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  • Insanity tops attempted murder rap

    A six-member Gadsden County jury took eight hours to return a verdict in the trial of Ted Smith. In 2009 Smith was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, burglary of a dwelling with personal assault and violation of a domestic violence injunction. The jury found him not guilty on all three counts by reason of insanity.
        A hearing has been set for Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. to determine whether Smith, now 48, will be sent to Florida State Hospital for the criminally insane, ordered treatment at an outpatient facility or set free.

  • Convenience store robbery suspect arrested

    A 27-year-old Gadsden County man, Dominique Walston, was arrested early Saturday morning after the robbed the Express Lane convenience store in Greensboro and reportedly beat the store's assistant manager.

  • Downtown parking limits on hold

    Six days after Quincy police officers began enforcing the two-hour limit parking ordinance downtown, city commissioners voted Tuesday night to suspend enforcement for the next 60 days. It was four months ago that a group of merchants came before the board and pleaded with them to enforce the ordinance  because they were losing valued customers because there were few available parking spaces.

  • Drugs seized in Gretna

  • Simmons wins school board; voters pass referendum

    by ALICE DU PONT
    Times Editor

          Tuesday’s election generated little of the excitement experienced two years ago. Still, Supervisor of Elections Shirley Green Knight was happy with the 57 percent voter turnout in a mid-year election which typically draws fewer people to the polls than presidential elections.
    While Gadsden County results will show some candidates winning, the numbers do not reflect the votes in their entirety for the district or the state.

  • City of Quincy amends budget; some funding restored

     The Quincy city commission amended its budget during the regular Oct. 26 meeting to fund some items that has been removed from the adopted budget to meet the state required balanced budget. The commission voted 4-1 to accepted the recommendation of staff to put $55,000 into the budget. But not before Commissioner Derrick Elias gave his fellow commissioners what amounted to a tongue-lashing on fiscal responsibility.

  • Gadsden County shows decline in number of jobless

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released employment and unemployment estimates for September 2010 with some encouraging figures for Gadsden County.
    The county's unemployment rate for September came in at 10.6 percent, down a half of percent from the August 2010 jobless rate of 11.1 percent.
    But the latest figures still represent a full point increase in the county's unemployment rate over August 2009.
    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2010 is 11.9

  • Alex Sink stops in quincy

    There was standing room only at the Historic Society building when Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Alex Sink, brought her campaign to Quincy. With less than a month to go to the Nov. 4 General Election, Sink talked about the need for Democrats to  vote. Elected officials from the surrounding counties of Liberty, Wakulla, Calhoun and Jackson counties also attended the reception.
        Sen. Al Lawson, in introducing Sink, said the election was historic because it is the first time the state has had the opportunity to elect a female governor.

  • District needs voter support to shift funds

    The bottom item on the election ballot is a top priority for local schools.
    The Gadsden County School Board has a referendum on the November ballot that could free up some funds, which will have a positive impact in the classroom.
    And it is the last item on a lengthy list of amendments seeking voter attention on the two-sided ballot.
    According to Superintendent Reginald James, the referendum basically asks the residents of Gadsden County to give the school board the authority to utilize 0.25 of the dollars allocated to the district for capital outlay.

  • Whistle-blower case continues

     Circuit Judge John C. Cooper denied, Monday afternoon, a motion to dismiss the whistle-blower case of former Gadsden County public works director Robert Presnell. At issue was whether or not Presnell filed his complaint with the appropriate entity.