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Rotary Club to host Father/Daughter Dance is this FridayThe Perry Rotary Club will host its inaugural Father/ Daughter Dance this Friday, June 14, at the Perry Womans Club. Share a fun-lled evening with your little girl, organizers said. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature a live DJ for dancing, food and door prizes. Tickets are $30 per couple and $10 for each additional guest (daughter). Tickets are available at the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Java Depot or from any Rotarian.Cemetery board meetsThe annual Pisgah Cemetery board meeting will be held Satuday, June 15, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, starting at 9 a.m. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 24www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayJune 12, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Community . ............. A-7 Sports . ..................... A-8 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 95 71 Thursday95 7220% News Forum Some 16 street and midlevel alleged drug dealers were swept up in the rst round of arrests made following an 18-month undercover operation by the Perry Police Department (PPD) narcotics unit. The initial wave of arrests was made Friday, June 7, with the remaining warrants issued the rst part of this week. One suspect remains at large and police are actively seeking his whereabouts. Additional arrests stemming from the operation are expected. This investigation remains on-going and more arrests will follow, PPD Det. Sgt. Gene Franklin said. The unit, comprised of Franklin, Det. Dwight Norris and Det. Mike Anderson, utilized undercover purchases of narcotics in the investigation. We were also assisted by several patrol ofcers, Franklin noted. The 16 individuals facing charges include: Kenneth McGee, sale of cocaine; William Brant, possession of drug paraphernalia; Shakir Flowers, sale of cocaine; Ryan Colson, sale of controlled substance; Michael Sparrow, sale of cocaine (2 counts); Patrick Franklin, sale of cocaine; DJ McCoy, sale of cocaine; Bryan Morgan, sale of cocaine (two counts); Cameron Upshaw, sale of cannabis; Jacorby Thomas, sale of cocaine (two counts); Sebastian Ingram, sale of cocaine (two counts); Ronnell Walker, sale of cocaine (two counts); Toby Fitchett, sale of cocaine (two counts); Drug sweep nets 16 for coke sales, possession Free lunch for all students? The saying may suggest there is no such thing as a free lunch, but that wont be the case for Taylor County students and their parents next school year. The Taylor County School Board agreed last week to join the federal Community Eligibility Option (CEO), which will provide universal free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of family income level. (Students will still have to pay for la carte options at Taylor County Middle School and Taylor County High School.) CEO began in three pilot states during the 2011-12 school year and expanded to three more plus the District of Columbia this past school year. Florida is one of four states joining the program in 2013-14 before the program goes nationwide in 2014-15. CEO is available to schools which have more than 40 percent of students who are directly certied eligible for free lunches (without the need for paper applications) based on their status as in foster care, Head Start, homeless, migrant or living in households which receive SNAP/food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) cash assistance or FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations) benets. According to District Finance Director Ashley Valentine, all of Taylors schools meet this criteria to take part in the program. Perry Primary School has 63.4 percent of its students directly certied, the Child Development Center (which includes Pre-K) has 81.79 percent, Steinhatchee School has 59.12 percent, Taylor County Elementary School has 57.74 percent, Taylor County Middle School has 48.99 percent and Taylor County High School (combined with Taylor Technical Institutes ACE students) has 40.66 percent. Under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), through which the district has operated until now, the district is reimbursed by the federal government based on the number of students eating meals, with different rates for those eligible for free meals, reduced-price meals and those who pay full price. Please see page 3 Ratliff drafted by Arizona DiamondbacksFormer Taylor County High School Bulldogs baseball star Taylor Ratliff is one step closer to achieving his childhood dream after receiving news he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday, June 8. Ratliff, a 6-2, 175-pound redshirt junior at the University of Florida (UF), earned All-America honors as a high school senior and again as a freshman at Jacksonville University before transferring to UF after his sophomore season and being forced to take a redshirt last year by the NCAA. Ratliff, the 390th pick overall, received a $100,000 (plus the cost of the balance of his college education) signing bonus and becomes the rst former Bulldog to be drafted by a major league baseball team since 1996, when former TCHS pitcher Carl Sadler (Montreal Expos) was drafted. When asked how it felt to be drafted, Ratliff responded, I know it sounds clich, but honestly Please see page 5 Remaining FCAT scores are mixed bag for district Following the earlier release of third grade Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores, state