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Perry Newspapers
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Publication Date: January 3, 2008
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January 3, 2008


Serving the Tree Capital of the Soutbh

Two sections
47th Year, No. 1

Ian critical after crash

-.A Perry man is in critical
condition after a Sunday evening
rash on Old Dixie Highway.
Gerald K. "G.K." Sheppard, 34,
as driving a 2003 Ford Mustang
southboundd on Old Dixie when "he
failed to stop for a posted stop sign
*the intersection of County Road
i' (Foley i--',Road),;", according

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to a report from Florida
Highway Patrol Tpr. W. Brian
Sheppard's vehicle continued
south across both lanes of Foley
Road, onto the shoulder and into a
deep ditch.
"The vehicle overturned and
came to a final rest facing north,"

TE Cpartnersin which the power

miles tewater for cooling
ylor Energy Center Later: that month, TEC filed its
icials began 2007 by Department ofi Environmental
vin forward with Protection site' certification
te permitting application for the plant.
3cedures for a In early June, following hours of
posed 800- public testimony, the Taylor
gawatt, coal-fired County 'Commission approved
to be sited east of modified versions i of the two
hen shifting political comprehensive plan amendments,
ahassee appeared to" ending them back to DCA for
gs energy future away final approval. oc
project was halted in After the Pe, sixC turned down
another coal-fired project in South
municipal utilities Florid, along with statements-
e project--Floridaa from Gov. Charlie Crist leading up
oWer Agency, JEA, to the Florida Climate Change-
Improvement District Summit, TEC officials announced
ty of Tallahassee-- July 12 that they were suspending
hliFloridaPublic permitting activities arin, nould
iss i.JanuarTy for close other fic in Per y. Theve

mission held public that had created TEC.
lahassee, but delayed A month later, DCA filed its
the application after notice of intent to find the twof
rror was, revealed in' comprehensive plan amendments
avings the City of in compliance with local and state
ould see as a partner law. In response, six Taylor County
residents, as well as 'the
S the Florida environmental organization,
f Community Affairs Taylor County Residents United
ries of objections it for the Environment (TRUE), filed
two comprehensive a petition with the Department of
ents sponsored by the Administrative Hearings, asking
proved by the 'Taylor for a hearing in order to reverse
mission in November DCA's decision. That 'hearing has
been Iset for March 2008.
ickeye.announced an Southern Power, a subsidiary' of
had.reacliqdawith the Atlanta-based Southern Company,

Scores of Taylor County residents, as well as many from
around the region, spoke during public hearings concerning
two comprehensive plan amendments connected to TEC.

Lundy said.
Sheppard was transported to
Doctors' Memorial Hospital and
then to Shands Hospital in
According to the report, alcohol
was involved in the crash and
Sheppard was not 'wearing a

unoer tme new agreient;
Southern Power wouldi:pay $3.9
million to the TEC partners tp take.
over agreements with Buckeye and
Foley'Timber' and Land Company
,that include'purchase of the 3,500-
acre TEC site as well as 'fe plan to.
utilize astewater from Buckeye's,
pulping:process as cooling'waters.


It cannot be said that'
S2007 was a banner year
for large developments
in Taylor County. In
addition to ,the closure
of the Taylor Energy
Center project, tthe year
also saw developers announce the
end or major redesign of almost $1
billion in projects.
In late May, the, owner of
Magnolia Bay Marina and Resort
said he was scrapping Jilans to
construct a marina and' associated
channel into the gulf and would
instead concentrate on developing
an eco-friendly golf course
community. . :;
,Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt, the owner
of the almost 4,000-acre tract near-
Dekle Beach told Perry'
INewspapers, Inc., he was tired of
fighting government ,agencies ; on
th'. $700 million project. ,
.: 'The announcement also marked
the end of a proposed six-lane
public boat ramp and 400 parking
spaces Pruitt had agreed to donate
to the county if he was successful
in developing the marina.
Pruitt said he was still planning
to donate some property to the
county but would have to work
that out in a future agreement.
In early November, developers
announced that the $250 million
neighborhood development known
as Cypress Mill had been canceled.
The project was spearheaded by
a group of investors who included
William and Wendy St. Laurent,
owners of the site, Bob and Vivian
Sheffield, Van Ness R. Butler, Van
Ness R. Butler III and Franklin
(Trip) Snelson III.
The sprawling development was
to include a town center within
walking distance to homes, a
"'- Please see page 6

J video on
J iil y the natural
of Taylor
County began airing on 119 Public
Broadcasting Service (PBS)
stations across the country.
A public hearing was slated for
Jan. 10 before the Public Service
Commissiop to determine the
"need" for an 800-megawatt power
plant proposed to be built by
Taylor Energy Center.
Two men wanted in the Nov.
22 shooting of a Perry man (Billy
Dayis, i27) turned themselves, in.
-Heldntfntteptid imur.dernrhrgoe
were Eduard (Eli) Lilliott, 29, and
Billy Ray Agner, 24.
The Taylor -County'
Commission paid more than
$5,000 for the legal defense of
Commissioner Clay Bethea and
former Commissioner Daryll
Gunter in connection with ethics
complaints filed by Taylor Soil and
Water Conservation Supervisor
William "Rick" Causey. The State
Ethics Commission dismissed the
The U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band
was signed on to participate in the
fifth annual Florida State
Bluegrass Festival. Martin
Electronics agreed to sponsor the
band's participation.
SA' State Elections Commission
charge against the Taylor County

Fire/rescue workers on
scene at a Hwy. 98 crash.
Development Authority and its
director Rick Breer was dismissed
due to it being "legally
insufficient." The charge was filed
by Taylor Soil and Water
Conservation Supervisor Joy
Towles Ezell.
Jack Brown officially took
office as county administrator,
succeeding Buddy Humphries who
retired in December.
The Perry City Council was
considering breaking its franchise
agreement with Progress Energy
due to the electricity supplier's
closing of its local office in 2003
and a rise in complaints to city
Supporters and opponents of
the planned 800-megawatt Taylor
Energy Center power plant spoke
at the Public Service Commission's
need determination hearing. A
decision was expected Feb. 13.
Foley Timber & Land
Company named Angus Broward
"Bo" Taff as its new senior vice
president. Taff formerly served as
deputy director of the governor'ss

office of Tourism, Trade and
Economic Development.
The county commission was
considering turning over the
operations of the Taylor County
Sports Complex to the YMCA.
Eighth grader Erica Scott won
the 2007 District Spelling Bee.
The Perry/Taylor County
Chamber of Commerce
unanimously passed a resolution of
support for the proposed
Magnolia Bay

a n d

",,,' '* 1Dorsett
Stadium and Pace
Field came a step
S closer to becoming
School Board property when
staff with the City of Perry
submitted an unsigned quit claim
Three-year-old Aidan Cribbs,
son of Melvin and Marsie Cribbs,
traveled to Los Angeles for a
taping of America's Funniest
Home videos. The youngster was
filmed repeatedly kissing Princess
Belle at Walt Disney World.
The Perry City Council upheld
City Manager Bob Brown's veto of
nearly $10,000 in decorative lights
at Veterans Memorial Park.
County commissioners were
trying to stem the resignations
from several volunteer boards by
considering indemnifying them
from ethics complaints.
More ethics complaints were
filed against several local officials,
this time by Soil and Water
Conservation Supervisor Diane
The Taylor County High boys
soccer team won the district title
following a 3-1 victory over
The Taylor County Soil and
Water Conservation Board voted
3-2 to oppose the proposed
Magnolia Bay Marina and Resort.
SStaff from Doctors' Memorial
Hospital told the county

but the
of 'several
new doctors
should turn

that it was
cash flow problems


the situation around.
Taylor County Elementary
third grade teacher Mary Becht
was chosen Teacher of the Year.
Sonny and Bobby Jean Lollis
announced that they will be
developing a 66-unit gated housing
project on Puckett Road that
catered to seniors.
Buckeye Technologies Inc.
announced it earned $3.8 million
in the quarter ending Dec. 31,
The Florida Commission on
Ethics found probable cause to
pursue an ethics complaint against
Emergency Management Director
Brianne Hoover alleging she
misused her position by having the
county pay for services for her
personal pets.
* Construction began on three
miles of pipeline for. the


An "irreverent and heavy-
handed" letter from the state to the
county commission sparked a war
of words. The letter charged that
the development agreement
Please see page 3 "


Steinhatchee Water Associations~:
expanding sewer project.
The staff of the Public ServicK:
Commission recommend'i
approval for Taylor Energy
Center's 800-megawatt plant herei:_
A final decision was expected Felf.:
Taylor Technical Institute data'-
entry operator Janett E. Ritch wkas
selected School-Related Employee:
of the Year.
A Puckett Road accident left
two teenage girls dead. Morgan
Michelle Jordan, 16, and her 14-
year-old friend Kaylee D. Holmes
died in the accident.
The Public Service
Commission delayed a decision on
the Taylor Energy Center to allowv
commissioners more time to study
a staff report which recommended
The Taylor County Jail, the
smallest in the state with the
smallest working budget, was
deemed 100 percent accredited. '
A study revealed that the $700
million Magnolia Bay Marina arid'
Resort would employ nearly 1,200
people and pay nearly $10 million
in annual property taxes.
100-year-old Frances Gilmore;
a friend to many in Taylor County,
The Florida; Department of
Community Affairs filed 12
objections to the comprehensive
Plan amendments for the Taylof
Energy Center.
An armed robbery suspect was'
nabbed 15 minutes after the crime
due, to help from- witnesses:
Charged was :Gregory Lamar
The Perry City Council
.awarded City Manager Bob Brown
a $5,100 bonus for saving the city
$316,000 over the past year.
The county commission agreed
to abandon a portion of the right-
of-way on Dekle Beach Road for
the developers of Magnolia Bay
Marina and Resort.
SA federal court judge denied
the Sierra Club's bid to remove
permit-writing authority from the
state regarding plans toWestore the
An official projected cost for
a railroad
b y p a ss
around Perry March
came in
at $29.2 .
million nearly double the
original projected cost of $12 to
$15 million. Officials were looking
at the bypass in connection with
the daily flow of rail cars to the
planned Taylor Energy Center.

