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Win a new Ford truck!Tickets are available for a chance to win a new F-150 Ford truck, in a fund-raiser supporting Timberland Ford shooting survivors Mike Cook, Deputy Robert Lundy and John Mahoney. Donations of $10 are being accepted at the dealership and at area businesses. The drawing will be held June 28.Historical Society hosts banquetThe Taylor County Historical Society will host an Awards Banquet & Music Showcase Saturday, May 24, at 6 p.m., at the Perry Womans Club. Tickets are $10 each and include a chicken or pork dinner. Musical entertainment will be provided by Taylor Chafn, the New Brooklyn Choir and duo Mike Denmark and Buddy Murphy. The W.T. Cash Scholarship will be awarded during the evening and this years recipient of the Dr. Wilson T. Hendry-Dr. W.H. Peacock Award will be recognized. Tickets are available at the Historical Society (open Thursday from 1-5 p.m.) and at the ofces of Perry Newspapers, Inc.New trail club to meet May 8Horse riding enthusiasts are invited to join the newlyestablished Taylor County Trail Club, which will meet the second Thursday of each month at Delta Land Survey (ofce located at 144 West Green Street). The rst meeting will be held Thursday, May 8, with a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. Dues are $15 for individuals and $25 for families. Seniors (ages over 70) are free. For more information, please contact Lynn Odom at 223-3880 or Donna Rowell at 584-9011.Cherry Lake sign-up is underwaySign-up for 4-H Camp Cherry Lake is now underway. Taylor County 4-Hers will be camping along with those from Gilchrist, Suwannee and Lafayette counties the week of June 9-13. Youth will travel by bus to Madison. Campers live in rustic cabins divided into boys and girls sections overlooking Cherry Lake. Other facilities include a large outdoor pavilion, and auditorium, dining hall, supervised swimming area, secure re circle, athletic eld and large natural areas. The cost is $230 for the week. A $50 nonrefundable deposit will be required at registration. For more information, please call 838-3508 or email at abbeytharpe@u.edu. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-7 Sports . ..................... A-8 Community . ............ A-10 Classieds . ............ A-11Weather Wednesday 85 7050% Thursday81 68 50% News Forum Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday April 30, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 18www.perrynewspapers.com County braces for storms Even with eight straight days of sunny weather, many areas of the county remain under water and ofcials are keeping a wary eye on a weather system expected to bring as much as two to three inches of additional rain to the area Tuesday and today (Wednesday). The water table is just holding so much water in places we typically count on the ground soaking it up, its simply not doing that, said Taylor County Assistant County Administrator Dustin Hinkel, who is also director of Taylor County Emergency Management. The respite from the rain did allow county crews to survey the affected areas and Hinkel said they feel that they have seen most of the impacts to date. Were bracing ourselves for some weather coming our way unfortunately, he said Tuesday morning. According to Hinkel, the National Weather Service (NWS) alerted them that the storms could arrive in several rounds beginning Tuesday and continuing this morning. He continued to urge residents who have homes damaged by the ooding to contact the Emergency Operations Center at (850) 838-3575. The information will be forwarded to state ofcials as part of the county damage reports. Those reports go a Take aim... $3.5 million bridge sparks outrage Donaldson Bridge, a one-lane bridge on County Road 14A crossing the Econna River, has sparked a signicant amount of controversy in the community of Shady Grove over plans by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to replace it with a new twolane bridge that could cost as much as $3.5 million. Facing a recommendation from FDOT ofcials that repairing the bridge was not cost-effective on one side and a petition from residents calling for the bridge to be repaired or replaced with a cheaper one-lane bridge on the other, the Taylor County Commission voted last week 4-1 to endorse the FDOT plan. The current bridge was built in 1984, although a bridge has existed at the location for more than 100 years. FDOT Rural Area Transportation Development Engineer Jordan Green, along with Please see page 3 Please see page 6 Walker no longer resource ofcer for high school, starting 2014-15 Starting with the 2014-15 school year, Perry Police Department (PPD) Sgt. Nellie Walker will no longer be the resource ofcer assigned to Taylor County High School (TCHS). In a recent move, the school district cancelled its contract with the City of Perry for the resource ofcers position and will, instead, be negotiating with the sheriffs ofce to place a deputy at the site. With the contracts between the Perry City Council and the Taylor County School District to provide a school resource ofcer and crossing guards to the school system set to expire at the end of the current school year, the school board is moving forward to provide for the positions next year. Under separate contracts, the city has provided three crossing guards to the district as well as Sgt. Walkers position as the school resource ofcer at TCHS. The issue was rst raised last October when the school district