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  • Chiefland police charge man in $13,000 ring theft

    A Quincy man who had pawned one ring at Mitch’s Jewelry in Chiefland should have looked around for another shop before he tried to pawn a second one — this time a diamond and platinum ring valued at almost $13,000.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said the suspect, Reginald Lydell Jones, 45, of McCall Bridge Road in Quincy, and Northwest Capital Circle in Tallahassee, was arrested July 18 and charged with dealing in stolen property, motor vehicle theft and resisting an officer without violence. Jones is incarcerated in Levy County Jail under a $79,500 bond.

  • County officials prep for possible pandemic; distribution drill goes smoothly

    Gadsden County Health Department employees, along with others from the county’s emergency management department, partnered last week to hold one of the first supply point of distribution drills in the state. The drill was held to simulate a mass distribution of anti-viral medication to the county’s population.

  • Three more officers fired from GCI

    Three officers at Gadsden Correctional Institution have been fired as part of a continuing investigation into inappropriate relationships between officers and female inmates.

    The terminiations come on the heels of the firings of four other officers in recent months who were let go for the same inappropriate behavior.

    According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the investigation focused on letters, pictures and accusations of sexual encounters.

  • Restaurants in Havana pass muster with health inspectors

    Restaurants in Havana have been given the thumbs-up by state health inspectors – for the most part.

    During conducted inspections – some as recent as the end of June – five restaurants passed muster with no violations, according to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Those restaurants included Bugsy’s Pizza & Stuff, Burger King, Havana Trading Company, Hobbit Hoagies of Havana and The Tomato Cafe & Tea Room.

    The Magnolia Cafe had no critical violations, but was cited for a non-critical infraction.

  • Residents urged to participate in census

    The 2010 census is so important to the city of Quincy that Jack McLean, city manager, formed a census committee among department heads last Thursday.

    "This is critical to the city. We have to make sure people are counted. I feel one of the reasons that Quincy has not gotten its fair share of state and federal funds is that people were not counted properly in 2000," he said.

  • Paws in Prison program gives dogs a second chance at a ‘forever home’

    Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville has four new inmates from Gadsden County – but this time, it’s a good thing.

    Max, Sam, Blaze and Warren are four lucky dogs placed by the Gadsden County Humane Society in the Paws in Prison program at the facility. The dogs will learn basic obedience commands while building trust in people through the inmates who work with the animals.

  • New surf and turf restaurant opens in Quincy

    The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of the West End Grille located at 1620 West Jefferson St. in Quincy next to Winn-Dixie. The chamber and West End Grille hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony June 22 as the restaurant opened for lunch. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2: a.m. and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

  • Teacher awarded Sherry Smith Fellowship

    Anthony Clum, a teacher from George W. Munroe Elementary School, has been selected as this year’s Sherry Smith Fellowship winner. The $3,000 award is presented each year to a Gadsden County teacher, giving him or her the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to enhance their teaching experience.He is excited about experiencing places that were historically part of the Gold Rush era and the expansion of the 1800s in California. He plans to also visit Mexico, and will share that experience with his students, particularly those who speak English as a second language.

  • Quincy officials approve purchase of generator

    Quincy city commissioners approved last week the purchase of a generator unit to provide a backup power supply for high service pumps at the water treatment plant.

    Neil Wade, utilities director, said if the power went down at the water plant during a disaster, there is only enough water to last the city one day. He said the city currently does not have any backup power for the water system.

  • Holiday doings set for this weekend in Greensboro, Chattahoochee

    Greensboro is the place to be this Saturday if you’re looking for Fourth of July activities.

    The Greensboro Kiwanis Club has a number of activities planned, beginning with registration for the 5,000-meter race and walk at 6 a.m. The race/walk is set to begin at 7:30. Breakfast will be served to those participating in the race/walk at 8 a.m.

    T-shirt sales will begin at 8:45 a.m., and the food trailer opens at 9 a.m.

    A Fun Run, along with a bike race, is set for 10 a.m., and games are planned for 10:30, including a penny hunt.