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  • QPD to get new squad cars

    During their Feb. 28 meeting, the Quincy City Commission approved the police department’s request to purchase two new police cars.
    Quincy City Manager Mike Wade said the commission had budgeted $55,000 for the purchase.  However, it would require a budget adjustment because two vehicles are priced at a total of $59,926.
    Wade said Chief Glenn Sapp has identified money in his budget that could be transferred to cover the additional cost.

  • Exploring the magic of science

    A group of James A. Shanks Middle School students recently traveled to Tallahassee with several teachers for a special event at the “Mag Lab.”
    The National High Magnet Field Laboratory, which houses the largest and highest-powered magnet in the world, opened it doors for thousands of science fans Saturday.  
    According to a press release from the MagLab, the open house is the region’s largest science event, and it featured 100 hands-on demonstrations for kids and adults of all ages.

  • Opponents hope road plans hit dead end

    Several Quincy residents who attended the Bypass North Loop public meeting last week said they are not happy with the proposal.
    Donna Green, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation said they met with the public a few years ago to offer three alternative routes for the project, which has only been funded as far as the design for now.
    On Feb. 23, FDOT met with the public again to present the proposed preferred route. The road would link State Road 12 to County Road 267.

  • County commissioners approve law firm contract

    At their Feb. 21 meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners voted to approve a contract with a law firm to represent them.
    In January, commissioners selected Ausley McMullen as the firm to provide legal services for the commissioners, and they told County Administrator Robert Presnell to negotiate a one-year agreement. Under the contract, the county will pay the law firm $7,750 per month as a retainer for the first 50 hours of service. Additional hours would be billed according to the fee schedule spelled out in the contract.

  • GCSB hears other options for school mergers

    School board members now have other options to consider, when it comes to the school consolidation proposal.
    As they met with the community at West Gadsden High School on Feb. 27, a few people from the crowd of about 100 voiced concerns about the superintendent’s school consolidation plan.
    “Students now are being bused from St. John’s and Gretna to East Gadsden,” said Frances Brown, who lives in Chattahoochee.  “Why can’t those kids come here?

  • Blaze destroys historic school

    Monday afternoon, smoke could still be seen billowing from what is left of the historic Stevens High School after a fire ravaged it early Sunday morning.People passed by, stopping to take photos and videos.  Charred remains of canned goods, superheated in the fire, could still be seen shooting out of the building, landing yards away.

  • West Gadsden Panther boys win state basketball championship
  • Quincy zones spots for legal pot shops

    To prevent a bumper crop of medical marijuana dispensaries from sprouting up all over Quincy, city commissioners voted unanimously at their Feb. 14 meeting  to temporarily create districts where they would be permitted.

  • ‘It’s not all about the money’

    It was another packed house for the third proposed school reconfiguration community meeting.  This time it was held in Chattahoochee Elementary School’s media center.

  • Panthers heading to Lakeland

    On Tuesday night in Greensboro, the Panthers defeated the Tigers of Chipley High by a score of 52-43.
    This victory put West Gadsden back into the State Tournament and ended a three-year streak in which Chipley repeatedly bounced the Panthers out of the play-offs.
    Immediately after the game,  Coach  Andrew Moten expressed his happiness: “It feels great I’m very proud of my boys. I’m also extremely happy for our seniors. They’ve been knocked out in this game three years in a row.”