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By MARK VIOLA Staff writer The ofcial specs for the Worlds Largest MoonPie, which made a shortlived appearance at the 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival this past weekend, were massive indeed. Measuring 40 inches across and weighing 50 pounds, the super-sized treat contained 14 pounds of marshmallow, six pounds of chocolate...and 45,000 calories. The 2014 MoonPie Princess, Morgan Annia Whetsel, cut the rst slice during a ceremony Friday evening and the entire dessert was gone less than 30 minutes later, 45,000 calories and all. The event was also the ofcial unveiling of MoonPies newest avor: salted caramel. We were thrilled that MoonPie, Inc., chose us to unveil their new avor of MoonPie, Festival Coordinator Dawn Taylor said. We had a great turnout of people at the ceremony for the Worlds Largest MoonPie. Our MoonPie Princess was excited to cut the rst slice and everyone seemed to enjoy the new avor. Although for the second year in a row the weekends weather forecast was somewhat discouraging, the rain held off again, and aside from a light shower that lasted about 10 minutes Saturday evening, the festival remained dry from start to nish. We were really happy with the support from local businesses and people, Taylor said. We had a record number of local Anyone wishing to donate items for yard sale benetting the shooting survivors of the Timberland Ford tragedy are asked to contact Kristy Anderson at 843-1794. The yard sale will be held Saturday, April 12, at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union (side parking lot) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A fund-raising event is also being held at Pizza Hut today (Wednesday), with the restaurant donating 20% of meal purchases to the Timberland Ford Cook/ Mahoney Fund (must present coupon). For online orders, enter promo code TIMBERLAND. Team Lundy supporters will host at BBQ rib dinner benet Saturday, April 12, at the old Movie Gallery parking lot. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (please see Renee Fierro or Terri Young) for $10 each. Dinners will include ribs, baked beans and potato salad. Slabs of ribs are available for $20 each. There will be two pick-up times: 11 a.m. to noon and 4-5 p.m. Tickets are also available for a chance to win a Husqvarna handheld blower donated by TaCo Equipment. The drawing will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Families are invited to the annual Movie in the Park event presented by the Florida Department of Health in Taylor County this Friday, at Forest Capital Park. Admission is free along with complimentary popcorn and bottled water. The movie Frozen will start at 8:15 p.m. The second annual Baking for Babies auction will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Facebook. Search Baking for Babies and youll nd the event. Bidders will be competing for cakes donated by 15 different bakers. Rally co-workers and friends to pool your money to ensure you win your cake. All proceeds will benet the March of Dimes, organizer Gena English said. The annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies will be held in Tallahassee Saturday, April 26. For more information, contact English at Genaenglish14@gmail.com. Index Living . ...................... A-4 Editorial . .................. A-6 Religion . ................... A-7 Sports . ..................... A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9 Community . ............ A-10 Wednesday 74 50 Thursday78 45 Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday April 9, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 15www.perrynewspapers.com Project Freedom could mean $220 million investment here The Taylor County Development Authority (TCDA) is working with the Taylor County Commission, Perry City Council and Taylor County School Board to develop an incentive package to entice a company to locate within the county, bringing with it as much as $220 million in capital investments. The identity of the company, currently being referred to by its code name, Project Freedom, is unknown as the TCDA and other local ofcials have signed condentiality agreements. According to Taylor County Economic Developer Scott Frederick, this is not uncommon and is allowed by Florida Statutes. AMTEC Less Lethal, which relocated its operations here last year, was initially known as Project Phoenix before its identity was revealed after it chose Taylor County for its new location. Frederick said the TCDA has been in talks with Please see page 3 Now you see it, now you dont: Giant MoonPie gone in 30 minutes!With some assistance from volunteers, 2014 Bluegrass Princess Morgan Whetsel and the rest of Please see page 2 New school site eyed by district The Taylor County School District has begun negotiations for property to site a new Perry Primary School (PPS) should its request for state funding assistance be approved later this year. We are looking in the vicinity of where Taylor County Elementary School is, Superintendent Paul Dyal. Using Florida Department of Education cost estimates based on the number of students the school will house, a new PPS is projected to cost $17.1 million. The district is also soliciting qualications from rms for architectural consultant professional services for the new school (according to a legal notice published in the March 28 edition of the Perry NewsHerald). Packets must be submitted to the district by April 30. Dyal has previously stated that for the district to move forward with the next step in the process, hiring an architect to develop plans, the district must either own the intended property or have a binder on a prospective property for the new school site. Last month, the district received word that the Florida Department of Education (DOE) site review team sent to PPS had certied the district as having a school in need. That certication allows the district to go before the DOEs special facilities committee in August to request the funding for 2015. The district has twice before received funding through the program to assist with building new schools for Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) and Taylor County High School (TCHS). For TCES, the district received $8.5 million from the state in 2001-02 and contributed $4.4 million of its own funds. According to Dyal, the program requires districts to allocate revenues from their 1.5 mill capital improvement property tax for three years to a funded project. The district also received $10.2 million in state funding in 1991-92 through this program for the construction of TCHS, providing $3.9 million in local funds. Always trust in God Injured deputy says hes humbled by support By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer His brave actions put him in the spotlight, but Taylor County Sheriffs Deputy Robert Lundy gives the greater glory to a higher power. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for his mercy on me. I dont deserve any of it. It is so humbling and so awesome to see so many people in my corner. I am very thankful for their generosity. I dont know what else to say. Lundy was speaking from the Gainesville rehabilitation center where he has spent the last several weeks undergoing intensive therapy in preparation for returning to the Steinhatchee home he shares with his wife, Kelly, and their two young daughters. They mean the world to me and Im ready to go home to them, he said. My discharge date was originally set for midAprilhopefully sooner rather than later. I am blessed, given the circumstances of (being) shot and where. The doctors are pleased with how my body is responding. Im just taking it day-by-day. Baby steps. Doing one thing at a time and its been working out. Lundy said his faith has always been a very, very important part of his life and, in the past eight weeks, that faith has given him Please see page 11


A-2 Taco Times April 9, 2014 attendees. We had a couple new bands this year and they went over really well, she added. Our headliners were a huge hit. We were glad there wasnt any rain. This years headliners included Blue Highway and Mountain Heart, along with the Little Roy and Lizzie Show and the brother-sister duo, The Roys. Regional acts including the Florida State Bluegrass Band, High Cotton, Acoustic Messengers and Delta Reign also performed, as well as two youth bands, the Tallahassee Fiddlers and the Acoustic Ensemble. We were glad to have the Tallahassee Fiddlers back this year, Taylor said. They and the Acoustic Ensemble show that the younger generation is keeping up the bluegrass tradition. A large swath of central and southern Taylor County was under a ood warning Tuesday after a band of storms dropped more than seven inches of rain late Monday into the overnight hours. According to Taylor County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Spradley, the warning was sparked primarily after the Fenholloway River began rising as fast as a foot an hour, jumping ve feet total overnight. Its unbelievable how much water fell overnight, Spradley said. There is nowhere for it to go. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Tallahassee, runoff from the excessive rainfall overnight resulted in several areas of slow rising water across Lafayette and Taylor counties. Doppler radar estimates that more than ve to seven inches of rainfall fell across central Taylor and Lafayette counties, the NWS said in its advisory. The Florida Forest Service (FFS) rain gauge in Perry recorded 5.3 inches of rain, while the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) gauge at Foley Tower recorded 5.73 inches. Spradley said a resident on Beach Road called his ofce to report 6.25 inches. By midday Tuesday, the Fenholloway was still rising but was beginning to taper off, Spradley said. The Steinhatchee River, which had risen three feet since the rain, is forecast to crest right at minor ood stage. Several homes are affected by ood waters west of Mayo in Lafayette County, the NWS said Tuesday. Additionally several smaller creeks and streams are also rising rapidly in Taylor County. Spradley said several residents along Beach Road and Puckett Road have reported water in their yards. Also several county roads, including Potts Still Road, had water over them. Personnel with the FFS were dispatched to monitor levees in San Pedro Bay as well. Three trees were reported down across county roads overnight and county road crews were sent to remove them, Spradley said. Be especially cautious when driving, NWS ofcials said. Most ood deaths occur in automobiles. Do not attempt to drive through ooded roads. Remember: turn around, dont drown. This past winter, which ended March 22, was the regions wettest in the past 16 years, with the SRWMDs 15-county area seeing an average of 17 inches from Dec. 20 to March 20. In that region, Taylor County received the most, with the entire county receiving 150 to 200 percent of the average rainfall for the three-month period. Some areas of county see 7 inches of rain The regular Taylor County Republican meeting will be held on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rigoni Cookhouse. For additional information, please call Vice Chairman Richard ONeill at 223-2648.Republicans meet April 10 MOONPIE Continued from page 1 Headliners a huge hit


Project Freedom representatives for the past 10 to 11 weeks. There are only around 200 projects of this size each year with more than 6,000 economic development agencies competing for them, he added. The company is looking at potential sites in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana, Frederick said. Theyve already eliminated three communities, and were still in the running, he said. Project Freedom is looking to be in production within 12 to 18 months from the point the agreements are signed, Frederick continued. The company is projected to create 52-55 manufacturing jobs with a starting salary around $38,000 plus benets. Frederick called the proposal capital intensive and said the total investment here could be between $100 million and $220 million. By comparison, AMTEC Less-Lethal invested around $10 million here when it relocated. The construction phase could create as many as 300 construction jobs as well, ofcials said. According to County Administrator Jack Brown, the company is seeking ad valorem property tax abatements totaling 95 percent for 10 years from the county. This would be for the