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Today's News

  • We waited to provide you the local perspective

    I received a phone call last week regarding our front page. I was not in when the person called, however, I was given the message soon after I returned.

    The person’s beef? Our front page didn’t have our new president’s photo on it. I spoke with the person, and I have to say, she was quite pleasant as she made her case. We wished one another “good day” and the conversation ended.

  • Reader admires new president’s delivery of inauguration speech

    Did you listen to how President Barack Obama said the word "ask" during his inauguration speech? He said "ask" not "ax." (An "ax" is a chopping or cutting tool. "Ask" means "to call on for an answer."

    If a person says "I am going to ax someone," it sounds like they are getting ready to attack somebody.

    Set aside politics for a minute and listen to how Obama speaks correctly.

    On this matter, I think we should emulate him.

    Paul Mazzotta

    Chattahoochee

  • My day for twins has finally arrived

    I was sitting on a life guard stand in 1962 when Gray Oliver walked around the corner. She was 6 or 7 and I thought, “What a cute little kid!” Before I could blink another one just like her appeared right behind her! I fell off the stand. They both strolled right up to me. “Are you the life guard?”

    “No, I’m an alien left here when the space ship from Nona took off without me. Are y’all twins?”

  • Tallavana, Munroe take wins

    Both the Tallavana Christian School and Robert F. Munroe boys basketball teams had success Friday night.

    The Tallavana Lions won a home game against Gateway Baptist while Munroe’s Bobcats defeated Maranatha in Tallahassee.

    Grant Braynen led a contingent of four Tallavana players in scoring in their 65-62 win. The Lions led most of the game but had to hold off a late Gateway charge.

  • Panthers lose pair of district games

    The West Gadsden High School Panthers faced a pair of Gulf County District 3-A basketball foes last week and lost both times in competitive contests.

    The latest loss came Friday night in the West Gadsden gym when state-ranked Port St. Joe edged the Panthers 75-68 using a 28-16 third quarter edge to gain the advantage. John Battles zipped his way for 27 points to head West Gadsden's effort.

    Fonda Davis had 23 points to top Port St. Joe. He also had 17 blocked shots that helped hold off the home team.

  • EGHS zaps No. 2 Rickards 72-62

    The Rickards Raider basketball team had been marching right through the Big Bend and District 2-4A to the tune of a 17-0 record. The Raiders the top team in the area as well as the state's No. 2 Class 4-A team.

    But East Gadsden High School’s Jaguars put the Raiders and the rest of the state on notice that the rest of the year may be different with a 72-62 win over Rickards in the Raider gym Saturday night.

  • Job fair offers help to local displaced workers

    Each morning, instead of going to his job at Quincy Farms, Ronald Anderson gets up at the usual 6:30 a.m. and heads to his kitchen. He'd rather be going out to work but instead he prepares breakfast for his wife before she goes to work.

    "That's the hardest part for me, watching my wife go to work every day. I clean the house and I've been looking for work, in Leon County, at Florida State Hospital and all over Gadsden County, but I haven't had any luck," Anderson said.

  • Communty Briefs

    Quincy City Commission meets at Quincy City Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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    Gadsden County Commission meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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    Gadsden County Planning and Zoning meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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    Gretna City Commission meets at Gretna City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Coalition works to help local residents in need

    Overcast skies and a few light sprinkles Saturday only energized some members of the newly-formed Gadsden County Coalition for Change as they spent a big part of the day boxing and delivering non-perishable food items to organizations that feed Quincy's hungry. Most of the 20 members of the organization worked in the campaign of President Barack Obama and supported his ideas of community service.

  • Despite cold temperatures, historic event warms heart of local woman

    Handheld heat packs were never a part of Betsey Thomas' wardrobe until last week. The $1 purchases kept Thomas' hands and feet warm when she experienced the "coldest day of her life." But the temperature was irrelevant because Thomas was warmed through and through as she attended the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States.

    “I had on layers of clothing and I used the hot packs in my boots and in my gloves. They kept me warm but there were so many people around us packed so tightly and that provided a little more warmth," she said.