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  • Recall vote up to judge

    The decision of whether or not to have a recall election for a Quincy commissioner’s seat now rests in a judge’s hands.
    Commissioner Micah Brown, of District 2, was notified Jan. 7 via letter that an adequate number of signatures on the petition requesting his removal from the commission had been verified.
    The letter states 186 signatures were verified, surpassing the required minimum of 119. It also says at least 15 percent of the qualified voters in that district were certified to have signed the petition.

  • Persistent memory-keeper

    Priscilla Stephens Kruize has high ambitions for the Black Heritage Museum in Quincy.
    She was raised in a segregated school system, arrested many times while protesting for civil rights in the ‘60s, and spent more than a decade living abroad in Africa and Europe. She now wants to bring pieces of the cultures she was privileged to experience to the children of Quincy.

  • Two drown in boating accident

    The search for two missing men believed to have drowned Saturday in Lake Talquin when their boat capsized  ended Sunday afternoon when divers recovered the second victim’s body.
    Elohondro Gennie, 38, and David Brown, 49, drowned while on a fishing excursion with Antonio Stephens, 36. Gennie’s body was found Sunday morning and Brown’s body was found that afternoon, both by Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC).
    According FWC spokeswoman Becca Nelson, none of the men were wearing life jackets, or personal floatation devices.

  • Celebrating a fresh start

    In front of family members, drug counselors, county officials, and the Sheriff, 13 county inmates received certificates commemorating their graduation from the drug education portion of the jail’s Re-Entry Program Monday afternoon.
    Annie Britt-Berry led the drug education program, appointed by Sheriff Morris Young to execute and add to his own plan. During the graduation, Britt-Berry expressed her understanding for the graduates’ plight by admitting to being a recovering drug addict herself.

  • Gadsden gears up for same-sex weddings

    Florida now allows same-sex couples the right to marry, becoming the 36th state to do so.
    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is reported to still be appealing the decision to allow same-sex marriage in state and federal courts.
    Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel, of Miami, declared the ban on gay marriage unconstitutional in a July 2014 ruling.

  • Man dies in on-the-job accident

    An employee at Waste Pro’s Midway facility was pronounced dead at approximately midnight Dec. 18 after being pinned under a recycling truck for nearly 10 minutes.
    According to a Midway Police Department incident report, Derrick Lackey, 25, of Midway, was doing unspecified work on a truck when its recycling bucket, which was raised to the highest extent, fell rapidly onto Lackey, pinning him underneath.

  • Will $640K rev up local economy?

    The Gadsden County Development Council spent the past year strategizing how to bring more economic opportunity to the county by trying to find industries best suited for the county at industry trade shows, forming partnerships with and joining the boards of several state agencies, delegating tasks such as workforce development to smaller councils it created and convincing county commissioners another entity for economic development was
    unnecessary.

  • New bypass to ease downtown Quincy traffic

    After a little more than two years of construction, the first phase of Quincy Bypass will finally be functional within two weeks. Additionally, the traffic signals placed at the intersection of Highway 90 and Ralph Strong Rd. to direct traffic from the bypass will be activated Monday, January 5 at 10 a.m.
    The new traffic signals have been in “flash mode since Dec. 22 to get people accustomed to those lights being functional,” said Ian Satter, public information director with the Florida Department of
    Transportation.

  • Local leaders aim to motivate youth

    Humility, focus and co-operation with police officers were the main themes discussed as prominent men from the area spoke to students, all of whom were black and Hispanic boys, during a forum entitled “A Conversation with Our Sons” at Crossroad Academy the morning of Thursday, Dec. 18.

    Ten students had the opportunity to ask one question each to the panelists during the forum. Many of the questions revolved around how minority men should conduct themselves when dealing with police officers.

  • Christmas rolls into Quincy

    Reportedly thousands of people lined the streets Friday night as a number of Quincy businesses, schools and governmental groups threw candy and played music from their festively decorated floats during the city’s annual Christmas Parade.

    There were costumes adorned to resemble characters such as Santa, Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen” and a nativity scene representation.

    Marching bands from East Gadsden High and Shanks Middle entertained the crowd, and East Gadsden’s JROTC team impressed spectators with regulation-style drill routines.