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  • Geared up for success

    It’s a sure sign school is only days away when backpacks are flying off the shelves and filler paper and pencils dominate the aisles in most stores.

    Some lucky Gadsden County parents didn’t have to fight the crowds at retail stores to get their kids back-to-school supplies. Saturday, Aug. 10, the Gadsden County School District held its annual school supplies giveaway at James A. Shanks Middle School. Hundreds of children and parents took advantage of the opportunity.

  • Celebrating public safety progress in Midway

    Midway city officials were all smiles Thursday, Aug. 8, at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Fire Station No. 2. County officials as well as state and federal representatives were on hand for the momentous occasion. 

  • No green light for strip club plans

    The Midway Town Council voted unanimously during the Aug. 1 monthly meeting not to allow the sale of alcohol at a proposed adult entertainment center. There wasn’t a vacant seat in the meeting chamber as opponents packed the house.

    “You don’t have enough police, the sheriff has said, through his spokesman, that it will stretch them to their limits,” said the Rev. Charles Scriven, who has been an outspoken critic of the proposed club from the beginning.

  • Hard-working ‘wanderer’

    Harold Usry doesn’t really have a place to call home. Now 56, the entire state of Florida, from Escambia County (Pensacola) to Monroe County (Key West) is where he lives.

    Usry has a most unusual occupation: He paints flagpoles. That’s how he makes his living, going from town to town, just painting flagpoles. His meager belongings are never too far away from him, usually tied to his Huffy mountain bike that he lovingly refers to “the old lady.” 

  • FDLE investigates Quincy election

    A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of law Enforcement confirmed Aug. 1 that an investigation has been initiated involving the April 29 city of Quincy election.

    “All I can say is that an active investigation in underway, which is all I can say about it,” said Linda MacDonald.

  • Midway leaders ponder sewage treatment

    Michael Murphy of Hatch, Mott & MacDonald engineering brought the Midway Town Council up to date on the firm’s progress with their facilities plan during the Aug. 1 council meeting.

  • In year of statewide slide, Gadsden yields another A school

     CHERI HARRIS

    Times 

    Executive Editor

    In a year when the number of “A” elementary school dropped by 48 percent statewide, Gadsden County kept the A’s it had last year and added one more, for a total of four elementary schools earning top marks.

    “That’s significant in this particular environment,” Reginald James, superintendent of Schools, said in a press conference.

  • Man accused of attempting to ram woman with SUV

    At about 7:20 a.m. Friday, the Quincy Police Department responded to area of the 612 4th St., Quincy, in reference to a man attempting to run over a woman, according to a QPD press release.

  • In any language

    First Baptist Church in Quincy was almost packed to the rafters Tuesday, July 23, when the Daraja Children Choir of Africa performed. The children’s dynamic voices had people standing on their feet, waving their hands in praise.

  • GCSO nabs duo accused of five-county crime spree

    The couple had been dubbed “Bonnie and Clyde” by law enforcement authorities but what 35-year-old William Larry Easterwood Jr. and Elizabeth Lauren Watts, 30, are suspected of doing is not a movie. However, one alleged caper committed in Havana on May 8 was caught on camera.