https://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en HURRICANE MICHAEL: Hometown hero https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/hurricane-michael-hometown-hero <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1101_chance1.jpg" alt="Pvt. Chance Donaldson, USMC, holds up a flag. During a recent visit back home in Quincy after completing his basic training, he pitched in to help his neighborhood, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Michael." title="Pvt. Chance Donaldson, USMC, holds up a flag. During a recent visit back home in Quincy after completing his basic training, he pitched in to help his neighborhood, which had been ravaged by Hurricane Michael." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"> <strong><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">MYESHA WILLIAMS</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"> <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">For the Times</span></em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"> <span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Pvt. Chance Donaldson had just returned from boot camp as a new U.S. Marine when Hurricane Michael passed through his hometown of Quincy. </span></p> Instinct saves woman's life in hurricane https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/instinct-saves-womans-life-hurricane <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1101_savelife.jpg" alt="Patricia Johnson is thankful for her health after a rough hurricane experience." title="Patricia Johnson is thankful for her health after a rough hurricane experience." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>MYESHA WILLIAMS<br /> </strong></p> <p> <em>For the Times<br /> </em></p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s because of Chris; if he hadn&rsquo;t have gotten me there on time, I probably would&rsquo;ve died in his house.&rdquo;</p> <p> Patricia Johnson said she is alive thanks to fast action from a fellow church member, Chris Arellano.</p> <p> Johnson said she should have listened to her son&rsquo;s warning, which came before Hurricane Michael paid a devastating visit to Gadsden County.</p> Havana’s 19th annual Pumpkin Festival https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/havana%E2%80%99s-19th-annual-pumpkin-festival <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1101_costume4.jpg" alt="First place in the pet costume contest went to Oakley, dressed as a shark, with Kayla dressed at a pirate, owned by Paige Brown. " title="First place in the pet costume contest went to Oakley, dressed as a shark, with Kayla dressed at a pirate, owned by Paige Brown. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>TAKEIDRIA THOMAS<br /> </strong></p> <p> <em>For the Times</em></p> <p> Although many people and communities were affected by Hurricane Michael, it did not stop the show in downtown Havana.</p> <p> The community had the opportunity to come out and enjoy the town&rsquo;s 19th annual Pumpkin Festival, with seasonal games and contests with the chance to win cash prizes or visit vendors for great food.</p> Window open to apply for recovery https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/window-open-apply-recovery <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1101_hurricane1.jpg" alt="Trucks have been hauling in load after load of hurricane debris at Post Plant Pit. As of Monday, D &amp; J Enterprises had picked up 534 loads totaling 22,661 cubic yards. Bringing the Oct. 29 total to 6,341 loads totaling 278,597 cubic yards of vegetative debris and construction/demolition (C&amp;D) debris. There is no official word yet on if debris trucks will be able to pick up on private roads, according to a county spokeswoman. " title="Trucks have been hauling in load after load of hurricane debris at Post Plant Pit. As of Monday, D &amp; J Enterprises had picked up 534 loads totaling 22,661 cubic yards. Bringing the Oct. 29 total to 6,341 loads totaling 278,597 cubic yards of vegetative debris and construction/demolition (C&amp;D) debris. There is no official word yet on if debris trucks will be able to pick up on private roads, according to a county spokeswoman. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Now that for the most part power has been restored, roads have been cleared and life is returning to normal, the focus for those with property loss and damage is on personal recovery, and now is the time to reach out to the agencies offering assistance &ndash; even for those who have already been turned down.</p> <p> Olivia Smith, Gadsden County&rsquo;s public information officer, said individuals who have already had applications for assistance denied by FEMA should be persistent.</p> 'The Curious Life of Marci Bell' Part Two, Chapter 16' https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/curious-life-marci-bell-part-two-chapter-16 <p> Straughn&rsquo;s Business School would be another life-changing experience for Marci.</p> <p> Although she only had officially a sixth grade-education, during the time she spent at the Dalton home, Cora Mae worked with her on her reading and writing skills.</p> <p> It would take a couple of trips to town in the farm truck to get evaluated for the school.</p> <p> Marci would need to take a few basic classes, Principal Straughn told her after her initial interview and testing for the school.</p> FEAST FOR THE SENSES https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/feast-senses <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1004_art1.jpg" alt="Photos by CHERI HARRIS/Gadsden County Times As gallery guests admire her work, Carrie Ann Baade, wearing a long Black Madonna Gown by Scatha G. Allison, speaks to fans during an exhibition opening Friday, Sept. 28, at the Gadsden Arts Center &amp; Museum in Quincy. " title="Photos by CHERI HARRIS/Gadsden County Times As gallery guests admire her work, Carrie Ann Baade, wearing a long Black Madonna Gown by Scatha G. Allison, speaks to fans during an exhibition opening Friday, Sept. 28, at the Gadsden Arts Center &amp; Museum in Quincy. " align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> Quincy was bustling Friday evening as visitors poured into the downtown square to enjoy two events &mdash; a reception to celebrate the opening of an exhibition by popular area artists at the Gadsden Arts Center &amp; Museum and Quincy Main Street&rsquo;s launch of Food Truck Fridays.</p> Quincy Commission approves 12.65% property tax hike https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy-commission-approves-1265-property-tax-hike <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN" style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">It&rsquo;s official; Quincy&rsquo;s city taxes have increased 12.65 percent for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1 and will end Sept. 30, 2019.</span></p> 'The Curious Life of Marci Bell' Part Two https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/curious-life-marci-bell-part-two <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">The routine of Isaiah Jr. crawling to his grandfather continued to fascinate Cora Mae and Marci as they would watch each evening.</span></p>