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Veterans to be honored Tuesday, Nov. 11Taylor County High School (TCHS) JROTC will host its 28th annual Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the gymnatorium. The ceremony will begin at 10:40 a.m. We ask guests to arrive around 10:10 a.m. We expect courtesy toward our veterans, before, after and during the ceremony. Following the ceremony at the school, a ag changing ceremony will take place at Veterans Memorial Park at noon. We invite the community and send a special welcome to all our veterans to attend, 1SG (Ret) Eddie L. Smith said. Rounding out the days festivities, the annual Veterans Day Luncheon will be held at Forest Capital Park, starting at 12:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Taylor County Board of Commissioners with sponsorship from a number of businesses and private individuals. All veterans and their families are invited to attend. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-7 Sports . ...................... A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9 Community . ............ A-10 Weather Wednesday 80 53 Thursday81 5720% Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday November 5, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 45www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum Trunk or Treat Council favors alcohol sales in restaurants on Sundays? The Perry City Council appears to be moving toward amending its current alcohol ordinance to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages on Sundays. Last week, council members heard from supporters and opponents of the proposal during a rst reading of the amended ordinance. At the end of the discussion, the council directed staff to return proposed language that would not only allow Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants, but also special event permits for outside events (i.e. beer gardens at festivals/community events). Members also asked for a second option that would allow Sunday sales at all businesses which offer alcohol (i.e. sports bars, package stores, etc.). Frosty start for fallMany Taylor County residents woke up Monday morning to frost on their lawns and ice on their vehicle windshields after the area received its rst freeze of the season. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) station at Perry-Foley Airport, the temperature dropped below freezing around 5 a.m. and remained there for much of the next two and a half hours, prompting a freeze warning from the NWS. The temperature reached 29 around 6:30 a.m. and remained there until about 7 a.m. The low was only one The Taylor County mother seriously injured in an automobile crash involving a log truck last week was released from Shands Hospital in Gainesville Monday and has returned home to recover. Deirdre Drawdy Rehberg, 32, underwent two additional surgeries on Hampton SpringsHistoric site prey for rampant vandalismFacing frequent vandalism and a lack of resources to properly maintain its Hampton Springs Park, the county is looking for creative solutions for the parks future, one of which could be leasing the property to a private individual for stewardship. The park is the site of the historic Hotel Hampton, a world-renowned resort for North Florida in the early 1900s. The building burned down in 1954. In 2001, the county, with the help of a number of state grants, began historical excavations and restoration at the site, as well as the construction of a trailhead and park amenities, including restroom facilities. The issue of Hampton Springs was discussed during the county commissions workshop held last week, with County Administrator Dustin Hinkel outlining the latest damages to the parks facilities as well as the resulting liability concerns. Hinkel said county staff is regularly xing the fencing around the parking lot, which people are apparently tearing down to allow vehicle access into the park. Additionally, the fencing around the hotels pool has been stolen, along with the sign detailing the parks rules and regulations. Vandalism at the park has been a problem at the site for years, with reports of people destroying the fencing as well as breaking into the restrooms to tear xtures from the walls. Speaking with the Taco Times Tuesday, Hinkel acknowledged the problems are not new. It means what were doing to solve these problems is not working, he said. So what we need are creative solutions. He said the initial quote to x the fencing around the pool is around $1,000, but added that the cost could increase if the