Local News

  • Gadsden’s first black female judge sworn in

    For Kathy Garner, Gadsden County's first black female county judge, tears of joy mingled with tears of sadness during the Dec. 18 investiture ceremony.

    "Today marks a historic occasion. Judge Garner follows in the footsteps of her parents, Alfred Garner, Quincy's mayor pro-tem at one point in his career, and her mother, the late Betty Garner, who was said to be everybody's mother," said Garner's classmate at Florida State University's College of Law, Ben Crump.

  • Tomato grower stands against ban

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted recently to send a resolution from the board urging the state legislature to change the tomato field packing ban. According to local tomato farmer Graves Williams, the law is designed to put small producers out of business and create an advantage for large producers in South Florida. The ban stops the picking and packing of ripe fruit in the field.

  • Teligent worker burned in explosion


    The workers names have been released. They were not released to the Times prior to press time for the print edition. The burn victim was James Lambeth, 20, of Tallahassee. Kenny Walker, 47, of Bainbridge, Ga., was also injured in the explosion.

    An explosion at TeligentEMS in Havana has left one person burned and another injured.

  • Days are numbered for street vendors in Quincy

    The days are numbered for vendors who want to peddle their wares along the streets of Quincy. Commissioners voted Dec. 8 to discontinue issuing licenses after September 2010. City attorney Larry White has been crafting an ordinance for several months now that, when approved by commissioners, will eliminate peddlers from U.S. Highway 90 and Pat Thomas Parkway.

    Commissioners said they are not trying to prevent  people from making a living but they want to improve the overall look of the city.

  • Farm Share to deliver food to Havana, Midway

    Farm Share Inc., the organization known for bridging the gap between the harvest and the hungry, is making sure needy families in North Florida will have fresh produce to serve to their loved ones this holiday season. 

  • GCSO finds pot house and more than $100K of product

    Acting on a tip, deputies from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office arrested a Havana couple Dec. 16.

    Douglas James Ford, 54, and his 58-year-old wife, Debra Ann Ford, have both been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a house where drugs are sold and stored. The street value of the marijuana was estimated at more than $100,000.

  • Officials announce biomass plant coming to Gretna; new facility to bring jobs

    Gretna city officials, along with Gadsden County commissioners and representatives from the county’s chamber of commerce, announced during a press conference Dec. 9 that a $250 million biomass plant will be built in Gretna.

    The 100-acre site is located in the Gretna Industrial Park on State Road 12. The facility will produce 50 megawatts of electricity, which officials from ADAGE LLC, the company behind the project, say will power 40,000 homes.

  • Havana relay set for April; volunteers still needed for planning stages

    The Havana Relay for Life is set for April 9-10, 2010 – and volunteers are needed.

    Last year’s Relay raised $42,213, and the goal for this year is $45,000. Fundraising is already underway, with the Relay’s executive committee hosting a bake sale at the recent Havana Pumpkin Festival.

    “We practically sold out,” said Pam Gay, returning event chair. “We raised over $285.”

  • Holiday parades set for this week in Quincy, Havana

    The city of Quincy's annual Christmas parade will coincide this year with Music on the Square on Dec. 11.

    Things get started at 6 p.m. with the annual parade, which begins at Wards Lot behind the fire station on North Stewart Street. The parade will head east on Washington Street and disband at the corner of Washington and North Madison streets. The judging area and viewing stands are on the north side of the courthouse.

    Rep. Alan Williams will be the 2009 grand marshal.  

  • Stop, Drop, Read takes district reps to Gretna

    Several children in Gretna were caught reading Dec. 1 as part of the Stop, Drop, Read campaign currently underway throughout Gadsden County.

    The campaign launched in early November, encouraging students to read each evening between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Parents are asked to make sure their porch lights are on to indicate their children are reading.