Local News

  • Midway fire chief eyes job in Sumter County

    Midway’s fire chief is taking a position with a fire department in Sumter County, and is asking he now be able to serve as Midway’s fire chief only on a part time basis.

    Fire chief Kent Pridemore submitted a letter to Midway’s city manager, Dot Inman Johnson, earlier this month detailing his decision to take a position with Sumter County. The letter cites Midway’s proposed budget cuts, which would reduce the salary for salaried employees by 25 percent as the reason Pridemore had to seek other employment.

  • Tallahassee mayor urges partnership for growth

    Tallahassee’s mayor Andrew Gillum was the guest speaker at the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Go Gadsden meeting.

    The meetings are opportunities for regional governmental and business leaders to network as well as share with each other the progress they’ve made on their individual initiatives.

  • Group asks county to weigh in on fracking

    An anti-fracking group gaining support from county commissions across Florida in its efforts to ban fracking from the state attempted to receive Gadsden County’s support at the county commission’s June 2

    Fracking is a controversial drilling method used by oil companies to extract as much oil as possible from a suspected oil field. When fracking, the companies aim a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals at suspected oil fields in hopes that the oil that is hardest to obtain will release from shale rocks.

  • The right path: Shanks boys track team fourth in state

    The boys track team at James A. Shanks excelled in the 4x100 relay race this year. Of the 150 middle schools that competed over the course of the season for the championship in that race, the team finished fourth.

    That success has earned the team’s members attention from high schools who want the boys to play on their teams next year, as well as colleges who have told their coach, former professional football player Leroy Smith, that they’re monitoring the boys’ success.

  • Slot machines OK’d for Gretna casino

    After a process that has taken more than three and a half years, Creek Entertainment in Gretna will be granted a license that allows slot machines in the casino.

    The First District Court of Appeals released a 51-page written opinion Friday detailing their decision to allow the gaming facility to have slot machines.

  • Bicycle race brings hundreds of competitors to Quincy

    Downtown Quincy was transformed into a race course for competitive bicyclists this past Saturday.

    Approximately 400 bicyclists from teams across the state participated in the weekend’s contests. Those contests included an hour-long race around Quincy’s downtown and culminated Sunday with a bike race through the hills of Havana’s neighboring communities.

  • EGHS graduation: Pomp, circumstance, perseverance

    by Royal Shepherd

    When the East Gasden High School class of 2015 valedictorian Nicholas Bittle took the podium for his speech, the crowd was still applauding the list of accomplishments read during his introduction.

    Bittle graduated with a 4.40 weighted GPA, is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Society, a member of the National Honors Society, was named Mr. East Gadsden High School for 2015 and placed third at the state track and field finals in the shot put. He has held the school record in the event for the past two years.

  • West Gadsden grads urged to aim high

     “How high will you fly,” was the question Ramon Alexander repeatedly asked West Gadsden’s newest alumni during the school’s graduation ceremony Friday night.

    “If you are unreliable, undependable and unprepared, you will not fly,” Alexander said during his speech, which was aptly titled an inspirational moment in the program. “Always stay focused and humility will guide you to your final destination. You see, a goal is something you have but a vision for the future is something that has you.”

  • FHP: Quincy man crashes car, flees scene

    A Quincy man arrested last month for allegedly selling drugs from a Quincy motel is currently being sought by law enforcement on more weapon and drug charges.

    According to a release from Florida Highway Patrol, Obrien Dubose, 29, crashed a BMW while traveling at high speeds to escape officers who were pursuing him. The release doesn’t say why officers were after Dubose or how they were able to identify him as the driver.

  • Family members recall murder victim

    On her still active Facebook page, Keyonda Collier’s grief-stricken friends have left many comments about her good-hearted nature and everlasting empathy. Her mother says in the end, that kindness may have gotten her murdered.

    When Sharon McCray, Collier’s mother, received a call from Greg Sapp’s mother on April 21 saying McCray should check on Collier’s well-being because Sapp had been living with Collier and “acting crazy,” McCray said she was taken aback and confused.