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The Taylor County School District should know within the next two weeks whether a Department of Education (DOE) site review team will sign off on the districts need for a new school to replace Perry Primary School (PPS). The team was here Friday assessing the school to conrm a number of concerns raised by the district, which is seeking funding assistance from DOEs special facilities construction program to held build the new school. Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyal said Fridays visit went very, very well. The review committee consisted of representatives Donaldson Bridge Widening ProjectThere will be a meeting today (Wednesday) at the Donaldson Bridge, in Shady Grove, to discuss widening of the bridge. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) ofcials will be on hand to discuss the project.   The bridge is currently only one lane with stop signs on either end.   Interested citizens are encouraged to attend.   Library announces March workshopsThe Taylor County Public Library announced its adult workshop schedule for March. The upcoming programs include: fashions with Heather Speas of the Shugar Shoppe on Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m.; making (materials fee $10) on Thursday, March 13, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, March 20, at 6 p.m.; (materials fee $5) on Thursday, March 27, at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending a program can sign up online at 3riverslibrary. is limited.Red Hats host Crafting for a Cure this SaturdayMembers of the Red Hat Ladies Relay For Life team will host a Crafting for a Cure event Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Crafting demonstrations will include mosaics, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, stamping and more. Tables are available for a $10 donation. For more information, Fishing club launches monthly tournament SaturdayThe Taylor County Fishing Club, which is seeking members, has planned its rst monthly shing tournament for this Saturday, March 1, at Keaton Beach Marina. For registration and additional details, please visit Big Bend Outtters. The deadline for registration is Friday, Feb. 28. For additional details on the club, visit www. TaylorCountyFishingClub. com or the organizations Facebook page under Taylor County Fishing Club. Special OlympicsThe annual shing tournament benetting Taylor County Special Olympics will be held Saturday, March 8. Tickets ($30 each) are availble now at Wilsons Bait & Tackle, Sea Hag Keaton Beach and Rockys of Perry. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section53rd year, No. 9www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayFebruary 26, 2014 Weather Wednesday 78 46100% Thursday79 50 News Forum LEGACY of LEARNINGClayton RussellHas district outgrown Perry Primary School?George Clayton Bryant Russell Educators Hall of Fame induction ceremonies planned this ThursdayA combined 60 years of service to the Taylor County School District will be honored Thursday, Feb. 27, when George Clayton and the late Bryant J. Russell are inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame. The ceremony celebrating their induction will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. in the school board meeting room at the Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex, located at 318 North Clark St. These individuals represent the best of the best in the Taylor County School System, District Director of Personnel Jan Walker said. Both were dedicated, hard-working individuals who gave many years of service to our district and to the students we serve. George Clayton worked in the district for 35 year, serving as a math and science teacher at then Taylor County Junior High School, then moving to Perry Primary School, working his way up from curriculum assistant and dean to assistant principal and nally principal. He later became industry Please see page 3 Please see page 3Perrys Lt. Karl Morgan was one of three Florida State Fire Marshal ofcers and investigators recognized for excellence and commitment to service. He received a nomination for the Outstanding Law Enforcement Trainer award and was recognized at the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Associations 2013 Ofcer/ Investigator of the Year ceremony held last week. Morgan is an outstanding instructor who strives to improve the personal and professional development of others. He devised an innovative statewide training program while also encouraging several eld personnel to become instructors. His newly devised tactics cut costs signicantly and received excellent feedback. In addition to his work with the bureau, Morgan is currently pursuing his masters in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida, said Floridas Chief Financial Ofcer Jeff Atwater (who also serves as the state re marshal). The level of