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Perry News-Herald

Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889

Itarya 5i-6, 2007

Crawfordville mother, two

children injured in rollover

A Crawfordville mother and her
two children were critically injured
in a one-vehicle rollover
Wednesday afternoon on Highway
98 West.
Three medical transport
helicopters--AirMedic One,
AirMedic Two and TraumaOne--
landed at the scene and flew the
victims to Tallahassee Memorial
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
Trooper Chuckie Swindle said the
Ford Explorer was traveling
westbound on Highway 98 when

the driver ran off the shoulder of
the road and overcorrected.
"The vehicle then crossed both
lanes, flipped four times and came
to rest on its" side in the eastbound
lane ditch," Swindle said.
Witnesses at the scene said a log
truck driver was the first person to
reach the vehicle.
"He used a bar to brake through
the front window and we helped
the mother and daughter get out.
The son was trapped in the
backseat," one eyewitness said.
"All three were wearing their

seatbelts and that's what saved
their lives," Swindle said.
All three victims were treated at
the scene by Doctors' Memorial
Hospital Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) personnel, which
included paramedics Debra
Langford, Stephanie Lee and Fred
Heitzman, along with EMTs
Darbie Gibson and R.B. Lee.
Taylor County Fire/Rescue
firefighters stabilized the vehicle
and used the Jaws of Life in order
"** Please see page 6

Elections complaint found

without 'legal sufficiency'

TCFR firefighters/EMTs peeled the roof off a Ford SUV in order to extricate a teen
trapped in.the back seat.

The Florida Elections
Commission has found a
complaint filed by Taylor Soil and
Water Conservation Supervisor
Joy Towles Ezell against the
Taylor County Development
Authority (TCDA) and its director,
Rick Breer, legally insufficient.
According to Ezell's complaint,
a number- of newspaper
advertisements and road-side signs
supporting the passage of a local
tax exemption referendum leading
up to November's general election
did not include the required notice
that they were paid political ads.

Also included in the complaint,
was that no political action
committee (PAC) was formed on
the issue as well.
The referendum would have
reauthorized the county
commission to grant tax
exemptions to new or expanding
businesses for an additional 10
years. The previous authorization
sunsetted last year. It ultimately
failed with a 50-43 percent margin.
"In effect, we have the Taylor
County government sponsoring a
referendum which give tax breaks
to businesses, but not to ordinary

citizens, in the guise of luring jobs
to the county," Ezell said in her
In a letter addressed to Ezell
dated Nov. 21, Florida Elections
Commission Executive Director
Barbara M. Linthicum said, "You
allege in your complaint that the
Taylor County Development
Authority published several
advertisements supporting the
property tax exemption
referendum and -failed to register
as a political committee and to
,"-* Please see page 6

Effective May 31

Local GTCom office to cfose;

service/repair staff will remain

Passersby stopped to help a Crawfordville woman and her two children involved in a
one-vehicle rollover Wednesday afternoon. Some helped gather the family's belongings,.
which were scattered along the roadway and in the nearby woods. Others helped by
phoning the victims' family to report the crash.

FairPoint Communications
(formerly GTCom) has announced
a broad consolidation of its sales
and service departments which
will result in the closing of the
local business office here.
The Perry office will close May
31. Following that, payments to
the company will have to be
completed by mail. There will be
no local payment center, according
to FairPoint media representative
Jennifer Sharpe.
"Our primary contact with our
customers is via the telephone and
by consolidating our services to
two main call center operations,
we will be able to decrease your
call waiting period and better
handle your calls overall," she

"FairPoint will still be present in
the community and will continue
to support the community through
scholarship sponsorships, etc. Our
goal is to become a better
economic partner for the
community," Sharpe continued.
"Our service and repair staff
will still be located in town and
operate from our current
The two expanded call center
operations are located in
Ellensburg, Wash., and South
China, Maine.
The company expects 'to have
both centers fully operational by
the end of the second quarter
'of 2007, offering support to

FairPoint customers throughout
the company's coverage area.
FairPoint anticipates that the
operational efficiencies resulting
from the reorganization will result
in net cost savings of
approximately $1.8 million per
year after the centers are fully
The Perry office is one of 10
local support offices which will
close under the new consolidation
plan; an additional 10 offices face
partial closures.
Sharpe could not say how many
local employees would be
impacted by the closure, but noted
that, in Florida, 32 employees
would be affected by the

It's a girl!

First new arrival of 2007 a 'surprise package'

The stork delivered an 8 pound,
10 ounce surprise to a Taylor
County woman Wednesday night,
Jan. 3, who said she didn't even
know she was expecting.

Lindsay Summerlin, 23, said she
woke up around 3 a.m. Wednesday,
with back pains and spasms.
Feeling better later, she went to her
job at Tree Capital Credit Union.

When she got off work, the pain
was back--and worse--so her
mother took her to Doctors'
Memorial Hospital, where,. she
said, "they told me I had a bladder

Filling key position top priority

for new county administrator

- With the new year, Taylor
County also saw its new county
administrator take office. Jack
Brown officially assumed his
position Tuesday, Jan. 2.
Brown, who was a sitting
commissioner as the Time he was
hired, replaces outgoing Buddy
Humphries, who announced his
retirement upon- the completion of
his contract.
"Being county administrator is a
unique opportunity to serve the

community and to continue to
.work with the board and the staff,"
Brown said. "It's an honor. I look
forward to providing the best
service we can to thp citizens of
Taylor County."
One of Brown's first priorities,
he said, will be to fill several key
positions within the county,
including that of fire chief.
He said he was also working to
put together a plan for the new year
as well as help prepare budget


Perry News-Herald
Two sections 118th Year, No. I
Monster Jam! p. B-2

requests with the Florida
"We'll hit the ground running."
Brown previously served as
county administrator from March
1997 until 2001 when he resigned
to become general manager for
RDS Manufacturing Inc. He was
elected to the commission in 2002
and did not run for reelection last
year. He was employed as
",,* Please see page 6

Looking Back
Living .......
Sports . . .
Religion ......

