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  • Havana gets new council member

    ISSAC MORGAN

    Times Correspondent

    The Havana Town Council held a meeting this past week to discuss new city developments, review financial reports and swear in Councilmember Karen Bass. 

    “I know Ms. Bass personally and I’m glad she’s here,” Councilman Matt Thro said. “She’s very qualified for the position.”

    The meeting also included time for public comment.

  • Deputy interrupts suspected drug sale

    Three men were arrested on drug-related charges at 2:45 p.m. May 2 during a traffic stop at the corner of Madison and King streets in Quincy. The suspects are Christopher Eugene Lockett, 36; Michael Johnson, 25; and Conterious Lamar Nash, 31. 

    According to a GCSO report, at the time of his arrest Lockett told deputies he had drugs in his possession and he knew he was going to jail. 

  • Right place, right time

    A potential wave of industrial progress expanding from the Panhandle’s coast at Port St. Joe in Gulf County could help put Gadsden County’s economy back on track.

    Plans include a direct connection with Gadsden County via Chattahoochee’s rail interchange between the Apalachicola Northern line and the CSX mainline. 

  • Port dredging project key to railroad success

    Positive economic impact from the AN line in Gadsden County will largely depend on the successful authorization and completion of the dredging project in Port St. Joe. A harbor of greater depth is necessary for the size of the ships that will bring increased industry and development to the region. 

    Enova Energy and Green Circle have submitted letters of intent to do business with the port if it were to be dredged, according to information presented at the April 24 meeting  in Greensboro.

  • QPD: Shooting update includes arrest, crack sales alibi

    The Quincy Police Department arrested Phillip Dale Lowe, 19, of Tallahassee, on April 22 after he was identified him in a photo lineup. He is the latest suspect in the April 11 shooting at the Gadsden Arms Apartments in Quincy.

    According to a report from QPD, the arrest followed a wealth of new information the department procured vie interviews during the two weeks following the crime. 

  • Quincy nixes sheriff’s proposal

    The future relationship between city and county law enforcement was one of the issues Quincy commissioners addressed April 22 during their regular meeting.

    Other topics included the fate of bus services and collection dilemmas.

  • Two accused of robbing Havana visitor at knifepoint

    ROBERT ALLEN

    Times Reporter

    A visiting man was robbed at knifepoint for three one-dollar bills around 2:30 p.m. April 8 inside the Havana Heights Apartments. 

    According to the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office report, the man said he was visiting a friend in the complex. Robbery suspects Miles Johnson and Freeman Jackson allegedly stopped him outside as he was trying to leave. 

  • New mushroom emerges in Quincy

    ROBERT ALLEN

    Times Reporter

    The morel or Morchella mushroom has never been officially documented in Florida — until now. Pam Anderson and Steve Cutshaw, both employed at Torreya State Park, found the lone specimen when conducting a plant census at Rocky Comfort Farms in Quincy. 

  • One shooting suspect cleared, two in custody

    ROBERT ALLEN

    Times Reporter

    A new suspect is now in custody following two initial arrests after the April 11 daytime shooting at Gadsden Arms Apartments on Stewart Street in Quincy, according to an April 18 press release from Quincy Police Department. 

    Chauncey Reed Hawkins, 18, of 1444 Jakes Drive, Tallahassee, is being held at the Leon County Jail.

  • Paving the way for progress

    ROBERT ALLEN

    Times Reporter

    Gadsden County Commissioners met April 15 for their regular meeting. Future improvements of five county roads were a topic of discussion. 

    Funding for the project will be provided through the Small County Outreach Program, the County Incentive Grant Program, and the Small County Road Assistance Program — all initiatives instituted by the Florida Department of Transportation.