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  • United in prayer

    Thursday, May 2, Gadsden County joined thousands of communities across the nation to observe National Day of Prayer. More than 200 people attended the hour-long program on the lawn of the Courthouse Square.

    “Our theme for 2013 is ‘Praying for a Better Tomorrow,’ and it emphasizes the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of the Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.

  • Murder suspect at large

    Gadsden County Sherriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a man suspected of murder at a Chattahoochee night club in the early morning hours of April 27. Willie Gene Westberry III, 28, is accused of shooting Sterling S. Johnson, also 28, at least four times, including once in the face execution-style, outside C.J.’s Sports Bar and Grille.

  • Stronger together

    The 2013 Relay for Life held April 26 and 27 at the Martin Luther King Jr. track field in Quincy was one of the most well attended relays in the history of the annual event.

    “I am happy to see so many young people out. It goes with our theme ‘Through the eyes of a Child: Cancer is no Fairy Tale,’ and we wanted to make the effort to get more youth participation,” said Team Development Chairperson Rosa Robinson.

  • City elections bring surprises

    Voters in Quincy traded in veteran politician Angela Sapp for a newcomer this election — Micah Brown. In Tuesday’s city election Brown, and Sapp were the only candidatese on the ballot vying to represent District 2 on the city commission.

  • Willis, Midway to appeal judge’s ruling

    Just what will happen in the April 30 city of Midway election between incumbent Charles “Chuck” Willis and Samuel “Sam” Stevens is now in the hands of the District Court of Appeal.

    On April 19, Circuit Judge James Shelfer order Midway Mayor Ella Barber and interim city manager Roosevelt Morris to remove Willis’ name from the ballot because, as stipulated by the city’s charter, he does not live in the district where he qualified to run.

  • Willis ordered off Midway ballot

    Circuit Judge James O. Shelfer signed an order requiring the city of Midway to instruct the supervisor of elections of Gadsden County to remove Charles Willis’ name from the ballot as a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Midway City Commission for the election slated to take place April 30.

    The order was signed and issued Monday, April 22, following an emergency hearing Friday, April 19.

  • Twirly good time
  • Judge gives Bruce 15 years

    Bradley Bruce, 40, was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections on April 18 by Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjonstrom. The sentencing came on the heels of a six-member jury’s verdict of guilty on aggravated battery and guilty of grant theft auto. Bruce was found not guilty on other charges. He was found not guilty of kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily harm and robbery.

    The jury took less than an hour to return the verdict after two days of testimony.

  • Judge gives Bruce 15 years

    Bradley Bruce, 40, was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections on April 18 by Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjonstrom. The sentencing came on the heels of a six-member jury’s verdict of guilty on aggravated battery and guilty of grant theft auto. Bruce was found not guilty on other charges. He was found not guilty of kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily harm and robbery.

    The jury took less than an hour to return the verdict after two days of testimony.

  • Back-to-back bashes ahead

    Save the dates.

    The City of Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency is sponsoring Cinco de Mayo Friday, May 3, and Quincyfest is set for Saturday, May 4. Both events will be at Tanyard Creek Park.

    Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon and the entertainment begins at 5 p.m. DJ Nemo will entertain the crowd with sounds of the day in the Hispanic Community. The celebration continues until 10 p.m. with dancers, traditional folk dance bands and more. Authentic Mexican food will be prepared by home cooks on site.