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Local News

  • Escaped murder suspect quickly recaptured

    Like the search helicopter circling restlessly in the sky, suspense hovered over Quincy for three hours Sunday night as murder suspect Gregory Lamar Sapp roamed the area around the city’s Wal-Mart  after a bold escape from the Gadsden County Jail.

  • Former legislator honored in Gretna

    A portion of Highway 90 in Gretna was dedicated to James Harold Thompson, a former attorney and Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, at a ceremony this past Thursday afternoon.

    The audience included county officials like county commissioners and Sheriff Morris Young, as well as state officials like State Attorney Willie Meggs. Speakers included BOCC chairwoman Brenda Holt, United States Senator Gwen Graham, State Rep. Alan Williams, former Florida legislator Al Lawson and Gretna Commissioner Clarence Jackson.

  • Forum puts local economy in the spotlight

    County officials involved with economic development initiatives met Tuesday for the county’s first regional economic development forum.

    The forum included several multi-member panels that discussed ideas on how to develop local industries, the county’s attractive infrastructure, workforce and community design. Beth Kirkland refers to these topics as building blocks for the larger picture of economic development.

  • Havana resident eyes Rubio's U.S. Senate Seat

    When Marco Rubio announced his participation in the 2016 presidential race, he made himself ineligible to once again pursue his position as Florida Representative in the United States Senate, as there’s a law prohibiting candidates from appearing on a ballot twice. A Detroit native living in Havana hopes to take his spot.

    Lateresa Jones recently filed her intent to be the Democratic nominee for Rubio’s seat. Jones has lived in South Florida for years, and moved to Havana after her husband enrolled in classes at FAMU.

  • Feeling the music at QuincyFest

    Alice Bandele settles down with a Hardee’s burger beneath a shady tree in the courtyard square’s center, her granddaughter joyously bouncing alongside scores of other children in one of two rainbow-colored jumping castles located on the square’s east side as on the west side, Big Ron Wilson of “American Idol” fame sings Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go” with his six-piece band.

  • Staying strong, sticking together

    Friday night’s Relay for Life event at the MLK track was as lively as a block party but as inspirational as a church service.

  • Quincy woman murdered

    A Quincy mother of two was murdered April 21. It was her birthday.
    Gregory Sapp Jr., 24, has been charged with one count of homicide for the death of Keyonda Collier and two counts of kidnapping for allegedly gagging and tying the hands and feet of Collier’s children. Officers found Collier’s children in that condition. They found Collier lying unresponsive in the bathtub with her hands and feet bound; she had been stabbed three times in the neck and twice in the shoulder.

  • Local elections favor incumbents

    In the six elections held across Gadsden County on Tuesday, only two led to incumbents losing their positions. Both of those incumbent losses came in Midway.

    Wanda “Jackson” Range beat incumbent Delores Madison by 10 percentage points for Midway’s District 3 council seat, while Zach Woods beat Allean Robinson in a landslide victory for the District 7 seat. Charlie Smith of District 1 was re-elected to his seat.

  • Revving up the Rattlers

    FAMU’s recently installed president took a step toward introducing herself to the Gadsden County community by speaking this past Sunday afternoon at a local church’s annual celebration of female public servants.

  • Courthouse gets security upgrades

    New security measures were revealed Monday at the county courthouse in Quincy. They include the closure of all entrances except one, the implementation of security cameras outside all entrances and the addition of two bailiffs to monitor the newly installed metal detector.

    In addition, county officials plan to add an X-ray system in October for scanning  bags.

    Everyone entering the courthouse will be required to go through the metal detector and, until the X-ray system is implemented, consent to a search of his or her bags.