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Today's News

  • Time for a change...or not

    Well...if there’s anything that’s constant in this life, it’s change.

    I was supposed to have started a new job this past Monday. It didn’t happen. I was promised things that, when it came time to sign on the dotted line, weren’t delivered. I politely declined, and came home to the Times. I’m a lot of things, but stupid ain’t one of them.

  • Same sermon, different year

    Every year around this time I preach the same sermon.

    We are one month into hurricane season and thankfully there has been nothing sighted in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. But the last thing we need to do is become complacent. Now is the time to get ready for hurricane season by doing all of those things that the National Weather Service deems important. Now is the time to get those trees cut down or trimmed.

  • A good 'chaw' is worth a thousand words

    Raymond Mercer would ease a “chaw” of  "Day's Work" from one side of his jaw to the other. He’d squint off toward the back of the Parke Theater. He’d squat down on his haunches and expertly ease a load of juice equal distance between the toes of his trail worn Red Wings. He’d peer up at Luke Finley’s dark-colored mule. He’d squint back toward the theater again, spit and slightly nod his head up and down. We all breathed a sigh of relief. He bought the animal!

  • Remembering MJ

    The sudden death of legendary pop star Michael Jackson is a reminder that no matter how iconic you are you are mortal too.

    His shocking death is no question, in my opinion, much larger than Elvis Presley's in 1977. People of all walks of life broke down in tears.

    Michael never really had the formal education he needed because his father pushed him hard growing up in show business. He was a child prodigy with a sweet singing voice, and by the time he was older, his talent was the best, bar none. He became the King of Pop and filled arenas around the world.

  • Brothers keep the county’s buildings looking good; its employees smiling

    From judges to janitors, everyone in Gadsden County government knows Eugene and Glen Wood. The two silver-haired brothers leave people smiling wherever they go.The eldest, Eugene, is the comedian of the pair and has a ready quip for just about anything at any time. Glen is the quieter of the two, but he can also bring a smile.

    The two started working for Gadsden County 8 years ago as construction maintenance workers after careers building houses together in Calhoun and Liberty counties declined.

  • Church Briefs

    • Thomas Memorial Baptist Church announces the Personal Fitness Challenge, a six-week program for children who have completed grades three through six. The challenge will be Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Sessions will be held in the TMBC Recreation Center, 1111 West Washington St., Quincy.

  • Community Calendar

    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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  • Bryant, Parker to wed

    Ola Bryant of Tallahassee, along with Gale Johnson of Havana and Don Q. Parker Sr. of Midway, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, LaTonya Altovese Bryant and Avereston Disraeli Parker Sr.

    The bride-elect is a 1991 graduate of Havana Northside High School, and the groom-elect is a 1988 graduate of the school.

    The wedding is planned for July 18 at 5 p.m.

  • Couple's hunger for seafood leads them to open their own place

    Every time Reginald and Denise Cunningham went out for seafood, as much as three times per week, they had to leave town. The two said when they traveled throughout South Georgia and North Florida in search of good seafood, they invariably saw people in restaurants they knew from Gadsden County.

    "We had been thinking about opening a business and since we weren't the only people in search of good seafood, we settled on opening this restaurant," said Denise.

  • Green files ethics complaint against superintendent; school chief calls complaint 'meritless'

    Former Gadsden County School District employee Willie C. Green has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Superintendent Reginald James, alleging James violated “school board policy, Florida law and the rules of ethical conduct.”