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Blood drive set for July 12OneBlood will hold a blood drive Friday, July 12, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Walmart. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card and a wellness checkup including a cholesterol screening. Walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is necessary. Additionally, those who donate two times between June 1 and Sept. 30 will receive a free steak dinner courtesy of Outback Steakhouse. For more information, visit www.oneblood.org.Whats happening around town?Trying to nd out when a particular organization holds its meetings? Or when the next festival or shing tournament is planned? Building off the existing community calendar which runs each Wednesday in the Taco Times, our website--www.perry newspapers.com--is now home to a new Calendar of Events, featuring local activities and meetings. A link to the new calendar can be found in the websites top menu. The calendar is separated into events and meetings to assist with searches. If you are searching for a specic type of event, the calendar can be further broken down into categories such as sports, outdoors, festivals and community events. Additionally, by clicking on a particular venue, you can see any future events planned for that location. If you have an upcoming event or your organization would like to include its meeting schedule, please contact us at (850) 584-5513 or mark@perrynewspapers. com. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJuly 5-6, 2013 0 Index One section 124th Year, No. 26www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday92 72 50% Saturday89 72 Sunday91 72 30% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 40% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-3 Religion . .................. A-4 Entertainment . ........ A-6 TV listings . .............. A-7 Classieds . ............. A-8 Sports . .................... A-9 News Forum RIDING the RAILSIn this 1997 scene, Russell Tedder, director of Corporate Rail Services Tedder went where the tracks led him By MARK VIOLA Staff writer Interlude III Former Perry resident Russell Tedder has been serving as conductor on a ride through Perrys railroad history and this week we turn our attention to the man in the drivers seat. Tedder, who was guest of honor at the Perry Historic Stations grand opening in 2009, recently returned to Perry to donate four model trains--representing railroads which at one time served Perry--to the city. The models are now displayed at Java Depot located inside the station. Chapter 5: A Life on the Rails I started in 1951 and I worked here until 1966, which included a three-year stint in the Army from 1957 to 1960, Tedder said. Then I left here and started managing short-line railroads. I started in Texas. In 1976 I had an opportunity to go to Arkansas and manage the Georgia-Pacic railroads, he said. Ive been afliated with 13 short-line railroads. Sort of an unlucky number, he added with a laugh. Tedders career came to a close when he retired in 1997, but there is much more to the story. Looking back, he calls working for short-line railroads such as those in Perry the academy. Its where you learn a lot about railroading, he said. I started out as a clerk and pretty soon I was promoted to an agent. I was 16 years old when I started. In 1954, when I was 19, I was promoted to agent. The station agent was a very important job on the railroad because that was the local contact for the railroad. Anybody who did business on the railroad, they knew the agent and he represented the railroad so you had to be conscious of your customers and things like that and be diligent about it. You dealt with all departments of the railroad being an agent. If a department in Atlanta needed something, they contacted the agent, the local representative. The Live Oak, Perry and Gulf Railroad and South Gorgia Railway were owned by the same outt, Brooks Scanlon, that used to own the lumber mill before Buckeye. When they sold out to Buckeye, Buckeye didnt want the railroads so they sold them to Southern Railway. Later on they sold them again to the outt thats running them now. When Tedder joined the U.S. Army, his work with railroads didnt stop. I spent three years in the Army and 25 months of that I was in Germany. I was chief of the U.S. Army Rail Transportation Ofce. I had an ofce in a huge station there. All the time the trains were coming through the station. They had 18 tracks built through there, two tracks In this 1980 scene, Russell Tedder, president Please see page 5 donate four model train Expenses uptick, drop in revenues put a $700,000 strain on budgetThe Taylor County Commission is set to begin the 201314 budget workshops with a projected $700,000 decit due to a slight drop in revenues and a large uptick in expenses, namely state retirement and Medicaid costs. The commission will hold its rst workshop Thursday, July 18, at 1 p.m. According to County Administrator Jack Brown, ad valorem property tax revenues are projected to drop by one percent next year, which will cost county coffers $100,000. Additionally, changes made by the Florida Legislature in their 2013 session to the Florida Retirement System will cost the county an estimated $500,000 for its employees as well as those of the constitutional ofcers. The