Quincy Commissioner Keith Dowdell told his fellow commissioners at their meeting last Tuesday, February10th that he and a number of unnamed taxpayers had filed a lawsuit demanding that the Quincy commission not fund the defense of Commissioner Micah Brown during his potential recall.
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Tallavana Christian won the Panhandle Christian Conference Eastern Division tournament with decisive wins over Panama City Christian and Maranatha Christian at the TCS Gym. Craig Bolton led four Lions in double digits with 25 points in a 78-58 win over PCCS. Phillip Suber scored 17 points and Keith Cooper and Jason Patton added 14 and 10, respectively. Against Maranatha, Suber led TCS with 32 points while Bolton chipped in 16 for an 86-53 victory. [Full Story »]
Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Coalition’s Clean Water and Amendment 1 Rally was held Wednesday at the Capitol. The fight for clean water is still an uphill battle. Last November, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment was approved by Florida voters.
Amendment 1 supporters want money allocated to protect Florida’s waterways and conservation lands.
There have been over 4,000 comments submitted to the Florida Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation committee on where the funds should be allocated.
Numerous supporters traveled from all over to the Capitol to make sure the State of Florida is aware of what the people want. Andrea Rea traveled all the way from Floral City to make sure her voice was heard.
“I am here because I can’t believe what corporate businesses are doing to our waters. They pay small fines but in order to stop their toxic pollution, they should be indicted and sent to prison. Fines are no longer working when you have billions of dollars,” said Rea.
She did not make this journey alone.
Rea was accompanied by eight other members of the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Church to participate in the rally.
Several organizations participated in the rally such as ReThink Energy Florida, Sierra Club Florida, Wakulla Springs Alliance and Environment Florida.
Former Attorney General of Florida Bill McCollum shared his support for conservation efforts.
Jennifer Rubiello, Campaign Organizer for Environment Florida, made her way from St. Petersburg. Rubiello and other organizations joined together to help make this rally happen.
“We want to close a huge loophole in Amendment 1 that leaves drinking water at risk. Also, we are working to restore clean water protection,” said Rubiello.
West Gadsden’s boys’ basketball team advanced to the regional finals by defeating Northview-Bratt 74-44 Tuesday night in the Class 1A - Region 2 semi-final game at the Panther gym in Greensboro.
The Panthers (28-2) turned up the defense and kept Northview-Bratt out of sync most of the night. By halftime the Panthers were leading 36-18 and never looked back.
Justin Walker led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points, 13 of those coming in the first quarter. Archie Albritton added 16 more for the home team.
West Gadsden will now host its nemesis, Chipley High School, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Chipley defeated Franklin County 85-46 Tuesday night to reach the final.
The winner of the West Gadsden - Chipley game will advance to the state tournament next week in Lakeland.
Quincy cleared of document allegation
The City of Quincy recently received a copy of a letter from the State Attorney’s office to the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement (FDLE) that clears the city of allegations raised by Quincy City Commissioner Keith Dowdell in a September news release to area newspapers.
Man arrested for drug possession
Gadsden County deputies have arrested a man who was in possession of a drug referred to as “Molly.”
Stevens School use becomes personal
A discussion about the lease of the W.S. Stevens Alternative School property, which is owned by the county, became personal at the last county commission meeting.
Businessman charged with sexual battery
A local Quincy businessman, Samuel Jones, 35, has been charged with sexual battery.
Belinda Chason named Woman of the Year
Belinda Chason of Quincy has been named Woman of the Year in Agriculture by the Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services. She received the award recently at the Florida State Fair in Tampa.
Globetrotter talks bullying at GEMS
“Buckets” Blakes, the high scoring Harlem Globetrotter, came to Quincy Monday and surprised students at the Gadsden Elementary Magnet School (GEMS).
Haire pitches Bobcats to win over Maclay
Nolan Haire pitched a five-hit, 4-2 win over Maclay last Friday in opening week play.
West Gadsden last team standing
The West Gadsden boys’ basketball team is the last county high school basketball team standing as of deadline time Tuesday.
Check our web page for a Tuesday night update