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Results from Tuesdays Primary Election are featured online at www. perrynewspapers.com.en Banking account opened for GracieAn account for Gracie Tull, the 7-year-old Perry girl battling cancer, has been established at Capital City Bank. The second grader faces up to 29 weeks of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation to treat the disease. Supporters are also planning to hold a benet car wash and BBQ Saturday, Sept. 13, at Ragans Ace Hardware. All proceeds will benet Gracies family to help fund fuel and other expenses as they travel to and from Gainesville while Tull undergoes treatment.Free exercise, offeredBig Bend Rural Health Network is offering free CORE Lifestyles exercise classes every Monday through Sept. 29 at the Grand Pavilion in Rosehead Park from 5-6 p.m. The sessions are open to children and adults all ages (and all ability levels). The network provides all equipment along with water and health snacks after each class. The group has also partnered with Barnyard Gym to offer free basic/beginning Crosst training every Saturday in September and October. Training will begin Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 a.m. For additional information, please call (850) 224-1177.City announces Labor Day scheduleThe City of Perry has announced the following garbage collection schedule for next weeks Labor Day holiday: customers will receive service Tuesday, Sept. 2. will receive services on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ...................... A-8 Community . ............ A-10 Classieds . ............ A-11 Weather Wednesday 94 6910% Thursday95 69HOT Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday August 27, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 35www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum Funding teachers, technology Should tax be extended? While local voters faced a short ballot in Tuesdays Primary Election, the coming General Election promises a number of key local and state issues for residents to decide, including whether or not the school district may continue to levy a .25 mill discretionary tax currently funding numerous teaching positions as well as technology and academic programs for the next four (scal) years. According to forecasts, the tax will generate approximately $310,000 per year for the district. Last week, the Taylor County School Board unanimously adopted wording for the resolution, which voters will vote on in November. The ballot language is as follows: Shall the school board have the authority to continue the levy of 0.25 mills for school operational purposes to fund teachers, as well as technology and academic programs for the scal years beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2019. Yes: For giving the authority to the school board to continue levy of 0.25 mills for the next four scal years. In addition to the local, state and national candidates set to appear on this Novembers General Election ballot, Florida voters will also have three proposed amendments to the state constitution to consider. In Florida, proposed amendments must receive 60 percent (plus one) of the vote to be approved. The full text of the amendments, along with the ballot summaries and nancial impact statements, are published in todays legal section in the Classieds (pp.10-14). The most widely known of this years proposed amendments is No. 2, which will ask voters to consider allowing the use of medicinal marijuana in the state. The amendment was sponsored by People United for Medical Marijuana. The summary, as it will be seen on the ballot, reads as follows: Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identication cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana. According to the amendment language, debilitating medical condition means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeciency virus (HIV), acquired immune deciency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohns disease, Parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. Meanwhile, proposed Amendment No. 1, sponsored by Floridas Water and Land Legacy, Inc., would require the Florida Legislature to dedicate a certain level of money in the state budget annually for 20 years to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreational lands. The summary reads: Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve and manage conservation lands including wetlands Please see page 3 PILT (payment in lieu of taxes)County pockets $17,701 check from water districtThe Suwannee River Water Management District last week presented the Taylor County Commission with a check for $17,701 as payment in lieu of taxes. The payment in lieu of taxes program was created by the Florida Legislature to help reduce