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  • Year in Review: Recapping the big stories of 2012

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series of stories reviewing the most significant Gadsden County stories in 2012. Look for the conclusion in the Jan. 3 edition.

    Despite opposition from some in the community, Gadsden County voters, almost by a 2-1 margin. voted yes in two referendums that could change the face of the county forever.

  • Life lessons

    Of the 12 young men who participated in the Brotherhood of Respect organization in the 2011-2012program, seven are left. The organization’s founder and sponsor, Edgar Griffin, is more pleased than ever with the “Significant Seven.”

  • White House taps Quincy police chief

    Walt McNeil, Quincy Police chief, traveled Dec. 20 to Washington, D.C., to serve on a panel with Vice President Joseph Biden. The meeting came on the heels of the Dec. 14 shooting incident that left 20 children and six adults dead in Newtown, Conn.

    President Barack Obama held a press conference Dec. 19 at the White House and promised the panel would be one of substance.

  • Midway police chief arrested

    Midway’s Chief of Police, 52-year-old Terron Lindsey, was arrested Dec. 19 on charges of official misconduct, a third-degree felony and petit theft, a second-degree misdemeanor. His bond was set at $5,500 and was posted around 9 p.m. the same evening.

    He was placed on administrative leave, with pay, by Midway City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. The council has called a special meeting for Dec. 27 to discuss the matter, according to Ford. He had no further comment on the arrest or Lindsey’s fate as a city employee.

  • Officials reviewing school safety


    With most of America still in disbelief on the heels of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children, 6 adults and the shooter dead Dec. 14, the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up its efforts in the county should a similar incident occur.

    “The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is already working on its own response plan. We have requested (site) plans for each of the 12 schools, and we will be meeting and developing a plan to address an active shooter,” said Capt. Jim Corder of the GCSO.

  • Havana goes for simulated gaming

    Ordinance No. 355, regulating the use and operation of simulated gaming, was passed by the Havana Town Council at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday morning.

    The council also approved Jan. 21 as a day for the celebration of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. A parade will start at 10 a.m. in town. A local police escort will be provided.

  • Gadsden commission to refinance bond

    The Board of County Commissioners, during the regular Dec. 18 meeting, authorized the staff to move forward with refinancing the county’s $10 million Sales Tax Revenue Refunding Bond, series 2010 (Gadsden Memorial Hospital Project).

  • Big grad rate gains for East Gadsden

    There are numbers stories — and there are numbers stories to get excited about.

    East Gadsden High School’s graduation rate for the 2011-12 school year soared compared to the prior school year, jumping from 65.61 percent to 81.42 percent.

    Gadsden School District’s federal graduation rate also climbed 6.3 percentage points, from 55.1 percent in 2010-11 to 61.4 percent for 2011-12.

  • Eyes on the ball

    TERRANCE CHISOLM
    Times Sports
    Correspondent

    As both teams prepared to run onto the court to warm-up, the home team band began to play and the crowd began to bounce. The excitement of this rivalry game could be felt in the air.

    The visiting Panthers didn’t seem to feel bothered by the atmosphere. The players displayed a lot of energy as they ran through drills and loosened up for the game. The pre-game warm-up time expired and the national anthem was played, which caused the crowd to stand and instantly fall silent.

  • Garner makes Gadsden judicial history

    Dec. 7 was a historic day in Gadsden County. On the second floor of the of the 100-year-old Gadsden County Courthouse, Kathy Garner was sworn in as the first elected African-American and first female as County Judge in the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

    Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Garner as county judge on the retirement of former County Judge Stewart Parsons three years and 11 days ago. Garner was appointment Nov. 16, 2009, and was overwhelmingly elected on Aug. 14, 2012, for a six-year term.