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"Then, they did a blood test on
me and told me that I was six
weeks pregnant and was losing the
baby. Then they performed a
sonogram on me and told me I was
six months pregnant and was in
labor," said Summerlin.
"I know that sounds strange, but
I didn't know I was in labor. I have
another child, but she was
delivered through C-section so I
never knew what labor felt like.
"We arrived at the hospital
around 5 p.m., and after spending
about four hours sitting in the
emergency room area, I delivered
shortly after 10 p.m.," she added.
The end result was a beautiful
baby girl, Olivia Grace
About 2 a.m., ,mother Lindsay
said she and baby Olivia were,
transported to the Women's
Pavilion at Tallahassee Memorial
-* Please see page 6

Community ..
TV listings ...
Classified ...

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Taylor County's first baby of the new year, Olivia Grace
Summerlin, was born Wednesday, Jan. 3, and weighed
8 pounds, 10 ounces. She was welcomed home by her big
sister Macy.

Friday Saturday Sunday
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Florida's finest
,.Operated by Mrs. C.E. Walker, Walker's Truck-O-Tel & Restaurant, located on Highway 19 in Perry, was famous for its
,seafood, steaks and homemade pies. This vintage postcard captures the truck stop in its heyday. In the distance stand road signs
advertising the Shell station and Sun-N-Sand Motel. Today, the site is home to The Citizens Bank of Perry.


.: Editor's Note: The following historical
collection was first printed in a regional
Jilstorical quarterly magazine.
During the winter of 1870-71, a
small party of men came to
panhandle Florida on an extended
hunting trip. The "company," as
they called themselves, consisted
of twenty-two year old Richard D.
Edmondson, his uncle Robert
Edmondson (about 45 years ,old),
Robert's son, Joseph Jones
Edmondson (about 22), George
Dick (age ?) and Capt. W.L.
Brewster (about 40). The company
traveled leisurely over land by
mule-drawn wagon and on foot,
leaving the north Alabama home of
Robert Edmondson on the 29th of
November 1870.
Crossing the border into Florida
in mid-December, the company
traveled and hunted in Jackson,
Washington and Bay counties for
about five weeks, then proceeded
eastward through Marianna,
Quincy and Tallahassee to their
ultimate destination in the swampy
pine woods of southern Jefferson
and Taylor counties.
These are the ancient
borderlands separating the
Apalachee and Timucua Indians of
the pre-settlement wilderness,
lying on both sides of the Aucilla
-River between the Wacissa and
-Econfina rivers. These wild lands
Were among the last to lose their
virgin timbers to the cold steel of
the ax. They were where Herbert
Stoddard came in the 1930s to see
the last remnant of the bobwhite

quail's native habitat. Sixty
years earlier, these lands had
supplied the company with deer,
bear and other game for the entire
month of February. The company
started for home on March 1,
arriving back at Robert's Alabama
country home on March 19.
The following is the text of a
diary written in. pencil by Richard
D. Edmondson during the days of
the company. The small leather
bound note book was found by Mr.
and Mrs. John L. Edmondson
behind a chimney in their house in
Clarksville, Tenn., when the house
was being remodeled a century
later in 1970. The diary gives us a
glimpse of the activities of a group
of men trying to survive in the
Deep South five years after the
Civil War. It also gives us an idea
of the, state of the wildlife
populations and some ecological
information about Panhandle
Florida in 1870-71. We thank Mrs.
John L. Edmonson of Clarksville
for permission to print the diary.
Dec. 16. From Judge Milligan's to
Campbellton, 4 miles. Some good farms.
To camp, 6 miles. Good road, poor sandy
country, come into Florida, 3 1/2 miles
north of Campbellton.
Dec. 17. From camp to Orange Hill, 14
miles over a very good road and very
poor country. To Davis Mills, 3 miles.
Country poor and sandy. We are told the
deer and turkey are thick.
Dec. 18. Remained in camp to dust
and clean ourselves and observe the
Dec. 19.We hunt in the swamps above
the mill; two deer killed, first a large buck,.

5 points, 8 shots. First blood, Jo. Next a
fawn, one shot by R. Edmondson.
Dec. 20. Fair day, hunt, start 6 bucks,
one killed by Jessy Sowel.
Dec. 21. Sent out clothes to be
washed and started hunting at 12
o'clock. Brewster killed one 4 point buck.
A dog caught one supposed to be shot
by Brewster.-
Dec. 22. Just the company, go a-
hunting, no deer seen, return at one
o'clock. I 'killed dog Sharp through
mistake. Rain all the evening.
Dec. 23. Company, except G. S. Dick,
,hunt..Robert Edmondson killed a young
turkey gobler. Several shots at deer, none
killed. Had a snow and sleet last night;
clear, cold and windy all day.
Dec. 24. Still snow on the ground and
a very cold day. Uncle Robert and myself
skinned a large buck hard froze with the
intention of making sausage meat to be
froze. Tonight, several men come to
camp. Dow Wats present to us a deck of
cards. They stay and play until 11 o'clock.
Old man Wats stayed all night.
Dec. 25. Christmas. We all dress in our
Sunday and go and take an oyster and
turkey dinner with Mr. Davis. Clear, still
cold day, snow still on the ground.
Dec. 26. Mr. George still complains of
his foot. The rest of us go a-hunting.
Several shots at deer, none obtained.
One turkey wounded by Brewster, shot
down by myself, at which shot I broke the
tule off Mr. Davis's gun. Returned from
hunting and Mr. George D. Brewster and
myself to a frollic 8 miles north east of
camp, the drollest thing I ever saw in the
human family. We returned via Orange
Hill, reached camp at 5 o'clock next
Dec. 27. Uncle Robert and I go to Mr.
Davis's to rind sausage and put tule in
his gun. Mr. George slept most of the day.
We take a small round this evening, but
no luck. Weather warmer and is likely to


