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Charming judges and audience members alike with a three-point turn worthy of any catwalk, pretty-in-pink Holly Gantz was crowned Taylor Countys MoonPie Princess during ceremonies held Friday, March 22. Gantz, the daughter of Christina and Cecil Gantz, will preside over upcoming events at the 11th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival. Her reign will include special appearances throughout the year representing MoonPie, the festival and the community. Joining her royal court were rst runner-up Annastacia Coleman, the daughter of April Coleman and Mikell Coleman; second runner-up Miley Hill, the daughter of Tyson and Juanita Hill; and third runner-up Autumn Brielle Brown, the daughter of Matt and Kristina Brown, and April Anthony. Tiaras and sashes were also presented to a bevy of Bluegrass Sweethearts who will join Gantz and her court for next weeks bluegrass festival at Forest Capital Park. They include: Jordan Weirick, Charlondria Williams, Felicity Emory, Brialynn Omans, Lindsey Webb, Victoria Walker, Sara Couey, Colbi Bodiford, ZyMya Flowers, Hermione Moni Padgett, DeAva Williams, Hannah McGuire, Claire Carlton, Brooke Chaney, Ava Turner, Addison Shiver and Bella Ellison. Charlondria Williams received special recognition, and a trophy, for having sold the most ads featured in the pageant program. Mayor Daryll Gunter Inside today Within todays pages you will nd Progress 2013, a look at the past years success stories as well as developments on the horizon. The special edition also serves as a guide for visitors and residents alike on what Taylor County has to offer.Easter treats for you and your familyAARP Relay For Life team members will host a bake sale this Saturday, March 30, at Winn Dixie, starting at 9 a.m. Buy your Easter cake from us, members urge.Donations sought for Helping Hands of the Shelter is accepting donations for its upcoming annual yard sale planned Saturday, April 6. Items may be dropped off at Yarbrough Tire & Automotive, located at 602 West Hampton Springs Ave. For additional information please call 584-5958.Registration underway for Canines for Cancer Walk AboutTaylor County Relay For Life will host a Canines for Cancer Walk About Saturday, April 6, at J&M Feed Store from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories and a pet parade (costumes welcome) will be held. Registration forms are available at the ofces of Dr. Miles Owens, Perry Animal Hospital, J&M Feed Store and Yarbrough Tire.American Legion welcomes SteenRetired U.S. Navy Capt. Morris Steen will be guest speaker at the Tuesday, April 2, meeting of American Legion Post 96, starting at 7 p.m. hydrantsThe City of Perry Water Division will be ushing re hydrants throughout the city and county during April, May and June. They will begin Tuesday, April 2, and continue each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 13www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayMarch 27, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Community . ............. A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9Weather Wednesday 63 30 Thursday67 34 News Forum Legislature eyes ban Internet cafe days numbered? The days of so-called internet cafes here in Taylor County and across the state may be numbered, with the Florida Legislature working to pass a bill regarding the prohibition of electronic gambling devices. There are currently three such establishments, also known as sweepstakes centers, open in Taylor County. Two are located inside the City of Perry which passed an ordinance in June 2011 regulating their location as well as placing requirements on their operation. The Florida House overwhelmingly passed CS/ HB 155 Friday, March 22, in a vote 108-7. The bill, among other provisions, more clearly denes what constitutes slot machines and would, in effect, put internet cafes out of business across the state. Taylor Countys representative, Halsey Beshears, voted in favor of the bill. A similar bill in the Florida Senate was approved 11-0 March 18 in the Gaming Committee, on which Bill Montfort sits, representing Taylor. Internet cafes have been a blight on Florida for many years, and I am proud of the House for once again voting to shut them down, House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) said Friday after the house bill passed. With the recent crackdown on racketeering and fraud, I hope this will be the year when the House bill nally becomes the law of the land. Although bills have been been proposed to ban such establishments each of the past several legislative Gantz crowned MoonPie PrincessHolly Gantz (third from left) was crowned the 2013 MoonPie Princess during ceremonies held Friday. and Autumn Brown, third runner-up. Gantz, her court and the 2013 Bluegrass Sweethearts, will be Downed power lines Please see page 3A burgeoning heroin ring has been shut down thanks to the efforts of the Taylor County Task Force (TCSO) and Madison County Sheriffs Ofce (MCSO). Given the close ties Madison and Taylor County have, we are always happy and willing to assist the MCSO. In this case, investigators received information that heroin which prior to this had not been availablewas suddenly on the market. We helped the investigation by making a numerous controlled (drug) purchases, developing information and surveillance. Then, we assisted by helping execute arrest warrants and search warrants, TCSO Capt. Ron Rice said. This operation was just getting started and had not been long established in Madison. So far, we havent seen any bleed over into Taylor County. We have established the suspects have no ties to Taylor County at this time. I think we were able to get a grip on this early, which is very good because once it starts to spread, it takes over like cancer. We have nipped it for now and hope it stays that way. Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reported Please see page 3TCSO aids in heroin ring bustPlease see page 3A series of weekend storms produced three inches of rain coupled with frequent lightning strikes, one of which damaged several computers at the Taylor County Public Library. Library ofcials said their computers and internet were down Monday but had been mostly restored by Tuesday, although they were awaiting parts for repairs on two of the computers. The Taco Times also received reports of at least one residence with lightning-related damage from the weekend storms. The National Weather Service Station at PerryFoley Airport reported around three inches Saturday and Sunday, with the heaviest rain arriving around 8 p.m. Saturday, with one and a half inches falling in a single hour. The highest wind gust--36 mph--at the station was reported Sunday morning around 8:30. Florida Forestry Service rain gauges in Perry and Foley collected around three inches as well, bringing the monthly totals to 3.72 and 3.8 inches respectively. Aside from the lightning strike at the library, Taylor County Emergency Management ofcials said Tuesday that no other damage had been reported to their ofce. The extra rain has raised the level of the Aucilla once more, with a ood warning in effect at Lamont. The river was forecast to rise above ood stage (nine feet) to 9.2 feet by Tuesday evening, with the warning in effect through Friday. Storm brings lightning strikes that damage library, one home
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A-3 Taco Times March 27, 2013 served as emcee for the fourth annual pageant, held at Forest Capital Hall. The program opened with contestants, who ranged in age from ve to eight years old, sharing What bluegrass means to me. The young ladies sported their favorite bluegrassinspired wear, ranging from rufed denim to pink cowgirl boots. After a brief intermission, contestants dazzled in a colorful array of evening gowns and told judges their favorite MoonPie avor. (Strawberry was the overwhelming winner.) Another intermission followed, allowing for tally sheets from the judges to be calculated. 2012 MoonPie Princess Destin Brown took a nal bow and assisted in crowning the winners. that his ofces drug task force recently received information of heroin use and sales occurring in Madison County. The Madison County Drug Task Force partnered with investigators of the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce Drug Task Force and conducted covert drug buy operations in Madison County. The operations proved successful in purchasing a product that was sold as and presumptively tested positive for heroin. As a result of this investigation, the early stages of a heroin operation in Madison County have been shut down, Stewart said. Suspects in the case were taken into custody Monday, March 18: Lee charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell and sale of heroin; her bond was set at $30,000. Madison charged with principal possession of heroin with intent to sell and principal to sale of heroin; her bond was set at $41,500. Madison charged with possession of heroin with intent to sale (two counts) and sale of heroin a controlled substance (two counts); his bond was set at $50,000 for current charges and a no bond order was issued on violation of probation. Heroin use and sales are very rare in this area, Rice noted. I have dealt with heroin cases only a handful of times in my entire career, the longtime law enforcement ofcer said. This is the rst reported incident of suspected heroin use and sale that has been investigated by the Madison County Drug Task Force in several years, Stewart added. Signs of heroin use are exactly like someone abusing pharmaceutical drugs (i.e. pills). While heroin can be snorted or swallowed, injection is the most common way to ingest ituse of this drug comes with a lot more paraphernalia than othersdiabetes syringes (needles), lighter, spoon, cotton ballsthese are just some of things you might see, Rice said. And of course there are the physical signs, the drained effect it leaves and track marks. MOONPIE PRINCESS Continued from page 1 Favorite MoonPie avor? Strawberry! HEROIN Continued from page 1 Heroin use, sales rare in this areasessions, none have made it into law. The mood in Tallahassee seemingly changed, however, after state law enforcement ofcials recently arrested a number of individuals on charges of racketeering for their alleged involvement with Allied Veterans of the World, which authorities have called an illegal gambling network that included internet cafes. The scandal also led to the resignation Carroll, who once consulted for the organization. The house bill passed Friday also retools the denition of arcade games, like those found at popular childrens restaurants, maintaining their legality while differentiating them from those devices used in internet cafes. This bill ensures Floridians that gaming in our state can continue to occur with proper oversight from the state, said bill sponsor Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami). I believe internet cafes are bad for Florida, and I am glad the House has taken steps again to ensure they have no place in our communities. DAYS NUMBERED Continued from page 1 Internet cafes bad for Florida Marine Corps. The Florida Senate also heard several bills relating to the military on Tuesday. Senate Bill 118 makes it a misdemeanor when protestors disrupt a funeral or burial service. Senate Bill 138 makes transitioning schools easier for children of our servicemen and servicewomen, recognizing the uid location of our military members and their families. Senate Bill 160 waives certain application fees for honorably discharged military veterans. These bills will be Senate Resolution 334, sponsored by Senator Evers, was passed. The resolution establishes March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. Senate Resolution 334 was cosponsored by every member of the Florida Senate. I was very excited to see Vietnam veterans nally get the embrace from Florida they have long deserved! I sponsored this piece of legislation for the past two legislative sessions and am enthused to co-sponsor it this year. We must never forget those who have sacriced so much for our freedoms, Dean said. Vietnam veterans to be honored CAPITOL UPDATE Continued from page 2
A-4 Taco Times March 27, 2013 Living Jackie McDonald, Justin Blue McDonald, Blue to marry on April 20 Tim and Lacretia McDonald of Perry announce the engagement of their daughter, Jackie, to Justin Blue, the son of Tammy and Alvin Touchton of Perry, and Chris and Judy Blue of Macclenny. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Taylor County High School and earned a Bachelors degree in education from St. Leo University. She is currently teaching fourth grade at Taylor County Elementary School. Her maternal grandparents are the late Jerry and Shirley Leavins; her paternal grandparents are Dwight and Brenda McDonald of Perry. The prospective groom is also a 2009 graduate of Taylor County High School and holds a Bachelors degree in criminal justice, also from St. Leo University. He is currently employed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is the grandson of Allen and Charlotte Murphy of Perry, Mary Blue of Perry, W.C. and Oveida Blue of Worthington Springs. Their wedding will be an event of April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Northside Church of God with a reception following at the Perry Elks Lodge. No formal invitations will be issued, but all friends and relatives of the bride are cordially invited to attend. At Crosspoint BaptistApril vows to unite Cramer, CannonAudrey Marie Cramer and Chad Michael Cannon announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage on April 13, 2013. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Larry and Marie Warden of Marianna, and Ted and Esther Cramer of Matthews, N.C. She is a 2009 graduate of Marianna High School and earned an Associate in Arts degree from Chipola college. Miss Cramer is employed at Deals Famous Oyster House in Perry. The prospective groom is the son of Danita Cannon of Perry. He is a 2008 graduate of Taylor County High School and is currently enrolled at Florida State University while employed with the Perry Police Department. Their wedding will be held at Crosspoint Baptist Fellowship at 2 p.m. Local invitations will not be issued; all friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited to attend. Chad Michael Cannon, Audrey Marie Cramer Point of Grace names honor students for third nine weeks Point of Grace Christian School has announced its honor roll for the third nineweeks grading period. Kindergarten: All As Talan Aibejeris, Claire Carlton, Joshuway Ellison, William Hathcock, Sydney Lawson, Autumn OQuinn, Karlee Sherrer, Cade Terrell, Jeremy Thomas and Brent Young. A/B Jaxson Cerbone, Jodi DeVane and Miley Hill. 1st Grade: All As Aiden Cone, Kayla Edwards, Holly Gantz, Alana Hall, Landyn Hendry, Rebekah Hill, Simon Jackson, Kolby Newton, Tanner Nix, Kaitee Roberts and Corbin Thomas. A/B Steven Bodiford. 2nd Grade: All As Emma Campbell, T.J. Carlton, Eli Carlton, Evian Evans, Trenton Hill, Caroline Lilliott, Kalyan McMullen, Wyatt Murrow, Michael ONeal, Maci Padgett, Maria Peacock, Buck Reeves and Sydney Walker. A/B Cameron Croft, Alayna Fittje, Blake Hernandez, Mitchell Hill and Trinity Oakleaf. 3rd Grade: All As Kailee Brunson, Ethan Cassidy, Zachary Cassidy, Sarah Hunt, Dalton Woods and Chase Young. A/B Travis Bush, Blayne Clanton, Aidan Cribbs, Allison Grubbs and Marysa Gunter. 4th Grade: All As Sydney Carlton, Maddie Drawdy and Kaitlyn Strickland. A/B Kristin Dorman, Anna Hill, Tyler Knight, Katie Lundy, Hope Murphy and Alexis Watts. 5th Grade: All As AbbiGayle Cope and Gabriel McMullen. A/B Elizabeth Bratcher, Seth Bush, Abbie Cassidy, Alexis Rock, Kaitlynn Shelton, Allison Towles and Wes Williams. 6th Grade: All As Eli Dorman, Kevin Eckel and Casey Huntsinger. A/B Canyon Gray and Cole Tuten. 7th Grade: All As Kinley Dorman, Justin Eckel and Ryan Hart. A/B Justin Bodiford, Lanzy Cribbs, Owen Drawdy, Caleb Ford, Andrew Hall, Justin Holden, Jason Lott, Robin Phillips and Garrison Towles. 8th Grade: A/B Clayton Bush, Jessica Lemus and Melissa Maynard. 9th Grade: All As Hannah Baron, Mozi Maubach and Jayse Simpson. A/B Morgan Cribbs, Lacey Horton, Christian Huntsinger and Brienna Walker. 3 families hold reunion A combined reunion of the Walters, Morgan and Wilson families will be held this Saturday, March 30, at Forest Capital State Park. Everyone is invited to gather at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. followed by an auction at 1:15 p.m. Please bring a covered dish lunch and beverage; a lawn chair; something for the auction; pictures and other family memorabilia. You may contact Davis or JoAnn Wilson at (850) 584-8181 or Cliff Walters at (352) 621-9816.
A-5 Taco Times March 27, 2013 Obituaries Traywick A big Thank You from the family of Annie Ree Traywick for all the many acts of kindness and support shown to us during her illness and death--for all the food, owers, hugs, phone calls, cards, memorials and kind words. We truly appreciate everything. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers. Thanks again, Pat Head, Janice Ricketson and Traywick Family Cards of Thanks Victoria Lewis SurianoVictoria Lewis Suriano, 56, of Cape Coral, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral. Mrs. Suriano was born Feb. 1, 1957, in Madison, to Woodrow and Pearl (DeVane) Lewis. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Linda Lewis. She was a member of The Rock Church in Ft. Myers. Survivors include: three daughters, Angelina Marie (Jody) Miller of Cape Coral; Teresa Ann (Garrett) Jackson of Perry; Katie (Paul) Rose of Tallahassee; two brothers, Clint (Becky) Lewis of Iddo; Wayne (Denise) Lewis of Belton, Texas; her sister, Kathy Pierce of Anchorage, Alaska; ve grandchildren; as well as host of nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held at Pentecostals of Perry on Friday, March 29, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Nathaniel Urshan ofciating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Shady Grove. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice House of Cape Coral. Owen Carson McCallOwen Carson McCall Jr. 46, of Mayo, formerly sheriff for Lafayette County, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Haven Hospice of Lake City following an extended illness. He was born May 12, 1966, in Lake City to Owen Carson McCall Sr. and Margaret (McClain) McCall. A native of Lafayette County, he returned to Mayo in 2002 after living in Alachua County for 12 years. While living in Alachua County, he served as a deputy sheriff, an investigator, as well as a detective. In 1997, he was selected the Alachua County Ofcer of the Year. He was appointed sheriff of Lafayette County in 2002 by Governor Jeb Bush and served as sheriff from 2002 through 2008. Carson was also a former police chief for the town of Mayo. He was an active member of the Alton Church of God where he served on the church council. He is survived by his wife, Sharon McCall, a daughter Shelbi McCall, and his mother, Margaret McClain McCall, all of Mayo, as well as many friends. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at the Alton Church of God Family Life Center in Mayo with Tim Hamm ofciating. Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alton Church of God Building Fund. All arrangements were under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home of Mayo.Holy Week services continueFirst United Methodist Church continues to cook breakfast for all who gather for 6:45 a.m. worship during Holy Week. On Thursday, the Rev. Larry Neal will bring the message accompanied by the choir from his church, First Presbyterian. The Rev. Tyler Campbell of First Baptist Church will be the speaker for Fridays service. The community is invited.
A-6 Taco Times March 27, 2013 Religion Music, sunrise services herald Easter Sunday Sunrise worship at 7 a.m.The Rev. Ben Kimmell will lead Easter sunrise services for Calvary Baptist Church on Sunday at 7 a.m. Breakfast will immediately follow, and the community is cordially invited for worship and fellowship. During the 10:45 a.m. service, the Easter cantata, Christ the Redeemer, will be presented under the direction of Don Bishop. Calvary Baptist is located at 2959 Golf Course Road in Perry. For more information, please call 223-1543.Athena celebrates Amazing GraceThe Athena Baptist Church Choir will present the musical, Amazing Grace, (by Sue Smith and Ralph Mauldin) this Sunday at 11 a.m. Kevin Morgan and Beth Ann Stephens will be featured as soloists; the musical will be directed by Roger Ezell. A celebration meal will follow the service in the new fellowship hall. Pastor David McMullen extends a special invitation to the community.Two services of Easter worship at First PresbyterianAn early Easter morning worship service will be held on the grounds of First Presbyterian Church, 310 Plantation Rd., at 8 a.m. Easter Sunday. Communion will be shared during the service. A potluck breakfast will follow; please bring a breakfast item to share. Coffee and juice will be provided. Dress is casual and participants are urged to bring lawn chairs. There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday. Easter worship continues at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian, under the leadership of the Rev. Larry D. Neal. The community is invited to attend. Two churches plan Maundy Thursday services Both First Presbyterian Church and the First United Methodist Church will hold Maundy Thursday services on March 28 at 7 p.m. in their respective sanctuaries. Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin word mandatum which means commandment and points to the words of Jesus in the Upper Room at the Last Supper: I give you a new commandment: love one another. (John 13:34) Members of the community are encouraged to make plans to attend these special services of song and scripture reading. At First Presbyterian, a nursery will be provided. If you are unable to drive at night, and would like a ride, please contact the church ofce at 584-3826. Blue Creek Baptist Church invites everyone to Walk with the Cross Friday, March 29, at 9 a.m. Please meet at the church (21028 Beach Road) and walk with the cross to the Keaton Beach point. A short service is planned at the beach with lunch following at the Hotdog Stand. A church bus will follow anyone with physical concerns about the two-mile walk. On Easter Sunday, a sunrise service will be held at Hodges Park at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast at the Blue Creek fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to stay for Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. A bus service is offered. Call the church ofce to leave a message if you need pick-up, 578-2598. Walk with the Cross on Friday
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Some 32 gymnasts from Taylor Gymnastics traveled to St. Petersburg March 1-3 to compete in the Worlds Largest Gymnastics Meet. More than 5,000 athletes participated in the 25th annual Gasparilla Classic. The meet was held at Tropicana Field and drew competitors from across the nation and internationally. Our kids are real ghters. They see the level of competition and rise to the occasion. They put Perry on the map and in the minds of their competitors for sure. I was very proud of them and the grit they showed. This is an extraordinarily large competition and attracts some of the best athletes in the sport. Former Olympians attended to sign autographs and offer words of wisdom and encouragement to the athletes, said new Head Coach Mike Romano. Kinzi Mattingly took the rst place All-Around trophy against other Level 7 athletes in her age group. She had a great meet, nishing rst on vault and beam, third on uneven bars and oor, Romano said. Ayonna Carter took the silver medal on vault, bronze on bars and nished fourth in the All-Around with an Elite score of 36.00 in her age group for Level 7 while Ceven Kidd also scored Elite in the All-Around with a 35.925 to nish seventh in her age division. Mickaela Whiddon also moved up to Level 7 this year and had a great competition, the coach said. Senior Level 9 athlete Alexis Burkett took the bronze medal on the uneven bars and nished fth in the All-Around. Never in my coaching life have I seen a kid learn so much in such a short period of time. Moving through Level 7 and 8 to 9 in mere months speaks for itself. She has been an absolute pleasure to coach. Her desire to excel has been second to none, Romano said. Level 8 athletes Malayshia White and Jenny Jackson both took the silver medal on vault in their respective age groups and performed very well against some tough competitors. First year competitor Kiki Schubert had a stellar performance as a Level 5, taking the third place AA trophy, silver medals on bars and oor, and bronze on vault. She is an excellent athlete with a great attitude, Romano said. The Level 4 team consists of Riley Mathis, Katy Mathis and Paityn Wilson. These girls are showing great progress in the gym during this very technical compulsory level. They are acquiring the skills needed to become very strong Optional gymnasts. Level 3 team members Elisabeth Cook, Emma Gray, Emily Johnson, Savannah Parker, Emma Shiver and Faith Shiver all had a great competition with Cook taking the silver medal on beam, Emma Shiver the bronze on oor and scoring an Elite AllAround score along with the Shiver twins. This team is coming right along. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with, he added. First year Level 2 competitors Colbi Bodiford, Emma Grace Ducksworth, Reagan Jones, Kylee Padgett and Emily Vann did a wonderful job, Coach Mikki Whiddon said. Padgett even earned Elite status at this meet while Ducksworth took the silver medal on vault with a 9.55. Second-year Level 2 athletes Alana Demps and Felicity Emory did an outstanding job and are great leaders on this team. Demps scored an impressive 36.10 in the AllAround. Modied Optional gymnasts Brielle Lynch and Suzan Everett also performed well at this meet with Lynch taking the silver medal on oor with a 9.575. We have a brand new team of boys that are progressing nicely, Whiddon said. Davis Cruce, Aiden Dunaway, CJ Hendry and Mitchell Hill all had stellar performances amid a eld of tough contenders. Unfortunately, seasoned athlete Evan Richardson suffered an injury--not related to gymnastics-and has not been able to complete the season. This competition is always a lot of fun and we all had a wonderful time, Lisa Arrowood said. The Taylor Gymnastics athletes have had a busy season. The boys season has included meets in Gainesville and Tallahassee. They also traveled to Clearwater for the state competition March 17. The girls season has included competitions in Tallahassee, Daytona Beach, Tampa, Gainesville and our hometown. The meet we hosted in February was very successful, Arrowood noted. More than 400 athletes attended the competition and we had lots of comments about how hospitable all the good people of Perry were. Alexis Burkett traveled to Tampa March 24 for the USAG Level 9 State Championships while Mickaela Whiddon, Ceven Kidd, Ayonna Carter, Malayshia White and Jenny Jackson will be competing in the Level 7/8 USAG State Championships April 5-7. The AAU State Championships will be held in Tampa the end of April so everyone is working extra hard to perfect all their skills so they can have their name