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  • Local lawmakers hold hearing

    Gadsden County’s legislative delegation, Rep. Alan Williams and Sen. Bill Montford, held a public hearing Feb. 18 to discuss issues that may affect the county in the upcoming session, which begins March 5.

    By law, legislators are required to hold a public hearing prior to the opening of each session.

    Doug Croley, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, listed the 2013 legislative priorities for the county. The legislative issues were the result of those expressed by local governments and county interests.

  • Sheriff appeals for tips in murder case

    The Gadsden County Sheriff Office and the Florida Department are asking the public’s help finding the persons responsible for the death of 49-year-old Curtis Eugene Anderson on Nov. 2, 2012.

    “The assistance of our community is vital in solving this horrible crime. We are asking that if you have any information to contact us and help us keep our community safe,” said Sheriff Morris Young in a press release.

  • Up in flames

    Tommy Farmer stood across the street from his family home at 119 S. Love Street in Quincy and stared in disbelief at the intense fire shooting out of the rear of the home. Flames, as if playing hide and seek, occasionally showed under the roof of the front of the house.

  • History-making judge takes office

    An elated Barbara K. Hobbs became a Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida on Feb. 15 in a ceremony. Hundreds of people from throughout the 11 counties in the second judicial district attended the ceremony.

    Hobbs was elected to the court during the General Election on Nov. 6, 2012. Hobbs, a Tallahassee native, carried Gadsden County by an overwhelming margin over her opponent.

    A trial lawyer for more than 20 years, Hobbs said the ceremony was quite overwhelming.

  • Gadsden jury exonerates corrections officer

    A Gadsden County jury took about 30 minutes to return a verdict of not guilty Feb. 16 in the sexual misconduct trial of Corrections Officer Deric Mordica.

  • Midway gets nearly $300K

     For several years, members of the Midway City Council have dreamed of a center dedicated to the needs of its senior citizens. On Feb. 3, during an 11:30 a.m. ceremony the U.S. Department of Agriculture presented a check to the city for $289,400 for construction of a senior citizens center.

  • Honoring her legacy
  • Sheriff reaches out on D.C. trip

    A trip to the national’s capital didn’t get Gadsden County Sheriff Morris A. Young an audience with President Barack Obama, but it did get him a meeting with Florida senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, as well as a private audience with one of the president’s top staff members.

    “It was a successful trip. I was in Washington to attend the National Sheriff’s Association Annual meeting. My goal was to reach out to Florida lawmakers on a face-to-face basis,” he said of the five-day trip.

  • Arrests lead to drug charges

    A high-speed chase and a short foot-chase ended Feb. 8 with a wrecked vehicle and the driver arrested on drug charges on Ben Bostic Road just outside the Quincy city limits. Tony Lee Murphy, 36, was arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding police officers, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, reckless driving and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

  • Midway fire station nears completion

    Midway Interim City Manager Roosevelt Morris said that while the fire station on State Road 267 was unable to meet a projected completion date by Jan. 31, there is no doubt the new structure will be ready within the next 30 days.
    Former City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. told the Town Council during the regular monthly meeting Jan. 3 that the building would be complete by Jan. 31. However, later in the meeting after Ford made that promise, he was fired by the council and there was speculation whether the facility could be ready by that date.