county is also expected to pay more to the state next year for Medicaid after the legislature overhauled the mechanism through which counties are charged by the state for certain Medicaid expenses accrued by local residents. According to Brown, other issues include capital purchases which were pushed back in previous years and increased requests from community agencies. Additional workshops will be held following the July 18 session, but the specic dates and times have not yet been set. The commission is expected to set its proposed millage rates at a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The board will then hold two public hearings in September to nalize the budget. Trafc stop leads to cocaine arrestA trafc infraction led to the seizure of more than 60 grams of cocaine and the arrest of a Perry man on drug trafcking charges. Jonathan D. McKnight, 41, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by Perry Police Department (PPD) Ptl. Jamin Cephus last Saturday, June 29, in the area of Catharin Norman Park. The driver (identied as Reginald Upshaw, 36) was traveling the wrong way on a one-way street. McKnight did not have any identication with him; with further investigation, the ofcer was able to identify McKnight. While waiting for warrant information to return on both men and the arrival of a PPD K-9 team, more than 60 grams of cocaine was found on McKnights person, Capt. Jamie Cruse said. Due to the amount of drugs seized, McKnight was charged with a trafcking offense. Upshaw was issued a trafc citation. Jonathan McKnight The heart-wrenching roller coaster ride of emotions continues for the family of Carl Little CJ Melton III, the 14-month-old Perry boy recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. On Tuesday, a doctor at Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital in Orlando said there was nothing that could be done for the toddler at this time due to where the tumor (which doctors say is malignant) is located. It is very rare for someone of Little CJs age to have this type of tumor and she (the doctor) said there really isnt anything she can do. She has asked that he return Please see page 5Doctors grappling with next move for toddler stricken with brain tumorA Perry man was charged with driving under the inuence (DUI) and failing to stop at a stop sign after crashing his vehicle on Golf Course Road early Saturday morning, June 29. Michael Wade Wiles, 37, was traveling westbound on Golf Course Road at approximately 55-6miles per hour when he failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 98. The 2007 GMC Sierra continued across the highway onto the west shoulder of the road and struck a fence, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper William Harrell reported. Wiles vehicle plowed through the fence line, striking several small trees and bushes. The vehicle continued to travel west before it came to a nal stop in an embankment of dirt and railroad ties. Wiles, who was wearing his seatbelt, was not injured in the crash which occurred around 2:20 a.m. FHP charges man with DUI


A-2 Perry News-Herald July 5-6, 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: newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comMember 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. July 5-6, 2013 We could do anything we wanted to as long as it wasnt something our mother wouldnt want us to do. My mother never gave me and my brothers a list of things we couldnt or shouldnt do. We were supposed to just know what not to do. She would frequently threaten us with a whipping as a consequence of doing something she didnt want us to do. But we didnt cower at these threats because we knew she didnt like spanking her children or for anyone else to spank us. Too bad my grandmother didnt care how she felt. It didnt matter how badly we misbehaved, how little we listened or how much we irritated her, spanking wasnt was. This didnt mean she never spanked us. She occasionally pulled the belt out to chastise me and my two brothers, but it was mainly when our misbehaving embarrassed her or when my grandmother forced her hand by threatening, Either you whip him or I will. Most of the whippings my mother handed out were to me instead of my two brothers who I thought were more deserving. My baby brother Tony got into more trouble than I did, and my younger brother Ken was way more cantankerous than I was. My problem, according to my mother, was I didnt know how to shut my mouth when I was told to shut it. Unfortunately for me, this turned out to be one of two pet peeves my mother had when it came to children. Her other pet peeve, which Im sure she picked up from my grandmother, was she couldnt tolerate children who wouldnt stand still while she spanked them. Unlike my mother, my grandmother didnt spare the rod. When she beat us, we were like sprinters in starting blocks waiting for the beating to end and for her to yell, Now go! Because my mother didnt care for spanking, she put very little effort into it. A beating from her was usually a lick or two and a lot of yelling. Too bad my cousin Ballie didnt know this. Even though my mothers army of nieces and nephews lived between their houses and my grandmothers house where we lived, my mother rarely spanked any of them. Im guessing thats why Ballie didnt know any better and left the