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Local News

  • Local officials urge residents to use caution this flu season

    A recent White House report stated that from 30 percent to half of the country’s population could contract the H1N1 Swine Flu, and between 30,000 and 90,000 people could die during this year’s cold and flu season. That’s in addition to the more than 30,000 that die each year from regular flu viruses.

    In the months since Swine Flu first began to make headlines, more than 1 million Americans have become sick with the virus, and more than 500 have died. Worldwide, it has killed nearly 2,000.

  • Plane crash in Quincy leaves pilot dead, one injured

    One Quincy man has died and another is in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition after the  1947 Piper Cub airplane they were riding in crashed shortly after take-off from the Quincy-Gadsden Airport around 3:30 p.m Monday afternoon.

    Richard Brewer, the 64-year-old pilot, died around 6:50 p.m. at the hospital and passenger Justin Placilla was in the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday morning. There was no further information available on his condition.

  • 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.