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  • Bough-ing to tradition

    The Havana Christmas Tree Farm is a sight to behold during this time of year.  Families and friends travel from miles away to get a fresh, live tree to serve as the centerpiece for  holiday festivities.
    James Lewis said he traveled more than an hour to bring his sons Bennett, Keaton and Jase to pick out a tree.  

  • Midway lands $150K sewer grant

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded the city of Midway a $150,000 grant for wastewater infrastructure improvements.
        According to a DEP press release, the funding came from a 2016-17 state legislative appropriation and will go toward eliminating failing septic tanks and provide sewage services.

  • Two die in crash

    A crash in Quincy claimed the lives of two women on Friday, Dec. 2.  
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 48-year-old Tyronica Hill, of Oakland Park, was traveling northbound on State Road 267 when she attempted to pass another vehicle.   
    After entering into the southbound lane, Hill collided head-on with Bridget Britt-Austin, who was traveling southbound on State Road 267.  
    Hill was pronounced dead at Gadsden Capital Regional Center, while Britt-Austin was pronounced dead at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.  

  • Torreya State Park has new manager

    Torreya State Park’s new park manager is no stranger to the outdoors, or Florida’s parks system.
    Ponce De Leon native Aaron Miller was a park ranger at Three River Springs for five years. He was also the assistant park ranger at the Florida Caverns in Marianna for two years.

  • Three incumbents sworn in

    Three newly re-elected Gadsden County commissioners were sworn in at a special meeting on Nov. 22.
    Gene Morgan, Eric Hinson and Sherrie Taylor all vowed to continue to serve their county and its citizens.
    Taylor was appointed to be the BOCC chairperson, while Eric Hinson was appointed to be the vice-chair.
    “Sophia home now … it’s going to be some straightening ‘round here,” Taylor said, jokingly quoting a line from “The Color Purple” after banging the gavel.

  • Getting together
  • Midway officials push for burn ban

    There has been a recent increase in brush fires in Midway. One of these fires destroyed a family’s home a few weeks ago.
    Midway’s interim police chief/safety director, Tom Murray, announced he will ask Midway City Council members to adopt a burn-ban ordinance because the municipality already has one one in place.  
    “It has caused our volunteer firefighters to put in a lot of hours, also having the Midway Fire Department call other cities for backup,” Murray said.

  • Spreading holiday cheer, toys

    In the midst of the holiday season, Gadsden County Toys for Tots volunteers working diligently to ensure every local child has a Christmas.
    They’ve set up shop in the old IGA building in Quincy. Sam Palmer, Gadsden’s TFT coordinator, said thanks to several generous citizens, businesses and organizations, boxes of toys have already started rolling in.
    According to www.toysfortots.org, the program is a top-
    rated, nationwide charity run by the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves.  More than

  • County lands $750K grant

    The Gadsden County Commission was recently awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant.  
    The grant is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    County Administrator Robert Presnell said the CDBG office recommended updating the following policies:
    • Housing Assistance Plan
    • CDBG Procurement Policy
    • Resolution Prohibiting Excessive Force
    • The CDBG Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Policy

  • Just in time for Thanksgiving