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A slip of the tongue by the states key witness led to a mistrial Tuesday morning in the case against alleged cocaine dealer Calvin Dank Johnson, 48. The witness had only been on the stand for less than 10 minutes when Johnsons defense attorney Chuck Hobbs objected to a statement made by the man. Judge Greg Parker asked both Hobbs and Assistant State Attorney James McCain to approach the bench. It was during that private discussion Hobbs made a motion for a mistrial. Parker instructed the jury to retired to the jury room and then addressed Hobbs discussion, asking the court stenographer to re-read the statement in question. The witness was responding to McCains question regarding an additional baggie of crack cocaine Johnson allegedly gave the man during an undercover drug buy. So the extra bag was a bonus? McCain asked. Thats the playin other words getting more than you deserve, the witness replied. When McCain asked for a better denition of the phase thats the play, the witness stated it was the play cause we did several transactions prior to this one. Hobbs objection was made on the basis that the statement alluded to the witness version of other illegal activities between him and Johnson. He questioned the probative value of the statement against his client. Parker said at this point we are trying to un-ring a bell and I dont know that we can. The alternative would be to instruct the jury to strike that statement and not consider it in their deliberations. He then brought the jury back to the courtroom and announced he was granting Hobbs motion for a mistrial. He thanked the jury for their service and discharged them. McCain asked that a speedy date be set for the retrial; it was re-scheduled for July 24-25. Opening statements in the trial begin around 11 a.m. from McCain and Hobbs. McCain told the jury, Calvin Johnson sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant who was wearing a camera. He went on to detail informant regarding the operation, which was spearheaded by the Perry Police Department (PPD), and also shared details of the key witnesses background. He is a 61-time convicted felon and has been to prison six times. However, since the last time he was released from prison, he has turned his life around and is no longer committing crimes, McCain said. He told the jury they would see footage from the Blood drive set for July 5OneBlood will hold a blood drive Saturday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card, a $5 coupon from Outback Steakhouse and a wellness check-up including blood pressure, iron count and cholesterol screening. No appointment is required, but one can be made online at www.oneblooddonor.org by using sponsor code #G3053. For more information, visit oneblood.org.Library to present picture tour of ChinaThe Taylor County Public Library will host Exploring China, a picture tour of discovery, with Rob Wolfe on Thursday, June 26, at 6 p.m. Wolfes work has been published in numerous newspapers and several magazines, including Florida Trend. The public is invited to attend. The library is located at 403 N. Washington St.Scallop seminar set for this Friday, June 27, in SteinhatcheeThe Taylor County Water & Soil District will host is 2014 Scallop Seminar Friday, June 27, at 7 p.m. at the Steinhatchee Community Center. The 2014 Scallop Season begins Saturday, June 28, and will continue through Sept. 24. The speakers at the event will include Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Lt. Scott Lee, who will talk about boating and scalloping laws and safety; Dr. Stephen Geiger with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, who will talk about scallops; and Taylor County Marine Extension Agent Geoff Wallat, who will talk about the local reef program. The free event will also feature door prizes with bottled water and snacks provided. The community center is located at 1013 Riverside Dr. in Steinhatchee. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Community . .............. A-8 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 94 7440% Thursday96 7450% Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday June 25, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 26www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum In Johnson drug case Mistrial declared Calvin Johnson (center, blue shirt) in custody at the Taylor County Jail awaiting a second trial after Judge Greg Parker declared a mistrial in proceeding that began with jury selection Monday. Johnson is charged with sale of cocaine. Please see page 3 No local county ofces on primary ballot No local county ofces will appear on the Aug. 26 primary ballot, with the majority of incumbents remaining unopposed at the close of the ofcial qualifying period Friday, June 20. Supervisor of Elections Dana Southerland said there were no new additional candidates for the four school board and one county commission seats whose terms drew to a close this year. No candidates came forward to run against school representatives Brenda Carlton, Dist. 2; Danny Glover Jr., Dist. 1; and Danny Lundy, Dist. 1. County Commissioner Jim Moody was also unopposed and will begin his second term in ofce. Each of the incumbents completed the