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Blood drive set for MondayOneBlood will host a blood drive Monday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union. All donors will receive a t-shirt and a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, iron count and cholesterol screening. Sign up by calling Joleen Whitehead at 223-7112 or make an appointment online at www.oneblooddonor.org (use sponsor code #G5202). Walk-ins also welcome.Eat pizza, support Taylor Sharp ShootersSupport 4-Hs Taylor Sharp Shooters by dining at Pizza Hut Thursday, May 29 (all day). The restaurant will donate up to 20 percent of purchases to the club (coupon must be presented).Rotary to host Father-Daughter DanceThe Perry Rotary Club will host its second annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Perry Womans Club. Tickets are $25 for a father and daughter and $10 for each additional daughter. The event will include music, door prizes, heavy hors doeuvres and refreshments. Photo packages will be available as well. Tickets can be purchased at the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce or from any Perry Rotarian. For more information, call 5845366.Chamber to host poker tournament this Friday The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce will host its ninth annual Texas Hold-em Poker Tournament Friday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the Perry Elks Club. The entry fee is $50. The entry fee includes a buffet of refreshments. Admission is $10 for those not playing. For more information, call (850) 584-5366.Elks Lodge hosts dinner theater Saturday, May 31The Perry Elks Lodge will host a dinner theater Saturday, May 31, featuring the mystery, Murder on the Oriental Rug. Tickets, which include dinner and the play, are $25 each. For tickets, please call 8387623 or 843-1135. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Classieds . .............. A-9 Community . ............ A-10 Weather Wednesday 88 6750% Thursday88 66 50% Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday May 28, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 22www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum Re-scheduled for hearing June 9 Prison contraband trial delayed The trial of two Taylor Correctional Institution (TCI) sergeants, slated to begin Tuesday, has been continued until the next round of pre-trial hearings, June 9. Delrikos A. Brooks, 32, and Robert Simmons, 48, face charges of directing activities of a criminal gang; aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and witness tampering. They also face multiple charges of conspiracy to introduce contraband (i.e. cell phones, cigarettes, the street drug commonly known as spice and MDMA/ecstasy) as well as unlawful compensation and money laundering. A third defendant, former TCI inmate Ernest L. Herrington Jr., has been charged with aggravated battery by a detainee. A fourth defendant, former TCI ofcer Valshantaya Lashaye Cook, 27, has entered a plea agreement in the case. Brooks was initially arrested in December 2013; Simmons, a short while later. Court documents allege that Brooks and Simmons directed gang-related activity within the prison (including the distribution of contraband) and directed inmates to have family/ friends send money to civilians on their behalf. An additional charge claims Brooks conspired with Herrington regarding the assault of another inmate and that he was aided by an ofcer who allowed him to enter the secure dorm where A Day to Remember Legacy of heroesFrom the very young to the very old, Mondays Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park gave each a time to reect on the ultimate sacrices made by Taylor Countys and the nationsbravest and brightest. The hour-long program, coordinated by County Commissioner Pam Feagle, also honored the living heroes of World War II as well as veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam and the War on Terror. Former Perry resident Lt. Col. Steven Kirk Coker, who retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2012, served as keynote speaker for the event. His speech not only recognized that the day was to honor all fallen veterans of our nations wars and conicts, but specically named Taylor Countys heroes who gave their lives in Vietnam: Douglas Gaines, Jimmy Rollings, Billy Hartseld and Paul Raymond Evans. Also on that list is the name of fallen Marine Jack Stephens Smith; it was his story Coker shared with the 200-plus member crowd. Jack was born here in Perry on July 15, 1948. As a young boy his home was down on the Old Dixie Highway. He played with another future Vietnam veteran, Ted Padgett, who is currently my folks neighbor now down at Keaton Beach. Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966. He was trained to be an antitank assaultman, military occupational specialty or MOS of 0351. He was Please see page 3County to hear appeal on land use change Can a recommendation made by the Taylor County Planning Board to the county commission be appealed? That was just one of the questions commissioners were wrestling with last week when they were notied several residents were appealing the planning boards decision to recommend the commission approve a proposed Future Land Use Map amendment. At the Tuesday, May 20, meeting, the commission was set to hold a public hearing to consider an amendment application for a 55-acre parcel located on Foley Road across from the Buckeye mill which landowner Foley Timber & Land Co. hopes will be the future site of a new business here. The planning board considered Foleys application during its Thursday, May 1, meeting and