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  • Task force urges Milton to move forward with reconfiguration plan

    A group of Gadsden County teachers, parents, students and others who want to see a change in the public school system has formed a task force.

    The group had a press conference at the Parkway Center in Quincy on Thursday, March 23, to urge Superintendent Roger Milton to put his proposal for school consolidation back on the agenda for the school board’s March 28 meeting.

    Pastor Eddie Allen was at the meeting representing United Gadsden, a social justice ministry for change.

  • New primary care clinic opens

    The Apalachee Center in Gadsden County now has a primary care clinic.
    The primary care clinic officially opened Monday during a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.  Dozens of people from both Gadsden and Leon counties were in attendance, including members of the Gadsden County Commission, Quincy City Commission and Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.
    The clinic, which is located at 79 Lasalle Path in Quincy, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Quincy to end tent car sales?

    An out-of-county car dealer’s Quincy tent sale raised the ire of a Quincy business owner.
    During the Quincy City Commission’s March 14 meeting, Joe Pappadakis told city leaders his dealership has been in Quincy for years and strives to conduct business honestly, morally and with family values.
    “It’s a slap in my face when a dealer from Marianna comes in,” Pappadakis said.  “I live in Quincy and have a business in Quincy.”

  • Saving big to give back through couponing

    Three women have teamed together to teach people how to save, and their first stop is Quincy.
    For the past few Saturdays, Ladies on a Dime has been hosting couponing classes at the William A. McGill library in Quincy.
    Tomeika Martin and Tamika Jackson are both of natives of Gadsden County. The two met while attending Greensboro High School get-together.  Two years ago, when each discovered the other was a fellow couponer, they began helping each other to find the best deals.   Both women said they wanted to use couponing to give back to the community.

  • School plans halt

    Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Roger Milton has withdrawn his proposal to consolidate and close some Gadsden County public schools.
    That surprise announcement came at a Gadsden County School Board workshop Monday night.  
    At the beginning of the meeting, which was at Carter-Parramore, School Board Chair Isaac Simmons  said since it was a workshop, nothing could be voted on that night.  

  • For the 'ripple effect'

    The Gadsden County School district recently hosted a banquet to honor its outstanding
    employees.
    The banquet, which was themed “The Ripple Effect,” was at A. O. Shelfer National Guard Armory on Friday, March 10.
    Sherrie Taylor, the Parent Services coordinator, said the district was hoping honoring the employees would positively affect everyone, and it would spread through out the schools to the students, parents and out into the
    community.  

  • State closes Armada Ammunition over workers’ comp

    Armada Ammunition was closed by the state last week after a review determined the company had failed to comply with workers’ compensations laws.
    The company opened its manufacturing center last April.  Its 8,000-square-foot factory sits on a 1-acre site.  The company produced pistol- and rifle-caliber ammunition for law enforcement, the U.S. military and training purposes.

  • Big welcome after big win

    This past Thursday it was hard to miss the parade of sheriff’s office cruisers and fire trucks escorting the West Gadsden High School Panthers through the county.
    Fans eagerly awaited the arrival of the team as they made their way back home from Lakeland after competing in the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships Class 1A.
    The team won the school’s first state title March 1, after defeating Wildwood High School 64-44 in the championship game.

  • Smaller crowds, less resistance to school mergers at Shanks, EGHS

    The Gadsden County School Board continues to meet with parents and concerned citizens to discuss Superintendent Roger Milton’s school reconfiguration plan.
    On March 2, they hosted a meeting at James A. Shanks Middle School in Quincy and on March 6, they met at East Gadsden High School. Neither of these schools will be closed as part of the proposed school consolidations.  
    Shanks

  • Three suspects nabbed in counterfeit cash sting

    Three arrests have been made in a Gadsden County counterfeit money scheme.
    According to an arrest report, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the United States Secret Service to take down the counterfeit ring.  On Mar. 5 they arrested LeShelton Wilson, 24; Johnny Wilson, 26; and Cody Thomas of Albany, Ga., on charges of counterfeiting more than $2,000 but less than $20,000; possession of forged bills; passing counterfeit bills; uttering of counterfeit bills; and possession of tools for forgery of counterfeit bills.