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Local News

  • Coalition works to help local residents in need

    Overcast skies and a few light sprinkles Saturday only energized some members of the newly-formed Gadsden County Coalition for Change as they spent a big part of the day boxing and delivering non-perishable food items to organizations that feed Quincy's hungry. Most of the 20 members of the organization worked in the campaign of President Barack Obama and supported his ideas of community service.

  • Did you go to Obama's inauguration?

    A historic event took place Jan. 20 as America’s first African-American president was sworn in.

    People from all over the country  flocked to Washington, D.C. for the event, even some local folks from right here in Gadsden County.

    If you went to the inauguration, we’d like to hear from you. We’d like to include your memories and commentary in an upcoming edition of the Times. We’d also like to publish some of your photos in both our print and online editions.

  • Chief says meth likely to be issue

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson says the city hasn't seem the magnitude of methamphetamine abuse that has been experienced by our neighbors to the north, south, east and west.

    "You can bet if it's all around us, it's just a matter of time before we have similar problems. In fact, we may already have the same problems and not know it," Richardson said.

  • Locals head to D.C. for inauguration

    Like millions of Americans from across the nation, at least four buses loaded with Gadsden County residents, along with an unknown number of people who drove their personal and rented vehicles, headed to Washington, D.C. in recent days to be a part of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

    One bus loaded up in the parking lot of the Quincy Plaza Sunday afternoon.

  • Schrenker released from hospital, jailed in Escambia County

    Indiana businessman Marcus Schrenker was released Sunday from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and he will likely face charges in Tallahassee or Pensacola, said Assistant Chief Deputy Frank Chiumento of the U.S. Marshals Northern District of Florida.

    Schrenker, who was found on the night of Jan. 13 at a Chattahoochee KOA after an apparent suicide attempt, is wanted in Indiana in connection with a fraud investigation involving millions of dollars, Chiumento said.

  • Crossroads breaks ground on new facility

    A new chapter in the history of Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business was written when the school officially broke ground on a new school facility Dec. 19, 2008. Many dignitaries were in attendance to help celebrate the momentous occasion, including Jean Miller and Lacrest McCreary, Florida Department of Education; Gadsden County commissioners Brenda Holt and Edward Dixon, Inez Holt, CEDO Board of Directors chairperson; Sam Palmer, James Palmer, Rev. Jerome Showers, Jimmy Sailor, CEDO Board of Directors; Heath Annin and Paul Gleason, RAM Construction LLC.

  • Chamber, FAMU announce classes for small business owners

    The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Florida A&M University are pleased to announce a partnership to offer the Construction Management Development Program certification classes in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation. The classes, which will enable small businesses to competitively place bids for statewide contracts, will be offered in Quincy by the chamber, beginning Feb. 2.

  • Public defender questions Indiana pilot's mental state

    Marcus Schrenker, the Indiana businessman arrested at a Chattahoochee KOA, was indicted on charges related to the crash of his plane in Santa Rosa County Tuesday.

    He is expected to be arraigned in court today at the federal courthouse in Pensacola.

    The indictment charges that Schrenker made a a fake distress call before bailing out of his plane somewhere over Alabama. The plane had been set to autopilot prior to the crash, which occurred near Milton.

  • Schrenker to undergo evaluation

    A federal judge has ruled that Marcus Schrenker, the 38-year-old Indiana businessman who will face charges related to the crashing of his own airplane, undergo psychological evaluation.

    Schrenker will be evaluated at a federal facility selected by the Bureau of Prisons.

    The judge waived a detention hearing that was previously set for Schrenker on Monday.

  • Quincy farm announces end-of-year closing

    Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc. announced today that it will close its Quincy farm, part of its Imperial Nurseries Inc. division, by the end of the year.

    The company moved to scale back its Quincy operation in September, but said its board has now decided that it no longer makes economic sense to run the site. High energy costs have been blamed for the cuts in production and, ultimately, the closing of the operation.