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Today's News

  • Robbery is motive in Havana shooting

    Update

    Twenty-five-year-old Gretna resident Freddie Fluker was shot and killed Monday night around 10:20 p.m. on Mitchell Road in the Richbay Community near Havana. Norman Davis Jr., 25, of Quincy, was shot in the stomach and taken to an area hospital. His wound, according to Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is not life-threatening.

    "We got a call about gunshots heard in the area about 10:20. When we arrived on the scene, we found the two males suffering from gunshots. Fluker was pronounced dead at the scene," Corder said.

  • Local residents protest high utility bills

    Men, women and children began assembling on the sidewalk in front of city hall Feb. 9 just before the start of the 6 p.m. regular meeting. Carrying signs and chanting, group members were protesting what they called "excessively high" utility bills.

    "We're asking you to take whatever methods you have to reduce fees. The bills are higher than our rent or mortgage. Utility bills are causing people to go bankrupt," spokeswoman Janice Francis told the Quincy City Commission.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Have you dined recently with a friend, spouse, or family member, perhaps to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

    How many of you spent most of that time looking at that person across the table or next to you and had a conversation?

    No?  Was it because you were too busy texting someone or speaking to someone on your cell phone?  

    And you, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, why are you seated across from one another on Valentines Day, of all days, in this romantic establishment hiding behind your newspaper?

  • February 18 Issue Letters to the Editor

    Citizens of Gadsden County should be thankful for the efforts of the Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County to raise awareness about the proposed ADAGE biomass facility in Gretna. I attended the county commission meeting and the meeting in Gretna where citizens indicated their concerns about he health and sewer capacity issues of such a plant. Just as troubling was the manner in which the elected leaders proceeded to give either active or tacit approval and, apparently, promised tax abatements, for an enterprise about which there are still many questions.

  • Church News

    • New Beginnings Assembly of God in Havana is hosting “Living an Extraordinary Life,” to help attendees answer the question, “Can my life get any better?” The programs are being held on Sunday morningsat 10:30 a.m.. For more information, call 364-5137.

    • On the Move for Jesus will host a men’s conference through Feb.19, beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Every third Sunday is leadership meeting.

  • Hooker, Lee to marry Aug. 28

    Dan Hooker of Quincy, Lisa Hooker of Apalachicola, Tommy Lee of Tallahassee and Carol Bowes of Ponce Inlet, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Brenna Hooker and Nick Lee.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Flagler College and is in the management training program at Capital City Bank. She is the granddaughter of Patsy Hooker of Tallahassee.

    The groom-elect is also a Flagler graduate, and is a project engineer at Peter Brown Construction.

    The wedding is planned for Aug. 28 at First Presbyterian Church in Quincy.

  • Community Calendar

    The Quincy Music Theatre will present “Grease” Feb. 19-21 and 26-28. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. For ticket information, go online at www.qmtonline.com or call 875-9444.

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    The Gadsden County Tobacco-Free Partnership encourages all local businesses to be smoke-free. For more information, call 386-2065 or go e-mail jcichy@lungfla.org.

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  • National campaign launched to end federal aid for biomass

    A national coalition of 48 citizen and environmental groups, including Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, today launched a nationwide campaign to end federal financing for biomass incinerators being called “green energy.”   

  • Opposing sides square off on biomass issue at county commission meeting

    There was standing room only during the Feb. 2 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners. Most of those attending were either for or against a proposed biomass plant in Gretna.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    “You’d better behave yourself or we’ll have to put a lump of coal in your stocking,” whispered my tenor buddy, Larry. He was wearing that weird smile that was characteristically his, while leaning over with another of his now-famous, humorous remarks.

    It was our Christmas Eve service at Lake Jackson UMC. It wasn’t going to be a long. The choir would sing a few easy pieces; it should be peaceful and simple.