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  • Midway City Manager found quilty of assault

            A Gadsden County jury found Midway City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. guilty of assault on a firefighter and obstruction of a firefighter.

           The incident occurred March 29, 2011 at Ford's Lake Yvette home.

             The six-member jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes before reaching a verdict on May 22. Ford said he was shocked by the decision.

  • Manhole covers missing in Quincy

             Thieves have cost Quincy residents thousands of dollars this year by taking manhole covers and catch basin lids. Not only are they costing money but they are putting citizens’ lives and limbs in danger.

             Public Works Director Willie Earl Banks said thieves are taking the important and expensive covers and lids at night.

  • GCF inmates training greyhounds

    Inmates at the Gadsden Correctional Facility are training retired racing Greyhounds to help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The Gadsden Correctional Facility is an all-female facility that houses 1,541 medium and minimum custody inmates.

    “It’s a win-win situation,” said Warden Sergio Molina. “We not only save these beautiful animals from being put to sleep, we also help veterans who are having a hard time transitioning from war.”

  • County near bottom of state health rankings

    Gadsden County is again ranked near the bottom of the state regarding the health of its residents.
    But the county’s health rankings have improved over 2011.
    A 2012 survey measuring the overall health of every county in the nation puts Gadsden County at 62nd place and 65th place out of all of Florida's 67 counties.
    Still, for the second straight year Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $200,000 in funding for a mobile health unit that would have served the entire county.

  • FCAT rally gets students fired up to succeed
  • Special Olympics Torch Run continues traditioin

             The first time Robert Jackson participated the Special Olympics was 1972.

             "I was in seventh grade at Quincy Junior High and Mr. Jimmy Davis was the teacher over Special Olympics at the time. He got me started," Jackson said.

  • More drug arrests

    The Gadsden County Drug task Force continues to make street level arrests throughout Gadsden County.

  • FAMU offers free computer use

     Individuals that need access to a computer and Internet can now visit Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) recently opened Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development.  The Center is a result of a nearly $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

    The Center is free of charge for citizens of Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla counties. The hours of operation will be seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. and is located at 1600 Wahnish Way.

  • Broadband meeting on Tuesday in Blountstown

         Two centuries ago, Blountstown, on the  western bank of the Apalachicola River was a center for trade.   Local Native Americans bartered goods to English and American trading companies and those goods flowed north to Columbus, Ga. and south to the Gulf of Mexico, for distribution throughout North America and Europe.  

  • Quincy commissioner filed ethics complaint against mayor

        Quincy City Commissioner Keith Dowdell has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Mayor Derrick Elias. The complaint was signed by Dowdell on March 27, the same date that he asked Elias to resign as mayor.
        The complaint lists seven actions, that Dowdell described as "irresponsible actions" by Mayor D. Elias:
        City Clerk Sylvia Hicks, said this is the first time a commissioner had filed a complaint with the Commission on Ethics against another commissioner.