talent and expertise within the Division of State Fire Marshal is extraordinary. Congratulations to these honorees and all of our dedicated detectives who work tirelessly to protect Florida families from the harmful effects of re and arson. Capt. Janet Hartman was presented the Law Enforcement Leadership Award and Lt. David ODell was named Investigator of the Year. TCHS students give back money, student council members and National Honor Society (NHS) members sold donation tickets for daily drawings. Participating teachers were also given donation collections for their classrooms. The winning teachers, Christine Bennett and Nick Ward, received a pie in the face during a special during the same assembly. Shown for the presentation are: (l to r) kneeling, students Katie Cannon and Daniel Wentworth, who sold the most tickets; standing, Ward, NHS Sponsor Kate Courtney, Student Council Sponsors Laurie Wynn and Kate Tracy Barnes, United Way Board Member June Lt. Morgan earns state recognition While Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce Deputy Robert Lundy continues to recover at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, his fellow ofcers are working tirelessly to raise money for him and his family. This past weekend saw a BBQ dinner fund-raiser that sold out within hours. We really just planned this all in a week and werent sure what kind of support we could expect, but people were placing orders for 20 and 30 dinners at a time, one organizer said. Lundys fellow deputy, Wayne Padgett, manned the grill and a number of likeminded colleagues manned the order table Saturday at Ace Hardware. We sold out of our rst round of ribs by noon; we bought all of the ribs available in town and then sent someone to Madison to buy even more ribs. People were very nice about placing their orders and then returning later to pick them up. We were there until about 9 p.m. We were very, very excited about the amount of money we were able to collect for Robert and his family. Padgett, who was among the rst wave of ofcers to respond to the workplace shooting at a local dealership where Lundy was injured, said he was grateful for the support from the community and everyone who came out Please see page 3Town rallies behind injured deputy


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A-3 Taco Times February 26, 2014 Find us online at: www.perrynewspapers.com from DOEs facilities and nance departments, along with two facilities personnel from Pasco County. Fridays visit began with a presentation by Dyal on maintenance and safety concerns the district has with PPS, which was built in 1975. Dyal made the same presentation to the school board earlier in the week. Included in the presentation were photographs of the current condition of the schools roof, such as leaks and indoor water damage. Additional issues raised by Dyal included the fact that the district has outgrown the school and there are nine portable classrooms at the site; the lack of an onsite kitchen, which necessitates food being cooked at Taylor County Middle School; the schools open design, which he called not conducive for learning; trafc concerns at the parent pick-up lot; and safety concerns over the school having too many entrances and exits. They had some very good questions and feedback, Dyal said of the committee, which then visited PPS to examine the issues for themselves. According to Dyal, the district rst approached DOEs special facilities construction program for funding for a new school in 2009 and was told the school would be good for another four years. The district then led a second report last fall and this time DOE accepted their determination that a new school is needed, Dyal continued. Should the site review team sign off on the need for a new school, the next step in the process would be to hire an architect to develop plans for the new school and determine its cost. To move to that step, however, the district must either own the intended property or have a binder on a prospective property for the new school site. In January, the school board agreed to allow Dyal to contact local real estate agents about potential properties, beginning his search near Taylor County Elementary School (TCES), which is the districts newest school and was also funded through the special facilities construction program. Dyal said Thursday there were no updates on the search, because he was waiting on approval from the site committee. Once a design for the new school is approved, the district would then make a funding request to the facilities board this fall, most likely in August, Dyal said. The request would be for funding in 2015. service coordinator at Taylor Technical Institute (TTI). He was nominated by Mamie Ervin and Jurleen Clayton, who said, George believes if its worth doing, its worth doing well. He is motivated and sticks to the task until it is completed. He maintained an outstanding