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  • 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.

  • Hard work pays off

    Gadsden County School District officials surprised three employees when they made a special trip to their schools on Thursday, Jan. 12.  
    Superintendent Roger Milton walked into each school, holding flowers and balloons and with a huge smile on his face.  
    At West Gadsden High School in Greensboro, receptionist/secretary Maggie Conyers’ eyes filled with tears of joy as Milton told her she had won School Related Employee of the Year.  

  • County girls continue busy season

    After using this past week to get back into the playing groove following a holiday break, our county girls basketball teams will be attempting to gain momentum as they head into the home stretch of the season before entering district play at the end of the month.  
    West Gadsden

  • Midway leaders talk new faces, old bills

    The City of Midway’s newest councilmember Quintealia Cato was sworn it at their Jan. 5 meeting.
        There was also a pinning ceremony for Midway Police Officer Deric Mordica, who was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
    MPD Chief Tom Murray said Mordica is a great officer.   He said Mordica is someone the citizens can count on any time of night or day.
    “The young kids ,they love him, and he even gives out blow pops,” Murray said.  “He’s going to go a long, long way.”

  • BOCC extends auditing services contract

    The Gadsden Board of Commissioners voted to extend their contract with Purvis, Gray and Company auditing firm at a  
    Jan. 3 meeting.
    All of the commissioners agreed the company had done an excellent job for the past two fiscal years, and they also have a vast knowledge of the county’s financial
    records.  

  • United in prayer

    A group of Midway residents came out for a morning of worship this past Saturday.  The annual Midway Prayer Day was held at the Eugene Lamb
    Community Center.  
    Pastor Lee Johnson gave words of encouragement for the new year.
    “I’m drawing a line in the sand.” Jones said.  “What happened in 2016 is not going to happen in 2017 to me and my family.”
    About 30 people came out for the prayer service.  

  • Gadsden Dems get new leader

    Former Florida state senator Dwight Bullard has relocated to Gretna, after moving across the state to rejoin the race for chairmanship of the Florida Democratic Party.
    Bullard, who was the incumbent in a state senate race, lost his reelection bid against Stephen Bittel.  A little more than a month later, on Dec. 20, he lost his run for Miami-Dade committeeman to Stephen Bittel, who is also in the race to lead the party.