Today's News

  • With new head coach, East Gadsden Jaguars ready to roar this season

    Under the guidance of returned Coach Corey Fuller,  the Jaguars have turned the page on last year’s forgettable season, and have refocused themselves. Optimism within the players and coaches can be both seen and felt during their intense team practices.
    The seed of high expectation was planted by East Gadsden’s coaching staff in the spring, and is continually being watered during fall practice.  
    Fuller is providing his players with tough love in an effort to make sure “guys get better with each practice.”

  • ‘Somewhere to call your own’

    Ayanna McKinnon has been going through the process of owning a home with the Big Bend chapter of Habitat for Humanity for two years now. That process could finally be over in October.
    Habitat of Humanity began construction on McKinnon’s home Saturday. It will be in Midway, making it the first home built by Habitat in Gadsden County in five years. The home will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
    To prepare for buying a home through Habitat, McKinnon was required to take courses pertaining to budgeting, maintaining good credit and maintaining a home.

  • Candidates lining up for state rep seat

    Because Alan Williams’ term will end in 2016 serving for eight years in the District 8 Florida House of Representatives seat, a new crop of candidates hope to be elected next year.
    All four candidates registered for the election have ties to Gadsden County, and because they have all registered as Democrats, they will face off in the 2016 primary election next August.
    The four candidates are Brad Johnson of Midway, Clarence Jackson of Gretna, Ramon Alexander of Tallahassee and Dianne Williams-Cox of

  • Quincy’s downtown to house another church

    Quincy commissioners approved a church for operation in the downtown district at their Tuesday night meeting. The approval is dependent upon the church meeting specific
    The conditions include working with the city’s planning department to create a plan of the church’s proposed uses as well as address the issues raised by the city’s fire chief when he inspected the building, which is at 15 S. Madison St.

  • Day in court: DA Meggs and Sheriff Young

    The trial to determine whether Sheriff Morris Young gave furloughs to inmates at the Gadsden County Jail against judicial order ended Tuesday after a two-day trial.

    Ultimately, State Attorney Willie Meggs wanted Young to be found guilty of contempt in court charges. Meggs claimed Young continued to give furloughs even after being ordered by a judge to not do so without first receiving judicial approval.

    Young’s attorney Eric Abrahamsen argued the sheriff was never given an official judicial order saying he cannot give furloughs without judicial approval.

  • Gearing up for going back

    In addition to providing children with backpacks and other school supplies at their annual back-to-school celebration, the Jessie Furlow Medical Center views the day as an opportunity to provide health screenings and other medical services to the children and their parents who may not usually receive them.

  • FDOT hosts meeting to show Quincy bypass options

    FDOT had a workshop this past Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Quincy to gauge public opinion about their Quincy Bypass efforts before they begin the second phase of their project, which is intended to redirect trucking traffic away from Quincy’s historic/business district.

    A flyer for the meeting reads, “the ultimate purpose of this project is to provide an east-west connection between County Road 268 (Solomon Dairy Road) and State Road 12 to relieve existing traffic conditions on S.R. 12 within the Quincy/Gadsden County area.”

  • Rattler revelry

    The Gadsden County chapter of FAMU alumni had its first scholarship gala Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Quincy.

    The purpose of the night was to “raise scholarship funds to send  some of Gadsden County’s best and brightest students to Florida A&M University,” said mistress of  ceremonies Vicki Johnson. For a $50 ticket, attendees were treated to live entertainment by

    Dayve Stewart and the Vibe Band, a baked chicken dinner and a keynote address from FAMU President Elmira Mangum.

  • County commissioners hire new attorney

    Gadsden’s Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to retain attorney David Weiss of the Ausley and McMullen firm as the county’s attorney at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting.

  • Mike Wade hired as Quincy’s permanent city manager

    Mike Wade is officially Quincy’s permanent manager, as Quincy commissioners voted to approve his contract for the position at their meeting Tuesday in a 4-1 vote. He had been interim manager for more than a year.

    Commissioner Daniel McMillan said Wade will be working for
    60 percent of what the last manager earned, and added, “people might not like the way we went about it (the hiring process), but everything we did was