Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.