Local News

  • Porchfest returning to Quincy

    Homes in Quincy’s historic district will once again play host to an assortment of Americana, rock and blues bands when the fourth annual Quincy Porchfest comes to town Oct. 24.
    Sixteen bands will play beginning at 1 p.m., and the day will culminate at the Leaf Theater with a two-hour performance from a jazz big band named Thursday Night Music Club.
    In addition, organizers will introduce a new attraction to Porchfest called the Sketch Crawl, which is a drawing marathon where artists will be sketching and journaling throughout the day.

  • Tasty tradition continues in Concord
  • Group aims to boost economy

    The Quincy commissioners were given an update at their Oct. 13 meeting on the efforts made by the Gadsden County Development Council.
    Beth Kirkland of the GCDC spoke to the commissioners about the GCDC’s work to design and fund a comprehensive economic development strategy for the county.

  • Sounding off on slots

    Some area residents shared their thoughts on slot machines in Gretna:
    * Catherine Butler, of Havana: “I would like to see it happen for the jobs because there are not many opportunities in Gadsden County for jobs. Everyone has to go to Tallahassee or Georgia.”
    * Thomasville, Ga., resident Billy Doyle had this to say:
    “I don’t play the slot machines but if part of the money is going to go back into the community and it’s not going to make the community suffer, I don’t see too much wrong with it.”

  • Asking for help from Tallahassee

    As the county’s two state legislative representatives entertained public opinion from county residents and municipal representatives on what  the two should consider priority projects as they enter the upcoming legislative session, two recurring themes emerged: the need for funding to renovate the Livestock Pavilion in Quincy and support in bringing slot machines to Creek Entertainment in Gretna.
    Sen. Bill Montford and Rep. Alan Williams conducted the Gadsden County legislative delegation meeting Monday

  • For a healthy future

    A Gretna church served as host Saturday for the 10th year for a daylong initiative to provide complimentary clothing, lunch and health screenings to local residents.
    The event, called “Gretna Health and Help Day,” was started when Jimmie Griffin saw a need for certain resources in Gretna. Being a retired nurse, she wanted to give the residents of her hometown access to health screenings they might not otherwise receive.
    At this year’s event, attendees were given access to free hypertension, diabetes, HIV and vision screenings, among others.

  • Midway mulling red-light cameras

    Midway has a traffic problem.
    That’s the message a company hired to study traffic light violations delivered this past Thursday to the city council.
    After company representatives delivered their findings, the council unanimously voted to approve a contract for the company’s services.
    The contract is pending a city ordinance being passed at a later date.
    The company’s representatives told the council they set up cameras for 24 hours in Midway and recorded 230 violations, with only five of those offenders being “local.”

  • Court yanks slot machine approval at Gretna casino

    A Florida appeals court has reversed its ruling that would have allowed slot machines at the Creek Entertainment facility in Gretna.
    The 1st District Court of Appeals decided in May that because Gadsden County residents had voted to approve slot machines at the facility, Creek Entertainment was allowed to implement slots without legislative approval.

  • Downtown expert offers ideas

    In hopes of inspiring the current members of Quincy’s Main Street to rebuild downtown Quincy into a business district, the organization’s original leader spoke to the current members Friday
    She shared her experiences as Thomasville’s Main Street director during a 20-year period when the city’s downtown business district was rejuvenated.  

  • Shining through

    Cynthia Hayes-Riley believes cancer saved her life.
    She was diagnosed with breast cancer one year and one week after a car backed over her and then hit her again, seriously injuring her and killing her 15-year-old daughter, Crystal, who was trying to pull her mom out of the car’s path in East Gadsden High School’s parking lot after a football game. Her oldest daughter, Jocelyn, now 27, was not hurt.
    The aftermath of the tragedy in October 2006 left Hayes-Riley grief-stricken, depressed, unable to walk and
    asking why.