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Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-7 Community . .............. A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9Weather Wednesday 87 6660% Thursday81 69 80% Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday May 14, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 20www.perrynewspapers.com Alleged serial killer linked to missing Perry girl, 17? The Perry Police Department (PPD) is investigating a possible link between a missing Perry teen and an alleged serial killer currently facing trial in California for the deaths of three women. The suspected murderer, Samuel Little, 73, is known to have been in Perry in the late 1980s/early 1990s. It was around that time that 17-year-old Ruby Lane went missing. The teens family led an ofcial missing person report in 1993. Investigators across the country, including Florida, have been looking into cold cases that are possible matches for Littles suspected method of operation. Little, who was charged with three California murders in January 2013, has an extensive record spanning 56 years and covering crimes in 24 states. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been working with investigators in California and contacted us regarding any possible missing person cases that could be linked to Little. Ruby Lane is the only open missing persons Please see page 3 Senate recognition a historic rst In what is believed to be a historical rst for Taylor County, the Florida Senate recognized a local deputy with a formal resolution and presentation on the Senate Floor. Shooting survivor Deputy Robert Lundy received a standing ovation by Senate members on the nal day of their 2014 session. Lundy was accompanied by his wife, Kelly, and Sheriff L.E. Bummy Williams. Robert Lundy is a true American hero. He put his own life on the line to protect others. We owe him and his family our thanks for his seless act of courage, Senator Bill Montford said. Montford, who represents Taylor County, proposed the Senate resolution recognizing Lundy. A framed copy of the resolution was presented to Lundy on the Senate oor. It stated: Senate Resolution recognizing Deputy Robert Lundy, of the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, for his swift and courageous response to an assailant at Timberland Please see page 3 County hosts open house for Browns nal day on the job For County Administrator Jack Brown, today (Wednesday) is his last day on the job. Brown gave his formal notice to the commission in April that he was taking the county administrator position in Escambia County. An open house is scheduled today from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Taylor County Commission meeting room, located inside the Courthouse Annex on Green Street. Brown previously served as county manager from March 1997 to September 2001. He was elected to the Taylor County Commission in 2002, representing District IV. In early 2006, he announced he would not seek re-election and later applied for the county administrator position after then Administrator Buddy Humphries announced his retirement. The commission hired Brown in October 2006. Last week, commissioners bid Brown a heartfelt goodbye during their nal regular meeting before his term comes to an end. Ive known you for a long time, Commission Chairman Malcolm Page told Brown during the meeting. Youre a man of integrity and honor. I had the opportunity to serve one term with you on the commission. Were going to miss you and wish you well in your new journey. Thank you for the standards you set, Commissioner Pam Feagle said. I want to thank you for helping me as a new commissioner almost four years ago. I wish you the very best luck. Ive known Jack nearly his whole life, Commissioner Jim Moody said. Ive appreciated working with you. I hate to lose you. I appreciate you showing me how to get started here, Commissioner Jody DeVane said. Its been an honor and privilege to work with you, Commissioner Pat Patterson said. I thank you for your leadership as county administrator. Im going to miss you but I wish you well and pray you godspeed. Jacks a friend and what else can you say about somebody? County Attorney Conrad Bishop said. Im not going to wish Please see page 3Celebrate. Remember. Fight back. Personnel with the Florida Forest Service (FFS) battled a 25-acre wildre Monday near Lake Bird off U.S. 221. According to Jack Smith with FFS, the re, which was started by a lightning strike during Sundays storms, was discovered Monday morning around 8 a.m. The re is now 100-percent contained by rebreaks, although crews are continuing to work to make sure the re is dead out. We were assisted Please see page 3Wildre caused by lightning


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A-3 Taco Times May 14, 2014 Ready for summer? Safety expo will feature bicycle rodeo, free helmetsThe 2014 Summer Safety Expo & Bike Rodeo will be held Saturday, May 17, at Taylor County Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local youth and their families are invited to bring their bicycles and come out for a day of fun. Activities will include free car seat checks, summer boating safety tips, emergency vehicle tours and a bicycle rodeo. Admission is free; free bicycle helmets will be given away and participants will be able to register to win a free bicycle. Free refreshments will also be served.Register now for Distinguished Young Woman programRegistration is underway for this years Florida Forest Festivals Distinguished Young Woman program (formerly Junior Miss). The