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Community Briefs

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By The Staff

Teen Court will be held Feb. 17, March 3, 17 and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 23. The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court program offers youthful offenders an alternative to prosecution through the juvenile justice system. The program meets on the above dates from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. For more information, contact Tiffany Parsons-Braswell at 875-7596.

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The Quincy Child Support Enforcement Office has moved the 2410 Allen Rd. in Tallahassee, and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Quincy office, located at 6 South Key St., will be open twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 850-922-7296 for more information.

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Quincy City Commission meets at Quincy City Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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Gadsden County Commission meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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Gadsden County Planning and Zoning meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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Gretna City Commission meets at Gretna City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

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Chattahoochee City Commission meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Chattahoochee City Hall.

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Havana Town Council meets the last Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at Havana Town Hall.

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Greensboro Town Council meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Greensboro Town Hall.

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Midway City Council meets the first Thursday of each month at Midway City Hall at 7 p.m.

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Gadsden County School Board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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Quincy Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at the Quincy Women’s Club at 1 p.m.

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Lion’s Club meets the first and third Tuesday nights each month at 6:30 p.m. at 37 N. Cleveland St. in Quincy.

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Pilot Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at El Ranchito Restaurant, Quincy.

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Quincy Kiwanis Club meets at Kittrell’s every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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Greensboro Kiwanis meets each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Greensboro Town Hall. Call Ann Blount for more information at 544-0905.

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Home-schooled children age 6-12 are invited to join the sports program at Tallavana Christian School. Sports opportunities include volleyball, girls and boys basketball, fast-pitch softball and baseball. Call the school office at 539-5300 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for more information.

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Gadsden Leadership and Law Academy will offer three programs to all high school seniors. The traditional correctional basic training program trains students to become certified correctional officers and requires 592 hours of study. In 2007-8, the academy added two additional programs including public safety telecommunications ddispatch (911 operator training) and armed and unarmed private security officer ttraining, requiring 232 hours and 80 hours of study, respectively. Each graduate of the corrections programs earns 28 college credits, a three-year scholarship to Tallahassee Community Colege and, after successfully completing the state of Florida correctional officer examination, will be eligible to earn a starting salary between $32,000 to $34,000 per year. For further information, call Tinika McNeil, East Gadsden High School Academy coordinator, at 539-5882, ext. 1127 or Kimblin E. NeSMith at 545-5597.

The academy is hosting a community-wide gathering Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at East Gadsden High School’s dining area, to discuss the program. For more information, contact NeSmith.

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The family of Curtis King, the Talquin Electric lineman killed during Tropical Storm Fay, has established an education fund for King’s daughter Kendall. Contributions may be made at any Envision Credit Union. Make checks payable to “Kendall King Education Account.”

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Veterans may qualify for a bonus, retirement, medical, dental or life insurance. Contact NC1 Gaines or PS2 Tyson at 575-0014 or 575-0671, 251-1419 or 528-9353.

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To be a part of the upcoming Quincy Relay for Life, call Amanda May at 297-0588, ext. 3705, or Angie Carter at 544-1467. Groups are needed to participate, along with committee members and chairs.

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The Gadsden County Democrats executive committee meets the third Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at Quincy City Hall.

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Gadsden Technical Institute’s GED evening preparation program is accepting applications for enrollment. This special enrollment is for persons 18 years or older who are no longer enrolled in another educational program within the Gadsden County School District. For more information, call 875-8324.

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New Macedonia MB Church is offering free tutoring sessions for all school-age children each Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. For more information, call 597-7630.

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Information to help with weatherization of your home is available through the Capital Area Community Action Agency. To learn more, go online at www.cacaainc.org.

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The Community Redeveloment Agency is accepting applications for the housing rrehabilitation program. Interested persons should stop by City Hall in Quincy and pick up an application form from Charles J. Hayes, CRA/Main Street director, or Alma D. Goss, CRA administrative assistant.

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Applications are now being accepted to the patient care technology class at Gadsden Technical Institute. This course is designed to teach basic nursing skills and related technologies to prepare the nursing assistant for employment in hospital, nursing and convalescent homes and other facilities. Early application is necessary and seating is limited. Orientation is scheduled in December and class began on Jan. 6. For additional information, call 875-8324, ext. 1235 or ext. 1239.

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The Foundation For Dreams after school homework and tutoring program is currently providing services for students in pre-K thru fifth grade. Each child is asessed to determine his or her academic needs and any special assistance that may be needed. The program provdes snacks, as well as additional activities including arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, games, computer access and much more. Individual tutoring sessions can also be arranged. The program is held at Antioch MB Church, 1003 W. Clark St. in Quincy, Monday - Thursday, 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Contact Cheraka Thomas at 212-4764 for rates and information.

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Greensboro Elementary School launched its new male involvement program, Watch Dads of Great Students. WatchDOGS will be used by the school to invite male role models to sign up for one full day of volunteering. This program isn’t just for fathers; ggrandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, godfathers and friends can participate. The males will be utilized in the school in such areas as breakfast duty, bus duty, safety patrol, weekend activities and much more.

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The city of Quincy asks that before digging in any service area, please call the Sunshine State one-call line at 811 or 1-800-432-4770 for utility directions.

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The District 2 Neighborhood Network is recuriting residents to serve as board members to help affect change in the city of Quincy’s District 2. For more information or to sign up, call Stacey Hannigon at 322-5468.

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A caregivers meeting is held on the first and third Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Quincy library. For more information, call Mike Miller at 562-1325.

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Antioch MB Church is hosting a fashion show Feb. 21 at the Bowers-Gainey Fellowship Hall. All children interested in participating should contact Gladys at 627-7525, Lynn at 875-1626, Gwen at 487-9736 or Melinda at 309-0079.

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The Gadsden County Coalition for Change is organizing a food drive as an answer to President-elect Barack Obama’s call for Americans to give back to their communities. The drive will supply food to various food banks in Gadsden County. If you would like to donate a nonperishable food item, please call Rick at 539-5338, Johnnie Mae at 663-3900 or Monica at 510-4015.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, part of United Way of the Big Bend’s Best Project, needs volunteers.

VITA offers free tax preparation at sites throughout the Big Bend from January to April each year. This fast and free service helps residents avoid predatory income-tax preparers and costly, refund-anticipation loans. VITA volunteers work to ensure that eligible families take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can increase a family’s annual income up to 15 percent.

Volunteers receive free training to become an IRS-certified tax preparer and then volunteer a few hours per month to prepare taxes to help people in our community keep more of what they earn.

For more information or to sign up, contact Stephanie Brandt at 488-8342 or e-mail her at stephanie@uwbb.org.

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Parents, grandparents and caregivers of preschool-age children are invited to a weekly story time at the Bill McGill Library in Quincy. Young children will enjoy singing, crafts and free play every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 627-7106. The programs are free and everyone is invited.

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All 1975 Greensboro High School graduates are invited to attend a class reunion session at the Quincy Library Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

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The Gadsden County Extension Service, in cooperation with Florida A&M University/CESTA Extension and Outreach Programs and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, will offer a nine-day home horticulture training program Feb.18 and 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and April 1, 8 and 15. Participants that successfully complete the program will have the title of Master Gardener Volunteer. Training will be conducted jointly between Jackson County Extension (Feb. 18-March 25) and Gadsden County Extension (April 1-15). Transportation from the Gadsden County Extension Office will be provided to the Jackson County Extension Office. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 13 and can be obtained by contacting one of the following county extension telephone numbers: in Gadsen County, 850-875-7255; and in Jackson County, 850-482-9620. Registration is required. The cost of the training program is $65 with an optional textbook fee of $75. For more information, call your local county extension office.

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Gadsden Technical Institute is now accepting financial aid for the 2009-10 school year. All potential students are required to complete a FAFSA application and return the SARS report to the finance department before August 2009. The FAFSA application may be obtain through the Web site at www.fafsa.ed.gov. GTI also offers financial assistance through the special needs program. This assistance is offered to residents of Gadsden County to attend Gadsden Technical Institute. For a complete list of programs and services, contact Margaret Farmer at 875-8324, ext. 1239, for additional information.

Effective Feb. 16, the fee to take the TABE test is $10.

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Farm Share, an organization devoted to feeding the hungry in Florida, is partnering with Sen. Bill Nelson and wife Grace Nelson's Student Leadership Forum to give away 42,000 pounds of food to poor families in Leon and Gadsden counties. The distribution will be held Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Walker Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco St. in Tallahassee. Families picking up food must bring proof of participation in the food stamp program or other program helping the impoverished. For more information, contact Yvette Rodriguez at Farm Share 305-248-3006, yvette@farmshare.org - www.farmshare.org.

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The Gadsden County Florida Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. invites the community to our Go Red for Women luncheon Feb. 14. The luncheon and seminar will be held at the Gadsden County Simon Scott Senior Citizen Center, 79 LaSalle Leffal Dr. in Quincy from 10 a.m. until noon. The speaker will be Dr. Gina Hope. Tickets are being sold for this event. Contact Vicki Johnson at 445-0549 or Fredia Vickers at 544-1062 for ticket sales and additional event information.

The organization will host its annual Scholarship Affair Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. at the A. O. Shelfer National Guard Armory in Quincy. Tickets are available by calling Vicki Muse Johnson at 445-0549 or Shirley Gibson at 559-1302. All proceeds will go toward scholarships to graduating seniors in Gadsden, Decatur and surrounding counties.

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Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country accept donated cars. The money from the sale of those cars is used to help the clubs fund programming. To donate, call 1-800-246-0493. Cars will be picked up within a few days of the call, and there are no restrictions.

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The Gadsden County Community Health Council meets the second Wednesday of each month in the TCC Quincy House Conference Room at 10 a.m.

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The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church education program, in collaboration with Havana Elementary, Havana Middle and East Gadsden High schools, is providing FCAT tutoring. This program is specifically designed to assist serious students in grades three through 12 in preparation for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The sessions are schedule to be held at Havana Elementary School Feb.21 and 28, and March 7. A continental breakfast will be served at 10 a.m., and the session will end at 12:30 p.m. Parents must provide transportation for children to and from the school. All tutors are trained and certified. For more information, contact Maurice Stokes at 850-727-3579 or New Jerusalem MB Church 850-539-1155.

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February brings more exciting news and programming at the Gadsden Arts Center. The GAC Artists Guild Co-op will open this month. Minister Arthur Roberson, an orator, will present selected works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 21. An exciting Don Taylor watercolor workshop will be offered March 6-8. The Phil Gleason Journey Toward Freedom and GAC Artists Guild exhibitions continue through March 1, and a fun ddrawing and painting sampler class begins March 13. Be sure to visit the Web site to view the new video player, featuring artist gallery talks and interviews from openings and the new Art in Gadsden television program.

The center is located at 13 N. Madison St. in Quincy. Call 875-4866, or go online at www.gadsdenarts.org for more information.

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The Chi Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity will meet Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Quincy Library. For more information, go online at www.chiomegaques.com.

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The West Florida Livestock Association Inc. is hosting its annual sponsor supper tonight at 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory in Quincy.

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The Carter-Parramore Academy Class of 1970 will meet Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Quincy Library to plan for its 40th reunion. Call Leonard Brown at 875-1327 or Ethel McCray-Marshall at 856-5408 for more information.

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To better understand ways to prevent cancer the American Cancer Society is recruiting 5,000 adults across the U. S. and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study cancer prevention study-3(CPS-3). Erollment will take place at Quincy Relay April 24, from 6-10 p.m. Individuals may choose to participate if they are between the age 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study(which involves completing a followup questionaire every few years. For more information, visit www.cancer.org/cps-3, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org. You may also call Emma Baker, local volunteer chair, at 627-8734.

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Nations Traffic School is offering classes in traffic safety. Call 539-1143 or go online at www.nationstrafficschool.com for more information.