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  • Three injured in house fire

    A home in Quincy’s Scott-town community was destroyed Tuesday morning when a fire fully engulfed the house.

    According to firefighters from Quincy’s fire department, the fire began around 8:30 a.m. Family members of the home’s inhabitants believe the fire began when a minor was playing with fireworks — possibly sparklers — and didn’t properly dispose of them afterward.

  • Police say burglary suspects caught in the act

    Quincy police say they caught two suspects June 22 in the middle of a home burglary.

    Jivaris Gaymon, 29, and Ruane Taylor, 28, have been charged with burglary and drug offenses.

    According to arrest reports, the home’s owner contacted officers after seeing bodies move around the house from the outside.

    Officers arrived on the scene, knocking on the door and announcing themselves as officers in an attempt to get Gaymon and Taylor to come outside. When no one came to the door, officers made their way inside, allegedly finding Gaymon and Taylor.

  • Man accused of smuggling drugs into jail

    A Tallahassee man arrested June 23 in Midway for out-of-county warrants is now accused of trying to  smuggle drugs into the Gadsden County Jail.

    According to arrest reports, LaJuan Bradwell-Williams, 25, was spotted by an officer driving a car through Midway that had a registration sticker which had expired in December. When the officer ran the vehicle’s tag, it was discovered that the tag had actually expired in 2012.

    The officer took Bradwell-Williams into custody after discovering he had an active warrant.

  • Pair of Greensboro teachers cleared in cheating scandal

    Over the past four years, a mother and daughter who teach at Greensboro Elementary School say they have felt judgment and ire from neighbors, colleagues and ultimately state investigators over accusations that they assisted students in cheating on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

    “It’s been like walking through hell’s fire with no shoes on,” said Annette Walker of the ordeal. “People were looking at us like we did it and got away with it.”

  • Celebrating career of service

    After 42 years of service with the Gadsden County UF/IFAS Extension, the longtime director of the extension’s initiatives has called it a day — and he ended his career in the same building he started it in.

    Friends, family and colleagues gathered this past Friday evening at the Livestock Pavilion in Quincy to show their gratitude for and wish an enjoyable retirement to Dr. Henry Grant.

  • Gadsden health official under scrutiny

    An investigative report published by Florida’s health department in April revealed the interim director of Gadsden County’s health department to have embellished the educational credentials on his resume.

  • Police nab suspect sought after fiery crash

    A Quincy man accused of crashing a BMW while fleeing law enforcement and leaving the scene after the car caught fire was arrested Saturday.

    Obrien Dubose, 29, faces charges in connection with accusations of drug trafficking, eluding police officers and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

    According to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol last month, Obrien crashed the BMW while traveling at high speeds to escape officers pursuing him.

    Dubose eventually hit a tree, causing the BMW to burst into flames.

  • Florida Arts Trail riles some residents

    The proposed Florida Arts Trail multi-use path has inspired its fair share of vitriol from the Gadsden County citizens it might impact the most.

    The trail would be 10 miles long and would run between Quincy and Havana. FDOT expects it will need to acquire right-of-way land from 31 residences, two businesses and three vacant structures along the road the route for the path.

  • Event shares gardening basics, other down-home skills

    The FAMU Research and Extension Center was the site of the college’s annual Spring Farm Festival Saturday morning and afternoon.

    On one side of the Center’s lawn, attendees could participate in archery, while on the other side they could sample home cooked collard greens, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. Towards the end of the festival, attendees could take their choice of one of the vegetables grown in the Center’s garden, like squash, cucumbers and tomatoes, home with them in addition to a complimentary bag of peanuts.

  • Two RFM grads to play baseball for Georgia college

    Two graduating seniors from Robert F. Munroe’s baseball team will have the opportunity to continue their baseball careers as members of a Georgia college’s team.

    Nolan Haire, 17, and Bradley Klees, 19, both signed letters of intent to play baseball for Andrew College in Cuthbert, Ga. Monday morning in Munroe’s auditorium.