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  • An undying faith

    This doesn’t happen to men.  
    Annie Berry said this was her first thought when her 35-year-old son told her he might have breast cancer.  

  • Event celebrates struggle, victory

    When life gives you lemons, make pink lemonade.  A local breast cancer survivor helped her niece and nephew create their own pop-up lemonade stand after beating her diagnosis.  Sugar and
    Honey Lemonade Honey Lemonade Stand sponsored a Pink Breast Cancer fundraiser at Linshell’s Boutique Saturday.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the lemonade stand were donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as well as 15 percent of all sales from the boutique that day.   The community was invited out for a morning of fun, food, and prizes.

  • Gadsden Re-entry Center graduates five

    Five men recently incarcerated at Gadsden County Jail now have a fresh start.
    Brian Forman, Willie Williams, Jeremiah Bruce, Kearse Bradham and Charles Harris were all incarcerated at Gadsden County Jail this year.  That’s where they were able to participate in Gadsden Second Chance re-entry portal.
    The program exists through a partnership with Florida A&M University Extension Research Center under the direction of Dr. Alejandro Bolques, and Annie Berry, director of Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Redeemed program.   

  • Views from the pack

    Alumni, students, and town residents gathered along the streets of Havana for East Gadsden High School’s homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 7.   Others from surrounding areas came out to enjoy the festivities as well.
    This year’s homecoming theme was “Views from the Pack.”
    Alycia Pollock, 6, and Keyani Cooper, 5, both of Quincy, had plastic grocery bags halfway filled with candy.   

  • County administrator to serve extra year

    In a move to ensure a smooth transition, on Oct. 4, Gadsden County Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the employment contract of County Administrator Robert Presnell, which was set to expire Oct. 30. It has been extended for one year.
     This will give the board more time to find a successor.  County attorney David Weiss said there were no changes to the contract, other than the date.
    Commissioners also voted 5-0 to approve the economic development professional services contract with the Gadsden County Development Council.  

  • Beating breast cancer

    She was set to retire in June of 1994.  That May, she went to get a physical, and her doctor ordered a mammogram.  Lizzie Mae Figgers was 59 at the time.     
    “I wasn’t even sick, or anything,” Figgers said.  “I was just going for a routine checkup, and they found it.
    Figgers said she was working at Florida State Hospital, and her doctor called her while she was on the job.  She said he told her the mammogram results showed she might have breast cancer in her left breast, and he was referring her to a

  • Exploring possibilities

    Fall is here.  For many this means weekend festivals, and Saturday morning trips to a pumpkin patch.
    A recent event gave locals and tourists alike a chance to kill two birds with one stone.    Although the warm weather didn’t reflect the season, everyone seemed to enjoy the Art and Garden Family Fall Festival.
    Hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Science, it was filled with creative ways to explore visual art and the art of gardening.  

  • Chamber event puts legal pot in the spotlight

    Throughout Gadsden County, legalized medical marijuana is considered by many to be a hot topic.
    At a Go Gadsden’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 30, Jacob Pernell, chief operating officer of Trulieve, explained what the legalization of marijuana in the state of Florida means for the county.
    David Garner, executive director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, said the future of marijuana in Gadsden County is a great subject.

  • Remembering ‘Pete’

    A shopping cart sits outside 24-hour Kelly’s Jr. convenience store. In it is a few stuffed animals, flower-filled vases with heartfelt messages written on them, a pair of black sneakers, a curling iron and a dollar bill. Flowers have also beenlaced on each side of the cart, as well as a couple of LED candles.  Angel wings made out black tissue paper are taped to the store’s brick wall right next to the cart and also on the the front door.

  • City employees in Quincy to see raises

    The Quincy City Commission’s 2016-2017 budget for the 2016 fiscal year passed on its second reading with revisions Tuesday, Sept. 27.  The new budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees.