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Today's News

  • Supporting their sheriff

    At two separate events Tuesday evening, Gadsden County’s political and religious leaders asked citizens to ban together in telling Governor Rick Scott they don’t want Sheriff Morris Young removed from office.
    The cause for the occasions is the looming possibility that Scott could remove Young from office as a result of Young being found guilty of indirect contempt of court. One event was held on Courthouse Square while the other gathering was at New Bethel AME in Quincy.

  • Supporting their sheriff

    Judge Julian E. Collins ruled Aug. 27, finding Sheriff Morris Young guilty of indirect criminal contempt.
    In his ruling, Collins wrote a court order for Young to stop authorizing furloughs was clear and unambiguous, and he believes State Attorney Willie Meggs proved his allegation that Young violated that order beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Young has been ordered to pay a fine of $500 out of his personal funds within 60 days to the Gadsden County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Sheriff Morris Young's attorney issues statement after judge rules

    Sean Pittman of Pittman Law Group issued the following statement after Judge Collins ruled:

  • Local man accused of sex crime

    A Quincy man was arrested Aug. 31 on sexual assault charges in reference to an incident that occurred nearly a year ago.
    Jeffery McGriff, 23, of Quincy, has been charged with aggravated battery when the offender should know the victim is pregnant, false imprisonment of an adult and sexual assault of a victim older than 12. The sexual assault charge was further classified under special conditions.
    According to arrest documents, McGriff is accused of holding a woman known to him hostage in October 2014 in a home. The woman

  • ‘Somewhere to call your own’

    Ayanna McKinnon has been going through the process of owning a home with the Big Bend chapter of Habitat for Humanity for two years now. That process could finally be over in October.
    Habitat of Humanity began construction on McKinnon’s home Saturday. It will be in Midway, making it the first home built by Habitat in Gadsden County in five years. The home will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
    To prepare for buying a home through Habitat, McKinnon was required to take courses pertaining to budgeting, maintaining good credit and maintaining a home.

  • Quincy’s downtown to house another church

    Quincy commissioners approved a church for operation in the downtown district at their Tuesday night meeting. The approval is dependent upon the church meeting specific
    conditions.
    The conditions include working with the city’s planning department to create a plan of the church’s proposed uses as well as address the issues raised by the city’s fire chief when he inspected the building, which is at 15 S. Madison St.

  • Candidates lining up for state rep seat

    Because Alan Williams’ term will end in 2016 serving for eight years in the District 8 Florida House of Representatives seat, a new crop of candidates hope to be elected next year.
    All four candidates registered for the election have ties to Gadsden County, and because they have all registered as Democrats, they will face off in the 2016 primary election next August.
    The four candidates are Brad Johnson of Midway, Clarence Jackson of Gretna, Ramon Alexander of Tallahassee and Dianne Williams-Cox of
    Tallahassee.

  • Day in court: DA Meggs and Sheriff Young

    The trial to determine whether Sheriff Morris Young gave furloughs to inmates at the Gadsden County Jail against judicial order ended Tuesday after a two-day trial.

    Ultimately, State Attorney Willie Meggs wanted Young to be found guilty of contempt in court charges. Meggs claimed Young continued to give furloughs even after being ordered by a judge to not do so without first receiving judicial approval.

    Young’s attorney Eric Abrahamsen argued the sheriff was never given an official judicial order saying he cannot give furloughs without judicial approval.

  • Gearing up for going back

    In addition to providing children with backpacks and other school supplies at their annual back-to-school celebration, the Jessie Furlow Medical Center views the day as an opportunity to provide health screenings and other medical services to the children and their parents who may not usually receive them.

  • Rattler revelry

    The Gadsden County chapter of FAMU alumni had its first scholarship gala Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Quincy.

    The purpose of the night was to “raise scholarship funds to send  some of Gadsden County’s best and brightest students to Florida A&M University,” said mistress of  ceremonies Vicki Johnson. For a $50 ticket, attendees were treated to live entertainment by

    Dayve Stewart and the Vibe Band, a baked chicken dinner and a keynote address from FAMU President Elmira Mangum.