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Today's News

  • West Gadsden vs Munroe moved to Aug. 25 at Corry Field

      Are you ready for some football? The students at Robert F. Munroe and West Gadsden High School are. They will kick off the season Thursday, Aug. 25  at the SWAT Kick-Off Classic.
      The game has been moved up a day due to weather concerns associated with Hurricane Irene. It had previously been scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26.

  • Gadsden County Ballerz back in town

    The 13 and Under AAU traveling basketball team, Gadsden County Ballerz, returned home with fourth place honor last week from the national competition in Kissimme. The team, coached by Barry Corker, Sr., is made up of young men 13 years of age and younger and in seventh grade. Ballerzs defeated teams from Atlanta, Jacksonville, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico in the games which lasted from July 24-31.

  • 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.