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Community Briefs

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By The Staff

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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The Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a poster contest for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Students are encouraged to create posters that express their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues. Contest date is April 13-17 at the USDA Service Center Livestock Pavilion, 2148 W. Jefferson St. in Quincy.

There is also a public speaking contest for students in grades 6-12, and is open to any student. This contest is designed to develop speaking skills and to stimulate awareness in natural resource conservation efforts. Contest date is April 20 at 7 p.m., also at the pavilion, and cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact Jimmie Barkley at 627-6355, ext. 3, for more information and contest rules.

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The Ochlockonee River Kennel Club is holding an all breed dog show Feb. 21-22 at the North Florida Fairgrounds, located on South Monroe and Paul Russell Road. Over 1,300 dogs will compete. In addition to handlers and owners, the event will feature vendors selling dog supplies, as well as food vendors for event attendees.

The shows will begin at 8 a.m. and end with the Best of Show award presentation at 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12, and children under 12 get in free. Go online at www.orkc.com or call 222-2218 for more information.