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Steinhatchee Chamber to hold Casino NightThe Steinhatchee River Chamber of Commerce will host a Casino Night Saturday, May 18, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Steinhatchee Landing Resort. Tickets are $20 per person and include heavy hors doeuvres, dessert, soft beverages, play money, a rafe ticket, dancing and a cash bar. Games include roulette, craps, blackjack, poker, texas hold em and slot machines. All proceeds support the Steinhatchee River Chamber. For tickets, call Meg Inorati at 850-371-1702.Historical Society to hold reception for TedderThe Taylor County Historical Society invites the public to a reception for Taylor County native and historian Russell Tedder, today (Wednesday) from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. at the Java Depot, located at 105 East Ellis St. in the Historic Perry Station. Tedder began his railroad career in the local depot at a very young age. He will be installing four model LOP&G, South Georgia and other local trains in the old depot today. Most of the railroad memorabilia in the depot was donated by Tedder.Friday is deadline for short story contestFriday is the deadline for the seventh annual Friends of the Taylor County Public Library Short Story Contest. The contest includes three age categories: youth (grades 5 and below), student (grades 6-12) and adult. The rst place story in each category will win $100 and second place will receive $50. The contest is open to all Taylor County Public Library cardholders. Stories must be unpublished and under 2,500 words. Content should be kept to a family friendly level. A full list of rules is available at the library.Library to host canning classThe Taylor County Public Library will host a free canning class on Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. The class will cover the basics of canning and how to get started. It will be taught by Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Lori Wiggins. Please contact the library to register for the free class at 838-3512. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 20www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayMay 15, 2013 Index Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Community . ............. A-8 Editorial . .................. A-9 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 86 51 Thursday87 58 News Forum Controversy dogs citys home ownership programThe City of Perry continues to court controversy with its land for homes program, this time with neighbors crying foul over the placement of what appears to be a mobile home at one of the eligible properties in the Pine Ridge subdivision. A contingent of property owners from the area was set to appear at the city councils regular Tuesday, May 14, meeting. The lot, located on Dogwood Way, was one of nearly a dozen lots the city made available to residents in a bid to promote home ownership. The lots are surplus properties owned by the city and designated for the home ownership program. Three families have taken advantage of the program to date, and one has already completed a site built home. Under the program, qualied recipients must meet the following conditions: home must start within one year of receiving lot; Kasey for GODS PLAN Just days before her 19th birthday, Taylor County teen Kasey Lukens was diagnosed with medulloblastomaa malignant brain tumor. She and her family barely had time to absorb the news before Lukens was in the operating room for what would be the rst of three surgeries in a span of just four days. Now, one year later, Lukens cancer journey continues with what she and doctors hope will be her last round of chemotherapy treatments. While Lukens--who is the 2013 Taylor County Relay For Life Honorary Youth Chair--was unable to attend this years Survivors Reception hosted by the Relay For Life Committee, her voice was heard loud and clear thanks to her mother, Janet Lukens, and family friend Deidra Newman. 2013 Relay For Life Honorary Youth Chair Kasey LukensPlease see page 5Taylor takes up the ght against cancer Friday at high school trackTaylor County teams will take up the ght against cancer during the annual Relay For Life benetting the American Cancer Society Friday and Saturday at the high school track. Opening ceremonies, which include the lead lap by cancer survivors, will begin at 6 p.m. Campsites from more than a dozen teams will line the track, each decorated from a selected time period in keeping with this years Journey Through the Decades theme. The Red Hats will go back to the 1950s for their campsite and will be manning a cake walk. AARPs team will be Puttin on the Ritz and offer a selection of baked goods. Northside Baptist Church is also swinging back to the 1950s and will have boiled peanuts and coffee from Java Depot for sale. Buckeye has selected a Castaway theme and will be serving shish kabobs (chicken and steak) and gumbo. Walmart will get into the groove with a 1960s theme, selling custom t-shirts. Please see page 5 More than a dozen community volunteers joined together Friday for Where the wild things are E-edition preview will end this FridayThe preview period for the online e-editions of the Taco Times and Perry News-Herald will conclude this Friday, May 17. Currently available to everyone, the new e-editions are exact digital duplications of the print editions published each Wednesday and Friday which can be read online via computers or mobile devices. E-editions can be found by clicking the E-Edition tab at the top of the Perry Newspapers, Inc., website: www. perrynewspapers.com. In addition to current issues, back issues are also available. Following the conclusion of the preview period, the e-editions will be available for all existing and future subscribers. At that time, existing subscribers will be able to request access to the e-edition through a form on the e-edition website for no additional charge. Out-of-county readers will have the option of an e-edition only subscription at a discounted rate (for new or renewal subscriptions). Those who do sign up for the e-edition will receive e-mail notications each Wednesday and Friday morning noting that a new issue is available. The website content (excluding the e-editions) will remain available to everyone after the close of the preview period on Friday.Please see page 2
A-2 Taco Times May 15, 2013 Richard Dale MathisRichard Dicky Dale Mathis, 66, of Perry, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at his residence in Perry following an extended illness. Mr. Mathis was born April 13, 1947, in Perry, to Elmer Ray and Mattie Louise (Leggett) Mathis. He was of the Church of God faith and worked most of his life as a logger. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Ray Mathis and Mattie Louise Leggett Mathis; a son, Richard Dale Mathis Jr. Little Dicky; and three brothers, Howard Clayton Mathis, Freddie Ray Mathis and Jerry Hugh Mathis. Survivors include: his wife of 47 years, Merdine Mathis of Perry; three sons, Jessie Ray Mathis, Johnny Ray Mathis and David Emory Mathis (and Jessica Martin); two brothers, Jimmy Mathis and Elmer Buddy Mathis; ve sisters, Betty Crews, Romona Ellison, Opal Kent, Linda Cannon and husband Alvin, and Cheryl Blue and husband Robert; three daughters-in-law, Sherri Mathis, Rachael Wilkinson and Brenda Camron; one brother-in-law, Eddie Lamar Whiddon; two grandsons; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Perry with Donnie Shinholser ofciating. The family received friends from 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home which is in charge of all arrangements. Please see page 6 Obituaries for new home must be within 18 months of receiving lot; occupied and homesteaded property; natural gas for heating, water heating and cooking; costs of property transfer; and qualify for program. On Tuesday, adjoining property owners in the Dogwood Way neighborhood raised questions about what they said was a mobile home being placed at the site. We were told it wasnt a mobile home, but qualied as a modular home, one resident said. The residents were to bring their concerns before council members in hopes of achieving a quick resolution. Controversy arose over the rst property awarded in the program, due to the fact City Manager Bob Browns daughter and her then-anc were the recipients. However, Brown was clear each time the issue arose that neither he nor his wife had any interestnancial or otherwisein the property. Everything was done above aboard and on record, he said. Available lots on the list have included: 909 W. Bacon; 415 Plantation Drive; 508 West Dundee; West Spring Place (lot 03178-100); 1507 S. Woodard; 914 North Veterans Drive; 918 N. Veterans Drive; 922 N. Veterans Drive; and 926 N. Veterans Drive. CONTROVERSY Continued from page 1Two halves of a home were on the Dogwood Way site Tuesday morning.Neighboring landowners take grievances to city council regarding mobile home High school senior Erin Rohlng was elected the Boys & Girls Club NorthCentral Florida Youth of the Year. Rohlng is a junior staff member at the Boys & Girls Club-Steinhatchee unit, where she volunteers for community service. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling and online shopping. She is very friendly and outgoing, and loves to laugh. She thoroughly enjoys working with the children of the B&G Club and will be attending Tallahassee Community College for a degree in dental hygiene, B& G Club director Emily Ketring said.Youth of the Year named Pledging we will not forget, community leaders are organizing a veterans reception tribute and prayer service for Thursday, May 16, for all Taylor County veterans and their spouses. The event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 315 Plantation Rd., thanking God for the many heroes from Taylor County that have given their lives and service to bring freedom, overthrow communism, protect this country and ght for the weak, the poor and the oppressed all over the globe. This all started with a group of individuals in a Bible Study who wanted to do something to honor our veterans. We want them to know they are loved and appreciated, Karen Cate, who is spearheading the effort, said. This is more any one individual could do. This is a tremendous group effort and we appreciate all the support we have received.Local heroes honored with reception, service
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By SANDY WEST COLEMAN Our Sandy Toes Red Hats had the annual bake/yard sale recently on Jefferson Street. A big thank you to those who came to support your local Red Hats, or maybe you gave us a friendly wave or honk. The April meeting was an Easter egg hunt and a soups-on-luncheon held at the Shady Grove Community Park. The egg hunt was a blast! All eggs were lled with small gifts, and each member had to look for their two eggs with their name on them. The crock pots full of soup were delicious! Our hostesses were Tricky Tickly Toni Hall, Cotton Tail Connie Chiarelli and Popping Pinky Cherie Rowell. Our big winner was a guest from California, Carol Anderson. Thank you to Wendy Johnson for a love gifta mug with tea bags presented to each lady present. A special gift was presented to Barbara Duckworth from our Queen Marcia Parker. The gift was hidden in six or seven gift bags but she nally found a pen that said, Vice Queen. This group loves and appreciates both Marcia and Barbara for all they do for the Sandy Toes. A-4 Taco Times May 15, 2013 Living Yates, Howell to wed in June 26 ceremonyMyra Gail Yates and Cris Alan Howell, both of Perry, will be married June 26, 2013, in a 6 p.m. ceremony in the fellowship hall of the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Arnold J. Duty Sr. and Magleane Duty. The prospective groom is the son of Cris H. and Patricia Howell of Perry. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, dualcertied in corrections and law enforcement. Invitations will be issued, but the couple cordially invites all friends and relatives to atend. Wagner will wed Gleason on Sunday Kathi Jean Wagner and Matthew Jay Gleason will be married on May 19, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Ellierays Lounge near Branford. A reception will follow the ceremony under the tent located in the campground area. Friends of the couple are invited to attend. Sandy Toes meet in Shady GroveKathi Jean Wagner, Matthew Jay Gleason Myra Gail Yates, Cris Alan Howell Courtney Reunion begins at 11 a.m. this Saturday The 50th Courtney Reunion will be held Saturday, May 18 at Forest Capital Hall beginning at 11 a.m. Descendants of Edgar James Courtney and Miley Grubbs Courtney are reminded to bring a favorite food, tea, chairs and cameras. Paper products, tableware and ice will be provided. 4-H camp June 10-14Ready for Cherry Lake? Registration for 4-H Camp Cherry Lake is now underway. This year, Taylor County 4-Hers will camp alongside Wakulla County 4-Hers during the week of June 10-14. Participants will travel by bus to Madison for the week-long camp, where rustic cabins (divided into boys and girls sections) overlook beautiful Cherry Lake, said Abbey Tharpe, 4-H Extension agent. Other facilities include a large outdoor pavilion, an auditorium, dining hall, supervised swimming area, secure re circle, athletic eld and large natural areas. The cost is $200 for the week for all expenses. A $50 nonrefundable deposit will be required at registration. Campers must be ages 8-12; 4-H camp counselors, ages 13-18, will receive 80 hours of community service along with a partial camp scholarship. For more information or to sign up to be a counselor, contact the 4-H ofce by phone at 838-3508 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or stop by the 4-H ofce, which is located at Forest Capital Hall.
During her speech, Newman relayed the following message from Janet: Even though it has been the hardest year of all of our lives, I have come to realize that God had a different plan for Kasey and every day that goes by she conrms my thoughts that whatever she does, she will do it with a smile on her faceshe will excel and will be great at whatever she does...even ghting cancer. Its not the plan she had, and not what I thought she would have to do at such a young age, but it was Gods plan to allow Kasey to touch people and inspire so many, myself included. Even though our plans arent always Gods plans, we have learned how to accept the things that we cant change and instead use it for good. Lukens story continued, One year ago on April 6, at the age of 18, Kasey was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. On April 9, the tumor was removed. She had complications from Hydrocephalus and lost her eye sight. On April 11, she had emergency surgery to place a drain tube in the top of her head to relieve pressure, which saved her life. On April 12, Kaseys 19th birthday--when young ladies are supposed to be celebrating freedom and independence, sowing their oats, experiencing life--she was undergoing yet another life-saving brain surgery called a ventriculostomy. She then started six weeks of radiation following her release from Shands. This was very hard on her due to the fact that she stayed sick all the time and had to be secured down to a machine in a very uncomfortable position for long periods of time. After about three weeks, she began to lose her hair, which was horrifying for her, but when she saw me crying, as I brushed her hair and it came out in clumps, she was the one comforting me and told me Mama, its okay... its just hair and it will grow back. She always kept her sense of humor like when I told her I would shave my head, she quickly said No, Mama! I have cancer and I have an excuse to be bald and to be honest, you would look real funny bald! We have cried alot, but somehow she always nds a way to make me smile. How amazing that this 19-year-old girl is dealing with so much and yet she comforts me. She has always cared about other people and that has not changed. Even when she had every right in the world