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Taylor County School District Teacher of the Year Jennifer Amman was recently recognized by the Florida Cabinet and the Florida Senate. At the March 18 meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Amman and two other North Florida educators for their contributions to learning with the Governors Shine Awards. All three teachers were recently named District Teachers of the Year for their respective counties. The Shine Award is presented to Floridians who have positively helped children through education. I am honored to present these educators from North Florida with the Shine Award for their commitment to education in Florida, Scott said. Teachers provide our students with the foundation for success and a quality education. With this training ground, Floridas students are among the best and the brightest in the nation. Amman has been teaching kindergarten at Perry Primary School since 2008. She has been described by her colleagues as a problem solver, an innovator and a dynamic member of the Perry Primary School team. Amman received her award from the governor with her family in attendance, including her mother and her children. Following the cabinet meeting, Amman then went to the Florida Senate, where Sen. Bill Montford, who represents Taylor County, also recognized her. It was a neat experience, Amman said. It was wonderful. It is very rewarding when our state lawmakers recognize the impact of our teachers and take the time to invite them to Tallahassee to be recognized, Superintendent Paul Dyal said. Republicans meet April 10The regular Taylor County Republican meeting will be held on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rigoni Cookhouse. We will be working on plans for fundraisers as the election season is quickly approaching. Be sure and visit the Republican booth at the Bluegrass Festival this coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, members said. For additional information, please call Vice Chairman Richard ONeill at 223-2648. Weather Wednesday 82 48FOG Thursday80 53 News Forum Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday April 2, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 14www.perrynewspapers.com Worlds Largest MoonPie arrives Friday! Teacher is charged with sexual battery Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyal was expected to recommend the ring of Taylor County High School (TCHS) teacher Christine Bennett, 24, during the school boards regular meeting Tuesday night. Bennett was arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery late Thursday afternoon, March 27, after admitting to investigators she had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. In a sworn statement before Judge William (Bill) Blue Thursday, TCHS Resource Ofcer Sgt. Nellie Walker stated that on Wednesday, March 26, she spoke to middle school Resource Ofcer Deputy Dewayne Bowden about information he received regarding a high school student being in a sexual relationship with Bennett. Walker said she spoke to the student, who conrmed the relationship; the student told Walker that the relationship began in September 2013, approximately three months before his 17th birthday. According to Walkers testimony, the student said Bennett invited him to her apartment and when he went there one afternoon after school, she performed oral sex on him and they engaged in intercourse. The student said the Christine Bennett Please see page 3 Taylors Teacher of the Year honored by governor, Senate Taylor County School District Teacher of the Year Jennifer Amman was presented with the Governors Shine Award at a recent meeting of the Florida Cabinet. Shown above are: (back row) Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, Amman, her mother Linda Andrews and Florida Chief Financial Ofcer Jeff Atwater; (front row) Ammans children, Briana and Nolan Amman. his new Pittsburgh Steelers hat in a photo he tweeted shortly after signing a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the team. Blount red up by $3.85 million deal with Steelers Former Taylor County High School standout running back LeGarrette Blount signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday. According to reports, Blount received a $950,000 signing bonus as part of the deal. Following the announcement, Blount tweeted, Happy to be a part of #SteelerNation. Blount, who last year played for the New England Patriots, ran for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the 2013 regular season. His 5.0 yards per carry average for the season was tied for the best of his career with his 2010 rookie season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I want to send my appreciation and thanks to Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, my teammates, the entire organization and all the great fans for their love and support over the last year. Thank you and I wish you guys all the best, Blount said Friday over Twitter. Blount