the scal impact to rural counties when the state or district acquires lands. Since land owned by the district is tax-exempt, payment in lieu of taxes funds offset the loss of tax revenue when the district purchases property for ood control, water quality, water supply and natural resource protection. The district pays the funds funds to counties until their populations reach 150,000. District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle presented the check to the commission Tuesday, Aug. 19, stating that the Florida Legislature did not fund the payment in lieu of taxes program this year and the Suwannee River Water Management District was the only one in the state to continue making the payments to counties this cycle. At the same meeting, the commission agreed week Constitution Amendment issues: Please see page 3 The Taylor County Commission has agreed to acquire around 248 acres located near Hampton Springs from the Suwannee River Water Management District with plans to expand recreational trails through the site. Last week, commissioners unanimously approved an interlocal agreement between the county and the district under which the county will receive the property in exchange for the next 10 years of the districts usual payment in lieu of taxes. The county has typically received around $17,700 per year from the payments intended to offset the loss of tax revenue to the county for district-owned land, which is not subject to property taxes. This has been a longterm goal for us, Grants Director Melody Cox said of acquiring the property, adding that there has been state-level support for expanding recreational trails in the area. Cox also presented a letter from Samantha Browne, chief of the Florida Department of Environmental Protections Please see page 3Land donation secured Where do you stand? The Taylor County Commission unanimously agreed to utilize $2 million in excess sales tax revenue to purchase equipment for Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). The commission held a public hearing last week on the issue and while a number of hospital representatives were present, no one spoke for or against the purchase. The commission added no additional discussion before Commissioner Jody DeVane made a motion to approve the allocation with a second from Commissioner Jim Moody. All of the purchases will be made by the county using its own purchasing policies, County Administrator Dustin Hinkel said. The county will retain ownership of the equipment. DMH ofcials rst approached the commission at a joint workshop held Please see page 3 $2 millionCommissioners approve DMH equipment purchaseOut with the old Please see page 5

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A-3 Taco Times August 27, 2014 and forests; sh and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years. According to the nancial impact statement, the state revenue restricted to the purposes specied in the amendment is estimated to be $648 million in Fiscal Year 2015-16 and grows to $1.268 billion by the 20th year. The nal amendment set for Novembers ballot, No. 3, would affect the way governors are allowed to appoint prospective replacements for judges or justices who are not retained by voters or who must retire due to age. The ballot summary reads: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution requiring the Governor to prospectively ll vacancies in a judicial ofce to which election for retention applies resulting from the justices or judges reaching the mandatory retirement age or failure to qualify for a retention election; and allowing prospective appointments if a justice or judge is not retained at an election. Currently, the Governor may not ll an expected vacancy until the current justices or judges term expires. to trade the next 10 years of payment in lieu of taxes for around 248 acres of property the district owns near Hampton Springs. (See related story.) In the last couple of years, weve really refocused what were doing from bean-counting I would call it, administrative things, and swung our attention to much more highly focused science-based decisionmaking not only from a permitting standpoint but for minimum ows and levels, and making sure we have a good water quality and a substantial and sustainable water supply, Shortelle said, giving a brief update on the districts operations. We cant make those decisions on a day-today basis and we cant manage those resources adaptively if we dont have the information upon which to rely. The science is then what informs our decisionmaking. So we really upped our game, not only with our modeling tools but within the actual data were collecting, and were doing that with the same basic resources we had two years ago. in July. At that meeting, hospital ofcials presented a list of needs