December 30, 1971

Bill Maddox, president of the
board of directors for Buckeye
Employees Credit Union,
announced that a dividend would
be paid for the last six months of
1971, at the rate of six percent per
According to treasurer, these
dividends, which would be paid to
more than 2,200 members, would
be more than $63,000.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Bryan,
of Largo, former residents of Perry,
announced the engagement of their

Dec. 28. The company hunted; one
buck killed by Jo E.-Thick; cloudy and
rain. Returned from hunting at noon and
prepared for going to the Bay.
Dec. 29. Mr. Davis loaned me his small
gun. We started from his house at 10
o'clock, traveled 12 miles and traded for
forage. I am sick.
Dec. 30. From the school house camp,
S.W. 12 miles. Pass Spring Pond, Sister
Pond and several others. See a great
deal of signs and three deer.
Dec. 31. From Aligator Camp to Court
Martial Pond, 2 miles. One fawn killed by
Mr. Davis. To Saddleblanket Creek 8
miles. To camp on West Bay Creek, 8
miles. Lost bucket, wash pan and wallet.
Jan. 1, 1871. Sunday and New Year's
day. From camp to Mr. Brewer's, 5 miles.
There I first see the Gulf of Mexico.
Jan. 2, Monday. Our camp is about
one mile from the beach. We wade the
dew to the Gulf, walk the beach westward
2 miles then we turned into the scrub and
hunted back to camp. Mr. George Dick
killed a buck. I killed a fawn, long shot. Mr.
George D. and W. Brewster killed an old
female bear. She is nicely skinned but the
dogs get it at night. Four ruined it. Very
Jan. 3,Tuesday. We hunt to the beach
of the Gulf, walk eastward about 2 miles
then across to the west arm of St.
Andrews Bay. Mr. Davis killed a buck.
Jan. 4, Wednesday. All took a hart
supper last night on bear meat, stewed.
Slept well except a universal dreaming.
All well this morning. Hunt westward
today, no game except a coon.
Jan. 5, Thursday. We hunt westward.
Two bucks killed, one by Mr. Davis,
myself and Uncle Robert. The other, by
Jo, was wounded and ran into the Gulf.
Thirteen shots at it, one by Brewster and
the other 12 by Jo.
(To be continued)

daughter, Miss Susan Marie, to
Sgt. David E. Ballard, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth Ballard of
Linton, Ind.
Born in Lake City, the bride-
elect was a 1971 graduate of Largo
Senior High School. She was
employed at Foremost Insurance
of Clearwater.
The prospective bridegroom
graduated from Linton Stockton
High in 1965 and was serving in
the United States Marine Corps.
Blongheim- Woods
Miss Peggy Sue Blondheim and
John Allen Woods were united in
marriage, in Ozark, Ala.The bride
was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Francis D. Blondheim.

Michael Knowles was named to
the Dean's List at the University of
Florida. A student must maintain a

In my eighth year of life I began piano lessons. I never
realized at the time that it would prove to be one of the
most treasured experiences of my life. I can't really recall
the moment that mama recognized that I seemed to have
a God-given ability to hear a tune with my ears and it
would come out my fingertips onto the keys of the piano
or as most folks say, I could play by ear. I certainly wasn't
a music prodigy by any means but I did have talent. It
seemed to be an accepted fact that the musical talent
that mama possessed had been passed along to me just
as it had been passed to her from her Cook side of the
family. I never asked her why she thought I needed to
take piano lessons since I was well on the way to playing
by ear. But, it seemed to be important to her so piano
lessons were begun. My first teacher was Mrs. Evans who
lived north of us on Center Street. Her house is still
located there although it has had a facelift. Each time I
go to Perry I make it a point to pass by the house.
Probably just my imagination but it seems I can still hear
those notes loud and clear as Mrs. Evans would say,
"Now play the scales." She gave me a solid background in
piano but she never stifled the musical talent that was
stretching to be free in me. I took lessons from her for a
little over a year and played in my one and only piano
recital during that time. The recital was held at First
Baptist Church. I felt like a princess that night in my first
long formal gown. Mama had made it for me and it was
breathtaking. It was pink taffata with net covering the
skirt. My blonde hair had been tightly curled on. rag
rollers and was held back with pink ribbons. Oh, I was
gorgeous! As I heard my name called, I proudly walked to
the piano and played my piece (I can still play it) without
error. Mama sat in the front row and clapped the loudest.
I will never forget her smile that told me quietly that she
and I shared a bond that was special. It was one of my
proudest moments. I .also took lessons briefly from Mrs.
Rand, who lived uptown, then pretty much became a
self-learner applying what I had been taught to what was
already inside me.
For you that can remember mama, you will certainly
recall her amazing talent. She was a walking music
machine that could play any tune that reached her ears.
Mama said music was always a part of her life and even
though she had not taken formal lessons she could play.
In fact, she could play any style music of the day. By the
time she was 12 or 13, she was playing the piano in the
movie theater for the silent-screen movies of the early
1900s. Our family loved to just sit and listen as she-
would go from classical music or patriotic songs to a
rousing honky-tonk piece viithoiit breaking stride. And
oh, could she play those songs of the 20s while we would
do the Charleston around the living room until we were
out of breath and the walls; were vibrating with our
activity. Later on she became one of the pianists for our
church, Center Street Church of God. She could play any
piece of music that was placed in front of her as long as
the tune was hummed a couple of times. It was during
this time that folks from the church would visit just to
get together for an afternoon of music. The Mixon
brothers would bring their guitars, mama would be at the
piano, song books would be passed around and sweet
music would reach the heavens.
I don't think the family owned a piano until I came
along so my older siblings didn't have the opportunity to
be exposed to music as early as I did. I've got a feeling the
talent was there with them but just never was tapped
into. But nevertheless, I was the one who had the chance
to take piano lessons and I will forever be grateful.
Since those early lessons, music has been one of my
closest friends. It has taken me on an amazing journey
that included playing for a radio program as well as
playing for gospel groups. I have served as part of the
musical team at my local church for more than 40 years
and am presently teaching another generation of family
to play. They all play well but just like me there are some
who seem to possess that extra ability to "play by ear."
When I see the little fingers fly over the ivory keys I swell
with pride as I carry on a private conversation with
mama (via Heaven). I say, "Did you hear that tune
mama?" Perhaps a bit fanciful but I know it was through
her encouragement that I accomplished what I did, so
why shouldn't she get the credit?
Delores L. Walker can be reached at

3.0 average, with no grade lower
than a "B," in order to make the
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Horace Knowles.