set or tied team records in two of his last three games with the Patriots. In the nal regular season game against the Buffalo Bills, Blount set the franchise record for all-purpose yards with 334, rushing for 189 yards (with two touchdowns) and returning two kickoffs for a combined 145 yards. Two weeks later in a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, Blount rushed for 166 yards (tying Curtis Martin for the franchise playoff game rushing record) and scored four touchdowns (also a franchise record). Blount was acquired by the Patriots prior to the 2013 season from Buccaneers in a trade for running back Jeff Demps and a seventh round pick in the 2013 draft. Blount entered this offseason as a free agent and although he was once considered a priority resigning for the Patriots, Blount remained unsigned going into the third week of free agency. It was then announced he would visit the Steelers last week. There was also reported interest in Blount from the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers announced Blounts signing Friday, adding on Monday that the running back will wear #27 for the team, the same number he wore while playing for the Buccaneers. He wore #29 for the Patriots. Blount joins a Steelers running attack which includes LeVeon Bell, who rushed for 860 yards and eight touchdowns last season as a rookie, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. In reaction to Blounts signing, Bell tweeted, Whew, the Steelers will be Please see page 3Elaine Roy and her brother, Lee, take the stage Thursday. By MARK VIOLA Staff writer At this weeks Florida State Bluegrass Festival, some of the musical acts are making their rst visits to Perry while others are returning fan favorites. One of the latter is The Roys, the award-winning brother-sister duo who performed here last year and return this year with a new set list they say will entertain new and old fans alike. Siblings Lee and Elaine Roy were born in Fitchburg, Mass., and raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada. Now based out of Nashville, Tenn., they are touring to support their third album released by Rural Rhythm Records. Were looking forward to it, the siblings said of the Florida State Bluegrass Festival in a conversation with the Taco Times Its a great festival. Were thrilled to be back. The stage is great and the whole place is great. It also doesnt hurt spending their days in Not the bluegrass you think you know... Please see page 3
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A-3 Taco Times April 2, 2014 relationship continued from September to January (2014), at which time he said he started trying to end the relationship because Bennett had become clingy and possessive. The student also told Walker that he and Bennett were intimate approximately 20 times. After the interview with the student, Walker met with Bennett to discuss the allegations. (Taylor County School District Director of Student Services Michael Thompson and TCHS Dean Courtney Bethea were also present.) Walker testied that Bennett waived her rights to have an attorney present and agreed to speak to her regarding the allegations. I read Bennett the (students) statement. Bennett stated that (the students) statement was true. Bennett stated she did not think it was that many times, Walker said. After hearing Walkers statements, Blue granted her petition that an arrest warrant be issued for Bennett, to answer a charge of sexual battery. Bennett turned herself in and was booked at the Taylor County Jail. She posted a $30,000 bond and was released. Superintendent Dyal said according to the best information Ive been given, it (the incidents) happened after school and away from the campus. Dyal said he met with Bennett Thursday and informed her that she was suspended with pay. I also informed her that I intended to recommend her (employment) termination at Tuesdays school board meeting, he said. Bennett was a history teacher at the school; she attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2012. TCHS was her rst teaching assignment. She is originally from Woodstock, Ga. We will continue to work toward providing a safe environment and good learning environment for our students, he said. TCHS Principal Audie Ash called the situation troublesome and disappointing. We remain dedicated to providing the best and safest learning environment possible. We must move on and our focus must be on our testing seasonit is a race to June. We have eight days before FCAT begins and a plethora of EOC (end of course) exams that will follow. This is testing season for us. Taylor County High School is happy to be B school and we desire to achieve even beyond that. Ash said he met with the faculty the day Bennetts arrest was reported and we discussed how to respond to that and to stick to the facts. As long as the investigation remains ongoing, we dont need to add anything. We just need to let the investigation take place and see what we need to do from there. down