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Today's News

  • City to look closely at rec department

    The Quincy City Commission took pencil to paper last Wednesday and Thursday nights during the first two of three budget workshops planned before September public hearings to adopt the 2009-10 budget.

    Commissioners studied the proposed budget almost line by line in an attempt to lower spending while continuing to provided services at a level to please citizens.

  • Breathe in long and hard...there's a fresh wind blowing

    There’s a fresh wind blowing across Gadsden County. Can you feel it?

    I’m talking about the new excitement in the schools and at the administrative level. It started with the shifting around of personnel, not because district leaders wanted to move people out of positions, but because the skills of those administrators and teachers would be better utilized elsewhere. Principals who have led their former schools to higher levels of achievement have been moved to schools that were faltering, and we can be sure their new schools are already on the rise.

  • Waiting in line's not so bad

    Standing in line doesn't have to be a bad experience. On Aug. 28 I had the good fortune of waiting in line for almost an hour to get a tag for my car. A few months ago I interviewed Dale Summerford, county tax collector, about the increase in fees and licenses that took effect Sept. 1.

  • The problem with health reform isn't the reform part

    I can tell you the problem with the heath care “reform.” The proposed legislation is 1,000 pages long! Hello! Gibbon’s extraordinarily wordy and detailed description of “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” wasn’t much longer. And it took six volumes and covered centuries. “War and Peace” came and went with fewer pages. “Gone with the Wind” was barely a thousand pages. And I couldn’t make it through it; I fell asleep around about the time Scarlett took her third husband.   

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    I was doing my early morning XM radio channel surfing when my ears caught a bouncy and light tune that also seem vaguely familiar.  I turned around to view the window on my radio which revealed I was listening to an Aaron Copland piece.  It was called "Duo for Flute and Piano."

  • We can do better than the health care we have in place

    I am writing to encourage readers to support efforts to offer health insurance for all Americans.  I want to bypass arguments that have been made by experts on both sides.

    This is a guts and glory appeal.

    We need to address the health insurance issue the American way: Determine that we will do the right thing. With right on our side, figure out how to overcome the obstacles. Make it work right, rather than whimper about some imaginary doomsday.  

  • Midway, Gretna eateries cited for critical infractions

    A Midway restaurant was cited for seven critical violations, while a Gretna eatery received five during recent inspections by health inspectors from the Florida Department of Business  & Professional Regulation.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    Jeremy Vickers: Introduction of contraband into a detention facility, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana

    Willie Williams: False imprisonment, domestic assault

    Sharum Moore: Armed robbery, grand theft

    Alexi Deangelo Jackson: Dealing in stolen property

    Manita Patterson: Violation of parole, grand theft, FTA/Obtaining property/Services by PWBC

    Peter Clemons: False imprisonment, domestic assault and battery

  • Local boxer takes title

    Preparation is the key to winning.

    That's the philosophy of Tavoris Cloud, International Boxing Federation Light Heavyweight Champion of the World. The Quincy native defeated Clinton Woods in a battle of punches for the championship belt at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Aug. 28 in Hollywood. The fight went the length, 12 rounds, before a  unanimous decision from three judges was delivered.

  • Jags win one, lose one in preseason bout

    East Gadsden High School’s Jaguars brought home the first victory of the season after a run-in with the Marianna Bulldogs in  a preseason classic last  weekend.

    In the first half of play, the teams faced off with Marianna hitting the field minus four starters due to injury or illness.

    The Jags took the opening ball 80 years and landed the extra point to make the game 7-0 with 7 minutes left in the first quarter.