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By The Staff

The Gadsden County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking contest will be held Jan. 28 at 9:15 a.m. at the UF Research Center on Pat Thomas Parkway.

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The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office will conduct driver’s license, DUI and vehicle inspection checkpoints in January at the following locations: I-10 at Quincy, Midway, Chattahoochee and Greensboro, Highway 90 East and West of Midway to Chattahoochee, Hw. 23 East and West to Greensboro and Havana, Hwy. 27 North and South of Havana, Hw. 65 North and South, Hwy. 267 North and South, Brickyard, Road, Providence Road, Lakeview Point Road, Cook Landing Road, Flat Creek Road, Sycamore Road, Sawdust Road, Bonne Hill Road, Hardaway Highway, Atlanta Street, Concord Road, Rustling Pine and Solomon Dairy Road, and 4th Street and 16th Avenue in Havana.

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The Gadsden County Tobacco-Free Partnership encourages all local businesses to be smoke-free. For more information, call 386-2065 or go e-mail jcichy@lungfla.org.

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The Democratic Executive Committee is hosting a political forum Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at New Bethel AME Church. The public is invited. For more information, call 868-0969.

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Bradwell Enterprises’  Relay for Life Team will present a pre-Valentine's Fashion Extravaganza Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Carter-Parramore cafetorium in Quincy.  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  For additional information, contact Mattie Brown at 509-8346 or Matricia Hayward at 556-5506.  All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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The Gadsden County Extension Office is accepting applications for the 2010 Master Gardener Volunteer training program.  This year's training is scheduled every Wednesday Feb. 10-April 7. Additionally, a class meeting has been set for March 13. Training days are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. local times.  Cost for the 54-hour training course is $150.  For more information about the Master Gardener Volunteer Program or to request an application packet, contact the Gadsden County Extension Office at 850-875-7255.  Application deadline is Feb. 5.  Training schedule can be accessed on the web by visiting the County Extension Web site at http://gadsden.ifas.ufl.edu/.

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The Keeping Independent Seniors Safe program kickoff is set for Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the A.O. Shelfer National Guard Armory. Florida Secretary of Elder Affairs Doug Beach will be the speaker. The brunch is free, but because of limited seating, tickets are required. For more information or to get a ticket, call Tashonda Williams at the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office at 850-627-9233.

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The Gadsden Soil & Water Conservation District is holding a public speaking contest April 19 at 7 p.m. at the USDA Service Center in Quincy, and a poster contest for grades K-3 april 12-16. For more information, call Jimmie Barkley at 627-6355.

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The Fairlanes are auditioning for oldies “doo-wop” singers Monday through Friday. Call Rich for infrmation at 627-4586.

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The Guy Race lunch group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays at the Golf Club of Quincy. No fees or membership dues; pay only for what you eat. Meeting features discussion and speakers on local, state and national issues.

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Family members of Luther and Amanda Smith from Gretna are planning the fourth “Smith Family Reunion.” Descendents of Luther Smith and Mary Jane Charles and/or Rebecca and Stephen Brown are asked to contact Claudette Wideman at csw1153@yahoo.com for more information.

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Gadsden Technical Institute’s Small Engine Program provides skilled training for a better future. Learn a new skill to improve your future earnings by applying now for the spring semester.  Call 850-875-8324, ext. 1231, or e-mail mcphaul_d@firn.edu for more information.

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The sixth annual Winter Gala Swing’n Sock Hop, to benefit the Gadsden Arts Center, will be held at the Sawano Club in Quincy Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. There will be live music from the 1950s and 60s by the Tallahassee Swing Band, and food by Jan Anderson and Susan Hinson Catering, as well as silen and live auctions of items such as art by Dean Mitchell and Dean Gioia. There will also be a Quincy Music Theatre preview of “Grease,” and Elvis may even make an appearance.

Tickets are $75, or a preferred location table for 10 can be purchased for $795. call 875-4866 or go online at www.gadsdenarts.org/events for tickets or more information.

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Gadsden County Humane Society is in urgent need of monetary donations to help cover the cost of animals being served by its program, which currently services more than 120 animals, at a cost of $1,500 to $3,000 a month in vet car, food and other costs. Donations are tax deductible and can be made via the paypal link online at www.gadsdenhumane.org or by mailing a check to GCHS, P.O. Box 1268, Havana, FL 32333. GCHS does not receive any county, state or federal funding. All funding is generated through donations and fundraisers. For more information on the program or to find out more about the animals in the program, visit www.gadsdenhumane.org.

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Gadsden County Coalition for Change is sponsoring a Bucks for Books campaign. Residents are asked to send $10 (tax deductible) to the Friends of the Library at 732 Pat Thomas Parkway, Quincy, FL 32351. Donations will make more books available to local kids.

