https://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en STORM RECOVERY https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/storm-recovery <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0411_tour2.jpg" alt="Shown here, from left, state Rep. Ramon Alexander shares a laugh with Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda Holt and state Sen. Audrey Gibson at Carol’s Country Cookin’ in Quincy. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson also stopped by during the lunch event for the representatives from the Florida Legislative Black Caucus." title="Shown here, from left, state Rep. Ramon Alexander shares a laugh with Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda Holt and state Sen. Audrey Gibson at Carol’s Country Cookin’ in Quincy. U.S. Rep. Al Lawson also stopped by during the lunch event for the representatives from the Florida Legislative Black Caucus." align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="MsoNormal"> A number of elected leaders from the Florida Legislative Black Caucus paid Gadsden County a visit Friday, touring all the county&rsquo;s municipalities to see the extent of damage remaining from Hurricane Michael, and also see how far the area&rsquo;s recovery efforts had progressed.</p> Commissioners hire public works director https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/commissioners-hire-public-works-director <p> Members of the Gadsden County Commission welcomed a new public works director at their April 2 meeting, voting 5-0 to hire Fred McNealy, who has been serving as the interim director; he has worked more than 22 years with the county&rsquo;s public works department.</p> <p> They also unanimously approved a new assistant county administrator, Wesley Hall.</p> Havana garden growing https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/havana-garden-growing-0 <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0411_garden1.jpg" alt="Melissa Woehle of Havana smiles for a photo as she tills the soil in a garden plot at the Community Gardens of Havana." title="Melissa Woehle of Havana smiles for a photo as she tills the soil in a garden plot at the Community Gardens of Havana." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> A little plot of ground can produce a lot of produce.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Melissa Woehle now has been gardening for five years at the Community Gardens of Havana and now has five 15-by-15 garden plots where she has planted a variety of veggies, from sugar snap peans and fava beans to &ldquo;dino&rdquo; kale and Swiss chard.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> She was among a small group of gardeners still at the gardens Saturday afternoon for an open house event.</p> Working together to make a difference https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/working-together-make-difference <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0411_stewart_street1.jpg" alt="Volunteers who participated in a cleanup project Saturday, April 6, at Stewart Street Elementary School in Quincy stand for a photo." title="Volunteers who participated in a cleanup project Saturday, April 6, at Stewart Street Elementary School in Quincy stand for a photo." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Myles Jenkins</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <em><span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">For the Times</span></em></p> FORUM FEEDBACK https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/forum-feedback <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0404_forum3.jpg" alt="Shown here, from left, are Jasmine Brown and her husband, De’Cody Fagg, who is holding their daughter." title="Shown here, from left, are Jasmine Brown and her husband, De’Cody Fagg, who is holding their daughter." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <strong>MYLES JENKINS</strong><br /> <em>For the Times</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Quincy&rsquo;s recreation department hosted an open discussion forum March 28 at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center to hear residents&rsquo; concerns for the city&rsquo;s youth.</span></p> Bowden, Simmons speak at banquet https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/bowden-simmons-speak-banquet <img src="https://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0404_fca1.jpg" alt="Bobby Bowden, left, and Willie Simmons smile for a photo March 26 during the FCA banquet at Gadsden County High School in Havana." title="Bobby Bowden, left, and Willie Simmons smile for a photo March 26 during the FCA banquet at Gadsden County High School in Havana." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>MYLES JENKINS</strong><br /> <em>For the Times</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:12.0pt;line-height:107%;font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">Coaching legend Bobby Bowden and FAMU&rsquo;s head football coach and Gadsden County native Willie Simmons were among the guest speakers at the FCA banquet March 26 at Gadsden County High School in Havana.</span></p> Havana supports state funds for disaster recovery https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/havana-supports-state-funds-disaster-recovery <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Members of Havana&rsquo;s town council voted unanimously at their March 26 meeting to approve a resolution encouraging state lawmakers to consider funding inland counties affected by Hurricane Michael, including Gadsden County.</p> Quincy requests for state funds making headway https://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy-requests-state-funds-making-headway <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> Lobbyist Lane Stephens had good news for Quincy at the March 26 city commission meeting.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> He said their request for $90,000 to repair a building damaged during Hurricane Michael has been included in a state Senate appropriations bill at $75,000.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> He said the state House has set aside money for Hurricane Michael recovery that rural communities affected by the storm can apply for.</p>