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Today's News

  • Restaurants in Havana pass muster with health inspectors

    Restaurants in Havana have been given the thumbs-up by state health inspectors – for the most part.

    During conducted inspections – some as recent as the end of June – five restaurants passed muster with no violations, according to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Those restaurants included Bugsy’s Pizza & Stuff, Burger King, Havana Trading Company, Hobbit Hoagies of Havana and The Tomato Cafe & Tea Room.

    The Magnolia Cafe had no critical violations, but was cited for a non-critical infraction.

  • My overgrown lawn, 'tis of thee...

    As I drive down the street where I live in Havana each day, it’s easy to tell which neighbors have better things to do than mow their lawns.

    Some folks mow their lawns religiously. I haven’t seen them do it, but I suspect they use a ruler to make sure the grass the perfect height. I’d even be willing to bet some of them use a level to make sure it’s all even.

  • EGHS football players attend Crimson Tide camp

    East Gadsden High School Jaguar football players Antwan Matthews and Wiley Williams recently attended the Nick Saban Crimson Tide Football Camp at the University of Alabama.  

    Williams, serving as a running back in his junior year, said, “The experience can only help me to improve, and I’m glad I had the chance to go.”  

    Matthews, also a junior last year, said, “They really put you to the test with some very intense training, and I accomplished a lot.”

  • Thank God for generous friends

    The Lord does provide. In the past week or so I have experienced the Lord’s help and assistance in several ways. He has been beside me, as He has so many times in the past, and I am humbly grateful.

    As my beloved readers may know, my wife Judy and I have been very busy with the business of settling her mother’s affairs and doing our best to prepare her Wacissa home and 10 acres for occupancy. Her mother has been in a nursing home since last September due to the rapid onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Church Briefs

    • Thomas Memorial Baptist Church announces the Personal Fitness Challenge, a six-week program for children who have completed grades three through six. The challenge will be Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Sessions will be held in the TMBC Recreation Center, 1111 West Washington St., Quincy.

  • Watch out for scams; they're in our backyard

    Last week a call came into the office from retired reporter Jack Nelson, who lives in Bethesda, Md. He wanted to ask a few questions regarding a letter he received from an East Washington Street address in Quincy. The letter informed Nelson that he was the winner of a $50,000 lottery. And just to show they were on the up and up, a check made out to Nelson in the amount of $985 was enclosed.

  • It takes a village; or so it would seem

    I’ve heard it said that it takes a village to raise a child. I have no idea if that is true or not. We grew up out at the end of Stonewall Street. The blacktop ended up at the hill in front of Paul David Campbell’s house. You had to crunch the gravel beneath your feet to get on out to us.

  • Driving down the road? It's a democracy

    I’ve been experimenting over the past week. I decided to drive the speed limit. No pushing the limit, no the-cops-won’t-notice-if-I-go-a-mile-or-two-over attitude...none of that. I’ve driven the speed limit wherever I’ve gone, no excuses.

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m as guilty as the next person of pushing the speed limit. When I’ve run late, I’ve driven faster than I should. I admit it. But this past week, I decided to do the right thing.

    And it’s been a real education.

  • An A is an A...and a C is a C

    It has been a long time ago since I was in school, and there have been a lot of changes. In my opinion, some of those changes have made things better and some have not.

  • Be mine forever...for now

    One Valentine’s Day we grew weary of the same old “Be Mine Forever” cards, the same old chocolate and the same old girls. Our town was fairly small. Me and Ricky, Yogi, Don and Buddy had been swapping cards with Jane, LaRenda, Graylene, Pam and Ruth Ann since the first grade. Miss Carolyn demanded it. Miss Dorothy, the next year, quoted her verbatim. And then Miss Belle and Miss Dinwiddie...well, you can see our problem.