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Want to make bread? Wine?The Taylor County Public Library has announced its adult workshop schedule for August. The scheduled programs include: art with Tammy Mowrey at 6 p.m. There is a $15 materials fee. International homemade bread with Maria Bootz Brackin at 10 a.m. There is a $5 materials fee. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 . ..................... Classieds . .............. Community . ............ A-10 Weather Wednesday Thursday Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday July 30, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 31www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum Meth in the mail Federal representatives led a motion Thursday, July 24, seeking forfeiture of property linked to a recent drug conspiracy case involving three Perry menone a longtime local postal worker. The property includes 17 handguns, shotguns and ries seized from an admitted methamphetamine dealer and user, according to court records obtained Tuesday. Justin Heath Bull Sims pled guilty to three federal charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (two counts) and unlawful transport of rearms (one count) in Alan Hall David Sullivan ineHall, Sullivan to take part in political forum this Thursday Two of the four city candidates, Alan Hall and David Sullivan, will take part in Thursdays political forum hosted by the Taylor County Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce. The candidates will have the opportunity to answer ve questions selected by the forum committee. The event, which is free to the public, will be held at Taylor Technical Institute (TTI), starting at 6 p.m. Hall is seeking election to the Dist. 4 seat currently held by Don Cook. (Cook has announced he will not be seeking a new term.) Sullivan is a candidate for the Dist. 5 seat held by Mayor Daryll Gunter. (Gunter also announced he is not seeking re-election.) Mary Williams, a candidate for the Dist. 4 seat, declined to participate in the forum. Tonya Holton, a candidate for the Dist. 5 seat, did not respond to event organizers but stated on her social media page she would not be participating as well due to a previously scheduled event. As of presstime Tuesday, Holton had also failed to respond to an e-mail inquiry from the Taco Times. Please see page 114 charged in drug conspiracy case New postmaster sworn in BioNitrogen incentive packages The Taylor County Commission and Perry City Council are both moving forward with items which could help draw $220 million in capital investment to the county in the form of Project Freedom, the code-name for the West Palm Beach company, BioNitrogen Corp. According to company ofcials, BioNitrogen plans to utilize patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer at a series of plants, including potentially one in Taylor County. In total, the company is looking at ve sites in Florida and ve in Louisiana. In May, the company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Clewiston in Hendry County for its rst plant. According to reports, construction is expected to begin on that plant before the end of the year. BioNitrogens proposed plant here is projected to create 52-55 manufacturing jobs in Taylor County with an average starting salary of $38,000 plus benets. The total investment here has been estimated to be between $100 million and $220 million. The city council last week held the rst reading on an ordinance which would authorize the city to provide collateral guaranty on a $5 million line of credit taken out by the company for work on the proposed plant here. The council unanimously agreed to move forward with a series of proposed economic incentives, including the line of credit, in April. At last weeks meeting, there was no discussion on the item and the council will hold the second and nal reading of the ordinance at its next meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12. According to City Manager Bob Brown, the company would turn in invoices which would have to be approved by the city before payment was made through the line of credit. The funds will only be available for site work conducted in Perry, including the purchase of a proposed 55-acre site from Foley Timber and Land Co., geotechnical studies of the property as well as the engineering and design of the plant. The company will have access to permanent funding sources once the construction phase begins, at which time it would repay the short term loan, Brown said. Brown said Tuesday an agreement has not yet been written concerning the line of credit, but the broad strokes of one have been discussed. According to Brown, based on discussions between the city and BioNitrogen, the city would retain title on the property until the short-term loan was paid off. Meanwhile, the county commission will hold a second public hearing Monday, Aug. 4, on a proposed Future Land Use Map amendment on a 55-acre parcel located on Foley Road across from the Buckeye mill. Landowner Foley Timber & Land applied for the amendment for the property, which is considered the likely site for the proposed BioNitrogen plant. (At last weeks city council meeting, Brown indicated that the two companies had reached a deal on the property.) The proposed amendment is intended to change the property from the mixeduse rural residential land use category to an industrial land use. Please see page 5The Perry City Council last week tabled until next month a discussion of the controversial $14.95 per month sewer maintenance fee which the city