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Manden Whiddon expected to change ‘not guilty’ plea

Manden Whiddon, one of three suspects charged in the death of longtime teacher Shelly Strickland, was expected in court Thursday afternoon at 4 for a “change of plea” hearing in…

Barber follows mother’s footsteps

Barber follows mother’s footsteps

By MARK VIOLA / Staff writer For 2016 Taylor County High School (TCHS) Valedictorian Rebecca Barber, the journey to the top of her class was one she started the moment…

Langford seeks pharmacy degree

Langford seeks pharmacy degree

By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI / Staff writer Strolling through New York City’s Central Park, Ashleigh Langford knew she already wanted to return to the Big Apple. “Living in a small…

Dunnell promises ‘fresh leadership, new accountability’ for Dist. 5 seat

Dunnell promises ‘fresh leadership, new accountability’ for Dist. 5 seat

“Fresh leadership, high performance and new accountability” is the platform focus of Taylor County School District 5 candidate Deidra Dunnell. “I have been a resident of Taylor County for more…

Teacher escorted from TTI campus in front of students

Teacher escorted from TTI campus in front of students

A Taylor Technical Institute (TTI) instructor was escorted off campus—while in the middle of class and in front of students—on Friday afternoon, May 20. Guy Gibson, whose annual contract was…

Suspected tornado here snapped trees, damaged homes

Suspected tornado here snapped trees, damaged homes

A suspected tornado damaged two homes on U.S. 27 in Perry Friday morning as a weather system moved through the area, knocking out power to approximately 4,000 for several hours.…

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…