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  • Icon to get deep cleaning

    The Gadsden County Court House, a local landmark, is in trouble. Like much aging architecture, recent years haven’t been kind to the government building. The roof was recently replaced after leaks developed — and now the walls show signs of the same problem.
    Nicholas Thomas, Gadsden County Clerk of Courts, raised the issue at the July 15 BoCC meeting. He cited an air-quality report that positively detected and identified at least eight specific types of mold growing inside the historic building.

  • Quincy man clears first ‘Idol’ hurdle

    Jamareous Highman, said he wasn’t doing much talking this past Saturday night. He was saving his voice — because early in the morning on July 20, he was on his way to audition in Tallahassee for American Idol’s Season 14.
    The singer was willing, however, to answer a few questions during a Times interview.
    Highman, 23, has been performing since age 6 or 7 when he became involved with music at his church — an experience the Quincy man said “fostered a love for singing.”

  • BOCC votes to raise Gadsden property tax rate

    When do higher taxes cost less?
    According to talk at the July 15 meeting of The Gadsden Commission, county taxpayers with property that has dropped in value might still pay less even though the 2014-15 millage rate used to calculate property tax will be higher than the 2013-14 rate.
    Millage rates represent tenths of pennies, a decimal then multiplied by the total taxable property value.
    Commission Chairman Eric Hinson proposed a 9.1443 rate, arguing that the county had a responsibility to stay out of the red and meet budget.

  • Man accused of attacking pregnant woman

    A woman, eight months pregnant, called 911 early in the morning hours on July 20, according to her own sworn statement, when a Havana man she let into her home began beating her and threatening to kill her.
    The suspect, Richard David Jordan, 33, allegedly appeared at the woman’s residence around 2 a.m. - knocking on a window and yelling to be let in. Once allowed inside, she reported he was drunk and argumentative.
    But when she told him to leave, the beating began.  

  • Rural Summit draws crowd

    The fourth annual Rural County Summit drew participants from near and far - and from a wide range of agencies - who were all interested in learning more about emergency management and disaster relief from professionals who have dealt with some of the most harrowing scenarios on recent record.  

    These speakers came from as far away as Colorado and Texas.

  • Getting into the game

    You could say this past Saturday was something to cheer about.

    Leroy Smith and Diamonds in the Rough presented the fourth annual Win-Win Football and Cheerleading camp July 12 at the Corry Athletic Field on West King Street in Quincy.

    Win-Win stands for, “What’s important now work is necessary.”

    Professional football players and Florida State University cheerleaders were on the scene to instruct the participants.
    “This is going to be a fun time,” said Smith before the event.

  • Gadsden grabs more A’s

    The Gadsden County School District earned two unprecedented A grades in this year’s state rankings. For the first time ever, Chattahoochee Elementary School, led by Principal Valencia Denson, and Havana Middle School, led by Principal Delshuana Jackson, received the highest letter grade possible.

    This constitutes a clear improvement for both institutions. In both 2012 and 2013, Havana Middle School earned C grades. Chattahoochee Elementary School earned a D in 2012 and a B in 2013.

  • Questions in Quincy

    An apparent rift in communications between the city of Quincy’s direction and Commissioner Keith Dowdell evolved into a topic of conversation at the regular July 17 meeting.

    Dowdell motioned to begin the search for a new full-time city manager. Commissioner Micah Brown seconded this motion, but it failed. Commissioners Andy Gay, Derrick Elias and Daniel McMillan voted against beginning any searching for a new city manager, effectively extending Mike Wade’s interim status as city manager. 

  • Holiday reels in family fun

    From east to west, July 4 festivities blasted off in Gadsden County. With none of last year’s foul weather to dampen the day, a picture-perfect summer weekend unfolded to celebrate the nation’s revolutionary birth. 

    On the county’s eastern side, John Scott of Fly by Nite productions was busy presiding over an all-day concert in Havana. 

  • Quincy bus service to continue

    The City of Quincy made a decisive step in their latest consideration of public transportation options during the regular July 8 meeting. 

    Big Bend Transit currently operates the bus service for the city. Quincy pays $38,000 for the service and the county matches that amount. Quincy commissioners have expressed a desire to find a less expensive alternative.