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Today's News

  • Fire deemed ‘example’ of poor fire service

    A mobile home fire in Midway last Thursday morning was a "perfect example" of how an all-county volunteer fire department will not work, Quincy Fire Chief Howard Smith told the Quincy City Commission during a special workshop Thursday night.

    Smith said it took Quincy fire fighters about eight minutes to arrive at the mobile home, owned by Cassandra Moore, in the 200 block of Buckskin Circle. There were volunteer firefighters on the scene but no efforts had been made to contain the fire, he said.

  • EGHS on 3-game win streak

    East Gadsden High School lost a Tuesday game to Hamilton County before the Jaguars went on a three-game win spree against county foes in county baseball play last week.

    The loss against Hamilton County in Jasper was by a 10-7 score.

    "We hit pretty well in the game," East Gadsden coach Randall Estelle said. "But our pitching and defense hurt."

    The Jaguars’ Montez Fryson, Cameron Jackson and Davorick Ford had two hits each for their team in a nine-hit attack.

  • Local students take wins at district history fair

    The Gadsden County winners in the District History Fair 2009 were announced at last week’s school board meeting.

    The first place winners in the Group Performance (Junior) category for their entry, “Individual in History: Barack Obama,” were Landus Anderson, Christopher Pillers and Malik Thomas. Taking second place in the category for their entry, “The First Black President: Barack Obama,” were Nadja Conner, Selena Ellis and Trinity Burgess.

  • Girls softball action sees wins

    The Robert F. Munroe Lady Cats softball team moved to an even 3-3 on the season at the conclusion of last week, winning one and losing one. 

    On Thursday night Maclay ruled the Lady Cats 12-2.  Maclay scored five runs in an error-filled third inning and then pushed six more across in the fifth and sixth innings. 

    Haleigh Corbally got the loss on the mound.  The freshman stuck out four and walked five. Corbally did help her cause from the plate getting two hits and three RBIs. Mary Jane Milam and Spenser Morris each had a hit with an RBI. 

  • Local conference helps residents learn to be financially savvy

    William Marshall came from Tallahassee last Thursday morning to attend the second annual GadsdenSaves seminar on becoming financially savvy and debt free. At 80 years old, Marshall said he was not worried about debt but about how he would be able to pay for long-term care in case he has to live in a nursing home. His attention was on how the reverse mortgage program works. Before the end of the seminar, he knew his options.

  • 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.