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Today's News

  • Gadsden County shows decline in number of jobless

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released employment and unemployment estimates for September 2010 with some encouraging figures for Gadsden County.
    The county's unemployment rate for September came in at 10.6 percent, down a half of percent from the August 2010 jobless rate of 11.1 percent.
    But the latest figures still represent a full point increase in the county's unemployment rate over August 2009.
    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2010 is 11.9

  • Alex Sink stops in quincy

    There was standing room only at the Historic Society building when Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Alex Sink, brought her campaign to Quincy. With less than a month to go to the Nov. 4 General Election, Sink talked about the need for Democrats to  vote. Elected officials from the surrounding counties of Liberty, Wakulla, Calhoun and Jackson counties also attended the reception.
        Sen. Al Lawson, in introducing Sink, said the election was historic because it is the first time the state has had the opportunity to elect a female governor.

  • District needs voter support to shift funds

    The bottom item on the election ballot is a top priority for local schools.
    The Gadsden County School Board has a referendum on the November ballot that could free up some funds, which will have a positive impact in the classroom.
    And it is the last item on a lengthy list of amendments seeking voter attention on the two-sided ballot.
    According to Superintendent Reginald James, the referendum basically asks the residents of Gadsden County to give the school board the authority to utilize 0.25 of the dollars allocated to the district for capital outlay.

  • Whistle-blower case continues

     Circuit Judge John C. Cooper denied, Monday afternoon, a motion to dismiss the whistle-blower case of former Gadsden County public works director Robert Presnell. At issue was whether or not Presnell filed his complaint with the appropriate entity.

  • Reading with characters at Stewart Street School

      Imagine arriving at school and being greeted by all sorts of characters famous in story books. That's what happened at Stewart Street Elementary School on Oct. 7 and the 500 students from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade were giddy with excitement. Toothless kindergarten students covered their mouths and giggled as their teacher, dressed as pinocchio led them to the cafeteria for lunch.
        The cafeteria ladies looked like witches in their orange and black pointed hats.

  • Blues Fest success!

           The Oktoberfest weekend was a success. Almost 7,000 people packed the Courthouse Square and downtown Quincy for two nights of music, food and fun. Friday night approximately 1,700 came out to hear Minor  Seven, a Tallahassee based music group that specialize in neo-soul, R & B, jazz, raggae and blues. Adrian Morris, the band’s featured vocalist, brought the crowd to their feet when he crooned “Let’s Get It On” by the late Marvin Gay.

  • Evans/Hunter wed

       Dee Ella Evans and Clinton Hunter Sr. were married August 28, 2010, at New Bethel A.M. E. Church in Quincy, Florida. Pastor Melvin Mobley officiated. The reception was held at Carver Heights Senior Center in Havana, Florida.

       The bride is the daughter of Willie and Hattie Evans of Havana, Florida. The groom is the son of the late Willie and Daisy Hunter.

  • GCSO Arrest Report

    1. Julius Hearns-----------Dealing in stolen property and Grand Theft
    2. Joseph E. Lohness-----Defrauding a pawnbroker and Petit Theft
    3. Travis Maddox----------Vop/Fleeing and Eluding
    4. Cedrick Davis-----------Vop/Burglary of Dwelling and Grand Theft
    5. Taknika N. Claridy-----Altercation of a Forged Instrument, Grand Theft more than 300.00 and Uttering a Forged Instrument
    6. Charles Clemons--------Vop/Felony Battery
    7. Anthony Dewayne Simmons---Vop/Cocaine
    8. Cliffton Chavers---------Agg. Battery (Domestic)

  • City cuts budget

    When the Quincy city commission passed a millage rate of 4.0 it left a shortfall in of $120,000 in the current budget.
        Commissioners then set about that amount so that the budget would be balanced.
    Saying that this was a tough year and painful cuts has to be made, the commission made the following cuts:
        •$80,000 from the recreation department which will eliminate one position, the after school recreation program, travel for non-competitive sports, a health initiative, beautification program and the weekend movies.

  • New prison management meets public

         There are 1,520 female inmates housed at the Gadsden Correctional Institution in Gretna. On Aug. 1, Management Training Corporation took over the day-to-day operations of the facility. The man in charge is Sergio Molina, a 25-years veteran in corrections.