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The Taylor County Commission recently approved a lengthy amendment to the countys comprehensive plan, updating the land development codes to take into account new state law as well as tweaking elements of previously approved amendments for Foley Timber and Land Co. and the proposed Sweetwater Resort. The commission rst approved the amendment in January, transmitting it to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for review. Taylor County received a grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity to assess the comprehensive plan and land development code and propose needed amendments to those documents, Building Director Danny Griner said in a memorandum to commissioners. The amendments primarily address the new land use categories adopted in recent years, consisting of the planning areas in the Foley-based amendments and the Sweetwater Resort Community land-use category. Some proposed amendments are a result of the Community Planning Act, which allows the county to repeal state requirements for concurrency and capital improvement criteria. Subsequent to the transmittal of Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPA 12-01, the reviewing agencies were allowed 30 days to provide comments concerning the amendment to the county, Griner said. Florida statutes state that the county must adopt the amendment within 180 days of receiving the comments, or the amendment is considered withdrawn, Society holds drawing for historic throwThe Taylor County Historical Society is holding a drawing for a woven throw that features buildings located (or once located) in the historic downtown district. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for seven. You may see the throw and get your tickets at OQuinn Health Mart, located at the corner of Jefferson and East Main. If you are out-of-town, you can send your check to the Society at 118 E. Main Street, Perry, FL 32347 and we will be sure your tickets get in the drawing basket, President Bettie Page said. The drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. The group also has a selection of its They Were Here series available for purchase. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 49www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayDecember 11, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Community . .............. A-8 Classieds . ............ A-10Weather Wednesday 66 43 Thursday64 45 Investigators are pursing potential leads obtained from surveillance video footage of a break-in at Wireless Advantage/Verizon that occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 9. The suspects, who stole a signicant amount of cell phones and electronics, are described as two black males. We are withholding any other identiers as we pursue the leads taken from the surveillance video, Perry Police Department Capt. Jamie Cruse said. Ofcers were notied of an alarm at the location at 3:40 a.m. When they arrived on scene, the ofcers discovered that the front door had been broken. Once the scene was secured, they notied management who came down and advised what items had been taken. The store is located in the Hibbetts strip mall in front of Walmart, facing South Jefferson Street. Responding ofcers to the scene were Sgt. Lin Gray and Ptl. Chuck Geyer. Lead investigators are Gene Franklin and Dwight Norris. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at (850) 584-5121.Signicant number of cell phones stolenNews Forum A Perry truck driver escaped injury Friday when another driver attempting to pass a vehicle struck his semi and a pick-up traveling behind him in an afternoon crash in Jefferson County. Robert Woodall, 35, of Perry, was traveling north on County Road 259 around 2:30 p.m. Waylon Baxley, 56, of Monticello, was also traveling north in a 1984 Toyota pickup behind Woodalls semi. Meanwhile, Jaclyn Baldwin, 26, of Monticello, was traveling south in a 2000 Chevrolet four-door car when she attempted to pass an unidentied vehicle, according to a report from Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Boatwright. Baldwin traveled into the northbound lane and her car struck the left side of Woodalls semi and trailer. The car then struck the left front of Baxleys pickup, causing it to travel onto the east shoulder and overturn. Baldwins car then traveled onto the east shoulder and overturned, coming to a nal rest on the shoulder upright facing west. Baxleys pickup came to a nal rest on the shoulder on its roof facing west. Baxley received serious injuries in the crash, while his passenger, John Brumbley, 42, received minor injuries. Both were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment. According to Boatwright, neither were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Baldwin, who also received minor injuries in the crash, was cited for improper passing. Truck driver has close call in Friday crash Scotts visit a historic rst for school district By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer When Perry Primary teacher Patsy Reams heard her class would be hosting a visit by Ann Scott, she immediately did what any good teacher would dolaunched a lesson plan explaining exactly who Mrs. Scott was and her role as Floridas rst lady. Part of that lesson included printing photos of Gov. Rick Scott and his wife, and displaying them for the class. On Monday, Dec. 9, Reams shared the responses Updated comprehensive plan allows more exibility for property owners Please see page 3Show & Tell Please see page 5Taylor Countys legislative delegation, which consists of Rep. Halsey Beshears and Sen. Bill Montford, will hold a legislative public meeting Monday, Dec. 16. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Taylor County Commission Meeting Room in the Courthouse Annex located on Green Street. Beshears was elected to ofce in 2012 and sits on the subcommittees of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Energy & Utilities and Finance & Tax as well as the Regulatory Affairs Committee. Montford, who was rst elected to the Senate in 2010, became Taylor Countys senator after 2012s measures shifted his districts border eastward. In the senate, he serves as chair of the Agriculture Committee, vice chair of the Education Committee as well as the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, and sits on the Appropriations Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Banking and Insurance Committee, Gaming Committee, Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee and Rules Committee. Beshears, Montford to be here Monday for annual legislative meeting
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A-3 Taco Times December 11, 2013 he continued. The county received comments from the Florida Department of Transportation that required additional transportation data and analysis. In response to this issue staff prepared an extension request letter to DEO requesting a 90day extension to complete the adoption. The letter was signed by the county administrator, ratied by the county commission on Sept. 17, and subsequently approved by the Department of Economic Opportunity. The commission then held a public hearing Nov. 19 to adopt the ordinance implementing the amendment and transmit the language back to DEO for an expedited review. The changes in the proposed amendment include: wastewater facilities on an interim basis when centralized sanitary sewer is not available within the Sweetwater Resort Community land use category as well as those created under Foleys master development order; commercial, residential and industrial land uses on the FLUM to be based on real estate markets rather than projected future populations; oriented commercial uses as allowed uses in the Sweetwater Resort Community land-use category and deleting the requirement that marinas obtain a comprehensive plan amendment to modify the development area; development rights using sending and receiving areas as part of a FLUM amendment; requirements associated with coastal villages and coastal village centers; and uses in regional employment centers. During the hearing, Brown said, The governor came in and said [the Department of Community we want to create more exibility. Thats what these property owners are ghting for, greater exibility. I think we are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful plan as the Vision 2060 and were fortunate that Foley was able to help guide use through that, Commissioner Pam Feagle said. Vision 2060 is a good plan and I stand behind it, Commissioner Pat Patterson said. I stand along with those who went to bat and did the work. This is a good plan for Taylor County. Feagle then made a motion to approve the ordinance, with seconding. The measure passed unanimously. Patterson then made a motion to submit the amendment for expedited DeVane seconded and this also passed unanimously. Commission stands behind Vision 2060 COMP PLAN Continued from page 1 Food bank donation American Legion Post 291 recently donated a large number of items to the Steinhatchee Food Bank. Presenting the donation were, left to right,
A-4 Taco Times December 11, 2013 Living Fa-la-la-la-la: Womans Club decks the halls then dons we now our gay apparel for Christmas par ty In the fashion show provided by the Shugar Shoppe, models included: (from left) Elise Blair, Shawna Beach, Crystal Moody, Adrianne Persons, Mindy Parker, Tasha Towles, Heather Speas (owner of the shoppe), Barbara Howard, Anne Gray and Lindsey Moody. 15 have registered for Master Gardener class, but you may still add your name to the listExtension Agent Clay Olson reports that the minimum requirement of 15 students has been met for the upcoming series of Master Gardener classes which will begin Jan. 24, 2014. However, he added, another 10 can be accommodated in the class. We just need to hear from you soon so all the materials can be ordered, he said. To register for the classes which will meet each Tuesday, please call 838-3508. The $100 fee must be paid to complete registration. The sights and sounds of Christmas took the spotlight at the Christmas party held Saturday, Dec. 7, by members of the Perry Womans Club. Models from Heather Speas Shugar Shoppe in downtown Perry presented a fashion show of holiday attire (casual and dressy) for members and guests who gathered. Music for the occasion was provided by Peggy and Wayne Galloway, and the meal was catered by Sandy Halls. Were also grateful to Zeiglers Florist, and Spring Place Salon for all their help and door prizes, said Shawn Beach, president of the club. Hostesses were LaDonna LaValle (who also served as photographer), Lindsey Moody, Elise Blair, Laurel LaValle and also Crystal Moody. Perry Womans Club President Shawna Beach (second from left) is pictured with hostesses for the Christmas party. They include: LaDonna LaValle, Lindsey Moody, Elise Blair, Laurel LaValle and Crystal Moody.
