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At Steinhatchee church

gPrison escapee

I is captured here

Look for our annual
"Lettiers to lawta"
Special! eiion 1i Friday's
Perry News-Herald

Food giveaway F"ray
A food giveaway will be held Friday,
Dec. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at Jerkins
Community Center.
Sponsors are asking everyone to
bring their bags and boxes for food.

Food distribution in
Steinhatchee Saturday
The Deparirreni :,l Agriculture andri
America's SeC:,rond Harvest food
distribution lor Steurihatrciee A|Il be
held Saturday Dec 2:.- trirnr, 1 i .3
p.m., at C rer,',ee a'.cros m tronl
Herring Really
:Rules ior a:cep:an:e and
participation, in the program are Ihe
same for e.eryorie without regarij 10
race, color, nahi,:rnil rngirin ge. se,' or
Program c.:,rdiralr is Bobblep
Rideout, and rhe nmayv be reached at
(352) 498-2382.

TRUE meets today
Taylor Residenis United lor ihe
Environment (TR.U.E., will hold a
special.meeling loday iWednesday)
from 5-7 p.mn at Ihe Hamrrplon Inn.
The subje':t ot this meeting will be
the Jan. ICI PubiNL Service
Commissio-i public hea rring on the
Sieed ir a Cropre -few powei plan
to be built in Taylor Counriy.
According 1o reeling organizers,
an attorney will be present to help
individuals .prepare written and oral
Christmas refreshments will be

'Every Day 8s a Holiday'
Need a last rfiinute Christmas gift?
Pick up the 2007 "Every Day is a
Holiday" Calendar.
Every day of the year has a holiday;
most have several. Find out when to
celebrate "Read a Book Day" or "Feed
;Your Pet in Bed Day."
All proceeds generated from the
sales of the calendars will be donated
to the March of Dimes, which is
leading the campaign to reduce*
premature birth by supporting
'research and educating the public and
healthcare providers.
I Calendars may be purchased for $5
at the Perry/Taylor County Chamber of
Commerce as well as Perry
Newspapers, Inc.

Looking for a purr-fect
Christmas present?
What could make a more purr-fect
gift than a cat for Christmas?
The Taylor County Animal Shelter
has the following cats, dogs, puppies
and kittens available for adoption: a
black Lab, good with children, plays
fetch, is well-behaved; a large mixed
breed dog; a one-year-old Bulldog
mix; two neutered male cats; one
spayed female cat; and kittens of
various ages.
Contact the shelter by calling 838-




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William A. Moore, 22, escaped through the passenger
window of his overturned vehicle. The crash happened
Monday on Connell. Grade; Moore was cited for careless

A Monday morning rollover
crash on Connell Grade capped a
weekendd of traffic accidents.
First reported was a rollover
crash on State Road 20, just 1.7
miles north of Perry. According to
a report from Trooper Brian Lundy
of the Florida Highway Patrol
Trooper, Christopher Ponce
Deleon, 20, of Tallahassee was
northbound on S.R. 20 in the
inside lane. He crossed onto the
center median and then "steered
aggressively" to the right in an
attempt to re-enter the highway.
This overcorrectibin 'caUsfef the
Schicle to rotate clockwise and
travel across both northbound
lanes; the vehicle continued to
rotate clockwise as it drove onto
",** Please see page 2

Old Town woman pleads

guilty in DUI death here

An Old Town woman who was
arrested in August for the October
2004 death of a man who was
killed in an automobile accident
here while she was driving under
the' influence pled guilty Monday
and will spend time in prison.
Essie E. Valentine, 46, appeared
before Judge James "Roy" Bean
and entered a guilty plea to the
charge. She received a two-year

prison sentence and a 15-year
probationary period, with the first
two years to be served as
community control, "when her
every movement will be
Assistant State Attorney Dave
Phelps said that even though
Valentine has been in county jail
for the past six months, that time
will not be credited to her prison

"She was on probation at the
time of her original arrest," he said,
"so the jail time accumulated will
count on the probation case and-
not the DUI manslaughter case."
Before sentencing, members of
the victim's family gave tearful
testimony before Judge Bean, and
#"* Please see page 3

A man who escaped from a
prison work release program in
Ocala in September was captured
in Steinhatchee Friday by
members of the Taylor County
Sheriffs Office.
According to Brack Johnson,
assistant director of the Ocala Re-
entry Center, which oversees
prisoners on work release, James
Allen Thomas Jr., 26, was sent to
his job in Ocala on Sept. 29, and
simply did not return to the center
at the specified time.
Taylor County Sheriffs Office
Dep. Brian Hayden said he
received information from a
confidential informant on Friday
that Thomas was living in
Steinhatchee and had an active
state warrant for escape pending
on him.
Hayden, a former correctional
officer at Taylor Correctional
Institute where he had, at one
point, supervised Thomas,
informed shift commander Sgt.
Buddy Lee that he knew what
Thomas looked like and could
identify him.
Hayden located Thomas at
Steinhatchee First Baptist Church,
where he was attending the Friday

night "gym jam," and took him-
into custody without incident.
TCSO deputies Rusty Davis and
Tony Chambers also assisted in the
Thomas was about to enter into
his sixth year of an eight-year
sentence for robbery with a deadly
weapon (gun), burglary of a
dwelling and trafficking in stolen -
property when he made his escape. -
Officials with TCSO said it was -
not certain, at this point, how long
Thomas had been hiding in this

James Thomas Jr.

'Major' changes in

grad requirements

During the past legislative
session major high school reform,
known as the A++ Plan, was
passed. One of the most significant
changes pertaining to high school
graduation requirements for
students entering their first year of
high school beginning next school
year, 2007-08, is the "Major/Minor
Area of Interest" requirements.
The "Major/Minor Areas of
Interest" legislation requires
students to earn 24 credits through
a program .of applied, integrated,
and/or combined courses approved
by the Department of. Education.
The 24 credits are split between 16
core curriculum credits, four
credits in a "major" area of
interest, and four credits combined
to allow for a second major, a
"minor" area of interest, elective
courses, remediation or credit
recovery courses.
"The .program is designed to
give students an. area to focus on
and help deter them from dropping
out," said Superintendent of
Schools Oscar Howard Jr.
"It will also give them a
vocation for after graduation, or at

least give them an idea as to what
field they would like to enter when
they join the work force," he
fBeginnriglif'T 2007-08, creditss
for high school graduation will be
distributed as follows: 16 core
curriculum credits--four English,
four math, three' science, three
social science, one in fine arts and
one in physical education/health.
Students will also be required to
have eight credits in majors,
minors, or electives.
A major area of interest consists
of sequential courses in a career
and technical/vocational program,
fine and performing arts, or
academic content area. The :
"major" area of interest is selected
by students when they enter 9th
grade, and students have the
flexibility to revise major areas of -
interest each year as part of the
annual registration process as they
progress through high school. The
school district can also make
revisions on an annual basis to its
list of "major areas" available to
,, Please see page 2

Water association to organize as utility authority?

The Steinhatchee Water
Association (SWA) is moving
closer to forming a government
utility authority (GUA), which
would be a joint organization
between Taylor and Dixie counties.

Boat ramp


slated in '07
Taylor County has received two
Florida Boating Improvement
Program (FBIP) grants for the
Steinhatch'ee boat ramp project
and the Aucilla River Landing
boat ramp.
When it was announced in
March that the commission was
considering several coastal
projects for the potential grant
funds, a large number of residents
from Steinhatchee and Dark Island
appeared to plead their cases for
the money.
Following more than two hours
of testimony, the commission
decided to earmark the funds for
dredging at the Dark Island canal,
pursuant to a favorable report from
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The resulting report, however,
"** Please see page 3

That was the news given to
Taylor County commissioners last
week by General Manager Rex
According to Dunn, SWA held a
workshop Nov. 30 -to discuss a
GUA document. Commissioner
Clay Bethea was present at this

Talks between the Taylor and River Water Management District allow them to cross the river and
Dixie commissions about a sewer for. a proposed centralized provide sewer service to Jena
project to serve both Steinhatchee wastewater system for residents. According to Dunn, they
and Jena began at a joint meeting Steinhatchee and Jena. are continuing to develop their
in February. At that meeting, Frank Darabi suggested that a GUA be sewer system.
Darabi with the environmental formed using SWA's resources to SWA used the original document
consultants group, Darabi and serve both sides of the river. written by Bishop to form their
Associates, presented a feasibility SWA has since entered an "* Please see page 3
study funded by the Suwannee agreement with Dixie County to

Holiday light displays
Taylor County residents are in full swing with their holiday displays as Christmas approaches. Joining the traditional lights
and manger displays this year are over-sized inflatable figures of Santa Claus and snowmen. The house above has several large -
inflatables on display as well as hundreds of multi-colored lights.

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More class choices for students?

Continued from page 1
students .
The goal of recent A++ High
School Reform legislation is to
increase the "Rigor, Relevance,
and Relationships" of Florida's
high school education programs by

Continued from page 1
the west shoulder of the road
before overturning and striking a
fence. Deleon, who was wearing a
seat belt at the time of the crash,
received minor injuries.
The second weekend crash
happened Sunday afternoon, near
the intersection of C.R. 361 and
Fifth Avenue in Steinhatchee.
According to crash investigator
Trooper John Leohner, Kenneth L.
Lundy, 39, was driving a 1991
Mercury on C.R. 361 and crossed

giving students the ability to
explore an area of interest and
make education more relevant to
their lives. The "major/minor area
of interest" is perhaps the major
vehicle intended to accomplish this
reform and is designed to provide
students with opportunities to earn
additional credit toward college or

into the northbound land and
collided with a 2005 Jeep SUV
driven by Alex Taylor, 16, of
Lundy then fled the scene on
foot and was reportedly still
at large as of presstime
Taylor received minor injuries,
as did his passenger, James Taylor,
A third passenger in the Jeep,
Wynette Taylor, 38, sustained
serious injuries and was
transported to Doctors' Memorial

technical school or beginning
certification in an occupation
during their high school career. In
addition, students will have the
opportunity to engage in a more in-
depth study of academic choice
and increase the value of their
elective courses and their high
school diploma.

A fourth passenger, Weslie
Hatchet, 67, of Auburn, Ala., was
also taken to the hospital for
treatment of minor injuries.
Rounding out the three crashes
was the Monday incident on
Connell Grade. The driver was
negotiating a curve in the dirt road
when his vehicle skidded off the
road and overturned onto its
The man was not injured and
was examined at the scene by a
team from Doctors' Memorial
Hospital Emergency Medical

The Department of Education
requires each school district to
develop a program of
"major/minor areas of interest" and
submit it to the Commissioner of
Education for approval. The
following is a list of the 14 major
areas of interest approved for
Taylor County High School:
visual arts; administrative
assistant/business education;
family and consumer sciences;
applied welding technologies;
automotive service technology;
carpentry; electronic technology;
industrial machinery maintenance;
language arts; music; physical
education; ROTC and military
training; special diploma; and
teacher and classroom assistant.
"This is the beginning of a
significant and visionary change
for Florida's high school students,"
said Howard.
"We look forward to building on
our first year of major areas of
interest and increasing choices and
opportunities designed to make
students' high school careers more
rigorous, relevant and relationship-
driven so that they are better
prepared to compete in the
post-high school world."






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Surveillance tape leads to arrest warrant

Continued from page 1

according to Phelps, was
"accepting to the sentence."
According to a probable cause

affidavit filed by Florida Highway
Patrol Cpl. William E. Harrell. the
truck, being driven by Valentine,

Matching funds not required

Continued from page 1
was not favorable and the
commission subsequently moved
the grant to the Steinhatchee
"It has been determined by the
board appointed boat ramp
committee and the board of
commissioners that the Fourth
Street West and Second Avenue
North area may be the best
location for a county boat ramp in
Steinhatchee," County Grants
Coordinator Melody Cox said last
week in a memorandum to the
"We have been working with
several landowners in the
immediate area in reference to the
proposed boat ramp. We have been
awarded a grant through Florida



Continued from page 1
GUA documents and Dunn said he
hoped to have a final draft ready to
present to both commissions soon.
-In related news, Dunn told
commissioners SWA has applied
for several grants, including an $8.
million grant through Dixie
County for a wastewater plant
there and an $8 million grant for
expansions to their existing water
plant. The organization is also in
talks with state representatives for
$6.5 million for sewer
construction as well as an
additional $1 million for pre-

Boating Improvement to determine
if use of the site for a boat
ramp is feasible. The project will
include a survey, and the planning,
testing and engineering for
the location to obtain
required permitting. We will have
until June 15, 2008,
to complete the work
per the terms of the grant
According to Cox, the $37,872
grant will be be used for a

handicap accessible floating dock
and gangway at the Aucilla
boat ramp as well as parking
improvements, repairs to the boat
ramp, and updating the park area
with new fencing, picnic
tables, sidewalks and a boater
safety kiosk.
Neither grant requires a local
match and therefore will be
provided at no cost to the
county, according to Cox.


out of control eight miles
of Perry on U.S. Hwy. 19
the right rear tire blew

During the crash. Harrell said
both people were ejected from the
truck, "causing incapacitating
injuries to both."
Valentine and the passenger,
John Kessler, were both treated at
the scene and then flown to
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for
"critical" injuries. Kessler died
eight days later, on Oct. 31 from
injuries sustained in the crash.
An alcohol and toxicology was
taken on Valentine on the morning
of the crash, and Harrell said she
had a blood alcohol level of. 124 at
the time of the crash.
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impaired in the State of Florida,


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Taylor, Gunter plan

wedding for June 9
Mike Taylor and Carol Taylor, both of Perry, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Chastity Hope, to Eustis Thomas Gunter, the son of
Tommy and Carol Gunter of Perry.
The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Taylor County High School. She
is currently employed with the Department of Corrections in Tallahassee
while attending Florida State University and pursuing a degree in
hospitality administration.
Her grandparents are William (Billy) Wigglesworth of Lake Park. Ga.,
Patricia Grantham Wigglesworth of Perry, and Junior and Nina Taylor of
Perry. Her great grandfather is John Wigglesworth.
The future bridegroom is a recent graduate of The Academy at North
Florida Community College and intends to pursue a .career in law
enforcement. He is currently employed at Rosehead Junction in Perry.
His grandparents are Eustis and Verdie Gunter, and James and Margaret
Roberts, all of Perry.
The wedding will take place on June 9, 2007, at Pisgah Baptist Church,
and will be followed by a reception at the home of Vivian and Bob

Ava Elizabeth Turner Michael Hayes Griffin

Machula represents

Taylor as 'scholar'

Timothy Machula, a graduating
senior at Taylor County High
School, has been designated the
Taylor .District Sunshine State
Scholar in mathematics, and
science for the current year.
He will compete with 94 other
district scholars representing all
the school districts in Florida on
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, to
become one of 10 regional
Those regional champs will then
compete in March for the title of
Statewide Sunshine State Scholars
in Mathematics and Science for
The Sunshine State Scholars
Program was established in 1997
to recognize the achievement of
Florida's graduating seniors who
have demonstrated excellence in
both math and science.
All scholars receive district
recognition and individual awards
from the program at the January
The 10 regional scholars and
their designated teachers receive
further recognition from the
governor, and the cabinet, the
Florida Legislature, the
Department of Education and
private businesses.
Further information on the
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A-4 Taco TimeS December 20, 2006

Chastity Hope Taylor, Eustis Thomas Gunter

New Arrivals
Ava Elizabeth Turner
Silas and Angie Turner of Perry announce the birth of their daughter,
Ava Elizabeth, on Dec. 6, 2006, at 12:52 p.m. in Capital Regional Medical
Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.
Maternal grandparents, are Leon and Dolores Flowers.
Paternal grandparents are Ethel Turner and the late Rev. Luther Turner.
Ava Elizabeth joins two brothers, Chris and Jeremy Turner.
Michael Hayes Griffin
Terry and Leanne Griffin of Hahira, Ga., announce the birth of their son,
Michael Hayes, on Nov. 11, 2006, in Albany, Ga. He weighed 7 pounds,
9 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Calvin and Sandi Oller of Perry, and John
Hayes of Green Cove Springs. The baby's maternal great grandparents are
Ray and Gwen Evans.
Paternal grandparents are James and Bonnie Griffin of China Spring,
The new arrival was welcomed home by a brother, Cody.
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Bulldogs blast Madison

100-80; improve to 5-4

One of the principal concerns
facing Bulldog Head Coach John
Davies in the 'early going of the
2006-2007 season was his team's
inability to muster much offense.
That was not a problem Friday
night, as the Dogs scored triple-
digits enroute to defeating district
rival Madison County 100-80, in
Perry. Ten Taylor players scored,
five iu double-figures, as the
Bulldogs improved to 5-4 overall
and picked up their first District 3-
3A win of the young season.
"So many things went right for
us Friday night," said Davies. "It
was a 'team' effort in every sense
of the word. My pre-game talk is
usually four to five minutes long-
-reminding everyone about
particular responsibilities, who to
watch out for, what we need to
concentrate on, etc.
"This time, I could see they
were so focused, so ready, I was
afraid that a long talk might drain
some of that energy. So, I just
said, 'Make your lay-ups, make
your free throws, sprint for four
quarter;.' That was it one
sentence. Maybe I'll keep it short

from now on!" he added.
The Bulldogs ran their diamond
press virtually all game long,
opening up a 24-point lead in the
first half, then staving off a strong
Madison rally in which the lead
was cut to six .in the second half.
Taylor broke the game open again
in the fourth quarter, maintaining
an 18-20 point lead for most of
the last four minutes.
"We ran a lot during the pre-
season and still do a lot of running
in practice," said Davies. "Much
more than any other team I've
coached in Taylor. It's all geared
toward being able to press for 4
quarters. We couldn't do that right
off the bat this year because we
had some new guys who had to
learn our press and how we run it.
But, for us to be successful, this
is not going to be a 'walk-it-up'
half-court offensive or defensive
team. Friday night a lot of hard
work came together for us. We
have to build on that win and keep
Marquis Ellis led the Bulldogs
with 26 points including four 3-

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ball well, as his nine assists kept
all Taylor players involved and
Timmy Miller played his best
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17 points. Greg Flowers had 16
points to go along with his team-
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The Bulldogs travel to Maclay
Wednesday through Friday for the
Holiday Hoops Classic. Taylor
will'play Leon at 5 p.m. in the
tournament opener.

