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47th Year, No. 3
Early voting polls now
SEarly voting for Florida's 2008
Presidential Preference Primary
began Monday and will continue
through Saturday, Jan. 26.
Early voting ballots may be cast at
the Supervisor of Elections office,
located on the second floor of the
Taylor County Courthouse.
Residents are reminded that they
will need to present a photo and
signature ID when voting.
- Also, Wednesday, Jan. 23, is the last
day voters can request absentee
ballots for the primary.
For more information, contact the
elections office at 838-3515.
Join the 'CI' team
CSI: Perry, the new cancer services
initiative- program, will meet Thursday,
Jan. 24, at Doctors' Memorial Hospital.
The meeting will start at 12:30,p.m.
and volunteers are both welcome and
School board to meet
The District School Board of Taylor
County will hold its regular board
meeting Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at
the Administrative Complex.
Prior to the regular meeting, there
will a workshop session at 5:30 p.m.
about personnel (ob qualifications
and procedures of the district as
well as transportation department
- Have you made your photo
Members of the Evangel Christian
Fellowship Relay For Life team will be
outside Winn Dixie Saturday, Jan. 19,
from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. taking
appointments for "Yester Year
Appointments will be taken through
Wednesday, Jan. 23, for sittings on
Feb. 1-2. The fee is $10.
For more information, contact
Patricia Davis (838-6135) or Erin
Back on schedule
.. Now that the Christmas-New Year
holidays have passed, the
newspaper's classified ad schedules
have returned to normal.
All ads for Wednesday's Taco
Times must be received by Monday at
5 p.m.; all ads for Friday's News-
Herald need to be turned in by
Wednesday at 5 p.m.
:Letters to the Editor are due by
5 p.m. Monday.
:The newspaper's office (123 S.
Jefferson St.) is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Monday through thursday, and 8 a.m.-
3 -p.m. on Friday. Questions? Please
Arbor Day ceremony
SThe City of Perry will hold a tree-
planting ceremony in honor of Arbor
Day Friday, at Heritage Park.
Volunteers will plant a live oak
tree during the 10 a.m. ceremony.
The public is welcome.
Heritage Park is located on Julia
To speak against evolution
Howard, Lundy go the distance
By MARK VIOLA
It took almost nine hours and
more than 400 miles, but Taylor
County Superintendent of Schools
Oscar M. Howard Jr. and School
Board Member Danny Lundy
traveled to Miramar .in South
Florida to speak at the final public
hearing on the proposed changes to
the state's science standards.
What drove them to take such
lengths? One word. "Evolution."
The debate has been stirring
around Florida since a committee
evolution is presented as one of
several theories as to how the
universe was formed."
"For me to say evolution is an
absolute fact, I'd be wrong,"
Howard said. "I can't say that."
Howard said Tuesday he was
surprised by the turnout, with
about 45 people appearing at the
"It was a public hearing in a
place with millions of people," he
said, adding that he expected many
Of those who spoke, about one-
third sided with Howard against
the measure, with the rest speaking
for the changes.
"I intended to go to the one in
Jacksonville, but my schedule did
not permit it," he said. "I wanted to
speak at one of them. I just told
them what I thought."
"It was a message I think we
needed to take on what is being
proposed," Lundy said.
"All the input I've been getting is
that our community is concerned.
"* Please see page 6
appointed by the state education
board presented its proposed new
standards, in which evolution will
be taught as fact.
The Taylor County School
Board passed a resolution
after Friday crash
Belinda W. Cruce, 36, was injured in a one-vehicle crash Friday on
Johnson-Stripling Road that occurred around 6:45 a.m.
Wet road conditions were apparently a contributing factor; Cruce was
cited for careless driving and not wearing a seatbelt.
According to the report from Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper
William Ernst, Cruce was traveling south on Johnson Stripling Road and,
for unknown reasons, drove onto the west shoulder of the road. She
overcorrected in order to avoid hitting several mailboxes, causing her
2005 Ford truck to cross the north lane and hit a culvert.
The truck become airborne while rotating counterclockwise. The right
rear of the truck hit a tree and came to a final rest facing east.
Cruce is listed in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
County eyes impact
of DMH fund request
The Taylor County Commission will hold a workshop today
.(Wdes day)'at 5:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex to discuss the impact
of funding a request by Doctors' Memorial Hospital (DMH) for $500,000
in assistance to keep the facility operating through March.
The workshop is open the public. DMH asked the county commission
for financial assistance during talks Jan. 7.
The meeting is a precursor to a public hearing planned Tuesday, Jan. 22,
where commissioners are expected to approve or deny the request.
opposing the new language, and
requested the State Board of
Education to direct the Florida
Department of Education to
"revise/edit the new Sunshine State
Standards for Science so that
-tLboking to revive a program he remembers well froTilhis own schbil days at Jerkins High,
Walter Bishop has lead an initiative to revive the tradition of "safety patrols." On Tuesday,
Bishop presented safety patrol t-shirts to students at,Taylor County Elementary School who
Will be taking part in the program. Shown are: (front, I to r) Wesley Smyrnios, Randy
Grimes, Felicity Brown, Tara Viola and Xavier Brooks; (standing, I to r) Assistant Principal
Shelly Strickland, Airrieal Noble, Dean Diane Spearman, Ja'Nard Stokes, Walter Bishop,
Isaac Ware, Superintendent of Schools Oscar Howard, Tracy Dees and Principal Jan Walker.
$13,000 allocation fuels shuttle service
The Taylor County Commission
allocated an extra $13,000 to keep
the in-town shuttle program
running through the end of the
current fiscal year.
According to County Grants
Coordinator Melody Cox, the
board had budgeted $33,600 for
the in-town shuttle and $1,800 for
the veterans weekly shuttle. Since
the budget request last summer,
however, prices have risen as has
usage of the shuttle buses.
The local program received
approximately $170,000 from the
state, but more than $100,000 has
already been spent, Cox said.
In addition to shuttle services,
the bus routes are also used by
Even Start and Special Needs
Adult Program (SNAP).
At a recent. meeting, the
Board 'decided to reduce hours
from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., to 6 a.m. to
The board also recommended
cutting. Saturday service, but
wanted the commissioners' input
before making the change, Cox
For the months of July through
September, 2007, Big Bend Transit
reported 5,765 reservation/demand
response passengers as 'well as
1,583 passengers for scheduled
route service (the in-town shuttle
That amounted to a total of
70,000 vehicle miles during the
"Last year we averaged 1,800
riders per month. This year it's up
to 2,800 per month," Cox told
"We would rather cut hours than
Cox relayed two financial
requests from the transportation
board, and Commission Chairman
Clay Bethea asked the commission
to consider them separately.
The first request was for $1,440
to continue the veterans transport
shuttle, which-had seen costs rise
from $90 a month to $270 a month.
Commissioner Malcolm Page
motioned to grant the request,
seconded by Commissioner Mark
Wiggins. The measure passed
The second request was for
$13,000 to the' in-town shuttle
".* Please see page 2
Heartsfield will vie for
property appraiser seat
Keeping its clean-up momentum rolling, the City of Perry
demolished a second unsafe/condemned building Monday
morning. The demolition came less than a week after the city
took down a known "crack house" that had also been deemed
unsafe. To date, 23 buildings and homes within the city limits
have either been remodeled or demolished under the on-going
Jason Heartsfield announced his
candidacy this week for the office
of property appraiser.
