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  • Dowdell takes the lead in suing city

    Quincy Commissioner Keith Dowdell is leading a group of residents in suing the city for a decision the city commission made to cover Commissioner Micah Brown’s legal fees in his fight against a recall election.

    In the lawsuit documents, in which the plaintiffs explain their demand for a trial by jury, the decision to pay Brown’s legal fees before he wins his case is described as “an illegal expenditure of public funds.”

  • Burglar targets Quincy cellphone business

    It was business as usual Monday morning at Page Plus in Quincy, with store owner Willie Lanier and his employee cracking jokes and entertaining guests between helping customers understand how to use their new smartphones. You would never have known the store had been burglarized the previous Friday.
    According to a Quincy Police Department incident report, an officer was dispatched to PagePlus, located on South Monroe Street, around 8 a.m., finding the store’s window
    shattered.

  • Havana facade grants approved

    Getting in shape was on the minds of Havana Town Council members at their Jan. 27 meeting thanks to a visit from Rachel Guy of Gadsden County’s health department.
    During the time for public comment,  Guy, a senior health educator of Gasdsen County, explained the reason for her visit.
    Guy is part of Get Going Gasden: Healthiest Weight Initiative.
    “We really want people to get healthy and so far we have over 200 participants who are ready to get fit. The only problem is we have no participants in Havana.”

  • Two weeks to settle facts in furlough case

    The judge presiding over State Attorney Willie Meggs’ contempt of court case against Sheriff Morris Young decided Monday to give attorneys on both sides two weeks to come to an agreement over what the facts are concerning Young’s use of jail furloughs and what needs to be determined when the case goes to trial.

  • Quincy Bypass opens

    After nearly two decades of planning and construction, the Quincy Bypass opened Friday afternoon.
    The road will officially be called State Road 269. It is 1.6 miles in length and will connect the area around Quincy’s Capital Regional Medical Center to the area around the Quincy Municipal Airport. It cost $13 million to complete; $13 million less than
    expected.

  • Former GCSO captain convicted

    TALLAHASSEE — James Corder, 54, a former captain with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, has been convicted on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee, obstruction of justice,and making false statements in a federal investigation. The convictions were announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

  • State leaders hear from Gadsden

    Legislative interests of the county were relayed to State Sen. Bill Montford and State Rep. Alan Williams by several county officials and residents at a public meeting Jan. 19 in the county commission
    chambers.

    Commission Chairperson Brenda Holt spoke for the BOCC, saying there was a need for infrastructure funding related to municipal buildings such as the courthouse and voiced concern over how Florida’s Medicaid Share of Cost program could create a financial burden for Gadsden County residents.

  • Midway event aims to protect citizens from identity theft

    Crime prevention specialist Kevin Gilpin estimates half of Americans to have been targeted by identity theft in the past two years.

    Gilpin has been working in crime prevention for 35 years, and he says never has one crime impacted so many people as identity theft already has. He thinks the number of people affected by the crime will only increase in the future.

  • Big aspirations

    About 40 Gadsden County students earned their CPR certification alongside 100 more students from five counties across the state on Florida State University’s campus Friday morning as apart of a program aimed at encouraging students from rural communities to not only become doctors, but to serve as physicians in their native communities.

  • Keeping the dream alive in Havana

    Havana hosted its 30th annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a parade that led directly to the steps of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, where the celebration took to its second phase in the form of a commemoration service.
    The parade began at approximately 10 a.m., led by a group of pastors and Gadsden County Commissioner Eric Hinson, who acted as grand marshal for the parade, through the residential streets of Havana.