Florida high school coaching
legend Gene Cox was the guest
speaker at the Perry Kiwanis Club
last week.
Cox, who holds the state record
for most wins by a high school
coach, was joined at the Dec. 13
meeting by the current Taylor
County High coaching staff as
well as local coaching legends
C.T. Burgess and Elmer Coker.
Cox, who accumulated 313
wins during his 40-year career,
coached most of his years at
Tallahassee-Leon (1963-1990)..
Prior to that he was head
football coach in Live Oak.
"I remember when Live Oak
played Taylor County in the early
1960s. Almost every game turned
into a fight," he said.
Cox noted that he played high
school football in Lake City
alongside long-time Perry
physician Dr. Hoyt Horne.
"In l051, we'cnt undefeated and
claimed the mythical state
championship. There were no state
playoffs in those days," Cox said.
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right) TCHS Head Coach Price Harris, Earl Swann, Coach C.T. Burgess, Coach Gene Cox, Coach
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hard-hitting linebacker for that
1951 squad. He noted that Horne's
two sons, Don and John, were
known for their hartd-hitting style
at Taylor County.
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The coach recalled a 1984 game
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the visitors' sideline, drenching the
"Our fans were laughing but I
had to apologize to the Taylor
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On Dec. 22

Families invited to celebrate Christmas

Dessert fellowship will follow
A Christmas Family Celebration is planned for Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.
in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church featuring Chris Padgett as
Christian speaker/worship leader.
Everyone in the community is invited for "a wonderful, joy-filled time
with our Lord and one of his faithful servants," said Gay Kallschmidt for
the church. Please bring a dessert to share following the service.
For more information on Padgett, you may visit the website,

the birth of our Lord and Savior," said the Rev. Larry D. Neal, pastor of the
church. "We will also celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's Supper during
the service."
The community is invited; a nursery will be provided. Morning worship
on Dec. 24 will begin at 11 a.m.; there will be no Sunday School that day.

Planning now for New Year's Eve?
The group, Face Down, will headline the New Year's Eve youth
extravaganza planned by the Taylor Baptist Association, with the
endorsement of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This event is for

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Christmas Eve worship announced students in grades 6 and up, and will include food, music, games, worship
First Presbyterian Church invites the community to its annual Christmas and door prizes. It begins at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and continues until
Eve worship service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. This traditional service includes 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Day! Organizers urge you to make your plans
readings, carols and special music by the chancel choir, "in celebration of now.

Holiday program tonight at New Mt. Zion Church

"A Friend is a Gift of God"
Among the great and glorious
Our Heavenly Father sends
Is the gift of understanding
that we find in loving friends
for somehow, in the generous

Pamula Jenness
Pamula "Pam" Jenness Hatcher,
42, died Dec. 19, 2006, in
Mrs. Hatcher. was a lifelong
resident of Taylor County and a
member of Calvary Baptist
Church. She was a past president
of the Lady Elks of Perry and
served on the Bingo committee for
the Elks Lodge. She was an
administrative assistant in the
purchasing department at Martin
Electronics, Inc., of Perry.
Survivors include: her husband,
Wilson "Ron" Hatcher of Perry;
one son, James "Jimmy" Hatcher
of Perry; her mother, Florence
Jenness of Perry; and one sister,
Donna Walker of Largo.
Funeral services will be held

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Worship 10:45 a.m.

of loving faithful friends
the good God in his charity
and wisdom always sends
a sense of understanding
and the power of perception
and mixes these fine qualities
with kindness and affection.
So when we need some sympathy
or a friendly hand to touch,

Thursday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at
Beggs Funeral Home with
interment following at Pineview
Memorial Gardens.
Family members will receive
friends today, Dec. 20, from 6 until
8 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home,
which is in charge of
Sheila Newsome
Sheila Newsome, 65, of
Pearson, Ga., died Dec. 18, 2006,
at home following an extended
Born in Ft. Lauderdale July 7,
1942, she was the daughter of Earl
and Joan Wagner Dafler. Mrs.
Newsome had been a resident of
Coffee and Atkinson counties for
most of the past 25 years. She was
a mortgage broker and a

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and speaks words that mean so
we seek our true and trusted
In the knowledge that we find
a heart that's sympathetic
and an understanding mind.
Remember the sick, shut-in and

She was preceded in death by a
daughter, Sandy-Jo Courson.
Survivors include: her husband,
Donnie T. Newsome of Pearson;
one son, Donald Earl Wright of
Perry; one daughter, Margie
O'Brien of Pearson; one son-in-
law, Sonny Courson of Rincon,
Ga.; one sister, Sandy Williams of
Ft. Wayne, Ind.; nine
grandchildren; three great
grandchildren; and several nieces
and nephews.
A memorial service will be held
Saturday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. at
Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson
with the Rev. Allen Peacock
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sons in the war.
The Christmas program will be
held today, Dec. 20 at New Mt.
Zion Missionary Baptist Church
where the Rev. Izell Montgomery
Jr. is pastor. Services will begin at
7 p.m. All children are urged to be
present and on time. A citywide
invitation is extended. Let us help
the world to know that Jesus is the
reason for Christmas.
Everyone enjoyed the
community banquet held in
Springhill Church dining area
Saturday night. The attendance
was good and the food was
delicious. The pastor's 19th
anniversary was enjoyed by all
The spirit-filled message was
delivered by the Rev. Gregory
Houston, pastor of New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church. The Rev.
and Mrs. Montgomery received
gifts and extended heartfelt thanks
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A-8 Taco Times December 20, 2006

Card of Thanks

The family of the late Paul
Fillmore Sr. would like to thank
everyone that prayed for us, sent
food. cards. floral pieces, financial
support and all other acts of

kindness during and after our
loved one's demise.
A special thank you to The
Potter's House church family,
Living Word Ministry, Restoration
Faith Center, Big Bend Hospice.

Trinity Funeral Home and Dennis
Locksmith Service.
Your generosity is greatly
God bless you.
The Fillmore & Atkins families

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Ho, ho ,ho!
Mr. and Mrs. Santa (Valmar "Pete" and Mariam Lavoie)
Thursday, giving gifts and candy to students. This is the 19th
has spread cheer to the "good" boys and girls .at the school.

(Continued from page 7)
In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations made to a
charity of your choice.
Relihan Funeral Home of
Pearson is in charge of
Zelpha Grace Sharer
Zelpha Grace Sharer, a
homemaker, 90, died Dec. 14,
2006, at Tallahassee Memorial

Born in Polk Co, Ill., she moved
to Perry in 1953. She' was a
member of the Southside Baptist
Church and the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by
her husband of 42 years, Robert
Sharer; a daughter, Shirley Odom;
a granddaughter, Julie Anne
Lee; and a grandson, Gregory
Survivors include: a son, Robert
"Bobby" Sharer; two daughters,
Marilyn Lee (and husband
Kenneth) and Barbara Sharer, all

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sisters; six grandchildren; and 11
great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at Joe
P. Burns Funeral Home. Interment
followed at Pineview. Memorial:
Family members received
friends one hour prior to the,
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Christmas Tour of Homes

Steinhatchee School celebrated
National Young Readers Day on
Nov. 14 with students in Head
Start through eighth grade
listening to readers from several
businesses in Taylor and Dixie
Taking part in the activities
were: Susie Knight, Chet
Thompson, Dan Simmons and
Clay Bethea of Buckeye; Wanda
Kemp, 'Oscar Howard, Sandy
MacDonald, Suezette Stephens
and Shelly Strickland with the
Taylor County School District;
Taylor County Fire and Rescue;
Taylor County Sheriffs Office;
Citizens Bank of Steinhatchee;
Buckeye Community Federal
Credit Union; Emily Ketring,
mayor of Perry; Dean Fowler from
Steinhatchee Landing Resort;
Perry Police Department Ptl.
Brian Curry; Woods and Water,
Capt. Bob Benton; Representative
Will Kendrick; Jack Tedder,
Taylor County Tax Collector;
Kevin Kidd, Boys and Girls
Club of Perry; and local residents
Mickey Nyberg, Helen
Redmon, Ed Ivey and Alexis
"A special thank you goes to Jan

Ferguson for her many donated
hours to decorate and assist with
this occasion. Local stores which
donated a variety of services
were Foodland of Cross City,
Mason's Market, Lynn-Rich
Restaurant, Hungry Howie's and
Roy's Restaurant of Steinhatchee.
Also Save-A-Lot, Wal-Mart,
Goodman's Barbeque, Winn Dixie
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and Subway of Perry provided
generous donations for our literacy
day at Steinhatchee School. We
wish to thank Kathy Jester, our
reading coach, and all these
partners for making this National
Young Readers Day so special for
the students and teachers at
Steinhatchee School," school
officials said.

