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Community Briefs

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By The Staff

Teen Court will be held 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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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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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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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 programMarch 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 (through 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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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 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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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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A Caregivers Heart Fair will be held today at the Magnolia House Assisted Living Facility in Quincy. Drop in from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to receive complimentary information on heart health for caregivers, volunteer services to assist caregivers, music therapy and caregivers support group information. Call 875-1334 for more information.

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The Carter-Parramore Class of 1966 will meet Feb. 28 at Quincy City Hall. For more information, call Barbara at 442-6482 or Richard at 627-3534.

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Dixie Youth Baseball is awarding scholarships to 2009 graduating seniors. The scholarship is for $2000. In 2008, 70 scholarships were awarded in the Dixie Youth organization. To apply for this scholarship, see your school guidance counselor, your local Dixie Youth official, or contact District 5 Director Marty Toole at 850-519-4241 or go online at www.dixie.org/dyb for the application form. The application deadline is March 1.

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The Gadsden Arts Center is hosting a three-day watercolor workshop with Panama City artist Don Taylor, offering participants the opportunity to master the art of Watercolor painting. Taylor has won numerous awards for painting and has studied with many nationally known artists. He exhibits nationally and draws his subject matter from trips around the world. Taylor is the Southern Watercolor Society President, and is a Signature Member of the Southern, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and Texas watercolor societies. He has had work accepted in numerous National Watercolor Society, regional and local exhibitions. The workshop is offered in the arts center art studio for three days, March 6-8: Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Participants will learn a broad range of content, from planning a strong composition, mixing color, transparent painting techniques and composition, to designing a complete work of art. Tuition is $150 for all three days. Call 850-875-4866 to register or enroll online at www.gadsdenarts.org.

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Registration for the March General Education Diploma test will be given March 2 at 7:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Registration requirements for individuals 18 years or older will include a valid Florida drivers license, Social Security card and $70 (cash or money order only) for the complete battery and is due at the time of registration. Candidates may register for parts of the GED test. Approximate time for first time registrars is two hours and will start promptly at the stated times. Seating is limited and will be issued on a first-come basis. All candidates must obtain a security pass prior to registration. This will take place in the GED Testing Center 2 on the campus of Gadsden Technical Institute, 201 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Quincy. For additional information, call 875-8324, ext. 1224 or ext. 1239.

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The Havana Lion’s Club is putting together a cookbook for sale to the general public and is looking for residents willing to share their favorite recipes (desserts, main course, outdoor cooking, breads, etc.). Please send your favorite recipes (as many as you like) to havanalionsclub@aol.com or mail them to The Havana Lion’s Club, P. O. Box 723, Havana, FL 32333. If you have questions, call Trish Yahn at 539-4115 or Hardie Rogers at 509-4635. Entry deadline is March 24.

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Want to get information that will help you with your financial problems? Come to AmericaSAVES/GadsdenSAVES Countywide Financial Conference Feb 26 at the University of Florida Research Center from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Program speakers will cover such topics as, "What To Do If You Cannot Pay Your Utilities Bills," "Where To Go To Find Training To Help You Learn A Trade Or Seek Work" and "Learning How to Save for Emergencies."

There will be resources to provide information about where to go if you need food for your family, where to go if you need medical assistance with your prescriptions and how to get to the place where you can apply for work.

If you've lost your job, are having problems paying your mortgage or need vocational, trade, computer or GED training or classes, the event will feature information on those topics as well. The event is free.

Senior citizens and students from Gadsden County's high schools will be in attendance. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

There will be drawings for prizes, and free spiral manuals will be provided to help you learn how to save money and protect your assets using Freddie Mac's CREDIT SMART Financial Literacy Program and from National Credit Union Financial Education Program to help you learn how to:"Build WEALTH, Not DEBT !"

To find the University of Florida Research Center:

Take State Road 267 from U.S. 90 in Quincy and drive almost to I-10. On the right is a road sign that says "University of Florida Research Center." If you are coming from Tallahassee, take I-10 from U.S. 90 and drive to Pat Thomas Parkway (State Rd 270) and 55 Research Road is very close to I-10 (less than a mile). Go to the Fount May Building. Coming from Havana drive on State Road 12 (Havana Highway), go to U.S. 90 and drive to Pat Thomas Parkway (Gadsden 267),(CVS & Altell shops are on the right, Walgreen's on the left), turn left and go almost to 1-10 and UF Research Center is there on your right). Go to Fount May Building.(Parking will be on the left and it is OK to park on the grass if the actual parking lot is full.)

For more information, call 850-933-6925 or 850-539-5970.

Event sponsors include: Capital City Bank, Envision Credit Union, Premier Bank, Focus Credit Union, Havana Learning Center, GadsdenSAVES, AmericaSAVES, Havana Herald and Gadsden County Times.

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The West Florida Livestock Steer and Market Swine Show will be held March 4-5 at the William Inman Agricultural Center in Quincy.  Everyone is invited to attend this youth steer and market hog show. The show animals will arrive March 4. There will be a 4-H judging contest starting at 6 p.m. with youth from surrounding counties in the area participating. The public is invited to come out and enjoy this event.

The Swine Show will be March 5 at 9 a.m., and the Steer Show will be at 1 p.m. There will be approximately 30 to 40 animals in the shows.

An old-fashioned barbeque supper will be served to the public March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the William Inman Agricultural Center. Plates are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Carry-out plates will be available.

The awards presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the auction of animals around 7 p.m. The pig scramble for kids under 8 years old will be held following the auction. Registration and release forms for the pig scramble are available at the pavilion and must be signed by parents before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, call 875-7255.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society will hold a garage sale fundraiser April 4 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Faith Apostolic Christian Tabernacle, located at 2540 Florida-Georgia Highway, just south of Havana. All proceeds will directly benefit homeless animals in Gadsden County. We are seeking donations of clothes, furniture, books, knick knacks, and anything else you no longer need. Please e-mail gadsdenhumane@bellsouth.net or leave a message at 539-0505 to arrange drop-off or pickup of your items.

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Would you like to become a program commissioner and manage a city recreation program? Quincy Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for the following programs: youth softball, T-ball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball. Call Greg Taylor at 618-0042 for more information.

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A fish fry to benefit the Relay for Life will be held Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the lot adjacent to Bradwell Mortuary. Cost for a dinner plate is $7. Businesses or groups may place orders by calling 627-2411. Delivery is available.

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All home-schooled students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend a meeting about girls and boys softball teams Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Bring your parents, shoes and a glove to the Tallavana Christian School ball field and meet the coaches.

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A memorial scholarship has been established in the name of Bobby Presnell for students attending Robert F. Munroe or Sneads High School. Students who wish to apply must have at least a “C” average, and include a resume of school and community activities with a completed application. Students must also explain why they need financial assistance to attend college. This can be don e in a personal letter. Applications and more details are available in the offices of the schools’ guidance department. Deadline for application submission is April 10.