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Relay For Life season kicks off ThursdayVolunteers will kick off Taylor Countys Relay For Life season with an opening rally Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Perry Womans Club. Guest speaker will be cancer survivor Vickie Collins. Join us in celebrating our 2014 theme: Candyland where A Cure is Sweet, Event Chair Tanya ONeal said. Team registrations are just $10 for the evening. Meet the 2014 planning committee, returning teams from 2013, local leaders, survivors and register to continue your ght against cancer. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For additional information, contact coordinator Jessica Turnmire at (850) 843-2570 or email jessicaturnmire@gmail.com.Historical Society holds yard sale/bake sale SaturdayThe Taylor County Historical Society will hold a fund-raiser yard sale/ bake sale Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. We will be set up in front of the societys museum, located at 118 East Main Street in downtown Perry. Please join us and help our non-prot group, President Bettie Page invited.Retired educators meet MondayThe Taylor Retired Educators Association (TREA) will meet Monday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m., at Rosehead Junction. Guest speaker will be Paul Nawlin, discussing Character Education Now.Madison Clerk of Court to speak MondayMadison County Clerk of Court Tim Sanders will present the program for the Monday, Nov. 18, meeting of the Taylor County Historical Society. He will discuss the history of Madison County, which includes Taylor Countys background as well, as Taylor was once part of Madison County. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and all interested persons are welcome.SAC meets at TTI ThursdayTaylor Technical Institutes (TTI) School Advisory Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the conference room at the school. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 45www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayNovember 13, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Community . A-5 Religio n .n A-6 Sports . ..................... A-8 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 59 39 Thursday69 34 News Forum Taylor County High School seniors Jamarcus Robertson, left, and Annsley Bohlman were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the pep rally held Thursday, Nov. 7. The pair were featured in the Homecoming Parade, which rolled through downtown Perry Friday afternoon and also during pregame festivities at Dorsett Stadium Friday night. For more scenes from the orange and blue spirit display, please see page A-5.2013 TCHS Homecoming King & Queen (Top) Dozens of veterans, like the former Marine shown here, attended the Veterans Day Ceremony held in their honor at the high school Monday. Many then took part in a luncheon held later at Forest Capital Park featuring same day. Top right, Cadet Sergeant First Class John Rice raises the new Seriously injuredRunner darts into path of oncoming SUVA Shady Grove man was seriously injured Saturday morning, Nov. 9, when he darted into the path of an oncoming vehicle. John Travis Aman, 25, was running east on County Road 14 in the westbound lane with headphones on his ears, affecting his hearing, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper W. Brian Lundy reported. Aman evidently did not hear the approach of a 2004 Dodge Durango (driven by Jacyln Faith Noles, 21, and darted into the eastbound lane, in front of the vehicle. Noles was unable to avoid contact with the pedestrian and struck Aman with the left front of the SUV, Lundy said. Aman was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment; Noles and her 14-year-old passenger (Hanna Michelle Noles) were injured in the crash. Units from the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, Doctors Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Taylor County Fire/Rescue assisted at the scene. The accident occurred at 11:23 a.m. just short of U.S. Highway 19 and C.R. 14. City locks in lower natural gas rate for Dec. to MarchWith temperatures expected to dip into the low 30s tonight (Wednesday), natural gas customers are just as likely to keep one on the thermostat and one eye on their upcoming utility bill. However, the city announced that it recently inked an agreement with Florida Gas Utility (FGU) where it will be able to purchase a signicant portion of the communitys natural gas needs from December to March at a rate that is ve cents per unit below the going market rate. The cost of natural gas is passed through to the customers, so this will be a savings to every gas customer the city has during this period, City Manager Bob Brown said. So those savingscoming during what is typically the coldest months here in Floridawill be passed directly to our natural gas customers. The exact cost of savings will vary depending on customer usage. Dist. appeals court reinstates net banFloridas net ban is, once again, being enforced after Floridas First District Court of Appeal agreed last week to reinstate an automatic stay on Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulfords ruling invalidating the rule. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is appealing Fulfords decision, and the stay will keep the net ban and FWCs associated rules in place while the case continues through the court system. The stay of Fulfords Oct. 22 ruling went into effect immediately after FWC announced its intention to appeal her decision, but at a subsequent hearing on Wednesday, Please see page 3 DJJ plans public meeting here Monday, Nov. 18 The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will hold an public meeting in Perry Monday, Nov. 18, as part of its Prevention Road Tour. According to ofcials, the meeting will offer an open dialogue for the public to inform DJJ staff what resources and services are needed in their community. Parents, youth and community advocates are invited to attend. The event will be held at the Taylor County Administrative Complex, located at 201 E. Green St., from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Our goal is to ensure that we have the right combination of services and sanctions, in the right place, at the right time as we care for each youth and keep the public safe, DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters said. County pursues funding for additional sidewalks The Taylor County Commission is applying for a $328,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to construct a sidewalk along Old Dixie Highway from Jefferson Street to Southside Park at Plantation Road. The commission held two public hearings in October on the grant request, which would be funded through FDOTs Transportation Alternatives Program, but not until 2020. At Please see page 3Taylor County HOME OF ThHE BRAVE Taylor County saluted its brave men and women who have served, and continued to serve, in the U.S. Armed Forcesboth in wartime and in peacewith a series of ceremonies Monday, Nov. 11. Taylor County High Schools JROTC hosted its 27th annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which puts local veterans centerstage before the entire student body. Duty, honor and seless service are the hallmarks a veteran holds dear, speaker Major Christopher Please see page 12 State Representative Halsey Beshears shares a laugh with local veteran A.L. Grubbs.