relationship with his coworkers, supervisors, students and parents. He is truly a people person, loved and respected by many. Helping others to become the best they can is one of his attributes. He not only faithfully served the school district, he was and still is active in his church and the community. In a letter supporting Claytons nomination, Pastor Donald L. McBride said, He is a person of integrity and dedication. He is genuinely interested in the educational uplift of students both young and not so young. The late Bryant J. Russell served the district for 25 years, rst as electronics instructor at TTI, then the diversied cooperative training (DCT) instructor at Taylor County High School and nally director of TTI, a position he held until 1995. Outside of the district, Russell was appointed by the Florida governor in 1979 to the District Board of Trustees of North Florida Junior College and remained on the board for two terms through 1987. He was nominated for induction by Diane Wright, who said as an electronics instructor, he made sure the students were ready to take their skills to any part of the world and nd employment. As the DCT instructor for the high school, he touched many students in providing them life skill lessons, work-related responsibilities and how to develop a proper work ethic to be proud of. Many of his students went on to be great leaders in our hometown. I am constantly running into former students who tell me just how much he helped them in school. They say they would not be where they are today without his guidance. As director of TTI, Wright said Russell made it his goal to have the school earn accreditedation, which it did for the rst time under his supervision. Among the letters supporting Rusells nomination was one from Alex Wittig, associate executive director of the Council on Occupational Education, for which Russell served for more than 20 years. Mr. Russell was a highlyrespected and generous volunteer team member representing the council on many, many visits to post-secondary institutions across the country, Wittig said. He was a reliable, hardworking person, Wright said. His goals were always clear and he never waivered in his commitments. He was there not only to achieve his goals, but to help others achieve theirs. If more people had work ethics like Mr. Russell, the world would be even better. and volunteered during the event. It was a great success. The Perry Police Department is also expressing thanks for the support its Team Lundy wristband drive has received. A group of ofcers initiated the drive on their owndonating the cost of the wristbands out of their own pockets. Every order we have received has sold out in just a few days. We are expecting another shipment of wristbands today (Wednesday), Capt. Jamie Cruse said. The new order will include bands in several different colors, including pink, blue and green. Wristbands are available at the departments downtown ofces. Additional fund-raisers underway and being planned include t-shirts drives, a 5K run, a Downtown Perry Adventure/scavenger hunt and a bike run. PERRY PRIMARY Continued from page 1 School built in 1975 HALL OF FAME Continued from page 1 Inductees loved and respected by many DEPUTY Continued from page 1 The 2014 Taylor County Republican Executive Committee (TCREC) More Team Lundy wristbands arrive today at PPD


A-4 Taco Times February 26, 2014 Living How sweet it is... The Perry Womans Club (PWC) Relay for Life team is composed of The Tootsies, rolling for a cure. The overall theme of this years relay is, A Cure is Sweet. Seven members of the PWC are already deep into fundraising, and have generated $800. An online cake auction is scheduled next; above, Laurel LaValle discusses plans with Lillian Williams. Catching up... Sandy Toes report on three months of fun The 12-week tness and nutrition program for young people, sponsored by 4-H, begins Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Forest Capital Hall where the Taylor County Extension Ofce is located. Open to youth ages 8-18, the program will include yoga, aerobics, running and walking. Sign up now by calling 838-3508 or e-mail abbeytharpe@u.edu. Yes, the Sandy Toes Red Hats do realize its 2014...but before they launch another year of fun, members want to wrap up 2013 nicely. We had a Wild Floozie outt party at the home of Betty Mauldin on Cedar Island, with Toni Hall winning rst place as The No. 1 Floozie, said Sandy West Coleman for the group. Jill Richardson and Marian Rhodes assisted as hostesses. Twenty-six gathered for the event. In November, the group took off for Tallahassee and the Genghis Grill to pig out. Hostesses Mae Jean Holton and Marcia Parker were thanked for this fall feast. Thirty Red Hats received small fall arrangements and homemade friendship cakes as door prizes. December brought the Christmas luncheon at Sandy Halls Restaurant in downtown Perry with a gift exchange. Birthdays were celebrated, honoring Marian Rhodes, Joann Shinn, Jeanne Harden, Connie Chiarelli, Toni Hall, Wanda Cochran and Betty Mauldin. Twenty-eight attended. Moreno, Bowen exchange vows Eric Martin Bowen, Courtney Michelle Moreno In a small ceremony, Courtney Michelle Moreno and Eric Martin Bowen exchanged marriage vows on Jan. 9, 2014. The bride is a shift manager with Arbys in Hinesville, The groom serves in the U.S. Army as an Army Specialist at Ft. Stewart, Ga. He is the grandson of Tommie and Mary Jo (Wincey) Stanaland. Get fit beginning Thursday


