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For Kelly Lundy, the emotional roller coaster that began with the news her husband, Robert, had been shot in the line of duty, continues to dip, spin and turn. But as the past week has proved, the highs are nally beginning to outnumber the lows. We have gotten just the best newsRoberts kidney function is nally starting to get better and doctors are taking this as a good sign, Kelly said Tuesday afternoon. That update came just one day after Lundy was moved from Shands Hospital in Gainesville to a nearby rehabilitation center. I knew when it all started happening, it was going to happen fast, it is just still so overwhelming, Kelly said. Last week, Lundys recovery had reached the point where he was moved from ICU to a regular room; on Friday, doctors started talking about moving him to rehab. When I look at him now and look back at pictures of how he was just a few weeks agoit is just so hard to believe, Kelly said. There are just no words. Robert is up and aleart and talkingsitting in a chair. He had his rst haircut yesterday (Monday) since this all happened and it just made him feel so much better about everything. The girls (daughters 8 and 3) had a great birthday last week it was like Christmas for Downtown Perry Adventure is this SaturdayTeams of two are invited to race around downtown this Saturday, March 22, answering riddles and completing challenges right from their cell phones as they compete for chances to win great prizesall with a goal of raising money for Team Lundy. All proceeds will benet the survivors of the Timberland Ford shooting incident. The event kicks off at the Taylor County Courthouse at 10 a.m. (registration starts at 9:30 a.m.) Pre-registration is $15 per team or $20 the day of the event. The rst 25 teams to register will receive free t-shirts. Teams may include up to four players. There are well over $700 in prizes from stores such as The Fair Store, Debbies Jewels, Johnsons Bakery, The Shugar Shoppe and more. We also have $170 in gift cards ($25 increments) that will be given away every 25 minutes during the competition, organizers said. Players will use a free cell phone app named SCVNGR. When we say go we will load up the hunt on the app and players will be able to choose from more than 50 locations to go to and answer clues, At the end of the two-hour hunt, whoever has answered the most clues (the app reports results live as they happen) will be announced as the rst, second and third place winners. A free event for children ages eight to 14 will be held Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. To register online, visit: www.facebook.com/ downtownperryadvenature/.Historian to speak at library March 31Cossette Lewis Sessions will speak at the Taylor County Public Library Monday, March 31. Sessions is a retired Florida State University administrator. She has compiled, edited and transcribed four books of oral history of Mayo and Lafayette County: Lafayette County Settlers and Their Descendents Volumes I, II and III, and As We Remember. The public is invited to attend the free talk, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.Spring is here-celebrate SaturdayThe spring season for downtown Perrys Farmers Market opens Saturday, March 22. For more on the event, please see page A-6. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section53rd year, No. 12www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayMarch 19, 2014 Weather Wednesday 76 49 Thursday79 49 News Forum Man dies in Sunday crash Charges are pending against a local teen involved in a fatal head-on crash Sunday morning, March 16, on C.R. 30. The 17-year-old, whose identity has not been released by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) due to his age, was eastbound on the two-lane road when he traveled over the center line and collided with a 1986 Ford F-150 truck driven by Wayne Gregory Dean, 56, also of Perry. Paramedic Caroline McLean pronounced Dean dead at the scene at approximately 8:04 a.m. The teen driver was transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. After the impact, the teenagers 2004 Z-71 Chevrolet truck rotated Family members gathered at the scene of a head-on collision that killed 56-year-old Wayne Gregory Dean Sunday morning on C.R. 30. Dean was driving a Ford truck (seen on the wrecker bed) and a 17-year-old Taylor teen was driving the red Chevrolet (front). Local rivers near ood stage A powerful storm system moved over Taylor County Sunday, dropping more than four inches of rain in some locations and swelling a number of local rivers which are now in minor ood stage. The heavy rain sparked a ash ood watch for coastal areas of Taylor County for much of Sunday and Monday while producing wind gusts in excess of 30 mph. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the Aucilla River at Lamont reached minor ood stage (54 feet) Tuesday and is expected to rise to around 55.5 feet by late today (Wednesday) or early Thursday. The Econna River has risen nearly four feet since Sunday morning and by Tuesday it was only a few inches away from reaching minor ood stage (11 feet). The Steinhatchee River at Tennille was up about ve feet by Tuesday, reaching a minor ood stage (12 feet, two inches). The Fenholloway River near Perry was also up almost four feet. The rivers are full, Taylor County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Spradley said Tuesday. Theres nothing running over the banks yet, but were watching them closely. Steinhatchee has reached ood stage but it has a foot to go before it causes any problems like water over the roads. He added that the NWS does not provide crest forecasts for the Steinhatchee or Econna, so they cannot say for certain when the rivers will crest, but they will continue to monitor them. It doesnt look like it will be higher than last year, he said, referring to high river levels last summer which resulted in ooding along several roads in Steinhatchee. There is no rain in the current NWS forecast Please see page 3 Lundys recovery takes a giant step forward with move to rehab On Friday, March 14, Leon County Sheriffs Ofce Major Brent Coughlin, front left, presented Kelly Lundy, front right, checks totaling nearly $21,000 from the fund-raiser he helped coordinate Thursday in Tallahassee. Team Lundy standing united with them are: (front row, far right) Renee Fierro; (second row, left to right) Sheriff L.E. Bummy Williams and Toni Page; (third row, left to right) LCSO Major Robert Swearingen, Danielle Welch, Marti Lee and Sgt. Buddy Lee; (fourth row, left to right) Sgt. Steve Bell, Lt. Harper Gibson, Capt. Richard Johnson and Sgt. Eric Woods; and (fth row, left to right) Sgt. Marty Tompkins, Sgt. Ray Kellerman, Valerie Bodiford and Lt. Chris Folsom. Please see page 3 Please see page 3 Deadline looms for Obamacare enrollment Those without health insurance who wish to purchase individual policies through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace have until the end of the month before open enrollment concludes and nes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are imposed. Open enrollment ends March 31 and will not reopen until Nov. 15. Only those with a qualifying life event will be able to purchase health insurance through the marketplace between those dates. Qualifying life events include getting married, having or adopting a child, permanently moving to a new area with different health plan options, and losing health insurance (due to job loss, loss of eligibly for Medicaid, expiration of COBRA coverage or a health plan being decertied). Florida is one of 27 states which opted not to form its own health insurance exchange and is therefore covered by the federallyfacilitated marketplace, which is accessed through www.healthcare.gov. People may also call 1-800318-2596 to enroll. Within the marketplace, Taylor County is one of 21 counties in the state which has only one provider: FloridaBlue. According to Healthcare.gov, FloridaBlue is offering 27 plans in Taylor County, broken down into ve categories-catastrophic, bronze, silver, gold and platinum--based on the level of coverage included. As for the penalty for not having health insurance after March 31, in 2014 it will be either one percent of ones yearly household income (above the tax ling threshold of $10,150) or $95, whichever is greater. There is also a $47.50 Please see page 3


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A-3 Taco Times March 19, 2014 counter-clockwise and came to a nal rest in the westbound lane of trafc; Deans vehicle also rotated counter-clockwise and come to a nal stop on the north shoulder of the highway. Both vehicles sustained heavy damages to the front drivers side; the front left tire of the Chevrolet was knocked completely free of its axle and the Ford trucks entire frame was twisted with the cab and truck bed turned in opposite directions. The FHP reported that the teenager was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash; Dean reportedly was not. Members of Deans family gathered at the site and watched as the FHP conducted its onscene investigation; the vehicles were cleared from the scene nearly ve hours after the crash occurred. Tillman Funeral Home in Monticello is in charge of funeral arrangements, which were pending as of presstime Tuesday. for Taylor County until Saturday. Hopefully the rivers will fall a few feet by then, Spradley said. The NWS reported 3.3 inches of rain at Perry-Foley Airport through Sunday and the early morning hours of Monday. Another half inch was recorded overnight Monday. Meanwhile, the Florida Forest Service rain gauge at its Perry ofce reported 2.6 inches on Sunday and 0.88 inches Monday. The rain gauge at Foley tower reported four inches. An unofcial rain gauge north of Perry recorded 4.5 inches. The airport weather station also reported sustained winds in excess of 20 mph for much of Sunday afternoon, with a top gust of 33 mph at 2:15 p.m. Spradley said his ofce received no reports of wind damage, although the heavy rainfall caused some road issues, including a washout along Mt. Gilead Church Road. County road crews have been working on repairing the damage and clearing out roadside ditches, he added. them. It is all just overwhelming but it really restores your faith in people in general. There are a lot of good people out there. Words also escaped Kelly Friday morning when representatives from the Leon County Sheriffs Ofce (LCSO) met her in Sheriff L.E. Bummy Williams ofce to present the proceeds from Thursdays chicken pileau dinner held in Roberts honornearly $21,000. Saying thank you just isnt enough, Kelly said. LCSO Major Robert Swearingen, who is from Perry and worked with the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce early in his career, said the money raised far exceeded our expectations. I knew we would have a pretty large crowd and thought wed raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000. But to raise a little more than twice that is really something. Our sheriff (Larry Campbell) asked all of the departments to come up with ideas on what we could do for Deputy Lundy and his family. Major Brent Coughlin (Leon County jail director) said they were already planning to hold a chicken pileau for another event, but said that could waithe got the ball rolling and ran with it. More than 70 volunteers manned the event, which was a complete sell-out less than two hours after serving rst started. At rst we thought wed limit the carry-outs to 500 orders, but before we could do that, we were already just under 1,000 (carryout) orders, Swearingen said. This was just the rst of several more fund-raisers that are in the planning stages. We (sheriffs ofcers) are one big family and it was important to let Robert and his family know they are in our hearts, our minds and our prayers. penalty per uninsured child under 18 with a maximum family penalty of $285. The penalty is set to increase each year. In 2015, it will be two percent of income or $325 per person. In 2016, it will be 2.5 percent of income or $695 per person. In following years, it will be adjusted for ination. If you are uninsured for just part of the year, 1/12 of the yearly penalty applies to each month you are uninsured. If you are uninsured for less than three months, there is no payment required. Payments for this year will be made when you le your 2014 taxes, which are due in April 2015. You can qualify for an exemption from the penalty if: the lowest-priced coverage available to you would cost more than eight percent of your household income; you dont have to le a tax return because your income is too low; youre a member of a federally recognized tribe or eligible for services through an Indian Health Services provider; or youre a member of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to insurance, including Social Security and Medicare. There are also a number of ways to qualify for a hardship exemption from the penalty, such as being homeless, having been evicted in the last six months or if your individual insurance plan was cancelled and you believe other marketplace plans are unaffordable. For a full list of exemptions, visit www. healthcare.gov/exemptions. If you are applying for coverage through the marketplace, you may be eligible for premium tax credits. Those whose household income places them between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for reduced costs through tax credits which will be automatically applied to monthly premiums. The marketplace website, Healthcare.gov, provides a preliminary calculator to show whether you are eligible for a credit and the price difference for premiums before and after such credits. Eligibility for the tax credits is based on household size and income: one person, $11,490 to $45,960; two people, $15,510 to $62,040; three people, $19,530 to $78,120; four people, $23,550 to $94,200; ve people, $27,570 to $110,280; six people; $31,590 to $126,360; seven people, $35,610 to $142,440; and eight people, $39,630 to $158,520. Several ongoing lawsuits have been led challenging the federal governments authority to offer subsidies through exchanges not established by a state itself, such as the federal exchange serving Florida. LUNDYS RECOVERY Continued from page 1 Chicken dinner raises nearly $21,000 for deputy, family OBAMACARE Continued from page 1 Not enrolled? You may face a penalty RIVERS Continued from page 1 SUNDAY CRASH Continued from page 1 Unofcial rain totals: 4.5 inches Wreckage severe in crash


