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King Tree Parade offering cash prizes todayIts time to be thinking about your oat for the Florida Forest Festivals King Tree Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25th, and this year, there will be cash prizes for the winners. The awards will include: Grand Marshall Award, $250, for the best overall oat; Treerifc Award, $150, for best representation of the forest or forest related industry; Humorous Award, $150, for the most humorous/creative entry; Photogenic Award, $150, for most photogenic entry; and Good Neighbor Award, $150, for the best outof-town oat. For more information, contact the festival ofce at 584-TREE (8733).Buy your carnival pre-sale tickets now Pre-sale tickets are still available for the 59th annual Florida Forest Festival carnival, which opens Wednesday, Oct. 22, on Industrial Drive. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce until the ofce closes on Oct. 22. The carnival will be open each evening Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 22-24, and all day on Saturday, Oct. 25. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-7 Sports . ...................... A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9 Community . ............ A-10 Weather Wednesday 81 58 Thursday79 52 Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday October 15, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 42www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum BioNitrogen closes on 55-acre land deal In a major step in BioNitrogens efforts to site a $300 million plant in Taylor County, the company has closed on a 55-acre parcel owned by Foley Timber and Land Co. According to City Manager Bob Brown, the property closed on Monday for approximately $1.3 million, with the funds coming out of the cityguaranteed line of credit Tuesday due to the bank being closed Monday for Columbus Day. The property is located on Foley Road (CR 30) across from Georgia-Pacics Foley Cellulose Mill. In August, the Taylor County Commission unanimously approved a Future Land Use Map amendment for property applied for by Foley, changing the parcel from the Denmark, Vann crowned Little King, Little Queen Junior royalty shines during Florida Forest Festival Little King & Little Queen Pageant By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer Judges were given a daunting task at the 59th annual Florida Forest Festivals Little King & Queen Pageant Saturday nightselect a new royal court from among 25 oh-so-charming junior competitors. Each young boy and girl danced, twirled and waved his or her way across stage to loud applause and cheers. The sky was the limit when it came time to wow the audience with presentations of what they wanted to be when they grew up and the selections were as varied and colorful as the children themselves. There was a tadpole catcher, several animal doctors, an astronaut and a little lady who wanted to be a sailor so I can hunt mermaids because mermaids are real! The nal round of competitionevening wearmade the judges task even more difcult as boys and girls took turns answering questions and prancing across stage dressed in brightly colored ball gowns and tailored Queen were announced County partners with FDOT for $400,000 airport additionThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has allocated more than $400,000 for Perry-Foley Airport to construct a new aircraft storage facility, which one day could house a xed-based operator (FBO) at the airport. The Taylor County Commission approved a joint participation agreement with FDOT last week for the funding. According to Grants Director Melody Cox, FDOT originally allocated $83,970 for the design and engineering of the building. Last weeks agreement is for an additional $404,534 for construction. Cox said the county was not expecting the construction funds until next year, but FDOT had some funds returned from other counties, freeing up enough money to move forward with the project this year. We didnt expect it this year, she said. This was a very pleasant surprise. Designing the building in order to possibly house an FBO in the future increased the cost, which was why the funding was not expected until next year, Cox explained. The extra features included bathrooms and ofce space. Please see page 3 GP, Yates are tightlipped on changes at Foley plant Georgia-Pacic declined to comment on site and employee changes announced for its Taylor County Foley mill last week. We have no information to provide, Scott Mixon, public affairs manager for Georgia-Pacic, said Tuesday. Calls to local Yates Construction ofcials were not returned as of presstime. GP ofcials did conrm that several long-term, top management employees have been terminated, included Site Manager Howard Drew. Neither company offered input on whether the potential changes would cause a net loss in jobs for Yates. Please see page 5 Beshears, Montford meet with ofcials, public next MondayTaylor Countys legislative delegation, which consists of Rep. Halsey Beshears and Sen. Bill Montford, will hold a public meeting for local ofcials and residents on Monday, Oct. 20. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Taylor County Commission Meeting Room in the Courthouse Annex located on Green Street. Beshears was elected to ofce in 2012 and reelected this year unopposed for a second term. He currently sits on the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee, Energy & Utilities Subcommittee, Finance & Tax Subcommittee and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Montford, who was rst elected to the Senate in 2010, became Taylor Countys senator after 2012s measures shifted his districts border eastward. In the senate, he serves as chair of the Agriculture Committee, vice chair of the Education Committee as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and sits on the Appropriations Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Please see page 32014 TCHS Homecoming Please see page 3