Buckeye's Dan Simmons was among the volunteer readers
to visit Steinhatchee School.

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Boys'Choir performs Jan. 13

The Madison County
Charmettes and North Florida
Community College will present a
special concert of the world-
renowned Boys' Choir of
Tallahassee, Saturday, Jan. 13, at
the Van H. Priest Auditorium.
The benefit concert will begin at
6 p.m.
The project is to raise funds for
NFCC scholarships. Tickets are
$10 each.
The Charmettes, a service club
of civic-minded women, is
working with NFCC to bring in the
popular Boys' Choir. NFCC is
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More than 70 percent of NFCC
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be a sold-out event and that the
performance will be superb," said
NFCC President Morris G. Steen
Tallahassee Boys' Choir is a
community outreach program of
the Florida State University School
of Social Work for at-risk males
who come from schools
throughout the Tallahassee area.
The founder and director of the
Boys' Choir of Tallahassee is Dr.
Earle Lee Jr.
Begun in 1995 with 25
members, the choir now serves 125
members ranging in ages of seven
to 18 years old. With its motto "No
Excuses," the choir that accepts all
applicants has grown in popularity
on the local, state, national and
international levels.
Choir members receive intensive
counseling and academic tutoring.
Since its first member graduated
from high school in May 1998,

every senior has received a
scholarship at a major college or
The choir was selected to
represent the state of Florida at the
Millennium celebration in Italy.
The members spent 10 days
performing in Rome, Florence,
Venice and Milan.
Tickets may be purchased from
members of,.Charmettes or from
the Offiuce- of College
Advancement at NFCC.
Community clubs and
individuals are encouraged to
purchase "scholarship" tickets
underwriting the ticket expense for
youngsters who cannot otherwise
Purchase tickets in advance
by calling (850) 973-4857
or 973-1653, or email
To learn more about the group,
visit their official website at

Parrish joins NFMC board

Currently the members of the
Board of Directors of North
Florida Medical Centers, Inc.,
(NFMC) are participating in a new
certificate program for health care
,Looal Taylor County business
owner Ella Mae Parrish, who is the
newest member of the board, will
be taking part in the program.
The program' is designed to
provide a structured path of
training and skills enhancement in
the area of not-for-profit health
center governance. Being offered
by the National Association of
Community Health Centers
(NACHC), health center board
members will receive the NACHC

Certificate of 'Health Center
Governance upon completion of
31 contact hours of participation in
a wide variety of education
programs offered.
North Florida Medical Centers,
Inc., a network of local federally
qualified health centers in the Big
Bend area, oversees seven rural
health centers and one dental
center. NFMC currently has
centers in Wakulla, Gadsden,
Taylor, Dixie, Mayo, Madison,
Franklin and Gulf counties. The
Board of Directors, which has been
in existence since the merger in
1995 of five independently funded
health centers, formed what is
currently known as NFMC.

Richly decorated
kitchens, elegant
sitting rooms, cozy
outdoor escapes
and inviting front
porches drew visitors
during the annual
Christmas Tour of
Homes hosted by the
Perry Woman's Club.
Sharing the spotlight
on the tour were the
homes of Lynda and
Bobby Edwards, Ann
and Branson Fisher,
Jeff and June Byers,
Leah and Christopher

and Rick

and Joanna
Ter Maat.

Advisory committee tours

firing range, driving course

President Morris G. Steen Jr. and
Skip James, director of the Public
Safety Academy, welcomed law
enforcement and correction
representatives to North Florida
Community College for the annual
Advisory Committee meeting Dec.
Through the committee, local
representatives from the public
safety community regularly
provide input on training and.
curriculum to NFCC.
Members of the council include
Nathaniel Patterson Jr., assistant
warden of Taylor Correctional
Institution (TCI); David Frisby,
Monticello Chief of Police; Rick
Davis, Madison Chief of Police;
Jeffrey McGuire, Jasper Chief of
Police; Madison County Sheriff

Pete Bucher; Hamilton County
Sheriff's Office Major John Davis;
Col. Robert Hart and Patty Harvey
of Mayo Correctional Institution;
and Doug Glisson, field
representative of the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement.
James explained that changing
the academy name from Criminal
Justice to Public Safety Academy
followed the national trend to
include elements of public safety,
law enforcement, corrections and
security under a comprehensive
name. The change also opens the
door for NFCC to pursue expanded
grant opportunities.
Members discussed the law
enforcement trust fund, upcoming
advanced and specialized training
and the Range 3000 target

shooting simulator system. The
council also noted that future
academy recruits will be required
to have a physical and pass a drug
After the meeting, participants
toured the new defensive driving
course and indoor firing
range/classroom building nearing
completion on the north side of the
NFCC Madison campus. The
combined project has a price tag of
about $4.5 million and
encompasses 57 acres. The driving
course should be completed in
February of 2007 and the firing
range building in April, 2007.
For information about the Public
Safety Academy at NFCC, contact
James at (850) 973-9477 or email
jamess@nfcc.edu. "

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'Hometown heroes' praised for

efforts around the community
Dear Editor: always willing to share her makes a point of stopping to speak
Since moving back to Perry a wonderful music talents, as do the or honk his horn while passing by
few years ago I have had the Kurimay sisters. driving his car with the FAMU
privilege and blessing to meet and Miss Thelma Newberry, who has insignia with great pride. He is
reacquaint with numerous always been willing to share her always at Springhill Church when
residents here that I consider my speaking talents. I pass by on my way to church on
S Hometown Heroes. Some of these Miss B. D. Williams, who has Sunday morning.
I do not know well, and some are shared her writing talents with the Hattie Smith and Ida Chester--
no longer with us, but their community in the newspaper for two of the best team members I


Letters to the Editor

Writer upset by 'criticism' of snow event

Dear Editor:
I was so pleAsed to see the
families and children of Taylor
County coming together for the
Downtown Christmas Snowfest
event. I am so appreciative of
everyone's hard work.
I feel I must respond to last
week's letter from the irate parent.
First of all, I would like to thank
the Downtown Merchants
Association for coordinating this
event for our community and the
Tourism Development Council for
assisting them with funding. I do
know that the Tourism
Development Council did not
coordinate the event, but did assist

with the cost of bringing the snow
to Perry.
I have worked with large events
in the past and know that it takes a
lot to put something this large
together and first-year events are
even tougher due to unforeseen
It's a shame that these kind
people are being criticized for
doing nothing but caring about
Perry and wanting to bring
something nice and positive for
our families. Coordinators of these
types of events feel defeated when
all they hear is the negative. It's
impossible to know ahead of time
what to expect with an event such

Were commissioners' act

Dear Editor:
Illegal or immoral? At the
recent public hearing on comp plan
amendments, commissioners
concluded public testimony and
voted before observers knew what
was happening, without taking
time to think, discuss or read
material provided. (Very different
from volunteer Planning. Board
members who wanted more time.)
The opening prayer told us "it is all
about growth." Growth? Cancer
cells are all about growth;
communities are all about people.
The North Central Florida
Regional Planning Council advises

our county on issues such as comp
plan amendments. They'
recommended not approving the
second amendment to change all
2,997 acres to power plant use.
This recommendation was not
discussed 'at the public hearing.
No one suggested reducing the
amount of land to fit one 800-
megawatt pulverized coal plant. I
have since learned of a 1500 MW
plant, with lakes, train 'loops and
buffer on 600 acres in Illinois!
Using those numbers, our comp
plan will now allow at least three
or four pulverized coal power
plants on the site, three or four

as this and they had no idea that the
turnout would be so significant. It
is obvious that there are kinks to be
worked out, but that is normal with
any large event. But instead of
compliments, suggestions,, a nice -
pat on the back or an offer to help.
they get criticism.
I for one would like to thank
them for working so hard putting
this event together. Thank you for-
the music, the fun, the snow and
the fellowship. It was so nice to
see so many people downtown
enjoying themselves. I look
forward to coming to this event
again next year.
Aimee Roberts

ions 'illegal'?
times the number of coal trains
running through Perry and many
miles of transmission lines over
our land. What will that do to the
infrastructure, the tax base and the
quality of life in Perry?
Lots of people from other
counties are coming to tell Perry
what is good for us. Thank
goodness physicians, scientists and
ministers come to talk about health
and global warming. The hired
staff from Florida Municipal
Power Agency, JEA, Disney and
Tallahassee do not live here but
they make promises about our
Your news article showed that
over half of the people who spoke
in favor of the proposed coal plant
(16) are employed by the coal
plant partners. They will be paid
for saying how good their
employers' ideas are. None of the
53 people who spoke against the
idea will be paid. Some even lose
pay when they attend events in
'- Please see page 3