hill. Put your big boy pads on, people! The Steelers other two running backs from last season are not expected to return, with Jonathan Dwyer signing with the Arizona Cardinals and Felix Jones currently unsigned as a free agent. Florida during this time of year, they added with a laugh. Anytime we can spend time in Florida, we love it. They assure festival-goers who may have seen them before that there will be new material on their set list this year, mostly from their new album, Gypsy Runaway Train, which was released in June 2013. Weve revamped our show, so it should be fresh and new. Hopefully for the crowd who have seen us before itll be like an entirely new show, and for those who havent seen us before, hopefully theyll become fans. They also encourage those interested in their music to visit their website at www.RoysOnline.com. They are also on Facebook and Twitter. We love getting new friends, they said. Hope everyone comes out to the festival. The Roys will perform Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m. For more information about the band and everything else related to this weeks festival, please see the special edition inside todays Taco Times. The festivals line-up includes Blue Highway, Mountain Heart, Little Roy & Lizzy, Florida State Bluegrass Band, Delta Reign, High Cotton, Acoustic Messengers and the Tallahassee Fiddlers. For Taylor County residents, a weekend pass is $10. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www. oridastatebluegrass.com. The festival will be held at Forest Capital State Park. Lee (right) and Elaine Roy, the brother-sister duo who makes up the Park. BLUEGRASS Continued from page 1 Starting Thursda yRoys bringing entirely new show to festival TEACHER Continued from page 1 Situation troublesome, disappointing BLOUNT Continued from page 1 Put your big boy pads on, people booked at the county jail late Thursday afternoon, March 27. Taylor County Elementary School has announced its third nine weeks honor roll for the 2013-14 year: 3rd grade, All As Tyler Chaney, Holley English, Camden Kelley, Blane Lytle, Bradley Monroe, Emma Montgomery, Anjani Patel, Mallory Paul, Ava Grace Singletary, Maci Summerlin, Azarrin Washington and Vincent Zheng. 3rd grade, A/B Terel Abercrumbie, Nathan Archer, Maddie Bennett, Addison Bethea, Brayden Boyington. Bradley Buckhalter, Trenton Buckley, Cristian Campbell, Cameron Carter, Travis Driggers, Hayden Fletcher, Joshua Freeman, Haden Gregory, Taylor Groom, Tanessa Hamilton, Vivian Howie, Megan Lewis, Logan Linton, April Markle, Ashton Mauldin, Kalyan McMullen, NyKiah Miller, Avery Morgan, Jacob Murphy, Elijah Myer, Jessicka Phillips, Esau Pickron, Andrew Reaves, Madyson Robinson, Lillian Rogers, Maddee Sessions, Marla Shaw, Chloe Smith, Jasmine Stevens, Faith Sullivan, Ethan Tomlinson, Gaige Tuton, Cameron Upshaw, Dusty Warf, Jarrett Wilkinson, Chariah Williams, Elijah Williams and Anthony Winchester. 4th grade, All As Jayden Florence, J.W. Still Hudson, Sadiyah Jackson, Dhruv Patel, Billy Richardson, Madison Sadler, Jakayla Sellers, Harmony Spradley, Paul Swikey, Chloe Williams, Logan Williams, Robert Williams, Keriston Williamson and Beyonce Zheng. 4th grade, A/B Brandi Bass, Chance Blanton, TiKariyon Bolden, Mark Bray, Aliyah Britt, Trinity Brown, Jayce Calhoun, McKenzie Cash, Keovan Colson, Caitlyn Crowder, Samantha Cruce, Malina Davis, Jacob Edwards, Logan Ferrer, Camden Flowers, Nickel Freeman, Valerie Gibson, Keilan Giddens, Chance Glanton, Kinsey Goodman, Emma Gray, Paris Grush, Malachi Gundrum, Savanna Hathcock, Aubrey Hendry, Priscilla Howie, Elise Island, Kyaun Jackson, Emily Johnson, Robert Maldonado, Kimberley Martin, Katelyn Mathis, Annessa McGuire, MaKenzie McIntosh, Grace Murphy, Nicole Myers, Kayden Padgett, Kadence Pittman, Jarrett Roberts, Leeanna Roberts, Cohl Sadler, Raena Sadler, Ashley Sellers, John Sunderland, Priscilla Tate, Miranda Terry, Ethan Thompson, Hanna Touchton, Ameria Washington, Devin Waters, Kian Wheeler, Brent Williams, Demitri Williams, Stylez Williams and Colin Wilson. 5th grade, All As Cole English, Trista Knowles, Hailee McGuire, Ellie Webb and Mitchell Worthy. 5th grade, A/B Caleb Addison, Allora Baxley, Nicolas Bennett, Makyla Biado-Walker, Madison Buzbee, Kennede Crowley, Breanna Cruce, Karla Ferrer, Julius Fraser, NaJeh Glanton, Caroline Gray, Barbara Hardemon, Hunter Harvey, C.J. Hendry, JaKovie Island, JaVien Jones-Glenn, Nathan Lundy, Morgan Luther, Joanie MacNeill, Chelly McHargue, Samantha Morgan, Hayla Parker, Jade Parker, Victoria Sauls, Colby Sparkman, Jeremiah Starboard, Mabry Stewart, Ryan Thompson, Alyssa Tucker, Jordan Tyler, Daniel Walker, Ashley Weatherly, Hannah Webb, Malayshia White, Tristin Willetts, Jacob Wilson and Abigail Wynn. Top students named at elementary school
A-4 Taco Times April 2, 2014 Living Planning your Easter meal? Ham glaze offered for April 20th; ice cream social honors volunteers Need Sawgrass and Pines for Easter menu?When family members make plans to gather at your table for Easter, or any other occasion, do you reach for your trusty copy of Sawgrass and Pines? Printed in 1984, the rst Sawgrass and Pines cookbook was a gift from the Perry Garden Club to the community, featuring a foreward by Mary Lou Whiteld, as well as historical snippets and artwork by Beth Anderson. Twelve years later, the club produced Sawgrass and Pines II as a companion book for those whose appetite for Taylor County recipes still wasnt satised. Copies of both of these cookbooks are still available, and now easily accessible in the Gift Shop at Doctors Memorial Hospital. Either edition is $20. Proceeds from sales benet club projects in the community and state. To jump-start your thinking, consider these recipes from Sawgrass and Pines: Pecan Stuffed Eggs 6 hard-boiled eggs 1/4 c. mayonnaise 1/2 c. chopped pecans 1 t. onion 1 t. vinegar 1/2 t. dry mustard 1/2 t. salt 1/2 t. minced parsley Slice eggs in halves lengthwise; carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with a fork, then add next seven ingredients, mixing well. Spoon mixture into egg whites. Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs. Carolyn Sims By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove News Volunteer appreciationOn Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m., an ice-cream social with entertainment and door prizes will be held to show appreciation to those who have helped out at any of the activities of the Shady Grove Citizens Council since 2010. If you baked a cake, made chili, worked on a oat, sold tickets, participated in the parade, cooked, served, helped set up and clean up, provided music, or helped in any way at any of the events in Shady Grove, you and your family are invited to share in this event. Why live in Shady Grove?What does this small community of Shady Grove mean to its citizens? Just ask Mrs. Madelyn Smith, one of our citizens who has made her life here. Shady Grove is the greatest . its home, she said. Mrs. Mary Lee Knowles, another long-time resident said in response to my question, Well I moved here and I havent left, and Mr. Horace Knowles said I was born here and this is my home. Maybe its a little hard to explain just what Shady Grove means to its residents. I think you have to live here to understand. Be a part of it all...The events that have been taking place in Shady Grove in the past few years with the assistance of the Citizens Council have brought much joy to our community. Everyone I talk with appreciates the Shady Grove Country Christmas event and expresses a desire for it to continue and even become bigger. The council meets monthly on the second Thursday and the next meeting will be on Thursday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to be in on the planning and carrying out of the plans and would like to meet with us, please call me at 584-6343.Family dinnersFrom the time I was a young child, I remember our family getting together often. Sometimes it would be with my Mamas family, and other times with my Daddys family. I have to admit that since Mama went home to be with the Lord, we have been somewhat slack in getting together. Lately, I suppose because we are all getting older, we have begun to meet as family about once a month. My four brothers and my sister and their children, grandchildren and great-grands (as many as can come) are getting together in one of our homes. We eat together and then we sit and visit, and that is the best part. We usually do this on Sundays, occasionally on Saturdays. The time passes quickly and its time to go, but memories have been made, relationships strengthened and perhaps a better understanding of each other. There is nothing like family, especially when there is love and mutual respect for each other. I am so thankful to God for all of my family! I plan to have family and friends on Easter Sunday, after church. I plan to do a ham and was looking for a glaze when I ran across Paula Deens Old Fashioned Holiday Glaze recipe. I think I will use this. Old Fashioned Glaze120 oz can pineapple slices, juice reserved 15 to 20 whole cloves (optional) 1 small jar maraschino cherries c. packed light brown sugar 2 T. yellow mustard Bake ham according to directions, remove from oven 30 minutes before end of cooking time. Decorate with pineapple slices on top of the ham, securing them with whole cloves, if using, or toothpicks. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring and secure with a clove or toothpick. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard, and just enough of the reserved pineapple juice to make a thick glaze. Spoon the glaze over the ham and bake for the remaining 30 minutes. Remove ham from oven, transfer to a cutting board and serve. Saturday vows will unite Veal, Hunter Mindy Veal and Robert Hunter remind friends and relatives of their wedding this Saturday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at the home of Quincy and Rachel Green, 3030 Courtney Grade. A reception will follow.
A-5 Taco Times April 2, 2014 Religion Project Backyard launches in Perry this Saturday, April 5, with seven projects including a nursing home social, downtown clean-up, painting of exterior of Rosehead Cafe, building a wheelchair ramp, installing laminate ooring and two community cookouts. Project Backyard is a monthly service project initiative started by Inside Out Nation to provide consistent opportunities for Christian believers to unite together through serving those in need in their own backyard, said Melissa Moody for the group. It is currently serving in Thomasville, Tallahassee and Wakulla, but are partnering with local service organizations, churches and ministries in Perry to help organize and facilitate multiple service project opportunities throughout this community, she added. Our hope is to encourage and inspire Christians of all denominations, races, and ages to join together in a united effort to serve those who are in need in the community where they live. Service projects will vary from month to month, Moody said, but we always encourage and welcome all volunteers. If you are interested in participating, please go to www.projectbackyard.com to sign up and meet this Saturday at 9:30 am at Java Connection. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ObituariesKevin Wayne ShinholserKevin Wayne Shinholser, 36, of St. Augustine died March 29, 2014. He was born Feb. 2, 1978, in Perry to Charles Wayne and Shirley (Tharpe) Shinholser. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, W.N. and Christine Shinholser, and Mary Pickron. Mr. Shinholser was a member of the Church of God. Survivors include: his parents; one sister, Donna Shinholser (Travis) Bergeron of Tallahassee; one niece Ashlyn Bergeron and one nephew Justin Bergeron; a dear friend, Abbie Danna of St. Augustine; his grandfather Raymond Pickron; and a host of other relatives. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April, 5, at Pisgah Cemetery with Pastor Tony Legear and Pastor Robert Kirkland ofciating. In lieu of owers, contributions for missions outreach can be made to Renaissance Church, 4852 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32308. Or, you may visit the website renaissanceag. org to make an online donation. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Vivian H. PattonVivian H. Patton, 88, of Greenville, died March 30, 2014, in Tallahassee. She was born July 31, 1925, in Tonkawa, Okla., to Arthur P. and Ella (Mills) Heldenbrand who preceded her in death. Mrs. Patton was a member of Greenville Methodist Church. During World War II, she served her country as a Rosie Riveter manufacturing airplane parts for the U.S. Army Air Corps. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star out of Houston, Texas. Survivors include: her daughter, Lynn M. (Billy) Tyson of Greenville; a brother, Paul Arthur Heldenbrand of Trinity, Texas; one granddaughter and two grandsons, as well as several greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Private family services will be held in Oklahoma at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Sons of Confederate Veterans at www.scv.org All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Gail Walker WrightGail Walker Wright, 62, of Perry died Friday, March 28, 2014. Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements which were incomplete as of presstime.Bertie HinesMrs. Bertie Hines, 90, of Steinhatchee died March 27, 2014, at the Tri-County Nursing Center in Fanning Springs. She was born in Columbia County to Tom and Mammie Corbin on Feb. 22, 1924. She was a homemaker and participated in many charitable organizations. She also belonged to the Hines Hunting Club and Lydia Baptist Church. Survivors include: her husband of 65 years, Pete Hines of Steinhatchee; sons, Eddie (Bobbett) Hines of Steinhatchee and Curtis (Elaine) Hines of Cross City; daughters, Dot (Bobby) Futch of Rocky Creek and Flossie (Scout) Riels of Cross City; sister, Mammie Lou Futch of Rocky Creek; 12 grandchildren; 27 greatgrandchildren; and six Community Fun Day Saturday at City ParkPerry First Church of God invites everyone in the community to a huge fun day on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be FREE to all. The church, which is located at 1915 N. U.S. Highway 221 invites everyone to come for good family fun, and to bring your friends and neighbors. Come for lunch, LifesongThe gospel singing group, Lifesong, will perform for Friend Day at