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  • New interim city manager, mayor for Midway

    Midway council members voted unanimously to hire a new interim executive director at the regular city council meeting Thursday, Sept. 5.

    Council members hired Dorothy Inman-Johnson.

    Mayor Jerrod Holton resigned as mayor and from the council at the meeting. Angelia Goldwire, Midway finance and administration, said the resignation was expected.

    “In the last meeting he stated that he would do that, and he did,” she said. 

  • Labor Day Jam rocks Quincy

    For many years, Labor Day in Quincy was a quiet holiday for summer barbecues and other low-key gatherings.

    This Labor Day that tradition of quiet was replaced by the sound of music that started Saturday with Porchfest and continued through the long weekend ending Monday with a performance by R&B singer and American Idol Season 3 winner Fantasia, who brought members of the crowd at Tanyard Creek Park to their seat — and moved some to stand on those seats to get a better view of her high-energy show.

  • Porch perfect harmony

    Despite the heat, Porchfest drew music enthusiasts to Quincy’s historic district to wander the streets and listen to about 14 acts deliver a number of styles —including Chris Jobinski covering AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell,” The Benders delivering their rendition of a Coldplay hit and Thursday Night Music Club bringing the big band standard “Take the ‘A’ Train” to a front yard on Duval Street. Duke Ellington would have been proud.

  • Scotttown neighborhood watching

    Rewind 20 years ago when an area known affectionately as Scottown was a close-knit community of mostly relatives or people who had homesteaded there for 50 years or more. Young men brought their brides home to live in the area among longtime friends. It was a nice rural place to live.

  • Midway mayor resigns

    The latest resignation in Midway came from Mayor Jerrod Holton Monday, Aug. 26, at the end of a Special Meeting/

    Budget Workshop. At another special meeting on Aug. 20m Council Member Delores Madison asked Holton if he still lived in the city. Holton had missed two meetings because he was working out of the city. Holton responded to her query with his address and said that was his explanation.

    Madison said she read on Facebook that Holton had accepted a job in Maryland.

  • Midway fires city manager

    In a letter to Midway Mayor Jerrod Holton dated Aug. 26, Auburn Ford Jr. tendered his resignation effective Aug. 31. But the Midway City Council did not accept Ford’s resignation and instead fired him during a Special Meeting/

    Budget Workshop on Aug. 26.

    “He presented a letter of resignation, and I believe we should accept it,” said Holton.

  • Ford remains in jail

    Troubles for former Midway City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. continue to mount. On Aug. 22, Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom revoked and terminated Ford’s probationary status and sentenced him to 90 days in jail (with credit for eight days served) followed by one year of community control.

  • Reason to celebrate
  • Officials seek new home for EMS

    It appears the buildings at 412 East Jefferson Street in Quincy housing the county’s Emergency Medical Services are too small for their needs. That’s why County Administrator Robert Presnell and EMS Director Tommy Baker asked the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners for permission to seek a grant to facilitate the purchase of the old Thomas Motor Cars lot and buildings.

  • Ford submits resignation letter

    Auburn Ford Jr., Midway city manager, submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Jerrod Holton on Monday. “It is with mixed emotions, yet with firm conviction that I write this letter of resignation,” Ford wrote.

    This is the body of the letter of resignation: