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  • In year of statewide slide, Gadsden yields another A school



    Executive Editor

    In a year when the number of “A” elementary school dropped by 48 percent statewide, Gadsden County kept the A’s it had last year and added one more, for a total of four elementary schools earning top marks.

    “That’s significant in this particular environment,” Reginald James, superintendent of Schools, said in a press conference.

  • Man accused of attempting to ram woman with SUV

    At about 7:20 a.m. Friday, the Quincy Police Department responded to area of the 612 4th St., Quincy, in reference to a man attempting to run over a woman, according to a QPD press release.

  • In any language

    First Baptist Church in Quincy was almost packed to the rafters Tuesday, July 23, when the Daraja Children Choir of Africa performed. The children’s dynamic voices had people standing on their feet, waving their hands in praise.

  • GCSO nabs duo accused of five-county crime spree

    The couple had been dubbed “Bonnie and Clyde” by law enforcement authorities but what 35-year-old William Larry Easterwood Jr. and Elizabeth Lauren Watts, 30, are suspected of doing is not a movie. However, one alleged caper committed in Havana on May 8 was caught on camera. 

  • Quincy fires city attorney amid questions over fees

    Larry White, attorney for the city of Quincy for the past 10 years, was fired Tuesday night during the regular bi-monthly meeting. For several meetings, several commissioners have complained that White’s salary is too high and that they were not satisfied with the quality of his work.

  • Midway school: No money? No problem?

    Midway’s City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. said he has no doubt the Midway Charter School will open on time in August 2014. 

    “We’re advertising for a construction manager for the school this week,” Ford said.

    However, hiring a manager will depend on whether or not the consultant who will put the grant package together for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the funding source for the construction phase of the physical plant, has been hired.

  • New but no stranger

    State Sen. Bill Montford was right at home Thursday, July 18, when he officially opened a satellite office in Quincy. While most of his work will still be nailed down at his office in the state capitol, the new office at 29 E. Washington St. (the C.E.D.O. Building), in Quincy will be more accessible to constituents who live outside of Tallahassee.

  • Business eyeing old Printing House faces obstacles

    Gadsden commissioners have yet to put out the welcome mat for a business interested in moving into a long-shuttered Quincy facility. 

    Whether or not Sicamu Inc. (Spray Quimica) will relocate in the former Printing House will be determined later. The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners said they wanted to wait until the issue is sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission before making a decision. 

  • Strip club plans opposed

    It appears the repeal of Midway Ordinance 94-12, which would allow alcohol to be served in an adult entertainment establishment, will not become a reality if the reaction from citizens on the first reading during the July 11 regular meeting is any indication.

  • Spreading their wings

    With two young boys on the verge of becoming teenagers, Ladreica Figgers knew her  boys needed to know a few things they could only learn from other men. 

    So when she heard about Fellas Night Out, an event in which men in the community spend an intense 18 hours mentoring young boys, she didn’t want her sons to miss out.