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Ready to scallop? The Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Florida Taylor County Extension Ofce will be hosting a free workshop about bay scallops Friday, June 28, in Steinhatchee. The workshop will be held at the Steinhatchee Community Center from 7-8:30 p.m. Recreational harvest season starts July 1 and runs through Sept. 24. Speakers will discuss the biology and ecology of the bay scallop population, regulations on recreational harvest, and proper handling and cooking recipes. There will be door prizes and light refreshments. To register for the free event, contact Marine and Natural Resources Extension Agent Geoff Wallat at (850) 838-3508.Registration underway for kindergartenParents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students are reminded that registration will be held at Perry Primary School June 20, 25 and 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Required documentation includes: current physical (dated after Aug. 19, 2012), current record of immunizations, certied copy of birth certicate and Social Security card. Students who will be six on or before Feb. 2, 2014, are required by law to begin a kindergarten program during the 2013-2014 school year. If a child was born in June, July or August of 2008, a parent may choose to delay enrollment in a kindergarten program until next year.Fresh is best!The Perry Downtown Farmers Market is open each Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the new Grand Pavilion at Rosehead Park. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 25www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayJune 19, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Community . ............. A-8 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 89 7350% Thursday91 71 50% News Forum Dig Into Reading kicks o ursday Store cited for violating spice ordinance, closed for 31 days An undercover buy operation by the Perry Police Department (PPD) has led to the 31-day closing of a local convenience store for violating the citys spice ordinance. The Perry Code Enforcement Board upheld the violation notice led against the owners of Starmart, located on North Jefferson Street, and suspended their business license for 31 days. A $500 ne was also levied against both the business owner and the store clerk who sold the product. The order was effective June 17 through July 18. PPD Det. Sgt. Gene Franklin reports the store clerk (who is also the brother of the stores owner) sold synthetic cannabis to the undercover operative. The product was not out on display; the clerk had to retrieve the package from an area where it was hidden in the store. He then rang up the purchase on the cash register and completed the sale. The substance has been sent to the lab for processing to see if it contains any banned substances. If it does, then the clerk who sold the product would face charges, Franklin said. The citys spice ordinance prohibits the possession and sale of items commonly known as synthetic cannabis and bath salts. Offenders are cited for Sen. Bill Montford was in town Tuesday to speak to the Perry Rotary Club, updating about 30 members and guests on several policies which came out of this springs legislative session as well as the challenges continuing to face the state. I thoroughly enjoy coming to Taylor County, Montford began. Although he has been in the Senate since 2010, this year was his rst session representing Taylor County, which joined his district following reapportionment. Montford praised local school ofcials, but warned that based on early indications, statewide school grades, expected to be released later this summer, are about to bottom out due to increased demands. Statewide, ofcials are bracing for a 200 to 300 percent increase in the number of D and F schools, he continued. This is no reection on your superintendent or the quality of your teachers and staff, Montford said. Youve got a great school system here. He added that the State Board of Education was also wrestling that morning (Tuesday) with the issue of dual enrollment and local school districts (see related story). Noting the number of state employees who live in Taylor County, Montford praised the Florida Retirement System, pointing out that an effort this spring to end the program and convert new employees to a dened benets package failed. The Florida Retirement System is very, very strong, he said. Its one of the top 10 in the country in the terms of nancial stability. He also noted that the average retirement benets received by employees who have worked 30 years are around $17,000 annually. Weve got to be careful about tinkering with the retirement system, Montford said, pointing out that it has historically been part of recruitment efforts for state employees, including teachers. We could tell them, You wont get rich, but youll have reasonable job security and retirement. State employees also received a raise for the rst time in six years. Our state employees are not only underpaid, theyre under-appreciated. With one of the major issues facing the state being water, Montford spoke briey about Floridas ongoing dispute with George A tip from a condential informant led to the apprehension of a suspect wanted in connection with an 18-month undercover operation led by the Perry Police Department (PPD) narcotics unit. Allen Grifn, 32, was arrested without incident Saturday, June 15, at a local motel. He was booked at the Taylor County Jail on charges of sale of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance and introduction of contraband. Grifn was the 17th suspect rounded up during an arrest sweep that started Friday, June 7, and continued into the next week. Please see page 3 Tip leads to arrest of man sought on cocaine charges District to pay tab for dual enrollment courses Thanks to an education bill passed during the waning days of the 2013 Legislative Session, school districts across the state will have to start paying tuition next year to colleges which provide dual-enrollment classes to their students. According to Taylor County Superintendent Paul Dyal, the change is projected to cost the district approximately $66,000 in tuition to North Florida Community College (NFCC) next year should participation remain at levels seen during the 2012-13 school year. Originally, dual enrollment programs involved colleges allowing high school students to ll empty seats in college classes, Dyal said. After you reach a certain number of students, the class is paid for, he said. The only charge to us was for textbooks. As dual enrollment expanded, however, college presidents complained to the legislature, Dyal continued. For us, its another unfunded mandate, he said of the new bill. Our student allocation (from the state) is based on ve hours of instruction. So if they take a full load and then take dual enrollment, we dont get paid for that. Last year, the district received a $3,028 allocation from Please see page 3Montford briefs Rotarians on 2013 legislative sessionPlease see page 3 Please see page 3Friends Helping Friends takes aim at downtown DREAM grantThe City of Perrys downtown revitalization efforts remain in high gear with the initial phase of Rosehead Park nearing completion and other improvements, both public and private, underway. Now Main Street Perry has announced a new program, Friends Helping Friends, to assist local business owners take advantage of one of the citys original revitalization efforts, the DREAM grant. The DREAM (Downtown Revitalization Economic Appearance Motivator) grant program is offered by the City of Perry to owners of commercial buildings in the Community Revitalization Area (CRA) who make qualifying improvements to the exterior of their buildings. The city previously allocated $50,000 from CRA funds for reimbursements in the program. While several property owners have accessed the program, it remains largely underutilized, according to Main Street Perry Program Manager Tracey Smith. After canvassing the business owners, we tried to address all the problems they had that prevented them from participating in the DREAM grant program during the past year. And we just want to do what we can to help them in the revitalization effort, said Jeff Bryson, Friends Helping Friends coordinator and Main Street Perry board Please see page 3
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the state for textbooks, which covered the districts cost of $2,794. According to Dyals gures, which he presented to the school board on June 4, the district estimates it will receive $4,272 in textbook allocations but expects textbook costs to balloon to around $22,000 due to a new program through which they will be offering realtime distance learning for college algebra and English utilizing technology from the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium and instructors from NFCC During his presentation to the board, Dyal mentioned that some districts are considering eliminating their dual enrollment programs and only offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, but he said Tuesday that there no plans at this time to eliminate the service here. He added that the ofcials representing the ve counties serviced by NFCC met during a recent superintendents meeting in Tampa and have set up a face to face meeting with North Florida to see what we can work out.A-3 Taco Times June 19, 2013 Sen. Bill Montford posed for a photo following his talk to the Perry Rotary Club Tuesday. Shown above are: (from l to r) Rotary Program Chair Dan Simmons, Montford, Legislative Assistant Taylor Gilbert and Rotary President Mark Viola. the code violations and must go before the Code Enforcement Board to contend the charge. This is the third convenience store to be cited for spice violations since the ordinances adoption last year. Some 16 street and midlevel alleged drug dealers were charged with a variety of drug related felonies, including the sale and possession of cocaine. The 16 individuals facing charges include: Kenneth McGee, sale of cocaine; William Brant, possession of drug paraphernalia; Shakir Flowers, sale of cocaine; Ryan Colson, sale of controlled substance; Michael Sparrow, sale of cocaine (2 counts); Patrick Franklin, sale of cocaine; DJ McCoy, sale of cocaine; Bryan Morgan, sale of cocaine (two counts); Cameron Upshaw, sale of cannabis; Jacorby Thomas, sale of cocaine (two counts); Sebastian Ingram, sale of cocaine (two counts); Ronnell Walker, sale of cocaine (two counts); Toby Fitchett, sale of cocaine (two counts); Ivan Curtis, sale of cocaine; Willie Williams, possession of controlled substance; and Leroy Williams Jr., sale of cocaine. over the Apalachicola River and efforts to have the states various water management districts work better with each other. He closed his talk by urging local residents and ofcials to contact him with any questions or concerns. Montfords districts can be reach by calling (850) 487-5003 (Tallahassee), (850) 653-2656 (Apalachicola) and (850) 627-9100 (Quincy). member. The Friends Helping Friends program is an effort by Main Street Perry to promote the DREAM grant and ultimately assist property owners with their projects to revitalize the appearance of Perrys downtown, Smith said. Program participants will have the advantage of partnering with local building supply companies who are willing to give substantial discounts on supplies, access to a shortterm nancing program with Capital City Bank for their project needs and a team of volunteers willing to donate their time and labor to help complete the approved building improvements, she said. A team from the Main Street Perry Design Committee will provide hands-on assistance in color selection and design ideas for the property owner in an effort to give downtown a cleaner, coordinated look to attract both residents and visitors. Main Street will also provide assistance with the DREAM grant approval process and application submission. Main Street Perry is a community based non-prot organization that supports revitalization efforts in downtown Perry through the four-point approach of promotion, economic restructuring, design and organization. The organization is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the economic development and revitalization of downtown while protecting and promoting Perrys historic heritage. To participate in the Friends Helping Friends program, contact Bryson at (850) 584-5086, (850) 672-9256 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Smith at 850-843-1279 or MainStreetPerry@yahoo. com. For more information about Main Street Perry, Friends Helping Friends or the DREAM grant, visit online at www. mainstreetperry.webs.com. MONTFORD Continued from page 1Have a question? Contact Montfords Tallahassee ofce COCAINE CHARGES Continued from page 1Street, mid-level dealers caught up during sweep FRIENDS HELPING Continued from page 1 Main Street: 4-point core to revitalization DUAL ENROLLMENT Continued from page 1 Textbook costs may balloon to $22,000 for dual-enrolled students SPICE Continued from page 1 Third store cited Correction: One student was omitted from Point of Graces nal honor roll for the 2012-13 school year: Rebekah Hill was named to the A/B honor roll.
A-4 Taco Times June 19, 2013 Living The 2013 Food Preservation Workshops come to a close on Thursday, with a nal workshop on canning tomatoes at the Taylor County Extension Ofce in Forest Capital Hall. Participants can learn how to safely can tomatoes that can be enjoyed throughout the year, said Agent Lori Wiggins, adding, This workshop will cover preserving locally grown tomatoes. The workshop begins Thursday, June 20, at 12 noon; a fee of $10 is charged. If youre interested in participating, please contact the Extension ofce at 8383508 or email@example.com. The season included canning basics, canning jams and fruit preserves workshops (in May and June), as well as pickling. David Gregory Gray, Courtney Lynn Speas Speas, Gray plan August 3 wedding Mr. and Mrs. Randall J. Speas of Perry announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Lynn, to David Gregory Gray, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gray, also of Perry. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Norma Yates, the late William L. Yates, as well as Rita Speas and the late James A. Speas, of Bradenton. The prospective groom is the grandson of Wilton and Margie Thompson, Oakley Gray and the late David B. Gray of Perry. The couple will be married Aug. 3, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church. All friends and relatives of the couple are cordially invited to attend. Forestry on parade Taylor County was well represented in the Watermelon Festival Parade held last weekend in Monticello. Shown from left to right are: Katie Johnson, County Forestry Queen; Mackenzie Nowlin, Jr. Miss Taylor County Forestry Queen; Mallory Paul, Little Miss Taylor County Forestry Queen; Ginger Taylor County Forestry Hospitality Queen and Addison English, Tiny Miss Taylor County Forestry Queen. In July, the entourage travels to Maclenny to compete in the Miss Florida Forestry scholarship program. Final canning workshop is on ThursdayCovenant Hospice is seeking adults and highschool students to join its award-winning volunteer team. A training workshop will be held on June 25 and June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covenant Hospice branch ofce, located at 1921 Capital Circle, N.E, Tallahassee. The workshop is free; refreshments will be provided. As covenant marks its 30th anniversary, this training will present an overview of hospice care and volunteer choices. Covenant says it offers a exible volunteer schedule with opportunities for one time, periodic or weekly volunteer assignments. Volunteers receive ongoing educational opportunities and are recognized annually. To register or to learn more, call Kortney Rudd or Jay Thurman at 850-575-4998. PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: June 16th, 2013 Donna Boyle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Development and Communications Mgr firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 576-4998 Join Covenant Hospice Award Winning Volunteer Team As We Celebrate 30 Years of Compassionate Care Tallahassee, FlaCovenant Hospice is seeking adults and high-school students to join our award-winning volunteer team. A training workshop will be held on June 25th and June 27th from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Covenant Hospice branch office, located at 1921 Capital Circle, N.E, Tallahassee, Fl. The workshop is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Covenant Hospice Volunteer Training will present an overview of hospice care and volunteer choices. Individuals and groups are needed to provide support for Covenant including office work, community outreach, and fundraising. Patient and family support volunteers are needed to provide friendly visits, companionship, breaks for caregivers, light housekeeping, transportation, assistance with yard work, home repair, and more. Active duty military and veteran volunteers are needed to support Covenants We Honor Veterans Program. Covenant provides a flexible volunteer schedule with opportunities for one time, periodic or weekly volunteer assignments. Volunteers receive ongoing educational opportunities and are recognized annually for their contributions. To register for the workshop or to learn more, call Kortney Rudd or Jay Thurman at 850-575-4998. Nearly 3,000 Covenant Hospice volunteers support 14 branch locations throughout Florida and Alabama. Covenants volunteer program has received three Awards of Excellence from Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Agency. Annual surveys indicate 98% of Covenants volunteers are highly satisfied with their volunteer experiences. Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit volunteers sought The Perry Womans Club will hold a yard sale Saturday, June 22, from 8 until 11 a.m. inside the club, 502 N. Jefferson St. Donations are still being accepted and can be given to any member. Lauren LaValle, who is coordinating details for this fundraiser, says club members will meet Thursday and Friday afternoons after 5 p.m. to set up for the event. Your patronage is encouraged. Customers sought for yard sale
A-6 Taco Times June 19, 2013 Religion Mega Sports Camp begins MondayThe Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has scheduled a My Hope America with Billy Graham preparation meeting for pastors, church staff, ministry leaders and other interested persons Thursday, June 27, here in Perry. Pleasant Grove Baptist will serve as the host church for the meeting, which will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to equip pastors to recruit and train Matthews in their congregations. There is no charge for the training, which will be conducted by evangelistic association representatives, Pleasant Grove Pastor Danny Lundy said. The training will include: Session I, Matthew & Friends; Session II, Spiritual Preparation; and Session III, How to do My Hope with Billy Graham in your church and to train other pastors. To register for the training, please call toll-free 1-877-7MYHOPE (1-877-769-4673) or online at www. myhopewithbillygraham.org. For additional information, you may also contact Lundy at (850) 838-0571.Alice Marie EllisonAlice Marie Ellison, age 85, died June 18, 2013, in Perry. Mrs. Ellison was born in Port St. Joe to Daniel N. Creamer and Mary Sullivan Creamer. She later moved to Perry where she made her home for the past 60 years. She was a member of the Perry First Church of God. Mrs. Ellison was a mother of ve and a school bus driver for the Taylor County School System, retiring after 21 years. She was predeceased by her husband Howard Ellison. Survivors include: her two sons, Danny (Charlotte) Ellison of Perry and Chuck (Cali) Ellison of Fairhope, Ala.; three daughters, Diane (Roger) Bell of Cataula, Ga., Jan Ritch of Perry and Sue (Jim) McCabe of Wesley Chapel; one brother, Edward Creamer of Port St. Joe; 15 grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m. with Ben Kimmell ofciating at Beggs Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. (today), June 19. ObituariesBaptists invite all!First Baptist Church is planning a Mega Sports Camp for June 24-28 with classes from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. each day. While children are taught the fundamentals of sports such as football, soccer and baseball, emphasis is also placed on spiritual and character development. Structured for children in grades 1-6 (including those who will enter rst grade in August), the camp will also serve dinner each evening. For those who arent interested in sports, life skills will be taught such as cooking, card-making and drama. To register, please call the church at 584-7066 or sign up online at www.perry. com/megasportscamp.Gospel singSouthern Testimony will sing at Antioch Revival Center on Saturday, June 15, beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.Dual DayNew Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will hold its annual Dual Day service on Sunday, June 23, beginning at 11 a.m. Speakers will include Elder Lady Rackley, Faith and Worship Ministries, Lloyd, and Rickey Bolden, of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Choir rehearsal will be held Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.Youth DayAntioch Missionary Baptist Church will hold Youth Day services Sunday, June 23, at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Angela Turner Rivers of Tallahassee. Everyone is invited to worship and fellowship. Services honor Kenneth, Carmen DennisRestoration Faith Center, located at 1005 S. Schwartz St., will honor the 16th anniversary of Pastors Kenneth and Carmen Dennis with services beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. The Thursday night speaker will be the Rev. George Williams of Mt. Olive M.B. Church. On Friday, the speaker will be the Rev. Izell Montgomery of Mt. Zion M. B. Church. On Sunday a 5:30 p.m. service will be led by Pastor Darrell Kelly of Free Spirit Community Church in Panama City. The community is invited to any and all services.
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The Friends of the Taylor County Public Library announced the winners of its sixth annual Short Story Contest Monday. The contest received 19 stories this year and the winning authors will be recognized during the organizations meeting on Monday, June 24, at the library at 5:15 p.m. In the youth category (grades ve and below), Justice Marie-Ann Horner took rst place for Bimm: The Life Saving Bunny. Dennis Jiang received second place honors for his story My Crabby Adventure, while honorable mention went to Elizabeth Blue for Freaky Fun Friday and Nicole Davis for Under the Trees. In the student category (grades six through 12), Molly Wilsons Ouidas Baby received rst place, followed by Macon P. Horners Dreamscapes in second. The Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Campout by Caleb Wilson received honorable mention. In the adult category, Naomi Weed Sharp placed rst for her story The Invitation. Alice Simmons took second place with The Tree. Honorable mention went to Shasta Williams for Deaths Daughter. We had some wonderful stories this year, just like every year, Contest Coordinator Mark Viola said. Each rst place winner will receive a $100 cash prize and second place winners will receive $50. Honorable mentions will be awarded $10. All 10 winning stories will be included in the commemorative collection, Taylor County Tales VII, which will be available soon. Limited numbers of previous collections are also available. Sales of the collections benet the Friends of the Library. Following the awards presentation at Mondays meeting, Tallahassee teacher and author Susan L. Womble will speak about her own books and career. Womble is the author of Newts World: Beginning and Newts World: Internal Byte, which are about friendships, bullies, video games and the virtual world. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The library is located at 403 N. Washington St. A-8 Taco Times June 19, 2013 Community AARP: last Wed., 10 a.m. at Perry Shrine Club. Kiwanis Club: Wednesdays, noon, Perry Elks Lodge on Puckett Road. MainStreet Perry: fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Perry Historic Station. NAACP: rst Sunday, 5 p.m., at Jerkins Community Center. Optimist Club: Thursday, noon at Rosehead, downtown Perry. Perry Garden Club: third Wednesday, 10 a.m. Perry Elks Lodge: second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. Perry Lodge #187: rst and third Tues., 6 p.m., Masonic Hall. Perry Masonic Lodge 123: meets rst and third Monday, 7:30 p.m. Perry Shrine Club: fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. (club house located on Courtney Road). Perry Womans Club: second Wed., noon (September to May). Rotary Club: Tues., noon at Rosehead Junction. Taylor County Leadership Council: second and fourth Friday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center. Vogue XIII: rst Mon., 7:30 p.m. Call 584-2404. Airport Advisory Committee: fourth Wednesday, 12 noon, Perry-Foley Airport. City Council: second and fourth Tues., at 5:30 p.m. County Commission: rst Mon. and third Tues. at 5:30 p.m., courthouse annex; workshop, fourth Tues., 5 p.m. Planning Board: rst Thurs., 6 p.m. Courthouse annex (old post ofce). Taylor County Construction License Board Meeting: third Fri., 2 p.m., courthouse annex. Taylor County School Board: rst and third Tues., 6 p.m. Taylor Coastal Water and Sewer: fourth Tuesday at 18820 Beach Road, 3 p.m. Taylor Soil & Water Conservation District Board: fourth Monday, 7 p.m., Foley Airport terminal conference room. Diabetes classes: every Tuesday, 3 p.m., Doctors Memorial Hospital. FAMU Alumni Chapter: second Monday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center. Friends of the Taylor County Public Library: last Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m., public library. Girl Scouts Service Unit: rst Tuesday, 7 p.m., Scout Hut. Habitat for Humanity: second Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Capital City Bank, Rm. #208. Helping Hands of the Shelter: second Tuesday, 6 p.m., Chamber of Commerce. Home Educators League of Perry: Forest Capital Hall. Call 584-6866 or visit on-line htt:taylor. ifas.u.edu. Muskogee Creek Indian Nation: second and fourth Sat., 7 p.m. Tribal grounds, Lyman Hendry Road. Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe: second Saturday, 3 p.m., Oak Hill Village on Woods Creek Road. National Wild Turkey Federation (Yellow Pine Drummers): holds open monthly meeting on rst Thursday, Golden Corral, 7 p.m. Call 584-9185. Parrot Heads in Perry-dise Club: meets the second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Call 843-1469 for location. Perry Alliance of Ministers & Pastors (P.A.M.P.): meets second Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Little St. John P.B. Church. Pet adoptions: Taylor County Animal Shelter, open Monday through Friday. Call 838-3525. Republican Party of Taylor County: second Thursday, 6 p.m., at Rigonis Cookhouse on Highway 19 North. Call 5845878. Search & Rescue Riders #1135 of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc.: 4th Saturday, 9 a.m. at Golden Corral Restaurant. Taylor Adult Program (TAP): Thursdays, 10 a.m., 502 N. Center Street. 223-0393. Taylor Coastal Communities Association: second Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the district building on Beach Road. Taylor County Brotherhood: meets on Mondays, 7 p.m., at New Brooklyn; every third Saturday, 9 a.m., at Stewart Memorial. Taylor County Brotherhood Choir: meets every Thursday, 6 p.m., at Stewart Memorial. Chamber of Commerce: second Thurs., 8 a.m., chamber board room. Taylor County Development Authority: second Mon., noon, at Historic Perry Station. Taylor County Historical Society: third Mon., 7 p.m. Historical Society building. Societys museum is open every Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Taylor County Horsemans Association Horse Show: practice roping every Friday, 7 p.m.; second Saturday, registration, 3 p.m.; ride, 4 p.m. Arena is located on Bishop Blvd. Free admission. Taylor County Quilters: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, public library. Taylor County Reef Research Team: second Tuesday, 7 p.m., Forest Capital Hall. Taylor County Senior Center: Executive Board of Directors meeting, every third Thursday. Taylor County United: second Mon., 7 p.m., Evangel Christian Fellowship. Tourism Development Council: second Thurs., 12 noon, Chamber of Commerce. Whole Child Taylor-Shared Service Network: fourth Mon., 9 a.m., Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex. Yarn Lovers Circle: rst and third Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Taylor County Public Library. AL-ANON: meets every Thursday at noon, St. James Episcopal Church. Alzheimers Support Group: meets every second Thursday, 1:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council: fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice ofce. Celebrate Recovery: a nondenominational, Christ-centered recovery ministry meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., in the First Baptist Church Youth Center (old Citizens Bank building). Friends and Family of Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group: fourth Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Glorious Rain Church. For information, call 843-0158. Narcotics Anonymous: Sun., Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (Parish Center), 2750 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. Call: (877) 340-5096. Perry Winners Group of Alcoholics Anonymous: Friday, 8 p.m.; Heritage House, 317 N. Orange St. AMVETS Post 20: third Saturday, 9 a.m., at Golden Corral Restaurant. American Legion Post #291 (Steinhatchee): second Thursday, 7 p.m. American Legion Post #96: rst Tues., 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, Center St. Sons of Confederate Veterans: fourth Thursday at North Orange Street. Call 5845725 or 838-2045. VFW Post #9225: second Tuesday, 7 p.m. (American Legion building). CIVIC GROUPS GOVERNMENT INTERESTS SUPPORT GROUPS VETERANSTo add your organization free of charge, please call 584-5513 or e-mail email@example.comCommunity CalendarPlease call 584-5513 to update your current calendar listing. Friends of the Library announce 2013 short story contest winners Dog wash SaturdayHelping Hands of the Shelter, Inc., will host a Dog Wash Saturday, June 22, at Perry Animal Hospital (1900 South Dixie Highway) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations of $10 will be asked for each dog wash and $5 for nail trims. Bring an animal carrier in good condition and get the wash and nail trim free, organizers said. Proof of current rabies vaccination will be required. Hot dogs and drinks will be available. Bimm: The Lifesaving Bunny I stumble across the tree roots that litter the path. Im quite hungry, thirsty and completely exhausted. The trees groan as the wind shakes them and I cant tell which is which. How did I ever get there?! --Justice Marie-Ann Horner First place, youth Ouidas Baby Clyde leaned on the hoe and wiped the sweat from his forehead, leaving a muddy streak where his hand had been. He heard a scampering of feet behind him and a childs quick breathing. Ouidas sick, the child said. --Molly Wilson First place, student The Invitation Jacob Rutherford clumsily dropped two of his books as he tried to put them into his locker. He looked around, nobody noticed. Nobody ever noticed. He picked them up, placed them in his locker and got out the book he needed for his fth period biology class. His hair was cropped short, brown in color. His eyes were hazel. He wore Levi jeans, a blue polo shirt, which was tucked in, per school dress code. There was nothing unusual about the way he looked, the way he dressed. He was simply average, but he felt invisible. --Naomi Weed Sharp First place, adult GOOD READS Agriculture is a vital part of Floridas heritage, economic foundation, and future potential. Taylor County 4-H received a Florida Ag in the Classroom Grant to fund Ag Day for all fth graders in the county. The day was designed to educate youth about the importance of agricultural commodities and how agriculture affects and impacts their lives, 4-H Extension Agent I Abbey Tharpe said. More than 20 volunteers helped to teach youth about corn, forestry, aquaculture, honeybees, horses and more during the day-long event held at Forest Capital State Park. 500 years of agriculture in Florida
A-9 Taco Times June 19, 2013 Longtime JROTC Commander Col. David Ammons, right, administered the Lt. Tyre Mason Maddox, 23, was awarded an A.S. degree June 1, 2013, from Georgia Military College and received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army just the day before, on May 31. Maddox was given the oath of ofce by longtime Taylor County JROTC commander (retired) Col. David Ammons; he chose (retired) 1SG Eddie Smith to present him with his rst salute as an ofcer. He will attend Georgia University this fall to pursue his B.S. degree in criminal justice and will continue his Army career throughout college. Maddox, the son of David and Rachel Maddox of Perry, graduated from Taylor County High School in 2009. He joined the U.S. Army National Guard prior to graduation (2008) and received a scholarship to attend Georgia Military College through the JROTC program. He participated in the JROTC program all four years of high school. He completed basic training and AIT Military Police training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., in January 2010. Maddox served a one-year deployment in Afghanistan from April 2010 to April 2011. While overseas, he was awarded several medals and commendations: NATO, ARCOM, Afghan Campaign medal, overseas ribbon/medal and good conduct medal. Maddox is the son of David and Rachel Maddox of Perry, and the grandson of W.H. and Glory Maddox. Maddox commissioned as second lieutenant, earns associates degree from Georgia Military Academy Closing out its 2012-13 year, Taylor County Middle School recognized students with an All Year honor roll: 6th grade, All As Davis Cruce, Abigail Langford, Abigail Martinez, Jason McHargue, Dharni Patel and Shelby Sloan. 7th grade, All As Kendal Blue, Clayton Clark, Jessica Knowles, Delanie Louk and Joel Stengel. 8th grade, All As Shelby Blanton, Jamira Green, Brooke Hicks, Victoria Manning, Hannah Polley and Caleb Wentworth. 6th grade, A/B Noved Ahmed, Hannah Albritton, Kaitlyn Boyington, Alyssa Broome, Caelyn Brown, Emilee Cannon, Aiden Dunaway, Isabella Flores, Max Kallschmidt, Caroline Middleton, Robert Moon, Noah Sadler, Brooke Sharpe, Abby Stewart, Tyler Stokes and Erica Taylor. 7th grade, A/B Nazil Ahmed, Hunter Bell, Henry Blue, Ebone Brown, Katherine Crawford, Chloe Cruce, John Deming, Katelyn Gant, Rylee Hudson, Philip Lago, Thomas Lee, Clara Lilliott, Lillie McNutt, Josh Mixon, Shawna Montgomery, Jordan Niles, Sharon Norberg, Drayton Pegg, Katelyn Schmigel-Devane, Jarrett Touchton, Hunter Vann, Silvia Villagomez and Lillie Welch. 8th grade, A/B Hannah Bratcher, Valarie Brown, Dylan Dudley, Jessica Gravely, Katelyn Grifn, Nathan Guenthner, Chakala Johnson, Cole MacNeill, Tynikqua McNair, Casi Mills, Maria Mitchell, Emalee Morgan, Hannah Noles, Victoria Porter, Alexander Sellers, Dylan Smart, Morgan Smith, Hunter Stanley, Heaven Terry, Bambi Wald and Stephanie Wentz. Middle school recognizes students who earned top grades with All Year roll call
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