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Today's News

  • Winn-Dixie robber now behind bars

    The juvenile accused of robbing and kicking 75-year-old Emily Rowan as she shopped for greeting cards in Winn-Dixie on Dec. 23 is behind bars.

    While he has a $75,000 bond on the charges of robbery, battery on the elderly and battery on a law enforcement officer, he will not be released from jail.

    "Even if he could come up with the $75,000 bond, he will not be released because he violated probation on a burglary charge on Hamilton Street a month or so before the Dec. 23 incident," said Sgt. Robert Mixon of the Quincy Police Department.

  • Quincy officials receive check for $19,446

    Christmas came early for the city of Quincy when Bradley Joyner of Pat Thomas & Associates presented a check for $19,446 during the Dec. 22 commission meeting. The funds were from a gifting plan set up in the Dividend Check Florida Fund.

    The city has gotten checks in the past from the fund but this is the largest amount the city has received.

    In other matters:

  • I can't believe I...

    Right about now, many people are still holding their heads and thinking, “Why, oh why did I _____ New Year’s Eve?” You can fill in the blank.

    I’ve never quite understood that mentality. Why bring in a new year by doing things you’re just going to regret? Some would call it celebrating...I call it being irresponsible and just plain stupid. I don’t need a “boost” in order to enjoy myself, and I much prefer to remember my celebrations clearly.

  • Ride-alongs are good for all of us

    Periodically I participate in a ride-along with an officer from law enforcement. It's something that reporters who cover crime do to get a better insight into what officers are facing and what perpetrators are doing.

    There have been some changes in the kinds of calls officers are handling and in the types of people who allegedly commit these crimes.

  • My 'kid' didn't get to meet my friend

    Jim will not be meeting the “Kid from Tifton” after all.

    My old friend and teaching team partner from South Carolina Jim Rogers and I were not able to reunite after 9 years.  Jim was going to spend Christmas with his family in Tifton, Ga., and then, hopefully, drive down to Havana and spend a couple of days with my wife Judy and me.

  • Gadsden’s first black female judge sworn in

    For Kathy Garner, Gadsden County's first black female county judge, tears of joy mingled with tears of sadness during the Dec. 18 investiture ceremony.

    "Today marks a historic occasion. Judge Garner follows in the footsteps of her parents, Alfred Garner, Quincy's mayor pro-tem at one point in his career, and her mother, the late Betty Garner, who was said to be everybody's mother," said Garner's classmate at Florida State University's College of Law, Ben Crump.

  • Tomato grower stands against ban

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted recently to send a resolution from the board urging the state legislature to change the tomato field packing ban. According to local tomato farmer Graves Williams, the law is designed to put small producers out of business and create an advantage for large producers in South Florida. The ban stops the picking and packing of ripe fruit in the field.

  • Doc speaks out against biomass facility

    Like a cancer patient that is riddled with metastatic disease, plans for biomass plants are spreading all over Florida and Georgia. The Florida Medical Association, deeply concerned about the poisonous emissions spewing from the smokestacks of these incinerators, urges state government to minimize their approval and construction.

  • A wunnerful Christmas, I ga-run-tee

    A few years ago I was asked to read a story for a group of elementary school students, as part of a campaign to encourage them to read. It happened to be right before their Christmas holidays, so I read them the following. Hope you enjoy it and Merry Christmas!

    Cajun ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    'Twas the night before Christmas, an' all t'ru de house,

    Dey don't a t'ing pass, not even a mouse.

    De chirren been nezzle good snug on de flo',

    An' Mama pass de pepper t'ru de crack on de do'.

  • I've made my list and I've checked it twice

    Here is my wish list for the season. I probably won't get all that I wish for. I never do but there have been many times that things have gone my way. So here is my Christmas wish list:

    • That each child who wants to succeed have a mentor who can help him or her reach that goal.

    • That battered and abused women will find the courage to say enough is enough and move beyond that relationship.

    • That elected officials will put the what's best for everyone above their selfish motives.