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  • School board members question ‘green’ school proposal

    The Gadsden County School Board was presented with the idea of building a “green” school in Havana during its meeting last week – and the idea became a subject of debate amongst board members.

    A green school has a “significant portion of green and sustainable actual building materials and systems that incorporate high energy efficiency and water conservation measures.” This type of building will use 33 percent less energy, save 32 percent more water and reduce solid waste by 74 percent. On average, green schools save $100,000 per year.

  • Fire deemed ‘example’ of poor fire service

    A mobile home fire in Midway last Thursday morning was a "perfect example" of how an all-county volunteer fire department will not work, Quincy Fire Chief Howard Smith told the Quincy City Commission during a special workshop Thursday night.

    Smith said it took Quincy fire fighters about eight minutes to arrive at the mobile home, owned by Cassandra Moore, in the 200 block of Buckskin Circle. There were volunteer firefighters on the scene but no efforts had been made to contain the fire, he said.

  • Black History parade set for this weekend

    The 27th annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held Saturday in downtown Quincy.

    Parade organizer Anthony Powell said there won't be any changes from last year’s format. The parade, which features marching bands, floats, walking units and civic organizations, will begin at 11 a.m., with lineup at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Stewart Street.

    Any individual or groups that want to participate in the parade can preregister or register on site.The is no cost to participate in the parade.

  • Sheriff gets less than half of funds requested

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young didn't get the $500,000 he asked for during a county commission workshop last week, but commissioners did vote to give him $200,000. The money will be used to help the sheriff meet some of the operating costs at the jail that he says have caused his law enforcement budget to fall short.

    "I've talked to the sheriff and he's fine with this. This is what we're doing and what we can afford. He knows the fiscal constraints this county is under," said Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb.

  • Local leaders await word on how much, if any, federal stimulus dollars will wind up in Gadsden County

    While county leadership awaits word on whether Gadsden County will receive any federal stimulus package funding and, if so, how much, governors throughout the country have expressed optimism that the package President Barack Obama has signed will provide some much-needed relief for states.

    State leaders are saying that the money will prevent further budget cuts and unemployment rate increases.

  • County honors its own

    Twelve-year county commissioner Sterling Watson, surrounded by his family, at top, was presented a plaque from Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb last Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the board. Former county commissioner Carolyn Roberson accepts a plaque expressing appreciation for her service as a member of the board. She was also joined by her family. Sammy Dowds was presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a clock for 35 years of service.

  • Local leaders meet, discuss upcoming anti-gang campaign

    "There was a time when, if you talked about gangs, you could pretty much bet that they were in the inner city. All of that has changed," said Tony Parker, a minister who has devoted his life to helping young people make the right choices.

  • New Midway city manager looking to put the town on the map

    Agatha Muse Salters says she's more than just a Midway native – she's someone who loves the town enough to see its future, built on its strong past and supported by an ever-changing present.

    Salters, who began working as the town's city manager in December 2008, interviewed for the position more than once, and when they called her back for another interview, she was hesitant. But after some reassurance that the town meant business, she interviewed a final time in November, and was offered the job.

  • Native son Williams named School-Related Employee of the Year

    Becoming a parent can change your whole perspective – just ask Gadsden County’s School-Related Employee of the Year, Gregory Williams.

    An education paraprofessional at Carter-Parramore Academy in Quincy, Williams is heavily involved not only in his job-related duties, but in mentoring the students that walk the halls of CPA.

  • Debate continues between city, county over fire contract

    Quincy city commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss whether the county wants to renew its fire contract and for how long, and whether the size of response areas would be increased, a topic of much discussion in recent weeks between city and county officials. A narrow vote at the end of the discussion, 3-2, determined the outcome.

    The county sent a contract to the city requesting a 60-day extension and, after an hour of discussion, the extension was approved.