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Today's News

  • Local leaders aim to motivate youth

    Humility, focus and co-operation with police officers were the main themes discussed as prominent men from the area spoke to students, all of whom were black and Hispanic boys, during a forum entitled “A Conversation with Our Sons” at Crossroad Academy the morning of Thursday, Dec. 18.

    Ten students had the opportunity to ask one question each to the panelists during the forum. Many of the questions revolved around how minority men should conduct themselves when dealing with police officers.

  • High school grades released

    Preliminary grades for high schools statewide were released for the 2013-2014 school year by the Florida Department of Education on Dec. 18, revealing both Gadsden County high schools failed to join the 71 percent of state high schools that made an A or B.

    East Gadsden fell from its C rating this past year to a D rating; West Gadsden remained at an F rating. East Gadsden has never scored above a C since first being rated in 2004, and West Gadsden hasn’t done so since 1999, which is the first year for which data was made available.

  • Christmas rolls into Quincy

    Reportedly thousands of people lined the streets Friday night as a number of Quincy businesses, schools and governmental groups threw candy and played music from their festively decorated floats during the city’s annual Christmas Parade.

    There were costumes adorned to resemble characters such as Santa, Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen” and a nativity scene representation.

    Marching bands from East Gadsden High and Shanks Middle entertained the crowd, and East Gadsden’s JROTC team impressed spectators with regulation-style drill routines.

  • Project calls for safer walkways

    The Florida Department of Transportation recently released its five-year roadwork and construction plan for select counties across Florida, and the Gadsden County plan includes the construction of a sidewalk down South Adams road, which will increase safety for pedestrians trekking from the area around Tanyard Park to downtown.

    The sidewalk will be constructed on the western side of that street in 2019 and is one of many projects FDOT will complete in Gadsden County between 2016 and 2020.

  • Agency aims to promote healthy outlook

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity had a kick off meeting for its Competitive Florida Partnership with Gadsden County at the FAMU Research and Extension Farm on Monday morning. During the event,  FDEO representatives detailed a six -month plan for helping Gadsden County agencies foster a mentality conducive to attracting better economic opportunities.

  • Economic development approach emerging

    After postponing a decision about how to distribute $240,000 dedicated to county economic development at their Dec. 2 meeting until the three groups requesting the  funds have come together to form a collective plan, Gadsden County Commissioners listened to presentations from those three groups — the Gadsden County Development Council, Gadsden County Economic Development Council the and Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce — at a workshop Tuesday afternoon.

  • Deputy loses home, contents to fire

    Deputy Regan Edwards and his family lost their home in the Sycamore Community to a house fire on Saturday, Dec. 13. The fire began in the master bedroom, completely destroying that side of the residence and causing severe smoke damage to the rest. Edwards attempted to extinguish the fire, according to first responders on scene, but the fire got out of control too fast, according to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Quincy star shines in show

    Quincy-kid-turned-national-superstar Billy Dean performed with his longtime friend, pianist Marvin Goldstein, for a packed crowd at a Tallahassee amphitheater this past Friday night in an event organized to honor the sacrifices veterans have made for society.
    Dean has released 11 studio albums, with three of them going gold. His last album to chart on Billboard was 2005’s “Let Them be Little.”

  • Holiday parade to prompt detours

    Quincy will continue to receive assistance from the county with maintaining paved and unpaved streets in Quincy after city commissioners approved an agreement for maintenance services at their Tuesday night meeting.
    The commissioners also voted to appoint a review board for the purpose of analyzing applicants for Quincy’s city manager position, and Fire Chief Scott Haire was added to the Fire and Police Pension Board.

  • Midway hires firm to get to bottom of septic woes

    Midway council members approved a contract with a company to diagnose the city’s septic tank problems at their Thursday meeting.