Local News

  • Persistent learner

    One of the proudest moments in Denise Sconiers’ life came when she graduated from Tallahassee Community College. She was one step closer to fulfilling a lifelong dream, which was buried deep, for years: that of becoming a teacher of children who have physical and mental challenges.
    Graduation day in May 2011 was even sweeter because she and her daughter, LaKendra, earned their Associate of Arts degrees at the same time.

  • West Nile virus infects woman

    QUINCY — The Gadsden County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of locally acquired West Nile virus for 2012.
    The 48 year-old woman was likely infected the third week of August and is recovering.
    This is the first human case of locally acquired West Nile virus in Gadsden. The Gadsden County Health Department is issuing an advisory to the community to take precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

  • Front porch appeal

    For music lovers, a little rain doesn’t mean a thing. That was evident Saturday, Sept. 8, when the inaugural Porchfest kicked off in Quincy’s Historic District. Umbrellas in hand and spirits high, the 200 or so attendees had the opportunity to visit eight venues and listened to 20 performers.
    “This is great; we need to keep it up,” said MainStreet member Gay Steffen as she listened to Keith and Barefoot Rob’s vintage acoustic music on the front porch of the Sampson home.

  • First day of school at George W. Munroe

    They wandered in with timid wide-eyed stares, clutching school supplies and searching for where they should be in the maze of corridors and identical classroom doors.

    It was raining and there were tears.

    They were the adults, the parents, guardians and grandparents bringing their children to the first day of school at George W. Munroe Elementary.

    Some had trouble parking and finding the office; others just shuffled along after their kids.

  • Traffic crackdown plans for August

    The Gadsden County Sheriff Office will be conducting Driver’s License, DUI and Vehicle Inspection Checkpoints during the month of August 2012 on the below listed roads within the Gadsden County area. The times and dates of these check points will vary depending upon weather, manpower and safety conditions.

  • Party shooting: one man dead, one arrested


          Investigators with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office are still looking for witnesses to a shooting early Saturday morning that left one man dead and another in the county jail charged with homicide and carrying a concealed weapon.

  • FSU track runs away with Moose 5K

    While her legendary track star brother was warming up for the Olympic Games in London, Violah Lagat was showing off some speed of her own last Saturday in Gadsden County.

    Lagat, a track star herself at Florida State University and former All American at Central Arizona, crushed the competition at the third annual Run with the Moose 5K race at Quincy, She completed the hilly course in 18:45, nearly two minutes faster than her nearest competitor.

  • Would-be ATM victim thwarts armed robber

    Quincy Police were flagged down Saturday night, July 21 at approximately 11 p.m. by the victim of a thwarted armed robbery attempt.

    The victim and a witness told police the following: The victim had gone to the Bank of America ATM located at 1321 W. Jefferson St. to get cash. While the victim was taking his cash he was confronted by a black male aiming a handgun at him demanding his money and wallet. The victim advised that he held his wallet out for the robber and just when the robber attempted to take it he grabbed the robber’s gun and wrestled it from the robber.

  • Out on bond; man shoots wife, commits suicide

    Sheriff Morris Young said that Kelvin Paden, subject of a two-hour early morning standoff June 28 in downtown Quincy is the same man who shot his wife four times before fatally shooting himself in Leon County on Sunday, July 15.
    Tasheka Paden was in good condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Monday following surgery for her injuries Sunday evening. A hearing had been scheduled for July 17 on a domestic violence injunction that Paden had filed against her husband.

  • Quincy CRA halts entertainment spending

    Quincy Community Redevelopment Agency director Charles Hayes said the CRA Board, which is made up of the members of the Quincy City Commission, put the skids on spending for entertainment until the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
    Music on the Square had been planned for July 13 but was called off last week without notice because Hayes was out of town attending the National CRA Conference.