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Today's News

  • Karate ‘kid’ seeks to have fun with family, winds up finding purpose

    What started as a way to have fun with his daughter turned into a life-changing activity for Barnie Ross. That wouldn’t be a big deal – except that the activity was karate and Ross was in his 60s at the time.

    In 1999, Ross and his wife, Carol, watched their daughter in a tournament, and according to him, “She looked like she was having a ball.”

  • Chiefland police charge man in $13,000 ring theft

    A Quincy man who had pawned one ring at Mitch’s Jewelry in Chiefland should have looked around for another shop before he tried to pawn a second one — this time a diamond and platinum ring valued at almost $13,000.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said the suspect, Reginald Lydell Jones, 45, of McCall Bridge Road in Quincy, and Northwest Capital Circle in Tallahassee, was arrested July 18 and charged with dealing in stolen property, motor vehicle theft and resisting an officer without violence. Jones is incarcerated in Levy County Jail under a $79,500 bond.

  • County officials prep for possible pandemic; distribution drill goes smoothly

    Gadsden County Health Department employees, along with others from the county’s emergency management department, partnered last week to hold one of the first supply point of distribution drills in the state. The drill was held to simulate a mass distribution of anti-viral medication to the county’s population.

  • Three more officers fired from GCI

    Three officers at Gadsden Correctional Institution have been fired as part of a continuing investigation into inappropriate relationships between officers and female inmates.

    The terminiations come on the heels of the firings of four other officers in recent months who were let go for the same inappropriate behavior.

    According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the investigation focused on letters, pictures and accusations of sexual encounters.

  • Restaurants in Havana pass muster with health inspectors

    Restaurants in Havana have been given the thumbs-up by state health inspectors – for the most part.

    During conducted inspections – some as recent as the end of June – five restaurants passed muster with no violations, according to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Those restaurants included Bugsy’s Pizza & Stuff, Burger King, Havana Trading Company, Hobbit Hoagies of Havana and The Tomato Cafe & Tea Room.

    The Magnolia Cafe had no critical violations, but was cited for a non-critical infraction.

  • My overgrown lawn, 'tis of thee...

    As I drive down the street where I live in Havana each day, it’s easy to tell which neighbors have better things to do than mow their lawns.

    Some folks mow their lawns religiously. I haven’t seen them do it, but I suspect they use a ruler to make sure the grass the perfect height. I’d even be willing to bet some of them use a level to make sure it’s all even.

  • EGHS football players attend Crimson Tide camp

    East Gadsden High School Jaguar football players Antwan Matthews and Wiley Williams recently attended the Nick Saban Crimson Tide Football Camp at the University of Alabama.  

    Williams, serving as a running back in his junior year, said, “The experience can only help me to improve, and I’m glad I had the chance to go.”  

    Matthews, also a junior last year, said, “They really put you to the test with some very intense training, and I accomplished a lot.”

  • Thank God for generous friends

    The Lord does provide. In the past week or so I have experienced the Lord’s help and assistance in several ways. He has been beside me, as He has so many times in the past, and I am humbly grateful.

    As my beloved readers may know, my wife Judy and I have been very busy with the business of settling her mother’s affairs and doing our best to prepare her Wacissa home and 10 acres for occupancy. Her mother has been in a nursing home since last September due to the rapid onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Church Briefs

    • Thomas Memorial Baptist Church announces the Personal Fitness Challenge, a six-week program for children who have completed grades three through six. The challenge will be Monday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Sessions will be held in the TMBC Recreation Center, 1111 West Washington St., Quincy.

  • Watch out for scams; they're in our backyard

    Last week a call came into the office from retired reporter Jack Nelson, who lives in Bethesda, Md. He wanted to ask a few questions regarding a letter he received from an East Washington Street address in Quincy. The letter informed Nelson that he was the winner of a $50,000 lottery. And just to show they were on the up and up, a check made out to Nelson in the amount of $985 was enclosed.