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By MARK VIOLA Staff writer Prologue: A Man and His Trains Long before Historical Perry Station became a business incubator and home to several up-and-coming local establishments, before it was a target for restoration by the city and other organizations, before the building itself had fallen into disrepair and neglect, the train depot was not only a major hub of the local economy but the regions as well. At one time, it was even predicted that Perry would someday become the Jacksonville of Floridas west coast, sporting rail lines diverging in all directions, bearing people and freight to countless destinations. Before the interstates were built, everyone owned a car and people ew through the air in sleek jetliners, just about everything and everybody arrived by train. But times change, national economies crash and trafc patterns shift and ow to other pathways. Although the path of history is not easy to predict, the tracks left behind provide a glimpse of times and people gone by. From 1951 to 1966--minus a stint in the military-Russell Tedder worked at the station, becoming its agent at the age of 19. He witnessed a signicant portion of Perrys railroad history and has since become a student of the rest. Now retired after a vedecade career that took him across the Southeast, Tedder holds a wealth of knowledge about the various rail lines which counted Perry among their stops. Although his work with full-sized trains TCHS varsity cheerleaders to hold summer campRegistration is underway for the upcoming Summer Community Varsity Cheerleading Camp planned July 29-Aug. 2. The cost is $50 per participant and the registration deadline is Friday, July 5. The camp will be led by members of the 2013-14 Taylor County High School varsity cheerleading squad. For more information, please call Jodi Rowell at 584-9497 or Kamryn Sands at 8431567.Wind mitigation workshop SaturdayA free informative meeting will be held Saturday, June 15, to teach homeowners several wind mitigation tips which could save them money on insurance and protect their home in the event of a disaster. Come learn how the type of roof, windows and doors you have can be improved and translated into savings, peace of mind and safety, organizers said. The meeting will be held in the Taylor County Extension Ofce in Forest Capital Hall, located at 201 Forest Park Drive. The event is sponsored by Floridas Foundation, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Taylor County Emergency Management.Cemetery board meetsThe annual Pisgah Cemetery board meeting will be held Saturday, June 15, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, starting at 9 a.m. All cemetery holders are encouraged to attend.Covenant Hospice to hold volunteer orientationsCovenant Hospice is seeking additional volunteers and will hold volunteer orientations on June 18 and 27. Volunteers are needed for community events, bereavement support, fundraising, ofce assistance and helping patients and families. The orientations will be held at Covenant Hospice Community Support Center, located at 1306 South Jefferson St., Suite A. For more information or to RSVP, call Jay Thurman at 850-575-4998 or 800-5413072.Short story contest winners to be announced June 24Tallahassee teacher and author Susan L. Womble will speak at the Taylor County Public Library Monday, June 24. Womble is the author of Newts World: Beginning and Newts World: Internal Byte, which are about friendships, bullies, video games and the virtual world. Hosted by the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library, the program will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the presentation of prizes to the winners of the organizations seventh annual short story contest. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJune 14-15, 2013 Index One section 124th Year, No. 24www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday91 75 30% Saturday92 70 Sunday91 70 20% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 20% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . ........... A-10 News Forum Broader picture of Swindles ring captured in hearing ofcers report In the past decade, Charles Swindle has donned a variety of uniforms that seem to reect a dedication to duty and service volunteer reghter, emergency medical responder and Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper. It is that latter role which has garnered Swindle attention not only statewide but across the nation in the passing months. On March 15, Swindle was red because he wrote false $10 uniform trafc citations (UTC) to two legislators and another driver instead of ticketing them for speeding. One of the legislators, who accepted the UTC and later paid it, led a complaint with Swindles department, which led to his eventual dismissal. Early this week, a hearing ofcer with the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) recommended that Swindle be reinstated. The ofcer, Gregg Riley Morton, also recommended that Swindles discipline be reduced from a dismissal to a three-week suspension. The commission has 15 days in which to act upon Mortons recommendation. A closer look at Mortons Findings of Fact