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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Community Briefs

    The Gadsden County Writers Association is seeking officers for its board of directors, including president, vice president and secretary-treasurer.The association will meet Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Writers and wanna-be writers of all ages and genres are encouraged to attend and meet other authors. Information will be made available regarding sessions to be held Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

    A book club is also forming, and will meet Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

  • Reader argues point on article; stands for what the people voted for and expect

    The article printed in last week’s edition of the Times is misleading. The bid that this board of county commissioners awarded to Childers (Construction) was not the No. 2 bid. It was the third bid and no other contractor bid but Childers because, in my opinion, the commissioners wanted to give the bid to Childers.

    This is not a hospital that is being built. It is a four-bed emergency room. It won’t have the services that the citizens thought they would get when they voted on the half-cent tax.

  • 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.

  • Bobcats take district win over Aucilla

    The Robert F. Munroe boys basketball team took a 25-14 lead into halftime of their home game against Aucilla Friday night.

    They maintained that lead throughout the second half en route to a 47-33 District 3-A win.

    “We played a balanced game and got out with the win," head coach Kevin Smith said.

    Smith's team had three players in double figures, with Christian Granger leading the way with 19 points.

    John Hilton Revell popped in 11 and Tommy Murray scored 10.

    Rebound wise, Murray led the Bobcats with eight and Sam Young pulled off six.

  • Winbush, Battles lead WGHS to pair of wins

    Jesse Winbush and John Battles caused opponents to feel like they were seeing a pair of perpetual-in-motion blurs last week as the two guards led the West Gadsden High School Panthers to wins over Wewahitchka and North Florida Christian.

    The win over Wewahitchka came last Tuesday night and was a District 3-2A victory.

    Wewa led through out the game behind the scoring of guard Christian Owens, who finished the night with 26 points.

    Winbush and Battles however, led a 31-20 last quarter blitz that helped West Gadsden pull the game out.

  • EGHS girls win three

    In a week of mostly wins, the East Gadsden High School Lady Jaguars proved to be tops.

    The Lady Jags survived a furious Bainbridge rally to defeat the Georgia school 62-61. They then upended former coach, Chariya Davis Rickards’ team 76-50. They finished that up with a thumping of Panama City Arnold 70-31.

    In the Bainbridge battle, East Gadsden led by a comfortable 16 points with only two minutes to play when Bainbridge mounted a ferocious comeback. A full-court press led to five straight turnovers and a rally.

    East Gadsden hung on to win by one.