Local News

  • Living the dream: Newlyweds beginning cross-country trek

    Walking across the country like the titular character in “Forrest Gump”, a couple paused their 2,400-mile journey this past Thursday night to rest in Quincy.
    David and Natalie McDonald, 23 and 19, walk 20 miles every day, except Sundays, and plan to do so for the next seven months. After walking 20 miles every day, they either sleep outside in a tent or are invited by someone who knows the reason they’re walking to spend the night in their house.

  • Judge hears arguments in Quincy legal fee case

    The judge presiding over Quincy Commissioner Keith Dowdell’s lawsuit with a group of Quincy citizens against the city of Quincy made it clear in the case’s first hearing Tuesday afternoon he would be ruling over whether the Quincy Commission made an illegal decision paying legal expenses — not whether that decision was a
    logical one.

  • Quincy Shuttle service to resume March 2

    The Quincy Shuttle is being brought back after county commissioners voted to reinstate the service at their Feb. 3 meeting.

    The bus will run Monday through Friday beginning March 2.

    County Administrator Robert Presnell said the county decided to reinstate the Quincy Shuttle as a part of the goal to increase public transportation accessibility throughout the county.

  • Young scientists show their skills in science fair

    Some of the county’s most talented science students participated in the district-wide science fair Tuesday morning at St. John Elementary.

    The participants had all won either first or second place in their schools’ science fairs, were in the third, fourth or fifth grades and represented each of the eight district elementary schools except Gadsden Elementary Magnet School.

  • Gretna Police to shed some paperwork

    News of a high-tech tool now available to Gretna police was announced at this past week’s Gretna city commission meeting.
    Gretna Police Chief Carlos De La Cruz told commissioners that the department will become the first accredited police station in Gadsden County due to a new  addition — a document management system.

  • One shining evening

    Two high school seniors from Gadsden County were recognized for winning a highly valuable scholarships Saturday night at a banquet for the Biletnikoff Award.

    Camarion Hale and Evelyn Kay Fletcher, from East Gadsden and Robert F. Munroe, respectively, will both be granted a scholarship worth $6,000 to $10,000 and will be granted a housing scholarship for four years of college, covering expenses up to $50,000.

  • Dowdell takes the lead in suing city

    Quincy Commissioner Keith Dowdell is leading a group of residents in suing the city for a decision the city commission made to cover Commissioner Micah Brown’s legal fees in his fight against a recall election.

    In the lawsuit documents, in which the plaintiffs explain their demand for a trial by jury, the decision to pay Brown’s legal fees before he wins his case is described as “an illegal expenditure of public funds.”

  • Burglar targets Quincy cellphone business

    It was business as usual Monday morning at Page Plus in Quincy, with store owner Willie Lanier and his employee cracking jokes and entertaining guests between helping customers understand how to use their new smartphones. You would never have known the store had been burglarized the previous Friday.
    According to a Quincy Police Department incident report, an officer was dispatched to PagePlus, located on South Monroe Street, around 8 a.m., finding the store’s window

  • Havana facade grants approved

    Getting in shape was on the minds of Havana Town Council members at their Jan. 27 meeting thanks to a visit from Rachel Guy of Gadsden County’s health department.
    During the time for public comment,  Guy, a senior health educator of Gasdsen County, explained the reason for her visit.
    Guy is part of Get Going Gasden: Healthiest Weight Initiative.
    “We really want people to get healthy and so far we have over 200 participants who are ready to get fit. The only problem is we have no participants in Havana.”

  • Two weeks to settle facts in furlough case

    The judge presiding over State Attorney Willie Meggs’ contempt of court case against Sheriff Morris Young decided Monday to give attorneys on both sides two weeks to come to an agreement over what the facts are concerning Young’s use of jail furloughs and what needs to be determined when the case goes to trial.