Today's News

  • Superintendent pleased with third graders' performance on FCAT

    The community can continue to smile about the progress students are making in Gadsden County schools. Following the recent release of fourth grade writing scores that proved to be the best in the Big Bend, the district’s third graders promised to not be far behind.

    In fact, third graders district wide gained in both math and reading. The reading gains were the most impressive, with Gadsden County students gaining 7 percent from 53 percent passing in 2008 to 60 percent of third graders performing at or above grade level this year.

  • School board budget committee presents strategies; list includes school closings, job cuts

    Gadsden County School Board members met Tuesday night to hear from a committee formed to develop strategies to cut an already very slimmed down district budget. The budget has been cut $5 million during the past 18 months, and is facing an additional possible $6 million to $8 million in cuts in the coming months.

  • Proposed utilities increase angers Quincy residents

    A proposed utilities increase has some Quincy residents seeing red.

    Southeastern Power Administration, the source of part of Quincy’s utilities, has advised City Manager Jack McLean of a proposed new rate schedule, effective Sept. 20, if it is approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    The new schedule is designed to replace wholesale power rate schedules for a 5-year period, with a 70 percent increase, according to McLean.

  • Boys & Girls Club to close in Quincy; what's your take on it?

    Gadsden County Commissioners voted earlier this week in favor of closing the Boys & Girls Club in Quincy and moving it to Havana.

    The new club will be housed at Havana Elementary School, which will provide more space for more children to attend. The old club facility is a converted warehouse in Quincy.

    Local residents have expressed mixed opinions about the move. What are your thoughts?

    We want to hear from you. E-mail us at editor@gadcotimes.com, bring in your comments to our office at 15 South Madison St. in Quincy, or fax it to 627-7191.


  • Former James A. Shanks coach dead at 80

    Charleston Lee Holt, coach, mentor, educator and community leader, died Thursday morning at home. He was 80 years old.

    A viewing will be held May 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the gym at James A. Shanks Middle School. Funeral services for Holt will be held May 12 at 9 a.m. at New Zion AME Church on Spooner Road.

    Holt was head football coach, athletic director and health coordinator at Carter-Parramore High School from 1955-1970. He served as assistant principal and head football coach at James A. Shanks High School from 1975 to 1979.

  • Quincy Boys & Girls Club to move to Havana

    The Quincy Boys and Girls Club, located in a converted warehouse on Pat Thomas Parkway, will close at the end of the month. Another club will open at Havana Elementary School. Gadsden County commissioners agreed to the move during their regular meeting earlier this week.

  • Tip leads to pot bust in Quincy

    Acting on an anonymous tip, Quincy police officers confiscated marijuana plants worth approximately $1,500 Friday morning. Marcus Baker, 34, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, cultivating marijuana and maintaining a drug house at his Lowe Street home.

    "He was growing the plants in seedling pots inside the house on a window sill, possibly getting them ready to transplant them into the soil," said Inv. Clarence Pearson.

    Baker has been arrested in the past on marijuana charges, according to Sgt. Robert Mixon.

  • Asphalt recycling plant told to close its doors

    C.W. Roberts was given 18 months by the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners to close his asphalt recycling plant on State Road 267 last Tuesday. In April, commissioners gave Roberts 30 days to decide whether he would request a special exemption or close the facility.

    Roberts asked Tuesday night for a 5-year extension, which would allow him to continue operating under a special use permit while pursuing a comprehensive land use change.

  • Commissioners vote to pay Ajax what’s due

    "We owe the man. They've done the work and we have to pay them," said Gadsden County Commission Chairman Eugene Lamb, when the discussion of paying Ajax Construction began Tuesday night during the regular meeting of county commissioners.

    The vote was unanimous to pay the company.

  • BOCC considers daytime meeting

    Beginning in June, Gadsden County commissioners will meet during the day for the first time in many years. Commissioners voted Tuesday night, during the regular meeting, to convene on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The third Tuesday meetings will begin at 9 a.m.

    "A day meeting will give citizens more time for input. Department heads will be able to spend more time with their families at night," said Eugene Lamb, commission chairman, when making the recommendation.