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  • County administrator to serve extra year

    In a move to ensure a smooth transition, on Oct. 4, Gadsden County Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the employment contract of County Administrator Robert Presnell, which was set to expire Oct. 30. It has been extended for one year.
     This will give the board more time to find a successor.  County attorney David Weiss said there were no changes to the contract, other than the date.
    Commissioners also voted 5-0 to approve the economic development professional services contract with the Gadsden County Development Council.  

  • Beating breast cancer

    She was set to retire in June of 1994.  That May, she went to get a physical, and her doctor ordered a mammogram.  Lizzie Mae Figgers was 59 at the time.     
    “I wasn’t even sick, or anything,” Figgers said.  “I was just going for a routine checkup, and they found it.
    Figgers said she was working at Florida State Hospital, and her doctor called her while she was on the job.  She said he told her the mammogram results showed she might have breast cancer in her left breast, and he was referring her to a

  • Exploring possibilities

    Fall is here.  For many this means weekend festivals, and Saturday morning trips to a pumpkin patch.
    A recent event gave locals and tourists alike a chance to kill two birds with one stone.    Although the warm weather didn’t reflect the season, everyone seemed to enjoy the Art and Garden Family Fall Festival.
    Hosted by the University of Florida’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Science, it was filled with creative ways to explore visual art and the art of gardening.  

  • Chamber event puts legal pot in the spotlight

    Throughout Gadsden County, legalized medical marijuana is considered by many to be a hot topic.
    At a Go Gadsden’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 30, Jacob Pernell, chief operating officer of Trulieve, explained what the legalization of marijuana in the state of Florida means for the county.
    David Garner, executive director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, said the future of marijuana in Gadsden County is a great subject.

  • Remembering ‘Pete’

    A shopping cart sits outside 24-hour Kelly’s Jr. convenience store. In it is a few stuffed animals, flower-filled vases with heartfelt messages written on them, a pair of black sneakers, a curling iron and a dollar bill. Flowers have also beenlaced on each side of the cart, as well as a couple of LED candles.  Angel wings made out black tissue paper are taped to the store’s brick wall right next to the cart and also on the the front door.

  • City employees in Quincy to see raises

    The Quincy City Commission’s 2016-2017 budget for the 2016 fiscal year passed on its second reading with revisions Tuesday, Sept. 27.  The new budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees.

  • Making scientists

    During normal school hours, scientists are busily working in Julius Ervin’s classroom.
    Ervin, Gadsden Magnet Elementary School’s new middle-school science teacher said all of his students are scientists once they walk into his classroom.  
    A first-year teacher, Ervin said he wants to get his students to be just as excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as he is.  Ervin also wants to provide his students with a strong foundation in the

  • Uniting against crime in Quincy

    In an effort to combat crime, Quincy’s Police Chief Glenn Sapp met with Commissioner Daniel McMillan, and residents of District 5 this past Thursday, Sept. 22.  Although the meeting was open to all residents of Quincy, about five showed up.
    Sapp informed those who attended about what activities the police department has been working on.  He said illegal drug dealing and prostitution have been going on for too long in the area, but they plan to put an end to it now.

  • BOCC honors leader

    After 23 years of dedicated service, Arthur Lawson Sr., assistant county administrator, is retiring.  Gadsden County Commissioners thanked Lawson and presented him with a plaque of recognition at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20. This Friday, Sep. 30, will be Lawson’s last day on the job.

  • Suspects sought in Quincy fatal hit-and-run

     The search continues for the drivers of two vehicles involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Quincy.
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 62-year-old Richard Akery, also known as Pete, was struck  Sunday night by a car while pushing a shopping cart across Pat Thomas Parkway in Quincy.  The report says the car was headed southbound and hit Akery in the southbound lanes. Authorities said Akery’s body landed in the inside northbound lane, and was then hit by another vehicle.