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  • Havana swears in new police chief

    Tracy Smith was sworn in as Havana’s police chief at the town council meeting Tuesday morning by Town Clerk Shelia Evans.
    Terri Paul, President of the Havana Merchants Association, requested that certain streets in town be closed for three upcoming events: Havana Day, May 18; Pumpkin Fest Oct. 12; and Dec. 14, Holiday Festival and Lawn Mower Parade. The motion passed.

  • ‘Y’ time for Gadsden County?

    Imagine, if you will, driving east on U.S. Highway 90 just entering the Quincy city limits. Look to your right and sprouting up is a huge, gleaming structure surrounded by soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a swimming pool and other outdoor sports and recreational venues.

    That’s the dream Sheriff Morris Young has for the former tomato warehouse snuggled behind the Piggly Wiggly Food for Less but clearly visible from Blue Star Highway. The 74,000-square-foot, 34-acre plot of land is what Young has also imagined.

  • Spring in her step
  • 11-year-old girl claims man solicited her for sex

    The Quincy Police Department has arrested a convicted sexual offender after he allegedly entered the home of an 11-year-old girl and solicited her.

  • Midway names interim police chief in special meeting

    Midway, during a special meeting March 20, appointed Capt. Jerome Turner as interim police chief. Turner has been running the operations arm of the department since Chief Terron Lindsey was placed on administrative leave with pay earlier this year.

    Lindsey was arrested in December 2012 after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement charged him with official misconduct and petit theft.

  • Speculation surrounds Internet cafe

    The lights are on at 1954 Pat Thomas Parkway, but no one seems to be at home.

    In recent weeks, the parking lot in front of the Quincy Business Center was filled with vehicles and a uniformed security stood watch at the door.

    There has been local speculation that the Business Center might have been one of about 50 Internet parlors shut down March 14 associated with an investigation into Allied Veterans of the World and the organization’s association with the cafés.

  • In-school suspension
  • County, state team up for trio of arrests

    Search warrants executed by the Gadsden County Special Operations Unit and the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Havana on March 14 yielded three arrests.

    Harry Wilcoxson, 71, was arrested without incident at his home on Walters Street around 7:30 a.m. He has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a store (274 feet) and a daycare (100 yards) school, possession of drug equipment, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

  • Ex-firefighter convicted for molestation

    Former Midway assistant fire chief Charles David Owens, 41, and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Jennifer Bay, were convicted recently on child molestation charges in a Gadsden County court. Bay was not a firefighter but was a member of the fire department’s auxiliary and sometimes spokesperson for the department.

  • Day for champions

    More than 800 athletes, volunteers and family members attended the Summer Special Olympics Games on March 7 at East Gadsden High School’s track field. Ranging in age from 8 to 18, the athletes participated in running, jumping and throwing events, trying to earn a spot on the local team, which will compete this summer at the statewide games in Orlando.