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Rosy days



Perhaps no other story
of 2012 will have more far
reaching effects on Taylor
County than that of local
officials' efforts to plan for
the community's future,
both in 'downtown Perry
and along large tracts of
undeveloped woodlands in
the county.
The Perry City Council
spent much of the year
developing plans to
revitalize the downtown
S* Please see page 9

Siiit tices

Although each year
begins with the promise of
S- new.-hope,-like many years,
2012 was also filled with its
share of tragedies.
Traffic fatalities were
unfortunately a common
headline in 2012, with 12
people losing their lives on
Taylor County roadways
while two other Taylor
County residents were killed
elsewhere in automobile
In January, Tori Lynn
Lovett, 23, of Cairo,' Ga.,
Please see page 9

Elel tio

over .oad?

President Barack Obama
may have won a second
term in the White House
in 2012, but there was
significant turnover in local
elections due to a number
of retirements while several
incumbents were unseated
by political newcomers.
The only local governing
-board to remain intact
following the 2012 elections
was the Taylor County
School Board. While
Superintendent Paul Dyal
along with School Board
Members Kenneth Dennis
and Darrell Whiddon were
up for re-election, they each
won a new term in office
"* Please see page 2

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With arrival of crew next week

Pavilion construction starts

An Amish construction
crew will' arrive in Perry
next week to begin:
construction on a new
Farmers Market Pavilion
that will be a showpiece for
Perry's downtown district.
The nearly three-story
structure, which will be
located at the new Rosehead

Park (at the comer-of
Jefferson Street and
Willow), is expected to be
complete by the final week
of January.
Inmate 'crews have been
busy this week working on
a building that will house
electronic controls for the
park's pavilion, splash.pad,

covered picnic area and'
"We are also about to start
laying pipe for the splash
pad," City Manager Bob
Brown said Monday.
"The playground
equipment is here and is
currently in storage. We
will be installing that once

everything is complete. Our
concern was that if we went
ahead and put the equipment
up, we'd have problems
controlling the construction
He continued, "Our
goal is to have the park
completed by spring."
City officials are also

awaiting word on a grant
application seeking funding
from the Suwannee River
Water Management District
(SRWMD) to build a lake in
the area flanking Jefferson
Street along Spring Creek.
"We should know
**- Please see page 9

Pho ,o

Numerous Taylor
County families were
impacted by residential
fires during 2012,
including the one that
led to our "Photo of
the Year." Units from
Taylor County Fire
Rescue (TCFR) were on
the scene shown here
just six minutes after
the fire was reported
and found the mobile
home completely
engulfed in flames.
The home, located at
2899 Dorman Road,
was a total loss. TCFR
firefighters Dan Cassell,
left, and Nick Weadon
are shown battling the

cZ y/eci /a

-. County Commissioner
Malcolm Page announced
S he will be a candidate for
:.'Jc 1-,y./ re-election to the Taylor
County Commission,
District I seat, which he has
held for eight years.
The Perry Police

Department reported it
foiled a murder-for-hire plot
that targeted a cooperating
state witness. One suspect
was jailed and investigators
said they were anticipating
further arrests. Rocky
Buzbee, 56, was being held
without bond at the Taylor
County Jail on one charge
of solicitation to commit
Buckeye Technologies
Inc. announced the closure
of its Americana, Brazil,
cotton linter pulp production
line. The company said it
would work closely with
its customers to continue
to meet their needs from its
Memphis, Tenn., facility.
The City of Perry
rolled out the' welcome
mat for prospective new
homeowners inside its city
limits.. The City Council
unanimously approved
granting (city) property tax
refunds for five full years for
the purchase of a primary
residence in the city.

What began as an
altercation between two
individuals on New Year's
Eve ended with five arrests,
the evacuation of a local
restaurant and the discovery
of two methamphetamine
A Perry woman was
injured in a two-vehicle
wreck near Lamont. Sheila
M. Sayers v4as taken to
Tallahassee : Memorial
following the accident.
Thanks to several
hurricane-free years in
Florida, the Taylor County
Commission received 'a
$27,000 refund check
from its property insurance
On the one-month
anniversary of the shooting
death of Lee Edward Spees
Sr. and his son, Lee Jr., the
attorney for the accused
killer, Paul E. McNutt,
filed a motion seeking
"immunization" for his
client from prosecution,
claiming he acted in self

A Perry man sustained
serious injuries in a Tuesday
morning crash which
blocked one lane of U.S.
19 for approximately four
hours. Jack B. Gaines, 66,
was traveling north on U.S.
19 about 14 miles south of
Perry when his semi-truck
left the roadway and entered
the shoulder slightly,
according to a report from
Florida Highway Patrol
Trooper M.J. Smymios.
An alert pharmacy
employee at Walmart aided
police inan investigation that
resulted in the arrest of three
men on methamphetamine
charges Saturday, Jan. 14.
A Perry man was
seriously injured in a
stabbing incident on West
Ash Street. The victim was
airlifted to an area trauma
center, listed in critical
condition. The, Perry Police
Department identified
Aaron Cook, 24, as a
suspect in the case.
Buckeye officials
announced that the company
was donating $100,000
toward the completion of
the Steinhatchee public boat
ramp project. The ramp,
which opened in July, is
located at the former Ideal
Marina site in Steinhatchee.
The young mother of a

Although his truck was engulfed by fire following a January crash, Robert
Johstono, 34, of Perry, escaped without injury. Family members credit his
escape to the fact he was wearing his seatbelt.

Law enforcement personnel discovered an
indoor grow .operation with more than 80
marijuana plants growing in February.

three- year-old daughter was
killed in a tragic automobile
crash about 12 miles west
of Perry on U.S. Highway
98, just east of Cabbage
Grove Road. Tori Lynn
Lovett, 23, of Cairo, Ga.,
was pronounced dead at
Doctors' Memorial Hospital
on Monday, Jan. 23.
S Some nine.
defendants-including six
from Perry--were charged
with conspiring to defraud
the United States in the
filing of false tax returns.
The 116-count indictment
also charged wire fraud,
false claims and aggravated
identity theft..
Those charged included:
Loretta Lashaun Glover, 41,
and Henry Edward Clayton,
31, of Tampa; Willie James
Coachman, 67, of Jasper;
Tasheika Shamona Jackson,
24, Melissa Lynn Clayton,
21, Tabitha Ann Bass, 32,
Gregory Antonio Clayton,
30, Genetris Carmine Jones,
25, and Latosha Dawn
Glover, 32, all of Perry.

SRoyce Eugene Ratliff
Jr., 49, was charged with
manufacturing cannabis
and possession of drug
paraphernalia after law
enforcement personnel
discovered an indoor grow
operation with more than 80
marijuana plants growing.
Pamela Revels, who
has been a bus driver and
a substitute teacher at
Steinhatchee School for the
past 19 years, was named
the Taylor County School
District's School-Related
Employee of the Year.
Doris Lewis, 'Thelma
Ruff and Rachael Spanjer
joined 32 other members
when they were named
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A-2 TacoTimes Januarv2.2013

Southerland thanked for

supporting local hospice

Community Liaison
Covenant Hospice
What differentiated South
House in Perry from any
other fine furniture retailer
was the prominent display
of a man's portrait on the
wall to the left of the owner,
Mark Southerland's desk.
As Mr. Southerland
spoke, it became clear how
central a role this figure in
the portrait played in the
admiration and continual
support he provides to a
cause close to his heart.
His most recent display
occurred a few weeks
ago when Eddie Mae
Robinson from Covenant
Hospice walked into his
store looking for quality

* used pieces of furniture to
decorate Covenant's new
office space in Perry.
Learning where she was
from, Mr. Southerland
started pointing out
pieces, which Eddie Mae
explained, were way above
her budget. He Would not
hear of it and stated that
these pieces were a donation
from South House. Eddie
Mae was overwhelmed with
This was not the first time
Mr. Southerland had done
something like this. When
asked why, he relayed the
story of his father and how
on the last day in the nursing
home, hospice came in
and through education and
caring support they were

able to guide the family with
knowledge and love of what
his father was experiencing
as he died. The portrait
of his father reminds him
daily the miracles that, as
he states "the real heroes,"
hospice staff can bring to
both the individual who has
a terminal disease and to
their family.
His donation and those
of others enables Covenant
Hospice, a nonprofit agency,
to provide the excellent
quality of care to those in
your community who may
not have the ability to pay
for these services otherwise.
For his continued support,
Covenant Hospice wants to
thank Mr. Southerland of
South House Furniture.

Letters to the Editor

Boys & Girls Club strives to

'inspire, enable young people'

Dear Editor:
The Boys & Girls Club of
North Central Florida wants
to thank all the volunteers
who assisted with our
annual gift wrap fundraiser.
The support of volunteers
and donors makes it
possible for the Boys &
Girls Club to serve 195
Taylor County youth per
day. Each child who attends
the club receives one

hour of, instruction from a community's

certified teacher and enjoys
national Boys & Girls
Club programs under the
supervision of caring staff.
School reports show that
youths that regularly attend
the Boys & Girls Club
have higher scores and less
discipline problems.
We are making a
difference in the lives of
our Club Kids and the


enables us to achieve our
mission: to inspire and
enable all young people,
especially those who need
us most, to realize their
full potential as productive,
responsible and caring
Emily Weed Ketring
Executive Director
Boys & Girls Club of
North Central Florida

Perry Lodge spreads holiday joy

Dear Editor:
We, the members of the
Perry Lodge #187, over the
holiday were able to feed six
families for Thanksgiving.

For Christmas were able to
held three families a good
We would like to thank
Little Bethel Church, the

Rev. McBride, Walmart, the
Scott family and everybody
else who made this a good
Perry Lodge #187

Williams, Ratliff win re-election

Continued from page 1
This proved to be the
exception rather than the
rule, with the county and
city fielding a large number
of candidates for local
Taylor County
Commissioner Mark
Wiggins announced early
in the year that he was
resigning from the board
to launch a bid to replace
retiring Tax Collector Jack
Tedder. (His resignation was
effective after November's
General Election.) His
open seat attracted several
challengers, with Jim
Moody winning the vote
in November to represent
District 2 for the remaining
two years of Wiggins' term.
Meanwhile in
District 3, Jody James
DeVane defeated sitting
Commissioner Lonnie
Houck in the Democratic
Primary and continued

his winning ways against
former commissioner Frank
Russell in November.
Commissioner Pat
Patterson (District 5) and
Malcolm Page (District
1) survived their own
challengers to earn new
terms in office.
The Perry City Council
lost three of its five sitting
members in 2012,beginning
with Mayor Emily Ketring,
who announced she would
not run for' re-election.
Mike Deming won her
District 3 seat in'primary
voting against Debra Ann
Incumbents Sylvester
Iarris (District 1) and
Alphonso. Dowdell
(District 2) were also up
for re-election and faced a
combined five challengers.
Both. survived August's
primary election, which
narrowed each field to two.
Political newcomers
Venita Woodfaulk and
Shirlie Hampton would


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go on to unseat Harris and
Dowdell respectively in
Wiggins was ultimately
successful in his campaign
to win the tax collector's
office. Taylor County
Sheriff L.E. "Bummy"
Williams and Property
Appraiser Bruce Ratliff
also staved off challenges
for their seats. County
Clerk Annie Mae Murphy
and Supervisor of Elections
Dana Southerland won re-
election unopposed.
.In the judicial system,
County Judge Stephen
"Buddy" Murphy and
Circuit Judge James Roy
Bean ,announced their
retirements from the bench,
joining Third Judicial
Circuit Public Defender C.
Dennis Roberts.
Local attorney Bill Blue
succeeded in his campaign
to replace Judge Murphy
in November's election.
Hamilton County attorney
Wes Douglas was elected
'to replace Judge Bean. Lake
City attorney Blair Payne
was unopposed is his effort
to replace Roberts.
Meanwhile, Republican
Jeff Siegmeister defeated
Democrat Bill Brannon
to succeed sitting Third
Judicial Circuit State
Attorney "Skip" Jarvis,
who ended his re-election
bid this fall.
Taylor County also
received new representation
in the Florida Legislature in
2012. Due to redistiicting,
the county shifted Senate
districts from the one held
by Charles Dean to the
one held by Bill Montford.
The incumbent Montford
easily won re-election to his
In the House, incumbent
Representative Leonard
Bembry chose to instead
run for U.S. Congress,
a bid he eventually lost,
and Republican Halsey
Beshears won the seat in


Midweek Muddle


the sequel

After the boxes and wrapping
paper from Christmas Past had
been discarded or recycled, I
assumed a horizontal position
on my favorite sofa, pulled
the blanket up to my chin and
grabbed the clicker, listening to
all the television banter about
the year 2012.
For this auspicious occasion,
a Tallahassee station chose
to interview a palmist. Yes,
a palmist. They've got a
state university filled with
professionals on weather and
economy and government, and
they consulted a palmist.
"I see plenty of jobs," she said
"Less tax," she added for
"Much prosperity."
I admit a bias against palmists
which began in the fourth
grade at my school's Halloween.
carnival. The lady with the
green turban on her head and
the crystal ball before her said
confidently, "You will grow up
to be a majorette." Her voice
trailed like a sorcerer's as she
looked for my approval, clicking
her long fingernails together.
"And marry a lawyer."
I walked out of that
gymnasium firmly believing.
I was going to be a majorette
and marry a lawyer.
Yeah, yeah, I know. She was
just a school teacher or P.T.O.
parent raising funds for the
And I wouldn't have been
impressed if she had said,
"plenty of jobs, less tax, much
But I'm not now either.
Predictions, overall, leave
me unimpressed. I'm a big
disappointment to many
people because I refuse to be
irritated by so many warnings
of global disaster. As mentally
deficient as I am, I suppose I
am a well-adjusted subscriber
to the Book of Ecclesiastics.
There's not a whole lot new

under the sun, and we can
expect a smorgasbord of some
of all of it during the year 2013.
That's my prediction. Why the
television station in Tallahassee
did not contact me for that
statement, i cannot explain.
But I want you to have it.
When I was growing up, a
group called The Byrds turned
Ecclesiastes 3 into a song, and
belted out, "To every thing
(turn, turn, turn)...there is a
season (turn, turn, turn)," and
then they got down to the nitty-
gritty: "a time to be born and
a time to die, a time to plant
and a time to' pluck up that
which is planted...a time to
kill and a time to heal...a time
to break down and a time to
build up...a time to weep and a
time to laugh...a time to mourn
and a time to dance...a time to
cast away stones and a time
to gather stones together...a
time to embrace and a time to
refrain from embracing...a time
to get and a time to lose...a
time to keep and a time to cast
away...a time to rend and a time
to sew...a time for silence and
a time to speak..a time to love
and a time to hate...a time of
war and a time of peace."
Even without a green turban,
I am confident this is what you
can expect in 2013.
You will not necessarily
become a majorette.
Your tax bill will not be
substantially lower.
Your chances of having
an antagonistic relationship
with an attorney are greater
than your chances of having a
romantic relationship with one.
So eat your black-eyed peas,
look at your palms and remind
yourself that it's another year:
go to work, be kind to others,
raise your children right, and
don't be surprised to find that
the preacher in Ecclesiastes is
right on target.
And still waiting for a
television interview.

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A-3 Taco Times January 2, 2013

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Grand jury hands down two capital murder

charges against McNutt for Spees shooting

Continued from page 1
to the Taylor County
Educators' Hall of Fame.
The Perry City Council,
in its' capacity as the
Community Revitalization
Agency, took the first steps
in developing a new master
plan and promotional
"brand" for the downtown
district by appropriating up
to $35,000 to determine "a
scope of work."
A grand jury handed
down two capital murder
charges against Paul E.
McNutt, 69, for the Dec.
5, 2011, shooting deaths of
Lee Edward Spees Sr., 70,
and his son, Lee Jr., 47.
Grand jurors also returned
an indictment of attempted
first degree murder while
armed for the shooting of
David Spees, 42, as well as
a fourth count of shooting at
a building.
After serving the
citizens of Taylor County
for 32 years, Tax Collector
Jack Tedder announced that
he would not be seeking re-
Judge Stephen
F. "Buddy" Murphy
announced that he would
not seek an eighth term as
county court judge.
Three years after his
arrest for a 1988 murder,
Kenneth Lee Knight
prepared to face a jury
to answer for the alleged
Knight is the former truck
driver who was arrested by
the Taylor County Sheriff's
Office (TCSO) in March
2009 and charged with first
degree murder for the 1988
death of Sandra Espinoza,
whose body was found here
in a ditch along Highway
The Doctors' Memorial
Hospital Foundation
celebrated a successful start
to its large donor campaign
announcing that $62,500
had been raised thanks
to a number of local and
regional donations.
The foundation raises
funds to assist the hospital
with purchases outside
of operations such as
equipment and other
expenses, organizers said.
Work on the beleaguered
Granger Subdivision sewer
project ground to a halt
once again. Contractor
Ben Withers, Inc., declared
Chapter 11 on Feb. 2 and
"that gummed up the works
a little bit," City Manager
Bob Brown told the City
Buckeye Technologies
Inc. announced Feb. 21
that its Foley plant, which
manufactures specialty
wood cellulose and fluff,
pulp, was returning to
normal operation following
a power failure and electrical
surge that completely shut
down the facility for several
days. The power failure was
triggered by a malfunctioning
a high voltage electrical line
and subsequent transformer

failure in its power house.
In its bid to
continue providing open
transportation for all
students, the Taylor County
School Board was eyeing
a ballot initiative asking
voters to pass a .75 millage
The estimated $895,368
generated by the, new rate
would allow the district to
provide electives for grades
6-12 and art/ music at the
K-5 level-as well as keep
courtesy transportation (i.e.
students who live within
two miles of schools as well
as buses to local after school
care centers, including the
Boys & Girls Club).
After three years in
jail and less than a month
before his trial was to begin,
accused killer Kenneth Lee
Knight, 52, offered a plea
of "no contest" Friday, Feb.
24, to second degree murder
for the 1988 death of an
Indiana woman whose body
was found here in a ditch
along Highway 19.
Building off the
framework established by
the Vision 2060 Plan, Foley
Timber & Land Co. was
developing a plan for more
than 30,000 acres of its land
in Taylor County.
The Taylor County
Commission unanimously
approved a development
order for Foley's master
development of regional
impact, which was
reviewed and approved by
the North Central Florida
Regional Planning Council
(NCFRPC) late last year.

The Perry City
Council inked a $35,000
deal with an area planning
firm for the development
of a new "master plan" and
promotional brand for the
downtown district.
A proposed change in

Taylor County Middle School teacher Sally MacNeill (center) had a surprise
visitor when Superintendent Paul Dyal announced that she had been named
the district's teacher of the year.

how the State of Florida
bills counties for Medicaid
expenses could cost
Taylor County hundreds
of. thousands of dollars
annually for bills local
officials say they don't owe.
The Taylor County
Commission officially
agreed to take over
management of recreational
sports leagues from the city,
unanimously approving an
interlocal agreement with
the City of Perry.
Despite pleas from
counties across, the state,
the Florida Legislature
approved a measure
requiring local governments
to pay three years' worth of
contested Medicaid bills, a
move which was projected
to cost Taylor County
hundreds of thousands of
U.S. Representative
Steve Southerland toured
Chemring Ordnance's
plant here to see new
facilities under construction
and cut a ceremonial
ribbon for the company's
production line which
would soon be producing
the Anti-Personnel Obstacle
Breaching System.
As state officials

A grand jury handed down indictments for
first degree murder against Paul McNutt for the
December 2011 shooting deaths of Lee Spees
and his son, Lee Jr.

wrangle with how to
implement HB 5301, Taylor
County Commissioners
were in a holding pattern
as to just how large the
financial impact would be
to the county and when
they would have to begin
paying disputed Medicaid
bills to the state. County
officials across the state
are contending that a new
billing system installed
by the Florida Agency for
Health Care Administration
(AHCA) is riddled with
problems leading to a large
number of incorrect billings.
Two Perry teens not
wearing seatbelts escaped
being thrown from their

vehicle after crashing
head-on into a tree on Paul
Poppell Road. However,
both sustained injuries.
Jarrod Anderson, 18, and
Chelsey C. Foskey, 16,
were traveling north on
C.R. 359 when the accident
Unlike many of its
counterparts across Florida
and the nation, the City of
Perry was in good financial
shape with a healthy dose of
reserves in the bank.
That was the message
auditor Richard Powell of
Powell & Jones (certified
public accountants)
delivered to the Perry City
Council. The firm said the
city had some $12 million
in reserves.
An early morning
alarm at a local warehouse
ended with the arrest of a
Perry man caught allegedly
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stealing copper wire and
tossing it over a security
Perry Police Department
officers Sgt. Lin Gray and
Ptl. Chuck Geyer were
dispatched to the Progress
Energy warehouse/
operations building on West
Lafayette Street around
3 a.m. March 28. Sean
Watkins, 40, surrendered
without incident and was
charged with burglary and

S Illegal "incense,"
worth thousands of dollars,
was seized by Perry Police
Department, complete with
colorful packaging and
catchy names like "Mister
Nice Guy," "The Wizard
of Oz," "Comatose Candy"
and "Grape Ape." The
herbal incense (commonly
known as K2 or spice) was
promoted as safe and legal,
but side effects included
agitation, vomiting,
dangerous hallucinations,
loss of consciousness,
elevated blood pressure,
seizures and increased heart
On March 23, Gov.
Rick Scott signed into law
House Bill 1175 making
a comprehensive list
of synthetic substances
(mainly those found in
synthetic cannabinoids
and cathinone'"bath salts")
One week later, members
of the Perry Police
Department swept through
area businesses to make
sure local merchants had

and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) grant.
The reef project involved
deploying concrete reef
modules--each weighing
approximately one ton--
within a 100-square-mile
After three successful
years with the Taylor
County High School
football program, Head
Coach and Athletic Director
Steve Price announced his
resignation and intention to
accept a coaching position
at North Florida Christian
School in Tallahassee.
Saluting this election
year with a red, white and
blue picnic theme, the Perry
Woman's Club invited
candidates for county judge,
clerk of court, sheriff, tax
collector, property appraiser
and supervisor of elections
to be special guests at the
April meeting.
Each, introduced by
Jeanne Raulerson, was given
two minutes to address the
membership and guests.
When the Perry Rotary
Club celebrates its 90th
anniversary in 2013 and
looks back on nine decades
of "Service Above Self"
in Taylor County, one of
those who will stand out
for living his life according
to the club's motto will be
the late Grady C. Moore Jr.
who died Nov. 24, 2011. In
honor of his membership
in Rotary for more than 50
years, the local club voted to
name its annual scholarship
program in his honor.
Taylor County native
Ryan Smith was expected
to be the next head football
coach and athletic director
at Taylor County High.
Superintendent of
Schools Paul Dyal said
Smith had accepted the offer
and would be recommended
to the school board at its
May 1 meeting.
Potentially facing more
than $500,000 in Medicaid

Illegal "incense," worth thousands of dollars,
was seized by the Perry Police Department,
complete with colorful packaging and catchy
names like "Mister Nice Guy," "The Wizard of
Oz," "Comatose Candy" and "Grape Ape."

removed the now-illegal
designer products from their
Curls bouncing, toes
tapping and smiles flashing,
18 bluegrass sweethearts
took the stage at Forest
Capital Hall Friday and
a new princess was
crowned...Destin Brown,
the daughter of Heath
Brown, Crystal Colon, and
Ray and Robin Baker.
Taylor County was
moving forward with
the construction of new
artificial reefs off the coast
thanks to a Florida Fish

bills next year (due to a
new law forcing counties to
repay 10 years of contested
bills to the state), the
Taylor County Commission
unanimously agreed to join
the Florida Association
of Counties (FAC) in
litigation challenging the
constitutionality of this
A woman with strong
ties to the Shady Grove
community, Sheryl L.
Smith, 42, was killed in
a one-vehicle crash in
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Curls bouncing, toes tapping and smiles flashing, 1 8 bluegrass sweethearts
took the stage at Forest Capital Hall Friday and a new princess was
crowned...(third from left) Destin Brown, the daughter of Heath Brown,
Crystal Colon, and Ray and Robin Baker.

James Roy Bean announced
that he would not seek re-
election as a full-time circuit
judge and his name would
not appear on the upcoming
ballot this election cycle.
Bean had served as the
resident Taylor County
circuit court judge since
1992. He was elected and
re-elected to this judgeship
position, unopposed, in
1994, 2000 and 2006.
State Attorney Skip
Jarvis presented Sheriff
L.E. "Bummy" Williams
a $54,000 check which
represented his department's
share of some $200,000
in forfeited funds seized
.during the investigation of
an IRS tax scam uncovered
here in 2009.
With the Suwannee
River Water Management
District facing the driest
12-month period since
1932, officials were
asking all residents to curb
unnecessary uses of water
in response to the ongoing
The State Attorney's
Office filed four felony
charges against a former
Taylor Correctional
Institution (TCI) inmate
who allegedly attacked
two officers there last fall.
Jerry A. Miller, 63, who
was already serving a life
sentence, faced charges
of aggravated battery on
a law enforcement officer
with great bodily harm
(a first degree felony) as
well as battery on a law
enforcement officer and
two charges of depriving
a law enforcement officer
of means of protection.
Following the attack, he was
transferred to Florida State
Prison where he remains

*A Tallahassee man
facing a simple traffic
citation ended up instead
with multiple felony
charges after fleeing from
police. Jared Orin Mobley,
29, was apprehended by
K-9 Rocko just minutes
after fleeing into a field near
the local movie theatre. He
was subsequently charged
with possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon and
resisting arrest without
violence. Other charges
from the Leon County
Sheriff's Office were
May brought a Friday
the 13th that Sherry Kelly of
Tallahassee and her fellow
kayakers will rTemember
forever. They were stranded
in the Cabbage Grove area
before being rescued by
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
Lt. Scott Lee and Officer
Joshua Bembry of Taylor

SWhen you honor a retiree
from the 'Taylor County
School District, you'd better
pull out an extra 20 chairs!
That's what members of the
Mu Omega chapter of Beta
Sigma Phi learned when
Elouise Gardiner, a former
school superintendent and
longtime educator, was
named Lady of the Year for
Police officials say
a 50-year-old Perry man
with a history of unstable
behavior was arrested after
threatening to detonate
fake weapons at local
schools simply to watch the
students' reactions.
Jimmy Bundrick was
taken into custody at his
home on Dove Road and
charged with "threatened
use of a hoax weapon of
mass destruction" (a second
degree felony).
Former City Manager
Bill Brynes was appointed
to the Doctors' Memorial
Hospital Board of Directors.
Susan "Suzie" Brown,
46, of Madison, but formerly
of Perry, was facing
attempted second degree
murder charges related to
an early morning shooting
at a local motel Monday,
May 7.
The shooting incident
apparently stemmed from
a domestic dispute. The
43-year-old male victim
was airlifted to a Tallahassee
hospital and released.
The woods of Taylor
County were Brian Lee
Livingston's second home,
and he shared that love with
his wife and three young
children. So a late night
ride along the sandy stretch
of coast at Hickory Mound
was nothing unusual for the
family of five.
However, what began as
an outing with friends ended
with a single-vehicle crash
that claimed the life of the
22-year-old and critically
injured his six-month-old

son Brant.
Livingston's wife,
Summer, and two daughters,
Abbigail and Addison,
sustained minor injuries
and were transported to
Doctors' Memorial Hospital
Crews working to
resurface Woods Creek
and Harrison Blue roads
were nearly finished with
the initial layer of asphalt
and would soon turn to
installing guard rails at
bridge locations along the
length of the project.
The Doctors' Memorial
Hospital Foundation
announced it would host
a Wine Tasting and Art
Show May 18, featuring
works from both local and
nationally recognized artists
along with wines from six
different countries.
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Now, the Forest Resources
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Citing a significant
increase in tangible property
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county commissioners they
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valorem tax revenues in the
coming year. Stressing that
the figures were estimates,
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ad valorem tax revenues.
This could mean $300,000
for the county and $325,000
for the school district.
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impersonating Florida
Power & Light (FP&L)
employees were being
sought for cashing fake
payroll checks at a local
convenience store.
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and operator of a business
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picked up on Foley Timber
and Land's recently
approved master plan for
some of its 562,000 acres
in Taylor and surrounding
counties. In an article
written by Robbie Whelan,
the large North Florida
timber parcel was described
as "nearly the size of Rhode
Island" and owned by "a
who's who of elites from
the worlds of business
and diplomacy." Those
"elites" include former
U.S. Ambassador to France
Howard Leach, former
Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger and Home Depot
co-founder Ken Langone,
the article stated.
Tropical Stqrm Beryl
provided a soggy Memorial
Day for Taylor County,
dropping as much as seven
inches of rain in some
While the 2012 Atlantic
Hurricane Season hadn't
officially begun, Beryl was
the second named system
of the year and the first to
make landfall.
While Tropical Storm
Beryl brought welcome
rain to the area, the stormy
weather was said to have
been a contributing factor
in a fatal crash that claimed
the life of a 20-year-old
motorcyclist here Memorial
Day, May 28. David B.
Sasnett, 27, of Athens, Ga.,
was eastbound on U.S. 27
near James Bethea Road
when his 2008 Honda Civic
hydroplaned on the wet
roadway and crashed into
a 2003 Honda motorcycle
driven by Joshua P. Floyd,
20, who died at Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital. as a
result of his injuries.
An estimated $7,000
worth of items was stolen or
damaged during a Memorial
Day holiday weekend
break-in at Taylor County
Middle School; a mother,
Paula Gaskins (age 46) and
her son Jacob (age 22) were
charged with burglary and
grand theft.

