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  • Man claims he fired shotgun to save grandparents

    A man who faces weapons charges in connection with an incident in which a shotgun was fired told law enforcement he did it to save his grandparents.

    Upon responding to a call for the discharging of a firearm, a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office deputy heard the suspect’s account of how Javaris Harris, 26, the man arrested for discharging the firearm, did so because his target had kidnapped him and threatened to shoot his grandparents if they didn’t pay his ransom.

    According to the arrest report, this is what happened:

  • Gadsden voters choose leaders

    In the only races specific to Gadsden County this election, former teacher Steve Scott and incumbent Charlie Frost both won bids to represent their districts on the Gadsden County School Board, according to unofficial results.

    Scott defeated Rodney Moore to represent District 2, which covers parts of Quincy and Havana, by capturing 49.85 percent of the vote compared to Moore’s 42.38 percent.

  • Artistic tradition continues

    Fans of art and artists alike converged on downtown Quincy Friday night as the Gadsden Arts Center conducted the 26th annual Art in Gadsden exhibition. More than 100 people packed the center to view 110 pieces being presented as a part of the exhibition. The pieces will be on display until Dec. 23 and they’re available for purchase, with prices ranging from $85 to $20,000.

  • Trio of teens faces burglary charges in Quincy thefts

    Three Quincy teenagers suspected by police officials to be associated with a gang representing the city’s Sub-Division area were arrested Oct. 21 for attempting to burglarize a home near Stevens and Williams streets.
    Officers were dispatched to the area around 8:40 a.m. after receiving a call that three males were burglarizing a home.

  • County to participate in statewide economic program

    The Gadsden County Development Council hosted agency officials from around Gadsden County at a Tuesday afternoon meeting in an attempt to unify the county around the council’s economic development goals.

  • Quincy hires new finance director

    Quincy commissioners approved a new city financial director at their Tuesday meeting, pending acceptable  background and credit checks. Selected by a committee that included Interim City Manager Mike Wade and Director of Human Resources and Risk Management Bessie Evans, Ted Beason is expected to begin sometime after Thanksgiving, when his four-week notice with the City of Temple Terrace is fulfilled. Beason is the assistant financial director there.

  • Sheriff’s hearing on jail furloughs set for Friday

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young goes before a judge at 2 p.m. Friday for a hearing about his policy allowing furloughs for some inmates at the county jail.

    State Attorney Willie Meggs is asking for Young to be held in contempt of court.

    Young  has described the action as “total sabotage.”

    According to the petition filed for the case, Young is being ordered to show cause for allowing “inmates housed at the Gadsden County Jail to be released without judicial authority.”

  • Fire destroys sausage factory

    As he stands in the doorway of what was the sausage factory he’s owned since 1969, Robert Fason seems a bit more at ease than you expect the owner of a recently burned down business to be.

    “It’s just another part of our history,” Fason says about losing his business to a fire. “This may be a blessing in disguise.”
    Fason’s Sausage in Greensboro blazed for hours Tuesday night before being extinguished around midnight. Roy Ward, an employee of Fason’s for 14 years, said the building was still salvageable at that point.

  • Quincy whistleblower loses job to cuts

    Whistleblower protection couldn’t save a Quincy city employee from budget cuts.

    During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Quincy Commission, Commissioner Keith Dowdell asked why former Director of Customer Service Ann Sherman was terminated by the city. Sherman has been in the news lately for requesting whistleblower protection. Interim City Manager Mike Wade responded by saying she was let go because the job position she had was longer funded in the budget.

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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.