totaling $3 million. After a lengthy discussion, the commission agreed to put the issue on the agenda for their Tuesday, July 22, meeting to consider scheduling a public hearing. At that meeting, Forbes presented a list separated into two parts, one for high-dollar items totaling $2,210,493 and one for smaller ticket items, totaling $147,872. After a lengthy discussion, Commissioner Pam Feagle made a motion to offer $2 million to DMH for the equipment purchases. DeVane seconded. The measure passed 3-2, with Moody and Commissioner Pat Patterson voting no, both stating they were in favor of the $2.2 million gure presented by Forbes. Taylor County voters approved the current one cent local sales tax to fund the construction of the DMH building, which opened in 2003, and to purchase equipment, with the initial expenses covered by a 30-year bond. The county has been collecting the excess sale tax generated beyond what is needed for its annual bond payments to eventually make a lump sum payment once that is allowed after Oct. 1, 2015. According to county gures, the board has approximately $6.3 million in excess sales tax, with an additional $2.1 million expected in the 2014-15 scal year, which begins Oct. 1. The annual bond payment is $1,058,000. On two previous occasions the commission has tapped a portion of the excess sale tax revenue to purchase additional equipment for the hospital. In 2006, the county purchased $128,0000 in orthopedic equipment. In 2009, the commission agreed to buy $2.2 million in radiological equipment as well as pay off a $500,000 USDA hospital-related loan. WATER DISTRICT Continued from page 1 We upped our game AMENDMENT ISSUES Continued from page 1 Financial impact: $1 billion Land could be used for ATVs?Ofce of Greenways and Trails, supporting the acquisition of the parcel identied as the Fenholloway Conservation Area. The Fenholloway Conservation Area is identied on the Florida Greenway and Trails System (FGTS) Land Trail Opportunity maps, as well as the Priority Network, Browne said in the letter. The FGTS vision illustrates connectivity between Perry, the project area, coastal Taylor County and Dixie counties as well as the connection to St. Marks and the developing Capital City to the Sea Trails system. Closing the gaps in the FDTS helps to establish seamless connectivity for recreational trail users. Acquisition of this project area could also aid in the protection of the Fenholloway River oodplain. Cox said the property could be tied into the existing equestrian facilities at the Hampton Springs park and there were several options for grant funding to cover the costs of expanding the trail system on the site. When asked by Commissioner Jim Moody whether the property could be used by ATVs, Cox said the grants she is considering for the project could fund multi-use trails and the types of recreation allowed on the property would be up to the commission. Commission Chairman Malcolm Page said he supported the acquisition, but said he received several complaints from residents that a public hearing was not held prior to the commission purchasing a building on U.S. 19 for use by the Taylor County Supervisor of Elections. Several other commissioners added their support of the project, with Commissioner Pat Patteron stating that since a public hearing was not required by the commissions policy, she was in favor of moving forward. She then offered a motion to approve the agreement with a second from Moody. The motion passed unanimously. LAND Continued from page 1 DMH PURCHASE Continued from page 1 Excess sales tax totals $6.3 million The Suwannee River Self Advocates Consortium will meet Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Taylor County Public Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Special guest speaker for the meeting will be Supervisor of Elections Dana Southerland, who will discuss your rights as a person with a disability in the voting process. Southerland to speak Sept. 2

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A-4 Taco Times August 27, 2014 Living Perry girls excel on ACA cheerleading squadThe Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA) Varsity and JV Cheerleaders attended camp a July 28-31 hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and held on the campus of Southeastern University in Lakeland. The girls learned numerous new cheers, chants and dances, as well as proper stunt techniques. The main purpose of the camp is teach the girls how to combine cheerleading and Christianity, and to use that platform to serve as positive examples in their families, at school and in their communities, said Shona Whiddon, of Perry, head coach. In addition to cheerleading skills sessions, girls participated in FCA Huddles throughout the day consisting of prayer, Bible study, devotionals and discussion. Each night concluded with a chapel program of music, skits and guest speakers. On the second day, a camp Jump Off was held with Jenny Jackson, ACA sophomore, as the overall winner. ACA senior Julie High and sophomore Stephanie English were two of the other three nalists in the contest. On the third day, try-outs were held for All-American Cheerleaders. ACA winners were senior Julie High, sophomores Jenny Jackson and Kate Whiddon, and 8th grader and JV captain Emily Brock. These girls were awarded a medallion along with the opportunity to participate in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., over the Christmas holidays. Activities will include marching in the Peach Bowl Parade, performing at the Game Day FanFest, backstage VIP area to watch pep rally and team walks, an on-eld visit and two tickets to the game. On the nal day, the ACA Varsity Cheerleaders won the camp championship for Best Cheer while the JV team won the camp championship for Best Supreme Routine, which is a combination cheer and dance routine. Kinzi Mattingly, senior and ACA captain, received the Anchor Award for the best example of the FCA Core Values which are integrity, teamwork, service and excellence. This award was voted on by the coaches from every school attending as well as the FCA Cheerleading camp staff. Four ACA seniors were chosen to be on staff at FCA Cheerleading camps next summer as Huddle Leaders. They are Kelsi Reams, Caroline Yaun, Julie High and Kinzi Mattingly. Aucilla Christian Academy Varsity Cheerleaders are as follows: seniors are Captain Kinzi Mattingly and Julie High of Perry, Co-Captain Kelsi Reams of Greenville, Monique Restrepo of Lamont and Kayla Knecht of Monticello. Sophomores are Kate Whiddon of Perry, Jenny Jackson of Monticello, Stephanie English of Shady Grove, and Daisy Dee of Monticello. Freshman is Haley Jones of Perry. Aucilla Christian Academy JV Cheerleaders are as follows: eighth graders are Captain Emily Brock and CoCaptain Emily Forehand of Monticello and Taylor Walker of Wacissa. Seventh graders are Ansley English of Shady Grove, Bailey McLeod of Lamont, Julianna Lindsey of Perry and Abby Reams of Greenville. Sixth graders are Selina Drawdy, Makayla Walker, and Ginger Whiddon of Perry, Riley Hamrick of Lamont and Riley Rowe of Monticello. Assistant Coaches Lisa Jackson of Monticello and Shaina Mattingly of Perry attended the camp with the cheerleaders, along with Whiddon. All-American winners from the summer camp are pictured left to right: Jenny Jackson, Julie High of Perry, Kate Whiddon of Perry and Emily Brock. The winner of the Anchor Award was Kinzi Mattingly, center, pictured with nominees Ireland Wood (left) and Laysha Crumity from Madison County High School. Cheerleaders at Aucilla Christian Academy include: front row seated (all left to right) Taylor Walker, Ginger Whiddon, Makayla Walker; middle row kneeling, Bailey McLeod, Julianna Lindsey, Abby Reams, Selina Drawdy, Riley Hamrick, Ansley English, JV Captain Emily Brock, JV Co-Captain Emily Forehand, Riley Rowe; back row standing, Head Coach Shona Whiddon, Monique Restrepo, Varsity Co-Captain Kelsi Reams, Caroline Yaun, Kayla Knecht, Varsity Captain Kinzi Mattingly, Jenny Jackson, Stephanie English, Julie High, Daisy Dee, Haley Jones, Kate Whiddon, Assistant Coach Lisa Jackson, Assistant Coach Shaina Mattingly. 43rd Carlton Reunion will be Saturday in Cannon Hall at First Church of GodThe 43rd annual reunion of the Thomas Lee Carlton Family will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Perry First Church of God located at 1915 U.S. 221 in Cannon Hall. Family and friends will begin gathering at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at 12 noon. Please bring your favorite dishes, a dessert and something to drink. We hope youll come and enjoy this speical day with us, said Tonya Carlton Henderson who can be reached for questions at 407-202-8927.

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A-5 Taco Times August 27, 2014 No: Against giving the authority to the school board to continue levy of 0.25 mills for the next four scal years. Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyal expanded on the need for the continued tax in a Letter to the Editor featured in todays Taco Times (Please see page A-2.) In addition to approving the nal ballot language, school board members also tackled a series of action items ranging from hearing an employee grievance to nalizing supplemental appointments at Taylor County High School. Regarding the grievance, brought forward by the attorney representing former Pre-K employee Linda Coxwell English, the board held fast to it previous action of terminating her employment. Her attorney argued English initially received a letter of reprimand regarding (alleged) inappropriate discipline of a student and the board subsequently voted to terminate her employment for the same allegation. This was a violation of the (non-instructional union) agreementit was not progressiveyou didnt start with the lowest (employee) action and work your way up. It was reported to the Department of Children & Families (DCF), which investigated and closed the case with a nding there was no substantiation from them to do anything. The remedy is for her job to be restored and she be made whole on the loss of pay and benets and to have the investigation report removed from her le, the attorney stated. English rst started with the district in 1998, transferring to the Pre-K program in 2003. She was red April 3 of this year. At that time, Dyal declined to provide any details of what led to the termination, but conrmed the red employee was working at Pre-K as a teachers aide. No additional details regarding the incident were addressed at last weeks meeting. After hearing the case presented by Englishs representative, the school board voted unanimously to deny her petition, allowing the previous action to stand. During discussions, school board attorney Angela Ball noted it was her understanding that the DCF investigation remained ongoing. They have not presented anything (paperwork) to show the investigation has been concluded, she said. Moving through the agenda, the board members also unanimously approved a lengthy list of personnel recommendations that included the resignation of science/bio-med teacher David Woods (effective Aug. 11) as well as a request by ESE and Student Services Supervisor Ramona Patrick for up to six hours per week (at regular pay) for Dan Anderson, who would be instructing incarcerated ESE students at the jail from Aug. 13, 2015, through June 5, 2015. In other personnel moves, the school board approved the following supplemental positions at the high school: Carol Wentworth, senior class sponsor; Patricia Piland, varsity girls soccer coach; Adrienne Tish, JV girls soccer coach; Phillip Condra, assistant football coach; Douglas Cain, assistant football coach; William Wentworth, JV baseball coach; Andrew Magee, JV boys soccer coach; Douglas Cain, varsity weightlifting coach; Katherine Courtney, National Honor Society sponsor; Tracy Barnes and Laurie Wynn, Student Council sponsors; Leslie Fletcher, yearbook sponsor; Sharon Jandula and Jesika Curry, Little Women sponsors; Robert Stefanelli, Key Club sponsor; Carol Wentworth, DCT sponsor; and Eddie Smith, JROTC property book ofcer and JROTC Color Guard sponsor. TAX EXTENDED Continued from page 1 Supplemental appointments approved; grievance denied The Taylor County Historical Society will publish a 2015 historical calendar and invites local civic organizations to include their meeting schedules on them. If your organization would like to be placed on the calendar, the prices are as follows: one monthly meeting for one year (12 posts), $50; weekly meetings for one year (52 posts), $100. Event sponsors (i.e. Florida Forest Festival, Relay For Life, etc.) may place their annual events on the calendar for $25 each, President Bettie A. Page said. The deadline for submitting an event/meeting is Sept. 1. Historical Society seeks calendar sponsors

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A-6 Taco Times August 27, 2014 Religion Obituaries Pharo Cannon Pharo Cannon, 99, of Perry, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 16, 1915, in Perry, to Tom and Martha (Murphy) Cannon. Mr. Cannon was preceded in death by: one son, Morris Winters; three brothers; ve sisters; two granddaughters, Selina Moore and Susan Winters; and one greatgrandson, Tyler Eddy. He was a member of St. Johns Christian Fellowship of Perry. Survivors include: one son, Billy (Mary Jane) Cannon, of Perry; three grandchildren: Toni Evans, Jacky (Sarah) Winters and Betty Joyce Hathcock; ve great-grandchildren: Alan Eddy, Kristin Winters, Joshua Winters, John Hathcock and Emily Lyons; six great-great grandchildren, his sisters: Doris Bobo Moffat and Rachel Barrs; a brother, Earl (Ann) Cannon; one daughter-in-law, Yvonne Winters; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Cody McNeese and Vance Howell ofciating. Interment will follow In Woodlawn Cemetery in Perry. Family members received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Burns Funeral Home which is in charge of all arrangements. Betty L. CrewsBetty L. Crews, 79, of Perry, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Marshall Health and Rehabilitation Center in Perry. She was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Lakeland Ga., to Elmer and Louise (Leggett) Mathis. Mrs. Crews was Christian of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith. She is survived by: her son, Clay (Mary) Crews of