A-4 Taco Times March 19, 2014 Living Mothers, daughters represented Wakulla welcomes Red Hats for lunch meeting Feb. 22nd Three mother-daughter pairs were among the entourage of Roseheads of Perry (Red Hat Societys chapter 2207) who traveled to Wakulla Lodge on Feb. 22 for a luncheon meeting. The pairs included Cindi Bishop and Esther Ehle; Helen Burgess and her daughter, Teresa Jackson; and Kathy Swearingen with her mother, Myrna Archer. Eighteen members and four guests attended. Birthday honorees included Norma McGuire and Marne Helberg who reversed their colors, wearing purple outts with red hats. Adding the colors of pink and lavender for younger ladies were Laura Walker who attended with her grandmother, Iona Walker. The Red Hats gather again this Saturday for their March luncheon. Birthday honorees for the month included Norma McGuire, left, and Marne Helberg who reversed their Red Hat colors. Laura Walker, right, added the colors of pink and lavender when she attended with her grandmother, Iona Walker. Kathryn Wilson Brock, Robert Gerald PutneyBrock-Putney vows planned for JuneMr. and Mrs. William C. Brock, Jr., of Naples, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathryn Wilson, to Robert Gerald Putney, of Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Putney of Chattanooga, and Mrs. Lela McPhillips Kinney of Columbus, Ga. Miss Brock is a graduate of St. John Neumann High School in Naples and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., as well as a Master of Arts in education from the University of Alabama. While at Samford she served as freshman class vice president, president of Eta Sigma Phi classics honorary, and as a resident assistant. She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Miss Brock teaches Latin at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. Grandparents of Miss Brock are Mrs. W. D. Wilson Jr. of Perry, the late Mr. Wilson, and Mrs. William C. Brock of Naples, and the late Mr. Brock. The prospective groom is a graduate of Calvary Christian School in Columbus, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Accountancy from Samford University. While at Samford he served as a resident assistant and held memberships in Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. He is a CPA and is employed as an internal auditor at Unum in Chattanooga. Grandparents of the groom-elect are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wayne McPhillips of Fortson, Ga., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bruce Putney of Yale, Mich. A June wedding is planned. Emily Susan Hinkle and Bart Ryon Lyons remind friends and relatives of their wedding Saturday, March 22, at the Catholic Parish Hall. A reception for the couple will follow.Hinkle, Lyons to say vows on Saturday Wish to add owering dogwoods to landscape? The Arbor Day Foundation wants to make it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. If you join the foundation during the month of March, 10 free white owering dogwood trees will be mailed to you. To become a member, please send a $10 contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by March 30, or join online at arborday.org/ march.


A-5 Taco Times March 19, 2014 Religion Methodist churches share pastors for weekend revivals starting Friday The United Methodist Churches of Taylor and Dixie counties will join together for revivals for the next two weekends, March 21-23 and March 28-30. Services begin Friday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Steinhatchee with the Rev. James Taylor speaking. On Saturday, March 22, the Rev. Jim OHara will lead services at Boyd. The Rev. Winifred Harris will wrap up the weekend with a message on Sunday, March 23, at 6 p.m. in Henry Memorial Church. The following weekend, services will be held at Cross City, Lake Bird and First United Methodist in Perry. The public is encouraged to attend. Obituaries Doris Meadows Doris Meadows, 88, of Dowling Park died on Friday, March 14, 2014. Mrs. Meadows was born in Nebraska; after raising her children in Kansas City, she traveled extensively in the West with her husband, Bill, and moved to Florida in 1987. She is survived by: her daughter, Cindy (Steve) Brown of Perry; granddaughter, Kim (Khalid) Nussair; greatgranddaughters, Hanna and Sara; sister, Judy (Evard) Musser; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Katharyn Florence Sutcliffe Smith Katharyn (Kaye) Smith, 70, of Perry, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, in the presence of her family in the home that she and her husband built 40 years ago. She was born Sept. 20, 1943, to Mildred and David Sutcliffe of Philadelphia, Pa. Mrs. Smith is survived by: her husband of 47 years, Pete Smith of Perry; children, Tracey Smith Moyse of Hinesville, Ga., and Andrew Smith (Heather) of Golden, Colo.; grandchildren, Amber Moyse, Stephanie Moyse, Fisher Smith and Lillian Katharyn Smith; a sister, Delores Kuenzel; and a brother, David Sutcliffe (Donna). Mrs. Smith was active in several community service organizations including scouting, soccer and band. She spent many years working with Community Friends, and more recently with Helping Hands of the Shelter and other charities. She enjoyed traveling and her goal in retirement was to visit all 400-plus national parks and monuments. Although she did not complete that goal, she did visit approximately 270. In her honor, her family plans to visit the ones she did not see. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date in Hinesville at her daughters church to allow family and friends time for travel arrangements. In lieu of owers, the family requests memorial contributions to Covenant Hospice, 1921 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308, attention: Elizabeth Schlein.Please see page 10


