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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    The Gadsden County NAACP Branch meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to attend and join. This branch will host its annual banquet March 28 at New Bethel AME Church’s Multippurpose Center at 6 p.m. Contact Sam Palmer at 627-2673 for information and tickets.

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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.

  • Black History parade set for this weekend

    The 27th annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Quincy.

    Parade organizer Anthony Powell said there won't be any changes from last year’s format. The parade, which features marching bands, floats, walking units and civic organizations, will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Stewart Street.

    Any individual or groups that want to participate in the parade can preregister or register on site.The is no cost to participate in the parade.

  • Sheriff gets less than half of funds requested

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young didn't get the $500,000 he asked for during a county commission workshop last week, but commissioners did vote to give him $200,000. The money will be used to help the sheriff meet some of the operating costs at the jail that he says have caused his law enforcement budget to fall short.

    "I've talked to the sheriff and he's fine with this. This is what we're doing and what we can afford. He knows the fiscal constraints this county is under," said Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb.

  • Local leaders await word on how much, if any, federal stimulus dollars will wind up in Gadsden County

    While county leadership awaits word on whether Gadsden County will receive any federal stimulus package funding and, if so, how much, governors throughout the country have expressed optimism that the package President Barack Obama has signed will provide some much-needed relief for states.

    State leaders are saying that the money will prevent further budget cuts and unemployment rate increases.

  • County honors its own

    Twelve-year county commissioner Sterling Watson, surrounded by his family, at top, was presented a plaque from Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb last Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the board. Former county commissioner Carolyn Roberson accepts a plaque expressing appreciation for her service as a member of the board. She was also joined by her family. Sammy Dowds was presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a clock for 35 years of service.

  • Local leaders meet, discuss upcoming anti-gang campaign

    "There was a time when, if you talked about gangs, you could pretty much bet that they were in the inner city. All of that has changed," said Tony Parker, a minister who has devoted his life to helping young people make the right choices.

  • New Midway city manager looking to put the town on the map

    Agatha Muse Salters says she's more than just a Midway native – she's someone who loves the town enough to see its future, built on its strong past and supported by an ever-changing present.

    Salters, who began working as the town's city manager in December 2008, interviewed for the position more than once, and when they called her back for another interview, she was hesitant. But after some reassurance that the town meant business, she interviewed a final time in November, and was offered the job.

  • East Gadsden Jags defeat Altha

    DaVarick Ford struck out nine batters and allowed only two hits in six innings of work last Thursday, leading East Gadsden High School to an 8-4 win over Altha in the Jaguars’ regular season baseball opener.

    Of the four runs Ford gave up, only two were earned.

    Camerson Jackson slapped two hits and drove in three of the Jaguar runs. Montez Fryson, John Price and Dominic Green also had run-scoring hits for East Gadsden.

    John Warner, Ethan Byler and Tyler Huff had the Altha hits.

  • Panthers put up fight in region loss to Franklin County

    “I could not have been any prouder of a team," Coach Antonio Bradwell said after his West Gadsden High School boys basketball game Thursday in Franklin County. "We came in undermanned and played very hard."

    The Panthers lost the Region 1-2A game 74-58, but not before hanging around against a talented and much taller Seahawk bunch.

    Using a stall game early, West Gadsden held close until halftime with John Battles doing most of the early scoring for West Gadsden. Battles scored 12 of the Panthers 18 first-half points.