ofcials announced the remainder of the results Friday. Once again, the results were a mixed bag for local schools, with few signicant gains but also few signicant drops. In addition to third grade, the reading portion of the test is given to students through 10th grade, while the math portion is given through eighth grade. Both tests are graded on a scale of one to ve, with a score of three or better considered procient. It is this percentage that the state uses to produce school grades, which will be released this summer. Steinhatchee School has the fewest number of students taking the test and therefore has the largest year-to-year swings in its scores. Fourth and fth graders at Steinhatchee School, however, show signicant improvement in both the reading and math portions, although they still trailed the state averages (please see chart on page A-3 for a detailed breakdown of the scores by school and grade level). The state does not release scores if fewer than 10 students are given the test, so there were no results released for sixth or eighth grades at Steinhatchee, but 82 percent of seventh graders (out of 11 students) scored a three or above on the reading portion and 64 percent on the math portion, the highest marks this year at Taylor schools. Both percentages exceeded the state averages, which were 57 percent and 55 percent respectively. At Taylor County Elementary School (TCES), the percentage of fourth and fth graders scoring a three or above were mostly Please see page 3 PPD is seeking Allen and possession of a Please see page 3 William Brant Ryan Colson Ronnell Walker Willie Williams
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A-3 Taco Times June 12, 2013 within ve percentage points either up or down from last years results, with the exception of the fourth grade math test, which saw a nine percentage point drop. As with Steinhatchee, TCES trailed the state averages for those grade levels. At Taylor County Middle School, scores fell slightly in most cases, with the exception of seventh grade math, which improved by ve percentage points to 56 percent, just above the state mark of 55 percent. The largest drop was in eighth grade math, which fell seven percentage points to 55 percent, but still exceeded the start mark of 51 percent. The rest of the middle school results trailed the state averages between three and seven percentage points. Taylor County High School ninth and 10th graders took the reading portion of the test, with ninth graders showing some improvement over last years scores, while 10th graders dropped somewhat. FCAT Continued from page 1 Some grades trailed state average, other exceeded it Parents had to apply to have their child become eligible for free or reducedprice meals. Valentine said this past school year, the district received $2.88 for lunches and $1.85 for breakfasts for each free-meal student and somewhat less for each reduced-meal student. The district also received $0.29 for each paid student lunch and $0.27 for each paid breakfast. In comparison, full-priced lunches cost $2.15 for K-8 and $2.65 for grades 9-12, while breakfasts cost $1.85. She estimated the district has about 80 percent free and reduced lunch participation combined across all of the schools. Under CEO, the district will still receive funding through the NSLP, but there will only be two tiers of reimbursement, the free rate and the paid rate. Although the percentage of students who will be certied eligible under CEO is less than the percentage of current free and reduced meal students, because of CEOs weighted formula (which multiplies the percentage of directly certied students by 1.6), the district stands to get more funding than under the previous program. Valentine said this additional funding will be enough, when combined with revenues from la carte meals, to cover the expense of providing free meals to students whose meals will be reimbursed at the paid rate. During the 2013-14 school year, students and parents paid approximately $90,000 for eligible breakfasts and lunches, which do not include la carte or second meals. Valentine added that they predict CEO will increase overall participation in the school meal program, which will in turn provide additional funding to the district. The contract the school board approved last week is good for four years, although the district has the right to opt out after the rst year. Ivan Curtis, sale of cocaine; Willie Williams, possession of controlled substance; and Leroy Williams Jr., sale of cocaine. Allen Grifn is being sought on charges of sale of cocaine/possession of a controlled substance. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the PPD (584-5121). In addition to the on-going investigation, ofcers said they are seeing a marked increase in prescription pill abuse and the debut of a new street drug that is a mixture of a variety of chemicals (including Ecstasy (MDMA) and methamphetamine) in capsule form. FREE LUNCH Continued from page 1 DRUG SWEEP Continued from page 1 Suspect remains at large Federal program will provide free breakfast and lunch for students