A-6 Taco Times March 19, 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 FARMERS Market ROSEHEAD PARK Spring 2014 Opening Day Saturday, March 22Main Street Perry invites everyone to attend the ofcial Opening Day for the 2014 season of the Perry Farmers Market, this Saturday, March 22. The Farmers Market, located in the Grand Pavilion at Rosehead Park, will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening day activities will include minipresentations from local Master Gardeners. Taylor County 4-H will provide planting activities for children and Taylor County Forester Jim Fleming will also be on hand to answer any questions residents may have. Local nurseries, lawn care and garden companies will Volunteers will have a booth set up at the Farmers Market Saturday, March 22, to benet the employees/victims of the Timberland Ford workplace shooting. There will be crafts, baked goods and rafe items. The booth will open at 7 a.m., organizers said. Trent and Courtney Williams, along with son David, have been named Taylor Countys 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador Family. Mom Courtney shares the following story of Davids premature birth and her familys journey: Dec. 3, 2009, started out as any normal day-my mom, June and I were heading to Tallahassee for a check-up with Dr. Hume at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH). Dr. Humes assistant started the ultrasound and, in my eyes, everything looked good. However, Dr. Hume thought otherwise. He realized David (our baby) was having what is referred to as reverse ow through his umbilical cord, which meant that he was not receiving the proper nutrients and oxygen he needed to grow or survive. Dr. Hume immediately admitted me to TMH. I was told there was a 50/50 chance I would have him over the weekend and 100 percent chance that I would remain in the hospital until I was 34 weeks through the pregnancy, due to the fact that my unborn child would not survive past 34 weeks. I was only 29 weeks at the time. As I was lying in the hospital that night, I could not stop the bad thoughts running through my head. Of course there was no sleep. I knew our child was not ready to be born yet, and was unsure if he could even survive outside the womb. The next morning the nurse came in to my room because the machine was showing Davids heart rate was dropping; I was scheduled for an emergency C-section. Dr. Davenport, who was going to deliver David, asked me if I had any questions, and even though I did not want to ask, I knew I had to: I asked Dr. Davenport What is my sons survival rate? He answered back -80 percent. Even though that is a high rate, it still was not 100 percent. I knew at this time I had to take a deep breath, relax, and put all my trust in God. At 8:59 a.m. our little boy was born and he came out screaming at the top of his lungs. I knew deep down that God knew I needed to hear this. We only got a glimpse of David before he was rushed back to the NICU. Once I was out of surgery and in my room, I was able to be taken by wheelchair to meet David for the rst time. As I was being pushed into the NICU, we stopped at the door to wash our hands, and sanitize before going into Davids room. Please see page 9 March of Dimes Ambassador Family 2014 Davids Story Booth to benet shooting survivorsPlease see page 9


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A-9 Taco Times March 19, 2014 rfntbf br rf ffrf fr rtbrrf f fff f nf nfn nn r nnf fb brff f ff f bf fr b r r br rrb n n rr r rb nnnn n nn f nn n rt f nnnf n f f f n n fn n nnff n f f f f nf nn r f f ff bnnf f n f f f n n t b f ffn ff fb rfb n nfn fn nf nfn fn n nf n r rf b rrb f t nf t b b rr f f f rfr bf tf fn r f rr r rf f n fn ff n fn nfn f nn nf f n nf n ff ff n n ff ffb tb ff r f ff f bf b rfb ff fnf n nn n n nnn n nn nn nn f fnf n nn n n nn n n nnn n r rff b n rrb n b b rr ff f bb rr f frf ntfnf fbb b r b r f f nf n fn f n nfn n nnf f f n n n f r ff ff b f f f n n nf n rrtb fn f f ff f f ff r r rff b rrb f t nf t f n f n nnnn nf n n n n n n n n n nf nn n n n n n nnn n fn f n nn f n n nnn nn n ffnnn n n n f r r nfn nf n n nnn r nnnf fb brff ff b ff r b r r br rrb n n rr r rb n nnnn n nn f nn f nbr fn t fn r bn nn f n f b rff rb bb r r bf bf f rb n f rbf ft r f t f fff f r n nnnn n n n nnnn rr rf tf r r r fff A-9 T aco TimesMarch 19, 2014 As we began walking down the hallway for what seemed forever, I remember the nurse telling me, Okay Mom, you are going to see a lot of wires and tubes, but he is stable and doing the best he can as of now. The rst time I laid eyes on this precious, innocent, one-pound, nine-ounce, baby who was only 12 and 5/8 long, I just remember saying hey little buddy and praying. I blocked out everything the nurse was telling me and just prayed. At the time, I felt this was the best thing to do. David was born at 29 weeks, but was the size of a 26-weekold baby. I knew we had a long road ahead of us. A long road it was; we were in the NICU for a total of 89 days. We had our good days