Local News

  • A hero’s welcome

    By Byron Spires
    For the Times

  • Crappie Masters tournament heading back to Lake Talquin


  • 2017: Remembering those we lost

    By Byron Spires
    Times columnist

  • Events celebrate MLK legacy

    Passing the torch ot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to the next generation has been the goal of the annual MLK Jr. Day event organized for the past 10 years by the Gadsden Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women Inc.
    Chapter President Debra Ware Roberts said this year a large number of youths came out thanks to participation from Crossroad Academy.
    ”It’s very refreshing this time to see so many young people out so early in the morning in this cold weather,” she said.

  • Quincy votes to add street lights, change alcohol code

    During their Jan. 9 meeting, Quincy commissioners voted to approve the State Road 267 lighting agreement with Florida Department of Transportation.
    Commissioner Angela Sapp said she was displeased because she made requests for lighting on Highway 90 and Dade Street.
    “It’s poorly lit, and there have been known fatalities there,” Sapp said.
    Commissioner Gerald “Andy” Gay said there had been a lot of effort put into getting increased lighting in that area, but for some reason DOT hadn’t moved forward.

  • Gadsden’s day in Tallahassee
  • Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Gadsden Chapter is asking the communiy to join them for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Celebrate Life and Unity in the Community! 
    The celebration will be at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center inQuincy on Monday, Jan. 15.
    The Freedom Walk Begins at 7:45 am. Free Breakfast will be served at 8:15 am.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    We may have grown up poor, and our home looked like a tar-papered, one-level chicken coop, but how my brothers and I loved to go sliding (sledding) whenever we would have a decent snowfall the night before.
    Just like the kids around the Bamburg area of South Carolina did a couple of days ago, when they brought out their sleds or made up some contraption like a father did when he pushed his child down a hill in a laundry basket, we sledded any time we could.
    We lived in cold Connecticut, where we always had plenty of snow for sliding most of the time.


    There was a time in the not-too-distant past when moonshine was a big commodity in Gadsden County. Even though moonshine was illegal, it seemed to have a large following just the same. Actually this county was “dry,” and even bonded liquor was illegal.
    Back to the moonshine: There were those who made it, those who distributed it, and those who drank it. Sometimes the lines between the makers, distributors and the drinkers became real blurred; however, the concept of moonshining stayed close to those three parts.


    I’m not sure how long ago I may have mentioned my washing machine and it’s being on its last leg, but I can tell you this: It stood on that one leg and washed the heck out of some clothes for almost two full years! Not to say that it didn’t shake, rattle and roll — at times I thought that end of the house would just come apart, but it still did its job, so we ignored it.