Local News

  • Stronger than yesterday

    At her Scottown home in Quincy, Joan Dixon-Bridges has pink tulle ribbon tied to her front porch’s screen door.  On each side of the door, a pink plastic jack-o-lantern pail sits on top of the bushes.  The pink is honor of breast cancer awareness.  Dixon-Bridges is a one-year survivor.

  • Quincy trims raises, funds new jobs

    During the Quincy City Commission’s Oct. 10 meeting, Finance Director Ted Beason said staff recognized commissioners’ desire to fill a position in the parks and recreation department and/or public works, so they came up with options to fund the new positions.

  • Festival draws colorful crowds

    “What was the best thing about today?” a reporter stooped to ask Piper Rae Widner, an adorable little girl in a frilly orange-yellow-and-black polka-dotted butterfly gown.  

  • Beating the odds

    It started with just a little soreness under her arm.  Gaye Lashley said it was the end of 2008, and she was already seeing her doctor for another medical issue when she mentioned it to him.
    “When he pushed down, he could feel the swollen lymph node,” Lashley said.
    The doctor ordered a mammogram and ultrasound for her.  She said she always went to get a mammogram every year anyway.
    On Dec. 30, the test results came back.  Lashley said the mammogram and ultrasound had not detected the cancer.  

  • Quincy sticks with old budget — for now

    Quincy Commissioners recently voted 4-1 to adopt an ordinance, which would allow them to levy property taxes by using the rollback rate for the upcoming fiscal year on its second reading.
    Mayor Daniel McMillan and Quincy Commissioners Angela Sapp, Gerald “Andy” Gay and Keith Dowdell voted in favor of adopting the rollback rate of 4.5420 mills, while Commissioner Derrick Elias voted against. A “rollback rate” means taxpayers pay the same property tax as they did the prior year, based on taxable property value.

  • Civil War statue’s future unclear on courthouse square

    The Confederate Monument on Quincy’s courthouse square was recently at the center of a debate on social media.  Some see it as a memorial for the soldiers from Gadsden County who died in the Civil War, while others see it as an ugly reminder of America’s dark past.
    William Lees with the Florida Public Archaeology Network at the University of West Florida said the monument was erected in 1877 by the local chapter of the Ladies Memorial Association.

  • Havana man dies in crash

    A Havana man was killed after his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado ran off the road and  hit two trees early Friday morning.  
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Braiden Pittman, 21, was driving northbound on Dover Road, also known as County Road 159.  
    While navigating a left-hand curve, Pittman’s truck left the roadway and entered the eastern grassy shoulder.  
    The pickup then traveled over a driveway and became airborne.  

  • Tax hike ahead in Midway

    In the past week, Midway City Council member votes were split as they voted on the millage rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    But in the end, a council majority voted 3-2 in favor of the 5-mill rate, rather than the 4.75-mill rollback rate.

  • An honor to serve

    Five Gadsden County civic clubs honored local law enforcement officers at a luncheon on Tuesday.
    The Quincy Kiwanis Club, Quincy Pilot Club, Quincy Rotary, Quincy Lions Club and Havana Kiwanis joined forces to host their annual Law Enforcement Day Luncheon at the First Baptist Church in Quincy.  
    Judge Ronald Flury was the guest speaker.  Presiding over both civil and criminal cases, Flury serves as the administrative judge for Leon County.

  • Future murky for Presnell

    At their Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners could not come to an agreement on renewing County Administrator Robert Presnell’s contract.
    Presnell, who has served as county administrator for the past 13 years, is enrolled in the state’s consulted with him.
    Cunningham said that last year, Midway’s total property value was an estimated $124 million.  Last year the council went with the maximum millage rate, which was actually lower than the rolled-back rate, so property owners received a tax cut.