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Taylor Countys legislative delegation--Rep. Halsey Beshears and Sen. Bill Montford--held a public hearing Monday evening during which they listened to questions and concerns from local ofcials and residents. Montford began the meeting by welcoming those in attendance and pointing out that the 2014 legislative session will begin March 4. Were delighted to be here, Montford said. Its always a pleasure to visit Perry. Taylor County Commission Chairman Malcolm Page thanked the legislators for visiting and then asked County Administrator Jack Brown to address them on the commissions concerns for the upcoming session. Brown presented a proposal for additional exibility for small rural counties to utilize bed tax revenue, noting that the Taylor County Tourism Development Council supports the plan. He also thanked the legislators for their support on the countys grant application to the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and asked their continued help to ensure the program is funded next year. County Tax Collector Mark Wiggins asked for assistance with the former Highway Patrol Station, which is owned by the state and leased by the county. Montford said it was unlikely the state would give the county the property, but added that he and Beshears had worked on a similar issue in which the state gave the local ofcials a much longer lease option. County Commissioner Jody DeVane asked for help in providing regulatory relief to allow for the creation of forestry education programs as well as any nancial assistance the state could provide the county for canal dredging. A number of residents also spoke during the meeting, raising a variety of issues including the ongoing U.S. 19 revitalization efforts, a new law affecting life insurance beneciaries, the federal common core education standards and job growth. When we go to the districts, we hear common issues, Beshears said in closing the meeting, urging residents to contact his and Montfords ofces with concerns throughout the year. Chambers hosts annual Christmas reception ThursdayThe Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas reception Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5-7 p.m., at Java Connection (located in the Historic Perry Station/Old Depot). We invite members to join us in celebrating the holiday season, Director Dawn Taylor said. Holiday refreshments will be served and door prizes given away.Food distribution set for FridayA food distribution will be held at Jerkins Community Center this Friday, Dec. 20, starting at 8 a.m. be closed for the holidaysThe City of Perry has announced its garbage collection schedule for the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays. City ofces will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas. Everyone will receive garbage collection service Monday, Dec. 23, regularly scheduled service returning for Thursday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Dec. 27. City ofces will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Years; there will be no changes to the garbage schedule that week.Society holds The Taylor County Historical Society is holding a drawing for a woven throw that features buildings located (or once located) in the historic downtown district. Tickets, available Thursday at the Historical Society downtown location, are $1 each or $5 for seven. The drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. The group also has a selection of its They Were Here series available for purchase. planned SaturdayBridging the GAPP (Gaining A Positive Perspective) will give away 200 turkeys to local families in need at the Taylor Senior Citizens Center Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The rst 50 turkeys will be earmarked for seniors served at the center; the remaining turkeys will be distributed on a rst-come, rst-served basis, GAPP President Garry McNealy said. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 50www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayDecember 18, 2013 Index Living . ...................... A-4 Community . .............. A-5 Editorial . .................. A-6 Religion . ................... A-7 Sports . ..................... A-8 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 64 34 Thursday71 33 Local residents, ofcials air concerns during Monday meeting with Beshears, Montford A Taylor County mother continues to ght for her life after a sustaining multiple critical injuries in a rollover crash Thursday night on Carlton Cemetery Road. Melissa Robinson, 29, remains in ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She has undergone two back-toback emergency surgeries and is scheduled for two additional surgeries today (Wednesday). Robinsons list of injuries is extensive and severe: a broken back (in two places), broken sacrum, broken pelvis/hip, broken ribs, broken sternum and broken right leg, her mother, Eva Whiddon Akins, said Tuesday. She has chest tubes because her lungs collapsed, she had a ruptured spleen and a ruptured diaphragm, she is on a ventilator and we are waiting to see if her left leg is broken as well. The doctors are trying to keep her sedated, but she has come to a few times and tried to ask questions about what happened, Akins said. They did surgery Thursday night for her spleen and then had to do another surgery Friday morning to repair her one lung that had collapsed. She is having surgery again Wednesday, which will really be two surgeries in one--the neurosurgeon is going to work on her back and then the orthopedic surgeon will go in and work on her hip. The crash occurred at 7:48 p.m. as Robinson was returning home after taking her husband (Micah Archer) lunch at work. He works at Thule and she was going back home (they live in Spring Warrior), Akins said. I havent talked with any highway patrol ofcer or seen any reports, but my brother and sister-inlaw were the ones who just happened to nd her. They didnt know who it was until the EMTs/ paramedics turned her over. I understand she was thrown Melissa Robinson Mother of three remains critical after rollover crash With scores of barbecue teams in town to compete, multiple bands taking the stage and hundreds of volunteers hours coming to fruition this past weekend for the sixth annual Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival (also known as the BluesBQ), organizers apparently forgot to issue a memo to Mother Nature, who sent several hours of heavy rainfall through the area Saturday afternoon. Although the rain put a temporary stop to the music and sent many festival-goers home, it did not dampen the spirits of the cookers or the musicians, and after an enthusiastic crowd cheered on their fellow barbecue teams during Saturdays awards ceremony, several bands took advantage of a break in the weather to retake the stage and perform for a small, but dedicated group of blues enthusiasts. There wasnt much we could do about the weather, but everyone weve talked to had a great time and are already looking forward to next year, Festival Board Member Dawn Taylor said. We had a great turnout for the barbecue events and gave out more than $10,000 in prizes after all of the cooking and judging was done. Over the past several weeks, wed received quite a few calls from people in Tallahassee and Gainesville and elsewhere who were planning on coming, but the weather probably kept many of them away. Still, between the barbecue judges and teams, many of the local hotels were full or close to it, so we still feel the festival was Please see page 2 Please see page 3Porkalicious!BluesBQ festival sets taste buds aame with good eatsLocal author sees national & international book launchBy MARK VIOLA Staff writer Back in the late 1980s, Anthony White was working on a screenplay about two teen brothers and a shared love. Upon the advice of an agent, however, he aged the characters into adults and converted the screenplay into a novel. Then in 2008, he selfpublished the novel, called Please see page 2(Photos by Mark Viola)

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A-2 Taco Times December 18, 2013 Our First Love, under his pen-name Anthony Lamarr. But a family tragedy only weeks after its release put the book back on the shelf. Now, ve years later, publisher Simon and Schuster has released Our First Love, which arrived at bookstores and retailers across the country and international markets Tuesday. Im just really excited, White said. Its being released by Simon and Schuster and theyre releasing it into major markets. Our First Love is available locally at The Book Mart, as well as national chains such as Barnes & Noble and Walmart. Additionally, the novel is available online and in e-book form. Im still nervous about the reviews, White said. Ive received a few individual reviews and theyve been good, but Im excited and a little anxious waiting on the major reviews to come in. The publisher has plans to further market the book involving White after the start of the new year, but for now, he is looking forward to seeing his book on shelves. The novel follows two brothers, Nigel and Caleb, who lost their parents in a terrible accident 13 years before. Now, Nigel is a 35-year-old college professor, while Caleb, a reclusive 29-year-old, doesnt know a life beyond the walls of the house they share. Caleb developed an extreme case of agoraphobia-the abnormal fear of public places--and psychogenic amnesia after the accident that killed his parents. But things are about to change. Unexpectedly, and for the rst time, Nigel nds himself falling in love. He tries to keep Karen, his new love interest, a secret, but it doesnt take Caleb long to discover whats going on. So what does Caleb do when he nds out about Karen? He falls for her, too. For White, this current experience is signicantly different from the time he self-published the book in 2008. I only marketed it for about three week, White said. Then my brother was killed in a car accident and I just wasnt emotionally able to do it. It was also around that time that he rst submitted the book to Simon and Schuster for consideration, and although the company said they were interested in his work, nothing more came of it for some time. I did make some minor changes to the self-published novel, White said. There is a slight story change based