approached the city about subsidizing a portion of the Walkers salary, which has been paid fully by the district. (The Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce supplies the districts other two school resource ofcers under a separate contract.) The city declined the request, with council members questioning its timing, which was two months into the school year and only weeks after the citys scal year began. Please see page 6 Hagan: A news man to the endArmed with his trusty microphone, there wasnt a news story Harry Hagan wouldnt chase. He may have started his career with big-time brands like NBC, but Hagan came to love most his days as the Pop in the Mom & Pop operation of Perrys WPRY radio. It was a family affair. Dad did sales and news, Mom and I were deejays it really was a family-run radio station, Hagans daughter, Diane Hagan Scherff remembered. As the news of her fathers April 19 death spread, Scherff said she was most surprised by the people who sent messages of sympathy, messages that more often than not included stories of working for her dad at the radio station. I was just so surprised to hear from all these people who talked about working for my dad when they were local high school students and how he changed their lives. Hagan was living in New York when he purchased the local radio station here in 1977. He was managing WHEN in Syracuse when he found out that the person he had running the station in Perry had just left with the cash, equipmentPlease see page 6All for one


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A-3 Taco Times April 30, 2014 long way in getting those state and federal assistance programs up and off the ground, Hinkel said. We need people to call so we can put the best case together to urge them to begin individual assistance programs. The Taylor County Commission was expected to meet Tuesday evening in a special meeting to renew its local state of emergency declaration for another week. Meanwhile, a sinkhole has forced Taylor County High School to close its track. According to Superintendent Paul Dyal, the sinkhole, which measured around eight feet across and ve feet deep, was rst reported Sunday. The district was working to ll the hole with a combination of dirt and concrete Tuesday, he said. STORMS Continued from page 1 Sinkhole opens at TCHS track The Suwannee River Water Management District (SWRMD) has closed 18 of its public land parcels due to rising water levels along the Suwannee, Alapaha, Santa Fe and Steinhatchee rivers. This includes Steinhatchee Falls in Taylor County. These tracts will remain closed until oodwaters have receded and any potentially unsafe conditions are corrected. Falls closed Shooter ready!


By SUSAN H. LINCOLN Managing Editor How many teachers have earned the honor of Lady of the Year? Three teachers, as well as one superintendent of schools. In this 43-year tradition, honorees have included a supervisor of elections, a couple of Florida Forest Festival chairpersons, women interested in downtown revitalization and beautication, as well as a nurse, counselor, social worker, jail minister and statewide agricultural advocate. On Sunday, the 2014 Lady of the Year will be named at the First Assembly of God, 828 W. Julia St., at 2 p.m. What category will she represent? President Diane Ching invites everyone to attend, to honorand probably surprise--a lady who has worked to improve the place that we call home. The local, Mu Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, has provided recognition to women since 1972 when Mary Carter was named the rst honoree and saluted for her career as a great, great rst grade teacher. Through the years, women such as Carter have left their mark, working through schools, government, the medical eld and in areas of lifestyle enrichment. The following listing (which would begin with Carter) pays tribute, again, to each one: Molly Morgan was honored in 1973 having invested 31 years at Taylor County High School as a school nurse. The following year, Connie Moore was spotlighted for countless hours beyond the call of duty as a school social worker and juvenile court counselor. It was in 1976 that the honor was bestowed to Margaret Hamby who had two careers: rst as secretary at Taylor County High School and then as supervisor of elections for Taylor County. Helen Scales was chosen in 1977 for her remarkable efforts in downtown beautication. Opal Sayers Braswell was the 1978 honoree, having earned accolades as Chamber of Commerce president and Florida Forest Festival chairperson. In 1979, the Lady of the Year was Lynne Fraser whose musical abilities were recognized throughout the community and whose organizational skills made the Singing Tree (a community choir) a hit at the 1977 Forest Festival. Catharin Norman was honored in 1980 for artfully combining discipline and friendship in her role as physical education instructor for Taylor County High School. Kathy Faircloth won in 1981 for her work with Taylor Association of Retarded Citizens and for her term as Forest Festival chairperson. In 1982, the honoree was Mary Lou Whiteld whose volunteer work extended through the local Taylor County Historical Society and her own First Baptist Church, to include Meals On Wheels, the Perry Womans Club and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The following year, all praise went to Clarice Hart who was applauded for her longtime service to the First United Methodist Church and her dedication as a teacher in local