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  • Quincy audit delay draws ire

    CURT WILKERSON

    Times Correspondent

    Ronald Thompkins, CPA and Managing Partner of the Florida offices of the Watson and Rice auditing firm, addressed the Quincy City Commission during the regular meeting Oct. 8 on the need to bring in an outside resource to assist with the internal audit originally scheduled to be completed in June.

  • Piling in for pumpkins

    JAYME WARNER

    Times Correspondent

    Fall’s iconic squash took the spotlight in Havana as people piled into the downtown area for the 14th annual Pumpkin Festival.

    “This was my first time attending the festival, and I can definitely say I will be back next year,” said Tallahassee resident Brandie Scott. “It’s an event that your whole family could enjoy.”

  • New mayor, council member in Midway

    CURT WILKERSON

    Times Correspondent

    At the Oct. 10 meeting of the Midway City Council, Mayor Pro Tem David Knight (District 6, at-large) was officially sworn in as the mayor of Midway, replacing embattled Jerrod Holton, who recently resigned.

  • County hires new economic development group

    In a 4-1 vote, Gadsden County Commissioners voted in a regular meeting Oct. 1 to hire a new organization to handle economic development.

    The Gadsden County Development Council will now be responsible for marketing the county to prospective businesses interested in moving here. 

  • Quincy on track to pay bills, save

    The city of Quincy isn’t broke.

    City Manager Jack McLean said the city has encountered financial challenges in part due to revenue drops from an unseasonably warm winter and cool summer in fiscal year 2010-11, which resulted in the city incurring $3.1 million payable compared to about $900,000 the prior year.

    Because the city didn’t have enough money in reserves to cover that amount, McLean said the city used a Capital City Bank line of credit to cover expenses.

  • Jury clears former principal

    In a Sept. 24 jury trial, Former Gadsden Central Academy Principal William Blitch was found not guilty of trespassing.

    Andrew Deneen, an assistant state attorney, said, “A jury of his peers found him not guilty of the crime charged.”

    The charge of trespassing on property after warning stemmed from an incident in April. He was also initially charged with disorderly intoxication but that charge was dropped April 11 by a judge.

  • Weekend event celebrates all things outdoorsy, artful

    Part plant sale, part art class, and all a great reason to get outdoors, the Art and Garden event this past Saturday drew plenty of visitors to Quincy.

    They wandered the campus of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences campus in Gadsden County.

    Visitors had the opportunity to learn about topics such as floral arranging, sustainable gardening and combating pests and take a tour of the North Florida Research and Education Center demonstration gardens.

  • Homecoming parade
  • Quincy commissioners question budget

    Money was a major topic of conversation at the Sept. 24 meeting of Quincy’s city commission.

    Quincy City Manager Jack McLean maintained through the proceedings that the municipality could be in better financial shape, but it is better than it has been in the past.

    One issue of concern is a revolving line of credit the city uses to pay some of its bills. Currently the balance on the line is about $747,000, with a payment due in November.

  • Survivor shares her story

    When Annette Thomas found out she had breast cancer, she thought she was going to die.

    “I cried so when I left that office, my face swelled,” the 68-year-old said. “I thought the worst.”

    The Gadsden County native said she had already had her annual mammogram but was sent for a second after pain in her shoulder with no other obvious cause raised her doctor’s concern.