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Taco times
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Taylor County times
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Semi-truck overturnsMorning trafc was blocked for a short while Tuesday due to an overturned semi-truck at the intersection of County Road 30 and U.S. 19. Bryon Williams, 55, of Perry was cited for careless driving in the accident. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Williams was turning eastbound onto C.R. 30 from U.S. 19 around 7:45 a.m. when he over steered to the right, causing the right side of the vehicle to raise off the roadway. The semitruck overturned onto its left side in the eastbound lane of trafc on 30, blocking the roadway. Williams sustained minor injuries and was transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) for treatment. Trooper Matthew C. Boatwright responded to the crash and was assisted by the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, Taylor County Fire-Rescue and DMH Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Man ejected from SUVA 25-year-old local man had a very close call when he was ejected onto the roadway during a late night crash on U.S. Highway 221 Friday, Sept. 5. William Dustin Knight of Greenville sustained only minor injuries after being thrown from his 1997 Ford Explorer and landing on his back in the southbound lane of Hwy. 221 when the crash happened just after midnight (12:33 a.m.). Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Nathan K. Stidham reported Knight was traveling south on Hwy. 221 when he crossed the centerline. The left side of the SUV collided with a guardrail face on the east shoulder of the road. The vehicle hit the guardrail face a second time, causing it to spin left and cross the centerline a second time. The vehicle hit the guardrail on the west shoulder of the road before coming to a nal rest facing northeast in the southbound lane of trafc. Knight was ejected from the vehicle onto the roadway; he was treated at the scene and transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital. He was charged with attaching tag not assigned, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to maintain lane and expired tag less than six months. Crash leads to DUI charges A Perry man escaped injury but didnt avoid arrest after alledgedly causing a one-vehicle crash Friday night, Sept. 5, on U.S. All drivers escape serious injury, but not charges Never forgetTo mark the 13th anniversary of 9-11-01 terrorist attacks, Perry Kiwanis Club will place American ags throughout the downtown area Thursday, Sept. 11. The ag display is sponsored by local businesses and individuals.Get lunch on the go this FridayAMVET Riders of Perry will be selling hot dog and hamburger lunches this Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Riders food concession truck will be set up adjacent to their post located at the corner of Church Street and Jefferson. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ...................... A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9 Community . ............ A-10 Weather Wednesday 92 7030% Thursday93 7230% Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday September 10, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 37www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum 4 crashes in 4 days Upside down...downtown The driver of this pickup truck escaped serious injury Monday night about 9:30 after the vehicle apparently struck a car, causing it to overturn on its roof near the courthouse square at the intersection of Washington and Main streets. City police did not have an accident report available at presstime late Tuesday afternoon.Please see page 3 The Florida Department of Educations (DOE) Special Facilities Construction Committee has approved the Taylor County School Districts request for funding assistance to construct a new Perry Primary School. Although the committee voted to recommend the proposal be included in the departments 2015 budget, the funding is not certain until the Florida governor releases his budget in February. District ofcials were notied last week that the districts proposal was ranked third out of the ve rural districts to make applications this year. The committee deemed the Taylor County Primary School project a critical need, DEO representative Linda Champion said in a letter to Superintendent Paul Dyal. The committee voted to recommend, for inclusion in the commissioners Capital Outlay Budget for 2015-16, the Taylor County Primary School project. The districts request for this project totaled $17,643,531 to construct 788 student stations with a student capacity of 788. The committee ranked this project third on the project list. Local ofcials made a presentation before the Special Facilities Committee at a hearing Friday, Aug. 15, to make their case for funding along with representatives from Jefferson, Jackson, Liberty and Hamilton counties. According to Superintendent Paul Dyal, Hamilton was ranked rst followed by Jefferson in second, Liberty in fourth DOE approves districts request to build a new Perry Primary School Please see page 3The Taylor County United Way campaign received a major jump-start Tuesday, with Georgia-Pacic giving the campaign team its $50,000 corporate gift. The local team will ofcially kick off the 2014-15 campaign with a breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Taylor County Senior Center on Ash Street from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The breakfast will cost $5 and includes sausage, eggs, grits, biscuits, coffee and juice. Proceeds from the