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  • Quincy star shines in show

    Quincy-kid-turned-national-superstar Billy Dean performed with his longtime friend, pianist Marvin Goldstein, for a packed crowd at a Tallahassee amphitheater this past Friday night in an event organized to honor the sacrifices veterans have made for society.
    Dean has released 11 studio albums, with three of them going gold. His last album to chart on Billboard was 2005’s “Let Them be Little.”

  • Holiday parade to prompt detours

    Quincy will continue to receive assistance from the county with maintaining paved and unpaved streets in Quincy after city commissioners approved an agreement for maintenance services at their Tuesday night meeting.
    The commissioners also voted to appoint a review board for the purpose of analyzing applicants for Quincy’s city manager position, and Fire Chief Scott Haire was added to the Fire and Police Pension Board.

  • Midway hires firm to get to bottom of septic woes

    Midway council members approved a contract with a company to diagnose the city’s septic tank problems at their Thursday meeting.

  • Lighting up the season
  • BOCC at odds on economic development

    After nearly an hour of debate on the topic, the Board of County Commissioners decided Tuesday night to postpone voting on how to allocate $240,000 dedicated to economic development until their Dec. 16 commission
    meeting.

  • Gathering with gratitude for Thanksgiving feast

    It took 18 turkeys roasted or smoked, eight hams, 75 pounds of sweet potatoes, 12 pounds of macaroni, 32 cups of uncooked rice, 20 bunches of greens, 8 gallons of green beans, 30 pounds of apples, 35 pounds of cornmeal for corn bread dressing, 350 rolls, dozens of desserts and a host of helping hands to put out this year’s community Thanksgiving dinner at Christ Town
    Ministries.
    Organizers reported more than 300 diners came — and some had meals delivered, such as some members of law enforcement and other emergency responders on duty Thanksgiving Day.

  • Quincy Commission hires new attorney

    City commissioners in Quincy approved a contract for the city’s new attorney at their Nov. 25 meeting.

  • Time to celebrate!

    Havana Middle School students were rewarded with an outdoor festival celebration this past Thursday for earning an “A” rating last school year.
    Principal Delshuana Jackson said the celebration was primarily to congratulate seventh- and eighth-graders for earning the “A” rating, but also served to inspire sixth-graders to do well this year. She also said the school improved from its previous “C” rating by embracing a culture of excellence and constantly motivating students
    and teachers.

  • Holt to chair BOCC

    Commissioner Brenda Holt is the new chairperson for The Gadsden County Commission after a unanimous vote from the commissioners. Commissioner Eric Hinson is the vice-chair after a 3-2 vote and Commissioner Sherrie Taylor, who was nominated for both positions, declined the chair nomination and lost the vote for vice-chair.
    The county approved a plan for state aid that could bring the library system approximated $486,000, according to the agenda request. The exact total of aid received is based largely upon how much the county spends on its
    library system.

  • Local retailers look for steady sales, not Black Friday frenzy

    While a number of big box retailers statewide and nationwide are revving up for a big Black Friday boost to holiday sales,  a number of local retailers expect mor modest success.
    According to a Florida Retail Federation press release, the group’s annual shopping forecast has predicted a 5 percent increase in sales for Florida retailers this holiday shopping season — a figure that outpaces this year’s national forecast, which calls for a 4.1 percent uptick over the past year.