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  • Ammunition plant welcomed in Greensboro

    An ammunition manufacturer opening its newest plant in Greensboro hosted local county and municipal leaders for an event establishing itself in the community.
    The manufacturer, Armada Ammunition, “will produce a full line of premium quality pistol and rifle caliber ammunition for law enforcement, the U.S. military and training purposes,” according to a press release given out at the event. The plant is located a mile past Interstate 10 Exit 174.

  • Midway councilman unseated

    Midway Councilman Chuck Willis of District 4 was formally ousted from the council by his fellow councilmembers at the city’s April meeting last Thursday.
    Willis was informally voted out of the council at a special meeting March 17 for violating city charter rules stipulating councilmembers live in the district they represent, therefore requiring councilmembers to vacate seats if they move out of their districts.

    The original vote to remove Willis had to be ratified at a regular monthly meeting, hence it being handled at the meeting April 7 .

  • Graham touts ag youth programs in Gadsden

    Congresswoman Gwen Graham hosted an evening event at the UF IFAS Center Monday to help spread information on the USDA StrikeForce program, which she referred to as an “incredible opportunity to bring resources to Gadsden County.”
    Graham said the program was intended for counties with persistent poverty, which was defined as a place with a 20 percent poverty rate for at least
    30 years.

  • Ferguson, Mo., official speaks on protest over Michael Brown’s death

    Sharing his experiences as director of protest security during the Ferguson, Mo. unrest that ensued after Michael Brown was killed during an officer-involved shooting nearly two years ago, Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke to attendees during Day One of the 2016 Rural County Summit Tuesday afternoon.
    Johnson explained that although the protest was the longest in American history, it had no deaths.

  • Pastor of Charleston, S.C., church aims at giants

    Pastor of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Dr. Betty Clark was the night’s marquee speaker Tuesday at a worship service in East Gadsden High School’s gymnasium in conjunction with the fifth annual Rural County Summit.
    Though speakers before her Tuesday night made reference to the Charleston Shooting deaths that occurred at her church this past summer — after which she was named pastor — Clark did not speak on the killings.

  • BOCC pledges $25K to Arts Center

    To go along with the $25,000 pledge it received from the City of Quincy Commission, the Gadsden Arts Center received a $25,000 pledge from the Gadsden County commissioners at the latter’s meeting
    Tuesday.
    The funds will be used to create a children’s studio, add a gallery where local artists can display their work, double the size of the gallery shop and expand the collection space for its African American Vernacular Art Collection, according to meeting filings.

  • Midway council votes to unseat Willis

    The Midway City Council voted to remove one of its members, Chuck Willis of District 4, at a meeting March 17 called specifically to discuss Willis’ alleged violation of city charter rules for council members.

    The rule in question comes from charter Section 2.2, requiring forfeiture for council members who cease to live in the districts they represent.

  • Over objections, Arts Trail plans continue

    Recommendations from a taskforce of Gadsden County residents, which FDOT representatives said would have “killed” the proposed Florida Arts Trail Multi-Use Path were denied from affecting the trail’s current direction as board members of the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency voted to reject the recommendations at their March 21 meeting and move forward with the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study as planned.

  • Rural County Summit aims to foster trust

    Law enforcement officials from national and local agencies involved in the handling of recent high-profile incidents will speak to sheriff’s deputies from Gadsden and other counties during this year’s Rural County Summit about how to foster trust between law enforcement and community.

  • Suspect found guilty in beating death

    State Hospital second-degree murder suspect Deontra French, 25, was found guilty for his role in the beating death of another patient, convicted of lesser charge manslaughter, after a day-long trial Wednesday, March 23, in the Guy A. Race Judicial Complex.

    Sentencing is scheduled for May 5.