Frances Gilmore

Five local horse enthusiasts
joined the the 20th annual Florida
Cracker Trail Ride -- a re-
enactment of an old cattle trail
drive. Joining the group were Chris.
Olson, Betty Jo and Tony Croft,
JoAnn Parker and Sharon Schlick,
The attorney for the group that
was challenging Buckeye's
wastewater permit asked that he be
removed from the case. Steven A.
Medina filed papers with the State
Division of Administrative
Hearings seeking leave to
Carl Kenneth Thomley, 42,
pled guilty to second degree
murder in the beating death of
Pamela J. Padgett and received a
20-year sentence.
The Taylor County
Commission applied for a state
grant that would designate
Steinhatchee as a Waterfronts
Florida Community.
A 60-year-old Perry man was
killed in a two-vehicle crash at the
intersection of U.S. 98 and Goff
Street. Pronounced dead at the
scene was Dennis E. Ross.



A-2 Taco Times January 3, 2008

misfortune '


-i Editor: attention I received
.,.-r ew weeks ago I had the most prompt and
:^^ ^rtune of being placed in have ever experience
i rs' Memorial Hospital to take The food service
' f~of a little health problem. my picky appetite
-,,ice I settled into do my "six-day" best gourmet class
: stay, I made a fantastic discovery, that I have ever eate
.The hospital staff--from the There is a rumor
doctors, nurses' aides, trainees and that Sunday dinne
kcobks--turned my "misfortune" room only. I wish
":..into a fortunate experience. The Mohammed and al

Letters to the Editor

turned into


by all was the
professional I
workers won
over with the
'hospital food"
going around
er is standing
to thank Dr.
1 the hospital

staff for making my stay the most
enjoyable hospital experience that
I have ever had, so if you or a
family member must go into the
Doctors' Memorial Hospital with a
health *problem, you can rest
assured that you and them will be
treated "royally."
I am very proud of our hospital,
and you can be too.
Frank Cone

America filled with 'spoiled brats'?

.,Dear Editor:
:The other day I was reading
SNewsweek magazine and came
Across some poll data I found
:rather hard to believe. It must be
;,trug given the source. Right?
,..The Newsweek poll alleges that
1 6i' percent of Americans are
.; *unhappy with the direction the
c. ,outry is headed, and 69 percent
o:,:qf the country is unhappy with the
Sperfrmance of the President. In
S essence, two-thirds of the citizenry
just aren't happy and want a
.So, being the' conservative
Sthijnker I am, I started thinking,
S What are we so unhappy about?"
Is it that we have electricity and
running water 24 hours a day,
..:segven days a week? Is, our
'r.imhappiness the result of having
Sair-conditioning in the summer and
heatingg in the winter? Could it be
it bat 95.4 percent of these unhappy
'.olks have a job? Maybe it is the
aili-,ty to walk into a grocery store
'-at ay time, and see more food in
.onprnents than the homeless has
.,seen in a year? Maybe it is the
ability to drive from the Atlantic
OQean to the Pacific Ocean
without having, to present
through each state? Or possibly the
;hundreds of clean and safe
motels/hotels we would find along
the way that can provide
temporary shelter for the night? I
guess having thousands of
restaurants with varying foods
from around the world is just not
good enough. Or could it be that
when we wreck our car, emergency
workers show up and provide
Services to help all, and even send
*"-":a helicopter to take you to the
S.-s haps you are one of the 70
SW~cnt of Americans who own a
home. You may be upset with
; .knowing that in the unfortunate
.oi of a fire, a group of trained
ghters will appear in moments
Saise top notch equipment to
Se-~iguish the flames thus saving
you, your family, and your
belongings. Or if, while at home
wti hing one of your many flat
screen TVs, a burglar or prowler
intrudes. An officer equipped with
a gun and a bullet-proof vest will
come to defend you and your
family against attack or loss.
"::,'This all in the backdrop of a
neighborhood free of bombs or
militias raping and pillaging the

residents. Neighborhoods where the babies.
90 percent of teenagers own cell So why then the flat-out
phones and computers. How about discontentment in the minds of 69
the complete religious, social and percent of Americans? Say what
political freedoms we enjoy that you want, but I blame it on the
are the envy of everyone in the media. The way they think; if it
world. Maybe that is what has 67 bleeds, it leads, and they specialize
percent of you folks unhappy. in bad news. Everybody will watch
Fact is, we are the largest group a car crash with blood and guts.
of ungrateful, spoiled brats the How many will watch kids selling
world has ever seen. No wonder lemonade at the comer? The media
the world loves the United States knows this and media outlets are
of America, yet has a real disdain for-profit corporations. They offer
for its citizens. They see us for what sells, and when criticized, try
what we are. The most blessed to defend their actions by
people in the world who do "justifying" them in one way or
nothing but complain about what another. Just ask why they tried to
we don't have, and what we hate allow a person like O.J. Simpson
about the country America, instead to write a book about "how he
of thanking the good Lord we live didn't kill his wife, but if he did he
here. would have done it this way."
I know, I know. What about the Insane!
President who took us into war and Stop buying the negativism you
has no plan to get us out? The are fed everyday by the media.
President who has a measly 31 Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek
percent approval rating? Is this the and use the New York Times or
same President who guided the any other far left liberal newspaper
nation in the dark days after 9/11? for the bottom of your bird cage.
The President that cut taxes to Then start being grateful for all we
bring an economy out of have as a country. There is
recession? Could this be the same exponentially more good than bad.
guy who has been called every We are among the most blessed
name in the book for succeeding in people on Earth, and should thank
.,J;,eeping,;,!,tfi. spd,.ulgrat dayeaeas!,s,=
brats safe from terrorist attacks? be thankful and appreciative. Witl
The same Commander-In-Chief of hurricanes, tornados, fires out of
an all-volunteer army that is out control, mud slides, flooding,
there defending you and me? Did 'severe thunderstorms tearing up
this news affect you so much, the country from one end to
make you so unhappy you couldn't another, and with the threat of bird
take a look around for yourself and flu and terrorist attacks, are we
see all the good things and be glad? sure this is a good time to take God
"Think about it. Are you upset at the out of the Pledge of Allegiance or
President because he actually take the name of Jesus off the
caused you personal pain. Or, is it tongues of our children?
because, the "media" told you he Now what about the terrorists
was failing to kiss your sorry who threaten our way of life and
ungrateful behind every day. No who are supported by some of
matter who is President, we all people here in our own country.
need to be united and pray for our Everyone seems to be wondering
President and the leaders of our why Muslim terrorists are so quick
country! to commit suicide. Let's see now.
Make no mistake about it. The No Jesus, no Christmas, no
troops in Iraq and Afghanistan television, no cheerleaders, no
have volunteered to serve. And in baseball, no football, no hockey,
many cases may have died for your no golf, no tailgate parties, no Wal-
freedom. There is currently no Mart, no Home Depot, no pork
draft in this country. They didn't BBQ, no hot dogs, no burgers, no
have to go. They had a choice and chocolate chip cookies, no lobster,
they chose to go. Liberals want no shellfish--or even frozen fish
these volunteers home so they can sticks, no gumbo, no jambalaya,
be safe and not die (for America rags for clothes and towels for
and freedom). But they believe liats, constant wailing from the guy
abortion is okay, even though the next door because he's sick and
unborn don't have a choice to live there are no doctors, more than one
or die. That is really weird wife, you can't shave, your wives
thinking. Save the whales and kill can't shave, you can't shower to

Thursday, January 3, 2008
123 S. Jefferson Street P.O. Box 888
Perry Florida (850) 584-5513

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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
be si ned by the writer and accompanied by a phone number for verification.
We took forward to hearing from you! Our address is Perry, Newspapers, Inc., P.O.
. ~:_ ox 888, Perry, Florida 32348. e-mail: newsdesk@perrynewspapers.com
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wash off the smell of donkey
cooked over burning camel dung,
the women have to wear baggy
dresses and veils at all times, your
bride is picked by someone else,
she smells just like your donkey,
but your donkey has a better
disposition, then they tell you that
when you die it all.gets better! I
mean, really, is there a mystery
Yes, we need to appreciate and
protect our freedom here in
America. We are living and going
into a critical election year.
Whether you are Republican or
Democrat, it doesn't matter. If you
have any common sense at all, you
know what's right and what's
wrong. You know the difference
between good and bad. There is a
difference between these as there is
a difference between conservatives
and liberals. Whether you are
Republican or Democrat, each of
you need to stop, think and pray
about your vote.
For God, for our young men and
women in uniform, for freedom,
and for America, vote
conservative. But vote you must.
Please pray and vote.
I am a Christian,
I am a Veteran and an American,
Ted Colson