A-4 Taco Times June 12, 2013 Living During UF ceremony for physician assistants McNutt earns white coat Lloyd Bishop Clark IV, Bryttany Michele Martin Martin, Clark to marry July 27thMr. and Mrs. William B. Martin Jr. of Perry announce the engagement of their daughter, Bryttany Michele, to Lloyd Bishop Clark IV, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bishop Clark III, also of Perry. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Claudette Martin and the late Billy Martin, as well as the late Ruby and Malloy Andrews. The prospective groom is the grandson of Martha Stephens Bell and Raymond Bell, the late Phillip Stephens, the late Sue Ann Clark, Charlotte Clark and the late L. Bishop Clark Jr. The couple will be married July 27, 2013, at 5 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. No local invitations will be issued; all friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend. Kendra Cissi McNutt was awarded her Physician Assistant White Coat in a ceremony at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine, School of Physician Assistant Studies on May 31. McNutt, a 2004 graduate of Taylor County High School, will complete the physician assistant program at UFs Medical School in June, 2014. She is the daughter of Lynda and Bobby Edwards and Timmy and Vickie McNutt. Her grandparents are Wendell and Shelby Ezell, Mary and Bill Robinson, and Paul McNutt. During the ceremony, McNutt and 59 other students took the Oath of Practice for physicians assistants and were presented white coats. They were reminded, The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. (Quoting Sir William Osler) McNutt now enters a year of clinical practice with rotations from Gainesville to Belleview, Lake City and Tallahassee. McNutt was among 60 physician assistant students awarded white coats by Dr. Ralph W. Rice, associate dean at UF. Frenton awarded doctorate at USF Michelle Frith Frenton, a 2005 Blountstown High School graduate and a 2009 Florida State University graduate, received her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of South Florida during commencement ceremonies in Tampa, on May 4. Frenton holds membership in Phi Theta Kappa and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She is the daughter of Peggy Clemons Frith of Clarksville and Jerry L. Frith of Perry. Her grandparents include the late ONeal Frith and Betty Frith of Perry. Michelle Frith Frenton Looking for a music camp this summer? The North Central Florida Outpost of the Salvation Army will hold a Christ-centered Perry Music Camp June 24July 12 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Does your child want to learn to play an instrument? A horn, a guitar, keyboard or violin? If the answer to any of those questions is yes, please call George or Gale Blevins at 850-232-4981 to register. Limited space is available so dont delay. Camp is free except for cost of t-shirts but all donations are needed and welcome, Blevins added. This summer music and arts program will run three weeks for 8 to 12 years of age only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. right here in Perry! The church is located at 604 W. Julia Dr. Blevins said, We are excited to be able to continue our program and look forward to helping your children develop their God-given talents.
A-5 Taco Times June 12, 2013it was a like a dream come true when I nally saw my name. When the time nally came and I was drafted, it was almost a relief. There was a lot of build-up over the last few weeks as I traveled for a lot of workouts for several different teams. Leading up to the 2013 draft, Ratliff said he worked out for numerous major league teams, but knew he would likely be drafted by one of four that showed the most interest including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins or New York Mets. Ratliff admitted that he expected to be selected within the rst 10 rounds and explained that not being able to play this past season hurt his draft stock. Chris Anderson, my old roommate at Jacksonville, and John Crawford, my teammate at Florida, both went in the rst round. I was very happy for them, because they both are great people, outstanding players and work hard. They deserved it, Ratliff said. I was more anxious than nervous because I am condent in my abilities. But, it did get a little stressful and nervewracking after day two. When day three began and I was selected it was pure elation and excitement, Ratliff said. I love the Diamondbacks. They are playing really well right now (currently in rst place in the National League West). I love their ballpark and the weather. I dont really like cold weather, so being drafted by Arizona is a plus, Ratliff explained. They use their farm system very well, and it appears they have a very good opportunity in center eld over the next several years. The Diamondbacks have won one World Series title in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion team in the majors to win a championship, doing it in only the fourth season since their expansion in 1998. Ratliff was drafted as a centerelder, but could be used as a utility player that can ll in at second or third base, as well as in center eld, after playing all of those positions in college. The Diamondbacks stocked up on center elders in the 2013 draft, selecting a total of four. Ratliff was busy packing Saturday night and boarding a plane for Arizona on Sunday morning. My area scout said I would be in Arizona for four or ve days signing paperwork, getting a physical and other paperwork before they would assign me to a club in either Oregon or Montana for the short season, Ratliff added. On Tuesday, it was conrmed that Ratliff would be on the Oregon team. The Diamondbacks Class A-Short Season League baseball team afliate is the Hillsboro Hops (formerly known as the Yakima Bears) based in Hillsboro, Oregon. DIAMONDBACKS Continued from page 1 Please see page 9 Ratliff drafted as a centerelder
