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Today's News

  • Area schools prep students for upcoming FCAT

    Gadsden County teachers and students are working overtime to prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and the efforts are taking place in and out of the classroom.

    At St. John Elementary School, parents have been asked to make sure their children attend school regularly so that attendance is not a contributing factor to FCAT failure. Attendance awards are being presented in the intermediate grades to encourage the students.

  • Local hero makes headlines, leaves legacy

    The African-American fabric is woven with many threads. There is no one episode or event that defines the history of a people, but it is rather a mixture of all the parts that make up the whole.

    As the first man of color from Quincy to play professional football, Mack Lee Hill put the city's name in front of national television audiences on many Sunday afternoons. As a running back, Hill compiled an impressive record in the two years he played the sport before his life was cut short.

  • Church Briefs

    • First Baptist Church in Quincy holds Sunday School each week at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 10:55. Sunday evening worship begins at 6 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are broadcast on Sunday events at 6 p.m. on 93.3 FM.

    The church has scheduled a Lay Renewal Weekend for Feb. 27 - March 1. All groups will be led by a christian lay team from across north Florida. For more information, call the church office at 627-9688.

  • Lee, Williams to be married Feb. 21

    Mary and Johnny Lee, along with Bertha Kirkland and John Williams, all of Quincy, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Temeka L. Lee and Quinton Williams.

    The bride-elect is a training instructor, and is the granddaughter of Dorothy Hinson and Rebecca Thomas.

    The groom-elect is employed at the Quincy Annex and is a graduate of the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.

    The wedding is planned for Feb. 21 at Christian Heritage Church in Tallahassee at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at Cross Creek Golf Course.

  • Event designed to help residents save money

    Want to get information that will help you with your financial problems? Come to AmericaSAVES/GadsdenSAVES Countywide Financial Conference Feb 26 at the University of Florida Research Center from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Program speakers will cover such topics as, "What To Do If You Cannot Pay Your Utilities Bills," "Where To Go To Find Training To Help You Learn A Trade Or Seek Work" and "Learning How to Save for Emergencies."

  • 'Parade the Musical' opens tonight in Quincy

    "Parade the Musical" opens tonight at the Leaf Theater at 8 p.m., a production of the Quincy Music Theatre.

    The production is based on a true story and is directed by Eric Hurst, with musical direction by Bryan Richards. Lead actors are Anthony Methvin and Rachael Adams.

    "Parade" is based on the actual case of Leo Frank, who is falsely accused of killing 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta in 1913. The play, written by Alfred Uhry, opened on Broadway in 1998 where it garnered a Tony Award for Best Original Score.

  • Daughters on opposite sides face heartache during sentencing hearing

    Updated 1:15 p.m.

    Leon Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker handed down a life sentence today for Hernandez Lopaz Daniels, convicted Tuesday of killing Constance Dupont, a Havana resident and former law enforcement informant. The sentence was recommended by the jury after an hour-long deliberation.

    Updated 9:30 a.m.

    Two daughters made tearful pleas for their parents Thursday as part of their testimony during the sentencing hearing for Hernandez Lopaz Daniels, who is facing a possible death penalty or life in prison.

  • Teacher of the Year says she’s found her niche in education

    LaTonya Rollinson took the scenic route to becoming an educator, but she is sure she has found her niche.

    Recently named the Gadsden County Teacher of the Year 2009-10, Rollinson has worked in the Gadsden County Clerk’s Office, for the city of Quincy and in the juvenile court, a job for which she said she had a lot of passion.

    But after being given the opportunity to work at Crossroad Academy, Rollinson, who has taught at Havana Elementary School for six years, knew she’d found her true calling.

  • City up on utilities after more than a decade of delinquency

    After more than 10 years of delinquent payments to Quincy utility provider Progress Energy, the city is current, according to City Manager Jack McLean. For the past two years the city has been as much as 120 to 150 days behind.

    "I am proud to say that we have caught up, but it has been a cooperative effort. We did not rob Peter to pay Paul, but we tackled it inch by inch," McLean said. Theresa Moore, finance director, has done an outstanding job helping to manage the cash flow, McLean added.

  • Homeowners warned: Look out for meter reader safety

    Ann Sherman, city of Quincy customer service director, says that meter readers face danger each time they attempt to read meters at some homes. During a Jan. 8 meeting with meter readers, Sherman learned obstacles created by homeowners are slowing up accuracy and "interfere with the performance of their (readers) duties."

    In addition to trying to read through glass that has become opaque with age, readers have been chased by vicious dogs and have been reduced to crawling through and under overgrown shrubbery to gain access to meters.