starting blocks early that day. It all started when Ballie, who was 11, got tired of being bossed around by a nine-year-old. Because he wouldnt do what I said, I pushed him. He punched My mother ran out on the porch and pulled us apart. Let me go, I yelled. out, Ballie shouted back. She told us to hush. We didnt. Knock me out, you bad! Pet peeve number one. Somebody bring me a belt, she hollered. Since I was familiar with her beatings, I readied myself for the lick or two and the lot of yelling. Ballie, assuming she had been trained by our grandmother, stepped into the starting blocks. When my brother rushed onto the porch with the belt, my mother turned whacks across the legs. Then she yelled, When I say hush I mean hush! When she turned to Ballie and raised the belt, Ballie jumped off the porch and bolted down Bacon Street. My mother did too. Get back here! she hollered at him. Pet peeve number two. He kept running. Waving the belt in the air, she chased him down the dirt road, across Highway 19, three blocks to Jerkins School, through the schoolyard, over the railroad tracks, around Tidewater Apartments, aunts apartment. After catching her breath then laughing at herself, she gave Ballie his two licks and screamed at him a lot. Well, at least thats what she told me and my brothers home. Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comPet peeves & spankings WILLIAMS MAKES TOP 10 IN ORLANDOCharise Williams became the rst Florida Forest Festival Queen to place in the Top 10 of the Miss Florida Pageant with her showing at the 1978 event in Orlando. She received a standing ovation for her vocal performance of Romany Life from the operetta, The Fortune Teller.ANOTHER QUEEN, AND A KINGRuth Williams and Johnny Knight were named Mullet Festival king and queen during the fourth annual festival at Keaton Beach.3 BRIDES AND 3 BABIESNancy Ann Hill became the bride of James R. Pittman in a June 10 ceremony at Pisgah Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Martin H. Kelly of Perry announced the approaching marriage of their daughter, Helen Elaine, to Roger Wayne Walker. July 1 was the wedding date for Wanda Maynard Cormell and Robert Joseph Louque, son of Mrs. Austin Louque of Perry. The ceremony was set for Orange Park. New babies were born to: Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Lytle Sr., who welcomed Jack Tanner Lytle to their family on June 20; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dywane Belle who announced the birth of Aaron Dywane on June 22; and Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan who were the new parents of a baby boy, Johnathan Scott, born June 25. All arrived at Doctors Memorial Hospital.TO THE POINTFlorida National Banks advertisement in this edition was short and to the point. It read, Florida National Bank at Perry will transact no business on Tuesday, July 4. The ne print continued, We urge you to join us that day in celebration of the anniversary of American independence.PROPERTY VALUES SOAR 88 PERCENTWhile millage rates for the three local taxing authorities dropped, property values in Taylor increased 88 percent in the face of state-ordered re-assessments. Property Appraiser Eldon Sadler said the total just value for all property rose from $180 million to $383.1 million. SHERIFFS SALE A BUST?A sparse crowd turned out for Sheriff Von Whiddons sale of groceries and other items levied to satisfy a $11,700 judgment against Piggly Wiggly. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD June 29, 1978 Quotable Quotes 93rd Jim Hendry Reunion Descendants of James Madison Hendry came together at Lake Bird Methodist Church for the 93rd Jim Hendry Reunion on June 23. Jim Hendry, organizer of the Lake Bird Methodist Church, originally held services in a beautiful pine grove under a shelter made of branches, leaves and intertwining vines. First a log church was erected in the pine grove, and later it was replaced with a more substantial building. The Lake Bird Methodist Church occupies the site today. The 2014 reunion will occur, as it Martha Carlton Hendry. Jim and Louisanna Williams Hendry were the parents of 14 children. This to right seated: Janie Childers Williams (mother of Louisanna Williams Hendry) and Louisanna Williams Hendry. German assignmentOn leave from his assignment as Chief of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin that government preserved the bombed out shell as a reminder of the atrocities of the war. For more of --John Keats--Ralph Waldo Emerson --Ada Louise Huxtable --John Lubbock


