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  • Hard-working ‘wanderer’

    Harold Usry doesn’t really have a place to call home. Now 56, the entire state of Florida, from Escambia County (Pensacola) to Monroe County (Key West) is where he lives.

    Usry has a most unusual occupation: He paints flagpoles. That’s how he makes his living, going from town to town, just painting flagpoles. His meager belongings are never too far away from him, usually tied to his Huffy mountain bike that he lovingly refers to “the old lady.” 

  • FDLE investigates Quincy election

    A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of law Enforcement confirmed Aug. 1 that an investigation has been initiated involving the April 29 city of Quincy election.

    “All I can say is that an active investigation in underway, which is all I can say about it,” said Linda MacDonald.

  • Midway leaders ponder sewage treatment

    Michael Murphy of Hatch, Mott & MacDonald engineering brought the Midway Town Council up to date on the firm’s progress with their facilities plan during the Aug. 1 council meeting.

  • In year of statewide slide, Gadsden yields another A school

     CHERI HARRIS

    Times 

    Executive Editor

    In a year when the number of “A” elementary school dropped by 48 percent statewide, Gadsden County kept the A’s it had last year and added one more, for a total of four elementary schools earning top marks.

    “That’s significant in this particular environment,” Reginald James, superintendent of Schools, said in a press conference.

  • Man accused of attempting to ram woman with SUV

    At about 7:20 a.m. Friday, the Quincy Police Department responded to area of the 612 4th St., Quincy, in reference to a man attempting to run over a woman, according to a QPD press release.

  • In any language

    First Baptist Church in Quincy was almost packed to the rafters Tuesday, July 23, when the Daraja Children Choir of Africa performed. The children’s dynamic voices had people standing on their feet, waving their hands in praise.

  • GCSO nabs duo accused of five-county crime spree

    The couple had been dubbed “Bonnie and Clyde” by law enforcement authorities but what 35-year-old William Larry Easterwood Jr. and Elizabeth Lauren Watts, 30, are suspected of doing is not a movie. However, one alleged caper committed in Havana on May 8 was caught on camera. 

  • Quincy fires city attorney amid questions over fees

    Larry White, attorney for the city of Quincy for the past 10 years, was fired Tuesday night during the regular bi-monthly meeting. For several meetings, several commissioners have complained that White’s salary is too high and that they were not satisfied with the quality of his work.

  • Midway school: No money? No problem?

    Midway’s City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. said he has no doubt the Midway Charter School will open on time in August 2014. 

    “We’re advertising for a construction manager for the school this week,” Ford said.

    However, hiring a manager will depend on whether or not the consultant who will put the grant package together for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the funding source for the construction phase of the physical plant, has been hired.

  • New but no stranger

    State Sen. Bill Montford was right at home Thursday, July 18, when he officially opened a satellite office in Quincy. While most of his work will still be nailed down at his office in the state capitol, the new office at 29 E. Washington St. (the C.E.D.O. Building), in Quincy will be more accessible to constituents who live outside of Tallahassee.