Robert Allen
Country star Billy Dean plays Friday for a local crowd of new fans and old friends. He stood alone with an acoustic guitar on the small stage at his alma mater, Robert F. Munroe Day School — a place where the Quincy native wrote his first songs and played his first shows. Dean reminisced between pieces, sharing funny stories and lasting memories about his youth, his friends and his musical career that grew out of Gadsden County. Dean said Munroe hadn’t changed much — and he was happy it hadn’t. For a few moments before taking the stage, Dean sat by himself, looking pensive and waiting in the dark to greet a crowd that looked eager for the return of a hometown hero. “I’ll just go out and do my thing,” he said and stepped out into the spotlight.
Remembering his roots
Alice Du Pont
This is a view of where the 1,204-foot bridge will go in the Quincy Bypass.
Bypass work on track

Progress on the Quincy Bypass, which will connect State Road 12 to U.S. Highway 90 near Ralph Strong Road and the Capital Regional Medical Center Gadsden Campus, is about 30 percent complete and work on the project is moving at a steady pace, according to Anthony Manos, project engineer.


“Much of the clearing is done about a third of the drainage is complete and about 30 percent of the earthwork has been done,” Manos said.