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  • BOCC honors leader

    After 23 years of dedicated service, Arthur Lawson Sr., assistant county administrator, is retiring.  Gadsden County Commissioners thanked Lawson and presented him with a plaque of recognition at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20. This Friday, Sep. 30, will be Lawson’s last day on the job.

  • Suspects sought in Quincy fatal hit-and-run

     The search continues for the drivers of two vehicles involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Quincy.
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 62-year-old Richard Akery, also known as Pete, was struck  Sunday night by a car while pushing a shopping cart across Pat Thomas Parkway in Quincy.  The report says the car was headed southbound and hit Akery in the southbound lanes. Authorities said Akery’s body landed in the inside northbound lane, and was then hit by another vehicle.  

  • A big hit in Midway

    Midway Day was a huge success this year.  The event was filled with fun and laughter.  People of all ages danced, as the Deejay played some of the latest hits.  Children, and adults, even did a few Zumba exercises to the music.
    While the event usually takes place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it was pushed back two weeks this year due to Hurricane Hermine, Charlie Fields, one of the organizers said.

  • Midway could see tax rate drop

    The citizens of Midway should see a decrease in property taxes in the 2017 fiscal year budget.  Although the city’s rolled-back rate, which would keep property taxes the same as the previous year, is 5.08, the maximum millage rate the City’s charter allows is 5.0.  
    At a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, Auburn Ford, Midway’s city manager, said this is a first.  He said the city has never seen a property tax cut.
    Councilmember David Knight said the cut is due to a decrease in property value.

  • Quincy budget process continues

    The Quincy City Commission is moving forward with completing the 2017 fiscal year budget.  
    At their Sept. 13 meeting, the commissioners had their first public hearing on the proposed 4.6629 ad valorem millage rate for the upcoming budget year.  
    If the rolled-back rate is approved the city will receive the same amount of property tax revenue as was levied this fiscal year.    
    Citizens as well as representatives for local organizations were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget.    

  • Celebration of a century

    Give people their flowers while they’re living.  At least that’s how the old saying goes.  Odeal Ford Lewis received her flowers Saturday, as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
    When a reporter asked her what she planned to do on her actual birthday, which is Sept. 10, Lewis replied, “Nothing. I done got too old to do stuff to celebrate birthdays now.”

  • County OK’s contract to market Gadsden to tourists

    Members of various local churches attended the Gadsden County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, to show their support for adopting an ordinance that would allow all churches and schools to have a digital marquee sign.  
    Commissioners voted in favor of moving forward with the ordinance after making a few changes.
    Commission Chairwoman Brenda Holt said those wanting a sign will have to go before the Gadsden County Commission for approval.  

  • Wealth Watchers aim to up profits for farmers

    Although the number of farms in Gadsden County has increased in recent years, the amount of revenue generated has declined.  
    According to the United State’s Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census, there were 385 farms in Gadsden County in 2007.  Increasing by
    4 percent, the number slowly climbed to 402 over the five-year period.  
    The market value of the products sold by the farms, however, plummeted.   Decreasing by

  • Restoring power after Hermine: Talquin reports mission accomplished

    As of Thursday morning, Sept. 8, Talquine Electric Cooperative has completed its restoration efforts related to Hurricane Hermine.
    Maicel Green, Communications and Outreach Manager, said they will spend today and tomorrow cleaning up debris, such as broken poles or other materials related to that restoration.

  • Serve! Girls volleyball continues countywide

    Munroe
    The county volleyball teams were able to get in a few games before Hermine came in and cancelled end-of-the-week matches.  
    Munroe
    defeats EGHS