A-3 Perry News-Herald July 5-6, 2013 Living Luke Ransom, Melissa Sue Carter Carter, Freeman to marry on July 20thDarwin and Mary Carter of Perry announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Sue, to Luke Ransom of Ocala, the son of Stanley T. and Georgeanna Freeman of Perry. The bride-elect is employed with the Taylor County School District as a second grade teacher at Perry Primary School. The prospective groom works with RDS Manufacturing. The couple plans a July 20, 2013, wedding. Invitations will be issued. Its the weekend of the Fourth of July (with celebrations extending to include weeks on either side) so we know youre going to eat! Consider these recipes for the days you wish to eat well...and enjoy more summer celebrations with friends and family.Minty Watermelon Salad(This recipe is very easy even a child can make it! It makes 8 servings, and cook time is only 15 minutes.) Minty syrup: 1/4 c. sugar 1/4 c. chopped fresh mint 1/2 t. ground ginger Fruit salad: 1 medium watermelon, cut into 1-inch chunks 1 pt. raspberries 1 pt. blueberries 1 pt. strawberries, hulled and halved 2 c. halved seedless grapes Fresh mint leaves (Nutrition Facts: 185 calories, 1 gram fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 5 mg. sodium, 46 g. carbohydrates, 6 g. ber and 3 g. protein). Cooking Instructions: For syrup, in a small saucepan combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, mint and ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl combine watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and grapes. Add syrup; toss to coat. Top with mint, and serve.Marinated Veggie Kabobs2 medium zucchini, trimmed, cut crosswise into 1-inch slices 8 medium white mushroom caps 1 medium onion, cut into wedges 1 1/2 in. wide 1/2 large red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 12 pieces 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 1/2 tbsp. light soy sauce or teriyaki sauce 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro or parsley 1 t. peeled, grated ginger root (Nutrition Facts: 66 calories, 4 g. fat, 1 g. saturated fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 225 mg. sodium, 7 g. carbohydrates, 2 g. ber and 3 g. protein.) In a large resealable bag combine zucchini, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, oil, soy sauce, cilantro and parsley; toss to coat. Refrigerate 4 hours, turning occasionally. Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat grill to mediumhigh (350F to 400F). Remove vegetables from marinade; reserve marinade. Alternately thread zucchini, mushrooms, onion and bell pepper on 4 (10to 12-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning once and basting with remaining marinade. Serve hot or warm. (If using wood skewers, soak at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent burning.) Find more healthy recipes at www.healthy100. The annual Bird Island Reunion will be held Saturday, July 6, with all friends and family members invited. Lunch will be served at 12 noon. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. Come and enjoy our beautiful island, the Wood Family encourages. Bird Island welcomes all Saturday Jacksons add Kaylee Grace to their family Casey and Tonya Jackson announce the birth of their daughter, Kaylee Grace, on April 14, 2013. She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Steve and Latrell Brannen, Tim Aldous and Dianne Morris. Great-grandparents include Arthur and Imogene Brannen and Sue Jackson. The babys great-great-grandmother is Mae Singletary. After a weeks break to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Summer Reading Program at the Taylor County Public Library will continue Thursday, July 11, with storyteller Paul Peavy. Come and be dazzled by the stories he tells, said Kim Pegg for the library. The following week, July 18, Pirate Mark Petty will arrive with skits lled with fun. Children are encouraged to come dressed as pirates for this program. The grand nale for the summer reading emphasis will feature the Diggery Dino Dinosaur Show. It is slated for July 25. Parents or caregivers are required to stay with the children. For more information, call the library at 838-3512. Dig Into Reading! Storyteller scheduled next week at library


Religion A-4 Perry News-Herald July 5-6, 2013 Horace F. McLeodHorace F. McLeod, a native of Perry, died June 21, 2013. Mr. McLeod was born on Dec. 13, 1946, to William and Hattie McLeod, graduated from Jerkins High School and earned an A.S. degree in mathematics from Suwannee River Junior College. He then earned a Bachelors degree in mathematics from Florida A&M University, a Masters in administration and supervision from Florida International University, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. McLeod had more than 30 years of experience as an educational leader and administrator working as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College, and in Broward County as a teacher, assistant principal and principal/director. He served as president of the Broward Principals Association, on the board of directors for the Urban League of Broward County, in the National Alliance of Black school Educators in Broward County, in Kiwanis International, the NAACP, New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Omega Psi Phi fraternity and the standing committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Upon his retirement, he retired to Perry and became CEO and board chairman for the Taylor County Leadership Council for eight years. He is survived by: his wife, Eva S. McLeod; ve children, Katrina (Willie) of Tallahassee, Harriette (Jerry) of Statesville, N.C.; H. Saadiq of Atlanta, Ga., Greta (Russell) of Gainesville and Melissa Chen of Winston-Salem, N.C.; bothers, Harold McLeod (Verne) of Tallahassee, the Rev. Robert Curry, Hackensack, N.J., William McLeod of Los Angeles, Calif., Fred McLeod (Pat) of North Augusta, S.C., Chris McLeod of Tallahassee and Michael McLeod of Lauderhill; sisters, Janika Curry of Columbus Ga., Mildred Lewis of Palatka, Olivine McLeod McCoy of Philadelphia, Penn., and Eartha Mae Wright, Gainesville, Mitzy