paints a broader picture of what happened that day, Nov. 19, 2012, on the Madison County span of Intestate 10 Swindle was patrolling when all three stops were made within a short period of time: Troopers have the discretion to issue a Please see page 5 RIDING THE RAILS Russell Tedder, 78, donated four historicallyaccurate train models to the city which are now on display in Java Depot at the Historic Perry Station. Please see page 3 Order up, at Holmes GrillCountless diners can remember the hamburgers served hot and fresh at Holmes Grill. The former restaurant was part of a roadside motel complex built along U.S. 19 North. But like many of the motels of its day, time took a toll on the buildings, which were torn down one by one. This past Friday, the last remaining building from the complex, the restaurant itself, was bulldozed. Owners said the building was simply too far gone to save.Train display winds it way through Perrys railroad past Storm prep for Andrea good trial run for residents Tropical Storm Andrea, the rst named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, made landfall Thursday, June 6, along the Dixie County coast about 10 miles south of Steinhatchee bringing with it rain and wind, but sparing Taylor County much of its punch. Only hours before Andrea hit the coast, forecasters were calling for the storm to hit much further west, in the vicinity of St. Marks. Such a landfall would have put Taylor County on the eastern and more powerful side of the storm. Instead, Andrea moved eastward before making landfall around 5:40 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. According to Taylor County Emergency Management Director Dustin Hinkel, the county did not receive reports of damage aside from several downed trees and power lines. The largest reported power outage occurred in the Beaches area where about 300 people lost electricity for about an hour after a tree fell on a power line between Steinhatchee and Keaton Beach. There was little in the way storm surge reported as well. Florida Division of Forestry rain guages in the county reported about three inches of rain from the storm, which was at the low end of the range forecasted by the National Weather Service. The Taylor County Commission held an emergency meeting June Please see page 5 Probation ofcer attacked A local probation ofcer was attacked and beaten by two individuals while conducting a routine home visit. The ofcer, whose identity was not released, was hit in the face with a st by one suspect and manhandled by a second. The suspects--Barbara Doss, 72, and Tony Marvin Barker, 47--were arrested and booked at the Taylor County Jail Wednesday, May 29. They were both charged with battery on a law enforcement ofcer. According to the arrest afdavit, the probation ofcer was attempting to make contact with two other individuals at the 165 Oakland Drive address when the attack occurred.
A-2 Perry News-Herald June 14-15, 2013 Looking Back Perry News-HeraldPerry, Florida 123 S. Jefferson Street (850) 584-5513 The Perry News-Herald (ISSN 07470967) is published each Friday by Perry News papers, Inc., 123 S. Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida 32347. Subscriptions are $35.00 per year or $49.00 out of county. Periodicals postage paid at Perry, Florida 32348. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Perry News-Herald, P.O. Box 888, Perry, FL 32348. and views on the news. Please submit letters by Monday at 5 p.m. The Taco Times reserves the right to refuse publication of letters which are libelous or irresponsible. Name may be withheld if circumstances so require, but all letters submitted should We look forward to hearing from you! Our address is Perry, Newspapers, Inc., P.O. Box 888, Perry, Florida 32348. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgMember Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 888 DONALD D. LINCOLN Publisher SUSAN H. LINCOLN Managing EditorANGELA M. CASTELUCCIStaff Writer/Advertising Sales DEBBIE CARLTON Business Manager CAROLYN DuBOSE Advertising Director MICHELE ARNOLD Graphic Arts MARK VIOLA Staff Writer TAMMY KNIGHT 2013 Perry Newspapers Inc. June 14-15, 2013 She did it again. I didnt ask for the position. I didnt campaign for it. I didnt even know the position existed. But, once again, without bothering to ask me, my cousin Elaine appointed me to yet another elected position. Tuesday morning, after sending me 19 text messages telling me to call her because she had a project tailormade for me, Elaine sent message number 20 stating, Why havent you called me? I cant depend on you for anything. message was to speed dial Elaines number and straighten her about the second part of her message. Usually, instinct, but not this time. I followed Elaine was waiting for my call. I know how to make you call, dont I? she laughed. I was not amused. What do you mean you cant depend on me? I snapped. I cant, Elaine said unfazed. The only reason youre calling now is because I said you cant be depended on. The truth hurts, doesnt it? Isnt that why you called? Elaine was right. Being told that I wasnt dependable hurt, and thats exactly why I called. But, I knew better than to admit that she was right, because Elaine has