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Today's News

  • They're not heavy, they're my brothers...and sisters

    In this week’s column, I’d like to pay tribute to some people who are very important to me – my friends.

    Some of them I haven’t seen in years, but they have never left my thoughts and prayers. Some of them I’ve only heard from on occasion; others, I hear from several times a day through a wonderful little thing called Facebook. There are also those that I see several times a year, and talk to on the phone at least once a week.

  • Hank was man's best friend...and mine

    You know how you have this image, when you get a dog, of him standing by your side, wagging his tail and jumping at your every command? Hank wasn’t that dog.

    Jesse rescued him from the animal shelter. “It will be a great Christmas present for Mom.”

    “Son,” we had perused over 30 dogs in 20 different holding pens, “Let’s get one of these pretty puppies over here; that one you’re holding is about half ugly.”

  • I remember where we were, and I see how far we've come

    This week is one, most agree, for the history books. The first African-American was sworn in as president of the United States Tuesday. As momentous as this week is, my thoughts go back decades to how things once were and how far we have come as a nation.

  • It's time for the lighter side of things

    Now that we’ve elected and inaugurated a new president, gotten through the holiday rush and we’ve started a brand new year, it’s time, in my opinion, for a little silliness. I think we need to take a break. We’ve faced hard decisions, made tough choices and returned the ugly sweater from Aunt Agnes...it’s definitely time for some fun.

    So I’m breaking out the Southern humor card. I hope you enjoy reading these Southern expressions we’ve probably all used and heard our whole lives...

  • I weep for the simplicity of my electoral past

    I don’t know about you, but I did not get invited to the inauguration. They had to swear in the new president without me. Come to think of it, Truman didn’t send for me, nor did Ike or JFK or Lyndon B... There seems to be a trend here.

    I reckon these presidents know my limitations. I’m not exactly “inaugurating” erudite. We didn’t waste much time swearing’em in back in my formative years.

  • FWC probing bald eagle slaying; reward offered

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is appealing to the public for information about a bald eagle found dead Wednesday afternoon in a burrow pit in the Apalachicola National Forest.

    FWC Law Enforcement Officer Charlie Mallow found the immature eagle in a pit off Forest Road 13 in Wakulla County. Someone with a rifle apparently shot the bird once.

  • Boyd votes to prohibit release of rescue funds

    Citing the lack of accountability and oversight in the implementation of the financial rescue package, Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) today voted to prohibit the release of the remaining rescue funds through the Troubled Assets Relief Program, which became law last October. Under the TARP legislation, the U.S. Treasury Department was provided $350 billion last fall to stabilize the financial industry, and the remaining $350 billion would only be provided after Congressional authorization.

  • City phone numbers changed

    If you want to contact anyone at Quincy City Hall, the new number is 681-0200.

    The city of Quincy's telephone system is almost complete. The staff, said John Thomas, information technology director, has addressed all of the technical problems. The information technology department began designing the system in October of last year.

  • City, county still debating over new fire contract

    There is still no fire contract between Gadsden County and the city of Quincy beyond March and Tuesday night, during the regular meeting of the city commissioners, two officials made it clear that if there is no contract they don't want the fire engines to roll beyond the stipulated 5-mile radius.

  • County’s representatives take a look at what’s needed, what’s available

    In anticipation of economic stimulus funds, Gadsden County officials presented the first draft of its package to the Legislative Delegation last Thursday evening. Sen. Al Lawson, along with representatives Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Alan Williams, listened as Gadsden County Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb outlined the proposed infrastructure projects the county needs funded.

    "If funding is available, we are requesting that you do whatever you can to help us," Lamb said.