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  • Will $640K rev up local economy?

    The Gadsden County Development Council spent the past year strategizing how to bring more economic opportunity to the county by trying to find industries best suited for the county at industry trade shows, forming partnerships with and joining the boards of several state agencies, delegating tasks such as workforce development to smaller councils it created and convincing county commissioners another entity for economic development was
    unnecessary.

  • New bypass to ease downtown Quincy traffic

    After a little more than two years of construction, the first phase of Quincy Bypass will finally be functional within two weeks. Additionally, the traffic signals placed at the intersection of Highway 90 and Ralph Strong Rd. to direct traffic from the bypass will be activated Monday, January 5 at 10 a.m.
    The new traffic signals have been in “flash mode since Dec. 22 to get people accustomed to those lights being functional,” said Ian Satter, public information director with the Florida Department of
    Transportation.

  • Local leaders aim to motivate youth

    Humility, focus and co-operation with police officers were the main themes discussed as prominent men from the area spoke to students, all of whom were black and Hispanic boys, during a forum entitled “A Conversation with Our Sons” at Crossroad Academy the morning of Thursday, Dec. 18.

    Ten students had the opportunity to ask one question each to the panelists during the forum. Many of the questions revolved around how minority men should conduct themselves when dealing with police officers.

  • Christmas rolls into Quincy

    Reportedly thousands of people lined the streets Friday night as a number of Quincy businesses, schools and governmental groups threw candy and played music from their festively decorated floats during the city’s annual Christmas Parade.

    There were costumes adorned to resemble characters such as Santa, Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen” and a nativity scene representation.

    Marching bands from East Gadsden High and Shanks Middle entertained the crowd, and East Gadsden’s JROTC team impressed spectators with regulation-style drill routines.

  • High school grades released

    Preliminary grades for high schools statewide were released for the 2013-2014 school year by the Florida Department of Education on Dec. 18, revealing both Gadsden County high schools failed to join the 71 percent of state high schools that made an A or B.

    East Gadsden fell from its C rating this past year to a D rating; West Gadsden remained at an F rating. East Gadsden has never scored above a C since first being rated in 2004, and West Gadsden hasn’t done so since 1999, which is the first year for which data was made available.

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  • Agency aims to promote healthy outlook

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity had a kick off meeting for its Competitive Florida Partnership with Gadsden County at the FAMU Research and Extension Farm on Monday morning. During the event,  FDEO representatives detailed a six -onth plan for helping Gadsden County agencies foster a mentality conducive to attracting better economic
    opportunities.

  • Project calls for safer walkways

    The Florida Department of Transportation recently released its five-year roadwork and construction plan for select counties across Florida, and the Gadsden County plan includes the construction of a sidewalk down South Adams road, which will increase safety for pedestrians trekking from the area around Tanyard Park to downtown.
    The sidewalk will be constructed on the western side of that street in 2019 and is one of many projects FDOT will complete in Gadsden County between 2016 and 2020.

  • Economic development approach emerging

    After postponing a decision about how to distribute $240,000 dedicated to county economic development at their Dec. 2 meeting until the three groups requesting the  funds have come together to form a collective plan, Gadsden County Commissioners listened to presentations from those three groups — the Gadsden County Development Council, Gadsden County Economic Development Council the and Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce — at a workshop Tuesday afternoon.

  • Project calls for safer walkways

    The Florida Department of Transportation recently released its five-year roadwork and construction plan for select counties across Florida, and the Gadsden County plan includes the construction of a sidewalk down South Adams road, which will increase safety for pedestrians trekking from the area around Tanyard Park to downtown.

    The sidewalk will be constructed on the western side of that street in 2019 and is one of many projects FDOT will complete in Gadsden County between 2016 and 2020.