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Today's News

  • Learning Centers get support at Shanks Middle School and Steward Street Elementary

    The Florida Department of Education has awarded $904,096 to Tallahassee Community College to support 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLCs) to improve K-12 student success and college readiness.
     
    The initiative will raise achievement levels of at-risk students through research-based enrichment programs operated outside of the school day during the 2010-11 academic year and in summer 2011.  

  • Contemplations

            I am listing these "10 unpleasant facts," as they were called in the Oct. 25, 2010, issue of the Wall Street Journal because someone shared them with me and I want to share it with our readers. There is a lot of work to be done in the black community. These facts won't go away by wishing them away or pretending they're not true. Ask any teacher, social worker, judge or law enforcement officer in our county and find out for yourself. This is disturbing/

  • Drugs seized in Gretna

  • Simmons wins school board; voters pass referendum

    by ALICE DU PONT
    Times Editor

          Tuesday’s election generated little of the excitement experienced two years ago. Still, Supervisor of Elections Shirley Green Knight was happy with the 57 percent voter turnout in a mid-year election which typically draws fewer people to the polls than presidential elections.
    While Gadsden County results will show some candidates winning, the numbers do not reflect the votes in their entirety for the district or the state.

  • Senior Night was big win for Munroe

    It was senior night for the seven young Robert F. Munroe football players Friday night and it was a night they aren't likely to forget soon. The Bobcats soundly defeated John Paul II Panthers, 56-6, in a runaway game. The win brings the Bobcats season record to 5-3.         

  • City of Quincy amends budget; some funding restored

     The Quincy city commission amended its budget during the regular Oct. 26 meeting to fund some items that has been removed from the adopted budget to meet the state required balanced budget. The commission voted 4-1 to accepted the recommendation of staff to put $55,000 into the budget. But not before Commissioner Derrick Elias gave his fellow commissioners what amounted to a tongue-lashing on fiscal responsibility.

  • Gadsden County shows decline in number of jobless

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released employment and unemployment estimates for September 2010 with some encouraging figures for Gadsden County.
    The county's unemployment rate for September came in at 10.6 percent, down a half of percent from the August 2010 jobless rate of 11.1 percent.
    But the latest figures still represent a full point increase in the county's unemployment rate over August 2009.
    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2010 is 11.9

  • Alex Sink stops in quincy

    There was standing room only at the Historic Society building when Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Alex Sink, brought her campaign to Quincy. With less than a month to go to the Nov. 4 General Election, Sink talked about the need for Democrats to  vote. Elected officials from the surrounding counties of Liberty, Wakulla, Calhoun and Jackson counties also attended the reception.
        Sen. Al Lawson, in introducing Sink, said the election was historic because it is the first time the state has had the opportunity to elect a female governor.

  • District needs voter support to shift funds

    The bottom item on the election ballot is a top priority for local schools.
    The Gadsden County School Board has a referendum on the November ballot that could free up some funds, which will have a positive impact in the classroom.
    And it is the last item on a lengthy list of amendments seeking voter attention on the two-sided ballot.
    According to Superintendent Reginald James, the referendum basically asks the residents of Gadsden County to give the school board the authority to utilize 0.25 of the dollars allocated to the district for capital outlay.

  • Whistle-blower case continues

     Circuit Judge John C. Cooper denied, Monday afternoon, a motion to dismiss the whistle-blower case of former Gadsden County public works director Robert Presnell. At issue was whether or not Presnell filed his complaint with the appropriate entity.