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  • By VICKIE LILLO
    Special to The Times
    Mission: To preserve and protect a choice part of old Florida environment while providing recreation and relaxation for Florida residents and visitors.
    It’s a lofty goal for Panama City’s St. Andrews State Park, especially in the wake of the Oct. 10 hammering by Category 5 Hurricane Michael. Michael roared like a freight train through the Panhandle and its barrier islands – those tattered streamers of sand that have buffered the Gulf seashores for centuries.

  • By VICKIE LILLO
    Special to The Times
    “Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.”
    This old adage, modernized from the poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, penned in 1798 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is a fitting description of the current-day worldwide water crisis.
    Nowhere is it more apparent than in the three states – Georgia, Alabama and Florida – sharing the drainage course from the ACF System, ACF being the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint rivers.

  • Special to The Times
    Few people have impacted Deliverance Temple Ministries  quite like Mother Ella Mae Gulley-Bowens.
    Throughout her life, Bowens has faithfully demonstrated the spirit of James 1:22-25: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”
    Born 100 years ago on July 15, 1919, to the late Ella Duranch-Gulley and Eugene Gully, she is Deliverance Temple Ministries oldest living member. Today, the ministry honors her life and service.

  • By VICKIE LILLO
    Special to The Times
    PONCE DE LEON -- The flying red-and-white Diver Down flag welcomes you to the premises, directing you to the dive shop on your left.
    RVs and tents are scattered about in the campground – where swimsuit-clad vacationers are just finishing up breakfast around the picnic table and are now rounding up their bicycles or toting every kind of imaginable beach toy toward the Spring. Vortex Spring, that is.

  • By VICKIE LILLO
    Special to The Times
    Alight dusting of fog has settled across the clear, turquoise-blue water, an early-morning whisper of mist blanketing the surface of Hammock Sink.
    The scent of dogwood blossoms from the ridge beyond fragrances the air.

  • By VICKIE LILLO
    Special to The Times
    ALBANY, GEORGIA -- It is like a live version of Disney’s Timón and Pumba cartoon episodes, without the charming, but odiferous, warthog.
    The meerkat stands upright on his back haunches, using his tail for balance, while peering down into a man-made termite mound. Jittery.
    The dark-brown, pointy nose twitches incessantly as it inspects the cone for insects – the ebony eyes with their coal-black patches and binocular vision scan the desert terrain for marauders, just like in the wild.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.
    Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of articles sponsored by New Bethel AME Church History Project with Dr. Brown serving as consulting historian. The Rev. Charles Morris pastors New Bethel.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.
    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of articles sponsored by New Bethel AME Church History Project with Dr. Brown serving as consulting historian. The Rev. Charles Morris pastors New Bethel.
    The Chattahoochee area and northwestern Gadsden have enjoyed an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) presence almost since the denomination put down its roots in the county following the Civil War’s end in 1865.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.
    Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of articles sponsored by New Bethel AME Church History Project with Dr. Brown serving as consulting historian. The Rev. Charles Morris pastors New Bethel.

    A diversity of influences radiated outward to the state and nation from Gadsden County’s AME churches in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The lives and experiences of Alexander C. Lightbourne and Mary Zeigler Lightbourne offer excellent cases on point.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.
    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles sponsored by New Bethel AME Church History Project with
    Dr. Brown serving as consulting historian. The Rev. Charles Morris pastors New Bethel.

    Gadsden County’s pioneer African Methodist congregations produced or fostered a striking number of men and women who not only touched the community but also the state and nation. Their impacts ranged from pastoral to political, academic to artistic.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.

  • By Canter Brown Jr.
    Special to the Times
    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles sponsored by the New Bethel AME Church History Project with Dr. Brown serving as consulting historian. The Rev. Charles Morris pastors New Bethel.

  • By Canton Brown Jr.
    Special to the Times

  • Summer camp
    experience with a Chick-Fil-A flair
    Chick-Fil-A WinShape camp is coming to Quincy, Aug. 8 through 12. Come be a part of this incredible adventure combining sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provide a professionally trained staff to help create meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience in your community. Camp site will be First Baptist Church, 210 W. Washington St., Quincy.
    To check out the camp, go to: http://camps.winshape.org/camps-for-communities/

  • Summer camp
    experience with a Chick-Fil-A flair

    Chick-Fil-A WinShape camp is coming to Quincy, Aug. 8 through 12. Come be a part of this incredible adventure combining sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provide a professionally trained staff to help create meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience in your community. Camp site will be First Baptist Church, 210 W. Washington St., Quincy.
    To check out the camp, go to: http://camps.winshape.org/camps-for-communities/

  • Conference coming to Deliverance Temple
    Mark your calendar for Deliverance Temple Ministries’ (DTM) 2016 Impact Conference, which will be at 7:30 p.m. daily, April 13 to 15, with speakers:  Bishop Victor Powell (April 13), senior pastor of the Rhema Word Cathedral in Albany, Ga.; and Pastor Mark Baker (April 14 and 15) founding pastor of Greater Work Than These Ministries in Brunswick, Ga. 
     Don’t miss this powerful conference that has been carefully designed to impact your life for the rest of your life. The community is invited.

  • By NANCY KENNEDY
    Ask a group of restaurant servers which is their least favorite shift to work and their number one answer will be Sunday after church.

    It seems we churchgoers are a cranky bunch when we’re hungry, and that’s putting it politely.

    Their consensus of us is that we’re demanding and rude. We sit in large groups and stay longer than we should, discussing the morning’s sermon (or latest church gossip), commenting on the heathens at the nearby table drinking Bloody Marys.