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  • Officer cleared in Gretna shooting

    The Gretna police officer who killed a 24-year-old man who was possibly mentally ill last October has been declared innocent for his actions by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to an investigative report recently released by  the agency.

    Through their investigation, FDLE determined Sgt. Charles Brown of GPD had just reason to believe his life was in danger during the final moments of Kaldrick Donald’s life and was thus justified in using deadly force to ensure his own safety.

  • Quincy ups waste collection fees, donates land to incubator farm

    In addition to approving a new utility policy at their March 10 meeting, Quincy commissioners increased solid waste collection fees and gave consent to a group’s request to use 3 acres of city land for an incubator farm that would train agricultural entrepreneurs.

    Commissioners instructed city staff to update Quincy’s utility policies at a workshop in December, and city staff presented those new policies to commissioners at the March 10 meeting.

  • Growing pot to create jobs in Midway?

     

    Midway commissioners left their March 5 meeting under the notion that they would give further consideration to two issues: whether or not they will approve a church’s efforts to build a charter school in Midway and if they’ll accept the Florida Legislature’s offer to allow medical marijuana cultivation in Midway. 

  • No recall election for Micah Brown

     

    A press conference was held Tuesday afternoon at Quincy’s City Hall to announce that Commissioner Micah Brown will no longer be facing a recall election.

  • Creepy situation: Too many bats in school’s cafeteria

    A bat infestation problem that caused George W. Munroe Elementary School’s cafeteria to shut down is expected to have been cleared up.
    Students eating lunch were startled last Wednesday when bats began flying over their heads in the cafeteria.
    “They were in the cafeteria, and I heard a lot of screaming. I thought, ‘What is going on?” Principal Allysun Davis said. “It turns out the kids saw a bat flying above them.”
    But the cafeteria has been cleared to reopen after a Monday visit from a pest specialist company called Critter Control and a representative with the Department of Health.

  • Former Quincy police chief to run for sheriff in Leon County

    Former Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil officially filed documents March 5 that put him in the race for the office of sheriff in Leon County.
    Before serving as Quincy’s police chief for three years, McNeil served as Tallahassee’s police chief for 10 years and was appointed to two leadership positions by former Governor Charlie Crist.
    He resigned from his position as Quincy’s police chief in September 2014 so he could help with Crist’s unsuccessful 2014 gubernatorial campaign.
    Quincy’s Interim Police Chief Glenn Sapp worked under McNeil on both the Tallahassee and Quincy police forces.

  • Livestock event a home-grown success

    Seven members of the Gadsden County 4H club spent the past year raising, feeding and grooming steer and swine so the animals would be best suited to be auctioned off at the 71st annual Steer & Market Swine Show this past Saturday night. When the event, and therefore process, was officially over, some members released a sigh of relief while others expressed grief over selling off the animal they’d spent so much time with.

  • Living black history

    Tallahassee Community College’s black history month program provided a stage for the founder of Quincy’s Black Heritage Museum to share the story of her civil rights work Friday morning on the college’s campus.

  • Quincy cleared to pay Brown's legal fees

    A request that would have temporarily disallowed the city of Quincy to use taxpayer funds to pay legal fees related to the recall effort against Commissioner Micah Brown has been denied. 

  • Havana apartment burns

    A fire completely destroyed an apartment at Havana Heights on Monday night, leaving a family displaced and their immediate neighbors temporarily unable to return to their own apartments.
    Though an incident report drafted by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the fire is undetermined, some of the apartment’s tenants and witnesses who saw the fire begin believe the cause was an in-wall air conditioning unit with frayed electrical circuits.