and our not-so-good days. David was only on the ventilator for the rst week of his life, and then he was placed on C-pap. I remember asking Danielle, who was his nurse at the time, if we could hold David. With joy in her eyes, she was excited to tell us that nally, after a full week had gone by, that we could hold our baby boy for the rst time. I honestly felt like I was holding nothing but the blanket because he was so tiny. Danielle is one of the many NICU nurses who will always hold a special place in our heart. It is the good days like that day I will remember the most in the NICU. TMH NICU is our family; not just a hospital. Even though we were nally able to hold David, my husband and I still felt so helpless. We had to convince ourselves that God was in control and that the nurses and doctors were on top of everything. David had multiple blood transfusions and X-rays, as well as numerous other tests done to make sure everything was functioning properly. Toward the end of December, he was placed on the nasal cannula for oxygen, which was a big step for him. David became really sick in the NICU in the beginning of January. I was told I should stay the night because he might not make it through the night. He had a virus that his little body could not handle. I remember staying at his crib crying, wondering why this had to happen. We had come so far just to be set back. After a week of multiple drugs, and David being placed back on the C-pap, he was nally on his way to recovery. In February they did an X-ray on David and found he had a broken femur. There was no cast or anything needed. Since his bones were so young, they would heal on their own, which they did. During Davids stay in the NICU he was on TPN (Total Parental Nutrient), and Lipids (fat). He was unable to digest breast milk or formula. He remained on the TPN and Lipids until almost a month before he was released to come home. Davids skin turned a yellow color, which was one of the side effects of the TPN. The doctors were worried about liver damage due to David being on TPN for so long. Therefore, a test was ordered to see if there was any liver damage and once again, God proved to us we had a ghter. Davids test came back normal! March 2, 2010, will be a day our family will never forget. We were nally able to come home! It was almost unreal walking out of the hospital doors. We were nally going home with our baby. We had no more screens to watch to show us his oxygen level and heart rate, no more IVs and no more tubes, just him. David weighed ve pounds when he came home. He turned four in December. We have had no major complications since the NICU. He has had hernia surgery, tubes in his ears, u, RSV and has a shorter, (but unnoticeable) leg due to the femur fracture. He started pre-school in January. When our families tell others about Davids amazing story, people cannot believe the struggle he has been through. He is the most fun-loving, energetic little boy; so full of life. He sees life as if there is no bad; that everything is going to be okay. He is very well mannered, a little hardheaded at times, but smart as a whistle. He will start soccer this year for his rst time. When we look back four years ago, it is amazing to see the person David is today. There were days we wondered if we would ever hear David sing songs, count to 10, catch bugs or live the woods life just like his daddy. Even though our son being born premature was a very scary time in our lives, God pushed us through it, and taught us many valuable lessons. We know it is because of God, TMH NICU, our family and friends support that we even made it through those long 89 days. We were beyond thrilled when we were asked to be the ambassador family for March of Dimes. DAVIDS STORY Continued from page 6David Williams weighed just one pound, nine ounces at birth. Davids NICU stay: 89 days be there to help customers with all their planting and gardening needs. Conrmed vendors include Springhill Nursery, Turkey Roost Nursery, Sandy Pines Nursery, Hicks Feed Store and Ace Hardware, Main Street Program Direct Tracey Smith said. We are starting our vendor list now so make sure you RSVP your vendor booth. Space will ll up quickly for this day and the typical $5 fee will resume, Smith said. FARMERS MARKET Continued from page 6 Ready for spring planting? Local nurseries have what you need... Main Street Perrys Economic Restructuring Committee will begin hosting a Downtown Monthly Business Update today (Wednesday). Coffee and donuts will be served at the morning meeting, which will start at 7:30 a.m. with an update from the City of Perry. Main Street volunteers will share their latest news at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Main Street ofce (located within the Taylor County Development Authority space at Historic Perry Station). Complimentary copies of the new Downtown Perry business directory will be available. RSVP to Vivian Shefeld at 584-9766 or e-mail Vivian@shefeldrealty.com.Have breakfast with Main Street


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