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Today's News

  • A big hit in Midway

    Midway Day was a huge success this year.  The event was filled with fun and laughter.  People of all ages danced, as the Deejay played some of the latest hits.  Children, and adults, even did a few Zumba exercises to the music.
    While the event usually takes place the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, it was pushed back two weeks this year due to Hurricane Hermine, Charlie Fields, one of the organizers said.

  • Quincy budget process continues

    The Quincy City Commission is moving forward with completing the 2017 fiscal year budget.  
    At their Sept. 13 meeting, the commissioners had their first public hearing on the proposed 4.6629 ad valorem millage rate for the upcoming budget year.  
    If the rolled-back rate is approved the city will receive the same amount of property tax revenue as was levied this fiscal year.    
    Citizens as well as representatives for local organizations were given the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget.    

  • Midway could see tax rate drop

    The citizens of Midway should see a decrease in property taxes in the 2017 fiscal year budget.  Although the city’s rolled-back rate, which would keep property taxes the same as the previous year, is 5.08, the maximum millage rate the City’s charter allows is 5.0.  
    At a special meeting Thursday, Sept. 15, Auburn Ford, Midway’s city manager, said this is a first.  He said the city has never seen a property tax cut.
    Councilmember David Knight said the cut is due to a decrease in property value.

  • Celebration of a century

    Give people their flowers while they’re living.  At least that’s how the old saying goes.  Odeal Ford Lewis received her flowers Saturday, as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
    When a reporter asked her what she planned to do on her actual birthday, which is Sept. 10, Lewis replied, “Nothing. I done got too old to do stuff to celebrate birthdays now.”

  • County OK’s contract to market Gadsden to tourists

    Members of various local churches attended the Gadsden County Commission meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, to show their support for adopting an ordinance that would allow all churches and schools to have a digital marquee sign.  
    Commissioners voted in favor of moving forward with the ordinance after making a few changes.
    Commission Chairwoman Brenda Holt said those wanting a sign will have to go before the Gadsden County Commission for approval.  

  • Wealth Watchers aim to up profits for farmers

    Although the number of farms in Gadsden County has increased in recent years, the amount of revenue generated has declined.  
    According to the United State’s Department of Agriculture’s 2012 Census, there were 385 farms in Gadsden County in 2007.  Increasing by
    4 percent, the number slowly climbed to 402 over the five-year period.  
    The market value of the products sold by the farms, however, plummeted.   Decreasing by

  • After Hermine hits: Helping hands

    As a result of Hurricane Hermine, which thousands of Gadsden County families were still without power Tuesday morning.
    The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office along with its Emergency Operations Center continued working to provide relief for local families that were still in need.
    After being with out power for several days, many residents in the Vanguard Village Apartments in Gretna were thankful to see Gadsden County deputies along with the American Red Cross and AmeriCorps volunteers show up with hot meals and packs of water.

  • Talquin brings in crews to restore power in Gadsden County

    By Tuesday at least 99 percent of Talquin Electric Cooperative’s Gadsden County members’ electricity had been restored.  “Our general manager, Tracy Bensley, and his leadership had a plan in place that he executed immediately,” Maicel Green, Talquin’s communication and outreach Manager, said.
    Green said Bensley had an amazing team of experts he consulted with before, during and after the storm.

  • Hermine gives boost to some Gadsden County businesses

    Riding down Jefferson Street in Quincy Friday afternoon, it would have been hard not to notice the lines of cars wrapped around the parking lots of local restaurants.  Inside those restaurants finding a table to eat at quickly became a challenge.  Although the aftermath of a huge storm can cause devastation for many, Hurricane Hermine may have caused a surge in sales for local
    business owners.
    AJ’s Chicken and Things’ general manager Josh Fletcher said the restaurant had a considerable increase in business over the weekend.

  • After the storm: Hurricane Hermine update

     

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    By: Erin Hill

    Although the sun was shining and skies were blue Friday afternoon, many Gadsden county residents are still with out power in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. In an Emergency Management meeting Thursday, Gadsden County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Brenda Holt said this was the biggest storm to affect Gadsden County residents since Hurricane Kate in 1985.