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  • Midway candidate files lawsuit

    Samuel Stevens, a candidate for Midway City Council District 4, filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Court seeking to have his opponent Charles Willis removed from the ballot. Named in the suit were Mayor Ella Barber and Roosevelt Morris, Midway’s interim city manager.

    An emergency hearing to discuss the case will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, before Judge James Sheffer. Midway city elections are set for Tuesday, April 30.

  • Lights, camera, history!

    Passing the Gadsden County Courthouse on Saturday, and some visitors might have felt as if they had stepped back in time. That’s because actors, directors and a full film crew were making a short film, which was written and director by Curtis Adair.

  • Family, friends mourn 9-year-old’s death

    ALICE DU PONT
    Times Editor
    A tragic car accident claimed the life of 9-year-old Quincy girl Makayla Woodard Sunday afternoon. According to a report released by Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 5:45 p.m. on State Road 267 (Bainbridge Road) near Kenon Lane about five miles north of Quincy.

  • Man accused of sex with minor

    57-year-old Quincy man Arzell Diggs Jr. was arrested April 9 on charges of sexual assault, battery and stalking. The charges involve a 17-year-old girl.

    According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s office, the teen said she trusted Diggs because he was a leader in the church and she “didn’t think he was going to go that far and do things to her.”

  • Ceremony rededicates cemetery

    A rededication of Gadsden County’s refurbished Soldiers Cemetery, in Eastern Cemetery, took place Saturday, April 6. The memorial service was conducted by members of Finley’s Brigade Camp 1614, Sons of Confederate Veterans Florida Division and members of the Confederate Rose Society.

  • Havana man accused of murder

    Willie Frank Pennick, 58, of Havana is in the Gadsden County Jail without bond after he allegedly stabbed 38-year-old Darrell Lamar “Yang” Smart in the stomach with a steak knife  April 4 at 614 E. 1st St., in Havana. The incident happened around 7:45 p.m.

    According to an arrest report, Smart had been a guest at Pennick’s home and the two had been drinking on the porch. For some reason called Smart’s visit the third time he (Smart) had “tried me,” Pennick said in a taped interview.

  • Saluting a trailblazer

    Gadsden County’s first elected black Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert H. Bryant, was honored April 4 when the school district’s transportation facility was named in his honor.

    Bryant served as school superintendent from 1984 to 1992 and touched the lives of many a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.

    School Board Chairman Isaac Simons, who was a student under Bryant, called him a trailblazer.

  • Quincy Bank of America branch to close

    “Your local Bank of America banking center is closing. Learn about our online and mobile banking at bankofamerica.com,” was how many local Bank of America customers found out the bank was closing at 1321 West Jefferson Street in Quincy.

    “I can’t believe this is happening. First they closed Comcast, then TDS and now Bank of America. At the rate we’re going, we won’t have anything left. Is there anything we can do to stop this?” asked longtime Bank of America customer Yvonne Jackson.

  • County commission workshop focuses on disaster

    What would Gadsden County residents do if a hurricane made its way here during the 2013 hurricane season?

    To answer that question and others, the County’s Division of Emergency Management, led by Emergency Management Director Shawn Wood, hosted a workshop April 2 to discuss and describe how the county would respond.

  • Man accused of shooting girlfriend

    A 53-year-old Gretna man, Tom Arthur Faison, is in the Gadsden County Jail without bond. He was arrested on a charge of attempted felony murder after allegedly shooting his live-in girlfriend, 37-year-old Yolanda McNealy, on Easter Sunday. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.