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Today's News

  • Four die in house fire

        An early morning house fire left four Gadsden County residents dead on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

        Found dead at the scene were 62-year-old J.T. Johnson, his 28-year-old daughter Veronica Johnson, 25-year-old Danny McCall and a family friend and neighbor, 35-year-old Willie Jerome "Pedro"  Jackson.

  • City electric bills will drop

         Quincy's city manager, Jack McLean, said 2011 will be a very good year for the citizens.

        "Beginning in January customers should see a 12-14 percent decrease in the electric part of their utility bills," he said.

        The percentage was calculated by taking the averages of randomly selected utility bills and calculating them using the Florida Municipal Power Agency charges that would have been charged to customers had the city been using FMPA costs.

  • Oktober Fest Blues Festival and more on Oct 8 and 9

    On the heels of a successful summer music concert MainStreet Quincy is gearing up for the Oktober Fest Blues Festival on Oct. 8 and 9.

        Jack McLean, Quincy city manager,  said the aim is still to bring people to the downtown area to help merchants. He said the Sept. 10 concert featuring local talent, N'Spire, has pleased merchants and vendors.

        "All of the vendors sold out. These people are putting out their hard earned money. They are making an investment in our community and we want to help," McLean said.

  • Midway fires city manager

    By a narrow margin, 4-3, the Midway city council voted to terminate the services of Agatha Muse-Salters during the Sept. 2 regular monthly meeting. Muse-Salter's firing had been called for, mainly by former volunteer firefighters, since but seemed to have picked up steam in recent weeks.

  • Officer charged with sexual battery

    A part time Gretna police officer, who is a 15-year veteran with the Florida Department of Corrections is in the Leon County Jail charged with sexual battery by a custodial authority.

     Bond for Levander Eric Barkley, 39, has been set at $100,000 bond and, if he posts bond, he must wear a GPS ankle monitor and surrender all of his weapons, personal and professional. For the past 15 years Barkley worked at Apalachee Correctional Institution in Jackson County and had reached the rank of sergeant. For the past six months he was a part-time officer with the City of Gretna.

  • Local group N'Spire plays on the Square Friday night

    When you think of "home grown" a certain level of comfort comes to mind. The familiar but yet different. This Friday night the Music in the Square event will feature home-grown talent. Even the group's name "N'Spire" came from Gadsden County resident Darryl Figgers who, when he first heard the group perform, ran up to vocalist LaTrenda Gainous-Goldwire and began hugging her. He repeated several times that the group inspired him.

        The fun starts at 7 p.m. on the east lawn of the Courthouse Square.

  • East nails Superintendent's Cup

    Outmanned and out gunned, the West Gadsden Panthers fell to the to the larger East Gadsden High School in the Superintendent's Cup game Sept. 3 at Corry Field.

        Despite the second loss of the season, WGHS coach, Antonio Bradwell said he saw some bright spots.

          "They played hard. East Gadsden jumped out on us," he said when the Jaguars scored two touchdowns in the first quarter as they also held the Panthers to only a few yards on the ground.

          The final score was 26-0.

  • Unemployment rate steady in Gadsden County

    While the state saw a slight uptick in its jobless rat for July, Gadsden County held steady at 10.3 percent.

    Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2010 is 11.5 percent, up

    marginally by 0.1 percentage point over the previous month.

    This represents 1,055,000 jobless out of

    a labor force of 9,214,000. The June unemployment rate for Florida was 11.4 percent.

    Florida’s total nonagricultural employment in July 2010 is 7,238,800, representing an increase of 5,700

  • El Salvador natives get TPS info

    Before the sun rose last Friday morning natives from El Salvador who now live Gadsden and surrounding counties were starting to line up outside the Migrant Education Office on West King Street. They, and more than 300 others throughout the day, were waiting for the opportunity to talk with one of six representatives from the El Salvadoran Consulate in Miami.

  • Boys and Girls Club host awareness symposium

    Harambee, in Swahili, means working together toward a common goal. This weekend at the Chatthaoochee Boys and Girls Club Harambee, that common goal was getting student off to a good start for the 2010-2011 school year. But it was no ordinary. The theme this year was "An Awareness Symposium for Emerging Leaders. Through out the  two-day back to school event, club members were referred to as "young leaders."