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Midweek Muddle

1000 miles older

On the Sunday following Christmas,
when the sun had barely lifted its head
from a cloudy pillow, the daughter and I
fought off neighborhood dogs and deep
sleep to load into her small car in Perry
and weave our way through the Florida
Panhandle, then north through Georgia,
and west to Birmingham, Ala., for a final
Christmas celebration as the new year
We hugged; we ate; we opened gifts;
and washed dishes.
Forty-eight hours later, I "loaded up"
(as they say to hunting dogs) in the
husband's truck with him, two boys,
enough camouflage to open a roadside
stand, four pairs of shoes caked with
mud, three suitcases, two bags of
leftover holiday food, holiday gifts and a
partridge from a pear tree, probably
dead in the ice chest.
Ten hours and 1000 miles later, we
pulled into our driveway in Perry, and I
thought, "What a good trip."
That's when I wedged myself from the
truck's dashboard and realized my
knees aren't as young as they used to be.
My knees shouted about the
inconvenience for the remainder of the
night, and I couldn't help but think: this
must be how Santa Claus feels on Dec.
26. You ride for thousands of miles,
unload that big bag every time you stop,
eat cookies and drink milk everywhere
you land, and then when you think you
can't possibly scale another chimney,
you find your way home where the
garage door is acting up and the
reindeer need to be fed.
How you desperately want to shout,
"And to all a good night."
But before that night comes, there are
phone calls to return and plants to
deliver from sub-freezing temperatures.
Then there are fireworks and dogs. As

much fun as Christmas and New Year's
Eve can be, could we stand more than
one holiday season per year?
I don't think so.
It occurs to me that cars and trucks
have odometers which warn that the
100,000-mile mark is near, and boat
engines are judged by their hours of
People just count years, and it's really
not apples and apples.
Everybody's year travels at a different
speed, and you can find yourself longing
for a slower pace.
So January crawls in with its offering
of football games which made all the
Auburn University fans we know
delightfully happy, and grieved
everybody in the state of Florida. We
share your grief, actually, and know how
easy it is to be on the wrong side of the
winning score.
But it's a new year, people, and if our
Christmas/New Year travels brought to
mind any wisdom, it emerged--1000
miles later--in the memory of a story
which my friends have, one by one, sent
to me on how you should arrive at the
Finish Line of Life.
Not in pristine condition.
Not looking like a Fifth Avenue
storefront mannequin.
But scraped on the edges, frazzled
from the whirlwind, trampled, mended
and worn, and utterly exhausted from
having experienced the joy, the
heartache, the:trauma and the delight of
all the years which accumulate to create
your personal history.
I send that image to you with jubilant
"Happy New Year" greetings and a
serious urging, "Number your days
It's already Jan. 3. Do you know where
your Life is?

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YEAR IN REVIEW converted a file storage area into a
Continued from page 1 marijuana greenhouse. Charged
'was Shane Robb, 31.
between the commission and A wildfire alert was issued in
Magnolia Bay Marina and Resort Taylor County following a dry
was "not consistent with applicable winter.
statutes." Taylor County's search for a
Former Buckeye CEO Robert new fire chief and emergency
Emmet "Bob" Cannon died in management director ended when
Memphis, Tenn. He was 77. D a n
An early morning fire claimed Spillman
the life of 91-year-old Alice Irene A l became
Poitivent at her home on Foley Ap-J the newest
Cut-OffRoad. h i r e,
The Rotary Club joined with assuming the newly created
others to dedicate Heritage position of director of public
Pavilion at Forest Capital Park. safety.
The county commission was The community was tapping its
notified that the former Doctors' toes in anticipation of the Florida
Memorial Hospital building is not State Bluegrass Festival which
suitable for a veterans home. highlighted the first weekend of
The Perry/Taylor County this month, and was expected to
Chamber of Commerce joined have an economic impact reaching
others in a visioning project tO $1.5 million.
guide the county over the next 50 Citizens Bank of Perry
years. announced its name change to
The manager of a Steinhatchee Citizens State Bank, effective May
business was arrested after the 1. This announcement came on the
owner discovered the man had heels of the bank's plans to open a

. .

new office in Madison.
Alvin Wayne Berry was found
guilty of DUI manslaughter in the
death of 52-year-old Steinhatchee
resident Raymond J. Sellers. The
victim was apparently pinned
beneath a van and dragged to his
In an attempt to protect
employees and appointed board
members from the recent surge in
ethics complaints, the Taylor
County Commission voted in a
new policy which will reimburse
those who successfully defend
themselves against such
Happy smiles abounded when
Taylor County United Way was
spotlighted for exceeding its 2006
goal of $200,000 by $15,000.
The body of a 31-year-old
mother of five was discovered
Easter morning in an abandoned
house behind a church on West
Union St. Police officers identified
the woman as Elizabeth Carter
S The Taylor County

The Perry Rotary Club staged a red, white and blue welcome for soldier Stephen Smith,
center, who visited the club while on leave from duty in Iraq.

Commission agreed to deed a
small portion of property to the
City of Perry so developers of the
Cypress Mill community could
extend Main Street into the
An estimated $100,000 in
cocaine, along with 663 grams of
marijuana and a small cache of
weapons, was seized by the Taylor
County Joint Drug Task Force
when officers raided a home
located within 1,000 feet of Taylor
County Middle School. Michael
Jerome Forbes, 19, was charged
with trafficking, possession and
violation of probation. -
The Taylor County School
District was searching for ways to
collect some $11,000 owed to them
in delinquent student meal bills.
The singing of "God Bless
America" took on a special
meaning for the Perry Rotary Club
when Mike Smith's son--home on
leave from Iraq--joined members
for lunch and a celebration of his
father's birthday.
The family of murder victim
Chavorski B. Burney posted a
$5000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and conviction
of person(s) responsible for his.
death. Burney was found shot to
death in May of 2006, in a vehicle
parked behind the Temple of God
Church on Sandra Street.
Wildfires in South Georgia sent
a smoky haze toward Taylor, and
blanketed the community as well
as much of North Florida. Some
30,000 acres were reportedly
burning in Georgia.
Sixteen were arrested in a'
three-day drug sweep which
involved a number of street-level
ciack buys. Undercover operatives
and confidential informants were
credited with the arrests.
Helen Houck was named Lady
of the Year by the Mu Omega
chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Mrs.
Houck's contributions to Florida's
agricultural industry had already
been recognized on district and
state levels.
A firm affiliated with Foley

Timber & Land purchased the
Keaton Beach Marina "as an
investment--realizing the limited
access the public has to our
wonderful Nature Coast," said
Foley's Senior Vice President Bo
Taylor County led the district
in FCAT (Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test) scores for
writing, with 80 percent of 10th
graders scoring at or above 3.5
which is considered "passing."
The school crossing guard
dilemma reared its head, with city
leaders wishing the school would
pick up the bill, and school
officials pointing to cities who
consider this a municipal safety
SSteinhatchee anxiously
awaited the decision of the
Department of Community Affairs
about its status as a Waterfronts
Community. Earning that
ay translate
X .q1 into new
and more grant opportunities for
the coastal community. As the
month drew to a close,
Steinhatchee learned that it had
received the honor--one of only
three awarded in the state.
Relay For Life not only met its
goal, but exceeded it, raising
$70,300 for the American Cancer
Supervisor of Elections Molly
Lilliott announced that a special
election would be held in June to
fill the District 3 Senate seat being
vacated by Nancy Argenziano.
(Gov. Charlie. Crist had just
appointed Argenziano to the Public
Service Commission.)
Six contract employees at
Buckeye were exposed to a
discharge of flue gasses' from the
plant's boiler and were transferred
to Doctors' Memorial Hospital
where they were treated and
The Taylor County School

Local lore was the basis
for a new movie shot heie.
District was beaming about .the
third grade scores for FCATL in
Taylor County. "They were -the
highest ever in reading and math"
for this grade in this county,..aid
Director of Instruction -Wanda
The locally produced fkture
film, "County Road 14," wrapped
up filming and celebrated, as
Director Eddie Brown prefniiered
his first promotional trailer fort-, hf
Mary Ann Spinks, 46, W'''as
'arrested in Perry for :liblic
assistance fraud, haVing
inaccurately reported her income
level and the composition of~]ier
family. Several other ''Nkdrth
Florida women were also Tirestel
in this widespread investigatioh'b
the Florida Department of ~TLa
Enforcement. :
Buckeye revealed plans'for a
"green energy" project whidch'was
expected to result in 92 percentof
the wood cellulose mill's energyy
needs coming from ren'ieable
Alvin Wayne Berry, cotivicted
in March of DUI manslaughter,
was sentenced to 25 year in
A local pharmacist- -was
credited with "alert action" which
led authorities to uncover more
than 200 cases of prescriptidti'diug
fraud impacting more than 40
pharmacies across North Florida,
including those in Perry. : our
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Bank robbed at gunpoint; Kilo joined TCSO

Continued from page 3
Mayo residents--a man, his ex-
wife and their two daughters--were
SOngoing drought conditions
led to a burning ban in Taylor

County School District applauded
Annette Horton, Robert Spradley,
Annie Ruth "Baby Sister"
Williams, Sherry Harvey, Bettie
Page, Wallace Holmes Jr. and
Mildred Fike upon their
Michael Warf, 30, was being

director of Taylor County's SHIP
(State Housing Initiatives
Partnership); was arrested and
charged with grand theft and
official misconduct. Smith was
accused of using her position to
approve a SHIP grant for her
mother-in-law although she had

.'-There wasn't a shortage of traffic crashes in 2007. Accidents ranged, from the major--like
May--to the minor, including numerous "fender benders."

