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Local News

  • BOCC keeps 2008 millage rate

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners passed a 2009 millage rate of 8.9064 on Aug. 3, the same as in 2008. Commissioner Brenda Holt was unsuccessful in her attempt to convince fellow commissioners to raise the rate to the maximum  of 10 mills, saying the board could always lower it but could not raise it.

  • Croley touts intermodal transport to benefit county

    The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 annual community conference was held at Amelia Island Plantation Aug. 7-9 and gave special attention to economic development within the four-county Metropolitan Statistical Area of Tallahassee.  The Tallahassee MSA includes Gadsden County and its several municipalities.  

  • Midway man charged with robbery of Quincy clothing store

    An 18-year-old Midway man, Ron Howard, was arrested Aug. 6 and charged with armed robbery with a firearm and grand theft after he allegedly robbed the Ice Age Fashions clothing store at the corner of South Adams and West Jefferson streets in downtown Quincy.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, a man matching Howard's description entered the store around 4 p.m. but didn't make any purchases. The man returned about an hour later wearing the same clothes but with the addition of a green ski mask.

  • 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.