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Just one day back from her senior cruise, Jakourtney Tasha Davis was looking forward to picking up her prom dress on Saturday. But before that, she planned a last-minute trip Friday morning, March 29, to take her grandmother shopping in Madison. Joining them was her mom, her younger sister and two cousins. The family was just minutes inside the Madison County line when, for unknown reasons, Davis swerved off C.R. 14. The vehicle crossed the southbound lane and began to turn counterclockwise. It over overturned once, striking a large tree with its roof. The car, a white 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, then spun around and came to a nal stop in the treeline, facing the highway. Davis and her mother, Tina Hopkins, 41, also of Perry, were pinned inside the vehicle. Davis grandmother, Charlene Hayes, 59, her sister, NaCasey Freeman, 17, and two cousins (Tamika Welch, 21, and TraShawn White, 8) were all thrown from the vehicle and discovered in a tangle of trees and vines just feet from the crashed car. One of the rst individuals on the scene was EMT Justin Buchanan, who works part-time with Madison County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He, along with six Taylor County residents who also just happened upon the scene, rendered aid to the injured individuals while waiting for re-rescue and EMS units to arrive. Both Davis and Hopkins were declared dead at the scene; Freeman, Welch, White and Hays were all transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Freeman sustained a fractured neck, but as of presstime Tuesday, had been released and was home recovering. Welch, White and Hays were in stable condition with White being moved from ICU to a regular room. Welch and Hays successfully underwent surgeries Tuesday morning. An account has been set up for the Hayes family at Wells Fargo; donations Inside todayPerformers who will take the stage during this weekends 11th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival are proled in a special tabloid inside todays Taco Times.Historical Society to hold yard saleThe Taylor County Historical Society will hold a fund-raising yard sale this Saturday. The sale will start at 8 a.m.Adopt a Brick at Rosehead ParkThe Perry Rotary Club is offering the opportunity to adopt a brick at Rosehead Park. Bricks are $50 each. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce as well as from any Rotarian. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 14www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayApril 3, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-5 Sports . ..................... A-7 Community . ............. A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9Weather Wednesday 78 5350% Thursday74 60 80% News Forum Mother, daughter killed in crash; 4 others critical Six Perry residents were involved in this one-vehicle crash that happened on C.R. 14 inside the Madison County line Friday morning. Taylor County High School senior Jakourtney Tasha Davis, 19, and her mother, Tina Hopkins, 41, were pronounced dead at the scene. Jakourtney Davis, right, and her stepmother, Monique Whetsel, had just returned Thursday Please see page 3An ATV accident that happened just inside the Taylor County line claimed the life of a 43-year-old Land OLakes man Friday, March 29. Kearney C. Renwick was discovered by a group of friends around 10:15 a.m. Friday after he failed to return to their hunting camp from the night before. They last saw him around 1 a.m. when he took off on the ATV to go riding through the woods. When he didnt return, they went looking for him. They were so far back in the woods, that they had to drive out to meet an ambulance. He was declared dead at the scene, Kearney Charles Renwick $12,500 donationBuckeye Plant Technology Manager Bob Cate (right) recently presented member and Veterans Park Youth of the Year Devin Kidd with a $12,500 More than 500 local youth receive services Monday through Friday at three Taylor County locations--Veterans Park, Jerkins Community Center and Steinhatchee School. Boys & Girls Club programs include homework help, life skills, character and leadership training. Those interested in joining the ATV accident claims life of Land OLakes man, 43Please see page 3Senate poised to vote on internet cafe banWith the Florida House already passing a bill that would ban so-called internet cafes statewide, the Florida Senate appears poised to do the same as soon as Thursday. After listening to testimony Tuesday morning, the Senate Rules Committee voted 15-0 to approve CS/ SB 1030, which has been placed on the special order calendar for Thursday. There are currently three such establishments, also known as sweepstakes centers, open in Taylor County, two of which 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 a similar bill (CS/HB 155) Please see page 3 The rm which was passed over for the construction of Providence Road due to missing paperwork in its bid packet has ofcially withdrawn its bid protest, although permitting issues with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue for the project. The road project is being funded through a $1.4 million Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Economic Development Transportation Fund Grant with no local match. Please accept this letter as formal notication that Sandco will not be proceeding with its bid protest for the referenced project, Sanco President Behzad Gazvini said in a letter to Commission Chairperson Pam Feagle. Sanco ofcially withdraws its notice of intent to protest the bid, delivered to you on March 22, 2013. When the commission opened bids for the project at its Tuesday, March 19, meeting, Sandco was the lowest bidder, but the board ultimately went with Anderson Columbia Co. after discovering that Sandcos bid did not include proof of insurance documents. At the commissions meeting on Monday, April 1, County Administrator Jack Brown said they were awaiting paperwork back from the Suwannee River Water Management District on the projects permits, but there had been little headway in moving forward with the Firm withdraws bid protest on road projectPlease see page 3 City hosts sneak peek pavilion reveal The City of Perry will hold a sneak peek of Rosehead Parks Grand Pavilion for the community Friday, April 5, from 6-7 p.m. The free event will feature music from Ernie Evans and the Florida State Bluegrass Band, one of the headliners from the 11th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival. The Grand Pavilion will host a multitude of public events once fully operational, including a Farmers Market twice a week, City Manager Bob Brown said. The Grand Pavilion is the rst of many features for the public at Rosehead Park, which will eventually stretch from Quincy Street to Folsom Park on Center Street. In turn, Rosehead Park is just one portion of the citys downtown revitalization economic Please see page 3( Photo by Cheltsie Kinsley, Greene Publishing)


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are also being accepted at Subway (Byron Butler Parkway location) and Winn Dixie. Family and friends remember Davis, who was president of her Taylor County High School class, as a young woman who loved taking care of people. They called her the momma of the class, her stepmother, Monique Whetsel said. She planned to start classes at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in the summer and become a nurse. The week before we left for the senior cruise she found out she had scored high enough on the ACT to get in and had already applied to FAMU. She had a kind heart and was just a well-rounded, genuine person, Whetsel said. Davis was active with Little Women, JROTC and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). She also played volleyball and was a member of the track team. Tuesday morning, members of her class gathered at her parking space adjacent to the high school and released balloons in her memory. This morning (Wednesday), FCA will host a celebration of her life during a 7:30 a.m. program in the school gymnatorium. The event is open to all friends and loved ones. Her favorite color was yellow, so the students decided they would wear yellow in her memory Wednesday, Davis former principal, Michael Thompson, said. To help with her family with their nancial needs regarding funeral expenses, the senior class boys decided that, instead of renting tuxes for the upcoming prom, they will wear the dress suits they already have and donate the money they would have spent on renting tuxes to her family. The senior class is also planning to purchase a senior class ower spray for the funeral. Joint funeral services for Davis and her mother will be held Saturday; times are pending and Evans/Walker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Davis was the third Taylor County High School student to die during the school year. Junior Caleb Sullivan, 16, died Sept. 11, after being hit by a school bus; sophomore Angel Ketring, 15, was killed in an automobile accident less than a week later, on Sept. 16. I cant remember a time when weve had three deaths of students at the high school within a single year, Thompson said. A-3 Taco Times April 3, 2013 Friday, March 22, in a 108-7 vote. 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. CS/SB 1030 was approved 11-0 March 18 in the Gaming Committee, on which sits Bill Montford, who represents Taylor. Although bills have been proposed to ban such establishments each of the past several legislative sessions, 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 of Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who once consulted for the organization. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper Aaron B. Stephens said. The crash happened on West Boundary Road, south of County Line Road. An investigation at the scene where Renwicks ATV was discovered revealed thatfor unknown reasons, he failed to maintain a single lane and left the roadway and veered off onto the north shoulder. The AVT overturned a number of times, and in the process, Renwick was ejected, Stephens said. Renwick was apparently in the area vacationing with friends. development initiative whose goal is to bring more businesses and jobs downtown as well as help in the recruiting of major employers to locate in Taylor County, Brown said. Soon to follow the Grand Pavilion this summer are a splashpad, permanent bathroom facilities, covered picnic table area, a playground which will be able to accommodate up to 125 children at once (including wheelchair access into the playground equipment), and much more parking. The Perry Rotary Club provided a $7,000 donation to the city to help in the building of the splashpad, and GameTime products provided a grant for half the cost of the playground equipment. The plans for Rosehead Park include a lake spanning multiple city blocks stocked for shing, an amphitheater for concerts and plays, a dog park area separately fenced for large and small dogs, nature trails, bicycling trails, picnic pavilions and plenty of green space for fun days in a large park, Brown said. Conceptual plans of Rosehead Park and downtown are available on the bottom right of the citys website: www.cityofperry. net. Plan on stopping by for the free sneak peak of the Grand Pavilion this Friday from 6-7 p.m., Brown said. Some parking is available around the pavilion with plenty of extra parking available adjacent to the Grand Pavilion on Jefferson Street as all the inside parking is not yet completed. Army Corps. Also at Mondays meeting, the commission approved a task order with Causseaux, Hewett & Walpole, Inc., to provide construction engineering and inspection services for the project. The commission agreed to accept the FDOT grant to construct the roadway in May 2012 contingent on AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc. (ALS), then known as Project Phoenix, closing on its site, located on U.S. 19 across from Wayside Park. The roadway connects ALSs new site, which is under construction, to U.S. 19. ALS announced in August that it was relocating its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Bull Shoals, Ark., to Taylor County. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs over ve years. In October, the commission voted unanimously to execute the grant agreement with FDOT. Senior class boys will donate cost of tux rentals to assist Davis family with her funeral expenses MOTHER, DAUGHTER Continued from page 1 effective use of water by allowing water management districts to coordinate together on water projects which cross district lines, Dean said. This will serve to enhance communications between districts and also to improve efciencies in these projects which protect Floridas most vital resource, water. I am proud to sponsor this bill which ensures water management districts will coordinate and cooperate on water management projects, Dean said. Our citizens ask government to be more efcient and spend their tax dollars wisely. This bill achieves both of those goals while also enhancing water protection. Senate Bill 244 will be up for a vote in the Senate on Thursday, April 4. After passage, the bill will then go to the House of Representatives for approval. The bill then goes to the governor where he can sign the bill, veto the measure, or allow it to become law without his signature. CAPITOL UPDATE Continued from page 21SG (Ret.) Eddie Smith said Cadet Jakourtney Davis was a dedicated armed squad commander, team member and team player who will be dearly missed. Davis, left, is shown hamming it up for the camera with fellow cadets, Sidney Hastings and Brittany Hall. Deans bill ensures water management districts will coordinate water projects PAVILION Continued from page 1 Splashpad, playground slated to be completed by beginning of summer INTERNET CAFE Continued from page 1 Racketeering charges led to shift in states stance on internet cafes? BID PROTEST Continued from page 1FDOT grant will cover road construction costs ATV ACCIDENT Continued from page 1 ATV driver ejected The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as national advocates for youth disaster preparedness. Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 may now apply or be nominated to serve on FEMAs Youth Preparedness Council. Visit www.ready.gov/ youth-preparedness to access the application materials and instructions. Applications and supporting materials must be received by midnight April 19.FEMA wants you!


A-4 Taco Times April 3, 2013 Living Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Barrs announce the engagement of their daughter, Mandi, to Bryant Brantley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray Brantley. The wedding will be held at First Baptist Church in Perry on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Catholic Parish Hall. No local invitations will be issued; all friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited to attend. Ponce de Leon arrived 500 years ago; 4-Hers mark anniversary visiting Capitol Twenty-two 4-Hers from Taylor County were among more than 750 youth--dressed in greenwho experienced 4-H day at the Florida Capitol. With this year marking the 500th year celebration of Ponce de Leons arrival on Floridas east coast, youth learned about Florida Agriculture: 500 Years in the Making. The local 4-Hers also had the opportunity to meet their representative, Halsey Beshears. Mandi Barrs, Bryant BrantleyLearn by doingRep. Halsey Beshears welcomed Taylor Countys 22 4-Hers to the State Capitol. About the event, 4H Extension Agent Abbey Tharpe commented, -H Day at the Capitol is an educational event that provides hands-on learn by doing experiences for youth. 4-H youth learn about the legislative and government processes and United States as they participated in workshops, tours and observation of our government at work. These experiences provide youth the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to become more informed citizens. Healthy Eating 101, a nutrition workshop, will be held Tuesday, April 9, at the Taylor County Extension Ofce in Forest Capital Hall from 12 noon until 1 p.m. In this workshop participants will learn about: My Plate and how to incorporate the concepts into your or your familys eating plan, as well as the nutritional benets of eating a balanced diet. Portion control and resources will be discussed, with demonstrations of healthy recipes. There is no cost for the workshop but registration is encouraged. Please RSVP to 838-3508 by noon on April 8. Lori C. Wiggins, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent III, will lead the event. Workshop April 9Does your plate look like My Plate? Barrs to wed Brantley in May 25 ceremony at 1st Baptist Church


