Local News

  • BOCC ups Boys and Girls Clubs support

    Commissioners voted in a 4-1 vote at their Nov. 3 meeting to determine the fate of the county’s intern program at a later date.
    At their Oct. 6 meeting, they had instructed the county’s staff to draft a student intern policy, but at Tuesday evening’s meeting commissioners felt the policy didn’t outline the program they intended to implement.

  • Groups shares concerns, goals with county leaders

    An organization led by a local pastor and employees from several county agencies made “a call to action” to the county’s elected officials as well as leaders of county agencies at an event in front of dozens of county residents this past Friday night in East Gadsden High School’s cafeteria.
    The purpose of the event was to share with Gadsden County’s elected officials the issues United Gadsden says it has gleaned from 800 county residents through 27 town hall meetings held at different venues since June 30, 2015.

  • Gadsden nursery to grow medical marijuana

    A Quincy dispensary has been chosen by the state to dispense a strain of marijuana used to treat epilepsy and cancer patients.
    As long as they post a $5 million performance bond in 10 business days, Hackney Nursery in Quincy will be one of the state’s five dispensaries to serve the strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web.
    George Hackney Sr., the company’s owner and president, got the news Monday while eating lunch. He said the nursery won’t sell marijuana in its leaf form but will instead sell it in an oil form.

  • Sparking an interest

    Professional welders spent three days this past week at Gadsden Technical Institute being recertified for their jobs, and GTI’s welding students were allowed to watch.
    The welders come from the Florida Gas Transmission Company, which operates a pipeline bringing gas into Florida from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and are required to be recertified every six months.

  • Quincy airport expanding

    Quincy commissioners updated the city’s utility policy at their Oct. 27 meeting by extending the dates at which penalties and cutoffs
    Under the new policy, penalty fees will incur after the 15th day of non-
    payment and cutoffs will occur after 20 days of non-payment. The original deadlines were the 10th and 15th,

  • Homecoming hoopla in Quincy

    What seemed like thousands of people lined the sidewalks of Quincy’s Washington Street this past Friday afternoon for what participants say was the most well attended East Gadsden High School homecoming parade in recent memory.
    As with the prior week’s West Gadsden High School homecoming parade in Greensboro, most of the parade’s participants were children in dance groups, bands or homecoming courts.
    Unlike the WGHS parade, many of the attendees were the school’s recent alumni and current students.

  • Made in the shade at Porchfest

    The fourth annual Quincy Porchfest gave attendees the opportunity to enjoy barbeque, reinterpret their surroundings through art and ride segways through the town’s historic district as bands played covers and original selections from the front porches of some of the town’s most historic homes this past Saturday afternoon.

  • Florida bear hunt called off after second day

    The 2015 Florida bear hunt was called off after its second day Sunday night as it was reported 295 bears had been killed.
    The hunt was supposed to last seven days or until 320 bears had been killed.
    112 bears were killed in the East Panhandle bear management unit, a region including Gadsden, Leon and 11 other counties. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had set the region’s quota at 40.

  • BOCC votes for art project

    Plans for having a street mural painted on the Adams Street side of the Board of County Commissioners building will move forward as the BOCC voted at their Oct. 20 meeting to begin advertising for bids from painters interested in doing the job.
    The mural will be painted in an effort to spark the revitalization of Adams Street. Chairwoman Brenda Holt said she visited St. Petersburg for a tour of the city’s murals and was told the area became a prime location for businesses in St. Petersburg after the murals were painted.

  • Coming home to Greensboro

    Spectators lined the streets of Greensboro Friday as the West Gadsden High School homecoming parade made its way through the city’s downtown.
    Many of those spectators were parents who came out to show support for their children elected to the various homecoming courts or participating in dance and cheer groups.