• Dan Hooker of Quincy, Lisa Hooker of Apalachicola, Tommy Lee of Tallahassee and Carol Bowes of Ponce Inlet, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Brenna Hooker and Nick Lee.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Flagler College and is in the management training program at Capital City Bank. She is the granddaughter of Patsy Hooker of Tallahassee.

    The groom-elect is also a Flagler graduate, and is a project engineer at Peter Brown Construction.

    The wedding is planned for Aug. 28 at First Presbyterian Church in Quincy.

  • “You’d better behave yourself or we’ll have to put a lump of coal in your stocking,” whispered my tenor buddy, Larry. He was wearing that weird smile that was characteristically his, while leaning over with another of his now-famous, humorous remarks.

    It was our Christmas Eve service at Lake Jackson UMC. It wasn’t going to be a long. The choir would sing a few easy pieces; it should be peaceful and simple.

  • Members of the Michael Moore Masonic Lodge on East Washington Street noticed bees inside the building last year. The bees were not large in number but as the year passed, bee sightings increased. A professional pest control company was called to exterminate the pesky bees but they always returned a few days later.

  • “Lookmarge@ a Happy Life”  is the title of the next book I’m planning to read.  It promises to be one of the most exciting and enjoyable books I’ll ever read because I know the author, and I have an autographed copy.

    Marge Miller Petitmermet is the author and subject of the aforementioned book.  She is married to Ernest “Ernie”  Petitmermet and has been for the last 68 years.  They were married the year that I was born.  Imagine!

  • Yvonne McDonald and Robert Turner of Tallahassee, along with Inell James of Quncy and Klent James of Sneads are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Sherika Denise Turner and Eric Durell James.

    The bride is employed at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. Her grandparents are Thelma Oce of Quincy and the late Bill Jordan.

    The groom is a correctional officer at Liberty Correctional Institute. He is the grandson of Louise Hughes, the late Joseph Hughes, Virginia James and Gradis James, all of Quincy.

  • It was a particularly cold winter morning in December. I had some free time and was determined to get out of the house for awhile.  I would go out into the woods along Pleasant Street.   I loved the peace and solitude that the woods afforded me.

  • Anthony and Helen Brittin of Lubbock, Texas and Chattahoochee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 23. They are the parents of Ruth V. Brittin (Brian Kendrick) of Stockton, Calif., Clark N. Brittin (Brenda) of Twin Falls, Idaho and Carol  B. Chambers (Mark) of San Antonio, Texas. They were married Jan. 23, 1960 at First Presbyterian Church in Chattahoochee. The couple has seven grandchildren.

  • Randall and Barbara Smith of Flagler Beach, along with Howard and Elaine McKinnon of Havana, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Brooke Ann Smith and Christopher Tyler McKinnon.

  • I couldn’t help but think that Santa Claus had just entered my mother-in-law’s room at the nursing home.

    When Dr. Oliver walked through the doorway of the room he had a smile on his face and his eyes twinkled. My wife and I had just done our best to get her mother to smile. We were making our departure feeling frustrated and lost, as we so often do when we are unable to somehow manage to make her mother feel better.

  • Last year was very eventful for Sgt. Stephen Porter of the Quincy Police Department. The 26-year veteran foiled a robbery at the Chattahoochee Subway and apprehended the suspect on his day off, helped deliver a baby and performed CPR on the infant, saving its life, and made the second highest number of drug arrests in the city.

  • David and Hardie Rogers of Havana, along with Dennis and Sue Mihalek of Columbia, Tenn., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Claire Marie Rogers and Chad Christopher Mihalek.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Robert F. Munroe Day School, Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. She is employed as an executive assistant at G. David Robers & Associates. Her grandparent is Lindell White of Orange Park.

  • Trudging through 4 or more feet of snow in less than 20-degree weather and/or sweating profusely in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees were just part of the many experiences that this newspaper boy and his helpers, two younger brothers and a sister, underwent in our quest to get our newspapers delivered.

  • After temperatures dipped into the low 20s and the wind chill made it feel like the teens, concerns about the homeless tugged at the heart strings of many people. For Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, the tugging turned into action.

    Corder said after he read in a regional newspaper that the Tallahassee shelter was at capacity and people were going to be turned away, he called Sheriff Morris Young and suggested using part of the sheriff's office on the ground floor as a temporary shelter.

  • Charlie and Liza Dilworth of Gretna, along with Andrew and Geraldine Kenon of St. John, Emmanuel Brown of St. Mary and the late Delores Cooper, are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, LaCarra Kerrell Dilworth and Carlos Jermaine Brown.

    The bride is a 2003 graduate of James A. Shanks High School,  and is employed as a correctional officer with the Leon County Sheriff's Office. She is the granddaughter of Eliese Williams of Gretna.

  • It wasn't important how any of the nine men on the sixth annual Hunters Helping Hunters event reached their degree of disability. The only thing that mattered was that the hunters enjoyed a weekend in the North Florida woods hunting deer and enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Margaret Bredsher can't explain why she started collecting angels. But they offer her a certain comfort level when she feels a little down from the pressures of life. Somehow, when she looks around her home and sees an angel in almost every corner, she said she feel's "God's protection."

    Bredsher doesn't know exactly how many angels she owns. The number, she guessed, tops 400. While she has some on display throughout her Key Street home year round during Christmas, all them are on display.

  • Back in 1959, most people delivered babies at home. The only time a woman went to the hospital was when complications were expected. Otherwise, they had children at home surrounded by family and friends and the trusted community midwife.

    Sometimes, laughed former midwife Eliza Smith as she sat in her Dodger Ball Park Road home recalling the nearly 30 years she delivered babies in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, there were so many people in the house she had to insist they go into the yard.

  • Jim will not be meeting the “Kid from Tifton” after all.

    My old friend and teaching team partner from South Carolina Jim Rogers and I were not able to reunite after 9 years.  Jim was going to spend Christmas with his family in Tifton, Ga., and then, hopefully, drive down to Havana and spend a couple of days with my wife Judy and me.

  • Joey and Cyndi Proctor of Bristol, and Alan and Kim Peacock of Altha, are pleased to  announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their children, Joanna Lee Proctor and Trey Alan Peacock.

    The wedding is planned for Feb. 20, 2010 at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Greensboro at 4 p.m. No invitations will be sent.

    A reception will immediately follow at W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown. 

  • Billy and Beatrice Redding retired several years ago and have done everything together since that time, according to Beatrice.

    "He came in one night and was talking about the Cops On Patrol program. We talked about it and he thought it was a good idea. We were couch potatoes. We looked into the program and decided we would join. The rest is history," she said.