Local News

  • Volunteers taking steps to stop a killer in its tracks

    As Breast Cancer Awareness Month came to an end, dozens of Gadsden County residents joined Sheriff Morris Young as he walked across the county.
    The fourth annual Sheriff’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk began in Midway at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and ended more than 12 hours and 34 miles later in Chattahoochee.
    This year, more than 60 people came out to participate.  Some walked from beginning to end, while others only logged a few miles.

  • An unplugged afternoon

    Who would think a plastic bin filled with popcorn kernels would be so captivating.  
    At Rocky Comfort Farm, it’s a big hit with the children.  
    When they’re not jumping in a bin of dried corn kernels, there freely running around the farm that sits on 230 acres of land.
    Rocky Comfort didn’t open last year due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, but this year the fall tradition continues.
    Though this year there was no millet maze or huge pumpkin patch, their guest didn’t seem to mind.  

  • Transportation to polls free to all Gadsden County voters

    Early voting ends this Saturday.  After Nov. 5, polls won’t reopen until Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 8.  
    For the remainder of early voting, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Any Gadsden County residents in need of a ride to the polls can call the local Florida Democratic Party Office for a free lift to the polls, regardless of party affiliation.
    Call 850-251-7999 at any time up through Election Day to schedule a ride.

  • Switcheroo: $7K goes from libraries to shuttle

    At their Oct. 25 meeting, the Quincy Commission voted to help the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners fund the Big Bend Transit’s Quincy Shuttle.
    The BOCC asked Quincy to contribute $18,000 to the shuttle service, since it is primarily used by citizens of Quincy.

  • Details emerge in teen’s death

    Halloween decorations adorn a trailer that sits at 119 Salem Lan in Havana.  Authorities say this is where 50-year-old Sabrina Robinson starved her 17-year-old son, JaVontez T. Thomas.  

    Several neighbors said the family had been living in the trailer for several years, but this was the first time they had seen Robinson put up decorations for
    What allegedly took place inside the trailer is comparable to a horror movie.

  • Using his voice for a good cause

    When given the choice to prolong his life or continue singing, Kendrick Evans chose to sing.  
    Diagnosed with a rare form of sleep apnea in 2012, the Havana native said doctors told him undergoing a tracheostomy would buy him some time, but his fate would still be grim.  
    “I told them if I was going to die anyway, then let me die doing what I love, which is singing for the Lord,” Evans said.

  • Porchfest a tuneful triumph

    Musicians took over downtown Quincy’s historic district on Saturday for the fifth annual Porchfest & Sketch Crawl.  Music lovers wandered the tree-lined streets while enjoying a wide variety of music, from opera to big band.  
    Gospel, soft rock, classical, country, blues and jazz were also featured on the shaded porches, side walks and courtyards, including free concerts by Tallahassee Community College’s symphony, and the Thursday Night Music Club on the Art Deco Leaf Theatre stage.

  • Former President Bill Clinton rallies in Quincy

    Hundreds lined up outside Carter-Parramore Academy’s gym this past Friday, as they waited the arrival of former President Bill Clinton.  
    Clinton stopped in Quincy during his “Stronger Together” bus tour, which started in Orlando Friday, and ended in Pensacola on Saturday.

  • County commissioners to fund Quincy Shuttle

    The Quincy Shuttle will continue to provide rides for $1.  
    Gadsden County Commissioners voted 4-1 to renew their contract with Big Bend Transit and continue funding the service.  
    Commissioner Gene Morgan opposed funding the shuttle and suggested extending the services 30 days and pay for that to give the Quincy City Commission time to vote on whether or not they would split the cost.      

  • Quincy split on alcohol rule change

    The Quincy Commission voted unanimously to renew its contract with Moran & Smith for their auditing services at their Oct. 11, meeting.