has levied on residents in the Pine Ridge subdivision for the past seven years. The council was set to consider a proposal from Mayor Daryll Gunter to do away with the fee at its Tuesday, July 22, meeting but before the discussion could begin, Gunter requested the council table the issue, stating he had been asked for the delay by several Pine Ridge residents who could not attend the meeting. Gunter rst brought up the issue at the councils July 8 meeting, but the matter was tabled at the request of several other council members to give them time to gather additional information. At last weeks meeting, Councilman Mike Deming asked whether they should table the issue until after the Aug. 26 primary election. (Gunter and Councilman Don Cook are not running for re-election so there will be two new council members after the primary Pine Ridge sewer fee talks tabled by city The Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) has requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcements (FDLE) assistance in investigating an unattended death discovered in Shady Grove Tuesday morning, July 29. FDLE sent a crime scene team and special investigator to the residence at 7980 Alton Wentworth Road. The deceased has been identied as former longtime TCSO patrol deputy and investigator Donna Lee. There are no indications of foul play, FDLE spokesperson Gretl Plessinger said Tuesday afternoon. A family member, who had gone to check on Lee after not hearing from her for a few days, discovered her body. Coming to Perry from Alachua County, Lee worked with the Perry Police Department from February 1993 to June 1997. She joined the TCSO in June 1997 and worked both as an investigator and a patrol deputy. She left the department May 31, 2013.FDLE investigating unattended death; foul play is not suspected Donna Lee If you havent bought your back-to-school supplies yet, waiting until this weekend could save you some money. Florida back-to-school sales tax holiday is set for this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1-2. During the holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax will be collected on purchases of: clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item (up from $75 previous years); certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; and personal computers and certain computerrelated accessories on the rst $750 of the sales price, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use. No tax is due on the sale or purchase of any article of clothing, wallet or bag, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs and diaper bags, but excluding briefcases, suitcases and other garment bags. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, clothing means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim ns, roller blades, and skates) intended to be worn on or about the human body. Tax-exempt school supplies include: binders; calculators; tape; colored pencils; compasses; composition books; computer disks; construction paper; crayons; erasers; folders; glue; highlighters; legal pads; lunch boxes; markers; notebook ller paper; notebooks; pencils; pens, including felt, ballpoint, fountain, highlighters, and rells; poster board; poster paper; protractors; rulers; and scissors. As for personal computers, eligible items include any electronic book reader, laptop, desktop, handheld, tablet or tower computer.Shop tax free Aug. 1-2
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A-4 Taco Times July 30, 2014 Living Wednesdays with the Kiwanians:club speakers, projects detailed Tonya Bell (top left) of Healthy Start Coalition was a special guest of the Perry Kiwanis Club recently. She congratulated members on their participation in a district-wide Kiwanis Diaper Drive. Bell is pictured with President Eric Scott and local drive chairman, Jim Bassett. Kittye Wells, left, and Cindy Whittaker, right, explained the objectives of Capital City Youth Services to Perrys Kiwanians. Shown with President Eric Scott, the two told of individual, family and group counseling for youth ages 6-17. If youre dealing with bullying, depression or family conict, we want to help, said Wells. A detailed listing of services for the community was showcased during the meeting. State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister spoke to the Perry Kiwanis Club on July 23, updating members on a 1974 double robbery and murder case here for which Douglas Meeks was charged and tried. Siegmeister will be prosecuting Meeks in another trial which is slated to being in early 2015. The penalty phase of Meeks sentence was overturned and Siegmeister indicated that he would be seeking the death penalty. Siegmeister serves as state attorney for the Third Judicial District which serves Taylor as well as Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison and Suwannee counties. He has tried, as a defense attorney and a prosecutor, hundreds of criminal cases of all types from petty offenses to capital murder. Siegmesiter is also considered to be an experienced appellate advocate in state court including handling appeals and extraordinary petitions and writs. He is licensed by the Florida Bar and is a member of the Middle District of Florida and US Supreme Court. His experience includes more than 150 jury trials and extensive motion practice all over Florida. Dr. Keith Moore wrapped up the month of June for the Kiwanis Club, with an overview of medical issues and updates for members. Moore is a board-certied general surgeon practicing in the Doctors Memorial Hospital Medical Plaza.