proudly displayed on the gym banner as a state champion, Arrowood said. A-8 Taco Times March 27, 2013 Community AARP: last Wed., 10 a.m. at Perry Shrine Club. Kiwanis Club: Wednesdays, noon, Perry Elks Lodge on Puckett Road. MainStreet Perry: fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Perry Historic Station. NAACP: rst Sunday, 5 p.m., at Jerkins Community Center. Optimist Club: Thursday, noon at Rosehead, downtown Perry. Perry Garden Club: third Wednesday, 10 a.m. Perry Elks Lodge: second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. Perry Lodge #187: rst and third Tues., 6 p.m., Masonic Hall. Perry Masonic Lodge 123: meets rst and third Monday, 7:30 p.m. Perry Shrine Club: fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. (club house located on Courtney Road). Perry Womans Club: second Wed., noon (September to May). Rotary Club: Tues., noon at Rosehead Junction. Taylor County Leadership Council: second and fourth Friday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center. Vogue XIII: rst Mon., 7:30 p.m. Call 584-2404. Airport Advisory Committee: fourth Wednesday, 12 noon, Perry-Foley Airport. City Council: second and fourth Tues., at 5:30 p.m. County Commission: rst Mon. and third Tues. at 5:30 p.m., courthouse annex; workshop, fourth Tues., 5 p.m. Planning Board: rst Thurs., 6 p.m. Courthouse annex (old post ofce). Taylor County Construction License Board Meeting: third Fri., 2 p.m., courthouse annex. Taylor County School Board: rst and third Tues., 6 p.m. Taylor Coastal Water and Sewer: fourth Tuesday at 18820 Beach Road, 3 p.m. Taylor Soil & Water Conservation District Board: fourth Monday, 7 p.m., Foley Airport terminal conference room. Call 584-4329 for information. Diabetes classes: every Tuesday, 3 p.m., Doctors Memorial Hospital. FAMU Alumni Chapter: second Monday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center. Friends of the Taylor County Public Library: last Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m., public library. Girl Scouts Service Unit: rst Tuesday, 7 p.m., Scout Hut. Habitat for Humanity: second Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Capital City Bank, Rm. #208. Helping Hands of the Shelter: second Tuesday, 6 p.m., Chamber of Commerce. Home Educators League of Perry: Forest Capital Hall. Call 584-6866 or visit on-line htt:taylor. ifas.u.edu. Muskogee Creek Indian Nation: second and fourth Sat., 7 p.m. Tribal grounds, Lyman Hendry Road. Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe: second Saturday, 3 p.m., Oak Hill Village on Woods Creek Road. National Wild Turkey Federation (Yellow Pine Drummers): holds open monthly meeting on rst Thursday, Golden Corral, 7 p.m. Call 584-9185. Parrot Heads in Perry-dise Club: meets the second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Call 843-1469 for location. Perry Alliance of Ministers & Pastors (P.A.M.P.): meets second Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Little St. John P.B. Church. Pet adoptions: Taylor County Animal Shelter, open Monday through Friday. Call 838-3525. Republican Party of Taylor County: second Thursday, 6 p.m., at Rigonis Cookhouse on Highway 19 North. Call 5845878. Taylor Adult Program (TAP): Thursdays, 10 a.m., 502 N. Center Street. 223-0393. Taylor Coastal Communities Association: second Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the district building on Beach Road. Taylor County Amateur Radio Club: rst Tuesday, 7 p.m., Perry-Foley Airport conference room. Taylor County Brotherhood: meets on Mondays, 7 p.m., at New Brooklyn; every third Saturday, 9 a.m., at Stewart Memorial. Taylor County Brotherhood Choir: meets every Thursday, 6 p.m., at Stewart Memorial. Chamber of Commerce: second Thurs., 8 a.m., chamber board room. Taylor County Development Authority: second Mon., noon, at Historic Perry Station. Taylor County Historical Society: third Mon., 7 p.m. Historical Society building. Societys museum is open every Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Taylor County Horsemans Association Horse Show: practice roping every Friday, 7 p.m.; second Saturday, registration, 3 p.m.; ride, 4 p.m. Arena is located on Bishop Blvd. Free admission. Taylor County Quilters: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, public library. Taylor County Reef Research Team: second Tuesday, 7 p.m., Forest Capital Hall. Taylor County Senior Center: Executive Board of Directors meeting, every third Thursday. Taylor County United: second Mon., 7 p.m., Evangel Christian Fellowship (1454 Courtney Road). Tourism Development Council: second Thurs., 12 noon, Chamber of Commerce. Whole Child Taylor-Shared Service Network: fourth Mon., 9 a.m., Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex. Yarn Lovers Circle: rst and third Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Taylor County Public Library. AL-ANON: meets every Thursday at noon, St. James Episcopal Church. Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council: fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice ofce (107 E. Green). Celebrate Recovery: a nondenominational, Christ-centered recovery ministry meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., in the First Baptist Church Youth Center (old Citizens Bank building). Friends and Family of Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group: fourth Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Glorious Rain Church. For information, call 843-0158. Narcotics Anonymous: Sun., Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (Parish Center), 2750 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. For questions, call: (877) 340-5096. Perry Winners Group of Alcoholics Anonymous: Friday, 8 p.m.; Heritage House, 317 N. Orange St. AMVETS Post 20: third Saturday, 9 a.m., at Golden Corral Restaurant. American Legion Post #291: second Saturday, 10 a.m. American Legion Post #96: rst Tues., 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, Center St. Sons of Confederate Veterans: fourth Thursday at North Orange Street. Call 5845725 or 838-2045. VFW Post #9225: second Tuesday, 7 p.m. (American Legion building). CIVIC GROUPS GOVERNMENT INTERESTS SUPPORT GROUPS VETERANSTo add your organization free of charge, please call 584-5513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgCommunity CalendarAdd your community group/club for free. Call (850) 584-5513. 32 athletes from Taylor compete in Worlds Largest Gymnastics Meet Bringing home honors from the State Four boys traveled to Clearwater Mach 17 to represent Taylor Gymnastics in the State Gymnastics Competition. The event was held at the Long Center and more than 500 boys from Florida converged to see who took home the state championship titles. Our team is comprised of all rst-year competitors, Coach Lisa Arrowood said. This sport is very unique and far different from other sports. It takes many hours of practice to acquire the strength and skills needed to excel to the higher levels. It is a sport for talented athletes that enjoy the challenge of learning tricks that 99 percent of their peers will never perform. Our team is such a great group of young men. They are talented and eager to learn. I look forward to great things from them in the future. We are excited to report that Mitchell Hill is the Level 4 vault champion in the eight-year-old age Please see page 10Hill vaults his way to state championship title
