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Goat cheese-making class Jan. 14The Taylor County Extension Service will host a goat cheese-making class Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Those interested in attending must pre-register and pre-pay by Monday, Jan. 13. Class size is limited to 10 participants. The cost of the class is $10. RSVP to (850) 838-3508 or lwiggins@u. edu. Would you like to make your own cheese? Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent III Lori Wiggins asked. This class is exceptionally good for: people who want a homesteading type of experience; families who want a hands n learning experience that shows the kids where their food comes from and how it gets to the table; and people who want to experience how to live, shop and eat locally.Workshops scheduled at libraryThe Taylor County Public Library has announced a full slate of adult workshops scheduled for January. The rst workshop, Watercolors with Tammy Mowery, will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. There is a $15 materials fees associated with this workshop. The library will host a computer and internet workshop Monday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m., followed by a second workshop on mobile devices at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 16, there will be a Moonower Designs jewelry workshop at 6 p.m. This workshop has two options, with either a $10 or a $15 materials fee. The nal workshop of the month will be Growing Your Own Backyard Pharmacy on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. Sign up online at 3riverslibrary.com or call 8383512. The library is located at 403 N. Washington St.Educators Hall of Fame seeking nominationsThe Taylor County School Disrtict is once again seeking nominations for the Educators Hall of Fame. To be eligible for nomination, those under consideration must meet the following criteria: Taylor County School Board member, a non-instructional staff member, an instructional staff member or as an administrator. retired or resigned from the Taylor County School District. Nomination forms are available at the Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex. Nominations are due by noon Tuesday, Feb. 11. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section53rd year, No. 2www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayJanuary 8, 2014 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-5 Community . .............. A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Classieds . .............. A-8Weather Wednesday 54 19 Thursday61 3920% News Forum Body discovered House re under investigation The Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) and State Fire Marshals Ofce are investigating a house re that may have claimed the life of a local man last week, Dec. 30. While investigators are waiting for conrmation from the medical examiner as to the victims identity, sources said the man was Manning (M.L.) Tucker, 82. His cause of death remains under investigation. The re was rst reported around noon last Monday (Dec. 30); when deputies arrived at the scene on James Carlton Road, they discovered a singlewide mobile home that had been completely destroyed by re. A body was discovered and we are awaiting an ID conrmation, TCSO Capt. Ron Rice said. The re apparently occurred late Sunday night/ early Monday morning as the ames had already burned out by the time it was discovered. Memorial services for Tucker are planned Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Johns Christian Fellowship. (For full obituary, please see page A-5.) Perry City Council candidate application packets are now available for pick-up at City Hall. Completed forms and the $25 fee may be submitted to the ofce of the City Manager at City Hall during the qualifying period from Monday, May 19, and prior to noon Monday, June 16. Candidates will be certied by the city council at its Tuesday, June 24, regular meeting. Individuals picking up candidate application packets will be asked to review contents of the packet and sign a Candidate packets available for Perry City Council seats Coldest night of the season New year starts with a deep freeze By noon Tuesday, the temperature was still not above freezing, hovering at 31 degrees. The coldest day of the 2013-14 winter season followed the coldest night of the season so far, with the temperature dropping to 23 in the early morning hours of Tuesday and a reported windchill dropping that gure to as low as 14, according to the National Weather Service station at Perry-Foley Airport. Taylor County and the entire region was under a hard freeze warning Monday night and Tuesday until noon, with a second warning for Tuesday night and this morning (Wednesday). The frigid air which blasted much of the eastern United State reached Taylor Monday, with temperatures dropping throughout the day after reaching a high of 48 around 2 p.m. The temperature reached 32 just before midnight and remained at or below freezing for the next 13 hours. The high today is forecast to reach into the low 50s, with temperatures rising through the week so that the highs on Friday and Saturday are expected to reach into the low 70s. With the warmer temperatures, rain chances