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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Local church plays large role in community, Black History

    The African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated its 222nd anniversary this past Sunday. The church has been the cornerstone of life since slavery in the local African-American community.

  • Second-half spurt carries Jaguars to win

    The West Gadsden High School Panthers put up quite a bit of first-half resistance. When things were all said and done, East Gadsden had too much height and depth for the Panthers and the Jaguars came away with an 80-43 win in a county rival basketball game Thursday night.

    Behind the play of John Battles, Jesse Winbush and Antonio Bostick, West Gadsden stayed close in the first half.

    East Gadsden came out in the second half, took over the boards, hit some outside shots and closed down things defensively to collect their second win of the year over the Panthers.

  • Local athletes ink college deals

    West Gadsden High School’s Gary Brown and East Gadsden High’s Lance Ray signed scholarships with Southeastern Conference universities last Wednesday on the first day of signings.

    Brown a 6-feet, 4-inch, 280-pound defensive lineman inked with national champion, the University of Florida, in a 10 a.m. ceremony.

    Ray a 6-feet, 1-inch, 180-pound wide receiver, signed with Arkansas just two hours earlier.

    Both players made All-State in their respective classes and both qualify academically.

  • Community Briefs

    Teen Court will be held Feb. 17, March 3, 17 and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 23. The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court program offers youthful offenders an alternative to prosecution through the juvenile justice system. The program meets on the above dates from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. For more information, contact Tiffany Parsons-Braswell at 875-7596.

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  • FCAT Explosion helps prep kids of all ages for upcoming statewide test

    It started out as an effort to help students in grades six through 12 prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. It turned into an all-out effort to not only help students of all ages get ready for the test, but to help them do better in school and in life as well.

    East Gadsden High School hosted an FCAT Explosion during the month of January, an idea brought forth during a Parent Teacher Association meeting at the school.

  • Church Briefs

    • First Baptist Church in Quincy 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.

    • Church services at Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church are held the first, second and fourth Sundays at 11 a.m., and at 8 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Church school begins at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning.

  • Barkley, Thomas united in marriage

    Helen Franks and Earnest Barkley Jr. of Gretna, along with Sharon Brinson Thomas and the late Ronnie Martin Thomas Sr. of Quincy, are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Reshawn Barkley and Ronnie Martin Thomas Jr.

    The bride is a graduate of Gadsden Couny schools and earned her bachelor's degree in business economics at FAMU and her master's at Mercer University in Atlanta. She is employed as a private wealth advisor with SunTrust Bank.