"Fellow citizens of Taylor
County, I would like to take a
moment of your time and
personally introduce myself and
announce my candidacy on the
Democratic ticket for -Taylor
County Property Appraiser. My
name is Jason Heartsfield and I
have been a resident of Taylor
County for 36 years. In the coming
months, my sincere and diligent
goal will be to wage a vigorous
campaign throughout the city of
Perry and all of Taylor County in
order to prove my work ethic and
to earn your respect, confidence
and trust," he said.
"Most importantly on this
campaign trail, I want to speak
frankly and openly with you
explaining my professional
reasons why I believe change is
needed in this most crucial of
public offices, and also express my
intended goals and objectives to
implement the needed change in
the office of the property appraiser.
"Similar to many of you, I have
walked the halls of Taylor County
High School and graduated in
1990. I immediately put my hand
to the plow working various part-
time jobs while simultaneously
attending North Florida
Community College. All this was
so that I might become a hard-
working, tax-paying asset to our
community. My employment
history also includes a nine-year
tenure working for the United
States government as well as
owning and operating a
landscaping business. I have since
earned an active real estate license,
and presently, in addition to my
real estate occupation, my father
and I co-own and operate Shady
Grove Grocery Corporation," he
Heartsfield continued, "As a
young businessman in this
community, I can honestly say that
the prospect of growth and change
doesn't intimidate, but rather
invigorates me. This is a very
positive strength for one seeking
public office, especially in the area
of property appraiser, because we
all must admit Taylor County has
incurred some staggering changes
and growth in the areas of
agricultural, homestead and most
certainly commercial property
valuation and revenue.
"While it is true that the property
appraiser does not have the
authority to lower property taxes
nor increase or reduce, property
values, the office and position exist
in order to be a liaison between the
state government and the tax
payers. It is my desire, if elected,
to establish an atmosphere of clear
-* Please see page 2
For me to say evolution is an
absolute fact, I'd be wrong.
I can't say that.' -Supt. Howard
S After almost a year of meetings,
studies and predictions for the
future, the Taylor County Vision
2060 Task Force is set to adopt its
"final vision" of Taylor County for
the next 50 years.
The task force reviewed its plan
.-during a meeting last week, and on
: Thursday it will vote on whether to
...accept the plan and pass it along to
:v':the city and county for ratification.
In addition to the final vision
Continued from page 1
and informative communication,
Openness, fairness and
.- accessibility in the Taylor County
Property Appraiser's office. I
desire to be a public servant who
.- can translate the complicated
:jargon of tax law so as to not
merely implement what the
.-Department of Revenue says has to
Sbe done, but to make sure that we,
S-rhe taxpayers, understand why it
has to be done.
"Because the office of the
property appraiser is not an entity
unto itself, but rather is an intricate
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Continued from page 1
service. Cox said that if Saturdays
S--were cut, the request would be
reduced to $10,000, but
.^Commissioner Pat Patterson, who
sits on the transportation board,
.asked for the entire amount to
make sure the program had
enough money. She motioned to
grant the request, seconded by
Commissioner Rudolph Parker.
S This measi~e. :als o, passed ..
7T>powmmrf mJ tAu T.1r
plan itself, the Shared Vision
Plan document is also up for
It describes the process that was
utilized to create the vision,
goals, objectives and guiding
principles to implement the
vision, short-term and long-term
specific actions and quality-of-life
benchmarks to monitor progress.
Upon adoption by the Task
Force, the vision plan will be
transmitted to the Taylor
County Board of County
Commissioners and City of
Perry City Council for adoption
and incorporation into the
The meeting will be held this
Thursday, Jan., 17, at Taylor
County Middle School at 6:30 p.m.
and is open to the public; all Taylor
County residents are encouraged to
ounty is who
and integral part of a network of inarguable, irrefutable obligation
other county offices who are major of law called taxes."
tax authorities (i.e. School Board, He concluded, "Lastly, I am a
Board of County Commissioners, landowner in Taylor County, and
Cities, etc.), it is my goal to my roots in this great community
approach this position with an are as solid as the land on which I
attitude of teamwork and live. I am the son of Joe and Teresa
camaraderie. After all, we serve (Wilder) Heartsfield. I am the
the same community and desire the grandson of Pervis and Margaret
ultimate good for our community," (Goodbread) Heartsfield, and
he said. Willie James and Edith
Heartsfield noted that, "Taxes (Raulerson) Wilder. Currently, my
are never going to go away. In fact, parents and I worship with the
they are a definite part of the family of Pleasant Grove Baptist
human existence, -but sometimes Church due to our move to the
having someone take the time to Shady Grove community, but
explain why increases occur and before this we were longtime
point out where the tax dollars are members of our home church of
being spent will help absorb some Southside Baptist Church. My
of the sting we all feel at tax time. family has instilled in me a love of
"Also, it is a personal goal of home, family, church and
mine as the aspiring property community and I could not be
appraiser for Taylor County to more proud of my Taylor County
make sure that property owners in heritage.
Taylor County have their "I'm sure you feel the same way.
properties classified and After all, we all shop at the same
categorized correctly so as to grocery stores, frequent the
receive the highest possible tax same local businesses and
breaks and exemptions for the type have established our personal
of property owned. Across the homesteads in this town. For me,
years, I've found that most people Taylor County isn't only where I
don't mind doing their part as live, it is who I am, and if there is
taxpaying citizens. It is when anything that I can do to give a
people begin to feel victimized by little back for all it has given me
things thrust upon them with no then I am willing to do just that. I
explanation, no proposed plan of look forward to meeting you, and I
help that. they mind very much, sincerely thank you for, your time
especially when this 'thing' is 'an"-- --and-serious consideration:-' -- :.
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Reception honors Whitfield,
her 'Views' from 815 W. Bay
A publication reception and
celebration honoring local author,
Mary Lou Whitfield, is planned for
Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in
the Taylor County Public Library.
Whitfield is easily defined as "a
local author, historian and former
newspaper columnist for the Perry
News Herald, Taco Times and the
Her reach in this community,
however, extends beyond all those
titles to incorporate a devotion to
First Baptist Church and its
ministries, a dedication to her
children and all the other children
of Taylor County through her
historical work and willingness to
share its stories. She is a founding
member of the Taylor County
Historical Society and one of the
best "reference books" for quick
questions about local lore and
Mary Ann Lindley, editor and
columnist for the Tallahassee
Democrat, will speak at the
Whitfield recently published
"815 West Bay: Views from the
End of the Street" which includes
columns she wrote for area
This reception is being
sponsored by the Friends of the
Library as well as the Book Mart.
A-3 TaCO Times January 16, 2008
Gant, Copeland to wed
in January 26 ceremony
Theresa A. Gant and Randolph couple are cordially invited to
Copeland, both of Perry, attend.
announce their forthcoming .
wedding on Jan. 26, 2008, at 5
p.m. in New Bethel MB Church.
The bride-elect is the daughter
of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie
Thompson. She is also the
daughter of Mrs. Delores Lloyd
of Tallahassee, and Ronnie E.
Brown of Miami.
The prospective groom is the
son of Annie R. Prince of Perry,
and the late James Copeland.
