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  • Thanksgiving tradition to continue without ‘Pastor Bob’

    For 14 years, ChristTown Ministries has hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner.  This Thanksgiving will be the first without Pastor Bob Wells.
    Pastor Bob, who was the founder of the outreach ministry, died in March.
    His widow, Pastor Laura said planning the dinner hasn’t been easy, while still dealing with the big gaping hole in her heart from the loss.  However, she’s pushing through the pain to help provide the community with a holiday filled with love and
    fellowship.

  • Havana Garden Club hosts bake sale

    Havana was the place to be Saturday for anyone looking for beautiful homemade Christmas gifts and tasty treats.
    The Havana Garden Club hosted its annual Crafts and Baked Goods Bazaar at the Hazel J. Baker Community Center.
    The baked goods were made “from scratch,” and included brownies, cakes, cookies and pies.
    They also had frozen casseroles such as chicken tetrazzini, sausage and egg and Texas beef hash
    casseroles.
    An assortment of jellies included apricot, blackberry, spiced cherry and even habanera.  

  • Midway family loses home, contents in fire

    A Midway family recently lost their home and all of their personal belonging to a fire.  
    Marcus Reed said no one was home when the fire broke out on Sumpter Ridge Road.  According to a Midway police report, officers were dispatched to the scene at 2:55 p.m.  
    Corp. Mordica said he and Sgt. Mixon were the first to arrive on the scene.  According to the report, the Quincy and Havana fire departments extinguished the fire.  
    Mordica said he contacted the Red Cross to render any assistance to the
    family.

  • Local Ballots favor Dems, incumbents

    The election season has come to an end.  For many candidates, and voters it has been long awaited. 

    According to the Supervisor of Elections Office’s, about 75 percent of the county’s 29,594 registered voters cast their ballots in the general election.  This is a 1 percent drop from the 2012 General Election turnout.

    One percent may not seem like much, but it’s actually about 300 voters.              

  • $50K grant goes to county for historic school

    At their Nov. 1 meeting, the Gadsden Board of County Commissioners approved Chairwoman Brenda Holt to sign an agreement with the state, awarding the County $50,000 to remove asbestos from William Spencer Stevens School.

    The grant, which was awarded by the State of Florida, Department of State, Florida division of Historical Resources.  As Rural Economic Development Initiative community, Gadsden is not required provide any match.

     Since the grant is typically a matching grant, the contract contains language regarding matching.

  • Midway Hires new police chief

    At their Nov. 1 meeting, the Gadsden Board of County Commissioners approved Chairwoman Brenda Holt to sign an agreement with the state, awarding the County $50,000 to remove asbestos from William Spencer Stevens School.

    The grant, which was awarded by the State of Florida, Department of State, Florida division of Historical Resources.  As Rural Economic Development Initiative community, Gadsden is not required provide any match.

     Since the grant is typically a matching grant, the contract contains language regarding matching.

  • Chamber meeting emphasizes teamwork

    Regional Economic Development was the topic of the Nov. 3 Go Gadsden meeting.  TDS Telecom sponsored the event.

                Sue Dick, President/CEO of Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Benjamin H. Pingree, Director of PLACE, Al Latimer, Office of Economic Vitality in Tallahassee/Leon County, and Skip Foster, Publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat discussed strategies of improving the economy collaboratively.

  • New fire chief a familiar face

    Quincy officially has a new fire chief.  Although he is still fairly new to the position, Chief Curtis Bridges is no stranger to the department. 

                The Quincy native has been fighting fires in Gadsden County for 28 years.

                Bridges said he attended schools in the Gadsden County’s public school system and graduated from Shanks’ Class of 1982.

  • Midway honors Miss FAMU

             The city of Midway recognized Amberly Williams, the 2016-17 Miss Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, at their Oct. 3 meeting.  The Midway native, a fourth-year biology/pre-dental student, is the 110th person crowned Miss FAMU.

  • Panthers ready to take final step

    Over the past three seasons, the West Gadsden High School Panthers have made three consecutive appearances in the Regional Finals, which all resulted in tough losses to Chipley High.
    But this year, Coach Moten’s basketball squad is pushing for a different result.
    This year West Gadsden will have a very experienced group of players on the hardwood, including eight seniors.
    In preparation for the season, Moten said he implemented “a lot of cardio, such as sprinting, running hills and jumping rope.”