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Local News

  • Remembering ‘Buddy’ Pitts

    On Dec. 8, around 7:25 p.m. Quincy Police Department officers responded to the Thomas Memorial Baptist Church l at 1001 W. Washington Street for a reported burglary.
    Capt. Robert Mixson said an event was going on at the church, and the suspects were able to get the keys to a vehicle outside and get in it.
    According to a press release from QPD, witnesses saw the two suspects in the vehicle and they both fled upon being seen.

  • Snow day in Havana

    Seeing snow in Florida is rare.   Downtown Havana transformed into a Winter Wonderland on Saturday, complete with snow.  
    The Winter Festival was a sight to behold.  It’s no surprise that children and adults alike found so much delight in dashing through the snow, while throwing snowballs at each other.
    Melanie Thomas, of Tallahassee, said it was the first time her 3-year-old son Braden had seen snow.  He watched curiously as snowballs whizzed past his little head.

  • County leaders talk roads, growth

    At the Dec. 6 meeting of the Gadsden County Commission, John Pat Thomas from Pat Thomas Inc., presented the board with a $19,783 check.  
    Thomas said it is for a return in an insurance premium.  Thomas went on to say the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust was profitable this year, so they returned money back to members of the trust.
    A public hearing was held for the consideration of adopting an ordinance that would amend Chapter 5, Development Standards, Subsection 5405, Corridor Road Landscaping Standards of the Land Development Code.

  • Midway lands $150K sewer grant

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded the city of Midway a $150,000 grant for wastewater infrastructure improvements.
        According to a DEP press release, the funding came from a 2016-17 state legislative appropriation and will go toward eliminating failing septic tanks and provide sewage services.

  • Bough-ing to tradition

    The Havana Christmas Tree Farm is a sight to behold during this time of year.  Families and friends travel from miles away to get a fresh, live tree to serve as the centerpiece for  holiday festivities.
    James Lewis said he traveled more than an hour to bring his sons Bennett, Keaton and Jase to pick out a tree.  

  • Two die in crash

    A crash in Quincy claimed the lives of two women on Friday, Dec. 2.  
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 48-year-old Tyronica Hill, of Oakland Park, was traveling northbound on State Road 267 when she attempted to pass another vehicle.   
    After entering into the southbound lane, Hill collided head-on with Bridget Britt-Austin, who was traveling southbound on State Road 267.  
    Hill was pronounced dead at Gadsden Capital Regional Center, while Britt-Austin was pronounced dead at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.  

  • Torreya State Park has new manager

    Torreya State Park’s new park manager is no stranger to the outdoors, or Florida’s parks system.
    Ponce De Leon native Aaron Miller was a park ranger at Three River Springs for five years. He was also the assistant park ranger at the Florida Caverns in Marianna for two years.

  • Spreading holiday cheer, toys

    In the midst of the holiday season, Gadsden County Toys for Tots volunteers working diligently to ensure every local child has a Christmas.
    They’ve set up shop in the old IGA building in Quincy. Sam Palmer, Gadsden’s TFT coordinator, said thanks to several generous citizens, businesses and organizations, boxes of toys have already started rolling in.
    According to www.toysfortots.org, the program is a top-
    rated, nationwide charity run by the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves.  More than

  • Midway officials push for burn ban

    There has been a recent increase in brush fires in Midway. One of these fires destroyed a family’s home a few weeks ago.
    Midway’s interim police chief/safety director, Tom Murray, announced he will ask Midway City Council members to adopt a burn-ban ordinance because the municipality already has one one in place.  
    “It has caused our volunteer firefighters to put in a lot of hours, also having the Midway Fire Department call other cities for backup,” Murray said.

  • Getting together