Local News

  • Quincy Fire Chief announces retirement

    The retirement of the Quincy Fire Department’s chief, Scott Haire, was announced Tuesday at the Quincy Commission meeting.
    Haire said he had already submitted his resignation letter and dated it effective March 1, his last days on the job probably being the last days of February.

  • More than equal to the task

    His classroom walls are covered with drawings of algebraic expressions on handmade posters he calls anchor charts, giving one the sense that student eyes seeking some distraction will find none.

    In Abria Harris’ class, there is no escape from his math, and his grasp is over his students in a way both sweet and stern that leaves them describing him as engaging.

    It’s clear he has quickly taken to his role in the classroom. And the accolades prove it. Earlier this month, Harris was named the county’s Rookie Teacher of the Year.

  • Police investigate robbery

    The Quincy Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred AT ABOUT 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.  Police were called by a 55-year-old female reporting she had been robbed of her purse by two men who pretended to need help with
    The victim was placing items in her car in the area of North Love Street and Washington Street when two men drove up next to her.

  • Day of service, safer homes

    Designating Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day of service ,as did many across the nation, groups of American Red Cross volunteers traveled door-to-door through a number of Quincy neighborhoods Monday offering households three free smoke alarms and installations, as well as magnet maps for drawing emergency escape routes.

  • BOCC chooses local broadcaster

    County commissioners chose the company that will broadcast the commission’s twice-a-month meetings at their Tuesday night meeting. The matter was among several decided.
    The county will pay Southerland Enterprises of Quincy $1,300 a month to broadcast the meetings on Channel 13 in Quincy, Medicaom Channel 96 in Havana, Gretna and Greensboro, and Brighthouse cable Channel 2 in Chattahoochee, according to meeting filings. The meetings will also be streamed live on the Internet.
    Southerland Enterprises will provide the required equipment and a technician.

  • Reflective surfaces

    Award-winning artist Dean Mitchell unveiled during an opening reception at the Gadsden Arts Center a collection of artworks he said draws parallels between the lives experienced by Native Americans in Phoenix and African-Americans in his hometown Quincy.
    The exhibition, entitled “Dean Mitchell’s American West: Poverty and the Human Spirit,” includes 43 artworks and will be on display at the Arts Center until April 2.

  • BOCC planning for new leaders

    The Board of County Commissioners took advice at a Dec. 15 meeting from the president of the Florida Association of County Managers on how the county should handle the hiring of new county administration once current administration retires in the coming fall.

  • 2015 in Review Law Enforcement

    The biggest crime and law enforcement stories of the year involve the convictions of the sheriff and a former deputy, the county’s biggest synthetic drug bust to date, an accused murderer’s escape from jail and a school official‘s alleged theft of more than $200,000.

  • Gadsden’s graduation rate sees surge

    The number of students who graduated within four years from the Gadsden County School District increased by nearly 10 percentage points in the 2014-2015 school year, but still fell 12 points behind the state average.
    65.4 percent of the district’s high-school seniors graduated during the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education.
    That rate is up from the county’s 2013-2014 rate of 56 percent, but still below the state rate of 77.8 percent. The state’s rate is up from last year by

  • Gretna continues to support slots at casino

    The City of Gretna filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Florida Supreme Court last week detailing the city’s reasons for supporting the implementation of slot machines at Creek Entertainment.
    The city’s brief speaks of a “master plan” developed by the facility’s involved parties to build over the next 10 years a horse racetrack, at least one convention hotel and restaurants and shops on or near the facility, and implies that these attractions cannot be built without the implementation of slot machines.