Perry; her granddaughters, Brianna and Kirsten Crews; her sisters, Ramona Ellison, Cheryl Blue, Linda Cannon and Opal Kent, all of Perry; her brothers, Buddy Mathis and Jimmy Mathis, both of Perry; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Crews was preceded in death by: her parents, Elmer Ray and Louise Mathis; her husband, Orval Crews; her son, Clifford Crews; and brothers, Howard Mathis, Jerry Mathis, Freddie Mathis and Dickey Mathis. A memorial service will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Catherine Gramling DrawdyCatherine Peggy Gramling Drawdy, 83, of Steinhatchee, died on Aug. 23, 2014. Mrs. Drawdy was a lifelong resident of Steinhatchee and a charter member of First United Methodist Church of Jena. She was a member of the local Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and the Sunset Squares Square Dance Club. Survivors include: her husband, Ben Drawdy of Steinhatchee; daughters, Deborah Gramling Osman of Steinhatchee, Cathy Gramling (Nick) Lyras of Live Oak; step-daughters, Delaine Drawdy (Skipper) McCall of Steinhatchee and Nancy Drawdy (Shannon) Todd of Perry; sons, Charles Buster (Dee) Gramling of Steinhatchee, John Gramling (Jamie Corbin) of Steinhatchee; step-sons, Ben Drawdy of Steinhatchee and George Drawdy of Salem; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Friendship Chapel Church of God in Steinhatchee on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m., with Robert Nielson ofciating. Internment followed at Waters Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Rick Gooding Funeral Home of Cross City was in charge of arrangements.George L. PageGeorge L. Page, age 81, died Aug. 20, 2014 in Sebring. Mr. Page was born in Shady Grove on July 3, 1933, and he remained a lifetime resident of Taylor County. He was a dragline operator working for CF Industries for 25 years. He was also a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Mr. Page was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Shiver Page; as well as a son, Thomas Jackson Page; and a brother, Melvin Page. Survivors include: his sons, Henry Finis (Jan) Page of Perry and Ira (Christy) Page of Wauchula; a daughter, Mary Iris (Darryl) Thigpen of Perry; grandchildren, Jonathon Page, Ashley Roberts, Jordan Woods, Katie Porter and Lauren Page; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 5 p.m. in the chapel of Burns Funeral Home with interment following at Oakland Cemetery. Hancock Funeral Home, which is located in Fort Meade, and aJoe P. Burns Funeral Home of Perry, are in charge of arrangements. Colossians: Jesus in Every VerseFall message series by Pastor Tyler CampbellPastor Tyler Campbell of Perrys First Baptist Church has launched a message series for Fall 2014 featuring, Colossians: Jesus in Every Verse. Sunday morning services begin at 10:45 a.m., preceded by church-wide prayer at 9 a.m., and Sunday School at 9:30. Evening services begin at 6. Campbell, who came to First Baptist in January of 2013, invites the community to join the church family in worship. The church has as its mission, to lead people to Christ and develop their faith. In the middle of the week, Awana is held at First Baptist every Wednesday with supper at 5:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Classes follow for age 3 to fth grade. Students may be picked up at 7:30 p.m. Cards of Thanks Crews I would like to thank the staff at Marshall Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sue Love with Covenant Hospice, and Dr. Dodgen of Premier Medical for the wonderful care given to my sister, Betty Crews. I would like to also thank Bettys roommate, Gracie Clark, for the sweet company and patience. I extend my apologies to the staff for any feelings I might have hurt during this difcult time. Sincerely, Linda Cannon, loving sister and friend of Betty CrewsFlowersThe family of the late Eddie Lee (Bo) Flowers would like to thank everyone who supported us during the loss of our loved one. Thank you for every act of kindness you expressed through your calls, visits, owers, food and most especially, your prayers. May God forever bless and keep all of you. Thank you, The Flowers FamilyNext Precept classes will begin on Tuesday Classes at First Baptist Church will begin their Precept Upon Precept study of Luke, Part 2, subtitled, The Savior of Sinners, on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The morning class will begin at 9:30 in the fellowship hall of the church led by Melody Greene who can be reached at 584-7619 for additional details. The evening class will be led by Ena Reed at 6 p.m. at the annex of First Baptist. Reed can be reached at 5845718. All women and young ladies of our church and the community are invited, said Greene, adding, It is not necessary to have completed Luke, Part 1, to attend.