a way of never forgetting when shes right or letting me forget it. So, I told a half truth. I called because you said you had something important to talk to me about. Yeah, but I said that in three voice mails yesterday and in 10 text messages today, Elaine reminded me. Well, Jackies already told me that youre organizing a Campbell Hill Neighborhood Reunion, I said trying to move the conversation forward. I am, but the reason I wanted you to call me was so I can tell you that youre going to be the reunions chairperson and Im going to be the vice-chairperson, Elaine said in her most serious tone. And thats when I laughed out loud. I remembered the last time Elaine without having a vote. We were seniors in high school and we had organized a club to plan parties and dances throughout our senior year. Again, without a vote, Elaine appointed herself president of the club then appointed me as her vice-president. A week or so later, Elaine led the impeachment hearings that threw me That wasnt the only time shes selfelected me to a position. When we were children, she was our school bus monitor and she appointed me her assistant monitor. It was always like that. I, Elaine Johnson, appoint me president and appoint Anthony Flowers (I was Flowers then) as my vice-president. Not wanting to be pulled into another to call the only two people I know who could get me out of this job without Elaine throwing a tantrum: her sisters Cynthia and Brenda. Before I could hang up the phone and call Cynthia, Elaine announced, I just told Cynthia she was on the committee. I still need to talk to Brenda. And there went my plan. I have no choice but to be chairperson of the Campbell Hill Reunion. But only for a little while. You can expect Elaine to hold an impeachment hearing by the second week of July. Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE email@example.comImpending impeachment TAYLOR GETS $40,000 FOR KEATON BEACHTaylor County was granted $40,000 for development of a 1.51-acre site at Keaton Beach. The plan called for a bathhouse, picnic shelters, parking and landscaping. Rep. Gene Hodges appeared before the Department of Natural Resources to lobby for the funding. The county agreed to contribute another $10,000 toward the project. HUMPHRIES RESIGNS AS RECREATION DIRECTORRecreation Director Buddy Humphries cited lack of sufcient funding and continuing difculty in functioning under three governments. He had taken over from Louis Lanier two years prior. The recreation department has been treated like a stepchild, and Im just tired of it, Humphries said. Recreation is an essential pat of government, not a luxury.SWEETHEART IN A COWBOY HATGail Swain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swain, was chosen to represent the Taylor County Cattlemens Association in the statewide Sweetheart Contest at Marco Beach.ONE NEW RESIDENTMr. and Mrs. Joseph Matthew Gillyard welcomed their new daughter, Lisa Anne, May 31 at Doctors Memorial. She weighed 8 pounds, 5.5 ounces.DEANS LISTBeverly Tanner made the Deans List at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. The daughter of Reet and Gretchen Tanner, she was a senior at the university.GEORGIA WEDDING MAKES HEADLINES HEREKelly Bennett married Christopher G. Bock III in Kingsland, Ga. The brideelect was the daughter of Mrs. O. P. Middleton of Kingsland and L. Kenneth Bennett of Perry.ANDERSON NAMED STUDENT OF YEARMartha Anderson was chosen Cosmetology Student of the Year for 197778 at the Taylor County Area Vocational-Technical School. Bazlyn Arrowood made the presentation.SPORTS HIGHLIGHTSGolden Gloves Champ Dennis Holley of New York City would be one of seven Florida State University Amateur Boxing Team members, scheduled to square off with local boxers. Holley was slated to box Dwayne McAllister of Perry according to his coach Joe Louis White. Perrys Hosea Sparks would face David Buggs of FSU while Dale Mitchell of Perry would compete against Mark Besmara. In other sports news, Buzz Greene and Glenn Ratliff earned their varsity letters from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Ala. Barney Smith scored 29 points, leading the Taylor County Bulldogs to a 73-70 victory over the Madison Cougars in summer basketball action For their spring jamboree, the football team from Taylor County High reigned victorious over Monticello, 6-0, but lost to Wakulla, 7-0. STEINHATCHEE PUSHES FOR DEEPER CHANNELA drive was mounted in Steinhatchee to get the U.S. Corps of Engineers to deepen the south county channel to 12 feet, from its current six feet. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD June 8, 1978 Swamp cabbage for dinner Harvesting swamp cabbage is a long-standing Taylor County tradition. In this 1920s photo, posted shows what appears to be a tree with catfaceindicating a turpentine site...or it could merely be a palm frond propped up in the shadows. In either case, the scene is one that continues to be played out in Taylor County forests today. Booklets availableThe Taylor County Historical Society has a limited number of Military Letters & Reports from the Second Seminole Indian War in Taylor letters and reports were transcribed Donna every Thursday afternoon, from 1-5.