'Grinch' victim

thanks vandals

for confessions
Dear Editor:
A victim of the "grinch."
Thank you young men and
woman for admitting your deeds.
Your confessions are encouraging.
Now days, wrong seemingly is not
confessed because there might be
a way to circumvent the law and
get away with lesser or no
punishment. Your example is
good. May you receive leniency in
the eyes of the law for your deeds.
From one whom much has been
Tommie Stanaland

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Lessie Mae and Ernestine
Washington, who have been there
to help and offer their
Lessie Mae kept me from losing
two fingers on my left hand once.
Ann Marie Powell Coleman,
who shares stories of our
neighborhood from childhood and
someone who shared her happiness
with us during her last birthday.
The Rev. Archie Powell, who is
always willing to help around the
neighborhood when possible.
someone I call BuddyBubba--we
played together when we were kids
and one day he drove up beside me
while I was out walking with Taco
and yelled, "Cooter, whatcha
doin?" Buddy/Bubba always

have every had the experience to
work with and I love like sisters.
Yvonne McCord, whose help
will always be appreciated.
Vickie and Joe Collins, for their
caring for our community and
work with our veterans.
J. B. and Larry Cozine, who
have always been willing to
volunteer and help with our
various "causes," and for being
such great new friends.
June Evans and Molly Lilliott,
for their friendship and who share
with our community in so many
Mary Lou Whitfield--she is one
reason why I still write. Her
encouragement has sustained me
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Midweek Muddle

S- Merry Christmas to all


"Yeah...let me speak to the managing It's just top drawer," she said.
editor," said the caller to our "Top drawer," the husband said in
receptionist. repetition. "Top drawer."
And I can just imagine the country "Big day in the newspaper business!"
twang with which he spoke. declared one friend.
I answered the phone and the caller "How about that color?" said another.
continued, ."Yeah.Kt.hat cGlor.fom your ,_, _.. "Ooooh, I love, this color," said a
newspaper is rubbing Off'otn my mullet." customer buying the paper from the
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least I was brought up that way, I from top to bottom.
traded softly through the beginning of "Big town," said one.
this conversation until I fully recognized "Up town," said another.
the voice of a logger who fishes and And, all the while, I was taking notes.
once drove fast boats until he took up "I took my paper back to the jiffy store
niking prank calls in our community today--thought I'd bought the wrong
for a living. That's when he's not, of one," said another. 1
course, trying to run me down with his "Your paper looks great," said Betty.
oversized truck on Jefferson Street. "We're so proud of the color...." said
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could take it...and much more. more money, huh?"
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document .historically atnd preserve for one actually. "I miss the nostalgic look
all mankind. .He said 'with.gentle heart of the black-and-white paper," he
and kind spirit, "Your paper looks remarked.
great...I just wanted to give you .that Well, just look at the inside pages, we
compliment. Good job." suggested. It's nostalgia wrapped in
I was speechless. color.
"That's it?" I asked. Days passed and the compliments
"No more humiliation or pain?" continued. I became profound. "Never
"Not today," he said. "You done good." in the history of this newspaper, have
(And that is exactly what he said.) we made so many people happy at
Actually, he started off one of the once."
rarest days I've ever experienced in the Everyone on the staff was speechless;
newspaper business: the praise far nobody argued with me.
outweighed the criticism. Nor did they wonder if we could do it
I am writing it down so that I don't again, for less than a million dollars.
forget; good things should always be That would be pushing it.
remembered. About that time, we heard such a
On the day of our first full-color clatter, we sprang from our desks to see
newspaper, I called a local business to what was the matter. A press part,
schedule an appointment for carpet about the size of peppermint candy, had
cleaning and I got the answering service, broken into two pieces. The closest
instead. But it was a great "missed call" replacement part was faraway in
for the operator took my message and Missouri.
gave me praise. "I loved your paper; the We were black and white again, and
color was great." I felt like I was talking blue all over.
to Sarah, the switchboard operator in Only our nostalgic friend smiled, like
Mayberry, N.C. the Grinch who stole Christmas.
When the business owner'returned my Eight tiny reindeer, wearing brown,
call, he said, "Hey, the paper looked nice. delivered the part two days later and
That color's great." now we've got roses in our cheeks
"We thought it was the Tallahassee again...and in your cheeks too. We're
Democrat," said another young friend at holding our breath that only visions of
church that evening. "Mama got it out of sugarplums will dance in that press'
the mailbox and I said, 'What is this?'" head, and no more clatter will come
"It looked great," his mother added. "I down the chimney this year.
loved the red, white and blue wreaths on In this season of good will, we just
the front page." want to say "thanks" for your tidings of
"I knew we had cancelled our comfort and joy. Who cares if the red
subscription to the Tallahassee and green rub off on your mullet? The
Democrat," said another, "and I couldn't ink is shy-based, and may help your hot
figure out what this color newspaper flashes. Plus, it's Christmas and it can be
was doing in my mailbox." a wonderful life...whether it's color, or
One friend called specifically to black-and-white.
congratulate the staff. "I just wanted So Merry Christmas to all...and to all a
you to know that the color looks great. good night.






contributions to making our lives
better because they are here or
have been here is unquestionable
in my mind and heart.
People like:
Pastor Ray of San Pedro Baptist
Church, who talked about courage
one Sunday morning and the
courage it took sometimes to get
out of bed in the morning. Amen
to that. For some, that is almost an
impossible task.
My cousin, John Padgett, who
plays the piano and sings at San
Pedro, and old friend Nina Taylor,
who still sings in the choir and
helps lead the choir when needed.
"Mr. John" Wigglesworth, who
is always cheerful and is happy to
see you.
Miss Carmina Ketring who is

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Letters to the Editor

- Writer does not want to live next to development

Dear Editor:
I bought retirement property
near the proposed development
several years ago before it was
announced. At first, I was neutral
and investigated both sides of the
issue. I concluded that I do not
want to spend my retirement next
to one of the many thousands of

"exclusive" communities that dot
the Florida landscape; and here's
In Taylor County, my teenage
daughter caught her first fish;
drove a car for the first time in a
safe area (avoiding gopher
tortoises along the way); attended
her first bluegrass festival and high

school football game; went mud
bogging one spring break; and
chose to spend three New Year's
Eves there so she could eat at her
favorite locally owned restaurants
and enjoy the north Florida
cuisine. These are things that
some Taylor County residents may
take for granted, but they are signs

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through the years and she is one of
my all-time favorite people.
' Margie Eaddy, who has helped
me in so many ways at work and in
being our friend: and Mr. Eaddy's
jokes--a great way to relieve one
from stress and problems.
Some of those we have lost--
people I will never forget. To name
a few: Mrs. Santee--she always
called on a regular basis to check
.to see if I was doing ok and to let
me know that she was praying for

me; Myra Mercer--I loved having
her say, "Honey, come on over here
and sit down beside me. I have
something to tell you." (You can
bet it was always inspirational,
educational, very interesting, and
worthwhile.); and Gary Williams--
he was always willing to go the
extra mile in helping and working
with me on projects.
So many of us have lost friends
and loved ones this past year.
There are many more--too many
to name in a letter, but these
wonderful people have been
special in my life here in Perry and

are my hometown heroes.
I cannot close without
mentioning and thanking our
Perry/Taylor County military folks
who are serving our country in
courage and are true patriots in
every sense of the word.
Regardless of whether they are in
Iraq, Afghanistan, the United
States or other places in the world,
each one is a hero to all of us.
Thank you for your willingness to
serve our country in this unique
and brave manner. Your service is
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Care package
The staff of the Taylor County Head Start Program joined together and prepared a "Care
Package" for the father of one of their students, Jessica Cook. Ricky Cook is serving in the U.S.
Army in Iraq. Shown above are Ricky's wife, Jennifer Cook, daughter, Jessica, and Head Start
Director Eric B. Scott. "It was heartwarming to watch the Head Start staff unite in this effort,"
stated Scott. "I approached Mrs. Cook about gathering some supplies for Mr. Cook and she
provided a list of appropriate items. Within a very short time, employees were returning
with their purchases--batteries, hard candy, chewing gum, crackers, games, cards,
. toothpaste, toothbrushes, writing tablets and more. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Cook family and with all of our troops who are serving our nation."

Fines forgiven
The staff of the Taylor County
Public Library wants everyone to
celebrate the new year by starting
2007 with a clean slate. All late
charges on overdue books will be
forgiven from now through Jan.
31, 2007.