A-6 Taco Times July 30, 2014 Religion Timothy John ArmstrongTimothy John Armstrong, 60, died on Monday, July 28, 2014 at his home in Perry. He was born April 12, 1954, in Melbourne to Jim and Theresa Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong was a Christian. He had owned and operated Armstrongs Service Center since 1991. He originally moved to Perry in 1970. He moved his family to Thomasville, Ga., in 1973 where he worked as produce manager at Hendricks IGA grocery store. He returned to Perry in 1981 as assistant manager at Jordans IGA. He then worked at Toms Foods for several years until his friend, Bish Clark, asked him to take over the Chevron station on the corner of Main Street and Byron Butler Parkway. This was the beginning of Armstrongs Service Center which he managed for the last 23 years of his life. Survivors include: his wife of 41 years, Elaine Williams Armstrong of Perry; a daughter, Shona Whiddon and husband Stan, of Perry; a son, Josh Armstrong of Perry; two sisters, Hope Armstrong of Melbourne and Anna Hammerli of Orlando; four grandchildren, Kate, Ginger and Ben Whiddon, and Ivy Armstrong, all of Perry; 21 nieces and nephews; 36 great-nieces and nephews; and nine great-great nieces and nephews. Mr. Armstrong was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his brother, Don Armstrong. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Larry Neal ofciating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.Peggy Sue HouckPeggy Sue Houck, 57, of Perry, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 27, 1957, in Perry, to Isaac Nelson and Hilma Lucille (Markham) Foster who preceded her in death. Mrs. Houck was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith and a member of Center Street Church of God. She worked at Kmart for many years. Survivors include: her husband of two years, George Preston Houck of Perry; a son Jacob (Jessica) Tomlinson of Perry; a daughter, Samantha Tomlinson of Perry; a brother, Steve Foster of Perry; her sisters, Bonnie (George) Chewning of Old Town, Joyce French of Brunswick, Ga., Bettye (Nelson) Gilbreath of Perry, Sheila (Gary) Pitts of Brunswick, Ga., Debbie (Billy) Freeman of Perry; and grandchildren, T.J., Jodie, Jake and Jaxon, as well as a host of nieces and nephews also survive her. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 31, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Kirkland ofciating. Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. tonight, July 30, at Burns Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice. Harriett Vera MalloryHarriett Vera Jackie Mallory, 81, of Live Oak, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Mallory worked for the Division of Forestry as a re tower watcher for 10 years. She was Pentecostal. Survivors include: ve children, Dale Messer of Live Oak, Vickie Messer (Randy) HoganSparrow of Lake Butler, Teressa Hutchinson Durden of Perry, Bobby (Annette) Hutchinson of Crawfordville and James (Juliett) Amick of Live Oak; a brother, Lester Roberson of Rivera Beach; sister, Bobbie Green of Hickory, N.C.; sister-in-law, Francis Roberson of Cross City; nine grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Lockler, her father, Herbert Roberson, her step-father, Broward Crawford and a son, Ralph Amick. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel in Cross City. Interment followed at New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery. Obituaries RAIN OR SHINE: yard sale set for Saturday Are you looking for a yard sale that benets a good cause? Perry First Church of God will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon in the fellowship hall of the church. Everyone is encouraged to come and shop for all kinds of good items. The address is 1915 U.S. 221 North. PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR First graders learn the ropes First Presbyterian Church continues its tradition of Pizza With the Pastor on Wednesday, Aug. 13, for all children entering rst grade this year. Everyone is invited, but we specically wish to serve children transitioning to rst grade, as well as their parents. Pizza will be served to all, said Pastor Larry Neal. Contact the church ofce at 584-3826 by Aug. 12 if you wish for your children to participate. The church will kick off its new Sunday School year on Sunday, Aug. 17, with classes for all ages, including adult study opportunities and a nursery for infants. On Aug. 17, breakfast will be served at 9:45 a.m. along with brief introductions to this years classes and their particular focus for students. The following Sunday, classes will begin at 9:45. For the next two Sundays in August, early worship continues at 10 a.m. with no Sunday School classes meeting. The church is located at 310 Plantation Road.
