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Today's Features

  • The aim of the 1000 Man Rally is to get 1,000 or more men in Gadsden County to come together to learn how to empower themselves and help the community. The inaugural rally was held in Leon County last year and was the brain child of Rev. Greg James, senior pastor at Reclaiming the Land Ministries Inc.

  • Nine new recruits graduated last week from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway.

    Members of the Basic Recruit Class 347 were welcomed by Training Center Director James Murdaugh, who also introduced guest speaker, Ricky Lay.

    Lay, who is employed at the Wakulla Correctional Institute in the training division and has also served as a minister and a U.S. Marine, first thanked parents and friends of the graduates.

    “You have changed the direction of the future,” he told them.

  • Exotic glass balls had a way of escaping from large fishing nets that some Japanese fishermen used in the Pacific Ocean to keep their nets afloat. In time, these now-free objects would drift to the shores of isolated Wake Island, located about 2,300 miles west of Honolulu. They were of all sizes, greenish in color and usually opaque. I have seen them as small as 3 inches in diameter all the way up to over a foot.  Sometimes I’d find them washed up onto the shore still enclosed in a piece of netting.

  • Alvan Pickels knows just abut every inch of Gadsden County. He can take you to some of the most beautiful, idyllic settings there are to be found in this part of Florida. That's because in his 45 years in law enforcement he has seen it all at one time or another.

    Pickels came to Quincy in 1964 after he heard about an opening in the Quincy Police Department.

  • Two years ago Sonja Hines-Hall, a tutor with the Gadsden County Literacy Volunteers of America, met an 82-year-old man who told her he wanted to learn to write his name. His motivation was the shame he felt when he signed his name with an X. He told he her wanted to sign his driver's license.

    Last month the man got his wish. Hines-Hall took him to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a new license. This time, she said, he wrote his name.

  • Christopher "Duke" Thorpe and Tia Bradwell were united in marriage June 13 at Jacob Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Tallahassee. A reception followed at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

    The couple honeymooned on a seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean.

  • Gadsden County 4-H is seeking 4-H alumni to help celebrate the 100th year of Florida 4-H. Call Sydney Pryer at 875-4682 or e-mail to dpvtrainer@yahoo.com.

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  • • First Baptist Church in Quincy holds Sunday School each week at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 10:55. Sunday evening worship begins at 6 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are broadcast on Sunday events at 6 p.m. on 93.3 FM.

    • Church services at Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church are held the first, second and fourth Sundays at 11 a.m., and at 8 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Church school begins at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning.

  • Monica Michelle Phillips and Daemari Vakarr Wade will be married Aug. 7 in a private ceremony.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Richard and Bessie Phillips.

    The groom-elect is the son of the late Mary Francis Wade.

    A reception will follow Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Simon Scott Center in Quincy.

  • • Thomas Memorial Baptist Church announces the Personal Fitness Challenge, a six-week program for children who have completed grades three through six. The challenge will be Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Sessions will be held in the TMBC Recreation Center, 1111 West Washington St., Quincy.