Local News

  • Sheriff’s office to host safety training for churches

    In the wake of the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church shooting, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with local faith-based leaders to plan a free, church-focused active shooter response training.  The recent shooting took place Nov. 5, in a small town in Texas.
    “One person decided he would disrupt church service that Sunday morning.  One person— that’s all it takes,” Sheriff Morris Young said.  “It could be Gadsden County.”

  • New business draws crowds, creates jobs

    Cars were lined up to Jefferson Street from Popeyes’ drive-thru for the fast food restaurant’s opening Monday in Quincy right after the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    The service was fast, the employees were smiling and the food was fresh.
    Regional Manager Willie Barnes stood in the parking lot for most of the day directing traffic.  He said they wanted to open a location in Quincy because it’s a lovely city with beautiful people.
    Barnes also said they had a party Saturday for their 66 employees.

  • 10-year-old boy still missing after boat crash

    The alarm on Michele Tipper’s phone went off at 3:50 p.m. Monday.
    “Time to pick Skylar up from the bus,” Tipper said matter-of-factly as she sat on the porch of Lake Talquin Lodge’s tackle shop.
    She anxiously waited as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) crew searched for him.  It was by then day three of the search, the day it had been reclassified from a rescue to a recovery operation.

  • Quincy adds alternate code enforcement magistrate

    Quincy City Manager Mike Wade said the current code enforcement magistrate, Mark Dickeson, has been called to duty by FEMA to Puerto Rico and other areas affected by the hurricanes.
    Dr. Bernard Piawah, the city’s building and planning director, said city code allows them to appoint an alternate.
    “Part of the reason we didn’t do so is we just didn’t have candidates,” Piawah said.

  • Pay set for interim county administrator

    Gadsden County Commissioners had a special meeting Oct. 26 to approve the interim county administrator’s salary.  The board voted 3-2 on Oct. 17 to appoint DeShaundra “Dee” Jackson as the interim county administrator.
    Commissioner Gene Morgan phoned in for the Oct. 26 meeting, but ended the call after his motion to further discuss Robert Presnell’s contract.  Commissioner Brenda Holt did not attend meeting.  

  • Stronger than yesterday

    At her Scottown home in Quincy, Joan Dixon-Bridges has pink tulle ribbon tied to her front porch’s screen door.  On each side of the door, a pink plastic jack-o-lantern pail sits on top of the bushes.  The pink is honor of breast cancer awareness.  Dixon-Bridges is a one-year survivor.

  • BOCC names interim county administrator

    Gadsden County has a new interim administrator.   Although it was not originally slated to be on the agenda for the Oct. 17 meeting, commissioners asked that the administrator’s position be added.
    Current County Administrator Robert Presnell’s contract ends Oct 31.  Gadsden County Commissioner Gene Morgan asked the rest of the Board of County Commissioners to extend Presnell’s contract until April 2019.

  • Festival draws colorful crowds

    “What was the best thing about today?” a reporter stooped to ask Piper Rae Widner, an adorable little girl in a frilly orange-yellow-and-black polka-dotted butterfly gown.  

  • Quincy trims raises, funds new jobs

    During the Quincy City Commission’s Oct. 10 meeting, Finance Director Ted Beason said staff recognized commissioners’ desire to fill a position in the parks and recreation department and/or public works, so they came up with options to fund the new positions.

  • 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.