A-3 Perry News-Herald June 14-15, 2013 has come to a close, he has become a model train enthusiast and boasts a large collection of models and a layout which includes, among other elements, a scale model of the Perry station. Tedder, who was guest of honor at the stations grand opening in 2009, recently returned to Perry to donate four model trains to the city which are now displayed at Java Depot. The four trains represents three of the rail lines, built with a keen eye for detail to be accurate both to the time period and the actual trains which stopped here. But the detail doesnt stop there. Every car represents a commodity or product that was used in the commerce and business, some in Perry and some just coming through Perry enroute to other destinations, Tedder said. On one side, there are three trains stacked along the wall. The bottom two trains represent the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad, one steam and one diesel, while the top train is from the South Georgia Railway. The nal and longest train, in the center of the wall, is the Atlantic Coast Line Railroads Southland. The trains represent the actual trains which came through Perry circa the early 1950s. Speaking with Tedder during a reception welcoming him and the models, he provided a perspective of the historical signicance of the trains and their varied cargo. Chapter 1: Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad The trains ran from Live Oak and returned to Live Oak, Tedder said of the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad. This is their station right here, he added, gesturing to the station around him. The diesel train is coming from Live Oak and the steam train is going to Live Oak. That is a typical train of cars that they handled. The train from Live Oak has a car on the front, after those tank cars, and the engine in the middle, that came from Jacksonville. It came overnight to Perry. Like truck freight today, it came overnight. If a merchant from Perry called Jacksonville this afternoon, theyd get their shipment in that car and itd be here the next morning around 8 or 8:30. The delivery truck would deliver to merchants around town. The next two cars have gasoline. There were ve bulk gasoline distribution plants here in Perry and this represents two of them, Gulf and Texaco. But that was back when Perry was a big tourist stop, before Interstate 75. Perry had 500 motel rooms and had about 25 service stations out on 19. Perry was the last overnight stop whether you were going to Tampa, the west coast or the east coast. Perry had the biggest hotel accommodations along the line. But, of course, when Interstate 75 came, that all disappeared. These tank cars brought gasoline in; probably 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of gas a day were pumped at those service stations. The next cars are just various merchandise: lumber cars, tobacco cars, shipments from Live Oak that came to Perry and then went over to South Georgia Railroad up north. I tried to supply the trains with the kinds of stuff that was used in Perry and shipped through Perry on the railroad. It was a big part of the economy. That was in the latter years before the interstate highways were built and trucks were running everywhere and the train was pretty much the main mode of transportation. These represent the early 50s. It was in the 50s and 60s when it changed, when the railroads dropped back and the trucks and highway industries came up. It was pretty much the end of the railroad times. Theres a carload of sand from over at the Suwannee River. There was a sand mine there. It came to the concrete plant east of town. Theres also a carload of gravel that came from Live Oak, which originally started over at the Chattahoochee River. River gravel used to make concrete came over the railroad. It also has a carload of creosote. There was a creosoting plant in Live Oak and they creosoted poles and lumber, and theyd take the peeled poles and the creosote and ship them way off to Salsbury, Md., and places. On the other hand, they were bringing peeled poles into Live Oak from the north to be creosoted. So they kind of passed each other on the way. One car on there has peeled poles, the third car from the rear on the bottom, Tedder said, adding with a smile that the models versions are barbecue skewers. They look like peeled pine poles, telephone poles, utility poles. It would have been going up to several places to be creosoted and sold to the utility industry. The railroad was a busy place. It was like that here in the early 50s, which this represents. It was the transition between the steam and diesel eras. The steam train would represent back in the 40s because they got their rst diesel in 1946. Chapter 2: South Georgia Railway The top train is South Georgia Railway than ran from Adel to Perry; the same track that comes into Perry now, except it didnt have a connecting track here like it does now to go straight through to Foley, Tedder said. It used to go down toward the Toms plant back toward 19 and then they had to switch and come back this way. That was in 1953. The rst car there on that car is carload of construction material that was used in the building the Buckeye mill at