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Today's News

  • Trio arrested in copper tubing theft near Greensboro

    Three people were caught at the scene while attempting to take copper tubing from Big Bend Jai Alai Fronton on Flat Creek Road near Greensboro Sept. 25.

    Arrested and charged with burglary were Norman McCallister, 25, of Panacea; Timothy Hamilton II, 24, of Chattahoochee; and Chastity Freeman, 24, of Tallahassee.

  • Search for man ends in discovery of body

    The body of 43-year-old Ferris Goodson Jr. of Chattahoochee was found Sept. 27 around 11:25 a.m. in Mosquito Creek, about 500 yards behind his home in the Crawfish Island community.

    Chattoochee Police Chief Van Pullen said Goodson's family reported him missing Friday evening at approximately 6 p.m. but no one at the time knew which direction he might have taken.

  • Quincy employees get bonus of $1,200 each

    Quincy city commissioners, at the suggestion of Commissioner Keith Dowdell, voted to give up $1,200 of their salaries so that city employees can have a one-time bonus of $1,200 each.

    City Manager Jack McLean proposed that the city pick up the taxes on the $1,200 so that employees would get the entire amount and not have to pay taxes. An additional $6,000 is needed to pay the taxes on the bonuses.

  • No decision yet in Quincy lawsuit

    No decision will be made in the case of Miles Womack vs. the city of Quincy before 60 days, although both sides finished testimony Sept. 24.

    Womack is suing the city because he was never notified that the city was no longer using Interlocken Lakes, owned by Womack, as a backup to the water system. The city agreed in 1998 to use the lakes because of the poor quality of the city's drinking water at the time.

  • City gets stimulus funds for fire station

    The city of Quincy has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to construct a new fire station. Fire Chief Howard Smith said he received a letter Sept. 24 from Sen. Bill Nelson, congratulating the city on the award.

    The new station will be constructed in the city's business park on Joe Adams Road. Smith said he applied for the grant, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package) because a new fire department met the criteria.

  • Volunteers honored for service

    They joke that they are the best paid group of people in Gadsden County  because they work for free. What they lack in money is made up by the  satisfaction they derive from helping others. The volunteers of Mother Care Network Inc. were honored Sept. 28 with a dinner and praise for what they have given to the community.

  • Everything...and I mean everything...should have warning labels

    I fell victim to a nasty sinus infection last week. I think it had been coming on for several days, as I’d been sniffly and sneezy for a while, along with a few other symptoms, including a headache and achy joints.

    But I quickly made my way to the doctor, and got a Z-Pack, which is a fast way to get over anything that ails you.

  • A shadow is a very good thing

    Last week a young man from Florida A&M University called me. He said he was a journalism student and was interested in a career shadowing experience. My first thought was that I was busy Thursday with a trial, my regular work and a lecture at the art center. I did not want to be a babysitter for someone who, when they found out that journalists make no money, would run for a higher paying job.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    When is the last time you “sold yourself short?”  If you’re not familiar with that particular phrase, when is the last time you may have talked yourself out of doing something, because for one reason or another, you didn’t think you were up to the task at hand? 

  • Judge clears educator

    Administrative law judge Lisa Nelson recently ruled that I, as former principal of Carter-Parramore Academy, was justified in using pepper spray during two altercations at the school in 2007. The Florida Department of Education had sought to revoke my certification as an educator.

    However, after an evidentiary hearing, the judged ruled that I did what any reasonable person should have done to protect himself, his staff and students from two dangerous situations. Nelson confirmed that I had violated no laws and was not guilty of violating any of the rules of the FDOE.