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  • Three suspects nabbed in counterfeit cash sting

    Three arrests have been made in a Gadsden County counterfeit money scheme.
    According to an arrest report, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the United States Secret Service to take down the counterfeit ring.  On Mar. 5 they arrested LeShelton Wilson, 24; Johnny Wilson, 26; and Cody Thomas of Albany, Ga., on charges of counterfeiting more than $2,000 but less than $20,000; possession of forged bills; passing counterfeit bills; uttering of counterfeit bills; and possession of tools for forgery of counterfeit bills.  

  • QPD to get new squad cars

    During their Feb. 28 meeting, the Quincy City Commission approved the police department’s request to purchase two new police cars.
    Quincy City Manager Mike Wade said the commission had budgeted $55,000 for the purchase.  However, it would require a budget adjustment because two vehicles are priced at a total of $59,926.
    Wade said Chief Glenn Sapp has identified money in his budget that could be transferred to cover the additional cost.

  • Big welcome after big win

    This past Thursday it was hard to miss the parade of sheriff’s office cruisers and fire trucks escorting the West Gadsden High School Panthers through the county.
    Fans eagerly awaited the arrival of the team as they made their way back home from Lakeland after competing in the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships Class 1A.
    The team won the school’s first state title March 1, after defeating Wildwood High School 64-44 in the championship game.

  • Exploring the magic of science

    A group of James A. Shanks Middle School students recently traveled to Tallahassee with several teachers for a special event at the “Mag Lab.”
    The National High Magnet Field Laboratory, which houses the largest and highest-powered magnet in the world, opened it doors for thousands of science fans Saturday.  
    According to a press release from the MagLab, the open house is the region’s largest science event, and it featured 100 hands-on demonstrations for kids and adults of all ages.

  • GCSB hears other options for school mergers

    School board members now have other options to consider, when it comes to the school consolidation proposal.
    As they met with the community at West Gadsden High School on Feb. 27, a few people from the crowd of about 100 voiced concerns about the superintendent’s school consolidation plan.
    “Students now are being bused from St. John’s and Gretna to East Gadsden,” said Frances Brown, who lives in Chattahoochee.  “Why can’t those kids come here?

  • County commissioners approve law firm contract

    At their Feb. 21 meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners voted to approve a contract with a law firm to represent them.
    In January, commissioners selected Ausley McMullen as the firm to provide legal services for the commissioners, and they told County Administrator Robert Presnell to negotiate a one-year agreement. Under the contract, the county will pay the law firm $7,750 per month as a retainer for the first 50 hours of service. Additional hours would be billed according to the fee schedule spelled out in the contract.

  • Opponents hope road plans hit dead end

    Several Quincy residents who attended the Bypass North Loop public meeting last week said they are not happy with the proposal.
    Donna Green, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation said they met with the public a few years ago to offer three alternative routes for the project, which has only been funded as far as the design for now.
    On Feb. 23, FDOT met with the public again to present the proposed preferred route. The road would link State Road 12 to County Road 267.

  • West Gadsden Panther boys win state basketball championship
  • Quincy zones spots for legal pot shops

    To prevent a bumper crop of medical marijuana dispensaries from sprouting up all over Quincy, city commissioners voted unanimously at their Feb. 14 meeting  to temporarily create districts where they would be permitted.

  • ‘It’s not all about the money’

    It was another packed house for the third proposed school reconfiguration community meeting.  This time it was held in Chattahoochee Elementary School’s media center.