County, set forth by the Taylor
County Commission. Evening
thunderstorms were credited with
"little relief" and a lot of lightning
which ignited fires across the
An armed robber remained at-
large foll8 W g^ ~4 iberyb it
Golden Corral restaurant shortly
after midnight, when an assistant
manager and co-workers were
cleaning and preparing for the next
day of business.
Don Curtis of Lake Bird
announced his intentions to run for
the District 3 senate seat vacated
by Nancy Argenziano.
S* James William Southerland Sr.,
-, Called "a visionary whose impact
\ on Talor County spanned decades
L1f progress and development,"
died May 11. He was 75.
Bold headlines declared, "Bank
robbed at gunpoint." The
Wachovia Bank robbery triggered
a manhunt in downtown Perry and
a patrolled sweep of surrounding
highways. The man was armed
with a semi-automatic handgun,
according to Perry Police
Department officers.
As plans developed for Taylor
Energy Center, Buckeye
announced "an innovative
partnership with TEC, with at least
80 percent of TEC's daily water
needs coming from Buckeye's
One-hundred and 50 students
prepared to graduate from Taylor
County High School, in a
ceremony filled with pomp and
:circumstance. The top two
.students, Valedictorian Jake
Meacham and Salutatorian Tim
Machula were featured.
Mary Ann Hill, 49, was'killed
in a crash in which her vehicle
rolled over. She was 49.
Corrections officer, Trevor
"T.J." Holton, was arrested for sale
of cannabis, and possession of
cannabis with intent to sell. His
wife, Angelia, was also charged
with sale of cannabis, following an
undercover investigation by the
Taylor County Joint Drug Task
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held on a $100,000 bond after he been instructed not to get involved.
was charged with DUI Drought conditions continued
manslaughter in the death of in the community, with Spring
Cynthia Miller, 51, who was killed Creek going dry in the downtown
in a head-on collision in December district "for the first time in recent
of 2006 on Golf Course Road. memory."
Warf also .continued to recpver .* As another -CAET success, fifth..
"'fihii injuries suistained in'te 'i "' grades were congratulated 'for
accident. topping the state average in the
Priscilla Marie Johnson, 24, science portion of the test.
was killed in a one-vehicle wreck "Kilo" was welcomed to the
on Bernard Johnson Road, and ranks in the Taylor County
both of her children (ages 4 and 7) Sheriffs Office. The chocolate
sustained serious injuries. Labrador earned his K-9
Majestic oaks gave shade to certification and went to work with
those who gathered for the Deputy Harper Gibson. His
dedication of Veterans Memorial predecessor, Jeremiah, was
Park while bagpipes played. The contemplating semi-retirement.
Memorial Day celebration marked Isaac H. Jackson III was
the culmination of years of work identified as the "suspect at large"
by veterans and community in an armed robbery on Warner
organizations. Avenue. He was later arrested
The coastal project known as without incident and was being
Magnolia Bay announced that it held without bail at the Taylor
was scrapping plans for a marina County Jail.
a n d Don Curtis carried the
associated Republican vote in Taylor but
ll channel faltered elsewhere in the 13-county
u c into the race for the senate seat being
Gulf of vacated by Nancy Argenziano.
M e x i c o A 17-year-old teen, Deonte
and would, instead, concentrate on King, armed with a semi-automatic
developing an eco-friendly golf assault rifle, was arrested after
course community. Dr. J. Crayton threatening to shoot a man, and
Pruitt, owner of the almost 4000- booked on felony charges of
acre tract near Dekle Beach, said. aggravated assault with a firearm,
he was tired of fighting 'battery on a law enforcement
governmental agencies, office and resisting arrest with
Ronda M. Smith, former violence.

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S The Taylor County
Commission was facing a $20
million federal lawsuit after it
made moves last month to halt an
auction of some.1700 acres owned
by Florida Silviculture &
Timberland, LLC.
Josef Plum graduated with a

this overturned log truck in

medical degree from the Florida
State University College of
Medicine on May 26 and was
honored with a reception at
Doctors' Memorial Hospital. The
hospital had provided him with a
. full scholarship :with the iconditi.nni'
that he return to Perry to practice
following his training.
Taylor County was bracing for
the impact of proposed tax reforms
as city and county governments
grappled .with cutbacks if state
funding sources were 'severely
Taylor County Sheriffs Deputy
Joseph M. Thompson was
recovering from an afternoon crash
in which his patrol car caught fire'
and ignited ammunition inside the
Despite petitions for change on
the high school level, the Taylor
County School Board re-appointed
all principals at schools within the
Abundant red, white and blue
was expected in Steinhatchee as
the coastal village prepared for a
Fourth of July celebration which
called for fireworks from the
Steinhatchee Bridge.
Buckeye slashed its water use
permit by 5.5 million gallons per
day, "the result of aggressive
efforts to invest in environmental
and process improvements."
A 30-year-old man, Antonio
Novoa-Alvarez, was in serious

condition, after a hit-and-run on
Beach Road; the driver was still at-
S A two-county, multi-
department mock drill, preparing
the community for an outbreak of
avian flu, called for evacuations,
inter-departmental communication.
and effective quarantines. Health'
Department DirectorSteve Tullos
called the entire episode, "a very
good exercise."
Anticipating the opening of the.
2007 Scallop Season, officials with
the Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute predicted "the best crop
since 2003," based on 20 areas
studied between Pepperfish Keys
and Grassy Island.
SRepublican Charles Dean
handily won the Third District
Senate seat, winning over
opponent Suzan Franks. He.
carried Taylor County, as well as
12 of the Other 13 counties in
District 3.
The Taylor Energy Center
announced it would be closing its
office here and suspending
S for the
uly planned
power plant proposed for Taylor
Friends and loved ones
honored two lives tragically cut
short during services at First
Baptist Church. Sarah Elise
Pomeroy, 14, and Zoe Rene Stoyer,
46, both died in a boating accident
during a birthday outing on Lake
Ellen in Wakulla County.
It was a red letter day for the
Taylor County School District after
receiving the year's school grades,
with Taylor County Middle,
elementary school and Perry.

Primary each receiving an "A" and
Steinhatchee School a "B."
The sky was not falling where
the, city's finances were concerned,
but storm clouds were gathering on
the horizon. That was the
prediction by City Manager Bob
Brown as he alerted city council
members to challenges they may
face during the upcoming
preparations for the 2007-08
A Tennessee motorcyclist
escaped serious injury during a
.two-vehicle crash on U.S. 19 at
Fish Creek Road near Salem.
Public access, parks and
historic sites were chief topics of
discussion during a two-hour
meeting held in Steinhatchee to
kick-off the community's
designation as a Florida
Waterfronts Community.
Don Curtis Jr., president of the
Forestry Company in Perry, was
one of three new members
appointed to the Suwanne River
Water Management District
governing board.
The Taylor County School
District saw an increase in its full
time equivalent student numbers
for the first time since 2001.
A 60-year-old Dekle Beach
nan was killed when he was hit hy
a truck while bicycling on Beac;,
SThe 11-year-old grandson o .
Perry couple drowned Sunda,
while scalloping at St. Joe Bay in
Gulf County.
Two teens were airlifted to
Shands Hospital in Gainesville
after an ATV crash in
A Trenton woman received
serious injuries in an evening
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taught reigned, and rain only brought lightning

rnuedfomm page 4
rlover crash on Hwy. 19 South.
i* Margaret Hamby died
aturdday, July 7, at the age of 93.
*e was one of only 52 known
Sal daughters of the
federacy," with her father, the
.Captain (CSA) Frank Shelton,
2vg during the Civil War.
i* The Doctors' Memorial
pital Board of Directors
unced that had found a new
: Charles Darcy of Victoria,