Odis D. Whiddon
Army Pvt. Odis D. Whiddon, 21,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John 0.
Whiddon of Perry, recently
completed eight weeks of basic
training at the U. S. Army Training
Center, Armor, Ft. Knox, Key.
He received instruction in drill
and ceremonies, weapons, map
reading, combat tactics, military
courtesy, military justice, first aid,
and Army history and traditions.
Whiddon was a 1968 graduate of
Taylor County High School.

Patrick E. Kimmell
Army Private Patrick E.
Kimmell, 21, son of Keith K.

Kimmell, Jacksonville, completed
eight weeks of basic training at the
U. S. Army Training Center,
Armor, Ft. Knox, Ky.
Pvt. Kimmell was a 1968
graduate of S. W. Wolfson High
School, Jacksonville, and received
his Associate of Arts Degree in
1970 from North Florida Junior
College in Madison.
His wife, Nonnie, lived in

Charles D. Brown
Navy Petty Off. Second Class.
Charles D. Brown, husband of the
former Miss Lola Geneva Sadler
of Perry, graduated from
Photographers Mate School at
the Naval Air Station, Pensacola.

This concludes our "glance"
back to 1971. Next week, we will
begin our.chapter on 1972.

Serry January 5-6, 2007

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,Ne,,vWS-Herald January 5-6,2007

Organ, piano dedicatio n i ay, ua.,

honors Cone for 'lives she touched'

Elizabeth Lewis, Tyler Greene

January 13 vows to

unite Lewis, Greene

Ruben and I'ay Lewis of Eridu
announce the engagement of their
daughter, Elizabeth, to Tyler
Greene of Tallthassee. He is the
son of Bobby and Judy Greene of
Moultrie; Ga. "-
The bride-elect is the
granddaughter. of Paul and Barbara
Cooksey of Lamont, Allie Mae
Lewis of Eridu .and the late Grady
Lewis. A 1997 graduate of Taylor
County High School, she received
an Associate of Arts degree from
North Florida Community College
in Madisbn, and graduated from
The Baptist .College of Florida
Sw-kith aBachelor of.. Arts'-in,,
Christian counseling in May, 2006.
She has been employed, since
graduation, as a clinical
coordinator at DOVE Vocational
Girls Academy in Graceville.
The groom-elect is .the grandson
of Voncile Greene of Moultrie, the
late Chester Greene, and the late
Mr. and Mrs. Chambless Gay. A
1991 graduate of Colquitt County
High School, he received his
Bachelor of Arts in theology from
The Baptist College of Florida in
2005. He is currently employed as
a mechanical designer for Fru-Con
Engineering Company in
Tallahassee, and is co-founder of

"Stand and Shout Ministries" in
the tri-state area.
Their wedding will be held at
Crosspoint Baptist Fellowship in
Perry on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007,
at 4 p.m. All friends and family
members are invited to attend.


Peiza~y, FLopizia
2IMLVt Nn rii C Rl5'l'KNLAVVN

Tommy Lee Cone was honored
in November when the
congregation of First Baptist
Church in Gray, Ga., dedicated its
new piano and organ, while
remembering the years of service
extended by her and her husband,
the late Leonard Cone.
"Leonard was pastor there for 24
years," she explained, "and I
taught music in schools in Macon,
Ga. Then I began working with
the choirs in the church and made
many good friends there," she said.
The recognition ,on Piano/Organ
Dedication Sunday, however, was
a surprise.
"I was unable to go when they
dedicated their brand new $3
million sanctuary," she said, "but
another friend called and asked me
to come and see their wonderful
facilities, so I made plans to do so.
I didn't know that they would be
presenting me with a plaque at that
time," she said.
Her plaque reads: "The piano
and organ are dedicated in honor
of Tommy Lee Cone in
appreciation of all the lives she
touched in her musical ministry at
First Baptist Church. Mrs. Cone is
.credited with beginning many of
the music ministries still active
today: preschool choir, children's
choir, youth choir, Young at Heart
Choir and Handbells."
It also features the scripture
verse, "Whatever you do, work at it
with all your heart, as working for
the Lord, not for men."
(Colossians 3:23)
The Rodgers Allegiant 677

Come & Join Us!
Happy New Year!

102 N. Center St.
Perry, FL 32348

organ and the Yamaha Grand
Piano (7'6", Concert Collection,
Disklavier Mark Ill series) werc
showcased during morning
"** Please see page 6



Kyleigh Weijun Knapp
Tom and Selene (Nich) Knapp
of Fairfax, Va., announce the birth
of their daughter, Kylcigh Weijun.
on Dec. 30, 2006, at 5:47 p.m. She
weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and-
was 19 inches long.
The baby's maternal
grandmother is Ruth Nich of
Taipei, Taiwan. Paternal
grandparents are Jcane and Tom
'Knapp Sr. of Georgetown, 111.,
formerly of Perry


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Cone-was honored with plaque by First Baptist in Gray, Ga.


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Mr. and 'Mrs. 'Bmndi'on (Cynde) TPadcett
The Rev. Robert "Cricket" and Michelle (Stephens)
Watson and Ms. Nancy Padgett are pleased tc
announce the wedding of their children, Cynthia Lenore
Watson and Brandon Arthur Padgett. The couple were
united in a private ceremony on Saturday, Decemnber
16, 2006, at Antioch Revival Center in Perry, with the
Rev. Larry Graham and the father of the bride officiating.
Maternal grandparents of the bride are C.W. and
Corliss (Wade) Stephens and Lionel and Edith
(Kirkland) Watson. Paternal grandparents are Arthur
and Eunice (Williams), Padgett.
The bride is a 2004 graduate of Taylor County High
School and attends North Florida Community Col ,.
She is currently employed at Wachovia Bank. The
groom also attended Taylor County High School and is
currently employed at Big Top Manufacturing.
The couple will reside in Perry.
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A-4 Perry News-Herald January 5-6, 2006

Hearing Jan. 16 in Tallahassee

Red fish regs to change?

Pibtured above are, front row, left to right, Garrison Towles and Katherine Crawford. Middle
row, Kenzie Parker, Mark Lundy, Levi Strickland, Ciara Padgett, Daniel Dudley and Dalton
Sparks. Back row, Sean Padgett, Nathan Adams, Jay Padgett, Gail Crawford, Wade Parker,
Lynesey Jones, Daniel Lester, Caleb Reaves, Kenneth Dudley, Debra Sadler and Sensei Bowden.
Missing from the photo are Chandler Boltz, Ashley Catalano, Lanson Catalano, Jay Finlayson,
Guy Gibson, Nicole Gibson, Caitlyn Gossett, Jake Hershberger, Randy Lynch, Joshua Mixon,
Shannon Neel, Jeremiah Owens, Blake Ratliff, Gerald Sheppard, Rhonda Williamson and Kaitlin
W illis.

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is hosting an information session
regarding this opportunity

THURSDAY, JAN. 11, 2007
10:00 11:30 a.m.

2399 S. Byron Butley Pkwy.
Perry, Florida

Interested individuals are asked to call the
TCDA at 584-5627 to reserve your seat at the table.
This will ensure sufficient seating.

Happy |




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Chris, Kayoe and
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154 karate kids
in tourney here

The Tora No Maki Challenge
karate tournament was held
recently at Forest Capital Hall
with participants from all over
Florida competing.
This non-profit event is
sponsored entirely by the parents
of the participants. There were 154
participants at this tournament
who were competeting in 243
different events. Last year there
were 88 participants.
The Perry Shotokan Dojo was
represented with 33 participants
who earned ten (10) gold medals,
twenty-one (21) silver medals and
twenty-three (23) bronze medals
for a total of fifty-four (54)
medals. Of the twelve (12) karate
schools represented, the Perry
Dojo earned the highest percentage
of medals.
The twelve karate schools were
from Perry, Gainesville, Cape
Coral, Miami, Tampa, Newberry,
Ocala and Plantation.
Jimmy Bowden, Sensei,'was the
tournament coordinator. For more
information, he can be reached at

A rescheduled public workshop
in Tallahassee regarding red drum
(redfish) management in Florida
will be Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
rescheduled the workshop because
incleinent weather during the
originally scheduled workshop on
Nov. 15 hindered public
The FWC has hosted nine
public workshops around the state
seeking comment on its recent red
drum stock assessment, which
concluded that while the red drum
management goal of 30 percent
escapement is being achieved,
increasing fishing effort could
cause the escapement rate to
decline below 30 percent by the
next assessment in 2009.
Escapement is the percentage of
fish that avoid harvest by fishers.
A red drum workgroup recently
established by the FWC has
developed several management
recommendations, including
narrowing the current 18-27 inches
total .length slot limit, applying a
possible one-month closure and
increasing the management goal to
40 percent escapement. The FWC
also seeks comment from
interested persons on' these
Detailed management options
and the workgroup
recommendations will be presented
at the workshop, which will take
place from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday,
Jan. 16, at the Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, 620
S. Meridian St., Farris Bryant
Building, 2nd Floor Conference
Room in Tallahassee.
Information regarding the red
drum workgroup and other
material concerning red drum
management in Florida is
available- online r' at
index.html#Red_Drum. Contact
Lee Schlesinger at (850) 487-0554
for information regarding the
upcoming workshop.
Last month, .FWC announced
that its spotted (speckled) seatrout
assessment found that its.
management objective of a 35-
percent spawning potential ratio
(SPR) is being exceeded in all'four
regions of the state. SPR is the
ratio of the egg production of
mature fish in a fished population
to the egg production that would
exist if the population was not

However, the number of directed
trips for spotted seatrout has
increased since 1996 in all
regions. Consequently, even
though the management goal for

spotted seatrout is now being met,
the FWC intends to carefully
monitor fishing effort for further
increases that could put pressure
on the stocks.

Date Opponent Site Time
Nov. 14 Pope John Paul II (tourney) Away 5:30
Nov. 16 Chiles (tourney) Away 7:00
Nov. 28 Suwannee Away 6/7:30
Nov. 30 Florida High Away all 4
Dec. 1 Lincoln Home 5:30/7:00
Dec. 5 Chiefland Home 5:30/7:00
Dec. 7 Mayo Away 5:30/7:00
Dec. 9 Hamilton Home all 4
Dec. 11 Wakulla Away 5:30/7:00
Dec. 12 Lincoln Away 5:30/7:00
Dec. 15 Madison Home all 4
Dec. 20-22 MACLAY TOURNEY 3 games
Dec. 29-30 CAPITAL CITY CLASSIC 2 games ,
Jan. 5 Hamilton Away all 4
Jan. 9 Carter-Parramore Home 5:30/7:00
Jan. 12 Madison Away all 4
Jan. 16 PJP II Away 6:00/7:30
Jan. 18 Fl. Hicih Home all 4
Jan. 19 Jefferson Co. Away 5:30/7:00
Jan. 23 Suwannee Home 6/7:30
Jan. 25 Mayo Home 5:30/7:00
Jan. 26 Jefferson Co. Home 5:30/7:00
Jan. 29 Chiefland Away 5:30/7:00
Fe. 2 ..%..., Home 5:30/7:00
Feb. 6 District 3-3A Tournament Taylor Co.
Feb. 10 District 3-3A Tournament Taylor Co.

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Presents Live Music Nightly with

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Friday & Saturday, Jan. 5 & 6

Gators vs. Ohio State

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In Honor & Ntcmor~ of:

In Honor & Memory of:
'Maj. General Robert Edward Lee, CSA
Born January 19, 1807
Died October 12, 1870
Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
Born January 21, 1824
Died May 10, 1863

S"Inl all myv perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never
failed to give me light & strength."
Robert E. Lee

"My religious be!ief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.
God has fi\ed the time for my death. I do not concern myself
about that, but he always ready, no matter when it may overtake
me. That is the \\ay all men should live, and then all would be
equally brave" Stonewall Jackson

May the commitment to Christian duty & sacrifices made
by these men be remembered on their Birthday.

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A-5 Perry News-Herald January 5-6, 2007
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Methodists t(

about world,

Christris ity

World Religions
i,. ,', .,a t i.'.h mot i ,,'ai fk

"Why are their
religions?" "Is Chi
only way to God?" "
my faith and appre(
who practices and
different faith?" "Wh
know about other fai
These questions a
be explored at
Methodist Church b
The church is beg
week study called
and World Religioi
With Questions Peoj
the community is ii
According to Matt
of First United Meth

1st gospel sing of new year
Perry First Church of God on Highway 221 North
will have its monthly sing on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.
featuring Redemption and the Cavaliers.
Snacks will be served at 5:30 p.m.; everyone is
Need a new beginning?
"If you are looking for some'. I erc t i'. or need to'
go somewhere for a new beginning ,in ,ur life in


Dana Lloyd Sweet
Dana Lloyd Sweet, of Dunellon,
91, died Dec. 11, 2006, in Perry.
Born in Grand Ledge, Mich., he
moved to Florida frorh Greenville,
Mich., in 1974. Hie was a member
of Riverview Baptist Church in
Mr. S eel W'as pic'ceded iItrde1t'h
by his parents, Robert James and
Sadie Loraine Sweet.

Examine q

reli n for
e so many "These are questions that grip our
ristianity thm e : atientioq, and yet we don't often
Can I practice discuss them in church.
ciate a friend "We want to explore what God
believes in a rught be saying to us, and we hope
hat do I really to do it in a selling of sensitivity
ths?" and respect.
ind more wil, Tnis special e'ent %will include
First United %qrlhip, sermons, and small-group
beginningg Jan. studies- that feature videos, Bible
study ankd discussion.
ginning a si' The study. published by
"Christianity Abmugdqn Pres.s, was developed by
ns: Wrestling the Rev. Adam Hpmilton, pastor of
ple Ask," and the Church of the Resurrection, in
invited to join Leawood, Kan., and is intended for
I, I anyone .who has an interest in the
Wallis, pastor, issue's.'
iodist Church, first United Methodist Church is

2007, you are inkit.d .tQ St.ewaat. memorial A.M.E.
Church." That inv itaion is extended by Pastor Melvin
Bell who reminds ihe coMrmmity.hat Sunday.School
begins each week at 9;45 a.m. an mornirung worship is
at 11.
FounIers Day celebrated
Founders Day will. be held Supday, Jan 7. at
Triumph Holiness ChurKh. EveryoQe is encouraged to

"'-' a ,

Survivors include: one son,.
Dana Lloyd Sweet Jr. of Six Lakes,
Mich., two daughters, Kathy'
Roebuck of Steinhatchee and Janet
Sears of Venice; seven, -
grandchildren; nine great
grandchildren; and two great great
Helm Funeral 6' e' in-Green -
Cove Springs was in charge of the

Sunday Meetings:-
Priesthood/Relief Society
Primary/Young Women
9:00 am
Woods Creek Rd. Sunday School 10:00 am
Perry, Fla. Sacrament Service 11:50 am
Phone: 850-584-9583 Wednesday Meetings:
Missionaries: 850-584-8097 Young Men/Young Women.
Visitors always welcome 7:00 pm

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Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Worship 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Evening
Wed. Bible Class

6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

Visitors Welcome
Church Ph: 584-6155 Carl Desmartin: 223-3210

Perry First Church of God
Sunday School 10:00- 10:45
Worship Service 11:00 12:00
'Children's Church 11:00 12:00

Nursery provided with adult supervision 9:45-12:
Mike Hicks, pastor
1915 N. US 221 (850) 584-799

. Sunday Night
Prayer Group 6:00 6:45
Choir Practice 6:00 6:45
00 Sunday Service 7:00 8:00
Wednesday Night
Youth Group 6:00 7:30
2 Study Group 7:00

Keep Your Eyes
Upon Jesus
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present
help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though
the earth give way and the mountains fall into the-
heart of the sea." -Psalm 46:1.2
For more information please contact
Lakeside Baptist Church
"A Place to Call Home"
Sunday Services Wednesday Services
9:45 a.m. Sunday School 6:00 p.m. Prayer Meeting
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Mission Activities
6:00 p.m, Discipleship Training
7:00 p.m. Evening Worship Steven Ruff, pastor
Hwy. 27 584-5688

u estionS First United Methodist Church1

Open Hearts Open Minds & Open Doors
"The People of the United Methodist Church"

6 weeks
located at 302 N. Jefferson St. For
more information, contact the
church office at 584-3028 or

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inenmber:s hi'. e i nr li.i-ded Ih:
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p.iins Christian
'"I-t00 a.m. Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. StudylPrayer Meeting
ad Children's MlImsiy PrtProide.d
of Puckett Rd. and Golf Course Rd.)
fresh, pastor 584-7251
Welcome to

St James Episcopal Church
unday Services:
Holy Eucharist: 8:00 a.m.
-~gunayc,ghool: 9:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist: 10:00 a.m. .
Nursery Available
cate# at 1100 W. Green St.
Church.Office: 584-7636 .. .
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Sunday Worship Services- /
a9: m Sunday School
10i45 orn Morning Worship Wednesday
'6:00 pm Evening Worship L',:.: I hi, -- i :.,.
800. pm Adult Choir Proctice n.: .. i-, J ': '3-.
Bring the Whole Family
ealvary to9ptist Youth meet each Monday Night 6:00 pm.
All area youth are invited.