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A-10 Taco Times July 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. 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, 7-8 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: 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 Trail Club: meets second Thursday, Forest Capital Hall, 7 p.m., potluck dinner. All horse enthusiasts welcomed. Call Donna 5849011. 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 email@example.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 Partner. Foster. Adopt. On Saturday, July 19, Partnership for Strong Families, together with area preachers, held a two-hour prayer breakfast at First United Methodist Church in Perry. The focus of the prayer breakfast was foster children and foster parents. Some foster children and partner families attended the meeting along with area preachers, professionals and staff from Partnership for Strong Families (PSF), Linda Peacock of Guardian Ad Litem and County Judge Bill Blue. (Partner families is how PSF refers to its licensed foster parents.) During the prayer service, individual preachers took turns leading prayers for children, biological parents, adoptive parents and the community. Between prayers, the audience heard from foster children who have been or will be adopted, and parents who have or will adopt children in the near future. Local preacher and adoptive foster parent Ben Reams of Midway Baptist Church delivered a short sermon interwoven with details of how he and his wife came to adopt a child after already having four biological children of their own. At one point, Pastor Reams said, If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart, which seemed to summarize the mood for the entire event. I would like to thank Partnership for Strong Families for organizing this event and First United Methodist Church and Reverend James Taylor for hosting it, said Blue. Words cannot express how encouraging it feels to live in our community. This event demonstrates that Taylor County takes care of its own. Everywhere I turned I saw happy families and I saw preachers and professionals who helped make those families happy. Partnership for Strong Families (PSF) is a community-based care organization that provides services to families pursuant to a contract with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Blue is assigned to Taylor Countys dependency court docket. At times, DCF must to remove children from their homes, and shelter them with relatives or foster families because the biological parents are accused of abusing, neglecting or abandoning their children. When this happens, PSF provides services to the children, the biological parents and the caregivers assigned to the children. Although this event was about the children, it was encouraging to hear Apostle Anthony Prather lead a prayer on behalf of the biological parents also, Bue said. The dependency court system is designed to equip biological parents, through services provided by PSF, with the tools to succeed as better parents. Unfortunately, sometimes biological parents have too much going on in their lives to prove to the court within 12 months time that they are capable of providing a safe and nurturing home for their children. According to Blue, The real heroes at this event were the adoptive parents, like the families of Mark Myer and Ben Reams, who opened their homes and hearts to add new members to their families. As Mr. Myer (who worships locally with First United Methodist Church) said in his presentation, for those couples who cannot have children of their own and cannot afford to privately adopt a child, becoming a foster parent is another way to start a family. As encouraging as this event was, said Blue, there is much more work to be done. Taylor County has only ve foster families. Taylor County children are being sheltered in Tallahassee, Gainesville and Wakulla. We need more foster parents. With 85 churches in the community, I know we can nd couples who cannot have children of their own, or perhaps empty-nesters whose kids have already left home. With the assistance of our local faith community to spread the word, I know we can increase the number of foster parents in the community, and continue taking care of our own as Taylor County always has. Persons interested in becoming foster parents may contact Paula Vann, (386) 249-1831 or Lakisha Mills (386) 243-8800, ext. 8804. Shown left to right are: the Rev. James Taylor, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church; Stephen Pennypacker, CEO, Partnership for Strong Families; Mark Myer, partner and adoptive father; Paula Vann, recruitment specialist, Partnership for Strong Families; County Judge Bill Blue; and Lakisha Mills, recruitment and retention specialist, Partnership for Strong Families. Prayer breakfast highlights needs of local children in foster careAs members of the ElksUSA from across the nation gathered in New Orleans, La., from July 13, Charles R. Dick Joyal of Perry was installed as district deputy to the Elks National President for the lodges in the North District of the Florida State Elks Association. Joyal was installed at the Orders 150th Elks national convention, which boasted an attendance of more than 7,000 members and guests. He will serve a one-year term. More than 58,700 members belong to 107 Elks lodges in Florida. Nationally, in 2012, the Elks gave more than $400 million in cash, in-kind donations and volunteer service. BPO Elks gave $8,500,000 in college scholarships, $8,800,000 to youth programs and $6.5 million to communities, while veterans activities were supported in the amount of $40,689,000. Joyal installed as new district deputy at 150th Elks national convention District Deputy Charles R. Dick Joyal North Florida Community Colleges Minority Leadership Program is currently accepting scholarship applications from Taylor County residents who qualify for the program and plan to attend classes in the fall. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 4. Classes start Aug. 25. Applications are available at www.nfcc.edu or by contacting Clyde Alexander at (850) 973-1609. Deadline is Aug. 4
