Local News

  • Southerland supports sheriff’s youth center vision

    Sheriff Morris Young went to Washington earlier this year to see if he could get support for the youth center he hopes to open in Quincy and a few other projects that require funding. Last Thursday Washington — in the person of Congressman Steve Southland — came to him.

    After a short meeting in his office, Young and Southerland visited the 74,000-square-foot former tomato packing house that sits on 34 acres that he hopes will become a multi-purpose youth center.

  • Judge rules against barrel racing

    Administrative Law Judge John G. Van Landingham issued an 85-page opinion stating the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering was incorrect in granting a pari-mutuel barrel-racing permit to Creek Entertainment in Gretna.
    What that will mean to Creek Entertainment, which owns and operates a card room and simulcast betting venue at it Gretna facility, is still uncertain because the parent company plans to appeal the ruling, according to Antonio Jefferson, Gretna city manager.

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  • Quincy Joist to close

    It’s not a done deal yet, and some local officials hope the sale of the Quincy Joist Company to Canam Steel Corp. will not go through.

  • United in prayer

    Thursday, May 2, Gadsden County joined thousands of communities across the nation to observe National Day of Prayer. More than 200 people attended the hour-long program on the lawn of the Courthouse Square.

    “Our theme for 2013 is ‘Praying for a Better Tomorrow,’ and it emphasizes the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of the Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.

  • Midway rehires city manager it fired

    Less than 48 hours after the Midway city election on April 30, the balance of power had shifted and the town was in for a major shake-up.

    The election of Eria Caesar, replacing former Mayor Ella Barber, signaled a change was coming to the tiny town halfway between Quincy and Tallahassee.

    The first order of business during the regular May 2 meeting was to elect a mayor. Three names were placed in nomination: Charles Willis (mayor pro tem), Delores Madison and Jerrod Holton.

  • Murder suspect at large

    Gadsden County Sherriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a man suspected of murder at a Chattahoochee night club in the early morning hours of April 27. Willie Gene Westberry III, 28, is accused of shooting Sterling S. Johnson, also 28, at least four times, including once in the face execution-style, outside C.J.’s Sports Bar and Grille.

  • Stronger together

    The 2013 Relay for Life held April 26 and 27 at the Martin Luther King Jr. track field in Quincy was one of the most well attended relays in the history of the annual event.

    “I am happy to see so many young people out. It goes with our theme ‘Through the eyes of a Child: Cancer is no Fairy Tale,’ and we wanted to make the effort to get more youth participation,” said Team Development Chairperson Rosa Robinson.

  • City elections bring surprises

    Voters in Quincy traded in veteran politician Angela Sapp for a newcomer this election — Micah Brown. In Tuesday’s city election Brown, and Sapp were the only candidatese on the ballot vying to represent District 2 on the city commission.

  • Willis, Midway to appeal judge’s ruling

    Just what will happen in the April 30 city of Midway election between incumbent Charles “Chuck” Willis and Samuel “Sam” Stevens is now in the hands of the District Court of Appeal.

    On April 19, Circuit Judge James Shelfer order Midway Mayor Ella Barber and interim city manager Roosevelt Morris to remove Willis’ name from the ballot because, as stipulated by the city’s charter, he does not live in the district where he qualified to run.