will also arrive, uctuating between and 20 and 30 percent beginning tonight. High noon brought a high of only 31 degrees Tuesday, Jan. 7. Some residents took the opportunity of below-freezing-temperatures to run water sprinklers throughout the night to create their own ice gardens.Please see page 3 Is your child over weight? Under? With Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong putting an emphasis on the statewide Healthiest Weight initiative, Taylor County parents could receive letters within the next month notifying them that their child is over or underweight. According to Rachel LaValle, RN, school health coordinator at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Taylor County, the letters will result from vision, hearing, height and weight examinations given to students in kindergarten, rst, third and sixth grades. School nurses already notify parents of vision and hearing issues discovered during the tests, but stopped sending letters about weight several years ago due to negative response from parents, LaValle said. The surgeon general for Florida recently initiated a program called Healthiest Weight for our state, LaValle said. It was established to address what is causing the obesity epidemic and to collaborate with other entities in the state to help people make more informed choices about what they eat and how they exercise. One of school health nurses role in this will be sending out BMI letters for over and underweight children as per Florida statute and school health guidelines. There has not been a positive response to these letters in the past. The parents feel that we are calling their children fat. We are not. We are simply trying to do what our profession teaches us to do, and that is help people live healthy lives. If we can identify risk factors for obesity early, and make parents aware, we can help them make changes to hopefully prevent chronic disease. According to FDOH, 65 percent of adult Floridians are either obese or overweight. The state goals of the Healthiest Weight initiative include: Hall pledges to work for the future of our childrenLongtime resident and community volunteer, Alan C. Hall, has announced his candidacy for City Council, District 4. Hall has lived in District 4 for more than 40 years, residing in his childhood home, where he was raised by his grandparents, the late Bob and Gen Manners, and his late mother, Barbara Hall. He has been married to Tracy Grambling Hall for the past 22 years, and they have two children, Andrew and Alana. Tracy is the daughter of Angela and the late Howard Grambling. They are active members of Calvary Baptist Church where they have attended since childhood. After graduating from Taylor County High School, Hall received his AA degree from North Florida Junior College in Madison. He then continued his education at Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology/criminal justice. Hall said he has spent his life working in our community, and serving the public in a variety of ways, as far back as volunteering Alan C. HallPlease see page 3 Please see page 3


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A-3 Taco Times January 8, 2014 Special Olympics donation Steinhatchee American Legion Post 291 and Auxiliary recently made a donation to the Taylor County Special Olympics in Perry. Shown at the check presentation are (l to r) James Wallace, Special Olympics nurse; Unit 291 President Terry Chase; Taylor County Special Olympics Director; and Mel LaRue, American Legion Post 291 past commander. OVER WEIGHT? Continued from page 1 HALL Continued from page 1 CITY COUNCIL SEATS Continued from page 12 seats up for electionPrograms goals include improved nutrition in schools Hall has long history of volunteer service with youth organizations Grand opening set for Tractor Supplys 50th store--here in Perry Save the date for banquet: Feb. 28


A-4 Taco Times January 8, 2014 Living 2 Dekle Beach neighbors win cookie contest in Tallahassee Susan Moody of Dekle Beach recently took rst place in this years Tallahassee Democrat Cookie of the Year contest with her Raspberry Almond Cookies. Her neighbor ve doors down at Dekle Beach, Patti Causey, took third place in the contest with her Salty Dog Brownies. The threelayer treat stacks a cookie on a brownie with a layer of caramel between. A sprinkling of sea salt on top when theyre hot out of the oven, as Causey said, makes them really good. These two bakers didnt even know it was a competition. Their friend, Joy Towles Ezell, was Mrs. Joy Claus at the cookie exchange event in December in Tallahassee. Two days before the exchange, Ezell called Moody and asked her to attend with her. Immediately, Moody, a retired teacher, began thinking of what cookies she would bake and take to the exchange. The very morning before the cookie exchange, Ezell called to see if Patti Causey had some baked goods that she could take to the cookie exchange. She said, Oh, Ill need a copy of your recipe, too. Im not a baker, Moody said. I hurriedly went online, found the recipe and made it. When she walked into the Democrat headquarters and was asked to ll out an entry form, Moody thought, Oh really? This is a competition? Ezell entered Causeys Salty Dawgs in the contest when she and Moody arrived at the event in Tallahassee. I had no idea! Causey later exclaimed when she learned her Salty Dawgs won third place in the contest. She laughed as she said, I was tricked! Their entries stood out from an impressive eld of more than two dozen cookies. Moody thinks not knowing it was a competition may have helped her win. Theres a lot to be said for the spur of the moment, she said, and for choosing something quick and easy. Moody diverged from the recipe to t the ingredients she had on hand and her own tastes. Because I tweaked it, it was trial and error that rst time. I, in fact, changed the amounts of ingredients and some of the ingredients from the original recipe altogether. Thats what makes it your own, Causey assured her. Causeys recipe was tried and tested many times before Ezell and Moody took it to Tallahassee. Id had several pans of Salty Dawgs in the freezer for a week, she said. Causey is co-owner of the Mabel Rose Gift Shop at Keaton Beach. While Dekle Beach marks the furthest away of the Democrats cookiebakers kitchens, the rest of the top 12 contestants were an eclectic mix of bakers from Leon County. A group of ladies from Taylor County and Dekle Beach, including Moody, Causey and Ezell, were going into The Big City for their yearly girls night dinner, and the Cookie of the Year trophy was presented to Susan Moody under the bright lights of the lobby at the Duval Hotel with friends and neighbors snapping pictures and applauding. This excellent trick leaves Ezell wondering what plan she can possibly come up with to match this nice holiday surprise in 2014. Once again the cookie, an adaptable, gratifying confection, brought friends together and sweetened the holiday season.Raspberry Almond Cookies By Susan Moody 1 c. butter, softened 2/3 c. white sugar 1/2 t. almond extract 1 c. all-purpose our 1/2 c. seedless raspberry jam For topping: 1/2 c. confectioners sugar 3/4 t. almond extract 1/2 t. milk 1. In medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar. Mix in 1/2 t. almond extract. Mix in our until a dough forms. 2. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Use thumb to make a small hole in the center of each ball and ll with jam. 3. Bake 14-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool one minute on cookie sheet. For topping: Mix together confectioners sugar, 3/4 t. almond extract and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over cookies. Causey and Moody with Paul Haney during trophy presentation Paul Haney presents the Cookie of the Year Trophy to Susan Moody Have you seen our E-edition?www.perrynewspapers. com


A-5 Taco Times January 8, 2014 Religion What do you need in 2014: music, testimony, Bible study or prayer?Need inspirational music?Dr. Robert M. Butler and Little St. John invite the community to join them in welcoming The Voices of Victory Radio Choir to the Perry Womans Club on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m. This is one of Pensacolas blessed choirs and we ask you to come. Or inspirational testimony?Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will play host to the Lighthouse Childrens Home on Sunday, Jan. 12, with a program at 11 a.m. featuring music and testimonies. Pastor Billy Gipson invites everyone for a special blessing. Need a Bible study?A new Precept class began on Tuesday, focusing on Jesus, the king and his kingdom, with the book Matthew (chapters 15-28) as its foundation. Classes began Jan. 7 and will continue each week on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church Student Center, and at 6:30 in the church annex. This study involves homework and discussion as well as a video by David Arthur; it is open to women of all ages and denominations, said Melody Greene, adding, Its a great study; it will strengthen your faith and deepen your walk wih the King of Kings. She may be contacted at 5847619; Ena Reed can be reached at 584-5718.Or a prayer warrior? Potters House Ministry is planning a 21-day prayer emphasis, and urges others to write letters which members will pray about in the new year. The letter can contain your prayer requests or your thoughts on what you believe God is going to do in 2014. Please mail letters to 461 U.S. Highway 19, Perry, FL 32347. Please indicate on the outside of the envelope, Prayer Request. ObituariesAda Theresa NordquistAda Theresa Nordquist, 96, of Steinhatchee died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at her nieces home in Perry. Mrs. Nordquist was born in Aland, Finland, on April 18, 1917, and was the middle child of six children. She was an ofcer of the Salvation Army most of her life, serving in the Swedish Scandinavian Division before coming to the United States. She then served in the Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York areas. After retiring, she moved to Steinhatchee in 1981 and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist, leading a Steinhatchee Ladies Bible study until becoming ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Nordquist. She is survived by: her son Arne (JoAnn) Nordquist of Jacksonville; grandson, Arne Nordquist Jr.; three great-grandchildren; nieces, Marion Nelsen of Perry, Barbara (Paul) Schotte of Dover, Del., and Beverly Martin of Ontario, Canada; nephew, Ralph (Alice) Sundstrom of West Hartford, Conn.; ve nephews in Aland Island in Sweden, along with their extended families; and sister-in-law, Martha Nordquist and family in Columbus, Miss. Funeral services will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church in Steinhatchee, Thursday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Aaron Turner ofciating. Interment will follow at Waters Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.Manning L. TuckerManning L. Tucker, 82, died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Born on March 20, 1931, in Kinard to Annie and John Tucker, he lived in Perry most of his life and was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Mr. Tucker was preceded in death by one brother, Donald Ray Tucker; and four sisters, Suzilee Durant, Elease Staler, Elvelyn Tucker and Geneva Brack. He is survived by: one daughter, Nichole (Travis) Batchler, of Pelion, S.C.; two sons, Michael (Crystal) Tucker of Pearl River, La., and Donald (Megan) Tucker, of Perry; two brothers, Arlon Tucker of Ft. White and Johnathon Tucker of Perry; two sisters, Nellie Richards of Port St. Joe and Dorothy Faustina Tucker of Perry; 6 grandchildren; and 21 nieces and nephews. Services will be held at St. Johns Christian Fellowship Thursday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m.Thomas Wilburn Barrett Jr.Thomas Wilburn Barrett Jr., 71, of Perry, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. He was born May 28, 1942, in Tifton, Ga, to Thomas and Maggie (Morey) Barrett. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and four brothers. Survivors include: three children, Gail (Steve) Comenzo, Tammy (Tim) Tabor, both of Umatilla, and Lance (Miranda) Barrett, of Suches, Ga.; brothers, Kenneth Barrett, of Orlando, and Lawrence Barrett, of Perry; a sister, Joann Miller, of Tennessee; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements, with Pastor Jeff Barker ofciating. Pamela Huxford PhilyawPamela Huxford Philyaw, 79, of Huntsville, Ala., died Saturday, Jan 4, 2014. Survivors include: her husband, George Philyaw; daughter, Elisa Alexander (Eddie) of Hendersonville, Tenn.; son, Greg Philyaw (Susan) of Los Angeles, Calif.; three grandchildren; brothers; Willi Huxford of Hailey, Ind., and Mike Huxford of Perry; several nieces and nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at Laughlin Chapel with Paul VanManen ofciating. George Robert JenkinsGeorge Robert Bob Jenkins, age 85, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 in Tallahassee. Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. in Cherry Lake Methodist Church with burial at Cherry Lake Methodist Cemetery. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church. Born in Sylvania, Ga., Mr. Jenkins lived most of his life in Madison. He was a sales manager for Gordon Ford Tractor before retiring and a member of Cherry Lake United Methodist Church. Survivors include: his wife, Carmalita Jenkins of Cherry Lake; one son, Bobby Jenkins (Louise); one daughter, Janice Jae Jenkins; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Cashwell; three grandchildren including Carla Lyles (Joe) of Perry; and eight greatgrandchildren. Beggs Funeral Home in Madison is in charge of arrangements.J. W. WilkinsJ. W. Harry Wilkins, 78, of Salem, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital in Perry. He was born Dec. 15, 1935, in Soperton, Ga, to Thomas and Trudy (McDaniel) Wilkins. A Baptist, Mr. Wilkins was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis and afterwards was sent to Vietnam. He retired as a Senior Chief Petty Ofcer after 20 years of service. Mr. Wilkins was a 33 degree master mason of the Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite, raised in Lima, Ohio. He served as past Worshipful Master in Cedar City, Utah, and currently is a member of the Shamrock Lodge of Cross City and holds a life membership in the Blue Lodge of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Dennis G. Wilkins. Survivors include: his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Betty Wilkins of Salem; four sons Darrell G. (Barbara J.) Wilkins of Kanarraville, Utah, Danny G. (Denise) Wilkins of Sioux City, Iowa, Donald G. (Rebecca) Wilkins of Carson City, Nev., and Derrick G. (Bonnie) Wilkins of Coos Bay, Oregon; three brothers, Benny T. Wilkins of Soperton, Bobbie Gene Wilkins of Wildersville, Tenn., and Jessie Wilkins of Shady Grove; his sister, Susie Mae Adkins of Old Town; ve grandchildren; one great-grandchild, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements, with Bobby Lindsey ofciating. Interment followed in McCall Cemetery in Salem. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Burns. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital. Larry Kenny Larry Kenny, 84, of Perry, formerly of Philadelphia, Penn., died Dec. 19, 2013, at home after an extended illness. Born Aug. 25, 1929, in Philadelphia, Mr. Kenny was the son of Peter and Irene Kenny. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army and served with the 101 Airborne Division during World War II. He served in the Normandy Landing, in Operation Market Garden in Holland and in the Battle of the Bulge. Survivors include: his wife, Rose Kenny; 12 children; 23 grandchildren; ve great-grandchildren; three siblings; many nieces, nephews and close friends. A military memorial service will be held on Jan. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Evangel Christian Fellowship. Please see page 9


