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  • Midway shuffle: Mayor out; city manager back

       There has been a shake up in Midway city government. It all happened during the regular Jan.6 meeting of the council. After more than six hours when the meeting stopped, to continue on Jan. 11, Mayor Quintealia Cato and been replaced by Mayor Pro Tem Charles "Chuck" Willis, Councilwoman Ella Barber was named Mayor Pro Tem. Agatha Muse-Salters, who was terminated as city manager in September 2010, was reappointed and interim city manager, Roosevelt Morris, went back to his post as director of growth management.

  • Gaming complex launched in Gretna


        Helen Franks said Tuesday afternoon that she was so happy she could hardly contain her enthusiam. The Gretna mayor was speaking to a group of about 100 people who huddled in the cold for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Creek Entertainment facility at Gretna.
        "This is a new day for Gretna. This means job growth and economic growth," she said.

  • Crash claims life of popular teen

        By all accounts 18-year-old De'Erick McCray could light up a room with his presence. On Jan. 5 at approximately 6:20 p.m. that light was snuffed out when McCray was killed instantly in a traffic accident on High Bridge Road a few miles south of the Quincy city limits.

  • Mother and son die in mobile home fire

     An early morning mobile home fire claimed the lives of 39-year-old Francisca Calderon and her 10-year-old son, Ervan Calderon, Tuesday. Quincy Fire Department responded to a call at 1:52 a.m. regarding a structure fire. When they arrived the structure was fully engulfed, according to a report released by the Quincy Fire Department.
        Both victims were found inside the home once the fire was extinguished. Francisca Calderon was found in the north bedroom and Ervan, a student at George W. Munroe Elementary School, was found in the south bedroom.

  • 2nd chance education at district's academy

    There is nothing ordinary about Carter-Parramore Academy,
    It is housed on a campus with historic significance to many area residents.
    It serves a diverse body of 270 students -- each there for a special reason.
    And it fills an educational niche that provides learning, personal responsibility and a tangible awareness that its students will one day be out on their own.
    Each of the 20 teachers there has to make a difference and the staff completes a supportive environment.

  • Beaten 92-year-old woman recovering

     "Under the circumstances, she doing great," said Dickson Lester of his mother , 92-year-old Eunice "Sunny" Lester.
        On Dec. 17, Lester was brutally beaten and left for dead in the front yard of her home on Attapulgus Highway, north of Quincy. Since that time she has been in the intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Lester said Tuesday that his mother has had a feeding tube removed and doctors are waiting to see if she can kake in food orally.

  • 2 men held for Christmas Eve murder

    Two men are in custody at the Gadsden County Jail without bond. Marvin Cannon, 31 and Anton McMillan, 27, are both charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.
         They are accused of stabbing  58-year-old Zachariah Morgan, 58, to death and wounding Sean Neel in a Christmas Eve robbery attempt off Flat Creek Road, west of Quincy.

  • Cops nab 'Short Fingers Freddy"

    Frederick "Short Fingers Freddie" Frazier, who has been a thorn in the sides of Quincy police officers since August is behind bars. The Quincy Police Department's investigative unit arrested Frazier, 41, on Nov. 22 for incidents that occurred in the Lincoln and Williams streets area of the city. He has been charged with aggravated battery, robbery, grand theft, and dealing in stolen property. His bond has been set at $65,000.

  • 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.