Local News

  • Suspect found guilty in beating death

    State Hospital second-degree murder suspect Deontra French, 25, was found guilty for his role in the beating death of another patient, convicted of lesser charge manslaughter, after a day-long trial Wednesday, March 23, in the Guy A. Race Judicial Complex.

    Sentencing is scheduled for May 5.

  • Hopping into springtime

    First Baptist Church of Quincy had its annual, community-wide Easter event this past Saturday afternoon.
    Adults were able to participate in games such as an egg toss while children’s activities culminated with the Easter egg hunt.
    The lot of 1,500 eggs included a dozen or so golden eggs, some small and some large. The smaller ones contained $2 gold coins, while the larger ones contained gift certificates to McDonald’s.

  • Quincy approves new business

    Capital Hydraulics is free to move its Tallahassee-based automotive business to Quincy now, as the city’s commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve the company’s application to operate in the city.
    The site Capital Hydraulics will move to totals 11,444 square feet on 5 acres and is located at 190 Corporate Court, in the business park off Joe Adams Road. Two metal buildings are on the site, which previously housed All-Tech.

  • After school the learning goes on

    AMI Kids Gadsden has spent the last year giving middle- and high- school students the opportunity to earn certifications in culinary arts and Information Technology through their after-school program.

  • Preparing for the worst

    While holding principals from four county schools hostage, the armed man sticks his head out the door and into the hall, only to see four officers closing in on him. So he shoots.
    The officers enter the classroom guns ablaze, unleashing on the armed man until he falls to the ground.
    That’s one of the drills groups of Gadsden County law enforcement personnel ran over and over as they were trained on Carter Parramore Academy’s campus Friday to handle active shooter situations.

  • Gadsden primary picks: Clinton, Trump

    While Hillary Clinton easily won the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary vote in Gadsden County, earning 76.42 percent, Donald Trump won the Republican Primary over Ted Cruz by just 10 points, unofficial reports said Tuesday night.
    Data shows 9,744 people voted in the Democratic Primary while 2,379 voted in the Republican presidential primary.
    Bernie Sanders earned 19.95 percent of the Democratic vote, while Martin O’Malley won 3.63 percent.

  • BOCC to ask USDA for $200K

    Commissioner approval was given Tuesday night for the county to request $200,000 from the USDA for the construction of a replacement to the William A. Inman Agriculture Center.
    Gadsden County Administrator Robert Presnell said during the Board of County Commissioners meeting that the county has already secured $500,000 for the replacement and is hoping to receive $500,000 that was budgeted for the Center by the state legislature.

  • Seminole Compact rejected

    A gaming compact that would have granted exclusivity in Florida for craps, roulette and blackjack gambling to the Seminole Indian tribe and its facilities was rejected by Florida lawmakers Friday.  
    The bill, called the Seminole Compact, would have also allowed pari-mutuel facilities in the state like Creek Entertainment to operate slot machines.

  • That winning spirit
  • Three Florida State Hospital employees arrested

    Three staffers at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee have been arrested in connection with the abuse of a wheelchair-bound resident.
    The most serious of charges were levied against 56-year-old Robert Blackman, who attempted to punch the patient then shoved the patient’s head down and pushed him into a wall, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
    Blackman has been charged with two counts of abuse of a disabled adult and faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.