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  • Quincy man dies in shooting

    A Sunday night shooting has left a Quincy man dead and his family grieving.  
    Shalaunda Nealy said she was in her upstairs apartment washing dishes with her daughter Key’Lasha Thomas when the sound of gunshots rang out at Gadsden Arms, an apartment complex.
    Key’Laysha said when she heard the first gunshot she dropped the dish and asked her mother if she heard it.
    “Lord, I hope that’s not my baby,” was Nealy’s response, both women said.
    Both women said they then heard five or six more shots.

  • Small community celebrates new traffic light

    The Concord traffic light in Havana is finally up and running.  It was originally slated to go up last fall, but was pushed back because of the holidays and weather conditions.
    County officials and citizens met at the corner of Fairbanks Ferry Road and Concord Road on Tuesday, Jan. 30, for an activation ceremony.
    Gadsden County Commission Chairwoman Sherrie Taylor welcomed everyone and followed up with a prayer.
    Citizens were also given an opportunity to speak at the ceremony.

  • State Rep. Alexander talks jobs at chamber event

    At this past Thursday’s Go Gadsden meeting, newly elected State Rep. Ramon Alexander gave an update on what he has been working on.
    Alexander said this year the Legislature is being asked to cut $3 million to $5 million from education — grades K through 12 and the state and university system.
    In an effort to cause chaos, Alexander said other members of the Legislature are trying to pit projects against
    each other.
    “Not in my back yard,” Alexander said.  “You can cut everybody else’s stuff, but not mine.”

  • GEMS students become published poets

    Sixteen Gadsden Elementary Magnet School students are now published authors.  
    Their poems were selected by Young Writers of America’s panel of educators to be published in a book titled “Award-Winning Young Writers of America.”
    The topics the students wrote on were “The World as I See It” and “What my Family Means to Me.”
    LaTasha Dilworth-Porter, the students’ English and language arts teacher, said this is her first year entering students in a poetry contest.  

  • Plans for school closings cause concerns

    Concerned citizens came out to the school board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, to voice their opinions on proposed of school consolidations.
    Barbara Brown said Gretna Elementary, one of the schools that’s proposed to be closed, is the rock of her community.  She said she was also worried about the overcrowding of classrooms and safety issues if the schools are combined.  Brown said there were many fights when Quincy and Havana students were combined to form East Gadsden High School.

  • County to keep same law firm

    After looking at other options, Gadsden County commissioners decided to retain their current legal counsel.
    In November the county issued a request for proposals for attorneys to represent them.  
    County Administrator Robert Presnell said three proposals were submitted in response to the RFP; however, one firm later withdrew its RFP from
    consideration.

  • Midway Council to pay former manager $69K

    At a special Midway City Council meeting Jan. 19, the council voted 5-1 to accept an agreement to pay former city manager Agatha Muse-Salters $69,000 in monthly payments until August.
    They also voted to pay her in November for her $50,000 in attorney’s fees. Mayor Ronald Colston, city council members Wanda Range, Carolyn Francis, Zachary Woods and David Knight voted to accept the agreement, while Councilwoman Quintealia Cato voted against it. Councilman Charlie Smith did not attend the meeting.

  • Midway welcomes new business

    Four Star Freightliner hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the construction of its newest facility in Midway.
    Distinguished guests, including Gov. Rick Scott and several state and local officials, praised the company’s commitment to bringing 10 new jobs to Gadsden County.
    According to a press release from the company, it grew from two dealerships in Alabama, one in Montgomery and the other in Dothan.
    Four Star Freightliner now has four other locations — Tifton, Valdosta and Albany, Ga., and also Tallahassee.  

  • MLK: Reflecting on the legacy and the scars

    At a breakfast held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Greg Taylor encouraged listeners to overcome adversity by first being accountable for themselves.
    As the aroma of sausage, grits and biscuits drifted through the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center in Quincy, Taylor spoke about April 4, 1968, which is the day King was assassinated.  Taylor said that day has gone down in the history books as a time to remember, but it seems the black community hasn’t recovered from it yet.

  • Quincy to apply for $750K grant

    The Quincy City Commission had a public hearing for a Police and Firefighters Pension ordinance at their Jan. 10 meeting.  
    No citizens expressed interest in offering any public comment before Ordinance 1086-2016 passed unanimously on its second reading.
    Now that the public hearings are out of  the way, the proposed ordinance will be presented to city commissioners once more for a final vote.