 150 pound


Mark Lotz, FWC panther biologist, prepares to place a transponder chip on each of these panther
kittens. Only trained specialists should handle animals in the wild, (FWC photo)


cat to the ground," Lolz said.
After they have performed
the necessary work on the pan-
ther, the team leaves the area
so it is quiet when the pan-
ther wakes, which reduces the


stress level during recovery.
Capturing and collaring a
sample of Florida panthers en-
ables the FWC to monitor the
genetic vitality of the popu-
lation, to guard against new


diseases, to determine causes
of mortality, and to document
reproductive success.
"Everything we do in the
field ultimately benefits the
panther," Lotz said.


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Greg Flowers led TCHS with

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Fred Francis Odom. 57, was
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13 points while Mait Burrell
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Others scoring for the Bulldogs',
included Greg Snead with eight:
points, Curtis Jones with seven.,
Reggie King with six points and
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A-7 TaCO Times December 19, 2007


Special report just in:


'Mayhem in Bethlehem'


Youth perform Sunday at 11 a.m.
The youth of St. Johns Christian Fellowship invite you to join them for
a Nosy News Network 30-minute special report, "Mayhem in Bethlehem."
This first century Christmas story is being covered by a 21st century
television news team. "The heart of this musical is the wonderful, true
story of the gospel as our skeptical reporters discover the mounting
evidence of the Messiah and their need for a Savior," said Pastor Mark
McElfresh.
The performance will be Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at the church
which is located at the intersection of Golf Course and Puckett roads.

Christmas program, banquet planned
The Glorious Rain Church of God of Prophecy will present its Christmas
program on Sunday morning, Dec. 23, at 11 with a Christmas banquet
following.'..::' :
Pastor'Byron Hughes invites everyone to attend; the church is located at
110 E. Maurice Linton Road.


Two-day revival scheduled Dec. 22-23
Prophetess Rosa Ridgeway and Apostle Ivory Ridgeway invite the
community to a two-day Holy Ghost revival, with services at 7:30 p.m. on
Dec. 22, and at 11 a.m. on Dec. 23.
The church, House of Deliverance, is located at 404 W. Bacon St.

Community invited to Christmas Eve communion
A candlelight communion worship service is planned at First
Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. The traditional service of
readings, carols, and special music will celebrate "the. birth of our Savior,"
said the Rev. Larry D. Neal, pastor of the church, who invites everyone to
attend.
The sacrament of the Lord's Supper will be observed during the service.

Coming soon...Unity Watch Night service
On Monday, Dec. 31, Glorious Rain Church of God of Prophecy will


host a Unity Watch Night service beginning at 9:30 p.m.'
Everyone is invited to greet the new year with members of the church
which is located at 110 E. Maurice Linton Road.


St. Peter's to hold Watch meeting Dec. 31


By B.D WILLIAMS
The retirement celebration of
Mr. Carl Williams from Buckeye,
after 19 -years of .service, will be
held at Jerkins Community Center,
1201 iMartin Luther King Ave.,
Saturday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m. A
citywfie invitation is extended.
St. tPeter's Primitive Baptist
Church~ will be having Watch
meeting Monday, Dec. 31. The
Rev. lessie Hawkins will be in
charge of the service. Everybody is
welcome; a city-wide invitation is
extended. Come and let us have a
good 'spiritual time in the Lord.
"Just think: of:'fHis goodness to

C4d of

Thanks

Reams
We would like to thank Big
Bend Hospice, Brother Rodney
Watts, Dr. Diane 'Schlick and Lil,
First 4aptist Church, and all those
who gave' flowers, food. prayers,
visits I and suM tIjtig -jhe
illness and loss of our loved one
Norm'n Reams.
Mary Ream's
Janet Reynolds and Family


you."
Springhill Missionary Baptist
Church where the Rev, Izell
Montgomery is pastor, closed out
its 2007 services with the pastor's
20th anniversary. The Rev. Joseph
Francis and his congregation were
in charge of the service which was
good, spiritual and enjoyable day
Sunday.
The many friends of the city
wish to extend their deepest
heartfelt sympathy to the Baker
family in the loss of their loved
one who passed away recently. A
father, brother and 'a friend. Look
to the hills from whence cometh
your ,help. Your help cometh from
the Lord.. ...
The many friends of the c ii'. are
extending their deepest eartfeli
sympathy to: all those who have
lost loved ones recently in our
. community. Just pray and lean on
the Lord, and He will. strengthen
you.
Remember the sick, shut-in, at
home, in nursing homes and
hospitals. Pray for the schools,
teachers, children, those in the
armed. The world needs prayer.
home. The world needs prayer.


Perry First
Assembly of


Calvary Baptist Church

presents their
Christmas Cantata


Under the direction of Mr. Don Bishop

i:day. Dec. 23 at 6:00 p.in.i:


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Located at 2959 Golf Course Rd.
Nursery provided for 3 and under Rev. Jeremy Lundy, pastor


Sunday: Sunday School 10.00AM
Morning Worship 11.00AM
Evening Worship 6 OOPM
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We love you and
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S.With love,
The Richardson Children
and Family


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Assistance is Now Available


Senior citizens who are at least
62 years old and own a home, can
now borrow against the equity in
their home, utilizing the money for
just about anything, without ever
having to repay the debt. They
can continue living in the home
for the rest of their lives without
the burden of making monthly
payments.
This is now possible thanks
to a Home Equity Conversion
Mortgage created by the Federal
Government's Department of
Housing and Urban Development,
also known as HUD.
This money can be used to:
1. Pay off an existing mortgage.
2. Pay for medical expenses
3. Supplement income
4. Supplement savings
5. Make repairs to the home


6. Provide financial assistance to
family members
7. Establish a line of credit that
can be used if needed in the future
8. Vacation and travel
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their home and they are free to
sell or refinance the home, without
penalty, at any time. All money
received is tax free and has no effect
on Social Security or retirement
income.
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citizens of Taylor County can
utilize this opportunity to ease
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or their loved ones courtesy of the
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assistance program.
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A-8 Taco Times December 19, 2007


articlesof Peace on earth

F A IT H 1Bill Blue of Spring Warrior Church of Christ wrote the following holiday message, taking
a closer look at the age-old Christmas phrase..."on earth peace!"

By BILL BLUE 9:31) and a sense of order in the Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2;
Glory to God in the highest, And nation (Acts 24:2) and in the Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians
on earth peace, goodwill toward churches (1 Corinthians 14:33), 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1
men! but as used in Luke 2:14, 29, it Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; Titus
--Luke 2:14 more accurately describes a 1:4; Philemon 1:3)
Most people are familiar with harmonious relationship between Everyone needs the peace that
the story of how an angel God and man, accomplished Christ brings. Sin separated man
announced Christ's birth to through the gospel (Acts 10:36, from God. (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-6,
shepherds. (Luke 2:1-20) Ephesians 2:17) and the resulting 19, 22-24) Through Adam's sin,
At this time of year, some people sense of rest or contentment one death came to all men. (Romans
will reenact this scene, or display it feels when he realizes he is not at 5:12) The wages of sin is death.
somehow in their yards or on enmity with God, (Matthew 10:13; (Romans 6:23) Everyone, except
Christmas cards, but how much Mark 5:34; Luke 1:79, 2:29; John Christ, has sinned. (Romans 3:23)
attention has been given to the 14:27; Romans 1:7, 3:17, 8:6) Thus, all are deserving of death.
phrase quoted on these cards, Abraham died knowing this All have sinned; however, not all
"Glory to God in the highest, And sense of contentment (Genesis will find peace. Although Christ's
on earth peace, goodwill toward 15:15), as did Simeon. (Luke 2:29) peace is available to everyone, not
men?" What is this "peace" Paul wrote that Christians could all men accept it.
declared by the heavenly host, and obtain this peace through prayer Christ Himself said, "Do you
who receives it? and spiritual mindedness suppose that I came to give peace
Peace can be used to describe a (Philippians 4:6-8, Romans 8:6 see on earth? I tell you, not at all, but
harmonious relationship between also Romans 8:31-39) and he rather division." (Luke 12:51,
men (Matthew 10:34, Romans regularly used peace in his Matthew 10:32-39)
14:19) and nations (Luke 14:32, greetings to the churches and Even the peace announced to
Acts 12:20, Revelation 6:4). Peace individuals he wrote. (e.g., the shepherds by the host of
can describe a freedom from Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 heaven was to "men with whom He
hostility (Luke 11:21, 19:42; Acts Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; is pleased." (Luke 2:14) As the


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Psalmist wrote, "Mark the
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peace have those who love Your
law, And nothing causes them to
stumble." (Psalm 119:165)
We can obtain this peace through
Christ andl God's word. (Acts
10:36, R mans 10:15) Christ's
sacrifice nade peace possible.
(Isaiah 5315; Colossians 1:20-23)
As a result, man can have peace


with God. (Ephesians 2:14-18,
Isaiah 57:19)
We obtain this peace when we
are justified (declared righteous,
acquitted of sin) by faith (Romans
5:1-2) and Christ's blood. (Romans
5:9-10) We elect the benefit of
Christ's sacrifice when we shar6 in
his death, burial and resurrection
through baptism. (Romans 6:3-4,
Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:12)
We please God (Luke 2:14) by
keeping His commandments (John
14:15, 21-24; 15:9-10; 1 John 2:3-
5, 3:24, 5:2-3), including his
command to be baptized (Matthew


28:18-29, Mark 16:16) for the:
remission of sins (Acts 2:38,:
22:16) and by continuing to obey:
His word by living righteously:
after baptism. (Galatians 5:22;:
Isaiah 32:15-18, 57:21) :
On the eighth day followingiCj
birth, Jesus was taken to Jerusg
to be circumcised. (Luke -E-E
When Simeon saw Christ onI
occasion, he said, "Lord, now j jV
are letting Your servant depaiNIF
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Community


B-i Taco Times


December 19, 2007


Art students at Taylor County High School recently
"competed against students from 24 counties in the
Junior Fine Arts and Craft Show at the North Florida
State Fair
\\ h r [hI.n iidh irn; i.'plei[ the-
l'jc a l ,Lu .LJ n it h ro u -lii


large quantity of ribbons to show for their
efforts.
Those receiving ribbons included:
2-D Art Work
Amanda Jennings first place.
landicapc one-point perpectie.


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third pii .'ie, aclJ j IN K .iihe i'n i ,i-.e C-.
Nuldin NUrmarh ,,l h ,_d [plAcc dLJI-n "-

Jarcie Nl.iiip i .'c,_' ilnid place. aIILt ..
lands..'pe1 l Iharn .rd w*ilin'. hrl ,,rorab,.le
Illcn liIlon o_1',.i 1 ieri .Il .el- a' J i]lud '!'i 2.
r JCJ""hJ, K tanc I ,ih place p -L I l l .di.' I1-'2 ellL'I ..
porirailt
3-D Arti'l \\ork
Jell. B :k.la -, ii'I pl.lcc. h,.ind biill p nter\.
c,,_"_ I p,.'i
Eniil\ Ncv nan ecc,.'rid pl.,cc. llaid btii l '
pC.'ilc uilj \
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rhillo
Jo'.,h L1 iercicI li'u lh plarlc hli.,rid 1 l.u't II
poll:r, tr ,La 'ic h' o.
Tara Hani.on filth place hand ili pI tt.''r,.
llroi fiNhiiig .it a i ld
Jaren NMirph, F'mo,'rable ieinn,'on hand huili
poter. pil
TCHS A\r lirit lruh Jcl'!i Bser, pl.ac, d in ill oI
prol'essioiril dJ i-iitiij. ii c lC'.ini lir.. place loi
hand built potti.l1 l1 J -c.a Jd nutiI tNI place in
wheel \o.,rk pouterL loi a LJL-e '. .Ime called 'Big
Red" and ihnd place hl>r a 'A jercolor 'l the
oldest JdocuLiientcd ci, press in \\akulia State Park
T\,o u lther ai sluddint- '.',re rlecocnized
recenill for a maiiil in the TCHS lunchim o ,n
Tara Hanson and laren c lurph, produc.\d the
inmural depi,',,g two hullJdo -. pai, prints and
letter, _aJ, I "n Bull Dav. ,\ C,'unirt "
To pro:\iLde in ore intoiriajioin about[ T'\!.r |
Couni line arts. students at TCHS crejatd ,a \\el'
*sLeL about local studieni and pro[ tslsionlal jr 'is'
several ea',rs ago and continue i' niaina iin it.
The _sie contains intInlaimalon about loci al lolk
artist Pete La\ole. line .ial[!ts Keith Padeit .ind Sue
Hicks. and photographer Aniaanda Clark
Also included on the se is TCHS student aJt.' oik
and all the art shove, s student. hae been able it,
participate in over the years as well as artwork from
Taylor County Middle School and Taylor County
Elementary School students.
To visit the Web site, go to the Taylor County
School District site, click on Information for Students
then .pick Fine Arts of Taylor County or go to
jbyres.tripod.com.


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Art pieces shown are by: Jerry Blaske (coil
pot), Jaren Murphy (pastel work of house);
Tara Hanson (acrylic paintings of vases and
penguin surfer).


Reading FirSt director visits PPS i-
Read' -F` V1L PPC


Cari Miller, director of Florida's
Reading First program, visited
Perry Primary School to see first-
hand the successful implementation
of the Reading First Model.


During the visit, she announced
that the school would be ranked
as the number two school out of
583 in Florida, for its reading
program.


'Perry Primary School Assistant Principal Pam Padgett,
Reading First Director Cari Miller, PPS Reading Coach Carol
Hendry


"At a recent board meeting we
received this prestigious award for
being recognized, as a 'model
school," PPS Assistant Principal
Pam Padgett said.
"This award is truly an honor but
.it should not be received without
honoring those people, who have
made it happen," she said.
"Reading Coach Carol Hendry, the
teachers and paraprofessionals
have worked together to create a
,vision, maintain a school-wide
focus on scientifically research-
based strategies, .to mold a
curriculum to successfully instruct
and conquer the Sunshine State
Standards in every grade level.
"Carol Hendry has provided
countless hours of professional
development, side-by-side
coaching and modeling of
instructional strategies for our
teachers, and has created this
seamless benchmarked
curriculum. This comes from a
desire to make sure that all
children have equal access to high


quality academic instruction.
"There is truly a literacy culture
that has been created at Perry
Primary starting from the top
down," Miller said. The
administration has made it a
priority to be in the classrooms
monitoring the instructional
delivery and to ensure that the
components of the reading block
are being implemented.
"With this recognition have
come some huge responsibilities
for the administration, reading
coach and teachers," Padgett said,
adding that Perry Primary has been
serving as a mentor school for
several schools throughout the
northern part of Florida.
She, along with Hendry, have
met with other administrators and
coaches to share the evolution of
creating a vision and curriculum
that has brought success to the
school.
"The teachers are to be
"** Please see page 3


Final SHARE
SHARE food distributions greeted the holidays in Taylor County by supplying
118 turkey meal packages at Thanksgiving, and 116 baked ham meal packages
for Christmas. Diane Rigoni is retiring director of the program and, so far, no
church has stepped forward to direct, host and organize continued distributions
for the community. So Saturday's distribution was the final one here. SHARE was
first initiated in Perry at Grace Methodist Church in the late 1990s, and later
resumed by First United Methodist, with Rigoni directing. Churches that are
seriously interested in committing to continuing the program (providing a host
site, drivers for food pick-up and volunteers for distribution) may contact Rigoni at
584-4034.


CIVIC GROUPS
AARP: last Wed., 10 a.m. at AMVETS
Post #20 building (2499 Woods Creek
Road).
Kiwanis Club: Wednesdays, noon,
Joyce's Main Street Cafe.
MainStreet Perry: first Monday of each
month, Perry/Taylor County Chamber of
Commerce at noon.
NAACP: first Sunday, 5 p.m., at Jerkins
Community Center.
Optimist Club: Thurs., noon at Joyce's
Main Street Cafe.
Perry Garden Club: third Wednesday,
10 a.m.
Perry Elks Lodge: second, third and
fourth Tuesday, 8 p.m.
Perry Lodge 123, F&AM: first and third
Monday nights, 7:30 p.m.
Perry Lodge #187: first and third Wed.,
7 p.m;, Masonic Hall.
:Perry Masonic Lodge 123: meets first
and third Monday nights, 7:30 p.m.
: Perry Shrine Club: fourth Thurs.,
7:,p.m. (club house on Courtney Road).
Perry Woman's Club: second Wed.,
noon (Sept. to May; subject to change).
Rotary Club: Tues., noon at Rosehead
iJunction.
-r Taylor County Leadership Council:
:;second and fourth. Friday, 7 p.m., Jerkins


Community Center.
Vogue XIII: first Mbn., 7:30 p.m. Call 584-
2404.

GOVERNMENT

Airport Advisory Committee: fourth
Wednesday, 12 noon, Perry-Foley Airport.
Chamber of Commerce: second Thurs.,
8 a.m., chamber board room.
City Council: second and fourth Tues., at
6:30 p.m.
County Commission: first Mon. and third
Tues. at 6 p.m., courthouse annex.
Juvenile Justice Council: third Thurs., 9
a.m., at Juvenile Justice Office, 1719 South
Jefferson Street.
Planning Board: first Thurs., 6 p.m.
Courthouse annex (old post office).
Social Security: representatives, second
Tues., 8:30 a.m. to noon, courthouse annex.
Taylor County Construction License
Board Meeting: third Fri., 2 p.m.,
courthouse annex.
Taylor County Development Authority:
second Mon., noon, at Capital City Bank.
Taylor County School Board: first and
third Tues., 7 p.m.
Taylor Coastal Water and Sewer: fourth
Tuesday at 18820 Beach Road, 5:30 p.m.
Taylor Soil & Water Conservation
District Board: fourth Monday, 3 p.m.,
Hampton Inn (conference room). Call


584-4329 for information.
Tourism Development Council: second
Wed., 5 p.m., Chamber of Commerce.

INTERESTS

Big Bend Leads Group: every Tuesday,
7:45 a.m, Chamber of Commerce.
Business Network International (B.N.1):
every Tuesday, 7:30-9 a.m., Hampton Inn.
Visitors welcome.
Diabetes classes every Tuesday, 2 p.m.,
Doctors' Memorial Hospital.
FAMU Alumni Chapter: second Monday,
7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center.
Florida Forest Festival Board of
Directors: first Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.,
Chamber of Commerce. Call 584-TREE
(8733).
Girl Scouts Service Unit: first Tuesday,
7 p.m., Scout Hut.
Historical Society: open Thursday
afternoons, 1-5 p.m.
Home Educators League of Perry
(HELP): second Tues., 1:30 p.m., Forest
Capital Hall. Call 584-8553 or 584-9207.
La Leche League International: second
Wed., 10:30 a.m., Taylor County Public.
Library.
Miles of Smiles Clown Alley: first.
Thursday, 7 p.m., at DMH Window's cafe.
Mothers of Pre-Schoolers: first and third
Friday. Call 584-3826.


Muskogee Creek Indian Nation: second
and fourth Sat., 7 p.m.Tribal grounds, Lyman
Hendry Road.
Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe: first
Saturday, Oak Hill Village on Woods Creek
Road.
National Wild Turkey Federation
(Yellow Pine Drummers): holds open
monthly meeting on first Thursday, Golden
Corral, 7 p.m. Call 584-9185.
Republican Party of Taylor County:
second Thursday of every month at 315 N.
Quincy Street.
Taylor Coastal Communities
Association: second Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the
district building on Beach Road.
Taylor County Democratic Party: every
Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce.
Taylor Adult Program (TAP): Thursdays,
10 a.m., 502 N. Center Street. 223-0393.
Taylor County Amateur Radio Club:
first Monday, 7 p.m., Division of Forestry
office, 618 Plantation Road.
Taylor County Habitat for Humanity,
Inc.: board meeting, second Thursday,
5:30 p.m., Room 208, Capital City Bank.
Taylor County Historical Society: third
Mon., 7 p.m. Historical Society building.
Society's museum is open every Trijr,usdA)
1-5 p.m.
Taylor County Horseman's Association
Horse Show: second Sat., 10 a.m. Arena


located on Bishop Blvd.
Taylor County Quilters: Tuesdays,
10 a.m. to noon, Taylor County Public Library.
Taylor County Reef & Research Team:
second Thurs.; 7 p.m., Forest Capital
Hall.
Taylor Republican Women's Network:
second Monday, 6 p.m., 591 E. Ash Street.
Taylor County Senior Center: Executive
Board of Directors meeting, third Thursday.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Monday, 8 p.m.
and Thursday, 8 p.m. at the Serenity House,
1824 N. Jefferson Street. Call 672-1263 for
more information.

SUPPORT GROUPS
Alzheimer's Support Group for
Caregivers: every second Tuesday, at
7 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council:
fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice
office (107 East Green St.).
Healthy Start Coalition: fourth Mon.,
9 a.m., Taylor County School District
Administrative Office Complex.
Narcotics Anonymous: Sunday, 7 p.m.;
Tuesday, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.; and
Saturday, noon, at St. James Episcopal
Church, 1100 W. Green St. (library).
Call 223-2785 for more information.
Perry Winners Group of Alcoholics
Anonymous: Tuesday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.;


and Saturday,- 8 p.m. Heritage House,
317 N. Orange Street.
SHARE distribution: third or fourth
Sat., 9 a.m., at First United Methodist
Church.
The Way: (fiith-based 12-step group for
addicts and alcoholics) Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.,
and Friday, 7 p.m. All meetings are held at
the Serenity House, 1824 N. Jefferson St.
Call 672-0626 for more information.

VETERANS .
AMVETS Post 20 and AMVETS Ladies
Auxiliary: third Tuesday, 7 p.m., at 2499
Woods Creek Road.
American Legion Post #291: second
Saturday, 10 a.m.
American Legion Post #96: first Tues.,
7 p.m., American Legion, Hall, Center
Street.
Sons of Confederate Veterans: fourth
Thursday at 1159 Roberts Aman Road,
7 p.m. For information, please call
584-5346.
VFW Post #9225: second Tues., 7 p.m.
(American Legion building).
To add your organization or club
to the community calendar,
please call Perry Newspapers, Inc.,
at (850) 584-5513 or e-mail
newsdesk@perrynewspapers.com








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B-2 TaCO Times December 19, 0o|


Boyd supports Alternative -"


ilinimum Tax Relief Act


Congressman Allen Boyd, a


At a press


conference, tax benefits that they owed little or


leader of the Blue Dog Coalition, Congressman Boyd and his Blue no income tax under the tax code at
I ,t\ w\e'k supported legislation to Dog colleagues called on the the time. In recent years, the
;;i )ic immediate, fiscally Senate to uphold its commitment AMT has been under increased
icsponsible tax relief for middle to fiscal responsibility and pass an attention because it is not indexed
income families across America. AMT bill that is paid for.. To date, for inflation, resulting in a growing
The Alternative Minimum Tax the House has passed two AMT number of middle income
(AMT) Relief Act of 2007 (HR bills, both of which provided tax taxpayers subject to this tax who
4351) would prevent more than 23 relief for middle income families were never its intended targets.
million families-including and complied with PAYGO rules. Each year, the AMT hits more and
3 .000 North Floridians-from a Last week, the Senate failed in more middle class families unless
iax increase under the AMT. their duties as responsible stewards it is changed by Congress.
Complying with ,. In 2005, 3,092
pay-as-you-go households in
(PAYGO) rules, HR North Florida
4351 is fully paid The B yd Repaidthe AMT.
for and does not add fW By R without this
to the already h I r legislation, this
staggering $9 number would
trillion national l lr increase by
debt. 1,003 percent
"I am proud to support this of the people's hard earned tax and affect 34,092 North Florida
fiscally responsible and fair tax dollars and passed an AMT bill households in 2007.
relief package, which will put that was not paid for. "The IRS calls the AMT the
money back in the pockets of "Those of us in North Florida 'Number I most serious problem'
thousands of North Florida's know that you have to'pay your facing taxpayers, and they are
families," Congressman Boyd bills. You either pay them today, or right," Boyd stated. "While I
said. "This legislation is a strong you pay them tomorrow with applaud this Congress for
testament to the fact that we can interest," Boyd stated. "If we extending AMT relief in a fiscally
provide sensible tax relief without don't pay for an AMT bill today, responsible way, we must work
having our children and our government will have to pay towards developing a permanent
grandchildren foot the bill. an additional $29 billion in interest solution, instead of continuing to
Paying for our priorities instead of on this bill alone. Plain and enact temporary fixes. The
borrowing trillions of dollars from simple: this is not the way to do American people are looking to
;,;ign countries is possible, and business. I am standing behind Congress to lead on this issue, and
thc House of Representatives, at PAYGO rules because it is the right I encourage all of my colleagues to
the insistence of the Blue Dogs, thing to do, and I urge the Senate to join the Blue Dogs in pushing for a
has shown that it has the ability, follow suit." permanent, long term solution to
the will, and the backbone to be The AMT\vas created in 1969 to the AMT challenge."
,: stewards of taxpayer target 155 high income households HR 4351 passed in the House by
illars." ,. that had been eligible for so many a vote of 226 to 193.

letters to the Editor


. arden Club thanks merchants


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Midweek Muddle


Everybody needs to

visit Bedford Falls
By SUSAN


I. LINCOLN


Dear Editor:
The Perry Garden Club recently
judged the downtown decorations
'or the Christmas Open House,
Dec. 1.
We would like to commend the
merchants who participated this
year as the decorations, including
lighting, were outstanding. We
were pleased to see that more of
the merchants participated this
year than in the past. ,-
We were given a few guidelines
on which to do the judging and, of
course, we e-were bound by these.
Since there was only one award,
we chose the one that we
determined to be most appropriate
according to these guidelines;
Others were very good and could
have been a winner except for
disqualification of one or two of
the guidelines.


Taco


We are so appreciative of the We, as metnbers of the Perry
merchants who help to make our Garden Club, thank the merchants
downtown more beautiful. for asking us to participate in this
This is a lisecifal" 'fme fo- j "a't^vity. We look forward to even
people to stroll around the block to more participation in thl future ~by
see and enjoy this time of year. many or all merchants in the


Iso a time for people to shop downtown area.
ake advantage of the many
available right in our own


Jimmie Bennett
Inez Cone
Liska Gooding


Veteran speaks out


Dear Editor:
I ait a Vietnam veteran from the
United States Marine Corps and a
veteran from the United Army. I
get 40 percent service connection
disability. I had a great job
building fiberglass boats and parts,
but one day I got hurt on the job,


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


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Perry, Florida


P.O. Box 888
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DONALD D. LINCOLN SUSAN H. LINCOLN
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DEBBIE CARLTON CAROLYN DuBOSE
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i' Writer/ Advertising Sales Graphic Arts
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Member PerryfTaylor County Chamber of Commerce,


and now I can't work at all.
I had to settle with a pension that
only pays barely $1,200 a month
because the job I had didn't have
workman's comp. The VA stepped
in and gave me the pension.
I took a walk through our
beautiful veterans park, while
looking at the names on the walls
and benches.
I noticed something was
missing. The veteran that did his or
her part in the wars and the
military, the ones that barely pay
their bills, are not on the walls or
benches because they can't afford
the $100 fee to have it put there.
This is poverty.
I have five brothers and out of
the six males in the family, five out
of the six served the nation
proudly. My sons, John R.
Whiddon Jr. and Todd Flores,
served in Iraqi Freedom.
I think a fund should be put into
place to raise money for those
veterans to have their name put on
the wall before it's put on their
grave marker first.
Thanks for listening,.
John R. Whiddon Sr.


Letters must be signed and accompanied
by a phone number for contact.
Mail to: P.O. Box 888, Perry, FL
32348; or e-mail to
newsdesk@perrynewspapers.com.


Life gets more wonderful every year
when the Frank Capra feature film
reminds us, "It's a Wonderful Life."
Bedford Falls is beautiful.
The film's message' is'beautiful.
And, remarkably, this beautiful message
emerges from the mire of everyday life
with bills and bothers.
I identify strongly with the black-and-
white images' of Jimmy Stewart--as George
Bailey--when he is sick of the savings and
loan business, sick of the finial at the
bottom of the rickety old staircase in his
home, 'and sick of the piano music his
bright-faced child is playing so jtibilantly,
though discordantly.
I have played the role of George, Bailey.
I have cursed the flat, 1900s roof over
our newspaper business, questioned ,the
values of a community which -pays
homage to mud and now I can't find the
knob that controls the oven temperature
in my own home.
It takes nothing less than an angel to get
George's attention, and I believe that may
be true for the rest of us, too.
When that' angel lands in this favorite
Christmas movie, George Bailey sees
Bedford Falls like he's Inever seen it
before.
And with that kind of vision, life
becomes wonderful, no matter your
address.
What if W.T. Cash had never written
down the history of Taylor County, so that
the lessons (and the loves) of this
community were missing from its
collective memory?
What if Claude Pepper had not
distinguished himself as a capable
political figure, and given of himself
untiringly in community service?
What if Helen Scales had not worked
to get the cows off the downtown
square?
. And what if all the teachers, honored in
the Educators Hall of Fame, had not
trudged to work, Monday through Friday,
braced to face the disinterest of teenagers
or to be substitute mothers for small
children?


You have to take a telescopic look at thi,
world--and consider yourself a mere blip.--,
in order to see the intricate workings :of-.-
people and businesses in the,,cireation .fr"L
vWh'at"e call "community."
George was able to see Bedford Falls";
with new eyes, and came to love even the ',
missing finial at the bottom of the stairs.' `
What if the 10-year-old girl from Shad'y.2
Grove had not rescued a trapped woman j
from her overturned vehicle?
What if Q'Quinn's Pharmacy and,, ,
Lockhart Drug Company had nrt
administered medicines for the town's /
health and viability?
What if Dr. Walter Baker had not'
delivered hundreds of babies, who now)-
serve as the town's backbone? '''
What if James Bloodworth had nfoi
reigned over his prominent corner,
dispensing good will and encouragemeriit---i
And what if Hymie Glickman's father
had chosen Cross City, or Chiefland,
instead of Perry as a place for his family
department store?
Cities hold much intrigue for me. I '
admit that. I like--temporarily--becoming
a part of the clamoring crowd. I love the
endless restaurants, the art, the music
and the lights.
But when the dust has settled, I want a
small town in which to live--where you can
take two steps to get your hair done, and
another two to pick up your drycleaning.
A town where the people are important.-
A town where friends bring casseroles
when sadness comes.
If you haven't done so this season, take g
a trip to Bedford Falls. Watch the |
eccentric people, with all their j
shortcomings, struggle in small and l
human ways, to perform their work, raise
their families and honor their heroes. .,.
While watching, if you hear a bell ring,.-
rejoice: for an angel has gotten his wing,.
That angel might be the very one to resc-
you from limited vision and endle`-
worries. ..
It is, a wonderful life.
And that's what I wish for you t
Christmas season.


Susan H. Lincoln recently published her first book, "When Mimosas Bloom," a collection of 55 of her favorite newspap.: .
columns. Copies of the book can be purchased locally at The Book Mart, or online at Amazon.com.


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Taylor County City of Perry TayLor County Florida Florida Florida
Tyo Cup nty CiyofPrr Commission Representative Senator "" Governor
S Superintendent Mayor Chairman A Will Charles Charlie
Oscar M.o Emilyn Clay Kendrick Dean Crist
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How can you help?



Vande Brakes report. on mission work in Africa


Editor's Note: Bob and Dee Vande
Brake are remembered in Taylor
County for the churches in which they
served, and also for their Country
Christian Bookstore. The two recently
forwarded a newsletter detailing their
new mission field, with Christmas
greetings for all. They can be reached
at BobVB@windstream.net.
By BOB AND DEE VANDE BRAKE
Thanks be to God this Christmas
season for the gift uf His Son to the
world.
We pray that for all of you who
have provided gifts or prayed for
our trips, Jesus will bless you with
just the right gift for Christmas.
Some of you need Jesus to heal
your body or spirit. Others need a
family restored or a child to return
to the Lord. Still others need
financial provision from the one
who.owns the cattle on a thousand
hills. Finally there are those who
need their vision for the church
renewed and depression lifted. For
you, Dee and I pray: Lord Jesus
perform the same miracles in our
friends as you have done for us this
year. Let this Christmas season be
the rebirth of the Kingdom of God
* U '*tt-S -* ----- -= e'i., .:...,


celebration begins on Christmas
Eve with many stories about sweet
Jesus. We then do dramas and
dance. In the morning many find a
stocking with small gifts and
candy. Then they put on their new
shoes or clothes and go to church
with their parents. It is the best
time of the year."


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Kampala, capital city of
Uganda
God provides
funding for Uganda
While in Kampala (see picture
above) looking at school sites, I
received an e-mail from a couple in
the US who sent money to pay for
the first year of classes for 20
students in Uganda. What a
blessing! I was going to put that on
the needs list, but it was provided
before I could print the newsletter.
Praise God! Uganda is a beautiful
country with the city of Kampala
built on seven hills like Rome. The
Queen of England had just been
there for a Commonwealth of
Nations meeting so the town was
spotless. The people are very
apnl ncl dhimar fnr (Ind Wi-


on the front burner, so to speak.
Some of the plans for 2008
include: 1) The completion of the
LeRoy Curtis Lecture Hall on our
campus in Kitale. It will seat over
300 people for conferences and
will be our teaching hall.
2) Larry and Beverly will return
to Kenya this year to resume work.
Larry will come in January (for 6
weeks), and Dee and I will bring
Beverly later in the year to help the
work team complete the lecture
hall.
3) Dee and I are planning a two-
month trip to Africa in March and
April. Dee thinks this will give her
a good taste of Kenyan culture. We
will be visiting the many friends I
made in 2007 and starting the
Ugandan Ministry Training
Institute.
4) The Ugandan Ministry
Training Institute will open its
doors late this spring in a suburb of
Kampala, the nation's capital.
5) We will begin conversion of
the current classroom building into


a new dorm which will, allow us to
have both men and women in our
meetings.
We are moving into 2008 with
hope in our hearts and the

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Gabriel Thuku, the Vande
Brakes' teacher in Uganda
knowledge that the Lord is
allowing us to make a difference
for the Kingdom of God in Kenya
and Uganda.
Christmas gifts from America
I had never felt more like "Ole
Saint Nick," as he is called in


Kenya, than on my flight over on
Thanksgiving. As I feasted on
British Air's Thanksgiving dinner,
I knew I was flying with 60 pounds
of toys and Christmas candy for
the 60 children of our employees
and 23 orphans. I couldn't wait to
give them their Christmas sacks
from America. Several Sunday
school classes from Perry, Fla., and
Broken Arrow, Okla., had provided
the money and gifts. It was a great
experience-thanks to everyone
for making it possible. The high
points were the glow sticks,
toothbrushes and little flashlights.
One boy named Little Larry, who
had been borrowing his dad's
toothbrush, ran around the house
saying: "My toothbrush is bigger
than Dad's!"
On Sunday I brought greetings
and candy to 30 kids in a shack
used as a Sunday school room.
Because of your gifts, we were
also able to, provide Christmas
dinner for 23 orphans and one of
our teachers families that had to


Farmers, ranchers ur


put his money into school fees for
January.
A last word from Bob
I thank you for being God's
channel of blessing for Dee and I
in 2007.
A missionary told me, "You have
not because you ask not," but you
have provided before we could


A Sunday school class
even ask! It was scary starting a
new ministry overseas, but it is
great to know God is not done with
us yet.
Pray for Dee that she will be able
to fit into the Kenyan culture with
the ease of a seasoned missionary.
We will be praying for all of you in
2008.


to


take part in Florida census


Florida Commissioner of
Agriculture Charles H. Bronson is
urging the state's farmers and


mama U -- *, gentii a nungy r j oj. v ie ranchers s LU watch their mail in
found buildings where we will be early January for the arrival of the
Bob Vande Brake with two able cooperate our school. A US 2007 Census of Agriculture form.
en in Kenya dollar is worth 1,600 Ugandan "I urge all of Florida's
i-their lives! shillings, so it's a great exchange agricultural producers to
George Wafula (our principal) rate if any of you want to come participate in the census by
tbld me about Christmas in Kenya. with me for a vacation. You do completing and returning the
i would like to pass it on to you in have to like bananas as it is the form," Bronson said. "The input
l$is own words. major crop. I ,ate them fried, received by the census helps shape
' "Christmas is the high point of roasted, charbroiled, mashed, in a the future of agriculture for years
the year in Kenya. Parents buy sauce as a dessert, and just plain, to come, and we want to make sure
gifti'for the children. Most of the Exciting plans for 2008 that the voices of Florida's farmers
tAme the gifts are new shoes or The Kenya Ministry Training and ranchers are heard."
clothes to wear to church. During Institute looks forward to the Conducted every five years by
tiheseason there is visiting with blessings of God in the new year. the U.S. Department of
friends and you eat Kukus We have many projects and plans Agriculture, the census is a
fhickenm)iand other ,delicaciesi,ou jsj ,,
together and make fun. Some
people that have extra food invite t W ill co ntin U
the-poor in the community into go
tjeir homes so they can celebrate I strive for excellence'
together. Most people try to go to strive for excellent e
4ack 'to their tribes to visit and
qiless'parents and family. Of course
people do not miss church, but the PPS through the respect they have for
past has to keep the sermon short Continued from page 1 the administrative team, but
; through their phenomenal teaching
(.naybe one hour) so people can go recognized for their hard work and skills and their love for teaching
alk' back to their homes to dedication," Padgett said. "They kids.
elebrate with the family s to have graciously opened their "The team at Perry Primary will
We blow up balloons to classrooms to share activities with continue to strive for excellence
decorate with and bring in a piece other teachers from surrounding and accepts this recognition with
f a live pine to decorate with districts. pride and a true feeling of great
ies of fabric. Th main "It is obvious not only accomplishment."


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complete, count of the nation's
farms and ranches and the people
"who operate them. The census'
examines land use and ownership,
operator characteristics,
production practices, income' and
expenditures.
It provides the only source of
uniform, comprehensive
agricultural data for every county
in the nation.
"Regardless of how large or
small their operation or what kinds
of products they produce, it's
important for Florida farmers and
ranchers to complete and return the
form," Bronson said. "By


participating in the Census, they
will help themselves and their
communities."
USDA's National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) will
mail out census forms on Dec. 28
to collect data for the 2007
calendar year. Completed forms
are due by Feb. 4, 2008.
Producers can return their forms by
mail or fill out the census online
via a secure web site.
"The Census of Agriculture
provides information that benefits
agricultural producers and their
communities, in many ways,"
Bronson said. "For instance,


policy-makers factor census data
into decisions concerning
agricultural and rural programs.
Community planners use census
data to target needed services to
rural residents.
"Companies rely on Census data
when determining where to locate
their operations. And farmers
themselves can use census data to
help make critical decisions about
their businesses."
For more information about the
2007 census, contact the NASS
Florida Field Office at (407) 648-
6013 or 1-800-344-6277 or visit
www.agcensus.usda.gov.


Effective January 1, 2008, the


RESERVATION REGULAR SERVICE


for Big Bend Transit Shuttle

will run from the hours of

6:00 AM -6:00 PM

Monday through Saturday




The hours and route of the daily
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FLOOD ZONE


FLOOD MAP CHANGES

The Tayloir County flood maps are being updated and will be

implemented in approximately 90 days.

County Staff advises that if you are unsure of your flood zone status

you should verify your flood zone by visiting the GIS flood map

link at www.taylorcountygov.com

Or

Non-city residents may come by the Building Department located in

the Administrative Complex at 201 East Green Street, Perry, Florida

32347 and we will determine the flood zone for you.

If your property is not located in a flood zone presently, but is

within a flood zone on the updated maps, you must obtain flood

insurance 30 days prior to the adoption of the maps in order to

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B 4The Taco Times December 19, 2007


Auction Every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at
1557 Carlton Cemetery Rd. Tools and
misc. articles. VISA and Master Card
.accepted. Col. Bonney AV2021 AB2011
12/19-12/21
o .
*AUCTION HOUSE OF MADISON Dec.
:22. 1693 SW Mosley Hall Rd. (CR360)
Madison, Florida (850) 973-2959.
MASTERCARD, VISA AND DEBIT
CARDS FOOD FUN & GVE-A-WAYS,
HEATED / AC-COMFY SEATS. From
Perry: Take RT 221 North to CR 360 (SW
Mosley Hall Rd) Turn Right, go about 8
miles on the right. AU691-COL RON COX
AB2490.
12/19-12/22PS





,Unique Sale Thurs. Sun. 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
-1453 Fairview Dr. 19 North to Ash St. go
left follow signs 1.5 miles. Jewelry, gifts,
'misc.
-12/19-12/21
t.*'
.Yard Sale Fri. & Sat. More items,
:Christmas Dogs, elect., guitar w/dual
pickupp, men's & women's, clothes,
-pictures & paintings, movies, tools, books,
tiano, dishes, microwave, McCoy & tire
idng collectibles, electronics, shelving
=units, elect. & gas stove, fog machine,
refrigerator, elect, dryer, storage sheds,
furniture, glass top table, elect. gas
Sweaters, starts 9 a.m. ends 5 p.m.. Comer
-of Woods Creek and Miller Rd. 843-2784.
:12/19-12/21
lYard Sale Friday & Saturday 8-4; 15812
SBreeze Dr. Leisure Retreats, toys, tools,
.new cloths, jewelry 578-2452.
:12/19-12/21
Save Gas Shop at Home Check out our
Dew line of Legendary Whitetails Original,
Deer Gear (Great 6hristmas Gifts). Also,
.his year's crop of pecans, including
:chocolate covered pecans. We carry top
I .brand name clothes for the.whole family at
'a fraction of the original cost, GIFTS OF
GRACE located on the square downtown.
Open Tues., Wed,, and Thurs. 3 to 5:30,
Friday'12:30-5:30 and Saturday 10-3.
r,. 11/28-12/19GOG




Real Oak doors & Oak veneer Armoire
style Entertainment Center (6'x3.5') $125
(paid $600); Call 584-7912 and leave
message to see or buy.
12/19-12/21
For Sale 5. guitars 2 electric, bass
guitar, 3 sets of speakers, alum. tool box,
mandolin. All in good condition. 584-8751.
12/19-12/21
Barn Stored Round Roll Hay For Sale $35
a roll. Call 838-9514.
12/7-12/26
For Sale or Trade $3500 25 ft. Sloop
Rigged Sailboat Honda .4 cycle Aux.:
Engine Many extras, fully equipped,
sleeps 4 adults, ready to go. 850-578-2075
12/19-12/21


Southern Villas: of Perry
: Looking For Applicants!
Rental assistance available. HUD
vouchers accepted. 1 & 2 BR HC & non-
MC accessible apartments, Office hours
bre 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Thursi Call 850-
584-8111. TDD/TTY 711, 315 Puckett Rd,
Perry, Fl, 32347. Equal Housing
Opportunity.


