Local News

  • East Gadsden gets new leader

    After sharpening her chops as an educator and school administrator for 26 years in Central Florida counties, East Gadsden High School’s newest principal decided to come back home.

    “It has always been my desire to come back home and work in the county where I got my education, and the opportunity presented itself so here I am,” said Sonya Jackson, a 1982 graduate of Greensboro High School.

  • Local businesses seek approval to grow Charlotte’s Web marijuana

    At least one nursery in Gadsden County is hoping it will be one of five across the state to be chosen as its region’s medical marijuana producer.

    Lawmakers legalized Charlotte’s Web last year. It’s a marijuana strain that doesn’t get you high but will reduce the tumors of cancer patients and the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients. Over the last year, production of the drug has been in limbo as opponents of its legalization exhausted attempts to prevent its production and subsequent sell.

  • County’s 6-cent gas tax extended to 2044

    The Board of Gadsden County Commissioners voted to extend the 6-cent local option fuel tax until the end of 2044 at a special meeting this past month.

    The matter was voted on at the June 30 special meeting instead of a normal commission meeting because the county had to alert the state of whether it wanted to extend the tax by the next day.

    The tax produces millions of dollars worth of additional tax revenue for the county by taxing every gallon of motor fuel and diesel fuel sold in the county.

  • Keeping it wild

    In a shady cul-de-sac tucked in the county woods between Havana and Quincy lies an animal hospital nursing the types of wild animals many think should be left for dead.

    Instead of leaving these sometime scary animals to die in the wild, St. Francis Wildlife Association takes them in, caring for sick, disabled and wounded wild animals like grey-horned owls with broken wings, possums that have been orphaned and tortoises with their shells caved in (a visible sign that they’ve been struck by a car) until they’re able to once again survive in the wild.

  • Determined to stop a killer

    St. James A.M.E. Church opened its dining hall doors Monday evening to host a discussion on the drug molly and the impact it’s having on Gadsden County.

    Sgt. Rodney Moore of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office organized the event after a young woman he knows was being processed into the county jail and he could tell she was high on the drug.

  • Chattahoochee opts for daylong Fourth of July festivities

    Chattahoochee hosted its second annual Independence Day celebration by the river.


  • First man exonerated from death row dies

    The national recognition for David Keaton may be about his story as the first man in the nation to be exonerated from death row, but his family and friends will remember him for the good times they had before and after that ordeal.

  • Reliving history in Greensboro

    The West Gadsden Historical Society continued its efforts Saturday to raise money for the revamping of a Greensboro house they bought by hosting a July 4 celebration.

  • Pair of Greensboro teachers cleared in cheating scandal

    Over the past four years, a mother and daughter who teach at Greensboro Elementary School say they have felt judgment and ire from neighbors, colleagues and ultimately state investigators over accusations that they assisted students in cheating on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

    “It’s been like walking through hell’s fire with no shoes on,” said Annette Walker of the ordeal. “People were looking at us like we did it and got away with it.”

  • Police nab suspect sought after fiery crash

    A Quincy man accused of crashing a BMW while fleeing law enforcement and leaving the scene after the car caught fire was arrested Saturday.

    Obrien Dubose, 29, faces charges in connection with accusations of drug trafficking, eluding police officers and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

    According to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol last month, Obrien crashed the BMW while traveling at high speeds to escape officers pursuing him.

    Dubose eventually hit a tree, causing the BMW to burst into flames.