A former Taylor County deputy
i ned.in intensive care after
g hit in the head by a piece of
b thrown from another
le as: he and his wife, Terry,
traveling near their home in
tBuckeye announced that it had
d the- University of Florida to
'siderits Taylor County plant as
i ssible .site for building a
hiose-to-ethanol research and
trati facility.
CiIhadiest EoEHartsfield, 33, was
nced to 10 years in prison
:pleadingguilty to two counts
DULImanslaughter and two
Dts UI with damage, to
during an Herbert Parker, left, and Jimmy Bowden show off a fossil they
g tiofilled hearing before County. Dr. W.T. Hendry first introduced the men to local arche
S"Roy" Bean. toured Buckeye as they continued commissioners agreed to apply for
eekdains, totalingmore their process to locate a $20 a Florida Recreation Development
th ches in places, not million ethanol research facility. Assistance Program grant for
welcome es dearelief .to mo
od welcome f The Perry City Council improvements to the Steinhatchee
ients-ufferionsg om ongoing authorized City Manager Bob Community Center.
t condition, but also Brown to further explore the steps It was announced that funding
tsted.- Florida Division of needed to change city election for the six school crossing guards
sgle,-Ho contae in h numerous
s e fig contain numerous dates to coincide with the standard which man key intersections
I es tcont fall election dates. around Taylor County schools
a1r thcounty. June's special senate election would be cut off by the city Sept.
TaylorCounty Commissioners cost local taxpayers $48,753 and 30. and the future of the positions
todelay a decision on a reimbursement from the state may beyond that point remained in
otionof support for Bukeye's be stretched over three years. limbo.
catida tto: the University of A nearly seven-year A lightning storm was the
Slose'-t consider ciin and investigation by the Taylor leading suspect in a fire than
lose!I ethanol research and e ea
nstiation facility within, the, more. thana ,$20,000 ,in,,
with N aae to a home on North
t arrest of a Cherry Street.
Sebring Two of the county's largest
Au u-s man on employers--Buckeye and Taylor
federal Correctional Institution--faced
drug charges. Joseph "Pepsi Joe" increased water fees that could
Armstrong was taken into custody total in the thousands of dollars
by Florida Department of Law under a utility rate increase
Enforcement Special Agent Chuck proposal being considered by the
Osgood along with Drug Perry City Council.
SEnforcement Agency Special The Florida Public Service
Agent Greg Millard and several Commission voted unanimously to
members of the FDLE Sebring accept a voluntary withdrawal of
field office. the Taylor Energy Center's need
Thanks to the cooperation determination petition, ending an
between Taylor, Wakulla and Dixie almost year-long process and
counties, a new artificial reef was bringing the $1.5 billion project
deployed off the Taylor County one step closer to an end.
coast. Public accountant and rancher
For the first time.in more than Kyle Rowell announced he will
a decade, the Perry Police seek the office of Taylor County
Department had an almost fully- tax collector in the 2008 election;
-staff officers pool. On the eve of the start the new
In a decision that will likely. school year, incoming Taylor
have long-lasting effects on the County High School senior Sara K.
future of development along the Jones, 17, died in a one-vehicle
Taylor County coastline, the crash on C.R. 14 off Highway 98.
county commission agreed to settle Despite the announcement in
with the Florida Department of July that the electric utility partners:
Community Affairs in a dispute behind the Taylor Energy Center
'over building densities in the were ceasing their permitting
coastal high hazard area. efforts, the Florida Department of
An on-going undercover Community Affairs filed its notice
operation by the Taylor County of intent to find a pair of
a tiearms took Center Drug Task Force targeting crack comprehensive plan amendments
e at:theo annual .K9 expo cocaine dealers in Perry nabbed (allowing the construction of such
orsett Stadium. three suspects. a power plant in Taylor County) in
Many city residents were compliance.
Sun e er expected to see an estimated 12 The Suwannee River Water
Pdte ib udget process for the percent reduction in taxes, with the Management District was moving
S thsebudget process for the o
le rcin oro P the Perry City Council looking to forward with the process of
-08 fiscal year facing a project
cit of $750,000. adopt a rollback millage rate for digitizing the county's flood maps
ring a secal meetingthe next year. with the goal of improving their
during a special meeting, the Sheriff Bummy Williams accuracy as well as making them
J tor County Commission
ved a resolution supporting presented Old Town truck driver more user-friendly.
ye's application to the Rick Stevenson a plaque in Tips from local citizens led to
rsity of Florida to consider recognition of his actions in the arrest of two Sarasota men who
g a cellulose-to-ethanol assisting Deputy Joseph M. were the targets of a south Florida
archand demonstration facility Thompson when his cruiser task force investigation into a
ylor.County. crashed and caught fire in June. series of copper wiring thefts.
Ney $1,000 in cash A former Perry resident, Larry The University of Florida
Nd during an undercover Donnell Upshaw, 44, was ejected selected South Florida sugar
ine investigation that resulted and killed in a rollover crash that producer Florida Crystal over
ne arrest--the 26th arrest made occurred in Madison County. Buckeye as the site to build a
'the Taylor County Drug Task Following the bridge collapse cellulosic ethanol research plant.
e F iin Minneapolis, Minn., a check of Amid questions of intimidation
The Taylor County bridges in the North Florida region and "frivolous suits," the Taylor
iThe aylor Co y revealed that there are seven County Commission agreed
'fe ordinance for Steinhatchee. bridges that are structurally Tuesday to pay the legal fees for
:'Only weeks after being deficient, including two in Taylor Commissioner Clay Bethea as well
gnated a Florida Waterfronts County. as former Taylor County Planning
unty, Steinhatchee was More than $194,500 was Board members Bryan Bethea and
med one of the first 30 expected to be disbursed to 18 Kevin Guenthner in their defense
human-services agencies operating against three recently dismissed
immunities in the country to be in Taylor County thanks to ethic complaints.
e led a Playful City- USA by the
nonprofit organization KABOOM! supporters of the 2006 United Way The Perry City Council
e of of the Big Bend campaign. reserved a decision to cut off
i'Members si the Universityteeof The scope of Fort Steinhatchee funding for six school crossing.
d s e ois growing after county guards and was considering

found 44 years ago in Taylor
logical sites.
recouping its expenses for the
service by levying a monthly
surcharge on the school district's
utility bill.
Local law enforcement stepped
up its war on drugs, throwing a
one-two punch with both an
undercover drug sting and a drug
checkpoint operation.
Weekend storms ignited three
wildfires in Taylor County which
consumed some 85 acres.
I* Following more than nine
months of development, Taylor
County residents could access
parel, data about property -within.
thie' county ofiliie.
The Perry City Council voted
unanimously to close the city pool.
A new ranking of community
colleges by the Washington
Monthly magazine listed North
Florida Community College in
sixth place.
The 52 annual Florida Forest
Festival was gearing up to
celebrate the greens and the blues
with the announcement that
legendary blues musician Buddy
Miles would be headlining the
year's entertainment line-up.
Fourth-grader Mikaela
Padgett, 9, was killed when the
Golf cart
she and
September three
1 others
w e r e
riding in was hit by an on-coming
pick-up truck.
Two brothers faced felony
charges after significant amounts
of cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy
were found in their home.
The third suspicious fire in less
than two weeks near Rich Loam
Lane on Courtney Grade destroyed
a barn.
Taylor County Fire/Rescue
responded to a mobile home fire on
North Gulf Manor. The residence
was destroyed.

Thule, Inc., the world leader in
sports utility transportation,
announced that is had entered in an
agreement to purchase United
Welding Services and UWS Inc.
(collectively known at UWS) for
an undisclosed amount.
Nine local restaurants were
expected to showcase their
signature dishes during
downtown's first "Taste of Perry"
food show.
Beatrix L. Maddox, 64, was
killed in automobile crash on her
way to work on Hwy. 221.
Six local residents, along with
the environmental group, Taylor
County Residents United for the
Environment, filed a petition for an
'administrative hearing into the
decision by the Florida Department
of Community Affairs to find in
compliance two comprehensive
plan amendments pertaining to a
proposed coal-fired power plant.
The Taylor County
Commission adopted its 2007-08
budget totaling $41 million that
includes a more-than-nine percent
property tax cut for county
Dozens of local officers with
the Florida Fish & Wildlife
Conservation and the Taylor
County Sheriffs Office, along with
members of the U.S. Coast Guard,
were searching in the vicinity of
the Steinhatchee River for two
missing boaters in a 19-foot boat.
Search and rescue teams
covered nearly 11,000 square miles
of Gulf waters in their hunt for a
missing Georgia man who was last
seen trying to swim to shore from
16 miles off the Steinhatchee coast.
Crews suspended their search with
no signs of Chris Burkhalter, 37, of
The City of Perry adopted the
lowest millage rate in almost 20
years by unanimous vote, putting
an end to weeks of budget
wranglings and recalculating.
A 35-year-old Mayo man was
in serious condition after crashing
his truck
into a train
October that was
27 during the early morning hours
of Oct. 3. Taylor County Fire-
Rescue had to use the "Jaws of
Life" to extricate David R. Driver
from the front cab of his .2003
Chevrolet truck.
Thirteen high school seniors
were to compete for the title of
Florida Forest Festival Jr. Miss
during ceremonies Oct. 6.
Candidates included: Katherine
Smith, Lauren Hardin, Megan
Perry, Georgia Brown, Natalie
Clark, Emily Ensley, Brooke
Davis, Bonnie Batson, Marla
Hathcock, Sky Horton, Rebecca
Thompson, Ashley Rucker and
Angela Roberts.
The City of Perry was the
recipient of a $700,000 grant
award to be used for the expansion
of sewer service to the Granger
A Shady Grove resident,
Ulysees O'Neal, 34, was charged
with seven counts of animal
cruelty after dogs in his care were
found malnourished and in a

deteriorating state of health.
Taylor County's newest senate
representative, Charles Dean, was
formal sworn into office Oct. 3 as
the 2007 Special Session of the
Florida Legislature convened.
Five Alabama residents--
including a one-year-old toddler
and a young boy, 8--escaped
serious injury in an early morning
crash on U.S. 19 South near Josh
Ezell Grade.
Taylor County prepared to host
the second annual Pickin' in the
Pines Bluegrass Festival, which
would serve as a fund-raiser for the
annual March of Dimes
WalkAmerica event.
Taylor County High School
senior Lauren Hardin was named
the 2007 Florida Forest Festival
Junior Miss; first runner-up was

The first "Taste. of
Taylor" tempted local
Megan Perry and second runner-up
was Katie Smith.
The 2007 WalkAmerica -:
campaign raised a record-breaking
$30,000 for the fight again
premature births..
Suspected drug dealers were
caught in the act of packaging
crack cocaine for sale during a raid
by the Taylor County Drug Task :
Force. Seven men and women
were arrested on-site and 44 grams
of cocaine were seized, along with .
two handguns. '
Supervisor of Elections Molly
H. Lilliott announced she would.
not be seek re-election in 2008.
Assistant Supervisor of
Elections Dana Southerland :
announced her candidacy for the .
elections office.
A Wal-Mart night shift
employee was the target of an
unprovoked, vicious attack by a
violent convicted felon ii the early :
morning hours of Oct. 19. The ;.
victim was kidnapped at knife-
point and later stabbed and beaten. ..
Police arrested two suspects--
Alexis Manning, 25, and Maurice ::
Flowers--20--less than two hours
after the victim was found.
Ethan Whiddon and Harli
Neshat were crowned the 2007
Florida Forest Festival Little King
and Queen during frmal
ceremonies Oct. 13. Joining them
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Sara Jones, who died in a one-vehicle crash in August.

