http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A big hit in Midway http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/big-hit-midway <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0922_midway_dance_groupc.jpg" alt="These Midway Dolphin cheerleaders put on a show for those attending Midway Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Eugene Lamb Recreation Center in Midway. " title="These Midway Dolphin cheerleaders put on a show for those attending Midway Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Eugene Lamb Recreation Center in Midway. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Midway Day was a huge success this year.&nbsp; The event was filled with fun and laughter.&nbsp; People of all ages danced, as the Deejay played some of the latest hits.&nbsp; Children, and adults, even did a few Zumba exercises to the music.<br /> While the event usually takes place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it was pushed back two weeks this year due to Hurricane Hermine, Charlie Fields, one of the organizers said.<br /> Quincy budget process continues http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy-budget-process-continues <p> The Quincy City Commission is moving forward with completing the 2017 fiscal year budget. &nbsp;<br /> At their Sept. 13 meeting, the commissioners had their first public hearing on the proposed 4.6629 ad valorem millage rate for the upcoming budget year. &nbsp;<br /> If the rolled-back rate is approved the city will receive the same amount of property tax revenue as was levied this fiscal year.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Citizens as well as representatives for local organizations were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> Midway could see tax rate drop http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/midway-could-see-tax-rate-drop <p> The citizens of Midway should see a decrease in property taxes in the 2017 fiscal year budget.&nbsp; Although the city&rsquo;s rolled-back rate, which would keep property taxes the same as the previous year, is 5.08, the maximum millage rate the City&rsquo;s charter allows is 5.0. &nbsp;<br /> At a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, Auburn Ford, Midway&rsquo;s city manager, said this is a first.&nbsp; He said the city has never seen a property tax cut.<br /> Councilmember David Knight said the cut is due to a decrease in property value.<br /> Celebration of a century http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/celebration-century <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0915_centenarian_domc.jpg" alt="Odeal Ford Lewis wears her Sunday best for her 100-year birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Gretna. " title="Odeal Ford Lewis wears her Sunday best for her 100-year birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Gretna. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Give people their flowers while they&rsquo;re living.&nbsp; At least that&rsquo;s how the old saying goes.&nbsp; Odeal Ford Lewis received her flowers Saturday, as she celebrated her 100th birthday.<br /> When a reporter asked her what she planned to do on her actual birthday, which is Sept. 10, Lewis replied, &ldquo;Nothing. I done got too old to do stuff to celebrate birthdays now.&rdquo;<br /> County OK’s contract to market Gadsden to tourists http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/county-ok%E2%80%99s-contract-market-gadsden-tourists <p> Members of various local churches attended the Gadsden County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, to show their support for adopting an ordinance that would allow all churches and schools to have a digital marquee sign. &nbsp;<br /> Commissioners voted in favor of moving forward with the ordinance after making a few changes.<br /> Commission Chairwoman Brenda Holt said those wanting a sign will have to go before the Gadsden County Commission for approval. &nbsp;<br /> Wealth Watchers aim to up profits for farmers http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/wealth-watchers-aim-profits-farmers <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0915_farm_schoolc.jpg" alt="Dozens of local farmers attend a workshop hosted by Wealth Watchers, to gain information about USDA assistance programs. " title="Dozens of local farmers attend a workshop hosted by Wealth Watchers, to gain information about USDA assistance programs. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Although the number of farms in Gadsden County has increased in recent years, the amount of revenue generated has declined. &nbsp;<br /> According to the United State&rsquo;s Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s 2012 Census, there were 385 farms in Gadsden County in 2007.&nbsp; Increasing by<br /> 4 percent, the number slowly climbed to 402 over the five-year period. &nbsp;<br /> The market value of the products sold by the farms, however, plummeted.&nbsp;&nbsp; Decreasing by<br /> After Hermine hits: Helping hands http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/after-hermine-hits-helping-hands <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0908_hermine_smiling_volsc.jpg" alt="Capt. Vincent Crump poses for a picture with AmeriCorps volunteers. The volunteers all said they enjoyed giving back to the community. " title="Capt. Vincent Crump poses for a picture with AmeriCorps volunteers. The volunteers all said they enjoyed giving back to the community. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> As a result of Hurricane Hermine, which thousands of Gadsden County families were still without power Tuesday morning.<br /> The Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office along with its Emergency Operations Center continued working to provide relief for local families that were still in need.<br /> After being with out power for several days, many residents in the Vanguard Village Apartments in Gretna were thankful to see Gadsden County deputies along with the American Red Cross and AmeriCorps volunteers show up with hot meals and packs of water.<br /> Talquin brings in crews to restore power in Gadsden County http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/talquin-brings-crews-restore-power-gadsden-county <p> By Tuesday at least 99 percent of Talquin Electric Cooperative&rsquo;s Gadsden County members&rsquo; electricity had been restored.&nbsp; &ldquo;Our general manager, Tracy Bensley, and his leadership had a plan in place that he executed immediately,&rdquo; Maicel Green, Talquin&rsquo;s communication and outreach Manager, said.<br /> Green said Bensley had an amazing team of experts he consulted with before, during and after the storm.<br />