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  • Crowd rules unchanged by BOCC

    Several Gadsden County residents attended the Oct. 7 Board of County Commissioners meeting to protest a proposal that would have allowed outdoor music festivals with an expected attendance of less than 2,000 to receive the same relaxed regulations festivals planning for a crowd of fewer than 500 people. Despite adamant support from Commissioner Brenda Holt, the proposal did not pass.

  • Execution date set for Banks

    A Gadsden County man convicted of murdering his wife of two months before raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter will be executed Nov. 13, more than 22 years after committing the crimes.

    Chadwick Banks will die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, and will be the 20th person to be executed under Gov. Rick Scott’s term.

  • Poll:Yes to marijuana for medical use

    In regard to the upcoming general election, which includes a proposal on the Florida ballot to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, we polled Gadsden County residents under the condition of anonymity Oct. 11 at the Havana Pumpkin Festival for their opinions on legalizing marijuana. The 50 people we polled, as a group, were overwhelmingly for legalizing marijuana for medical use, but were nearly equally divided on whether the drug should be legalized for recreational use. You can see our results below.

  • On alert for unlikely outbreak

    The Florida Department of Health Gadsden and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office hosted county first responders and media members at the Sheriff’s office Monday morning to talk about the procedures for handling an Ebola outbreak if one were to affect Gadsden
    County.

  • Midway mulls aggressive dogs, long meetings

    Midway Council Member Allean Robinson and City Manager Dot Johnson spoke about aggressive, stray pitbulls roaming Midway at the city’s Oct. 2 council meeting.

    Robinson began the conversation by saying she had to protect herself with a rock from an aggressive dog earlier that day. Johnson said 13 dogs were let loose in the city by an owner who moved away from Midway, and the city hasn’t received much support from animal control in rounding up the dogs.

  • Arguments, alcohol lead to local arrests

    Local law enforcement recently faced several unusual incidents that ended with suspects in handcuffs.

  • Bittersweet victory

    Lesbia Blakely was prepared to do what so many military wives do — wait at home, taking care of her children while her husband was deployed overseas.
    About two months before her husband was scheduled to leave, she noticed a lump in her breast that concerned her. But by the time a biopsy revealed she had stage 3 cancer, he had already been sent to Iraq.

  • Commissioners reconsider Quincy Shuttle

    Kendrick Brown

    Times Reporter

  • City hall turmoil continues in Quincy

    Kendrick Brown

    Times Reporter

  • Havana outreach event offers hope

    Kendrick Brown

    Times Reporter