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  • Remembering ‘Pete’

    A shopping cart sits outside 24-hour Kelly’s Jr. convenience store. In it is a few stuffed animals, flower-filled vases with heartfelt messages written on them, a pair of black sneakers, a curling iron and a dollar bill. Flowers have also beenlaced on each side of the cart, as well as a couple of LED candles.  Angel wings made out black tissue paper are taped to the store’s brick wall right next to the cart and also on the the front door.

  • City employees in Quincy to see raises

    The Quincy City Commission’s 2016-2017 budget for the 2016 fiscal year passed on its second reading with revisions Tuesday, Sept. 27.  The new budget includes a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees.

  • Making scientists

    During normal school hours, scientists are busily working in Julius Ervin’s classroom.
    Ervin, Gadsden Magnet Elementary School’s new middle-school science teacher said all of his students are scientists once they walk into his classroom.  
    A first-year teacher, Ervin said he wants to get his students to be just as excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as he is.  Ervin also wants to provide his students with a strong foundation in the
    sciences.

  • Uniting against crime in Quincy

    In an effort to combat crime, Quincy’s Police Chief Glenn Sapp met with Commissioner Daniel McMillan, and residents of District 5 this past Thursday, Sept. 22.  Although the meeting was open to all residents of Quincy, about five showed up.
    Sapp informed those who attended about what activities the police department has been working on.  He said illegal drug dealing and prostitution have been going on for too long in the area, but they plan to put an end to it now.

  • BOCC honors leader

    After 23 years of dedicated service, Arthur Lawson Sr., assistant county administrator, is retiring.  Gadsden County Commissioners thanked Lawson and presented him with a plaque of recognition at their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20. This Friday, Sep. 30, will be Lawson’s last day on the job.

  • Suspects sought in Quincy fatal hit-and-run

     The search continues for the drivers of two vehicles involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Quincy.
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 62-year-old Richard Akery, also known as Pete, was struck  Sunday night by a car while pushing a shopping cart across Pat Thomas Parkway in Quincy.  The report says the car was headed southbound and hit Akery in the southbound lanes. Authorities said Akery’s body landed in the inside northbound lane, and was then hit by another vehicle.  

  • A big hit in Midway

    Midway Day was a huge success this year.  The event was filled with fun and laughter.  People of all ages danced, as the Deejay played some of the latest hits.  Children, and adults, even did a few Zumba exercises to the music.
    While the event usually takes place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it was pushed back two weeks this year due to Hurricane Hermine, Charlie Fields, one of the organizers said.

  • Midway could see tax rate drop

    The citizens of Midway should see a decrease in property taxes in the 2017 fiscal year budget.  Although the city’s rolled-back rate, which would keep property taxes the same as the previous year, is 5.08, the maximum millage rate the City’s charter allows is 5.0.  
    At a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, Auburn Ford, Midway’s city manager, said this is a first.  He said the city has never seen a property tax cut.
    Councilmember David Knight said the cut is due to a decrease in property value.

  • Quincy budget process continues

    The Quincy City Commission is moving forward with completing the 2017 fiscal year budget.  
    At their Sept. 13 meeting, the commissioners had their first public hearing on the proposed 4.6629 ad valorem millage rate for the upcoming budget year.  
    If the rolled-back rate is approved the city will receive the same amount of property tax revenue as was levied this fiscal year.    
    Citizens as well as representatives for local organizations were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget.    

  • Celebration of a century

    Give people their flowers while they’re living.  At least that’s how the old saying goes.  Odeal Ford Lewis received her flowers Saturday, as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
    When a reporter asked her what she planned to do on her actual birthday, which is Sept. 10, Lewis replied, “Nothing. I done got too old to do stuff to celebrate birthdays now.”