Religion A-5 Taco Times February 26, 2014 Rosa Lee ValentineRosa Lee Valentine, 82, of Jena, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. She was the last living child of James A. and Elizabeth Valentine. Ms. Valentine was born in Jena on Aug. 26, 1931. She was self-employed in the shing industry, hanging nets, shing and crabbing. She also worked in a seafood restaurant. Survivors include: her daughter, Carol (Lloyd) Dey of Cross City; grandchildren, Dwayne, Nicole, Gabriel and Clay; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Valentine, her parents and siblings. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at her home in Jena, with Wayne Philman and the Rev. Carolyn Oglesby ofciating. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Cemetery. A visitation was held Saturday evening, Feb. 22, between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City which was in charge of arrangements. Michael T. Blanton Michael T. Blanton, 57, of Whigham, Ga., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at his residence. Mr. Blanton was born April 20, 1956, in Hollywood, the son of Norman Evan Blanton and Lois Merlene Bridges Blanton. He was a graduate of Taylor County High School and Lively Vocational and Technical College with a degree in forestry. Mr. Blanton was a diesel mechanic with Knight Forestry and a member of Shady Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jenny Blanton of Whigham; his children, Daniel (Selena) Blanton of Perry, Katie Blanton of Perry, Heather Holley and her husband, Scott Stocker, of Thomasville, Ga., David (Tasha)Stocker, also of Thomasville, and Rachel Blanton of Perry; his siblings, Janice (Nelson) Ross of Perry, June Whiddon of Climax, Ga., and Wayne (Patricia) Blanton, also of Climax; his mother, Lois Blanton of Climax; eight grandchildren; and a special cousin, Larry Blanton. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Evan Blanton. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Blanton ofciating. Interment followed at Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Family members received friends from 2:00-3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Ivey Funeral Home, prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to, Bethany Hospice, 17 Bemiss Road (Suite D), Valdosta, GA 31602. Obituaries Cavaliers, Gospel Sound highlight dinner, sing Sat. Installation of pastors planned Weekend line-up of speakers to mark churchs 2nd anniversaryGospel sing SaturdayCome for musiccome for dinner! A big gospel sing is planned this Saturday at Perry First Church of God featuring the Cavaliers Quartet and Gospel Sound Quartet, as well as other musicians. A chicken and rice meal will be served at 5 p.m., with the sing following at 6. Free to all, the church cordially invites everyone in the community to attend. Remember: its free to all!Dinners for saleNeed a treat? Members of the Centennial Steering Committee of New Brooklyn M.B. Church will be in the kitchen Saturday, preparing meals as a fund-raiser. Entrees include fried or baked chicken, or chitterlings and rice. Vegetables will be collard greens or eld peas; choose from potato salad or yellow rice; and nish it off with cornbread or a roll, cake and tea. Donations of $10 and $8 are requested for each dinner with advance orders and call-ins allowed. For additional information on this fund-raiser or any programs at New Brooklyn M.B. Church, please call 5845723. A number of speakers have been secured this weekend for the second anniversary of Radical Nation Temple of Deliverance Church located at 1262 W. Hampton Springs. Pastor Corey L. Neal and the congregation invite the community to attend services, all under the theme of A True Foundation. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Pastors Chester and Carolyn Demps of Christian Tabernacle Church will lead worship. On Saturday, also at 7:30 p.m., Pastor Helen JohnsonRobinson of Bethel A.M.E. Church will lead worship. On Sunday at 4 p.m., Chief Apostle Bryan Wilson will be the guest speaker. At this time, the installation of Elder Victor Conde Sr. to senior pastor is planned, with Adrianne Conde to be installed as co-pastor. The church explains its name: A radical people making a radical difference. For additional information on the weekend events or any church programs, please call 919937-7305.


