Today's News

  • Honoring his memory

    The rain did not dampen the spirits of those celebrating the life of Minister Alphono Figgers at a park dedication on Saturday.
    The city of Quincy has renamed Shaw Quarters Park after Figgers.  He worked diligently to get the park in the community he grew up in.  Figgers, who died in April, was not only a lifetime resident of Quincy, but also a human rights activist after he was convicted of murder as one of the “Quincy Five” and later exonerated.  He had a strong presence in the Gadsden County community.

  • QPD fires police officer after sexual misconduct investigation

    A Quincy police officer was recently fired after an alleged sexual encounter with an inmate.
    Capt. Robert MIxson with QPD said Carl Brown was terminated Friday, July 28.  The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office released a statement earlier last month stating that after interviewing the two parties, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two instances of inappropriate sexual contact had taken place between the police officer and an inmate of the county jail.

  • Back-to-school bash draws crowd

    Hundreds of people came out for the Sow-A-Seed Foundation’s Back to School Summer Summit on Saturday at the Joe Ferolito Recreation Center in Quincy.
    Prizes such as cash, school uniforms and cakes were raffled away.  Children were able to get snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn.  
    Backpacks with school supplies were also given away to the first 100 children.
    Originally there were train rides and bounce houses for outside for children, but everyone moved inside because of the rain.
    However, the party still went on.

  • In the Jeans: Sisters transform 100-hundred-year-old Hosford Homestead into bakery, gift shop

    The scent of cinnamon and spices from a couple of cooling apple pies filters out of the tiny kitchen.  Bustling through the doorway and trailing behind the delicate aroma is Gloria Jean, the sole baker.  Her signature four-layer blueberry cake, along with friendship breads, homemade cookies and other treats account for the success of her namesake half of the business venture: Gloria Jean’s Sweets.  

  • County pays to improve sheriff’s office security

    Gadsden County Commissioners voted July 18 to approve payments for additional security to the W.A. Woodham Building.  The building houses both the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and Quincy Police Department.
    County Administrator Robert Presnell said the total cost of the project was $5,233, and Sonitrol and Davis Safe & Lock were paid to complete it.  He said the finance department had already paid for the project.
    Commissioner Eric Hinson asked why it was not approved before the work was done.

  • Scholar to speak on role of AME churches in Gadsden’s history

    On Friday, July 28, the fellowship hall at New Bethel AME Church will host a very special occasion, as the congregation is in the midst of celebrating 126 years as an organization.
    The guest speaker will be acclaimed southern historian Dr. Canter Brown Jr.
    Brown, who has been a historian for more than 32 years, researched the history of New Bethel and wrote a 30-plus page document about the AME church’s history in Gadsden County, which has been featured as an ongoing series in the Times.

  • Seeing science at work

    BASF is encouraging young girls to become leaders in engineering and science.  Twenty-two SciGirls campers visited the global company’s Quincy site on Thursday, July 20, for a day filled with exploration and imagination.
    SciGirls is a two-week camp that was launched in 2006 and is run by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and WFSU, according to the MagLab’s website.

  • Cop accused of sexual misconduct

    The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged sexual encounter between an inmate and a Quincy police officer.
    The sheriff’s office released a statement last week, which stated: “After interviewing the two parties, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two instances of inappropriate sexual conduct had taken place between the them.”
    According to the statement, GCSO and QPD quickly took action, placing Officer Carl Brown on administrative leave with pay.

  • Revving up to hit the books

    The Gadsden County School Board hosted Unity in the Community Day on Saturday.
    School officials met with parents, guardians and students at West Gadsden Middle School and Shanks Middle to answer any questions they had about the upcoming school year, especially with the mergers.
    Some of the topics up for discussion were bus information, parental and community involvement and classes.  

  • Thrifting through Havana

    Locals and tourists alike hit the pavement for Havana’s sidewalk sale.
    What did they find?  Many found buried treasures, while other were in hopes of finding the perfect piece to make their home decor complete.  
    Thrifting is quite adventurous, with the hunt and excitement of finding the perfect item at a nice price.