Foley in 1953. In the real world there were hundreds of carloads that came; thats just one example of the stuff on the train. It has some LP gas tank cars for the gas plants, for gas-red stoves and all that stuff. There used to be a saying about the trains: they bring everything from LCL to Aunt Mill. LCL is less than carload freight--small shipments. Just about everything that came to town arrived on the railroad. (To be continued) Every car has a story of its own RIDING THE RAILS Continued from page 1 Two of the four model trains now on display at Java Depot in the Historical Perry Station represent the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad, including the diesel-powered one shown in the top photo. Each car on the trains represents goods and commodities which would have passed through Perry during the early 1950s, such as the two gas cars in the bottom photo. There were enthusiast Russell Tedder said. These tank cars brought gasoline in; probably 40,000 to 50,000 gallons of gas a day were If a merchant from Perry called Jacksonville this afternoon, theyd get their shipment in that car and itd be here the next morning around 8 or 8:30. The delivery truck would deliver to merchants around town. They bring everything from LCL to Aunt Mill
A-4 Perry News-Herald June 14-15, 2013 Living James Clover 3 earn UF scholarships The Taylor County Gator Club recently awarded three scholarships to graduating seniors at Taylor County High School who will be attending the University of Florida. James Clover and Jeda Holmes were awarded directly through the club, while Austin Wynn received his scholarship from George and Dana Collins in memory of their parents, George and Ruby Nell Collins. Were very proud of these graduates and happy to play a small role in assuring their success at Florida, said Betty Culbreath, for the club. Uncles, dads, brothers and grandfathers:What life lessons are you teaching those who follow? By FLORRIE BURROUGHS Shady Grove columnist Fellowship Cemetery Fellowship Cemetery in the Shady Grove community is well kept by individuals who are interested in seeing it maintained. Clean-up days are on the rst Saturday of each month through October, beginning at 8 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend, bring rakes, blowers, etc., to help. Like Fellowship Cemetery on Facebook to keep up with the progress. Shady Grove Citizens CouncilThe council is still asking for donations for our yard sale planned for Aug. 3 as well as an auction to be held on Sept. 21. If you have items to donate, please call Claire Hatcher at 584-8370 or me at 584-6343. Funds will be used to pay for the annual Christmas event and hopefully to put a shade structure over the playground equipment at the park. A story and a tribute... It was not an easy job for a lad just 5 years old. Every day he was to ll the watering trough for the two mules. The water was pumped by hand from a pitcher pump into a pail that a child could carry down the long path to the mules lot. The reason it was not easy was that the mules would drink the water as fast as he could pour it into the trough. When he returned with the second, third, fourth, buckets of water, the trough was dry. It must have seemed an impossible chore to one so young as the end product was to completely ll the trough before he could stop. The mules had to drink until they were satised and then he had to keep putting water until the trough was full. Now this young boy lived with his grandmother and an uncle. One morning, the lad decided he was much too tired to take water to the mules. So his uncle told him, Thats ne, you just sit right there in that chair and rest all day. The boy was obviously overjoyed that he had escaped the chore and gladly settled into the designated chair and his uncle went out to water the mules. It wasnt long, however, before the lad decided he wanted to get up. His grandmother said, Now you just sit right there and rest, you better not let your uncle see you out of that chair. So down he went and sat there all day long. He squirmed so much that he thought surely he must have worn a hole in that chair. I am sure you can follow the moral of this story. The next morning he was up and out early, glad to ll the mules water trough. And he never complained about the chore again. That story was told to me by my dear husband, Joe Burroughs. He was the child in the story and the uncle was his Uncle Chester Watson. And I saw the evidence of being well-trained throughout his life. He never did a job halfway. If he took something out, he always put it away. In work, he worked hard and in play he played hard. He gave 20 years of his life to the United States Navy, spending years away from his family. He gave another 20 years of dedicated and honorable service to law enforcement. I have never met another man quite like him, and I dont think I ever will. As to the lesson he learned, I dont know if I would have given my 5-year-old such a chore. It would seem unfair or unkind. But in reality it was not unfair and it was not unkind. It was a lesson learned from a loving uncle that helped this young boy become a great man. Thats all for now, see yall in a couple of weeks, Lord willing. Joe