increased tax revenue from the companys investments. Last Thursday, Brown and Frederick approached the school board about entering into an interlocal agreement with the county to contribute 25 percent of its increased tax revenue from the project to the county should the commission approve the proposed 95 percent abatement. The school board does not have a mechanism to offer property tax abatements, but Brown said the TCDA had consulted attorneys who said such an interlocal agreement was possible. Based on an example of $100 million in investments from Project Freedom, the school board would still see around $500,000 in increased tax revenues after the 25 percent contribution to the county, Frederick said. The school board took no action on the proposal at Thursdays meeting but indicated it would be open to holding a special meeting to consider the agreement should the county commission approve its incentive package. At their meeting Monday, the county commission discussed the proposed ad valorem property tax abatements (95 percent for 10 years). Half of nothing is nothing, Brown said. Half of something is something. Using the same example presented to the school board with $100 million in capital investments, the county would be in line to see about $40,000 in additional tax revenue after the abatements, plus around $180,000 from the school board if it approved the interlocal agreement to provide 25 percent. After a brief discussion, Commissioner Pam Feagle made a motion to approve the proposed abatements contingent on the school board and city approving their own incentives. Commissioner Jim Moody seconded and the measure passed 4-0. (Commissioner Jody DeVane was not present at the meeting.) At that same meeting, City Manager Bob Brown addressed the commission, outlining a series of proposals the city was considering as part of the combined incentive package for Project Freedom. When asked Tuesday, he said he may ask the city council to hold a special meeting next week to consider the proposed incentives. He added that the council would need to pass several ordinances for some of the proposals. Although the project is not expected to be sited within the city limits and therefore would not pay city property taxes, the city is considering utility rate concessions totaling $8 million over 10 years with the company becoming a city natural gas and water customer. According to Bob Brown, to serve the company, the city would need to make between $3 million and $3.5 million in utility infrastructure upgrades. Additionally, Bob Brown said the city would consider co-signing a short-term (12-month) loan taken out by the TCDA on behalf of Project Freedom to provide a line of credit. Conceptually, the company would have the ability to draw upon the line of credit as needed, but only for site work conducted in Taylor County, he said. The company will have access to permanent funding sources once equipment is on site and work on buildings is underway, at which time it could repay the short term loan, Bob Brown said. According to Frederick, Project Freedom has been pre-approved for state transportation funds and is eligible for a new federal tax credit. Im thrilled and happy we have our government bodies on board, Feagle said during Mondays meeting. Im glad the county and city are coming together, and I hope the school board does as well, Commissioner Pat Patterson said. A-3 Taco Times April 9, 2014 PROJECT FREEDOM Continued from page 1 Hefty incentive package is in the works Card of ThanksScottWe, the Scott Family, would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love, compassion and concern following the sudden death of our loved one, William Scott. Words cannot express the strength you have given us during these most difcult times. It was particularly comforting to know that he touched so many lives in his own special way. We enjoyed hearing all the funny stories and fond memories. Thank you for helping us to remember, even in the midst of our grief, to celebrate the life of this special man. We appreciate your continued support and prayers. May the Lord richly bless you all. Brigett Morton and the Scott Family


A-4 Taco Times April 9, 2014 Living On March 29, Troop 600 of the Boy Scouts of America presented Eric Morgan with the Eagle award, the highest and most coveted rank in Scouting. For the Eagle Court of Honor, Morgan was surrounded by family, friends and church members in a ceremony at First Presbyterian Church. It was followed by a celebratory reception in the fellowship hall, hosted by his parents, Karl and Ellie Morgan, and his sister, Anna. Considered one of the nations largest and most prominent values-based, youth-development organizations, the Boy Scouts of America has emphasized the importance of citizenship, character, personal responsibility and tness for more than a century. Helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible and productive society, said retiring Scout Master David Adams. In that journey, the awarding of an Eagle badge is the climax and the goal. It is the culmination of efforts by the scout and his various leaders through the years, Scout Leader Paul Wiggins said. Less than two percent of all Scouts in the U.S. reach the Eagle rank. In U.S., only 2% earn Eagle: Eric did Christmas, Mock to marry on April 19th Nicole Christmas and Ashley Mock remind all friends and family members of their wedding planned for Saturday, April 19, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary of Crosspoint Baptist Fellowship. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in honor of the couple in the fellowship hall of the church. TTI wants to beautify your yard! The SNAP (Special Needs Adult Program) class at Taylor Technical Institute is beginning its spring plant sale. In addition to being open Saturday morning, April 12, the class invites you to shop at your convenience; please call 838-2545,ext. 265 or 266, to conrm that someone is available to assist you. Hours for Saturday are 8:30 until 12 noon. The class is located in the portables across from the Perry Garden Club. And this is a sampling of what you will nd: baskets, $5 to $7; (purple and white) for $1 per pot; to $5; (campre succulent, bunny ears and love plants).


