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  • Chamber launches ag initiative

    The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Grow Gadsden meeting May 15 at the University of Florida’s research center south of Quincy. These meetings will provide a more specialized forum for supporting local business development in agricultural fields. 

  • Quincy puts brakes on traffic light agreement

    The Quincy City Commission met May 13 for their first regular meeting since the April 29 election when Daniel McMillan began representing District Five. 

    The discussion included the approval of new telecommunications services, the approval of a new traffic signal agreement with the state and the presentation of the Quincy Fire Department’s quarterly report. 

  • BoCC ponders economic path

    The Gadsden County Commission met May 20 for a joint workshop with the Gadsden County Development Council on May 20. Beth Kirkland, executive director of Tallahassee’s Economic Development Council, shared information for more than an hour, including discussion of timber products and rail transportation.

    Kirkland addressed “market-driven growth,” which she labeled “a highly recognizable and sought-after business climate.” 

  • Gretna school exceeds expectations

    Gretna Elementary School received an Exceeding Expectations Award from the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC). Reginald James, district superintendant, presented the award during a ceremony and press conference May 13 at Gretna Elementary School. 

  • Soulful statesman

    Thaddeus Shaw, A Quincy native, returned with his band to play at the Mother’s Day concert May 10 at the Tanyard Creek Amphitheater. R&B singer Freddie Jackson headlined the concert. The evening also included performances by N’Spire, Donnell Davis and the Maximum Treble Band, and The Intruders — the legendary Philly soul group formed in the late 1960s. 

  • Midway police aim to unionize

    The city of Midway held a special meeting May 6 to discuss the police department’s interest in unionization. 

    “It would allow me to do my job that much better,” said Jerome Turner, chief of the Midway Police Department. “It would polarize a lot of the decisions I have to make.”

    Turner said a more “black and white” code of policies and procedures would be helpful when dealing with decisions that might be controversial. 

  • Police: Traffic stop ends scheme hatched in Calif.

     

    Two California women, Destiny Dean and Shalana Riggins, were arrested May 8 by Havana police when the out-of-state pair sped past a parked officer on U.S. 27. According to the Havana Police Department report, they were traveling 47 mph in a 30 mph zone. 

    When the officer arrived at the driver’s window, he asked Riggins for her driver’s license. According to the report, she provided the officer with a Texas driver’s license, bearing the name Monique Mercado. 

  • Midway faces legal threat, deficit

    City of Midway leaders met May 1 for their regular monthly meeting. The council members discussed the city’s developmental, financial, and legal issues — all of which persist as problems for the city.

    “We’re down to our last penny,” said Charles “Chuck” Willis, toward the meeting’s conclusion. “We’ve got to be careful how we spend it.”

  • Soaked through, waterlogged

    Flooding returned to Gadsden County after the rains soaked the area April 30, May 1 and May 2. The Robertsville Fire Station was threatened when the adjacent field-turned-lake’s banks began lapping at the station’s door. Similarly, houses were faced with flooded yards and farm equipment was confronted with drenched terrain. 

  • Havana gets new council member

    ISSAC MORGAN

    Times Correspondent

    The Havana Town Council held a meeting this past week to discuss new city developments, review financial reports and swear in Councilmember Karen Bass. 

    “I know Ms. Bass personally and I’m glad she’s here,” Councilman Matt Thro said. “She’s very qualified for the position.”

    The meeting also included time for public comment.