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  • Mayor Finley Cook retires

    After serving nine years on the Quincy City Commission, one as mayor, Finley Cook said goodbye Tuesday night, during the regular meeting of the commission. He promised, however, to stay around and stay in touch.

  • TDC helping support Havana Day

    The Gadsden County Tourism Development Council will give $2,000 to the Havana Day Festival to help with advertising.
    According to event representative Matt Thro, they are trying to make it a much larger event. This year it will feature country music star and Quincy native Billy Dean.
    The event is set for May 7 in downtown Havana.
    At its April 18 meeting, the TDC also discussed its budget, billboards, grant program, its public relations firm and hiring a part-time coordinator.

  • Drowning victim indentified as Quincy man

    On April 17 the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Jack Vause Landing, near the Fort Braden community, in reference to a death investigation.
    Deputies, detectives and dive team personnel responded and recovered the body of a white male approximately 500 yards west of the landing, along the southern shore of Lake Talquin.

  • 4,000 to 5,000 hip-hop fans could hit Quincy

    Between 4,000 and 5,000 hip-hop and R&B fans are expected in Quincy Saturday for the Luau Music Festival at the city-owned industrial park on Joe Adams Road.  The event will last from noon to 7 p.m. and feature at least eight different acts including Pliers, Miguel, Kevin Cosson and Ace Hood. Several local entertainers will also take the stage.

  • School district facing layoffs

    The final numbers are still locked up in the legislative process, but reduced funding for education could force the Gadsden County School Board to layoff up to 88 employees.

    This is shaping up like the worst budget year for education in the last 20 years," said Superintendent Reginald C. James. "What make this more difficult than anything I've faced is that we have in the last three years had to cut our budget continually."

  • Storm rips through city

    A band of severe thunderstorms raced over Gadsden County early Tuesday morning leaving leaving power outages, down trees and damages. No lives, however, were loss.
        "I was sound asleep. I woke up with ceiling tiles, nails and stuff all around me. I was scared. I didn't know what was happening said Willie Mae Long who lives on Love Street in Quincy.

  • County Board fires Johnny Williams

      County Administrator Johnny Williams is out. By a 3-2 vote Williams was terminated after two years. Commissioners Brenda Holt, Eugene Lamb and Sherrie Taylor voted not to extend Williams' contact and give him six months severance pay, his contract also calls for a 30-day written notice which will be negotiated between the attorney and the Human Resources Director. Arthur Lawson, human resources director, will be interim county administrator.

  • Monument honors fallen officer

     Four years ago, on March 25, two officers from the Moncks Corner, S.C. police department were dispatched to a domestic violence incident. One of the officers was Quincy native son, PFC Lonnie Michael Wells and the other was Cpt. Marcus Stiles. Neither man returned that day because they were both killed by the husband of the woman they went to protect.
        "I have made a promise that, as long as I am able, I will be in Quincy, Florida on March 25," said Lt. Wendell Bowen III of the Moncks Corner police department.

  • City police moving in with GCSO

    The walls are cracking and peeling and some who work inside the Quincy Police Department feel it's an unsafe working environment. Tuesday night, during the regular meeting of the Quincy City Commission, Chief Walt McNeil requested that the department relocate to the W.A. Woodham Justice Center.
    "This action is being requested as a result of the severe water intrusion problems at the current location. If approved, this action would allow the police chief to work with the Gadsden County Sheriff to develop and implement a 30 days relocation plan not to exceed $40,000." McNeil said.

  • Gadsden County faces numerous lawsuits

    The term "lawsuit" nowadays, when heard locally, usually refers to the recent against filed against some Gadsden County government officials.

    This racial discrimination lawsuit, which is moving forward in federal court and the allegations surrounding it are based on events leading up to the 2008 election, which have continued through early this month.