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Today's News

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “You’d better behave yourself or we’ll have to put a lump of coal in your stocking,” whispered my tenor buddy, Larry. He was wearing that weird smile that was characteristically his, while leaning over with another of his now-famous, humorous remarks.

    It was our Christmas Eve service at Lake Jackson UMC. It wasn’t going to be a long. The choir would sing a few easy pieces; it should be peaceful and simple.

  • Church News

    • The annual Betty Williams Keaton Scholarship Gospel Extravaganza will be held at First Elizabeth MB Church in Quincy Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Williams family and the Gadsden Mass Choir, the event will raise scholarship funds for local students. Guest performers include the Bethlehem Gospel Singers from Tallahassee. For more information, call Nina Williams at 627-8625.

  • Community Calendar

    The Quincy Music Theatre will present “Grease” Feb. 19-21 and 26-28. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. For ticket information, go online at www.qmtonline.com or call 875-9444.

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    The Gadsden County Tobacco-Free Partnership encourages all local businesses to be smoke-free. For more information, call 386-2065 or go e-mail jcichy@lungfla.org.

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  • Investigators close in on theft ring

    Gadsden County Sheriff's Office investigators began rounding up and questioning people this week they believe may have been involved in a theft ring that targeted the Havana home of a dead man. Inv. Brian Faison said the thefts were reported by the caretaker of the estate of Wilton Hall, who died 2 years ago.

    "They took just about everything you could take out of a four-bedroom house and garage," Faison said.

  • Students give above and beyond to aid Haitians

    “Usually I’m begging for money. I was promised $3,000, but for you all to collect this much money, well, this is just wonderful,” said Capital Area Chapter of the Red Cross representative Debara Jump. “You should be commended.”

    Jump was speaking to a group of students gathered at the Gadsden County School District Office today for a very special purpose – to donate to help the Haitian people.

  • Quincy submits app for incinerator

    The city of Quincy has submitted an application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to begin operating an incinerator at Byrd Landfill on Selman Road. But opponents of the incinerator don't want it in Quincy because they feel it is a hazard to public health and that two incinerators (including the proposed Gretna plant) in Gadsden County are not welcome.

    Comparisons to the proposed biomass plant in Gretna, said Quincy city manager Jack McLean, are false.

  • Local student has become ‘bee whisperer’

    Members of the Michael Moore Masonic Lodge on East Washington Street noticed bees inside the building last year. The bees were not large in number but as the year passed, bee sightings increased. A professional pest control company was called to exterminate the pesky bees but they always returned a few days later.

  • City of Chattachoochee, school board square off over gas bill

    School board members voted 4-1 Tuesday night to not pay half of a $21,724.96 natural gas bill as requested by the city of Chattahoochee.

    The board requested the city of Chattahoochee cut off the gas meter at the old Chattahoochee High School and “red tag” it in April 2007. Sometime afterward, the meter was turned on again and remained on, undetected, until the meter was removed recently and the gas line plugged.

  • Did county overpay attorneys?

    Eugene Lamb, chairman of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, has asked the county's administrator to look into the amount of money the county paid the law firm of Williams, Wilson & Sexton between 2005 and 2009 and determine if the county was over charged.

  • City to continue pursuit of permit to reopen incinerator

    Quincy city commissioners will continue to pursue a license from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to reopen the air curtain incinerator at Byrd Landfill. The vote was unanimous during the Jan. 26 regular meeting. The city receives an average of 220 tons of yard trash and land clearing debris into the landfill each year.

    Opponents think the city should find alternatives before seeking a permit.

    James Maloy, president of Gadsden County Concerned Citizens, told commissioners that he opposes incinerators at both state and local levels.