despite the complaints of several nearby property owners, voted unanimously to recommend the commission approve the amendment. The comprehensive plan amendment process, which is established in Florida statutes, calls for the local planning agency to consider proposed amendments and then make a recommendation to the county commission to either approve or deny the application. Regardless of which way the planning agency recommends, the commission then holds a public hearing of its own on the amendment to decide whether or not to forward it to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for state review. Prior to the May 20 hearing, however, the commission allowed local Please see page 3 Please see page 8Third graders results from the reading and math portions of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT) were released by the state Friday and in most areas, local scores are near or above the state average. Also released were the results of the FCAT writing test--given to students in grades four, eight and 10--with local eighth graders and 10th graders exceeding the state average. The reading and math portions are graded on a score of one to ve, with three or above considered procient. Additionally, students in the third grade must achieve an FCAT reading scale score of two or higher, or show good cause, to be eligible for promotion to the fourth grade. Among Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) third graders, 55 percent scored a three or above on the reading portion, just shy of the state average of 57 percent. At Steinhatchee School, 67 percent scored a three or above. On the math portion, 56 percent of TCES third In reading, math 3rd graders near or above average Please see page 3
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A-3 Taco Times May 28, 2014 graders scored a three or above, again just below the state mark of 58 percent. At Steinhatchee School, 55 percent of third graders scored a three or above. Superintendent Paul Dyal touted the scores, noting that the district-wide numbers were in line with the state average. When you look at surrounding districts, we were outscored by Wakulla but we outscored Lafayette, Madison and Jefferson, he said. As for the FCAT writing test, a score of 3.5 or above is considered at grade level on a scale from one to six. In fourth grade, 32 percent of TCES students and 25 percent of Steinhatchee School students scored a 3.5 or above, compared to the state average of 53 percent. Weve got some work to do in third grade writing, Dyal said. Were not nearly close enough to the state average and not up to surrounding counties. He added that they will be working through professional development over the summer to improve results next year. The news was quite different for the district in the older grades taking the writing test. In eighth grade, 67 percent of Taylor County Middle School students scored a 3.5 or above, besting the state average of 56 percent. Eighth grade was signicantly better, Dyal said. When you look at just public schools, Taylor County Middle School was the fth best public school in the state. In 10th grade, 70 percent of Taylor County High School students and 28 percent of Taylor Technical ACE students scored a 3.5 or above, compared to the state average of 64 percent. One of the most outstanding pieces of data to come out of the results is that only 778 10th grade students scored a 6.0 on the writing test in the state, Dyal said. At Taylor County High School, there were three students who scored a 6.0. We have some work to do in fourth grade writing, but eighth grade and 10th grade are getting better every year. the inmate was housed. More than 20 witnesses are expected to be called to the stand when the trial resumes. resident Brent Burford, to address them on an appeal he had led objecting to the planning board decision to make its recommendation for approval. He quoted the countys land development regulations (LDRs), which allow concerned citizens up to 30 days to appeal a decision made by the planning board. Burford noted that they were only 20 days into the 30-day period, adding the LDRs call for no further action on a particular issue once an appeal has been led until the appeal has been resolved. According to Burford, as many as four others were intending to le appeals by the end of the 30-day period. During the discussion, County Attorney Conrad Bishop questioned whether a non-binding recommendation qualied as a decision that could be appealed. He also pointed out that the county commission serves as the appellate board for appeals made against the planning board. After about 30 minutes of further discussion, Commission Chairman Malcolm Page passed the gavel to make a motion to stay any further action on the amendment until the appeal period was concluded. Commissioner Pat Patterson seconded and the measured passed 4-1 with Commissioner Jody DeVane voting against. The commission then agreed to hold the appeal hearings during the regular meeting on Monday, June 2, at 6 p.m. The next item on the commissions agenda was to hold the public hearing on the amendment, and the board voted unanimously to continue it until the Monday, June 2, meeting to follow the appeal hearings. According to County Building Director Danny Griner, the proposed amendment is intended to change approximately 55 acres of property from the Mixed Use Rural Residential land use category to an Industrial land use. Taylor County, through the Taylor County Development Authority (TCDA) and other means, is aggressively pursuing the recruitment of manufacturing companies in order to help bring new private sector jobs