A-6 Taco Times June 12, 2013 Walter Darrell TuckerWalter Darrell Tucker, 75, formerly of Perry, died on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala. He was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Mobile, Ala., to James Walter Tucker and Fredith Baughman Tucker. Mr. Tucker graduated from Auburn University with a degree in building construction. He worked in residential, commercial and industrial construction. He was employed with Watkins Engineering from 1979 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Tucker was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alexander City. He was ordained as a deacon while living in Tehran, Iran, at Tehran Baptist Church. Survivors include: his wife of 52 years, Jean Mitchell Tucker of Alexander City; children, Michael Darrell Tucker (Carmen) of Dadeville, Ala., Kimberly Tucker Allbritton (Michael) of Perry, Katherine Elizabeth Paskert (Jeffrey) of Tampa and James Mitchell Tucker, also of Dadeville; grandchildren, Stephanie Woerner (Luke), Shane Tucker, Nicholas and Victoria Allbritton, Seth, Matthew, Daniel and Caroline Paskert; a sister, Catherine Elaine Mathis of Mobile; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life service was held on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, Alexander City. The Rev. Dr. Gerald Hallmark presided. In lieu of owers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 10866 W. Washington Blvd #343, Culver City, Calif. 90232, www.coalitionforpf.org. Memorial donations may also be made to Childrens Harbor, 1 Our Childrens Highway, Alexander City, Ala. 35010. Jacob R. Houck Jacob R. Houck, 90, died, June 9, 2013, at his residence in Perry. He was the son of John G. Houck and Ruth Carlton. Born in Perry, Mr. Houck resided in Dade County for 33 years where he served as a reghter before returning home to Taylor County. An Army veteran, Mr. Houck served his country in World War II. He was a protestant, a member of both the Woodmen of the World and Dade County Fireghters Associations. Survivors include: his wife of 70 years, Merle Houck; two sons, Jim Houck of Belleview, Wash., and Jerry Houck of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a sister, Joan Kamm of Miami; four grandchildren and ve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Houck, two brothers Billy William Houck and John Edward Houck, and two sisters, Alice Smith and Dora Shewmake. Funeral services will be held graveside on Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Carlton Cemetery with Billy Gipson ofciating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. today, June 12. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.Steve ONeal Holton Jr.Steve ONeal Holton Jr., 53, of Perry, died June 10, 2013, at his home. Mr. Holton was born April 21, 1960, in Perry, to Steve and Mae Jean (Vann) Holton Sr. He was preceded in death by his father and his loving friend, Andrea Stephens. Mr. Holton was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He worked as an electrician for more than 30 years for various contractors, retiring from the State of Florida in 2011. Survivors include: his son, Trey and (Kayla) Holton; his daughter, Lydia and (Terry) Forehand; his mother, Mae Jean Holton; a brother, Stacy Holton; two sisters, Tammy Graham and Stefane Gray; ve grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Services were held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at Burns Funeral Home with the Rev. James Taylor ofciating. Interment followed in Pisgah Cemetery. The family received friends from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.Randy WattsRandy Watts, 52, of West Virginia, died May 30, 2013. He was born July 29, 1960, to Don Watts and Gertrude Rogers. He was a member of Pipe Fitter Union 224 out of Jacksonville. Survivors include: one son, Brandon Watts; his father, Don Watts and his wife Joann; his mother, Gertrude Rogers; a brother, Don Watts Jr.; two sisters, Lori Ann Whatley and Sheri Smith; a host of nieces and nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Shady Grove, with Danny Lundy ofciating. In lieu of owers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Youth Fund at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 8985 Alton Wentworth Rd., Greenville, Fl. 32331. Local arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Obituaries Whats happening at area churches? The list starts here... Vacation Bible Schools Vacation Bible Schools are underway this week at Blue Creek Baptist (5:30-8:30 p.m.), Lakeside Baptist Church (5:30-8:20 p.m.) and Jena Baptist Church (6-8:30 p.m.). Jamaican, soul food at Stewart On Saturday, June 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m., authentic Jamaican and soul food dinners will be served at Stewart Memorial Church (entree, two sides, bread and dessert). Call 584-7194 for more details.Camp meeting, gospel singAntioch Revival Center, located at 3808 Cash Rd., has slated its annual camp meeting for June 10-21 with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. except June 15 when Southern Testimony will lead a gospel sing at 7 p.m. All are invited!Franklin leads praise, worship Guest psalmist Anita Franklin will lead a Night of Praise and Worship on Saturday, June 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Come to a cook-out Saturday! Christian Tabernacle will celebrate Fathers Day with a community cook-out Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Free hotdogs will be provided. Fathers, bring your families!
A-7 Taco Times June 12, 2013 Community Taylor County Elementary School has recognized its top students for the nal fourth nine weeks grading period for the 2012-13 school year. Students named to the honor roll were: Third grade, All As Selena Curfman, Logan Ferrer, Malachi Gundrum, J.W. Still Hudson, Ethan Leggett, Jenna Lindsey, Pranav Patel, Madison Sadler, Ashley Sellers, Harmony Spradley, Kian Wheeler, Logan Williams and Joey Williams. Third grade, A/B Brandi Bass, Chloe Bembry, Chance Blanton, Mark Bray, Jayce Calhoun, Samantha Cruce, Malina Davis, Valerie Gibson, Kinsey Goodman, TreShon Grifn, Paris Grush, Savanna Hathcock, Casen Heartseld, Ella Holley, Ethan Holmes, Priscilla Howie, Elise Island, Sadiyah Jackson, Emily Johnson, Emmalyn Johnson, Aubrey Jones, Lucas Lee, Katelyn Lewis, Katelyn Mathis, Cash McKenzee, Grace Murphy, Nicole Myer, Dylan Pack, Kayden Padgett, Kadence Pittman, Hayley Ratliff, Bailee Reynolds, Billy Richardson, LeAnna Roberts, Raena Sadler, Jakayla Sellers, Timothy Shelton, Audrianna Singleton, Ethan Thompson, J.T. Tucker, Christopher Vann, Devin Waters, Lucas Weatherly, Carson Weaver, Matthew Webber, Brent Williams, Chloe Williams, Demitri Williams, Jaaron Williams, Stylez Williams, Afrah Zaed and Beyonce Zheng. Fourth grade, All As Allora Baxley, Nicolas Bennett, Madison Buzbee, Cole English, Karla Ferrer, Jakovie Island, Trista Knowles, Hailee McGuire, Cassie Murphy, Maitri Patel, Colby Sparkman, Alyssa Tucker and Abigail Wynn. Fourth grade, A/B Caleb Addison, Caden Adkison, Dalston Arthur, Sarah Bailey, Jule Bell, Makyla Biado-Walker, Evette Boatwright, Calneisha Bruton, Cambron Byrd, Ayonna Carter, Madelynn Craft, Kennede Crowley, Breanna Cruce, Jenna Davis, Mayonest Doughty, Roland Early, Hunter English, Khristien Foster, Abbagale Frampton, Julius Fraser, IYon Frison, Najeh Glanton, JaiVien Glenn, Reese Grambling, Caroline Gray, Devlin Hamrick, Barbara Hardemon, Hunter Harvey, Maci Haworth, C.J. Hendry, Max Hines, Dakota Hodges, Jerry Johnson, Alex Knowles, Slade Lago, David Leggett, Nathan Lundy, Morgan Luther, Joan MacNeill, Abreanna McGuire, Macie McGuire, Chelly McHargue, Rodney Moore, Samantha Moore, Harlee Moseley, Constance Mote, Cassie Murphy, Trad Murphy, Nathaniel Nieves, Madison Nix, Brookelynn Padgett, Hayla Parker, Jade Parker, Joshua Poisel, Kadyn Puhl, Makayla Roberts, Travon Robertson, Rebecca Shoaff, Abby Snodgrass, Allen Thomas, Ryan Thompson, Jyasha Tucker, Jordan Tyler, John Vaughn, Daniel Walker, Ashley Weatherly, Ellie Webb, Hannah Webb, Tristen Willets, Kamryn Williamson, Jacob Wilson and Konnor Wilson. Fifth grade, All As Bea Anderson, Jaydyn Andrews, Ethan Buckhalter, Mariana Fields, Robert Glanton, Alexis Gorby, Dillon Gregory, Caleb Holmes, Caroline Hornsby, Andy Jiang, Dennis Jiang, Bradley LaValle, Jayla Moseley Megan Murphy, Janki Patel, Julian Phillips, Katie Ricketson, and Zachary Young. Perry Primary School has announced its honor roll for the fourth and nal nineweek grading period for 2012-13: Kindergarten, All As Trayce Abercrombie, Madison Allen, Robert Allen, Ethan Allison, Addison Aman, Tessa Barton, Matthew Bembry, Kaylee Boyington, Morris Bratcher, Destin Brown, Christian Bruce, Landon Burford, Gabriel Cannon, Brooke Chaney, Haley Chitwood, Caden Collier, Jonathan Connell, James Connors, Kyler Cruce, John Curry, Kelan Drawdy, Variah Dunnell, Ashlin Early, Emily Edwards, Peyton Ellison, Jovanna Ferrer, Dewayne Flowers, Tristan Flowers, Benjamin Folsom, Savannah Forehand, Chloe Freeman, Hunter Freeman, Adetrick Gant, Ava Gantt, Kniya Glanton, Robert Glanton, Faith Gray, Cameron Gregory, Joshua Grifn, Makayla Grubbs, Bryce Gunter, Rhihanna Hamilton, Rhyan Hamilton, Luke Hayden, Joseph Heartseld, Ethan Holden, Matteline Howard, Joseph Hunter, Aurelia Island, Zakari Jackson, Audrey James, Danny Juday, Isaac Kallschmidt, Hailey Kirkman, Savannah Kraft, Reyna Lara, Landon Lawless, Kayden Lee, Avery Levingston, Assyria Lewis, Caleb Linton, Lilly Luther, Dalton Mathews, Kaden Micklos, Mia Milton, Christopher Mims, Kylan Nash, Brant Neal, Alexander Neel-Burnip, Claire Parker, Isaac Parker, Olivia Parker, Tristin Parks, Landen Patrick, Mason Paul, Jaqualaha Pritchett, Anthony Ridgeway, Sidney Rucker, Alyssa Severance, Timothy Shaw, Xavier Sinnott, Cayden Slaughter, Kennadie Smith, Natalie Smith, Sunni Spradley, Olivia Summerlin, Luke Tate, Jackson Taylor, Lake Tucker, Gracie Tull, Ava Turner, Katie Tuton, Kamiyah Upshaw, Courtney Vann, Kyla Vongvilay, Kayden Weatherly, Jay Weaver, Andrew Webb, Riley Webb, John Weed, Jordan Weirick, Morgan Whetsel, Tradelvan Whetsel, Kaylee Whiddon, Riley White, Jakecia Williams, Journey Williams and Samantha Wright. Kindergarten, A/B Shaian Aikens, Kalica Anderson, Cole Baldree, Benjamin Bettilyon, Cheyann Bowles, Kayla Bowles, Laiya Britt, Promise Britt, Connor Brown, Janiya Brown, Kiersten Carter, Christian Emory, Wyatt Englehart, Jakobe Faulk, Rehanna Faulk, Michael Flummer, Kadence Franklin, Kelly Gibson, Zachery Gilmer, Anna Guo, Marquez Hamilton, Degan Hernandez, Charlie Hill, Aubrie Hunter, Thomas Ingram, Dariana Jones, Nakadea King, Rachael Littlepage, Adrian Mathis, Nayshun Moore, Jordan Murphy, Piper Odom, Ashton Padgett, Rhaji Porter, Jacquez Price, David Raker, Gracelyn Raker, Chrishya Reaves, Noah Richardson, Savannah Roberts, Jamarion Robinson, Robert Ross, Aiden Sadler, Imani Scurry, Jacoby Scurry, Akeema Simpo, Hannah Slaughter, Cade Smith, Arianna Spencer, Olivia Tate, Tremari Thomas, Chloe Thompson, Austin Tomlinson, Carli Towles, Emily Vann, Conner Williams, Kingston Williams and Georgia Woods. First grade, All As Hank Albritton, Briana Amman, Saranz Blackshear, Allison Brantley, Rebekah Buhler, Annastacia Coleman, Allen Collier, Laney Cruce, Seth Cutshall, Luke Dayton, Macy Dean, Donald Denmark, Dylan Dibler, Hayden Durham, Courtney Dyer, Anna English, Landen Feagle, Shane Flores, Mallory Folsom, Delainey Forbes, Jaret Fuller, Emaley Gentry, Julio Gonzalez, Nicholas Gorby, Carson Gray, Garrison Guenthner, Hannah Harvey, Rebekah Hill, Matthew Hodges, Lindasue Jackson, Bradynn Johnson, Caleb Jones, Arabia Lewis, Madisen Lewis, Molly Lundy, Morgan Lundy, Jonathan Manning, Connor Murphy, Tristin Rector, Brenden Reed, Katelin Sellers, John Shaw, Hannah Shiver, Gavin Towles, Jhganna Turnbough, Aliveah Tuten, Sierra Watson, Katelyn Webber, Rachel White, Denton Wiggins, Tucker Wiles and Ashlynn Williamson. First grade, A/B Noah Aman, Ivy Armstrong, Perrin Austin, Kayla Bellerice, Colbi Bodiford, Dekayla Briggs, Haley Brock, Xzavion Brooks, Abigail Buhler, Jerquise Clayton, Sylvester Collins, Trenton Delacruz, Natalie Eastman, Ella Goodman, Dontay Green, Seth Guerrero, Jamichael Harris, Leah Harris, Joshua Heard, Sebastian Hilson, Paris Holton, Unique Hunter, Alexander Inherst, Austin Knowles, Evan Lago, Conner Lavalle, Rex Lorentz, Claire Massey, Madison McMullen, Brylee Mock, Haydin Mosley, Brendon Newham, Jordan Ramseur-Nance, Marlee Sadler, Adarian Shepherd, Hayden Taylor, Nathaniel Tedder, Matthew Thompson, Jaskya Upshaw, LillyAnna Whitehurst, Gavin Williams, Jaydenn Williams, Karindall Williamson and Christopher Wilson. Second grade, All As Nathan Archer, Addison Bethea, Nevaeh Bishop, Shala Blanton, Derek Boyington, Journey Brown, Cristian Campbell, Addison Carter, Cameron Carter, Tyler Chaney, Willie Donaldson, Travis Driggers, Holly English, Evian Evans, Jordyn Glenn, Kennis Glenn-Simmons, Haden Gregory, Tanessa Hamilton, Ajari Harris, Mitchell Hill, Christian Humphreys, Alderman Johnson, Camden Kelley, Makayla Levingston, Megan Lewis, Logan Linton, Blane Lytle, April Markle, Ashton Mauldin, Hannah McGuire, Kalyan McMullen, Destiny Miller, Bradley Monroe, Emma Montgomery, Emily Morgan, Jacob Murphy, Corbin Osceola, Anjani Patel, Mallory Paul, Jessicka Phillips, Marvin Phillips, Mason Phillips, Esau Pickron, Madyson Robinson, Jolee Sloan, Lindzie Smith, Jasmine Stevens, Faith Sullivan, Macy Summerlin, Jhabriya Thomas, Haylie Tucker, Please see page 9TCES hails top grade earnersPlease see page 9Primary students named to nal honor roll2012-13Taylor County Elementary School & Perry Primary Taylor County High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian James Clover also recently earned the Eagle Scout award, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. was held Sunday, June 2, at First United Methodist Church. The honoree is shown with his parents, David Clover and Terri Clover along with Scoutmaster Troop 600 David Adams (far left). Raising funds for St. Jude Taylor County Elementary School students raised $640.62 for St. Judge (top row, l to r) Jayla Mosley, Adam Sellers, Allen Martin, Lucas Lee, Kirston Touchton. Not pictured is Jasmine Crowley. To date, TCES students have raised $16,974.16 for St. Jude.
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They play in the Northwest League for Minor League Baseball. Hillsboro is located about 20 miles from Portland. The stadium seats 4,500 people and is sold out for the season. Ratliff will live with a host family in the community. Arizona has a rookie league team in Missoula, Mont., as well as minor league teams in South Bend, Ind. (Class A), Visalia, Calif. (Advanced A), Mobile, Ala. (AA) and Reno, Nev. (AAA). In 2012, Ratliff started in 30 of 31 games as a sophomore for head coach Terry Alexander at Jacksonville University before missing the nal half of the season due to a hand injury. He batted .281 with 12 RBI, six doubles and one homer and still nished third on the team with 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts. His sophomore year, Ratliff had 10 multihit games, including three hits at Stetson on April 6 and delivered a gamewinning RBI double in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Kennesaw State. He also scored three times at Georgia Southern, recorded a two-run single against Wagner and stole three bases in the series opener with the Seahawks as well as roping a two-run double against Florida A&M. Ratliff notched a career-best ve RBI with a grand slam against Florida State and went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI in the second game of the season-opening series at USC. In 2011, he started 52 of the Dolphins 55 games in three different spots (3B, 2B, DH) as a freshman and earned NCBWA Freshman All-America and Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team accolades after hitting .330 with 58 runs, 25 stolen bases, 24 RBI and nine doubles. Ratliff totaled 19 multi-hit games and was chosen to the Atlantic Sun Academic Team while the Dolphins advanced to the NCAA Gainesville Regional and went 1-2. During his freshman year, Ratliff went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs against Florida A&M, went 3 for 5 at the plate and scored a run against Florida State in Jacksonville and registered four hits in the series opener at FGCU. He also collected seven RBI over the rst two games at East Tennessee State, batted .538 (7 for 13) with six runs and four stolen bases in a series with USC Upstate. He also had three hits in his rst game against the FSU Seminoles in Tallahassee. In four games over two seasons against the Seminoles, Ratliff batted .500 (9 for 18) including a grand slam. He drove in 5 runs and scored 3. During his high school career, Ratliff was a fouryear starter as a shortstop and utility player for TCHS under head coach Reggie Wentworth. As a senior, Ratliff was named a 2010 Preseason Under Armour All-American