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Attack leads to attempted murder charges

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on the royal court were first
runners-up Ashton Brannen and
Briley Hearne, and second
runners-up Seth Bush and Natalie
A delegation of local forestry
representatives, as well as 2007
Junior Miss Lauren Hardin and
members of the Florida Forest
Festival Board, traveled to


board of directors.
Fellow officers honored retired
policeman Isaac "Big Rick"
Anderson, who died Oct. 18.
Gov. Charlie Crist declared
Florida Forest Week, which
coincided with the 52nd annual
Florida Forest Festival celebration.
Taylor County's annual toast to
forestry--the Florida Forest
Festival--attracted thousands of
visitors during two days of back-
to-back events. This year's theme

veterans Memorial ParK was a Titting setting tor veterans
ay ceremonies.

STallahassee to witness the Florida
Cabinet declare the week of Oct.
22-27 "Florida Forestry Week."
Five juveniles ranging in age
:from 14 to 17, along with two
- adults, were arrested for the armed
robbery of a pizza delivery driver
Oct. 15.
Local Florida Fish & Wildlife
SConservation Commission (FWC)
Officer Cricket Bailey and K-9
partner Buddy played a key role in
the apprehension of an arru,._
burglary suspect fleeing deputies
in Jefferson County.
Attempted murder charges
were brought Maurice Flowers, 20,
one of two suspects arrested
following a near-deadly attack on:a
.Wal-Mart employee. Flowers was
.initially charged with robbery and
kidnapping. However, once the
victim regained consciousness and
'was able to be interviewed by
police, she revealed that Flowers
w:as at the scene when she was
-beaten and stabbed.
The administrative judge set to
hear a petition concerning two
comprehensive plan amendments
sponsored by the now halted
Taylor County Center granted a
motion to disqualify himself from
.the proceeding due to his
stepmother's position on Buckeye's

was "Greens and Blues," an
homage to the green forest industry
and the blues-themed headliner,
blues legend Buddy Miles.
Three anglers adrift 30 miles
off Taylor
November Gulf coast
w e r e
after spending four days and three
nights exposed to the elements and
choppy seas.
The $250 million traditional
neighborhood development known
as Cypress Mill was canceled.
Developers declined to comment
about the demise of the project,
which was to be built on the site of
the historic Burton-Swartz lumber
mill at the west end of Main.Street.
William Logan Padgett, 20,
was charged with DUI
manslaughter in the death of
incoming Taylor County High
School senior Sara K. Jones, 17.
Ten pounds of compressed
marijuana valued at more than
$10,000, along with a large amount
of cocaine, were seized during a
drug bust at a residence on Wells
Drive. Robert Foskey, 76, was
charged with armed trafficking in
cocaine and possession of

Taylor County businessman
Don Curtis announced his
candidacy for the Florida House of
Representative District 10 seat
being vacated in 2008 (because of
term limits) by Will Kendrick.
Local school officials prepared
to mount opposition to a series of
proposed new state science
standards for Florida's schools in
which evolution would be taught
as fact rather than theory.
Evelyn Daniel, Mamie Ervin
and Willie Hugger were named as
the 2007 inductees to the
Educators Hall of Fame.
Morris Steen Jr. announced his
.retirement as president of North
Florida Junior College, effective in
the summer of 2008.
The city council was to
consider a non-binding resolution
which would open the door to
establishing a special assessment
on fire protection services within
the city limits.
A subsidiary of one of the
country's largest power producing
companies signed a letter of intent
that could lead to the purchase of
various agreements from the
partners in Taylor Energy Center.
A federal jury found Joseph
"Pepsi Joe" Armstrong, 66, guilty
of conspiracy and distribution
charges related to a cocaine
enterprise that stretched across the
Big Bend and supplied more than
50 kilograms of cocaine to the
Steinhatchee area.
Million of local tax dollars
w e r e
locked in a
December frozen
fund of the
Board of Administration Local
Government Pool.
Members of the Taylor County
Vision 2060 Task Force urged
residents to take part in twc public
meetings that would focus on
community character and design
standards for the 50-year vision
The Perry City Council voted
unanimously to pull all available
funds from troubled State Board of
Administration Local Government
Investment Pool.
State Attorney Division Chief
Todd Hingson confirmed that a
grand jury would be convened in
January to consider whether or not
criminal charges are warranted in
the Nov. 10 shooting death here of
a pregnant 21-year-old Sunrise
(Fla.) woman.
Property owners were
encouraged to check their flood
zone status following the unveiling
of an updated flood zone map.
A woman's two children
witnessed her brutal assault with a
broken table leg at the hands of a
live-in companion during an
altercation at a home on West
Malloy Street.
County officials were keeping
a wary eye on the state of a
beleaguered investment pool that

held millions of county funds.
Perry stepped into the national
spotlight with a report on
Bloomberg News regarding the
financial crisis surrounding a
statewide local government
investment pool.
The Perry City Council
adopted a "pull 'em up" resolution
banning "sagg pants" from being
worn in city offices.
Two from Taylor County were

among the first graduates of a
registered nursing program at
North Florida Community College.
Doctors' Memorial Hospital
CEO Charles Darcy told the
county commission that the facility
faced "significant" financial losses,
prompting discussions on
developing new revenue streams
for the local hospital, including
the possibility of a half-cent sales

Tragedies touch

Continued froh page 1
neighborhood post office, more
than four mileIs of walking trails,.
several neighborhood parks, a
wetland boardwalk, a planned
YMCA community center, a
planned North Florida Community
College campus and live-work
opportunities within mixed-use
commercial and professional
In addition, Taylor County was
passed up by the University of
Florida in Aug st when it decided
to site a cellulo ic ethanol research
plant with sugar producer Florida
Crystal rather tan Buckeye.
The plant is eing financed by a
$20 million state grant. The
university received six proposals
for the facility but narrowed the
list down to two, including
Buckeye, before selecting Florida

2007 could very well be
.called the year of
tragedy for many Taylor
County families who
lost loved ones to
seriseless automobile
crashes and horific circumstances.
In February, a Puckett Road
accident claimed the lives of teens
Morgan Michelle Jordan, 16, and
her 14-year-old| friend Kaylee D.

In March, a 60-year-old Perry
man, Dennis E. Ross, was killed in
a two-vehicle crash at the
intersection of U.S. 98 and Goff
Also that month, an early
morning fire claimed the life of 91-
year-old Alice Irene Poitivent at
her home on Foley Cut-Off Road.
In April, the body of a 31-year-
old mother of five was discovered
Easter morning in an abandoned
house behind a church on West
Union St. Police officers
identified the woman as Elizabeth
Carter Cope.
In May, Mary Ann Hill was
killed in a crash in which her
vehicle rolled over. She was 49.
Priscilla Marie Johnson, 24, was
killed in a one-vehicle wreck on
Bernard Johnson Road, and both,
of her children (ages 4 and 7)
sustained serious injuries.
In July, friends and loved ones at
First Baptist Church honored two
lives tragically cut short during
services for Sarah Elise Pomeroy,
14, and Zoe Rene Stoyer, 46, who
both died in a boating accident
during a birthday outing on Lake
Ellen in Wakulla County.
Also, a 60-year-old Dekle Beach
man was killed when he was hit by
a truck while bicycling on Beach
Road and the 11-year-old grandson
of a Perry couple drowned while
scalloping at St. Joe Bay in Gulf
In August, former Perry resident,
Larry Donnell Upshaw, 44, was
ejected and killed in a rollover
crash that occurred in Madison
County and on the eve of the start
the new school year, incoming

A 72-year-old Perry man -as:
charged with 24 counts of-:
voyeurism after it was discovered:
that he had been secretly videle
taping a 14-year-old girl in thE
privacy of her bedroom.
Former Taylor County Hige
football standout LaGarrettg
Blount signed with University 6o
Oregon, the first time in a decadE
that'a TCHS athlete signed to play
for a major university.


Taylor County High School senior:
Sara K. Jones, 17, died in a oner;
vehicle crash on C.R. 14 off:
Highway 98.
In September, fourth-gradeE
Mikaela Padgett, 9, was killeaf
when the golf cart she and three'
others were riding in was hit by az
on-coming pick-up truck and-
Beatrix L. Maddox, 64, was killed
in automobile crash on her way t&-
work on Hwy. 221.
Also that month, search anit
rescue teams covered nearly
11,000 square miles of Gulf waters:
in their hunt for a missing GeorgiaE
man who was last seen trying to
swim to shore from 16 miles off
the Steinhatchee coast. Crews
suspended their search with no
signs of Chris Burkhalter, 37, of
In November, a 31-year-old
Mospeth, N.Y., man was killed
while crossing Highway 19 and a
10-year-old boy from Madison
was killed in a one-vehicle rollover
one miles east of Shady Grove on
C.R. 14.
A 51-year-old Steinhatchee
woman was died, after crashing
head-on with an asphalt paver on
C.R. 358 in Dixie County and a
21-year-old Sunrise (Fla.) woman
was shot and killed at a home on
Blake Tail Way Nov. 10. The
victim was approximately six
months pregnant at the time of her
A Steinhatchee woman and her
daughter, Ashley Nicole Snedeker
(Byrd), 20, and JoLea Byrd, 13
months, were killed in a crashb~dh
occurred in Dixie Counifi
Thanksgiving Day.