event will be donated to one of United Ways participating agencies through a drawing held following breakfast. According to Campaign Associate Glenda Hamby, there will not be a campaign chairperson this year, and instead, the campaign team will head up this years efforts collectively. The team will announce the campaigns new fundraising goal at the Sept. 30 breakfast. Foley Cellulose Mill, formerly Buckeye, has traditionally been the largest giver in the community. Last year, the United Way of the Big Bend once again presented Georgia-Pacic with its Cornerstone Award for businesses whose teams raised between $100,000 and $249,999. Georgia-Pacic and the Foley Cellulose Mill take great pleasure in supporting the United Way of the Big Bend, along with Glenda Hamby and the many volunteers in Taylor County, Public Affairs Manager Scott Mixon said. We appreciate the volunteers who work very hard to meet critical needs and provide care for citizens in our community. I enjoyed our campaign kick-off meeting and I look forward to working with the United Way team to meet our goals for 2014. Hamby said several other teams are kicking off their fund-raising efforts this month as well. Last year, the campaign Please see page 3United Way gets $50,000 jumpstart

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A-3 Taco Times September 10, 2014Highway 19/98. Jessie Wesley Cannon Jr., 46, was charged with driving under the inuence (DUI), and driving with a suspended license; he was also issued citations for cutting across the median, open container (by the driver) and not wearing his seat belt. Additionally, Cannon was also held on a warrant for possession of a rearm by a convicted felon. The crash happened around 10 p.m. as Cannon and passenger Tina Cauley, 38, were traveling south on U.S. 19/98 in the inside lane; the vehicle crossed the grass median cutting over both northbound lanes. The 2003 Ford F-150 crossed the paved apron and onto the east grass shoulder of the highway before colliding with a ditch. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper John Sleigher stated that Cannon advised under oath that he cut across the median to pull into a private driveway but cut too short. Cannon sustained only minor injuries; Cauley, who was wearing her seatbelt, was not injured. Taylor County Sheriffs deputies and DMH Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene. and Jackson in fth. In July, the Taylor County School Board entered into a contract to purchase a parcel of property adjacent to Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) for the proposed new school. The property in question, located directly north of TCES on Howard Street, is owned by The Clark Properties of Taylor County, LLC, and the approved selling price is $230,000. According to the contract, the deal to buy the approximately 31-acre property is contingent on the district receiving legislative funding. The district has twice before received funding through the program to assist with building new schools: $8.5 million in 2001-02 for TCES (with $4.4 million in local funds), and $10.2 million in 199192 for Taylor County High School (with $3.9 million in local funds). The program requires districts to allocate revenues from their 1.5 mill capital improvement property tax for three years to a funded project. raised a grand total of $261,000. The Taylor County United Way supports more than 20 local organizations, including 2-1-1 Big Bend, Ability 1st, Alzheimers Project, American Red Cross, Americas Second Harvest, Big Bend Cares, Big Bend Hospice, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Brehon, Childrens Home Society, Early Learning Coalition, Elder Care Service, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girl Scouts, Healthy Start Coalition, Needy School Children Fund, Refuge House, Taylor County Extension 4-H Foundation, Taylor County Special Olympics, Taylor County Senior Citizens Center and Taylor Leadership Council. 4 CRASHES Continued from page 1 Cannon also held on rearm warrant NEW SCHOOL Continued from page 1 New school site adjacent to TCES UNITED WAY Continued from page 1 United Way funds benet B&G Club, food bank & more Taylor County currently has 11 Guardian ad Litem volunteers. Volunteers sought for Taylor County Guardian ad Litem The end of summer and the start of a new school year are exciting times for most children. But for some, the beginning of school could reveal a dark secret when signs of abuse and neglect these children have suffered over the summer are noticed by teachers, staff and other parents. Because children are subject to less adult supervision over the summer, its not uncommon for reports of suspected abuse and neglect to spike at the start of the school year, said Linda Dedge, Guardian ad Litem circuit director. Many of the children who are conrmed as victims are removed from their homes and placed into foster care--often far from their friends, families and schools. Volunteers from the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program are specially screened and trained to speak up for abused and neglected children who end up in the foster care system. Being uprooted from their homes and families is scary for these children. At the Guaridan ad Litem program, we want to make sure that they do not get lost in the overburdened foster care system, Dedge said. For that reason, we Please see page 7 The Taylor Retired Educators Association (TREA) will meet Monday, Sept. 15, at Perry Corral (formerly Golden Corral), starting at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be local County Extension Agent Lori Wiggins. Retired educators meet Mon.

