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Title: Taco times
Portion of title: Taylor County times
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Perry Newspapers, Inc.
Place of Publication: Perry Fla
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Taylor -- Perry
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1961.
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General Note: Description based on: 22nd year, no. 27 (Apr. 11, 1984).
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Donate blood in honor of Bev ParkerA blood drive in honor of 2013 Relay for Life Honorary Co-Chair Beverly Parker will be held Friday, June 28, at Walgreens from 1-6 p.m. A big thank you to all who donate blood. Without the donation of blood from people like you, I would not be alive. So thank you! Parker said. Donors may pre-register online at www.onebloodonor. org (use sponsor code G5264). Participants will receive free t-shirts. For more information, visit oneblood.org. Oneblood is formerly Southeastern Community Blood Center.Food pantry open Friday at JerkinsA food pantry will be open at Jerkins Community Center this Friday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to noon. Fruits and vegetables will also be distributed. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 26www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayJune 26, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-5 Community . ............. A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Classieds . .............. A-8Weather Wednesday 94 7140% Thursday94 7230% News Forum The Taylor County Commission joined together with members of the Steinhatchee community for a grand re-opening ceremony at the Steinhatchee public boat ramp Monday morning to celebrate the completion of Phase II of the construction as well as to publicly thank two of the projects major donors: Buckeye and Foley Timber and Land Co., which gave $100,000 and $200,000 respectively toward the purchase and construction of the boat ramp. Signs recognizing the two companies were unveiled during the ceremony (top photo). Shown with the signs are (from l to r): County Grants Coordinator Melody Cox, County Administrator Jack Brown, Edwina Schapper representing Foley, Michele Curtis representing Buckeye and Commission Chairperson Pam Feagle. The ceremony drew a large crowd including (bottom right photo) Dan Simmons of Buckeye (left), County Commissioner Jody DeVane, whose district includes Steinhatchee, and Charlie Norwood, owner of Sea Hag Marina. Partners for progress Sports Complex bids far exceed budget The Taylor County Commission received two bids for Phase III of the Taylor County Sports Complex, but both bids were well over the available budget. The two bids, which were opened during the commissions meeting last week, were $449,940 from ADVON Corp. of Tallahassee and $573,038.73 from Curts Construction of White Springs. County Engineer Kenneth Dudley told the board that both bids were above what we anticipated. While the board meeting continued, the bid committee looked over the bids to ensure they were complete, with Dudley returning to address the commission later. At that time, he said the committee was recommending the board award the bid to the apparent low bidder--ADVON-contingent on staff working with the rm to reduce the cost to meet the available funds. Commissioner Malcolm Please see page 10Its that time of year again to unfurl the dive ag, put a mask on and head to the coast to collect some bay scallops. The recreational season is open in Gulf of Mexico state waters beginning Monday, July 1. Scallops can be harvested from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County. The season was extended permanently last year by two weeks and will remain open through Sept. 24. The bag limit is two gallons of whole bay scallops or one pint of meat per person, per day, with a vessel limit of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops or a halfgallon of meat. Scallops may be collected by hand or with a landing or dip net. There is no commercial harvest for bay scallops in Florida state and federal waters. The average number of scallops observed during pre-season surveys doubled in Homosassa and St. Joseph Bay and increased slightly in Steinhatchee. The St. Marks average decreased substantially from June 2012, which was most likely due to effects from Tropical Storm Debby, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) ofcials said. The Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District and the University Please see page 10Happy Monday! Scallop season opens July 1 During a special noon meeting Friday, June 28, the Taylor County School Board will vote on whether or not to close the middle school at Steinhatchee. Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyal has recommended that all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Steinahtchee be bused to classes at Taylor County Middle School. A contingent of parents from Steinhatchee has asked members to consider viable alternatives and to keep the middle school open. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex on North Clark Street. Fridays meeting agenda also includes re-appointment of administrative personnel and annual contract teachers.School board holds special meeting Friday Rep. Halsey Beshears spoke to the Perry Rotary Club Tuesday about his Beshears: three issues overshadowed freshman legislative experienceFresh from his rst session as a member of the Florida Legislature, Rep. Halsey Beshears spoke to the Perry Rotary Club Tuesday to discuss a number of the larger issues tackled in Tallahassee this year and elded questions from members and guests. Beshears lives in Monticello and is chief nancial ofcer for Simpson Nurseries and president of Total Landscape Supply. He was elected in 2012 to represent District 7, which includes Taylor County along with Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison and Wakulla counties as well as part of Leon County. Speaking Tuesday, Beshears noted that while the legislature passed some 350 bills--out of 2200 proposed--three issues overshadowed everything else. The rst issue was Medicaid expansion, which Florida did not accept this year. The Florida House passed a bill to refuse the expansion, but it did not pass in the Senate. Beshears said he believed everyone can agree on to the need to help children, pregnant women and the elderly, but argued that much of the expansion would go to those ages 21-64 with no children who could nd work to help pay for their own coverage. This will come back next year, he said Murder trial date set for Lloyd PhelpsLloyd Phelps, 60, will face a jury of his peers less than a year after being indicted for the murder of Patricia Niece Knight. Clerk ofcials conrmed this week that a trial date of July 22-26 has been set aside for the case that stretches back to 2006 when Knight (who was his second cousin) was rst reported missing. Phelps has been in custody without bond since September 2012 and, through his court-appointed attorneys, has expressed his desire for the case to move forward as quickly as possible. Knights mother, Carol Dean Lockett, reported her daughter missing on Monday, Jan. 23, 2006. At that time, it had been 10 days since anyone had contact with Knight. She was last seen at her nieces South Calhoun Street residence Jan. 13, 2006. She was wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved light blue t-shirt and black boots. The case was handled as a missing persons investigation until ve years later when detectives upgraded the case to a murder investigation in 2011. Nearly a year after that, the completed case le was presented to a grand jury, which handed down the murder indictment against Phelps. Assistant State Attorney John Weed will be the lead prosecuting attorney. This will be the rst murder case to proceed to trial in more than a decade. In the most recent cases, many of the defendants accepted pleas prior to trial. Please see page 10

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A-4 Taco Times June 26, 2013 Living June 29th wedding will unite OToole, Reams in SavannahCindy McGovern OToole and Pat OToole, both of Lawrence, Kan., announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Rene, of Savannah, Ga., to Thomas Smith Reams, also of Savannah. The prospective groom is the son of Thomas and Edna Reams, former residents of Perry who recently returned to the region, moving from Rincon, Ga. The future bride is a 2008 graduate of Free State High School in Lawrence. She plans to earn a bachelors degree in rehabilitation science from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2013. After graduation, she hopes to earn a doctorate in physical therapy. Mr. Reams is a 2010 graduate of South Efngham High School in Rincon. He plans to earn bachelors degrees in cellular and molecular biology and chemistry from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2013. After graduation, Mr. Reams hopes to begin medical school at Mercer University for a career in anesthesiology. The couple will be married Saturday, June 29, 2013, in a 5 pm. ceremony at Savannah Christian Church. Lorelai welcomed to Gibson Family May 3Harper and Angie Gibson announce the birth of their daughter, Lorelai Suzanne, on May 3, 2013, in North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville. She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Grandparents of the new arrival include Jerry and Shelly Cruce, Paul Gibson, Howard and Debra Sadler, all of Perry. Lorelai Suzanne was welcomed home by her brother, Levi, who is 4. Kelly Rene OToole, Thomas Smith Reams A Summer Gardening Workshop will be held this Thursday, June 27, at 12 noon at the Taylor County Extension Service in Forest Capital Hall. Participants will learn tips about summer gardening and what to plant during summer months. Also get to sample some summer produce. The class is free to the