Today's News

  • Gadsden County suicide rate soars

    Since January of this year 27 Gadsden County residents have attempted suicide and 12 have been successful. The problem has Sheriff Morris Young searching for answers and looking for help anywhere he can find it.

        "That's too many people for a county our size, it could become epidemic. At the rate we're going we may have 25 deaths by suicide by the end of the year," he said.

         By comparison, according to state data, Gadsden County only recorded six suicides in 2008.

  • Historic church marks milestone

    It sits on the corner of Duval and Clark streets in Quincy, almost a stone's throw from the courthouse steps. It is on the city's historic registry and is featured as a place of interest in the city's publication called "On The Trail in Historic Quincy."

  • Young tumbler takes AAU gold medals

    As a little girl Megan Haire loved to tumble, flip and do head stands. Her parents, Scott and Deloris Haire, thought they'd better channel that energy into something safe and productive. She could still do what she liked but under the supervision of professionals.

    The couple sought out Murkerson's Gymnastics School in Bainbridge, Ga. three years ago and enrolled Megan.

        There, the family met owner Melynda Murkerson, who became Megan's coach. The hours of training have begun paying off.

  • FCAT math scores don't add up

    Upon publication of the 2010 FCAT results last month several school districts, including Gadsden immediately saw results that raised red flags. As a result nearly every Florida school district has requested further evaluation, specifically as it relates to the learning gains of the 25 percent lowest performing students throughout the state.

  • Two die in crash, three hurt

    Two people were killed and three injured early Sunday afternoon when two SUVs collided on Pat Thomas Parkway (267), south of Interstate 10. Teresa Hemanes, 54, a passenger in the green vehicle and Geroge Synder,  54, the driver and only person in the white vehicle died at the scene.

        Three others in the green vehicle, Clyde Fletcher, 52, Kristina Mendoza, 34, and a 8-year-old girl whose name was not released, were hospitalized and are listed in fair to serious condition. All of the victims are from Quincy.

  • Hospital exceeds county's expectations

    It's been a month since Capital Regional Medical Center Gadsden Memorial Campus opened its door for business. And all expectations have been exceeded in a good way, said assistant county attorney Michael Glazer, in an oral report to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners during their regular meeting on July 6.

         "We been averaging 45 to 50 patients per day which is about double what we expected and a lot of them are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid," he said.

  • Giving back: Smith hosts football camp

    Leroy Smith, Quincy native and former NFL standout, will host a football camp for children 13 years or younger July 16-18 at Corry Field. Smith, who is a 2000 graduate of Shanks High School where he played under Coach Andy Gay,  

    said the camp is intended to give back to the community through the youth.

        Smith played defensive back at Florida State University before joining the Chicago Bears in the National Football League and the Tampa Bay Storm and the Utah Blaze in the American Football League.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    Her shoulders shuddered slightly when her son started over to her front row seat with his pretty bouquet. She sobbed quietly for an instant out of shear pride and delight.


    Why wouldn’t she? Her first born son, Master Sergeant Ward, (He’d always be Pee Wee to her.) Heffner was retiring after 25 years of active duty from the U.S. Air Force.


    Ward  Monroe Heffner, Jr. was born in Monticello, Fla. in 1967, ( incidentally, the year I was medically retired from the Coast Guard).


  • Our View: Power companies pulling the strings

    In denying reappointment interviews to two members to the Florida Public Service Commission, the PSC Nominating Council proves just how questionable the relationship between utilities and the entity that regulates it is.eeeeJust ask Nancy Argenziano: “This is a very dysfunctional and corrupt system,” said the PSC chairwoman, who is being shown the door in January at the end of her four-year term.

  • Crash claims 8-year-old Quincy boy

    A early morning car crash on July 2 claimed the life of 8-year-old Jovaunte' D. Cunningham of Quincy.

        He was the passenger in a car driven by his 15-year-old half brother, Johndarius Cunningham.

        According to published reports, Johndarius was driving a 1998 four-door Lincoln around 1 a.m. on State Road 159, just north of Dupont Road near Midway. For an unknown reason he lost control of the vehicle, swerved off the roadway and onto the shoulder of the road, hitting a utility pole, breaking it in half.