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"'.-ji:-_middle and high school students are invited to
,i ggtYouthWinterfest Olympics Saturday, Jan. 5, to
1 tBid at the Rowell Farm in Shady Grove from
: Admission is free and a shuttle will pick up students
'a Taylor County Middle School at 2:30 p.m.
turningg by 10 p.m.)
Local church youth groups are encouraged to

Activities will include a bungee and jousting
combo set-up, boxing, a jumbo slide and "sumo"
Later in the afternoon, there will be a bonfire, hay
rides, chicken dinners and an outdoor concert by
For more information, contact the Taylor Baptist
Associational Office at 584-8025 or Danny Lundy at

Senior citizens who are at least
62 years old and own a home, can
now borrow against the equity in
their home, utilizing the money for
just about anything, without ever
having to repay the debt. They
can continue living in the home
for the rest of their lives without
the burden of making monthly
This is now possible thanks
to a Home Equity Conversion
Mortgage created by the Federal
Government's Department of
Housing and Urban Development,
also known as HUD.
This money can be ised to:
1. Pay off an existing mortgage.
2. Pay for medical expenses
3. Supplement income
4. Supplement savings
5. Make repairs to the home

6. Provide financial assistance to
family members
7. Establish a line of credit that
can be used if needed in the future
8. Vacation and travel
There is never a risk of losing
their home and they are free to
sell or refinance the home, without
penalty, at any time. All money
received is tax free and has no effect
on Social Security or retirement
A free report reveals how
citizens of Taylor County can
utilize this opportunity to ease
financial burdens for themselves,
or their loved ones courtesy of the
United States Government insured
assistance program.
For more information, call the
Consumer Awareness hotline for
a free recorded message, anytime
24 hours a day at 888-812-3156,
ext. 99.

Sonshine Jubilee
begins Thursday
All are invited to the annual
Sonshine Jubilee to be held at
Faith Baptist Church on Highway
19 North, beginning Thursday, Jan.
3, at 7 p.m. Services will also be
Friday, Jan. 4, through Sunday,
Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. Meals will be
Everyone is invited to "come
join us for good, old-fashioned
preaching, singing and Christian
fellowship." For questions, please
contact the church at 584-2980.

Monthly sing
is Saturday
The Perry First Church of God
on Highway 221 North is having
its monthly sing on Saturday, Jan.
5, featuring "Pure Hearts" and


i uanitaEdna, Bates
.Juahita sEdna Bates, 84, died
c. 29,;2007.
S:ihe.hacdbeen a resident of Perry
;iBce :1962. She. was a beautician
'ir'n many years and a member
d- Ash Street Church of
:Survivors: include: her husband
o 66 years, Luther Bates; three
Daughters, Mary Lou Huxford of
Bnsacola, Carol Ann Bates of
Thilahassee and Robin Lehtonen of
'1adras, Ore.; two sisters, Dorothy
Sidallivan had Margaret Collier,
ioth- of Tennessee; eight
g:isandhildren; and nine great
Funeral services were held
.iMonday,.Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. at Joe
"P. Burns Funeral Home with Theo
Elam officiating. Interment
-'followed at Pineview Memorial
V-" il -: il P iB iififlbf- rteceivd
Friends priorto the service from 11
ia.m, until,2 p.m. at Burns Funeral

We'relooking for
th6ENew' ear'sbaby...
,, A longstanding Taylor County
rdition continues next week when
qv-begin looking for the New Year's
y tf you become the proud parents of
%&^first-baby born in. 2008, please
coi Wt the newspaper by calling (850)
January is Fine Free
Month at library
::Start the new year by clearing your
[eoience. January will be Fine Free
I'hth at the Taylor County Public
Library. Return all overdue books and
.materials to the library and watch your
fi ne disappear.

Siiann 4odges'
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B df.eBonnie Jo Wells

Home, which was in charge of
Lois Gladys Rollins
Lois Gladys Rollins, 83, died
Dec. 28, 2007, in Columbus, Ga.
Born in Lamont, she moved to
Columbud, where she had lived for
.the past 50 years as a homemaker.
She was a member of Baptist Faith
Survivors include: three sons,
Larry Idle, Marvin Idle and Troy'
Taylor, all of Columbus; four
daughters, Louise Taylor of
Weaver, Ala., Lois Marener of
Columbus, Ann Soto of California
and Edna Landers of Woodstock,
'Ga.; two sisters, 1ell Page of Perry
and Ms. Bill Amos of California;
one sister-in-law, Francis Rollins
of Waverly Hall, Ga.; numerous
grandchildren and great
grandchildren; and a host of
nieces, nephews and friends.
~he was-fpreedede in death fby' a
daughter, Shirley Shiver, her
father, Lester C. Rollins, and her

mother, Eula Faye Sanders Rollins.
Graveside services were held
Monday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at
Walker Cemetery in Madison.
Family members received
friends Sunday from 6 until 8 p.m.
at Beggs Funeral Home in Perry,
which was in charge of
Mary Lindle Webb
Mrs. Mary Lindle Webb, 88, of
Steinhatchee died Dec. 30, 2007, at
her home.
Mrs. Webb was born in Alton on
Aug. 28, 1919, to Albert Eugene
Wood and Amanda Elizabeth
Wood. She had one older brother,
Lester R. Wood, a half brother, Leo
Scofield, and a half sister, Thelma
She spent most of her life in
Steinhatchee where she met and
married her husband of 43 years,
Harrell Webb (1915 1978).
o-gether they raised a faifily of.
five girls: Gail Cassidy of Cross
City, Ann Levingston of

Steinhatchee, Sandra Stewart of
Winter Haven, Jo Smith of Lutz
and Amy Webb Lee of Crystal
River. She had five generations in
her family with 10 grandchildren,
17 great grandchildren and four
great great grandchildren.
She was a homemaker and a
tailor by trade. She was a member
of the First Baptist Church of Jena
and a longtime member of Beta
'Sigma Phi. She gave many hours.
of service to her community
through the sorority.
A celebration of life service was
held Tuesday, Jan. '1, at 11:30 a.m.
at First Baptist Church in Jena with
the Rev. Vaughn Farnell
Rick Gooding Funeral Home in
Cross City was in charge of

"River Jordan."
Snacks will be served at 5:30
p.m. Everyone is invited.
New location
for Cornerstone
Cornerstone Fellowship Church
announces its new location
beginning Sunday, Jan. 6. The
church will hold services in the
auditorium of Taylor County
Middle School beginning at 10:30

a.m. There will be a service for
children's church and a nursery
will be provided.
You may visit the church's
Web site at www.yourcorner
A spokesperson for the
congregation extended; this
invitation, "Everyone is invited to
come and help us celebrate this
exciting time for our growing

PWC re-schedules January meeting

The first meeting of the new year for the Perry Woman's Club (PWC)
has been re-scheduled from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16. Club members are asked to
mark their calendars for this one-time change. Members are also urged to
participate in the club's arts and crafts show, and to bring entries for
judging to the PWC clubhouse on Monday, Jan. 14, between 4- 6 p.m. The
Florida Federation of Woman's Clubs has a new ruling that only the first
prize or blue ribbon winners may be entered in the District 3 Arts and
Crafts Show which will be held in Madison on Feb. 16.

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A curriculum developed by ex-smokers

for those who want to become

ex-smokers themselves.

Begins Wednesday, January 9

meeting weekly from 12:00 -1:00

in the Taylor County Health Department

Conference Room

To register or for more information please
contact Katy Curry at 584-5087, ext. 193.


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We are at it again, Sloans Auction Co.,
this Friday at 6:30 p.m. 1557 Carlton
Cemetery Rd. Colonel Bonney AU2021
AB2011. Hope everyone had a wonderful
christmas and a Happy new year. See you

Set of wooden chest of drawers well made
early 1900. Original owners $400 per set;
antique oval table $50; upholstered rocker
$100. 352-490-7787 leave message if no
3 ct. Channel Set Diamond Tennis
Bracelet New $2,500 sell for $1300
Purchased from Mitch's Gold & Diamonds.
Call 843-1980.
Stop by the lobby of Capital City Bank in
Perry and see paintings on display by"
local artist Susan Swan Sellers, sister of
renowned landscape artist Fred Swan.

Estate Sale Saturday Only! 8 a.m. until. 4 1996 General 14x52 2 bdr/1 bth. New
miles down Woods Creek Rd. Look for Arrival, late model! $8,500 as is (850)879-
white sheet on the mailbox. 7095/973-2353.
1/3-1/5 1/3-1/5

Two Yorkshire Terrier puppies with papers.
$500 and lower. 1-850-223-1979.

Adorable tiny 12 week old male
Chihuahua CKC registered and health
certificate. $550 Call 386-235-4127

New in town?

to theTaco Times
and Perry News-Herald

New 28x70 3 bd/2 bth Real Cedar Log
Home. Only $79,995 inc. Delivery and set
up. Call Prestige Home Centers 1-800-
$149 Bi-weekly will buy you a new 2 or 3
bd/2 bth mobile home Call Prestige Home
Centers. 1-800-477-2492.
1996 General 14x52 bd./1 bath New
Arrival, late model $8,500 as is (850)879-
Turn Key Repo 3 bd/2 bth on 2.5 acres in
Bronson Area. Call Prestige Home
Centers. 1-800-477-2492.
New or Used Mobile Homes with No
money down for Land Owners. Call
Prestige Home Centers 1-800-477-2492,

VA loans available with no money down!
Call Prestige Home Centers 1-800-477-

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be your own boss? Start your own
business, I can show you how. S10 start-
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Help Wanted Badcock & More. Set up and
delivery. Must be 21 yrs, old. License and
good driving record required. No phone
calls! Apply in person 1225 S. Jefferson
Drivers: ATI Transportation needs OTR
drivers. Great pay/benefits. Good home
time! Clean MVR/2 yrs. Exo. 1-334-983-

Old Fireplace Brick 12/12PH 3123 ex: 121
Gold (scrap) ~ Diamonds ~ Old Comic Books 1/4
Coins (silver) & Paper Money Taylor County Memorabilia i

