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  • Mural, mural on the wall

    The renaissance has begun.  The new mural being painted in downtown Quincy is only the beginning of turning the city into a multi-ethnic arts and cultural destination, said Joe Munroe, director of Quincy Main Street.
    Charlie Johnston traveled more than 1,800 miles from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada to paint the piece of art  titled “Keepers of the Hippocratic Oath.” It honors three of Gadsden County’s most prominent
    African-American physicians.

  • Gadsden deputy injured in Leon County crash

    A Gadsden County deputy was seriously injured in a crash Friday night.  
    According a Florida Highway Patrol report, the wreck happened just after
    8 p.m. on North Meridian Road at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive in
    Tallahassee.
    According to troopers, 20-year-old Oskari Hiltunen made a left turn on Lakeshore Drive and collided with 27-year-old
    Gadsden County Deputy Maximilian Sander’s motorcycle.
    Sander was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

  • Quincy: Commissioners at odds over alcohol

    At their May 24 meeting, the Quincy Commission was deadlocked on the first reading of a proposal to revise the city’s distance requirements for the location of alcohol-related businesses.
    Commissioner Keith Dowdell said the city has purchased the Kelly lot since proposing to change the ordinance, which might prohibit alcohol sales at downtown events such
    as Quincy Fest.
    He also said he wanted to add a clause about pending applications on file that weren’t approved because they weren’t in compliance with the current alcohol ordinance.

  • Overcoming obstacles like Jags

    East Gadsden High School’s gym was packed Saturday as the last class of Jaguars walk the stage.
    As he gave his salutatorian address, David Sailor quoted former President Barack Obama, “Change does not come if we wait for some other person or some oher time.  We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.”

  • Showing Panther pride till the end

    West Gadsden High School’s gymnasium reached maximum capacity last Friday evening, as several hundred people came out to watch the last senior class walk across the stage. The huge crowd of family members erupted in applauses and cheers when the Panther Class of 2017 began to march into the gym at 6:00p.m.

  • Three teens arrested in robbery

    Police arrested three Gadsden County teens in connection with a pair of robberies in Tallahassee.
    According to the Tallahassee Police Department arrest report, this is what  happened:
    Police were called to Aspen Run apartments at Ocala Road in reference to a robbery at 5:02 a.m. Sunday.
    At 5:06 a.m., TPD officers were dispatched to the Kangaroo Gas Station at 1524 Jackson Bluff Road in reference to a robbery at 403 Hayden Road. A man told officers he was robbed at gunpoint around 4:45am.

  • Headed to Virginia

    Five East Gadsden High School seniors are headed to Virginia University of Lynchburg.
    East Gadsden varsity football standouts LaDarion Lee, Malik Rollins, Thomas Jones, Ke’Terrius Deans and Danny Baker signed scholarship letters of intent on Tuesday.  Next year they will all hit the field as Dragons, playing for Virginia University of Lynchburg.
    Dozens of people packed East Gadsden’s TV Production Room for the signing, most of whom were the athletes’ families and fellow students.

  • His legacy lives on

    Alphonso Figgers spent most of his life fighting to abolish the death penalty in Florida.  
    Figgers, 65, who died at home on April 26, was laid to rest Saturday.  His funeral was Saturday at New Bethel A.M.E. in Quincy.
    Figgers was part of the Quincy Five, a group of young black men from Quincy who were charged and convicted in the 1970 murder of a Leon County sheriff’s
    deputy.  

  • May Day merriment comes to Gretna

    The City of Gretna’s annual May Day Celebration on Friday, May 6 ,drew hundreds of people.  
    Children jumped in bounce houses and climbed up inflatable slides, giggling as they slid down.  The adults mingled,  laughing and talking as they stood around, or sat in chairs, while enjoying the live music.

  • You’re fired – please don’t quit

    At their May 4 meeting, Midway City Council Members votes were divided when it came to renewing the City Manager Auburn Ford’s contract.  
    Midway Mayor Wanda Range and Council Members Ronald Colston and Carolyn Francis voted to not renew the contract, while Charlie Smith and Sam Stevens voted in favor of renewing it.
    Colston recommended having a law enforcement officer retrieve the keys from Ford and shutting down city hall until they found someone to replace him.