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tuxedos. Deliberations took more than one hour and in the end, Preston Denmark and Aubriana Vann edged past the competition to claim the crowns. First runners-up were Marshall Slaughter and Melissa Sunderland; second runners-up were Colin Stiles and Mabry Johnson. Bradley Freeman and Georgia Miller were also recognized for having sold the most ads for the pageant program. The evenings theme was Welcome to the Jungle and the opening number shook the rafters with contestants romping and stomping their way on stage dressed in adventure/jungle costumes of their choice. Wild-haired cavemen, khaki-clad explorers and brightly-plumed exotic birds (toucans to be exact)not to mention a monkey and a lionsang and danced to a bopping jungle-beat. Emcee Scott Mixon captured the scene in a single line, That is certainly Taylor Countys best on stage tonight. Co-chairs Amy Bowden and Marcy Freemen thanked parents for sharing their children with them for the experience and gave emotional well-wishes to the competitions: We are so proud of each and every one of you. Choreographers Magan Bowden and Cassidy Pridgeon also shared stage duty, interviewing the boys and girls during the career and evening wear segments. Dueces Wild provided entertainment along with talent performances from Taylor Countys 2014 Distinguished Young Woman Jharmara Simmons and DYW rst runner-up Haley Horner. The Buddys provided concessions with proceeds benetting Taylor County Special Olympics. Several local athletes were given special introductions at the beginning of Saturdays program. Next for the new festival royalty are appearances at the upcoming Kids Parade and the King Tree Parade.A-3 Taco Times October 15, 2014 mixed-use rural residential land use category to an industrial land use. The company also purchased two smaller parcels in the Bohannan Subdivision on the opposite side of Eustis Gunter Road from the main site to accommodate a future rail spur, Brown said. The total cost of the two parcels was around $65,000. The land purchases bring the total drawn on the line of credit to around $3.3 million. According to Brown, the majority of the other expenses were environmental studies on the property as well as engineering fees for the design of the plant. BioNitrogen Vice President Ernesto Iznaga on Tuesday called the land purchase a critical step, but one of many. Were continuing with all of the engineering work. According to Iznaga, the company has completed the second of three phases of the engineering, and its contractors are now working to develop rm xed pricing on the plant, which will allow BioNitrogen to enter into an engineering, procurement and construction contract. As we said at the joint meeting, were in the fourth quarter, he said. Iznaga also noted that his company met with the due-diligence consultant for Deutsche Bank last week and those talks went very well. Deutsche Bank is set to purchase $300 million in industry revenue bonds issued by the Taylor County Development Authority (TCDA) once the local project reaches a certain point in its development, at which time the $5 million line of credit would be paid back. Additionally, BioNitrogen and engineering rm AMEC will meet with Duke Energy Thursday to begin laying out power for the plant, he said. The citys collateral guarantee on BioNitrogens $5 million line of credit taken out from Community & Southern Bank in Atlanta, Ga., is part of a comprehensive incentive package offered by the city, county and Taylor County Development Authority. Under an agreement between the city and the company, the city must approve any invoices before a payment is made from the line of credit. According to company ofcials, BioNitrogen plans to utilize patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer at a series of plants, including the one in Taylor County. The proposed plant is projected to create 52-55 manufacturing jobs in the county with an average starting salary of $38,000 plus benets. Local economic development ofcials have estimated the total capital investment here to be between $100 million and $220 million. Banking and Insurance Committee, Gaming Committee, Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee and Rules Committee. A staff member from Beshears ofce will also be available Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 115 W. Green Street, Suite 228, in downtown Perry. LAND DEAL Continued from page 1 Total capital investment may reach $220 million PAGEANT Continued from page 1 Slaughter, Sunderland were rst runners-up; Stiles, Johnson named as second runners-up Georgia Miller, left, and Bradley Freeman were recognized for having sold the most ads for OFFICIALS, PUBLIC Continued from page 1 Need help? Rep will be here on Monday
