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Jury selection begins Monday for Gear trial

Jury selection will begin Monday morning, May 22, for the first degree murder trial of Billy Gear, charged with the death of Melissa Darnell, 23. In a hearing this Monday…

Man caught smuggling cell phone

A Tamarac (Fla.) man was nabbed Saturday, May 13, attempting to smuggle a cell phone into Taylor Correctional Institution (TCI) while, in an unrelated incident, a second suspect there for…

Burglary suspect found with two firearms

A Perry man was caught practically in the act Tuesday morning breaking into a vehicle on Dogwood Way and stealing a firearm. John Michael Merlo, 26, led police on a…

New school construction, paving funds for Taylor in state $82.4 billion budget

In approving its $82.4 billion state budget last week, the Florida Legislature earmarked millions of dollars for Taylor County, mostly in the form of funding for a new Perry Primary…

TCSO officer recognized on national level

Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Lt. Jimmy Cash was recently recognized at the 2017 National Interdiction Conference for “his relentless pursuit of combating the spread of drugs in his community…

A ‘fair’ legacy

A ‘fair’ legacy

Taylor County Historical Society President J.T. Davis, center, presented The Fair Store owners Marsha Doll, right, and her husband, Dean Faulkenberry, an award recognizing the business as the oldest, continuously…

Gear ready for trial?

Accused murderer Billy Gear, 36, will be back in court Monday, May 15, during motion hearings to determine if the defense and state are ready to proceed to trial. Attorneys…

City looks at strategic planning May 16

The Perry City Council will hold a special workshop Tuesday, May 16, to review its five-year capital improvement plan. Council members will also consider a strategic review of the downtown…

Site plans ready for approval

Building and site plans have been submitted to the City of Perry for two new fast-service food restaurants, Taco Bell and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. The restaurants will be built side-by-side…

Education bill could give school district $400,000 windfall

A small provision in a controversial 277-page education bill narrowly approved by the Florida Legislature on the final day of its extended session could result in as much as $400,000…