Local News

  • New prison management meets public

         There are 1,520 female inmates housed at the Gadsden Correctional Institution in Gretna. On Aug. 1, Management Training Corporation took over the day-to-day operations of the facility. The man in charge is Sergio Molina, a 25-years veteran in corrections.

  • Domestic violence

        Domestic Violence isn't confined to adults anymore. Two years ago, a national survey of teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 17 revealed that 44 percent said they knew someone their age who had been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
       Here are some telltale signs of what are usually early warning signs that something is wrong in a teen dating relationship if the person:

  • Domestic violence an epidemic

          Editor's Note: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The first victim in this article will not be identified.
          One day, she said, he came in from work and she had prepared a pot of meatballs and spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. She thought he would like it but he didn't.

  • Family escapes house fire unharmed

    Times Editor
       A fire later Monday night has left a Quincy family homeless. Bridgette Frances' home on Arlington Circle in Osceola Park was a total loss. Frances and her two children, ages 5 and 14, were able to get out of the home unharmed.

  • Quincy police chief fired

    Times Editor

     Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson was relieved of duty Monday afternoon after two years on the job.
     “After considerable thought, reflection and a thorough review of the police chief’s annual evaluation, I made the decision to relieve the police chief of his duty as of 5 p.m. Sept. 27.      
       “The city wishes him well as we begin the search process for a new chief.

  • Quincy Police Chief Fired

         Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson was relieved of duty Monday afternoon after two years on the job.

  • Four die in house fire

        An early morning house fire left four Gadsden County residents dead on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

        Found dead at the scene were 62-year-old J.T. Johnson, his 28-year-old daughter Veronica Johnson, 25-year-old Danny McCall and a family friend and neighbor, 35-year-old Willie Jerome "Pedro"  Jackson.

  • City electric bills will drop

         Quincy's city manager, Jack McLean, said 2011 will be a very good year for the citizens.

        "Beginning in January customers should see a 12-14 percent decrease in the electric part of their utility bills," he said.

        The percentage was calculated by taking the averages of randomly selected utility bills and calculating them using the Florida Municipal Power Agency charges that would have been charged to customers had the city been using FMPA costs.

  • Midway fires city manager

    By a narrow margin, 4-3, the Midway city council voted to terminate the services of Agatha Muse-Salters during the Sept. 2 regular monthly meeting. Muse-Salter's firing had been called for, mainly by former volunteer firefighters, since but seemed to have picked up steam in recent weeks.

  • Officer charged with sexual battery

    A part time Gretna police officer, who is a 15-year veteran with the Florida Department of Corrections is in the Leon County Jail charged with sexual battery by a custodial authority.

     Bond for Levander Eric Barkley, 39, has been set at $100,000 bond and, if he posts bond, he must wear a GPS ankle monitor and surrender all of his weapons, personal and professional. For the past 15 years Barkley worked at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Jackson County and had reached the rank of sergeant. For the past six months he was a part-time officer with the City of Gretna.