to feel sorry for herself she chose not to. She completed her radiation treatments and had a good break before beginning chemo. When she began her chemo again, it was like she had been diagnosed all over again for the entire family. It was scary, and so foreign and such a heartbreaking reminder that she had cancer. She had to be admitted for some of the treatments and some were out-patient, but every time they accessed her port to begin the treatment, there were lots of tears from all of us. It seemed like every time we learned how to deal with one situation, another thing would happen and we had to cope all over again. I remember the rst time she had to get a blood transfusion due to chemo killing, not only bad cells, but good ones too. That was not only scary, but also very hard to accept what this much-needed chemo was doing to my daughters body. As time went on and she continued to deal with feeling weak and staying sick it was determined by her neurosurgeon that the ventriculostomy he had done was not working anymore and she was sick so much not only from chemo, but because uid was beginning to build up on her brain again. We then had to prepare for yet another brain surgery to place a shunt in her brain so that the uid would drain properly. Once again God had her in his hands and she conquered that surgery just like she did all the others. As the chemo progressed, so did the horrible side effects. She eventually went completely bald, but of course stayed just as beautiful as she always was. One of the chemos attacked the nerve endings in her legs, which ultimately caused her to not be able to walk. She has gone through a lot of physical therapy and will continue to do so until her quality of life is back. Another chemo has caused hearing loss which she will never regain, but thanks to technology, we will do whatever it takes to aid her in hearing again when shes nished with her treatments. There has been so much happen in the past year I could go on forever. Lots of tears and hard times, but with Gods arms around us we also nd laughter through all the heartache. Kasey should nish chemo sometime in June and then she will push forward to get back the physical things that chemo has taken from her. She is nervous to nish treatments and at rst I didnt understand why, but she explained to me that even though its hard, getting chemo makes her feel safe. She will have to have an MRI every three months for the next ve years and we are told that every clear MRI gives her that much more of a chance to beat this. Unfortunately, the type of tumor she had, has a high chance of coming back, but we will not allow that to keep us from being positive just as Kasey has been and has taught us to be through her entire journey. Please continue to pray for Kasey as she nishes her treatments and ask that God continues to give her strength and that she has a sense of peace so that she can go on to be whatever she wants to be. Our life has been nothing but hospitals, worry and just the obvious intrusion of cancer for the past year and we are excited, but also nervous, about having a somewhat normal life again. Kasey has been through more than what most of us will ever go through, especially at a very young age, and it took me a long time to understand why this was happening to my beautiful, happy, full-of-life daughter, but after watching her struggle every day from so many different mental and physical challenges, yet still she smiles, I realized she is still that beautiful, happy, full-of-life girl that she was the day we found out she had cancer. Kasey has not let cancer take her smile or her love for life away and she strives every day to get better. Although she is coming up on the end of her treatments in June, she has a long road ahead of her and the unknown is terrifying, but there is one thing for sure and that is, no matter what, she will be smiling. We pray for each of you and your loved ones who have been affected by any kind of cancer, and hope that Kaseys strength and determination will be some kind of comfort to all of you. Lukens family and friends--mother, Janet; father, Richard Lukens; sister, Kelly; and brother, Trey--invite residents to join them Friday evening at the Taylor County High School Track for the 2013 Relay For Life. Opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. A-5 Taco Times May 15, 2013 KASEY Continued from page 1 Cancer has not taken her smile Parrotheads in Perrydise will be Walking for a Cure in MegaRelayVille and will treat residents to their awarding-winning shrimp dinners and tropicalavored sno cones, along with their signature (nonalcoholic) margaritas. The Buddys team will be serving deep fried Oreos and Pentecostals of Perry will travel to a galaxy far, far away with a Star Wars themereturning to serve pulled pork sandwich plates. Taylor County High School (TCHS) students will offer shing games for anglers of all ages and Thule will team up with Sonic to offer chances to win a toolbox while sipping a limeade. Aac will have water and the Pin Up Girls will be selling chances to win a salon basket. Volunteers from Premier Medical and Marshall Health will also be participating. We will have a Kiddie Korral featuring storytelling with Kim Pegg from the Taylor County Public Library and the ice cream truck is scheduled to swing in for a visit, Event Chair Tanya ONeal said. Funds raised at the event benet the American Cancer Societys programs which serve local cancer patients and their families, as well as the groups focus on cancer research. FIGHT Continued from page 1 Parrotheads invite you to join them in MegaRelayVille