Faith Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Following the serving and singing, lunch will be served in the fellowship hall. All are invited for a morning of worship, music and fellowship. Both the concert and lunch are free. The church is located at 1439 Highway 19 North near the Taylor County Sports Complex. For questions or directions, please call 584-2980. Lenten devotionals continue at noonOn Wednesdays throughout the season of Lent, members and friends of First Presbyterian Church are gathering at noon for a time of reection and fellowship. Meeting in either the prayer garden or the fellowship hall, the groups discussion is guided by the book, The Lords Prayer for Lent. The Rev. Larry D. Neal leads discussions and invites everyone to attend. A simple lunch of soup and bread follows. Please see page 9
By ABBEY L. THARPE 4-H Extension Agent I They clipped, groomed and prepared their animals as they were getting ready to show them for the 60th annual North Florida Livestock Show & Sale. More than 100 youth from surrounding counties took part in the show and sale held in Madison Feb. 1720. Twelve Taylor County 4-H youth were among the participants preparing their animals to show. The show is organized to provide an opportunity for youth to raise and care for livestock, present them before judges for competition and then sell them at a live auction. The goal of the 4-H livestock program is to use live animals to develop youth. Youth learn about agriculture and livestock production and develop an appreciation for the livestock industry, but the main objective is to teach youth life skills. The experience of youth owning and working with animals, being responsible for their care, health and growth, record keeping on their animal, feeding, grooming, exhibiting them in a competitive environment and recruiting sponsors and the ever daunting task of recruiting sponsors for their project is a tremendous characterbuilding process. The livestock show kicked off Monday night with the swine show. Swine weight classes ranged from 220-295 pounds. Senior 4-Her Aucilla Slaughter, placing sixth, received a blue ribbon; Rylee Hudson placed fth in her class, receiving a blue ribbon; Megan Murphy placed fourth, receiving a blue ribbon; Haley Osteen placed seventh in her class, receiving a blue ribbon. Other winners in the swine show were: Jade Fletcher, fourth place, blue ribbon; Grace Murphy, second place, blue ribbon; Clara Lilliott, third place, blue ribbon; Luke Sturm, eighth place, red ribbon; and Max Sturm, seventh place, red ribbon. Haley Osteen and Jade Fletcher both received call backs and were among the nalists for the swine showmanship award in their age division. Haley placed second in overall intermediate showmanship and Jade Fletcher placed third. Four Taylor County 4-Hers took part in the Steer and Heifer Show on Wednesday night. Hunter Fletcher placed rst, Lesha Fletcher took home second and Noah Aman, third place in the fat steer division. Jade Fletcher placed second in weight class and fth in the overall heifer show. In other awards: Lesha Fletcher received rst place for senior project book for steers; Noah Aman received rst place, grooming steer, in the junior division; and Hunter Fletcher received rst in intermediate grooming steer. Noah Aman received rst place in junior showmanship steer division and Hunter Fletcher received rst place in intermediate showmanship. Lesha and Jade Fletcher both received call backs for showmanship. Haley Osteen, Rylee Hudson and Clara Lilliott placed second in overall ag judging. Show participants extended special thanks to all of the sponsors of their swine and steer. The sponsors provide nancial incentive to help offset the expenses of the project. The live auction was the culmination of the four-day event and it was held on Thursday night. A-6 Taco Times April 2, 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 Beekeepers: second Monday, 6:30 p.m., Forest Capital Hall. 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 email@example.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 Taylor 4-Hers win at 60th annual N. Florida Livestock Show & SaleTaylor County 4-H youth taking part in the 60th annual North Florida Livestock Show & Sale were: (back row, l to r) Luke Sturm, Max Sturm, Haley Osteen, Clara Lilliott, Lesha Fletcher; (middle row, l to r) Grace Murphy, Rylee Hudson, Megan Murphy, Jade Fletcher, Hunter Fletcher and Aucilla Slaughter; and (front) Noah Aman. A showmanship judge, left, joined Ed Sapp, right, in presenting an award Aucilla Slaughter Grace Murphy Noah Aman
