Local News

  • Grant could mean Quincy upgrades

    Infrastructure issues were raised by commissioners and residents at Tuesday night’s meeting of Quincy commissioners.
    The city of Quincy and consulting engineer company Preble Rish Inc. will apply for a grant that could bring in $750,000 for neighborhood revitalization projects, specifically infrastructure improvement.

  • Accusations in the air at Midway meeting

    A Midway city councilman and the city manager found themselves in the hot seat at Midway’s City Council meeting this past Thursday night.
    Citizens criticized the council for making Auburn Ford the official city manager, while possible termination from the council was discussed for Councilman Charles Willis as a councilwoman said a citizen tip claims Willis does not live in the city.
    Willis disputed the claims. The city’s charter requires council members be citizens. No action was taken on the matter.

  • Congresswoman Graham visits Gadsden

    The district’s congresswoman Gwen Graham read out a Dr. Seuss book to the Chattahoochee Elementary School student body Friday afternoon in an effort to introduce her summer reading program and pay respect to the late author a day after what would have been his 112th
    In addition to CES, Graham visited an elementary school each in Liberty and Jackson counties. She read “Yertle the Turtle.”

  • Honoring the legacy
  • Prison Houdini seeks end to his incarceration

    In 1980, a Gadsden County man was sentenced to prison for four years when he was 19 years old for prematurely taking tools left to him in his father’s will. He was charged with stealing them.
    Mark DeFriest went on to serve 36 years in prison and earned the name “Prison Houdini” for infractions that include seven institutional escapes and 13 attempts.

  • 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.