Burroughs Jeda Holmes Austin Wynn Ron and Jessica Cannon of Perry announce the birth of their daughter, Gracie Skyla, on June 5, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. in the Womens Pavilion of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. She weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19.75 inches long. The new family member was welcomed by her sister, MaKenzie, and her brother, Keegan. Gracie Skyla welcomed by her family on June 5 Couple to wed in Jacksonville this Saturday The Perry Womans Club yard sale will be Saturday, June 22, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. inside the club located at 502 N. Jefferson St. If you have donations, please contact any member or President Shawna Beach. All funds benet Relay For Life or club improvements. Nicketris Thomas and Arthur White remind friends and relatives of their wedding this Saturday, at 7 p.m. in Friday Musicale, 645 Oak St., in Jacksonville. PWC prepares for yard sale next Saturday
speeding ticket or warning if the motorist is speeding. They can also issue a uniform trafc citation (UTC) if the driver is unable to show proof of insurance or vehicle registration. A speeding ticket costs signicantly more than a UTC. On Nov. 19, Swindle and his supervisor, Sgt. Gary Dawson, were conducting trafc stops at approximately 10:15 a.m., Swindle clocked two motorists driving 87 miles per hour on a stretch of I-10 where the speed limit is 70. Swindle proceeded to pull them both over simultaneously. The drivers of the vehicles were Steven Caristi and Charles McBurney. McBurney is a member of the Florida House of Representatives. Swindle rst approached Caristis vehicle and informed him that he was speeding. After speaking with Caristi, Swindle approached McBurneys vehicle. McBurney argued with Swindle about whether he was speeding. During their initial contact, the fact that McBurney was a legislator was discussed. McBurney showed Swindle a card identifying him as a member of the legislature. McBurney did not initially show Swindle any proof of insurance and Swindle did not remember asking for it. Swindle radioed Dawson for assistance because he had stopped a legislator and wanted to discuss it with his supervisor. Swindle told Dawson that McBurney was a legislator and that he wanted Dawson to know. He also told Dawson that McBurney was swearing up and down that he was not speeding. Dawson joked that they were not getting a pay raise anyway. Swindle told Dawson he intended to serve McBurney with a warning on speeding to be nice and instead issue a UTC for no proof of insurance because he had not seen McBurneys insurance card. Swindle told Dawson he was also going to give Caristi a warning for the more serious speeding violation and issue him a UTC for no proof of registration. Swindle felt this was equitable treatment of both drivers, stating McBurney was no better than Caristi. Swindle told Dawson that he wanted him to know what was going on just in case. Swindle told Caristi that the other driver he had stopped was a member of the legislature and that Swindle intended to cut them both a breakSwindle then turned his attention to McBurney. He told McBurney that he was not going to give him a citation for speeding, but because he had not seen his proof of insurance, he was giving him a $10 UTC. McBurney responded, I have it right there and said that he had not heard Swindle request it originally. Swindle acknowledged that McBurney told him that he had his proof of insurance. Swindle told McBurney he had already issued the citation and if he saw McBurneys proof of insurance he could not give McBurney the UTC and would instead give him the speeding ticket. Swindle told McBurney he was giving him the same break he had given Carisit (the other driver). McBurney accepted the UTC and later paid it. McBurney complained to the agency about Swindle, which prompted the investigation that led to Swindles dismissal. Later that same day, Swindled stopped a second legislator for speeding (Michael Clelland, who was on his way to Tallahassee to be sworn into the legislature). In his report, Morton related during Swindles initial conversation with Clelland they discussed the fact that they were both former reghters (Swindle served as a volunteer reghter with Taylor FireRescue). Swindle hold him he was cutting him a break one reghter to another and issued Clelland two UTCs (for not seeing his vehicle registration or proof of insurance) instead of a speeding ticket. The hearing ofcer found that while the agency (FHP) proved their case charging that Swindle had violated its policy by issuing the false UTCs, Considered in a vacuum, Swindles violations may sound serious. The agency cannot allow troopers to issue UTCs and submit them to court where there is no basis for them having been issued. However, when viewed through the facts present in this particular case, the seriousness of the violations is signicantly diminished. First, in the short amount of time that each trafc stop took, Swindle made a quick decision. His decision, while erroneous, was motivated by his desire to give Caristi, McBurney and Clelland a break on the more serious violation of speeding, which he could have