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2014 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 2 Weighing over 50 pounds and boasting 14 pounds of marshmallow 6 pounds of chocolate and 45,000 calories, this massive 40-inch-wide MoonPie is a sight to behold... and taste! Its a Southern thing Worlds Largest MoonPie will be unveiled Friday Put the RC cola on ice and get ready for a sweet treat. Our community has been selected as the site for the unveiling of MoonPies newest avor--salty caramel--and the Worlds Largest MoonPie will be delivered to Perry Friday, April 4. We invite the community to join us, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Taylor said. The event is being staged in conjunction with the 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival, which will get underway at Forest Capital Park Thursday, April 3, and continue though Saturday, April 5. The MoonPie will be coming from Chattanooga, Tenn., and the convoy will include a truckload of MoonPies that will be hitching a ride to be given out free to the crowd on Saturday by our MoonPie Princess, her court and our Bluegrass Sweethearts. We are also planning to hold a MoonPie eating contest. 2014 MoonPie Princess Morgan Annia Whetsel will preside over the cutting of the Worlds Largest MoonPie at 6 p.m. Friday and slices will be distributed to all attending. We encourage our local fans to get their free festival tickets now and join us at Forest Capital Park. We are also offering a special discounted rate of $10 for three-day passes (for Taylor County residents only). Free tickets are available at FairPoint Communications and the chamber ofces, Taylor said. Grammy-nominated and IBMA Vocal Band of the Year Blue Highway and Grammy-nominated band Mountain Heart will headline this years festival. Also joining us are The Roys, Little Roy & Lizzy, Delta Reign, High Cotton, the Florida State Bluegrass Band and much more. What started out as a one-day event with a few hundred attendees is now a nationally recognized three-day event with thousands in attendance from all over the United States. We are proud of our continued growth and invite our local residents who may not have joined us before to come out and see what its all about, Taylor said. In addition to hosting the Worlds Largest MoonPie, the festival will also feature a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday with cooks competing for more than $1,000 in prizes. Best of all, it is thanks to our local sponsors that we are able to offer the special ticket prices of only $10 for a three-day pass for our local residents (must show ID) thanks to our event sponsor, Fairpoint Communications, and our title sponsors Snyders-Lance, Foley Timber & Land, Chemring Ordnance, the City of Perry, Ware Oil & Supply Home of TCBY & Huddle House, Taylor noted. Regular ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate for out-of-town visitors. The Chili Cook-off event is very popular. Contestants can enter to win cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. For those who do not wish to enter, you have the opportunity to purchase a collectible cup for only $5 and eat all the chili you want. Kicking off the event on Saturday morning is the Bluegrass Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. Show times start on Thursday at 5 p.m., at 1 p.m. on Friday and noon Saturday and will continue through the day until 10 p.m. For more information about the 12th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival event, the MoonPie events or the Chili Cook-Off call the chamber ofce at (850) 584-5366 or go to www. oridastatebluegrass.com. Outta this world MoonPie Recipes Southern Living MoonPie Banana Pudding TrieIngredients: Instructions: Combine 2 cups milk and 1 (3.4-oz.) package vanilla instant pudding mix in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes; let stand 5 minutes. Whisk in 1/2 cup sour cream. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Layer pudding mixture; 2 medium bananas, sliced; and 1 (9.6-oz.) carton MoonPie Crunch Peanut Butter (8 chocolate cookie sandwiches), quartered, in 4 (8-oz.) glasses. Dollop with whipped cream. Makes 4 servings. Peanut Butter PieIngredients: Instructions: Base: Process MoonPies in processor, add butter and press into an 8 spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool.
2014 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 3 What began as a local venue for area bluegrass bands has grown into an internationally recognized event that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The Florida State Bluegrass Festival started when Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Director Dawn Taylor took a call from a representative of various bluegrass music associations in Florida which were looking for a convenient site to host a joint festival. That rst event, which drew a couple hundred people, featured bands representing the states four bluegrass associations: the North Florida Bluegrass Association, Gulf Coast Bluegrass Association, Southwest Florida Bluegrass Association and South Florida Bluegrass Association. The festival soon moved to its now traditional date on the rst weekend in April and the name was changed to the Florida State Bluegrass Festival. Now in its 12th, this years festival will be the biggest yet, Taylor said. The festival has built its reputation on a knack for blending traditional bluegrass acts with rising contemporary bluegrass stars, as evidenced by this years line-up which includes: Blue Highway, Mountain Heart and The Roys. If youve never attended one of the festivals before, come see for yourself what todays bluegrass sounds like...you might be surprised! Taylor said. She noted that, thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, the festival is able to offer a special discounted ticket price for Taylor County residents of just $10 for a three-day pass. Discount price for locals: $10 for a 3-day pass
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2014 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 11 More than $1,000 in cash prizes to be awarded Saturday The 12th annual Taylor County Chili Challenge will be held in conjunction with the Florida State Bluegrass Festival Saturday, April 5. More than $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in the contest including rst place prizes for the Best Chili Golden Spoon Award, Most Unique & Interesting Chili and Peoples Choice. Second and third place winners will also be recognized. The entry fee is $25 per chili. Each contestant must cook and provide a minimum of two gallons of chili for judging and serving. Check-in is at 11 a.m. at Forest Capital State Park. Judging and serving begin at noon. Festival-goers will be able to purchase bottomless bowls to sample all chili entries for $5 each. Judging will be based on: taste, good avor, texture, consistency, blend of spices, aroma, bite and color. Chili contestants are invited to decorate their serving areas in a theme of their choice.
2014 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 12 The 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival will feature a free Kids Fun Zone, compliments of Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union. Admission is free for children (ages 18 and under) and special ticket pricing is being offered for all Taylor County residents ($10 for a three-day pass). A limited number of free festival tickets are also available at the chamber and FairPoint Communications. The fun zone, which will be set up under the pines at Forest Capital Park, will include a bounce house and slide. Additional attractions include a rock wall, face painting, arts and craft booths, free MoonPies (Saturday) and more. The Kids Fun Zone will be open Friday after school (3 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday Admission is free for all students ages 18 & under at the 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival, April 3-5 STUDENTS FREE Free Kids Zone Friday & Saturday at festival MOONPIE EATING CONTEST Free Admission for All Contest Participants Call 584-5366 to register
2014 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 13 Free workshops for all skill levels mandolin ~ ddle ~ banjo Musicians of all skill levels are invited to take part in workshops planned during the 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival at Forest Capital State Park. The workshops are free with festival admission and will be held Saturday, April 5. A mandolin workshop will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a ddle workshop at 11 a.m. A banjo workshop at 2 p.m. will round out the schedule. All sessions will be held at the Perry Garden Club, located behind the main stage. Workshops are free with admissionOrganizers recognize event, title sponsors Florida State Bluegrass Festival organizers extend their thanks to key sponsors who helped make the 2014 event a success. FairPoint Communications is the event sponsor of this years festival; title sponsors include: Snyders-Lance, Foley Timber & Land, Chemring Ordnance, the City of Perry and Ware Oil & Supply Home of TCBY & Huddle House.
2014 Florida State Bluegrass Festival page 14 2014 MoonPie Princess Morgan Whetsel 2014 MoonPie Court: (l to r) Annastacia Coleman, Brook Chainey & Ava Grace Cassidy Newly crowned MoonPie Princess Morgan Whetsel, her court and 23 Bluegrass Sweethearts will be handing out free MoonPies at the 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival Saturday, April 5. Whetsel won the title during ceremonies held March 28. Joining her on the royal MoonPie Court are: Annastacia Coleman, rst runner-up; Ava Grace Cassidy, second runner-up; and Brook Chainey, third runner-up. The remaining contestants were presented tiaras and embroidered sashes proclaiming their status as Bluegrass Sweethearts.Get a free MoonPie2013 MoonPie Princess Holly Gantz, right, passed the crown to Morgan Whetsel.
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