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  • Midway’s new city manager gets four-year contract

    Many Midway citizens who attended Midway City Council’s meeting this past Thursday expressed outraged after council members voted to approve City Manager Leslie Steele’s four-year contract.

  • Registered Quincy sexual predator accused of child sex abuse

    A Quincy man is in jail after being accused of sexual assault on a child younger than 12.  
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, after being read his Miranda Rights, L. C. Battles, 58, admitted he was a documented sexual predator and that he picked up the child he is accused of assaulting for an unsupervised visit at his home. The report also states he admitted he has had inappropriate sexual thoughts about the child.

  • Quincy pays for health care hike

    During their Aug. 22 meeting, Quincy commissioners voted to accept Capital Health Plan’s 9.5 percent health insurance plan coverage increase.  They also voted to absorb the cost.
    Commissioner Derrick Elias asked Finance Director Ted Beason if CHP’s health insurance goes up every year.
    “It did the last two years,” Beason said.
    The city’s health care cost for current employees will increase from $634,000 to $694,000, a $60,000 increase plus $8,000 for retirees.

  • BOCC gets another $50K for Stevens School

    During the Aug. 15 Gadsden County  Commission meeting, board members discussed future memorial ideas, as well as future site and facility uses of the old Stevens School.
    “As you know, we’ve used the first grant we got and put a new roof on the remaining structure, the old cafeteria,” County Administrator Robert Presnell told the commissioners.
    He said the county received another grant to do further renovations to the building, which would include all new air conditioners and new doors.  

  • To totality and beyond

    The countdown until totality had already begun.  Dozens of James A. Shanks Middle School students excitedly walked to a field behind the school for the solar eclipse around 2:30 Monday afternoon.  A solar eclipse occurs  when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and partially or completely blocks the sun.  Even though the sun was blocked, looking directly at it anytime, even for just a few seconds could cause damage to the eye’s retinas.

  • Teacher accused of sex assault on child

    A Gadsden County High School teacher has been arrested after being accused of sexual battery on a child.
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office report, Adam Hurdle, 33, was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
    The document states the child’s mother reported an alleged sexual battery incident that took place almost two years ago to Tallahassee Police Department the day before the arrest was made.
    The case was then referred to the GCSO.
    Sgt. Anglie Hightower with GCSO said the incident was not school related.

  • Feds indict Gretna city attorney

    Gretna’s city attorney, Harold Knowles, was recently indicted on federal charges by a grand jury for the Middle District of Georgia.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, G. F. Peterman, III, announced that Harold Knowles and Cliffard Whitby,  Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority chairman, were arrested Friday, Aug. 11 — Knowles in Tallahassee and Whitby in Macon, Ga.  Whitby’s alleged crimes in the indictment are not related to his work at the Industrial Authority.

  • Feds indict Gretna city attorney

    Gretna’s city attorney, Harold Knowles, was recently indicted on federal charges by a grand jury for the Middle District of Georgia.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, G. F. Peterman, III, announced that Harold Knowles and Cliffard Whitby,  Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority chairman, were arrested Friday, Aug. 11 — Knowles in Tallahassee and Whitby in Macon, Ga.  Whitby’s alleged crimes in the indictment are not related to his work at the Industrial Authority.

  • Ready, set, learn!

    Monday was a big day for many local students.  With the first day of school came several changes.  
    The newly consolidated Gadsden County High School brought together students from the former East and West Gadsden high schools.
    Although the school they attend was formerly East Gadsden, Superintendent Roger Milton said he is very pleased they had all of the East Gadsden signs removed and replaced them with Gadsden County High signs.  

  • Jury clears Gretna man in murder case

    “We have a verdict,” a bailiff said, just as Judge Barbara K. Hobbs was about to send a deputy to ask jurors if they wanted to keep working or wrap up for the day and reconvene Saturday morning.  
    It was around 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11.  The jury had been in deliberating since just before noon.
    Dekendrick Ford sat at the defendant’s table waiting to hear his fate, wearing a white button-down shirt, black slacks, black tie and shoes.
    Ford was on trial for the 2011 killing of his girlfriend Teresa Manuel.