Local News

  • Father charged in death of infant

    Kearse Raeshon Bradham, 19, of Midway, was arrested last Friday and charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Keyoine Bradham.

  • County school district to cut at least 50 jobs

    Waiting for help for Florida’s education budget? Don’t hold your breath.

    The state’s leaders were counting on more than $3 billion from a federal stimulus package to provide relief for an already wheezing statewide budget, but the state may not qualify for the funds because the Legislature has cut the budget too much. Florida’s elected officials are scrambling in Washington, hoping to get a waiver in the Senate stimulus bill that will allow Florida to qualify for the much-needed money for education.

  • Gadsden County School District names Teacher of the Year

    Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James surprised the 2009-10 Teacher of the Year, Latonya Rollinson, with a bouquet of flowers and balloons last week at her school, Havana Elementary. She is shown at left with her school’s principal, Hilda Jackson, and the superintendent. Rookie Teacher of the Year is Kesandra Harris, below left, who teaches at Stewart Street Elementary School. Rounding out this year’s best of the best is Gregory Williams, named School-related Employee of the Year. He is employed at Carter-Parramore Academy.

  • Trial to begin next week

    The first-degree murder trial of Hernandez L. Daniels, 39, gets underway in Gadsden County Circuit Court next week. Lopez and another man, Fernando Taylor, are accused of murdering Constance Dupont of Havana in 2006.

    Dupont was shot to death in her downtown Havana apartment after she was suspected of being a confidential informant. Daniels is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison on drug charges.

    It took more than two years to bring charges in the murder case against the two men.

  • Local docs still iffy on health care quality

    Gadsden County medical professionals met last week with members of the Gadsden Hospital Inc. board, the first time such a meeting has taken place in more than a year.

    Physicians attending the meeting expressed concern that the new facility, Gadsden Community Hospital, would be able to provide quality health care for their patients.

  • Havana council approves retirement village

    Havana Town Council members voted unanimously last week to move forward with the development of a more than 350- acre retirement village.

    The developer’s agreement meets Florida Department of Community Affairs requirements, and includes verbiage that the town of Havana will provide sewer and water services to the site.

    The agreement also guarantees adequate connections so as to cover the town’s extension during the first 10 years of the property’s operation.

  • Residents be warned: Check, lottery scams are on the rise locally

    A few months ago a local mother of five got a letter in the mail announcing that she had been selected as a lottery winner. The check enclosed was for about $7,500.

  • House fire under investigation

    A house fire of undetermined cause nearly destroyed a home on East Jefferson Street a few blocks from Quincy's central business district early this afternoon.

    Fire Chief Howard Smith said the fire started around 1 p.m. and that no one was living in the home at the time of the fire. Also, utilities to the structure had been disconnected.

    Homeowner Casey Washington said the house was filled with items that he planned to take to the flea market in Tallahassee. His plan, he said, was to sell the items in the house to raise money to remodel the house.

  • DOH identifies Bradford County resident with peanut butter-related salmonella illness

    The Florida Department of Health today identified a single case of Salmonella Typhimuirium in a resident of Bradford County. The sample from this resident matched the DNA fingerprint of the nationwide peanut outbreak.

    The patient was briefly hospitalized, but has since been discharged. It is not known at this time which product this person consumed that caused their illness. The investigation is ongoing. The department is continuing its surveillance efforts to identify any further cases that may be linked to this outbreak.

  • Elderly man found dead after mobile home fire

    A 74-year-old Quincy man, Eddie Gurley, died this morning from apparent smoke inhalation after his mobile home caught fire. The home is located just north of Quincy.

    Around 10 a.m., Fire Chief Howard Smith said a phone call alerted firefighters that someone could possibly still be in the home.

    "When we arrived the house was not fully involved so we were able to get in and check. When we found Mr. Gurley, he was already dead," Smith said.