and earned all-state recognition by the Prospect Wire Scouting Network after batting .500 with 16 stolen bases, eight home runs and seven triples. He was named to the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Florida AllRegion Second Team prior to his senior year and attended the Perfect Game National Showcase where he was ranked as one of the Top 200 Seniors in the Class of 2010. He was ranked as the No. 7 shortstop and No. 49 overall player in Florida by Prospect Wire Scouting Network in high school, when he was chosen to the 2009 Perfect Game USA Preseason Underclassmen All-American Honorable Mention Team. Ratliff batted .435 as a junior with a .623 slugging percentage, a .524 on-base percentage and had 15 stolen bases. He also lettered in football and soccer. Taylor is the son of Bruce Ratliff and Rhonda Watson Brewer and has a brother, Blake. His father, Bruce, played baseball at South Georgia College (1982-83) and his uncle, Glenn, played baseball at the University of Montevallo (1977-78). Ratliff is believed to be just the fth Taylor County Bulldog baseball player selected in the MLB draft, following Joey Ferrill (Cleveland Indians), Brad Flores (1993-Kansas City Royals), Sadler (who was traded and later made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 2002) and Billy Davis (1996-Los Angeles Dodgers). Fifth grade, A/B Kelsey Adams, Niashia Baker, Zachary Bembry, Elizabeth Blue, Elizabeth Brown, Jackson Cash, Nicole Davis, Sherwin Davis, Ayana Fitchett, Briana Flowers, Aiyannis Fuller, Gabriel Guzman, Kalob Hunter, Keelan Johnson, Ceven Kidd, Cody Lastinger, John Lewis, Julianna Lindsey, Ben Lorentz, Josie Louk, Hannah Lytle, LaDona Mingus, Kayla Padgett, Kristen Padgett, Nick Padgett, Urvish Patel, Jade Poisel, Jordan Pyke, Victoria Roberts, Theresa Rogers, Joshua Rowell, Macy Sadler, Keiaira Schubert, Adam Sellers, Joseph Shoaff, Logan Smart, Melody Spradley, Victoria Taylor, Caylen Tyler, Boney Villagomez, Adam Webber and Kaitlin Willis. Cameron Upshaw, Dusty Warf, Azarrin Washington, Jarrett Wilkinson, Cheyenne Willey, Chariah Williams, Elijah Williams, Emma Wright and Vincent Zheng. Second grade, A/B Terel Abercrombie, Jacob Adkison, Hunter Austin, Madison Bennett, Kaylin Benton, Sikayla Bradshaw, Anthony Brooks, Bradley Buckhalter, Trenton Buckley, Adrianna Carter, Wyatt Cox, Felicity Emory, Shaniya Faulk, Hayden Fletcher, Joshua Freeman, Paulvos Fuller, Alyla Futch, Harley Grush, Colby Harrison, Taner Holton, Adam Jenkins, Emyleigh Kirk, Tyler Kirkman, William Lansdon, Jamiah Manning, Nykiah Miller, Skylar Moore, Avery Morgan, Elijah Myer, Jordan Padgett, Mackenzie Parker, Maegan Parker, Ashline Pierre, Brianna Reams, Chivoski Reaves, Jose Robles, Zachery Sadler, Maddee Sessions, Cole Severance, Abigail Sharpe, Marla Shaw, Mark Shell, Phillip Shiver, Ashlin Sibley, Allie Smith, Chloe Smith, Kaitlyn Smith, Ashton Strickland, Ayden Strickland, Leigha Sullivan, Levi Sumrall, Ryan Tadlock, Kevis Thomas, Ethan Tomlinson, Justin Touchton, Michael Tuton, Victoria Walker, Naundra Washington, David Weirick, Jakayla Williams, David Willis, Anthony Winchester and Hind Zaed. TCES Continued from page 7 TCES fth graders are recognized for making the nal A/B honor roll PRIMARY STUDENTS Continued from page 7 Second graders spotlighted on A/B honor rollA-9 Taco Times June 12, 2013 RATLIFF Continued from page 5 DYW registration deadline is June 15 Registration for the 2013 Florida Forest Festival Distinguished Young Women Program is underway and open to all high school senior girls living in Taylor County attending any school or being home schooled. The deadline is June 15 and participants must sign up online at www.distinguishedyw.com. Hillsboro Hop s en Minor league takes Ratliff to Oregon
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