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  • Quincy Police Department Sgt. Troy Gilyard was on street patrol Monday afternoon around 5:30 when he received a call that a child was not breathing on Betlinet Drive in Quincy.

    "I was in the area when I heard the call. I was the first one on the scene," he said.

    When Gilyard got out of his vehicle, Tommasena Godwin rushed out of her home with her 1-year-old child in her hands. Gilyard said she was frantic and screaming that the child wasn't breathing.

  • The Gadsden County NAACP Branch meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to attend and join. This branch will host its annual banquet March 28 at New Bethel AME Church’s Multippurpose Center at 6 p.m. Contact Sam Palmer at 627-2673 for information and tickets.

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  • Franklin M. Springer is the first paramedic to retire from Gadsden County’s EMS. He was recognized by the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, and was presented a plaque by Eugene Lamb, commission chairman. Look for a feature story on Springer in next week's edition.

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority recently celebrated its 100th anniversary with a social for the residents at River Chase Nursing Center. As is customary, the residents were given treats. A joint Founders Day celebration was held that included sorority members from Delta Kappa Omega, Chi Upsilon Omega and Beta Alpha Chapters with activities at Brynwood Nursing Home, a Habitat for Humanity project, a luncheon at the civic center in Tallahassee and a worship service at Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee.

  • • 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.

  • Cynthia and Willie L. Washington, along with Georgia and Charlie Hayes, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Tiffany M. Washington and Charlie K. Hayes.

    The bride-elect is a 2003 graduate of James A. Shanks High School, and is employed as an assistant manager. She is the granddaughter of the late Hazel Washington.

    The groom-elect is a graduate of Lincoln High School, and is employed with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

    The wedding is planned for March 14 at the Senior Citizens Center, with a reception to follow.

  • Michael and Judy Sherman, along with Priscilla and Tim Ward, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Tiffany S. Sherman and Victor N. Francis Jr.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of James A. Shanks High School and Tallahassee Community College. She is employed at Franklin Correctional Institution.

    The groom-elect is a graduate of East Gadsden High School and is also employed at Franklin.

  • Quincy native Cynthia Roberts Griffin has been appointed to the Florida Board of Pharmacy for a four-year term, which began Feb. 13 and will end Oct. 31, 2012, by Gov. Charlie Crist.

    Griffin is a graduate of James A. Shanks High School and, in 1983, Florida A & M University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Griffin is currently the director of pharmacy government programs for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida.

  • Put on your boots and stomp on down to the Quincy Music Theatre for two hours of great bluegrass music featuring David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, and Tallahassee's own Bottom Dollar Boy$, in concert Friday, beginning at 8 p.m.

    David Davis and the Warrior River Boys have two Rebel Records albums to their credit. Of their self-titled release in 2004, USA Today raved it was full of “sure-fire picking and train whistle harmonies.” “Troubled Times,” released in 2006, takes the listener into Warrior bluegrass soul.

  • The Gadsden County winners in the District History Fair 2009 were announced at last week’s school board meeting.

    The first place winners in the Group Performance (Junior) category for their entry, “Individual in History: Barack Obama,” were Landus Anderson, Christopher Pillers and Malik Thomas. Taking second place in the category for their entry, “The First Black President: Barack Obama,” were Nadja Conner, Selena Ellis and Trinity Burgess.

  • William Marshall came from Tallahassee last Thursday morning to attend the second annual GadsdenSaves seminar on becoming financially savvy and debt free. At 80 years old, Marshall said he was not worried about debt but about how he would be able to pay for long-term care in case he has to live in a nursing home. His attention was on how the reverse mortgage program works. Before the end of the seminar, he knew his options.

  • The Gadsden County NAACP Branch meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at Union Hall at 6:30 p.m. All interested citizens are invited to attend and join. This branch will host its annual banquet March 28 at New Bethel AME Church’s Multippurpose Center at 6 p.m. Contact Sam Palmer at 627-2673 for information and tickets.

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  • • 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.

  • Teen Court will be held March 3, 17 and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 23. The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court program offers youthful offenders an alternative to prosecution through the juvenile justice system. The program meets on the above dates from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. For more information, contact Tiffany Parsons-Braswell at 875-7596.

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    Quincy City Commission meets at Quincy City Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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  • Mersey Mae McGill made her way into the world Feb. 26, 1909. Family and friends say her eyes have been wide open ever since, and reflect her inner beauty, while her arms are always open to give and receive love.

    This past weekend, family and friends gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday and to make it special, they had to resort to planning the big event without her knowledge. With the help of family members, church members and others, over 125 people showed up at St. Paul AME Church in Midway for the celebration.

  • • Youth from First Presbyterian Church in Quincy will participate in a 30-hour fast Feb. 27-28 as part of an international youth movement to fight hunger. Prior to the fast, the youth have gathered pledges and hope to raise $3,000 to donate to the cause. After breakfast Friday morning, the group will fast until lunch on Saturday. For more information or to get involved, call Lisa at 627-676.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Taylor G. Fletcher and Dr. and Mrs. Moritz E. Dehler, together with Mary Dawn Davis and the late Ernest Matthew Davis, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Evelyn McRee Fletcher and Ernest Joseph Davis.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hal D. Fletcher, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Maxwell, all of Quincy. An Atlanta resident, she is a senor partner in the law firm of Hawkins and Parnell LLP.

  • Wade and Dawn Williams, along with Mr. and Mrs. House of Niceville and Mr. and Mrs. Cooley of South Carolina, are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Chelsey Renee Williams and Darrin Cooley.

    The bride is the granddaughter of Harold and Darlene Thrasher of Perry and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Graves Williams of Quincy.

    The couple was married Nov. 16, 2008 at the home of the bride's parents. Bridesmaids were Tracey and Cassi Smith, sisters of the bride. Best man was Sawyer House, brother of the groom.

  • Quincy City Commission meets at Quincy City Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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    Gadsden County Commission meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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    Gadsden County Planning and Zoning meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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    Gretna City Commission meets at Gretna City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Gadsden County teachers and students are working overtime to prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and the efforts are taking place in and out of the classroom.

    At St. John Elementary School, parents have been asked to make sure their children attend school regularly so that attendance is not a contributing factor to FCAT failure. Attendance awards are being presented in the intermediate grades to encourage the students.