Local News

  • Ready, set, learn!

    Monday was a big day for many local students.  With the first day of school came several changes.  
    The newly consolidated Gadsden County High School brought together students from the former East and West Gadsden high schools.
    Although the school they attend was formerly East Gadsden, Superintendent Roger Milton said he is very pleased they had all of the East Gadsden signs removed and replaced them with Gadsden County High signs.  

  • Jury clears Gretna man in murder case

    “We have a verdict,” a bailiff said, just as Judge Barbara K. Hobbs was about to send a deputy to ask jurors if they wanted to keep working or wrap up for the day and reconvene Saturday morning.  
    It was around 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.  The jury had been in deliberating since just before noon.
    Dekendrick Ford sat at the defendant’s table waiting to hear his fate, wearing a white button-down shirt, black slacks, black tie and shoes.
    Ford was on trial for the 2011 killing of his girlfriend Teresa Manuel.

  • Gretna man on trial in murder case

    Jury selection for Dekendrick Ford’s trial took place Monday morning, followed by opening statements from prosecutors and the defense attorneys later that afternoon.  
    Ford, who turns 29 on Thursday, Aug. 10, is accused of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Teresa Manuel.
    On Tuesday, prosecutors called witnesses to the stand to give their testimonies.

  • County leaders honor teen employees

    The Gadsden County Commission hosted a reception for the county’s summer youth employees.
    The teens and their families were invited to Gadsden County’s seniors center for dinner as they received awards for their hard work.
    Kiara Walls and Imani Whitehead were among the teens who had summer jobs through the county program.
    Walls who worked at Carter-Parramore Academy under Frances Harrell said, “It was a good experience to work with the kids and actually have a job.”

  • Camp a win-win for kids

    It was the best week ever — at least until next year’s camp starts.  Many children are already counting down until next summer, when Chick Fil A’s WinShape camp returns to Quincy.
    The five-day program is designed to shape winners and give children confidence while instilling faith-based lessons.
    On the final day of the camp, parents had a chance to join their children to see just what they had been doing all week, and what had them so tired in the evening once they got home from a day at First Baptist Church of Quincy.

  • Back-to-school bash draws crowd

    Hundreds of people came out for the Sow-A-Seed Foundation’s Back to School Summer Summit on Saturday at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center in Quincy.
    Prizes such as cash, school uniforms and cakes were raffled away.  Children were able to get snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn.  
    Backpacks with school supplies were also given away to the first 100 children.
    Originally there were train rides and bounce houses for outside for children, but everyone moved inside because of the rain.
    However, the party still went on.

  • Scholar to speak on role of AME churches in Gadsden’s history

    On Friday, July 28, the fellowship hall at New Bethel AME Church will host a very special occasion, as the congregation is in the midst of celebrating 126 years as an organization.
    The guest speaker will be acclaimed southern historian Dr. Canter Brown Jr.
    Brown, who has been a historian for more than 32 years, researched the history of New Bethel and wrote a 30-plus page document about the AME church’s history in Gadsden County, which has been featured as an ongoing series in the Times.

  • Seeing science at work

    BASF is encouraging young girls to become leaders in engineering and science.  Twenty-two SciGirls campers visited the global company’s Quincy site on Thursday, July 20, for a day filled with exploration and imagination.
    SciGirls is a two-week camp that was launched in 2006 and is run by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and WFSU, according to the MagLab’s website.

  • In the Jeans: Sisters transform 100-hundred-year-old Hosford Homestead into bakery, gift shop

    The scent of cinnamon and spices from a couple of cooling apple pies filters out of the tiny kitchen.  Bustling through the doorway and trailing behind the delicate aroma is Gloria Jean, the sole baker.  Her signature four-layer blueberry cake, along with friendship breads, homemade cookies and other treats account for the success of her namesake half of the business venture: Gloria Jean’s Sweets.  

  • County pays to improve sheriff’s office security

    Gadsden County Commissioners voted July 18 to approve payments for additional security to the W.A. Woodham Building.  The building houses both the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and Quincy Police Department.
    County Administrator Robert Presnell said the total cost of the project was $5,233, and Sonitrol and Davis Safe & Lock were paid to complete it.  He said the finance department had already paid for the project.
    Commissioner Eric Hinson asked why it was not approved before the work was done.