Jackson, Cindy Jackson of Jacksonville and Shelia Johnson of Atlanta; seven grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Services were held Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at New Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ft. Lauderdale, with Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home handling arrangements.Ivory V. RidgewayIvory V. Ridgeway, 76, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, in Tallahassee. An apostle of The House of Deliverance Church, he was a truck driver for Tuten Logging, Inc. Mr. Ridgeway was a native of Silas, Ala., but had lived in Perry for 20 or more years. Survivors include: ve sons, Ivory Ridgeway of Live Oak, Daniel Ridgeway and Eddie Ridgeway of Tallahassee, Paul Ridgeway (Monique) of Fort Walton Beach and Michael Ridgeway of Valdosta, Ga.; four daughters, Rusa Calhoun (James), Sheila Tucker (Donnie Ray), Christina Flowers of Perry and Shamanda Haggen (Cole) of Lake City; one brother, Luther Ridgeway of Philadelphia, Penn.; three sisters, Menia Ridgeway of Seattle, Wash., Juanita Osborne (Willie B.) and Ada Pickens of Silas; and ve grandchildren. Services will be held at 3 p.m.on Saturday, July 6, at the Antioch M. B. Church, with burial following at Andrew Cemetery in Greenville. Family members will receive friends today, Friday, July 5, from 5-7 p.m., at Trinity Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. TIDBITS: New Testament classes scheduled for next 2 weekends By SARAH HALL Learn about the New TestamentDont forget the Introduction to the New Testament which will be taught the next two Saturdays, July 6 and 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 pm. These classes, part of the Taylor County Fifth Sunday Union Christian Leadership School, will be led by Pastor/Teacher Izell Montgomery Jr. I OughtI CanHe WillThere are so many things that run through my mind, daily, that I ought to be doing. I think about some of them, defending my negligence, and sometimes when I think about them, I make no defense, no excuse, just shut them out and begin thinking about something else. Call it what you may, but I call it my coping skillmy mechanism for not overloading my puny little mind. However good this might work for me, I still have to deal with all those thoughts, ideas, problems or things at some time or other. Where do I begin? What should go rst on my list? Why? Well, let put it this way: something has to be rst in order to get started. So my can do list starts with the things I can do by myself and thats easy. Before long, I check my list again and see that I have accomplished a little something! But I havent accomplished much because Im trying to do this by myself. Back up now, I tell myself, and ask God for help. So I submitted my can do list to his ever-present spirit and, in prayer and supplication, he began to reveal to me what, where and how. Can you imagine how difcult it is to try to do things by yourself? We have to yield ourselves to God and he will prepare us and allow us to do the things that we set out to do. We must make sure that God is rst in everything, even the small things. We need to make sure He will get the glory. So when we get overwhelmed or confused, its Gods way to teach us to rely on Him, to train us how to give Him the glory for our successes. God can and God will.in His own time and in His precious will. Obituaries LifeWays Jungle Jaunt will set the stage for Vacation Bible School this summer at San Pedro Baptist Church. Scheduled for July 7-12, classes will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Fun Day kicks off the week this Saturday, July 6, from 2-4 p.m. Food, games and prizes are promised. Everyone is invited.Fun Day Saturday kicks off V.B.S. at San Pedro Boaters heading out to sea from Keaton Beach boat ramp between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday will be offered an opportunity to have their boat blessed with a prayer for safety and a good harvest. The Rev. Aquilla Hanson and some of his parishioners from St. James Episcopal Church will greet boaters as they prepare their boats for the launch. Boaters will be presented with Koozies in remembrance of the Blessing of the Fleet; tucked inside each will be a copy of the blessing. This is the second year the Episcopalians have issued the blessing. Blessing of the Fleet SATURDAY, 9-11 A.M., KEATON BEACH BOAT RAMP


A-5 Perry News-Herald July 5-6, 2013and platform, two tracks and a platform, he said. To walk from one platform to another required traveling through underground walkways connecting them. I was responsible for the Army personnel that traveled through the station heading down to Southern Germany where the bases were. A lot of the troops went down on troop trains from the port when they got off the ship at the port of Bremerhaven. They would haul them down to Stuttgart, Frankfurt, all of the places where the army bases were in Southern Germany. Then they had a lot of...you might call them stragglers. Sometimes theyd send a busload up to there and Id have to put them on a train and be sure they got on their trains, the army personnel and dependents, wives and children. Id take the wives and children to a restaurant if they had time to eat supper before they got on the train. Sometimes theyd send two cars--two coaches-and those coaches were switched