A reception will immediately
follow the wedding ceremony at
Jerkins Community Center
located on 1201 Martin Luther
King Avenue in Perry. Randolph Copeland,
All friends and relatives of the Theresa A. Gant
Cantrell makes Dean's List
Jennifer A. Cantrell of Perry
made the Dean's List at Darton
College in Albany, Ga., for fall
semester, 2007. To be included, a
student must be fulltime and must
have earned a 3.4 or higher g.p.a.
Cancer patients' caregivers need attention, too
When someone is diagnosed
with cancer, the patient is not the
only one affected. The person
responsible for care is also
affected. Providing care for a
loved one with cancer can be very
stressful. When caregivers don't
attend to their own needs and allow
other pressures to take over, they
lose the ability to continue to care
for the loved one. This condition is
known as burnout. The American
Cancer Society is the source of the
It is important to recognize the
signs of burnout. Some symptoms
of burnout are:
Irritability- You snap at
people for small things; lose
Withdrawal- You don't stay in
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Pursue hobbies Don't lose
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pleasure before your loved one
became ill. Continue to do what
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techniques Anyone can
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their daily lives. Many stress
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Miss Victoria Valentine announces the upcoming marriage of
her father, Gabriel Valentine, to Ms. LeeAnn Padgett.
The couple will be married at The Timbers of Perry located at
1148 Helen St., Perry, Fla., at 4:00 p.m. on February 9, 2008. (
The reception will also be held at The Timbers of Perry
immediately following the ceremony.
Formal invitations have been sent.
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Lady ulldogs seek district title
Le n te y .u.n m ..m.a. .I A. i- .r _rg_ n
. The Taylor County High girls
soccer team opened play Tuesday
Snight against host o Madison in the
season-ending Class 3A, District 2
The Lady Bulldogs, who
completed the regular season with
a 13-4-3 record, tied with Florida
DATE OPPONENTS LOCATION TIME TEAMS
Nov 15-16. Tip-Off Classic Bronson TBA VB
Nov. 19 Lincoln High Away 5:00/8:00 JVBNB
Nov. 24 Bell High HOME 6:00/7:00 JVBNB
Nov. 26 Godby Away 6:00/7:30 JVBNB
Nov. 28 Wakulla HOME 6:00/7:00 JVBNB
Nov. 30 ** Florida High Away 4:00/8:00 JVBNB
Dec. 3 Carrabelle HOME 3:30/7:00 JVBNB
Dec. 4 *Hamilton Co. Away 5:00/8:00 JVBNB
Dec. 6 Lincoln High HOME 6:00/7:30 JVBNB
Dec. 14 **Madison Away 4:00/7:30 JVBNB
Dec. 15 Jefferson Co. HOME 4:30/7:30 JVBNB
Dec. 18 Chiefland Away 5:00/6:30 JVBNB
Dec. 20 **Hamilton Co. HOME 5:00/8:00 JVBNB
Dec. 22 Lafayette Co. HOME 5:00/7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 5 Godby HOME 6:00/7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 8 Carrabelle Away 4:00/7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 12 Jefferson Co. Away 6:00/7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 15 **Florida High HOME 5:30/8:30 JVBNB
Jan. 17 Chiefland HOME 5:00/6:30 JVBNB
Jan. 19 **Madison HOME 4:30/7:30 JVBNB
Jan.21 Suwannee Co. HOME 4:00/7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 22 John Paul II Away 6:00-7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 25 Fort White HOME 6:00/7:30 JVBNB
Jan. 28 Lafayette Co. Away 4:00/6:00 JVBNB
Jan.. 29 Suwannee Co. Away 6:00/7:30 JVBNB
;Feb. 1 Wakulla Away 5:30/7:30 JVBNB
Feb. 8 & 9 District 3-3A Tourney Jasper 6:00/7:30pm VB
"DISTRICT 3, 3A GAMES *JVB-JV Boys, VB Varsity Boys
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High for the top seed in the three-
team tourney but lost on a coin
toss forcing tonight's contest
against third-seeded Madison.
Taylor County easily beat the
Lady Cowboys twice during the
The championship game is set
for Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
Should the Bulldogs win
Tuesday they will face a very
familiar Florida High team that
they tied 1-1 in both regular
season contests this year.
"Florida High is very young. So
are we," TCHS Coach Dale
Brewer said. "We are very similar
in our style of play."
The winner of Thursday's match
will not only claim the district
title, but will also play host in the
first round of the state playoffs to
the runner-up in the District 1
tournament being played this week
at Pensacola Catholic.
The loser of Thursday's game
still qualifies for the state tourney
but must hit the road to West
Florida to take on the District 1
Those games are slated to take
place on Thursday4, Jan. 24.
Leading the youth movement
for TCHS this season has been
freshman Savannah Cantrelle with
25 goals and 12 assists.
Sophomore Courteney Mincy has
booted in 17 goals along with 15
assists while senior Katie Cooper
has had 14 goals and six assists.
Korie Wilson has been a
mainstay at goalie recording 49,
saves and six shutouts. Elizabeth
Devane has recorded one shutout
in two games.
"If we get to this Thursday's
game, we're hoping a large crowd
will travel to Madison to give us a
somewhat homefield advaii-gage,"
City youth baseball
tryouts in February
Tryouts and registration for the 19 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
upcoming City of Perry youth "T-ball tryouts for 5 and 6-year-
baseball league has been set. olds will be Feb. 20 and 21 from
*12-under players will tryout 5:30'p.m. until 7 p.m.
Feb. 11 and 12 from 5:30 p.m. -Girls softball tryouts for 9-12-
until 7 p.m. year-olds will be Feb. 20 and 21
.1 0-nlneCr nu1laerc ws, ill trnout frnm 50 n m until 7 n m
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Feb. 11 and 12 from 5:30 p.m.
until 7 p.m.
S-ookie tryouts for 7 and 8-
year-olds will be held Feb. 18 and
p.VIII -.- P. UI.... P.M.
All tryouts will be held at
Catharir Norman Park. For more
information, contact the recreation
department at 584-7161.
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early voting. Our office will be open January 14, 2008, through
January 26, 2008, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Please remember to bring a picture and a signature ID with you.
If you have changed addresses since you last voted please contact
the Supervisor of Elections office sb that we might update your
voter registration record. Pursuant to Florida Statutes you must
vote in the precinct in which you are residing.
Any registered voter may vote an absentee ballot. Requests'can be
accepted only from the voter, a member of the voter's immediate
family or legal guardian. The last date to request an absentee
ballot is Wednesday, January 23, 2008. Please call the Elections
office at 850-838-3515 to request an absentee ballot.
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTION'S
Visit our web site for the latest up-to-date information on the
upcoming 2008 election cycle. This site will also prompt you
for any important dates you need to remember. By selecting the
voter information search you can verify your precinct location
and make sure we have your correct address. As the cycle
progresses and candidates file their paperwork you will be able
to search any candidate treasurer reports that are filed online
as well as a possible biography. Our web site can be located at
The Taylor County High boys
basketball team traveled to
Monticello Saturday and came
away with a 74-65 victory over
The win improved the Bulldogs'
record to 10-5 on the year, 2-2 in
Four TCHS players scored in
double figures led by Greg Sneed
with 22, Greg Flowers with 15
and Curtis Jones and Matt Burrell
with 13 points each.
