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  • Big welcome after big win

    This past Thursday it was hard to miss the parade of sheriff’s office cruisers and fire trucks escorting the West Gadsden High School Panthers through the county.
    Fans eagerly awaited the arrival of the team as they made their way back home from Lakeland after competing in the 2017 FHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships Class 1A.
    The team won the school’s first state title March 1, after defeating Wildwood High School 64-44 in the championship game.

  • Exploring the magic of science

    A group of James A. Shanks Middle School students recently traveled to Tallahassee with several teachers for a special event at the “Mag Lab.”
    The National High Magnet Field Laboratory, which houses the largest and highest-powered magnet in the world, opened it doors for thousands of science fans Saturday.  
    According to a press release from the MagLab, the open house is the region’s largest science event, and it featured 100 hands-on demonstrations for kids and adults of all ages.

  • GCSB hears other options for school mergers

    School board members now have other options to consider, when it comes to the school consolidation proposal.
    As they met with the community at West Gadsden High School on Feb. 27, a few people from the crowd of about 100 voiced concerns about the superintendent’s school consolidation plan.
    “Students now are being bused from St. John’s and Gretna to East Gadsden,” said Frances Brown, who lives in Chattahoochee.  “Why can’t those kids come here?

  • County commissioners approve law firm contract

    At their Feb. 21 meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners voted to approve a contract with a law firm to represent them.
    In January, commissioners selected Ausley McMullen as the firm to provide legal services for the commissioners, and they told County Administrator Robert Presnell to negotiate a one-year agreement. Under the contract, the county will pay the law firm $7,750 per month as a retainer for the first 50 hours of service. Additional hours would be billed according to the fee schedule spelled out in the contract.

  • Opponents hope road plans hit dead end

    Several Quincy residents who attended the Bypass North Loop public meeting last week said they are not happy with the proposal.
    Donna Green, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation said they met with the public a few years ago to offer three alternative routes for the project, which has only been funded as far as the design for now.
    On Feb. 23, FDOT met with the public again to present the proposed preferred route. The road would link State Road 12 to County Road 267.

  • West Gadsden Panther boys win state basketball championship
  • Quincy zones spots for legal pot shops

    To prevent a bumper crop of medical marijuana dispensaries from sprouting up all over Quincy, city commissioners voted unanimously at their Feb. 14 meeting  to temporarily create districts where they would be permitted.

  • ‘It’s not all about the money’

    It was another packed house for the third proposed school reconfiguration community meeting.  This time it was held in Chattahoochee Elementary School’s media center.

  • Panthers heading to Lakeland

    On Tuesday night in Greensboro, the Panthers defeated the Tigers of Chipley High by a score of 52-43.
    This victory put West Gadsden back into the State Tournament and ended a three-year streak in which Chipley repeatedly bounced the Panthers out of the play-offs.
    Immediately after the game,  Coach  Andrew Moten expressed his happiness: “It feels great I’m very proud of my boys. I’m also extremely happy for our seniors. They’ve been knocked out in this game three years in a row.”

  • Rivals return to the hardwood — for the last time?

    Every year the Jaguars and Panthers square off twice a year on the hardwood, once at East Gadsden’s gym and once at Shank’s gym on West Gadsden’s senior night game. Unlike all the other games at Shanks, this past Friday’s game was uniquely significant. If the district follows through on its plan to merge the schools next school term it will mean that the rivalry has come to an abrupt end.