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Today's News

  • McDonald's is worst offender among Quincy restaurants; all pass inspection

    Several Quincy restaurants (with seating) were cited for critical violations, including employees eating in food preparation or storage areas and food being stored at unsafe temperatures, during health inspections conducted in recent months. All the restaurants did, according to reports from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, meet inspection standards.

  • Phillips, Wade to marry Aug. 7

    Monica Michelle Phillips and Daemari Vakarr Wade will be married Aug. 7 in a private ceremony.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Richard and Bessie Phillips.

    The groom-elect is the son of the late Mary Francis Wade.

    A reception will follow Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Simon Scott Center in Quincy.

  • Officer delivers baby in SUV

    There was nothing routine about Quincy police officer Zachary Woods' night shift on a recent Wednesday night. For him, it was a quiet night as he patrolled the quiet streets of the city until about 2:30 a.m.

  • Juveniles arrested for stealing iPods from Havana Middle School

    Two 12-year-old boys are suspected of taking 40 iPods, valued at $12,000, from Havana Middle School sometime during the month of July, according to Lt. Larry Smith of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

    Smith said it is unclear when the Department of Education-issued iPods were taken but a school employee noticed them missing July 27.

    "We didn't have a clue until the employee gave us the names of three suspects. Two of them turned out to be a good suspects and the other one is a maybe," Smith said.

  • County layoffs loom; positions targeted for Sept. 1

    Johnny Williams, Gadsden County administrator, said has put seven county employees on notice that they will be laid off as of Sept. 1.

    “As I have said before, this is not punitive. The county has to save money and there was some duplication of services. We thought it fair to put them on notice that their positions were under consideration for elimination," Williams said.

    The individuals and positions that will be eliminated are:

    • Wallisa Cobb, management analyst in the Department of Community Development

  • Man charged in death of infant

    Bobby Matthew Dukes Jr., a 20-year-old Quincy man, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son, Bobby Marquez Dukes.

    According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Dukes confessed July 28 to striking  the baby's head on a wooden chair when the child would not stop crying.

  • Police confiscate illegal gambling machines

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson said no one knows exactly when illegal slot machines showed up in the city of Quincy, although he thinks it has only been in the last 6 to 8 weeks.

    During the regular meeting of the Quincy City Commission Tuesday night, Commissioner Derrick Elias asked if there was paramutual betting going on in the city. Before Elias' inquiry, Richardson said he had no idea the machines were inside several local businesses.

    Elias said he heard about the machines a month ago after a citizen asked him if the city was now allowing paramutual gambling.

  • No woman should have to see that

    Last week, as I was out having lunch, I witnessed something no woman should ever have to.

    I saw a man in really tight knit pants. Pants that left nothing to the imagination. Pants that were, well, in a couple of words, too small. I’ve heard it said that clothes make the man. Not in this case. They can, however, make the man do lots of things he shouldn’t.

    After witnessing his, um, attire, I began to think about men and the clothing they wear, and I’ve been taking mental notes the past few days.

  • Someone needs to teach the boys how to be men

    For the second time this year a young father has been charged with killing his infant child. In January, 18-year-old Kearse Raeshon Bradham was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter. Last week, 20-year-old Bobby Matthew Dukes Jr. was also charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son.

  • Church Briefs

    • First Baptist Church in Quincy holds Sunday School each week at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 10:55. Sunday evening worship begins at 6 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are broadcast on Sunday events at 6 p.m. on 93.3 FM.

    • Church services at Mt. Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church are held the first, second and fourth Sundays at 11 a.m., and at 8 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month. Church school begins at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday morning.