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For Rent 2 BR/1 bath Mobile Home total
electric central H/A, $375 per month, plus Rooms available at Skylark Motel
$250 deposit. Setup in Whispering Pines everything included from Monthly $550
Mobile Home Park. two miles down the required $45 deposit, $154 weekly or $40
Beach Rd. Maximum occupants two adults daily plus tax. 317 N. Byron Butler Pkwy.
and one child. Application and reference 850-584-7033.
required. 584-3889. 11/14tfLS


12/19#RBi


1 Bed/1 bath Duplex 720 sq. ft. central
Air/Heat. wood floors, full kitchen,
remodeled bath, ceiling fans, nice area. 2
blocks from Walmart. $500 month. First,
last, security. 850-890-1467 and ask for
Robert.
12/19-12/21
For Rent 2 room furnished apt. 1 or 2
adults no children No pets. Utilities paid.
$140 per week + $140 deposit. Call 584-
2199 or 584-2075.
12/19-12/21
FOR LEASE OR SALE: Charming color-
coordinated cottage-like 3/1 home, central
heat/air, all interiors newly painted with
Updated colors, new blinds, new kitchen
wallpaper, Ig. bar, real oak hardwood floors
and tile, throughout, fireplace, custom
made shower curtain, 1 screened porch, 1
Ig. deck, fruit and oak trees, beautifully
landscaped, Ig. outside bldg., all on 1
acre. Home is in immaculate condition,
ready to move into with no cleaning
necessary. Country feel but close to all
shopping. $700/Mo. plus sec/damage dep.
or sell $112,000. Call 584-3681
12/19tfPF
FOR LEASE: Newly renovated 2/2,
tastefully decorated, colored coordinated,
new carpet, new blinds w/interior decorated
custom window treatments, all new counter
tops resembling granite, Ig. bar, dbl.
ovens, side by side refrigerator, all new
.faucets, sinks, toilets. Lg. porch with table
& chairs and wooden Adirondacc chairs all
overlooking beautiful large oaks.
Furnishings incl. sofa w/reclining ends,
matching recliner, bar stools, table
w/4chairs, floor lamp, chest of drawers.
Home is in immaculate condition, ready to
move into with no cleaning necessary.
Country feel but close to all shopping.
$650/Mo. plus sec/damage dep. No pets,
limited to 2 adults max, Call 584-3681
12/19tfPF
House for Rent $675 2 bed/1 bath, family
room, 1 car garage 169 Lewis Rd. open
Saturday Dec. 22, 9 a.m. 11 a.m.
Apts. 1 bed/1 bath- $450
2 bed/1 bath $525 606 N. Orange St.
t::.2.bed/2 bath.$550.608:Wilci . ..
open Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11:30 1 p.m.
1-559-707-9391
12/12-12/21
3 BR/ 2 Bath Double Wide Central
Heat/AC, total electric appliances with
washer and dryer located 2 miles down
Beach Rd. set up in Whispering Pines
Mobile Home Park. $550. per month, $250
deposit. Maximum occupants two adults
.two children no pets. Application and
references required. Call 584-3889.
12/5tfRB
WOODRIDGE APARTMENTS!!
1, 2 and 3 BR HC and Non-HC accessible
apartments. HUD vouchers considered.
*Equal Opportunity. Office hours are 8:00-
5:00 Mon-Thurs. Call 850-584-5668. 709
W. Church St., Perry, FL 32348. TDD 711.
tfWA
1 & 2 bedroom apartments available. Call
'584-6666
12/5tfWO
House for Rent 3 bd/1 bth, 111 Susan St.,
$650 per month + $650 deposit. Call 850-
843-8524.
12/5-12/28LS
For Rent 2 Bd/2 bth, Keaton Beach Area,
$650 per month, includes utilities. No pets.
850-578-2356.
12/7-12/28


Newly remodeled office Suites available
for lease, electric, water, gas and trash
removal included, only $260 monthly. Call
Select Group Realty @ 850-584-4401
6/21tfnSGR
Commercial Building for Lease Down.
town building Brand new. 10 office's
including receptionist area and waiting
area. All internet and phone equip,
handicap accessible bathroom. Must see,
Call Select Group Realty at 850-584-4401.
7/12tfnSGR
Steinhatchee Place Resort Furnished 1
and 2 bedroom Condos for Rent. $750-
$850. Included in price Water, cable,
internet and hot tub in Steinhatchee. Call
1-352-498-7740.
11/16tfSPR
Westgate Hotel Rooms available for Rent.
Refrigerator, microwave, TV w/cable,
AC/Heater. Everything included. $154
weekly or $40 daily plus tax.(RV sites also
available.) 1627 S. Byron Butler Pkwy.
850-584-5235.
11/14tfLS
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Immaculate 3BRI 2 Ba brick home on .71
acre city lot. House has been totally
renewed with fresh paint, all new carpets &
hardwood floors & counter tops, all new
appliances in kitchen: Master Bed has
walk in closet. The Mbath has dble sinks
.& granite countertop. New tile shwr
covered patio & screened porch, pool
w/automatic cleaner & chlorinator. Very
private and well manicured yard. The shop
is wired & yard has well & irrigation sys.
Call 850-584-6512.
12/12-1/4
HOUSES FOR SALE Motivated Seller,
Owner finance with large down payment.
5 bed/2 bath = 602 N. Jefferson St.
3 bed/2 bath on 5 acres = 113 Lewis Drive
3 bed/1 bath = 602 W. Bacon St.
Call 584-4678.
11/14-1/04
Reduced Now, House for Sale 4 bd/2 bth,
LR n, Pool, .pole barn, carports, and
..more 2024 Woodscreek Rd. Perry,'FL,
Appraised for $140,000 will sell for 20% off
appraisal. OBO. 850-843-2784.
11/28-12/19
Owner Sale 112 McCall St. 3 Br/1 B, kit-
Dine, L.R., back deck, large storage Bid.
Fenced back yard, new roof, $92,500. Call
223-1382 or 584-4618.
11/28-12/21
For Sale By Owner Near Keaton Beach
2,305 sq. ft. 2004 DWMH on 1.25+ acres, 4
bedroom, 2.5 bath, central heat/air, 3
decks, skirting, gutters, 2 car garage, boat
shelter, heated in ground pool, fenced
back yard, gravel driveway, 2 wells, septic
tank, sprinkler system, water softener.
REDUCED $155,000, call 850-578-3094
for apt.
12/19-1/11
1 acre, corner lot in Sea Oaks. S/D.
Located @ corner of61 Seameadows & Sea
Oaks Dr. $35,000. Call (352) 490-5656.
12/12-1/18
Adams Beach Oaks, $27,000. 1 acre
recently cleared. Bonita Blvd. (2nd lot on
Lt.) 770-841-8023.
12/12-1/18
Land for sale, 221 North Between Shiloh
Church Rd. and Cairo Parker Rd. 1 acre
lots with paved roads. Owner financing
available. Please call (386) 658-1346 or
(850) 584-7466.
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VA loans available with no money down!'
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Maintenance Person Needed. Must be
reliable, self starter and work without
supervision. Should be skilled in painting,
carpenter work, plumbing and misc.
property maintenance. Good pay for
qualified person. Transportation and tools
furnished. Guaranteed 40 hours per week.
Sick leave and vacation pay. Drug free
work place. Apply in person at Ware Oil &
supply Co., Inc., at 2715 S. Byron Butler
Pkwy, Perry FL.
12/19tfWO


* Cook (fulltime)

* Dietary Aides
Call Cheryl Ellis
850-584-6334


* Floor-Tech
Part-Time 11 pm-7 am


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TAYLOR OUTYBORD O COUNTY 2005 Buick Rendezvous CX ^ P 9us gra 1977 Ford 4x4 38 groundhogs $2800 850-
COMMISSIONERS leather seats, 3rd row seat (7 passenger), 528-832 (ay) oru 850-584-9147 (after 7
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES pb, power windows, pdl, cc, AM/FM 50 dy r0U0494 alr
dSoliS Waste Heavy Equipment operator cass tte/CDn XM r dioi on star narkrinn *"'' ;


$9.31 hr.
Road Mte. Technician (RMT) $8.04 hr.
Job descriptions and applications can be
obtained from www.taylorcontygov.com
Applications must be submitted to
Employment Connections by mail to 200
W. Base Street, Madison, Fl 32340; faxed
to 850-973-9757; email'ed to
bains@nfwdb.org submitted on-line at
www.taylorcountygov.com; delivered to
Susan at 502 N. Center Street, Perry, FL
32347 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8
a.m. 2 p.m. or delivered to One Stop
Mobile Unit located in the Kmart Parking
Lot on Wednesdays 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Positions are open until filled. Taylor
County Board of County Commissioners
is an EOE, VP, DT, background check
employer.
11/21 BCC
ADVENT CHRISTIAN VILLAGE
DoWling Park, Florida
'On the Banks of the Suwannee River'
Office Manager (PT)
Prior experience in office setting required,
medical office management a plus; PC
experience w/MS Office required. Must
possess strong communication, customer
service and organizational skills.
Housekeeping Worker (FT)
interior and exterior lodging/retail facilities.
Periodic weekend duties may be required.
Prior custodial experience strongly
preferred.
Child care Workers (PT)
PT position, pre-schoolers/new-ly
renovated facility; must be CDA certified
or willing to obtain certification.
Competitive wages & benefits for FT
positions; onsite daycare and fitnmoss
facilities. Apply in person at Personnel
Office (Carter Village Hall) Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. 4 p.m., or fax
resume/credentials to (386)658-5160.
EOE/Drug-Free Workplace / Criminal
background checks required. For the -most
current in job vacancies, call 658-5627 or
visit www.acvillage.net 24 hrs/day, 7
days/week.
'12/19-12/28ACV
Avon Reps Needed! How would you like to
be your own boss? Start your own
business. I can show you how. $10 start-
up kit. Call BJ Today! 850-584-6289 or
850-843-2605.
11/2tfBJ
,Help-Wanted Badcock & More.-.Set up and,
delivery. Must be 21 yrs. old. License and
good driving record required. No phone
calls! Apply in person 1225 S. Jefferson
St.
10/26tfnBC .


