Local News

  • Rattler revelry

    The Gadsden County chapter of FAMU alumni had its first scholarship gala Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Quincy.

    The purpose of the night was to “raise scholarship funds to send  some of Gadsden County’s best and brightest students to Florida A&M University,” said mistress of  ceremonies Vicki Johnson. For a $50 ticket, attendees were treated to live entertainment by

    Dayve Stewart and the Vibe Band, a baked chicken dinner and a keynote address from FAMU President Elmira Mangum.

  • County commissioners hire new attorney

    Gadsden’s Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to retain attorney David Weiss of the Ausley and McMullen firm as the county’s attorney at the board’s Aug. 4 meeting.

  • Mike Wade hired as Quincy’s permanent city manager

    Mike Wade is officially Quincy’s permanent manager, as Quincy commissioners voted to approve his contract for the position at their meeting Tuesday in a 4-1 vote. He had been interim manager for more than a year.

    Commissioner Daniel McMillan said Wade will be working for
    60 percent of what the last manager earned, and added, “people might not like the way we went about it (the hiring process), but everything we did was

  • Changing perspectives

    Approximately 30 kids who spent the summer learning trades ended the summer part of their program’s curriculum Monday with a tour of the Gadsden County Jail.

    They were the first participants in an after-school and summer camp program sponsored in partnership with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and the Gadsden chapter of AMIKids Inc., a national organization that on its website says it “gives troubled youth the support they need to become great people, and our results speak for themselves.”

  • 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.