legitimately ticketed them for. I credit Swindles testimony that he forgot to ask Clelland for the documentation, and even though the UTCs constitute a false accusation, I do not believe Swindle had any dishonest intent in issuing the two UTCs he gave to Clelland. With regard to McBurney, while Swindles approach was questionable, he did explain that if he saw McBurneys insurance he would issue the speeding ticket. Even though he complained later, McBurney did not show Swindle his insurance and elected to take the UTC. In his ndings, Morton also noted, Swindles particular actions in this case were heavily inuenced by the agencys (FHP) unwritten policy toward trafc stops involving legislators Swindle and other troopers were taught and were told by supervisors that they should be lenient toward legislatorsUnder these circumstances, the agency bears some responsibility for Swindles actions and, therefore, I regard his violations as less severe than they might otherwise be viewed. Horton related that he also took into account Swindles employment history with FHP. Swindles last two performance evaluations reected overall commendable (one point below the top rating of outstanding). While he was at the agency, he was Trooper of the Month on more than one occasion. He was also a frequent leader in DUI arrests and was recognized both in testimony and his personnel le for his work in this area and in making the roads he patrolled safer. Finally, Swindles personnel le has a number of letters from the public and other law enforcement praising him for his performance. These facts weigh signicantly in form of mitigating the penalty, Horton said in his order. A-5 Perry News-Herald June 14-15, 2013 6, declaring a local state of emergency and passing a resolution encouraging the voluntary evacuation of the coastal and low-lying areas of the county. Taylor County government ofces, including the courthouse, as well as Taylor County schools closed early for the day due to the storm. North Florida Community College also closed its campus. Hinkel credited several factors for Taylor County being spared by the storm, including the fact that the storm made landfall to the east instead of the west of the county, unfavorable weather conditions which kept the storm from reaching its full potential and the storm arriving at low tide, which helped alleviate the possibility of storm surge. This was a very good warm-up for something that will hopefully never happen, Hinkel said. The Suwannee River Water Management District is not expecting any river ooding here as a result of Andreas rains. Levels are expected to improve along the Aucilla, while levels on the Steinhatchee and Econna rivers are now above normal for this time of year, ofcials said. ANDREA Continued from page 1 Storms landfall hit east of county Hotdogs for all!Christian Tabernacle will celebrate Fathers Day with a community cook-out Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Free hotdogs will be provided with chips and drinks. Fathers are encouraged to bring their families for a day of great fun and fellowship, by presiding elders, Chester and Carolyn Demps, pastors.V.B.S. at New Home, Stewart Memorial Vacation Bible School begins Sunday, June 16, at New Home Baptist Church with classes for children four years old through sixth grade. The school begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. Everone is invited; Family Night is Friday, June 21. At Stewart Memorial, Vacation Bible School begins Monday, June 17, with classes each evening through Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. Snacks will be served for this event with the theme, Fishin On A Mission With Jesus. Pastor Raynetta Padley welcomes all. Jamaican, soul food at Stewart On Saturday, June 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m., authentic Jamaican and soul food dinners will be served at Stewart Memorial Church (entree, two sides, bread and dessert). Call 584-7194 for more details. Camp meeting, gospel sing Antioch Revival Center, located at 3808 Cash Rd., has slated its annual camp meeting for June 10-21 with services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. except June 15 when Southern Testimony of Norman Park, Ga., will lead a gospel sing at 7 p.m. All are invited! Franklin leads praise, worship Guest psalmist Anita Franklin will lead a Night of Praise and Worship on Saturday, June 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Two Mens Day observances Fathers Day brings Mens Day observances to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and Christian Tablernacle. At Antioch, the program begins at 11 a.m. Guest speaker will be native son, the Rev. Everett Kimble of Orlando. Choir rehearsal is planned for Saturday, June 15, at 5 p.m. The Mens Day observance at Christian Tabernacle gets an early start with an 8 a.m. worship service. Everyone is invited.Fathers: bring your families to a picnic Its a SNAP The Perry Kiwanis Club recently made a donation to the Special Needs Adult Program (SNAP) which is housed at Taylor Technical Institute. Shown above is Kiwanis President Bobby Edwards (center) with SNAP workers Connie Gibson (right) and Sharon Kelly. Ofcer recommends trooper be reinstated SWINDLE Continued from page 1