schools. Jane Blackwood was 1984s recipient, lauded for her emphasis on independent living opportunities for the mentally retarded and physically handicapped. In 1985, the honor went to Georgia Strickland for 20 years of service through the public health department. Annie Howell was selected in 1986 for her full-time commitment to the jail ministry. Inez Cone won in 1987 for her grace and charm in leadership roles through the First Baptist Church, the Perry Womans Club and the Perry Garden Club. The next year brought the spotlight to Ida Williams for day-to-day kindnesses and generosity as well as her tireless work through First Presbyterian Church. Melody Greene, the recipient in 1989, was appreciated for her work with the Taylor Adult Meals Program, Girl Scouts and Community Friends, as well as her work as a Christian counselor in the community. Gale Dickert was chosen as Lady of the Year for 1990, and saluted for her grant-writing abilities which brought the Boys and Girls Club to Perry. In 1991, the honor went to Linda Hartseld for her around-the-clock service to Taylor County schools, needy children and hurricane victims. In 1993 Vivian Shefeld was selected for her leadership role in downtown restoration and revitalization. Jewell McCall was honored in 1994 for her charter membership and untiring devotion to Community Friends. Shuge Mangum won in 1995 touted as Taylor Countys one-word synonym for hospitality. Her work extended throughout St. James Episcopal Church to also include the American Cancer Society, the Perry Garden Club and Doctors Memorial Hospital. Ernestine Wells was the next honoree. In 1996 she was applauded for her work with Main Street, Big Bend Hospice and the Perry Womans Club. In 1997, Diane Rigoni was chosen for her commitment to Love, INC. (In The Name of Christ), and the First United Methodist Church. Frances Gilmore was lavished with praise in 1998 for neighborliness throughout the years, displayed in acts of kindness which included baking, sharing and caring. In 1999 the Lady of the Year title went to Alma Walker for her extensive work with the American Red Cross, for which she won the Clara Barton Award and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. In the year 2000, Ruby Nell Collins took the honor, surrounded by family members and friends. Mrs. Collins, a longtime educator and founding member of the Taylor County Historical Society, was recognized for her compassion for the hungry and homeless which prompted her to assist in the formation of Community Friends. When the spring of 2001 A-4 Taco Times April 30, 2014 Living Honorees have been teachers, nurses, agriculture advocates and local politicians: Who will be the Lady of the Year? Please see page 6


A-5 Taco Times April 30, 2014 The 147th annual Robert M. Hendry Family will be held at the Robert M. Hendry Memorial Methodist Church in Shady Grove this Sunday, May 4, starting at 11 a.m. Gayward Hendry will bring the message and, afterward, attendees will gather for food and fellowship on the grounds. Robert M. and Martha Carlton Hendry had 12 children and each year, the descendants of those children host this longstanding tradition. This years host family is Eli McFail Hendrys descendants. Eli Hendry was born in Taylor County, and he and his wife had nine children. They raised their family up in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and the legacy of their faith and love of God, family and the community still resonates today, family members said.Hendry reunion is Sunday


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A-7 Taco Times April 30, 2014 Religion Pajama Party Obituaries Few people wear their pajamas to church, but it was the suggested attire when First Presbyterian Church held Pajama and Movie Night for its youth, pillowcases and, as the mission component, brought additional, new t-shirts and pajamas for children Harry S. HaganHarry S. Hagan, former owner of WPRY radio station in Perry, died April 19, 2014, in Marianna. Born on June 6, 1936, in Young Harris, Ga., he had lived in Blountstown since leaving Perry in 1989. Mr. Hagan served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conict and was stationed in Germany. He studied journalism and broadcasting at the University of Georgia and graduated from Loyola University in Cincinnati, Ohio. With his wife Cathy, he also owned and operated WYBT and WPHK in Blountstown, as well as radio and television stations in South Carolina, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and New York. Mr. Hagan attended Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blountstown. Survivors include: his wife, Cathy Hagan of Blountstown; children, Harry Hagan III, Diane Hagan Scherff and Christine Hagan of Florida, as well as Lee Ann Hagan of South Carolina; and four grandchildren. A funeral mass was held Tuesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Chuck Collins ofciating. Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown was in charge of all arrangements. Betty Jane WoodhullBetty Jane Woodhull, age 86, died Saturday, April 26, 2014. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Aug. 2, 1927, to Theodore Reed and Pearl Ryan Reed. Mrs. Woodhull moved to Perry in 1975 from Wisconsin. She was a homemaker and a Christian. Survivors include: two sons, Robert Wesley Woodhull Jr. of Peachtree City, Ga., and Michael Wayne Woodhull of Poplar, Wis.; six daughters, Patty Moreland, Lucy Pooler and Yvonne Pooler, all of Lake Nebagamon, Wis., Janice Woodhull of Duluth, Minn., Jacky Sheridan of St. Petersburg and Wendy Hunt of Perry; 34 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Robert Woodhull; her parents; and a brother, Clayton Eugene Woodhull. Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, at Beggs Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements. Graveside services followed at Waters Cemetery in Steinhatchee at 3 p.m. Clifford Neel Jr.Clifford Bob Neel Jr., age 70, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his residence. Mr. Neel was born in Blytheville, Ark., to Clifford Lee Neel Sr. and Jewell Ganus. He was a carpenter working with Robertson Builders for 27 years. Coming from Kentucky, Mr. Neel lived in Perry for the past 51 years and was a Baptist. Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Doris Neel of Perry; four sons, Richard Neel of Live Oak, Mason Browning and Dalton Browning, both of Perry, and Chuck Ganus of Constantine, Mich.; ve daughters, Susan Neel, Rebecca Lundy, Jessica Browning, Virginia Lundy and Margaret Rogers, all of Perry; one brother, Jerry Neel of Three Rivers, Mich.; two sisters, Patricia Killough of Nebraska and Bonnie Williams of Perry; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Beggs Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Taylor County Special Olympics, 1915 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont, FL 34711. Donald W. BowdenDonald W. Bowden, 63, of Perry, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home. He was born Jan. 26, 1951, in Valdosta, Ga., to Melvin and Edith (Taylor) Bowden Sr. He was preceded in death by one sister, Carolyn Sims. Mr. Bowden was a member of New Home Baptist Church in Perry. He is survived by: his parents, Edith L. and Melvin M. Bowden Sr.; two daughters, Jennifer Davis her husband David of Perry, and Cindy Hough and her husband Kevin of Crawfordville; two brothers, Gary Bowden of Gainesville and Melvin Bowden Jr. of Perry; three grandchildren: Tyler and Haley Horner, and Kinsey Hough. No services are planned at this time. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Please see page 9...wear yours, donate others


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A-10 Taco Times April 30, 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 the rst and 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, 7 p.m., at Rigonis Cookhouse on Highway 19 North. Call 2232648. (No February meeting) Search & Rescue Riders #1135 of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc.: 4th Saturday, 9 a.m. at Barclays 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 Beekeepers: second Monday, 6:30 p.m., Forest Capital Hall. 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. AA: meets on Mondays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Serenity House (1824 N. Jefferson Street). Call Bill at 850-688-3848. 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 Torch Run 2014 Representatives from area law enforcement agencies came out to show their support for local Special Olympics athletes during the annual Torch Run. Athletes and runners traveled from Walmart to the courthouse parking lot (photo above). (Le) Taylor Correctional Institution Ocer Jay Swindle served as torchbearer. Following the run, athletes were treated to lunch, compliments of Burger King. The Florida Department of Health in Taylor County joins its fellow afliates across the state in recognizing the 20th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week April 26 May 3. Department ofcials remind parents about the benets of immunizing children against vaccinepreventable diseases. Immunizations are one of the most effective ways to protect infants and children from potentially serious diseases. Parents should discuss immunization choices with their childs healthcare provider. Ensuring that our children are vaccinated at an early age is essential to the health and wellbeing of Floridas kids, said Dr. Celeste Philip, deputy secretary for health and deputy state health ofcer for childrens medical services. We encourage parents to follow the recommended immunization schedule, providing immunity early in life, before infants and children may be exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Provisional 2013 data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicate more than 24,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) occurred in the U.S, including nine deaths. All of the deaths were in infants younger than three months old. Pertussis is a vaccine-preventable disease. Although there has been a decrease in incidence since 2012, case numbers of pertussis in the US remain high. The provisional data for 2013 indicate Florida had 729 cases of pertussis, including one death. This represents an increase in the number of pertussis cases in Florida over 2012. Along with immunizations for infants, adults who care for infants should receive a Tdap booster to ensure that illness is not transferred from caregiver to baby. Through collaboration with health care professionals around our state, we can combat and decrease the unnecessary harm caused by this disease each year by continuing to immunize children and adults, ofcials said. For information, please visit contact the Taylor County Health Department at (850) 584-5087. Health care providers may sign up to access the statewide registry at www.shots. com/. Health department ofcials remind:Immunizations protect infants, children


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