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Today's News

  • East and West are well prepped and optimistic

    Darious Johnson may be the fastest guy in Gadsden County.
    And he is one of reasons for all the optimism at East Gadsden High School.
    It's finally time for football.
    Johnson is a senior and Jaguar veteran who will start the season as a receiver and cornerback.
    But he is also a track standout and proved it last spring when he came in second in the 300 meter hurdles at the Class 2A state championship finals at Winter Park. And that was after winning the preliminary and a lot of other track meets to get there.

  • Midway police chief fired

    After only three months on the job Marcus Williams, Midway police chief, was fired during the regular August 4 council meeting.

    The council voted 3-2 to terminated Williams.  Voting to fire the chief were Mayor Ella Barber and council members Charles Smith and Allean Robinson. Council members Delores Madison and David Knight, voted to keep him. Council member Chuck Willis said he had to leave the meeting early because of a death in his family and council member Jerrod Holton also left the meeting prior to discussion on Williams fate.

  • 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.