Today's News

  • Health council speaks out for first time; says citizens were well informed on tax vote

    A recent comment by a Gadsden County commissioner has caused the previously mum Gadsden Community Health Council to speak out.

    According to Max Martinez, executive director for the council, and Sherry VanLandingham, council chair, a commissioner was quoted in another local newspaper saying the community has been misled when it comes to the half-cent sales tax.  

  • Area students to participate in canned food drive

    Jerome Maples, Gadsden County School District student school board member and West Gadsden High School senior, has organized a canned food drive for all district schools.

    “It’s to replenish the organizations that provide food to those who need it, especially this time of year,” Maples said. “I feel sure that with the economy, the will be a lot of families who will need the help.”

  • Parent upset with teacher, school administrators

    My son Trey goes to Havana Elementary School and is in the second grade. This is the second year for him at this school. He has been picked on by other students. A few weeks ago, he came to me in tears saying the kids were calling him "Oscar."

    Trey said his physical education teacher had been calling him this and the kids followed her lead.

  • Allegedly Speaking...

    Transparency is the new black. At least, that appears to be the case as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Florida’s public records law.

    We  at the Times vigorously support your right as our readers and the public’s right in general to know what our elected and appointed leaders are doing. We believe strongly that you should be able to check and see if your child’s teacher is qualified to teach. It is your right to know if your kid’s soccer coach has a domestic violence or drug abuse record.

  • Contemplations...

    Just when I think I've heard it all, I come across an official report that makes me wonder what some people are thinking.

    Picture this: You're driving down the street and come upon a car accident. There are no other cars around and it looks like a pretty bad one-car accident. For most people, even the faint of heart, the first instinct would be to check to see if anyone is in the car, if the person is injured and get help.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Why is it so difficult for a veteran, proud of his service to his country, in good physical and mental condition, and able to fit into his up-to-date, authorized uniform, to find a Veterans Day parade to march in?

    In the past I have actually shown up for a parade in uniform and early enough to be given a spot somewhere in the parade to march and ended up watching as a spectator.  I have felt embarrassed and like I was a military hero wanna-be.

  • 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.

  • Community Calendar

    Gadsden Senior Services will host a health fair Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Simon Scott Center in Quincy. The fair will focus on diabetes, with guest speaker Otis Kirksey of FAMU. Call 627-9758 for more information.


  • Jags topple Bradford Tornadoes

    The East Gadsden Jaguars were in action last Friday night as they traveled to Starke to take on the Bradford Tornadoes.

    Bradford took the early 3-0 lead after a big play set up a Tyler Cubbedge field goal but the Jags answered quickly when freshmen Jarrell Reynolds returned the ensuing kickoff a school record 89 yards for a touchdown. It was only the second kickoff return for a score in school history. The East Gadsden defense then held and went on a scoring drive capped by a Wiley Williams 5-yard touchdown run.

  • Lady Cats win in district play

    The Robert F. Munroe volleyball team rallied from an opening match loss to Altha in the Class A District 2 semifinals on Tuesday before a boisterous and supportive student body. The chanting, clapping and all-around revelery kept the Altha team on edge and prevented them from communicating – a fundamental very important in volleyball.