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  • Reaching out

    With more than 300 churches in Gadsden County, local law enforcement leaders are looking for these faith-based organizations to help out in tough times.

    Maj. Shawn Wood shared this during a June 19 meeting with some local pastors at the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

    He said Sheriff Morris Young is interested in mobilizing churches and congregations across the county into a support network in the event of a disaster, such as a powerful hurricane or widespread forest fire.

  • Scott nixes one budget item for Gadsden

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott released the 2014 budget early this month, along with a list of vetoed line items. This year, Scott has dubbed the spending plan the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”

  • Special GCSO team arrests suspects on drug charges

    Two drug-related operations conducted by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) yielded two recent arrests in Chattahoochee. 

    The SRT conducted a saturated patrol in the area around the Happy Kash and Karry Convenience Store on June 17. Two deputies situated themselves near a path leading away from the store. According to the arrest report, deputies had observed suspects fleeing along this path when law enforcement officers approached the front of the convenience store. 

  • Setting it off: July 4 fun to explode countywide

    Gadsden County residents will have plenty of in-county options for their Independence Day festivities this year. 

    The West Gadsden Historic Society will host its 10th annual open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the historical Dezell House on 328 East 8th St. in Greensboro. 

  • Fleeing suspect crashes into patrol car

    A pre-dawn car chase through the city streets of Quincy turned to a foot pursuit before Gadsden County deputies and a Quincy police officer caught suspect Emmanuel Jerome Gordon, 28. 

    According to the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Deputy Marcus Dixon was traveling westbound on Jefferson Street when he spotted a white Ford F-150, westbound, speeding and swerving. 

  • Quincy Police seek suspect

    The Quincy Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of a wanted Quincy man who escaped arrest recently by forcing his way into an apartment and fleeing arrest by climbing into the apartment’s attic. 

  • Ribbed at roast

    Laughs were in no short supply at the Roast and Toast of Superintendent Reginald James on June 14 as one speaker after another delivered monologues about the superintendent’s finest achievements and idiosyncratic quirks. The event at East Gadsden High School was designed to honor the school official through comedy and anecdotes shared by some of those closest to him. 

  • Neighborhood watch working for Scottstown

    The Scottstown Community held its regular neighborhood watch meeting June 10 at the Pentecostal Church on Charlie Harris Loop. The Scottstown watch is part of a pilot program launched by the Gadsden County Sherriff’s office. 

    Jolene Williams, GCSO’s crime analyst, was trained at the attorney general’s office specifically to be part of the budding program. She said the community was selected as the location for the pilot program because it had a high rate of crime and high frequency of complaints. 

  • Quincy leaders look at logging, busing

    Saving money and making money were on the minds of Quincy commissioners at the regular June 10 meeting.

    Members of the commissioners discussed a continuation of their expired contract with the Whitfield Timber Company for the harvesting of trees in the city’s industrial park. The city and the company signed the initial agreement during October 2013. 

  • Former Quincy city manager files lawsuit

    Jack McLean, former Quincy city manager, is suing his former employer for his severance pay, his leave-time pay and his retirement pay. McLean’s case documents allege the city is unlawfully withholding all three sums, including the retirement, which the former manager’s case contends he paid into during his tenure with the city.