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A-4 Taco Times September 10, 2014 Living Cruce, Walker to marry Oct. 18 in Smokey Mtns.Together with their families, Crystal Cruce and Mikie Walker announce their forthcoming marriage. A private ceremony for the bride and groom will be held Oct. 18, 2014, in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. 66 yearsTaylors celebrate landmark anniversary Joe and Glenna Taylor of Perry will mark their 66th wedding anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 11. The Taylors were married on Sept. 11, 1948, in Thomasville, Ga. The bride was the daughter of Gordon and Johnnie Brown. His parents were Roy and Hazel Taylor. The Taylors are the parents of ve children: Sherry Harvey, Kathy Combs, Jimmy Taylor, Glenn Taylor and Robert Taylor. They also boast 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Jackie Sue, Bubba Roy will be hitched in SteinhatcheeThe Steinhatchee Community Projects Board, Inc., along with the families of Jackie Sue and Bubba Roy, cordially request the honor of your presence at a Hillbilly Hitchin planned for Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 oclock in the evening. The glorious occasion will be repeated on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 6 oclock in the evening. To reserve your seats for either ceremony, a $20 ticket is required; for couples, tickets are selling for (or fer) $35. Fer tickets to this here event, call Ann Boy at 352498-5963, Liana Chapman at Chapman Insurance, 352498-0865, or Linda Johnson at 352-498-5806. All proceeds from this blessed event will go toward a matching grant to improve equipment for older children and adults in the playground area of the Community Center. A water mist is also planned at the park as well as a ramp at the shing pier for the Steinhatchee Paddling Trail. Dont miss the social event of the year. Denmark, Harris will marry this Saturday Brittany Denmark and Cedric Harris remind friends and relatives of their wedding this Saturday, Sept. 13. The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.in Evangel Christian Fellowship, which is located at 1454 Courtney Road. A reception for the couple will follow the ceremony at the Perry Elks Lodge. All friends and family members are invited to attend. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Taylor, 66 years ago

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A-6 Taco Times September 10, 2014 Religion Methodists prepare for Salt Night Sept. 27 As Fall approaches, the First United Methodist Church has shared details on upcoming events: Salt Night (serving and loving together) will be observed on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Pastor James Taylor said, This is a community outreach event that includes a devotion, music and a meal. Its open to all, he added. For Octobers event, First Presbyterian Church will assist. Wednesday night with Bible drills returning. Mens DaySt. Peter Primitive Baptist Church will hold its annual Mens Day on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. Guest speaker will be Elder Maxwell Jackson of Tallahassee. Pastor Cedric Spradley invites everyone to attend.Two-day revivalA two-day revival at Trinity House of Praise begins this evening at 7 with Bishop Buffy McIver and Chief Apostle (and gospel recording artist) Bryan Wilson serving as guest speakers. Services continue Thursday at 7 p.m. Pastor Bart E. Hollis invites everyone to attend. For additional information, please contact Hollis at 228-7135 or 295-5333. Whats so amazing about grace?Tonight marks the rst in a series of Bible studies Whats So Amazing About Grace? The study begins at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, led by Paul Wiggins. For more information, the church ofce can be Choir rehearsal Choir rehearsal is tonight for New Brooklyns Womens Day program. Women in the community are invited to join in the musical preparations for this observance. Interested persons are urged to gather at the church at 7 p.m. Whats so amazing about grace? Obituaries James William Byrd Sr.James William Byrd Sr., 75, of Milton, died Aug. 28, 2014. He was born April 29, 1939, in Perry, to William C. Byrd and Lessie Vee (OSteen) Byrd. He was a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy. Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Mary Joe (Moore) Byrd, Milton; one son, James William Byrd Jr.; daughters Constance Sno Joe Byrd and Juanita Michelle (Byrd) Hill; one sister, Carol Ann (Byrd) Terry; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements, with Pastor Danny Lundy ofciating. Willie C. Brookins Willie Claude Brookins of Jacksonville was born Dec. 3, 1925, to Zonzor Brookins and Tommie Lee Murphy in Carbur. Before graduating from Old Stanton High Schoool as a Blue Devil, Mr. Brookins joined the United States Navy and served in World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Arthur Lee Burner; a sister, Dolly Mae Pickney; and one son, Genoa Brookins. Mr. Brookins was employed at King Edward Cigar Factory and served as president of the employees union. He retired after 30 years of service. Survivors include: his Brookins; a son, Godley Chris; daughters, Eddie Pearl Grandberry of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Barbara Jewel Lagrone of Dallas, Texas; ve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six siblings including Leona Sumner of Perry; as well nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. at New Bethel A.M.E Church in Jacksonville. Interment followed in Jacksonville National Cemetery.Phillip Lamar WattsPhillip Lamar Watts, 2014, at Shands at UF in Gainesville. He was born Nov. 11, 1952, in Madison, (Blanton) Watts Sr. A member of San Pedro Baptist, Mr. Watts was a pipe welder for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Gemma McGill Watts of Perry; daughter, Tabitha Watts (Keith) Murphy of Perry; three grandsons, Caleb, Colby and Garrett Murphy; Myrtle Watts; one sister, Kathy Watts Davis of Perry; Jr. and Kevin Watts, both of Utah; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Pastor The family received friends one hour prior to services. Flora G. ButlerMrs. Flora G. Flo Butler, 70, of Horseshoe Beach, died Sept., 8, 2014. Mrs. Butler was born Dec. 4, 1943, in Marianna, Ark., to Selma Venice Davidson and Dillard Thomas Duty. High School in Jacksonville and then from Jacksonville University with an AA degree. She moved to Horseshoe Beach in 1974 and worked for the Florida Department of Corrections, moving through the ranks from bookkeeper to investigator until her retirement in 1999. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Horseshoe Beach. Survivors include: her husband of 51 years, Carl Wayne Butler of Horseshoe Beach; daughter, Teiko Denee Butler Hurst of Old Town; son and daughter-inlaw, Carl Wayne Darby Butler II and Lola Sikes Butler; four grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Edward Thomas and Peggy Duty; sister and brotherin-law, Callie and Donald Lloyd Duty. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Duty Bates; and a brother, Dillard Thomas Duty Jr. Funeral services will be held today, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City. Willie C. Brookins

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A-10 Taco Times September 10, 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: meets at 215 North Washington Street every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Questions? Please 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.comComExpanded Calendar of Events available at: www.perrynewspapers.com By LORI WIGGINS Taylor County Consumer Sciences Extension Agent III Whether its a pedometer, a Fitbit or an app tracking your calories, theres no shortage of technological devices to record your tness endeavors. But, do they work? Are they necessary? How long do people actually use them? Research states that one in three people using wearable tness technology will stop after six months but thats not to say they dont work. If youre interested in using an app to help track calories and/or workout routines there are an unlimited number of choices out there. Here are a few suggestions to help reinvigorate your workout today by downloading a tness app. These are a few of the top rated apps in 2014: MyFitnessPal MyFitnessPals Calorie Counter lets you track your diet in a simple and easy-to-use way. This app allows you to track what you eat with just a few clicks from anywhere with an internet connection--at home or at work and the app claims to have the largest food database of any calorie counter. The app also allows you to customize your own unique weight loss goals. The app holds the No. 1 spot in Apples Top Free Apps Health & Fitness genre, and saw a whopping 2,049,259 Facebook logins in the month of June. Compatibility: iPhone and Android; Cost: Free Fitbit The Fitbit app can be used on its own or with the companys smart wristbands to track your activity and training. With the wristband you can get exact step counts and calories burned, but on its own, you can still log workouts and your diet. The app comes in at No. 2 in Apples Top Free Apps Health & Fitness genre, and it saw 220,288 Facebook logins in the month of June. Compatibility: iPhone; Cost: Free F A Are they really worth it? Grand opening Relay For Life organizers are already laying the groundwork for next years event benetting the American Cancer Society and invite residents to get involved. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations and anyone wanting to make a difference in the ght against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event, Event Chair Cynthia All said. The next Relay For Life meeting will be held this Thursday, Sept. 11; Relay committee members will gather at 5:30 p.m. followed by a team captain meeting at 6. The meetings will be held at Evangel Christian Fellowship Hall (1454 Courtney Road). Many participants are our family, friends and neighbors who have faced cancer themselves. Their involvement gives us hope that, together, we can nish the ght against cancer. Each new team that registers brings us that much closer, All said. For additional information, please contact Tiffany Slaughter at 843-4371 or email: tslaughter01@yahoo.com. The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by nding cures and by ghting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit online cancer.org. ursday, Sept. 11 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 Join the ghtRelay volunteers meet Thursday Youre invited J. Mason Williams will return to Perry on Thursday, Sept. 11, to sign copies of his rst novel, And Angels Hovered at Amanda Clarks Photography Studio, 1626 North Jefferson St. This book clearly has the avor of my love for the town of Perry. I drew from those experiences to write the story, he said. The book signing will be held from 5-7 p.m. with hors doeuvres served. Please see page 11Meet your match Sept. 20The Taylor County Animal Shelter and other local rescues will be take part in the Pet Adoption Day hosted by Tractor Supply here Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pet owners and their pets are also invited to attend (leashed pets welcome). The free event will also feature door prizes, drawings and giveaways. Taylor County 4-H Sharpshooters will be holding a bake sale and AMVET Riders of Perry will be on site offering concessions. Pet photos will be offered through Angela French Photography (free to those who adopt) and Taylor County High School Varsity cheerleaders will man a face painting station. Piggly Wiggly Farms will provide horse rides and a small farm animal petting zoo. Helping Hands of the Shelter will have grooming services available including nail trimming/painting. Taylor County Animal Control, Meow or Never Rescue, Unless You and Subway Dixon Rescue will sponsor adoptable pets for the adoption event.

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