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  • Details emerge in teen’s death

    Halloween decorations adorn a trailer that sits at 119 Salem Lan in Havana.  Authorities say this is where 50-year-old Sabrina Robinson starved her 17-year-old son, JaVontez T. Thomas.  

    Several neighbors said the family had been living in the trailer for several years, but this was the first time they had seen Robinson put up decorations for
    Halloween.
    What allegedly took place inside the trailer is comparable to a horror movie.

  • Using his voice for a good cause

    When given the choice to prolong his life or continue singing, Kendrick Evans chose to sing.  
    Diagnosed with a rare form of sleep apnea in 2012, the Havana native said doctors told him undergoing a tracheostomy would buy him some time, but his fate would still be grim.  
    “I told them if I was going to die anyway, then let me die doing what I love, which is singing for the Lord,” Evans said.

  • Porchfest a tuneful triumph

    Musicians took over downtown Quincy’s historic district on Saturday for the fifth annual Porchfest & Sketch Crawl.  Music lovers wandered the tree-lined streets while enjoying a wide variety of music, from opera to big band.  
    Gospel, soft rock, classical, country, blues and jazz were also featured on the shaded porches, side walks and courtyards, including free concerts by Tallahassee Community College’s symphony, and the Thursday Night Music Club on the Art Deco Leaf Theatre stage.

  • Former President Bill Clinton rallies in Quincy

    Hundreds lined up outside Carter-Parramore Academy’s gym this past Friday, as they waited the arrival of former President Bill Clinton.  
    Clinton stopped in Quincy during his “Stronger Together” bus tour, which started in Orlando Friday, and ended in Pensacola on Saturday.

  • County commissioners to fund Quincy Shuttle

    The Quincy Shuttle will continue to provide rides for $1.  
    Gadsden County Commissioners voted 4-1 to renew their contract with Big Bend Transit and continue funding the service.  
    Commissioner Gene Morgan opposed funding the shuttle and suggested extending the services 30 days and pay for that to give the Quincy City Commission time to vote on whether or not they would split the cost.      

  • Quincy split on alcohol rule change

    The Quincy Commission voted unanimously to renew its contract with Moran & Smith for their auditing services at their Oct. 11, meeting.  

  • An undying faith

    This doesn’t happen to men.  
    Annie Berry said this was her first thought when her 35-year-old son told her he might have breast cancer.  

  • Event celebrates struggle, victory

    When life gives you lemons, make pink lemonade.  A local breast cancer survivor helped her niece and nephew create their own pop-up lemonade stand after beating her diagnosis.  Sugar and
    Honey Lemonade Honey Lemonade Stand sponsored a Pink Breast Cancer fundraiser at Linshell’s Boutique Saturday.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from the lemonade stand were donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as well as 15 percent of all sales from the boutique that day.   The community was invited out for a morning of fun, food, and prizes.

  • Gadsden Re-entry Center graduates five

    Five men recently incarcerated at Gadsden County Jail now have a fresh start.
    Brian Forman, Willie Williams, Jeremiah Bruce, Kearse Bradham and Charles Harris were all incarcerated at Gadsden County Jail this year.  That’s where they were able to participate in Gadsden Second Chance re-entry portal.
    The program exists through a partnership with Florida A&M University Extension Research Center under the direction of Dr. Alejandro Bolques, and Annie Berry, director of Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Redeemed program.   

  • Views from the pack

    Alumni, students, and town residents gathered along the streets of Havana for East Gadsden High School’s homecoming parade on Friday, Oct. 7.   Others from surrounding areas came out to enjoy the festivities as well.
    This year’s homecoming theme was “Views from the Pack.”
    Alycia Pollock, 6, and Keyani Cooper, 5, both of Quincy, had plastic grocery bags halfway filled with candy.