http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Project calls for safer walkways http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/project-calls-safer-walkways <p> The Florida Department of Transportation recently released its five-year roadwork and construction plan for select counties across Florida, and the Gadsden County plan includes the construction of a sidewalk down South Adams road, which will increase safety for pedestrians trekking from the area around Tanyard Park to downtown.</p> <p> <br /> The sidewalk will be constructed on the western side of that street in 2019 and is one of many projects FDOT will complete in Gadsden County between 2016 and 2020.</p> Agency aims to promote healthy outlook http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/agency-aims-promote-healthy-outlook <p> The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity had a kick off meeting for its Competitive Florida Partnership with Gadsden County at the FAMU Research and Extension Farm on Monday morning. During the event,&nbsp; FDEO representatives detailed a six -month plan for helping Gadsden County agencies foster a mentality conducive to attracting better economic opportunities.</p> Economic development approach emerging http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/economic-development-approach-emerging <p> After postponing a decision about how to distribute $240,000 dedicated to county economic development at their Dec. 2 meeting until the three groups requesting the&nbsp; funds have come together to form a collective plan, Gadsden County Commissioners listened to presentations from those three groups &mdash; the Gadsden County Development Council, Gadsden County Economic Development Council the and Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce &mdash; at a workshop Tuesday<br /> afternoon.</p> Deputy loses home, contents to fire http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/deputy-loses-home-contents-fire <p> Deputy Regan Edwards and his family lost their home in the Sycamore Community to a house fire on Saturday, Dec. 13. The fire began in the master bedroom, completely destroying that side of the residence and causing severe smoke damage to the rest. Edwards attempted to extinguish the fire, according to first responders on scene, but the fire got out of control too fast, according to a Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office press release.</p> Quincy star shines in show http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy-star-shines-show <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/billydean006c.jpg" alt="Billy Dean sings a duet with 12-year-old Chloe Channell of Pace, Fla., who was a quarter-finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” " title="Billy Dean sings a duet with 12-year-old Chloe Channell of Pace, Fla., who was a quarter-finalist on “America’s Got Talent.” " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Quincy-kid-turned-national-superstar Billy Dean performed with his longtime friend, pianist Marvin Goldstein, for a packed crowd at a Tallahassee amphitheater this past Friday night in an event organized to honor the sacrifices veterans have made for society.<br /> Dean has released 11 studio albums, with three of them going gold. His last album to chart on Billboard was 2005&rsquo;s &ldquo;Let Them be Little.&rdquo;<br /> Holiday parade to prompt detours http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/holiday-parade-prompt-detours <p> Quincy will continue to receive assistance from the county with maintaining paved and unpaved streets in Quincy after city commissioners approved an agreement for maintenance services at their Tuesday night meeting.<br /> The commissioners also voted to appoint a review board for the purpose of analyzing applicants for Quincy&rsquo;s city manager position, and Fire Chief Scott Haire was added to the Fire and Police Pension Board.<br /> Midway hires firm to get to bottom of septic woes http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/midway-hires-firm-get-bottom-septic-woes <p> Midway council members approved a contract with a company to diagnose the city&rsquo;s septic tank problems at their Thursday meeting.<br /> Lighting up the season http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/lighting-season <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/holidaylights001.jpg" alt="A Quincy public works employee hangs holiday ornaments on a light pole in front of the Gadsden County courthouse. " title="A Quincy public works employee hangs holiday ornaments on a light pole in front of the Gadsden County courthouse. " align="left" hspace="6" width="110" height="85" />