Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    A town hall meeting will be held with District 2 County Commissioner Doug Croley today at 6:30 p.m. at Tallavana Community Church in Havana. Citizens will have the opportunity to voice concerns to the commissioner and county staff, and be provided with an update on the progess of pertinent issues such as upcoming budget, property taxes and other matters of interest.


  • Rally planned to help empower men, strengthen community

    The aim of the 1000 Man Rally is to get 1,000 or more men in Gadsden County to come together to learn how to empower themselves and help the community. The inaugural rally was held in Leon County last year and was the brain child of Rev. Greg James, senior pastor at Reclaiming the Land Ministries Inc.

  • Law enforcement academy graduates nine new recruits

    Nine new recruits graduated last week from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway.

    Members of the Basic Recruit Class 347 were welcomed by Training Center Director James Murdaugh, who also introduced guest speaker, Ricky Lay.

    Lay, who is employed at the Wakulla Correctional Institute in the training division and has also served as a minister and a U.S. Marine, first thanked parents and friends of the graduates.

    “You have changed the direction of the future,” he told them.

  • Investigators rule death a traffic homicide

    The Florida Highway Patrol and the Gretna Police Department are trying to piece together what happened the morning of Aug. 5 that left 17-year-old Quanterrius Deonte Bush dead on U.S. 90, a few miles west of Quincy.

    A report released by FHP stated that Bush was struck by an unknown vehicle and that his body was found in the eastbound lane around 4 a.m. A passing motorist notified FHP that a body was in the road at the intersection of Betty Boo Lane and Highway 90, according a Gretna police officer.

  • COPS program to begin soon in Midway

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young said last week that community participation helps when it comes to creating a safe environment. That is why, he said, he has started a program that will utilize volunteers to assist in controlling, reducing and preventing crime in the county.

    He heard about the program and its success in rural areas while attending a meeting of sheriffs from throughout the nation recently.

  • BOCC keeps 2008 millage rate

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners passed a 2009 millage rate of 8.9064 on Aug. 3, the same as in 2008. Commissioner Brenda Holt was unsuccessful in her attempt to convince fellow commissioners to raise the rate to the maximum  of 10 mills, saying the board could always lower it but could not raise it.

  • Croley touts intermodal transport to benefit county

    The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce’s 2009 annual community conference was held at Amelia Island Plantation Aug. 7-9 and gave special attention to economic development within the four-county Metropolitan Statistical Area of Tallahassee.  The Tallahassee MSA includes Gadsden County and its several municipalities.  

  • Midway man charged with robbery of Quincy clothing store

    An 18-year-old Midway man, Ron Howard, was arrested Aug. 6 and charged with armed robbery with a firearm and grand theft after he allegedly robbed the Ice Age Fashions clothing store at the corner of South Adams and West Jefferson streets in downtown Quincy.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, a man matching Howard's description entered the store around 4 p.m. but didn't make any purchases. The man returned about an hour later wearing the same clothes but with the addition of a green ski mask.

  • Local residents could get help with flood repairs due to storms

    Quincy residents who suffered flood damage in March could get some relief if the Department of Community Affairs funds a $275,000 grant which the city of Quincy applied for Aug. 7. The money would come from the Florida Small Cities Block Grant fund.

    According to Auburn Ford, city grant consultant, the state set aside millions of dollars in 2008 in anticipation of flooding and other disasters. Ford said about $2 million was unused and DCA allowed small cities to apply for a grant.

  • Spasms are no laughing matter

    I’ve spent the past week or so with back spasms. Not something I anticipated, nor did I enjoy it. Who would? Back spasms are no fun.

    You don’t realize how much you are dependent on your back each day. I mean, it’s kind of a given. But we just don’t think about it much. But when the back is out of whack, your world stops. Trust me.