Local News

  • Local elections favor incumbents

    In the six elections held across Gadsden County on Tuesday, only two led to incumbents losing their positions. Both of those incumbent losses came in Midway.

    Wanda “Jackson” Range beat incumbent Delores Madison by 10 percentage points for Midway’s District 3 council seat, while Zach Woods beat Allean Robinson in a landslide victory for the District 7 seat. Charlie Smith of District 1 was re-elected to his seat.

  • Revving up the Rattlers

    FAMU’s recently installed president took a step toward introducing herself to the Gadsden County community by speaking this past Sunday afternoon at a local church’s annual celebration of female public servants.

  • Courthouse gets security upgrades

    New security measures were revealed Monday at the county courthouse in Quincy. They include the closure of all entrances except one, the implementation of security cameras outside all entrances and the addition of two bailiffs to monitor the newly installed metal detector.

    In addition, county officials plan to add an X-ray system in October for scanning  bags.

    Everyone entering the courthouse will be required to go through the metal detector and, until the X-ray system is implemented, consent to a search of his or her bags.

  • Man accused of selling ‘molly’

    A Quincy man was arrested April 11 on charges of selling cocaine, molly and an unknown drug while quartered at the Quincy Inn motel.

    In addition, he is accused of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

  • Citizens ask for police chief

    Conversation spurred by audience comments made up the majority of the April 14 Quincy commission meeting.

  • County to continue summer jobs for youth

    One hundred students between the ages of 14 and 18 will have the opportunity to earn a job with the county’s summer youth employment program this year. Gadsden County Commissioners decided to increase the number of students accepted into the program with a 4-1 vote at their April 7 meeting.

  • Corder gets 30-month sentence

    After making a tearful plea to the judge for no jail time, former captain of the GCSO Jim Corder was sentenced to 30 months in prison and one year of subsequent probation for  crimes committed in relation to stealing $1,785 from an
    In addition, Corder will have to repay the victim in full for the stolen money.
    Corder will have to surrender himself to prison officials June 1. Instead of requiring Corder to immediately report to prison, the judge granted him an extension request so Corder could watch his daughter graduate from high school.

  • Havana apartment burns

    A fire completely destroyed an apartment at Havana Heights on Monday night, leaving a family displaced and their immediate neighbors temporarily unable to return to their own apartments.
    Though an incident report drafted by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the fire is undetermined, some of the apartment’s tenants and witnesses who saw the fire begin believe the cause was an in-wall air conditioning unit with frayed electrical circuits.

  • Law enforcement cracking down on ‘molly’

    In a show of force against a drug they believe has the potential to impact Gadsden County the way crack-cocaine did in the 80’s, police chiefs from several county municipalities joined Major Shawn Wood of the GCSO as he led a public discussion about the drug molly on the county’s courthouse lawn Thursday afternoon.

    “This drug has been on the market for about two years, and over the last six to nine months it’s taken a strong hold over many of our local residences and apartment complexes,” said Lt. Brian Alexander of the GCSO.

  • Quincy promotes new police sergeant

    The Quincy Police Department introduced its latest officer to be named sergeant Thursday morning at a city hall ceremony where three other city residents were also honored for helping to make Quincy a better place.

    With his family, friends and fellow law enforcement agents packed in the commission chambers to the extent that even standing space was scarce, Officer Harold Barber was officially made a first-line supervising sergeant when his wife of 9 years pinned him with his new, golden badge. He’ll be working the midnight shift.