county decides to go with a stronger Please see page 3 Crash victim released from ShandsPlease see page 5 Please see page 5The Taylor County Commission has agreed to submit a second grant this year to the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) seeking $50,000 in funding for improvements at the Taylor County Sports Complex. The commission unanimously agreed in August to apply for a FRDAP grant for the Steinhatchee Community Center Park. The FRDAP program allows for the county to have three open grants or pending applications, County Grants Director Melody Cox told commissioners during a public hearing held last week on the grant application. The county currently has one open grant for the Hodges Park Improvement Project, Cox continued. With this, the county would be eligible to submit an additional application. The Capital Improvement Program 2015-20 includes continued development needs at the Taylor County Sports Complex. Staff is recommending submitting grant application requesting funding assistance in the amount of $50,000 for the sports complex. Please see page 5 $50,000 sought for Sports Complex Please see page 11
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Those amended draft proposals are slated to be presented during councils Tuesday, Nov. 11 meeting. In last Tuesdays discussions, representatives from the Tourism Development Council (TDC) spoke in favor of the ordinance change. I am here on behalf of the TDC as well as the hospitality and lodging industry. We support this change. The City of Perry has been missing out on amazing opportunities. Our hospitality businesses are at a disadvantage with other areas where alcohol can be served on Sundays. This will open the door for other businesses to come to Perryincreasing job growth in Perry, TDC President Dawn Taylor said. I am not only here because the TDC supports the ordinance change, but also because we would like to have a special event permit option included as well. This will allow us to compete against other special events and festivals in the area. For example, our Blues & BBQ festival would grow much more quickly if we were allowed to have a beer garden. I have been to many other events that are very familyfriendly that have beer or wine gardens. It would be a designated area that would not be anywhere near the childrens event. Having this option would open the door to more sponsors and additional attendees for the event, TDC Chairman Sandy Beach said. I just want to point out that Forest Capital Park (where the festival is held) is not in the city limits, Mayor Mike Deming said. I know, but if we wanted to have something downtown at the same timewhile youre working on the ordinance, why not go ahead and incorporate (the special events permit) with it? Beach said. Local resident Ray Williams addressed the council on behalf of his pastor and church: I am just a sinner saved by grace. We are against this ordinance. This is nothing personal; I know what youre trying to do. But our youngsters get enough beer and wine without having it in a restaurant on a Sunday. Our whole church is against it. I would like you to consider that when you go to vote. I am just a Christian person trying to live a Christian life in a small town. Dianna Mama Sandonato of Mamas Italian Restaurant said, I have always been a proponent of growth and Perry is an ideal place to grow. I have always had an issue with the fact someone could come in (our restaurant) to have a lovely meal and I could not serve them a glass of wine or beer on a Sunday, but they could go to Winn Dixie or Walmart and buy all they wanted. As a restaurant, it would be my pleasure to be able to offer it (on Sundays) with discretion. On the other hand, I also want you to consider what constitutes a restauranta restaurant is far different than a sports bar. A restaurant depends on food sales percent or better. A sports bar is a bar whose primary business comes from alcohol sales and food sales are a secondary item. I would welcome an Olive Garden but I dont know how Id feel about a sports bar, she said. I am against this. I have lived on both sides of this alcohol deal. I had my rst drink when I was about this tall and I know what it will do to a life. It took God to get me out of it and it took a lot of years of Him working with me to get me out of that, local resident Van McGuire said. Former county commissioner Johnny Hankerson said he agreed with the move to change the ordinance with one exception: If you are going to allow the sale of alcohol on Sunday then you need to let everyone