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  • Reginald James speaks to aspiring FAMU teachers

    Florida A&M University’s College of Education had its spring 2017 Apple Pinning Ceremony on Friday April 28.  
    Reginald James, Gadsden County’s former schools superintendent was the keynote speaker.
    James told the
    10 graduates who have just received their state teaching licenses that the induction was just a sign of achievement in their lives.
    “You’ve administered faith, demonstrated determination and demonstrated resilience,” James told
    the graduates.

  • Upgrades in store for Quincy park

    At their Monday, April 24 meeting, the Quincy Commission voted 5-0 to purchase two pavilions for Hillside Park, for $26,851.
    City Manager Mike Wade said Building and Planning Director Bernard Piawah collected two quotes from reputable companies.
    Piawah said the item had already been budgeted.
    Commissioner Keith Dowdell said there was $30,000 in the budget for the park.  He confirmed with Piawah that there will only be $3,000 left after the purchase.

  • A woman’s work ...

    Some things a person never forgets.  Dorothy “Dot” Ledbetter said she remembers the day the United States declared war on Japan.  
    “I remember the Great Depression.  I was little,” Ledbetter said.
    Now she’s 90.  Her birthday was April 27, and she celebrated while doing what she loves — working.
    Ledbetter said she first started working shortly after World War II began, when all the men and boys were drafted.
    She was raised in Tallassee, Ala., and went to work at a cotton mill in a nearby town.

  • Family members face murder charges in teen’s death

    Months after being accused of starving 17-year-old JaVontez Thomas, family members are now facing murder charges.
    A grand jury indicted Thomas’ mother, Sabrina Robinson; his sister Christina Harris; and his mother’s boyfriend, Michael Butler on April 19.  The charges were upgraded from manslaughter.
    The three were already facing charges for aggravated child abuse and neglect.

  • Talquin Electric rescinds boil water notice in Midway area

    The Precautionary Boil Water Notice issued April 27 for Talquin Electric Cooperative water members in the Gadsden Regional Water System in the Midway area-south of Dupont Road, East of Peters Road and West of Ochlockonee River, has been rescinded. The bacteriological survey showed the water is safe to drink.  There is no contamination in the system. Approximately 1,533 water services are affected by this notice.

  • The quest continues

    Thousands came out to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Gadsden on Friday, April 21 in Quincy.
    Many survivors wore purple Relay for Life shirts and white and purple sashes.
    “I just want to thank God for being in the number one more time,” said Lizzie Mae Figgers, a 23-year cancer survivor.
    Figgers has been attending the event since it began.
    “I enjoy the walk, I enjoy the event, and I enjoy walking with my friend Pauline Hickman.

  • Lawson hosts town hall meeting in Quincy

    U.S. Rep. Al Lawson hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday, April 19 in Quincy.
    More than two-dozen people attended the meeting where he discussed a number of concerns raised by constituents.
    “We were fortunate to get Congressman Lawson as our congressman,” County Commissioner Brenda Holt said. “From Duval to Gadsden, we could’ve gotten anyone.”
    Lawson said he is very honored to have the opportunity to represent Gadsden County in Congress.  He said the past three months have been a fast-tracked learning experience.

  • County to help food pantry find home

    A food pantry housed in the historic Stevens School destroyed last month in a devastating fire will have a temporary home.
    At the April 18 meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the food pantry to move into a county building on a month-to-month basis until it can be relocated to a more suitable spot and a formal lease is in place.

  • Hoping for a game-changer

    A bill introduced by state Senator Bill Galvano could change the game for Creek Entertainment Gretna.
    On April 13, the bill went to the conference committee because the House of Representatives refused to concur, according to the Florida Senate’s official website.
    For a bill to become state law, both the House and the Senate must pass it.  The second house frequently amends and returns the bill to the house of origin.  

  • Thousands helped by foodbank volunteers

    Farm Share, in partnership with Florida Department of Children and Families, distributed more than 100,320 pounds in Quincy on Friday.
    Well over 400 cars went through the line as volunteers loaded them up with goods.