Local News

  • Quincy shuttle service to resume April 1

    The Quincy Shuttle, operated by Big Bend Transit, is back in business until the end of this fiscal year. The in-town shuttle ceased operating on Feb. 28 because the emergency funding from the city of Quincy and Gadsden County had dried up. But the two governments have given the company a bailout.

    During its March 5 regular meeting, the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted to subsidize Big Bend Transit with $36,000 to continue through the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. However, that was contingent on the actions the city of Quincy would take at its March 12 meeting.

  • Quincy says farewell to fire chief

    “I’m just ready. Mentally, I feel it is right. I’m not upset with anyone, and my last two years with the department have been extremely positive,” said retiring Quincy Fire Chief Howard “Bubba” Smith. He was talking about his retirement, after 32 years, with the city of Quincy as a public safety officer and a firefighter.
    Smith’s first job with the city really began as a teenager when he was a lifeguard at the Jackson Heights pool.

  • Marching on

    The Black History Parade and Festival celebration were rained out Feb. 23, but organizers were determined to have the parade March 2. Braving the cold morning, which brought with it lots of sunshine but a wind chill factor in the mid-30s, parade participants bundled up from head to toe.

    “This is a good turnout because a lot of people who had planned to participate last week could not come back, but some were nice enough to try again. This is the 32 year for the parade,” said organizer Anthony Powell.

  • Havana council ponders Well No. 4

    Havana’s Mayor T. J. Davis and Councilman Don Vickers were honored for their 30 years of public service to Havana by the Florida League of Cities at the February town council meeting. Sharon Berrian, the associate director of membership for the organization, made the presentation. The mayor was present to accept the award; Vickers was absent.

  • Three accused of stealing manhole covers

    The Quincy Police Department arrested three men Feb. 21 for the theft of 16 manhole covers. In May 2012 Public Works Director Willie Earl Banks said the city was experiencing a rash of thefts of the covers, costing the city thousands of dollars. The problem, Banks said: the thieves would have to be caught almost in action.

  • Storms waterlog county

    Heavy rain, at times torrential, throughout the weekend dumped more than 12 inches of rain in Gadsden County, according to the National Weather Service. The rain, which was part of a system that left parts of the Midwest under snow, ended Tuesday morning.

    “This is the most rain we’ve had since (Tropical Storm) Faye back in 2009,” said Gadsden County Emergency Director Maj. Shaw Wood.

    While there were no injuries reported in the county, Wood said county residents were lucky there was no property damage.

  • Panthers pounce

    Both East and West Gadsden high school boys varsity basketball teams made it to Lakeland.

    The West Gadsden Panthers, 1A District 4, played a State Semifinals game that started at 10 a.m. Tuesday against Union County (Lake Butler) at Lakeland Center. West Gadsden won 76-51, paving the way for them to play at 4:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the State Championship game against Holmes County (Bonifay) at Lakeland Center.

  • Local lawmakers hold hearing

    Gadsden County’s legislative delegation, Rep. Alan Williams and Sen. Bill Montford, held a public hearing Feb. 18 to discuss issues that may affect the county in the upcoming session, which begins March 5.

    By law, legislators are required to hold a public hearing prior to the opening of each session.

    Doug Croley, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, listed the 2013 legislative priorities for the county. The legislative issues were the result of those expressed by local governments and county interests.

  • Sheriff appeals for tips in murder case

    The Gadsden County Sheriff Office and the Florida Department are asking the public’s help finding the persons responsible for the death of 49-year-old Curtis Eugene Anderson on Nov. 2, 2012.

    “The assistance of our community is vital in solving this horrible crime. We are asking that if you have any information to contact us and help us keep our community safe,” said Sheriff Morris Young in a press release.

  • Up in flames

    Tommy Farmer stood across the street from his family home at 119 S. Love Street in Quincy and stared in disbelief at the intense fire shooting out of the rear of the home. Flames, as if playing hide and seek, occasionally showed under the roof of the front of the house.