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Today's News

  • Today's holiday is not the same as in years past

    In the distant past, the Fourth of July was a holiday of much fun and patriotic feelings. But the feeling of today’s Fourth is vastly different from that of yesteryear.

  • Swine flu case confirmed in Gadsden County

    The Gadsden County Health Department was notified today of the first confirmed case of the novel H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in Gadsden County. The Gadsden County Health Department continues to work closely with other health care partners to monitor the situation.

  • Items needed for Shanks makeover

    Gadsden County Coalition for Change - Shanks Middle School Makeover

    1400 West King Street, Quincy

    Mark Your Calendar!  July 11 - July 18                

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Goal: To create a fresh, clean and comfortable learning environment for Shanks Middle School students thus raising the bar for Gadsden County academics by creating a much needed personal involvement from Shanks students, parents, families and friends throughout the community.

  • Former Quincy Farms clerk confesses to embezzlement

    A former accounts payable clerk at Quincy Farms, Elizabeth Ann Glisson, confessed Tuesday that she embezzled $160,598.17 from the company between 2007 and 2009. Glisson, 43, also known as Elizabeth Cheshi or Elizabeth Cheshire, has been charged with grand theft.

    "I believe this is the largest amount of money that has ever been embezzled in the county," said Inv. Scott Ivey of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Medical center employee arrested, charged with theft

    A 54-year-old employee at Gadsden Medical Center was arrested July 7 and charged with petit theft. The Havana woman, Dorotherias "Dorotha" Jenkins, allegedly took money from an elderly woman's purse as she waited to see the doctor, according to Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Arts center to host fundraiser for Mitchell documentary

    After having stalled for 2 years, the Dean Mitchell Documentary Film Project has a breath of new life. To help defray the cost of the production that will tell the story of his life, the Gadsden Arts Center is hosting a special exhibition of Mitchell's original watercolor paintings. The net proceeds from the paintings sold will be used to procure the services of Nolan Walker, a renowned writer and producer of documentaries.

  • Time for a change...or not

    Well...if there’s anything that’s constant in this life, it’s change.

    I was supposed to have started a new job this past Monday. It didn’t happen. I was promised things that, when it came time to sign on the dotted line, weren’t delivered. I politely declined, and came home to the Times. I’m a lot of things, but stupid ain’t one of them.

  • Same sermon, different year

    Every year around this time I preach the same sermon.

    We are one month into hurricane season and thankfully there has been nothing sighted in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. But the last thing we need to do is become complacent. Now is the time to get ready for hurricane season by doing all of those things that the National Weather Service deems important. Now is the time to get those trees cut down or trimmed.

  • A good 'chaw' is worth a thousand words

    Raymond Mercer would ease a “chaw” of  "Day's Work" from one side of his jaw to the other. He’d squint off toward the back of the Parke Theater. He’d squat down on his haunches and expertly ease a load of juice equal distance between the toes of his trail worn Red Wings. He’d peer up at Luke Finley’s dark-colored mule. He’d squint back toward the theater again, spit and slightly nod his head up and down. We all breathed a sigh of relief. He bought the animal!

  • Remembering MJ

    The sudden death of legendary pop star Michael Jackson is a reminder that no matter how iconic you are you are mortal too.

    His shocking death is no question, in my opinion, much larger than Elvis Presley's in 1977. People of all walks of life broke down in tears.

    Michael never really had the formal education he needed because his father pushed him hard growing up in show business. He was a child prodigy with a sweet singing voice, and by the time he was older, his talent was the best, bar none. He became the King of Pop and filled arenas around the world.