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Today's News

  • Lee, Williams to be married Feb. 21

    Mary and Johnny Lee, along with Bertha Kirkland and John Williams, all of Quincy, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Temeka L. Lee and Quinton Williams.

    The bride-elect is a training instructor, and is the granddaughter of Dorothy Hinson and Rebecca Thomas.

    The groom-elect is employed at the Quincy Annex and is a graduate of the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.

    The wedding is planned for Feb. 21 at Christian Heritage Church in Tallahassee at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at Cross Creek Golf Course.

  • Event designed to help residents save money

    Want to get information that will help you with your financial problems? Come to AmericaSAVES/GadsdenSAVES Countywide Financial Conference Feb 26 at the University of Florida Research Center from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Program speakers will cover such topics as, "What To Do If You Cannot Pay Your Utilities Bills," "Where To Go To Find Training To Help You Learn A Trade Or Seek Work" and "Learning How to Save for Emergencies."

  • 'Parade the Musical' opens tonight in Quincy

    "Parade the Musical" opens tonight at the Leaf Theater at 8 p.m., a production of the Quincy Music Theatre.

    The production is based on a true story and is directed by Eric Hurst, with musical direction by Bryan Richards. Lead actors are Anthony Methvin and Rachael Adams.

    "Parade" is based on the actual case of Leo Frank, who is falsely accused of killing 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Atlanta in 1913. The play, written by Alfred Uhry, opened on Broadway in 1998 where it garnered a Tony Award for Best Original Score.

  • Daughters on opposite sides face heartache during sentencing hearing

    Updated 1:15 p.m.

    Leon Circuit Judge Kathleen Dekker handed down a life sentence today for Hernandez Lopaz Daniels, convicted Tuesday of killing Constance Dupont, a Havana resident and former law enforcement informant. The sentence was recommended by the jury after an hour-long deliberation.

    Updated 9:30 a.m.

    Two daughters made tearful pleas for their parents Thursday as part of their testimony during the sentencing hearing for Hernandez Lopaz Daniels, who is facing a possible death penalty or life in prison.

  • Teacher of the Year says she’s found her niche in education

    LaTonya Rollinson took the scenic route to becoming an educator, but she is sure she has found her niche.

    Recently named the Gadsden County Teacher of the Year 2009-10, Rollinson has worked in the Gadsden County Clerk’s Office, for the city of Quincy and in the juvenile court, a job for which she said she had a lot of passion.

    But after being given the opportunity to work at Crossroad Academy, Rollinson, who has taught at Havana Elementary School for six years, knew she’d found her true calling.

  • City up on utilities after more than a decade of delinquency

    After more than 10 years of delinquent payments to Quincy utility provider Progress Energy, the city is current, according to City Manager Jack McLean. For the past two years the city has been as much as 120 to 150 days behind.

    "I am proud to say that we have caught up, but it has been a cooperative effort. We did not rob Peter to pay Paul, but we tackled it inch by inch," McLean said. Theresa Moore, finance director, has done an outstanding job helping to manage the cash flow, McLean added.

  • Homeowners warned: Look out for meter reader safety

    Ann Sherman, city of Quincy customer service director, says that meter readers face danger each time they attempt to read meters at some homes. During a Jan. 8 meeting with meter readers, Sherman learned obstacles created by homeowners are slowing up accuracy and "interfere with the performance of their (readers) duties."

    In addition to trying to read through glass that has become opaque with age, readers have been chased by vicious dogs and have been reduced to crawling through and under overgrown shrubbery to gain access to meters.

  • Local church plays large role in community, Black History

    The African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated its 222nd anniversary this past Sunday. The church has been the cornerstone of life since slavery in the local African-American community.

  • Second-half spurt carries Jaguars to win

    The West Gadsden High School Panthers put up quite a bit of first-half resistance. When things were all said and done, East Gadsden had too much height and depth for the Panthers and the Jaguars came away with an 80-43 win in a county rival basketball game Thursday night.

    Behind the play of John Battles, Jesse Winbush and Antonio Bostick, West Gadsden stayed close in the first half.

    East Gadsden came out in the second half, took over the boards, hit some outside shots and closed down things defensively to collect their second win of the year over the Panthers.

  • Local athletes ink college deals

    West Gadsden High School’s Gary Brown and East Gadsden High’s Lance Ray signed scholarships with Southeastern Conference universities last Wednesday on the first day of signings.

    Brown a 6-feet, 4-inch, 280-pound defensive lineman inked with national champion, the University of Florida, in a 10 a.m. ceremony.

    Ray a 6-feet, 1-inch, 180-pound wide receiver, signed with Arkansas just two hours earlier.

    Both players made All-State in their respective classes and both qualify academically.