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  • "Caroline or Change," nominated for six Tony awards in 2004, is coming to the Quincy Music Theatre Dec. 11-13.

    Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. All performances are at the Leaf Theatre, located at 118 East Washington Street in downtown Quincy, two blocks north of US. Highway 90.

  • The winter of ’54 was very cold and blustery in Southington, Conn.  We were nearly buried in snow.   Sliding (sledding) and ice skating were nearly impossible, and the town’s children didn‘t get to play much that particular winter.  I was a wee lad of 13.

     The town of Southington owned and operated the “Town Farm,” a place for homeless old men who could get room and board free if they did work on an actual, small farm next to the square, brick building that housed them.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • When James T. Godwin saw Myra Jean Oswald in her yellow sun dress at a spring dance in 1949, he was smitten – and he’s remained so for 60 years.

    James and Jean Godwin, formerly of Quincy and now living in Atlantic Beach, celebrated their 60th anniversary Nov. 7 with a family dinner.

    Married Nov. 12, 1949 at the bride’s home in Greenwood, the couple has spent the past 30 years traveling to Germany, France, England and most of the United States. They have two daughters: Cynthia Godwin of Quincy and Melody Godwin of Atlantic Beach.

  • Why is it so difficult for a veteran, proud of his service to his country, in good physical and mental condition, and able to fit into his up-to-date, authorized uniform, to find a Veterans Day parade to march in?

    In the past I have actually shown up for a parade in uniform and early enough to be given a spot somewhere in the parade to march and ended up watching as a spectator.  I have felt embarrassed and like I was a military hero wanna-be.

  • In the mood for a good scare? Do you like to slink about in graveyards? Do you enjoy seances and hanging out with ghouls, ghosts and other scary creatures? Do things that go bump in the night make your skin crawl with delight?

    If you answered yes to any of the above, head on out to Terror on 12: Castle Dread.

    Castle Dread, located on Highway 12 in Havana, is the brainchild of Debbie Tanner, who dreamed up the haunted attraction 18 years ago.

  • If you’ve never been to a fair or fall festival in autumn you have missed one of life’s greatest treasures.  The weather usually becomes cooler and crisper.  The leaves on the trees are exhibiting their wondrous shades of yellow, orange and red.