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A bright light, gone too soon

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Don’t let the sweet smile fool you. Emily Coker thrived on competition. “Board games at our house were always a very serious event,”…

Guest speaker spent 1,824 days as prisoner of war in N. Vietnam

Retired Navy Capt. Dale Doss, who spent nearly five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Memorial Day ceremony planned Monday,…

Schools take ‘common sense’ approach to transgender issue

The letter is addressed “Dear Colleague” but many recipients perceive its message to include implied threats for discontinued federal funding for school districts that do not comply with its recommended…

City race gains two: Williams, Pigford

Gil Williams and Donnie L. Pigford are the latest local candidates to join the 2016 election cycle, both filing their paperwork to run for the Perry City Council. Williams is…

Council breaks ground on ‘cornerstone’ of revitalization plan for downtown Perry

Council breaks ground on ‘cornerstone’ of revitalization plan for downtown Perry

A parade of supporters joined the Perry City Council Wednesday, May 18, in breaking ground for the “cornerstone” of the revitalization plan for downtown Perry, Rosehead Park lake. “Today we…

County talks boat ramps Tuesday

Facing what could be an even busier summer boating season than usual, the Taylor County Commission will hold a workshop next week to discuss ways to improve its boat ramp…

Teen catches record flathead

Charles Patchen, 13, from Alabama caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County at 2:30 p.m. on May 15. He beat the previous certified state record…

4 from Taylor earn pharmacy PhDs

4 from Taylor earn pharmacy PhDs

By SUSAN H. LINCOLN / Managing Editor It was a proud day for Taylor County when four students–all Taylor County High School (TCHS) graduates–earned Doctorates in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Florida…

Retired deputy, wife pinned in truck, both airlifted to hospital

Retired Taylor County Sheriff’s Office sergeant Elco James, 78, and his wife, Juanita, 63, were both airlifted from the scene of a violent one-vehicle crash Saturday evening, May 14. A…

Rowell charged with felony criminal mischief

Former county commissioner Walter Rowell, 65, was arrested Thursday and faces a felony charge of criminal mischief for allegedly vandalizing barricades placed at the newly constructed bridge on Highway 221…