necessary steps and all were qualied during last weeks ofcial qualifying period. County Commissioner Pam Feagle (D) will face her Republican opponent David J. Woods in the General Election Nov. 4. Benjamin LaValle came forward and qualied (unopposed) for the open seat on the Taylor County Soil & Water Board. The Foley Cellulose Plant has donated $12,500 to the local Boys and Girls Club in Taylor County. Shown above during a recent visit to the local club are: (from left) Foley Cellulose Vice President and General Manager Howard Drew, Teresa Compton, Princess Smith, BCG Executive Director Emily B&G Club presented $12,500 donation from Georgia-PacicThe Foley Cellulose Plant recently donated $12,500 to the local Boys and Girls Club in Taylor County. Georgia-Pacic and the Foley Cellulose Plant are proud to support the work and mission of our local Boys & Girls Club, said Public Affairs Manager Scott Mixon. We value the tireless commitment of the staff and volunteers who work with our young people, especially those in need, to help them become productive and responsible adults. The benets of their work with the youth in our community can be seen year after year. Boys & Girls Clubs serve nearly four million young people annually, through membership and community outreach in some 4,000 club facilities throughout the country and Boys & Girls Club of America-afliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. The Boys & Girls Club provides after school and summer services/ programs for its members which include homework help, education and literacy, sports, tness and recreation, career, health and life skills, character and leadership, said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Emily Ketring. Our purpose is to provide a structured, viable and caring after-school facility for children ages 5-18, no matter their circumstance, Please see page 3 County begins downtown paving project Parking could get a little more crowded downtown for awhile as work begins to repair and resurface the parking lot of the Taylor County Administrative Complex on Green Street. Beginning Monday, July 7, the parking lot for the Taylor County Administrative Complex will be closed for repairs and re-surfacing, County Administrator Dustin Hinkel said. Due to the nature and extent of the repairs, we expect the parking lot to be closed for about 60 days. During this time staff and the public will need to use the adjacent street parking or other available lots. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and hope to have the project completed as soon as possible. At its May 20 meeting, the county commission selected V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc., of Williston for the project. At $64,1000, the company was the lowest bidder of the ve rms which bid for the work. The proposed scope of work includes demolition Please see page 3
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A-3 Taco Times June 25, 2014 camera the informant wore during the alleged drug buy as well as photo stills of the defendants face during the transaction. The case is simple. It comes down to two questions: Were drugs sold? Was it Calvin Johnson who sold the drugs? McCain concluded. Defense attorney Hobbs, who was appointed by the court, stated the case was not law enforcement driven. This is not a case where a law enforcement ofcer watched the transaction. The key witness is a convicted felon, 61 times. He has been to prison six times. It comes down to: if you believe (the witness), if you trust (the witness). Does he have a dog in the ght so to speak? What we as attorneys say is not evidence. It is what comes out of the mouths of the people who take the stand. I believe when this testimony is over, the only verdict you can make is not guilty as charged. In the initial portion of his testimony, the witness stated he was the one who had approached to the police department and offered to act as an undercover informant. He stated he was paid for his actions and had taken part in 45-50 undercover buys. Johnson was charged for an alleged drug sale that took place in February 2013, in the small block of apartments located on Warner Avenue (adjacent to Blalocks Store). The witness testied he approached Johnson at one of the apartments, followed him inside to the kitchen, gave him $60 and received three baggies containing crack cocaine, along with an additional fourth bag referred to as the play. According to records from the Florida Department of Corrections, Johnson has 14 previous drug convictions dating back to 1989 and has been incarcerated four times. of the existing concrete, asphalt and gravel, grading and paving, stormwater system improvements, sodding and pavement markings. The other rms which bid on the project included Anderson Columbia Co., Inc., of Lake City, Capitol Asphalt, Inc., of Tallahassee, Curts Construction of White Springs and Peavy & Sons Construction Co. of Havana. in order to help lead them to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Thanks to the community and partners, such as Georgia Pacic, the Boys & Girls Club serviced 940 children in Taylor County in 2013. B&G CLUB Continued from page 1 DOWNTOWN PAVING Continued from page 1 Club served 940 children last yearParking lot gets