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Local News

  • 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.

  • Commissioners nix televised meetings

    Saying that it would save taxpayers much-needed funds, Gadsden County commissioners voted to terminate videotaping services of its meetings. Southerland Enterprises, the company that had been taping and airing the meetings, was paid $650 for each meeting.

    "This is...not a necessity. I don't believe 50 to 60 percent of the people who live in the county actually get the meetings. I know I don't get it down at the lake. And a lot of this is (commissioners’ comments) are just playing to the TV," said Ed Allen, who spoke in support of discontinuing the service.

  • ADAGE reps answer questions about plant

    In a meeting last week with Stephen Simmons, vice president of business development for ADAGE, and Erin VanSickle, of Capital Energy Communications, the Times had the opportunity to ask some pointed questions regarding the proposed biomass facility in Gretna.

  • Robbery is motive in Havana shooting

    Update

    Twenty-five-year-old Gretna resident Freddie Fluker was shot and killed Monday night around 10:20 p.m. on Mitchell Road in the Richbay Community near Havana. Norman Davis Jr., 25, of Quincy, was shot in the stomach and taken to an area hospital. His wound, according to Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, is not life-threatening.

    "We got a call about gunshots heard in the area about 10:20. When we arrived on the scene, we found the two males suffering from gunshots. Fluker was pronounced dead at the scene," Corder said.

  • Local residents protest high utility bills

    Men, women and children began assembling on the sidewalk in front of city hall Feb. 9 just before the start of the 6 p.m. regular meeting. Carrying signs and chanting, group members were protesting what they called "excessively high" utility bills.

    "We're asking you to take whatever methods you have to reduce fees. The bills are higher than our rent or mortgage. Utility bills are causing people to go bankrupt," spokeswoman Janice Francis told the Quincy City Commission.

  • National campaign launched to end federal aid for biomass

    A national coalition of 48 citizen and environmental groups, including Concerned Citizens of Gadsden County, today launched a nationwide campaign to end federal financing for biomass incinerators being called “green energy.”   

  • Opposing sides square off on biomass issue at county commission meeting

    There was standing room only during the Feb. 2 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners. Most of those attending were either for or against a proposed biomass plant in Gretna.