sell alcohol to be fair. The sale of alcohol is not going to stop you from going to heaven. Its the choices we make that make us do wrong. The church is in your heart, not in the four walls of the church. We need industry. They elected you guys to help the economy. You cant save anybody. You cant do that. God gave us free will and he wants us to make our decisions for ourselves. At the close of comments from the public, council members voiced their responses, with Shirlie Hampton and Venita Woodfaulk expressing their desire to see the ordinance expanded to include all sales of alcohol on Sundays. Everyone should be able to sell, to be fair, Hampton said. Councilman Alan Hall, who initially brought the proposed change to the councils attention, said in response to the publics input: I respect your opinion greatly and I believe in a lot of the stuff you said. I am not promoting alcohol. If we got rid of alcohol and drugs in America right now, it would be a better place. But I do not believe in my heart if we open up an Outback its going to increase people drinking alcohol in Perry, Fla. People drink and we go to into those restaurants six days a week. One more day is not going to increase or change alcohol consumption in Perry. I am a Christian. I do not drink. I dont see alcoholI see the growth and jobs. All of us, each of us, have a choice when we go into these restaurants. We see people drinking there the other six days a week and we choose not to drink. Every day is a holy day. You cant be a Christian just on Sundays. I agree with Mr. Hall. I, too, am a Christian and I am looking at employment opportunities, revenue. I think this might be too big for the council. Maybe we should refer it to the voters to decide, Hampton said. I agree with both of you. I am not pushing for alcohol. I am pushing for business, Woodfaulk said. I am not in favor of bars being allowed to serve on Sundays but I am for restaurants being allowed to serve on Sunday. From an economic development standpoint, we are not going to get any quality restaurants to come to Perry when they cant tap into 14 percent of their prot margins, Councilman David Sullivan said. I am looking at it from an economic development perspective. We are not here to legislate morality, Deming said. A-3 Taco Times November 5, 2014 ALCOHOL SALES Continued from page 1 I am not pushing alcohol. I am pushing business
A-4 Taco Times November 5, 2014 Living In afternoon ceremony Monroe, Vaughans to marry Nov. 29 Mrs. Betty Thomas of Perry, along with Mr. and Mrs. Anthony (Frankie) Monroe of Orlando, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ishia Monroe of Perry, to Ellis Vaughans of Ft. Lauderdale. A Taylor County High School, Class of 2000 graduate, the bride-elect is employed with the Taylor County Boys and Girls Club. She is also the daughter of the late Forest Thomas Jr. of Perry. Her grandmothers are Ruby Jane Britt and Eartha Mae White, both of Perry. Mr. Vaughans is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ellis (Adel) Vaughans Sr. who lived in Ft. Lauderdale. He is a 1991 graduate of Wingate High School. The wedding will be an event of Nov. 29, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 1149 Hampton Springs Avenue. Formal invitations have been issued, but all friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited to attend. Justin and Natalie (Kinsey) Stemper Newly married Sunday reception to honor Stempers Following their Oct. 26, 2014, wedding in Los Angeles, Calif., Justin and Natalie (Kinsey) Stemper will be honored at a reception in Perry on Sunday, Nov. 9. The reception will be held in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. Ellis Vaughans, Ishia Monroe Extension hopes youll volunteer to give input on programs offeredThe next Taylor County Overall Extension Advisory Committee meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the Extension Ofce located in Forest Capital Hall. If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact the Extension Ofce at 838-3508 for more information. Volunteers are certainly needed and will be greatly appreciated, said Lori Wiggins, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent III for this community. According to Wiggins, an advisory committee member offers input about Extension programming in Taylor County in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, as well as horticulture, marine resources, 4-H youth development and educaation, and family consumer sciences programming. Do you want to make a difference in your community? This could be the way.