facelift MISTRIAL Continued from page 1 Trial re-scheduled for the end of July Timberland Ford and Marker 1 have joined forces for a Built Tough & Standing Strong fund-raising drawing to benet shooting survivors Mike Cook, Taylor County Sheriffs Deputy Robert Lundy and John Mahoney. Timberland owner Brett Falicon is working with the nonprot Steinhatchee group to provide a new 2013 F150 truck for the drawing. A $10 donation enters your name to win the vehicle. The drawing will be held in Steinhatchee this Saturday, June 28, during the second annual Scallopalooza. These men push the limits on the words Built Tough & Standing Strong. Due to events that took place Feb. 5 at Timberland Ford in Perry, these mens lives are forever changed. Going to work and doing their job is all they had expected on this February day, Falicon said. For entry information, contact Patty at (352) 356-7100, Audrey at (850) 371-0966, Linda at (352) 213-7371 or Falicon at (850) 584-6178. Online entries through PayPal are available through the Built Tough & Standing Strong Facebook link. BUILT TOUGH & STANDING STRONG Drawing for new truck will be held Saturday HONORING A HERO
A-4 Taco Times June 25, 2014 Living 4 generations story begins in Germany and goes full circle for fourth generationTommie Stanaland was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Germany when he and his wife, Mary Jo, welcomed their rst child. Since that date, the family has grown in many directions, to include a granddaughter who married a German and gave birth to the Stanalands rst great grandchild in Sinsheim, Germany. Recently, the family gathered in Germany for a picture encompassing four generations. Shown in the accompanying family portrait are: (from left) Mary Jo and Tommie Stanaland of Perry; Julie (Stanaland) and Shane Ritter, in transition from Charlotte, N.C., to Bourbonnais, Ill. where Shane will serve as head of the engineering department for Olivet-Nazarene College; and new parents, David and Kayla (Ritter) Spieth, with son, David Matthew Spieth born in January. Josh Pettitt, Amy Monk At St. George Island Monk, Pettitt to say vows July 12 Together with their families, Amy Monk and Josh Pettitt announce their forthcoming wedding on July 12, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at St. George Island State Park. The bride is the daughter of Lynn Wiggins Monk of Perry and Daryl Monk of Graceville. The groom-elect is the son of Donald Pettitt of Perry and the late Geneva Pettitt. No formal invitations will be issued to the wedding ceremony. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Enjoy the fresh vegetables, longer days, cool pools By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Summer is upon us with high temperatures and thunderstorms. I see gardens in the community are ready for the gathering. I plan to get some corn and okra from my brothers garden this week. I hope you are enjoying this season with all its goodness-fresh vegetables, longer days, and maybe taking time to relax with your family in the pool, the lake or the beach, or maybe just sitting in the shade sipping lemonade. I especially hope everyone has a safe summer!Date change for cemetery clean-up to July 12Due to the 4th of July week-end, the clean-up day at Fellowship Cemetery has been changed to the second Saturday, July 12. The August clean-up day will be on the rst Saturday as scheduled. Clean-up begins at 7:30 a.m. Please contact Jimmy Holden at 843-5456 or Bert Holden at 584-5205 for additional information or if you have any questions.Plans already underway for auctionThe Shady Grove Council has scheduled an auction for Oct 5, to be held at Shady Grove Park. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. and run for approximately two hours. We are looking for donations of things you may have around your house. Please give us a call if you have an item and we will be glad to pick it up. We are also asking you good cake bakers to bake a cake to be auctioned also. The numbers to call: Claire Hatcher at 584-8370 or me at 584-6343. The Shady Grove Contestant winners will be announced after the auction. Funds from the auction and the contest will go toward the cost of the annual Country Christmas celebration and also to support our local volunteer re department. So mark your calendars... and call to offer your help, please. Update on LoboLobo is doing well. He seems to feel at home, and like all young pups he is full of energy. I am working on his jumping on me every time he sees me. A tap on the rump with the y swatter seems to help him understand. Also, like any other young pup, he wants to chew everything. He is very afraid of thunder and lightning but I have him a cozy place in the corner of my L-shaped screened porch where he retreats. I cant see his ribs anymore and he has stopped gobbling down the food, in fact he leaves some in the bowl. All-in-all, I think he will be ne. As I said, I didnt need this third dog, but I guess he needed me. Thats all for now. Lord willing, Ill see you back here in two weeks. Project Backyard volunteers will be all over town on Saturday completing improvement and clean-up projects. To participate, please contact Melissa Moody by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 850-295-5827.
A-6 Taco Times June 25, 2014 Religion PattersonThe family of Herb Patterson would like to extend our warmest thanks to all of our friends and family who sent, prayers, food, owers, cards and love our way during the illness and passing of our loved one. Special thanks to the precious, caring folks of DMH Home Health Care, Covenant Hospice, Sue Love and all of the staff, also Burns Funeral Home, Mark Kalinowski, Tommy Murrow and the rest. A great job done. Thank you, Willa Deen, Herbie and Joy Card of ThanksVera Hamrick ConeVera Hamrick Cone, 91, of Greenville, died on June 21, 2014. Mrs. Cone was a member of Greenville United Methodist Church and a member of the Madison Eastern Star, Chapter 109. Survivors include: one son, Calvin Cone (Sharon) of Perry; ve daughters, Ann (George) Ragans of Sneads, Emma (George) Willis of Monticello, Marie Cone, Frances (Ricky) Ginn and Sarah (Morris) Day all of Greenville; one son-in-law, Ronnie Ginn of Greenville; one brother P. K. (Toni) Hamrick of Greenville; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, F. C. Cone, and one daughter, Nell Cone Ginn. Family members received friends on Sunday, June 22, from 4-6 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home in Madison which was in charge of all arrangements. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 23, at 11a.m. also at Beggs, with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery, Greenville.Lola Marie SmithLola Marie Smith, 63, of Perry, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at her home following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 11, 1950, in Leaksville, NC, which later became Eden, N.C., to William and Hettie (Joyce) Smith. She was a graduate of Taylor County High School where she played the ute in the band and also earned an Associate degree in computer science from North Florida Junior College. She was a Christian and worked as a contract computer systems analyst for many years and traveled extensively during her career. She was also the owner and operator of Lolas Coffee House in Eden and a member of the Kiwanis Club. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hettie Joyce Smith, and a sister, Patricia Gayle Thurman. She is survived by her sister, Glenda Joyce Smith of Perry, and a niece, Teresa Sumrall, of Perry, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. A graveside inurnment will take place at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery in Eden, N.C. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Henry B. IrvinHenry B. Irvin, 64, of Perry died Friday, June 20, 2014 in Tallahassee. Mr. Irvin was a native of Perry and graduated from Jerkins High School. He entered the United States Job Corps where he received a degree in masonary and construction. He worked for the City of Largo for many years. After moving back to Perry, he worked at Sports Craft and the City of Perry until he became disabled. He was predeceased by his father, Moncrief Irvin Sr. Survivors include: his wife, Lorna Irvin; mother, Helen Irvin; ve brothers, Moncrief (Mamie) Irvin, Morris (Doris) Irvin, Herman Irvin, Douglas Irvin and Willie Keith Irvin; four sisters, Johnnie Gaines, Annie Florence Carter, Pamela (Clifford) Henry and Dannette Turner; along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be held Friday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at New Brooklyn M.B. Church, with burial at Springhill Cemetery. Family members will receive friends 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Trinity Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.Elizabeth Ann KernElizabeth Ann Kern of Perry died June 23, 2014, at the age of 76. She was born June 11, 1938. Mrs.Kern was preceded in death by: her mother, Maggie Mrytle Tuck; a son, Joseph Clyde Padgett; and a daughter, Vera Diane Kanter. Survivors include: her husband of 31 years, Albert W. Kern of Perry; four daughters, Debra Sue Padgett, Myrtle Darlene Padgett Owen, Beaulah Denise Padgett and Donna Lucille Stewart; many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 26, at 11 a.m. in Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with burial following in Woodlawn Cemetery. Family members will receive friends today, June 25, from 6-8 p.m., also at Burns, which is in charge of arrangements. Obituaries At First Presbyterian Church, Wednesday night suppers are in recess for the summer so the church opened its doors for a Game Night where some learned to play Bridge and Cribbage while others tackled classics like Twister, Clue, Hello Kitty and Uno. The event was coordinated by Paul Wiggins, Dianna Sandonato and Fanette Chesser. Coming up next: Movie Night for all ages, July 18. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. The community is invited. Fun and gamesRevival services begin today St. Peter Primitive Baptist Church will begin revival services today, June 25, at 7 p.m. Services continue through Friday with the Rev. Floyd Miles of New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church speaking. The church will observe Fifth Sunday Union on Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. continuing until 2 p.m. at Gerald Walker Park. Need lunch? Solid Rock will sell dinners Friday with deliveries available. Please call 838-3908 at 10 a.m.; meals (for $10) include hot mullet or tilapia with beans, cole slaw, hushpuppies or bread, cake and soda. Sandwiches & fries are $5.