A-5 Taco Times December 11, 2013she received when she asked students if they knew who the couple was: I know that boy--he was in the parade. Judge of the world. Ive seen her in Walmart. Abraham Lincoln. He made our state. First Lady Scott was quick to laugh at the comments and responded, I know that boy too. Scotts Perry Primary visit--coordinated by Principal Pam Padgett-was a rst for the Taylor County School District, Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyal said. I do believe this was the rst time we have had a First Lady visit our district. While my time with her was very short, I told her how much we appreciated the opportunity to have her come visit our school. I also told her how school grades do not always reect all the good things that are happening in our schools, and how proud we are of our schools and what they are accomplishing. I wanted to make sure the teachers and staff got all the attention because this (the visit) was something they did by themselves. One thing I thought was nice, was when I had to excuse myself and return to my ofce. I told her I had been in meetings all last week with her husband and that I really needed to get back. So she looked at me and said, Well, Mr. Superintendent, lets get to work, Dyal said. Padgett extended the invitation for Scott to visit the school and said she was thrilled when it was accepted. Scott met briey with select members of the school staff before making her way to Reams class in the Purple Pod. There she was greeted by a small contingent of rst and second graders who stood at attention on either side of a special red carpet path that led to Reams classroom. The greeters were former kindergarten students who are now rst and second grade champions. The girls included Mallory Folsom, Kaylee Whiddon and Ava Turner. Landon Burford, Allen Collier and Conner Murphy were boy greeters, Reams said. Inside the classroom, kindergarteners lled the small space, sitting on a colorful carpet with their legs crossed and their attention focused on displaying their best behavior for their special guest. Reams noted that the students were her reading champions and that the older group of boys and girls included former champions invited back especially for the days visit. Looking at the selection of books presented for reading, Scott told students well decide the democratic waylets vote. What Do You Do With A Tail Like This? was the overall winneralthough some students may have raised their hands twice during the impromptu voting session. The story, an interactive look at what animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet and tails, led to a lively discussion that had the adults in the room chuckling and shaking their heads. However, the rst lady handled the childrens talk of alligators, chipmunk pets and dead dogs with a mothers (and grandmothers) deft experience. In addition to reading a story, Scott also shared photos of her grandchildren and her familys pet (a dog). Photos of her dog led to the students sharing what kind of pets they had: three dogs, a cat, seven chipmunks. The chipmunk remark caught her attention and the young boy who said it was happy to spin a tall tale about the pets living in his house. Drawing her visit to a close, Scott invited Reams to bring the children to the mansion in Tallahassee for a tour. And be sure to let me know when youll be there. I like to come out and greet students and, if there is time, share a story with them, Scott said. Leaving the classroom, Scott joined administrators on a brief tour of the school that included stops at the library and a testing lab. The rst lady presented a copy of the book First Families in Residence: Life at the Florida Governors Mansion to Padgett and took time to pose for photos with various staff members and students. Floridas First Lady elded kindergarteners questions with the deft hand of a mother SCOTT Continued from page 1
A-6 Taco Times December 11, 2013 Religion Christmas music resounds through community The Love of God at Christmas Athena Baptist Church will present a Christmas musical, The Love of God at Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m., under the direction of Roger Ezell. Soloists will include Tina Jackson, Beth Ann Stephens and Kevin Morgan. The church is located eight miles south of Perry on Highway 19. A Christmas dinner will follow the music, and Pastor David McMullen invites the community to celebrate the Christmas season with the church. Christmas music, twice Lakeside Baptist Church invites the community to its cantata on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. In addition, everyone is urged to return at 6 p.m. for a Christmas special performed by the youth puppet ministry, The Popcorn Gang. Village presents The Gift Goes On Advent Christian Village (ACV) has been transformed into Advent Christmas Village with decorations and gilding on the left and the right. As a sign of the season, the Village Church Christmas Cantata will be presented Saturday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each performance is free but ACV requests that seats be reserved for the Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon performances. Please call the church at 658-5344 to make reservations. Each year, Pastor Rosemary Humbles writes, arranges and directs a unique cantata that excites, inspires and encourages worship. This years cantata is a musical celebration of the Christmas story, as well as the 100 years of ministry at ACV, in response to the gift of Gods son to the world. When we truly understand what He has done for us, we want to share that gift with others, Humbles said. The presentation will feature a three-plus octave handbell choir, a 60-voice chancel choir, two youth choirs, a cast of adults and children, instrumentalists and production crew. Dont forget to secure your tickets early...and visit the Advent Christmas Village. Obituaries Susan Christine Frith CoxwellSusan Christine Frith Coxwell, age 38, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Bainbridge, Ga. She was born in Tallahassee to Reggie Frith and Cil Sapuyot on April 11, 1975. Mrs. Cowell was a mortgage processor for Colonial Mortgage in Tallahassee for the past 13 years. She had lived in Bainbridge for the past two years and attended Immanuel Baptist Church. Survivors include: her parents: her husband of 13 years, Chris Coxwell; two daughters, Savannah Coxwell and Miranda Coxwell both of Tallahassee; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by: her paternal grandparents, D.L. and Violet Frith of Perry, and maternal Grandparents Romualdo and Irene Sapuyot of the Philippines. Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home in Perry which is in charge of arrangements. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. Edith Odyette CruceEdith Odyette Hamrick Cruce, 57, known to her family and friends as Debbie, of Shady Grove, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at Crosswinds Health and Rehab in Greenville following an extended illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Lakewood Township, Ocean County, N.J., to Anderson Earl and Lillie (Creamer) Hamrick. She was preceded in death by both of her parents. A Christian, Mrs. Cruce worked for several years at Foodland as the produce manager, and then at Doctors Memorial Hospital in the cafeteria in numerous positions. She is survived by her husband of 13 years, Francis Cruce of Shady Grove; her brother-inlaw, Stevie; two step-sons, Kirk, his wife Michelle and son Dylan, of Pinetta, and Frankie, his sons Jonathan and Cameron, of Greenville; three brothersin-law, Wallace (Ann) Cruce of Shady Grove, Ronnie (Terri) Cruce, of Live Oak, and Joe Cruce, of Ebro; one sister-in-law, Debbie Cruce, of Americus, Ga., 3 brothers and 2 sisters in Alabama; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at Hendry Cemetery in Shady Grove with Pastor Bobby Hall ofciating. All arrangements were under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Betty HansonBetty Hanson, 72, of Perry, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at her residence. She was born Jan. 29, 1941, in Perry, to Delmar and Pearlie (Hunter) Sadler. Mrs. Hanson was preceded in death by her husband, Don Hanson; a son, Don Kole Hanson; her parents; a brother, Ralph Sadler; and a sister, Jeanette Westberry. She was a Christian and a homemaker, also working for several years for the Florida Fish and Game Commission as a wildlife check station attendant. Mrs. Hanson is survived by two sons, Marc (Dora) Pargo, of Fort White, and Victor Pargo (Michelle) Hanson of Perry; two daughters, Marcella (Paul) Richard, of Covington, Ga., and Nekole (John) Freeman, of Perry; two sisters, Rachel Deal and Dianne Hill, both of Perry; and a brother, Willie Joe Sadler of Perry; as well as 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at First Church of God in Perry. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Two shows by Calvary Kids Choir The Kids Choir of Calvary Baptist Church will present Christmas in Black and White both Saturday and Sunday, with performances at 6 p.m. The church invites the community to celebrate this special season with them, led by young voices. MLK practice Saturday The nal choir practice, in 2013, for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Observance in January, 2014, will be this Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. in New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Phillip Combs will be the director for the observance; all friends in the community are invited to participate in this rehearsal, with the next scheduled for Jan. 4, also at 2 p.m.
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A-8 Taco Times December 11, 2013 Community (Above, left) Mrs. Claus (aka Earline Neely) handed out candy to children visiting the Taylor County Downtown Perry lled with sights & sounds of the season Christmas Countdown: 14 days until Santa arrives
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