on a recommendation from a friend. I think that change is what got Simon and Schuster to publish the novel. They read it in 2008 and said they liked it and would consider it, but it kind of just sat there. Then a friend suggested a minor change and when they read it with the change, they jumped on it. White, who is also a screenwriter and playwright, has found that having a book set for publication from a national publisher such as Simon and Schuster is opening doors in those elds as well. Ive had talks about some of my screenplays and plays, he said. As for his future works, he said the publisher plans to release The Pages We Forget, the rst novel he ever wrote, in fall 2014. He is also currently writing a Christmas novel called He Is, which has several characters in common with a feature lm project he is also working on. out of the truck and I thank God that she was because if she hadnt, she wouldnt be here. It was her father-inlaws truck and he told me it was just destroyed, that if she had been in it, she wouldnt be here, Akins said. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper W. Ernst reported Robinson was westbound on Carlton Cemetery Road when she drove onto the south shoulder of the highway. The 1994 Chevy S-10 Blazer began to rotate counterclockwise, overturned and collided with a power pole. The SUV overturned again after striking the power pole before coming to a nal rest facing southwest. At some point, the driver (Robinson)who was not wearing a seatbelt--was ejected from the vehicle, Ernst said. Robinson was treated at the scene by Doctors Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and airlifted to Tallahassee. Taylor County FireRescue and the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce also assisted at the scene. A fund has been established at Tree Capital Credit Union for Robinsons family, which includes three school-age children (two girls and a boy). All her children know is that Mama got in a wreck and shes in the hospital, Akins said. ROLLOVER CRASH Continued from page 1 Fund established to benet family BOOK LAUNCH Continued from page 1 Book available locally as well as national retail chains

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A-3 Taco Times December 18, 2013 a success. Serving as the nal event in the Florida BBQ Associations 2013 circuit, it was ultimately the deciding factor in the Team of the Year race, with Hot Wachulas of Bartow taking home the title. As for the festivals open competition, which elded 42 teams this year, Team Unknown BBQ was named grand champion after placing rst ribs, third in pork and sixth in chicken. For their win, the team received $2,000, a trophy and a smoker donated by Lang BBQ Smokers, plus the prizes for their category places. A new event this year was the Battle at Barbecue Junction, with the festival serving as a semi-nal location for the competition as teams competed to cook meals using a series of secret ingredients. The food was then judged by local celebrities, including State Rep. Halsey Beshears. This was a new event for us, but everyone involved had a great time and we hope we can bring it back next year, Taylor said. In the John Boy & Billy Sauce Contest, 46 entrants competed for the top prize, which included $200 and a guitar autographed by radio hosts, John Boy and Billy. Sweet Smoke Q placed rst in the original and hot categories, with its original sauce being named the best overall winner. Local competition Kevin Kidd placed fourth in the mustard sauce category. Festival-goers had a chance to judge the barbecue themselves in the Peoples Choice Competition, tasting 30 varieties. In the end, Dres Place BBQ and Forests Fine Food tied for rst place, followed by Team Unknown BBQ in second and Awesome Q in third. For the younger set of competitors, the Kids Q Grillmaster Competition returned as well despite the rain. Full results of the contest will be in Fridays Perry News-Herald. On the blues side of the festival, musicians Johnnie Marshall, Ben Prestage, France Robert and Betsy Badwater shared the stage Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Prestage was several songs into his second set of the festival when the rain began, however, and the festival paused as organizers tried to wait out Mother Nature. Shortly after the award ceremony began at 5 p.m., the heaviest rain arrived, leaving much of the park under deep puddles of water. Not to be deterred, however, many of the musicians spent the time under the protection of Heritage Pavilion, and when the rain let up around 6:30 p.m., uncovered their equipment and performed an impromptu set, playing separately and together for almost two hours before nally calling a close to the festival. Although we wish more people could have come out and enjoyed what the festival had to offer, everyone who did come out had a good time and once again, hundreds of people who may never have come to Perry if it wasnt for the Southern Pines Blues & BBQ have left with good memories and plans to return next year, Taylor said. BLUESBQ Continued from page 1 Franc Robert and the Boxcar Tourists were and Ben Prestage. For more scenes from the Rain doused stage, performers pressed on with impromptu set