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A-10 Taco Times March 27, 2013 group. He also took bronze on the pommel horse, fth on high bar and nished fth in the All-Around. CJ Hendry nished fourth on the rings and parallel bars and fth in the All-Around in the 10-year-old group. Aiden Dunaway took the bronze medal on vault, fourth on pommel horse, fourth on rings and fth on oor and the All-Around while Davis Cruce nished fth on high bar and eighth in the All-Around for the 11-year-old group. I could not be more proud of our team. They all did a great job at this competition, Arrowood said. STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Continued from page 8 Dunaway takes bronze in vault The Department of Health in Taylor County will host two upcoming workshops to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The plan, along with a community health needs assessment, can be utilized as justication for support of certain public health initiatives, as part of funding proposals and for attracting other resources toward building programs that improve the overall quality of life of the community. The workshops will be held Friday, April 5, and Friday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Lunch will be provided.) Those planning to participate are asked to RSVP to Deidra Dunnell by e-mailing deidra_dunnell@ doh.state..us. Input sought for CHIP
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A-10 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 Gateway to Perrydise Taylor County ofcials efforts to alleviate parking congestion around the Keaton Beach public boat ramp will soon come to fruition, with the added benet of a new park along the coast for residents and visitors alike. Construction on the parking facility at the site, which is located adjacent to the boat ramp, began in March 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of summer. The parking facilities have been designed to meet coastal-friendly, low-impact development standards using permeable pavers, Grants Coordinator Melody Cox said. The county received three state grants to assist with the construction through the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP). FBIP provided funding assistance in 2010-11 for the design and engineering of the parking facilities at the site and awarded the county a second grant in 2011-12 in the amount of $100,000 for the actual construction, Cox said. In late 2012, the county received an additional $175,000 for the project, which was coupled with a $75,000 local match. In addition to the parking lot, the county received a Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) grant for the construction of a picnic pavilion, educational kiosk, habitat signage and landscaping, which were completed in Summer 2012. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) also awarded the county a transportation enhancement grant to construct a bike and pedestrian trail from the park to Dark Island. The design work will begin in 2014 and construction in 2015. FDOT also granted the county $275,000 for Fiscal Year 2018 to construct restroom facilities at the park. Many of the improvements are part of the countys 10year management plan with the Florida Communities Trust Program (FCT). The county acquired the 44-acre park site in 2008 through a $3 million FCT grant. New coastal park oers expanded parking for Keaton Beach boat ramp Whether youre looking for a quiet corner to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy day or wide open spaces where children can run and play, there is sure to be a park in Perry and Taylor County that meets your needs. More than half a dozen parks are maintained within the city limits, including City Park, Gerald Walker Park, Loughridge Park, the Honorable Shirley Scott Park, the Duck Pond/Veterans Memorial Park, Folsom Park and Baker Park. Heritage Park is a passive park with a walking path and Frisbee Golf stations located off Julia Street. Forest Capital State Park offers sheltered picnic areas and a playground, adjacent to Forest Capital State Museum. In the county, look for playgrounds at Southside Park and the Taylor County Sports Complex, as well as picnic areas at Keaton Beach, Dark Island, the Hickory Mound Wildlife Management Area and the Steinhatchee Community Center. Another long-standing gathering place is Buckeye Park, located on Highway 30.Wile away the time at one of Taylor Countys many parks Keeping Taylor Co. beautiful for 15+ years... For more than 15 years, Keep Taylor County Beautiful (KTCB) has successfully pursued a behavioral approach to reducing littering and waste, while increasing beautication and recycling. Here is the game plan for the organization this year: (Community) Most importantly, it takes you, says Dawn Taylor who coordinates KTCB activities at the Chamber of Commerce. We know you care about Taylor County as much as we do. We want people to see the real Taylor County when they enter into our community. Clean streets, vacant lots landscaped, abandoned buildings either torn down or refurbished. Our goal is to improve our community. Please help us to Keep Taylor County Beautiful. Perry Newspapers, Inc., publishes the Taco Times on Wednesdays and the Perry News-Herald on Fridays, both offering county-wide coverage of governmental meetings, school activities, sports, weddings and events of community concern. The newspapers have a paid circulation of more than 5000. In 2013, Perry Newspapers, Inc., will expand its website and online presence at www. perrynewspapers.com. E-edition subscriptions will also be offered, enabling patrons to read the Taco Times and the Perry NewsHerald on their computers or mobile devices. News items for publication should be sent to newsdesk@ perrynewspapers.com. You may contact the newspaper ofce at (850) 584-5513 Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Fridays until 3 p.m. To transmit a FAX, please call (850) 838-1566. The newspapers physical address is 123 S. Jefferson St. in the historic downtown district. The Taco Times was founded in 1961. The Perry News-Herald was established in 1889. Together, the awardwinning publications have a combined 175 years of covering Taylor County. (Sunset photos by Mike & Lee McKinney)
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If the tides in, were out... Smorgasbord of Gulf coast delicacies is just a cast away If you enjoy hunting and shing in the great outdoors, Taylor County offers an abundance of opportunities year-round. From September to April each year, hunters have ample opportunity to track such big game as whitetail deer and wild hog as well as smaller game like duck, quail, dove, rabbit, squirrel and turkey. More than 70,000 acres are open to the public for hunting each year with the proper permits. Large-tract private hunting clubs also seek members to join their ranks. Fishing, both fresh and saltwater, entices anglers both young and old. The numerous lakes, rivers and streams in Taylor County hold common species such as largemouth bass, Suwannee bass, bluegill, shellcracker, catsh, crappie and red bellys. Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico offers even a greater variety of species. The most popular inshore saltwater sh is by far the speckled trout with redsh claiming a close second. Near shore anglers can also catch ounder, mullet, Spanish mackerel, cobia, jack cravelle, sailcat, pompano and an occasional tarpon. Offshore anglers like to go after grouper but also frequently target amberjack, king mackerel, dophin, red snapper, shark, pinkmouths, sheepshead and barracuda. Scallopers dive in for bay scallops Every summer, thousands of visitors ock to the shores of Taylor County to take part in Mother Natures biggest Easter egg hunt: scalloping. The bay scallop season opens July 1 and runs through Sept. 24 with Taylor County in the heart of the legal harvest area, which runs from the Hernando/ Pasco county line and west to the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided in 2012 to permanently extend the recreational season by adding two weeks to the end (which had previously been Sept. 10). The mollusks can be found all along the countys coast, including Keaton Beach, Steinhatchee and Hagens Cove, where those who dont have a boat can join hundreds of other landlubbers wading into shallow waters in search of scallops. Aside from a boat (if youre leaving shore), the only items needed for a full day of scalloping are a snorkel and mask, a mesh bag, a divers ag and a recreational saltwater shing license. According to the FWC, recreational harvesters are limited to two gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or one pint of bay scallop meat, per day, during the open season. In addition, recreational scallopers may possess no more than 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or gallon of bay scallop meat, aboard any vessel at any time. Bay scallops may be harvested only by hand or with a landing or dip net. They may not be harvested for commercial purposes. Take a kid shing... Fishing tournaments have become quite common along the Taylor County coast, especially in the spring and early summer months. Some of the annual Steinhatchee Community Fishing Tournament, the Fishing for Kids Saltwater Trout tournament and the annual Perry Optimist Club Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Beginning in March, the tournaments occur almost every weekend through June. Also, smaller club tournaments are held throughout the year. (Photos by Pat McGriff/One More Cast) OurGoodNaturePROGRESS March 27, 2013 B-1
Several organizations in Taylor County offer a variety of recreational opportunities for both youngsters and adults. The Taylor County Recreation Department runs programs year-round including youth ag and tackle football as well as baseball and softball leagues for boys and girls, ages 5-18. The county also offers adult softball for both men and women on the numerous ball elds and parks throughout the community. Many of the programs take place at the Taylor County Sports Complex, which is one of the nest such facilities in North Florida. This 74-acre site is situated just north of town among majestic oaks and a tranquil creek. The complex offers several recreation opportunities ranging from baseball to a scenic paved walking trail. Facilities include: baseball elds (2-330 foot and 2-205 foot); soccer elds (3 regulation size, 3 youth size); basketball courts (2); tennis courts (2); playground (2); paved walking trail and ve picnic pavilions. Hundreds of youngsters are involved in the Perry Soccer Associations activities each spring and fall. Leagues are divided by age groups starting with ve-year-olds. The volunteer soccer organization also plays its matches at the sports complex on U.S. 19 N. Taylor County has an active 4-H program that offers a variety of activities for kids including summer camps. The Upward Basketball League keeps kids and adults busy during the winter months and The Boys & Girls Club offers year-round programs and maintains a membership of more than 500. B-2 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 With many recent improvements, Perry Golf and Country Club has become one of the most challenging small courses in North Florida. Several years ago, the course rebuilt all of its greens to United States Golf Association standards. The well-bunkered new greens are not only beautiful, they can be extremely challenging with numerous undulations and subtle breaks. The fairways are lined by sky-scraping pines, granddaddy oaks and numerous second-growth trees. The course plays to a challenging par 70 and features three par ves, ve par threes and 10 par four holes. The semi-private facility is open year-round and guests are welcome. The course is located about ve miles south of Perry off U.S. 98 west on Golf Course Road. For more information, drop by the club or call (850) 5843590. Its always sunny at Perry Golf Club You name it, we play it!
B-3 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 The second phase of construction on the Steinhatchee Boat Ramp began in March 2013 to pave the facilitys parking lot. Coleman Construction, Inc., of Newberry, is the rm undertaking the construction project which was expected to be completed within 30-45 days. Taylor County opened the public boat ramp in the summer of 2011. Since its grand opening, the ramp has seen signicant usage, with both locals and visitors taking advantage of the ramp. The county closed on the property in late 2010 for $2.54 million. The 5.2-acre former Ideal Marina property includes the riverfront marina site along with the parcel north of Riverside Drive between 2nd Street East and 1st Street East. County ramps up second phase of Steinhatchee Boat Ramp project Construction is underway at the Steinhatchee Boat Ramp with crews paving the adjoining parking lot. Taylor County is part of a 12-county region rich in natural beauty, geologic wonders, rivers, springs and miles of untouched Gulf of Mexico coastline. Did you know? the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world, and the worldfamous Suwannee River. nation dwelled here more than 10,000 years ago. historic buildings survived the Civil War. moss-draped oak trees and gently rolling hills remain to challenge the average visitors notions of Florida. offer world-class cultural venues and cuisine and, of course, great college sports. Even for those who are less inclined to head outdoors, there are events and activities almost every day, and in almost any corner of the region, for visitors of all ages. There are off-beat and old-fashioned towns to explore where you can still savor a slice of life from bygone days. This region is also home to the largest collection of natural springs in the world, amazing sunsets, recreational rivers and trails, and world-class ora and fauna. With no crowds, it will alter your stereotypes of the state. As you wander along the tree-lined and scenic roads winding through the region, youll forget that you are in the fourth largest Its a come as you are kind of place, where youll nd people very down home yet very sophisticated, natural and nice, all at once. We hope youll enjoy bloggers postings and that you come visit us soon or stay forever! See what you might be missing at www. naturalnorthorida.com. Taylor, other counties go natural and lure visitors
B-4 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 Fair skies, towering pines and an entertainment stage to rival any other combine to offer a picture perfect setting for the four annual signature festivals that call Perrys Forest Capital Park home. Taylor Countys longest running community-wide event is the Florida Forest Festival held every fourth Saturday in October. This year will mark the festivals 58th year and the event promises to deliver not only traditional favorites like the King Tree Parade, Worlds Largest Free Fish Fry and forestry competitions, but also a host of new thrills as well. The festival, dedicated to showcasing Taylor Countys green and growing forestry industry, also features a lumberjack show, antique car show and carnival. For schedules and vending information, call (850) 584-8733 (TREE) or visit online at www. oridaforestfestival.com. 2013 heralds the 11th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival, held the rst weekend of every April. Thousands of bluesgrass fans from across the Southeast roll into town prepared for a toe-tapping good time. Top artists take the Forest Capital Park stage to share their take on traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Free