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Today's News

  • "Sensei Barnie" gets a little help from his friends

    A man who has given so much to so many now needs a little help himself.

    Barnie Ross, also known as “Sensei Barnie” by the kids he coaches at Havana’s Alpha UpKudo Karate, underwent knee replacement surgery and is doing well in rehabilitation, according to Anne Radke, owner of the karate facility.

  • TDC strategic plan put on hold

    The strategic plan presented by the Gadsden County Tourist Development Council to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners has been put on hold for the time being.

    The 72-page document was presented by TDC members Hement Patel and Jeff Dubree, who gave a PowerPoint presentation briefly outlining the plan’s main points.

  • Ida expected to bring lots of rain locally

    Gadsden County can expect from 3 to 5 inches of rain from Tropical Storm Ida as it makes landfall early Nov. 10 near Mobile, Ala.

    "The storm is actually going to hit further west that we thought. It looks like we ducked this one. But we need to be mindful of flooding because our rivers and creeks are pretty well saturated. A lot of the rain is going to be north of us in Alabama and northern Georgia which mean we going to see the rivers rise even higher in about a week," said Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood.

  • Farm employees beg governor: Help us

    If Florida Prime Mushrooms Inc., formerly Quincy Farms, closes because management cannot secure a loan to keep production going, 200 jobs could be lost. That's why approximately 25 employees and their families were trying to attract attention to their plight between noon and 1 p.m. Nov. 9.

    "We want to work. We've cut everywhere we can. Management has been trying for 9 months to get a loan from the bank. The banks are getting the money from the federal government but they're not making it available," said Les States, a veteran company employee.

  • Allegedly Speaking...

    We recently  had to “fall back”...and we all rejoiced at the thought of an extra hour of sleep. Or maybe that was just me.

    Daylight savings time...who the heck thought that one up? According to the history books, it was a dude with some tiny glasses and a bad haircut – Benjamin Franklin. He thought it up, but it wasn’t implemented until 1907. It was made law in the U.S. in 1918.

  • Comtemplations...

    This Friday night is another opportunity for people to get out and do something. There's a lot going on and it's all family-friendly. Whether you like to get out early or stay late you can have your choice. Hopefully Tropical Storm Ida will have fizzled out or at least left this part of the country.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road...Truly Blessed

    I am truly amazed and grateful at how the Lord just continues to bestow his blessings upon me! 

    Even today I was able to take my morning walk along Twin Ponds Road on a beautiful and peaceful morning.  Along the way I was again given the chance to observe three deer a few yards away from me.  It seems they were out and enjoying the wonderful morning also.  We all paused from what we were doing and took time to gaze at one another. 

  • Reader lauds new county administrator

    It was a pleasant experience last week learning that Gadsden County now has a county administrator who is both accessible and responsive.  Maybe better things are in store for us at the county courthouse after all, if he will just stay with us.

     

    Howard Young

    Quincy

  • Band should be allowed to participate

    It concerns me that West Gadsden High School's band was unable to perform in the annual fall festival and parade at Florida State Hospital. It is my understanding that this is due to concerns regarding their dance routines and outfits at FAMU's homecoming parade.

    Being that dance is a style that blacks perform so well has drawn the attention of others, even as great as praise and worshipping.

    So there seems to be no serious concerns about removing prayer more so than standard outfits and a dance routine created by some individual.

    Gwen Smith

  • Jags take big win on Senior Night; Panthers lose to Hawks

    Head Coach Scott Anderson was in pain all day last Friday but not the pain of defeat since the East Gadsden High School Jaguars were coming off a win a week ago. Anderson was having stomach pains but he put them aside to take on Union County in this season’s final game.

    After the game the pain was worse and at around 2 a.m. he was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered his appendix had burst, but not before his team burst the Union County Tigers’ hopes of a win.