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Today's News

  • Smaller crowds, less resistance to school mergers at Shanks, EGHS

    The Gadsden County School Board continues to meet with parents and concerned citizens to discuss Superintendent Roger Milton’s school reconfiguration plan.
    On March 2, they hosted a meeting at James A. Shanks Middle School in Quincy and on March 6, they met at East Gadsden High School. Neither of these schools will be closed as part of the proposed school consolidations.  
    Shanks

  • After sluggish start to season, Bobcats pick up steam

    The Bobcats are finding a win tough to come by in the early season.  The boys baseball team, coached by second-year coach Jeremy Barlow, have not played a game yet in their 2A classification and have found themselves outmatched to date.
    Last week saw the Bobcats’ loss to two 7A programs on a road trip the team took to the Pensacola area.

  • Exploring the magic of science

    A group of James A. Shanks Middle School students recently traveled to Tallahassee with several teachers for a special event at the “Mag Lab.”
    The National High Magnet Field Laboratory, which houses the largest and highest-powered magnet in the world, opened it doors for thousands of science fans Saturday.  
    According to a press release from the MagLab, the open house is the region’s largest science event, and it featured 100 hands-on demonstrations for kids and adults of all ages.

  • Panthers one game away from state champs

    One week after defeating Chipley High,  the Panthers of West Gadsden stepped into the Lakeland Center to take on Hawthorne High.
    The Panthers were able to successfully use their 1-3-1 defense to slow down the Hornets. Hawthorne’s leading scorer, Devin Lawrence was held in check by West Gadsden the entire game due in large part to Andrew Reddick.

  • Opponents hope road plans hit dead end

    Several Quincy residents who attended the Bypass North Loop public meeting last week said they are not happy with the proposal.
    Donna Green, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation said they met with the public a few years ago to offer three alternative routes for the project, which has only been funded as far as the design for now.
    On Feb. 23, FDOT met with the public again to present the proposed preferred route. The road would link State Road 12 to County Road 267.

  • County commissioners approve law firm contract

    At their Feb. 21 meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners voted to approve a contract with a law firm to represent them.
    In January, commissioners selected Ausley McMullen as the firm to provide legal services for the commissioners, and they told County Administrator Robert Presnell to negotiate a one-year agreement. Under the contract, the county will pay the law firm $7,750 per month as a retainer for the first 50 hours of service. Additional hours would be billed according to the fee schedule spelled out in the contract.

  • GCSB hears other options for school mergers

    School board members now have other options to consider, when it comes to the school consolidation proposal.
    As they met with the community at West Gadsden High School on Feb. 27, a few people from the crowd of about 100 voiced concerns about the superintendent’s school consolidation plan.
    “Students now are being bused from St. John’s and Gretna to East Gadsden,” said Frances Brown, who lives in Chattahoochee.  “Why can’t those kids come here?

  • Panthers heading to Lakeland

    On Tuesday night in Greensboro, the Panthers defeated the Tigers of Chipley High by a score of 52-43.
    This victory put West Gadsden back into the State Tournament and ended a three-year streak in which Chipley repeatedly bounced the Panthers out of the play-offs.
    Immediately after the game,  Coach  Andrew Moten expressed his happiness: “It feels great I’m very proud of my boys. I’m also extremely happy for our seniors. They’ve been knocked out in this game three years in a row.”

  • ‘It’s not all about the money’

    It was another packed house for the third proposed school reconfiguration community meeting.  This time it was held in Chattahoochee Elementary School’s media center.

  • Quincy zones spots for legal pot shops

    To prevent a bumper crop of medical marijuana dispensaries from sprouting up all over Quincy, city commissioners voted unanimously at their Feb. 14 meeting  to temporarily create districts where they would be permitted.