Religion A-6 Perry News-Herald June 14-15, 2013TIDBITS: Etta Frances Hamby March 16, 1929 May 31, 2013We the family are so grateful and thankful for the outpouring of love we have received from friends, family and acquaintances through this time of great loss. Our mother, was such a blessing to not only her family but to many others. We appreciate the cards, owers, food and kind words that everyone shared with us. Although we miss her greatly and the separation is most difcult, we know its only temporary. For we know the angels are rejoicing as the Lord has truly welcomed her home. What a wonderful reunion that is taking place in Heaven where we will be reunited. Till then we love you momma. Thank you, Frank and Susan Hamby and family Ronnie and Rhesa Hamby and family Carl and JoAnn Himmelberger and family Kaye and Edward Mock and family Martha and Jay Swindle and family The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has scheduled a My Hope America with Billy Graham preparation meeting for pastors, church staff, ministry leaders and other interested persons Thursday, June 27, here in Perry. Pleasant Grove Baptist will serve as the host church for the meeting, which will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to equip pastors to recruit and train Matthews in their congregations. There is no charge for the training, which will be conducted by evangelistic association representatives, Pleasant Grove Pastor Danny Lundy said. The training will include: Session I, Matthew & Friends; Session II, Spiritual Preparation; and Session III, How to do My Hope with Billy Graham in your church and to train other pastors. To register for the training, please call toll-free 1-877-7MYHOPE (1-877-769-4673) or online at www. myhopewithbillygraham.org. For additional information, you may also contact Lundy at (850) 838-0571. Bill Graham training slatedChurches: need another Matthew? Show honor and love to outstanding men this Sunday, Fathers Day By SARAH HALL A Fathers Day Tribute To A Very Special Man A great man--out of wedlock, he was born; went to college on his own, studied hard, worked long hours to achieve what God had in store for him--a good life. He is...a man of virtue, a humanitarian, an educated man, an honest businessman, a Christian man, a Brotherhood man, a great husband, an exceptionally good father and a dutiful good uncle. But to me, he is the best, loving and caring brother--that excels all my expectations. Wherever he is supposed to be, whatever he is supposed to do, look for him, hell be there! Love You, Brother. We honor you-God bless you! (And soon he will be a retired man!)Special prayer listPlease join me in remembering Guessie Choice (home), Charlene Hayes (home), Maybell Hawkins (home), George Williams, Jr. (home), Nadine Mango (home), Min. George Ford (Mayo Nursing home), Thelma Newberry (home), Joe Jackson (DMH), Nonis Jones (home), Sarah Ingram (Peaches) Black (surgery), Zina Foster (home), Harold Mixon (home), Helen Hunt (home), Donnie Washington (home), Ken & Shelia Foster (home), Devarn McMiller (TMH), Mildred Alexander (home), Nellean Grifn (home), Alberta Eagle (home), Cynthia Mitchell (niece of Rev. Miles) and Beatrice Molden (home). Happy Fathers Day! ObituariesArchie Lavone LawArchie Lavone Law, 81, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in Perry. Born in Ft. Lauderdale, he moved to Perry from West Jefferson, N.C. Mr. Law retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years, during which he served in Vietnam. He was a manager in the grocery business for 20 years. Mr. Law was the son of James Ivey Law and Alma Culbrath. He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Berta Law, and a grandson, Keith Kreiner. Survivors include: three daughters, Darlene Fuqua of Steinhatchee, Shirley Stultz of Pompano Beach and Terri Law of Orlando; twin brothers, Raymond Law and Ray Law, both of Florida; two sisters, Martha Ann Short of Tennessee and Marie Mchaffey of Alachua; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family will hold a private memorial service in North Carolina at a later date. Beggs Funeral Home Perry Chapel is in charge of arrangements.Mary Jane HamiltonMary Jane Hamilton Harlen died June 6, 2013, in Madison. She was the daughter of Warner and Lydia Hamilton of Brookhaven, Penn., and the wife of the late Harold W. Harlen to whom she was married for 57 years. In 1980, she and her husband moved to Hobe Sound and then in 2003 to Keaton Beach where they lived with her daughter, Sandra, before moving to Greenville in 2006. She was a business owner until her retirement. Survivors include: one brother, Charles W. Hamilton of New Holland, Penn.; the sister of the late Warner S. Hamilton and Margaret Hamilton Brunke of Pennsylvania; two daughters, Sandra H. Cowart of Greenville and Susan A. Tapia of Jupiter; three grandchildren, Jennifer Taylor Edwards of Trenton, Michael Harlen Taylor of Delaware County, Penn., and Amanda Rufo Tuten of Perry; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Union Baptist church in Quitman, Ga., at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Card of Thanks
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