Local News

  • Long-time QPD Capt. Stone retires

    Breanna A. Rittman

    Times Intern


    Capt. Ridgeway Stone has served with the Quincy Police Department for 24 years. There was a celebration for his retirement on Thursday, May 30, at the Campbell-Kelly Center. His family and colleagues were in attendance as the ceremony was led by Chief Walt McNeil of the Quincy Police Department.


  • Thousands flock to Mega-Reunion

    The parking lots at the former Havana Northside High School were filled to capacity and cars were parked in every possible space around the school for blocks. More than 2,000 people were sitting under tents and large umbrellas that ringed the old baseball diamond. There were more than 50 grills going and half as many fryers cooking up some of the best smelling and probably tastiest Southern food on the planet.


  • Pomp, circumstance, pride

    Even before 8 a.m., people started arriving on the East Gadsden High School campus. By 8:45 a.m., the gymnasium, the venue for graduation was full and people were directed to go to the overflow room in the cafeteria. That, too, was filling up quickly.


    “Ladies and gentlemen, I would ask you to make alittle more room. We have people still standing outside waiting to come in; some have come quite a distance so please let’s try to accommodate,” said Gadsden County School Superintendent Reginald James.

  • Hurricane season ahead

    It is common knowledge that knowledge is power, and the more you know about hurricanes the more likely you are to survive and have a positive outcome. Hear directly from t experts representing more than 20 state and local agencies on what to do before, during and after a hurricane to increase your chances of survival. It’s all going to be happening from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Courthouse Square in Quincy.


  • Schools fare well in FCAT math

    The Florida Department of Education released the latest Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests results May 24. Overall, students raised their scores on state writing tests. Most improvements were made among minorities and elementary school children, according to DOE.


    According to the DOE, African-American students made some of the largest gains, improving their writing scores by 6 points overall. 


  • Scott’s vetoes impact county

    Gov. Rick Scott used the power of his veto pen Monday to put the skids to three Gadsden County projects which totaled $750,000.

    The most expensive item to get the ax was the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office request for a community and recreation enter for $400,000. Sheriff Morris Young said he needed the funds to purchase a former tomato warehouse off Bostick Road and begin transforming it into a multi-purpose family center geared toward recreation and education for youth.

  • Big bash for babies

    Breanna A. Rittman
    Times Intern

    Helping new or expecting parents figure out what to do with that wonderful bundle of joy was the purpose of recent community event.

    The Gadsden County Healthy Start Coalition hosted its third Healthy Baby Community Baby Shower on Saturday. It drew a crowd of about 200 and about 15 agencies were on hand to provide valuable information and some helpful giveaways.

  • Hurricane season starts June 1

    With the start of the 2013 hurricane season just a week away, Shawn Wood, director of Gadsden County’s Emergency Management Office, said the county is getting ready.
    June 1 is the kickoff of the 2013-2014 hurricane season. On Saturday, the Emergency Management Office, the City of Quincy’s Anti-Litter Campaign and the Gadsden County School Board will partner for a day of information and enlightenment on the Courthouse Square from noon to 4 p.m.
    The aim was to use that day and site for distribution of important community information.

  • Lady Cats finish season

    The Munroe softball team played errorless softball to pull off a major upset over district rival Aucilla Christian in 2A Region 1 semifinals. That win earned them a berth in the regional finals against Academy at the Lakes for the second straight season.

    Unfortunately, the errors they avoided against Aucilla found them down in Wesley Chapel and doomed them from a repeat trip to the state finals. AATL won 9-3 and only three of their nine runs were earned.

  • Senator releases list of proposed Gadsden projects

    Times Editor
    Now that what has been described as a “very active” Legislative session has drawn to a close, State Sen. Bill Montford’s office released the following accomplishments for Gadsden County.
    “North Florida has something unique and special and it must be protected and recognized,” said Montford in a press release.