and investments into the county, Foley said in its amendment application. The county has industrial land-use areas, but many of these properties lack adjacent infrastructure and are solely within only one of two electric power providers serving the Taylor County area. To increase Taylor Countys competitiveness to attract job and investmentgenerating economic development projects, it has become important to have industrial sites that include as many of the infrastructure assets noted above as possible. At the planning board meeting, Burford was one of several nearby property owners who expressed opposition to the land use change citing the potential impact to their homes and questioned why other sites were not considered. LAND USE CHANGE Continued from page 1 Hearing halted until Monday, June 2, meeting CONTRABAND Continued from page 1 20-plus witnesses expected to testify STATE AVERAGE Continued from page 1 TCMS was fth best public school on FCAT writing Historical spotlightThe Taylor County Historical Society banquet and music than 100 attendees dined on BBQ dinners and enjoyed musical selections from Mike Denmark and Buddy Brooklyn Church Choir presented the annual shared the honor of member Adrienne Tish also helped coordinate
A-4 Taco Times May 28, 2014 Living 60 years of marriage Shefelds reach landmark ThursdayHeath Allen Padgett, Katelyn Ann Lynn October wedding will unite Lynn, Padgett at family farm Ms. Sheila Lynn, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn, all of Perry, announce the engagement of their daughter, Katelyn Ann, to Heath Allen Padgett, the son of Ms. Trina Padgett and Terry Padgett, also of Perry. The couple will exchange wedding vows on Oct. 11, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the Lynn Family Farm. Friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited. Ed and Jamie Shefeld exchanged wedding vows on May 29, 1954, in New Home Baptist Church. Thursday will mark their 60th anniversary, and the celebrations have already begun. A diamond anniversary dinner was given in the couples honor at First United Methodist Church by Pat and Eunice Barbaree, Tommy and Velma Hingson, as well as members of the church family. The couple will be honored again by children and grandchildren who promise an evening of dinner and entertainment. They are the parents of Wanda Shefeld, Jim Shefeld and Roy Shefeld. They also have four grandchildren, Katie, Emily, Laura and R.J., as well as three greatgrandchildren, Eddie, Caleb and Daniel. The story of their 60-year journey begins this way: When three young soldiers who had been serving in the United States Army returned home to Perry after being captured and held prisoner during the Korean War, the City of Perry held a big celebration. Families and friends met the Greyhound Bus at the station and a big parade followed with a sh fry at Jaycee Park. Senator Gus Dekle was the Master of Ceremonies and key speaker. Iris Dee Walker, chorus teacher at Taylor County High School, arranged for the Glee Club to sing, and Jamie was a member of this class. After the celebration, she walked up to the bench where Ed was sitting and said, Welcome home; my name is Jamie. He admitted that he had already picked her out of the crowd. The celebration of this love story--from a long, long time ago--reaches a landmark Thursday on the couples 60th anniversary.
A-6 Taco Times May 28, 2014 Religion Investigators will be trained throughout the community this summer as Baptists participate in a Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.) program called, Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend. Lakeside Baptist Church kicks off the summer with a V.B.S. June 8-12 for age four through sixth grade. Classes will be held from 6-8:15 p.m.The event will conclude with Family Fun Night on June 13 at 6 p.m. The First Baptist Church of Jena will hold Vacation Bible School on ve Wednesday nights this year, starting on June 11 and continuing through July 16. Classes will also be held June 18 and June 25, skipping July 2 and 9, and ending July 16. Classes will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8:15. The theme is Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend. ObituariesJoseph Farmer\Joseph Farmer, 95, of Perry, died Monday, May 26, 2014, at Marshall Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born Dec. 25, 1918, in Boyd, to Grady and Dollie (Simpson) Farmer. Mr. Farmer was preceded in death by one daughter, JoeAnn Croft. A member of Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Perry, he was also a deacon for many years. Survivors include: his wife, Vertice Katherine Farmer of Perry; two daughters, Kathy (Lamar) Stephens and Jane (Larry) Guzman, all of Perry; ve grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; two greatgreat grandchildren; one brother, Vernis York of California; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 28, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Pastor Tommy Lundy ofciating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Pisgah Cemetery in Perry. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Two churches announce V.B.S. plansPerry to lead revival services at WestsideRandy Perry will lead revival services at Westside Baptist Church beginning Sunday, June 1, during the 11 a.m. worship service. The revival continues that night at 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. All services will be held in Westsides newly remodeled sanctuary. Randy Perry Ministries was launched in the summer of 1994 after he left the southern gospel group, The Perrys. Now he incorporates music into his message. All are invited.