Ricky R. Stavely
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Columbia, S.C.
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military weapons, drill and
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marksmanship, armed and
unarmed combat, map reading,
field tactics, military courtesy,
military justice system, basic first
aid, foot marches and field
training exercises.
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B-5 Taco Times December 20, 2006

At the Booking Desk

Editor's note: It is the policy of this
newspaper to run the names of all
those arrested and booked at the
Taylor County Jail. All those listed
below have been charged with a crime,
but are considered innocent until
proven guilty.
Nov. 18:
Genetris Carmine Jones, 19, 500
South Warner Street, aggravated
battery, warrant (grand theft), Ptl.
Deeson, PPD.
Jamie L. Baumgardner, 19, 4969
Jones Baumgardner Lane,
domestic battery, Dep. Hayden,
Michael Jayce Markey,
possession of less than 20 grams
cannabis, possession of drug

paraphernalia, reckless driving,
Ptl. Murphy, PPD.
Nov. 20:
Rodney Walker, 49, Beach
Road, VOP (leaving the scene of
an accident), Dep. Burford, TCSO.
Keisha Faircloth, 27, 202 C
Nutall Rise Road, Lamont, VOP
(forgery, uttering a forgery), Off.
Livingston, DOC.
Willie Colson, 36, 1120 Marby
Street, Tallahassee, VOP (fleeing
or eluding), VOCC (assault on a
law enforcement officer), Off.
Thomas, DOC.
Billy Ben Adams, 53, 1497
Pharo Morgan Road, failure to
appear, Dep. Hayden, TCSO.
James Carter, 49, 1420 Old
Dixie Highway, VOP (sexual

battery on a child under 12 years of
age), Off. Livingston, DOC.
Sondra Matthews, 41, 5937
Beach Road, grand theft, Dep.
Burford, TCSO.
Jamie Baumgardner, 19, 4969
Jones Baumgardner Lane, VOP for
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon, Off. Thomas, DOC.
Nov. 21:
Willie Eugene Taylor, 20, P. 0.
Box 675, Cross City, FTA for
DWLS, Trp. G. Smyrnios, FHP.
James Alvin Robinson, 41, 1152
NE 14th Street, Ocala, VOP
(DWLS, possession of less than 20
grams cannabis, possession of drug
paraphernalia), Dep. Burford,
Tyrone Whitfield, 30, 207 West

Church Street. cheating, grand
theft, Ptl. Norris. PPD.
Nov. 22:
Douglas A. Bodiford, 42. 3230
Woods Creek Road, possession of
cocaine, possession of drug
paraphernalia. Ptl. Gray, PPD.
Ritchie Lamont Davis, 34, 117
Warner Avenue, possession of
cocaine, possession of marijuana,
possession of drug paraphernalia,
Ptl. Gray, PPD.
Shareen L. Johnson, 24, 110
Alice Street, VOP for driving
while license suspended, Ptl.
Curry, PPD.
Nov. 24:
Ervin Lamar Jones, 47, 2065
Byron Butler Avenue, DWLS, Ptl.
Norris, PPD.

Randall John Howell. 4305
Strickland Landing B, DUI.
DWLS/R, Trp. Smyrnios,
Norman Harold pavis. 54.
16998 East Royal Oaks Drive,
DUI (2nd offense), Ptl. Deeson.
Nov. 25:
Gary Lyn DZiubek, 63. 6307
35th Avenue Circle, Palmetto,
DUI, Trp. M. Smyrnios, FHIP.
Sidney Wayne Thames. 52, no
address, DUI (2nd offense,
refusal), Ptl. McKenzie, PPD.
Nov. 26:
David Habbord. 41, 125 Poppell
Drive, VOP (fighting/baiting
animals), Dep. Burford, TCSO.
Stephen Frederick Sherman, 42,

2867 Mixon Road, battery
(domestic), VOP (DWLS), Dep.
Burford, TCSO.
Crystal Colon, 21, no address,
domestic battery, Dep. Ricketson,
Vashon Edmond, 32, 202
Kathleen Road, VOP for DWLS,
Dep. Hayden, TCSO.
Robert Heath Brown, 30, 8198
Beach Road, domestic battery,
Dep. Ricketson, TCSO.
Justin Alan Hurst, 22, 20793
152nd Street, Live Oak, racing on
highway, Sgt. Campbell, TCSO.
John Leslie Prevatt, 33, 2556
Larkspur Avenue, Middleburg,
violation of Florida litter law (Clay
County warrant), DWLS
(knowingly), Ptl. Norris, PPD.

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' B-6 The Taco Times December 20, 2006

MOVING SALE starting Wednesday -
until. Boats, cars, furniture, and motor
home. 165 Oakland Dr. Call 584-3274.

22.1 gr. 10k Herring Bone Necklace New
$650. sell for $300.
3 ct. Channel Set Diamond Tennis
Bracelet New $2,500 sell for $1,500. Both
purchased from Mitch's Call 843-1980.
Are you still looking for Christmas Gift? ,
SHow about a 6 ft. air hockey game? Used
little $125. Call 584-6627. Also looking for
2 row tractor planter.
BIG SALE at Guaranteed Sales. Fishing
Rods from $3.95, Mira Lures $2.95, cell
phone special Nokia phone and 150
minutes $36.95, Jewelry Sales -
everything is 60% off, Gun loading
equipment on sale, computer repair free
estimates used systems from $99.00
6041 Beach Rd. 1/2 mile off Hwy. 19. Call
End of year bills got you down? Need to
consolidate, don't know where to start? Or
do you just need help with home or auto?
Call the experts at 1-888-454-6166. No
upfront fees
Well Water Company, Inc.
No more rust, bacteria or odor with
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system. Guaranteed to work or your money
back. Call today for detailed information.
10/18tf lF
Kids John Deere clothing for sale for a
limited time at Gifts of Grace (584-7770).
Provided by Susan's Tshirts hats &
Regulation 7 ft. X 3 ft. 8 in. Air Hockey
Table like new $75. Great Christmas gift
or Game Room Additions. Call 584-8053
after 6 or weekends or leave message.
We are looking for'Long Term Deer
Hunting'Lease. 200-500 acres. Water,
electricity available. Call Butch Peacock
Music Lessons Producer/ Gyitarist now
available for guitar, string instruments &
voice students, Recording Studio Now
available. Beginners welcome. Call Josh
Noland 850-584-5975

.Seeking elderly women for room mate
must be able to take care of self. Serious
Inquiries Only. Call 584-7710.
Commercial Building For Lease Down
town building Brand new. 10 office's
including receptionist area and waiting
area. All internet and phone equip,
handicap accessible bathroom. Must see,
Call Select Group Realty at 850-584-4401.

Southern Villas of Perry
Looking For Applicants!
HUD Vouchers accepted. 1 and 2 BR HC
and non-HC accessible apartments. Office
hours are 8:00 to 5:00 Mon-Thurs. Call
850-584-8111. TDD/TTY 711. 315 Puckett
Rd. Perry, FL 32347, Equal Housing

2 bed/1 bath house, central heat and air.
$500 per month. Call 584-6113 between
8:30 and 5:00

For Lease: 2/2
furnished MH w/washer & dryer, central
H/A, private property, 1-2 adults only $500;
Private Room w/full kitchen & bath in nice
neighborhood, private entrance, use of
pool, 1 adult, professionals only, $600,
includes utilities. Non-smokers, non-
drinkers, no pets. References & rental
history verification required for all. Security
& damage deposits required. 584-3681
Lg. Bedroom w/private entrance and bath,
conveniently located in quiet
neighborhood. All utilities plus table
furnished. $450 month. First and last
month in-advance, Only Mature Ladies
need apply. Call 584-2500 to see.
Immediate availability on 2BR apartments
with rental assistance to qualified
applicants. Equal Housing Opportunity.
Office hours are 8:00-5:00 Mon-Thurs. Call
850-584-5668. 709 W. Church St., Perry,
FL 32348. TDD 711.
Newly remodeled office Suites available
for lease, electric, water, gas and trash
removal included, only $260 monthly. Call
Select Group Realty @ 850-584-4401.

We are looking for
long term


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200-500 Acres
Water & Electricity

Butch Peacock

Land for sale, 221 North Between Shiloh .
Church Rd. and Cairo Parker Rd. 1 acre
lots with paved roads. Owner financing
available. Please call (386) 658-1346 or
(850) ,584-7466.

200x300 lot and trailer and RV spots for
Sale. 165 Oakland Dr. Call 584-3274.

Commercial Building for sale 13,500 sq.
Old Badcock Furniture Building, Call 850-
584-5891. Pete Fortner

Late with the mortgage? Bills stacking up?
We can help Personal, consolidate, bad
credit, bankruptcies. 1-866-454-6186 No
upfront fees,

For Sale -1999 24x44 doublewide mobile
home. Must-be moved. $25,000. Call 672-
1122 or 843-1685
12/1 3-12/20

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So are Prestige Homes!
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Bass Player needed. Call 843-3333 For
more information.