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Ti bimonthly gathering of men that includes lunch and a
Brief inspirational message by Rev. Eddie Blalock vill be
Friday, Jan. 5, at the M.A. Rigoni Cookhouse on
North. US 19 (north of former Highway Patrol Station).

1-unch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.,
Sfqllowed by the message which will
: conclude at 12:35 p.m.

S .'*, -Cost is $5.00.

All men are invited.

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302 N. Jefferson St. Perry, Fl. (850) 584-3028 fax (850) 223-2460
<. Matt Wallis, pastor nursery provided Email .

Sac. 6 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
CCD & Adult Education Classes
Sunday 9:00 a.m.
2750 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. 584-3169
Rev. Slade Crawford, Pastor

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Thursday, Jan. 4

Friday, Jan. 5

Saturday, Jan. 6

Sunday, Jan. 7


5:30 pm
7:00 pm


8:00 am
10:00 am
After Service

Guest pastors
Jonathan McNeese & Dana McNeese
Special Music
'For more information, call 584-2980
Bro. Paul Nawlin, Pastor
No charge for meals

Jiffy Food Stores
4 Convenient Locations
703 S. Jefferson (OPEN 24 HOURS)

1225 S. Jefferson St. 584-5891
Established 1904 "We'll Treat You Right"

Goodman's BBQ
2429 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. 584-3751
"Best BBQ in Taylor County'

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A-6 Perry News-Herald January 5-6, 2007

-The Rev. Leonard Cone, now deceased, is shown at the
'.iginal First Baptist Church sanctuary in Gray, Ga.

Concert followed dedication

:Continued from page 3
worship. and then that etenrng
when a concert spotlighted
Melame Cross, a graduate vocal
performance major at Mercer, and
Tom Alderman, organist at

Roswell United Methodist.
Church. Sixteen selections were
"They were wonderful," said
Flowers for the dedication were
placed in honor of Cone by Cecil,
Betty and Peyton Ethridge.

Careless d driving cited

Continued from page 1
to extricate the remaining,
Working the scene were
firefighters/EMTs Earl Paris,
-Justin Duggan and Michael Fox.
-:Taylor County Sheriffs Office
.(TCSO) deputies Marty Nowlin,-

N Mark Hershberger and Inv. Ray
Kellerman secured the scene,
handled traffic control and set up
the landing zone for the
Nowlin also assisted with
extrication of the third passenger.
SThe mother, identified by .the
last name of McElroy, was cited
for careless driving.

Emerging pattern of

baseless complaints?

Continued from page 1
c lude a disclaimer on the
advertisements. ,
5"However, a government entity ,
4 onlk within the purview of a
-Itatute unless the intent to include
is clearly manifest. The political
cZommittee and disclaimer
-rovisions of Chapter 106, Florida
-2Statutes, the Campaign Financing
Act, do not specifically include
:development authorities.
:.Therefore, the Taylor County
Development Authority is not
i-rquired to register as a political
'4-ction committee or .to include a
.Folitical disclaimer on the
*a.d_ ertisements."
ut-'lAccording to the Linthicum,
intil the complaint was dismissed,
Te person against whom the
complaint was made (TCDA and
-B'reer could not disclose the letter
or the complaint unless he waived
: his confidentiality.
-7The letter also states that the
complainant had 14 days to
provide additional information to
correctt the stated grounds of

iMacy welcomes

lew baby sister

-Cbntinued from page 1
hospital by DMH Emergency
-Medical Services, where they.
remained Thursday.
:When Olivia arrives home, she
-will be greeted by sister Macy
.: Grandparents of the new arrival
are, Eric and Susie Knight, and
Ron and Amy Summerlin.
.Her great grandmother is
3?eraldine Perryman of Perry,

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..insufficiency" and that if the
information in fact changed the
ruling, both Ezell and Breer would
be notified. Ezell also had 21 -days
to request the commission review
the complaint in a wntten request.
Breer said Thursday the
deadlines have passed and he had
received no notice that the
commission had changed their
decision on the complaint's legal
"Unfortunately there seems to be
an emerging pattern of these types
of superfluous complaints," Breer
Last month, an ethics complaint
filed 'against..Breer by Taylor Soil
and Water Conservation
Super% isor William "Rick" Causey
%as dismissed by the Florida
Commission on Ethics due to a
lack of 'legal sufficiency. Three
.other complaints filed 'against
former Commissioner Daryll
Gunter, Commissioner Clay
Bethea and Perry/Taylor County
Executi e Director Dawn Taylor,
also filed by Causey, were
dismissed as well.
"It winds up costing us time and
money and that is not a
countywide best use of resources.
It takes time and money to respond
to these complaints," Breer
As of presstime Thursday, Ezell
had not returned a phone call for

World Religions
-Wrestling With Questions PeopleAsk

Suspect held on half-million dollar

bond wil

A man who was placed in the
county jail on a half-million dollar
bond last July after he was caught
traveling in a convoy here with a
gun, more than 70 grams of
marijuana hidden in his car trunk
and $37,000 in another car in the
group, will appear in court
Monday for pre-trial.
His attorney may take this:
opportunity to enter a plea.
Christopher Demetrius Elliott
was driving one of three cars
which were passing through Taylor
County, when law enforcement
received an anonymous tip about.
possible illegal drugs and money.
in the suspects' vehicles.
Four others were arrested on;
various charges in the multi-
agency bust, which garnered the
largest amount of money ever.
seized in a traffic stop in this,
county, according to Taylor County'
Sheriffs Office Cpt. Ron Rice.
According .to Rice, the.
description of the vehicles came in.
approximately one-half hour
before the take-down.
"We set up on U.S. Hwy. 19
north,'! said Rice. "We
immediately recognized, the
vehicles from the descriptions.
given us and clocked them at up to
,80 mph, giving us probable cause
to stop them."
Rice said enough l'taw
enforcement personnel had, been
called in to stop all three vehicles
"The first thing I did, was call
TCSO K-9 Officer Harper Gibson'
and his canine' partner Jeremiah,
who performed a walk around the
vehicles during a free-air sniff,""
Rice said. "Jeremiah alerted on all
three of the vehicles.
"After that, all the suspects
began telling us that none of, them
did drugs," he added.
During a search, the money was
found in the lead car, a Chrysler; it
was bundled up and packed into,:
shoe boxes'in the trunk.
"No drugs were found in that
vehicle,,' Rice said, "And while it
is not illegal to carry around large
sums of money, the cars' were
traveling together and now it's up-
to the driver of the car to prove the
money was attained honestly."
The $37,000 was seized,. by
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement officers who had
been called into the bust and held'
until it could be determined if the
money was connected with the

"One of the suspects, who all
claimed to be recording artists,
said the money was from proceeds
taken from a concert they gave at
The Moon, a bar/concert hall in
Tallahassee," said Rice. "When I
questioned him about them getting
paid such a large amount of money
J for a concert, he changed his story,
saying the money came from
several concerts.
"Another suspect at the scene,
Troy Weeks, 37, who was
eventually arrested for an
"otstanding warrant for not paying
child support. said ,the reason he
couldn't pay, was because they are
"trying. to promote their new CD
and are performing the concerts for
free;" he added. "Weeks was
eventually arrested and placed
under a $42,000 cash bond at the
Taylor County jail."
The drugs were found in the
middle car, driven by Christopher
Demetrius Elliott of St. Petersburg,
who was also found to be illegally
, in possession of a Beretta 40
,caliber handgun.
EUioit \%as placed in the county
jail under a one-half million dollar
H. e was charged with possession
of more' than 20 grams of
marijuana, possession of a firearm
by a con\ iced felon and operating
a motor vehicle while committing
a felony. .
Rice said officers with the
Division of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms (ATF), who were also on
the scene, brought the gun charge
'on Elliott, who could possibly be
prosecuted on the federal level
because of such an extensive
criminal history. If so, he may
receive up to 15 years in prison on
that charge.
The third car contained nothing
'illegal, but was the vehicle in
"which Weeks was a passenger.
..,Also arrested '.were Mario
Anthony Sermon, 18; Valisha
Latysha Williams, 21; both of St.
Petersburg and Patricia Bena
'Sanders, 20, of Philadelphia,
PeIn., who were all three charged
with possession of. more than. 20
:'grams of marijuana and placed on
S100.000 bonds. each.,
Officers w ho participated in the
drug bust included TCSO Inv. Ray
Kellerman. Sgt. Marty Nowlin,
'Dep. Scott McKenzie, Dep. Brian
Cruse, Gibson, Jeremiah and Rice,
along with four ATF and two

Have a teen" driver?

Check their record...

Starting soon, parents ,ofminor
children with driver's licenses will.
be able to access their child's,
driving record online,
That is thanks to a new law
which went into effect Jan. 1,
passed by the Florida Legislature
and signed by former Gov. Jeb
Bush last year.
. Called the "Jeffrey Klapatch"
act, the new law requires the
Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles to set
up a system allowing either the
parent or guardian of a minor, or:
other responsible adult who signed
the minor's driver's license
application,' access to the minor's,.
driving history through a secure .
The information is free to access
and will end on the minor's 18th
The law is named after Jeffrey
Klapatch, a Lakeland teenager
who was killed in a motorcycle-'

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getting smaller?

Can religious
people live

First United Methodist Church
302 N. Jefferson St. 584-3028

accident in 2005.
1His mother, Robin Klapatch,
lobbied for the law, saying she'
would not. have let her son get a
.motorcycle is.-she had known he
had previously received nine
speeding tickets. She was present
when Bush signed the bill into law.
According to the DMV's
website, the access is not yet
available but will be soon.

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FDLE agents.
Rice said he consulted with
Taylor County Sheriff L. E.
"Bummy" Williams, who advised
that "if the suspects could not
prove that the money was legally

theirs, to stop at nothing to see that
the money came back to TCSO.
"Since it was taken during a drug
seizure, it will stay in our county to
be used in the 'war against drugs,'"
Rice added.

New County Administrator Jack Brown

'Not a sixth county commissioner'

Continued from page 1
associate director over
administration at' the Florida
.Center for Reading Research in
Tallahassee before taking the

administrator position.
"I have a different role,
but I think we can work together
to accomplish our goals. My
plan is to be a county
administrator, not a sixth county



Two (2) vacancies currently available.

The Board of Directors is now accepting applications
to fill these vacancies.

The applicants must be 18 years old or older.

The applicants should:
* Be a resident of Taylor County.
* Be willing to attend all board meetings.
* Be willing to complete a two-year term.
* Be willing to support TCDA's main goal of job creation.

Interested applicants should submit a single page resume outlining their
interest in serving on the TCDA Board, their experiences or qualifications
that would add to the potential of the TCDA Board, and any other
information the applicants deems pertinent. Completed resumes must
be received at the TCDA office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2007.
No applicants will be accepted after that time.

The TCDA is located at 115 W. Green Street in the Capital City Bank
building. The mailing address is P.O. Box 449, Perry 32348. Our tele-
phone is 584-5627.

All applicants must be submitted in writing.



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7 Days a Week



SChaparral teak Mouse & Inn

Pi .1 2135 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. 584-3431 Family Atmosphere
SNew Managers: Tara Nelson & Dina Knight No Alcoholic Beverages

be back in court Monday

Breakfast Menu
Eat-in or Take.out


can eat



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4 pm -until

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