By SUSAN H. LINCOLN Managing Editor The Perry Garden Club enjoyed Bob Bells dreams of a white Christmas, while evergreens abounded and a few red accents sneaked into the picture on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The rst of ve designs, created by Bell, featured white alstromeria, Frasier r, boxwood and sand pine in a mirror-tiled container, with a topiary effect. Next, Bell created a wreath of fresh cedar adorned with shiny Little Gem magnolia foliage, displaying the bronze undersides. The wreath was nished with an opulent ribbon of shimmery gold and mauve. Calling it My Study in Green, Bell described the elements of his third, elongated design: fresh Frasier r and artichokes, Japanese cedar, fresh limes, hypericum berries (from which comes St. Johns Wort) and sprigs of rosemary. The fragrance wafted through the room and trumped any vision of sugarplums. Having completed construction of his container beforehand, Bell described how he attached it to faux Mercury glass, for height and pizazz. The design featured two varieties of cedar as well as sand pine, white lilies and carnations. A study in silver and white? Maybe so. Just for bling, Bell said, he added silver accents to allow the design to extend from Christmas to New Years Eve. The nal design was held within a wild and crazy abstract container he fashioned of grapevine, sprayed a at black. Amongst the evergreens, red carnations popped along with shiny Christmas balls. Bells sister-in-law, Margaret (Agner) Cooksey served as auctioneer, offering all ve designs for purchase and generating more than $200 for club projects. A covered dish luncheon preceded the program and Evelyn Daniel presented a devotional. Joanna Ter Maat presided, assisted by Judy Nowlin. Club members remind the community that copies of Sawgrass & Pines, editions one and two, are available now from club members or at the Doctors Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. The cookbooks are $20. A-6 Taco Times January 8, 2014 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 Holiday Inn Express. 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 rst and third 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 2232648. 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, last Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m., Senior Center. Taylor County United: second Mon., 7 p.m., Evangel Christian Fellowship. Tourism Development Council: second Thurs., 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 fourth Thursday, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church. Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council: fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice ofce. 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. AMVETS Post 20: third Saturday, 10 a.m., at 107 East Green Street. 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 newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comCommunity CalendarPlease call 584-5513 to update your current calendar listing or e-mail newsdesk@ perrynewspapers.com Expanded Calendar of Events available at: www.perrynewspapers.com Judy Nowlin holds a wreath of fresh cedar (left) while a close-up of another design shows its components: fresh artichokes (above) began the program which spotlighted (right) this design of lilies atop Bell goes green for a white Christmas Representing the Perry Dojo were: (front, l to r) Tommy Richardson, Alex Hornsby, Jeremiah Starboard, Jeremy Thomas, Billie Jean Richardson and Billy Richardson Jr.; (back, l to r) Daniel Simpson, Ashley Gouthro, Ashley Wallace, Paul Bruns, Tyler Knight, Nathan Fraser, Cheyenne Davidson and Jimmy Bowden. Not pictured are: Ben Lorentz, TeLuar Petty, Kamryn Williamson, Mitchell Worthy, Ryan Yelverton and Cole MacNeill. Local students awarded 27 medals at karate tournamentThe Tora No Maki Challenge (TNMC), Perrys only karate tournament, was hosted by Shotokan Karate Dojo, Jimmy Bowden, sensei, in late fall. Some 95 participants from surrounding Florida counties participated in the annual event held at Forest Capital Hall. These quality participants came from Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Perry. Included in the out-of-town participants were several U.S.A. national and Pan American champions. Seventeen students from the Perry Dojo participated in the event. The Perry group trained for six weeks preparing for the tournament, earning 27 medals plus a lot of participant medals. Of these medals, six were gold, 11 were silver and 10 were bronze, Bowden said. Jeremy Thomas, the seven-year-old of Shon Thomas and grandson of Rita Thomas, was awarded two of these gold medals. Last year, Thomas was awarded one gold and two silver medals. The TNMC is a member of the Florida Sport Karate League (FSKL) with Bowden being one of the founding directors. The league hosts three tournaments each year: the Katsu Challenge at the Please see page 9


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