Front page was
filled with "pomp and
circumstance" while
acknowledging that Macy
Gregory was selected' as
valedictorian, and Kristen
Reed as salutatorian,
of Taylor County High
School's Class of 2012.
Inmate Phillip Wayne
Richards finished an eight-
year sentence with the
Department of Corrections
and then committed a new
crime within hours of his
release. He walked out
of the Taylor County Jail
(where he was transferred
upon his release) and

Circuit Judge E. Vernon Douglas (center) spoke to the Perry Rotary Club,
talking about several of his more colorful experiences on the bench as
well as the number of retirements this year in the Third Judicial Circuit,
which encompasses seven counties including Taylor. Joining Douglas at
the meeting were Taylor County Court Judge Stephen F. Murphy (right)
and Madison County Court Judge Hugh Wetzel Blair, who are also retiring
this year and represent a combined 100 years of judicial experience.

broke into a storage shed
at the Taylor County Sports
Complex on U.S. Highway
19 North. Richards now
faced new charges of
burglary, criminal mischief
and tampering with
A mother and her four
children, ranging in age
from five to 19, were left
homeless after a fire swept
through their residence
on June 1,. destroying all
of their possessions. The
State Fire Marshal was
investigating the blaze on
Campbell Street.
SA pair of power outages
cut electricity to 2,300
Progress Energy customers,
including a swath of
the downtown district.
According to a Progress
Energy representative, both
outages were the result of
trees coming into contact
with their equipment.
A 24-year-old man
released from prison less
than three months ago
was back in custody after
allegedly stealing a truck
and attempting to elude
officers by diving into the
Steinhatchee River and
swimming away. Thanks
to the help of quick-reacting
residents along the river,
James Daren Corbin was
Apprehended without
incident and faced multiple
felony charges including
theft of a vehicle, possession
of ammunition by a
convicted felon, improper
exhibition of a firearm,
resisting without violence
and aggravated assault with
a firearm.
Six Perry residents pled
guilty to federal charges
relating to a $2.4 million
conspiracy to defraud the
U.S. government by filing
false tax returns and false
claims as well as identity

theft and wire fraud.
Sentencing was forthcoming
for Tasheika Samona
Jackson, 24; Melissa Lynn
Clayton, 21; Tabitha Ann
Bass, 33; Gregory Antonio

Clayton, 30; Genetis
Carmine Jones, 25; and
Latosha Dawn Glover,
32. Two additional co-
defendants, Loretta Lashaun
Glover, 42, and Henry

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would also be sentenced at
that time.
Ripple effects to the local
economy were beginning to
be realized early this week
following the explosion of
a steam drum on Buckeye's
number 2 paper machine
that resulted in the complete
shut down of the huge mill.
No one was injured in the
ordeal which occurred
about 5:20 p.m. Father's
Day afternoon but company
officials were calling it a
"significant incident" unlike
any before in the near
60-year history of the mill.
County commissioners
authorized the Taylor
County Development
Authority to use $60,000
from the county's economic
development reserve for
a marketing campaign
designed to target specific
industry clusters.
Funeral services were
held for a Perry man killed
in a one-vehicle crash June
21 on Beach Road.. Tommy
L. Harris, 45, was a native of
Bartow and lifelong resident
of Taylor County.
Tropical Storm Debby
dropped more than a foot
of rain in most areas of
Taylor County, with more
forecasted as the slow
moving system finally made
landfall along the Taylor
County coastline. Officials
were keeping a close eye on
swollen rivers and low-lying
After determining
that two years of season
extensions did not

significantly impact the
bay scallop population, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) voted June 28, to
permanently extend the
recreational season by
adding two weeks to the
end, closing this year on
Sept. 25.
George R. Karageorge,
the owner of D&G Nature
Coast Carpet and Flooring,
was arrested on charges that
he stole more than $12,000
in sales tax he collected
from customers but failed to
send to the state.

The Doctors' Memorial
Hospital (DMH) Board of
Directors announced that
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Huth had resigned
from his position, effective
During a special
meeting, the Taylor County
School Board approved
a series of changes to the
student standard of dress
for the 2012-13 school
year, tightening a number
of provisions including the
type of t-shirts students
could wear as well as
more closely defining the
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A Perry teen caught
spinning circles in the wet
fields near the elementary
school said he "panicked"
when he saw patrol vehicles
heading in his direction and
fled the scene at a high rate
of speed during torrential
Although Taylor
County's rivers had crested
following Tropical Storm
Debby's downpours, 'there
remained a significant
amount of standing water
in the area leading to an
outbreak of mosquitoes.
SThe Perry City
Council was pursuing
new regulations to ban the
sales of synthetic cannabis,
commonly known as
"spice," "to protect the
health, safety and welfare of
the citizens of Perry."
Steinhatchee hosted
a red, white and blue
celebration July 4, complete
with flags, fishing and...a
mullet toss.
The Taylor County
Commission voted
unanimously to seek a
$175,000 grant to construct
the proposed parking lot at
Keaton Beach Coastal Park
to serve overflow parking
from the Keaton Beach boat
With mosquitoes
continuing to plague
many areas of Taylor
County following Tropical
Storm Debby, county
commissioners agreed to
conduct aerial spraying over
129,000 acres here.
The grandson of a local
couple survived an attack.
by a nearly 10-foot long
alligator and his family said
they are truly grateful that
he came away with no major
wounds. Kaleb Towles, 15,
was spear fishing with his
grandfather, Billy Ezell, at
Crooked Creek (near Grassy
Island). when the alligator
approached him.
Buckeye Technologies
Inc. announced that its
Florida wood cellulose
manufacturing facility had
returned to full operation
following a steam drum
Music programs were set
to return to Taylor County's
elementary schools, some
five years after they were
removed during district
budget cuts. The Taylor
County School Board
approved establishing music
teacher positions at Perry
Primary School and Taylor
County Elementary School.
Smoke from an,
active "shake and bake"
methamphetamine cook led
to the arrest of a 25-year-old
Perry man, Harry Merritt.
Taylor Correctional
Institution's K-9 team
played a key role in tracking
and apprehending a suspect

Work continued on a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
project to replace the bridge over the Aucilla River on U.S. 98 at the Taylor/
Jefferson County line. A temporary bridge was being built to handle traffic
while the new bridge is under construction.

who led officers on a nearly
eight-hour chase through
heavily wooded and
swampy areas of Madison
County Friday.
Campaigning on a
platform of property rights,
Neil Rice was seeking
election to the Taylor
County Commission (Dist.
A 21-year-old Tampa
woman, Jordan E.
Hathaway, was killed in a
single-vehicle crash on U.S.
19 several miles south of
The community
remembered Dr. John
Parker, who died Sunday,
July 22. He was 91.
Two Canadian residents
escaped serious injury when
their van crashed into a
utility pole nearly four miles
east of Cabbage Grove Road
on U.S. Highway 98.
Grammy Award-
winning country singer
Bryan White was here as
part of his Journey of Faith
Tour, which also featured
Don and Linda Butler.

Frank Russell (NPA)
was in the hunt for the Dist.
3 county commission seat.
*The Perry City Council
unanimously adopted a
citizen-driven revitalization
plan for Perry's historic
downtown and was poised
to launch a multi-phase
implementation of the
master design.
With less than a.month
before the start of classes,
the Taylor County School
Board completed its
primary teaching core when
it reappointed 35 annual

Dr. John Parker was remembered as a World War
II veteran, a world traveler, a pilot and a doctor
who touched countless lives during his longtime
practice here. He died July 22 at age 91.

Taylor County Bulldogs donned uniforms and
pads to begin intense preparation for the coming
season. Above, linemen practice drills under the
watchful eye of Head Coach Ryan Smith and the
rest of the TCHS coaching staff.

contract teachers for the
2012-13 school year.
Perry-Foley native
Richard Dean Steadman
was seeking election to the
Dist. 1 seat on the Perry
City Council.
Thanks to a projected
boost in revenue for the
coming year, the Taylor
County Commission
was planning to give its
employees raises for the
first time in five years.
When the Florida
Legislature passed a
controversial Medicaid
bill in the spring, state
officials said Taylor
County owed hundreds
of thousands of dollars in
contested Medicaid bills
from the past four years.
After representatives from
the Florida Agency for
Health Care Administration
(AHCA) completed a
review of those bills,
however, they found that
the county did not owe the
state any money, but instead
the state owed the county a
$48,000 refund.
Taylor County's
Eridu and Shady Grove
communities banded
together in support of a
local couple that lost their
home--and all of their
belongings--in a house fire.
A suspect who allegedly
robbed a former girlfriend at
knifepoint was apprehended
by Perry Police Department
(PPD) K-9 team Officer
Kyle Johnson and four-
legged partner Rocko.
A suspect who grabbed
the cash drawer from a
register at Family Dollar
and ran was quickly located
thanks to a successful track
by Perry Police Department
K-9 Bruce
Some 45 baggies
of crack cocaine were
recovered following the
arrest of a 34-year-old Perry

man, Freddie Lee Johnson.
Two Perry men were
charged with breaking into
a local church and stealing
thousands of dollars worth
of items, including DVDs
and computers.
A 45-year-old Perry
woman received minor
injuries after she pulled out
in front of a log truck at the
intersection of U.S. 19 and
Beach Road.
Bill Blue and G. Cline
Moore were set to go head-
to-head in the November
General Election for the
office of county judge.
The attorneys garnered
the top votes out of a four-
person field in the Primary
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L.E. "Bummy" Williams
handily held off challenger
Danny McLeod by a nearly
three to one vote to win the
Democratic ticket in the
Primary Election.
Mark Wiggins parlayed
his success on the county
commission to secure the
Democratic vote for Taylor
County tax collector.
Incumbent Patricia
"Pat" Patterson easily won
re-election to the county
commission district 5 seat.
o. Political newcomer
Bobby Edwards defeated
Betty L. Franklin 388-257
to capture the Democratic
Primary for the county
commission, district 2 seat.
Jody James DeVane
upset incumbent Lonnie
A. Houck by 14 votes in
the Democrat Primary
for the District 3 county
commission seat. DeVane
polled 448 votes to Houck's
Mike Deming won a.
narrow victory to join the
Perry City Council in the
Primary Election, while
two incumbent council
members were set to face
runoffs in November during
the General Election.
Meanwhile, in District 1,
incumbent Sylvester Harris
finished in first with 151
votes (38.13 percent), but
since he did not received
more than 50 percent of
the vote, he was set to face
second place finisher Venita

Woodfaulk (140 votes,
35.35 percent). In District 2,
challenger Shirlie Hampton
received 119 votes (35.21
percent) to face incumbent
Alphonso Dowdell (109
votes, 32.25 percent) in a
November runoff.
Buckeye Technologies
Inc. announced record sales
and earnings for fiscal year
On the day he was to face
a grand jury in Tallahassee
regarding allegations of
misusing his office, Third
Judicial Circuit State
Attorney Robert "Skip"
Jarvis withdrew his bid for
Thanks to one of the
wettest summers in recent
memory, Taylor County
had already received more
rain in 2012 by August
than it did throughout all
of 2011.
Around 2,900 Taylor
County students returned
to classes and according
to reports, it was a solid
start to the 2012-13 school
AMTEC Less-Lethal
Systems, Inc., (ALS)
announced that it would
relocate its headquarters and
manufacturing operations
from Bull Shoals, Ark., to
Taylor County.
The project was expected .
to create 100 new jobs
over five years. AMTEC
,* Please see page 7

San Pedro Baptist Church
Rev. James Roberts, pastor 4420 San Pedro Rd.
-. Sunday School 10 am
Worship Service 11 am
SDiscipleship Training 6 pm
Worship Service 7 pm
i n L Choir Practice 7 pm
Bible Study 7 pm

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Appointed by the Taylor County.
Board of County Commissioners
The applicants should:
* Be a resident of Taylor County.
* Be willing to attend all board meetings.
* Be willing to complete a.two-year term.
* Be willing to support TCDA's main goal of job
* Be willing to attend annual strategic planning
* The applicants must be 18 years old or older.
Please submit a single page resume outlining
your interest in serving on the TCDA Board,
along with your experiences or qualifications,
and any other information you deem pertinent.
Completed resumes must be e-mailed to
Lavonne at lavonne.taylor@fairpoint.net
by 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11,2013.

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In August, rain totals already exceeded 2011

Continued from page 6
ALS purchased a building
site along Highway 19,

north of Perry, for the
An argument between
brothers, which escalated
into physical violence,

triggered a lockdown at
local schools.
S USDA Rural
Development State Director
Richard A. Machek

announced that the City
of Perry would receive a
funding package worth
. $5,246,000 through the
Water and' Waste Disposal.


Emma Louise
Emma Louise Dalton, 62,
of Perry, died Wednesday,
Dec. 26, 2012.
She was born June 23,
1950, in Blue Ridge, Ga.,
to the late Paul Ridings and
the former Pauline Weaver.
Coming from Miami, she
had lived in Perry for the
past 33 years. Mrs. Dalton
was a homemaker and
caretaker for the past 20
years. She was preceded in
death by her father, and also
a brother, Bobby Ridings.
Survivors include: her
mother, Pauline Rolls;
a son, Robert Price and
wife Rebecca of Miami; a
daughter, Shawn Walker of
Perry; two brothers, Hank
Ridings and Jr. Ridings;
a sister, Dorothy Reeves;
seven grandchildren; and
three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will
be held in the chapel of Joe
P. Burns Funeral Home,
which is in charge of
arrangements, on Tuesday,
Jan. 1, 2013, at 4 p.m. with
Billy Gipson officiating.

Allen R. Sisk
Allen R. Sisk, 56, of
Perry died Saturday, Dec.
29, 2012, in the presence of
his family after a battle with

He was born Feb. 4,
1956, in Rock Hill, S.C.,
and predeceased by his
father, Paul M. Sisk Jr., and
a nephew, Christopher Paul
Survivors include: his
mother, Peggy Montgomery
Sisk of Perry; a brother,
Paul Monroe Sisk Jr. (Gale)
of Perry; two sisters, Bonnie
Sisk of Albany, Ga., and
Glenda Sisk Deal (Rick) of
Tallahassee; two nephews,
Jamie Deal of Tallahassee
and Chad Deal (Angel) of
Lament; one niece, Lacy
M. Sisk and his fiancee, Pat
Smith, both of Gainesville;
and many other aunts,
uncles, cousins and friends.
Considered "a gifted artist
and expert hunter," he loved
archaeology and history
regarding the Civil War and
Florida's beginnings.
Funeral services for
Mr. Sisk will be held
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at
the First Baptist Church at
11 a.m.
Visitation was held
Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 6-8
p.m., also at First Baptist.
Memorial donations
may be made to Big Bend
Hospice, 216 W. Main St.,
Perry, FL 32347, or Our
Father's Storehouse, c/o
First Baptist Church, at 102

N. Center St., Perry, FL

Virginia Greene
Virginia Greene (Jita)
Lassiter died Monday, Dec.
24, 2012, at her home in
Lake Wales from cancer.
She was born in Perry
on July 26, 1922, to Dr.
and Mrs. R.J. Greene. She
graduated from Florida
State College for Women
(now known as Florida State
University) and then earned
her master's in Library
Science from University of
North Carolina Chapel Hill.
She moved to Lake Wales
in 1946 as the high school
librarian and married Robert
E. Lassiter Jr. in December
of 1952. Mrs. Lassiter was
active in securing funds to
build the Lake Wales Public
Library and an original
member of the Lake Wales
Library Association Board,
serving on the board for
more than 50 years.
She was also active in the
Lake Wales Care Center as
a volunteer for many years
and a past board member.
Mrs. Lassiter served on the
Lake Wales YMCA board,
was past president of the
Lake Wales Woman's Club,
served as the membership

chairperson of AAUW and
was a member of P.E.O.
A member of the First
United Methodist Church of
Lake Wales for more than
50 years, she was a youth
Sunday school teacher,
past president of the Altar
Guild, Worship Chairman,
Chairman of Couincil
on Ministries, Board of
Trustees, Stephen Minister,
and president of her Sunday
school class for more than
27 years.
She received the Lifetime
Achievement Award from
the Lake Wales Chamber of
Commerce in 2008.
She is survived by: her
son, Ed Lassiter, his wife
Renee, and their children
Ryan and Dana; and her
daughter, Sallie Lassiter
Schroeder, and her children
Heather and Bryan.
A memorial celebration
was held Sunday, Dec. 30,
at 3:30 p.m. in the First
United Methodist Church
Lake Wales. A reception,
followed in the fellowship
hall for friends to gather.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be sent to
Lake Wales Care Center,
140 E. Park Ave., Lake
Wales, FL. 33853, or Lake
Wales Public Library, 290
Cypress Garden Lane, Lake
Wales, FL. 33853.

program to fin
improve the
operations of
* Chemring
Inc., announced
awarded by the 1
an option on a
contract with a
$40.4 million.


lance and seriously injured when she
overall rear-ended another vehicle
the city's hauling a boat and trailer on
treatment U.S. 221.
Coordinators of the
Ordnance, 2012 Distinguished
that it was Young Women program
U.S. Army (formerly known as Junior
in existing Miss) announced that two
value of candidates from the field
of 16 contestants would be
S selected to represent Perry
and Taylor County at the
state level.
Foul play was suspected
in the death of 44-year-
old Derek Lament Dixon,
whose body was discovered
by a small group of hunters
scouting an area some
10 miles south on U.S.
Highway 98.

,*. Please see page 10

Mike Deming, left, was sworn in as the newest
member of the Perry City Council Aug. 28.
Daryll Gunter, center, was elected mayor and
Alphonso Dowdell, right, vice mayor, during the
re-organizational meeting which followed.

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Deadlines for classified ads are Monday by 5
p.m.for the Taco Times and
5 p.m.Thursday for the Perry News-Herald.

Small ads...big deals!

Madison Auction House
Auction. Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5
p.m. Auction House/Madison 1693
SW Moseley Hall Rd. (CR360),
(850) 973-1444 Christmas. We will
be selling a large assortment of
items including; bedding, sheets,
small kitchen appliances, pots,
pans, power tools, grill, table
saws, air compressor and lots of
other. items see us at
www.auctionzip.com. 10%
buyers premium. MC, Visa,
Discover, debit cards, checks and
cash accepted. AU691 Ron Cox,

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(850) 408-3650.

Light oak coffee table,
china cabinet, off-white s'
entertainment consol
enclosed glass shelving,
fireplace mantle, 2 full-si
fans. Cell (850) 843-153
(850) 584-8053, Home (I
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Camellias-Sasanqua '&
(winter flowers); Gulf Go
Beauty Plums; Flori
Peaches; Anna & Dorset
Hood Pears; BlueberriE
Satsumas, Pomegranite
Roost Nursery 6-mile.
Puckett Road, 2-mile
Courtney Grade 584-73
12/12 01/11

Metal and Junk

Camper Shell for Full-si;
Truck, white, good'condit
firm (850) 578-2379.

Cash' for junk cars and tr
removal. 7 days a week. (
658-1030 or (904) 887-8
11/02- 01/04

1991 Chevy Silverado F
front-end body parts.

2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments
Rent based on income with
First Month Rent Free for
qualified applicants. Call
850-584-6842. TDD. EHO.
Section 8 Affordable Multifamily

Clean, newer 3 bedroom DW MH.
Just outside of city limits (near
sports complex) not in park. $600
monthly, first, last and $300
security. Call (850) 295-4786.

1 bedroom fully furnished trailer in
nice quiet area. Utilities and
satellite TV included. 1 adult only,
'aliber, no children, no pets, $150 weekly
and $150 security. Call 584-2199.

Rooms available at Skylark Motel
light oak everything included for monthly
olid wood $595 (required $45 deposit),
e with $175-$240 weekly or $40 daily
light oak (tax included). 317 N. Byron Butler
ze hunter Pkwy. (305) 970-1653.
34, Home LS,tfn
350) 584-
Westgate Rooms available for
rent. refrigerator, microwave, TV
w/cable, AC/Heater. Everything
Japonica included. $175- $240 weekly, $40
Id & Gulf daily, $595-$635 per month.
da King RV sites $20 daily, $100 weekly,
tt Apples; $350 monthly. Tax included. 1627
es, Figs, .S. Byron Butler Pkwy. (786) 344-
s. Turkey 2546 Lily.
s south, LS,tfn
as west,
Furnished 1 and 2 bedroom
apartments for rent $600 to $800.
Included with rent is full cable t.v.,
Internet, hot tub, one block, one
block to river and new boat
landing. Call 352-498-7740-if no
answer 813-677-9640.

Land for Sale, 221 North between
)9 Shiloh Church Rd. and Cairo
S Parker Rd. 1 acre lots with paved
roads. Owner financing available.
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3 bedroom, 2 bath house, $700
monthly, $300 deposit. First and
last. 312 Cedar St? (850) 556-

A beautiful house, big lot, 2
bedroom, 1 bath, dining room,
dine-in kitchen, 207 S. Hinley St.
Rent $595, deposit $595. Call
Lewis (305) 970-1653.

1 bedroom apartment, fully,
furnished. Includes water, electric,
garbage, sewer and cable TV. No
smoking, no pets, $155 weekly,
$200 deposit. Call (850) 363-
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House in town. 3 bedroom, 1 1/2
baths. No pets, no smoking. $550
per month rent, $550 security
deposit. Call 584-6140.

Beautiful corner house, 3BD, 1BA,
fenced yard. $675 monthly, $675
deposit. 111 Susan St., call (305)
970-1653 or Jenny (786) 426-

Woodridge Apartments
Accepting applications for 1, 2,
and 3 BR HC and Non-HC
accessible apartments. HUD
vouchers considered. Call 850-
584-5668. 709 W. Church St.,
Perry, FL 32348 TDD 711. "This
institution is an equal opportunity
provider, and employer."

2851 Dorman Peacock -
4BR/2BA on one acre,
Ready to move in,
($650 monthly, first and $650
security deposit due upfront)
19595 Jody Morgan Rd -
3BR/2BA on 4 acres.
Ready to move in.
($650 monthly, first and last month
rent upfront, $650 security deposit).
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dwelling on 1.16 MOL acres at
308 Worley Way, Clark
Subdivision off Bishop Blvd. Total
elec., central H/A, FP, fenced back
yard, concrete drive, and lots
more. $203,900 includes a 1 yr.
home warranty. Please call (850)
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office, large rec. room, patio, pool,
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2;592 sq. ft. 121 Shady Oaks Dr.
(off Plantation). (850) 584-7687 or
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Human Resources Director -
$31,500-$35,485 DOQ&E
Fire Fighter/ EMT-starting at
Applications and job description
can be obtained from
www.taylorcountygov.com' Mobile
Career Lab at Perry Square
(Save-A-Lot and Goodwill parking
lot) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or
Thursday 9 a.m.-4p.m.; or
Workforce. Positions are open
until filled. Taylor County Board of
county Commissioners is an EOE,
VP, DT, and background checking
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Immediate Openings for
Assemblers, Machine Operators,
Line Leads and Quality
Technicians with leading
manufacturer of ordnance
products. Must have high school
diploma or equivalent, be attentive
to detail, be a self-starter and
have strong interpersonal skills.
Anyone interested in Line Lead or
Quality Technician positions must
also have experience with
Microsoft Word, EXCEL, and
Outlook and submit to a Manual
Dexterity and math test. Interested
parties must apply through
Workforce and take the Ready to
Work test before interviewing.
These positions offer a
competitive salary and benefits
package. All applicants are
subject to pre-employment drug
screening and a background
check by BATE Only qualified
candidates will be contacted for
interView, EEO, AAE, VR

Quest Training Service offers a 40
hour, Nurse taught CNA prep
class. No TABE test and no GED
required if age 18. Professional,
day and evening classes. Call
(386) 362-1065.

JM Handyman Home Repairs,
LLC Pressure washing, painting,
concrete, wood decks, Ceramic
tile, laminate wood available,
Mobile Home Repairs, RV Leak
Repairs. 838-6077 or 584-2270.


Carpet, Vinyl and Repairs. Will
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A to Z Farm and Lawn Service
Land clearing, tree trimming/
removal, dump truck service,
harrowing, bush hog mowing, rake
work, dirt leveling and complete
lawn service. Call 584-6737.
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Case No.
PERRY, FL 32348
SYou are notified that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the
following property in Taylor
County, Florida:
commonly known as 104 PINE
TREE RD, PERRY, FL 32348 has
been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of





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Description / Location Description Asking Price REDUCED PRICE Properly Appraiser ID #
Prices NET to CSB a,-i w-t.,f%
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Steinhatchee vacant Lot on 1sd Ave.S in Slelnhatchee S 49.500.00 S 40,000.00 09722-001
Steinhatchee 1411 Central Ave 200x200 Lot Next to Pot Offce $ 49,700.00 5 35.00.0,0 09617.000 09617-100
Retail Dealership location US 19N 2.73oc 4 w/475' Hway Frontage $ 150,0l00.00 97.50) 00 02738-000
Manufacturing Facility on US 98 W 23.000 sq ft Facility on 10 ares S 595.000.00 5 375.000.0 05641-400

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NW Rolling hills 12.38 acres Gted Homesite $ 30,950.00 24.900.00 05-1N-09-3449-oo4-o00
757 NE Raintree 10 acres Homeste location $ 25.00000 5 1990000 0 O-2~- 10-5822-003-000
417 W. Bse St. & 233 SW Westover St Mobile Home Park w/ 6 sttes $ 126.900 00 00 0--03366-000-000 1(38781
852 E. Base St. 2BR/1B Home 1176 sq ft $ 74,000.00 00.00-0-4128-000-00
868 E. BaseSt. 2 Bay Repair Shop Facility $ 75.000.00 : o00 L) 4146.001 uOo
SE Lakeshore Drive downtown Madison Vacant lot Loke Francis Madison $ 15,000 00 $ 9,500 00 0O C Coo-44.05Sc-0C

OnCR358- -5%complete DevelopmentArea in Approximately31 Lots $ 180,000.00 5 95,000 O 25090-09-004 1-00000000
lower Sfelnhatchw with river access. Paved roads w/underground Uill.

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Circle Hill Rd 10.2 acreswooded w/widlle $ 25,900.00 $ 19,900.00 35-6N-08-0362-000-0080
Circle Hill Rd 10,76 acres wooded w/wildlie $ 26,900.00 $ 19.900.00 35-6N.084.03X62-000200
Circle Hill Rd 11.S3acreswoodedw/wildfle $ 28,00.00Q 5 21.900.00 35-6N-oa-0362-00oo-0010
Oak Grove Rd 10.12 acres woodedw/wldille $ 25 900.00 $ 19,9000D0 35-6N-08-0362000.0040

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All propedtes across road from Suwannee River.
229th Dr 20.32 acres*wooded/wildlife $ 39,500.00 5 35,000.00 2144S-11E-1199900.6000
237th Dr 131 -scres*wooded/wldlife $ 225,000.00 I 196.500.00 32-038-E-11187400.1000
Both parcels across graded road ftom Suwannee River.

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your written defenses, If any, to it
on Alexander J. Marqua of Kass
Shuler, PA., plaintiffs attorney,
whose address Is P.O. Box 800,
Tampa, Florida 33601, (813) 229-
0900, on or before Jan. 23, 2012
(or 30 days from the first date of
publication, whichever is later)
and file the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before
service on the Plaintiff's attorney
or Immediately thereafter;
otherwise, a default will be
entered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint.
Dated: December 20, 2012.
Honorable Annie Mae Murphy
108 N. Jefferson Street
Perry, Florida 32347
By: Marti Lee DC
Deputy Clerk
If you are a person with a
disability who requires
accommodations in order to
participate in a court
proceeding, you are entitled, at
no cost to you, the provision of
certain assistance. Individuals
with a disability who require
special accommodations in
order to participate in a court
proceeding should contact the
ADA Coordinator, 173 NE
Hernando Avenue, Room 408,
Lake City, FL 32055, (386) 719-
7428, at least 7 days before your
scheduled court appearance, or
immediately upon receiving
notification if the time before the
scheduled appearance is less
than 7 days; if you are hearing or
voice impaired, call 711.

The Taylor County Board of
County Commissioners is
soliciting sealed bids for a
Qualified firms or individuals
desiring to provide the required

? Flowers
Perry Route
Do you want o own your own
As a Ilowers Independent
Distributor you can. own your
own business distributing high
quality name brand Bakery
Products to.major supermarkets,
convenience stores, fast food
S accounts and others.
If you have a good driving and
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Long hours are required. We
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looking fora job.
(850) 445-6281

bid must submit the proposal
packages In a sealed envelope
or similar package marked
"Sealed bid for 'Building
Department Operations Vehicle"
to the Clerk of' Court, 1st Floor
Courthouse, 108 North Jefferson
Street, Suite 102, or P.O. Box 620,
Perry, Florida 32348, to arrive no
later than 4:00 P.M., local time,
oh Tuesday, January 22, 2013. All
proposals MUST have the

respondent's name and mailing
address clearly shown on the
outside of the envelope or
package when submitted. Bids
will be opened and respondents
announced at 6:10 P.M. local
time, or as soon thereafter as
practical, on Tuesday, January
22, 2013, In the Taylor County
Administrative Complex, Old Post
Office, 201 East Green Street,
Perry, Florida 32347,

A-9 Taco Times January 2, 2013

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Bid Information MUST be
obtained from the Building
Department located at the
Administrative Complex, 201 East
Green Street, Perry, Florida 32347.
The County reserves the right, In
its sole and absolute discretion,
to reject any or all proposals, to
cancel or withdraw this request
for proposals at any time and
waive any Irregularities In the
proposal process. The County

reserves the right to award
purchase by State Contract;
therefore, the .County Is not
bound to award any contract
based on the lowest quoted
price submitted, The County, In Its
sole and absolute discretion, also
reserves the right to waive any
minor defects in the process and
to accept the proposal 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 a
maximum amount of five (5)
percent of the proposed pricess,
under the conditions set forth in
Ordinance 2003-12, No faxed
proposals will be accepted.
For additional Information
William D. (Danny) Griner
Taylor County Building Dept,

201 E. Green Street
Perry, FL. 32347
(850) 838-3500
County, Florida.

I Jody J. Cannon will no longer
be responsible for any debt other
than my own effective 12/14/12.

City develops parks, Foley unveils 30,000-acre plan

Continued from page 1
district, including a series of
incentive programs such as
the DREAM (Downtown
Revitalization Economic
Appearance Motivator)
The program targets
permanent exterior
improvements to commercial
buildings in the downtown
CRA (Community
Revitalization Area) and
provides matching funds
to commercial property
owners. The DREAM' grant
matching funds are doubled

for the purchase of materials
or the hiring of contractors
from Taylor County-based
For more information,
The council continued
its efforts over the summer
when it received a "master
development plan" for the
publicly-owned property
The ambitious plan
included replacing the
parking lot behind the
courthouse with a new
park complete with band
shell, as well as what: has

become known as Rosehead
Park along Jefferson Street
adjacent to Spring Creek.
After approving the new
plan, the Perry City Council
was quick to begin work on
Rosehead Park, designating
money for the construction
of a Farmer's Market
pavilion, handicapped-
accessible playground and a
splashpad. The Perry Rotary
Club pledged $7,000 toward
the splashpad component of
the park.
The master plan also
calls for digging out a pond
encompassing the area
between Center Street and

Jefferson with walking trails,
a performance stage and
playground. The city council
is seeking a grant from the
Suwannee River Water
Management District to fund
the construction of the pond
is expecting a response by
Meanwhile, Foley Timber
& Land Co. continued
work on its 30,000-acre
development plan this past
year, with the commission
and the state approving its
master development order
based on the framework
established on the county's
Vision 2060 plan.

Foley's plan, which is,
the largest ever reviewed
by North Central Florida
Regional Planning Council
(NCFRPC), consists of 10
distinct planning areas, five
of which are located along a
coastal corridor inland of CR
361 and CR 361A. Under
the plan, a new coastal road
would link those planning
areas with CR 361.
The development order
does not .permit any
development, but will
allow future. developers to
apply for an incremental
development order for one or
more of the.planning areas.

Any such application would
have to undergo local and
state review.
The development is
scheduled for a buildout
through 2035. If .the
planning areas were built to
full capacity, the estimated
development would include
25,000 residential dwelling
units, two million square
feet of retail commercial
and service, 840,000. square
feet of hospital/medical,
one .million square feet of
office, 650,000 square feet
of industry and 473,000
square feet'of post-secondary
educational facilities. .

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was killed in a crash 12
miles west of Perry on U.S.
In April, Sheryl L. Smith,
42, who had strong ties to
the Shady Grove community
was killed in a one-vehicle
crash in Tallahassee.
Brian Lee Livingston, 22,
was killed in a crash on Cow
Creek Grade in May while
traveling with his wife and
three children.
Only two. weeks later,
stormy weather resulting,
from Tropical Storm
Beryl was thought to be a
contributing factor in a fatal
crash that claimed the life

of motorcyclist Joshua P.
Floyd, 20, of Tallahassee,
here on Memorial Day.
.In June, Tommy L.
Harris, 45, was killed in a
one-vehicle crash on Beach
Two people were killed
here in July in separate
crashes. Sandra L.
Burnham, 59, of Odessa,
was killed when another
vehicle pulled out in front
of her motorcycle on U.S.
19 near Eridu.
Two weeks later, Jordan
E. Hathaway, 21, of Tampa,
was killed in a single-
vehicle .crash on U.S. 19
several miles south of
On a day when the nation

Engineering work

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Continued from page 1 the grant, work can begin
relatively quickly."
sometime in February if we Each of the projects
will be awarded the funds," underway was
Brown noted. recommended in the master
"The engineering work plan developed for the
on the project has already revitalization of downtown
started, which means that if Perry.

as a whole reflected on the
shared grief of the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks, the
Taylor County community
shouldered its own tragedy
with the death Caleb
Sullivan, 16, a high school
junior, who, was struck and
killed while attempting to
cross Highway 27.
Only days later the
community was dealt
another blow when Angel
Ketring, 15, was killed in a
two-vehicle crash on Sept.
16. Four other individuals
--ranging in age from 17 to
24--were also injured.
That same week, Charles
D. Tyre, 50, of Steinhatchee,
involved in an Aug. 28 crash
in Levy County, succumbed
to his injuries at Shands
Hospital in Gainesville.
In October, Hugh William
Poppell, 41, was the victim
of a hit-and-run traffic crash
on Old Dixie Highway.
Although at the time Perry
Police Department officials
said they had identified a
suspect, there has been no
official update in the case
since October.
A day before the hit-and-
run, Sharon H. Thoman, 67,
of Lanark Village, was killed
after her vehicle crashed on

U.S. 98 and landed upside-
down in a water-filled ditch.
In early November, a
two-vehicle crash involving
a log truck and trailer
claimed the life of Randolph
Woodfaulk, 78, of Perry. He
was the husband of longtime
,teacher Flora Woodfaulk.
In December Jeffrey Lee
Swain, 52, of Greenville,
was killed in a crash on U.S.
Traffic fatalities were
not the only tragedies in
2012, which also included
the murder of 44-year-
old Derek Lamont Dixon,
whose body was discovered
Sept. 9 by a small group
of hunters scouting an area
some 10 miles south on
U.S. Highway 98. Raymond
Mark Lee, 51, was arrested
an indicted for first degree
murder in Dixon's death and
is awaiting trial.
In an unrelated case,
Lloyd Phelps, 58, was also
indicted in September for
first degree murder in the
death of Patricia Deniece
Knight (also known as
Niece), who was, first
reported missing in 2006.
Meanwhile, police are
still investigating the
death of James "Jimmy"

Norris, whose, remains 1976 but were not'identified
were discovered near the until 2011 thanks to a DNA
Taylor-Dixie county line in .match.

Police are still investigating the 1974 death of James Norris,
whose remains were found along the Taylor-Dixie County line two
years later but not identified until 2011.

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A first degree murder indictment was brought
against Lloyd Phelps, 58, for the death of Patricia
Deniece Knight (also known as Niece).

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On a day when the
nation as a whole reflected
on the shared grief of the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks, the Taylor County
community shouldered its
own tragedy with the death
of a high school junior who
was struck and killed while
attempting to cross Highway
27 East Tuesday around
7 a.m. Caleb Sullivan, 16,
was pronounced dead at the
scene and the driver of the
vehicle, Shirley Y. Thomas,
63, was transported
to Doctors' Memorial
A 31-year-old Perry
woman was seriously
injured when she was struck
by a vehicle while walking
along the side of U.S. 27 in
For a family who had
been living in suspended
grief for more than six years,
the first degree murder
indictment against Lloyd
Phelps, 58, for the death
of Patricia Deniece Knight
(also known as Niece)
was a long time coming.
Following the indictment
by the grand jury, the Perry
Police Department (PPD)
obtained a warrant for
Phelps' arrest and took him
into custody at his home
located at 109 Susan Street
later that evening.
County Judge Stephen
-"Buddy" Murphy ordered'
Raymond Mark Lee, 51, to
be held without bond during
first appearance hearings.
Lee, originally from the
Jacksonville area, was
arrested in connection with
the death of Derek Lamont
Dixon, 44, whose body was
discovered along Highway
Taylor County High
School sophomore Angel
Ketring was killed in a two-
vehicle crash. Four other
individuals--ranging in age
from 17 to 24--were also
The Taylor County
School Board was
considering a proposal
to triple, the number of
early release days, a move
Superintendent Paul Dyal
said was necessary to give
teachers enough planning
times to deal with increased
paperwork requirements
from the state.
Faced with a request
from a concerned citizen to
take a second look at a local
ordinance banning the sale
of alcohol (in restaurants)
on Sunday, a majority of
the Perry City Council said
they felt the issue should be
deferred to the will of the
Shands Live Oak
Regional Medical Center
announced that former

Doctors' Memorial Hospital
CEO Richard Huth was its
new chief executive officer.

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SOwners of Perry's
two Internet cafes failed
to comply with the city's
ordinance governing
sweepstakes centers and
were not eligible to have
their business licenses
With one of the largest
groups of participants in
more than a decade, the
2012 Florida Forest Festival
Distinguished Young
Women Program (formerly
known as Junior Miss)
promised to be an evening
full of unforgettable
moments. Vying for the
top titles were: Stacy
Garand, Alison Roberts,
Megan Huyck, Cheyenne
Hoover, Hannah Blanco,
Madison Thomas, Alyson
Riley, Marlena Cockcroft,
Ashley Giacomucci, Molly
Wilson, Abigail Bratcher,
Shon Anderson, Keria
Gibson, Katie Johnson,
Kayla Beasley and Victoria
Geri Forbes was
appointed as the new
chief executive officer
for Doctors' Memorial
.:.Some 15 years after
, inning Taylor County's
only state football
championship, members
of the team, the band and
cheerleading squad were
to be honored during game
day happenings at the high
school and Dorsett Stadium.
The Taylor County
School Board unanimously
agreed to modify its 2012-
2013 calendar, tripling
the number of early
release days for students.
Superintendent of Schools
Paul Dyal said the calendar
change was needed to give
teachers enough planning
times to deal with increased
paperwork requirements.
SFor the second time
in recent memory, the
Taylor County Board of
Commissioners used a coin
flip to select the winner for
a contract award.
Organizers announced
that this year's theme for the
Florida Forest Festival was
"Once Upon a Forest."
Habitat for Humanity
volunteers invited residents
to join them in helping
meet the organization's goal
to build one new home in
Graveside services were
held Oct. 9 for a 41-year-

old Perry man who was
the victim of a hit-and-run
traffic crash just four days
earlier (Oct. 5). Although a
potential suspect had been
identified in the case,. no
arrest had been made.
The 2012 Florida Forest
Festival Distinguished
Young Women Program
was an evening of historic
firsts: it was the first time
two title winners were
named-Molly Wilson, the
2012 Distinguished Young
Woman of Taylor County
and Megan Huyck, the
2012 Distinguished Young
Woman of Perry; it was also
the first time in the festival's
57-year-history that sisters
shared festival royalty
status (Wilson's older sister,
Maisie, was Taylor County's
Junior Miss in 2009).
Kingston Williams and
Miley Hill were crowned
2012 Florida Forest Festival
Little King and Little Queen
during ceremonies held Oct.
13 at Forest Capital Hall.
Rounding out the royal
court were first runners-up
Landon Burford and Destin
Brown along with second
runners-up Kayden Lee and
Kaylee Whiddon.
The U.S. Attorney's
Office announced
indictments on multiple
local and area residents for
conspiracy charges tied to
the distribution of more than
Sa ton of marijuana.
Residents were treated
to look behind the scenes
at the "sweetest place
in town" when local
baker--and premier donut-
maker--Donnie Johnson
was profiled.

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Raymond Mark Lee,
51, was indicted for first
degree murder in the death
of 44-year-old Derek
Lamont Dixon, whose body
was found in a wooded area
off U.S. Highway 98 in
County Commissioner
Mark Wiggins overcame
challenger Randy Hathcock
to win the seat of Taylor
County Tax Collector.
Sheriff L.E.,"Bummy"
Williams defeated Tony
Chambers to win another
term in office.
A two-vehicle crash
involving a log truck and
trailer claimed the life of
Randolph Woodfaulk, 78,
of Perry.
Perry City Council
incumbents Sylvester Harris
and Alphonso Dowdell
were both defeated by
freshman newcomers for
their Dist. 1 and Dist. 2
seats. Shirlie Hampton and
Venita Woodfaulk handily
won the seats, outpacing
Harris and Dowdell more
than two-to-one.
Some 2,000 absentee
ballots that were tallied
late only served to bolster
the wins of candidates
across the board. Emerging
winners were: Bill Blue,
county judge; Bruce Ratliff,
property appraiser; Malcolm
Page, county commissioner,
Dist. 1; Jim Moody, county
commissioner, Dist. 2,
Jody DeVane, county
commissioner, Dist. 3.
The Perry City Council
announced cash rewards
for information leading to
the arrest and conviction
of vandal(s) who tampered
with Gerald Walker Park.
A late night fire claimed
the home of a Perry woman
and her three children, who
ranged in age from six to
Another Taylor County

family mourned the loss
of their home, also to fire.
Barry and Carla Wilson
expressed their thanks for
the "overwhelming support"
from the community in the
wake of the tragedy.

Mountains of barbecue were cooked, judged and eaten while hours of
rockin' blues music floated across Forest Capital State Park during the fifth
annual Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival.

An eight-hour stand-
off between suspect Fred
E. Jenkins I and local law
enforcement started with
the report of a stolen truck
and escalated to a high-
speed chase.
Buckeye made a $25,000
donation to Refuge House
to support renovations to
Taylor County's domestic
violence shelter.
An armed robbery
suspect was captured and in
custody within four hours
of pulling a gun on three
individuals at Barclay's
Restaurant Nov. 27.

A Perry woman was
pinned underneath her
overturned SUV for more
than three hours Saturday
before being discovered
by a passer-by. Amy Anne
Dice, 26, of Greenville,
was transported by private
vehicle to Doctors'
Memorial Hospital and
then airlifted to Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital.
It was beginning to
look a lot like Christmas in

downtown Perry as retailers
prepared for their annual
Downtown Christmas &
Open House.
Former DMH
administrator Alan Levine
appeared on CBS's "60
Minutes" Sunday evening
news program, answering
questions about admission
practices at hospitals
operated by Health
Management Associates
(HMA), where he serves as
vice president.
The Taylor County
Sherriff's Office was
investigating a reported
vandalism to cross
memorials erected in
memory of the late Lee
Edward Spees, Sr., and his
son, Lee Jr.
The Florida Department
of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) featured the open
murder case of James
"Jimmy" Norris on its
Facebook page. His remains
were discovered near the
Taylor-Dixie county line in
S* A two-vehicle crash
claimed the life of a
Greenville man Dec. 8.
Jeffrey Lee Swain, 52,
was survived by his father,
mother and one son.
Mountains of barbecue
were cooked, judged and
eaten while hours of rockin'
blues music floated across

Raymond Mark Lee, 51, was indicted for first
degree murder in the death of 44-year-old Derek
Lamont Dixon.

26th Annual

Sonshine Jubile

Thursday, Jan.3
Supper 5 30 pin
Service 7 00 pm'

Friday, Jan. 4 &
Saturday, Jan. 5
Service 10 am followed by lunch
Supper 5 20 pni
Service 7 pm

Sunday, Jan. 6
Service 10 am followed by
lunCl' which will conclude
the Jubilee loi this year

Forest Capital State Park
during the fifth annual
Southern Pines Blues &
BBQ Festival.
The Perry City Council
earmarked up to $20,000
for construction of a new
pavilion at Loughridge
Florida minimum wage
was set to jump 12 cents on
Jan. 1, 2013, bringing the
hourly rate to $7.79.
In the wake of the mass
shooting at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in
Connecticut, local officials
reviewed security measures
at all Taylor schools.
Judge James Jim Bean
was commended for the
"dignity and decorum" he
displayed during his years
of service in the Third
Judicial Circuit during a
retirement ceremony held in
.his-honor Dec. 13.
The swearing-in,
ceremony for Taylor
County's constitutional
officers was filled with
a number of elements
worthy of future historical
footnotes: it was the last
swearing-in ceremony to
be conducted by retiring
County Judge Stephen
"Buddy" Murphy and it
was the sixth swearing-in
for Clerk of Court Annie
Mae Murphy-who is now
officially one of the longest
serving clerks in Taylor
County's history.
Christmas for a
Steinhatchee woman,
Phillipa Lynn Neal, 45,
was sure to be less jolly
following her arrest
for possession of
listed chemicals (used
in : the production of
Candy Cane Lane
welcomed more than 500
visitors during the ninth
annual Breakfast With
Santa event held Dec. 8 at
the Perry Elks Lodge.
County Judge Stephen
"Buddy" Murphy was
recognized for his 27 years
of public service during
retirement ceremonies held
in his honor Dec. 21.
The victim in a shooting
incident that occurred a
week before Christmas
remained in critical, but
stable condition at Shands.

January 3- 6

Baptist Church

('ome help us begi'in ith new year with
good preaching. ood,.felloi- hip and
singing. For questions cull 58-4-2980.
All meals are free and a nursery will be
provided for children up to age 4.

Hwy 19 North 584-2980 /

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