Local News

  • Havana resident eyes Rubio's U.S. Senate Seat

    When Marco Rubio announced his participation in the 2016 presidential race, he made himself ineligible to once again pursue his position as Florida Representative in the United States Senate, as there’s a law prohibiting candidates from appearing on a ballot twice. A Detroit native living in Havana hopes to take his spot.

    Lateresa Jones recently filed her intent to be the Democratic nominee for Rubio’s seat. Jones has lived in South Florida for years, and moved to Havana after her husband enrolled in classes at FAMU.

  • Feeling the music at QuincyFest

    Alice Bandele settles down with a Hardee’s burger beneath a shady tree in the courtyard square’s center, her granddaughter joyously bouncing alongside scores of other children in one of two rainbow-colored jumping castles located on the square’s east side as on the west side, Big Ron Wilson of “American Idol” fame sings Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go” with his six-piece band.

  • Staying strong, sticking together

    Friday night’s Relay for Life event at the MLK track was as lively as a block party but as inspirational as a church service.

  • Quincy woman murdered

    A Quincy mother of two was murdered April 21. It was her birthday.
    Gregory Sapp Jr., 24, has been charged with one count of homicide for the death of Keyonda Collier and two counts of kidnapping for allegedly gagging and tying the hands and feet of Collier’s children. Officers found Collier’s children in that condition. They found Collier lying unresponsive in the bathtub with her hands and feet bound; she had been stabbed three times in the neck and twice in the shoulder.

  • Local elections favor incumbents

    In the six elections held across Gadsden County on Tuesday, only two led to incumbents losing their positions. Both of those incumbent losses came in Midway.

    Wanda “Jackson” Range beat incumbent Delores Madison by 10 percentage points for Midway’s District 3 council seat, while Zach Woods beat Allean Robinson in a landslide victory for the District 7 seat. Charlie Smith of District 1 was re-elected to his seat.

  • Revving up the Rattlers

    FAMU’s recently installed president took a step toward introducing herself to the Gadsden County community by speaking this past Sunday afternoon at a local church’s annual celebration of female public servants.

  • Courthouse gets security upgrades

    New security measures were revealed Monday at the county courthouse in Quincy. They include the closure of all entrances except one, the implementation of security cameras outside all entrances and the addition of two bailiffs to monitor the newly installed metal detector.

    In addition, county officials plan to add an X-ray system in October for scanning  bags.

    Everyone entering the courthouse will be required to go through the metal detector and, until the X-ray system is implemented, consent to a search of his or her bags.

  • Man accused of selling ‘molly’

    A Quincy man was arrested April 11 on charges of selling cocaine, molly and an unknown drug while quartered at the Quincy Inn motel.

    In addition, he is accused of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

  • Citizens ask for police chief

    Conversation spurred by audience comments made up the majority of the April 14 Quincy commission meeting.

  • 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.