over to the big train to go down there and Id have (the soldiers) for two or three hours and made sure they got off the train and got fed and then back on the train. I also supervised the civilian contractors who unloaded cargo for the Army from the port of Bremen. Following his military service, he returned to Perry. I came back to the railroad here and worked six more years. During that time, I got my degree, rst from North Florida Junior College, after four and a half years of night classes, and then I went on to Florida State. I got a bachelors degree in 16 months by taking 18-hour class loads. I was pretty busy there for 16 months. I gured Im going to be miserable anyway, so I might as do it at one time. When that was over, I interviewed for a job in a company I knew operated short-line railroads like LOP&G. They didnt have anything at rst but they contacted me about a year later. That job took him to Texas, where he was vice president and general manager. In 1976 he moved to Arkansas. I managed for GeorgiaPacic Corporation. They had a lot of short rail lines. In fact they had nine at the peak. They were literally scattered from the state of Georgia to the Pacic Ocean so I traveled a lot. My job title when I retired was director of corporate rail services. I was responsible for anything they did with that rail operation, whether it was rail cars, locomotives, running tracks. It also included president of the short-line railroads like those nine. He also belonged to the American Short-Line Railroad Association, which has about 1000 members. I served on the board and also as regional vice president, said Tedder, who was chairman of the board from 1988 to 1993. I retired in 1997, he said. Chapter 6: A Man and His Trains Revisited Now I dont deal with the real railroads, I deal with the fantasyland of models, Tedder said. His layout room, which includes a scale recreation of the Perry station, is 15 feet by 19 feet. Running the length of the two longer sides are closets, three and a half feet wide, which serve as staging areas. Pointing to a rough drawing he made of his layout room, he points to the staging areas. The trains go through the wall here. You start your trains out here. This is the rest of the world. My world is in here, he said, pointing to the big room. Back when I was working, there were a lot of rail fans. They dont work the railroads, but they like railroads. Theyd take pictures and all kinds of things. They used to come around and wed let them take pictures. Some railroads wouldnt let them take pictures. We were friendly to them and some of them we let ride the locomotives. When I retired, I moved to Little Rock and starting hanging out with some of those guys. They called themselves the Train Guys. After awhile, they said, Well, you know you helped us out back when you working. We were able to do some things we couldnt have done if you hadnt let us do it. So we want to do something nice for you. We want to build you a model train set. I never dreamed of having that, but they built it. In fact were just about to nish it. Its been seven years. They come by every Monday night for two or three hours and work. We have a lot of fun and a lot of camaraderie. Sometimes we dont get much work done. Those of us who are retired, we get together on Wednesday mornings for breakfast at a local restaurant. Then we get together on other occasions sometimes. Its been a fun experience. Epilogue A fun experience. The same can be said of listening to Tedders many stories of Perry and Taylor Countys rich railroad history. Whether it is the chapters in which he directly played a role or the ones he has since studied and researched, Russell Tedder will always be a part of that history. But for now, the train weve been riding for the past four weeks has reached the station. Please watch your step and be sure you dont leave any parcels onboard. Next stop? Isnt that always the question? Well just have to wait and see. By DAWN GUNTER Business Manager Florida Department of Health in Taylor County Scallop season is now upon us and along with it summer vacation and the Fourth of July weekend. We at the Florida Department of Health in Taylor County want everyone to have a great time...and be safe doing it. From August of 2002 to 2011, we conducted weekly coastal beach water monitoring at four sites (Dekle Beach, Keaton Beach, Cedar Island, and Hagens Cove) as a part of the Florida Healthy Beaches Water Quality Program. Due to Taylor Countys low population and low development, its beaches receive low usage in comparison to other parts of the state. The developed areas are now on central sewer, reducing the concern that septic systems around the monitored sites contaminate the water. As a result, Florida Department of Health removed Taylor Countys sample areas from the Healthy Beaches program as of September 2011. While Taylor County does, indeed, have beaches, these are not the sandy white beaches of Florida that are on the TV. We have mud ats that extend out in the gulf for a good distance. The enterococci bacteria, one of the organisms tested for on a weekly basis for the Florida Healthy Beaches Program, lives in the intestines of animals, including humans. But there are any number of other microorganisms that occur naturally in our waters as well. Contact with or swallowing of these pollutants