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  • 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.

  • Horseshoe Lounge won't reopen following vote by commissioners

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners denied a variance request Oct. 6 by Yogi Patel to reopen the former Horseshoe Lounge as a drive-thru package store during the regular commission meeting.

    Patel told commissioners that no walk-up customers, no drinking on premises and no loitering would be allowed. The business, he said, would be open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9 p.m. and only occupy 1,500 square feet.

  • 'Cat fighting' and Chocolate News: Commissioners go toe-to-toe

    Gadsden County commissioner Sherrie Taylor expressed her disappointment in the actions of fellow commissioner Brenda Holt during the Oct. 6 regular meeting of the commissioners.

    "It's a sad day when one commissioner attacks other commissioners in public with untruths and misinformation. We have so much that we need to do and we need to do it together. Commissioner Holt has taken several shots at me and I have taken them," Taylor said.

  • Students, community leaders participate in Read for the Record

    They sat, legs crossed, eyes wide, waiting for their guest to begin. The book was opened, the pages were turned, and through a guest reader, children all over Gadsden County were filled with wonder as they heard a story about a very hungry little bug.