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Editors Note: It is the policy of this newspaper to run the names of all those arrested and booked at the Taylor County Jail. All those listed below have been charged with a crime, but are considered innocent until proven guilty. July 14: Luke Sparrow, 28, 311 North Center Street, trespass, Deputy Owens, TCSO. Richard Florence, 26, 109 Richard Bell Ave., battery, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Amy Odom, 40, 608 Sam Poppell, battery, Ptl. Cephus, PPD. Collin Joseph Leach, 25, 1412 South Robin Street, retail theft, Ptl. McKenzie, PPD. Craig Allen Facer, 40, 2807 Dennis Howell Road, battery, Ptl. Cephus, PPD. Elizabeth Wilson, 35, Tallahassee, battery, Deputy Ricketson, TCSO. July 15: Jakari Travonta Cook, 20, 120 Monroe Street, revoked pretrial release, Judge Parker. Cornelius Williams, 27, 205 South 3rd Street, sentenced to 6 months county jail, Judge Parker. Tony Jackson, 45, 907 South Warner Ave., sale of cocaine with intent 1000 feet of church, possession of cocaine, Inv. Davis, TCSO. Michael Richardson, 60, 120 Ellington Street, Marion County warrant, Ofcer Yates, TCSO. July 16: Jeannine Smith, 49, St. Louis. Mo., VOP (possession of controlled substance, trafcking in stolen property), Deputy Hooker, TSCO. Hollan Linen, 28, 109 Dupont Street, warrant/sale of cocaine, Det. Norris, PPD. Joshua Coxwell, 29, 3191 Slaughter Road, VOP, Deputy Blue, TCSO. Laura Lee Smith, 31, 511 Bryant Russell Road, battery, Deputy Blue, TCSO. July 17: Gregory Leon Burney, 35, Tallahassee, back for court, Ofcer Basch, PPD. Julius Thomas, 51, 123 Buffalo Drive, back for court, VOP (petit theft), Judge Parker. Jaworski Upshaw, 33, 1613 S Woodard Street, sale of cocaine with 1000 feet of church, Sgt. Tompkins, TCSO. July 18: Christina Tate, 23, 903 North Veterans Drive, DWLS/ habitual, Ptl. Cephus, PPD. Harry Merritt, 26, 809 East Page Street, VOP (manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal mischief), Deputy Cash, TCSO. Valerie Cruce, 27, 3298 Vera Lane, battery, Deputy Shaw, TCSO. Kwame Tosin Solarin, 24, 1102 East Julia Street, battery, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. July 19: Stein Glenn, 34, 124 Cash More, DWLS, leaving scene with property damage, Ptl. Curry, PPD. Amanda Johnson, 30, 604 Maurice Linton Road, VOP (dealing in stolen property), Ptl. Grifn, PPD. Robert Lane Waldrop, 51, 211 Webb Lane, Steinhatchee, battery, Deputy Gunter, TCSO. July 20: Kelby Maurice Willimas, 43, 502 West Main Street, child abuse, Ptl. Murray, PPD. Joe Jennings, 56, Madison, leaving scene of accident with no injury, Ptl. Grifn, PPD. Willie Calhoun Jr., 39, 115 Armstrong Street, DWLS, Ptl. Grifn, PPD. July 22: Terry Richard Webb, 18, 40 Sand Dollar Road, sentenced to 15 days, revoke pretrial release, Deputy Blue, TCSO. Guy Gustauo Roig, 48, Alachua, order to revoke pretrial release, Deputy Shaw, TCSO. Teresa Lynn Flowers, 41, 120 Dunwood Street, VOP, Deputy Blue, TCSO. Achilles Bradley Mantzanas, 18, 1450 North Jefferson Street, leaving scene, Ptl. McKenzie, PPD. Johnny Durand Bass, 24, 4209 Bill Carlton Road, aggravated stalking, Deputy Owens, TCSO. July 23: Charles Tucker, 35, 2785 Byron Butler Parkway, contempt of court, Deputy Owens, TCSO. Miles Dandridged Hopkins, 22, 1065 Langford Lane, aggravated battery, Ptl. McKenzie, PPD. Chastity Houston, 39, 111 West Glenn Street, no valid drivers license, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Jessica Weatherly, 20, 9480 Beach Road, retail theft, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. July 25: Billy Allen Laird, 20, 1190 Fairview Lane, possession of drug paraphernalia, Inv. Davis, TCSO. Timothy Monroe, 23, 11656 Ben Eakins Road, Greenville, manufacture of meth, drug paraphernalia, Inv. Davis, TCSO. Joel Thomas Reynolds, 43, 3672 Vera Lane, manufacture of meth, manufacture of cannabis, Inv. Davis, TCSO. July 26: Bryan Heath Willis, 32, 111 Leon Ward Road, manufacture of cannabis, possession of more than 20 grams cannabis, Inv. Davis, TCSO. April Higginbotham, 34, Old Town, FTA/VOP, Deputy Owens, TCSO. Chad D. Cochran, 37, 162 Sand Dollar Road, DWLS, attach tag not assigned, writ of bodily attachment, Deputy Owens, TCSO. Robert Wesley Carlton, 