http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Early Easter fun http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/early-easter-fun <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0417_easter_egg_group_a1_domc.jpg" alt="An all-morning Easter celebration on April 12 at Gretna Elementary School attracts a crowd of excited children. They came to hunt for candy-filled eggs and meet the Easter Bunny—who appeared on the scene midway through the morning. The event also included a grilled lunch and festive refreshments for everyone. Gretna City Commissioner Helen Franks organized the event with the support of local individuals and organizations. See more photos on page A2. " title="An all-morning Easter celebration on April 12 at Gretna Elementary School attracts a crowd of excited children. They came to hunt for candy-filled eggs and meet the Easter Bunny—who appeared on the scene midway through the morning. The event also included a grilled lunch and festive refreshments for everyone. Gretna City Commissioner Helen Franks organized the event with the support of local individuals and organizations. See more photos on page A2. " align="left" hspace="6" width="71" height="85" /> QPD seeks shooting suspects http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/qpd-seeks-shooting-suspects <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0417_shooting_suspect_mugc.jpg" alt="Rizterrious Robinson" title="Rizterrious Robinson" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>ROBERT ALLEN</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Times Reporter&nbsp;</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Accusations over selling bad drugs led to a shooting incident Friday afternoon inside a Quincy apartment complex.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Former county pitch man urges unity http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/former-county-pitch-man-urges-unity <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0417_ron_sachsc.jpg" alt="Ron Sachs speaks at a recent Go Gadsden meeting of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce. " title="Ron Sachs speaks at a recent Go Gadsden meeting of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce. " align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>ROBERT ALLEN</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Times Reporter</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A unified and cohesive vision for community progress &mdash; and what group might be functional enough to develop one &mdash; was the chief topic of discussion when members of Gadsden County&rsquo;s Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Go Gadsden meeting April 9 at the Tri-Eagle Sales facility in Midway.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Broadway actor visits QMT http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/broadway-actor-visits-qmt <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0417_qmt_master_classc.jpg" alt="L. Steven Taylor explains, one section at a time, how an aspiring actor should organize a résumé. " title="L. Steven Taylor explains, one section at a time, how an aspiring actor should organize a résumé. " align="left" hspace="6" width="71" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>ROBERT ALLEN</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Times Reporter&nbsp;</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Broadway actor L. Steven Taylor visited Quincy Musical Theatre on April 14 to offer a master class designed to further prepare local talent to take their first steps into theatric careers. Taylor helped the aspiring performers better understand the audition process for securing professional roles.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Money on the minds of Quincy leaders http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/money-minds-quincy-leaders <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>ROBERT ALLEN</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Times Reporter</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Quincy City Commissioners met April 8 for their regular meeting. Topics included three considerable expenses.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Last year Quincy&rsquo;s contract with Big Bend Transit cost $82,000. According to Mike Wade, interim city manager, the city contributed $36,000 toward the service. The county contributed $36,000. And Big Bend Transit anticipated collecting $10,000 through fares.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Remembering his roots http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/remembering-his-roots <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0410_billy_deanc.jpg" alt="Country star Billy Dean plays Friday for a local crowd of new fans and old friends. He stood alone with an acoustic guitar on the small stage at his alma mater, Robert F. Munroe Day School — a place where the Quincy native wrote his first songs and played his first shows. Dean reminisced between pieces, sharing funny stories and lasting memories about his youth, his friends and his musical career that grew out of Gadsden County. Dean said Munroe hadn’t changed much — and he was happy it hadn’t. For a few moments before taking the stage, Dean sat by himself, looking pensive and waiting in the dark to greet a crowd that looked eager for the return of a hometown hero. “I’ll just go out and do my thing,” he said and stepped out into the spotlight. " title="Country star Billy Dean plays Friday for a local crowd of new fans and old friends. He stood alone with an acoustic guitar on the small stage at his alma mater, Robert F. Munroe Day School — a place where the Quincy native wrote his first songs and played his first shows. Dean reminisced between pieces, sharing funny stories and lasting memories about his youth, his friends and his musical career that grew out of Gadsden County. Dean said Munroe hadn’t changed much — and he was happy it hadn’t. For a few moments before taking the stage, Dean sat by himself, looking pensive and waiting in the dark to greet a crowd that looked eager for the return of a hometown hero. “I’ll just go out and do my thing,” he said and stepped out into the spotlight. " align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /> Midway talks cash, trash, policy http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/midway-talks-cash-trash-policy <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0410_midway_trashc.jpg" alt="Scattered trash lines more than one roadside in the city of Midway. Other Midway locations appear to invite the accumulation of more concentrated piles, prompting city council members to discuss solutions. " title="Scattered trash lines more than one roadside in the city of Midway. Other Midway locations appear to invite the accumulation of more concentrated piles, prompting city council members to discuss solutions. " align="left" hspace="6" width="104" height="85" /><div class="rtecenter" id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>ROBERT ALLEN</strong></div> <div class="rtecenter" id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Times Reporter&nbsp;</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Midway City Council members met April 3 to tackle city business &mdash; which includes looming unpaid bills resulting and the threat of a lawsuit.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The city owes one individual $17,000. They have paid $5,000.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Informant helps nab suspected drug dealer http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/informant-helps-nab-suspected-drug-dealer <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0410_shelton_mugc.jpg" alt="Avery Shelton" title="Avery Shelton" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><div class="rtecenter" id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>ROBERT ALLEN</strong></div> <div class="rtecenter" id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Times Reporter&nbsp;</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, discovered about 88 grams of marijuana when they appeared April 2 at Avery Shelton&rsquo;s Congo Road home in Chattahoochee to serve a felony arrest warrant, according to an arrest report filed at the Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s office.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The same report gives this account of the incident:</div>