public. Preregister by phone at 838-3508 or by email at lwiggins@ u.edu. Summer gardening workshop Thursday Lorelai Suzanne Gibson Summer reading: Thursdays program brings magic, jugglingThe Taylor County Public Librarys Summer Reading Program continues to Dig into Reading Thursday, June 27, with Out of My Hands featuring magic, juggling and more. The program begins at 10 a.m. at the library, which is located at 403 N. Washington St. The reading program will continue each Thursday at 10 a.m. with storyteller Paul Peavy on July 11; Pirate Mark Petty with skits lled with fun (children are encouraged to come dressed as pirates for this program) on July 18; and the grand nale featuring the Diggery Dino Dinosaur Show on July 25. Parents or caregivers are required to stay with the children participating in the summer program. For more information, please call the library at 838-3512. Taylor County United, Inc., is having its fourth annual Christmas in July bake sale at Buckeye Credit Union on July 2 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to provide clothing, food and toys for deserving children in this community at Christmas. Each year the organization hosts a party for these children and their families. Anyone interested in baking for this event may contact Michele McLeod at 584-5805 for more information.Christmas in July slated

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A-5 Taco Times June 26, 2013 Religion Ronald Francis DaltonRonald Francis Dalton, 72, of Perry, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Doctors Memorial Hospital in Perry following an extended illness. Mr. Dalton was born March 17, 1941, in Memphis, Tenn., to Lloyd and Linnie (Towater) Dalton. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd C. Dalton; a son, Daniel Aaron Dalton; and a grandson, Lance Alan Dalton. Mr. Dalton was a Methodist and a life member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the National Rie Association. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as an E-6 Tech Sgt. after 20 years of service. He also worked with Watkins/Fru-Con as an electrician for more than 20 years. Survivors include: his wife of 45 years, Joanne Etha Vanderboegh Dalton of Perry; his mother, Lucile Dalton of Perry; three sons, Ken Dalton (Min Suk) and Leo Dalton of Perry; and Ronald Bret Dalton (Tanya), of Easley, S.C.; one daughter, Rhonda Dalton of Perry; one brother, Kenneth L. Dalton (Dorothy) of Perry; and seven grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Moose Heart (at Mooseheart City and School, Mooseheart, Ill., 60539), Moose Haven (at 1701 Park Ave, Orange Park, FL. 32073), or the National Rie Association. No services are planned. Arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Obituaries Want to visit the Holy Land?Dont forget: My Hope meeting ThursdayThe Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has scheduled a My Hope America with Billy Graham meeting for pastors, church staff, ministry leaders and other interested persons Thursday, June 27. Pleasant Grove Baptist will serve as the host church for the meeting, which will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. For information, you may also contact Danny Lundy at (850) 838-0571. Trinity House of Praise is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land Experience on July 13, costing $80 per person, on a rst-come, rst-served basis. This fee covers transportation and entrance into the park. All money is requested by June 28, and no later than June 30. For details, please call Charles Reaves at 295-5333 or Annie Jones at 843-3596. Choir clinic Sat., message Sunday In conjunction with the Taylor Baptist Association, New Home Baptist Church is offering a communitywide choir clinic on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. led by Terry Williams of the Florida Baptist Convention. On Sunday, Executive Director Dr. John Sullivan will speak during the 6 p.m. serivce at New Home with the community choir performing. Everyone is invited to participate/attend. Go digital with us: www.perrynewspapers.com

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Editors Note: Book Mart owner Polly Waller is taking a break from book reviews, but nevertheless remains inspired to write. Here she shares memories from her rst foray into retail. Selling at the Farmers Market this past weekend made me think back and remember my very rst venture as a merchant in the City of Perry. It started out on an early summer day in the year 1975 when Papa and I were riding down Jefferson Street and I saw a sign advertising a Farmers Market opening at the park by the Duck Pond two days a week. Suddenly, a light bulb came on above my head. My parents had a big garden with lots and lots of veggies ripe and ready and they were always harassing me to help pick. Here was a way to make cold, hard cash over the summer without having a job. The little cash register in my head said Ka-ching for the rst time. I proposed the idea to Mama and