Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gadsden school official to be honored at FAMU

    When Rosalyn West Smith graduated from FAMU in the fall of 1972, she made a pointed decision to serve the educational needs of children growing up in her native county. Now that she’s done so for 42 years — being appointed principal at schools across the county and leading the county’s efforts in magnet and alternative education — she will be honored this Friday by being inducted into FAMU’s Gallery of Distinction, an honor reserved for the school’s alumni who greatly impact their communities.

  • Leading the way

    Pews were filled in New Bethel AME Church on Friday night when seven local leaders were honored as a part of the church’s kick off event for Easter weekend.

  • QPD nabs burglary suspect

    A Quincy man was recently arrested in connection with a string of burglaries targeting Quincy convenience stores, according to arrest documents and a press release from Quincy’s police department.

    Keith Kinder, 25, admitted to an officer during a post-Miranda interview that he attempted to break into Quincy’s Golden Falcon, but was unsuccessful. Although that attempt didn’t lead Kinder to acquiring anything from the store, it did lead to officers connecting him to other recent burglary cases, according to law enforcement reports.

  • Georgia man arrested in Quincy arson case

    A Georgia man was recently arrested after he confessed to starting a fire that burned down his ex-girlfriend’s Quincy home this past
    Jerome Wilson, 61, of Decatur, Ga., was charged with arson and burglary on March 12 for the July 23 blaze.

  • Quincy OK’s police pay raise

    Quincy’s city commissioners voted to increase pay for  city police officers by 1.5 percent and lift a temporary ban on mobile vending at their March 24 meeting.
    At their March 10 meeting, Mayor Derrick Elias said he had received a call from someone who wanted to operate a mobile vending service but couldn’t do so because of a moratorium, or a temporary ban of an activity. Elias asked the city’s attorney, Scott Shirley, to review the city’s policies and moratorium on mobile vending in preparation of the March 24 meeting.

  • Herstory lesson

    Three women were honored March 26 during the Florida Public Safety Institute’s ninth annual Women in History Celebration for their career achievements in law enforcement.
    The event is one of many annual breakfasts FPSI holds to commemorate different history months. In February, they held a
    black history month breakfast where three black men were honored for their achievements in law

  • Two arrested in beating death

    Two patients at Florida State Hospital have been arrested in connection with a brutal, morning attack that killed another
    Deontra French, 24, of Los Angeles, and Christopher Simpson, 21, of West Palm Beach, have been charged with homicide for beating to death 57-year-old Miguel
    According to arrest documents, the three men lived in a dormitory together at the state hospital and French and Simpson suspected Carrera of giving information to hospital security that led to contraband being seized from their dorm.