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Today's News

  • Commissioners agree to provide $200,00 to sheriff's department

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young didn't get the $500,000 he asked for during a county commission workshop last week, but commissioners voted Tuesday night during a regular meeting to give him $200,000. The money will be used to help the sheriff meet some of the operating costs at the jail that he says have caused his law enforcement budget to fall short.

    "I've talked to the sheriff and he's fine with this. This is what we're doing and what we can afford it. He knows the fiscal constraints this county is under," said Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb.

  • WGHS boys only team to advance

    The West Gadsden High School Panthers are the only county team to make it out of the district playoffs in boys FHSAA basketball.

    The team defeated Wewahitchka in a semifinal District 3-2A game on Friday night in Wewahitchka after trailing by 11 points late in the third period. The Panthers made a strong run the last 12 minutes of the contest, pulling out a 59-42 win.

    Guards John Battles and Jesse Winbush led the spurt with quick scores off of steals. Battles finished with 22 points and Winbush hit 17. Mario Williams added 10 to the Panther total.

  • Local girls teams fall in district play

    Both the Lady Bobcats at R. F. Munroe and East Gadsden High School’s Lady Jaguars were eliminated from the playoff picture when both teams lost in the girls semifinals.

    Most surprising was the upset of the East Gadsden girls basketball team by Godby by a 48-47 score at Bay High School in Panama City. This loss marked the first time since the school opened in 2003 that the team had not made the state playoffs. 

  • Stewart Street’s Harris named Rookie Teacher of the Year

    Kesandra Harris, Gadsden County Rookie Teacher of the Year 2009-10, thought teachers were underappreciated and overworked – and she had no desire to pursue a career in education.

    The James A. Shanks High School graduate was pursuing a degree at Florida State University, majoring in psychology, with a minor in special education.

    “I had said I would never be a teacher, due to political issues,” she laughed. “But I became a teacher because I found myself in it, not because it was my last resort as a job.”

  • Community Briefs

    Quincy City Commission meets at Quincy City Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

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    Gadsden County Commission meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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    Gadsden County Planning and Zoning meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers in downtown Quincy.

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    Gretna City Commission meets at Gretna City Hall at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Area schools prep students for upcoming FCAT

    Gadsden County teachers and students are working overtime to prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, and the efforts are taking place in and out of the classroom.

    At St. John Elementary School, parents have been asked to make sure their children attend school regularly so that attendance is not a contributing factor to FCAT failure. Attendance awards are being presented in the intermediate grades to encourage the students.

  • Local hero makes headlines, leaves legacy

    The African-American fabric is woven with many threads. There is no one episode or event that defines the history of a people, but it is rather a mixture of all the parts that make up the whole.

    As the first man of color from Quincy to play professional football, Mack Lee Hill put the city's name in front of national television audiences on many Sunday afternoons. As a running back, Hill compiled an impressive record in the two years he played the sport before his life was cut short.

  • Church Briefs

    • First Baptist Church in Quincy holds Sunday School each week at 9:45 a.m., followed by worship at 10:55. Sunday evening worship begins at 6 p.m. Sunday morning worship services are broadcast on Sunday events at 6 p.m. on 93.3 FM.

    The church has scheduled a Lay Renewal Weekend for Feb. 27 - March 1. All groups will be led by a christian lay team from across north Florida. For more information, call the church office at 627-9688.

  • 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."