Local News

  • Suspect tells QPD crack habit led to theft

    A vehicle burglary suspect accused of stealing a woman’s purse containing more than $1,000 claims an addiction to crack is behind the alleged crime.

    Quincy Police arrested Johnny McClain on May 20 at his residence at 1938 W. Jefferson St. He had open warrants for vehicle burglary and theft from a case that has been evolving since an initial incident on Jan. 13. 

  • Jaguars end spring football season with shutout from Cougars



    Sports Correspondent

    Friday, May 23, East Gadsden concluded spring football season at Cox Stadium in Tallahassee as they battled the Cougars of Godby High School. This scrimmage marked the first time the Jaguar football team has played a live game under the leadership of their new Head Coach Antonio Carter. 

  • Havana good time

    Artists and vendors lined the streets of Havana beginning at 8 a.m. on May 17 for the city’s Havana Day Festival. By 10 a.m. the side streets were busy with families as they perused through the merchants’ wares and the vendors’ fares. 

    Robert Derwick was one of the artists visiting the festival. He brought along a display of his sea-inspired glass art. His wife Tammy Derwick’s artwork was also present. She primarily depicts mermaid figures, rendered in pencil or watercolor. 

  • Chamber launches ag initiative

    The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Grow Gadsden meeting May 15 at the University of Florida’s research center south of Quincy. These meetings will provide a more specialized forum for supporting local business development in agricultural fields. 

  • Quincy puts brakes on traffic light agreement

    The Quincy City Commission met May 13 for their first regular meeting since the April 29 election when Daniel McMillan began representing District Five. 

    The discussion included the approval of new telecommunications services, the approval of a new traffic signal agreement with the state and the presentation of the Quincy Fire Department’s quarterly report. 

  • BoCC ponders economic path

    The Gadsden County Commission met May 20 for a joint workshop with the Gadsden County Development Council on May 20. Beth Kirkland, executive director of Tallahassee’s Economic Development Council, shared information for more than an hour, including discussion of timber products and rail transportation.

    Kirkland addressed “market-driven growth,” which she labeled “a highly recognizable and sought-after business climate.” 

  • Gretna school exceeds expectations

    Gretna Elementary School received an Exceeding Expectations Award from the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC). Reginald James, district superintendant, presented the award during a ceremony and press conference May 13 at Gretna Elementary School. 

  • Soulful statesman

    Thaddeus Shaw, A Quincy native, returned with his band to play at the Mother’s Day concert May 10 at the Tanyard Creek Amphitheater. R&B singer Freddie Jackson headlined the concert. The evening also included performances by N’Spire, Donnell Davis and the Maximum Treble Band, and The Intruders — the legendary Philly soul group formed in the late 1960s. 

  • Midway police aim to unionize

    The city of Midway held a special meeting May 6 to discuss the police department’s interest in unionization. 

    “It would allow me to do my job that much better,” said Jerome Turner, chief of the Midway Police Department. “It would polarize a lot of the decisions I have to make.”

    Turner said a more “black and white” code of policies and procedures would be helpful when dealing with decisions that might be controversial. 

  • Police: Traffic stop ends scheme hatched in Calif.


    Two California women, Destiny Dean and Shalana Riggins, were arrested May 8 by Havana police when the out-of-state pair sped past a parked officer on U.S. 27. According to the Havana Police Department report, they were traveling 47 mph in a 30 mph zone. 

    When the officer arrived at the driver’s window, he asked Riggins for her driver’s license. According to the report, she provided the officer with a Texas driver’s license, bearing the name Monique Mercado.