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  • EGHS graduation: Pomp, circumstance, perseverance

    by Royal Shepherd

    When the East Gasden High School class of 2015 valedictorian Nicholas Bittle took the podium for his speech, the crowd was still applauding the list of accomplishments read during his introduction.

    Bittle graduated with a 4.40 weighted GPA, is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Society, a member of the National Honors Society, was named Mr. East Gadsden High School for 2015 and placed third at the state track and field finals in the shot put. He has held the school record in the event for the past two years.

  • West Gadsden grads urged to aim high

     “How high will you fly,” was the question Ramon Alexander repeatedly asked West Gadsden’s newest alumni during the school’s graduation ceremony Friday night.

    “If you are unreliable, undependable and unprepared, you will not fly,” Alexander said during his speech, which was aptly titled an inspirational moment in the program. “Always stay focused and humility will guide you to your final destination. You see, a goal is something you have but a vision for the future is something that has you.”

  • FHP: Quincy man crashes car, flees scene

    A Quincy man arrested last month for allegedly selling drugs from a Quincy motel is currently being sought by law enforcement on more weapon and drug charges.

    According to a release from Florida Highway Patrol, Obrien Dubose, 29, crashed a BMW while traveling at high speeds to escape officers who were pursuing him. The release doesn’t say why officers were after Dubose or how they were able to identify him as the driver.

  • Family members recall murder victim

    On her still active Facebook page, Keyonda Collier’s grief-stricken friends have left many comments about her good-hearted nature and everlasting empathy. Her mother says in the end, that kindness may have gotten her murdered.

    When Sharon McCray, Collier’s mother, received a call from Greg Sapp’s mother on April 21 saying McCray should check on Collier’s well-being because Sapp had been living with Collier and “acting crazy,” McCray said she was taken aback and confused.

  • Locals pan state bike trail plans for S.R. 12

    The Florida Arts Trail multi-use path planned by the Florida Department of Transportation would connect Quincy and Havana with a trail that encourages biking and walking.

    Though money for the project hasn’t yet been allocated, FDOT has been developing the idea since 2012. They intend to be finished with the trail’s project development and environment study phase, which includes opportunities for community members to voice their opinions on the project, later this year.

  • Road honors legacy of ‘Miss Julia’

    Lauded by the ceremony’s speakers for her advocacy and financial support of the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, academics, theater and art, the late Julia Munroe Woodward was formally made the namesake for the Quincy Bypass on Monday afternoon.

    An audience of approximately 100 gathered under tents on the Quincy Municipal Airport’s lawn at 4 p.m. It included members of Woodward’s family, people who as children had benefited from Woodward’s philanthropy and leaders of many Gadsden County organizations.

  • Escaped murder suspect quickly recaptured

    Like the search helicopter circling restlessly in the sky, suspense hovered over Quincy for three hours Sunday night as murder suspect Gregory Lamar Sapp roamed the area around the city’s Wal-Mart  after a bold escape from the Gadsden County Jail.

  • Former legislator honored in Gretna

    A portion of Highway 90 in Gretna was dedicated to James Harold Thompson, a former attorney and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, at a ceremony this past Thursday afternoon.

    The audience included county officials like county commissioners and Sheriff Morris Young, as well as state officials like State Attorney Willie Meggs. Speakers included BOCC chairwoman Brenda Holt, United States Senator Gwen Graham, State Rep. Alan Williams, former Florida legislator Al Lawson and Gretna Commissioner Clarence Jackson.

  • Forum puts local economy in the spotlight

    County officials involved with economic development initiatives met Tuesday for the county’s first regional economic development forum.

    The forum included several multi-member panels that discussed ideas on how to develop local industries, the county’s attractive infrastructure, workforce and community design. Beth Kirkland refers to these topics as building blocks for the larger picture of economic development.

  • 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.