Local News

  • Quincy commissioners question budget

    Money was a major topic of conversation at the Sept. 24 meeting of Quincy’s city commission.

    Quincy City Manager Jack McLean maintained through the proceedings that the municipality could be in better financial shape, but it is better than it has been in the past.

    One issue of concern is a revolving line of credit the city uses to pay some of its bills. Currently the balance on the line is about $747,000, with a payment due in November.

  • Survivor shares her story

    When Annette Thomas found out she had breast cancer, she thought she was going to die.

    “I cried so when I left that office, my face swelled,” the 68-year-old said. “I thought the worst.”

    The Gadsden County native said she had already had her annual mammogram but was sent for a second after pain in her shoulder with no other obvious cause raised her doctor’s concern.

  • Midway interim manager reports continued progress


    Dot Inman-Johnson, Midway’s interim city manager, said municipal progress continues slowly and surely.

    “We’re waiting on a first reimbursement from the state that has been cleared,” she said, “and we’re working on getting some more approved.”

    These Department of Economic Opportunity reimbursements are for a recently constructed fire station.

  • ‘Copper bandit’ suspects nabbed

    Authorities believe they have the “copper bandits” behind bars.

    Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested three suspects Sept. 17 on charges stemming from a rash of reported copper thefts resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in damages in recent months to local schools and businesses targeted in the crimes.

  • Facing a challenge

    Some people see an organization’s crisis as something from which to flee. Not Dorothy Inman-Johnson. Hearing about the city of Midway’s turmoil and the city manager’s resignation made her want to roll up her sleeves and start solving problems.

  • Quincy CRA submits director resignation

    Quincy commissioners had a special meeting for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency on Sept. 18 to discuss the Sept. 9 resignation of CRA Director Charles Hayes.

    In the letter, Hayes gave a 45-day notice, but city commissioners voted to end his employment with the city on Oct. 8, the minimum allowed in his employment contract, according to the city attorney.

  • Murder suspect arrested

    A Gadsden County murder suspect is in custody thanks to a Tallahassee tipster.

    The North Florida U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force arrested Willie Gene Westberry III, 25, on Sept. 18 in connection with an April 27 homicide outside a club in Chattahoochee.

    Capt. Jim Corder, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Westberry was arrested on a homicide charge in the death of Sterling S. Johnson,  28.

  • Shuttered printing house to get new use

    A businessman with big plans for the long-shuttered home of The Printing House cleared a major hurdle at the Sept. 3 meeting of The Gadsden County Commission.

    Jose Pons and other supporters described plans to put a new industry in the vacant building as a sign of budding economic activity.

    Commissioner Sherrie Taylor, who represents District 5 where the facility is located, described it as a weed.

  • They’re playing like Jags


    Times Sports Correspondent

    This past Friday East Gadsden hosted the Rutherford Rams of Panama City. The Rams put up the first points of the game with 9:45 left to play in the first quarter, as their quarterback hit a receiver sprinting down the left sideline. After the Rams went up 7-0, the Jaguars lost two fumbles the Rams converted into points, and with 4:42 left in the opening quarter, East Gadsden players found themselves behind by a score of 21-0. 

  • New interim city manager, mayor for Midway

    Midway council members voted unanimously to hire a new interim executive director at the regular city council meeting Thursday, Sept. 5.

    Council members hired Dorothy Inman-Johnson.

    Mayor Jerrod Holton resigned as mayor and from the council at the meeting. Angelia Goldwire, Midway finance and administration, said the resignation was expected.

    “In the last meeting he stated that he would do that, and he did,” she said.