Dereke Miller scored five points
and Lavaski Williams tossed in
two to round out the scoring.
The Bulldogs jumped out on top
21-17 after the first quarter,
increasing the lead to 38-30 at the
half. A strong third period gave
Taylor County a comfortable 61-
48 lead going into the final period.
The 'Dogs were slated to host
Florida High on Tuesday in a
crucial district contest before
Chiefland comes to town this
Coaches' meeting is
set for February 7th
A coaches meeting for the
upcoming City of Perry youth
baseball league will be held Feb.
All coaches for baseball and
softball teams are asked to attend.
The meeting will be held at 6
D.m. in the city council chambers.
SPA makes great scrapbook
memories for your athlete!
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"In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never
failed to give me light & strength." --Robert E. Lee
"My-religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.
God has fixtd the time for my death. I do not concern myself
about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may
overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and then all
would be equally brave." --Stonewall Jackson 2nd Lt. Joseph
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May the commitment to Christian duty and sacrifices made by Camp #2012
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Bobby Joe's Little Dog Pen Girl
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We love you so much.
Have a great birthday!
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On Saturday January 5, 2008 a 6 month old Walker
puppy belonging to Al Jones was shot and killed
on the Goose Pasture Grade. The dog had a
tracking collar, as well as a regular collar. Three
Rivers Hunting Club is offering a reward of $1000
for information leading to the arrest and conviction
of the person or persons involved in this act.
If you have any information, please call
Three Rivers Hunting Club
850-584-9543 or 850-843-0950
The wedding of
James N. Cruse Sr.
& Constance Bruns
set for January 19
has been canceled.
Latest win improves
'Dogs' record to 10-5
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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
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:
I. Pay off an existing mortgage.
2. Pay for medical expenses
3. Supplement income
4. Supplement savings
5. Make repairs to the home
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Pioneer Clubs kick off at 1st Methodist
Kids age 3 through sixth grade invited
First United Methodist Church of Perry announces the beginning of
Pioneer Clubs every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. for kids age three
through sixth grade.
"This is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, non-competitive program," said
the Rev. James Taylor, pastor of the church. "Pioneer Clubs plant the seeds
of lifelong transformation through Bible exploration, memory work and
life application with an emphasis on teamwork."
For more information, please call 584-3028 or visit the Web site at
fumcperry.org. The Pioneer Clubs begin meeting tonight.
Silver anniversary at Word of Truth,
Word of Truth Tabernacle is celebrating a 25th anniversary on Saturday,
Jan. 19, with fun arid food offered beginning at 3 p.m., leading to 7 p.m.
Services of worship are also part of the celebration on Friday, with
everyone gathering at 7 p.m., and twice on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. and
7 p.m. Special speakers and music are promised by founders James and
Marlene Johns. The church is located at 3379 U.S. Highway 221 North in
Perry. Please call 223-1466 for more information.
Dyal returns to Mt. Gilead
Pastor Gil Williams and Mt. Gilead Church welcome Alan Dyal back for
Sunday worship at 11 a.m on Jan. 20.
Dyal is a former pastor of the church, currently serving as a missionary
in South Africa. Lunch will follow the service, and everyone is invited.
Washington will be guest
speaker at King celebration
"Go the Extra Mile"
The things you do for others, do
not for your own fame, but give the
glory to the Lord, and in our
An old gent who is lonely,
someone whose friends are few,
just be the kind of friend to them
that Jesus is to you.
When finding someone who's
depressed, or one whose road is
curved, you'll find the joy in
serving and not in being served.
When God sends one your way
in need, ask guidance from above
and do it out of love.
So if you meet someone today,
too tired to even smile, just walk
along and share his load and go
the extra mile. God will bless, you.
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The new year was greeted by
revival services which began
Monday, Jan. 14, and will continue
through Friday, Jan. 18. at
Christian Tabernacle Church.
Chester and Carolyn Demps are
urging the church family and the
entire community to attend.
Services begin each night at 7
with worship and praise from
B&C praise team from Bethel
of Mt. Sinai Holy Church in
The Martin Luther King Jr.
celebration will be held Sunday,
Jan. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. at New
Brooklyn M.B. Church. The Rev.
D.L. McBride is pastor. The guest
speaker will be the Rev. James
Washington Jr. from Georgia.
There were many out-of-town
family and friends here over the
weekend attending the funeral
services of Norma Jean Jackson,
which were held Saturday at 11
a.m. at Antioch M.B. Church.
li -iay aiprayer, visit the si k,-shut-
in at home, hospitals and nursing
homes. Pray for the schools and
armed forces that are away from
home and family. The world needs
Clarice Gillis Hart
Memorial services for Clarice
Gillis Hart, a longtime teacher and
resident of Perry, will be held
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at 11 a.m.
in the Beggs Funeral Home
Burial will follow in Woodlawn
A full obituary for will be printed
in Friday's Perry News-Herald.
Tommie Ray Butler
Tommie Ray Butler, 66, died
Jan. 12, 2008, at his residence in
He was born in Tampa. Coming
from Valdosta, Ga., he had lived in
Perry since 2005. He was a Baptist
and a union member of the IBEW
Survivors include: his wife of 44
years, Carolyn Butler of Perry; a
son,. Thomas Lael Butler of
Valdosta, Ga.; a daughter, Tammy
Rae Butler of Valdosta; a brother,
Don Butler of Lake City; four
grandchildren; and a host of nieces
Memorial services will be
announced at a later date.
Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in
Perry is in charge of the
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580 E. Hwy. 27, Perry, Fla.
Every Friday 7:00 PM
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Need information on Precept studies?
The evening class of Precept studies, slated for St. Johns Christian
Fellowship, begins Monday, Jan. 21, at 6:30. If you have questions, please
contact 584-5718. (The phone number listed in both editions last week
Other Precept classes are available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Please call Melody Greene at 584-7619 for details.
803 W. Main St. Perry, FI. 32347
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State board to vote on
new standards Feb. 19
Continued from page 1
Most parents I've talked to don't
want it taught as fact."
Howard and Lundy each had
three minutes to speak before the
"I'm glad we went," Lundy said.
"If there had been a closer meeting
we could have gone to it, but I
think the distance we traveled
made it a stronger point."
It did garner them much
attention from the press covering
"They asked us, 'Why in the
world would you travel this far?'"
Lundy said. "It was something we
felt strongly about."
"We spoke to at least four
reporters and a couple of television
stations," Howard said. ,
The superintendent has been
quoted in a number of newspapers
across the state as well as AP wire
"I think they could be teaching a
lie," Howard said, as quoted in the
South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
"There's not a place on me where
they took the tail off."
Howard laughed Tuesday when
asked about the quote, adding that
still hadn't found it.
Lundy said that while several
other speakers' comments were
somewhat offensive, the
committee was "very courteous"
during their comments.
"They shared about how they
came up with the standards," he
The Miramar meeting may not
be the end of their campaign.
"I hope to speak before the state
board in February if they take
public comment," Howard said.
The board is expected to vote
on the new standards at its
meeting in Tallahassee on Tuesday,
Roofing nails cause headaches
for motorists on Warner Avenue
Hundreds of roofing nails/tacks scattered on Warner Avenue in front of
Tidewater Apartments damaged tires on four police cruisers and an
unknown number of civilian vehicles.