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A-7 Taco Times April 9, 2014 Religion Good Friday, Hodges Park Walk With The Cross on April 18 Blue Creek Baptist Church at the Beaches invites everyone to join in the annual Walk With the Cross on Good Friday, April 18. Walkers are asked to meet at the church, 21070 Beach Road, at 8:45 a.m. to begin walking at 9 a.m. to Hodges Park. Transportation back to the church will be provided for those who are unable to complete the walk. Blue Creek has also scheduled sunrise services on Easter Sunday, April 20, at 7 a.m. at Hodges Park. The public is cordially invited. Need encouragement?Learn to give, receive during this Wed. classDianna Sandonata will lead a womens Bible study on Wednesday mornings, beginning April 23, at the First Presbyterian Church. Women from the church, and friends from our community, are encouraged to attend, said Sandonata who will use Nicole Johnsons book, Encouraging One Another, as a guide for the class. Classes will be held at 9:30 a.m. in room 9. She quotes Johnson as saying, Encouragement is to a friendship what confetti is to a party. Its light, refreshing and fun, and you always end up nding little pieces of it stuck to you later. Please contact the church ofce at 584-3826 to register.Project Backyard Obituaries Lafayette Durham AlveyFormer Friendship Baptist Church pastor, the Rev. Lafayette Durham L.D. Alvey, died March 31, 2014. He was 88. Born in Kissimmee on April 22, 1925, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1949 and married Frances Hilburn Oct. 6, 1951. The Rev. Alvey attended Bible Baptist Seminary in Arlington, Texas, and was ordained a Baptist pastor in 1955. Over the next 42 years, he pastored churches in Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee and Texas, including Friendship Baptist Church in Perry. He also continued to mentor young pastors and accomplish evangelical work across the United States until 2012. Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Frances Hilburn Alvey; children, Mary Alvey Whitbeck and husband Richard, Fort Worth; David Alvey and wife Carolyn, Murphy; Gary Alvey and wife Allyson, Lake Worth; Anita Thompson Alvey, Fort Worth; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, George Alvey, Florida; sisters, Betty Alvey Mayo, Okla., Nancy Alvey Meyer and June Alvey Hubbard, both of Fort Worth. He was buried April 3 at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Memorials contributions may be made to to Exaltale a El Ministries, a Christian Childrens Home in Honduras, c/o 4200 Ridgecrest Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76135.Clarence Graham Jr.Clarence Graham Jr., 68, died Thursday, April 3, 2014. Mr. Graham was a member of Mount Zion Church No. 2 in Madison, and a graduate of Madison Training School. He was a drum major graduate of Suwannee River Junior College in Madison and served in the Vietnam war as a United States Marine. Mr. Graham was also employed with the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce. Survivors include: his wife, Lillie Graham; two sons, Clarence M. (Takeema) Graham III of Madison and Camron (Keisha) Graham, of Clemont; one daughter, Belinda Graham of Perry; three bothers, George McGriff Sr. of Havana, Wayne J. Hendley Sr. of Midway and Stevie J. (Eva) Hendley of Annandale, Va..; four sisters; Shirl E. Hendley of Chesapeake Beach, Md., Janelle M. Thompson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Dorothea (Fredrick) Wester of Panama City and Diane E. (Charles) Germany of Quincy; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchilren. Services will be Saturday April 12, at 11 a.m. in Antioch M.B. Church in Perry. Interment will follow at Springhill Cemetery. Family members will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 11, at Trinity Funeral Home in Perry which is in charge of arrangements. Elder Floyd Miles and the New Jerusalem P. B. Church invite everyone in the community to gather this Sunday at 3 p.m. for Celebrating the Blood and Its Purpose. The Rev. Hollis and Trinity House of Praise will lead. Although its not required, the committee urges everyone to wear red. Resurrection program Sunday


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