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  • Streets to be closed during Night of Harvest

    Several Quincy streets will be closed Oct. 31 as the city of Quincy and Liberty Outreach Ministries host the third annual Night of Harvest celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    The street closures include Graves Street from Washington to King streets, Washington Street from Graves Street to 14th Street (Pat Thomas Parkway) and Main Street from Jefferson Street to Washington Street (just north of Lindy's Fried Chicken).

    Residents who live in the affected areas will be notified of the street closures, times and date.

  • New dental clinic to open in Chattahoochee

    West Gadsden County residents will soon have more access to dental services.  The Gadsden County Health Department is opening a new dental clinic in Chattahoochee.

    The facility, located at 680 Maple St., is equipped with four full-service dental treatment rooms and has space to expand.  The primary focus of the clinic is to provide Medicaid-eligible children with comprehensive dental services, but some limited services will be available to adults.

  • Quincy city officials look at safety issue at Crossroad Academy

    During a recent meeting of the Quincy city commission, Commissioner Derrick Elias expressed concerns about safety of students at Crossroad Academy, a charter school which recently relocated on Strong Road. He cited the lack of speed reduction signs and no street striping to indicate a school as two areas of concern.

    Ideally, he said, sidewalks should be on Strong Road for the safety of students walking to school. And, he further noted, many children who live across the street at Omega Villas and attend the school are at risk when crossing the street.

  • Commissioners take hard look at how vendors make city appear

    Quincy city commissioners will hold a special workshop Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. to take a close look at the proposed ordinance that would impose special restrictions on food vendors along city streets.

    Larry White, city attorney, showed commissioners pictures of various sites where food vendors have set up. Some have been in business and would be in violation of the ordinance if approved. While some of the vendors have been in the same place for months, others pop up overnight in different locations.

  • Coming up this week

    Coming up this week...

    • CHP Savvy Senior will host a program on  controlling cholesterol Oct. 22 at noon at the Gadsden Arts Center.

    • “Artfully Aging: Lifelong Learning through the Arts” is an exhibition currently open at the Gallery for Innovation & the Arts in Tallahassee. The exhibition features works from Quincy artist William H. McKeown.

    • Bluegrass band the Gandy Brothers of Albany, Ga. will appear at the Quincy Music Theatre Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. Cost is $12 per person.

  • County takes the blame for no TDC meeting notices

    The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council agreed Monday to seek legal counsel following an article that appeared in last week’s Gadsden County Times.

    The article stated that the council had violated Sunshine Law by not advertising its meetings properly.

    Lee Garner, chairman, said “reasonable notice” was given for the Sept. 21 and 28 meetings held by the TDC, and that “somebody will have to prove us wrong.”

  • Murder trial begins in Hammock Creek death

    The first-degree murder trial of Dearendo Laqwan Harris got underway Monday in Gadsden County Circuit Court. Harris, 27, is accused of killing 17-year-old Dekendric Rikale Smith and burning his body in a car near the entrance of Hammock Creek Industrial Park on Feb 8, 2008. The park is located between Quincy and Midway, off U.S. Highway 90 east.

    Harris, who has been in the Gadsden County Jail since his arrest 3 days after Smith's body was discovered smoldering on the back seat floor board, showed no visible emotion as witnesses told of finding the body.

  • 773 Boyz are no more

    An Orange County jury found two Quincy men, Lapido Chad Bethea and Quintarius Shorter, guilty Oct. 16 of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to traffic more than 400 grams of cocaine. Bethea, 34, and Shorter, 27, were sentenced to 45 and 30 years in prison respectively.

    The men were among seven people who were arrested earlier this year during a coordinated operation by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution.

  • Akins charged with robbery, petit theft

    A 36-year-old Gadsden County man, Derrick Akins, was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with one count each of robbery and petit theft.

    According to a report filed by Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Akins was charged after a witness told authorities he saw Akins take items from Sean Rollins before he died from injuries suffered in a one-car traffic crash Oct. 3 on County Road 161.

  • Horse euthanized Wednesday afternoon

    “Hope,” the mare abandoned at the Gadsden County Animal Shelter Oct. 10, was put down around 5 p.m. yesterday.

    The horse was emaciated when she was left at the shelter, and has been on a strict, veterinarian-supervised diet in an effort to restore her health.

    According to reports, Hope, as she was named by shelter workers, was unable to stand Wednesday morning and an attending veterinarian prescribed rest. Her condition remain unchanged by late Wednesday afternoon.

    The investigation  by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.