23, 3222 Foley Cutoff, battery/ elder, Deputy Owens, TCSO. Tabbatha Houck, 33, 403 West Ash Street, possession of controlled substance, false name to law enforcement ofcer, possession of drug paraphernalia, Det. Norris, PPD. Chadwick Jason Gable, 37, 403 West Ash Street, possession of controlled substance, DWLS habitual, Tamper/evidence, no motor vehicle registration, possession of cannabis, Det. Norris, PPD. Andrew Lee Townsend, 27, 1090 Hughes Lane, battery on law enforcement ofcer, resisting with violence, Ptl. Campbell, PPD. July 27: Charles Cody Fisher, 22, Fanning Springs, concealed rearms, disorderly intoxication, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Ronald Fisher Jr., 23, 2785 South Byron Butler Parkway, disorderly intoxication, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Ronald Fisher, 45, 2785 South Byron Butler Parkway, disorderly intoxication, Ptl. Cannon, PPD. Carlos Migeul Ferrer, 43, 588 Jimmy Archer Road, eeing and eluding, Deputy J. Cash, TCSO. Michael James Shelton, 30, 1111 North Faulkner Road, eeing and eluding, battery on law enforcement ofcer, resisting with violence, DWLS, giving false information, DUI, Ptl. Murphy, PPD. July 28: Thomas Leslie Ward, 38, Live Oak, writ of bodily attachment (child support), Deputy Ricketson, TCSO. Robert Lindsey, 30, 212 Tippitt Drive, VOP, Sgt. Tompins, TCSO. Herbert Olandon Waddell Jr., 22, 710 West Julia Street, battery, Ptl. Mckenzie, PPD. Corey James Rucker, 18, 644 Ferguson Drive, VOP, Deputy Cash, TCSO. July 29: Willie Smith III, 36, Tampa Florida, writ of attachment, Deputy Gulbrandsen, TCSO. James Cordell Moten, 26, Tallahassee, out of county warrants, resisting ofcer, use false ID, fraud/impersonating, no valid driver license, Martina. Joseph Martin Fleck, 25, 103 Dogwood Way, Leon County warrant/VOP (grand theft), Deputy Gulbrandsen, TCSO. July 30: Robert Lane Waldrop, 51, 302 4th Ave. Steinhatchee, felony battery, Deputy Gunter, TCSO. A-3 Taco Times November 13, 2013Oct. 30, she lifted the stay. FWC then issued a memo to its employees to stop enforcing the ban. Shortly after the First District Court of Appeals decision on Wednesday, Nov. 6, however, FWC issued a second memo to its personnel to once again enforce the ban. In Judge Fulfords ruling, which she made after a year of considering the issues, she called the current situation a legal absurdity and it may well be that only further amendment to the constitution will correct the problem. She continued, It is abundantly unfair for the courts to continue to attempt enforcement of laws that contradict each other. It is understood that this decision, could, in the interim, cause some turmoil. Such a result is not the courts intent or desire. It would be much easier to simply deny the plaintiffs any relief and say you previously had your day in court. But the application of these laws by FWC appears to be fundamentally unfair and this court, as a court of equity, feels compelled to at least attempt to abate the unfairness. The net ban amendment prohibits the use of nets larger than 500 square feet, while FWCs subsequent regulations limited nets mesh openings to two inches. Continued attempts to enforce these contradictory provisions that exist in our constitution and the rules adopted by FWC are grossly unfair to the parties to this case, to those being prosecuted for violating the provisions and to the citizens of the State of Florida, Fulford said in her order. These provisions simply cannot co-exist. We cannot have a provision in our constitution which outlaws the use of all nets in shing, except use of a hand-thrown cast net; and at the same time have rules adopted by FWC that make exceptions to those constitutional provisions. the Oct. 22 hearing, the board unanimously voted to pursue the 1.53-mile Old Dixie Highway sidewalk project. At their meeting Nov. 4, the board approved the application and passed a resolution supporting the project. If funded, this project will provide connection to an existing sidewalk on Jefferson Street and a safe route of transportation to South Side Park located at the corner of Old Dixie and Plantation Road, Cox said. The FDOT Transportation Alternative Program applications are submitted ve to six years in