A-5 Taco Times November 5, 2014 degree off the record low of 28 for Nov. 3 recorded in 1963. The weather is expected to remain clear and mild for the week, with lows in the 40s rising to the 50s by Wednesday night, with the daily highs in the 70s. The chance of rain is set to increase by the end of the week. Friday for wrist and ankle fractures sustained in the crash. (She had surgery last Thursday to repair multiple broken ribs.) Family members said all three surgeries went well and they are hopeful for a good recovery. Two minor children who were also hurt in the crash were both treated and released last week from Shands Pediatrics. The crash happened around 6:08 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, as Rehberg was traveling south on U.S. Highway 19 enroute to the childrens bus stop and her job in Steinhatchee. The family ran head-on with the right-rear of an empty log truck improperly parked in a private driveway, extending out into the highway. According to Cox, the grant would help fund shade covering for one of the playgrounds, shade covering for bleachers, lights for the basketball court, tness equipment for the walking trail and an additional picnic area, as well as nature habitat signage. During the hearing, Commissioner Pam Feagle questioned whether the grant could be used for lighting at the tennis courts rather than the basketball courts, since she had received requests for lighting for the former but not the latter. Cox said based on the grant programs point system, the sports complex application was already not as competitive at the Steinhatchee Community Center grant, and improvements to the basketball court earned more points than the tennis courts. She did say, however, that she and staff had identied alternative funding sources for potential money for lighting at the tennis courts. After a brief discussion, the commission unanimously approved the application. As for the Steinhatchee application, the Steinhatchee Projects Board is providing a $5,000 match for the proposed grant, which would fund a canoe and kayak launch to be built next to the existing pier, handicapped parking spaces on the river side near the pier, a shade covering for the existing playground as well as new equipment for older children, and a small basketball court (if there is space available). According to Cox, the county will know how its two applications rank statewide in April 2015, but will not know if the projects are funded until after the legislative session concludes later in the spring. CRASH VICTIM Continued from page 1 Driver had 3 surgeries SPORTS COMPLEX Continued from page 1 Grant would fund addl shade FROSTY Continued from page 1 Record low: 28 Jena Technical Center will host the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge ranger Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. The ranger will share information on bat houses, native bees and other pollinators for local gardeners; the representative will also have stickers, coloring books and activity guides for students and toddlers. The ranger will also bring the Buyer Beware! trunk. It holds exotic surprises for kids of all ages. Youll want to bring your camera for this. If youre traveling to other countries in the future, you might want to catch this topic, organizers said.Wildlife refuge ranger visits Jena Thurs.
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A-7 Taco Times November 5, 2014 Religion Have you purchased your Turkey Supper tickets? Only advance tickets will be sold for the 72nd annual Turkey Supper which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, at First United Methodist Church. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Tuesday, Nov. 11. We typically serve between 500 and 600 people, said Glenda Hamby who organizes the holiday meal which has become a community tradition. I have 250 turkeys, averaging 25 pounds each, as well as 175 pounds of turkey breasts. The main course is accompanied by sweet potatoes, vegetables and rolls, and nished with desserts made by the good cooks of First Methodist: red velvet cake or pound cake, or even buttermilk egg custard. Those who dine in may come between 5 and 7 p.m., said Hamby. Take-outs will be available as early as 4:30 p.m., continuing until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children; they may be purchased at the church ofce through Tuesday. For additional information, the ofce can be reached at 5843028. No tickets will be sold at the door.Buy Turkey Supper tickets by TuesdayThe women of Perrys Church of God are back in the kitchen...preparing fruitcakes for holiday meals and entertaining. This annual tradition extends from Thanksgiving into Christmas. Please call 584-2010 to order a fruitcake in these sizes: one pound, $6; two pounds, $12; three pounds, $18; and ve pounds, $30. At the time of ordering, you can make an appointment for pick-up. The church is located at 1106 South Center Street.Centennial Sunday; singles gather Sat.Singles, come!Potters House Ministries will hold a Fall Event for Singles on Saturday, Nov.8, with the theme, The Head and Heart Connection. Pastor-Teacher Violet Speights of Temple Church of Faith and Works in Tallahassee will be the guest speaker. Free registration begins at 9:45 a.m. and the event will start promptly at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all who gather. RSVP no later than Thursday, Nov. 6. You may call 850-584-8510 or 850672-9620.Celebrate 100 yearsNew Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary and rich heritage Sunday, Nov. 9, Elder Leroy Turner of Loving Hill Primitive Baptist Church in Tampa will be the guest speaker for morning service which begins at 11 a.m. Everyone in the community is cordially invited. Experience God todayOn Wednesday mornings, a group is meeting at First Presbyterian Church to study Experiencing God. Dianna Sandonato is leading the group and encourages others to join. Dianna is also available to lead the Bible study on other days. Learn more at at www.blackaby.net. Peggy Poe Ruiz. Survivors include: his sister, Leslie Joyner (Freddie) of Tallahassee; his brother, Fred M. Lewis of Tallahassee; a niece Ledean Joyner Williams (Cary) and nephew Brent Joyner (Melissa); as well as a great-nephew and four great-nieces. A memorial service will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. OBITUARIES Continued from page 6Memorial service at later date Fruitcake for the holidays? Order now
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A-10 Taco Times November 5, 2014 Community No tricks, just treats at Costume Contest More than 200 costumed princesses, princes, pirates, superheroes, zombies, vampires and superheroes took part in the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerces annual Halloween Costume Contest held in conjunction with the rst Trunk or Treat fall event hosted by Main Street Perry Friday, Oct. 31. Judges said they had a very dicult task in selecting winners for this years event. Everyone did such a great job. We were so pleased with the turnout and participation, Director Dawn Taylor said.