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A-4 Taco Times December 18, 2013 Living Girl Scouts tour newspaper ofce Girl Scout Troop 778 toured the ofces of Perry Newspapers, Inc., last week, bringing plenty of questions and ideas. Troop Leaders Kim Torres and Patsy Johnson accompanied Annika Hilgendorff, Naomi Gilbert and Hailey Torres, all Cadets, as well as Elena Torres, a Daisy Scout. The tour assisted Scouts in earning their Media Badge, as advertising, circulation and news gathering were explained. The next big event for this troop, and those all over the nation, is the Girl Scout Cookie sale for which pre-orders will be taken early in 2014. Need a new scarf?Well, sew one (or two)... these 4-H members did! Members of the Taylor County 4-H Sewing Club recently made scarves as part of their 4-H sewing project for this year. Club members are shown (at right) modeling their creations. Members pictured include: (left to right, front row) Mallory Paul, Cheyenne Woodall, Hannah Shiver, Jaydenn Williams, Sydney Walker and Willa Mathis. Pictured on back row are Priscilla Howie, Brookelynn Padgett, Elizabeth Blue, Briana Flowers and Javonna Green. This club is taught by Extension Agent Lori Wiggins and 4-H volunteer Robin Walker. For information on this, or any other 4-H Club, please contact the Taylor County Extension Ofce at 838-3508 or e-mail lwiggins@u.edu; http://taylor.ifas.u.edu or can Like the organization on Facebook at Taylor County Extension Service. 18 registered for next Master Gardener classGreen thumbs are multiplying here Eighteen have registered for the next series of Master Gardener classes which will begin Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. and span 10 weeks. The community benets greatly from these classes, noted Clay Olson, instructor, since students are required to give back 75 hours in volunteer service during the rst year following their training. If you love gardening and want to learn more about plants and landscapes, its a great program, he said.

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A-5 Taco Times December 18, 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 Holiday Inn Express. 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 rst and third 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 2232648. 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, last Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center. Taylor County United: second Mon., 7 p.m., Evangel Christian Fellowship. Tourism Development Council: second Thurs., 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. 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. AMVETS Post 20: third Saturday, 10 a.m., at 107 East Green Street. 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 or e-mail newsdesk@ perrynewspapers.com Expanded Calendar of Events available at: www.perrynewspapers.com Beshears: 2014 will bring challenges for Legislature & local governments City of Live Oak Mayor Garth Nobles Jr., chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, welcomed Representative Halsey Beshears of Monticello as guest speaker for the Dec. 12 council meeting. Beshears represents State House District 7, consisting of Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties. Also in attendance were council members Commissioner Patricia Patterson from Taylor County and Councilman Don Cook from the City of Perry. Beshears remarks provided council members a review of the past legislative session and included the challenges facing the Legislature and local governments during the upcoming year. The council, in partnership with economic development organizations and local governments, promotes regional strategies, partnerships and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life of the 11 counties and 33 incorporated municipalities in the north central portion of Florida. The council, whose members are local elected ofcials and gubernatorial appointees, administers a variety of state and federal programs for north central Florida including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Union counties. Programs include development of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, the Strategic Regional Policy Plan, technical assistance to local governments in development of comprehensive plans, land development regulations and grant management, and administration of developments of regional impact, local mitigation strategies, hazardous materials, homeland security and economic development programs. In addition, the council staffs the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Gainesville Urbanized Area, the North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee, the North Central Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team and The Original Florida Tourism Task Force. (Left to right) City of Live Oak Mayor Garth Nobles Jr., chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Don Cook, City of Perry City councilman; Halsey Beshears, State House of Representatives District 7; Patricia Patterson, Taylor County commissioner; and Scott Koons, executive director