Today's News

  • New business in town enjoys tattoo trend, increase in business

    At tax time a lot of businesses see a marked increase in business. Big Bend Tattoo, on East Washington Street, is no exception.

    "Business has been really good," said Brandon Barkley, one of three tattoo artists who practice the art of tattooing at the Quincy shop. From butterflies to dragons, it's all a matter personal taste when it comes to what people want tattooed on their bodies.

    Tattooing is a method of decorating the skin by inserting colored inks under the surface. The skin is punctured with a sharp instrument, usually an electric needle.

  • Family pulls together to make tough economy work for them

    Tough economic times have caused a lot of people to tighten their belts, look for ways to save money or seek ways to make more money. When gas prices went sky high and real estate hit rock bottom, Gay Steffen, owner of Shopper Express and Printing in Quincy, looked inward.

    Steffen, a licensed real estate agent, said she saw trouble coming in the real estate market about three years ago. Her husband, Marvin Steffen, was operations manager at Quincy Farms for 28 years, was also seeing signs of a downturn in that business.

  • 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.

  • Peoples, Fairley to be married March 21

    Ashley C. Peoples and Germond M. Fairley, both of Quincy, are pleased announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Amos P. Godby High School, and attended Florida A & M University DRS, where she was a member of the band and track team. She is employed by Envision Credit Union.

    The groom-elect is a graduate of James A. Shanks High School, where he played basketball and ran track. He is employed at the Florida State Hospital.

    Both plan to pursue college degrees.

  • Robinson, Griffin to be married Oct. 10

    Curtis E. and Maxine Robinson and the late Mary F. Robinson, along with Lillie D. Stokes, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Crystal E. Robinson and Antonio C. Griffin Sr.

    The bride-elect is a graduate of Amos P. Godby High School and is employed with Capital City Youth Services.

    The groom-elect is a graduate of Havana Northside High School and is self-employed as a barber at FADE Professional Barbershop.

    An Oct. 10 wedding is planned. 

  • Area high school athletes sign ink deals with colleges

    East Gadsden High School wide receiver Lance Ray signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks this morning.

    Ray had previously said he'd sign with the University of Florida, but changed his mind late into the recruiting process.

    Today is the official signing date for high school athletes to ink with the college of their choice.

    West Gadsden High's Gary Brown was expected to sign with the University of Florida, but was also considering other schools.

    Check www.gadcotimes.com for updates.


  • House fire under investigation

    A house fire of undetermined cause nearly destroyed a home on East Jefferson Street a few blocks from Quincy's central business district early this afternoon.

    Fire Chief Howard Smith said the fire started around 1 p.m. and that no one was living in the home at the time of the fire. Also, utilities to the structure had been disconnected.

    Homeowner Casey Washington said the house was filled with items that he planned to take to the flea market in Tallahassee. His plan, he said, was to sell the items in the house to raise money to remodel the house.

  • DOH identifies Bradford County resident with peanut butter-related salmonella illness

    The Florida Department of Health today identified a single case of Salmonella Typhimuirium in a resident of Bradford County. The sample from this resident matched the DNA fingerprint of the nationwide peanut outbreak.

    The patient was briefly hospitalized, but has since been discharged. It is not known at this time which product this person consumed that caused their illness. The investigation is ongoing. The department is continuing its surveillance efforts to identify any further cases that may be linked to this outbreak.

  • Elderly man found dead after mobile home fire

    A 74-year-old Quincy man, Eddie Gurley, died this morning from apparent smoke inhalation after his mobile home caught fire. The home is located just north of Quincy.

    Around 10 a.m., Fire Chief Howard Smith said a phone call alerted firefighters that someone could possibly still be in the home.

    "When we arrived the house was not fully involved so we were able to get in and check. When we found Mr. Gurley, he was already dead," Smith said.

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