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  • A community-wide movie night, featuring the blockbuster, “The Blind Side,” will be shown May 1 at 8 p.m. on the lawn at the Courthouse Square. The event is free and open to the public, and free soft drinks and popcorn will be served. Attendees are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair. There will also be a free car wash at Hardee’s from noon to 3 p.m. May 1. There is no charge and no donations are required.

  • Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson of Perry, along with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vann of Greenville, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Rebecca Lauren Thompson and Joseph Lee Vann Jr.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Watson of the Sycamore Community, along with Mary Elliott and the late Earl Elliott of Newark, Ohio, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Kelly L. Brown and Stacey E. Elliott.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dan Laricchiuta of Quincy and the step-granddaughter of Patricia Reeves and the late Bill Reeves of the Sycamore Community. She is employed at the West End Grille.

    The groom-elect is self-employed.

  • Have you got the best mom on the planet?  Has your mother sacrificed for you, loved and supported you, and now you want to find a special way to say thanks?

    Here’s your chance.

    The Gadsden County Times is holding a Mother of the Year contest, and is seeking entries. Tell us, in 25 words or less, what makes your mom so special. Contest entries will be accepted via e-mail (editor@gadcotimes.com), dropped off at our office at 15 S. Madison St. in Quincy, or by mail at 15 S. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. on April 28.

  • • New Beginnings Assembly of God in Havana is hosting “Living an Extraordinary Life,” to help attendees answer the question, “Can my life get any better?” The programs are being held on Sunday morningsat 10:30 a.m.. For more information, call 364-5137.

    • Take it to the Streets Ministry Inc. hosts a community Bible study at Carter-Parramore Academy the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. Refreshments are served.

  • The Gadsden County Veterans Service Office will be closed May 2-7 for staff training. The office will reopen May 10 at 8 a.m.

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    CHP Savvy Senior will host a program at Carver Heights Senior Center in Havana April 22 at noon on high risk medications for seniors, presented by pharmacist April Johnson.

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  • • New Beginnings Assembly of God in Havana is hosting “Living an Extraordinary Life,” to help attendees answer the question, “Can my life get any better?” The programs are being held on Sunday morningsat 10:30 a.m.. For more information, call 364-5137.

    • Take it to the Streets Ministry Inc. hosts a community Bible study at Carter-Parramore Academy the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. Refreshments are served.

  • A Career Expo will be held at Gadsden Technical Institute April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in the programs offered at the school is encouraged to attend this free, informational event. A parade will be held at 4 p.m. that afternoon.

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  • Jerome Maples is a senior at West Gadsden High School. He’s the student school board member for the Gadsden County School District.

    And he’s gunning for your job, Gov. Crist.

    Earlier this month, Maples served as a messenger at the Capitol, working with Rep. Alan Williams. He was one of 12 students working there during what Maples called a very hectic week.

    “It was a great experience. It was a way to see the other side of politics and to see the Capitol, which is a very busy place,” he said.

  • Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp paid a visit to Chattahoochee Elementary School last Wednesday, and found himself a little caught off-guard.

    Kottcamp was on hand to present two microscopes to the school, along with dictionaries. After handing out the dictionaries, he sat down next to two little girls, and asked them what word they’d like to look up.

    “Specious,” was the reply. Kottcamp was visibly surprised, but encouraged the young ladies to look up the word and read him the meaning.

  • We’re looking for information on local summer camps and day programs for children and teens in and around Gadsden County. Know of one? Part of one? Give us a call at 627-7649 or send us the information via e-mail to editor@gadcotimes.com. We’ll help you get the word out!

    Some camps we’ve heard of in the area that you may be interested in are:

    Camp Timpoochee (4-H) • June 14-18

  • • New Beginnings Assembly of God in Havana is hosting “Living an Extraordinary Life,” to help attendees answer the question, “Can my life get any better?” The programs are being held on Sunday morningsat 10:30 a.m..

    For more information, call 364-5137.

    • Take it to the Streets Ministry Inc. hosts a community Bible study at Carter-Parramore Academy the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. Refreshments are served.

  • The Greensboro Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Spring Fling and benefit for the Hodge family April 10 at Greensboro Town Hall from 4-7 p.m. The event will include a car and motorcycle show. Call 663-9825 for entry details. The Singing Regals and Friends will present music. There will be family activities, door prizes and a drawing for a handcrafted quilt. Donations are $5 for one opportunity for the quilt drawing and $10 for three opportunities. Homemade cakes will be available at the cake auction. A pilau dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. The dinners are $7 per plate.

  • We’re looking for information on local summer camps and day programs for children and teens in and around Gadsden County. Know of one? Part of one? Give us a call at 627-7649 or send us the information via e-mail to editor@gadcotimes.com. We’ll help you get the word out!

    Some camps we’ve heard of in the area that you may be interested in are:

    Alpha UPKUDO Martial Arts & Fitness

    Summer Fit Camp

    1412 Florida-Georgia Hwy. in Havana

  • Gadsden County School District Teacher of the Year Randall Austin firmly believes in his mantra: Every day, every child, every chance.

    And it’s that attitude that caused him to want to become a teacher in the first place.

    Now in his second year of teaching at East Gadsden High School, Austin is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he ran a hauling company and learned how to run a landfill.

  • If you drop by the Stewart Street  Elementary classroom of Gadsden County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, Nicole Dixon, you might find her students at the Smart Board teaching each other. You may find them eagerly raising their hands to answer a question from their teacher. You might even find them dancing.

    But what you’ll definitely find is a teacher who is passionate about helping her students become passionate about learning.

  • Marilyn Basford, a paraprofessional at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School and the Gadsden County School-Related Employee of the Year, blushes a little when she’s congratulated for winning the honor. She’s quick to tell you...she just loves children.

    A native of Jacksonville, Basford moved to Chattahoochee in 1972. She worked at Chattahoochee Elementary for 19 years before coming to GEMS, and has worked with Gadsden County children for 27 years.

  • • New Beginnings Assembly of God in Havana is hosting “Living an Extraordinary Life,” to help attendees answer the question, “Can my life get any better?” The programs are being held on Sunday morningsat 10:30 a.m.. For more information, call 364-5137.

    • Take it to the Streets Ministry Inc. hosts a community Bible study at Carter-Parramore Academy the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. Refreshments are served.

    • St. Stephens PB Church will celebrate its pastor’s 13th anniversary at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 4.

  • Woodmen of the World will host its annual Easter egg hunt April 3 at 10 a.m. at the Woodman of the World Youth Camp near Hosford. Face painting, children’s ID cards and lunch will be provided. Drawings will be held for door prizes. There will be golden and silver prize eggs. Event is free and open to the public.

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    West Gadsden High School will host its Student Advisory Council meeting April 5 at 5:30 p.m.

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  • Family has always been important to Shirley Vickers. But now that she’s had to face some of her worst fears, her family – and her life – have gained new meaning.

    Vickers went in for a regularly scheduled mammogram last October, and was called in for a second one. Then she received a call asking her to come in for a sonogram. The day after that, her doctor called again, asking her to come in to the office.