Today's News

  • Local church plays large role in community, Black History

    The African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated its 222nd anniversary this past Sunday. The church has been the cornerstone of life since slavery in the local African-American community.

  • Second-half spurt carries Jaguars to win

    The West Gadsden High School Panthers put up quite a bit of first-half resistance. When things were all said and done, East Gadsden had too much height and depth for the Panthers and the Jaguars came away with an 80-43 win in a county rival basketball game Thursday night.

    Behind the play of John Battles, Jesse Winbush and Antonio Bostick, West Gadsden stayed close in the first half.

    East Gadsden came out in the second half, took over the boards, hit some outside shots and closed down things defensively to collect their second win of the year over the Panthers.

  • Local athletes ink college deals

    West Gadsden High School’s Gary Brown and East Gadsden High’s Lance Ray signed scholarships with Southeastern Conference universities last Wednesday on the first day of signings.

    Brown a 6-feet, 4-inch, 280-pound defensive lineman inked with national champion, the University of Florida, in a 10 a.m. ceremony.

    Ray a 6-feet, 1-inch, 180-pound wide receiver, signed with Arkansas just two hours earlier.

    Both players made All-State in their respective classes and both qualify academically.

  • Community Briefs

    Teen Court will be held Feb. 17, March 3, 17 and 31, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, and June 9 and 23. The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Teen Court program offers youthful offenders an alternative to prosecution through the juvenile justice system. The program meets on the above dates from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Courthouse Annex. For more information, contact Tiffany Parsons-Braswell at 875-7596.


  • FCAT Explosion helps prep kids of all ages for upcoming statewide test

    It started out as an effort to help students in grades six through 12 prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. It turned into an all-out effort to not only help students of all ages get ready for the test, but to help them do better in school and in life as well.

    East Gadsden High School hosted an FCAT Explosion during the month of January, an idea brought forth during a Parent Teacher Association meeting at the school.

  • Church Briefs

    • First Baptist Church in Quincy has scheduled a Lay Renewal Weekend for Feb. 27 - March 1. All groups will be led by a christian lay team from across north Florida. For more information, call the church office at 627-9688.

    • Church services at Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church are held the first, second and fourth Sundays at 11 a.m., and at 8 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Church school begins at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning.

  • Barkley, Thomas united in marriage

    Helen Franks and Earnest Barkley Jr. of Gretna, along with Sharon Brinson Thomas and the late Ronnie Martin Thomas Sr. of Quincy, are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Reshawn Barkley and Ronnie Martin Thomas Jr.

    The bride is a graduate of Gadsden Couny schools and earned her bachelor's degree in business economics at FAMU and her master's at Mercer University in Atlanta. She is employed as a private wealth advisor with SunTrust Bank.

  • Butler, Canty to exchange vows Feb. 14

    Helen B. Butler and the late Arthur Butler of Quincy, along with Vera W. Butler and the late Mitchell Canty Sr. of Bainbridge, Ga., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Angela LaFaye Butler and Mitchell Canty Jr.

    The bride-elect is employed by the Florida Department of Revenue and attended Tallahassee Community College. She is the granddaughter of Maggie B. Miller and the late E. Bryant of Bainbridge, and Freddie Butler and the late Laura Butler of Havana.

  • Adams, Smith to wed April 4 at Westfork

    Birdie Kinard and the late Charles Kinard of Quincy, along with Billy Ray and Nettie Smith and Eleanor and Ed Legion of Bristol, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Polly Kinard Adams and Billy F. Smith.

    The bride-elect is employed in security at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee.

    The groom-elect received his associate's degree in criminal justice at Tallahassee Community College and is employed as a deputy sheriff with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in Marianna.

  • Campbell, Knight united in marriage

    Michele Campbell and the late Angelo Rooks of Quincy, along with Calvin and Charlotte Stephens and the late Arlie Knight Sr., are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Annekquah Campbell and Arlie Knight Jr.

    The bride is a 2001 graduate of James A. Shanks, and is employed as a legal assistant.

    The groom is also a graduate of James A. Shanks, and is employed as a laborer.

    The couple was married Jan. 25 at New Jordan Missionary Baptist Church, and will make their home in Quincy.