Local News

  • Bainbridge man dies in Midway crash on I-10

    A wrong way crash that occurred on I-10 near Midway early Monday morning left a Bainbridge man dead.
    The driver who had been traveling in the wrong lane was injured and in critical condition, Florida Highway Patrol reports.
    According to FHP, Cal Crombie, 20, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-10 near exit 192 around 3:30 a.m. when he collided head-on with an SUV being driven by Kyle Duke, 43, of Bainbridge, Ga.
    The collision caused Duke’s SUV to overturn, and the vehicle was then hit by another vehicle.

  • Lawson to run for Congress

    Gretna son and former state legislator Al Lawson announced last week his intentions to run for Florida’s newly configured congressional district five, which encompasses a region of North Florida stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.

  • Woman wins Tobacco Lawsuit

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company should pay a Gadsden County woman $11 million for causing her laryngeal cancer, jurors decided last Wednesday.

    The woman’s payout will likely be closer to $6.3 million  as jurors also found her to be somewhat at fault for developing cancer and the judge is expected to lower the damages payout based on the woman‘s partial fault.

  • Redistricting means switcheroo for Gadsden constituents' Congresswoman

    Changes to Florida’s congressional districts map approved two weeks ago in a 5-2 decision by the state’s Supreme Court leaves Gadsden County in a new district and with a new congresswoman who isn‘t too fond of the switch. 

  • Greensboro Nursery faces South Florida challenger in bid to grow medical marijuana

    Hackney Nursery near Greensboro has been challenged for its opportunity to be the first medical marijuana cultivator and dispensary in the state’s northwest region by a nursery from South Florida .

    The challenging nursery, Alpha Foliage in Homestead, Fla., has already been chosen to serve the state’s southwest region.

  • Woman wins Tobacco Lawsuit

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company should pay a Gadsden County woman $11 million for causing her laryngeal cancer, jurors decided last Wednesday.

  • A growing industry

    Deadlines are looming for George Hackney, Sr. and Hackney Nursery a week after

    being named the state’s first medical marijuana cultivator for the Northwest region.

    The nursery has to pay a $5 million performance bond by the end of this week and

    has only a little more than two months to ready their grow house for operations.

    Hackney, Sr. said the dispensaries will begin serving patients early June.

    The grow house will be located away from the nursery’s 900 acre base in

  • Honoring their service

    The price of freedom and those who volunteered to pay it with their lives were honored Nov. 11 at Veterans Day ceremonies in Havana and Quincy.
    Jim Brennan, Commander of American Legion Post 84 of Havana, said he is glad to see the renewed spirit of patriotism in America where children are wearing patriotic clothing, college students hang American flags in dorm rooms and many adults fly the American flag or have Statue of Liberty lawn ornaments in their yards.

  • Senior center spending questioned

    A Gretna senior citizens program claiming to have followed all of the guidelines required to receive a promised $10,000 reimbursement from the county was awarded just a portion more of that money Nov. 12 at a special BOCC meeting.
    Helen Franks, the program’s volunteer director, said Gretna’s Senior Citizens Program was told last year the county would reimburse the program for up to $10,000 so the program could “help keep persons over the age of 55 active both mentally and physically” over the course of the 2015 fiscal year.

  • Gadsden nursery to grow medical marijuana

    A Quincy dispensary has been chosen by the state to dispense a strain of marijuana used to treat epilepsy and cancer patients.
    As long as they post a $5 million performance bond in 10 business days, Hackney Nursery in Quincy will be one of the state’s five dispensaries to serve the strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web.
    George Hackney Sr., the company’s owner and president, got the news Monday while eating lunch. He said the nursery won’t sell marijuana in its leaf form but will instead sell it in an oil form.