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A-10 Taco Times August 27, 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. CORE Lifestyles: every Monday (through Sept. 29), free exercise classes, all ages and ability levels, Grand Pavilion at Rosehead Park. Call: (850) 2241177. 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: 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, 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: second Thursday, Forest Capital Hall, 7 p.m., potluck dinner. All horse enthusiasts welcomed. Call Donna 584-9011. 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 newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comCommunity Calendar Expanded Calendar of Events available at: www.perrynewspapers.com District governors visit Rotary District Governor David Rauch (right photo) visited the Perry Rotary Club last week to talk about local and international service above are Rotarian Cline Moore and President By LORI WIGGINS UF/IFAS Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent III With thousands of apps and digital devices available, the question of how technology affects children and learning is more important than ever. Some adults may not yet be comfortable using digital technology, but todays children are growing up using a variety of digital devices. It is becoming second nature for them to use smart phones, tablets, video games and other personal electronic devices. How many adults have noticed a two-year-old playing with her moms smart phone while waiting in the grocery store line? Young children are not only excited by these digital devices, but are intensely engaged. Should adults be asking whether this is best for young children? Are they learning from these games? Or will using these devices make them less able to focus? While children are diving head rst into all kinds of technology, researchers are struggling to answer these questions. According to the Academy of Pediatrics and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, children should have limited time using digital devices due to issues of inactivity and overeating with youth. Children are spending too much time indoors passively sitting in front of a screen. Yes, they should be outside playing with friends and using their imaginations, but should they be avoiding the use of these digital devices? Members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Fred Rogers Center (FRC) for Early Learning have created a common position statement on the topic that recognizes that technology is part of our daily lives and that its here to stay. These organizations agree that it will be up to adults to teach children what to use and how to use it wisely. Too often children are given an electronic tablet or toy so they sit quietly while their parents take a break from the busy day. NAEYC and FRC are encouraging parents to use these devices to engage in play and communication with their children, much like they would use books to spend time together before bed. This way parents are available to pose and answer questions to extend the childrens learning. Parents also need to be critical of the quality of games their children are playing. There are many free games or apps available but that doesnt mean they are appropriate. Most researchers agree that relationships matter and young children learn best through social interaction. The most important teacher for the littlest ones is their caregiver. Using media together, or joint engagement, leads to learning. Interaction with Please see page 14 Raising children to use technology wisely Pre-K, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow their project budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture. Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering multiple $250 mini-grants to certied Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the Pre-K to 12th grade levels for the 2014-15 school year. The grants will be awarded for up to $250 for original and creative activities or programs that increase the understanding of agriculture among both students and educators. Agriculture has no subject boundaries, said Florida Farm Bureau Womens Leadership Coordinator Michael Rogalsky. We encourage teachers to think outside the box when integrating agriculture into their curriculum. Subject areas such as social studies, math, language arts and science are all important to agriculture and teachers that build agriculture into these subjects are encouraged to apply for the grant. Grant applications are due Oct. 1. Recipients of the grant will be notied no later than Nov. 15 via email. Educators can apply for the grant by visiting http://www. oridafarmbureau.org/programs/teacher_mini_grants. A total of up to $9,500 will be awarded in mini-grants throughout the 2014-15 school year. Last year, 42 Florida teachers received grant funding for their agricultural projects. Florida Farm Bureau has awarded more than $150,000 in total grants toward promoting agriculture in the classroom since the programs inception in 1998. Mini-grants offered for local classrooms The Taylor County JROTC Bulldog Battalion will hold a chicken dinner fund-raiser Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Please help our JROTC cadets and the TCHS Bulldog Battalion raise money for their annual drill meets. Our cadets compete at the district, state and national levels, and need your help in raising money for travel, hotels and food, Senior Army Instructor Christopher McDaniel said. Dinners will be $6 (white meat) and $5 (dark meat); drinks, 85. JROTC kicks off school year with fund-raiser BBQ

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