Used Furniture Prestige Home Center
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For Rent 2 BR/1 bath Mobile Home total
electric central H/A, $375 per month, plus
$250 deposit. Setup in Whispering Pines
Mobile Home Park. two miles down the
Beach Rd. Maximum occupants two adults
and one child. Application and reference
required. 584-3889.
1 & 2 bedroom apartments available. Call
S 12/5tfWO
r-i -rReTi- iPetrrcty limits 3 or4 bed/2
Bath central H/A, new appliances, tile
floors, new carpet in bedrooms, large
: cement patio in back, walk to schools.
S First and last and security deposit
Steinhatchee Place Resort Furnished 1
and 2 bedroom Condos for Rent. $750-
$850. Included in price Water, cable,
internet and hot tub in Steinhatchee. Call
Southern Villas of Perry
Looking For Applicants!
Rental assistance available. HUD
vouchers accepted. 1 & 2 BR HC & non-
: HC accessible apartments. Office hours
are 8 a.m, to 5 p.m. Mon-Thurs. Call 850-
584-8111; TDDTTY 711.315 Puckett Rd,
Perry, Fl, 32347. Equal Housing
2 bedroom 1.5 bath M/H central heat/air.
i Just outside city limits, no pets $425 per
month plus utilities $300 deposit. Please
leave message; 223-1087.
2 Room Furnished apt. 2 adults no
children. no pets utilities paid. $140 per
week + $140 deposit. Call 584-2075 or
Newly remodeled office Suites available
for lease, electric, water, gas and trash
removal included, only $260 monthly. Call
Select Group Realty @ 850-584-4401
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.
3 BR/ 2 Bath Double Wide Central
Heat/AC, total electric appliances with
washer and dryer located 2 miles down
Beach Rd. set up in Whispering Pines
Mobile Home Park. $550. per month, $250
deposit. Maximum occupants two adults
two children no pets. Application and
references required. Call 584-3889.
Westgate Hotel Rooms available for Rent.
Refrigerator, microwave, TV w/cable,
AC/Heater. Everything included. $154
weekly or $40 daily plus tax.(RV sites also
available.) 1627 S. Byron Butler Pkwy.
Rooms available at Skylark Motel
everything included from Monthly $550
required $45 deposit, $154 weekly or $40
daily plus tax. 317 N. Byron Butler Pkwy.
: 11/14tfLS
2 & 3 BR HC and Non-HC accessible
apartments now available. HUD vouchers
considered. 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.


Immaculate 3BR/ 2 Ba brick home on .71
acre city lot. House has been totally
renewed with fresh paint, all new carpets &
hardwood floors & counter tops, all new
appliances in kitchen. Master Bed has
walk in closet. The Mbath has dble sinks
& granite countertop. New tile shwr
covered patio & screened porch, pool.
w/automatic cleaner & cforinator. Very
private and well manicured yard. The shop
is wired & yard has well & irrigation sys.
Call 850-584-6512.
12/12-1/4 . ..
House for sale 2 bed/1 bath on 2 acres of
land.,Large utility shed with chain link
fence. $90,000 for more information call
For Sale By Owner Near Keaton Beach
2,305 sq. ft. 2004 DWMH on 1.25+ acres, 4
bedroom, 2.5 bath, central heat/air, 3
.decks, skirting, gutters, 2 car garage, boat
shelter, heated in ground pool, fenced
back yard, gravel driveway, 2 wells, septic
tank, sprinkler system, water softener.
REDUCED $155,000, call 850-578-3094
for apt.
HOUSES FOR SALE Motivated Seller,
Owner finance with large down payment.
5 bed/2 bath = 602 N. Jefferson St.
3 bed/2 bath on 5 acres =113 Lewis Drive
3 bed/1 bath= 602 W.Bacon St.
Call 584-4678, .
Owner Sale 112 McCall St. 3 Br/1 B, kit-
Dine, L.R., back deck, large storage Bid.
Fenced back yard,, new roof, $92,500. Call
223-1382 or 584-4618,

Adams Beach Oaks, $27,000. 1 acre
recently cleared. Bonita Blvd: (2nd lot on
Lt.) 770-841-8023.

1 acre corner lot in Sea Oaks S/d. Lot is
being cleared. RV's are welcome. Corner
of Sea Oaks & Seameadows Rd. $29,000
Reduced 20% below appraisal For Sale
By Owner, was 140k now 112k, 4 bed/2
bath,, pool, concrete floor, barn, Great
location much more. Come see or call
*850-843-2784 2024 Woods Creek Rd.
Perry FL.

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.


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Job descriptions and applications can be
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One Stop Mobile Unit located in the Kmart
Parking Lot Wednesdays 9 a.m. 6 p.m or
at 502 N, Center Street Perry, FL on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. 2
p.m; Positions are open until filled. Taylor
County Board of County Commissioners
is an EOE, VP, DT, background check
Dowling Park, Florida
'On the Banks of the Suwannee River'
Office Manager (PT)
Prior experience in office setting required,
medical office management a plus; PC
experience w/MS Office required. Must
possess strong communication, customer
service and organizational skills.
Housekeeping Worker (FT)
interior and exterior lodging/retail facilities.
Periodic weekend duties may be required.
Prior custodial experience strongly
Child care Workers (PT)
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Competitive wages & benefits for FT
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The Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson,
Madison and Taylor Counties is seeking a
Community Health Educator.
Grant-funded position in Taylor County
requires knowledge of local community
health services and agencies, ability to
communicate clearly, ability to establish
and maintain effective working
relationships with Coalition membership,
staff, all providers and churches, and the
general public, the ability to design,
prepare and deliver health education
presentations, and the ability to work
independently; must reside in Taylor
County. Submit Resume to: Healthy Start,
PO Box 568,1 Greenville, FL 32331 by
January 04, 2008.
Maintenance Person Needed. Must be
reliable, self starter and work without
supervision. hould be skilled in painting,
carpenter wrk, plumbing and misc.
property ma ntenance. Good pay for
qualified pers n. Transportation and tools
furnished. Gu ranteed 40 hours per week.
Sick leave a d vacation pay. Drug free
work place, A ply in person at Ware Oil &
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Pkwy, Perry L.

Hyundai Tiburn gt V6 over $5,000 invested
low miles great car. 1-850-223-1979. Best
Offer. 1-850-223-1979

2005 Buick Rendezvous CX Plus. gray
leather seats, 3rd row seat (7 passenger)
pb, power windows, pdl. cc. AM.FM
cassette/CD. XM radio, on star. parking
sensors, dual air, dual power seats.
front/side air bags. ABS (4 wheel), alloy
wheels, V-6 engine. 48.900 miles, recent
set of Michelin tires: silvergray. one
owner, in excellent condition S13.600
Call 850-584-7883 or cell 838-4742

at Motorvations
806 Industrial Park Drive ~ Perry, Florida 32348

'Saturday, January 12, 2008
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Vendor Registration Only $10.00
Call 850-838-1168 or visit our website www.motorvationsfl.com


THAN 75 HOURS. 850-843-0268.
For Sale or Trade S3500 25 ft. Sloop
Rigged Sailboat Honda 4 cycle Aux.
Engine Many extras, fully equipped,
sleeps 4 adults, ready to go. 850-578-2075
For Sale Ruger 22 pistol. 6.5 in. Barrel
stainless steel, new. $350.

J.D.'s Tree Service and Lawn Cane.
Licensed and insured. Free estimates. We
also grind stumps. Call today 838-12 0,
Firewood for sale.

A to Z Farm and Lawn Service
Land clearing, tree trimming/ removal,
dump truck service, harrowing, bush hpg
mowing, rake work, dirt leveling ahd
complete lawn service. Call 584-6737.
Hi Taylor County, leaves and pine str w
taking over your yard? Give us a call for
free estimates. We are licensed and
insured. Chad H. Dees Lawn Care st 850-

Tree Surgery I Landscaping
52 Bucket [Truck
Licensed & Insured/All Work Guaranteed
Lowest Prices in the Area
John Sesock, owner 850-584-2027
CELL 850-591-8301

Stump Grinding
Reasonable Rates
Reliable Service
(850) 843-.957

Bush hogging, Grading and Tree Removal.
Call Bill at 578-2379.

Godwin' CleaningI
Services ,
Commercial & Residential
Angela Godwin, owner .


S Full line of
accessories in stock

Carpet. Tile and Grout cleaning & sealing.
Call 850-838-2805 or 850-843-1639.

850-838-JUNK (5865)
State Certified Scales

The Handyman experts LLC, honest woFkl!
Affordable, professional, licensed ani4:
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interior, etc., mobile home repairs, horte
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Board o1 Trustees of North Floridao:
Comrr)inity College will hold its regular.
monthly meeting Tuesday, January 15,
2008 at 5:30 p.m. in the NFCC Student::
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S'tuier DavisDri-..FiMadis, FL. A copy ofi
the agenda may be obtained by*
writing: NFCC. Office of the President,::
325 NW Turner Davis Dr., Madison. FL:
32340. For disability-related
accommodations, contact the NFCC
Office of College Advancement. 850:
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erry, FL 32348 acope@gtcormnet Cell: (850) 838-9237


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Thank you to ALL of my loyal buyers and
sellers for another GREAT year in Real
Estate. I look forward to assisting you with.
all of your Real Estate needs in 2008.

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management, proven leadership
skills required and an undergraduate
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sales experience a plus. Email your
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Drivers Regional $1,100 +/wk. J'ville
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Drivers-Flatbed Recent Average
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CDL-A DRIVERS: Expanding
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5000sqft custom built home on 10
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riverfront on Big Reed Island Creek
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