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Today's News

  • Quincy: Commissioners at odds over alcohol

    At their May 24 meeting, the Quincy Commission was deadlocked on the first reading of a proposal to revise the city’s distance requirements for the location of alcohol-related businesses.
    Commissioner Keith Dowdell said the city has purchased the Kelly lot since proposing to change the ordinance, which might prohibit alcohol sales at downtown events such
    as Quincy Fest.
    He also said he wanted to add a clause about pending applications on file that weren’t approved because they weren’t in compliance with the current alcohol ordinance.

  • Overcoming obstacles like Jags

    East Gadsden High School’s gym was packed Saturday as the last class of Jaguars walk the stage.
    As he gave his salutatorian address, David Sailor quoted former President Barack Obama, “Change does not come if we wait for some other person or some oher time.  We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.”

  • Showing Panther pride till the end

    West Gadsden High School’s gymnasium reached maximum capacity last Friday evening, as several hundred people came out to watch the last senior class walk across the stage. The huge crowd of family members erupted in applauses and cheers when the Panther Class of 2017 began to march into the gym at 6:00p.m.

  • Headed to Virginia

    Five East Gadsden High School seniors are headed to Virginia University of Lynchburg.
    East Gadsden varsity football standouts LaDarion Lee, Malik Rollins, Thomas Jones, Ke’Terrius Deans and Danny Baker signed scholarship letters of intent on Tuesday.  Next year they will all hit the field as Dragons, playing for Virginia University of Lynchburg.
    Dozens of people packed East Gadsden’s TV Production Room for the signing, most of whom were the athletes’ families and fellow students.

  • Three teens arrested in robbery

    Police arrested three Gadsden County teens in connection with a pair of robberies in Tallahassee.
    According to the Tallahassee Police Department arrest report, this is what  happened:
    Police were called to Aspen Run apartments at Ocala Road in reference to a robbery at 5:02 a.m. Sunday.
    At 5:06 a.m., TPD officers were dispatched to the Kangaroo Gas Station at 1524 Jackson Bluff Road in reference to a robbery at 403 Hayden Road. A man told officers he was robbed at gunpoint around 4:45am.

  • His legacy lives on

    Alphonso Figgers spent most of his life fighting to abolish the death penalty in Florida.  
    Figgers, 65, who died at home on April 26, was laid to rest Saturday.  His funeral was Saturday at New Bethel A.M.E. in Quincy.
    Figgers was part of the Quincy Five, a group of young black men from Quincy who were charged and convicted in the 1970 murder of a Leon County sheriff’s
    deputy.  

  • May Day merriment comes to Gretna

    The City of Gretna’s annual May Day Celebration on Friday, May 6 ,drew hundreds of people.  
    Children jumped in bounce houses and climbed up inflatable slides, giggling as they slid down.  The adults mingled,  laughing and talking as they stood around, or sat in chairs, while enjoying the live music.

  • A woman’s work ...

    Some things a person never forgets.  Dorothy “Dot” Ledbetter said she remembers the day the United States declared war on Japan.  
    “I remember the Great Depression.  I was little,” Ledbetter said.
    Now she’s 90.  Her birthday was April 27, and she celebrated while doing what she loves — working.
    Ledbetter said she first started working shortly after World War II began, when all the men and boys were drafted.
    She was raised in Tallassee, Ala., and went to work at a cotton mill in a nearby town.

  • Family members face murder charges in teen’s death

    Months after being accused of starving 17-year-old JaVontez Thomas, family members are now facing murder charges.
    A grand jury indicted Thomas’ mother, Sabrina Robinson; his sister Christina Harris; and his mother’s boyfriend, Michael Butler on April 19.  The charges were upgraded from manslaughter.
    The three were already facing charges for aggravated child abuse and neglect.

  • Reginald James speaks to aspiring FAMU teachers

    Florida A&M University’s College of Education had its spring 2017 Apple Pinning Ceremony on Friday April 28.  
    Reginald James, Gadsden County’s former schools superintendent was the keynote speaker.
    James told the
    10 graduates who have just received their state teaching licenses that the induction was just a sign of achievement in their lives.
    “You’ve administered faith, demonstrated determination and demonstrated resilience,” James told
    the graduates.