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  • Leaders put brakes on Midway parties

    A Sunday evening party thrown weekly at a Midway park has been indefinitely canceled.
    Though the parties were well attended — or perhaps because of that fact — it had inspired the furor of many community members.
    The Midway Police Department posted a message on their Facebook page announcing the cancelation, writing “HANGOUT SUNDAYS in Midway are CANCELED. The event has outgrown the capacity of the City and its resources.”

  • Vehicle fire, explosion snarls traffic

    Rush-hour traffic from Tallahassee into Midway was stalled for nearly 40 minutes this past Thursday afternoon as firefighters extinguished the fire of a blazing PT Cruiser.
    According to the Midway Police Department, the car’s driver was headed to her Midway home when a parallel driver alerted her that her car had caught fire. MPD says the fire appears to have been caused by mechanical issues.
    The woman and her passengers were able to escape the car and find ground a good distance away from it before the car
    exploded.

  • West Gadsden High School grads urged to find their greatness

    West Gadsden High School graduates of the Class of 2016 celebrated the ending of their high-school careers in the school’s packed gym Friday evening surrounded by family and friends.
    In addition to thanking their parents and teachers for assisting them through their matriculation, valedictorian Allison Avelar and salutatorian Evelin Tomas encouraged their fellow graduates to continue striving for success and happiness, or as Tomas said, “keep on swimming.”

  • East Gadsden High School Class of 2016 graduates to surrounded by family, friends
  • GEMS reading scores among state’s highest

    Third-graders at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School and Stewart Street Elementary passed the state’s reading test at a rate far above the state’s 54 percent.
    However, the rest of the county’s third-graders came in below the state average.

  • A/C in the way OK in Quincy

    Quincy commissioners saved the Men of Action a $5,000 headache when they granted the nonprofit a license agreement authorizing the organization to keep their air conditioners situated on a piece of city property near the organization’s
    headquarters.
    Men of Action’s backing financial institution had notified the nonprofit that the equipment encroachment into city property created a risk that could require the city to ask the nonprofit to move the air conditioner any time.

  • Thronging to Quincyfest
  • Midway leaders mull party problems

    Although they didn’t make any decisions at their May meeting this past Thursday, Midway council members entertained the most recent city news and citizen opinion on a Sunday park party causing controversy in the city.
    City Manager Auburn Ford announced the city had been one of only five in the state to apply for housing applications through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and all the applicants had been selected. He said the city may receive up to $750,000 to help residents with housing problems and will begin finding residents for the program in June.

  • Community group continues effort to improve life in Gadsden County

    More representatives from community agencies and concerned citizens connected Thursday evening as Step Up for Gadsden had its most recent meeting.
    The areas for improvement discussed were education, economic development, community safety, community-wide health and quality of life, with a room designated for the discussion of each. Attendees could attend two meetings and then the larger group reconvened to discuss the suggestions made for making achievement gaps in each topic.

  • Former state hospital resident gets 10 years for role in beating death

    Former State Hospital resident Deontra French was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday afternoon, May 5, for his role in the beating death of another resident last February.
    After his time in prison, which will be commuted by 414 days for time served, French will be on probation for five years, ruled 2nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge Barbara K. Hobbs.