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Today's News

  • Midway councilman unseated

    Midway Councilman Chuck Willis of District 4 was formally ousted from the council by his fellow councilmembers at the city’s April meeting last Thursday.
    Willis was informally voted out of the council at a special meeting March 17 for violating city charter rules stipulating councilmembers live in the district they represent, therefore requiring councilmembers to vacate seats if they move out of their districts.

    The original vote to remove Willis had to be ratified at a regular monthly meeting, hence it being handled at the meeting April 7 .

  • Ferguson, Mo., official speaks on protest over Michael Brown’s death

    Sharing his experiences as director of protest security during the Ferguson, Mo. unrest that ensued after Michael Brown was killed during an officer-involved shooting nearly two years ago, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke to attendees during Day One of the 2016 Rural County Summit Tuesday afternoon.
    Johnson explained that although the protest was the longest in American history, it had no deaths.

  • Graham touts ag youth programs in Gadsden

    Congresswoman Gwen Graham hosted an evening event at the UF IFAS Center Monday to help spread information on the USDA StrikeForce program, which she referred to as an “incredible opportunity to bring resources to Gadsden County.”
    Graham said the program was intended for counties with persistent poverty, which was defined as a place with a 20 percent poverty rate for at least
    30 years.

  • Pastor of Charleston, S.C., church aims at giants

    Pastor of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Dr. Betty Clark was the night’s marquee speaker Tuesday at a worship service in East Gadsden High School’s gymnasium in conjunction with the fifth annual Rural County Summit.
    Though speakers before her Tuesday night made reference to the Charleston Shooting deaths that occurred at her church this past summer — after which she was named pastor — Clark did not speak on the killings.

  • BOCC pledges $25K to Arts Center

    To go along with the $25,000 pledge it received from the City of Quincy Commission, the Gadsden Arts Center received a $25,000 pledge from the Gadsden County commissioners at the latter’s meeting
    Tuesday.
    The funds will be used to create a children’s studio, add a gallery where local artists can display their work, double the size of the gallery shop and expand the collection space for its African American Vernacular Art Collection, according to meeting filings.

  • Praise & Worship

    Summer camp
    experience with a Chick-Fil-A flair

    Chick-Fil-A WinShape camp is coming to Quincy, Aug. 8 through 12. Come be a part of this incredible adventure combining sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provide a professionally trained staff to help create meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience in your community. Camp site will be First Baptist Church, 210 W. Washington St., Quincy.
    To check out the camp, go to: http://camps.winshape.org/camps-for-communities/

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    As my wife, Judy, waved to me through our office window from the backyard and flashed that beautiful smile of hers toward me, it warmed my heart.
    This wonderful woman, wife and mother spends most of her day performing tasks around the house and yard to please me.
    She is what most of us would call an “old-fashioned housewife” — she’s very clean, fussy, and makes other women feel uncomfortable whenever they visit us.

  • Rethinking Education

    If the state of Florida is serious about helping each child succeed in school and reach full potential as an adult, it needs to find a radically different way to conduct business.

  • Rethinking Education

    By BILL HOATSON

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “Hon, come quick! Look at the bluebird on the fence,” Judy called out to me hurriedly.
    I didn’t waste any time in rushing to the large kitchen window where she pointed to a proud, male bluebird sitting atop our fence in a dignified manner.
    His body was of that lush, deep blue, only a male Eastern bluebird possesses. His breast was prominent, displaying a magnificent shade of fiery orange.
    He allowed us to admire him for an instant before he flew away into the azure sky.