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November: Incumbends fare well in election, local man’s murder a mystery

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Year in Review

By Alice Du Pont

Candidates who won the General Election won big in Gadsden County. Shirley Green Knight, supervisor of elections, said things ran smoothly at all precincts. Early voting and absentee voting helped keep long lines down in many communities. Of the registered voters in the county, 16.14 percent cast their ballots either on Election Day, early voting or absentee. Here’s how the winners fared:

* President Barack Obama: 69.98 percent
* Senator Bill Nelson: 74.05 percent
* Congressman Al Lawson: 70.47 percent (lost his bid)
* State Attorney Willie Meggs: 55.22 percent
* State Senator Bill Montford: 83.32 percent
* Sheriff Morris Young: 89.23 percent
* Property Appraiser Clay VanLandingham: 85.55 percent
* Tax Collector Dale Summerford: 91.91 percent
* Superintendent of Schools Reginald James: 71.72 percent
* County Commissioner Eric Hinson: 81.32 percent
* County Commissioner Gene Morgan: 73.00 percent
* County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor: 85.24 percent

Law enforcement officers are still seeking information in the death of 49-year-old Curtis Anderson at Triple Oaks Apartment on Strong Road. The crime was ruled suspicious after deputies found Anderson in his own apartment around 12:20 p.m. after a 911 call. No suspects have been named, but Gadsden County Sheriff”s Office investigators say they are still following up on every lead.

For the 24th consecutive year, the Gadsden Arts Center presents Arts in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art. The event is the center’s signature juried show and represented 121 of the region’s finest artists.

Following a guilty verdict in October, Marvin Cannon received the death penalty in mid-November for the first-degree murder of Zachariah Morgan. He also received life in prison for the attempted murder of Sean Neel. Neel was a passenger with Morgan on Christmas Eve, 2010 when Morgan was stabbed 35 times.

The Gadsden County School Board unanimously approved a Charter School for Midway during a special meeting. City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. said the entire city council was happy with the news. The school will enroll 250 students from kindergarten to fifth grade with emphasis on technology, the arts and sciences.

Doug Croley was elected chairman of the Board of County Commissioners unanimously, and newly elected commissioner Eric Hinson was elected vice chairman.

A couple who shot a shopper at the Tallahassee Wal-Mart on Black Friday were caught just across the Georgia state line after deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Havana Police Department cornered the pair.

Glynn Beach, Havana’s police chief, announced he would retire Jan. 3.

Lt. Tracey Smith will serve as interim chief until a replacement is hired.