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  • State of emergency

    Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida as Hurricane Irma, which became a Category 5 storm Tuesday, is expected to make landfall by the end of the week.
    A year ago, many Floridians were recovering from the effects of Hurricane Hermine.  That storm narrowly missed Gadsden County, though it tore through Tallahassee, leaving thousands without power for days.  Some Gadsden County residents suffered power outages as well, but many of those were quickly restored.  

  • Gadsden Arts Center announces early closing time due to Hurricane Irma

    The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in order to make final preparations for Hurricane Irma. We hope to reopen Gadsden Arts to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.13. Please check the Gadsden Arts Facebook Page for updates.
    Remember: Be prepared, check on your neighbors before and after the storm, and stay safe!

  • Monthly clinic canceled due to Hurricane Irma

    The monthly diabetes treatment clinic scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Gadsden Memorial campus at 23186 Blue Star Highway, Suite 2, Quincy, has been canceled for this month due to Hurricane Irma. For information, call 850-224-7154.

  • Emergency supply list

    The following items are recommended by the
    American Red Cross for an emergency
    preparedness kit:

    • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day
    supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

    • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).

    • Flashlight

    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

    • Extra batteries

  • Woman accused of injuring disabled daughter

    A Havana woman is in jail after allegedly burning her daughter with a hot iron.
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Mary Huber got upset when her 29-year-old daughter wouldn’t get out of bed. Huber, who is her daughter’s guardian, placed a hot iron to her daughter’s buttocks, the report states.
    Sgt. Anglie Hightower with the GCSO said the incident was reported to them by DCF adult services.  She said Huber’s daughter is now in the care of her father and grandfather.  

  • 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.

  • Midway’s new city manager gets four-year contract

    Many Midway citizens who attended Midway City Council’s meeting this past Thursday expressed outraged after council members voted to approve City Manager Leslie Steele’s four-year contract.

  • Registered Quincy sexual predator accused of child sex abuse

    A Quincy man is in jail after being accused of sexual assault on a child younger than 12.  
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, after being read his Miranda Rights, L. C. Battles, 58, admitted he was a documented sexual predator and that he picked up the child he is accused of assaulting for an unsupervised visit at his home. The report also states he admitted he has had inappropriate sexual thoughts about the child.