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  • Suggestions to end Arts Trail plan?

    Five-dollar fees will be added to civil traffic violations in the county and used to fund driver education programs at public and non-public schools in the county, the Board of County Commissioners decided at their Tuesday night meeting.  
    The Gadsden County School Board submitted a letter to the county requesting the fee be added to the county’s civil traffic violations as it has been added in other Florida counties so the school board can use the money for programs at West Gadsden and East Gadsden high schools, according to meeting filings.

  • Getting back on track?
  • Quincy approves $25K for Arts Center

    After being denied a $25,000 pledge Feb. 16 from the Board of County Commissioners and told to come back after asking for the pledge from the City of Quincy and the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Gadsden Arts Center has received a $25,000 pledge from the City of Quincy, as the city’s commissioners voted to promise the money to the Center within next year’s budget in a 3-1 vote Tuesday night.

  • Gadsden images, story in New York Times

    A longtime photographer for The New York Times, Fred Conrad, published a photo op-ed for the nation’s newspaper of record this weekend entitled “Gadsden Finds God,” in which he attributes the county’s decline in incarcerations and high school dropouts to the efforts of churches, Sheriff Morris Young, Superintendent Reginald James and Judge Kathy Garner.
    “I kind of got an idea of what happened in the last 10 to 12 years because of the religious community and leaders and was very impressed,” Conrad said.

  • Teen killed in Midway car chase

    After trying to escape officers, one suspect died and another was hospitalized this past Thursday, Feb. 18, when the allegedly stolen vehicle they were driving that afternoon spun off the road and hit a brick mailbox before overturning several times, authorities
    report.
    The chase began shortly before 4 p.m., the Midway Police Department reports, and lasted until the vehicle crashed near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Hilltop Drive. MPD was joined in the chase by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • TDC elects new leader

    Peter Patel was elected the Tourism Development Council’s new chairman by the TDC’s board at their Monday afternoon meeting, while the former chair Keith Dowdell was elected vice chairman.
    It was announced that an request was sent out for companies to bid to host an annual bike race in Gadsden County and/or Downtown Quincy. The request proposal says the company with the winning bid would be able to sign a three-year agreement at the maximum, and it says the event will preferably be Memorial Day weekend, but definitely in April or May. Proposal deadldine Friday.

  • Police nab robbery suspect

    The man suspected of robbing a Focus Credit Union in Chattahoochee this past Thursday was apprehended Monday. He was a resident at the Florida State Hospital.
    Authorities say Jemarvious Roberts, 27, entered the credit union that afternoon and handed a note to the teller demanding she hand him money in denominations of hundreds and fifties, according to police reports. Authorities would not release the dollar amount Roberts is suspected of taking.

  • BOCC supports rural summit

    The Board of County Commissioners allocated $15,000 of the county’s Law Enforcement Training Funds to be used to conduct the fifth annual Rural County Summit at their meeting Tuesday night.
    The funds will be used to cover travel fees for speakers and venue cost. The summit will be April 5 to 7, has a theme dedicated to building trust between officers and the community and will cover topics that have caused national controversy including the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin and nine churchgoers in South Carolina.

  • City manager search continues in Midway

    The Midway council members received notice at the Feb. 4 council meeting that the city’s 2014 audit had finally been
    completed.
    A representative from Moran and Smith LLP, the company which conducted the audit, told the council the city failed to follow the instructional comments the company left on the city’s 2013 audit, meaning many of the issues in the city’s 2013 audit reappeared in the 2014 audit. He said most of the comments have been prior-year comments for years now, and remain unaddressed.

  • Young athlete’s career kicking into high gear

    At six years old Qwuantrezz Knight knew football would take him places.
    It was his first day with the Quincy Rec league, skipping flag and going directly to tackle, having his father sign the waiver allowing 6-year-olds to play on a team with pre-teens, Knight quickly impressed coaches with his defensive prowess.
    “I hospitalized a boy the first day,“ Knight said. “I pretty much knew football would be the thing for me.”