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  • Getting into the game

    You could say this past Saturday was something to cheer about.

    Leroy Smith and Diamonds in the Rough presented the fourth annual Win-Win Football and Cheerleading camp July 12 at the Corry Athletic Field on West King Street in Quincy.

    Win-Win stands for, “What’s important now work is necessary.”

    Professional football players and Florida State University cheerleaders were on the scene to instruct the participants.
    “This is going to be a fun time,” said Smith before the event.

  • Gadsden grabs more A’s

    The Gadsden County School District earned two unprecedented A grades in this year’s state rankings. For the first time ever, Chattahoochee Elementary School, led by Principal Valencia Denson, and Havana Middle School, led by Principal Delshuana Jackson, received the highest letter grade possible.

    This constitutes a clear improvement for both institutions. In both 2012 and 2013, Havana Middle School earned C grades. Chattahoochee Elementary School earned a D in 2012 and a B in 2013.

  • Questions in Quincy

    An apparent rift in communications between the city of Quincy’s direction and Commissioner Keith Dowdell evolved into a topic of conversation at the regular July 17 meeting.

    Dowdell motioned to begin the search for a new full-time city manager. Commissioner Micah Brown seconded this motion, but it failed. Commissioners Andy Gay, Derrick Elias and Daniel McMillan voted against beginning any searching for a new city manager, effectively extending Mike Wade’s interim status as city manager. 

  • Holiday reels in family fun

    From east to west, July 4 festivities blasted off in Gadsden County. With none of last year’s foul weather to dampen the day, a picture-perfect summer weekend unfolded to celebrate the nation’s revolutionary birth. 

    On the county’s eastern side, John Scott of Fly by Nite productions was busy presiding over an all-day concert in Havana. 

  • Quincy bus service to continue

    The City of Quincy made a decisive step in their latest consideration of public transportation options during the regular July 8 meeting. 

    Big Bend Transit currently operates the bus service for the city. Quincy pays $38,000 for the service and the county matches that amount. Quincy commissioners have expressed a desire to find a less expensive alternative.

  • Routine stop turns to car chase

    A traffic stop for speeding turned into a multicar chase after a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted two vehicles after midnight in Greensboro, northbound on Greensboro Highway. The cars were passing through a residential area marked at 35 mph. One was travelling at 45 mph, the other 

    51 mph. 

  • Havana utility customers have new way to pay

    ISSAC MORGAN

    Times Correspondent

    Havana residents will now have the option of paying their utility bills online via credit card. During the town council’s June 24 meeting, city officials voted in favor of this new initiative that will give users a more convenient way to pay their bill online compared to limited payment options previously. 

  • Overturned truck snarls traffic
  • Quincy officials reappointed

    The Quincy City Commission moved quickly through a number of issues at their regular meeting June 24. Commissioner Keith Dowdell was unable to attend the forum in person. He contributed, however, via speakerphone throughout the session, allowing him to engage in discussion but not vote on motions. 

    With a 4-0 vote, the commission unanimously reappointed Jonathan Kent Robbins for another three-year term as the code magistrate for the city, as recommended by the city staff. 

  • Fired city staffer takes former bosses to task

    Cynthia Shingles asked Mike Wade, interim city manager, and the city commissioners to explain why her employment with the city was suddenly terminated on June 12. 

    She spoke at the regular June 24 commission meeting during time for public comment.