It appears the nails were left on the roadway by accident sometime late
Monday; the area was swept clean by the city's street department.
City announces holiday schedule
The holiday schedule for city garbage pick-up during the Martin Luther
King Holiday will be as follows: city offices will be closed Monday, Jan.
21; Monday customers will receive service on Tuesday; Tuesday
customers will receive service on Wednesday; and regularly scheduled
service returns Thursday and Friday.
Fine free days run through Jan. 31
Fine Free Days continue at the Taylor County Public Library through
Jan. 31. Return all overdue books and materials to the library and watch
your fine be erased.
(Continued from page 7)
Mary Elizabeth Parker
Mary Elizabeth Parker, 96, died
Jan. 15, 2008, in Perry.
Ms. Parker was the daughter of
the late King Solomon Mills and
Malissie Ellen Cooper. A native of
Old Town, she was a resident of
Perry for the past 35 years. She
was a Baptist and a former
seamstress for Sports Craft Boat
Survivors include: a brother,
Marcus Mills of Stuart; a nephew,
Marcus Wesley Duke of Plant
City; and a niece, Christie
Nicholson of Tampa.
Cremation with a private service
will be held at a later date.
Beggs Funeral Home in Perry is
in charge of arrangements.
Clyde B. Hunter
Clyde B. Hunter, 72, died Jan.
He was a native and lifelong
resident of Taylor County. He was
a member of the Crosspoint
Baptist Church and retired from
the local FD.O.T. in 1997 after
working for .39 years. He was a
veteran of the U.S. Army, a
member of the Pqrry Golf and
Country Club and was also a
certified pilot and a past member
of the Civil Air Patrol.
Survivors include: his wife of 50
years, Peggy Hunter of Perry; a
son, Brian Hunter of Tallahassee; a
daughter, Lynn Bennett of Perry; a
sister, Bonnie Holden of Perry;
four grandchildren, Nikki Viola
and Wade Bennett, both of Perry,
Ryan Hunter and Thomas Hunter,
both of Tallahassee; three great
grandchildren; and a host of niices
Funeral services will be held
Friday at 2 p.m at Joe P. Burns
Funeral Home with Lamar
McCray and Gil Williams
officiating. Interment will follow
at Pisgah Cemetery.
Family members will receive
friends Thursday evening from 5
to 7 p.m. at Bums Funeral Home,
which is in charge of
Wallace Murphy, 69, died Jan.
14, 2008, at North Florida
Regional Hospital in Gainesville.
Mr. Murphy was a native and
lifelong resident of Taylor County.
He was a member of Friendship
Baptist Church and retired from
Buckeye after 34 years of
employment. He *was also a
member of Three Rivers Hunting
Survivors include: his wife of 47
years, Alice Murphy of Perry; two
sons, Steve Murphy and Ron
Murphy, both of Perry; one
daughter, Lisa Murphy Roberts of
Perry; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held
Friday at 11 a.m. at Joe P. Burns
Family members will receive
friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
at Burs Funeral Home, which is
in charge of arrangements.
Look for the box on the back side of the ballot labeled
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION R
Shall the Board of Coul
be authorized to grani
of the StateConstitutic
to grant exemptions
C it Residents"
Look for the box on the back side of the ballot labeled
PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION REFERENDUM
Shall the City Council of the City of Perry, Florida be
authorized to grant, pursuant to Section 3, Article VII of
the State Constitution, Property Tax Exemptions to new
businesses, and expansions of existing businesses?
SYES For authority to grant exemptions
C~) NO Against authority to grant exemptions
*NOTE: City residents will vote on both the city and county referendum.
For more information, contact the Taylor County Development Authority at 584-JOBS.
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World famous choir
From Kennedy Center's
Millennium Stage to St. Peter's
Basilica, these young men have
performed music from jazz to
The Tallahassee Boys' Choir performs Saturday at NFCC in
There's still time to get tickets to
enjoy this 6 p.m. event.
The choir has traveled all over
the United States and the
world performing at churches,
convention halls, nursing homes,
juvenile correctional facilities,
group homes and in great halls.
gospel and "are sure to have you
on your feet, clapping to their
The young men 'represented
Florida' when they went to Italy
and spent 10 days performing in
Rome, Florence, Venice and
Milan. Money raised through this
event will go to fund the Madison
County Chapter of Charmettes
NFCC scholarship fund. The event
is co-sponsored by NFCC.
The choir was founded in 1995
for boys ages 8 to 18 who live in
neighborhoods with limited social
and economic opportunities. The
program's goal is to foster
academic excellence, build
character and self-esteem, develop
interpersonal skills and acquire
skills for every choir member for
Every graduate of the program
has been accepted into college.
The choir's motto, "No
Excuses," sets the pace for its
young men. "The program also
provides a father figure,
counseling and in many cases,
provides what many young men in
America need today--a motivation
to do good and develop self-
Tickets are $15 and available
through the Charmettes at (850)
973-4857, the NFCC Foundation
at (850) 973-9423 or at the door
the night of the event.
Mayor Emily Ketring, center, presents are resolution recognizing North Florida Community
College for being national ranked as a top community college in a report by "The Washington
Monthly." The college came in at number six out of 30 ranked colleges. Shown left to right are:
City Manager Bob Brown, Councilman Don Cook, NFCC President Morris Steen, Ketring,
Councilman Sylvester Harris, Councilman Alphonso Dowdell and Councilman Doug Everett.
CSI: Perry works to insure
'no one faces cancer alone'
By MARK VIOLA
Cancer is a scary disease to face.
It is even more so if you are alone.
A new partnership of area
medical providers as well as local
volunteers is trying to make sure
no one has to face cancer alone.
Cancer Services and Information
(CSI: Perry) is now looking for
volunteers to help with the
Nancy Turner, who was
diagnosed with ovarian cancer in
2005, recently spoke.to the Perry
Rotary Club about *the new
C-an you imagine when you
have the fear you are going to die
and have no one there by your side
to help you face that fear?" she
"I have people around me, but a
lot of people don't."
The goal of CSI: Perry is to
"bring the cancer patients of Taylor
County the services and
information they need to assist
them on the road from diagnosis to
Volunteers will participate in
programs to educate the
community as well as assist
patients in accessing services
available to help them during
treatment and recovery.
Turner said there is an
immediate -needd for -vol-unteers -
Drive patients to and from
Work with healthcare providers
to educate patients on programs
Identify and organize
community resources to help
patients through their cancer
Educate patients on financial
resources available to cancer
Offer assistance with
scheduling appointments and
completing various forms.
SLicensed 'cosmetologists are
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It's time for cookies!
The Girl Scout Council of the
Apalachee Bend--which includes
Taylor County troops--will
embark on their annual cookie
sales program Saturday, Jan. 12.
Local Girl Scouts will take pre-
orders for cookies now through
Jan. 27. Cookies will arriye- on
Feb. 16 and cost just $3.50 per
This year's program includes
two new cookies: chocolate chip
and lemon chalet creams. The
chocolate chip cookies are sugar
free. The new cookies join the
line-up of Girl Scout favorites
Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs,
Do-Si-Dos and Trefoils.
The 'Apalachee Bend district
serves more than 3,300 girls and
1,300 adults in 15 area counties,
including Taylor, Madison and
Local Girl Scout troops are now taking orders for cookies.
Local trooper leaders are: Troop # 178, Lisa Noles; Troop'
#707, Dawn Weatherly; and Troop # 412, Shirley Phillips:
AARP: last Wed., 10 a.m. at AMVETS
Post #20 building (2499 Woods Creek
Kiwanis Club: Wednesdays, noon,
Joyce's Main Street Cafe.
MainStreet Perry: first Monday of each
month, noon, Heavenly Floors.
NAACP: first Sunday, 5 p.m., at Jerkins
Optimist Club: Thurs., noon at Joyce's
Main Street Cafe.
Perry Garden Club: third Wednesday,
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
Taylor County Leadership Council:
second and fourth Friday, 7 p.m., Jerkins
Vogua a)e XII frs Mo 730 p Cl 58
Vogue XIII: first Mon., 7:30 p.m. Call 584-
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
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
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.,
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.
Big Bend Leads Group: every Tuesday,
7:45 a.m, Chamber of Commerce.
Business Network International (B.N.I):
every Tuesday, 7:30-9 a.m., Hampton Inn.'
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
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
Mothers of Pre-Schoolers: first and third
Fridays. Call 584-3826.
Muskogee Creek Indian Nation: second
and fourth Sat., 7 p.m.Tribal grounds, Lyman
Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe: first
Saturday, Oak Hill Village on Woods Creek
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.
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 Thursday,
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
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
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.).
Celebrate Recovery: a non-
denominational, Christ-centered recovery
ministry meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., in the
First Baptist Church Youth Center (old
Citizens Bank building on the corner of
Orange and Green streets).
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.
The Way: (faith-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.
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
Sons of Confederate Veterans: fourth
Thursday at 1159 Roberts Aman Road,
7 p.m. For information, please call
VFW Post #9225: second Tues., 7 p.m.
(American Legion building).
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-inow them before you vote: "
There are THREE
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STaylor County voters: when you go
to the polls on Jan. 29, you will be
I:faced with THREE "yes, no"
:ballot items. Please take a little
time to differentiate the issues,
ai:,and determine how you should
Do we need THIS
property tax reform?
No. Our tax system certainly needs
-some adjustments BUT not the
adjustments suggested by this
"statewide amendment. The Jan. 29
referendum issue is a shallow
attempt to lure hard-paying
q-taxpayers into a "solution" which,
8esn't provide relief and may
i rther debilitate the system.
Ii -While the legislature has been
S.ick to blame local governments for
:ti4rrent property tax problems, that
Same legislature has passed
Unfunded mandates year after year,
all but forcing local governments to
spend property tax revenues.
In addition to the "hit" expected by
our local city and county
governments if the amendment
Passes, school districts across the
state will face billions of dollars in
SState lawmakers said they would
i: "make up" the difference, but this
was only a week after they struggled
tipo overcome a $1 billion budget
e]: ficit (by cutting education, among
S:i|-ylegislators will be facing another
A:i ge deficit when they begin next
ip war's budget talks. One way for
': hthem to raise the money to pay back
school districts would be to shift the
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burden of state programs to the local
level .with additional unfunded
Where is the solution? Not .in this
City charter change.
This charter change just appears to
be "prudent housekeeping" for the
City of Perry. We see no hidden
agenda, and can find no "down side"
except that several council members
may get a two-month extension on
their terms until the current voting
schedule and the proposed one are
synchronized. We approve the city's
intention to align its election dates
with already established state
elections; it is an efficient,
economical move. Vote yes.
In this referendum, voters are
asked if they are in favor of
authorizing the county commission
and the city council to offer
incentives to help existing businesses
to grow and new businesses to locate
Nearly every other community in
this country which is concerned with
creating good jobs for its citizens has
some sort of incentive package on its
We have had this issue in force
before and it has, done its job--by
creating more 'qcuaffty jobs and'
increasing our tax base.
We believe this is an essential tool
to help Taylor County compete with
other communities for quality jobs
for our citizens. Vote yes.
Doctors' Memorial needs a 'quick fix'
--To the people of Taylor and
bordering counties regarding the
health of and life of the only
hospital close enough when you
are in real trouble.
I attended the county
commission meeting on Jan. 7,
when the hospital asked the board
of county commissioners for help
to keep the hospital afloat until the
new management had time to
correct and fine tune the
management procedures. It had
only been a few months since the
new CEO took over.
The commissioners turned them
down and asked for more proof
that he could turn the hospital
around which is ok, but the
hospital will never be a money
making company. At best it may
cut its losses. As the economy gets
worse, the more people the
hospital will have to take care at a
loss, These could be you or your
neighbor. If we all chip in, we will
be able to get through these tough
There was mention of a sales tax
to help out. That is one way we
could help with just a few cents
from everyone and not hurt
anyone's pocket and keep one of
the most valuable benefits alive to
keep us all alive. Right now, DMH
needs a quick fix. Anyone that can
help should do it now. There is a
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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Member Perry/TaylorCounty Chamber of Commerce,
DMH Foundation, but it is not
known much about. Check into it if
you feel you can help. It may be
your life on the line.
For more information, call your
or new taxes?
Taylor County property owners
beware: the county commissioners
have set themselves up to rip you
off for more taxes.
These are not insurance policies:
They are new taxes. I don't see
where we need a fire department
tax, an EMS tax, and last of all a
canal tax. We at the beaches have
already had a canal tax (for seven
years) and it was a big joke. It
seems that the county did not have
anybody qualified to measure the
depth of the canals legally, so they
let the dredger dig any way he
wanted. The property owners had
to collect money to dig the end of
", Please see page 3
failed in '06
Taylor County folks always use
good common sense as evidenced
by the fact that the Nov. 8, 2006,
headlines in the Taco Times
proclaimed, "Voters reject local
Then, in the Oct. 19, 2007,
edition of the Perry News-
Herald, a front page article
announced, "Tax exemption back
on the ballot for '08."
How many times do Taylor
County's common sense voters
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The daughter called from her Paying
Position in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday
afternoon before 3 p.m.
I repeat: before 3 p.m. That is, before
she's allowed to leave her classroom and
use the phone, and, before the children
are dismissed for the day.
"Oh my God," I said as a kind of
prayer--not a casual use of the divine
Then I picked up the phone and didn't
even say "Hello." I only said, "What's
"I thought you had probably seen the
weather and were worried about me,"
I looked out our glass door which is
my closest view of the weather. It was
78 degrees and the sun was shining.
I hated to admit that. I hadn't been
worrying, because I'm so good at it.
"No, we didn't get to go home for
lunch so I haven't watched the weather,"
I told her.
"Well, we're under a tornado watch
here. They dismissed school at 1:30,
and we had to get all the children to
their cars in the rain, direct traffic and
so forth, and then try to find our way
homes in tropical force rain and wind,"
she said with great dramatic detail
which made me proud.
"So you're home?" I asked hopefully.
"Yes," she said, and I breathed a little
But she was worried about her car.
"They're predicting more storms,
possibly some tornadoes and hail," she
added. "We called the apartment
complex to see if they could provide
garage storage for our vehicles, but they
didn't sound too interested."
"Yeah," I said trying to be sympathetic,
because being creative wasn't working
for me. "I don't know what you can do
then," I added.
Then I thought of a brilliant idea:
By SUSAN H. LINCOLN
"How about taking a nap?"
