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Local News

  • Construction begins this week on local roadways

    Construction has begun on U.S. Highway 90/State Road 10, from the east end of the Apalachicola River Bridge to Madison Street.

    Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures to occur during construction. The $11.4 million project includes milling, resurfacing, drainage and sidewalk improvements, new signage and pavement markings.

    All driveways will be maintained and open during all phases of construction.

    Peavy and Son Construction Company Inc. of Havana is the prime contractor on this 330-day project.

  • Indiana fugitive found at Chattahoochee KOA

    An Indiana businessman was captured at a KOA campground Tuesday night in Chattahoochee after crashing his aircraft in Santa Rosa County, according to Frank Chiumento, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Northern District of Florida.

    Marcus Schrenker, 38, of McCordsville, Ind., was found inside a pup tent after having been on the run since he called in a fraudulent distress call from his plane, a six-seater Piper PA-46 Turbo, and parachuted out near Birmingham, Ala. Sunday night.

  • Family pet goes rabid, bites owner

    Three Gadsden County residents and one individual from Augusta, Ga. were exposed to a rabid raccoon last week. All tested positive and are now either in or about to begin treatment, according to Marlon Hunter, director of the Gadsden County Health Department. The name of the family was not released.

    The affected family lives north of Quincy close to the Gadsden-Leon county line, near the Georgia border. Hunter said the animal was a family pet they had reared from birth. Family members noticed the animal acting odd during the Christmas holidays when he bit one family member.

  • Local police say no more stray, nuisance animals

    Quincy's Police Chief Ferman Richardson and Corey Wilhoit, code enforcement officer, took to the streets Monday and Tuesday. They went door to door in the Sunset Acres neighborhood informing citizens that pets without tags or leashes and roaming city streets will not be tolerated.

    "Through our community policing efforts we received many complaints from people, especially in that area, about animals. We've gotten complaints about stray dogs and cats, some roaming the neighborhood and some coming out of the woods," Richardson said.

  • Sheriff tells county commissioners: Put up or shut up

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young didn't pull any punches Tuesday night during the first meeting of 2009 with the county’s commissioners. The sheriff's budget was cut by a half-million dollars this year and Young said he cannot operate his department without that money.

    Commissioners voted to hold a Feb. 10 workshop to revisit the budget and find the money to put back into the sheriff's budget.

  • Local woman receives plaque for doing what many won’t –helping someone in crisis

    Velma Brown did something not many people do these days – when she spotted trouble she got involved.

    To show his appreciation, Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson invited her to a meeting of the Quincy City Commission and presented her with a plaque.

    Brown was driving down Lillian Springs Road around 7 p.m. Jan. 6 when she noticed a small child walking behind a woman who was walking very fast, and a man following her walking equally as fast. Neither of the adults, she said, seemed to notice that the child was following them.

  • Legislators focus on saving jobs for state workers, seek gambling funds

    In light of the $2.4 billion shortfall state officials are currently grappling with, Gadsden County’s Legislative delegation, Sen. Al Lawson and representatives Marti Coley and Alan Williams all agree that saving jobs for state workers is a priority.

    Nearly one-fourth of the county's work force is employed by the state of Florida.

  • Man questioned on one robbery, admits to another

    Back in mid-August, Howard Marshall, 50, was a busy man. According to the Quincy Police Department, he was busy burglarizing local businesses.

    Howard's deeds on Aug. 20 and 23 have caught up with him thanks to DNA and modern technology. According to a report on file with the Quincy Police Department, officers were called to Captain D's Restaurant in reference to a burglary on Aug. 20.

  • Midway Flying J files for bankruptcy, set to reorganize

    A businesses continue to suffer, the problems that started on Wall Street have hit Main Street USA.

    Last week, Flying J Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection, citing the sharp decline in oil prices and turmoil in the credit markets for its financial problems.

    The Flying J Truck Stop in Midway is owned and operated by the company.

  • Schrenker to face Florida charges

    When Indiana businessman Marcus Schrenker is released, he will likely face charges in Tallahassee or Pensacola, says Assistant Chief Deputy Frank Chiumento of the U.S. Marshals Northern District of Florida.

    Schrenker, who was found Tuesday night at a Chattahoochee KOA after an apparent suicide attempt, is wanted in Indiana in connection with a fraud investigation involving millions of dollars, Chiumento said. Schrenker was charged in a Florida court Wednesday with making a false distress call to the Federal Aviation Administration.