Local News

  • New business draws crowds, creates jobs

    Cars were lined up to Jefferson Street from Popeyes’ drive-thru for the fast food restaurant’s opening Monday in Quincy right after the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    The service was fast, the employees were smiling and the food was fresh.
    Regional Manager Willie Barnes stood in the parking lot for most of the day directing traffic.  He said they wanted to open a location in Quincy because it’s a lovely city with beautiful people.
    Barnes also said they had a party Saturday for their 66 employees.

  • Midway’s new city manager gets four-year contract

    Many Midway citizens who attended Midway City Council’s meeting this past Thursday expressed outraged after council members voted to approve City Manager Leslie Steele’s four-year contract.

  • Gadsden Arts Center announces early closing time due to Hurricane Irma

    The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum will close at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in order to make final preparations for Hurricane Irma. We hope to reopen Gadsden Arts to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.13. Please check the Gadsden Arts Facebook Page for updates.
    Remember: Be prepared, check on your neighbors before and after the storm, and stay safe!

  • Monthly clinic canceled due to Hurricane Irma

    The monthly diabetes treatment clinic scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Gadsden Memorial campus at 23186 Blue Star Highway, Suite 2, Quincy, has been canceled for this month due to Hurricane Irma. For information, call 850-224-7154.

  • Woman accused of injuring disabled daughter

    A Havana woman is in jail after allegedly burning her daughter with a hot iron.
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Mary Huber got upset when her 29-year-old daughter wouldn’t get out of bed. Huber, who is her daughter’s guardian, placed a hot iron to her daughter’s buttocks, the report states.
    Sgt. Anglie Hightower with the GCSO said the incident was reported to them by DCF adult services.  She said Huber’s daughter is now in the care of her father and grandfather.  

  • Emergency supply list

    The following items are recommended by the
    American Red Cross for an emergency
    preparedness kit:

    • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day
    supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

    • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).

    • Flashlight

    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

    • Extra batteries

  • State of emergency

    Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida as Hurricane Irma, which became a Category 5 storm Tuesday, is expected to make landfall by the end of the week.
    A year ago, many Floridians were recovering from the effects of Hurricane Hermine.  That storm narrowly missed Gadsden County, though it tore through Tallahassee, leaving thousands without power for days.  Some Gadsden County residents suffered power outages as well, but many of those were quickly restored.  

  • Registered Quincy sexual predator accused of child sex abuse

    A Quincy man is in jail after being accused of sexual assault on a child younger than 12.  
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, after being read his Miranda Rights, L. C. Battles, 58, admitted he was a documented sexual predator and that he picked up the child he is accused of assaulting for an unsupervised visit at his home. The report also states he admitted he has had inappropriate sexual thoughts about the child.

  • Quincy pays for health care hike

    During their Aug. 22 meeting, Quincy commissioners voted to accept Capital Health Plan’s 9.5 percent health insurance plan coverage increase.  They also voted to absorb the cost.
    Commissioner Derrick Elias asked Finance Director Ted Beason if CHP’s health insurance goes up every year.
    “It did the last two years,” Beason said.
    The city’s health care cost for current employees will increase from $634,000 to $694,000, a $60,000 increase plus $8,000 for retirees.

  • BOCC gets another $50K for Stevens School

    During the Aug. 15 Gadsden County  Commission meeting, board members discussed future memorial ideas, as well as future site and facility uses of the old Stevens School.
    “As you know, we’ve used the first grant we got and put a new roof on the remaining structure, the old cafeteria,” County Administrator Robert Presnell told the commissioners.
    He said the county received another grant to do further renovations to the building, which would include all new air conditioners and new doors.