Is the Voces Angelorum concert worth the trip or the time? Absolutely, says Rayma Ball, one of the 30 women who make up the chorus which was founded in 1970. In the years weve been singing at First Presbyterian, Voces Angelorum has developed an audience that will even travel to Tallahassee for our concerts, she said, and we are grateful. To save you the trip, Voces Angelorum (Latin for voices of angels) will present a spring concert in Perry this Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. Our last Perry concert was in January 2011 as part of our 10-year anniversary season. We are so pleased to be back to share this concert of American music, she added. According to Ball, concert-goers will enjoy some favorite songs from Broadwayall Made in America, such as One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story. Some may be surprised to hear us sing Take Five, our tribute to jazz legend, Dave Brubek. The choir has enjoyed preparing this music for our audiences and we hope to see you Sunday, Ball said. A-6 Taco Times May 15, 2013 Religion Calvary invites all to Casual Sunday Calvary Baptist Church welcomes spring and invites the community to join members for a casual day this Sunday, May 19. That means: wear your ip ops, shorts and tennis shoes, and bring the family for a day of fun. After the morning service at 10:45 a.m., food will be provided along with a bounce house, volleyball and other games. Have you heard voices of angels? They will sing here this Sunday at 4 Obituaries Reba Joyce Walsh Reba Joyce Walsh, 78, of Perry, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Walsh was born Feb. 16, 1935, in Fitzgerald, Ga., to John Thomas Ward Hunter and the former Doshia Drucilla Harrell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Walsh, in 2011. Survivors include: her daughter, Margie Walsh (John) Sleigher of Perry; one sister, Pauline Stone of Fitzgerald, Ga.; three grandchildren, Matthew Walsh and his partner Lacey Smith, Becca Sleigher and Sarah Sleighter; and one great-grandchild, Leanna Walsh. Memorial services were held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, with the Rev. Darrell Jones ofciating, in the chapel of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home which was in charge of all arrangements. Patricia Ann JonesPatricia Ann Jones, 71, of Perry, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Haven Hospice in Gainesville following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 1, 1942, in Atlanta, Ga., to William Harrell and Lila (Conner) Harrell. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Jones, in 2008 and a sister, Peggy Elliott. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. Mrs. Jones attended North Florida Junior College and graduated from the University of Florida School in nursing with a Masters Degree in 1972. She was a Registered Nurse and retired from the Taylor County School System as the health supervisor after 30 years of service. Survivors include: two sons, Marc (Kathy) Winburn of High Springs and Brad (Debbra) Winburn of Lacrosse; two sisters, Mary Berman of St. Simons, Ga., and Kathy Sipowicz of St. Augustine; ve grandchildren; one greatgranddaughter; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Lakeside Baptist Church with Pastor Darrell Jones ofciating. Interment followed in Pisgah Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service also at Lakeside. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Jessica JonesJessica Jones, 59, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Perry. A native of Orlando, she had lived in Perry most of her life. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and a Christian. She was the daughter of Leo Maxwell Jones and Eloise Buie. Survivors include: one son, Jason (Haily) Jones of Salix, Penn.; one daughter, Abby Devane of Perry; one brother, Jozy Jones of Perry; and four grandchildren. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Beggs Funeral Home Perry Chapel is in charge of arrangements.Hubert Swain Norris Jr.Hubert Swain Norris Jr., 71, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at his home in Old Town. Funeral arrangements, which are under the direction of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, were pending as of presstime. Steinhatchee church serves meals Friday, holds yard sale Sat. Friendship Chapel Church in Steinhatchee will have a barbecue/spaghetti dinner (you chose which one!) on Friday, May 17, and a yard sale, Saturday, May 18. Your attendance is encouraged for both events which will be held at the church. If you would like a dinner, please call Davy Cannon at (386) 965-8461Homer J. Smith Scholarship program slated for Sunday The United Clubs (Hostess, Women, and Vogue XIII) will sponsor the 29th annual Homer J. Smith Scholarship Program this Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. at Little Bethel A.M.E. Church. Speaker for the occasion will be Minister Azryana Campbell Soto, the daughter of Pastor Rose Campbell. We request your attendance and nancial support again this year, organizers said.
