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Today's Features

  • When you think of "home grown" a certain level of comfort comes to mind. The familiar but yet different. This Friday night the Music in the Square event will feature home-grown talent. Even the group's name "N'Spire" came from Gadsden County resident Darryl Figgers who, when he first heard the group perform, ran up to vocalist LaTrenda Gainous-Goldwire and began hugging her. He repeated several times that the group inspired him.

        The fun starts at 7 p.m. on the east lawn of the Courthouse Square.

  • Harambee, in Swahili, means working together toward a common goal. This weekend at the Chatthaoochee Boys and Girls Club Harambee, that common goal was getting student off to a good start for the 2010-2011 school year. But it was no ordinary. The theme this year was "An Awareness Symposium for Emerging Leaders. Through out the  two-day back to school event, club members were referred to as "young leaders."

  • Forty teenage boys from West Gadsden High School spent Friday night together at the first "Boyz Night Out Lock-In and Basketball Shootout" in the school's gymnasium. Students in grades 6-12 took part in the 18-hour event which was sponsored by the Gadsden County Juvenile Justice Council and West Gadsden High School. The boys were also joined by their fathers and mentors.

  • It was the biggest headline of 1962, possibly the biggest of that decade.

    And 48 years later it still touches the lives and the congregation of a venerable Quincy church.

    "Tragic Drownings Sadden County" screamed the front page of the Gadsden County Times to a community still in shock.

    That Saturday -- Aug. 18, 1962 -- a horrific accident turned a Sunday school outing into a tragedy beyond belief for the small community of Quincy.

  • The summer heat combined with afternoon showers is good for growing but it has presented somewhat of a problem for the city of Quincy's public works department.

        "Kudzu is a problem. it seems to be growing faster this year and there's a lot more of it. At one time we mainly had it round out retention ponds, but now it seems to be everywhere. It's cause us to have to do a lot more work to keep it from taking over," said interim Public Works & Parks and Recreation Department director Gene Sutton.

  • Her shoulders shuddered slightly when her son started over to her front row seat with his pretty bouquet. She sobbed quietly for an instant out of shear pride and delight.

     

    Why wouldn’t she? Her first born son, Master Sergeant Ward, (He’d always be Pee Wee to her.) Heffner was retiring after 25 years of active duty from the U.S. Air Force.

     

    Ward  Monroe Heffner, Jr. was born in Monticello, Fla. in 1967, ( incidentally, the year I was medically retired from the Coast Guard).

     

  • “Am I lucky, or what?” I said to myself as I drove my shiny red sports car along Kamehameha Highway in Hawaii. I was on my way to find a date with some gorgeous girl on Waikiki Beach.

     

    The sun was shining in that big, beautiful Hawaiian sky. The birds were singing, and the engine in my 1960 TR3 (Triumph) was purring. I had the top down, and I was feeling on top of the world.

     

    My good buddy, Keith Tennier, was stationed aboard a Coast Guard buoy tender, the Basswood, and would be out to sea for about three months.

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  • Cpl. and Mrs. Thomas J. Strohecker, stationed at MCAS in Beaufort, S.C., welcomed their first child April 27, 2010.

    Taylor Jocelyn Strohecker was born at 3:31 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 19 3/4 inches. She was born at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

    Maternal grandparents are David McPhaul of Greensboro and Sherrie McPhaul of Crawfordville. Maternal great-grandmother is Ina Miley of Greensboro.

  • Eleven years ago a sign was erected on Old Bainbridge Road near Shade Farm Road, 4.4 miles north of the Quincy city limits, proclaiming that St. John Church of God in Christ was coming soon.

    "The sign was up there so long that it became an embarrassment because people kept asking when the church was coming," said Rev. Ronald McCloud, the church’s pastor. Neither McCloud nor the congregation, which includes about 100, never gave up. The church, McCloud said, has been a part of their vision since they acquired the 10-acre property in 1995.