Fire Chief Scott Haire startled several Quincy commissioners at the Tuesday, January 22 meeting by reporting that he had decided to retire as of March first. The long-term firefighter and chief has been very popular with the public and city.
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This weekend is the biggest television event in the country. The Super Bowl. It’s likely to draw over 100 million viewers in the US alone but will also be viewed in 180 foreign countries in 25 different languages. A 30-second commercial costs $5 million! A lot of people actually enjoy the commercials more than the game since companies go out of their way to make them funny and entertaining. It’s the only time I know of that people want the volume turned up for a commercial!
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Boy, did I learn a lot! I don’t remember doing a column about the PA groundhog who keeps everyone’s interest on February 2nd, but in researching this idea, I realized how beloved this little fella really is! First of all, he’s a squirrel relative of whom the idea first originated in Germany being founded in 1887.
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10 YEARS AGO
Premier Bank in Quincy held a grand opening at its new location on Pat Thomas Parkway. Bank officers, directors, customers and Chamber of Commerce officials were on hand for the occasion. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Bud Branson, Max Clark, Ed Hinson, James Hinson, Sherry VanLandingham, Billy Ventry, bank president Bruce Rowan, Monte Bradwell, David Gardner, Lester Black and Mark Bates. [Full Story »]
Margarette Quarterman Strickland , 96, of Quincy, died Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Riverchase Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She is survived by her two children, Jack Strickland, Jr. and Jane Mock (Bill), four grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, retired Lieutenant Commander Jack Strickland, USN.
Margarette was born in Cason, Florida on May 7, 1919. She graduated from Quincy High School at sixteen and attended business school in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She holds the distinction of being first female loan officer at the Quincy State Bank. Upon her retirement from the bank, she and her husband Jack travelled in their RV, visiting Navy friends and attending ship reunions around the country.
Margarette was active at Centenary United Methodist Church where she held numerous positions. She delivered Meals-on-Wheels into her nineties. Margarette began the “Knit-Wits,” a church knitting group where she knitted over 300 sweaters that have gone around the world to needy children. She also knitted caps for premature babies for TMH.
Margarette was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for her daughter and granddaughters. She also sewed costumes for the Quincy Music Theatre.
Services are Friday, February 5, 2016, at 11:00 AM, at Centenary Methodist Church in Quincy, Florida. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until service time in the Church’s parlor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Centenary Methodist Church, 206 N. Madison St., Quincy, FL., 32351.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, assisted the family with the arrangements.
Russell E. Sloan, 73 passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016. There is no service planed. He was a native of Pavo, GA. and had lived in Havana for 37 years. Mr. Russell retired after 29 years as parts manager with Flint Equipment Co. His loves were his girls, he was also an avid Street Rodder. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sherrie Sloan, daughter; Jeanne Sloan Williams (Nick), granddaughter; Phoebe Williams, brother; Titus Sloan (Laverne).
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Independent Funeral Home (850-875-1529) in handling arrangements