http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Inspiring young minds http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/inspiring-young-minds <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0122teachers.jpg" alt="Chemistry teacher Danielle Anderson holds her congratulatory bouquet while standing with three of her students after being surprised this past Friday by school board officials who stopped by her classroom to announce her selection as Gadsden County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. " title="Chemistry teacher Danielle Anderson holds her congratulatory bouquet while standing with three of her students after being surprised this past Friday by school board officials who stopped by her classroom to announce her selection as Gadsden County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Keeping the dream alive in Havana http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/keeping-dream-alive-havana <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0122mlk003.jpg" alt="Members of this Havana Girl Scouts troupe smile and wave for the camera while progressing through the parade. LEFT: A young boy holds a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sign. " title="Members of this Havana Girl Scouts troupe smile and wave for the camera while progressing through the parade. LEFT: A young boy holds a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sign. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Havana hosted its 30th annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a parade that led directly to the steps of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, where the celebration took to its second phase in the form of a commemoration service.<br /> The parade began at approximately 10 a.m., led by a group of pastors and Gadsden County Commissioner Eric Hinson, who acted as grand marshal for the parade, through the residential streets of Havana.<br /> Recall vote up to judge http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/recall-vote-judge <p> The decision of whether or not to have a recall election for a Quincy commissioner&rsquo;s seat now rests in a judge&rsquo;s hands.<br /> Commissioner Micah Brown, of District 2, was notified Jan. 7 via letter that an adequate number of signatures on the petition requesting his removal from the commission had been verified.<br /> The letter states 186 signatures were verified, surpassing the required minimum of 119. It also says at least 15 percent of the qualified voters in that district were certified to have signed the petition.<br /> Persistent memory-keeper http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/persistent-memory-keeper <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0115kruize.jpg" alt="Priscilla G. Stephens Kruize sits in one of the many rocking chairs kept at the Black Heritage Museum. The museum’s rocking chair collection includes chairs from five different continents, including one crafted over 200 years ago by an American slave. " title="Priscilla G. Stephens Kruize sits in one of the many rocking chairs kept at the Black Heritage Museum. The museum’s rocking chair collection includes chairs from five different continents, including one crafted over 200 years ago by an American slave. " align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> Priscilla Stephens Kruize has high ambitions for the Black Heritage Museum in Quincy.<br /> She was raised in a segregated school system, arrested many times while protesting for civil rights in the &lsquo;60s, and spent more than a decade living abroad in Africa and Europe. She now wants to bring pieces of the cultures she was privileged to experience to the children of Quincy.<br /> Two drown in boating accident http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/two-drown-boating-accident <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0108boating.jpg" alt="Members of Williams Funeral Home and the Florida Fish and Wildlife transport David Brown Jr.’s body on a gurney from FWC’s boat to Williams’ hearse Sunday afternoon. His body was the last of two to be recovered from Lake Talquin. " title="Members of Williams Funeral Home and the Florida Fish and Wildlife transport David Brown Jr.’s body on a gurney from FWC’s boat to Williams’ hearse Sunday afternoon. His body was the last of two to be recovered from Lake Talquin. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The search for two missing men believed to have drowned Saturday in Lake Talquin when their boat capsized&nbsp; ended Sunday afternoon when divers recovered the second victim&rsquo;s body.<br /> Elohondro Gennie, 38, and David Brown, 49, drowned while on a fishing excursion with Antonio Stephens, 36. Gennie&rsquo;s body was found Sunday morning and Brown&rsquo;s body was found that afternoon, both by Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC).<br /> According FWC spokeswoman Becca Nelson, none of the men were wearing life jackets, or personal floatation devices.<br /> Gadsden gears up for same-sex weddings http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/gadsden-gears-same-sex-weddings <p> Florida now allows same-sex couples the right to marry, becoming the 36th state to do so.<br /> Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is reported to still be appealing the decision to allow same-sex marriage in state and federal courts.<br /> Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel, of Miami, declared the ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a July 2014 ruling.<br /> Celebrating a fresh start http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/celebrating-fresh-start <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0108jailgrad.jpg" alt="Antonio Richardson embraces County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor before accepting his graduation certificate for completing the drug education portion of the jail’s Re-Entry Program. Richardson sang a gospel song earlier in the program. " title="Antonio Richardson embraces County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor before accepting his graduation certificate for completing the drug education portion of the jail’s Re-Entry Program. Richardson sang a gospel song earlier in the program. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> In front of family members, drug counselors, county officials, and the Sheriff, 13 county inmates received certificates commemorating their graduation from the drug education portion of the jail&rsquo;s Re-Entry Program Monday afternoon.<br /> Annie Britt-Berry led the drug education program, appointed by Sheriff Morris Young to execute and add to his own plan. During the graduation, Britt-Berry expressed her understanding for the graduates&rsquo; plight by admitting to being a recovering drug addict herself.<br /> New bypass to ease downtown Quincy traffic http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/new-bypass-ease-downtown-quincy-traffic <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0101_new_roadc.jpg" alt="An entrance to the first phase of the Quincy Bypass is shown. " title="An entrance to the first phase of the Quincy Bypass is shown. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> After a little more than two years of construction, the first phase of Quincy Bypass will finally be functional within two weeks. Additionally, the traffic signals placed at the intersection of Highway 90 and Ralph Strong Rd. to direct traffic from the bypass will be activated Monday, January 5 at 10 a.m.<br /> The new traffic signals have been in &ldquo;flash mode since Dec. 22 to get people accustomed to those lights being functional,&rdquo; said Ian Satter, public information director with the Florida Department of<br /> Transportation.<br />