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  • Transport service comes to Gadsden

    In the not-too-distant future, Gadsden County residents will have reliable transportation from Quincy to Tallahassee, with a stop in Midway, for a nominal fee.

    The Gadsden Express could begin rolling as early as April if the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners approve all of the hold-harmless agreements March 3. Initially, the transport will only offer service county planning and community development director.

  • GCSO arrests St. Hebron man for marijuana, child endangerment

    Community complaints led to the arrest of 26-year-old Christopher Jerrod Jackson in the early morning hours of Feb. 26 at his home in the St. Hebron Community.

    Around 6:30 a.m., Gadsden County Sheriff's deputies went to a mobile home at 720 Grace Cunningham Rd., where Jackson lives with his wife and two small children.

  • County looks to June 1 as target date for hospital

    During the recent monthly meeting of the Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors, board members got their first look at the lease between GHI and Hospital Corporation of America, which will be operating the hospital.

    The company will be leasing all 44,000 square feet of the building as well as the vacant land that surrounds the physical structure.

  • Gretna biomass 'summit' to be held

    The Gretna City Commission will host the Gretna Bioenergy Plant Summit Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the National Guard Armory in Quincy, located at 2049 Pat Thomas Parkway.

    The event will provide the public with the opportunity to collect information and ask questions regarding the ADAGE biomass plant being considered by the Gretna City Commission.

  • Arrest made in animal neglect case

    Sam Hawkins turned himself in Feb. 12 in connection with the death of a horse abandoned at the Gadsden County Animal Shelter Oct. 10, 2009.

    Hawkins went to the State Attorney’s Office, and was arrested after it was decided that criminal charges should be filed. He is out on $5,000 bond.

    If convicted, Hawkins could face up to 5 years in prison. No date has yet been set for trial.

  • Havana Subway owner charged with sales tax theft

    Robert Blaine Register, 40, of Tallahassee, surrendered to Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators Feb. 16 on charges that he stole more than $67,200 in sales tax he collected from customers at the Havana Subway restaurant he owns. Investigators say Register failed to send in the money to the state, pocketing it instead.

    Register has been arrested on four felony charges related to failure to file sales tax returns and theft of state funds. Bail has been set at $5,000.

  • Fire does little damage at Havana Elementary Monday morning

    A lightning strike at Havana Elementary School Monday morning resulted in minor damage to the roof, said school Principal Hilda Jackson.

    According to Jackson, lightning struck the phone line along the roof over the science lab. Teachers in the area smelled something burning, and once they went outside, they could see smoke coming from the roof.

    Firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly, and there was little damage, she said. No one was injured in the incident.

    “Everything’s OK,” she said. “It didn’t do too much.”

  • Shooting in Midway still a mystery to investigators

    Gadsden County deputies are looking for a suspect involved in a shooting around 4 p.m. at Ochlockonee Point Apartments in Midway Feb. 22. The only description of the suspect is a black male with the word "slim" tattooed beneath his eye.

    According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the apartment complex, just west of the Leon County line, in reference to a shooting. However, when deputies arrived there was no evidence of a victim or suspect.

  • Black History celebration set for this weekend

    The annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held Feb. 27.

    The parade begins at 11 a.m. with line-up at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and South Stewart Street. The parade proceeds north on Stewart Street to Crawford Street and east on Crawford Street to South Adams Street where it disbands.

    Organizer Anthony Powell said no grand marshal has been named but Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young and his wife, Kathy, will lead the parade. He said  all of the citizens of the county are considered grand marshals.

  • Tip leads to meth lab bust

    Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested Patricia McMillan, 44, in Havana, along with two others in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a mobile home on the 300 block of Paradise Road.

    John Cumby, 39, and Robert Clinton, 45, were also arrested. All three will face charges of manufacturing meth, and additional charges are possible.

    The trio was also stealing electricity from the nearby Talquin power plant.