Papa. Their rst question was, Whos going to pick it? They both knew that hard, sweaty work wasnt exactly my forte. I will. I said. They smiled skeptically and agreed to transport me to and from the market, but that was all they would do. As I picked that rst bushel of acre peas, my eyes burning from the salty sweat pouring off my forehead and ghting the yellow ies riding on my ankles, I began to think that maybe I should specialize in something easier to harvest. I took a break and sat in the shade behind the barn, studying the garden. Papa had lots of spring onions, and more onion sets waiting to be planted for a continuous harvest over the summer. I decided Id take what peas I had already picked, along a few squash and peppers to the market to sell, but the bulk of my crop would be green onions. They would be my specialty. There was not a scrap of onion left on Papas nice, neat, long row when I nished my harvest. It looked like the hogs had been at it. Happy with my work, I went back to my spot in the shade and began to wash and spruce up my onions. Once I got them clean and trimmed, I went inside in the A/C and rummaged through Mamas sewing box to nd some ribbon to tie them into bundles. I neatly displayed my nished product in a wicker basket and when Mama got home she was impressed with my industry. But when Papa saw his onions decimated, he was not. You didnt even leave one, he said, then added, If green onions are your specialty, what will you sell next week? Uh oh. I suggested he might want to plant more onion sets. He retorted something I wont repeat here, then took me down to the garden and proceeded to show me how to plant them. Thats the rst time I ever placed my hands in the dirt and requested something to grow. Those new sets did grow, and so did the ones after that, and the ones after that. Spending that summer (and the next) cultivating and bunching up onions with ribbon was fun, but the highlight was taking them to market and hearing that ka-ching in my money box. My parents had no qualms about dropping a 12-yearold off to sell on my own. They didnt supply me with a chair either and when I got tired of standing, Id sit up on those metal tables right along with my produce, signature Polly-style with my legs crossed under me. Sometimes, when I didnt sell out, Mama would feel sorry for me and take me by where she worked at Florida National Bank and bank president Tommy Evans gave me permission to walk around with my basket hawking onions. Business was good there, and Id always sell out, but after a while, Mr. Evans requested that I wrap or bag my onions. It turns out so many onions in the bank at one time caused the patrons eyes to water from the fumes and the smell became overwhelming. To this day, when I walk in what is now the Wells Fargo building, I sniff to see if I can still smell onions. The prots from those two summers of selling onions along with squash, cukes, sweet corn and peppers (I never sold another pea), later paid for my rst car--a very used 1972 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus I bought from Joe and Danny Griner for $600. Ann Hill from the Kingswood Restaurant called the Satellite my vegetable car. It was a great car, and those were two great summers spent hawking onions. So now, 40 years later, Im peddling vegetables again. Except this time my specialties are heirloom tomatoes, peppers, red okra, herbs and cut owers. Green onions will be coming soon. Ive still got the basket I sold them in. Now Ive just gotta nd some ribbon. A-6 Taco Times June 26, 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 fourth Thursday, 10:30 a.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 newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comCommunity CalendarPlease call 584-5513 to update your current calendar listing. Farmers Market memories The sweet, onion-y smell of success Polly Waller joins fellow farmers Saturday mornings under the Grand Pavillion at Rosehead Park. 8 a.m. to noon. Scouts say thanks The Perry Kiwanis Club welcomed Taylor County Cub Scouts and leaders from Pack 603 to the June 12 meeting. President Bobby Edwards, club, as did Cub Scouts (from left) Joshua Wurgler, Jordan Nance, Gavin Tax collectors ofce joins Cell phones for soldiers campaign The Taylor County Tax Collectors Ofce and nonprot Cell Phones for Soldiers, Inc., are asking Taylor County residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 290,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas around the world. By donating to cell phones for soldiers, Taylor County residents can provide troops with that precious connection to loved ones back home, organizers said. Residents can donate their phones at the Taylor County Tax Collectors ofce located on the rst oor of the courthouse as well as Please see page 10

