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  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Reading a book about a place I am about to visit or spend some time has been one of my greatest thrills in life.† If its a good reading experience you become more excited and thrilled with the idea of finally arriving at your new destination, especially if its a long dreamed about vacation spot or a new home in more pleasant surroundings.

  • Country Common Sense

    September 30, 2010

    To: America
    From: Dick (Cowboy) Locke

    Reference: Drug Testing

  • Contemplations

       There is so much going on downtown Quincy that it would be a shame to miss it. First, I think that the community owes CRA/MainStreet Director Charles Hayes a pat on the back for the work he has put into bringing people downtown. Now we have regulars from Tallahassee and other areas joining our citizens to enjoy music. fun and fellowship.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    No, Joan, please tell that nice grandmother friend of yours that I
    really don’t want to take on tutoring her grandchild. I like helping
    out the kids here at LBJ, and I’m finding more and more
    that they really need me.”
    I had been volunteering out at the LBJ CCC camp in Franklin,

  • Contemplations

       I am so sick of this year's crop of political candidates. I am sick of the nasty, mean-spirited television commercials I grab the remote control as soon as one comes on. I try my very best to dodge them or at least hit the mute button as quickly as possible.

  • I was meant for my Mama

    Mother’s Day. It’s just around the corner. There are many who will celebrate it with bittersweet memories of their mothers who are no longer here. Others are fortunate enough to be able to spend the holiday with their moms.

    I am one of those still blessed to have my mother here with me. Well, she’s not here, but she’s still here...if you get what I mean. She doesn’t live here; she lives in North Georgia.

    When I think back over the course of my life, there’s one constant thread...the love of my mother.

  • Don't make comments unless you know what you're talking about

    Last week was a busy one for law enforcement and a sad one for several families who had to bury loved ones. It happens all too frequently in our state and in our nation. But I suppose I am most bothered by some of the comments people make about Gadsden County. It appears that some of our neighbors are chomping at the bit and waiting for a tragedy to befall our community so they can take pot-shots at us.

    The most troubling and insulting comment came from someone who wrote: "Let's bulldoze Gadsden County and start from scratch."

  • Just one more ride down that hill is what I want

    It’s May already...and summer’s just around the corner. When I realized that, it got me to thinking about all the things I grew up doing during those blissful months without the burden of homework or school.

    When I was a kid, the thing to do in the summertime was to go to the pool at the American Legion. It cost a dollar to get in, and there was a snack bar where you could purchase a small cup of soda and choose from a number of snack foods.

  • So much to do, so little time

    This weekend we welcome visitors to our city for the annual QuincyFest. People come from throughput Georgia and Florida to hear good blues and eat fantastic barbecue. A lot of local people put in many volunteer hours throughout the year to make the event a success. It has been a success. And the event is getting even better.

  • Stand up for what this country was founded on already

    I am truly disappointed in President Barack Obama.

    Just 3 weeks shy of the National Day of Prayer, set for the first Thursday in May each year, rumors circulated that Obama had decided he didn’t want to “offend anyone,” so he canceled it. He didn’t cancel the National Day of Prayer, and was expected to sign a proclamation to uphold the tradition. He did, however, cancel the White House service in observance of the day.