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Today's News

  • Community Calender

    Gadsden County 4-H is seeking 4-H alumni to help celebrate the 100th year of Florida 4-H. Call Sydney Pryer at 875-4682 or e-mail to dpvtrainer@yahoo.com.

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  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Exotic glass balls had a way of escaping from large fishing nets that some Japanese fishermen used in the Pacific Ocean to keep their nets afloat. In time, these now-free objects would drift to the shores of isolated Wake Island, located about 2,300 miles west of Honolulu. They were of all sizes, greenish in color and usually opaque. I have seen them as small as 3 inches in diameter all the way up to over a foot.  Sometimes I’d find them washed up onto the shore still enclosed in a piece of netting.

  • Former LEO still watching out for locals

    Alvan Pickels knows just abut every inch of Gadsden County. He can take you to some of the most beautiful, idyllic settings there are to be found in this part of Florida. That's because in his 45 years in law enforcement he has seen it all at one time or another.

    Pickels came to Quincy in 1964 after he heard about an opening in the Quincy Police Department.

  • Literacy program recognizes volunteers

    Two years ago Sonja Hines-Hall, a tutor with the Gadsden County Literacy Volunteers of America, met an 82-year-old man who told her he wanted to learn to write his name. His motivation was the shame he felt when he signed his name with an X. He told he her wanted to sign his driver's license.

    Last month the man got his wish. Hines-Hall took him to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a new license. This time, she said, he wrote his name.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Bradwell, Thorpe married June 13

    Christopher "Duke" Thorpe and Tia Bradwell were united in marriage June 13 at Jacob Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Tallahassee. A reception followed at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

    The couple honeymooned on a seven-day cruise to the Western Caribbean.

  • Quincy city officials announce credit for utility customers

    Quincy utility customers will get a credit on their utility bills in the near future. The credits, which will be between $5 and $31, are the result of a $180,000 energy overcharge by Progress Energy.

    "The overcharge occurred for transportation between June of 2008 and July of 2009. All of the city's customers paid their share of the overcharge," Jack McLean, city manager, told commissioners at the regular meeting Aug. 11.

  • LEOs seeking driver after hit-and-run incident in Lake Talquin

    The Florida Highway Patrol and Gadsden County authorities are searching for the person who hit 15-year-old Austin Truman Sunday afternoon in the Lake Talquin area.

    The person was driving a green Chevrolet, unknown make and model, when he or she encountered Truman, who was riding his bicycle on Drake Acres Road around 3:30 p.m.

  • Quincy city manager looks back on past year

    In July 2008 Quincy's then-new city manager Jack McLean told city commissioners and citizens that the only way the city could get on the right financial track was to "right-size" city government.

  • County admin's plan voted in by commissioners; layoffs loom

    The reorganization plan devised by Gadsden County Administrator Johnny Williams was voted into action by the county commissioners, despite the reservations of two commission members.

    Chairman Eugene Lamb said the reorganization was strictly a decision made by Williams. He asked commissioners Sherrie Taylor and Brenda Holt to share their concerns with the administrator.

    "I'm am he sure will take your concerns into consideration," Lamb said.