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School construction project faces $1.6 million shortfall

The Taylor County School District’s efforts to build a new Perry Primary School have hit a potentially major stumbling block with news that the state funding approved by the Florida…

Whiddon fingers his dad, Arrowood as shooters

Facing the possibility of life in prison for the 2015 murder of Shelly O’Steen Strickland, Manden Whiddon took a plea deal Monday morning under which he will serve 15 years…

Manden: Strickland’s last words were ‘I’m going to call your mom’

Despite three arrests and one conviction, the specific events which led to the death of longtime educator Shelly O’Steen Strickland in June 2015 have remained a mystery. This week, however,…

Four Rivers owner identified

A billionaire businessman, who escaped as a young man to the United States from communist-ruled Hungary, has been named as the owner of more than 500,000 acres in Taylor and…

Commission agrees to $170,000 settlement in ‘whistleblower’ suit

The Taylor County Commission agreed this week to settle a federal “whistleblower” suit brought against the county by former Taylor County Fire-Rescue firefighter Jeremy Denmark, agreeing to pay him $170,000–all…

New county administrator Lakey begins job Monday

New County Administrator Ted Lakey, which the county commission hired earlier this month to replace former administrator Dustin Hinkel, will start his new job Monday morning. According to Steve Spradley,…

State program could help homeowners

While 15 homes received improvements in 2016 thanks to a $194,000 state mitigation grant, there are still people on the county’s waiting list and the commission is seeking a second…

Grants fund improvements to airport hangar

Taylor County has once again received state and federal funding for improvements to Perry-Foley Airport, this time to add restroom facilities to the airport’s newest aircraft hangar. Earlier this month,…

Bellamy, Simmons honored for community contributions

Bellamy, Simmons honored for community contributions

Dedication to the community. Concern for those in need. Always willing to lend a hand. For Dan Simmons and the late Amon Bellamy, these qualities are, and were, simply a…

Sheriff Padgett has a message for drug dealers: ‘Stay out of Taylor County’

Many in law enforcement say methamphetamine abuse is the number one problem facing Taylor County today. Newly-elected Sheriff Wayne Padgett said he is ready to face the issue head-on.…