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A-8 Taco Times May 28, 2014 eventually assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment based in Camp Pendleton, Calif. In November 1967, the battalion deployed to the western Pacic island of Okinawa, a staging base and only a short three-four hour ight to Vietnam. In Okinawa the battalion would remain for a few days of climatization, getting accustomed to the thick, humid and hot air they would be exposed to in Vietnam. As a member of the famous 5th Marine Regiment, the most decorated in Marine Corps history for valor in combat, Jack was authorized to wear the French Fourragere, an accoutrement worn on the left shoulder with the dress and service uniforms. The Fourragere was awarded to the Fighting Fifth by the French government for its uncommon valor and heroism in combat during World War I against the Germans. The Marines of Echo 2/5 deployed with their green service Alphas on the chance theyd be able to wear them and the Fourragere on liberty in Hawaii or if really lucky, Australia. Jack, LCpl. Smith, participated in several operations against communist North Vietnamese and insurgent Viet Cong rebels in the Quang Nam province, what was then South Vietnam, where his battalion was assigned. On July 26, 1968, about seven months into his one-year combat tour, Jack was participating in a security patrol which was engaged by an enemy unit. As the Assault Team Section Leader, normally a corporals job, Jack directed his Marines to maneuver and return re. During the course of the reght, Jack was severely wounded by an enemy grenade blast. Upon gaining control with overwhelming repower and maneuver, the Echo Company Marines drove off the enemy force and quickly called for a MEDVAC helicopter to transport their wounded back to the battalion aid station. Jack was hit very badly and bleeding profusely from multiple fragmentation impacts. As I was researching Jacks story, I came across the following quote posted on the internet by Cpl. Donald Johnson in 2002. Apparently Cpl. Johnson knew Jack pretty well, he said: I knew Smitty for a short time with the 2nd BN, 5th Marine Regiment. I was trained also as an 0351, and for our last week together, he was my section leader. I knew him to be a hard worker and duty-conscious Marine which testies of someone setting a good example for him in his upbringing. The last 24 hours of his life, we were step for step together. I think often of that day, and I appreciate his life and the example he set for me. When he was hit, he was six feet from me and I ask why, why I only got a cut on my hand. He quickly got medical care, and we talked to him until the MEDIVAC came. He was a tough Marine, but a good person. I know that those who knew him will never forget him. Not long after being MEDIVACed, LCpl. Jack Stephen Smith, United States Marine Corps, succumbed to his wounds on that hot July day in South Vietnam. He was 20 years, 11 days old. His military decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with star, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Jacks name is listed on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington on Panel 50 west. Line 16. We as a nation should never lose sight of what makes us great, the Jack Smitty Smithsyoung people who hail from communities like Perry all across the nation. Young people who answered the nations call and gave everything to defend our country and our freedoms. I thank all of you for honoring Jack and all the other fallen, the soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and Marines, by your presence here today, Coker said. He closed with a quote by Benjamin Disraeli that he said sums up LCpl. Jack Stephen Smiths place in history: The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. Also participating in the program were Col. (ret.) Izzy Rommes, Navy Capt. (ret.) Morris Steen, U.S. Army veteran Ed Shefeld and U.S. Army veteran Charles McDonald. Tangela Jackson performed the national anthem. Additional music was provided by the Tallahassee Pipe Band and buglers James Taylor and William Shipley. Jack Stephen SmithSoldier killed-in-action remembered MEMORIAL DAY Continued from page 1 Free grilled hot dogs and drinks were served following the ceremony.
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A-10 Taco Times May 28, 2014 Community LET EVERY NATION KNOW, WHETHER IT WISHES US WEllLL OR IllLL, THAT WE SHAllLL PAY ANY PRICE, BEAR ANY BURDEN, MEET ANY HARDSHIP, SUPPORT ANY FRIEND, OPPOSE ANY FOE TO ASSURE THE SURVIVAlL AND THE SUCCESS OF lLIBERTY Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. He expressed his personal for the ceremony, and then shared a poignant and timely recollection of a Perry soldier killed in action in Vietnam, Jack Stephen Smith.
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