A-11 Taco Times November 5, 2014 A-11 TacoTimes November 5, 2014 rfntrb nfn r rn nft nb ntntrbrrtt t nr ntrb rtnrrtf rbn rntrb ntrbn nt nb t n nntrb rnr f nb ftfbrn ftfbrb rrr nb rtnrrtf ntt rrrf rtt rrtf rtb rn rt rt rn rttntrb r rtttrrtt rntrb rttt rttntr rtnn rbbtt b nt ntrb rrtfrrrnrrrrrn fence in an attempt to ward off further vandalism. At last weeks workshop, commissioners expressed liability concerns, especially about the pool, which now has nothing around it to prevent people from falling in. Its a good 10, 12 foot drop straight to the bottom with no fence, Hinkel told commissioners. Its coming to the point that I have another $1,000 quote to put fencing around the pool again to keep people out of the pool, but you look at it and think, How long will this last? In the global scheme of things, from Steinhatchee to Shady Grove, you have a lot of parks spread out over a lot of unattended areas, he continued. You have a lot of good parks in a lot of well-traveled areas that are easier to maintain. Youre spread out. Not only do you have to maintain this one, but you have to go up to Shady Grove and down to Steinhatchee to catch all your other parks. The way were set up now, youre never going to keep up with something that is going to be a constant vandalism, constant trash (problem). As the discussion turned to what the county could do with the park, several expressed a desire to see the area remain open to the public due to its historic signicance. This is a piece of history of Taylor County, an important piece of history for us, Commissioner Pam Feagle said. I dont think we think should keep spending money on it, if were going to waste money, but the historical aspect of it, I dont know. Commissioner Jody DeVane suggested temporarily closing the park until the liability issues could be resolved and the commission decided what to do with the property. I swam there when I was a child, DeVane said. My grandma took us over there all the time. Until we got a swimming pool, thats where we swam. We went over there, kept it clean. She made us pick up all the trash. I know kids dont do that anymore, but if you wanted to go swim, you had to pick up trash. The question of whether the state would be interested in taking over the site was considered, but Hinkel said it was doubtful. The idea of leasing the property to a private party was also mentioned, with the stipulation that the historical elements would be maintained. DeVane then suggested the county contact Joe Mattingly, who owns the adjacent Rockys store and RV park. Mattingly appeared at the commissions regular meeting Monday to discuss Hampton Springs, stating he had been contacted by two commissioners about the possibility of him leasing the site, a proposal he had some interest in. During the resulting discussion, several commissioners called the proposal a win/win for him and the county if the site could be maintained and Mattingly could utilize the property. Commission Chairman Malcolm Page said that if the county were to pursue the proposal, they would most likely need to open it out for bids. Another issue raised was the state grants which were used for most of the parks enhancements, and the covenants the county agreed to at the time they were signed which might preclude the commission from leasing the property. Since the issue was only a discussion item, no action could be taken, but the commission did ask County Attorney Conrad Bishop to research the grant agreements to determine what, if anything, the county can do with the property. HISTORIC SITE Continued from page 1 Park to be leased to private landowner? More downtown scenes: