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Today's News

  • Incumbents ahead in Quincy, Havana

    Incumbents in Quincy and Havana won their respective races in the Gadsden County municipal elections held Tuesday, which also saw a former Quincy commissioner get close to reclaiming the seat
    she previously
    represented.
    In Havana, Robert L. Miller was able to retain his Group 6 seat, winning the election over Decorkus Allen by a 10-vote margin. Miller received 188 votes while Allen received 178.
    In Quincy, Andy Gay retained his District 4 commission seat, bringing in 71 percent of the 337 votes in his race.

  • Celebrating life

    The festive atmosphere of Relay for Life Gadsden returned Friday night to the Martin Luther King track and field in Quincy for its 20th annual edition.
    Activities included Zumba-style fitness instruction and a number of performances from local youth.
    Kids who live in the area — like Ayani Colston, 12, Deniya Pruitt, 12, Carlia Pruitt, 13, and Dekyria Hover, 12 — walked together in groups to the field, saying they enjoy having the opportunity to support people in the community who have dealt with or are currently dealing with cancer.

  • Quincy leaders OK alcohol sales at Quincyfest

    Alcoholic beverages will be on the menu at Quincyfest, as Quincy commissioners voted at their meeting Monday to allow event organizers a permit to sell alcohol during the May 7 festival.
    Commissioners said the alcohol would be sold within a contained area — they called the area a “Beer Garden” — set up by Tri-Eagle Sales. They said citizens would not be allowed to take drinks outside of that area.

  • EGHS basketball standout Walker signs letter of intent

    Following in the footsteps of his parents, East Gadsden High School’s Justin Walker has received the opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level.
    Friday, Walker signed a letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship for the University of St. Francis Fighting Saints, which plays in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

  • Ammunition plant welcomed in Greensboro

    An ammunition manufacturer opening its newest plant in Greensboro hosted local county and municipal leaders for an event establishing itself in the community.
    The manufacturer, Armada Ammunition, “will produce a full line of premium quality pistol and rifle caliber ammunition for law enforcement, the U.S. military and training purposes,” according to a press release given out at the event. The plant is located a mile past Interstate 10 Exit 174.

  • Midway councilman unseated

    Midway Councilman Chuck Willis of District 4 was formally ousted from the council by his fellow councilmembers at the city’s April meeting last Thursday.
    Willis was informally voted out of the council at a special meeting March 17 for violating city charter rules stipulating councilmembers live in the district they represent, therefore requiring councilmembers to vacate seats if they move out of their districts.

    The original vote to remove Willis had to be ratified at a regular monthly meeting, hence it being handled at the meeting April 7 .

  • Ferguson, Mo., official speaks on protest over Michael Brown’s death

    Sharing his experiences as director of protest security during the Ferguson, Mo. unrest that ensued after Michael Brown was killed during an officer-involved shooting nearly two years ago, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke to attendees during Day One of the 2016 Rural County Summit Tuesday afternoon.
    Johnson explained that although the protest was the longest in American history, it had no deaths.

  • Graham touts ag youth programs in Gadsden

    Congresswoman Gwen Graham hosted an evening event at the UF IFAS Center Monday to help spread information on the USDA StrikeForce program, which she referred to as an “incredible opportunity to bring resources to Gadsden County.”
    Graham said the program was intended for counties with persistent poverty, which was defined as a place with a 20 percent poverty rate for at least
    30 years.

  • Pastor of Charleston, S.C., church aims at giants

    Pastor of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Dr. Betty Clark was the night’s marquee speaker Tuesday at a worship service in East Gadsden High School’s gymnasium in conjunction with the fifth annual Rural County Summit.
    Though speakers before her Tuesday night made reference to the Charleston Shooting deaths that occurred at her church this past summer — after which she was named pastor — Clark did not speak on the killings.

  • BOCC pledges $25K to Arts Center

    To go along with the $25,000 pledge it received from the City of Quincy Commission, the Gadsden Arts Center received a $25,000 pledge from the Gadsden County commissioners at the latter’s meeting
    Tuesday.
    The funds will be used to create a children’s studio, add a gallery where local artists can display their work, double the size of the gallery shop and expand the collection space for its African American Vernacular Art Collection, according to meeting filings.