Today's News

  • A wunnerful Christmas, I ga-run-tee

    A few years ago I was asked to read a story for a group of elementary school students, as part of a campaign to encourage them to read. It happened to be right before their Christmas holidays, so I read them the following. Hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas!

    Cajun ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    'Twas the night before Christmas, an' all t'ru de house,

    Dey don't a t'ing pass, not even a mouse.

    De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo',

    An' Mama pass de pepper t'ru de crack on de do'.

  • I've made my list and I've checked it twice

    Here is my wish list for the season. I probably won't get all that I wish for. I never do but there have been many times that things have gone my way. So here is my Christmas wish list:

    • That each child who wants to succeed have a mentor who can help him or her reach that goal.

    • That battered and abused women will find the courage to say enough is enough and move beyond that relationship.

    • That elected officials will put the what's best for everyone above their selfish motives.

  • Jags trample local competition

    The East Gadsden High School Jaguars’ season opener was played Dec. 1 against Jefferson County. The Jags came out on top of the Tigers, 84-58.

    Game leaders were Jessie Ray with 12 points and two steals, Andre Robinson had eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots. John Battles added eight points, six assists and four steals, while Desmond Gibson pitched in eight points, five rebounds and three assists.

  • Church News

    • The Church of Redeemed Believers will host a Christmas program Dec. 23 at 7:30 pm. Guest speaker is Tommy Walker from Virginia.

    • On the Move for Jesus will host a Watch Night service New Year’s Eve at 9 p.m.

  • Proctor, Peacock to marry in 2010

    Joey and Cyndi Proctor of Bristol, and Alan and Kim Peacock of Altha, are pleased to  announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their children, Joanna Lee Proctor and Trey Alan Peacock.

    The wedding is planned for Feb. 20, 2010 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Greensboro at 4 p.m. No invitations will be sent.

    A reception will immediately follow at W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown. 

  • Community Calendar

    The Keeping Independent Seniors Safe program kickoff brunch scheduled for Dec. 18 has been rescehduled for Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the A.O. Shelfer National Guard Armory. Florida Secretary of Elder Affairs Doug Beach will be the speaker. The brunch is free, but because of limited seating, tickets are required. For more information or to get a ticket, call Tashonda Williams at the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office at 850-627-9233.


  • Teligent worker burned in explosion


    The workers names have been released. They were not released to the Times prior to press time for the print edition. The burn victim was James Lambeth, 20, of Tallahassee. Kenny Walker, 47, of Bainbridge, Ga., was also injured in the explosion.

    An explosion at TeligentEMS in Havana has left one person burned and another injured.

  • Days are numbered for street vendors in Quincy

    The days are numbered for vendors who want to peddle their wares along the streets of Quincy. Commissioners voted Dec. 8 to discontinue issuing licenses after September 2010. City attorney Larry White has been crafting an ordinance for several months now that, when approved by commissioners, will eliminate peddlers from U.S. Highway 90 and Pat Thomas Parkway.

    Commissioners said they are not trying to prevent  people from making a living but they want to improve the overall look of the city.

  • Farm Share to deliver food to Havana, Midway

    Farm Share Inc., the organization known for bridging the gap between the harvest and the hungry, is making sure needy families in North Florida will have fresh produce to serve to their loved ones this holiday season. 

  • GCSO finds pot house and more than $100K of product

    Acting on a tip, deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office arrested a Havana couple Dec. 16.

    Douglas James Ford, 54, and his 58-year-old wife, Debra Ann Ford, have both been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a house where drugs are sold and stored. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at more than $100,000.