advance. There is no local funding match required. Earlier this year, the county was awarded funding in the 2019 cycle for the construction of a 0.79 mile sidewalk along Green Street from Arena Street to Howard Street for foot trafc arriving at and leaving Taylor County Elementary School. Additionally, the county is set to receive funding for a trailhead at the Keaton Beach Coastal Park, as well as a multi-use trail/sidewalk from the park to Dark Island. At the Booking Desk NET BAN Continued from page 1 FWC told to enforce the ban SIDEWALKS Continued from page 1Sidewalks would connect Jefferson St., Old Dixie Choir members sought Youth and adult choir members are invited to lend their voices to the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. Choir rehearsals begin Sunday, Nov. 17, at New Brooklyn MB Church, at 3 p.m.


Chuck and Greta Edwards may have moved to Elijay, Ga., but they still keep up with all events in Perry. I just nished reading the Nov. 6 issue of the Perry News-Herald and couldnt help but respond about the picture of Miss Destin Brown, dressed as Elly Mae Clampett. In Ellijay, apples is the industry that is celebrated very much like the forest festival in Florida. It just so happens that this years grand marshal for the Apple Festival parade was Donna Douglas, a.k.a. Elly Mae Clampett of Beverly Hillbillies fame. According to our local paper, Elly Mae is 81 years young. We think she could still probably catch a possum for possum pie if the need ever did arise, Greta said. We hope our friends in Florida will enjoy seeing her and I think we can see a resemblance of Miss Brown in the real Elly Mae.A-4 Taco Times November 13, 2013 Living Next forestry pageant is Feb. 22 Mandy Raulerson Cornelius reminds parents of an informational parent meeting for the upcoming Miss Taylor and Jefferson County Forestry Scholarship Pageant scheduled Feb. 22, 2014. The meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Java Depot. Interested parents and contestants may meet the reigning forestry queens. Pictured on bottom row, from left, are: Tiny Miss Taylor Forestry Queen and Floridas Hospitality Queen Addison English, Taylor County Hospitality Queen Maegan Gregory, Junior Miss Jefferson County Forestry Queen Ginger Whiddon, Little Miss Taylor County Forestry Queen Mallory Paul, Teeny Miss Jefferson County Forestry Queen Maggie Walker, Teeny Miss Taylor Forestry Queen Riley Sadler; (top row) Miss Jefferson County Forestry Queen Caroline Schwab, Teen Miss Jefferson Forestry Queen and Floridas Teen Miss 1st Runner-Up Kate Whiddon, Miss Taylor County Forestry Queen Katie Johnson, Junior Miss Taylor Forestry Queen and Floridas Junior Miss 1st Runner-Up Mackenzie Nowlin and Teen Miss Taylor Forestry Queen Haley Jones. Elly Mae? Beverly Hillbillies star still loves a parade... Donna Blow Champion was welcomed as a new member of the Kate Dilworth Scott Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) at its regular meeting held on Oct. 14. Membership in UDC is open to women no less than 16 years of age who are blood descendants of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave material aid to the cause. The chapter holds meetings on the second Monday of each month, September through May. Local members include Jo Ann Sadler, Mary Yarbrough, Melba Denmark and Wanda Cash. For more information, please contact Pat Cichon, chapter president, at (850) 997-7441. Donna Blow Champion with President Pat Cichon UDC welcomes new member, invites othersDonna Douglas, a.k.a. Elly Mae, was grand marshal for the Apple Festival parade in Ellijay, Ga. Williams-ParamoreShannon Williams and David Paramore remind friends and relatives of their wedding on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the church courtyard. Wedding reminder


A-5 Taco Times November 13, 2013 Community TCHS Bulldogs show their spirit in annual Homecoming Parade


