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  • Quincy sticks with old budget — for now

    Quincy Commissioners recently voted 4-1 to adopt an ordinance, which would allow them to levy property taxes by using the rollback rate for the upcoming fiscal year on its second reading.
    Mayor Daniel McMillan and Quincy Commissioners Angela Sapp, Gerald “Andy” Gay and Keith Dowdell voted in favor of adopting the rollback rate of 4.5420 mills, while Commissioner Derrick Elias voted against. A “rollback rate” means taxpayers pay the same property tax as they did the prior year, based on taxable property value.

  • Future murky for Presnell

    At their Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners could not come to an agreement on renewing County Administrator Robert Presnell’s contract.
    Presnell, who has served as county administrator for the past 13 years, is enrolled in the state’s consulted with him.
    Cunningham said that last year, Midway’s total property value was an estimated $124 million.  Last year the council went with the maximum millage rate, which was actually lower than the rolled-back rate, so property owners received a tax cut.  

  • An honor to serve

    Five Gadsden County civic clubs honored local law enforcement officers at a luncheon on Tuesday.
    The Quincy Kiwanis Club, Quincy Pilot Club, Quincy Rotary, Quincy Lions Club and Havana Kiwanis joined forces to host their annual Law Enforcement Day Luncheon at the First Baptist Church in Quincy.  
    Judge Ronald Flury was the guest speaker.  Presiding over both civil and criminal cases, Flury serves as the administrative judge for Leon County.

  • Tax hike ahead in Midway

    In the past week, Midway City Council member votes were split as they voted on the millage rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    But in the end, a council majority voted 3-2 in favor of the 5-mill rate, rather than the 4.75-mill rollback rate.

  • Suspect nabbed in pool hall murder, robbery

    A Gretna man is in jail after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery and murder in Chattahoochee.
    According to a statement issued by Chattahoochee Police Department, three men entered Tata’s Pool Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 13, two of whom had their faces covered.  Two were armed with handguns, and the other with an AK-47-style rifle.
    When they entered, six people were inside.  Two were playing pool.  Three were at a card table, and one was sweeping.  Authorities say they ordered everyone to get down on the floor.

  • Helping hands, hearts

    Less than a week after Hurricane Irma ripped through South Florida, members of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Quincy spent Saturday collecting items for families in Immokalee affected by the storm.  As soon as they began unloading one vehicle, another pulled up.  By that afternoon, a semi tractor-trailer was filled to the maximum capacity with food, water,Although Huapilla is a student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, she is also a migrant farmer.  So are her parents.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Irma brings wind, rain, evacuees

     Last week, as Hurricane Irma approached Florida, Gadsden County’s Emergency Management geared up early to get locals prepared.
    Emergency Management Director Maj. Shawn Wood urged citizens to go ahead and fill up their cars with gas even though Irma was almost a week away from Gadsden County, if she even showed up.
    Meteorologists were uncertain of Irma’s projected path.  At first the hurricane was predicted to hit Miami and head up Florida’s east coast into Jacksonville, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • Gadsden County evacuation shelters open tomorrow

    With Hurricane Irma threatening the Big Bend region, the Gadsden County Commissioner announced on Saturday that shelters will open at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sep. 10.  The Gadsden County School Board and Big Bend Transit will provide bus transportation to the shelters tomorrow morning.  If you need transportation to the shelter, please be at one of the following location by 9 a.m.

    Havana:

    • Old Elementary School

    • Harvey’s

    Quincy:

    • Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot