Local News

  • Seminole Compact rejected

    A gaming compact that would have granted exclusivity in Florida for craps, roulette and blackjack gambling to the Seminole Indian tribe and its facilities was rejected by Florida lawmakers Friday.  
    The bill, called the Seminole Compact, would have also allowed pari-mutuel facilities in the state like Creek Entertainment to operate slot machines.

  • That winning spirit
  • Three Florida State Hospital employees arrested

    Three staffers at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee have been arrested in connection with the abuse of a wheelchair-bound resident.
    The most serious of charges were levied against 56-year-old Robert Blackman, who attempted to punch the patient then shoved the patient’s head down and pushed him into a wall, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
    Blackman has been charged with two counts of abuse of a disabled adult and faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

  • Grant could mean Quincy upgrades

    Infrastructure issues were raised by commissioners and residents at Tuesday night’s meeting of Quincy commissioners.
    The city of Quincy and consulting engineer company Preble Rish Inc. will apply for a grant that could bring in $750,000 for neighborhood revitalization projects, specifically infrastructure improvement.

  • Accusations in the air at Midway meeting

    A Midway city councilman and the city manager found themselves in the hot seat at Midway’s City Council meeting this past Thursday night.
    Citizens criticized the council for making Auburn Ford the official city manager, while possible termination from the council was discussed for Councilman Charles Willis as a councilwoman said a citizen tip claims Willis does not live in the city.
    Willis disputed the claims. The city’s charter requires council members be citizens. No action was taken on the matter.

  • Congresswoman Graham visits Gadsden

    The district’s congresswoman Gwen Graham read out a Dr. Seuss book to the Chattahoochee Elementary School student body Friday afternoon in an effort to introduce her summer reading program and pay respect to the late author a day after what would have been his 112th
    In addition to CES, Graham visited an elementary school each in Liberty and Jackson counties. She read “Yertle the Turtle.”

  • Honoring the legacy
  • Prison Houdini seeks end to his incarceration

    In 1980, a Gadsden County man was sentenced to prison for four years when he was 19 years old for prematurely taking tools left to him in his father’s will. He was charged with stealing them.
    Mark DeFriest went on to serve 36 years in prison and earned the name “Prison Houdini” for infractions that include seven institutional escapes and 13 attempts.

  • Meningitis kills teen

    A 13-year-old student at Shanks Middle School passed last Wednesday after developing a rare and fatal, but non-communicable form of meningitis, school officials say.
    Amber McDaniel was a seventh-grader who had not recently been in school, Superintendent Reginald James said. She had developed bacterial meningitis.
    Health officials would not disclose  specifics of Amber’s case, but did confirm a case of bacterial meningitis in Gadsden County and said the form is not usually spread between people.

  • Quincy man accused of homicide

    A Quincy man was stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend’s son and subsequently died, the Quincy Police Department reports.
    Dominic Cofield, 31, of Quincy, has been charged with homicide in the death of 58-year-old James E. Baker.
    QPD reports Baker and Cofield had been together throughout the day, working in Tallahassee, and had come home for a short time during which Baker ate and Cofield drank vodka. They then left and sought work in St. Hebron, returning several hours later involved in an argument.