https://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en ALL FIRED UP https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/all-fired <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0712_kiwanis25.jpg" alt="This little girl seems to have a unique strategy in the kids watermelon-eating contest." title="This little girl seems to have a unique strategy in the kids watermelon-eating contest." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Greensboro and Chattahoochee welcomed the Fourth of July with red, white and blue celebrations awash with down-home charm.</p> <p> <strong>Greensboro</strong></p> <p> In Greensboro, the fun started at 9 a.m. on the grounds of the town hall. The green space between town hall and the playground became a makeshift water park with two inflatable slides that kept the kids lining up to climb to the top and slide right back down.</p> <p> Connie Hostetter, who was involved with putting the program book for the event together, said the water slides are very popular with the kids.</p> School district leaders gear up for success https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/school-district-leaders-gear-success <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN"><br /> </span></p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">Now that Gadsden County High School has earned a grade of &ldquo;C&rdquo; from the Florida Department of Education, the new goal is to maintain and improve upon that success.</span></p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">Gadsden Schools Superintendent Roger Milton and other school district leaders have been working on ways to accomplish it, and to build on successes at other district schools.</span></p> Sweet Talent https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/sweet-talent <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0621_theater1.jpg" alt="Robin Smith Peters, who is directing Quincy Music Theatre’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,” smiles for a photo Friday, June 15, on the stairs leading up to the stage as some cast members work on blocking on the set. " title="Robin Smith Peters, who is directing Quincy Music Theatre’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,” smiles for a photo Friday, June 15, on the stairs leading up to the stage as some cast members work on blocking on the set. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> What&rsquo;s the best way to teach children about musical theater?</p> <p> Working four weeks to put on a show from start to finish has to be hard to beat.</p> <p> This year, 57 young thespians are doing just that at, participating in Quincy Music Theater&rsquo;s Young Artists Camp leading up to a three-day run of &ldquo;Roald Dahl&rsquo;s Willy Wonka Jr.&rdquo;</p> Homeless youth have advocates in Havana https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/homeless-youth-have-advocates-havana <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">JENNIFER SANTANA</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <em><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">For the Times</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Eric Hinson wants Gadsden County&rsquo;s homeless children and their families to make use of all the services available to them.</span></p> School board OKs deal with contractor https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/school-board-oks-deal-contractor <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="normal"> <strong><span lang="EN" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">CORTNEY JONES<br /> </span></strong></p> <p class="normal"> <em><span lang="EN" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">For the Times</span></em></p> Farm Fresh https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/farm-fresh <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0614_farm_fest3.jpg" alt="Barbeque University participants try out some grilling technique at FarmFest, which was Saturday, June 9, at the FAMU extension center in Quincy." title="Barbeque University participants try out some grilling technique at FarmFest, which was Saturday, June 9, at the FAMU extension center in Quincy." align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong>JENNIFER SANTANA</strong><br /> For the Times</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">This year&rsquo;s annual FAMU FarmFest had a little added sizzle, offering a Barbecue University to offer tips on barbecue safety, highlighting the importance of food safety and food handling.</span></p> County OKs FHP test track plan https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/county-oks-fhp-test-track-plan <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Florida Highway Patrol&rsquo;s plan to build a high-speed test track in Gadsden County has the white flag from Gadsden County Commissioners.</span></p> A celebration of firsts https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/celebration-firsts <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/online_grad_shackc.jpg" alt=" Shown here are the valedictorian of Gadsden County High, Trinesiah Sapp, and friend Jamal Gedeo, who met after the combining of schools. " title=" Shown here are the valedictorian of Gadsden County High, Trinesiah Sapp, and friend Jamal Gedeo, who met after the combining of schools. " align="left" hspace="6" width="43" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <em><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%"><strong>KARRIE SHACK</strong><br /> For the Times</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:107%">Each spring, hundreds of thousands of seniors graduate from across America as they celebrate the ending of their 12-year academic commitment. Some follow with higher education, others followed go into business, or get married and start families &mdash; but all are rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing they have finished high school. </span></p>