Local News

  • Remembering Abbey

    A grieving dad is on a mission.  He wants the world to know his daughter’s name, and her story.
    Bill Conner left Madison, Wis., on May 22 — the day after his son Austin graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee — with his daughter’s ashes tucked away in the front of a red handlebar bag.   He’s traveling across the country, on his bicycle, to Fort Lauderdale where his 20-year-old daughter Abigail died.  Before making the trip, Conner said he sold everything he owned, except his car and two bins of clothes.

  • Law change could be recipe for home-baked success

    Think you could turn your secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies into a serious business but worried about too much red tape?
    An update to Florida’s cottage baking laws could give enterprising home bakers a big boost.

  • Park dedication honors Quincy educators

    The sound of baseball bats cracking filled the air at Jackson Heights Park on Saturday morning, setting the stage for the Quincy community to honor three educators who helped to pave the way to success for all the kids whose paths they crossed.
    The ceremony was headed up by Mayor Pro-Tem Angela Sapp and Quincy Parks Director Greg Taylor, who spoke to community members about these educators and how they touched the community.

  • Community making big plans

    The smell of barbeque and sounds of joyful music filled the air as families gathered at the 5F center in community of Greenshade for a fundraising picnic on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
    The fundraising picnic was hosted by members of the newly formed Greenshade-Dogtown Volunteer Fire department to bring community members together, and raise money to build a fire station on land they recently acquired from Gadsden County. Once the building is built and a fire truck is purchased, the volunteer fire department will become fully operational.

  • Keeping Quincy reading

    When Monica Watkins-Clay and her family moved from Chattahoochee to Quincy, she knew she couldn’t leave behind her Little Free Library. Little Free Library is a nationwide non-profit organization which, through sponsors like Watkins-Clay, is able to provide a free book exchange in the neighborhoods where they are located.

  • Setting up for success

    A local teen is headed to Edward Waters College on a volleyball scholarship.  
    Emoni Bittle, who lives in the Scottstown community, is the first person in Gadsden County to receive a volleyball scholarship in 25 years.
    Bittle said she’s been playing volleyball since the sixth grade.  The Godby High School graduate said she knew she wanted to attend an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) so she called Edward Waters about two months before going to tryouts.

  • A long run: Theater managers plan retirement after more than 30 years at QMT

    After more than three decades at the Quincy Music Theatre, Bill and Jane Mock are retiring.  The two met at the theatre 33 years ago.
    “We were buddies for a while before we ever went out,” Jane said.
    Bill said back then they were both volunteers.  
    “I was building sets, and she was the artistic painter,” Bill said.  “We also starred in several shows

  • Stirring up business sense

    Business was booming at First Chanze Lemonade on Saturday.  
    Tallahassee’s Lemonade Day is always the second week in June, and this year organizers extended it into Gadsden County.  
    Lemonade Day is a national youth entrepreneurship training program teaching K-12 youth how to start a business using the classic lemonade stand model.  
    This past Saturday, lemonade stand tycoons Ry’enn and Logan set up shop in the parking lot outside Walgreens in Quincy.

  • TCC to lend helping hand to Gadsden students

    Tallahassee Community College announced the launch of the Gadsden Learn Scholarship Program on Thursday, June 8.
    The program aims to help fill the gap between financial aid and tuition expenses for any Gadsden County students who graduate with a 3.0 or higher, and have completed the FAFSA.

  • District reveals unified high school’s name

    The school formerly known as East Gadsden will re-open as Gadsden County High School this fall.
    After hearing the top choices from the committee headed by EGHS’ principal, Superintendent Roger Milton said school board members voted unanimously on the school’s name.  They also voted to have the new school’s colors to include those of both East and West Gadsden — navy blue, Carolina blue, maroon, black, white and silver.   They will also keep the (formerly East Gadsden) Jaguars as the mascot.