may cause human illnesses or rashes, particularly for people who are prone to sickness due to a compromised immune system or open sores. Exposure to the beach water may cause diarrhea or infections of the eyes, nose, throat, or skin. While rumors get started here and there, the Florida Department of Health in Taylor County is not aware of any infections in the past decade caused by swimming or wading in local beach waters. Please be sure to make responsible decisions. If you have some immune suppressing condition, open sores, etc., it is not a good idea for you to get in the water. Make sure if you are bringing little ones to play in the shallows, that you do your best to keep the water and mud out of their mouths. Keep an eye out for symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or rashes. Should you suspect you or yours have gotten sick from the water, see your doctor and inform him or her of your concerns. For questions, contact the Florida Department of Health in Taylor County at (850) 584-5087 extension 157 (James Rachal). Health department: Be safe & enjoy our beaches to Orlando every week so she can continue to monitor his condition. She said she would reach out to colleagues around the world to see they can help, Meltons aunt, Lynn Carter, said Wednesday. The tumor was discovered about two weeks ago when doctors performed a CTscan on the toddler after he fell off a chair and hit his head. He was ne from the fall, but that is when they found the tumor. We were initially referred to St. Judes Children Research Hospital but found out late last Thursday evening they did not have a program that would be able to help with this type of tumor. They referred us to Arnold Palmer in Orlando, and he and his dad went there Friday (June 28). Little CJs mother, Valerie, is pregnant and not able to travel with them. So there is a lot of sitting and waiting and worrying. His father, Carl CJ Melton Jr., is the main provider for the family and isnt able to work at this time due to taking care of Little CJ. We are asking for everyone to please keep us in their prayers, Carter said. An account for the family has been established at Tree Capital Credit Union and plans are underway for a chicken dinner fund-raiser slated Friday, July 19. We are looking for volunteers to help with ticket pre-sales as well as deliveries the day of the event. We are also asking for volunteers to contribute cakes for dessert. Please contact Debbie Morgan (850-295-3262) if you would like to bake a cake, Carter said. Tommy Murrow is helping coordinate the chicken dinner. To volunteer, please contact him at Burns Funeral Home. Rafe tickets are also being sold for a mini-photo shoot donated by Photos by Kirah. Tickets are $1 each. You can contact me at 838-7431 or Debbie for tickets, Carter said. The doctors arent giving up hope and neither are we...we are hoping for a little good news soon. TEDDER Continued from page 1 This 1950s view of the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad station at Perry represents the way it was when Russell Tedder was agent and train dispatcher in the station from 1954 to 1966. It is now the Historic Perry Station.Tedder may have left the real railroads behind, but he lives in fantasyland of model trains TODDLER Continued from page 1 Volunteers, bakers sought for July 19 chicken dinnerVISIT FLORIDA, the states ofcial source for travel planning, has awarded an advertising matching grant to the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce for the 201314 scal year, which began July 1. The purpose of these grants is to help nonprot entities and local governments stretch their tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida, said Will Seccombe, president & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. We were pleased that VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida selected us from among a large number of grant applicants, during their most competitive grant cycle to date, said, Dawn Taylor, executive director of the chamber. These funds will be used for printing brochures and marketing publications that will advertise and promote the many festivals, events and shing tournaments we have in Taylor County. These new publications will help us better position and market Taylor County as a desirable destination. VISIT FLORIDA, a private/public partnership, is Enterprise Floridas day-to-day operating corporation for tourism. The Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce has been providing the business community with services for more than 65 years in Taylor County. The Tourism Development Council was established in 1998 to help promote Taylor County to those interesting in visiting the area. Chamber awarded Visit Florida grant for local promotions Registration for North Florida Community College (NFCC) will be held at Taylor County High School Thursday, July 11. Interested students are asked to meet in the media center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.TCHS holds registration for NFCC The Taylor County Public Library has announced its slate of July adult workshops. The schedule is as follows: Space is limited so those interested in attending one or more of these workshops are advised to visit the library, located at Free workshops set in July


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