of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council. Wagner, Gorby recognized at state classicSubmitted by Taylor County Special Olympics Some 22 Taylor County Special Olympics athletes, six coaches and seven chaperones traveled to The E.S.P.N. Wide World of Sports at Disney in November for the Fall Classic state competition in gymnastics and power lifting against other Special Olympics athletes from all over the state. Disney provided a great meal for everyone who was a part of the competition before all the fun of the opening ceremonies. Opening ceremonies were exciting for all as the Olympics torch was lit to signify the beginning of the games. The athlete oath was recited and everyone cheered. Afterwards it was time to return to the hotel to rest and prepare for a full day of competition Saturday. During breaks between competitions, athletes took part in the Healthy Athlete venue, a service provided by healthcare professionals who donate their time and services for athletes to have screenings for hearing, vision, nutrition, t feet and dental. Glasses and protective eye ware, as well as hearing devices, are provided free of charge to athletes who have the need. Saturday competitions began at 8 a.m. and athletes cheered for each other as did the coaches and families. Old friendships were renewed and new ones made. Pictures were taken by families and athletes alike to be shared and cherished. The presentation of medals and ribbons was made with every athlete who competed receiving one or more. It was then time to return to the hotel to change and return to the sports center for another catered meal and closing ceremonies. During this time, special awards were presented to inspirational athletes and coaches from across the state. Taylor Countys Rick Wagner received the inspirational athlete award and Audrey Gorby was presented the inspirational coach award. As the ceremonies came to a close with a reworks display, there was an invitation for all to attend the victory dance that followed. Sunday morning it was time to say good-bye to Disney and return to Perry with lots of photos, memories and awards. Athletes are now practicing weekly, preparing for the upcoming spring basketball competition. If you are interested in becoming an athlete, coach or chaperone, please contact Taylor County Special Olympics Director Leslee Sunderland at (850) 6729921. Peoples Choice Parrotheads in Perry-dise were joined by local JROTC cadets and at the 6th annual Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival held Saturday, top BBQ teams in Florida before voting for their favorite. The winner

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A-7 Taco Times December 18, 2013 Religion What an ADVENT-ure! First Presbyterian Church played host to 26 children from the community who gathered for an Advent ADVENT-ure. It was a great success, said Kim Torres who coordinated events for the Saturday afternoon. We baked and made crafts, sang Christmas songs and learned about the season of Advent (which marks the coming of Christ, historically, and also symbolically in the lives of those who worship Him). We will do this again next year, holiday baking. Cookies were baked for eating and sharing, she said. ObituariesHarold E. MacCueHarold E. Mac MacCue, 75, of Perry, originally from Troy, N.Y., died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. Mr. MacCue was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Watertown, N.Y., to Francis and Marguerite (King) MacCue. He was preceded in death by his brother, Francis MacCue. He was a veteran of the National Guard. Survivors include: his wife of 54 years, Ann M. MacCue of Perry; four children, Robert (Kathleen) MacCue, Robin MacCue, Cathy (Tony) Atanasio and Chris (Bill) Bradway; seven grandchildren, Carrie Ann, Robbie, Amy, Chelsea, Christina, Alex, Austin; four great grandchildren; two brothers, Timothy (Sandra) MacCue and Thomas (Michelle) MacCue. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Perry Church of God issues last call for fruitcakesThe ladies at Perry Church of God have been in the kitchen for two months, baking around the clock. As Christmas nears, they are issuing one last call for fruitcakes and pies, offering to rescue you from the holiday rush. Fruitcakes, baked by these community experts, are available in one-pound, two-pound, three-pound and ve-pound sizes. They sell, respectively, for $6, $12, $18 and $30. Deep-dish pecan pies are available for your holiday meals, as are chocolate pecan pies. Both sell for $10 each. The church urges, Do not delay! Please call 584-2010 now to place your order and also to schedule a time for pickup. This fundraiser has been a longstanding tradition in Taylor County.The Heart of ChristmasChoir repeats cantata this Sunday at 4 p.m. We want to sing it again, said the chancel choir to the director. And the director said, So be it. On Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church Choir will repeat its cantata, The Heart of Christmas, under the direction of Rayma Ball. Fanette Chesser will provide piano/organ accompaniment. The cantata was rst rendered in the 11 a.m. worship service on Dec. 14. The community is cordially invited.

