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  • Man claims he fired shotgun to save grandparents

    A man who faces weapons charges in connection with an incident in which a shotgun was fired told law enforcement he did it to save his grandparents.

    Upon responding to a call for the discharging of a firearm, a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office deputy heard the suspect’s account of how Javaris Harris, 26, the man arrested for discharging the firearm, did so because his target had kidnapped him and threatened to shoot his grandparents if they didn’t pay his ransom.

    According to the arrest report, this is what happened:

  • Project calls for safer walkways

    The Florida Department of Transportation recently released its five-year roadwork and construction plan for select counties across Florida, and the Gadsden County plan includes the construction of a sidewalk down South Adams road, which will increase safety for pedestrians trekking from the area around Tanyard Park to downtown.
    The sidewalk will be constructed on the western side of that street in 2019 and is one of many projects FDOT will complete in Gadsden County between 2016 and 2020.

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  • Agency aims to promote healthy outlook

    The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity had a kick off meeting for its Competitive Florida Partnership with Gadsden County at the FAMU Research and Extension Farm on Monday morning. During the event,  FDEO representatives detailed a six -onth plan for helping Gadsden County agencies foster a mentality conducive to attracting better economic
    opportunities.

  • Panthers handle Bulldogs

    One night prior to playing against their cross town rivals the Panthers put together a convincing win at home against Liberty County.
    West Gadsden came out with a lot of energy on both ends of the floor; they ran an effective press on defense and did a great job of pushing the ball in transition.
    Liberty had a difficult time dealing with West Gadsden’s overall team speed. As the first quarter came to an end on a nice block by Mark Bradwell, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing by a score of 32-8.  

  • Jaguars, Panthers finish tourney in style

    This season the East and West Gadsden boys basketball teams kicked off their seasons with a Boosters Tip-off classic, the other participating high schools included Thomasville High, North Florida Educational Institute (Jacksonville), Rickards High, Colquitt County High and Santa Fe High (Alachua).
    This past Saturday both East and West Gadsden concluded the Booster Tip-off Classic with big wins; West Gadsden faced off against Santa Fe and East Gadsden ended the night against North Florida Educational Institute.

  • Artistic tradition continues

    Fans of art and artists alike converged on downtown Quincy Friday night as the Gadsden Arts Center conducted the 26th annual Art in Gadsden exhibition. More than 100 people packed the center to view 110 pieces being presented as a part of the exhibition. The pieces will be on display until Dec. 23 and they’re available for purchase, with prices ranging from $85 to $20,000.

  • Trio of teens faces burglary charges in Quincy thefts

    Three Quincy teenagers suspected by police officials to be associated with a gang representing the city’s Sub-Division area were arrested Oct. 21 for attempting to burglarize a home near Stevens and Williams streets.
    Officers were dispatched to the area around 8:40 a.m. after receiving a call that three males were burglarizing a home.

  • County to participate in statewide economic program

    The Gadsden County Development Council hosted agency officials from around Gadsden County at a Tuesday afternoon meeting in an attempt to unify the county around the council’s economic development goals.

  • Quincy hires new finance director

    Quincy commissioners approved a new city financial director at their Tuesday meeting, pending acceptable  background and credit checks. Selected by a committee that included Interim City Manager Mike Wade and Director of Human Resources and Risk Management Bessie Evans, Ted Beason is expected to begin sometime after Thanksgiving, when his four-week notice with the City of Temple Terrace is fulfilled. Beason is the assistant financial director there.