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Today's Features

  • “As soon as there is a little sign of warmth, people start getting antsy. They want to work in the yard and they are ready to plant," said Alex Bolques, a horticulturist with Gadsden County Cooperative Extension Service.

    He said there are different categories property owners should consider when deciding how to plant. First, there is the public landscape that people see when they pass a home or that which is readily seen by public traffic.

  • Every 1.3 minutes, it is estimated that a woman in the United States is raped, and one out of every four women will become a victim of sexual assault during her lifetime.

    "It's these very statistics that we have to get out into the open," said Debra Lloyd, local coordinator for Refuge House, a counseling service and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Quincy Police Department Sgt. Troy Gilyard was on street patrol Monday afternoon around 5:30 when he received a call that a child was not breathing on Betlinet Drive in Quincy.

    "I was in the area when I heard the call. I was the first one on the scene," he said.

    When Gilyard got out of his vehicle, Tommasena Godwin rushed out of her home with her 1-year-old child in her hands. Gilyard said she was frantic and screaming that the child wasn't breathing.

  • The Gadsden County NAACP Branch meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to attend and join. This branch will host its annual banquet March 28 at New Bethel AME Church’s Multippurpose Center at 6 p.m. Contact Sam Palmer at 627-2673 for information and tickets.

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  • Franklin M. Springer is the first paramedic to retire from Gadsden County’s EMS. He was recognized by the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, and was presented a plaque by Eugene Lamb, commission chairman. Look for a feature story on Springer in next week's edition.

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a social for the residents at River Chase Nursing Center. As is customary, the residents were given treats. A joint Founders Day celebration was held that included sorority members from Delta Kappa Omega, Chi Upsilon Omega and Beta Alpha Chapters with activities at Brynwood Nursing Home, a Habitat for Humanity project, a luncheon at the civic center in Tallahassee and a worship service at Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee.

  • • 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.

  • Cynthia and Willie L. Washington, along with Georgia and Charlie Hayes, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Tiffany M. Washington and Charlie K. Hayes.

    The bride-elect is a 2003 graduate of James A. Shanks High School, and is employed as an assistant manager. She is the granddaughter of the late Hazel Washington.

    The groom-elect is a graduate of Lincoln High School, and is employed with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

    The wedding is planned for March 14 at the Senior Citizens Center, with a reception to follow.

  • Michael and Judy Sherman, along with Priscilla and Tim Ward, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Tiffany S. Sherman and Victor N. Francis Jr.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of James A. Shanks High School and Tallahassee Community College. She is employed at Franklin Correctional Institution.

    The groom-elect is a graduate of East Gadsden High School and is also employed at Franklin.

  • Quincy native Cynthia Roberts Griffin has been appointed to the Florida Board of Pharmacy for a four-year term, which began Feb. 13 and will end Oct. 31, 2012, by Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Griffin is a graduate of James A. Shanks High School and, in 1983, Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Griffin is currently the director of pharmacy government programs for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida.