Today's News

  • New year off to a greens start

    When it comes to New Year’s traditional foods and why people eat them at the start of each year — greens are for the money.  So this past Saturday many people were out buying freshly picked turnips and collards for their New Year’s dinner.
    Greens, black-eyed peas and pork are a well-known southern New Year’s tradition.  According to old stories passed down through generations, the leafy greens, whether turnips, collards, or mustards, represent wealth and prosperity in the new year.

  • Seasonal business a Gadsden County tradition in holiday snacking

    Davunda Watkins
    Special to the Times

  • District announces Teacher of the Year

    The students in Pamela Bryant’s third-grade class were just as excited as she was, if not more when this past Friday, Gadsden Schools Superintendent Roger Milton walked into her classroom. “Please excuse the interruption,” Milton said, just before announcing that Bryant is the 2017-2018 teacher of the year for Gadsden County’s public schools.
    The children clapped and cheered as he handed Bryant the flowers and balloons he was carrying.  Bryant covered her face as tears ran down it.

  • Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Gadsden Chapter is asking the communiy to join them for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Celebrate Life and Unity in the Community! 
    The celebration will be at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center inQuincy on Monday, Jan. 15.
    The Freedom Walk Begins at 7:45 am. Free Breakfast will be served at 8:15 am.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    We may have grown up poor, and our home looked like a tar-papered, one-level chicken coop, but how my brothers and I loved to go sliding (sledding) whenever we would have a decent snowfall the night before.
    Just like the kids around the Bamburg area of South Carolina did a couple of days ago, when they brought out their sleds or made up some contraption like a father did when he pushed his child down a hill in a laundry basket, we sledded any time we could.
    We lived in cold Connecticut, where we always had plenty of snow for sliding most of the time.


    There was a time in the not-too-distant past when moonshine was a big commodity in Gadsden County. Even though moonshine was illegal, it seemed to have a large following just the same. Actually this county was “dry,” and even bonded liquor was illegal.
    Back to the moonshine: There were those who made it, those who distributed it, and those who drank it. Sometimes the lines between the makers, distributors and the drinkers became real blurred; however, the concept of moonshining stayed close to those three parts.


    I’m not sure how long ago I may have mentioned my washing machine and it’s being on its last leg, but I can tell you this: It stood on that one leg and washed the heck out of some clothes for almost two full years! Not to say that it didn’t shake, rattle and roll — at times I thought that end of the house would just come apart, but it still did its job, so we ignored it.

  • Jags handle Trojans at home

    The first half of Gadsden County’s basketball season has not gone as planned, but last Friday the Jaguars gained some momentum for the second half of their season with a 66-56 win over Hamilton County.
    “During the first half of the season we lost three games by a total of five points,” Gadsden High Coach Moten said. “If those games would have went our way we’d be where I expected we would. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, up and down.”

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “Brah! Braah! Wah! Whaa!, A’rau-ow!”
    “Thank, God,” the unsettling, early morning silence had been broken by a wonderful flock of Canadian geese flying overhead.
    The sound of the geese was the first I had heard upon arising from my usual 5 a.m., except for the harsh ringing in my ears that had awakened me in a near panic earlier, at 2:34 a.m., when I thought an alarm was going off in the house.
    The dog was also calling me to let him out of his cage and into our warm bed.


    Byron Spires
    Times columnist