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Today's News

  • Crowd hails artist Dean Mitchell's opening

    "Dean Mitchell wants you to look, to closely study his work, so that you may understand the people and places he lovingly portrays. Take time to enjoy each painting, with its several layers of beauty and meaning but also notice the quiet detail of his subjects and the care with which he painted them," wrote Gadsden Arts Center curator Angie Berry.

  • Board bickers over budget for tourism

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners, by a 3-2 vote, approved the Tourist Development Council's 2011-2012 budget but not without nearly an hour of discussion. As soon as interim County Administrator Arthur Lawson announced the item, Commissioner Gene Morgan made a motion to approve, which was immediately seconded by Commissioner Doug Croley, provided there were no questions.
        But there were plenty of questions from Commissioner Brenda Holt and Commission Chairman Sherrie Taylor for TDC Board of Directors chairman Jeff DuBree.

  • Our view: This is Gadsden County's time

    As the Great Recession continues with no leadership from Washington D.C. and a state government that seems bent on punishing its own residents, economic growth for Gadsden County will only happen through local leadership, commitment and perseverance.

    The pursuit of economic development and growth in this current climate is not for the meek or anyone easily discouraged. It will also require an energetic unity, goods lines of communications and wearing one's community pride like a badge.

  • Crowd turns out to "Run with the Moose"

    In the central neighborhoods of Quincy, there is a range of hills infamous throughout the Florida Panhandle for their steeply sloped streets and ear-popping elevations.

    While this is not exactly true, it certainly seemed so last Saturday during the second annual Run With the Moose 5K race. They were the kind of hills where you would expect to find Sherpa villages and yaks, instead of lawnmowers and dogs. To a wannabe runner, these hills were really steep.

    And there were a lot more uphills than down.

  • Former reserve cop sentenced to prison

         Lavander Barkley, 40, the former Gretna reserve police officer, found guilty of sexual battery by a law enforcement officer in April of this year, was sentenced Friday, July 22, to nine years in prison.

  • Cops will swarm city Monday

    Monday, July 25, will be a day of infamy in Quincy -- in practice only. From approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. parts of the city will look as if a terrible shooting crime has been committed and the suspects have not been caught.
        Law enforcement officers will be scrambling all over the city from the hospital to downtown and people will appear to be in distress, don't be alarmed. It's only an exercise, brought to you by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Midway fires city manager again

     The Midway City Council, by a vote of 4-3, fired city manager Agatha Muse-Salters -- again -- during the July 7 regular monthly meeting of the council. In addition to Councilman Jerrod Holton, others who wanted Muse-Salters out were council members Charlie Smith, Allean Robinson and Mayor Ella Barber. Council members Chuck Willis, David Knight and Delores Madison voted to keep her.
           The meeting, which lasted well into Friday morning, left the city in a precarious situation after the crucial vote.

  • Quincy's Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud defends light heavyweight title

    Editor's note: The ring announcer may say "Tallahassee," but everyone here knows his roots are in Quincy.
         When Quincy native Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud stepped in to the boxing ring and faced off with Yusaf Mack the only thing on his mind was winning.
         And that's what he did. Cloud defended his International Boxing Federation light heavyweight title with a technical knock out (TKO) in the eighth round. The win brings his professional record to 23-0.

  • Gadsden County competing for $1.4 billion solar energy project

    Gadsden County is a finalist to land what is being described as the world's largest solar energy farm, a $1.4 billon project that would create hundreds of jobs.

    National Solar Power based in Melbourne, announced Tuesday that seven communities in the Southeast are vying to be chosen by the company as the site for the construction and operation of this facility and Gadsden County is one of them.

    The list of communities includes four in Florida, two in Georgia and one in North Carolina. 

  • Hubbell's hydroponic harvest

    Gerald Hubbell  is doing something different on his farm in Mt. Pleasant. In a greenhouse only 18 by 48 feet he has managed to grow 250-275 green and red bell pepper plants, 75 (three different varieties) tomato plants, 75-80 cucumber plants, 10 zucchini plants, 60-65 bush beans, squash, carrots, radish and basil. Just outside the greenhouse he's growing West Indian hot peppers, Jamaican hot peppers, okra and corn. And all of it is thriving. In fact, there are some days when Hubbell is hard pressed to keep all of the vegetables picked.