A-11 Taco Times July 30, 2014March and was sentenced to 10 years with the Bureau of Prisons. Once released, he will remain on federal probation for another ve years. He was also ordered to pay a $300 ne and to forfeit specic assets related to the case (i.e. rearms). Sims case dates back to November 2013 when a federal grand jury issued a three-count sealed indictment against him. A short time later, the U.S. Attorneys ofce completed a statement of facts regarding the case alleging that in July 2012, a condential source saw Sims receiving a package at his residence that contained crystal methamphetamine and marijuana. According to the source, Sims also had packages, each containing multiple ounces of methamphetamine, sent through the mail to Perry and Tallahassee. The court documents stated that Sims used various third parties to receive the packages for him at their addresses to disguise his involvement. After receiving the packages, Sims separated the meth into smaller quantities and sold it to purchasers in and around Perry. (According to the cooperating source, Sims primary source of supply was Jacob French of California; French was subsequently prosecuted and sentenced to time served.) In August 2013, a condential source traveled to Sims residence and purchased meth from him; Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents captured the controlled purchase on an audio/video device worn by the source. Federal agents executed a search warrant at Sims residence in September 2013. Evidence seized included two clear glass meth pipes found in the master bedroom, spiral notebooks and drug ledgers discovered in the master bedroom closet and $2,600 found in a safe located in Sims living room. The agents also seized 19 rearms and approximately 500 rounds of ammunition from the residence and Sims vehicle. They also seized a loaded Smith & Wesson .22 caliber rie from Sims vehicle, which was similar in appearance to a rearm being held by Sims in a photograph he posted on Facebook on June 30, 2013. On one of Sims cell phones, law enforcement agents found an outgoing text message sent to Frenchs cell phone on Aug. 8, 2013, advising him to send the next package to a third party on Fairview Road in Perry, which according to a separate text message, was the same person and address to which the prior package had been sent. Investigators also located text messages purportedly from French directing Sims to make cash deposits into two specic bank accounts. Records of those accounts showed that 25 cash deposits were made into the accounts at branches in Tallahassee and Perry between Jan. 25, 2013, and Aug. 6, 2013, totaling $62,870. Sims waived his rights and spoke with law enforcement agents at his home, admitting that he had received approximately two packages per month from a supplier in California for at least two years. He stated each package typically contained four ounces of methamphetamine. Sims also told investigators he had used meth in recent days and was a daily user of methamphetamine. Agents from the United States Postal Inspection Service found records of postal mailing labels showing that, from Oct. 10, 2012, to Aug. 1, 2013, someone sent at least 15 packages to the northern district of Florida from San Jose, Calif., using a return address on Cerra Verde. Six of those packages were addressed to Steve Holton at Holtons residence in Perry, who accepted the packages on Sims behalf. Holton, known as Steve ONeal Holton III (Trey), has also been charged in the case. He pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, methamphetamine. He was sentenced to six years in federal prison and was ordered to surrender to federal prison July 15. A statement of facts issued by the U.S. Attorneys ofce detailed Holtons role in the conspiracy, in which Sims stated he often fronted signicant quantities of methamphetamine to Holton for him to sell. Sims indicated that the drug ledgers seized from his residence reected the amounts that Holton owed him. The document also revealed that Sims stated Holton gave him several rearms as collateral for money Sims had lent Holton for the purchase of Roxicodone. At the time of his arrest in October 2013, Holton told law enforcement agents he was a methamphetamine and Roxicodone user and admited to receiving approximately three or four packages in the mail for Sims. He also acknowledged that each packaged contained meth. He claimed that Sims paid him $200 per package for his assistance. The court records also show that Holton admitted to purchasing and using approximately one kilogram of cocaine in the past year and that he himself manufactured methamphetamine on Nov. 24, 2013, with his cousin and his wife in the residence. A third party to the investigation was longtime postal employee Ritchie Cliff Kelly, who pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and is currently serving a three-year federal prison sentence. According to court documents, Kellywho was hired by the postal service in April 1987--confronted Sims about his unlawful distribution of controlled substances in late June/early July 2013 at which time Sims told Kelly he was only distributing marijuana and asked Kelly if he was aware of any addresses where packages containing marijuana could be sent. In a statement of facts released in Kellys case, the U.S. Attorneys ofce alleged that Kelly volunteered his own address for his home in Lamont and that he received a package from California that contained a small quantity of marijuana and approximately two ounces of meth. Less than four weeks later, Kelly advised Sims that federal investigators had been at the post ofce in Perry looking for packages from California; he also told Sims that he (Kelly) had searched post ofce records and destroyed some of the packaging labels copies from packages previously sent to Sims from California that contained controlled substances. To compensate Kelly for his help, Sims gave him marijuana, the documents stated. Law enforcement agents interviewed Kelly on Oct. 22, 2013, at the post ofce during which time Kelly said he had known Sims most of his life and considered him to be like family. Kelly told investigators that in early July 2013, Sims told him he was getting high grade marijuana from California and needed addresses to which he could have packages mailed. Kelly said Sims promised to compensate him for receiving the package. In the court documents, Kelly claimed he did not know specically what was going to be mailed to his residence, but he admitted he suspected it was something illegal. Kelly stated he contacted Sims when the packages arrived at his home and that Sims paid him $80 and gave him a small amount of marijuana for his assistance. In addition to the threeyear prison term, Kelly was sentenced three years probation and ordered to pay a $100 special monetary assessment and a $2,000 ne. 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