A-6 Taco Times November 13, 2013 Religion Churches join hands to serve families at Thanksgiving Lets feed a thousand... This year, the Thanksgiving Outreach hopes to feed Thanksgiving meals to 1,000 people throughout our community. We will have two locations this year, at the Grand Pavilion at Rosehead Park and at Loughridge Park, said Mary Browning who is organizing the event. We will also be delivering meals into the community. Several churches and businesses have joined us in this effort, but we still need more volunteers and donations, she said. Volunteers are needed to help cook, serve and deliver. We will start packaging at 8:30 a.m. at First Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Please call 672-1372 if you are interested in helping. Contributions of dressing, rolls and desserts, along with containers for deliveries such as coolers or totes are needed. Whats for dessert? For your own Thanksgiving celebration, please contact the Church of God now if you wish to order a fruitcake, pecan pie or chocolate-pecan pie for Thanksgiving. By calling 584-2010, you can place an order and arrange a time for pick-up. Fruitcakes come in these sizes: one-pound ($6), twopound ($12), three-pounds ($18) and ve-pound ($30). All deep dish pies are $10.Pastors anniversary observedApostle Corey L. Neal will be honored for his second pastoral anniversary at Radical Nation Temple of Deliverance with two special services. On Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Pastor Connie Mote of Union Street Church will speak. On Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. Pastor James Calhoun of Solid Rock Apostolic Ministry will be the worship leader. The community is invited to come and celebrate with us. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Chairperson Brenda Spain at 843-8952.Womens fellowship slated Restoration Faith Center will hold a Heart2Heart Womens Fellowship Saturday, Nov. 16, at Loughridge Park Community Center at 10 a.m. Apostle Shirley White will speak. Door prizes and food will be offered. For more information, contact Minister Carmen Dennis at 838-6883. Lets go back to church Dr. Robert M. Butler and the congregation of Little St. John M.B. Church invite the community back to church on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. This observance follows revival services at 7 p.m. through Thursday featuring Pastor Renita Allen-Dixon, the founder of Ecclesia Outreach Ministry. The community is urged to return to church. Obituaries Lawton Edgar WhiddonLawton Edgar Eddie Whiddon, 62, of Perry, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Mr. Whiddon was born Aug. 22, 1951, in Valdosta, Ga., to Jesse Lawton Whiddon and Ella Mae Courtney Whiddon. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Lawton Whiddon, and his sister, Sheila Dianne Ratliff. A graduate of Taylor County High School, he received an associate degree from North Florida Junior College. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Perry and worked as a feeder driver for UPS in Tallahassee for more than 20 years. Survivors include: his wife of 42 years, Mary Anderson Whiddon of Perry; his daughter, Shelby Whiddon (Kirk) Watson of Tallahassee; his mother, Ella Mae Courtney (Glenn) Whiddon-Baker of Perry; two grandchildren, Olivia and Jonah Watson, both of Tallahassee; and many friends. Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church with Danny Lundy ofciating. A private family interment will follow at a later time in Oakland Cemetery. The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church music program. Edna WilliamsMrs. Edna Rhodes Williams, 96, of Perry, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at her home in Perry. She was born July 9, 1917, in Dwyer, Miss., to John Bert and Ola (Norris) Cochran. Mrs. Williams was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Perry. She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband of 43 years, Earl Matthew Rhodes; her second husband of 15 years, Jodi Williams; her grandson, Benjamin Wesley Hendry; and a brother, John H. Cochran. She is survived by: her daughters, Doris Jeanne (Jim) Ruff of Pensacola, Betty Jo (Richard) Wall of Tallahassee, Linda (Hal) Murphy of Perry, and Pam (Bob) Slaughter of Colombia, Tenn.; her sister, Mildred Watson and her brother Roy O. (Jo Ann) Cochran of Mobile, Ala; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a very dear friend and caregiver, Charmaine White of Perry; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home in Perry with Rick Stewart ofciating. Interment followed in Pineview Memorial Cemetery in Perry. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, Burns Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to to the Guardian ad Litem program of Perry or to the Disabled American Veterans Association. Walter Sim McGuire, Sr.Walter Sim (Mac) McGuire Sr., 88, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pensacola. Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Madison Chapel of Beggs Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville. Mr. McGuire was born in Greenville and lived there for most of his life before moving to Pace in April of this year. He served in the Merchant Marines, was a ironworker/ boiler maker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Greenville. He is survived by two sons, Walter S. (Buster) McGuire Jr. (and wife Glenda) of Youngstown, and Michael D. McGuire (and wife Paula) of Pace; a daughter, Karen Lynn Peters of Sopchoppy.; four grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene K. (Susie) McGuire; his father, George Lee McGuire; his mother, Lula Long McGuire; and two grandchildren, Lacy Brooke McGuire and Lisa Marie McGuire.


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A-12 Taco Times November 13, 2013 McDaniel said. He said that serving in the military instills a sense of commitment that lasts a lifetime. Veterans are out nations unsung heroes. Their stories are the stories of our history. Our great country rose to become a world leader on their service. It was Ronald Ragan who said that a veteran who dies in service to his or her country gives two livesthe one they were living and the one they would have lived. A highlight of the program was the presentation of the three top speeches in this years Voices of Democracy essay contest sponsored by local veteran organizations. Winners JROTC Cadet First Lt. Zachary Geyer, rst place; Cole Folsom, second place; and Cadet Second Lt. Mitchell Davis focused on the topic Why Im Optimistic for Our Nations Future. Each gave a thoughtful defense of their hope for America. The people of America are not lost and our country is not broken beyond repair, Geyer said in his essay. Following the JROTC ceremony, cadets and veterans adjourned to Veterans Memorial Park for a ag-raising ceremony. Family members were there to witness as the one ag, honoring the late Charles Gandy, was lowered and a new ag, honoring the late Bryant Russell, was raised. Then it was off to Forest Capital Park where hundreds gathered for the annual Veterans Day Appreciation luncheon hosted by the Taylor County Board of Commissioners. Featured speaker (Ret.) Capt. Nicklous J. Ross, a 30-year Navy veteran, spoke of his work in bringing a new Rural Health Outreach Clinic for veterans to Taylor County. Considering how the rst effort to bring a veterans clinic here ended (it closed after only a short time in operation), I wasnt sure if I was going to be speaking or be lynched, Ross said. However I can assure you we have learned from our mistakes and are applying what we learned to this new venture. Ross is currently assistant director of North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville where his primary responsibility is the development and support of the groups 11 community based outpatient clinics and rural health outreach clinics. The future Rural Health Outreach Clinic in Perry will be the 12th under his direction. State Representative Halsey Beshears was also on hand for the ceremony and delivered the invocation prior to lunch being served. If there is one thing Ive learned in Tallahassee, it is the value of a short speech. Thank you veterans, and let us pray, Beshears said. Hundreds then waited their chance to le through the line for a BBQ dinner served by volunteers, sponsors and county commissioners. Judging by the smiles on the faces of those dining, it was a good day and a thank you many sincerely appreciated receiving from their community. HOME OF THE BRAVE Continued from page 1 Ceremony hosted by the JROTC. Hundreds gather at park for Veterans Day Luncheon (L to r) Cadet Private First Class Taylor Turnmire, Cadet Master Sergeant Sergeant William Blue present the colors with veterans standing in front of them and the Cadet Battalion saluting (right).