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  • 'Tis the season to be eating

    Christmas Day is quickly approaching.  While many children are anticipating opening gifts that morning, just as many adults are looking forward to eating their favorite holiday dishes.
    Chris Crews said he moved to Chattahoochee three months ago, and this will be his first Christmas in Florida.  He said he will spend the day with his family, and what he’s looking forward to the most is his aunt’s pecan pie.

  • Quincy leaders pass rate hike

    At a special meeting Monday, Dec. 12, the Quincy City Commission voted to pass WastePro’s 1.02 percent rate increase on to the city’s customers.
    The city’s financial advisor, Ted Beason, said the agreements with WastePro are in three-year increments so right now they’re in year two.
    Commissioners  also voted to authorize the city manager to sign the contract with Trinity Inc., to conduct monitoring reports on the Quincy-Byrd Landfill for 2017.

  • Kicking back at the library

    While the schools have been out on Christmas break, the Gadsden County Public Library workers have been busy trying to keep them engaged in learning and
    entertained.
    On Monday night, the Cowen Library in Chattahoochee hosted a Craftshop.  Children accompanied by an adult were invited out for a night of holiday fun.  At the Craftshop they were able to let their creative juices flow while making foam gingerbread men and women, Santa-please-stop-here door hangers, paper reindeer neckties and paper reindeer hats to match.

  • Remembering ‘Buddy’ Pitts

    In June, the town of Greensboro lost a beloved resident who many locals dubbed the town historian.  William “Buddy” Pitts was born in Quincy and lived in Greensboro all but six months of his life, said his wife Patsy Pitts.
    Pitts said Buddy came up hard, and he worked hard.  She said he worked the tobacco farms every summer while growing up.  She said he was always known for having more than one job.

  • Remembering ‘Buddy’ Pitts

    On Dec. 8, around 7:25 p.m. Quincy Police Department officers responded to the Thomas Memorial Baptist Church l at 1001 W. Washington Street for a reported burglary.
    Capt. Robert Mixson said an event was going on at the church, and the suspects were able to get the keys to a vehicle outside and get in it.
    According to a press release from QPD, witnesses saw the two suspects in the vehicle and they both fled upon being seen.

  • Snow day in Havana

    Seeing snow in Florida is rare.   Downtown Havana transformed into a Winter Wonderland on Saturday, complete with snow.  
    The Winter Festival was a sight to behold.  It’s no surprise that children and adults alike found so much delight in dashing through the snow, while throwing snowballs at each other.
    Melanie Thomas, of Tallahassee, said it was the first time her 3-year-old son Braden had seen snow.  He watched curiously as snowballs whizzed past his little head.

  • County leaders talk roads, growth

    At the Dec. 6 meeting of the Gadsden County Commission, John Pat Thomas from Pat Thomas Inc., presented the board with a $19,783 check.  
    Thomas said it is for a return in an insurance premium.  Thomas went on to say the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust was profitable this year, so they returned money back to members of the trust.
    A public hearing was held for the consideration of adopting an ordinance that would amend Chapter 5, Development Standards, Subsection 5405, Corridor Road Landscaping Standards of the Land Development Code.

  • Midway lands $150K sewer grant

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded the city of Midway a $150,000 grant for wastewater infrastructure improvements.
        According to a DEP press release, the funding came from a 2016-17 state legislative appropriation and will go toward eliminating failing septic tanks and provide sewage services.

  • Bough-ing to tradition

    The Havana Christmas Tree Farm is a sight to behold during this time of year.  Families and friends travel from miles away to get a fresh, live tree to serve as the centerpiece for  holiday festivities.
    James Lewis said he traveled more than an hour to bring his sons Bennett, Keaton and Jase to pick out a tree.  

  • Two die in crash

    A crash in Quincy claimed the lives of two women on Friday, Dec. 2.  
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 48-year-old Tyronica Hill, of Oakland Park, was traveling northbound on State Road 267 when she attempted to pass another vehicle.   
    After entering into the southbound lane, Hill collided head-on with Bridget Britt-Austin, who was traveling southbound on State Road 267.  
    Hill was pronounced dead at Gadsden Capital Regional Center, while Britt-Austin was pronounced dead at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.