music workshops and a chili competition round out the weekend. Advance tickets are $15 for a weekend pass. For additional information, visit online www. oridastatebluegrass.com. Now in its sixth year, the Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival has become a premier showcase for championship BBQ teams and Southern blues. Held the second weekend of each December, the festival boasts free admission and a Peoples Choice Competition that is unrivaled in its caliber of BBQ offerings. Professional and amateur grillmasters compete in three varying levels of competition: the tri-state Triple Crown Invitational, the Open Triple Crown event and a Backyard BBQ competition. Ready to re up the grill? Call (850) 584-5366 for additional information or visit online at www. southernpinesblues.com. Bluegrass fans who just cant get enough of the sweet harmonies return to Perry in September for the annual Pickin in the Pines Music Festival. Now in its eighth year, the festival boasts a musical line-up that ranges from bluegrass, country and blues to jazz. The music festival is held the last weekend in September (this years dates are Sept. 27-28). For ticket information, contact the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce at 584-5366. On-site camping is also available. Signature festivals call Forest Capital Park home
B-5 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 Friends of the Taylor County Public Library President James Gross, right, has a knack for Civic-minded volunteers give back Taylor County boasts a wealth of citizens who are community-minded and express that spirit by supporting a number of civic and service clubs. Civic highlights this year include Perry Rotary Clubs partnership with the City of Perry to fund the new splash pad which will be a featured attraction at Rosehead Park now under construction. The Perry club is also preparing to celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2013. While not longestablished like Rotary, Parrotheads in Perry-dise nevertheless made their mark in 2012, earning the prestigious Golden Coconut Award of Excellence from Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville and Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc. (PHiP). The club had the distinction of being not only one of the smallest clubs to ever receive the award, but also one of the youngest clubs (the club was established here in 2009). The Golden Coconut recognizes Parrot Head clubs for outstanding charitable and environmental efforts, with the winning chapter designated as the agship chapter of the PHiP organization for the following year. The club, which supports local events such as Relay For Life and the Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival, also holds regular beach clean-ups. The Perry Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club, Perry Elks Lodge and Perry Womans Club are just a few of the organizations which meet on a regular basis and provide invaluable service to the community and fellowship for its members. Other groups playing key roles in the community include: AARP, MainStreet Perry, NAACP, Perry Garden Club, Perry Shrine Club, Taylor County Leadership Council and Vogue XIII. A number of specialized interest groups are also active in the community, including: FAMU Alumni Chapter, Girl Scouts, Helping Hands of the Shelter, Taylor County Historical Society, the Home Educators League of Perry, Muskogee Creek Indian Nation, Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe, National Wild Turkey Federation (Yellow Pine Drummers), Order of Confederate Rose Chapter 8, Republican Party of Taylor County, Taylor Coastal Communities Association, Taylor Adult Program, Taylor County Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Taylor County Horsemans Association, Taylor County Quilters, Taylor County Reef & Research Team, Taylor Senior Center and the Whole Child TaylorShared Service Network. Perry Rotary Club celebrates 90 years, partners with city for splash pad
B-9 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 New construction New construction in Perry during 2012 included the building of a new stand-alone store for Family Dollar. Located less than a block from its former site in the Perry Plaza Shopping Center, the new The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce welcomed 22 new members in 2012. According to Director Dawn V. Taylor, the newcomers brought the chambers total enrollment to 362 members. The new members included: Fin Action Charters (Captain Brad Riddle); Studio 221, LLC (Kenya Hooppell); RES Rons Electrical Service, LLC (Ron Miller); Sandy Hall Caf and Gallery (Sandy Hall); Jack & Jill ECEC (Kristy Goodman); Embroidery By Marty (Marty Skow); Taylor County Correctional Institution (Warden Milton Hicks); RO Ranch Equestrian Park (Brianne Hoover); Four Seasons (Barbara Weeks); Lawless Motorsports Inc. (Charles Lawless); AOK Electric, LLC (DeWayne OQuinn); Foley Spotting Service/E Transport Carriers (Mike Hunter); Mary Registers Creative Cookies (Mary Register); Dorothys Gift Boutique & More (Dorothy Strawter); Andy Deckers Attorney Ofce (Andy Decker); Healthcare Workforce Network (Phil Wilkerson); Partnership for Strong Families (Akiva Ford); Twysted Pinque (Connie Brown and Sherri McKinley); Taylor County School Uniform (Annie Jones); Katies Kountry Korner (Mitchell House); Wayne Padgett & Co. (Wayne Padgett); and Solomon, Greer & Dukelow Investment Group (William Dukelow). Here we GROW againChamber welcomes 22 new members Celebrating its ninth year at the Perry/Taylor Chamber of Commerce, the Taylor County Small Business Outreach Center has not only helped many new small businesses open in Taylor County, but has also offered local businesses invaluable information and assistance. The center is the only one of its kind to be located in a Chamber of Commerce in the state. The Florida Small Business Development Center Network--a statewide partnership between higher education and Floridians statewide--has been recognized, endorsed and funded as Floridas premier source for small business assistance. The local center offers periodic workshops on subjects ranging from starting your own business, how to prepare your own business plan, small business loans and more. The network serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in Florida. For more information, please call 584-5366 or visit www. oridasbdc.com. Small businesses turn to outreach center for help
B-10 Progress 2013 March 27, 2013 After a remarkably mild winter, Taylor County hopes for a continuation of the grand weather to allow ample time for shing, gardening, golng and outdoor sports. The annual average temperature for the county hovers around 70 degrees. Though the summers can be hot, the Gulf of Mexico runs the entire length of the county, providing cooling breezes for the hottest months and moderating ones in the cooler months. In addition to 50 miles of coastline, the county also has an abundance of springs, lakes and rivers. The previous year in Taylor County was either notably wet or notably drywith no in-between. Before Tropical Storm Beryl passed through the area during Memorial Day weekend in May 2012, the county was experiencing what was being called the worst drought conditions in 60 years. After Beryl, however, ofcial rainfall totals topped 41 inches in some places, which was more rain than the county received in all of 2011. When the rivers and lakes receded, the county experienced another lengthy dry spell, ending in February, when backto-back storm systems dropped as much as eight inches over ve days. Isnt the weather grand?