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  • Bough-ing to tradition

    The Havana Christmas Tree Farm is a sight to behold during this time of year.  Families and friends travel from miles away to get a fresh, live tree to serve as the centerpiece for  holiday festivities.
    James Lewis said he traveled more than an hour to bring his sons Bennett, Keaton and Jase to pick out a tree.  

  • Two die in crash

    A crash in Quincy claimed the lives of two women on Friday, Dec. 2.  
    According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, 48-year-old Tyronica Hill, of Oakland Park, was traveling northbound on State Road 267 when she attempted to pass another vehicle.   
    After entering into the southbound lane, Hill collided head-on with Bridget Britt-Austin, who was traveling southbound on State Road 267.  
    Hill was pronounced dead at Gadsden Capital Regional Center, while Britt-Austin was pronounced dead at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.  

  • Torreya State Park has new manager

    Torreya State Park’s new park manager is no stranger to the outdoors, or Florida’s parks system.
    Ponce De Leon native Aaron Miller was a park ranger at Three River Springs for five years. He was also the assistant park ranger at the Florida Caverns in Marianna for two years.

  • Spreading holiday cheer, toys

    In the midst of the holiday season, Gadsden County Toys for Tots volunteers working diligently to ensure every local child has a Christmas.
    They’ve set up shop in the old IGA building in Quincy. Sam Palmer, Gadsden’s TFT coordinator, said thanks to several generous citizens, businesses and organizations, boxes of toys have already started rolling in.
    According to www.toysfortots.org, the program is a top-
    rated, nationwide charity run by the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves.  More than

  • Midway officials push for burn ban

    There has been a recent increase in brush fires in Midway. One of these fires destroyed a family’s home a few weeks ago.
    Midway’s interim police chief/safety director, Tom Murray, announced he will ask Midway City Council members to adopt a burn-ban ordinance because the municipality already has one one in place.  
    “It has caused our volunteer firefighters to put in a lot of hours, also having the Midway Fire Department call other cities for backup,” Murray said.

  • Getting together
  • Three incumbents sworn in

    Three newly re-elected Gadsden County commissioners were sworn in at a special meeting on Nov. 22.
    Gene Morgan, Eric Hinson and Sherrie Taylor all vowed to continue to serve their county and its citizens.
    Taylor was appointed to be the BOCC chairperson, while Eric Hinson was appointed to be the vice-chair.
    “Sophia home now … it’s going to be some straightening ‘round here,” Taylor said, jokingly quoting a line from “The Color Purple” after banging the gavel.

  • Dinner is served at AMIKids!

    The aroma of fried chicken and collard greens filled the air at the Associated Marine Institute Kids Gadsden open house last Thursday evening.

  • Panthers ready to take final step

    Over the past three seasons, the West Gadsden High School Panthers have made three consecutive appearances in the Regional Finals, which all resulted in tough losses to Chipley High.
    But this year, Coach Moten’s basketball squad is pushing for a different result.
    This year West Gadsden will have a very experienced group of players on the hardwood, including eight seniors.
    In preparation for the season, Moten said he implemented “a lot of cardio, such as sprinting, running hills and jumping rope.”

  • County to widen Howell Road with FDOT grant

    At their Nov. 15 meeting, the Gadsden County Commission voted unanimously to sign off on the Florida Department Of Transportation County Incentive Grant program agreement.
    The grant will be used for the widening and resurfacing of Howell Road from 18 feet to 22 feet. County Administrator Robert Presnell said although the agenda showed a $1.4 million project, the project will be in the $750,000 range so there will be no out-of-pocket cost to the BOCC