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Today's News

  • Public defender questions Indiana pilot's mental state

    Marcus Schrenker, the Indiana businessman arrested at a Chattahoochee KOA, was indicted on charges related to the crash of his plane in Santa Rosa County Tuesday.

    He is expected to be arraigned in court today at the federal courthouse in Pensacola.

    The indictment charges that Schrenker made a a fake distress call before bailing out of his plane somewhere over Alabama. The plane had been set to autopilot prior to the crash, which occurred near Milton.

  • Schrenker to undergo evaluation

    A federal judge has ruled that Marcus Schrenker, the 38-year-old Indiana businessman who will face charges related to the crashing of his own airplane, undergo psychological evaluation.

    Schrenker will be evaluated at a federal facility selected by the Bureau of Prisons.

    The judge waived a detention hearing that was previously set for Schrenker on Monday.

  • Quincy farm announces end-of-year closing

    Griffin Land & Nurseries Inc. announced today that it will close its Quincy farm, part of its Imperial Nurseries Inc. division, by the end of the year.

    The company moved to scale back its Quincy operation in September, but said its board has now decided that it no longer makes economic sense to run the site. High energy costs have been blamed for the cuts in production and, ultimately, the closing of the operation.

  • 'Journey to Freedom' starts in January

    Experience America’s journey toward freedom through an exhibition of large format photographs by photographer Benny F. Cochran and A.E. Jenkins Studio of Albany, Ga. The exhibition honors the contributions and sacrifices that people young and old, black and white, made in the struggle for equality during the Civil Rights era.

  • It was a year of growth, change, gas lines and heavy storms

    Gadsden County was a hotbed of activity in 2008, with events ranging from the addition of a much-needed dental clinic at the health department to an all-out gas panic following a storm and a hike in gas prices.

    The year also brought unwanted change, as budgets tightened and jobs were lost. Jobs were cut everywhere, including the Gadsden County School District and Quincy Farms, which farm officials announced would close in November, displacing 490 workers.

  • Area events to celebrate MLK Day

    Saturday, Jan. 17

    MLK Brunch, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Elizabeth MB Church Fellowship Hall; Speaker: Quincy City Manager Jack McLean. Church is located at 1030 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Blvd, Quincy.

    Black and White Ball, Chattahoochee Elementary School. $10. Sponsored by city of Chattahoochee. For more information, call Stephanie Jackson at 663-4415.

    Sunday, Jan. 18

    Candlelight Vigil, Courthouse Square in Quincy; spnosored by Gadsden County Chapter, National Hookup of Black Women. Rev. Clarence Jackson, guest speaker.

  • 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.