scholarship program is open to all high school seniors (2014-15). To register online, please visit www.ajm. org. For questions about the local program, please email: latrelle_72@yahoo.com.Blood drive planned for May 26OneBlood will host a Summertime blood drive Monday, May 26, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Walmart in Perry. All donors will receive a $10 Walmart gift card and a wellness checkup. Additionally, those who donate twice between May and Aug. 31, will receive a free lunch offer from Outback Steakhouse and will be entered in a drawing to win Outback for a Year. Walk in the day of the blood drive or register in advance online at www. oneblooddonor.org (use sponsor code #G3053).SAC meeting ThursdayThere will be a School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting held Thursday, May 15, at 3 p.m. in the Taylor County High School principals conference room.News Forum Taylor Tech to relaunch healthcare programs for upcoming fall term Taylor Technical Institute is looking to restart its healthcare professional programs for the fall term, offering three separate areas of study. According to TTI Director Judy Johnson, the school is currently seeking two instructors for the programs and is planning to create a second teaching lab over the summer. Johnson said the school plans to offer a 1,350-hour practical nursing program beginning in August and running through July 2015. Students who take the course will be prepared to take their licensing exam by the end of the their studies, she added. Also beginning in August will be a 600-hour patient care technician (PCT) program, which will run through December. According to Johnson, the PCT program will result in the equivalent of a certied nursing assistant (CNA) as far as licensing, but will include specic training for hospital and long-term care settings. Beginning in January will be a 165-hour CNA program. TTI already has a classroom lab featuring hospital beds connected to a central system replicating a nursing station in a hospital. Additionally, the lab includes a bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities built to replicate what students will be faced with on the job. Some of the required clinical instruction can be simulated here, Johnson said, adding that they are setting up clinical agreements with area medical providers. To provide both courses in the fall, TTI will refurnish a second wing in the building housing the existing lab to accommodate additional training space. Johnson added that both instructor positions are still being advertised, one for the practical nursing program and one for the PCT and CNA programs. Interested individuals, who must be a registered nurse, can apply through the Taylor County School Districts human resources ofce, she said. TTI has teaching labs that are stocked with equipment and ready for students. report we have and it is a possible match, PPD Capt. Jamie Cruse said. As part of its case, local investigators are awaiting DNA results on skeletal remains that were found in Madison County in 2000. We have not veried the identication of the remains. We have contacted some of Ms. Lanes surviving family members and are just waiting for the lab results. According to reports, Little, a former boxer and transient, traveled across the country shoplifting and then selling the stolen goods out of the trunk of his car. Authorities said they believe Little delivered a knockout punch to this victims before strangling them. Ford in Perry. WHEREAS, on Feb. 5, 2014, Steinhatchee native Robert Lundy, a deputy with the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, stopped at Timberland Ford in Perry to have his patrol car serviced, and WHEREAS, within minutes of Deputy Robert Lundys arrival at Timberland Ford, an employee of the car dealership crashed his vehicle through the front of the building and opened re on those in the dealership, and WHEREAS, without regard for his own safety, Deputy Robert Lundy immediately responded to the shooting, exchanging gunre with the assailant, who later died, and WHEREAS, Deputy Robert Lundy was one of three people shot by the assailant, suffering a stomach wound and eye trauma, and WHEREAS, Deputy Robert Lundy was transported to U.F. Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where he spent several weeks in a coma, and WHEREAS, throughout the ordeal, Kelly Lundy was by her husbands bedside, making the roughly threehour round trip drive each day to encourage and support him, and WHEREAS, on April 11, 2014, Deputy Robert Lundy returned home to Steinhatchee a hero, recognized by the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce and local residents for his quick and lifesaving response to the tragic attack in Perry, and WHEREAS, Deputy Robert Lundy faces a long recovery in regaining the ability to walk unassisted and is permanently blind in one eye and suffers from vision loss in the other, and WHEREAS, the residents of Taylor County and all Floridians owe a debt of gratitude to Deputy Robert Lundy for his service in the law enforcement community and his sacrice in the line of duty, NOW, THEREFORE, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida: That Deputy Robert Lundy, of the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce, is recognized for his swift and courageous response to an assailant at Timberland Ford in Perry, which avoided further loss of life. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to Deputy Robert Lundy as a tangible token of the sentiments expressed in this resolution. with the containment by Foley Timber and Land equipment, Smith said. With the county receiving signicant amounts of rain over the past several months, this was the rst wildre FFS has responded to in the county in quite awhile, Smith said. It was on a sandhill and the lightning struck at the right place at the right time, he said. We are starting to dry out though. you well because I know you will do ne. The commission unanimously passed a resolution thanking Brown for his service to Taylor County and Bishop read the proclamation in full at the meeting. I love Taylor County and I know you cant make everybody happy, Brown said. I appreciate the opportunity to work for the board of county commissioners and the people of Taylor County. MISSING PERRY GIRL Continued from page 1Sam Little was in Perry during the late 1980s/early 1990s.Skeletal remains found in Madison With Taylor County one of 26 counties under a state declaration of emergency due to the recent ooding across the Florida Panhandle, local residents whose wells may have been affected by the high water can receive a free quality test. An emergency declaration is in place for the panhandle area of Florida, including Taylor County, Florida Department of Health in Taylor County Environmental Manager James Rachal said. Under the Emergency Operations Plan, counties named in the executive order, or at the discretion of the State Surgeon General, will waive fees for testing of private well water. If your well has been ooded, you can assume there is contamination in the well. After the water has receded, the rst thing to do is to disinfect the well. If you do not know how to do this, the health department can provide you with an information sheet on how to do this. The health department also has sampling bags and instructions on how to sample. Collecting water in anything other than one of the approved bags is not acceptable. We will accept samples for a limited time on Monday through Thursday until 2 p.m. The sample must be collected on the day it ships. One sample per affected well may be tested. Contact the Florida Department of Health in Taylor County at (850) 584-5087 if you have any questions. Free water testing available HISTORIC FIRST Continued from page 1 Debt of gratitude BROWN Continued from page 1 Commission resolution thanks Brown for his service WILDFIRE Continued from page 1 Fire started on sandhill The Florida Health Department in Taylor County will host a Show Your Love! Healthier Me and Baby-to-be! event Friday, May 16, from 1-4 p.m. Activities will include womens health screenings, STD, HIV, medical home access, Florida Whole Child connections, healthy cooking demonstrations, massage therapy and more. Participants will be eligible for free gifts, prizes and giveaways.Healthier Me & Baby-to-be


A-4 Taco Times May 14, 2014 Living Hundreds converge on capitol to promote 4-H More than 400 Florida 4-H members and volunteers, clad head-to-toe in green, converged on the Florida Capitol April 23 to promote Florida 4-H. A lunch press conference was held on the Old Capitol steps at 12 p.m. featuring former 4-Her and current Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. This event, which was planned by the 4-H state youth council, helps to give our youth the knowledge and skills to become informed citizens., said 4-H Agent Abbey Tharpe. Taylor County 4-H youth had the opportunity to meet their local House of Representative, Halsey Beshears, as well as Commissioner of Agriculture Putnam. Youth also participated in a Supreme Court experience where they learned how the judicial process works, she added. 4-Hers pictured on bottom row, left to right, include: Ella Goodman, Natalie Eastman, Bea Anderson and Victoria Taylor; second row, Morgan Lundy, Tucker Wiles, Brinkley Snow, Denton Wiggins, Bethany Snodgrass, Catherine Weed; back row, 4-H Agent Abbey Tharpe, Kaydee Keen, Rohan Patel, Jonathan Fondo of Leon County, Representative Halsey Beshears, Levi Strickland, Megan Murphy, The Class of 1958 from Taylor County High School gathered at Forest Capital Park on Saturday, April 26, for the 56th anniversary of their graduation. We had a good crowd, including two former teachers, Mrs. Catharin Norman and Mrs. Marge Woodell. Everyone enjoyed the food and the camaraderie, said Eunice Higgs for the group. Plans were made to meet again on the third Saturday in April of 2015. Classmates are encouraged to put April 18, 2015 on their calendar now, she said. TCHS Class of 1958 gathers for reunion


A-6 Taco Times May 14, 2014 Religion Wallace The family of James J. Wallace Sr. would like to thank everyone for the community support and outreach that we received during the loss of our loved one. Please forgive me if I missed your name. We give thanks for our memories we have of him. We have to give special thanks to some special people: Jims girls at Doctors Memorial Hospital for making the Team Wallace to show their support for Jims surgery. Thank you for being with us during our time of need before, during and after, and even now. Thank you for looking after PawPaws Possee--you will always be his girls and kids. Making sure all those who wanted and got the Team Wallace to support us during the memorial. John Hilton Shirts and More did a great job. Everyone who came to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for us. All of our families, church and work families, friends and neighbors for the owers, food, prayers, words, love, friendship and support during our loss. Thank you to all of our families near and far. Thanks for standing behind our decisions. Pall bearers; speakers, Aaron Bell, Joe