Local News

  • Four cities face April elections

          Quincy, Gretna, Midway, and Chattahoochee will hold city elections April 26.
    The deadline for qualifying was March 18 at 12 noon and there were a few surprises.
        • In Quincy City Commissioner Keith Dowdell has no opposition in District 1. Larry Edwards, a former commissioner, faces a political newcomer Wade Williams to represent District 5.

  • NAACP President Adodra Obi Nweze attacks racism in Gadsden County

    Florida NAACP President Adodra Obi Nweze was joined by local and regional NAACP leaders at the Gadsden County Courthouse on Thursday, March 17. See the March 24 Gadsden County Times for the complete story.

  • City parts ways with Progress Energy

    It had been a long and sometimes rocky relationship between the City of Quincy and utilities provider Progress Energy. Progress Energy, for the past 50 years, has been the sole supplier of energy to the city. And, the city was at times, as much as $2 million in the red with its own utility payment to the company. At one point the company threatened to cut the city's utilities off and suggested city officials call the governor for help to pay the utility bill.

  • WGHS Cadets escorted the new governor

    Recently, the West Gadsden Panther Battalion was selected as Gov. Rick Scott's personal escorts
    for he and his guest dignitaries at the 2011 Florida Governor's Inauguration at the State Capitol.

    West Gadsden High School was the only Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps Unit selected for this honor, while Florida A&M University represented all senior units.

    West Gadsden Cadets offered VIP treatment to the Governor and his distinguished colleagues.

  • West Florida Livestock Show winners selected

     Jaylon Moore, 13, changed into a western-style bright orange shirt minutes before it was time for him to take his steer inside the Inman Livestock Pavilion to be judged. All morning the steer had been groomed to the point that its coat looked like velvet. The animal was competing in the Class B bracket with 4 other 4-H'ers from Gadsden County. and Future Farmers of America from Jackson and Decatur County, Ga.

  • Chattahoochee stabbing victim dies

      Chattahoochee Police Chief Vann Pullen said on March 11 that he would turn all of the evidence he has gathered over to the state attorney to determine which, if any charges, will be filed against 24-year-old Martina McCray in the death of Larry Dickey.
        Pullen said Dickey, 44, died March 10 after he was stabbed in the chest by McCray, 24, on March 9. He said couple had an on-and-off relationship for the past four years.

  • City puts Internet cafes on hold

     The Quincy City Commission unanimously passed a resolution during the March 8 meeting barring the issuing of permits, licenses and/or occupational licenses for Internet cafes and bingo gaming within the city limits of Quincy for the next six months. The measure was taken because several commissioners had concerns about operations and which local charities were recipients of donations from the games.

  • Lawsuits may spur county to fight

       Now that the hospital is up and running Craig McMillan, chairman of the Gadsden Hospital Board, Inc. asked for direction and the future role of the GHI as a board. Following a joint meeting Feb. 22, between the Board of County Commissioners and GHI, one of the issues discussed was whether GHI would continue functioning as a unit to oversee items relating to the operation of the GMH campus of Capital Regional Medical Center.

  • Gadsden jobless rate creeping up

    In terms of unemployment, Gadsden County is seeing a near repeat of last year.
    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January 2011 is 11.9 percent,
    down slightly from the December 2010 rate of 12.0 percent. This represents 1,100,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,276,000.
    For Gadsden County that translates to a January 2011 jobless rate of 11.2 percent, up from 11 percent in December 2010 and  11.1 percent in January 2010.

  • Thousands of residents face jail

    If you look around at your job in the next few weeks and see uniformed deputies coming your way and you have an outstanding warrant, it's a good chance they're coming for you.
        Beginning this week and for weeks to come, Gadsden County Sheriff's Office deputies will start arresting people wanted on outstanding warrants. Where ever you are, they say,  if they find you they will take you to jail. Whether you are at work, in a social setting, at the grocery store, the hair salon or barber shop doesn't matter because the cuffs are going on.