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  • Kate Alexander and Lavern Thomas of Quincy, along with Mr. and Mrs. Roy Brice of  Lake Providence, La., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Lassandra Charece Alexander and Anthony James Brice.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Florida State University with a bachelors in criminology. She is employed as the assistant director of the Office of Financial Aid at FSU.

    The groom-elect is a resident of Atlanta, Ga., and holds a bachelor's degree in music. He is employed as a producer.

  • The Fairlanes are auditioning for oldies “doo-wop” singers Monday through Friday. Call Rich for infrmation at 627-4586.

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    The National Hookup of Black Women will host a free workshop on financial empowerment for women and families Dec. 12 at noon at the Quincy Library. Karen Wells is the speaker. Call 524-7860 for more information.

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  • By MIKAILA WHITE

    First Place Winner

    It was a cold and stary night. The moon sat high and full in the sky. I was walking through a cornfield when suddenly I ran into a scarecrow. It had very big spooky eyes and  a nose like Shrek.

  • For the past month, people like Johnny Cladd have been bringing their sacks of pecans Monday through Saturday to James "Buddy" and Linda Earnest at their little specially shop at the corner of Crawford and Porro streets in Quincy.

    Thousands of pounds of the delicious nuts have crossed the scales on the buying dock at Earnest Pecans, located at the rear of the store, since the season officially opened in late September.

  • Watching the movie “Annapolis” a second time a few nights ago reminded me of what I believe is a fundamental truth one must digest in order to find hope, happiness and thanksgiving in one’s life.

    Jake Huard, the main character in the movie, is a young man recently out of high school and working at a shipyard in Baltimore.  He receives an appointment to Annapolis, the naval academy, shortly after the academic year had begun because others in their first year there had just dropped out.

  • I not only ate turkey on Thanksgiving Day I was with quite a few turkeys of the human species! Why on earth would a person walk a 5K (3.1 miles) race, when just one half-hour earlier they could have walked or run in a race designed for that very purpose?

  • • New Hope MB Church will sponsor a benefit program for Katrine McSwain Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.

    • Trust God Ministries will host a winter revival through Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

    • House of Comfort and Refuge Ministries will host Men’s Day Dec. 5. A gospel concert will begin at 7:30 featuring local talent. The “men of valor” will coordinate Sunday morning at 11 a.m., with guest speaker Charles Smith speaking at 3:30 p.m. The church is located at 8 Sweet St. in Havana. Call 539-3434 for more information.

  • Paul and Connie McLendon of Quincy and Tom and Vicki Hayford of Bonifay are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Carrie Marie McLendon and Harold Jason Hayford.

    The wedding is set for Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. at the home of Earl and Faye Dawkins. No invitations will be sent and all are invited to attend

  • Quincy native Craig Edwards will be in concert at Tallavana Community Church Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. to benefit the Havana Relay for Life – and he said supporting this cause is something near and dear to his heart.

    “I lost my uncle last year to cancer, and I have friends right now who have it,” he said, adding that the community should come out and support the American Cancer Society, the Relay and anyone they know who has cancer.

  • The fledgling mentoring  initiative in the Gadsden County School District is off and running – but more mentors are needed.

    Originally the brain-child of Erica Starling, director of personnel and staff development for the district, the program began as a way to prevent the more than 300 students at Carter-Parramore Academy from feeling separated from the rest of the district’s students and to enable them to return to their own schools and be academically successful.

  • Hundreds attended the public retirement reception Nov. 13 for county Judge Stewart Parsons. Parson thanked the people who attended the event and said the past 9 years  he has spent on the bench have been the best of his life.

    Others, like Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas, praised Parsons for the enthusiasm he brought to the job and his willingness to work with others.

  • • Mt. Zion CME Church will host Kathy Garner as its youth program speaker Nov. 22 at 11 a.m.

    • Power Ministries Church of God in Christ in Chattahoochee will host its Family and Friends Day celebration Nov. 30 at 11:15 a.m. Call 663-9444 for more information.

  • First Presbyterian Church of Quincy is organizing a community-wide traditional Thanksgiving meal to be served at Christ Town Ministries. They  are planning to serve 250 to 300 people between 11:30 and 2:30 on Thanksgiving Day.

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    The Fairlanes are auditioning for oldies “doo-wop” singers Monday through Friday. Call Rich for infrmation at 627-4586.

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  • The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new El Potrillo restaurant located at 1951 West Jefferson St. in Quincy (just before Chevrolet Buick of Quincy on Highway 90).

    The chamber and El Potrillo will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 20 at 4 p.m.  Area residents and businesses are invited to attend the celebration and get a head start on enjoying their weekend. A local band, Mariachi Jaliscience, will be on hand to play favorites such as “Cielito Lindo” and “La Bamba.”

  • “Artfully Aging: Lifelong Learning through the Arts” is an exhibition currently open at the Gallery for Innovation & the Arts in Tallahassee. The exhibition features works from Quincy artist William H. McKeown.

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  • I have been having visions of a turkey running around a track for the past 2 weeks. I can’t help myself; the annual Turkey Trot is about to be run this year in Tallahassee. I have also been wondering if any of my readers will be running in this wonderful annual event.

    I’m well aware that most of you probably are not runners. Indeed, there are some of you who could not run if you wanted to because of a disability or advanced age or you simply are not into running. That is fine.

  • In 1943, fresh out of New Orleans, Clarence Morgan joined the Navy. He wanted to become a sailor and see the world, he said, sitting in a comfortable chair in the St. Hebron Community home that he shares with his wife, Bobbie.

    "When you talk to him you have to speak a little loud because he's hard of hearing. It happened because of the explosion," she explained.

    "Let me tell you at the start, I'm no hero and I don't have any big war stories to tell. I was just a sailor but I'll share with you what I remember," said 89-year-old Morgan.

  • I am truly amazed and grateful at how the Lord just continues to bestow his blessings upon me! 

    Even today I was able to take my morning walk along Twin Ponds Road on a beautiful and peaceful morning.  Along the way I was again given the chance to observe three deer a few yards away from me.  It seems they were out and enjoying the wonderful morning also.  We all paused from what we were doing and took time to gaze at one another. 

  • • 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.

  • Wyoma Durden of Sneads is proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Brandee Yon. Yon's children, Autumn, Shane and Peyton Yon, are also pleased to announce the nuptials.

    Yon will wed Brian Godwin of Quincy Nov. 20 at the Gadsden County Courthouse at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the home of the groom's parents in Quincy.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Hinton Hatcher and Jeannette Barber of Chattahoochee, and is employed at Florida State Hospital.