A-4 Taco Times October 15, 2014 Living Steinhatchee pauses for PAWS Nearly 100 people gathered recently in Steinhatchee to celebrate the work of PAWS (Pets Are Worth Spaying) and to fund its efforts for another year. The Luau-Howl was fabulous, as always, said Sue Guilbeau, one of the organizers of this years gala. We had a crowd of approximately 100 who enjoyed sh, chicken and pork, along with sweet potatoes, rice, rolls and so much more. There were lots of fresh pineapples, and wonderful cookies all made by JR and staff of Mamas Restaurant. They do a fabulous job for us, she said. As a sweet nish, Three beautiful cakes were made and decorated with cats and dogs by Mary Crawford of Cakes by Mary, Guilbeau added. Thanks to everyones hard work and generosity, we made enough money during the auction to keep us going for another year--helping with the cost of spaying or neutering for our local animals. We also appreciate Dean Fowler of Steinhatchee Landing for his continued support and for allowing us the use of his beautiful facilities, she added, noting that Gary Atkins graciously served as emcee for the event. Steinhatchee Landing provided gracious accommodations for this Look closely for the cats and dogs on these lavishly decorated cakes provided by Cakes by Barrs Reunion is SaturdayThe Barrs Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at 12 noon. Family members and friends are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share. The reunion will be held at the Day Community Center in Day. Bazaar wants vendors Nov. 20 The Perry Womans Club will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Thursday, Nov. 20, with doors opening at 4 p.m. Interested in being a vendor? Dont delay! Reservations will be accepted on rst come, rst served basis. The cost for the booth rental is $40, which must be submitted in advance along with your reservation request. On the day of the bazaar, doors open at 4 p.m. for guests and will remain open until 8 p.m. For more information, please contact LaValle at (850) 843-3144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.perrynewspapers. com
A-5 Taco Times October 15, 2014 We opted to wait because we felt it was important to build it in a way that supported future development at the airport, she said. Also adding to the cost is the need to relocate two gopher tortoises from the planned construction area, which is located between the Taylor County FireRescue building and the existing t-hangars at the airport. The design and engineering were already 90 percent done when we received the funding, so we hope to go out for bids in December or Junary, she said. According to Cox, it is a long term goal to locate an FBO at the airport. An FBO is a commercial business allowed to operate at an airport and provide aviation services such as aircraft maintenance and ight instruction. Cox said some FBOs offer a cafe or AIRPORT ADDITION Continued from page 1 Gopher tortoises will be relocated Smith We, the family of the late Pearlie Mae Smith wish to express our sincere gratitude and thanks for the many cards, telephone calls, owers, visits, food and expressions of love shown during the passing of our mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and greatgreat-grandmother. We pray Gods richest blessing upon each of you for all acts of kindness shown during our bereavement. Your kindness will never be forgotten. Again, thank you! Sincerely, Lillie Grifn, Hattie Smith, 25 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren Card of Thanks Classifieds Find it in the 100 candles for CarrollLucille Carroll of Steinhatchee celebrated a milestone birthday Sunday, Oct. 5turning 100 years old. The centenarian enjoyed a birthday dinner with family and friends following the morning service at Fellowship Baptist Church. Carroll was surrounded by her family, which includes ve children (Carl, Marilyn, Kenny, Doris and Jimmy), 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and ve great-greatgrandchildren. Carroll, along her late husband Carl, were charter members of Fellowship. They actively helped to clear the grounds and build the church and fellowship hall. Lucille Carroll of Steinhatchee recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Family and friends held a party in her honor at Fellowship Baptist Church, where she and her late husband are charter members. Several years ago, Steinhatchee precinct.
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A-7 Taco Times October 15, 2014 Religion Lighthouse Childrens Home sings here Sunday Come for breakfast, worship, lunchFirst Presbyterian Church welcomes the community to Sundays services which include worship, music, fellowship and abundant food. The day begins with a Sonrise Breakfast at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall, gathering all Sunday School classes and friends. Worship follows at 11 a.m. featuring Lighthouse Childrens Home of Tallahassee. After the service, youre invited to stay for a catered lunch. We will have plenty, said Pastor Larry Neal, inviting all to attend.Need a dress for Homecoming?If youre looking for that one-of-a-kind prom, homecoming, ROTC ball or special occasion dress, appointments are being taken for Cinderellas Closet which operates out of First United Methodist Church. Kristy Anderson or Karen Falicon can be contacted to schedule an appointment. Please call 843-4834 after 5 p.m. Anderson reminds, When you clean out your closets, please remember that we need dresses, shoes and jewelry to re-stock our closet. Weve t about 12 girls this week alone. Clayton to be ordained Sunday New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church and its pastor, the Rev. Donald L. McBride, extend a formal invitation to all in the community to attend the ordination service for Minister George Clayton. The service will be held this Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at the church (which is located at the corner of U. S. 19/27 and U. S. 98). Pastor McBride commented that it was a great joy for his congregation to ordain Clayton, a native of Taylor County who has enjoyed a spiritual walk with the Lord all his life. He encourages friends in the community to attend. George Clayton Obituaries Phyllis Regina ReevePhyllis Regina Reeve, 56, of Ft. Myers, died Oct. 11, 2014. She was born June 9, 1958, in Perry, to Albert and Bernice (Murphy) Austin. Survivors include her four children: daughter, Sara Munoz (David), son Sean Reeve, and daughters Chrissy Perez (Rey) and Annie Floyd (Blount). Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Spring Warrior Cemetery with Pastor Robbie Austin as the ofciant. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Ester Gonzalez Ester Gonzalez, 87, died at her home on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in Perry. She was born on April 18, 1927, in Maria Elena, Chile. Survivors include: her son, Cesar Espinoza of Boston, Mass.; daughter, Flora (Rod) Taylor of Perry; two granddaughters, Cynthia (Justin) Glisker of Vero Beach, Monica (Jason) Jagenten of Nashua, N.H.; greatgrandsons, Justin Dylan Glisker and Tyler, Julian and Jeremy Jagenten; three sisters, Rosa, Marta and Raquel Gonzalez and a host of nieces and nephews in Chile. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Her ashes will be returned to Chile. In lieu of owers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Perry Big Bend Hospice.Janet Lee McMullenJanet Lee McMullen, 51, of Perry, died Oct. 7, 2014 at Haven Hospice in Gainesville. A Baptist, she was born July 19, 1963 in Passaic, N.J., to Joseph and June (Sena) Harrison. Survivors include: three sons, Jonathan Aaron (Jessica) Alsip, Joseph (Kristie) Alsip, and Andrew McMullen all of Perry; her mother, June Sena Harrison of Sneads; two brothers, Steve Harrison and Stuart Harrison. Mrs. McMullen was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Harrison. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Westside Baptist Church. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.
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A-10 Taco Times October 15, 2014 Community Taylor County High SchoolHOMECOMINGFRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014 Taylor Couty High School (TCHS) is celebrating its annual Homecoming this week, Oct. 13-17. The theme is The Great Gatsby. The Bulldogs will face Fernandina Beach in a showdown at Dorsett Stadium Friday, Oct. 17. Weekday themes/dress-up days for students include: Wednesday, Oct. 15: The Great Gatsby (1920s); Thursday, Oct. 16: Super Fan Day; and Friday, Oct. 17: Orange & Blue (no school for students). The Homecoming Pep Rally was held Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the TCHS gym. The Homecoming Parade is planned for Thursday, Oct. 16, starting at 1:30 p.m. from the high school. Pre-game festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday night with kick-off at 7:30. Homecoming photos were taken Monday, with students showing their school spirit by dressing up for Hobo Day. TCHS HOMECOMING 2014
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A-12 Taco Times October 15, 2014 October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, and the Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison and Taylor Counties is teaming up with the nations leading organization dedicated to infant health and survival to help increase awareness about these tragic causes of infant death. Donna Hagan, coalition executive director, said, Our coalition is dedicated to preventing infant and fetal death; our programming focuses on education for parents that focuses on safe sleep and healthy infant development and our community work focuses on educating the public on the factors that cause infant and fetal loss. Last year, there were four infants who died before their rst birthday in Jefferson County. There were no infant deaths in Madison and Taylor counties. Although we celebrate these successes in Madison and Taylor, an additional six families (two in each county) had a stillborn infant (fetal death) last year. The month of October is dedicated to remembering these families, Hagan said. Please join us today (Wednesday) when we will light a candle for the infants lost and honor these families at the Coalition ofce in Greenville. Oct. 15 has been designated National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Agencies and families are also encouraged to light candles to celebrate the lives that have been lost, and will continue to be lost, until we reach our goal of a future where all babies survive and thrive. For more information, visit www. october15.com. To learn more about how you can help, please call 850-948-2741 or visit www. rstcandle.org. Interested individuals can access information on ways they can help create awareness and/or show support for families and babies in their local community. Crisis counselors are also available 24/7 by calling, toll free, 1-800-221-7437. Today is a day to remember JROTC, NHS courts(Top) Homecoming JROTC Court honorees and their escorts for 2014 are: (left to right): Mitchell Davis, Princess Ashley Wallace, Princess Blue, Queen Cheyenne Davidson and John Rice. (Left) Members of the 2014 National Honor Society Court are: (left to right) King Rohan Patel, Queen Lucy Whitehead, Princess Catherine Weed and Prince Sean Patterson. The representatives will be Homecoming Parade, which will begin at the high school at 1:30 p.m.Weve got spirit!(Right) Jade Owen, left, and Austin Wiedbrecht were named spirit queen and king for the 2014 Taylor County High School Homecoming celebration. Look for Homecoming Parade, which will travel from the high school to downtown Perry. The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m.