Today's News

  • Geared up for success

    It’s a sure sign school is only days away when backpacks are flying off the shelves and filler paper and pencils dominate the aisles in most stores.

    Some lucky Gadsden County parents didn’t have to fight the crowds at retail stores to get their kids back-to-school supplies. Saturday, Aug. 10, the Gadsden County School District held its annual school supplies giveaway at James A. Shanks Middle School. Hundreds of children and parents took advantage of the opportunity.

  • Celebrating public safety progress in Midway

    Midway city officials were all smiles Thursday, Aug. 8, at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Fire Station No. 2. County officials as well as state and federal representatives were on hand for the momentous occasion. 

  • Praise the Lord! Aug. 15, 2013


    honors the Watsons

    At 11a.m. Aug. 18, Shiloh P.B. Church will host a Memorial Service for Mattie and Ester (Red) Watson Sr. The service will also honor their seven children who drowned Aug. 18, 1962, in Lake Talquin at Robinson’s Landing. Essie B., Delores, Ethel Lee, Leonard, Bernard, Jennifer, and Terry Watson were all students of St. John Elementary School. Any former classmates who are able to attend would be greatly appreciated by the family. 

  • Speed, smoke on the water

    A speedy set of 27 boats hit the Apalachicola River on Saturday for Chattahoochee Thunder.

    The event was presented by Southern Outlaw Dragboat Series and the city of Chattahoochee. Despite rain interruption, the event drew a crowd to the riverbank to watch the boats compete.

    Race Chairman Linda Dunwoody said she had hoped for 30 boats in the inaugural event but she was pleased with the participation — and the spectator turnout.

  • No green light for strip club plans

    The Midway Town Council voted unanimously during the Aug. 1 monthly meeting not to allow the sale of alcohol at a proposed adult entertainment center. There wasn’t a vacant seat in the meeting chamber as opponents packed the house.

    “You don’t have enough police, the sheriff has said, through his spokesman, that it will stretch them to their limits,” said the Rev. Charles Scriven, who has been an outspoken critic of the proposed club from the beginning.

  • Hard-working ‘wanderer’

    Harold Usry doesn’t really have a place to call home. Now 56, the entire state of Florida, from Escambia County (Pensacola) to Monroe County (Key West) is where he lives.

    Usry has a most unusual occupation: He paints flagpoles. That’s how he makes his living, going from town to town, just painting flagpoles. His meager belongings are never too far away from him, usually tied to his Huffy mountain bike that he lovingly refers to “the old lady.” 

  • FDLE investigates Quincy election

    A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of law Enforcement confirmed Aug. 1 that an investigation has been initiated involving the April 29 city of Quincy election.

    “All I can say is that an active investigation in underway, which is all I can say about it,” said Linda MacDonald.

  • Midway leaders ponder sewage treatment

    Michael Murphy of Hatch, Mott & MacDonald engineering brought the Midway Town Council up to date on the firm’s progress with their facilities plan during the Aug. 1 council meeting.

  • In year of statewide slide, Gadsden yields another A school



    Executive Editor

    In a year when the number of “A” elementary school dropped by 48 percent statewide, Gadsden County kept the A’s it had last year and added one more, for a total of four elementary schools earning top marks.

    “That’s significant in this particular environment,” Reginald James, superintendent of Schools, said in a press conference.

  • Praise the Lord! Aug. 8, 2013

    Church plans time for family, friends

    Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, 5775 Ben Bostick Road, Quincy, Elder A. Louis Ivey, pastor, is getting ready for their annual Family and Friends Day Program, which will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. The New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Havana, Pastor Griggs will be the guest church for the evening. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate and enjoy “Family and Friends.”