Local News

  • Events celebrate MLK legacy

    Passing the torch ot Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to the next generation has been the goal of the annual MLK Jr. Day event organized for the past 10 years by the Gadsden Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women Inc.
    Chapter President Debra Ware Roberts said this year a large number of youths came out thanks to participation from Crossroad Academy.
    ”It’s very refreshing this time to see so many young people out so early in the morning in this cold weather,” she said.

  • Quincy votes to add street lights, change alcohol code

    During their Jan. 9 meeting, Quincy commissioners voted to approve the State Road 267 lighting agreement with Florida Department of Transportation.
    Commissioner Angela Sapp said she was displeased because she made requests for lighting on Highway 90 and Dade Street.
    “It’s poorly lit, and there have been known fatalities there,” Sapp said.
    Commissioner Gerald “Andy” Gay said there had been a lot of effort put into getting increased lighting in that area, but for some reason DOT hadn’t moved forward.

  • Finally ready to retire

    Stanley Burns said he’s just an old man who’s been working a long time.  The 91-year-old Quincy native retired for the second time last month.
    After spending two years in the navy, Burns came back to his hometown in 1946.
    “I went in the navy in 1944, and I said if I ever get back to Gadsden County I’ll stay there.

  • County commissioners to consider live streaming meetings — again

    Gadsden County Commissioners recently stopped airing their meetings live on Facebook, causing some citizens to question why.
    Interim County Administrator Dee Jackson said they stopped live-streaming the meetings because some of the commissioners had complained about it.  She also said since commissioners never voted to live-stream the meetings, they didn’t have to vote on the issue to stop.
    Since the county stopped airing the meetings on Facebook in November, Commissioner Gene Morgan has asked for an on the subject update at every meeting.

  • Midway votes to reign in citizen comment

    During the Midway City Council meeting on Jan. 4, council members voted 3-2 to no longer allow citizens to speak on items not on the agenda.
    On the agenda, there was a section that read, “Public comments to be heard on agenda items only (3 Minute limit).”  At previous council meetings, there was a time allotted for any public comments.
    Councilman Ronald Colston said he thinks the public should be able to discuss whatever they want during the comments.

  • County commissioners talk housing program, websites, roads

    During the Gadsden County Commission meeting on Jan. 2, commissioners voted to approve Special Assessment Liens and Rehabilitation Contracts already agreed upon by the homeowner, contractor and Community Development Administration’s SHIP Housing Rehabilitation Program or Emergency Repair Program “ER” for the rehabilitation of the homeowner’s home.
    In order to protect the interest of the County, the state requires that a lien and contract be placed on the homes that are going to be rehabilitated utilizing SHIP/ER funds.

  • 2017: Remembering those we lost

    By Byron Spires
    Times columnist

  • Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. Gadsden Chapter is asking the communiy to join them for Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Celebrate Life and Unity in the Community! 
    The celebration will be at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center inQuincy on Monday, Jan. 15.
    The Freedom Walk Begins at 7:45 am. Free Breakfast will be served at 8:15 am.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    We may have grown up poor, and our home looked like a tar-papered, one-level chicken coop, but how my brothers and I loved to go sliding (sledding) whenever we would have a decent snowfall the night before.
    Just like the kids around the Bamburg area of South Carolina did a couple of days ago, when they brought out their sleds or made up some contraption like a father did when he pushed his child down a hill in a laundry basket, we sledded any time we could.
    We lived in cold Connecticut, where we always had plenty of snow for sliding most of the time.


    There was a time in the not-too-distant past when moonshine was a big commodity in Gadsden County. Even though moonshine was illegal, it seemed to have a large following just the same. Actually this county was “dry,” and even bonded liquor was illegal.
    Back to the moonshine: There were those who made it, those who distributed it, and those who drank it. Sometimes the lines between the makers, distributors and the drinkers became real blurred; however, the concept of moonshining stayed close to those three parts.