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Today's News

  • Chamber, FAMU announce classes for small business owners

    The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Florida A&M University are pleased to announce a partnership to offer the Construction Management Development Program certification classes in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation. The classes, which will enable small businesses to competitively place bids for statewide contracts, will be offered in Quincy by the chamber, beginning Feb. 2.

  • Disabled hunters hit the woods, harvest 10 deer

    Ten deer were harvested by 19 disabled hunters as Russell Smith and Mike Layard hosted the fifth annual Paul Faircloth Sr. Disabled Hunt Jan. 16-17. The hunt was held on family property, which was the original Amos Davis Plantation.

    The hunt is held in memory of Smith’s Uncle, Paul Faircloth Sr., a prominent Apopka nurseryman who was born in Gadsden County and had a big heart for others less fortunate than he.

  • New coffee shop opens on Courthouse Square

    Tricia Collins, former Gadsden Arts Center executive director, always loved the way New York City's arts community often teamed up with small coffee houses to expose the world to artists while customers enjoyed a light meal. It was an idea that she pitched to the center’s board of directors several years ago when the men's clothing store adjacent to the art center packed up and moved out.

  • Local inauguration celebration event draws nearly 1,000

    For people who couldn't make the trip to attend the festivities in Washington, D.C. to watch the country’s 44th presdent sworn in, a 12-hour event at the Quincy Conference Center was a good substitute Tuesday.

    Throughout the day, nearly 1,000 people stopped in to enjoy free barbecue dinners, watch one of several big-screen televisions that broadcast the festivities or to be around people celebrating history.

    It was during the oath of office and the 18-minute speech that the crowd grew silent.

  • 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.