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Big Bend Hospice is hosting the Road Runners seventh annual chili cook-off benefit Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at Shucker’s Oyster Bar, 4806 Jackson Cove Rd. in Tallahassee. Judging will begin at 4 p.m. Prizes include money and trophies. All proceeds to benefit patient care at Big Bend Hospice. For more information, call 545-0983 or 562-0944.

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The Early Learning Coalition is holding its second annual sweetheart raffle Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m. tickets are available at www.elcbigbend.org or by calling 385-0551. The winner receives a week-long stay at Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $25 each.

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The inaugural co-ed Welfare Trust Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. at Florida State Hospital’s recreation hall. There are eight team slots for up to 15 players per team. Entry forms and fees are due by Feb. 19. The tournament is single elimination, and teams are responsible for their own jerseys with numbers on the front and back. Team trophies will be awarded for first and second place winners. Concessions will be sold, and there will be prizes and entertainment during intermission.  For more information on entry fees and forms, call Marie Jackson at 663-7710, Cheryl Barwick at 557-2453 or Chris Howard at 566-9098.

All proceeds to benefit the Welfare Trust Fund for residents at the hospital.

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An after school program is offered at UpKudo Karate in Havana. Karate and Zumba fitness dance is offered. Classes are held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for karate, Zumba classes are held at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, and a fitness training class is held Fridays at 3:30 p.m. The center offers pick-up from Havana Elementary and Tallavana Christian schools.  

Call 514-4334 or go online at www.upkudo.com for more information.

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Yoga Dog Studio, located at 103 E. Jefferson St., will accept blankets, towels, beds, dry/canned pet food, dishes and other pet supplies for the Gadsden County Humane Society. Anyone making a donation will receive a card for a free class. Call 284-3718 or yogadog@me.com for more information.

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Zumba fitness classes are taught at the Eugene Lamb Jr. Recreation Center in Midway Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. Call 575-1353 for cost information.

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Gadsden Technical Institute offers financial assistance for the following programs for the 2010 spring semester.  These programs include Gasoline Small Engines, Cosmetology/Barbering and Nail Technology.  This assistance is offered to Gadsden County residents only and is income based. Apply early for this assistance is limited as well as seating in these perspective   programs.  GTI also offers an array of assistance and information as it relates to student services and other programs, which includes Welding Technology, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Patient Care Technology and Practical Nursing. Please contact Margaret Farmer at 850-875-8324, ext.1239, for further 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 second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, in the fellowship hall.

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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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Celebrate Recovery family program has gender-specific support groups that address addictions, relationship issues, finances, depression and more. Children and youth may attend with parents. Dinner is served. Meetings are on Saturday nights at Turn It Around Inc., 104 East. Washington St. Call 627-8426 for more information.

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Planning is underway for the 2010 Emancipation Day celebration on May 28. Anyone interesting in volunteering can call James Smith at 350-7729 or 875-2196 or go online at www.freedomdayquincy.com.

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The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council meets the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m. in county commission chambers.

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The Gadsden County Medicine Chest is in need of health care items such as beds, bedside tables, over-bed tables, bedside chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, canes and crutches. The items will be refurbished and given to those in need of them, with the understanding that the items will be returned when no longer needed. Volunteers are also needed for refurbishing items, as well as corporate and individual sponsors.

For more information on this project or to donate items, call Georgie Reffner at 627-6795.

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

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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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SHARE Florida Food Network can now make it easier for Gadsden County residents to save up to 50 percent or more off their groceries, now that Centenary United Methodist Church has become a SHARE host site. SHARE offers a solution of high-quality food packages containing frozen meats and fresh produce at up to 50 percent or more off the retail value to anyone who wishes to participate, regardless of income.  There are no requirements to join SHARE, and Electronic Benefit Cards may be used to purchase food.  SHARE strongly encourages its participants to take an active role in their community and do volunteer service for a worthy cause. SHARE has a network of nearly 300 locations run by volunteers across the state of Florida with a main warehouse in Tampa and satellite warehouses in Tallahassee, Ocala, Orlando, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Palm Beach, Broward and Homestead. Call the church at 627-9226 for more information.

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The Gadsden County Humane Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at First Presbyterian Church in Havana and everyone is welcome to attend.  If you would like to make a donation, foster a homeless pet, or adopt a new friend, please contact GCHS at 539-0505 or go online at www.gadsdenhumane.org.

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Anyone interested in starting an Alcoholics Anonymous group in Chattahoochee should call Ellen B. at 850-663-2267.

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Gadsden GenWeb is in need of photos and geneology information on Gadsden County’s families. Call Angela Cassidy at 422-1577 or e-mail ancestor_lady@yahoo.com for more information.