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  • District graduation rate highest in years

    Gadsden County School District’s graduation rates have hit an all-time high, climbing to 64.2 percent, its highest mark since the state began reporting graduation rates.

    The state released the rates last week, and figures showed that the county’s rate is up from last year’s 56.1 percent. The rate has steadily increased since the 2003-4 school year, when the rate was at 43.1 percent, except for a dip in 2005-6, when the rate dropped back to 43.9 percent. But the drop was temporary, and the rate climbed to 53.3 precent in 2006-7.

  • Elderly woman robbed in Quincy Winn-Dixie

    Seventy-five-year-old Gadsden County resident Emily Rowan was the victim of robbery and battery on an elderly person inside the Winn-Dixie store on West Jefferson Street as she shopped for a greeting card 2 days before Christmas.

    A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested at nearby Arbor Crest Apartments shortly after the incident where he was also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

    He was later released to his mother for home supervision.

  • Taylor a no-show at FAC class

    Gadsden County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor will not be graduating from a voluntary county commissioner certification program with her class in June during the Florida Association of Counties annual conference.

  • Cold means crop damage but not loss, says expert

    Lester Muralles, commercial agriculture agent assigned to Gadsden County by Florida A & M University, says local commercial farmers are prepared for the freezing temperatures that are expected to last throughout the week. While most large farmers don't have plants in the ground at this time, nursery growers and satsuma growers are ready.

  • New Year’s celebrations not a problem, say local law enforcement officers

    New Year's Eve was uneventful in Gadsden County, according to the law enforcement personnel who patrolled the streets.

    "Things were pretty slow and that was surprising," said Maj. Shawn Wood of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

    Expecting heavy traffic, intoxicated revelers and noisy fireworks, a task force made up of officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Greensboro, Gretna  and Chattahoochee police departments hit the streets and rural roads of Gadsden County around 7 p.m.

  • Winn-Dixie robber now behind bars

    The juvenile accused of robbing and kicking 75-year-old Emily Rowan as she shopped for greeting cards in Winn-Dixie on Dec. 23 is behind bars.

    While he has a $75,000 bond on the charges of robbery, battery on the elderly and battery on a law enforcement officer, he will not be released from jail.

    "Even if he could come up with the $75,000 bond, he will not be released because he violated probation on a burglary charge on Hamilton Street a month or so before the Dec. 23 incident," said Sgt. Robert Mixon of the Quincy Police Department.

  • Quincy officials receive check for $19,446

    Christmas came early for the city of Quincy when Bradley Joyner of Pat Thomas & Associates presented a check for $19,446 during the Dec. 22 commission meeting. The funds were from a gifting plan set up in the Dividend Check Florida Fund.

    The city has gotten checks in the past from the fund but this is the largest amount the city has received.

    In other matters:

  • Gadsden’s first black female judge sworn in

    For Kathy Garner, Gadsden County's first black female county judge, tears of joy mingled with tears of sadness during the Dec. 18 investiture ceremony.

    "Today marks a historic occasion. Judge Garner follows in the footsteps of her parents, Alfred Garner, Quincy's mayor pro-tem at one point in his career, and her mother, the late Betty Garner, who was said to be everybody's mother," said Garner's classmate at Florida State University's College of Law, Ben Crump.

  • Tomato grower stands against ban

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners voted recently to send a resolution from the board urging the state legislature to change the tomato field packing ban. According to local tomato farmer Graves Williams, the law is designed to put small producers out of business and create an advantage for large producers in South Florida. The ban stops the picking and packing of ripe fruit in the field.

  • Teligent worker burned in explosion

    UPDATE:

    The workers names have been released. They were not released to the Times prior to press time for the print edition. The burn victim was James Lambeth, 20, of Tallahassee. Kenny Walker, 47, of Bainbridge, Ga., was also injured in the explosion.

    An explosion at TeligentEMS in Havana has left one person burned and another injured.