Local News

  • $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.

  • 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.              

  • Two more face charges in teen’s death

    Two more arrests have been made in connection with the death of 17-year-old JaVontez T. Thomas.
    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office concluded the investigation of the teen’s death with the arrests of 57-year-old Michael Butler and 24-year-old Christina Harris.  
    Both suspects were charged with aggravated child neglect and manslaughter.

  • Volunteers taking steps to stop a killer in its tracks

    As Breast Cancer Awareness Month came to an end, dozens of Gadsden County residents joined Sheriff Morris Young as he walked across the county.
    The fourth annual Sheriff’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk began in Midway at 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and ended more than 12 hours and 34 miles later in Chattahoochee.
    This year, more than 60 people came out to participate.  Some walked from beginning to end, while others only logged a few miles.

  • An unplugged afternoon

    Who would think a plastic bin filled with popcorn kernels would be so captivating.  
    At Rocky Comfort Farm, it’s a big hit with the children.  
    When they’re not jumping in a bin of dried corn kernels, there freely running around the farm that sits on 230 acres of land.
    Rocky Comfort didn’t open last year due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, but this year the fall tradition continues.
    Though this year there was no millet maze or huge pumpkin patch, their guest didn’t seem to mind.  

  • Transportation to polls free to all Gadsden County voters

    Early voting ends this Saturday.  After Nov. 5, polls won’t reopen until Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 8.  
    For the remainder of early voting, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday.
    Any Gadsden County residents in need of a ride to the polls can call the local Florida Democratic Party Office for a free lift to the polls, regardless of party affiliation.
    Call 850-251-7999 at any time up through Election Day to schedule a ride.

  • Switcheroo: $7K goes from libraries to shuttle

    At their Oct. 25 meeting, the Quincy Commission voted to help the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners fund the Big Bend Transit’s Quincy Shuttle.
    The BOCC asked Quincy to contribute $18,000 to the shuttle service, since it is primarily used by citizens of Quincy.

  • Details emerge in teen’s death

    Halloween decorations adorn a trailer that sits at 119 Salem Lan in Havana.  Authorities say this is where 50-year-old Sabrina Robinson starved her 17-year-old son, JaVontez T. Thomas.  

    Several neighbors said the family had been living in the trailer for several years, but this was the first time they had seen Robinson put up decorations for
    What allegedly took place inside the trailer is comparable to a horror movie.

  • Using his voice for a good cause

    When given the choice to prolong his life or continue singing, Kendrick Evans chose to sing.  
    Diagnosed with a rare form of sleep apnea in 2012, the Havana native said doctors told him undergoing a tracheostomy would buy him some time, but his fate would still be grim.  
    “I told them if I was going to die anyway, then let me die doing what I love, which is singing for the Lord,” Evans said.

  • Porchfest a tuneful triumph

    Musicians took over downtown Quincy’s historic district on Saturday for the fifth annual Porchfest & Sketch Crawl.  Music lovers wandered the tree-lined streets while enjoying a wide variety of music, from opera to big band.  
    Gospel, soft rock, classical, country, blues and jazz were also featured on the shaded porches, side walks and courtyards, including free concerts by Tallahassee Community College’s symphony, and the Thursday Night Music Club on the Art Deco Leaf Theatre stage.