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School board signs off on ‘13-14 budget

The Taylor County District School Board approved its 2013-14 tentative budget Tuesday during a public hearing at which no one from the public offered any comments. The board approved 4-0…

Teens escape injury

Two Miami Shores residents escaped a one-vehicle crash Wednesday on U.S. 98 with minor injuries. Jonathan L. Lisaiken, 18, was driving a 2007 Nissan Murano east on U.S. 98 around…

School grades fall; first ‘F’ since 1999

With school grades falling precipitously across the state this year, Taylor County was not immune, with Steinhatchee School earning the district’s first “F” grade since 1999. The Florida Department of…

Man makes meth, again, at elderly dad’s home

A Perry man was arrested last Thursday for operating a meth lab in his father’s mobile home on Vera Lane—the second time he has been charged with the same offense…

City attorney’s abrupt resignation: ‘I don’t suffer fools well,’ Smith says

Longtime City Attorney Mike Smith abruptly resigned during the middle of the Perry City Council’s regular July 23 meeting. Smith scribbled out a one-line resignation on a sheet of notebook…

Shoppers ready for tax free days

Florida’s 2013 back-to-school sales tax holiday arrives this weekend, Aug. 2-4, and has expanded to include purchases of personal computers and accessories. With many parents heading to stores, the Taylor…

Long road to justice

Long road to justice

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Less than 48 hours after receiving a life sentence for first degree murder, Lloyd Phelps was in prison. The Florida Department of Corrections…

A mother’s sorrow

As certain as birthdays come every year, so too the call or visit from her daughter that Carol Dean Lockett would receive on her special day each year. Without fail.…

RESTORE committee seeks ideas at public meetings

The Taylor County RESTORE Act Committee has scheduled a series of public meetings over the next week to meet with people concerning potential projects and questions about the process of…

Phelps guilty of murder

Phelps guilty of murder

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Compelling eyewitness testimony proved to be strong evidence in the murder trial of Lloyd Phelps, which came to a close Tuesday evening, July…