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Perry native to head FDLE

Taylor County native Rick Swearingen, who was named interim commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) late last year, has been named the permanent commissioner by Gov. Rick…

Taylor County at the center of proposed new congressional district?

Although Florida’s second congressional district, which includes Taylor County, was not one of the eight found to be in violation of the state’s constitution by the Florida Supreme Court last…

Steinhatchee homeowners battle flooding

Steinhatchee homeowners battle flooding

While most of Taylor County was experiencing normal summer weather, more than a foot of rain fell on Steinhatchee this past weekend producing significant flooding in and around the community,…

Families evacuate as rain continues

The flooding in Steinhatchee has forced several families to leave their homes, but officials say most people are staying put despite the fact that they can only come and go…

Women in serious condition after head-on crash

Two Perry women were seriously injured when they crashed head-on with a tree Monday night, Aug. 3, on Morgan Whiddon Road. Jumelia Lee, 32, and Alanna Sadler, 31, were both…

Burglars came for scallops, stole fishing equipment and coolers too

Three suspects from Lake County (Clermont)—coming to Perry for scallop season— have been charged in a rash of burglaries in the Keaton Beach area. Justin Cole Delaney, 20, Kenneth Stanbridge,…

County to refinance $11.2 million debt with a rock bottom interest rate: 1.34%

The Taylor County Commission could have a new loan in place by the end of the month to refinance the remaining $11.2 million in debt the county owes from constructing…

High speed chase fueled by ‘Flaka?’

High speed chase fueled by ‘Flaka?’

Derak Cook Jr.’s behavior had become so alarming that his mother successfully sought a Marchman Act (involuntary commitment) order on his behalf. However, before the order could be served, the…

Father, twins hailed as heroes

Father, twins hailed as heroes

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer The sun was just touching the water Sunday evening when Kevin Lambert’s twin boys yelled, “Dad, somebody’s spear fishing!” Having just snapped a…

Teacher killed for guns, arrowheads

Robbery appears to be the motive behind the June shooting death of longtime educator Shelly Strickland, whose nephew, Garrett Arrowood, 26, has been charged with the crime. Weapons and arrowheads…