HIRING. C.A.D. operator seeking -
dedicated and motivated individual to be
part of a team environment. Requirements
are the following: Microstatioh or AutoCad
experience, ability to use Microsoft Office
proficiently. Manufacturing background is
helpful. EOE, Drug Free Workplace,
Competitive Salary and Benefits. Apply in
person at Big Top Manufacturing Hwy. 19
North, Perry, FL Phone: 850-584-7786.

Experienced HVAC/R service technicians
with a -minimum of 5 yrs experience.
starting wages 514-16/hr. Call 850-584-

Road Maintenance Tech $8.04/ hr. +
Heavy Equipment Operator $9.31/hr
Planner $34,777 $39,145 + benefits
Mosquito Control Tech-$8.04/hr.
Entire job descriptions and requirements
can be viewed at
www.taylorcountygov.com or Taylor
Employment Connections, 1702 S,
Jefferson St. Positions are open until
filled, Taylor County is an EOENP/Drug
Testing/ Background Check Employer.
Marketing Director
Newly created position to implement and
manage our in-house marketing program.
Primary duties include: Create, implement,
maintain an internet based marketing
program. Must be familiar wi t the internet
advertising and website maintenance.
Create and maintain a direct mail
campaign. Select, coordinateand attend
trade shows on a national basis. Other
duties as assigned as related to the sales
function. Prefer a candidate with a
marketing or advertising degree. Big Top
Mfg. is an equal opportunity employer, Big
Top Mfg: is a drug-free work place.
Please respond via e-mail to:
K.Morton@bigtopshelters.com or-via fax @

Risk Manager/ Staff Development
Coordinator Madison Nursing Center
-(located in Madison, FL between
Tallahassee and Valdosta', GA) is a 60-
bed skilled care facility, looking for an
energetic and caring team member to
. direct our Risk Managemnet and Staff
Development. Prior experience in a
Nursing Home with knowledge of rules and
regulations is a must! We are small, but
are a part of a wonderful company with
caring individuals who have a desire to
improve the lives of our Residents and
Staff. Call "850-973-4880 Ask for Jane
Davis. Administrator.


Apalachee Center
A Behavioral Health Care Center is
currently seeking:
Master's Level Therapist #2234
Requires a masters degree with a major ir
Counseling, Social Work, Psychology
Nursing, Rehabilitation, Specia
Education, Health Education, or a related
human services field and two years o
professional experience in providing
services to persons with behavior
illness. Some local travel required.
Requires a bachelor's degree with a majoi
in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology
Criminal Justice, Nursing, Rehabilitation
Special Education, Health Education or a
related human services field and one year
of full-time experience working with
children having severe emotion
disturbances; or other bachelor's degree
with three years full-time experience as
specified above. Valid drivers license
ADULT CASE MANAGER (twn nnoitinns

available.) #2156 & #1949
Requires a bachelor's degree with a major
ih Counseling, Social Work, Psychology,
Criminal Justice, Nursing, Rehabilitation,
Special Education, Health Education, or a
related human services field and one year
of mental health experience; or other
bachelor's degree and two years full time
or equivalent experience working with
adults experiencing serious mental
illness. Valid drivers license required.
.Call, Click, or visit: (850)523-3217 or
1(800)226-2931, www.apalacheecenter.org,
Human Resources, 2634-J Capital Circle
NE Tallahassee, FL 32308 An Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/
Drug-Free Workplace
Avon Reps Needed, Do you need extra
Christmas money? I can start you making
50% Free gift w/sign-up $10 for kit. Call
BJ 850-584-6289 or 850-843-2605.

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Patient Care Technician
AL4, CN'A or phlebotomy experience
preferred,.but w'illin to train.
Submit or Build Your Resume Online:
or Contact:
Tel: 303.626.6048

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3pm-11 pm shifts, 11 pm-7 am shifts

Weekend Treatment Nurse

Dietary Staff
Aides & Cooks
Sue Love, Director of Nursing

Doctors Memorial Hospital

Employment Opportunities

ICD-9 and CPT-4 Coder:
(minimum 1 year experience,
certification a plus)

OR Tech
Surgical Services (full-time)

Registered Nurse
Home Health Agency (full-time)
Med-Surg, 7p (full-time and PRN)

Licensed Practical Nurse
Med-Surg, 7p (full-time and PRN)

Small ads...big deals!!.

Sales Person Ne ded. Apply in person at Boat for Sale! 2004 19' Bluewave 90 horse
1225 S. Jeffersor, St. Perry, FL. Badcock Yahama Center Console Frontdeck, live
Home Furniture & More. well, cooler seat. VHF Raido very nice
11/29tfBC boat. $13,000. Day 672-0755, night 584-

Oct.30th ready by Dec.24th.7 males & 2
females beautiful pups.$100.00 (386)776-
2956. Deposits are currently being taken.

Goat & Sheep for holidays for pets, meat,
land clearing ect. marketed priced, call
today to place your orders Calvary Goat
Farm 584-4780.

To the person who gave me their e-mail
address and wanted my solid white, half
American pit, half boxer, please call me at
386-688-3704. The other buyer is out of the
picture and I have lost your e-mail

For.Sale Chihuahua puppies 10 weeks
and 6 months old available 12/23 $300-
$350. Call 850-838-6481


UWS Truckbox, single lid, black powder
coat, 7.5 cu. ft. (small truck) $125 Like
Brand New P205/75 R15 Mastercraft tire
mounted on GM rim $30. Call 843-2418.
1993 Ford Ranger V6, excellent condition,
manual. Call (850) 223-1192.
1993 Ford F150 4x4, 6 cylinder, 5 speed.
Excellent condition. Call 584-5670 or 843-
2002 Acru 3.2 tls. Call 223-2565 for more

1999 Lincoln Town Car Cartier, one owner,
fully loaded, 74,300 actual miles,
excellent condition. Call 584-4873


at the Boys & Girls Club of
Perry/Taylor County

Part-time General Program Staff
Job duties to be determined on a needs basis by Unit and
Program Directors. Minimum qualifications: High school diploma
and experience working with youth. 15-20 hours per week, more
during summer and holidays. Please contact the Unit Director
at.each club for more information.

Project Manager for the Behavioral
Management and Reinforcement Grant
Successful applicant must have at least a two year college degree,
'two years experience with a poys Girls Club or raltedffield,
strong oral and written communication skills, supervisory skills,
and computer literacy skills. Position duties include but are not
limited to the following: .case management, reporting to state
grant evaluating, partnership development, program
implementation, data entry, and marketing of program in local

Summer Food Manager and Monitor
This position is for the summer only, duties to include overseeing
summer food staff and sites, menu planning according to USDA
.guidelines, transportation of meals, and record keeping for all
sites. Pay rate between $10.00 and $12.00 per hour, 30-35
hours per week.

Serious inquiries only may be addressed to Lisa
English at the Boys & Girls Club Administrative
Offices, P.O. Box 1474 (202 East Julia Drive)
Perry, Florida 32348, 850-838-2471 ext, 200,
fax 850-838-9033
or email lisa.english@bgcperry.org.

Club Locations
Veterans Park Unit
Teresa Newman, Unit Director, 918 N. Washington St.
Jerkins Unit
Natisha Basha Miller, Unit Director, 1201 Martin Luther King Ave.

H T Big Bend.

Team Manager
Team Manager for home patient care for Jefferson, Madi-
son and Taylor Counties. Current Licensed healthcare
practitioner, BSN, and 2-3 years experience in the medi-
cal field and 2 years supervisory experience preferred.

Full-Time RN/Case Managers
Full-Time RN Case Manager Nurse needed for Jefferson,
Madison, and Taylor Counties. Current Florida license
as RN required. Plus 2-3 years med-surgery experience
Great benefit package!

Interested candidate can apply in person
or by faxing a resume to

(850) 575-6814 or apply on-line at
EOE/DFWP/ADA Smoke Free Workplace ,

584-0866, Fax 584-0661
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B-7 The Taco Times December 20, 2006


850-838-JUNK (5
State Certified Sc

Free pick up of abandoned
vehicles/ heavy equipmrt,
all that run. Call 386-3.-' 393


J.D.'s Tree Service and Lawn Care.
Licensed and insured. Free estimates. We
also grind stumps. Call today 838-1280.
Firewood for sale.

A 2 Z Farm and Lawn Services
Harrowing, bush hog mowing, dirt leveling,
rake work and complete lawn services.
Tree trimming/ removal, dump truck
services. Call 584-6737.

Handyman work call David Mosley at 223-
3425 or 672-0557.
Looking for home daycare? accepting
infants. Call 584-5928.

Crosspoint Baptist Fellowship, 920
Courtney Rd on Tuesdays with Dr. Sylvia
Tomberlin. Call today for an appointment.
(850) 508-6877 or (850) 584-5441
Counseling Cell Church
(anytime) (Mon., Tues., Thurs.)

