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Today's News

  • Quincy restaurant robbed Monday night

    Quincy police are looking for two men who robbed the night manager of Captain D's restaurant at gunpoint and took an undisclosed amount of money late Monday night.

    According to Investigator Clarence Pearson of the Quincy Police Department, two men, dressed in black from head to toe, waited outside the restaurant. When the manager and two other employees walked outside at 10:45 p.m., one of the men pointed the gun at the manager and ordered him to give him the pouch containing the night deposit.

  • Hispanic family celebrates Christmas amidst struggles, heartache

    As Christmas approaches, the Becerra family in Greensboro is looking forward to it with mixed feelings. The family has faced hard times for a year, but they are not feeling sorry themselves.

    “I don't feel in the mood to celebrate anything this year. I'm just grateful to my Lord Jesus for my family and especially for allowing my husband to have survived a stroke," said 47-year-old Maria Becerra.

  • Superintendent first recipient of youth foundation award

    Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James was honored last week as the first recipient of the Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation Meritorious Service Award, presented at Chipola College in Marianna.

    The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of educational services such as mentoring, counseling, motivational seminars, trips to post-secondary institutions and financial support to a diverse student population that is committed to pursue secondary education or training, whether academic, vocational or technical.

  • Jags win 2 in Chipola, gear up for Classic

    East Gadsden High School won both their games in last weekend’s Chipola Classic played in Marianna.

    The Jaguars defeated Marianna in overtime Friday night and came back to clip Malone Saturday night.

    “It was a hard-fought game against Marianna,” Jaguar coach Demetric Salters said. “They are well-coached and are hard to beat in the Chipola Gym. But we held in there and played well in the overtime period.”

    East Gadsden outscored the Bulldogs 11-3 in the extra period, breaking away from the 57 all-regulation tie.

  • Lady Panthers fall to Sneads, Jags set to play Jan. 6

    In limited basketball action last week because of exams and early release for the Christmas holidays, West Gadsden lost to Sneads by a 56-46 score. Sneads led 34-23 at the half.

    The Panthers did manage a small run in the fourth quarter outscoring the Pirates 10-8. West Gadsden did have three players in double figures but got scoring from only five players. Kayla Streeter led all scorers with 17 points. Cydavia Warner scored 13 points and Lakendra Crittendon added 10. Bridae White hauled down 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and Streeter had four steals.

  • Clerk paints dim picture of county’s finances

    "I would describe the financial status of the county as fragile. You have to be careful or it will break," said Gadsden County Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas during a special called meeting last week.

    Thomas and all constitutional officers were invited to the meeting to address Gadsden County commissioners on what they see as the immediate financial future of the county. He presented a detailed financial update, he said, in response to questions posed to him by individual commissioners.

  • Gretna, Havana clubs nixed

    Bleak financial predictions have become a reality for the Boys & Girls Clubs planned for Havana and Gretna and both are facing a combined $150,000 cut in operating funds for at least a year. The funding for these two clubs will be revisited when the county has a clearer financial picture.

    The Quincy and Chattahoochee clubs, at $75,000 each for operations, are safe.

  • Senior center open amidst issues

    The Gadsden Senior Citizens Center is still serving seniors and all programs will continue to operate uninterrupted, according to Janice Wise, executive director of the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida Inc.

    Two weeks ago the president and vice-president of the center’s board of directors resigned. Last Thursday morning, Executive Director Laverne Demous and another top official, Erica Cooper, were terminated.

    Wise and several people from the agency’s headquarters in Tallahassee have stepped in to run the center temporarily.

  • Work set to begin after Urgent Care move

    The Urgent Care Center at Gadsden Community Hospital has moved to the western wing of the hospital so that renovations can begin on the former emergency room in preparation for the reopening of the hospital by June 21, 2009.

    The move was necessary because of the extensive work that will be required.

    A large red and white sign now directs those in need of services to the parking area and the new entrance, which is closer to the first driveway, heading east.

  • Gadsden Arts Center honors donors, volunteers

    The Gadsden Arts Center was the setting recently as center director Grace Maloy and staff held its annual appreciation reception for donors and volunteers.

    Maloy thanked everyone who played a part in the center’s successes in 2008 and singled out those who went above and beyond the call of duty. Following a brief slide presentation on the accomplishments of the year, she recognized each recipient and presented them with a print of the 2008 Regional Art Exhibit commemoration poster, a cut paper creation, by Art In Gadsden founder Beth Appleton.