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Today's News

  • Watch out for the kids!

    School's out and that means children will be out of their classrooms and out on the streets enjoying their long vacation.

    Unfortunately, there will also be impaired drivers on the streets as well. At this time of year when the spirit of the season is so beautiful, it can be abruptly ended when drivers mix spirit with spirits. The two do not mix!

  • City to cut delinquent businesses off ASAP

    Quincy city manager Jack McLean said delinquent business accounts are costing the city dollars it needs to meet its obligations. McLean decided recently that he needed to get the attention of businesses that have past due accounts.

    "When our residential customers don't pay their utility bills we have to interrupt their service. Unfortunately, we're going to have to do the same thing with some of our business accounts," McLean said.

  • GCSO nabs more than 100

    It won't be such a happy holiday for the 133 people arrested during Operation Seasons Greetings, an annual criminal roundup during which law enforcement agencies team up with parole and probation officials to track down and arrest some of the county's most wanted.

    This year was a bumper crop and Lt. Jim Corder of the Narcotics and Vice Unit of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office said he doesn't ever remember making this many arrests in such a short time.

  • Single bid submitted for hospital construction

    Only one company submitted a bid Dec. 19 to renovate and construct Gadsden Community Hospital, according to Interim County Manager Bud Parmer.

    Childress Construction Company, the company that was awarded the bid first in October, was the only company that showed interest. The bidded $8,453,720 for the job. Parmer said the next step is to have the architect, Bill Rutherford, look the bid over and determine if it meets all of the specifications.

  • 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.