Foster; singer, Jennifer Paulk; Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Libby, Curt thank you for seeing us through a very confusing time and making Jims memorial graveside service and dinner very special. The words, thank you, dont seem to be enough to express the love we felt and still feel. Jim would have been very proud seeing the love for him and us. Once in the Wallace family, always in our family. God Bless 143 together, 4ever. The family of James Big Jim Wallace Sr.KingWe the family of Drucilla King would like to thank everyone for their cards, calls, owers, and most of all their prayers. Also we would like to thank the hospital staff. It was well appreciated. The family of Drucilla King Obituaries Oakley Papasan GrayMrs. Oakley Papasan Gray, 95, of Perry, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Augustine Plantation Assisted Living in Tallahassee after a brief illness. Mrs. Gray was born Aug. 13, 1918, in Robbs, Miss,, to Robert Murph and Mattie (Carr) Papasan. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a homemaker, although during World War II she worked for an Air Force Supply Depot. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed golng. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, David B. Gray, in 2005; her parents; two brothers, Quay and Wayne Papasan; and two sisters, Edith Sullivan and Laney Jumper. Survivors include: her son, Rob (Anne) Gray, of Perry; two grandchildren, Melissa (Randy) Cooper, and David (Courtney) Gray; two great-grandchildren, Caroline and Carson Gray. A private family graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Pineview Memorial Cemetery with her grandson, David Gray, ofciating. There was a private family visitation on Monday evening in Memorial Chapel of Burns Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation at www.alz.org and (800) 272-3900. Jewell Blanton SlappeyJewell Blanton Slappey, 94, of Fresno, Calif., died May 5, 2014, following an extended illness. She was born in Perry, on Feb. 4, 1920, the third child of Hughey and Annie Blanton. She attended the local schools, where her mother was a teacher and a principal. Her father was a timber man, a rancher and a rural postman. Mrs. Slappey went on to Florida State University, where she met Charles Slappey, who became her husband of 65 years. Upon graduating, she taught in Jacksonville, and later continued her education at the University of Florida where she received a Masters degree in administration. Mrs. Slappey then became the vice principal of a high school in Jacksonville. After she and her husband retired, they moved to Los Angeles and then to Fresno, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband; her brother Earl; her sister Edna; and her grandson David. Survivors include: her son, Mike; daughter, Ann and husband Ben; a granddaughter, Jennifer; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on May 20 in the chapel of Joe P. Burns which is in charge of arrangements; Glenn Baker will ofciate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Charlotte Marie ChrismanCharlotte Marie Chrisman, 74, of Jacksonville, died May 8, 2014, at St. Vincents Medical Center in Jacksonville. She was born Oct. 13, 1939, in Decatur, Ill., to Willard Ellis and Dorothy Marie (Miller) Kingery. Mrs. Chrisman was a member of First Assembly of God in Perry. She was a licensed beautician and seamstress for many years and also worked as a retail manager in womens clothing and fabric stores for more than 20 years. She was also a registered clown with Gator Clowns in Duval County, and her clown name was Blossom. Mrs. Chrisman was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Vickie Favia. Survivors include: three daughters, Judy (Alan) Costley, of Jacksonville; Lianna Anna (Mark) Sopata, of Kennesaw, Ga., and Kim (Rev. David) Stephens, of Perry; one son, Phillip (Karen) Coleman, of Dacula, Ga.; one brother, Gary (Nancy) Kingery, of Barrington, Ill.; a sister, Carol Cox, of Elgin, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; 7 greatgrandchildren; other relatives, and friends. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 12, in the Joe P. Burns Memorial Chapel with Pastor David Stephens ofciating. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent Health Care Foundation, www. jaxhealth.com/foundation, (904) 308-7306. Cards of Thanks At New Brooklyn M.B. Church, Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and worship follows at 11 a.m., this week under the leadership of the Rev. Demario Bryant, a native of Perry and associate minister of Jacob Chapel Church in Tallahassee. He is the Mens Day speaker; choir rehearsal will be held today, May 14, at 7 p.m. Youre invited! Bbq chicken dinners offered Solid Rock Apostolic Ministries continues its Friday lunches this week with barbecue chicken on the menu. The event begins at 11 a.m.; please call 838-3908 for details or to arrange deliver. The 51st annual Courtney Family Reunion will be held Saturday, May 17, beginning at 11 a.m. at Forest Capital Park. Lunch will be shared at 12 noon. Family members and friends are urged to bring favorite foods, tea, cameras and chairs. Paper goods will be provided. 51st reunion Courtney Family hopes to see cousins on Saturday Demario Bryant to speak at Mens Day Sunday


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A-8 Taco Times May 14, 2014 Community 2014 Relay For Life A Cure is Sweet(Top left) Jimmy the Parrot (club mascot for Parrotheads in Perry-dise) was there to cheer on Finish the Fight


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