sensors, dual air, dual power seats,
front/side air bags, ABS (4 wheel), alloy
wheels, V-6 engine, 48,900 miles, recent
set of Michelin tires, silver/gray, one
owner, in excellent condition. $13,600.
Call 850-584-7883 or cell 838-4742
12/19tfSD


The City of Perry
is hiring for the following
positions: '


Wastewat er tment
Plant Ofrator
Req: Must h3 1.-" a valid Florida
rivers Liut; ,o and possess a
minimum of a Class "C" Wastewater
ireaimeni Plant Operator Certificate
L as issued by the State of Florida or
Lbe able to obtain one within two years
of employment
Salay Range: $S14.20-$18.13

Online: Applcations and job
D3tscripi.t:;s are available at
www enployflorida.com
; .ester as a lob seekli. Search in Taylor County.
Click on desired position.)
Send printed and completed
Application via mail
To: Employment Connections
200 West Base Street, 2nd Floor
Madison, FL 32340
or
Fax: (850) 973-9757
Employment Connections Mobile Unit
Wednesday's from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the
Kmart parking lot (1809 S Byron Butler Pkwy.)
Employ Ven.IQ.gnnections Madison Office
L,.,. :il.,l : ..h l .. ':F I a,, ,:,,-, FL 3- 40
DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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12/1-12/21I
Brand new- 70 cc kids 4-wheeler $700.
'86' Chevy pickup V8, auto $750 neg. 223-
1952 or 838-0826.
12/19-12/21 __




2003 Parolina Skiff 17', 2003 70HP
Yamaha Outboard, SS Prop. Bimini top,
Pedestal Seat, Marine Cooler Seat, Lots of.
electronics, battery, tank, and all::
accessories skis, ropes, tube, life vests.
Always kept under carport, like new
condition. Retail Value 410,755 Will sell
for $9,700 for everything. 584-8213 or 672-
1.836.
12/12-12/19
FOR SALE 2005 SPORTSMAN 500
POLARIS 4 WHEELER WITH LESS
THAN 75 HOURS. 850-843-0268.
12/19-1/04
For Sale or Trade $3500 25 ft. Sloop
Rigged Sailboat Honda 4 cycle Aux.
Engine Many extras, fully equipped,
sleeps 4 adults, ready tb go. 850-578-2075
2007 Ford Taurus SEL 4 door 22k miles,
28 miles per gal., full warranty, $13,800.
838-2366.
12/12-12/21




Christmas Puppies Shih-su females $250
cash ready now.,223-3431.
12/19-12/21
FERRET FOR SALE: extremely loving and
playful...just in time for Christmas! 4 months
olds, scent glands removed. Comes with
new cage, water bottle, litter box, food dish,
carrying bag and leash, all for only $125.
Please call 584-8563.
LDtf

Found small dog about 5 lbs. very
friendly on Quincy & Veterans. 223-3055.
12/12-12/21



J.D.'s Tree Service and Lawn Care.
Licensed and insured. Free estimates, WeV
also grind stumps. Call today 838-1280.
Firewood for sale.
tfJD
A td'Z'Farm and Lawn Service
Land clearing, tree trimming/ removal,
dump truck service, harrowing, bush hog
mowing, rake work, dirt leveling and
complete lawn service. Call 584-6737.
3/9tfnAZ

Stump Grinding
Reasonable Rates
Reliable Service
(850) 843-2957

TREE REMOVAL/STUMP GRINDING
LAWN MAINTENANCE/UPKEEP
Tree Surgery Landscaping
52 Bucket Truck
FREE ESTIMATES
Licensed & Insured/All Work Guaranteed
Lowest Prices in the Area
John Sesock, owner 850-584-2027
CELL 850-591-8301
12/5-12/28

Need a baby-sitter? Call 223-3416
12/19-12/21.

Godwin's Cleaning
Services /
Commercial & Residential
Angela Godwin, owner
223-1937


gffTO BUY
l Old Fireplace Brick
Gold (scrap) ~ Diamonds ~ Old Comic Books
Coins (silver) & Paper Money ~ Taylor County Memorabilia

Used Furniture o f
Bedroom Dining Room Living Room Bedding


Marshall Healthcare

NOW HIRING


Currently Fru-Con Engineering has an opening for a

Mechanical Engineer at our Perry, Florida location.

The job requires development of drawings for the pulp and paper clients as well as performing
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senior mechanical engineer and will work cooperatively within a design team environment to
develop installation packages. Ideal candidates should require little supervision, demonstrate
initiative and be detail oriented. TFie successful candidate will possess a strong technical
background.

Requirements
* BS in Mechanical Engineering
* 3+ years experience in industrial mechanical engineering
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Proficient in Microstation or AutoCAD
EIT certification is preferred

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interior, etc., mobile home repairs, home
maintenance, pressure washing (wood and
concrete) carpet, vinyl, wood floor, ceramic
tile, and repairs. Call 578-3776 or Cell#
838-6077.25 years.
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taking over your yard? Give 'us a call for
free estimates. We are licensed and
insured. Chad H. Dees Lawn Care st 850-
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Carpet, Tile and Grout cleaning & sealing.
Call 850-838-2805 or 850-843-1639.
8/22-1/30


Bush hogging, Grading and Tree Removal.
Call Bill at 578-2379.
10/19tfA2Z


I, Loyd All Jr., will not be responsible for
any debts other than my own effective
December 19, 2007.
12/19-12/21


Swann

Bail H

Bonds 3j

Swann Bonding Agency

EARL SWANN BAIL BONDS
"Where Everyday Is Springtime"
107N 584- 2757
Jefferson St. 584 -2 5


In the County Court, Third Judicial Circuit,
in and for Taylor County, Florida
Case No. 62-2007-CC-466-OOA-01
William Lucas Parker
Plaintiff,
In Ref 2000 Honda 929 RR VIN#f is
JH2SC4404YM002590
NOTICE OF ACTION
Notice is hereby given 'hat a petition to
determine ownership of a motor vehicle
described as 2000 Honda 929 RR, and
whose Vin# is JH2SC4404YM002590, has
been filed and you are required to
serve a copy of your written objections,
if any, on William Lucas Parker. 7039
Austin McDonald Rd, Perry FL 32347
who is the petitioner, on or before
December 21st, 2007, and file the
original with the clerk of the court either
before service on the petitioner, or
immediately thereafter; otherwise, a
default will'be entered for the relief
demanded in the petition. Witness my
hand and seal of this court on the 21st
day of November, 2007, at Tpylor
County, Florida.
Clerk of The Circuit Court
By: Salina Ford
Deputy Clerk
11/28, 12/5. 12/12, 12/19

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 37 2007 CA 003389
BOND VALIDATION PROCEEDING
FLORIDA GAS UTILITY, a separate legal
entity.


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amemenent provides for assessment of
homesteads "at less than just value"
rather than as currently provided "at a
specified percentage" of just value.
c. Schedules the changes to take
effect upon approval by the electors
and operate retroactively to January 1,
2008, if approved in a special election
held on January 29, 2008, or to take
effect January 1, 2009, if approved in
the general election held in November
of 2008. Thd limitation on annual
assessment increases for specified real
property shall first apply to the 2009 tax
roll if this revision is approved in a special
election held on January 29, 2008. or
shall first apply to the 2010 tax roll if this
revision is approved in the general
election held in November of 2008.


IS3EI
organized omd existing under and by
virtue of the
Laws of the State of Florida,
Plaintiff,
vs.
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, and the
taxpayers,
property owners and citizens thereof,
including non-residents owning property
or subject to taxation therein, and all
others having or claiming any right, title
or interest in property to be affected by
the issuance of Bonds described in the
ComplainT,
Defendant.
NOTICE AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA THROUGH THE
STATE ATTORNEY FOR THE SECOND
JUDICIAL -CIRCUIT, THE TAXPAYERS,
PROPERTY OWNERS AND CITIZENS
THEREOF, INCLUDING NONRESIDENTS
OWNING PROPERTY OR SUBJECT TO
TAXATION THEREIN, AND ALL OTHERS
HAVING OR CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE
OR INTEREST IN PROPERTY TO BE
AFFECTED BY THE ISSUANCE BY FLORIDA
GAS UTILITY, OF THE BONDS HEREINAFTER
MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED, OR TO
BE AFFECTED IN ANY WAY THEREBY:
You and each of you are hereby
required to appear on Monday, the
28th day of January, 2008, oft 2:00 p.m.,
before the Honorable William L. Gary,
Judge of the Circuit Court of the Second
Judicial Circuit in and for Leon County,
Florida, at the Leon County Courthouse
located in Tallahassee, Florida, and to
show cause why the prayer of the
Complaint filed in the above-entitled
proceeding should not be granted, and
the proceedings and the Bonds therein
described be validated and confirmed,
said Bonds being the Florida Gas Utility,
Gas Project No. _.Revenue Bonds in
one or more series and project
numbers to be determined by the
Board of Directors of Florida Gas Utility in
the aggregate principal amount not to
exceed Three Billion Dollars
($3,000,000,000), as more particularly
described in the Complaint filed in these
proceedings and the exhibits thereto.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that prior to the
date set for the hearing on said
Complaint for Validation, the Clerk of this
Court shall cause a copy of this Notice
and Order to Show Cause to be
published in the manner required by
Section 75.06 and Section 163.01(7)(d),
Florida Statutes, in Leon County, Florida
and in each County where the Public
Agencies which are parties to the
Interlobal Agreement set forth in the
Complaint and designated as parties to
this action are located, in newspapers
published and of general circulation in
such counties, once each week for two
(2) consecutive weeks, commencing
with the first publication which shall not
be less than twenty (20) days prior to
the date set for said hearing.
DONE AND ORDERED at Tallahassee,
Leon County, Florida, this 6th day of
December, 2007.
WILLIAM L. GARY
Circuit Judge
12/12, 12/14

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL
AMENDMENT
TO BE VOTED ON JANUARY 29, 2008
NOTICE OF ELECTION
I, Kurt S, Browning. Secretary of State of
the State of Florida, do hereby give
notice that an election will be held in
each county in Florida, on January 29,
2008. for the ratification or rejection of a
proposed revision to the constitution of'.
the State of Florida.
No. 1
CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION
ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 3, 4, AND 6
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 27
(Legislative)
Ballot Title:
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS; LIMITATIONS
ON PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS'
Ballot Summary:
This revision proposes changes to the
State Constitution relating to property.
taxation. With respect to homestead
property, this revision: (1) increases the
homestead exemption except for
school district taxes and (2) allows
homestead property owners to transfer
up to $500,000 of their Save-Our-Homes
benefits to their -next homestead." With
respect to nonhomestead property, this
revision (3) provides a $25,000
exemption for tangible personal
property and (4) limits assessment
increases for specified nonhomestead
real property except for school district
taxes.
In more detail, this revision:
(1) Increases the homestead
exemption by exempting the assessed
value between $50,000 and $75,000.
This exemption does not apply to school
district taxes.
(2) Provides for the transfer of
accumulated Save-Our-Homes benefits.
Homestead property owners will be
able. to transfer their Save-Our-Homes
benefit to a new homestead within 1
year and not more than 2 years after
relinquishing their previous homestead;
except, if this revision is approved by the
electors in January of 2008 and if the
new homestead is established on
January 1, 2008, the previous
homestead must have been
relinquished in 2007. If the new
homestead has a higher just value than
the previous one, the accumulated
benefit can be transferred; if the new
homestead has a lower just value, the
amount of benefit transferred will be
reduced. The transferred benefit may
not exceed $500,000. This provision
applies to all taxes.
(3) Authorizes an exemption from
property taxes of $25,000 of assessed
value of tangible personal property. This
provision applies to all taxes.
(4) Limits the assessment increases for
specified nonhomestead real property
to10 percent each year. Property will
be assessed at just value following an
improvement, as defined by general
law, and may be assessed at just value
following a change of ownership or-
control if provided by general law. This
limitation does not apply to school
district taxes. This limitation is repealed
effective January 1, 2019, unless
renewed by a vote of the electors in
the general-election held in 2018.
Further, this revision:
a. Repeals obsolete language on the
homestead exemption when it was less
than $25,000 and did not apply uniformly
to property taxes levied by all local
governments.
b. Provides for homestead exemptions
to be repealed if a future constitutional


assessed at less than iust value only if
that person received a homestead
exemption on January 1, 2007. The
assessed value of the newly established
homestead shall be determined as

1. If the iust value of the new
nhms-+-1s ursivr nun uih- e-u--ln+


ARTICLE VII
FINANCE AND TAXATION
SECTION 3. Taxes, exemptions.--
(o) All property owned by a municipality
and used exclusively by it for municipal
or public purposes shall be exempt from
taxation A municipality, owning property
outside the municipality, may be
required by general law to make
payment to the taxing unit in which the
property is located. Such portions of
property as are used predominantly for
educational, literary, scientific, religious
or charitable purposes may be
exempted by general law from
taxation.
(b) There shall be exempt from taxation,
cumulatively, to every head of a family
residing in this state, household goods
and personal effects to the value fixed
by general low, not less than one
thousand dollars, and to every widow or
widower or person who is blind or totally
and permanently disabled, property to
the value fixed by general law not less
than five hundred dollars.
(c) Any county or municipality may, for
the purpose of its respective tax levy
and subject to the provisions of this
subsection and general law, grant
community and economic
development ad valorem tax
exemptions to new businesses and
expansions of existing businesses, as
defined by general law. Such an
exemption may be granted only by
ordinance of the county or municipality,
and only after the electors of the county
or municipality voting on such question in
a referendum authorize the county or
municipality to adopt such ordinances.
An exemption so granted shall apply to
improvements to real property made
by or for the use of a new business and
improvements to real property related
to the expansion of an existing business
and shall also apply to tangible personal
property of such new business and
tangible personal property related to
the expansion of an existing business.
The amount or limits of the amount of
such exemption shall be specified by
general law. The period of time for
which such exemption may be granted
to a new business or expansion of an
existing business shall be determined by
general law. The authority to grant such
exemption shall expire ten years from
the date of approval by the electors of
the county or municipality, and may be
renewable by referendum as provided
by general law.
(d) By general law and subject to
conditions'specified therein, there may
be granted an ad valorem tax
exemption to a renewable energy
source device and to real property on
which such device is installed and
operated, to the value fixed by general
law not to exceed the original cost of
the device, 'and for the period of time
fixed by general law not to exceed ten
years.
(e) Any county or municipality may, for
the purpose of its respective tax levy
and subject to the provisions of this
subsection and general law, grant
historic preservation ad valorem tax
exemptions to owners of historic
properties. This exemption may be
granted only by ordinance of the
county or municipality. The amount or
limits of the amount of this exemption
and the requirements for eligible
properties must be specified by general
law. The period of Time for which this
exemption ,moy ,ibegrntedht ;L.
"'prdo rty own-er sholl'be;determinb0ch
general law.
(f) By general low and subject to
conditions specified therein, twenty-five
thousand dollars of the assessed value
of property subject to tangible personal
orooertv Tax shall be exempt from ad
valorem taxation
SECTION 4. Taxation; assessments.--By
general law regulations shall be
prescribed which shall secure a just
valuation of all property for ad valorem
taxation, provided:
(a) Agricultural land, land producing
high water recharge to Florida's aquifers,
or land used exclusively for
noncommercial recreational purposes
may be classified by general law and
assessed solely on the basis of
character or use.
(b) Pursuant to general law tangible
personal property held for sale as stock
in trade and livestock may be valued
for taxation at a specified percentage
of its value, may be classified for tax
purposes, or may be exempted from
taxation.
(c) 'All persons entitled to a homestead
exemption under Section 6 of this Article
shall have their homestead assessed at
just value as of January 1 of the year
following the effective date of this
amendment. This assessment shall
change only as provided herein.
(1) Assessments subject to this provision
shall be changed annually on
Januarylst of each year; but those
changes in assessments shall not
exceed the lower of the following:
a. Three percent (3%) of the assessment
for the prior year.
b. The percent change in the Consumer
Price Index for all urban consumers, U.S.
City Average, all items 1967=100, or
successor reports for the preceding
calendar year 9s initially reported by the
United States Department of Labor,
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(2) No assessment shall exceed just
value.
(3) After any change of ownership, as
- provided by general law, homestead
property shall be assessed at just value
as of January 1 of the following year,
unless the provisions of oaragraoh (8)


norneseauu undu I iuniLiito U Uy Ie.
assessed value of the orior homestead.


However if the difference between the
just value of the new-homestead and
the assessed value of the new
homestead calculated oursuant to this
sub-subooraarooh is areater than
$500,000, thelassessed value of the new
.homestead shall be increased so that
the difference between the lust value
and the assessed value equals
S500 000. Thereafter, the homestead
shall be assessed as provided herein,
b By aeneral low and subject to
conditions soecified therein, the
Legislature shall provide for aoplication
of this oaraaraoh to orooertv owned by
more than one person
(d) The legislature may, by general law,
for assessment purposes and subject to
the provisions of this subsection, allow
counties and municipalities to authorize
by ordinance that historic property may
be assessed solely on the basis of
character or use. Such character or use
assessment shall apply only to the
jurisdiction adopting the ordinance. The
requirements for eligible properties must
be specified by general law.
(e) A county may, in the manner
prescribed by general law, provide for
a reduction in the assessed value of
homestead property to the extent of
any increase in the assessed value of
that property which results from the
construction or reconstruction of the
property for the purpose of providing
living quarters for one or more natural or
adoptive grandparents or parents of
the owner of the property or of the
owner's spouse if at least one of the
grandparents or parents for whom the
living quarters are provided is 62 years
of age or older. Such a reduction may
not exceed the lesser of the following:
(1) The increase in assessed value
'resulting from construction, or
reconstruction of the property.
(2) Twenty percent of the total assessed
value of the property as improved.
(fl For all levies other than school district
levies assessments of residential real
' ...orrtpaertv as defined bv general law;.,.,'
which contains nine units or fewer and
which is not subject to the assessment
limitations set forth in subsections (a)
through (c) shall chanae only as
provided in this subsection
(1) Assessments subiect- to this
subsection shall be changed annually
on the date of assessment provided by
law; but those changes in assessments
shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of
the assessment for the prior vear.,
(2) No assessment shall exceed lust'
value.
(3) After a change of ownership or
control, as defined bv general low.
including any change of ownership of a"
legal entity that owns the oroeertvy, such
orooertv shall be assessed at lust value
as of the next assessment date,
Thereafter, such DroDertv shall be
assessed as provided in this subsection
(41 Chanaes additions, reductions, or
improvements to such property shall be
assessed as provided for by general
law; however, after the adjustment for
any change, addition, reduction or
improvement, the Prooerty shall be
assessed as provided in this subsection
(a) For all levies other than school district
levies, assessments of real orooertv that
is not subject to the assessment
limitations set forth in subsections (a)
through (c) and (f) shall change only as
provided in this subsection
(1) Assessments subject to this
subsection shall be changed annually


on the date of <
low hbut those c


ssment provided by
nges in assessments


shall not exceed ten percent (10%) of
.the assessment for the orior year
(21 No assessment shall exceed lust

(3) The legislature must provide that
such property shall be assessed at lust
value as of the next assessment date
after a qualifying improvement as
defined by general law, is made to
such oroDertyv Thereafter. such property
shall be obsessed as provided in this
subsection.
(4) The legislature may provide that
such orooertv shall be assessed at'just
value as of the next assessment date
after a change of ownership or control.
as defined by general law including
any change of ownership of the legal
entity that owns the orooerty Thereafter.
such orooertv shall be assessed as
provided in this subsection,
(5) Changes additions reductions, or
improvements to such property shall be
assessed as provided for by general
laow however after the adjustment for
any change addition reduction or
improvement, the orooertv shall be
assessed as Drovided In this subsection.


IIiIIIU I S [, I i'-I- 1 '* wI O l* i
corporation owning a ?ee or a
leasehold initially in excess of ninety-eight
years. The exemption shall not aoplv
with resoect to any assessment roll until
such roll is first determined to be in
comollance with the ofovisions of
section 4 by a state agencydv
designated by general law This
exemotion is revealed on the effective
date of any amendment to this Article
which provides for the assessment of
homestead oroDertv at less than lust
value.
(b) Not more-than one exemption shall
be allowed any individual or family unit
or with respect to any residential unit. No
exemption shall exceed the value of the
real estate assessable to the owner oi, .
in case of ownership through stock or
membership in a corporation, the value
of the proportion which the interest in the
corporation bears to the assessed--
value of the property.
(c) By gcncral law and subject to'
conditiqnc specifiod thoroin, tho
exemption shall bc increased to a total
of twenty five thousand dollars of thq
assessed value of the real estate tfo"
coach school district levy. By general low
and subject to conditions spocifiod
+hornln thn nynmninn fnr ,,l ethr ~lavo.


the owner is not entitled to 'the
exemption provided in su6bsction (d).
(d) By general law and subject to
conditions specified thproln, tho
exemption shall be incroosed to a total
of the following amounts of asassed
value of real estate for coach lovy pthor
than those of school districts: fiftoon
thousand dollars with respect to 1980
assessments; twenty thousand dollars.,
with rcspoet to 1981 assossmonts;'
twenty five thousand dollars with rospoot
to assssmcnts for 1982 and each year
thereafter. However, such incrcaso shall
not apply with respect to any
assossmont roll until such roll Is first
rit-in^ tn hr. in r'^nm^linnrn with.