"I thought about that," she said, "and I
think it's probably a good idea. What
can I do about the weather, anyway? I'm
in the center of this complex, on the
second floor, with apartments above me
and below me. I may just take a nap."
I like it when we come to the same
conclusion. It's rewarding.
"I'm really starting to like bad
weather," she added as an afterthought:
"You get out of school early, nobody can
reach you, you can nap...it's not bad."
The apple really doesn't fall too far
from the tree, now does it?
As I reported this scenario to The
Husband, her father, he said, "Well, I
wonder if she shouldn't go cover her car
with some old quilts to keep the hail
from dinging it."
I looked at him the way he often looks
at me when I have brilliant ideas.
"And how would she keep the old
quilts from blowing off her car?" I
asked, understanding his concern and
also our need to be good stewards of her
"She could bungee cord them on," he
I was dumbfounded.
"She doesn't have bungee cords," I
said, with absolutely no admiration.
"She's a 22-year-old girl at her first job.
She's got lip gloss, cute shoes and a new
bedspread. She doesn't even have old
quilts to cover the car with," I said.
"Men have bungee cords," I explained,
trying to help him arrange his thinking
according to his audience.
Then I added, "I suggested she just
take a nap."
It was as popular with him, as bungee
"Not a bad idea," he said.
And I repeat: the apple doesn't fall too
far from the tree. But if it does, you can
just bungee cord it back on.
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the canal so boats could get out of
the main canal. Does anyone think
it will be any different this time?
Some may not know that after
the '93 storm, FEMA gave the
county the money to re-dredge the
canals, but they took the money
and built a new firehouse at the
airport. The county also receives
money every year from our boat
taxes to maintain the canals, but I
have not seen any improvements in
years that have not been paid for
with grants which is our money
It seems these people don't
realize how high taxes are. I know
of people that have not been able to
sell their houses because the new
buyer did not want to pay the high
taxes. Somebody needs to realize
that all we have to offer is high
taxes: $.20 more on a gallon of gas
plus trips to Tallahassee to get
what you need.
My wife and I pay over $300 a
month in property taxes, which we
think is too high to live in a county
that thinks minimum wage is too
much of a salary. We already have
more sales tax here than most of
the other states. Our sales tax
should not be increased.
To even think that the group that
is trying to run the hospital should
have the right to tax the residents is
sheer stupidity. No private group
should ever have the right to tax
anyone. These people pay the
county $1 per year to rent the
hospital! The county pays for the
mortgage and for EMS. It is really
brazen to expect the county to give
them additional money. If they
cannot make this hospital pay for
itself, then something needs to be
done. They claim they are losing
$450,000 a month, which adds up
to an additional $5,000,000 a year.
The residents should not have to
pay for their failure to run this
hospital as a successful operation.
There are only two options:
either find someone who can
operate this hospital successfully,
or sell it.-We would be better off if
the county sold it, because we
would not have to pay the large
mortgage payment and the county
could lower our taxes- as they
should have done when they were
collecting extra millions when
assessments were going sky high.
I for one am tired of listening to
the hospital's same old broken
record. Let's burn this old record
for good. Personally I happen to
like our hospital and have been in
it several times. Our hospital
needs to operate in the black and
our property taxes need to be
overhauled. Want this county to
grow? Let people be able to afford
to live here. It is hard to believe
that just 100 years ago there were
no taxes. Taxes are out of control.
It is time for reform.
I oppose DMH's suggestion that
the county create a new taxing
district (like the Suwannee River
Water Management District) for
the purpose of bailing DMH out of
its financial problems.
DMH has consistently failed to
demonstrate that it can operate
profitably regardless of the
amount of money it is given by the
county and the residents of Taylor
County cannot afford any more
property taxes. The. people in
Steinhatchee and the beaches are
being taxed out of their homes
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sub/call-in guards. All applicants are
subject to pre-employment drug screening
and a background check by BATF. Bring
picture ID and Social Security card or Birth
Certificate and apply at the Employ
Florida Mobile Unit in the K-mart parking
lot on Wednesdays or stop by MEI to
complete an application. AAE/EEO/VP
LPN One full time 10 p.m. 6 a.m. position
and one part time 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
position. Seeking responsible,
professional individuals. Good working
environment and competitive wages.
Contact Holly Reed, Director of Nursing.
Lafayette Health Care Center, 512 W.
Main St., Mayo, FL 386-294-3300.
The Taylor County Planning Board is
currently seeking applicants to'fill a
vacancy on the Board. Applications for
this volunteer position may be downloaded
from the County website
www.taylorcountvyov.com, or obtained
from the Taylor County Planning
Department located at the Administrative
Complex.. Completed applications should
be returned to the Planning Department at
201 East Green Street, Perry, Florida
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
Local Financial Institution has an opening
for a part time teller. Please send resume
Sand salary requifi~rlets'to Telle Posltibri
P.O. Box 888, Perry, Fl 32348.
Avon Reps Needed! How would you like to
be your own boss? Start your-own
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2005 Buick Rendezvous.CX Plus, gray
leather seats, 3rd row seat (7 passenger),
pb, power windows, pdi, cc, AM/FM
cassette/CD, XM radio, on star, parking
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. $1.3,600.
Call 850-584-7883 or cell 838-4742
1991 full size Chevy Blazer 350, 4WD,
Auto, 127,551 miles, $5,500 Call 584-
2000 Black Chevy 4x4 Z71 Stepside
truck, 120,000 miles, runs great, bed liner,
toolbox, new tires, $10,000 OBO. 223-
The Aucilla Area Solid Waste Facility is
accepting applications for a Landfill
Spotter. Duties include spotting loads of
garbage when emptied and some
occasional equipment operating.
Applications can be picked up at. the
Landfill office between the hours of 8:00
a.m, and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Aucilla Area Solid Waste Facility is an
equal opportunity employer and a Drug
TAYLOR COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY
Solid Waste Heavy Equipment operator -
Road Mte. Technician (RMT) $8.04 hr.
Part time Custodian ( Public Library) -.
Job descriptions and applications can be
obtained from www.tavlorcontvyov.com or
One Stop Mobile Unit located in the Kmart
Parking Lot Wednesdays 9 a.m. 6 p.m. or
at 502 N. Center Street Perry, FL on
Tuesdays-and Thursdays from 8 a.m. 2
p.m. Positions are open until filled. Taylor
County Board of County Commissioners
is an EOE, VP, DT, background check
Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation is
currently seeking a Heavy Equipment
operator in Perry. $9 to $9.50 hr., 40 to 50
hours weekly, plus benefits. Applicants
must be able to load and unload trucks
and be required to move loaded trailers.
Assist mill operators in repairs and
cleanup. Must be dependable, put safety
first and team oriented. Requirements are:
high school education and two years-
experience operating heavy equipment,
have a valid drivers license, background
check, drug screening and pre-
employment physical. Applicants can
apply by going to www.smurfit-stone.com
Florida Department of Transportation has a
vacancy in Taylor County for the following
Position Number:.. 55004474
Broadband Title: Truck Drivers,
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer
Working Title: Senior Heavy
...Closirgqate:. 01/22/08 -.,
Contact Person: Summer Hayden or
Theresa Kuhn at (850) 838-5800;
For more information concerning job
descriptions requirements and to apply
online, go to
You may also call 1-877-562-7287
If you need an accommodation because of
a disability in order to participate in the
application/selection process, please
notify the contact person in advance. We
hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully
authorize alien workers. For applicants
claiming Veterans Preference, please fax
your DD 214 to People First @ 904/636-
2627. The Department of Transportation is
an Equal Employment Opportunity,
,Affirmative Action, Drug Free Workplace
Kind, loving caregiver/housekeeper
needed to assist client with-
homemaker and companion. care .in
western Taylor County area
(near Jefferson County border).
