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Today's News

  • You’re fired – please don’t quit

    At their May 4 meeting, Midway City Council Members votes were divided when it came to renewing the City Manager Auburn Ford’s contract.  
    Midway Mayor Wanda Range and Council Members Ronald Colston and Carolyn Francis voted to not renew the contract, while Charlie Smith and Sam Stevens voted in favor of renewing it.
    Colston recommended having a law enforcement officer retrieve the keys from Ford and shutting down city hall until they found someone to replace him.       

  • The quest continues

    Thousands came out to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Gadsden on Friday, April 21 in Quincy.
    Many survivors wore purple Relay for Life shirts and white and purple sashes.
    “I just want to thank God for being in the number one more time,” said Lizzie Mae Figgers, a 23-year cancer survivor.
    Figgers has been attending the event since it began.
    “I enjoy the walk, I enjoy the event, and I enjoy walking with my friend Pauline Hickman.

  • Lawson hosts town hall meeting in Quincy

    U.S. Rep. Al Lawson hosted a town hall meeting Wednesday, April 19 in Quincy.
    More than two-dozen people attended the meeting where he discussed a number of concerns raised by constituents.
    “We were fortunate to get Congressman Lawson as our congressman,” County Commissioner Brenda Holt said. “From Duval to Gadsden, we could’ve gotten anyone.”
    Lawson said he is very honored to have the opportunity to represent Gadsden County in Congress.  He said the past three months have been a fast-tracked learning experience.

  • County to help food pantry find home

    A food pantry housed in the historic Stevens School destroyed last month in a devastating fire will have a temporary home.
    At the April 18 meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners voted unanimously to allow the food pantry to move into a county building on a month-to-month basis until it can be relocated to a more suitable spot and a formal lease is in place.

  • Hoping for a game-changer

    A bill introduced by state Senator Bill Galvano could change the game for Creek Entertainment Gretna.
    On April 13, the bill went to the conference committee because the House of Representatives refused to concur, according to the Florida Senate’s official website.
    For a bill to become state law, both the House and the Senate must pass it.  The second house frequently amends and returns the bill to the house of origin.  

  • Thousands helped by foodbank volunteers

    Farm Share, in partnership with Florida Department of Children and Families, distributed more than 100,320 pounds in Quincy on Friday.
    Well over 400 cars went through the line as volunteers loaded them up with goods.

  • Bicycle race returning to downtown Quincy

    The popular RedEye Velo bicycle race is slated to return to Quincy next month.
    In their April 11 meeting, Quincy Police Chief Glenn Sapp told Quincy City Council members the event in the past has been very well attended.  He recommended that RedEye Velo pay for security for the event.  He said he will touch bases with local businesses to make sure the races that will take place on May 27 do not inconvenience them.
    Mayor Derrick Elias said he wants a contractual agreement that states RedEye Velo will be responsible for security.

  • Honoring a heart for service

    On Palm Sunday, members of United Gadsden met at New Bethel A.M.E. Church to present their “Making a Difference” Awards to seven public servants.
    The Rev. Lee Plummer, Kimblin NeSmith, the Rev. Gwen Carroll-Simmons, Elder Tyrone Smith, the Rev. Eddie Allen, Pastor Julius Harris and Chief Glenn Sapp were recognized for keeping Jesus’ mandate to go into all the world and serve.

  • Teacher under suspicion of being high at school

    A West Gadsden High School teacher is under investigation after fellow teachers and students reported that he acted as if he might be under the influence on the job.
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office incident report, this what  happened:
    On March 21, Brenda Sizemore, the school resource deputy was notified that Principal James Mills asked for her to check on a teacher.
    Students and staff had reported to Mills that the teacher’s behavior was abnormal.

  • Un-fired? Midway mulls rehiring Murray

    Just weeks after firing Tom Murray, Midway City Council members are considering rehiring him after Murray threatened litigation.  At their Thursday, April 6, meeting, the city’s interim attorney, Anthony Thomas, said Murray’s attorney, Louis Jean-Baptiste, sent the city a letter of intent to sue.