A-6 Taco Times February 26, 2014 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 the rst and 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. (No February meeting) Search & Rescue Riders #1135 of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc.: 4th Saturday, 9 a.m. at Barclays 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 (AA): meets on Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Sernity House (1824 N. Jefferson Street). Call Bill at 850688-3848. 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 For rural health trainingNFCC awarded $737,000 grant North Florida Community College (NFCC) has been awarded a three-year, $737,189 Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program grant in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant was one of 15 new Rural HIT Workforce grants awarded in 2013. The overall goal is to develop Health Information Technology (HIT) training programs that will produce a pool of qualied and certied workers to help rural hospitals and clinics transition records from a paper system to a digital format. The HIT Workforce Program was developed in part in response to local need identied through the North Florida Rural Healthcare Workforce Development Network and the North Florida Workforce Development Board. The North Florida Rural Healthcare Workforce Development Network Board represents NFCCs six-county service district and beyond. Members include Walter Boatright (Suwannee/Hamilton County); Susan Allen (Hamilton County); Scott Frederick (Taylor County); Mollie Hill (Leon County); Deidra Newman (Taylor/ Suwannee County/Advent Christian Village); Sheryl Reyberg (CareerSource North Florida/Six-County District); Elizabeth Schlein (Leon, Madison, Gadsden, Jefferson, Taylor, Franklin, Wakulla and Liberty Counties); Julie Townsend (NFCC/Madison County); and Richard Wisdahl (Lafayette County). This grant enables NFCC along with the North Florida Rural Healthcare Workforce Development Network to provide training that is responsive to the current and future HIT workforce needs of our service area, said Julie Townsend, NFCC director of Allied Health. NFCCs HIT specialist training will be geared for people already working in healthcare or information technology who need to upgrade their technology skills to successfully transition to the future paradigm of medical services delivery. These trained HIT personnel will be critical to medical providers now and in the future. NFCC will utilize funding to develop a sixmonth, non-credit online HIT specialist training program, to hire personnel to implement the program and will offer scholarships for students who successfully complete the courses and pass a national exam. The Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program is focused on training students from our rural areas, providing them apprenticeship opportunities at our rural facilities, and ultimately coordinating with local employment resources to assist with job placement, when necessary, back into our rural communities, Townsend said. For more information, contact the NFCC Career and Technical Education Center at (850) 973-1665 or maysd@nfcc.edu. The Suwannee River Area Council presented the Silver Beaver Award to Boy Scout leader David Adams; he is shown with his wife, Deborah. The Suwannee River Area Council recently honored local longtime Boy Scout leader David Adams by presenting him with the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America; recipients of this award are registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service given to the council. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not actively seek it, Scout representatives said. The Silver Beaver Award was introduced in 1931 and is a councillevel distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts 0f America. Adams was a Boy Scout in Troop 741 of Kennesaw, Ga., from 1971-1978 where he earned his Eagle Scout Rank (highest rank a Boy Scout can earn) in 1973. He has served as scout master, assistant scout master, cubmaster and den leader for four Boy Scout Troops and one Cub Scout Pack in three states over a span of 35 years (the last 24 years in Perry). Adams wife, Deborah, was honored at the ceemony with a bouqet of owers in recognition of all her years of supporting her husbands service to Boy Scouts of America. Adams honored for longtime service Brock advances to the nal round of 2014 Suwannee River Jam music competition, ready to record rst CD in Louisville, Ky.Submitted by Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park The Suwannee River Jam Audition held Feb. 8 at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak could go down in history as one of the best yet with country artists Adam Brock of Perry, Lauren Ogburn and Alexus Branscome (both of Lake City) being chosen to move forward to the nals after an evening of what organizers called breathtaking performances and outstanding audience participation. All the artists performed with dreams of being on stage during the largest country music festival in the South, the Suwannee River Jam (SRJ), slated April 30-May 3. Although Brock, Ogburn and Branscome were chosen by the judges to move forward, they will join winners April 18 from all ve of the auditions at The SOSMPs Music Hall for a nal audition. Brock is from Perry and has entered several competitions at the SOSMP over the past two years giving remarkable performances. He is headed to Louisville, Ky., soon to cut his rst CD (EP) of his original music. Brock, whose voice can handle Conway Twitty, Elvis and current-day music with outstanding ability, is determined to move up the ladder of success in country music. Those who have heard him, including his nearly 4,000 friends on Facebook, believe he will succeed.


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