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Editors Note: It is the policy of this newspaper to run the names of all those arrested and booked at the Taylor County Jail. All those listed below have been charged with a crime, but are considered innocent until proven guilty. Nov. 1: Vernie Eleanor Adkins, 63, 1752 Dulin Lane, VOP, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Aruthur Nelson, 21, 311 Second Street, no valid drivers license, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Sherry Ellison, 39, 2275 Kinsey Road, battery on law enforcement ofcer, resisting with violence, Sgt. Campbell, PPD. Nov. 2: Sadie Ann Davis, 35, 14789 Radcliff Road, grand theft III, Ptl. Ricketson, PPD. Brenda Coxwell, 53, 1578 Courtney Road, disorderly conduct, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Nov. 3: Ashley Jean Hopkins, 24, 1065 Langford Lane, out-ofcounty warrant, Dep. Owens, TCSO. Samuel Hamilton, 60, 322 2nd Street, battery, Ptl. Murphy, PPD. Nov. 4: Martin Dennis Nobles II, 37, 808 Granger Dr., warrant/VOP, Dep. Gilbreath, TCSO. Nov. 5: Zachary Russell Nelms, 18, 2560 Johnson Striping Road, retail theft, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, Ptl. Ricketson, PPD. Nov. 6: William Lee Lanson, 29, 107 Marshall Dr., writ of attachment, Dep. Shaw, TCSO. Ira Lee Watkins, 40, 101 Folsom Street, writ of bodily attachment, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Todd C. Britt, 39, 106 El Matador, sexual activity with a minor, Dep. Burford, TCSO. Nov. 8: Samria Victoria Willams, 30, 1102 E. Julia Street, grand theft, Det. Franklin, PPD. Ashley Marina Knight, 19, 139 Lewis Drive, possession of controlled substance without prescription, DUI, Ofcer Young, TCSO. Nov. 10: Alex Martinez Cruz, 23, Live Oak, retail theft, Ptl. Grifn, PPD. Nov. 11: Jennifer L. Williams, 45, Beverly Hills, sentenced to 90 days county jail, Judge Blue. Nov. 12: Manden Whiddon, 19, 2711 Lake Bird Church Road, VOP, Ofcer Holmes, TCSO. Garrett Arrowood, 2170 Franks Fair Lane, VOP (dealing in stolen property), Dep. Shaw, TCSO. William Whorton, 23, 200 Pace Drive, Ofcer Holmes, TCSO. Marguerite Louise Ellison, 51, 2080 Bernard Johnson Road, VOP (credit card fraud), Ptl. Cephus, PPD. Nov. 13: Sherry Lin Russell, Greenville, weekends revoked, eeing and eluding, DWLS knowingly, reckless driving, attaching tag unassigned, Ofcer Wilcox, TCSO. Christopher Lee Gianino, 20, 40454 Preston Shefeld, introduction of contraband, battery, possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, Ptl. Bass, PPD. At the Booking Desk rf ntbnb bfnfbbr bf rfbbrb fffrf fff n bff nr f f bn tbb tttt t t t t b nfbbt bnn t n t t fbbb r nfnf tfbn tbb b nfbbt bnn t ntfbnf bbbbfff rrnf nn ffn fnbb rnf b b fr b fbnfbn fff nfnfb nbbf nfb fn b tf nf rbf b fn b frbf b fbf brn fb b nnfrnf fbb fnf bb tttt tt tt tfn t t ttt tfnn fn t tb r fntb br tfnf fr btf nfb nfrb tt ttt bbff ffr fbbf bnnfb nf nbfr ffttt tttt tttt tttt ttt ttt bbnf ffb nbfbf fttt ttttt tttt tttt tt ttt tt tfnfnrb nfr tfnf rbnf r fbf b fr b f nb fnn b ttt t t t tt b r ttt tfnf n fnf rf ntb brf nfff nn tfnf bf b nfrb bbnf ffb fnf r nbfbff ttt ttttt ttt ttt t ttt bbfnf f fb nbfbff ttttt tttt t ttt ttt tt t ttttt tt t ttt tt tfnnrbnf r nb fb nn br t bbf t bf b bbb b fnb b A-11 T aco Times December 18, 2013 A-11 Taco Times December 18, 2013