Experience & transportation required.
Part-time three days per week.
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The City Of Perry
is hiring for the following
Req: Must have a valid Florida
Drivers License and possess a
minimum of a Class "C" Wastewater
Treatment Plant Operator Certificate
as issued by the State of Florida.
Salary Range: $14.20-$18.13.
Applications are available:
Online: Applications and job
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A to Z Farm and Lawn Service
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dump truck service, harrowing, bush hog
mowing, rake work, dirt leveling and
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P.O. Box. 888,
Perry, FL 32348
Y PUBLIC HEARING
APPEAL FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION
NING The City of Perry Board of Adjustment
and Appeals will hold public hearing in
the City Council meeting room, Perry,
Florida on Monday. February 4; 2008 at
6:15 p.m., or as soon thereafter as
possible, to hear an appeal by Barbara
F. Coleman (represented by Patricia
Harris, Potteris House Ministries) to be
granted a Special Exception to permit a
church-sponsored resource and
housing center for'single mothers at the
property described below:
Legal Description: Lot 2, Block 11, H. T.
S Wilder Subdivision
Also, known as tax Iparcel #24-04-07-
Location of Property: 726 N. Jefferson
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to
Florida Statutes 286.0105, that any
1e person deciding to appeal any
decision of the Board of Ad ustment with
Ime respect to any matter considered at
the meeting wil need a record of the
e meeting and may need to ensure that
verbatim record of the proceedings is
id *made; which record includes the
testimony and evidence upon which
i lable the appeal is to be based.
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Handy Rental located at 900 Industrial
Pork Dr. Perry, Florida 32348 announces
a public sole of contents of self storage
B-15, Eddie Jackson, 117 Buffalo Dr,
Perry, Fl 32348; 8-23, Linda Davis, PO Box
288, Perry, FL 32348; B-2, Ervin Jones, 312
Springhill Rd. Perry, FL 32347; A-25,Julie
Buckner, 117 Davis Dr. Perry, FL 32348
to be held on or after January 23, 2008.
The contents are being listed as
SIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR TAYLOR
IN RE: ESTATE OF BEATRICE LOUISE
File No. 07-1038 CP
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Beatrice Louise Maddox, deceased,
whose date of death was September
17, 2007, File Number 07-1038 CP, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Taylor
County, Florida, Probate Division, the
address of which is P.O. Box 620, Perry,
Florida 32347. The names and
addresses of the personal
representatives and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice has been served
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME
OF SERVICE OF A COPY-OF THIS NOTICE
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3,MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE-
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice
is January 11, 2008.
Stephanie M. Mickle
106 East College Avenue, Suite 1200
Tollahassee, Florida 32301
Telephone: (850) 224-9634
Attorney for Personal
Representatives Samuel Tony Lewis
45 Lindbergh Crescent, Mount Pearl,
Newfoundland, AIN 2E3, Canada
Beverly Ann Lewis
76 Parkwoods Village Drive, Apartment
312, Toronto, Ontario, M3A 2X8 Canada
PLANNING BOARD WORKSHOP OF The
Taylor County Planning Board will hold a
workshop on.February 7, 2008. The
purpose of the workshop is to review
the submittal and review requirements
for subdivisions and other
developments. The workshop will take
place at the close of the Planning Board
meeting, which is scheduled to begin at
5:00 p.m. All members of the public are
invited to attend.
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Continued from page 1
needed to help women with the
appearance-related side effects of
SFor more information about how
to get involved, call Doctors'
Memorial Hospital at 850-584-
0133 or e-mail csiperry@
The American Cancer Society,
Doctors' Memorial Hospital,
Steinhatchee Family Medical
Center, DMH Pediatric and Family
Medicine, DMH Family Practice,
DMH Internal Medicine, DMH
Medical Associates, Premier
Medical Clinic and the Taylor
County Health Department are
teaming up for the new venture.
Letters to the Editor
Who benefits from 'special
interest' tax exemptions?
Continued from page 2
have to say "no" .before the
Development Authority, the
Chamber of Commerce, special
interest's, and the county
commissioners "get it?" What part
of no don't they understand?
Common sense tells us that
property tax exemptions to new
businesses and expansions of
existing businesses would help
only those "special interests" who
-ovet those tax exemptions. If a
business has to have across-the-
board special exemptions to locate
or expand in Taylor County, then
Common sense tells folks that
something is wrong with the
-The problem is that those special
interest tax exemptions don't help
the retail clerks, the carmechanics,
the secretaries, the teachers, the
nurses, the laborers, the factory
workers, the hairdressers or the
small business owners. Those
special .interest tax exemptions
help special interests such as
developers, big businesses, coal
plants--in other words, "special
Seems like it was very easy for
the commissioners to put the tax
referendum issue on the ballot,
when people went to county
commission meeting after
meeting, politely asking for the
opportunity to vote on the coal
plant--to no avail. The people's
common sense was not considered
I, like most voters, have received
a post card in the mail apparently
from the 'Taylor County
Development Authority, which
apparently paid for the post cards
and postage with your taxes,
urging you, the voters, to vote
"yes'" on the county referendum to
give new businesses and
expanding businesses a tax
exemption. Haven't you
subsidized big business enough
already? Who pays for fire
protection of 80 percent of the land
in Taylor County? Answer: the
other 20 percent--that's good.ol'
common sense you. Who pays for
road maintenance? That same 20
Twenty percent of the residents
are paying close to 100% of the
property taxes, Why would any
taxpayer in Taylor County agree to
pay to subsidize more of the same
without getting benefits from
I urge you to once again say "no"
on the back of the January 29
ballot on the county tax,
Then ask your county
commissioner: what part of no
don't you understand?
Joy Towles Ezell
Other hospital options include selling,
declaring bankruptcy or downsizing
Dear Editor: dollars. Are firemen and deputies have not been discussed publicly
SI do not accept that our
community's only choice is to
either pay DMH a half-million
dollars now and additional three
million dollars a year, or close the
- Three million dollars represents.
1/3 of the county's property tax
revenue, which means the
taxpayers either receive a 33% tax
increase in their property taxes, or
the county and the constitutional
officers lay off enough employees
to make up the three million
less valuable than hospital staff?
Remember, the hospital is a private
corporation. DMH is not a county
The county has not been told,
much less assured, that if DMH
were debt free its current revenue
could pay its current penss, In.
other words, the DMH problem,
which has grown worse over time,
may continue to grow worse even
if it receives the three million
There are other options which
such as: sell all or part of the
hospital, convert the hospital to a
critical care unit, allow DMH to
file bankruptcy, or simply
downsize the hospital.
None of these options
necessarily require the hospital to
The only way this problem is
ever going to go away, is to live
within our means and pay for only
as much hospital as we can afford.
William W. Blue
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