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  • Local residents could get help with flood repairs due to storms

    Quincy residents who suffered flood damage in March could get some relief if the Department of Community Affairs funds a $275,000 grant which the city of Quincy applied for Aug. 7. The money would come from the Florida Small Cities Block Grant fund.

    According to Auburn Ford, city grant consultant, the state set aside millions of dollars in 2008 in anticipation of flooding and other disasters. Ford said about $2 million was unused and DCA allowed small cities to apply for a grant.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

    • Fremaine Jackson: Burglary, grand theft

    • Jessica L. Holston: Robbery

    • Adam J. Swango: Battery by strangulation domestic, battery domestic and child abuse/neglect

    • Sanchez M. Davis: Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church

    • Kory Ter’rell Hill: Armed burglary occupied and possession of burglary tools

    • Byron Campbell: FTA/Unemployment compensation fraud

  • Quincy city officials announce credit for utility customers

    Quincy utility customers will get a credit on their utility bills in the near future. The credits, which will be between $5 and $31, are the result of a $180,000 energy overcharge by Progress Energy.

    "The overcharge occurred for transportation between June of 2008 and July of 2009. All of the city's customers paid their share of the overcharge," Jack McLean, city manager, told commissioners at the regular meeting Aug. 11.

  • LEOs seeking driver after hit-and-run incident in Lake Talquin

    The Florida Highway Patrol and Gadsden County authorities are searching for the person who hit 15-year-old Austin Truman Sunday afternoon in the Lake Talquin area.

    The person was driving a green Chevrolet, unknown make and model, when he or she encountered Truman, who was riding his bicycle on Drake Acres Road around 3:30 p.m.

  • Quincy city manager looks back on past year

    In July 2008 Quincy's then-new city manager Jack McLean told city commissioners and citizens that the only way the city could get on the right financial track was to "right-size" city government.

  • County admin's plan voted in by commissioners; layoffs loom

    The reorganization plan devised by Gadsden County Administrator Johnny Williams was voted into action by the county commissioners, despite the reservations of two commission members.

    Chairman Eugene Lamb said the reorganization was strictly a decision made by Williams. He asked commissioners Sherrie Taylor and Brenda Holt to share their concerns with the administrator.

    "I'm am he sure will take your concerns into consideration," Lamb said.

  • Juveniles arrested in Lake Talquin robberies

    Three juveniles, ages 16 and 17 years old and who live in the Lake Talquin area, were arrested July 13 after they admitted to Gadsden County Sheriff's Office investigators that they burglarized two homes and four businesses in recent weeks.

    But because it was the first offense for the teenagers, they were released to their parents. The three have been charged with four counts each of burglary, one count each of grand theft and four counts each of criminal mischief.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    • Sylvia Arneta Williams: Possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia

    • Alejandro A. Hernandez: Possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and NVDL

    • Ted Smith Jr.: Attempted first degree murder, burglary/victim battered, violation of injunction, felony criminal mischief

    • Shereka Williams: Criminal use of identification information

    • Edwards Warren Mehrtens: Possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of protection order

  • Quincy Police Department Arrest Report

    • Sheronda Davis: Disorderly conduct, criminal mischief

    • Tonia Wheeler: Criminal mischief, battery/simple

    • Richard Ardley: Drug possession, drug sale

    • Steve McGriff: Drug possession, weapon

    Note: Listing in this column does not imply guilt or admission to any crime. Information supplied by the Quincy Police Department.

  • McDonald's is worst offender among Quincy restaurants; all pass inspection

    Several Quincy restaurants (with seating) were cited for critical violations, including employees eating in food preparation or storage areas and food being stored at unsafe temperatures, during health inspections conducted in recent months. All the restaurants did, according to reports from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, meet inspection standards.