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  • Meningitis kills teen

    A 13-year-old student at Shanks Middle School passed last Wednesday after developing a rare and fatal, but non-communicable form of meningitis, school officials say.
    Amber McDaniel was a seventh-grader who had not recently been in school, Superintendent Reginald James said. She had developed bacterial meningitis.
    Health officials would not disclose  specifics of Amber’s case, but did confirm a case of bacterial meningitis in Gadsden County and said the form is not usually spread between people.

  • Quincy man accused of homicide

    A Quincy man was stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend’s son and subsequently died, the Quincy Police Department reports.
    Dominic Cofield, 31, of Quincy, has been charged with homicide in the death of 58-year-old James E. Baker.
    QPD reports Baker and Cofield had been together throughout the day, working in Tallahassee, and had come home for a short time during which Baker ate and Cofield drank vodka. They then left and sought work in St. Hebron, returning several hours later involved in an argument.

  • Suggestions to end Arts Trail plan?

    Five-dollar fees will be added to civil traffic violations in the county and used to fund driver education programs at public and non-public schools in the county, the Board of County Commissioners decided at their Tuesday night meeting.  
    The Gadsden County School Board submitted a letter to the county requesting the fee be added to the county’s civil traffic violations as it has been added in other Florida counties so the school board can use the money for programs at West Gadsden and East Gadsden high schools, according to meeting filings.

  • Getting back on track?
  • Quincy approves $25K for Arts Center

    After being denied a $25,000 pledge Feb. 16 from the Board of County Commissioners and told to come back after asking for the pledge from the City of Quincy and the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Gadsden Arts Center has received a $25,000 pledge from the City of Quincy, as the city’s commissioners voted to promise the money to the Center within next year’s budget in a 3-1 vote Tuesday night.

  • Gadsden images, story in New York Times

    A longtime photographer for The New York Times, Fred Conrad, published a photo op-ed for the nation’s newspaper of record this weekend entitled “Gadsden Finds God,” in which he attributes the county’s decline in incarcerations and high school dropouts to the efforts of churches, Sheriff Morris Young, Superintendent Reginald James and Judge Kathy Garner.
    “I kind of got an idea of what happened in the last 10 to 12 years because of the religious community and leaders and was very impressed,” Conrad said.

  • Teen killed in Midway car chase

    After trying to escape officers, one suspect died and another was hospitalized this past Thursday, Feb. 18, when the allegedly stolen vehicle they were driving that afternoon spun off the road and hit a brick mailbox before overturning several times, authorities
    report.
    The chase began shortly before 4 p.m., the Midway Police Department reports, and lasted until the vehicle crashed near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hilltop Drive. MPD was joined in the chase by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • TDC elects new leader

    Peter Patel was elected the Tourism Development Council’s new chairman by the TDC’s board at their Monday afternoon meeting, while the former chair Keith Dowdell was elected vice chairman.
    It was announced that an request was sent out for companies to bid to host an annual bike race in Gadsden County and/or Downtown Quincy. The request proposal says the company with the winning bid would be able to sign a three-year agreement at the maximum, and it says the event will preferably be Memorial Day weekend, but definitely in April or May. Proposal deadldine Friday.

  • Police nab robbery suspect

    The man suspected of robbing a Focus Credit Union in Chattahoochee this past Thursday was apprehended Monday. He was a resident at the Florida State Hospital.
    Authorities say Jemarvious Roberts, 27, entered the credit union that afternoon and handed a note to the teller demanding she hand him money in denominations of hundreds and fifties, according to police reports. Authorities would not release the dollar amount Roberts is suspected of taking.

  • BOCC supports rural summit

    The Board of County Commissioners allocated $15,000 of the county’s Law Enforcement Training Funds to be used to conduct the fifth annual Rural County Summit at their meeting Tuesday night.
    The funds will be used to cover travel fees for speakers and venue cost. The summit will be April 5 to 7, has a theme dedicated to building trust between officers and the community and will cover topics that have caused national controversy including the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and nine churchgoers in South Carolina.