Local News

  • 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.

  • Year of the giant pizza


    A quarter century ago, Gadsden County grabbed a slice of international fame.

    It was 1987, the summer of the big pizza project.

    Twenty-five years ago this month, a cooperative county commission expedited approval of a plan to create the world’s largest pizza in Havana.

    Tallahassee restaurateur Lorenzo Amato planned the giant pie and the world’s largest oven to bake it in.

  • Heavy rains cave in Quincy building

    Recent heavy rains from tropical storm Debby caused the roof of the Hindu Sanatan Temple to cave in. No one was injured was the roof collasped and the building was flooded.

  • It's time to Get Going Gadsden


    It’s time to Get Going Gadsden. The campaign kickoff was held earlier this month but the real work begins this Sunday. The 60-day countywide challenge officially begins July 1 and ends Aug. 31, is intended to increase physical activity and motivate residents to take charge of their health and learn better living habits.

          There are incentives too. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge in the following categories:

  • Mexican residents eye presidential election on Sunday

    Before Americans start celebrating July 4th, some residents will turn their attention to Mexico as our neighbor to the south holds its presidential election on Sunday.

    The Mexican presidential election takes place every six years, but this time the process has been streamlined and well-publicized to encourage more voter participation by Mexicans living abroad.

  • 'One of the best' tomato seasons ends


    A milder than usual spring brought the tomato crop in early for some farmers this year. Graves Williams at Gadsden Tomato Company said his last day in the packinghouse was June 18.

    "We're through, we've shut down,” Williams said Tuesday morning, while overseeing the closing of his packinghouse on Graves Street. “It was one of the best seasons that we've had in the past three or four years. It wasn't the best but at least we'll make a little.”

  • No Gadsden County names on voter purge list

             Supervisor of Elections, Shirley Green Knight, said the recent communications from Gov. Rick Scott to the 67 supervisors in Florida concerning purging those people from the voter registration rolls who are no citizens does not affect Gadsden County.

              "When the list was released there were 2,600 names. The list was divided up by counties and there were none on the list for Gadsden," she said.