Local News

  • Civil War statue’s future unclear on courthouse square

    The Confederate Monument on Quincy’s courthouse square was recently at the center of a debate on social media.  Some see it as a memorial for the soldiers from Gadsden County who died in the Civil War, while others see it as an ugly reminder of America’s dark past.
    William Lees with the Florida Public Archaeology Network at the University of West Florida said the monument was erected in 1877 by the local chapter of the Ladies Memorial Association.

  • Beating the odds

    It started with just a little soreness under her arm.  Gaye Lashley said it was the end of 2008, and she was already seeing her doctor for another medical issue when she mentioned it to him.
    “When he pushed down, he could feel the swollen lymph node,” Lashley said.
    The doctor ordered a mammogram and ultrasound for her.  She said she always went to get a mammogram every year anyway.
    On Dec. 30, the test results came back.  Lashley said the mammogram and ultrasound had not detected the cancer.  

  • Havana man dies in crash

    A Havana man was killed after his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado ran off the road and  hit two trees early Friday morning.  
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Braiden Pittman, 21, was driving northbound on Dover Road, also known as County Road 159.  
    While navigating a left-hand curve, Pittman’s truck left the roadway and entered the eastern grassy shoulder.  
    The pickup then traveled over a driveway and became airborne.  

  • Quincy sticks with old budget — for now

    Quincy Commissioners recently voted 4-1 to adopt an ordinance, which would allow them to levy property taxes by using the rollback rate for the upcoming fiscal year on its second reading.
    Mayor Daniel McMillan and Quincy Commissioners Angela Sapp, Gerald “Andy” Gay and Keith Dowdell voted in favor of adopting the rollback rate of 4.5420 mills, while Commissioner Derrick Elias voted against. A “rollback rate” means taxpayers pay the same property tax as they did the prior year, based on taxable property value.

  • Future murky for Presnell

    At their Tuesday, Sept. 19, meeting, Gadsden County Commissioners could not come to an agreement on renewing County Administrator Robert Presnell’s contract.
    Presnell, who has served as county administrator for the past 13 years, is enrolled in the state’s consulted with him.
    Cunningham said that last year, Midway’s total property value was an estimated $124 million.  Last year the council went with the maximum millage rate, which was actually lower than the rolled-back rate, so property owners received a tax cut.  

  • An honor to serve

    Five Gadsden County civic clubs honored local law enforcement officers at a luncheon on Tuesday.
    The Quincy Kiwanis Club, Quincy Pilot Club, Quincy Rotary, Quincy Lions Club and Havana Kiwanis joined forces to host their annual Law Enforcement Day Luncheon at the First Baptist Church in Quincy.  
    Judge Ronald Flury was the guest speaker.  Presiding over both civil and criminal cases, Flury serves as the administrative judge for Leon County.

  • Tax hike ahead in Midway

    In the past week, Midway City Council member votes were split as they voted on the millage rate and budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    But in the end, a council majority voted 3-2 in favor of the 5-mill rate, rather than the 4.75-mill rollback rate.

  • Suspect nabbed in pool hall murder, robbery

    A Gretna man is in jail after being arrested in connection with an armed robbery and murder in Chattahoochee.
    According to a statement issued by Chattahoochee Police Department, three men entered Tata’s Pool Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 13, two of whom had their faces covered.  Two were armed with handguns, and the other with an AK-47-style rifle.
    When they entered, six people were inside.  Two were playing pool.  Three were at a card table, and one was sweeping.  Authorities say they ordered everyone to get down on the floor.

  • Helping hands, hearts

    Less than a week after Hurricane Irma ripped through South Florida, members of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Quincy spent Saturday collecting items for families in Immokalee affected by the storm.  As soon as they began unloading one vehicle, another pulled up.  By that afternoon, a semi tractor-trailer was filled to the maximum capacity with food, water,Although Huapilla is a student at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, she is also a migrant farmer.  So are her parents.

  • Midway’s new city manager gets four-year contract

    Many Midway citizens who attended Midway City Council’s meeting this past Thursday expressed outraged after council members voted to approve City Manager Leslie Steele’s four-year contract.