Local News

  • 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.  

  • Pieces of the past

    In a little building next to her home on State Road 12, two miles southwest of Greensboro, Lynda Britt runs a fabric store and quilt shop.
    Inside the shop is a collection of beautiful quilts and vibrant, colorful fabric — all made of cotton.
    Britt opened her first fabric shop in Grand Ridge, where she is originally from, about five years ago.
    She said she, her sister and her husband had been talking about it for years.  Her sister used to have a flower shop, and the two decided to use the same building as a fabric shop.

  • Mural, mural on the wall

    The renaissance has begun.  The new mural being painted in downtown Quincy is only the beginning of turning the city into a multi-ethnic arts and cultural destination, said Joe Munroe, director of Quincy Main Street.
    Charlie Johnston traveled more than 1,800 miles from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada to paint the piece of art  titled “Keepers of the Hippocratic Oath.” It honors three of Gadsden County’s most prominent
    African-American physicians.

  • Gadsden deputy injured in Leon County crash

    A Gadsden County deputy was seriously injured in a crash Friday night.  
    According a Florida Highway Patrol report, the wreck happened just after
    8 p.m. on North Meridian Road at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive in
    According to troopers, 20-year-old Oskari Hiltunen made a left turn on Lakeshore Drive and collided with 27-year-old
    Gadsden County Deputy Maximilian Sander’s motorcycle.
    Sander was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

  • Quincy: Commissioners at odds over alcohol

    At their May 24 meeting, the Quincy Commission was deadlocked on the first reading of a proposal to revise the city’s distance requirements for the location of alcohol-related businesses.
    Commissioner Keith Dowdell said the city has purchased the Kelly lot since proposing to change the ordinance, which might prohibit alcohol sales at downtown events such
    as Quincy Fest.
    He also said he wanted to add a clause about pending applications on file that weren’t approved because they weren’t in compliance with the current alcohol ordinance.

  • Overcoming obstacles like Jags

    East Gadsden High School’s gym was packed Saturday as the last class of Jaguars walk the stage.
    As he gave his salutatorian address, David Sailor quoted former President Barack Obama, “Change does not come if we wait for some other person or some oher time.  We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek.”

  • Showing Panther pride till the end

    West Gadsden High School’s gymnasium reached maximum capacity last Friday evening, as several hundred people came out to watch the last senior class walk across the stage. The huge crowd of family members erupted in applauses and cheers when the Panther Class of 2017 began to march into the gym at 6:00p.m.

  • Three teens arrested in robbery

    Police arrested three Gadsden County teens in connection with a pair of robberies in Tallahassee.
    According to the Tallahassee Police Department arrest report, this is what  happened:
    Police were called to Aspen Run apartments at Ocala Road in reference to a robbery at 5:02 a.m. Sunday.
    At 5:06 a.m., TPD officers were dispatched to the Kangaroo Gas Station at 1524 Jackson Bluff Road in reference to a robbery at 403 Hayden Road. A man told officers he was robbed at gunpoint around 4:45am.

  • Headed to Virginia

    Five East Gadsden High School seniors are headed to Virginia University of Lynchburg.
    East Gadsden varsity football standouts LaDarion Lee, Malik Rollins, Thomas Jones, Ke’Terrius Deans and Danny Baker signed scholarship letters of intent on Tuesday.  Next year they will all hit the field as Dragons, playing for Virginia University of Lynchburg.
    Dozens of people packed East Gadsden’s TV Production Room for the signing, most of whom were the athletes’ families and fellow students.

  • His legacy lives on

    Alphonso Figgers spent most of his life fighting to abolish the death penalty in Florida.  
    Figgers, 65, who died at home on April 26, was laid to rest Saturday.  His funeral was Saturday at New Bethel A.M.E. in Quincy.
    Figgers was part of the Quincy Five, a group of young black men from Quincy who were charged and convicted in the 1970 murder of a Leon County sheriff’s