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Today's News

  • Check presented to help local kids

    The Quincy Walmart presented a check for $1,000 to the Gadsden Magnet School Junior Beta Club last week. Cynthia Hagins, Beta Club sponsor, accepted the check during a small ceremony at the Walmart in Quincy. The money will be used, she said, for community service and school activities. Hagins said that the GMS Beta Club consisted of fifth and six grade students who maintained a 3.5 GPA or better. Pictured left to right are store manager, Scott Harrell, Hagins, Jewel Jackson, a 23-year store veteran, presenting the check, and marketing corporate manager Patrick Burke.

  • Local kids give advice to the nation’s next president

    With just a few days remaining before thehistoric inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, we talked with third and fourth grade students at Havana and Gretna elementary schools to find out what advice they might have for our country’s new president.

  • Church Briefs

    • First Baptist Church in Quincy holds Sunday School each week at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 10:55. Sunday evening worship begins at 6 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are broadcast on Sunday events at 6 p.m. on 93.3 FM.

    • Church services at Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church are held the first, second and fourth Sundays at 11 a.m., and at 8 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Church school begins at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning.

  • Miss Munroe to be crowned

    The organizations of Robert F. Munroe Day School recently announced contestants for the crowning of “Miss Munroe 2009.” This year the ceremony will take place at half time of the boys basketball game against Covenant Christian School of Panama City. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

    Their respective peers have chosen representatives from the E-Club, Beta, Anchor and Key clubs, as well as chorus, Student Council, Brain Brawl and the Reflections ’09 and Paw Print staffs as members of the “Miss Munroe” court.

  • 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.

  • It will be warmer, but hard freeze still predicted for area

    The National Weather Service in Tallahassee issued a hard freeze warning for a portion of South Georgia and North Florida this morning, predicting near-record lows of 18-21 degrees in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas.

    But organizers of tonight's Jazz on the Square in Quincy saw the predictions and acted quickly, determining earlier this week that the event should be moved indoors. It will be held on the second floor of the Gadsden Arts Center, rather than on the Courthouse Square. Admission is still free, and the event is from 7 to 9 p.m.

  • State gets failing grade for emergency services

    Report cards are in for Florida’s emergency care system, and it looks like the state might need to go to bed without its supper.

    The state received an F and ranked 50th in the nation for its population’s lack of access to emergency care, according to the National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine, issued by the American College of Emergency Physicians earlier this month. Also contributing to the low ranking was the large population of uninsured Florida residents, few psychiatric beds and a low number of physicians who will accept Medicare.

  • Concert to ‘pump up’ downtown

    In an effort to pump some life into downtown, Quincy Main Street will host the first in a series of six concerts on the Courthouse Square Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.

    The Fusion Band, a Jacksonville-based variety band that specializes in jazz, rhythm and blues and featuring Allana Southerland, is synonymous with saxophonists Kirk Walhun, Gerald Albright and Najee. While the band provides free entertainment, visitors will get the chance to buy award-winning chili, barbecue and other foods. Shops will have extended hours that evening.

  • County to hold growth meetings

    If you want to have a say in how and where the county is going to grow, plan to attend one of six meetings sponsored by the county's growth management department over the next four weeks. These meetings are designed to help residents decide what they want the county to look like in the future and how they want their own properties to look.

    “It's important that we get as much public participation as we can. Through these meetings we will develop a (growth) plan for Gadsden County," said Howard Douglas, county growth management director.

  • Local business owners pay up

    Quincy city officials are happy that more commercial accounts are paying their utility bills. Following an article published two weeks ago naming commercial accounts that were collectively more than $50,000 behind in payments, collections on commercial accounts are up.