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Bethea schools commission on scallops

The Taylor County Commission has backed off on its efforts to encourage the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to open the annual scallop season two weeks early this…

Early morning raid nets drugs and one arrest

Some 88 grams of narcotics were seized and one arrest made following three early-morning raids by police officers and sheriff’s deputies Thursday. Perry Police Department (PPD) Det. Dwight Norris was…

K-9 teams scour woods for suspect

A Pensacola man who abandoned his vehicle on U.S. 98 West and admitted to setting a brush fire, led K-9 teams on a three-hour chase through Camp Misery Hunt Club…

Smart-Hall is Teacher of the Year

Smart-Hall is Teacher of the Year

By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) teacher Gretchen M. Smart-Hall was leading her fifth-grade students through a fact drill last Friday morning when Principal Chuck…

Howell honored as district’s top school-related employee of year

Howell honored as district’s top school-related employee of year

By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer For Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) computer technician Patricia Howell, the call to the front office last Friday was just like any other, most…

Scallop season to open in June?

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is expected to take action at its meeting in Crystal River next week that could change the annual scallop season in Taylor…

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…