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A-8 Taco Times May 15, 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. 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. Search & Rescue Riders #1135 of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc.: 4th Saturday, 9 a.m. at Golden Corral Restaurant. 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 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. 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. Alzheimers Support Group: meets every second Thursday, 1:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council: fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice ofce. 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. 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 (Steinhatchee): second Thursday, 7 p.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 CalendarPlease call 584-5513 to update your current calendar listing. NFCC graduate Daniel Perez of Perry receives his diploma from NFCC President John Grosskopf May 2 at Van H. Priest Auditorium. (L to r) NFCC graduates Kristi Hathcock of Perry, left, and Steven Godfrey of Madison, center, with NFCC art instructor Lisa Thompson. 16 from Taylor earn degrees North Florida Community College (NFCC) awarded 96 studentsincluding 16 from Taylor County--with degrees or certicates at the conclusion of its Spring Term 2013. Graduates were honored at NFCCs Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony on May 2 at Van H. Priest Auditorium. Walter Boatright Jr., director of career, technical and adult education and principal of SuwanneeHamilton Technical Center in Live Oak, was guest speaker at the commencement ceremony. Taylor Countys NFCC Spring 2013 graduates are: Enforcement Recruit (certicate): Patrick L. Anderson, high honors. Kaye Blanton, Marybeth Loren Clark (summa cum laude), Claire Ensley, Rebecca Hagberg, Kristi M. Hathcock, John Hayes, Lynesey Dianne Jones, Marshall Kent Jones II (cum laude), Carmina Ketring (magna cum laude), Lee A. Tamme and Stephanie Lorraine Wigglesworth. and Associate in Science (Digital Media/Multimedia Technology): Daniel Perez (magna cum laude). Multimedia Technology (Production Specialization and Web Production Specialization): Latrelle Marie Monk (cum laude). Amanda L. Thomas (highest honors). Technician/EMT-B (certicate): Ashley Ruth Todd (honors). NFCC graduate Latrelle Monk of Perry, left, receives her diploma. By ABBEY L. THARPE 4-H Extension Agent I The 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking program has been making an impact in Taylor County for 21 years. Todays 4-H Youth Development Program teaches youth life skills that will benet them throughout their adult life. One of the annual events that 4-H sponsors--along with Tropicana--is the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Program. This educational program is aimed at teaching young people the techniques of effective public speaking. The program is designed to give elementary and middle-school age students experience in the preparation and delivery of a speech. The 4-H/Tropicana program is administered in all 67 counties in Florida and is sponsored by the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service and Tropicana. 4-H Tropicana was introduced to Taylor County Schools 21 years ago. It wasnt until 16 years ago, when Lori Wiggins became Taylor Countys 4-H coordinator, the program expanded to meet the needs of all eligible participants in fourth through sixth grades as well as developed a practice year for third grade. More than 1,200 students in the county participate in Please see page 124-H/Tropicana Public Speaking program celebrates 21 years of making an impact and Dennis Jiang. Twenty-nine North Florida Community College (NFCC) students, including six from Taylor County, were named to the Presidents Honor Roll at the conclusion of NFCCs Spring Term 2013. The Presidents Honor Roll recognizes outstanding academic achievement at the completion of each semester. Inclusion on the list is awarded to all full-time students who, during the term, have earned a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 on course work of at least 12 hours. Taylor County students named to the list are: Taylor W. Bethea, Marybeth L. Clark, Kaylee E. Denmark, Robin D. Gray, Madison C. Thomas and Kristina R. Wald. Thirty-one North Florida Community College (NFCC) students, including four from Taylor County, have been named to the Deans Honor Roll at the conclusion of NFCCs Spring Term 2013. The Deans Honor Roll recognizes outstanding academic achievement at the completion of each semester. Inclusion on the list is awarded to all full-time students who, during the term, have earned a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.79 on course work of at least 12 hours. The Perry residents included on the list are: Michael T. Gold, Carmina E. Ketring, Tyler D. Walker and Ashlee O. Wright. Presidents Honor Roll adds 6 from Taylor Co.Deans Honor Roll features 4 from Perry
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