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Local News

  • Mexican residents eye presidential election on Sunday

    Before Americans start celebrating July 4th, some residents will turn their attention to Mexico as our neighbor to the south holds its presidential election on Sunday.

    The Mexican presidential election takes place every six years, but this time the process has been streamlined and well-publicized to encourage more voter participation by Mexicans living abroad.

  • 'One of the best' tomato seasons ends

          

    A milder than usual spring brought the tomato crop in early for some farmers this year. Graves Williams at Gadsden Tomato Company said his last day in the packinghouse was June 18.

    "We're through, we've shut down,” Williams said Tuesday morning, while overseeing the closing of his packinghouse on Graves Street. “It was one of the best seasons that we've had in the past three or four years. It wasn't the best but at least we'll make a little.”

  • No Gadsden County names on voter purge list

             Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Green Knight, said the recent communications from Gov. Rick Scott to the 67 supervisors in Florida concerning purging those people from the voter registration rolls who are no citizens does not affect Gadsden County.

              "When the list was released there were 2,600 names. The list was divided up by counties and there were none on the list for Gadsden," she said.

  • Talquin Electric restores power to users affected by transformer failure

    All power has been restored to the Talquin Electric Cooperative members affected by the Liberty County Substation.

    The roughly 12-hour outage included some customers in southwest Gadsden County.

    Talquin Electric had experienced a transformer failure in its Liberty County Substation. The cooperative announced that power was expected to be restored by late today.

  • Gov. Rick Scott visits Gadsden County

    Republican Governor Rick Scott was in Quincy for a morning meeting on Monday, June 4. described as a Gadsden County Rountable Session, one of several sessions he had scheduled in Panhandle counties that day.

    "It was great to be in Gadsden County this morning talking about economic issues with local leadership," tweeted Scott following the session.

    Gadsden County School Superintendent Reginald James, who attended the event, said that in addition to economic issues, Scott noted Gadsden County's outstanding FCAT scores.

  • Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll addresses WGHS Class of 2012

    Most high school seniors will not remember who the graduation speaker was in a year or less. But students at West Gadsden High School will long remembers that the Florida’s first African-American female Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, was their speaker.

    "I don't remember who was the graduation speaker at my high school. All we wanted to do was get out of there, so I won't keep you," Carroll promised.

  • Soccer: On any Sunday in Quincy

    By Terrance Chisolm

       Every Sunday on Carter Parramore Academy's playing field the soccer teams that are a part of the Quincy Soccer League come together to compete, and have fun.

       The league currently consists of 16 teams and has been in existence for at least 16 years according to Fredy Cervantes, the league's disciplinary director. The teams play for the chance to win a $500 reward as well as a team trophy and medallions for all players on the winning team.

  • Midway City Manager found quilty of assault

            A Gadsden County jury found Midway City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. guilty of assault on a firefighter and obstruction of a firefighter.

           The incident occurred March 29, 2011 at Ford's Lake Yvette home.

             The six-member jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes before reaching a verdict on May 22. Ford said he was shocked by the decision.

  • Manhole covers missing in Quincy

             Thieves have cost Quincy residents thousands of dollars this year by taking manhole covers and catch basin lids. Not only are they costing money but they are putting citizens’ lives and limbs in danger.

             Public Works Director Willie Earl Banks said thieves are taking the important and expensive covers and lids at night.

  • GCF inmates training greyhounds

    Inmates at the Gadsden Correctional Facility are training retired racing Greyhounds to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The Gadsden Correctional Facility is an all-female facility that houses 1,541 medium and minimum custody inmates.

    “It’s a win-win situation,” said Warden Sergio Molina. “We not only save these beautiful animals from being put to sleep, we also help veterans who are having a hard time transitioning from war.”