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  • Gearing up for going back

    In addition to providing children with backpacks and other school supplies at their annual back-to-school celebration, the Jessie Furlow Medical Center views the day as an opportunity to provide health screenings and other medical services to the children and their parents who may not usually receive them.

  • FDOT hosts meeting to show Quincy bypass options

    FDOT had a workshop this past Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Quincy to gauge public opinion about their Quincy Bypass efforts before they begin the second phase of their project, which is intended to redirect trucking traffic away from Quincy’s historic/business district.

    A flyer for the meeting reads, “the ultimate purpose of this project is to provide an east-west connection between County Road 268 (Solomon Dairy Road) and State Road 12 to relieve existing traffic conditions on S.R. 12 within the Quincy/Gadsden County area.”

  • Rattler revelry

    The Gadsden County chapter of FAMU alumni had its first scholarship gala Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Quincy.

    The purpose of the night was to “raise scholarship funds to send  some of Gadsden County’s best and brightest students to Florida A&M University,” said mistress of  ceremonies Vicki Johnson. For a $50 ticket, attendees were treated to live entertainment by

    Dayve Stewart and the Vibe Band, a baked chicken dinner and a keynote address from FAMU President Elmira Mangum.

  • County commissioners hire new attorney

    Gadsden’s Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to retain attorney David Weiss of the Ausley and McMullen firm as the county’s attorney at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting.

  • Mike Wade hired as Quincy’s permanent city manager

    Mike Wade is officially Quincy’s permanent manager, as Quincy commissioners voted to approve his contract for the position at their meeting Tuesday in a 4-1 vote. He had been interim manager for more than a year.

    Commissioner Daniel McMillan said Wade will be working for
    60 percent of what the last manager earned, and added, “people might not like the way we went about it (the hiring process), but everything we did was

  • Changing perspectives

    Approximately 30 kids who spent the summer learning trades ended the summer part of their program’s curriculum Monday with a tour of the Gadsden County Jail.

    They were the first participants in an after-school and summer camp program sponsored in partnership with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Gadsden chapter of AMIKids Inc., a national organization that on its website says it “gives troubled youth the support they need to become great people, and our results speak for themselves.”

  • BOCC aims to fight drug blight

    The fence at the Gadsden County Jail is on track to be repaired, as the Gadsden’s Board of County Commissioners voted to award a bid to a company to handle its repair at its July 21 meeting.

    Commissioner Eric Hinson asked if there were any Gadsden County companies that could be commissioned for the repair. County Administrator Robert Presnell said of the three companies to bid for the project, none were from the county.

  • Teacher accused of hitting student

    A Gadsden County teacher was arrested July 14 for allegedly battering a teenage boy involved in a fight with her daughter.

    Nekeshia Harris, 40, of Quincy, has been arrested on a charge of first-
    degree battery — which is a misdemeanor — for the alleged incident, which occurred July 2 at West Gadsden High School. Harris was employed at the school for a district summer program. She works at Carter Parramore Academy during the school year.

  • Havana man dead in molly-related death, police say

    A Havana man was killed in Tallahassee on July 15 after breaking into a couple’s home while apparently high on the drug molly.

    Jarod Clemons, 27, had come into the Havana Police Department earlier that day complaining that he had taken a bad batch of the drug. HPD Chief Tracy Smith said Clemons was sweating profusely, demanding water and removing his clothing.

    Body camera footage released by HPD pm  Monday shows Clemons shirtless while sweating profusely and pacing around excitedly.

  • Commissioners examine lawyers

    The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon where the commissioners interviewed candidates for the county’s attorney position.

    The four candidates to interview were Sten Sliger of Quincy, Melissa VanSickle of Tallahassee, former county attorney Thornton Williams and current county attorney David Weiss.

    After hearing all attorneys speak, the commissioners decided to make their selection at a later regular meeting.