A-5 Taco Times April 3, 2013 Religion Episcopals hold inside-outside yard sale St. Margarets Guild, the St. James Episcopal Church womens group, will present an inside-outside yard sale this Saturday, April 6, opening at 8 a.m. Funds raised at the sale will be used to support the groups special projects and outreach activities. The guild recently made a large donation (from funds generated at last years sale) to Camp Weed, the Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Live Oak, for the purchase of a kayak for summer camp for kids. The group also purchased a new laser printer for the church ofce for Sunday bulletins. This years sale will include furniture, electronics, small appliances, lamps, household items, bric-abrac, linens, books and more. Our sales feature low prices and good quality merchandise, commented Rachel Spanjer. The sale will be held in the Parish Hall located behind the church at 1100 W. Green Street. Select items will be displayed on the church grounds, weather permitting. Plenty of parking is promised, beside and behind the church, but please do not drive across the front yard because you will damage the sprinkler system, Spanjer cautioned. The parish hall entrances are located on both sides at the back of the church. Mark your calendar to begin participating in Tuesday night Bible studies at Little St. John M.B. Church. The studies will center around a book by Kyle Idleman, Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus. Bible study sessions begins at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night at the church. Followers wanted for Bible study


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By ABBEY L. THARPE 4-H Extension Agent I UF/IFAS Taylor County Extension They clipped, groomed and prepared their animals as they were getting ready to show them for the 59th annual North Florida Livestock Show & Sale. More than 100 youth from surrounding counties took part in the show and sale held in Madison Feb. 18-21. Eleven 4-H youth were among the participants preparing their animals to show. The show is organized to provide an opportunity for youth to raise and care for livestock, present them before judges for competition and then sell them at a live auction. The goal of the 4-H livestock program is to use live animals to develop youth. Youth learn about agriculture and livestock production and develop an appreciation for the livestock industry, but the main objective is to teach youth life skills. The experience of youth owning and working with animals, being responsible for their care, health and growth, record keeping on their animal, feeding, grooming, exhibiting them in a competitive environment and the ever daunting task of recruiting sponsors for their project is a tremendous character building process. The livestock show kicked off Monday night with the swine show. Swine weight classes ranged from 200-295 pounds. Senior 4-Her Taylor Lilliott placed fourth in his class, receiving a blue ribbon; Rylee Hudson placed second in her class receiving a blue ribbon; and Megan Murphy placed second in the largest weight class as well as fourth in another class receiving two blue ribbons. Haley Osteen placed fth in her class receiving a blue ribbon. Other winners in the swine show were: Jade Fletcher, placing seventh and 15th with two white ribbons; Clara Lilliott, placing 11th receiving a red ribbon; Luke Sturm, placing 11th receiving a white ribbon; Aucilla Slaughter, placing 12th receiving a red ribbon; Max Sturm, placing 12th receiving a white ribbon; and Hayden Lilliott, placing 13th receiving a red ribbon. Haley Osteen and Jade Fletcher both received call backs and were among the nalists for the swine showmanship award in their age division. Three Taylor County 4-Hers took part in the Steer Show on Wednesday night. Jade Fletcher placed second in the fat steer division and also won rst place in overall Junior Beef showmanship. Hunter Fletcher placed third in the steer division. Lesha Fletcher took home fth place in the overall Heifer show. Other show awards received included: Haley Osteen earning rst place for senior project book for swine; Lesha Fletcher receiving rst place for senior project book for steers; Lesha and Jade Fletcher both receiving third place in the individual livestock judging contest. The show participants would like to give a special thanks to all of the sponsors of the swine and steer. The sponsors provide nancial incentive to help offset the expenses of the project. The live auction was the culmination of the four-day event and it was held on Thursday night. A-8 Taco Times April 3, 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 newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comCommunity CalendarAdd your community group/club for free. Call (850) 584-5513. Livestock program teaches life skills The sixth annual Forest Capital Music and Art Festival kicks off April 20 and will continue through May 13, offering a venue for adult and youth to showcase performing, musical and visual arts, both traditional and folk, to be enjoyed by the community. We are now calling on educators, youth organizations, parents and all youth artists, to submit artwork for display at Forest Capital State Museum. This year the youth art show takes place from April 19-May 7. It is an open venue for original artwork in all media done in good taste in two and three dimensions. All two and three-dimensional artwork must have on it the youths name, grade level (i.e. kindergarten, rst grade, second grade, etc.), name of school or organization, name of teacher, youth coordinator or parent submitting artwork. Student artwork will be displayed from April 25 to May 12. Please deliver your artwork to the Forest Capital State Museum from April 18-25, Festival Coordinator Jeff Byers said. Additional art activities to enjoy include the adult art show at the Forest Capital State Museum from April 20May 12. Our featured local guest artist this year is Horace Barr. We will host our annual music festival Saturday, May 11, at Forest Capital Park starting at 9 a.m. Aston Stoyer will be our featured performer. Our line-up will include many new and returning performers. For additional information, please contact Byers at 838-2802 or e-mail wjeffbyers@gmail.com. Annual art show accepting entries


