Today's News

  • No dress code required " just enjoy the music

    If you were sitting on your hands Friday night because you didn't have anything to do, blame yourself, because there was plenty to do Quincy. The weather was beautiful, there were no big semi trucks drowning out the music and there was no dress code.

    The opening at Art In Gadsden was again a great event. The number of artists whose works were on display was fantastic. Grace Maloy, the staff and volunteers continue to do a fantastic job for this community and the region. We've got one of the best galleries in the area and it's only going to get better.

  • One hazy, crazy night

    “Go over this one more time so I’m sure I’ve got it right.” We were huddled up in that little parking space behind the University of the South’s fire department. I was more than a little bumfuzzled.

  • There's a time and a place for everything; and this wasn't it

    I attended the Gadsden County School Board workshops last week, and was surprised by and disappointed in the behavior of some folks.

    The workshops, held on Tuesday and Thursday nights, were simply meant to be a forum for a superintendent-appointed committee to present suggestions regarding areas in which the budget could be cut.

  • I'll be glad to see April come along

    Every year this time it comes back like pollen. I guess since it happens every year, it shouldn't be a surprise. The surprise is that I actually hope that it will go away. I hate it. It's March Madness, that marathon of college basketball that seems to be on every television channel.

    It's not that a lot of these channels are filled with thoughtful and mind-provoking programming anyway, but I don't want to see a bunch of boys sweating while running up and down a court to sink a ball in a net on nearly every channel.

  • Taking up space

    I was looking for something in that little closet by the bathroom where we keep guest towels, Band-Aids, sun tan lotion, mosquito repellent and such. Up on the top shelf there was a metal guard the hospital used when they set Josh’s broken arm. A little closer examination revealed the ace bandage used to strap it on. Folks, Josh was in the first grade when he broke that arm. Today, he is on the back side of 30 and expecting his second and third child in May. And we’re still holding on to his arm brace.

  • Take a good look before you start the applause

    At first glance, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appears to be a good idea. The bill states that it will modernize the nation’s infrastructure, enhance America’s energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief and protect those in greatest need. OK, it sounds great. Bottom line: it’s supposed to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

  • Stop trashing our roadsides

    If our roadsides are littered with trash, it's mostly us who's doing it. No one is sneaking into the county at night and throwing old washing machines, refrigerators and household garbage on roadsides. When Robert Presnell informed Gadsden County commissioners it's costing the taxpayers $1 million a year. That is money we are thowing away. Just think of what this county could do with a million dollars.

  • I can quit anytime...really...

    Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a profile in Facebook, which I check via my cell phone several times a day. It’s a great way to stay in touch with family and friends. It’s also one of the quickest ways to reach me.

    If you’re not familiar with Facebook, it’s a social network on the Internet. You can sign up for free, and you can e-mail people, add photos, post notes and update your status frequently – your status is however you’re feeling or whatever you’re doing at any given moment.

  • Braggers' rights are yours for the taking

    I hear it all the time. People, mostly males, bragging on their barbecue. They have secret recipes, secret sauces, secret ways to build a fire and secret wood or charcoal. Wherever the male mystique with the cooking of meats over an open flame came from, it has lasted since lightning set fire to a tree and some unsuspecting animal was cooked.

  • Just about reached the end of my pencil

    In March of 1984 Iran accused Iraq of using chemical weapons. I remember thinking, "Who cares?" The only reason I’d ever heard of either place was because back in junior high Miss Velna Gray Paschall made us learn the major food crops of every nation in the world (rye, barley, oats, wheat and corn for both, in case you are interested). That same year, “Terms of Endearment” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Again, I didn’t care. I was pulling for, “The Return of Billy Jack.” The Macintosh computer was introduced in 1984.