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Today's News

  • Spring football practice underway despite high temps

    "It's hot, I'll say that," East Gadsden High School head football coach Scott Anderson said when asked about how spring football was going. The Jaguars, along with West Gadsden High and Robert F. Munroe, started practice May 1 and are about midway the allowed practice time.

    "We've been working a lot on positions and schemes." Anderson said. He has 80 players out this spring.

    The Jaguars will play a scrimmage this Friday night at 7 p.m. after the team hosts a clinic for youth league and middle school coaches that will begin at 4 p.m.

  • Dodgers hammer Knights in Georgia-Florida-Alabama play

    The Quincy Dodgers hammered the Tallahassee Knights 22-7 in a road game Sunday.

    Pitcher Donnell Brown benefited from the onslaught and he also added to it.

    Brown not only got the win but he collected three hits, including a home run.

    Randy Rodriquez also had three hits and Marcus Easland, Kevin Seymore, Brian Elkins and Danny Young had two hits each.

    The Dodgers lifted their record to 5-1 with the win. The will host the Concord Warriors this Sunday a 3 pm.

  • Community Calendar

    Renowned vocalist Pam Laws will perform at the Sara May Love Gallery at the Gadsden Arts Center in Quincy May 14. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., followed by the concert, and end with dessert and coffee.

    Tickets for the event are $37 each or two fro $70. Call 875-4866 to make your reservations or stop by the center at 13 N. Madison St.

    Proceeds will benefit the center’s after school and summer education programs.

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  • 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.

  • Starkweather, Drake to wed May 15

    Joyce Starkweather of Tampa, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Rose, and Lowell A. Drake of Colquitt, Ga., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lee Drake, will be united in marriage May 15 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Tampa.

    After a honeymoon in Denver, Colo., the couple will make their home in Tampa.

    Drake is a former resident of Havana.

  • Local farm garners regional honors

    Harvey and Jeanette Clark Sweeney’s family farm, part of which has been in their family for five generations, was named Tree Farm of the Year for Region II of the state of Florida.

  • Missing the good parts of paying my bills

    There are two businesses that have in the past 18 months closed their offices here that I really miss. Well, I don’t really miss the businesses because they're still here, but I miss going in to pay my bill.

    The telephone office has been closed over a year and I still can't remember to pay my bill. When I get the statement in the mail, instead of paying it immediately, I procrastinate. In the old days when payment was due all I had to do was jump in the car and get to the telephone company before closing.

  • Q&A released by DOH on swine flu

    The Florida Department has released the following questions and answers on swine flu.

    Is there swine flu in Florida?

    At this time, there are no confirmed cases in Florida. (4.28.09)

    What is Florida doing to protect me from swine flu?

    We have epidemiologist or “disease detectives” at the County Health Departments and in Tallahassee. There is a detailed plan in place to respond to influenza outbreaks. Florida has a strong system to identify potential influenza cases.

  • Gadsden fourth graders take top FCAT writing spot for second year in a row

    Fourth grade students in Gadsden County rejoice: You are once again No. 1 in the Big Bend.

    Gadsden County’s fourth graders earned the highest writing scores in the Big Bend area for the second year in a row on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and more than half of the county’s schools posted record highs. The students were also ranked fifth highest in the state.

    “Again, our entire community has something we can be very proud of,” said Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James.

  • School board approves budget cuts that include job loss but no school closings

    Gadsden County School Board members unanimously voted to implement the general fund recommendations as presented by Superintendent Reginald James during last week’s board meeting.

    The list did not include any school closings, as had been previously discussed during board workshops.

    The recommendations were, along with the amount of savings to the general fund:

    • Eliminate 20 positions to maximize class size and cut costs (savings of $800,000)

    • Remove behavior specialist positions from general fund (savings of $283,000)