The Handyman experts LLC, honest work!
Affordable, professional, licensed and
insured. Specializing in house painting,
interior, etc., mobile home repairs, home
maintenance, pressure washing (wood and
concrete) carpet, vinyl, wood floor, ceramic
tile, and repairs. Call 584-2270 (home) or
838-6077. 25 years.
Palm Trees Done Professionally! 20 years
experience, stump grinding, tree trimming,
Licensed & Insured. Call John at 850-672-



Dries in 3-4 hours -

584-CLEAN -

Free Estimates, Bucket Truck Available,
branches trimmed. Licensed & Insured,
Call John (Sesock), (850) 584-2027 or
(850) 591-8301.

Tree trimming & Tree Removal
James Harrell & Wayne Morgan
26 years combined experience.
Licensed & Insured,
Line Clearance Certified.
Phone: (850)962-9069 Cell: (850)210-4761
Free Estimates!!i
Call Billy Blue at
838-1307 or 672-0955
Bush Hog Mowing, Dozer Work, Rake
Work, Land Clearing, Free Estimates; Call
(850) 843-2187.
Installation and repairs done at a good
price. No overhead. Direct savings to-you.
30 years experience. 850-838-9050.
Please leave message.
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*Home Cleaning & Lawn Care Services.
Will clean your home or office, vacuum,
dust, seep & mop, bathrooms & etc. Will
Scutlawns, shrubs, vacuum leaves, plant
your plants & deliver mulch. Call Brenda
or Terry 850-223-2477


Dowling House &

Carter House Apartments

Efficiency and One Bedroom

* Kitchen with Appliances
* Cable & Phone Hookups
* Secure and Comforting Atmosphere
* Walk to Cafeteria, Library, Activities
* Senior Housing for Ages 62+
* HUD Approved Rents Based on Applicant Income


County Rd. 136, 16 miles west of Live Oak, Florida.
(386) 658-5291 Toll Free (800) 647-3353

Call Karen Thomas today and
arrange a personal tour o,

Wanted a loving person or couple who will
give my loving dog, in great health, great
watch dog and excellent companion a
RUCK? home. I am moving to an assisted living
ALS!! facility. Please call 584-7015 in not in
3865) please leave message
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File Number 06 783-CP
Notice To Crearors
The administroanon of the estate of
Ear est Loamr Patrick, Jr, deceased,
wh se date of death was October 4,
2006, is pending ir. the Circuit Court for
Taolor County, Florida, Probate Division,
The address of the personal
representative and the personal
representative's attorney ore set forth
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served musT file their claims with this
court within the later of 3 months after
the time of the first publication of this
notice or 30 dovs after the date of
service of a copy of this notice on
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court within
3 months after -he date of the first
publication of this notice.
All other claims not so filed within the
time periods set forth in section 733.702
aof the Florida Probate Code will be
forever barred.
Notwithstanding the time periods set
forth above, any claim filed two (2)
years or more after the decedent's
date of death is barred.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is December 13, 2006.
Attorneys for Personal Representative:
Stuart E. Goldberg
Fla. Bar No. 0365971
of the law firm of Gold berg & Olive
Post Office Box 12458.
Tallahassee, Florida 32317
Telephone: (850)222-4000
Facsimile: (850)942-6400
Personal Representative:
Barbara Ann Patrick
Post Office Box 141
Perry, FL 32348
12/13, 12/20

Case No.: 06-5949 DR FJ
In RE: The Marriage of James R.
Weamer, Petitioner,
Valda L. Weamer, Respondent.
TO: Valda L. Weamer
1117 Wright Rd.
Perry, FL 32347
SYou are notified that an action has been
filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of written
defenses, if any, to it on James R.
Weamer, whose address is 1251 NE 35th
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12, 2007, and ile the .,,giroi .-.h ir,
clerk of this Court at: 110 NW 1st
Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475, before
service on Petitioner or immediately
thereafter. If you fall to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You
may review these documents upon
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Courts office notified of your current
address. (You.may file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Family Law Form
12.915.) Future papers In this lawsuit will
be mailed to the address on record at
the clerks office. ,
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedures, requires
certain automatic disclosure of
documents and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, including
dismissal or striking of pleadings..
Dated December 8, 2006
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: B. Fugate
Deputy Clerk
I, Catherine C. Saunders, a.non-la'wyer,
located at 10117 Hwy 441 Bellevlew, FL
'34420 (352)245-8100, helped James R.
Weamer, who Is the Petitioner, fill out this
12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3

Notice Is hereby given: to Patricia E.
Parker or Otho Lyles III unless payment is
made on 1995 Honda Civic VIN#
JHMEG855XSS031086 for towing service
on 1.1/25/2006. Vehicle will be
auctioned on'the 5th day of January,
2007 at 10 am at Thomas Chevrolet
2128 Hwy 19 S., Perry, FL
Notice is hereby given to Kevin D. Dellea
unless payment is made on 1997 Nissan
Pickup VIN# 1N6SD11S7VC385739 for
towing service on 11/27/2006. Vehicle
will be auctioned on the 5th day of
January, 2007 at 10 am at Thomas
Chevrolet 9128 Hwy 19 S., Perry, FL


Old Sports Trophies (before 1975)
Comic Books (collectibles-any year) .
Scrap Gold & Gold Silver Dollars
Pocket Watches Diamonds
Postcardsu Sports Menorabilia
Taylor County Historical Items
Vintage metal toys/wind-up toys

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The Taylor County Board of Counry
Commissioners is soliciting sealed
statements of qualifications for Asphalt
Qualified firms or individuals desiring To
provide services musT submit nine (9)
packages in a sealed envelope or
similar package marked "Sealed RFP for
Asohoa- PoTching/Overliying' o The
Clerk of Cour, .'s Floo'r Cour-house, 108
Nor-h Jefferson S'reeT, Sure 102, or P 0
Box 620. Perry, Flordo 32348, to arrive no
are~ than 4.00 P. iocal rime, on
January 8, 2007 All RFPs mus' have the
respondenTs name and mailing address
clearly shown on -he outside of the
envelope or package when submitted.
RFP's will be opened and respondents
announced at 6.15 p.m. local time, or
as soon as thereafter as practical, on
January 8, 2007, in The Taylor County
Administrative Complex, Old Post Office.
201 East Green Street, Perry, Florida
RFP information MUST be obtained from
the Clerk of Court, 1st Floor Courthouse,
108 North Jefferson Street, Suite 102, or
P.O.Box 620, Perry, Florida 32348,
The County reserves the right, in its sole
and absolute discretion, to reject any or
all RFP's, to cancel or withdraw this bid
solicitation at any time and waive any
irregularities in the RFP process. The
County reserves the right to sward any
contract to the respondent which it
deems to offer the best overall service;
therefore, the County is not bound to
award any contract based on the
lowest quoted price. The County, in its
sole and absolute discretion, also
reserves the right to waive any minor
defects in the process and to accept
the bid deemed to be in the County's
best interest. The County, in its sole and
absolute discretion, also reserves the
right to assign a local business
preference in an amount of five (5)
percent of the bid price. No foxed RFP's
will be accepted.
Additional information may be obtained
Andy McLeod
587 E. US 27
Perry, FL 32347
(850) 838-3529
County, Florida
12/13, 12/20

Notice is hereby given that the Board of
County Commissioners of Taylor County,
Florida will hold a public hearing on the
passage of the proposed Ordinance
pertaining to business taxes, the public
hearing shall be held at the Board of
County Commission Meeting Room,
Taylor County Courthouse Annex, Old
Post Office Building in Perry, Florida, at
the regular board meeting on Monday,
January 8, 2007, at 6:20 p.m. The title of
the proposed ordinance is:
An ordinance which amends ordinance
No. 98-8, (The code of ordinances of
Taylor County, Florida Section 18-61) as
amended which provides that from
henceforth the tax shall be called, a
business tax and the business shall
receive a business receipt upon
payment, providing that the amount of
the tax may be amended by resolution,
providing foar severability, providing an
Ihe proposed ordinance may be
inspected by the public at the Clerk of
the Circuit Court's Office at the Taylor
County Courthouse, Perry, Taylor
County, Florida. All members of the
public are welcome to attend. Notice Is
further hereby given, pursuant to Florida
Statute 286.0105, that any person or
persons deciding to appeal any matter
considered at this public hearing will
need a record of the hearing and may
need to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, which
record Includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Dated this 18th day of December, 2006,
by Annie Mae Murphy, Clerk of the
Circuit Court and Clerk of the Board of
County Commissioners of Taylor County,

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Perry Primary School
students were greeted with
holiday cheer--and music
--Friday during a pair of
Christmas concerts held in
the school's lunchroom.
Students sang along to
holiday favorites including
"Jingle Bells" and "Santa
Claus in Coming to Town."
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Doctors' Memorial Hospital Big Bend
Nature Coast Eye Care Institute 1 Hospice
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Perry licensed since 1983
Make a contribution to place an Angel, Bell or Bow
on the Tree of Remembrance in honor or memory
of your loved ones at one of the locations listed.
For more information, call 1-850-566-7491.

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