Local News

  • Officer cleared in Gretna shooting

    The Gretna police officer who killed a 24-year-old man who was possibly mentally ill last October has been declared innocent for his actions by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to an investigative report recently released by  the agency.

    Through their investigation, FDLE determined Sgt. Charles Brown of GPD had just reason to believe his life was in danger during the final moments of Kaldrick Donald’s life and was thus justified in using deadly force to ensure his own safety.

  • Boys and Girls Club to open new site in Quincy

    A long-respected, national children’s organization has founded a new chapter in Quincy to be housed at a local alternative school, bringing along affordable alternatives to area parents for after-school care and summer camp programs.

    The Boys and Girls Club will house its Quincy chapter at Carter Parramore Academy starting April 13 with an after-school program that will transition into a summer camp program starting June 8.  

  • Speeding, illegal drugs top of mind at QPD forum

    The interim chief of the Quincy Police Department, alongside both a captain and lieutenant of his, held a public forum at Quincy’s city hall this past Thursday night. They led the 10 or so attendees in conversation about traffic-related issues on the city’s King Street, the thus-far ineffectiveness of the Quincy Bypass and the threat of the drug “molly.”

  • Havana man drowns in Swamp Creek

    The body of an elderly man was pulled from a creek in Havana Friday morning.

    Lewis Jackson, 74, never returned home from a fishing excursion at Swamp Creek on Thursday afternoon, say family members who lived with Jackson near the creek and went searching for him after a few hours.

    Those family members found Jackson’s truck and fishing equipment, but saw no signs of Jackson. That’s when they contacted the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Livestock event a home-grown success

    Seven members of the Gadsden County 4H club spent the past year raising, feeding and grooming steer and swine so the animals would be best suited to be auctioned off at the 71st annual Steer & Market Swine Show this past Saturday night. When the event, and therefore process, was officially over, some members released a sigh of relief while others expressed grief over selling off the animal they’d spent so much time with.

  • Creepy situation: Too many bats in school’s cafeteria

    A bat infestation problem that caused George W. Munroe Elementary School’s cafeteria to shut down is expected to have been cleared up.
    Students eating lunch were startled last Wednesday when bats began flying over their heads in the cafeteria.
    “They were in the cafeteria, and I heard a lot of screaming. I thought, ‘What is going on?” Principal Allysun Davis said. “It turns out the kids saw a bat flying above them.”
    But the cafeteria has been cleared to reopen after a Monday visit from a pest specialist company called Critter Control and a representative with the Department of Health.

  • Former Quincy police chief to run for sheriff in Leon County

    Former Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil officially filed documents March 5 that put him in the race for the office of sheriff in Leon County.
    Before serving as Quincy’s police chief for three years, McNeil served as Tallahassee’s police chief for 10 years and was appointed to two leadership positions by former Governor Charlie Crist.
    He resigned from his position as Quincy’s police chief in September 2014 so he could help with Crist’s unsuccessful 2014 gubernatorial campaign.
    Quincy’s Interim Police Chief Glenn Sapp worked under McNeil on both the Tallahassee and Quincy police forces.

  • No recall election for Micah Brown


    A press conference was held Tuesday afternoon at Quincy’s City Hall to announce that Commissioner Micah Brown will no longer be facing a recall election.

  • Growing pot to create jobs in Midway?


    Midway commissioners left their March 5 meeting under the notion that they would give further consideration to two issues: whether or not they will approve a church’s efforts to build a charter school in Midway and if they’ll accept the Florida Legislature’s offer to allow medical marijuana cultivation in Midway. 

  • Living black history

    Tallahassee Community College’s black history month program provided a stage for the founder of Quincy’s Black Heritage Museum to share the story of her civil rights work Friday morning on the college’s campus.