I turned 65 last month. I’ve been here at the newspaper for 42 of those six and a half decades and now feel it is time for someone else with new ideas and unbridled energy to step in and take over. I am ready to sell the newspaper and print shop and move on to some active retirement years.
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Some things are irresistible like writing about Donald Trump. It’s too easy. He’s a massive gasbag, high on self-promotion. He’s a very successful real-estate tycoon, so he has — as he loves to remind us — a lot of money. While the media have focused on the outrageous things he says and his truly amazing hair, nobody has given any sound reasons not to vote for him for those inclined to do so. Somebody’s gotta do it.
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10 YEARS AGO
Bernard Clark of Greensboro stood with that youthful gleam in his eyes as he was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame on July 28, 2005 during the 2005 4-H Congress at the University of Florida for his 57 years of dedicated and committed service to the Gadsden County 4-H program. Clark stated his greatest reward for years of 4-H work was working with young people and their parents together and having the great support of leaders. Ten of Clark’s former 4-Hers went on to become county extension agents. [Full Story »]
Dorothy Jean Gillespie Turner, 82, of Tallahassee, FL passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Big Bend Hospice House.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dave Pullen and Rev. Hilton Gillespie officiating. Interment will follow at Tallahassee Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Faith Funeral Home in Havana. (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com.)
Mrs. Dorothy was born February 8, 1933 in Whigham, GA to the late Gratton Cosmo Gillespie and the late Mary Alta Edwards Gillespie. She graduated from Cairo High School in 1950. On December 10, 1955, she married Jack Turner. Later, she and Jack had three daughters whom she loved very much. She retired from the State of Florida as an administrative assistant, and also retired from The Junior League of Tallahassee. She was a faithful longtime member of the Tallahassee First Church of the Nazarene. She taught and influenced many lives in her 50 years of being a Sunday School teacher. She also served in many other capacities over the years at the church including serving on the Church Board and as Missions President.
She is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Turner of Mobile, AL and Jackie Turner Marston (husband David) of Tallahassee, FL; her son-in-law, Justin Strickland of Havana, FL; her brother, Rev. Hilton Gillespie (Chris); sisters, Evelyn Eubanks, Mary Poitivent, Loette Buerger, Emily Hickey; her sisters-in-law, Florence Gillespie, Shirley Gillespie and Shelia Edwards; her grandchildren, Jamie McCormick (Ben), Nikki Mosley (Philip), Hailey Marston and Travis Strickland; great-grandchildren, Mary Jane McCormick, Jada Mosley, Debra Jean Mosley and Marley McCormick.
She is also survived by many beloved family members and friends who loved her and ministered to her during her illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Travis Turner; her daughter, Sandi Turner Strickland; brothers, William Gillespie, Earl Gillespie, Gerald Gillespie, Darwin Edwards, M.L. Forehand and Ronald Forehand; sisters, Louise Weiss and Callie Farrow; and her step-mother, Blanche Gillespie.
Arkansas Tech defensive lineman Zemaric Holt, 21, died Sunday from injuries sustained in an accident at Long Pool Recreation Area near Dover, Arkansas, according to a news release from the university.
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The hot and humid dog days of summer are an inspiration to sit still in a cool room and take stock of the lessons I’ve learned after 44 years of high school sports, as a player, coach and administrator:
• Talent makes an average coach look like John Wooden.
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Last weekend's Golf Tournament Open was indeed open. There were a number of challengers for the title up to the end when Zachary Johnson finally won the elongated event by winning a four-hole play-off format over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman on Monday. [Full Story »]