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  • Sheriff’s hearing on jail furloughs set for Friday

    Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young goes before a judge at 2 p.m. Friday for a hearing about his policy allowing furloughs for some inmates at the county jail.

    State Attorney Willie Meggs is asking for Young to be held in contempt of court.

    Young  has described the action as “total sabotage.”

    According to the petition filed for the case, Young is being ordered to show cause for allowing “inmates housed at the Gadsden County Jail to be released without judicial authority.”

  • Fire destroys sausage factory

    As he stands in the doorway of what was the sausage factory he’s owned since 1969, Robert Fason seems a bit more at ease than you expect the owner of a recently burned down business to be.

    “It’s just another part of our history,” Fason says about losing his business to a fire. “This may be a blessing in disguise.”
    Fason’s Sausage in Greensboro blazed for hours Tuesday night before being extinguished around midnight. Roy Ward, an employee of Fason’s for 14 years, said the building was still salvageable at that point.

  • Quincy whistleblower loses job to cuts

    Whistleblower protection couldn’t save a Quincy city employee from budget cuts.

    During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Quincy Commission, Commissioner Keith Dowdell asked why former Director of Customer Service Ann Sherman was terminated by the city. Sherman has been in the news lately for requesting whistleblower protection. Interim City Manager Mike Wade responded by saying she was let go because the job position she had was longer funded in the budget.

    In other business:

  • Crowd rules unchanged by BOCC

    Several Gadsden County residents attended the Oct. 7 Board of County Commissioners meeting to protest a proposal that would have allowed outdoor music festivals with an expected attendance of less than 2,000 to receive the same relaxed regulations festivals planning for a crowd of fewer than 500 people. Despite adamant support from Commissioner Brenda Holt, the proposal did not pass.

  • Execution date set for Banks

    A Gadsden County man convicted of murdering his wife of two months before raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter will be executed Nov. 13, more than 22 years after committing the crimes.

    Chadwick Banks will die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, and will be the 20th person to be executed under Gov. Rick Scott’s term.

  • Poll:Yes to marijuana for medical use

    In regard to the upcoming general election, which includes a proposal on the Florida ballot to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, we polled Gadsden County residents under the condition of anonymity Oct. 11 at the Havana Pumpkin Festival for their opinions on legalizing marijuana. The 50 people we polled, as a group, were overwhelmingly for legalizing marijuana for medical use, but were nearly equally divided on whether the drug should be legalized for recreational use. You can see our results below.

  • On alert for unlikely outbreak

    The Florida Department of Health Gadsden and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office hosted county first responders and media members at the Sheriff’s office Monday morning to talk about the procedures for handling an Ebola outbreak if one were to affect Gadsden
    County.

  • Arguments, alcohol lead to local arrests

    Local law enforcement recently faced several unusual incidents that ended with suspects in handcuffs.

  • On alert for unlikely outbreak

    The Florida Department of Health Gadsden and the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office hosted county first responders and media members at the Sheriff’s office Monday morning to talk about the procedures for handling an Ebola outbreak if one were to affect Gadsden
    County.

  • Midway mulls aggressive dogs, long meetings

    Midway Council Member Allean Robinson and City Manager Dot Johnson spoke about aggressive, stray pitbulls roaming Midway at the city’s Oct. 2 council meeting.

    Robinson began the conversation by saying she had to protect herself with a rock from an aggressive dog earlier that day. Johnson said 13 dogs were let loose in the city by an owner who moved away from Midway, and the city hasn’t received much support from animal control in rounding up the dogs.