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A-8 Taco Times June 25, 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, 7-8 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 Trail Club: meets second Thursday, Forest Capital Hall, 7 p.m., potluck dinner. All horse enthusiasts welcomed. Call Donna 5849011. 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. AA: meets on Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Serenity House (1824 N. Jefferson Street). Call Bill at 850-688-3848. 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgCommunity Calendar Expanded Calendar of Events available at: www.perrynewspapers.com The Friends of the Taylor County Public Library announced the winners of its eighth annual Short Story Contest Monday. The contest received 18 stories this year and the winning authors will be recognized during the organizations meeting on Monday, June 30, at the library, beginning at 5:15 p.m. In the youth category (grades ve and below), Brandon Bailey took rst place for the story Something Lost, followed by Ashton Reed with My Journey Into Space. Honorable mentions went to Jasmine Bryant for The Best Mama Ever, Charis Horner for Something Hiding in the Woods and Colby Horner for The Great Safari Adventure. In the student category (grades six through 12), Nicole Davis story Just Another Day received rst place while Renee by Justice Horner received second place. Honorable mentions went to Amanda Coxwell for The Element Guardians, Cassidy Cruce for Ten Floors Down and Macon Horner for Ride. In the adult category, Shasta Williams placed rst with the story Awakened and C.L. Alligood followed in second with This Old House. Each rst place winner will receive a $100 cash price and second place winners will receive $50. Honorable mentions will receive $10. All 12 winning stories will be included in the commemorative collection, Taylor County Tales VIII, which will be available soon. Limited numbers of previous collections are also available. Sales of the collection will benet the Friends of the Library. Following the awards presentation, a trio of Tallahassee authors will speak about their own works. The event will feature Rhett DeVane, author of humorous adult ction and the middle-grade fantasy book Elsbeth and Sim; middle grade and young adult author M.R. Street; and Susan Womble, author of the Newts World series. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The library is located at 403 N. Washington St. And the winning writers are... The Taylor County Public Library will play host to three award-winning Tallahassee authors on Monday, June 30. The event, which is hosted by the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library, will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the award presentation for the organizations eighth annual Short Story Contest. The authors--Rhett DeVane, M.R. Street and Susan Womble--will follow with a joint talk about their works and the art of writing. A native of the Chattahoochee, DeVane now lives in Tallahassee and has been a dental hygienist for more than 30 years. She is the author of ve southern ction novels set in the Florida Panhandle: The Madhatters Guide to Chocolate, Up the Devils Belly, Mamas Comfort Food, Cathead Crazy and Suicide Supper Club. DeVane also co-authored a political drama, Accidental Ambition, with retired Florida Senator Robert McKnight. The novel won a Premier Book Award in 2010. Among her latest works is Elsbeth and Sim, the rst book in her planned Tales from the Emerald Mountain series, a line of middle grade chapter books for ages 9-12. Street is an author of middle grade and young adult ction. Her rst novel, Blue Rock Rescue, won rst place middle grade ction in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Her young adult novel, The Werewolfs Daughter, won the Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. The sequel, The Hunters Moon, will be released in October. Wombles rst novel Newts World: Beginnings won the 2008 Gold Medal Florida Book Award and she followed it with Newts World: Internal Byte. A national board-certied teacher with a career of teaching grades K-12 in the areas of reading, special education, language arts, math, social studies and the profoundly handicapped, Wombles series deals with issues she saw in her class, including video gaming, computers, texting, technology, virtual worlds, bullying, cyberbullying, tolerance and tting in issues. She is also author of the dystopian story, The Big Wheel, which she decided to write about her experiences in Bavaria using her rsthand accounts of the setting to weave a tale about a society long separated that has to nd a way to work together again. Mondays program is free and the community is invited to attend. Meet the authors Monday
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