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2013 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 2 It all started with a phone call. When Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Director Dawn Taylor answered the phone more than 11 years ago, little did she know that the call would lead to the founding of the Florida State Bluegrass Festival here--which has blossomed into an internationally recognized event. At the time, the various bluegrass music associations in Florida were looking for a convenient site to host a joint festival. They just called our ofce one day, Taylor said. They had contacted several places and were looking for a place that was centrally located. They wanted us to host the festival, so we did, she said. That phone call was in January, and in May the rst festival was held, simply called the Taylor County Bluegrass Festival. The event, which drew a couple hundred people, featured bands representing the states four bluegrass associations, the North Florida Bluegrass Association, Gulf Coast Bluegrass Association, Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association and South Florida Bluegrass Association. Everyone was very happy with how it went, so we began planning for the next one, Taylor said. The next year the festival moved to its now traditional date on the rst weekend in April and soon the name was changed to the Florida State Bluegrass Festival to showcase its growth. We went from a couple of hundred people to thousands in 10 years, Taylor said. It grew faster than we ever thought. That growth has not gone unnoticed, with bluegrass fans from across the country and beyond spending the weekend in Taylor County for the festival. In 2006, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) named the Florida State Bluegrass Festival one of the top three events in the world. That was an incredible honor to be recognized on that level, Taylor said. Taylor said this years festival, which opens this Thursday and continues through Saturday, will be the biggest yet. The festival has built its reputation on a knack for blending traditional bluegrass acts with rising contemporary bluegrass stars, as evidenced by this years line-up which includes: IIIrd Tyme Out, Little Roy & Lizzy, Kenny & Amanda Smith, the Skip Cherryholmes Quintent, The Roys, Florida State Bluegrass Band, High Cotton and Swiftwater. If youve never attended one of the festivals before, join us this weekend and see for yourself what todays bluegrass sounds like...you might be surprised! Taylor said. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance online at www. oridastatebluegrass.com or $20 at the gate. You are not going to nd a better deal--three days of music, fun and just good fellowship are waiting for you under the pines at Forest Capital Park. We look forward to seeing you there, Taylor invited. Festival fashion Weve got the music for you! T C


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2013 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 7 More than $1,000 in cash prizes to be awarded SaturdayThe 11th annual Taylor County Chili Challenge will be held in conjunction with the Florida State Bluegrass Festival Saturday, April 6. More than $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in the contest including rst place prizes for the Best Chili Golden Spoon Award, Most Unique & Interesting Chili and Peoples Choice. Second and third place winners will also be recognized. The entry fee is $20 per chili. Each contestant must cook and provide a minimum of two gallons of chili for judging and serving. Check-in is at 11 a.m. at Forest Capital State Park. Judging and serving begin at noon. Festival-goers will be able to purchase bottomless bowls to sample all chili entries for $5 each. Judging will be based on the following major considerations: taste (combination of meat, peppers, spices, etc., with no particular ingredient being dominant, but rather a blend of avors), good avor, texture, consistency (ratio between sauce and meat, i.e. not dry, watery, grainy, lumpy or greasy), blend of spices, aroma, bite and color.


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2013 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 11 Holly Gantz was crowned the 2013 MoonPie Princess during ceremonies held March 22. She will preside over events at the Florida State Bluegrass Festival. Looking as sweet as the MoonPies they represent are members of the 2013 MoonPie Autumn Brown, third runner-up. 2013 MoonPie Royalty






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2013 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 15 Musicians of all skill levels are invited to take part in workshops planned during the 11th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival at Forest Capital State Park. The workshops are free with festival admission and will be held Saturday, April 6. A mandolin workshop will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a ddle workshop at 11 a.m. A banjo workshop at 2 p.m. will round out the schedule. All sessions will be held at the Perry Garden Club, located behind the main stage. Free workshops for all skill levels mandolin ~ ddle ~ banjo Admission is free for all students ages 18 & under for the 11th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival, April 4-6 FREE 4 STUDENTS