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A-10 Taco Times June 26, 2013 the drivers license ofce location in the old Highway Patrol building (2275 U.S. 19 North). It is a pleasure and an honor to be involved with this organization to supply our troops with the ability to contact loved ones from around the world, Taylor County Tax Collector Mark Wiggins said. We were looking for a way to help our armed forces and support them; we have done that with this joint effort. Not only are we providing for our soldiers, we are recycling cell phones in a positive way for our environment. Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care-package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals. Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like the Taylor County Tax Collectors Ofce that take the initiative to support our troops, said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come. Donated phones are sent to Mindful eCycling for recycling. For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones for Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops. Approximately half of the phones Mindful eCycling processes are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials. SOLDIERS Continued from page 6 12,000 calling cards sent to soldiers weekly of Florida Taylor County Extension Ofce will host a free workshop about bay scallops Friday, June 28, at the Steinhatchee Community Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Speakers will discuss the biology and ecology of the bay scallop population, regulations on recreational harvest, and proper handling and cooking recipes. There will be door prizes and light refreshments. To register for the free event, contact Marine and Natural Resources Extension Agent Geoff Wallat at (850) 838-3508. Perry Newspapers, Inc., will publish its annual Dive-In supplement with full coverage of the 2013 Scallop Season in Fridays Perry News-Herald. Page made a motion to follow the recommendation and Commissioner Jim Moody seconded. The measure passed unanimously. Dudley said he would report back to the commission at its July 1 meeting on the results of the talks with ADVON. The project in question includes the construction of a softball eld, a baseball eld and the associated facilities, including dugouts and sidewalks. It does not include the concession stand and restrooms or lighting and irrigation. According to Dudley, the concession stand and restrooms are being constructed in-house by the county utilizing Florida Department of Corrections inmate crews and work is already underway on those facilities. Lighting and irrigation will be installed using existing contracts, he added. Last fall, the commission earmarked $600,000 toward the complex expansion in response to requests from softball representatives, who expressed dissatisfaction with the existing local softball facilities. The new elds will be adjacent to the existing quad of baseball diamonds. SPORTS COMPLEX Continued from page 1 $600,000 earmarked for next construction phase at complex SCALLOP Continued from page 1 Learn all about scallops Friday of the question of expanding Medicaid. The second issue was ethics and election reform. Beshears said this was important, especially with the governors race next year. Under the reforms passed this year, the number of early voting days will return to where they were before the 2012 reductions. He said that of Floridas 67 counties, only three had reported elections problems during the national election in 2012. The third issue dominating the session was pension reform, namely changes to the Florida Retirement System. A bill to end the system and enroll new employees in a dened benets package failed this past session. Beshears argued Florida cannot continue to fund the current system, despite calls that Floridas retirement system is one of the most stable in the nation. He continued that only 22 states still offer a retirement system like Floridas. Of those, eight have gone bankrupt. Another issue which the legislature took up this past session was employee raises, but Beshears said this was less controversial than the others because it wasnt a question of if, just how much. Weve been putting that [raises] off for six years, It was long overdue. BESHEARS Continued from page 1 State cannot continue to fund retirement system The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce welcomed one of its newest members with a ribboncutting ceremony Friday, June 14. Studio 221 owners Steve and Kenya Hooppell welcomed chamber members, fellow downtown business owners, clients, friends and family to their grand opening. The grant. Kenya Hooppell said their goal is to provide personal attention for clients. In addition to a the event. Registration is underway for the upcoming Summer Community Varsity Cheerleading Camp planned July 29Aug. 2. The cost is $50 per participant and the registration deadline is Friday, July 5. The camp will be led by members of the 2013-14 Taylor County High School varsity cheerleading squad. For more information, please call Jodi Rowell at 5849497 or Kamryn Sands at 843-1567. Register today for cheerleading camp