(C.(e-) By general law and subject to
conditions specified therein, the
Legislature may provide to renters, who.'.<
are permanent residents, ad valo'em'
tax relief on all ad valorem tax leaves -
Such ad valorem tax relief shall be in the :
form and amount established by
general law.
dl(f) The legislature may, by general
law, allow counties or municipalities, for
the purpose of their respective tax levies
and subject to the provisions of general
.law, to grant an additional homestead
tax exemption not exceeding fifty
thousand dollars to any person who has
the legal or equitable title to real estate
and maintains thereon the permanent
residence of the owner and whQ has
attained age sixty-five and whose
household income, as defined by
general law, does .not exceed twenty
thousand dollars. The general law must
allow counties-,and municipalities td-
grant this additional exemption, withinr,,
the limits ties Jt.
,ordinance adopted in the manner
prescribed by general law, and must
provide for the periodic adjustment of
the income limitation prescribed in this
subsection for changes In the cost of
living.
LeQ(-) Each veteran who is age 45 or
older who Is partially or totally
permanently disabled shall receive d'
discount from the amount of the. ad
valorem tax otherwise owed on
homestead property the veteran owns
and resides in if the disability was
combat related, the veteran was a
resident of this state at the time of
entering the military service of the United-
States, and the veteran was honorably -.
discharged upon separation from
military service. The discount shall be in a'
percentage equal to the percentage,
of the veteran's permanent, service-
connected disability as determined by
the United States Department of
Veterans Affairs. To qualify for, the
discount granted by this subsection, an
applicant must submit to the county
property appraiser, by March 1, proof
of residency at the time of entering
military service, an official letter from 'the.
United States Department of Veterans.
Affairs stating the percentage of the
veteran's serviceconnected disability
.and such evidence that reasonably
identifies the disability as combat
related, and'a copy of the veteran's
honorable discharge..If the property.
appraiser denies the request for a
discount, the appraiser must notify the'
applicant in writing of the reasons for the
denial, and the veteran may reapply.
The Legislature- may, by general law,
waive the annual application"
requirement in subsequent years. This
subsection shall take effect December
7, 2006, Is self-executing, and does not
require implementing legislation.
ARTICLE XII
SCHEDULE
SECTION 27 Prooertv tax exemotipon
and limitations-on orooertv tax
assessments --The amendments to
Sections 3 4 and 6 of Article VII.
Droviding a S25.000 exemption for
tangible personal orooertv, providing Q
additional S25.000 homestead
exemption, authorizina transfer of the


orooerty,
id to the


election at a special election
authorized by law to be held on-January


operate rE


Ilv to January I
to the electors of


next general election, shall take effect
January I of the veor following such
general election The amendments to
Section 4 of Article VII creating
subsections (fl and (g) of that section
creating a limitation on annual
assessment increases for soecifled real


aorlimit
limit


homestead as of Januarv 1, 2009, or
January 1 of anv subsequent year and
who has received a homestead
exemption oursuant to Section 6 of this
Article as of January 1 of either of the
two years immediately receding the
establishment of the new homestead is
entitled to have the new homestead
assessed at less than iust value If this
revision is aooroved in January of 2008
a person who establishes a new
homestead as of January 1 2008 is


erginning Jau


eglnnlng January 1. 2010


aOil levies uert llhiun asn diouU i uciniue ies,
on the assessed valuation greater than
fifty thousand dollars and uo to seventy-


n Dor


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>se an amendment


relectlon at the general election of 2018
and If approved. shall take effect


the assessment of home
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the lust value of the orior homestead as
of January 1 of the year in which the
Drior homestead was abandoned the
assessed value of the new homestead
shall be the lust value of the new
homestead minus an amount eaual to
the lesser of $500 000 or the difference
'between the lust value and the
assessed value of the orior homestead
as of January 1 of the vear in which the
Drior homestead was abandoned
Thereafter the homestead shall be
assessed as provided herein
2. If th lust value of the new
horriestead is less than the lust value of
the orior homestead as of January 1 of
the vear in which the orior homestead
was abandoned the assessed value of
the new homestead shall be eaual to
,the lust value of the new homestead
divided bv the lust value of the Drior


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Submitted by TCHS JROTC
The Taylor County JROTC
Bulldog Battalion had its annual
inspection Dec. 5.


. Lt. Col. Michael Harmes started
our day with a warm greeting at 8
a.m. and stayed until 3 p.m. He
inspected the JROTC Color Guard,


Literacy grant
Wal-Mart has awarded a $1,000 grant to Taylor County's Adult Education-Literacy
Program to help with GED test registration fees. "The fee for the GED test is $50, so
this-grant will provide the funding for the first 20 completers from the Shady Grove or
Steinhatchee adult education-family literacy programs currently open," facilitator
Janice Murphy said. She is shown above receiving the grant award from Barbara
Denmark, left, personnel director for Wal-mhart.


staff and all class periods.
"This inspection tells whether or
not the JROTC keeps the yellow
star (honor unit with distinction),
the highest (unit award) rating that
the JROTC can receive. During
this inspection, we had areas in
which we needed a certain amount
of points. The highest amount we
could receive was 600 points and
the JROTC received all 600 points.
In 17 years, the JROTC Bulldog
Battalion has not lost the pride of
having this yellow star," Col.
David Ammons said.
"This year we have kept the
yellow star, wearing it proudly. My
chest is swollen with pride. Our
cadets did just super today and
deserve all our congratulations. In
my 20 years working with TCHS
JROTC we had achieved only one
perfect inspection report. That was
back several years ago and the
criteria was much less strict.
"Today was a milestone I will
remember for some time. Our
cadets scored a perfect 600 points
out of a possible 600 points. We
had a few minor glitches, two
cadets out of uniform, three minor
uniform violations. However,
when these very few were entered
into the formula scoring, they were
not enough to drop a single point.
Thank you all for your support,"
Ammons said.


(Continued from page 5)
NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN That Pursuant
to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued in the
Circuit Court of Taylor County, Florida, on the
4th, day of October, 2007, in the cause
wherein Hugh M. Poppell, is plaintiff, and
Melvin Ezell is defendant, being Case No. 05-
889- CA in said Court, I, Lawrence E.
Williams, as Sheriff of Taylor County, Florida,
have levied upon all the right, title and
interest of the defendant, Melvin Ezell in and
to the following described real property lying
and situate in Taylor County, Florida, to-wit:
The NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 3,
Township 7 South, Range 8 East, containing
40 acres more or less.
And on the 4th day of January, 2008 at West
side of the Taylor County Courthouse, 108
North Jefferson St., in the City of Perry, Taylor
County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 A.M., or
as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for
sale all of said defendant's Melvin Ezell's
right, title, and interest in aforesaid property
at public outcry and will sell the same, subject
to taxes, all prior liens, encumbrances and
judgments, if any, to the highest and best
bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied
as far as may be to the payment of costs and
the satisfaction of the above-described
execution. Sale subject to Florida Tax
Stamps.
In accordance with the Americans With
Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities
needing a special accommodation to
participate in this proceeding should contact
the Clerk of Court, telephone (904)838-3506,
not later than seven (7) days prior to the
proceeding/
L.E. "Bummy" Williams, as Sheriff of Taylor
County, Florida .
By: Sgt. Steve Bell, Deputy Sheriff
12/5; 12/12, 12/19, 12/26
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL ZONING ATLAS
OF THE CITY OF PERRY
LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS
BY THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD
OF THE CITY OF PERRY, FLORIDA,
SERVING ALSO AS THE LOCAL PLANNING
AGENCY OF THE CITY OF PERRY,


B-7 TaCO Times December 19, 2007


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FLORIDA, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that,.
pursuant to Sections 163.3161 through 163-
3215, Florida Statutes, and Ordinance No.
110, as amended, comments, objections, and
recommendations regarding the following
described proposed amendment to the
Official Zoning Atlas of the City of Perry Land
Development Regulations, hereinafter
referred to as the Citys Land Development
Regulations, will be heard by the Planning
and Zoning Board of the City of Perry,
Florida, serving also as the Local Planning
Agency of the City of Perry, Florida, at a
public hearing on Monday,
January 7, 2008, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon
thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the
City Council Meeting Room in the City of
Perry City Hall at 224 South Jefferson Street,
Perry, Florida.
Z-07-025: An application by Charles L.
Slaughter and Glenda S. Slaughter to change
the zoning from RESIDENTIAL SINGLE
FAMILY-ONE (RSF-1) to COMMERCIAL
NEIGHBORHOOD (CN) on the property
described below:
LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Begin at the
Northwest corner of Block 23, W.A. Hendry
Addition and run thence North 89 53' 43"
East, along the North line of said Block 23 to
the centerline of Maple Avenue a distance of
242.66 feet; thence run South 00 02' 39"
East, along the said centerline a distance of
378.00 feet to the North right-of-way line of
Florida & Georgia Railnet, Inc.; thence run
North 57 37' 44" West along said right-of-way
line a distance of 287.31 feet to the East
right-of-way line of Live Oak Place; thence
run North 0004' 27" West, along said right-of-
way line a distance of 223.74 feet to the Point
of Beginning. Containing 1.68 acres more or
less.
ADDRESS: 505 East Spring Place, Perry,
Florida 32347.
This public hearing may be continued to one
or more future dates. Any interested party
shall be advised that the dates, times and
places of any continuation of the public
hearing shall be announced during the public
hearing and that no further notices regarding
this matter will be published, unless said
continuation exceeds six calendar weeks
from the date of the above referenced public
hearing.fb
At the aforementioned public hearing, all


interested parties may appear to be heard
with respect to the proposed amendment to
the Official Zoning Atlas of the Citys Land.
Development Regulations. All persons are
advised that If they decide to appeal any
decision made at the above-referenced
public hearing, they will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such purpose, they
may need to ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
A copy of the proposed amendment is
available for public Inspection at the office of
the Land Development Regulation
Administrator, located at the Perry City Hall,
224 South Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida,
during regular business hours.
ATTEST:
Robert A. Brown
Land Development Regulation Administrator
CITY OF PERRY
12/19
Notice is hereby given to Thomas Randy
Bohanan unless payment is made on 1996
Jeep Cherokee VIN: 1J4F28S6TL166930 for
towing service on 11/24/2007. Vehicle will be
auctioned on the 4th day of January, 2008
@10 am at Thomas Chevrolet 2128 Hwy 19
S, Perry, FL.
12/19


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