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  • Quincy man dead after hit and run

    James Edward Seymour, 54, of Quincy, was killed Monday night as he crossed the street near the intersection of West Jefferson and Key streets. Kenneth Nealy, 26, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

    The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Nealy returned to the scene about an hour later and talked with city of Quincy police officers and the Florida Highway Patrol before he was taken into custody. The investigation is continuing and no further information was available.

  • GCSO deputies find 45 pot plants at three sites

    Acting on tips, deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office have confiscated 45  marijuana plants and 4 pounds of marijuana since Aug. 24 in three separate incidents.

    Seven plants with an estimated street value of $7,000 were found on the back porch of a private home a few miles south of Quincy on Sept. 1. An arrest is pending.

    The plants had heavy buds, which indicated they had been pruned often and were well cared for when found, according to GCSO Lt. Jim Corder.

  • Parents upset with district, daycare owner after son dropped off, left alone

    The parents of a 4-year-old boy who was dropped off by a school bus at a closed daycare center are upset with the center and the school district.

    Bennie Mason and Tammy McWhite, parents of Bakaile Mason, said he was left standing outside the Gadsden County Day Care Services Inc., located at 911 Fourth St. in Quincy, on Aug. 28.

  • Officers seek thief after burglary at Garden Center

    Quincy police are looking for Ezzard Sterling Sapp, the man they think burglarized the Quincy Garden Center on Sept. 1.  

    According to a report released by the police department, someone entered the historic building, which is commonly used for weddings and other social events, and took approximately $5,500 worth of antiques.

  • Public hearings to be held on city budget

    The Quincy city commissioners voted Sept. 8 to pass, on second reading, an ordinance that would prohibit soliciting or collecting money on a public right-of-way. The ordinance also restricts the distribution of printed materials to sidewalks or other non-traffic areas that are intended for pedestrian use.

    The ordinance grew out of concern by several commissioners for the safety of people soliciting at intersections.

  • Midway man charged with arson, attempted murder

    The State Fire Marshal's Office arrested 26-year-old Christopher T. Knight of Midway and charged him with five counts of attempted murder and two counts of arson of a dwelling  Monday.

    The charges stem from fires set Sept. 9 and 10. He is in the Leon County Jail, pending return to Gadsden County.

  • Long lines form as locals try to beat tag cost increase this week

    "I've never seen anything like it," said Gadsden County Tax Collector Dale Summerford Monday night.

    He was referring to the crowds that swamped his office beginning Aug. 28 to  take advantage of the old tag and license fees that took effect Sept.1, when prices doubled. The office, which usually handles less than 100 people per day, served 750 Monday.

  • Elected officials visit, talk health care, economy, stimulus dollars

    Sen. Bill Nelson sat down with local community and government leaders last Thursday afternoon in the conference room of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce in Quincy.

    As the meeting began, Nelson asked those present what issues were on their minds. Foremost among those issues were health care reform, the Apalachicola River, the economic forecast and stimulus dollars.

  • Boyd met with strong questions, even stronger answers at gathering

    There were only a few seats left at the Leaf Theatre Aug. 25 as U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd opened a town meeting to discuss the health care initiative. He said most of the people in the room were raised by parents whose lives were shaped by the Great Depression and many people are losing their jobs and their homes – and people are "scared."

    "I'm delighted you're here. You were told last September that our financial institutions were about to collapse. That didn't happen but we never get credit for averting disaster," Boyd said.

  • Board must act to save hospital

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners have a tough decision to make and they must make it soon according to Michael Glazer, attorney for Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors, who laid the board’s options on the line Tuesday.