• On May 5, 2009, while I was at work, a young man decided he wanted to kick in my front door. Once inside, he ransacked my bedroom and took jewelry. The jewelry, including my deceased mother's ring, was sold for a pittance and quickly melted down at a local establishment.

  • A big thank you to Sheriff Morris Young, his department and Lt. Corder of Gadsden County for the way they stepped up to help the homeless during the recent cold weather crisis.  This was a very compassionate act which they provided when they saw the need. 

    I am so proud of Gadsden County and the way this department represented us.  It's good to live in a county where people help people.  Acts like this are what makes America the great country that we are. 

    Margie Sims



  • It’s funny how things go sometimes. In recent months, the Times has been congratulated for its coverage of some controversial subject matter, yet kicked in the teeth for the same coverage. We’ve received positive comments from those who like that our Web site, www.gadcotimes.com, is the best local source for breaking news in the county. Yet we hear commentary from those who are upset that our print coverage is sometimes not as current.

    So I wanted to take the time to explain why this is.

  • It's funny how sometimes things never seem to work out the way I've planned but almost always end up better.

    Like everyone in the area I had paid strict attention to the weather reports all week. I monitored each report on television, radio and the Internet. It was going to be bone-chilling cold and I was thinking all week that I was finally going to get the weekend I began longing for several months ago.

  • I get a kick out of puns. Good ones. Not the really sad attempts that are just plain dumb. I like the clever ones that you have to think about a bit.

    So I thought this week, I’d share some of my favorites. Please...to enjoy.

    • The famous general died and his ashes were to be taken to Arlington National Cemetery. All the air lines were booked and there were no other planes available. Someone came up with the idea of using a helicopter. It arrived at 5 a.m. The newspapers reported the incident with "the whirly bird gets the urn."

  • Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, with approval from Sheriff Morris Young, last week engaged in one of the most humane acts that has occurred in Gadsden County in many years. He was the catalyst behind getting 50 homeless people from Gadsden and Leon counties a warm place to sleep. These people, many of whom fell on hard times because they lost their jobs due to a sluggish economy, would not have had a warm place to lay their heads had the temporary (5 days only) shelter not been open.

  •  I am the pastor of Ole Gospel Tabernacle Church on Geddie Road  in Tallahassee. Since the flag cannot speak, let me speak for her. "I was looked upon each day on Geddie Road through the wind, rain and sunshine. I was not ashamed to be identified with the church where I flew. I was looked upon in Iraq, Fallujah and Habayniah. I was saluted by young men and women, as well as high-ranking officers. I saw the same young men and women fall in death while fighting for your freedom in America. I was properly cared for by those who loved me.

  • Do you recall the outrage of the proposed coal plant for Taylor County several years ago? Much of the medical community and many Tallahasseans were outraged about the deadly health impacts and the global warming that would have resulted from its construction.

    The plant was fortunately not constructed, but now Leon County residents face  another health risk  from the biomass plants proposed for nearby Gretna and other counties in North Florida and South Georgia.

  • I have many unanswered questions about the biomass incinerator (in the planning stages for the Gretna Industrial Park). Why has there been no public discussion of the hazards of such a facility in our county and city commission meetings?  Why were the neighbors of the plant not notified?  Why haven't they told us about the air pollution (smog, soot and acid rain) it will cause?  Hadn’t you heard that burning biomass is dirtier than burning coal?  Why haven’t they told us about the associated medical problems like heart disease, cancer, asthma a

  • December 21 has always been special to me as that is the birth date of my daddy, Henry William Rollins Sr.

    The Dec. 21, 1939 headline on the front page of the Times read, "May one unavoidable tragedy help us avoid more tragedies." A week before this article was printed, 7-year-old Eugene Blackburn was hit and killed after darting out in front of an oncoming car on King Street.

  • Right about now, many people are still holding their heads and thinking, “Why, oh why did I _____ New Year’s Eve?” You can fill in the blank.

    I’ve never quite understood that mentality. Why bring in a new year by doing things you’re just going to regret? Some would call it celebrating...I call it being irresponsible and just plain stupid. I don’t need a “boost” in order to enjoy myself, and I much prefer to remember my celebrations clearly.

  • Periodically I participate in a ride-along with an officer from law enforcement. It's something that reporters who cover crime do to get a better insight into what officers are facing and what perpetrators are doing.

    There have been some changes in the kinds of calls officers are handling and in the types of people who allegedly commit these crimes.

  • Like a cancer patient that is riddled with metastatic disease, plans for biomass plants are spreading all over Florida and Georgia. The Florida Medical Association, deeply concerned about the poisonous emissions spewing from the smokestacks of these incinerators, urges state government to minimize their approval and construction.

  • A few years ago I was asked to read a story for a group of elementary school students, as part of a campaign to encourage them to read. It happened to be right before their Christmas holidays, so I read them the following. Hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas!

    Cajun ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    'Twas the night before Christmas, an' all t'ru de house,

    Dey don't a t'ing pass, not even a mouse.

    De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo',

    An' Mama pass de pepper t'ru de crack on de do'.

  • Here is my wish list for the season. I probably won't get all that I wish for. I never do but there have been many times that things have gone my way. So here is my Christmas wish list:

    • That each child who wants to succeed have a mentor who can help him or her reach that goal.

    • That battered and abused women will find the courage to say enough is enough and move beyond that relationship.

    • That elected officials will put the what's best for everyone above their selfish motives.

  • As is our tradition, my family and I have built a Christmas light display for our friends and neighbors of all ages to enjoy.  I am sure it will bring a smile to the face of anyone who visits.  

  • As Christmas day approaches, I find myself thinking back to some of my favorite holiday memories. And after my third piece of fruitcake, I feel brave enough to share them with you.

    I remember the first Christmas our family had together after my mom and stepdad married. My dad (the step part had faded away by then) bought my mother a new camera, and carefully wrapped it, placed a bow on top and placed it under the Christmas tree.

  • I didn't send out very many Christmas cards this year and it's not because of the high price of postage or Christmas cards. I didn't have that many addresses. When I sat down to address cards, I only had about 20 addresses.

  • I ran across this the other day, and I thought it was so appropriate...please...to enjoy.


    Wish List for Santa

    In a world of greed and fear, Santa is unique.

    Everyone likes Santa and thinks he’s pretty neat.

    So why don’t we ask Santa for the things we really need,

    Instead of more of the useless junk for which the children plead.

    Why don’t we ask Santa and the reindeer and the sleigh,

    To help us solve the problems which confront the world today?

  • I don't know when they bought them but I'm glad they did. After decades, the city of Quincy has invested in new holiday lights. They look fabulous, too. Gone are the crusty and matted, once-green garlands that saw better days 10 years ago. Gone are the garish lights that were haphazardly thrown over the magnificent oaks on the courthouse lawn.

    Granted, there was a mistake made when the holly trees were hacked last week but everyone involved is sorry. Jack McLean, city manager, immediately acknowledged the mistake and vowed to never let it happen again.