http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Getting together http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/getting-together <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0623_throwing_apostle_c.jpg" alt="One of the day’s attendees winds back for an opportunity to sink the Rev. Michael Somers in a dunking booth. " title="One of the day’s attendees winds back for an opportunity to sink the Rev. Michael Somers in a dunking booth. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The opportunity to enjoy authentic South American food brought together scores of the county&rsquo;s Hispanic population Saturday for a daylong festival at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Quincy.<br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s always an event that brings a sense of unity to the community,&rdquo; said churchgoer Enrique Barrera.<br /> Citizens Bill of Rights splits BOCC http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/citizens-bill-rights-splits-bocc <p> Because the four county commissioners present at their Tuesday night meeting were split on whether companies wishing to enter the county should be required before construction to receive a supermajority approval from the commission, no action was taken on an amendment that would have removed the code.<br /> What does a ‘food desert’ look like? http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/what-does-%E2%80%98food-desert%E2%80%99-look <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0616_food_desertsc.jpg" alt="Dexter Oliver, 9, points out the piece of fried chicken he’d like from the Gretna Food Mart’s deli. " title="Dexter Oliver, 9, points out the piece of fried chicken he’d like from the Gretna Food Mart’s deli. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: This summer series will examine the state of health and wellness in Gadsden County, prompted in part by a recent study that put Gadsden County at the bottom of the list in Florida&rsquo;s county-by-county health rankings.<br /> </em></p> QPD’s old digs get facelift http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/qpd%E2%80%99s-old-digs-get-facelift <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0623_qpd_building_001c.jpg" alt="Quincy Police Department’s old headquarters is undergoing repairs. " title="Quincy Police Department’s old headquarters is undergoing repairs. " align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> The first phase in returning the Quincy Police Department to its own building has begun.<br /> With a $350,000 grant from the Florida Division of Historic Preservation, the City of Quincy is fixing the exterior of the old Quincy Police Department. This phase of the project will see the roof replaced and mortar of the bricks &ldquo;retucked,&rdquo; said Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency Director Regina Davis.<br /> Event aims to inspire health http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/event-aims-inspire-health-0 <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0609_new_bethel_fitness_005.jpg" alt="Oneil leads attendees in squats, one of the many weight-free exercises they performed during the 30-minute workout session Saturday." title="Oneil leads attendees in squats, one of the many weight-free exercises they performed during the 30-minute workout session Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="140" height="85" /><p> Oneil Brown, known around the region as the Fitness Preacher, and a few of his students led a group comprised mostly of women in 30 minutes of exercise Saturday at New Bethel AME Church after also teaching them healthier dietary practices.</p> Identity thieves hit Midway coffers for $20K http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/identity-thieves-hit-midway-coffers-20k <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0609_midway_meetingk.jpg" alt="Representatives from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spoke to City of Midway council members about the recently cancelled Sunday party that was being held at a Midway park. " title="Representatives from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spoke to City of Midway council members about the recently cancelled Sunday party that was being held at a Midway park. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Midway City Manager Auburn Ford announced the City had been the victim of identity theft at the city council&rsquo;s monthly meeting this past Thursday, losing more than $20,000 to scammers before the city&rsquo;s bank caught wind of what was happening.<br /> Ford said the bank, Capital City, reimbursed Midway for the lost funds, but were now wanting the city to attain ACH blocking and filtering services. Council members unanimously approved the city attaining those services.<br /> Event aims to inspire health http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/event-aims-inspire-health <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0609_new_bethel_fitness_001k.jpg" alt="Tina Moore-Baker and Deneen Beamon, two of three Oneil Brown’s present students, teach their fitness and nutrition workshop attendees to use a NutriBullet to make fruit and vegetable smoothies. " title="Tina Moore-Baker and Deneen Beamon, two of three Oneil Brown’s present students, teach their fitness and nutrition workshop attendees to use a NutriBullet to make fruit and vegetable smoothies. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Oneil Brown, known around the region as the Fitness Preacher, and a few of his students led a group comprised mostly of women in 30 minutes of exercise Saturday at New Bethel AME Church after also teaching them healthier dietary practices.<br /> County to get $387K for Midway http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/county-get-387k-midway <p> The county will receive $387,575 in grant funds from the Department of Economic Opportunity for the construction of a 1,750-linear-foot road in Midway and the extension of water, wastewater and electric utilities infrastructure, as the Board of County Commissioners approved the deal at their Tuesday night meeting.<br />