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  • Officials, volunteers search for missing man

    The search for a Gretna man, Garrett Hughes, continued Monday, Jan 7. The 72-year-old man was last seen around 3 a.m. Jan. 5 walking along Williams Street in Gretna.

    “We’ll keep searching until we find him or we become exhausted,” said Gretna’s Interim police chief, Carlos Del La Cruz.
    He was last seen wearing a black-and-red checkered flannel shirt, blue jeans, black hat and beige top coat. He is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 166 pounds.

  • Midway city manager fired

    Midway’s City Manager, Auburn Ford Jr., was terminated Jan. 3 during the regular monthly meeting of the city council. Ford became permanent city manager Oct. 4, 2011, after Agatha Muse Salters was terminated.

    Ford said he was disappointed in the action taken and he thought the city was moving forward quickly.
    Councilwoman Allean Robinson made the motion to fire Ford after she expressed concerns about his leadership skills and said she had received a complaint from subcontractors (doing work on the fire station currently under contraction) who were not paid.

  • November: Incumbends fare well in election, local man’s murder a mystery

    Candidates who won the General Election won big in Gadsden County. Shirley Green Knight, supervisor of elections, said things ran smoothly at all precincts. Early voting and absentee voting helped keep long lines down in many communities. Of the registered voters in the county, 16.14 percent cast their ballots either on Election Day, early voting or absentee. Here’s how the winners fared:

  • December: A first for Gadsden judges, local icon passes

    Kathy Garner made history in Gadsden County when she was sworn in as the county’s first African-American and the first female every elected county judge. Garner was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist In 2009, but was overwhelmingly elected by the voters on Aug. 14, 2012.

    She said the voters validated the governor’s choice in appointing of her.

    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 percent.

  • October: Times goes pink, millage rate unchanged

    For the first time in history, The Gadsden County Times went pink. The occasion was Pink Paper Day to kick off October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our readers were shocked with the color, but appreciated the edition, which contained features of local women battling breast cancer as well as survivors.

  • September: Quincy launches Porchfest, Gov. Scott visits school

    A Gadsden County nurseryman, Richard May, was selected as a state finalist for Florida’s Farm Bureau 2012 Achievement in Agriculture Award. May, the production manager for May Nursery, was one of three nominees for the award.

  • August: Close elections raise questions, football season starts strong

    With August came a lot of excitement in the political world. Early voting kicked off Aug. 4 and ended Aug. 11, with the primary election day coming Aug. 14. Voters, who had been mailed sample ballots, found the process easier with the required identification.

    Non-profit organizations had a scare after the members of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners thought they would have to slash all non-profits after an initial look at finances during the early budgeting process.

  • July: Local politics heat up, domestic violence turns deadly

    The city of Quincy held an open house for the second fire station on Joe Adams Road. The $970,000, 7,000-square-foot building was funded by a grant from the American Recovery Act.

    “This facility will allow us to improve our response time based on the city’s contract with the county to improve our service to those citizens who live south of Quincy,” said Chief Howard Smith.

    The new station will be staffed 24 hours by firefighters and volunteers.

  • June: Quincy gets award for good taste, National Solar plans proceed

    In a changing testing environment with standards being raised and test scores tumbling statewide, Gadsden County’s elementary schools continued to perform well in mathematics. With the release of all FCAT scores for grades 4 through 8 for mathematics, reading and science, 61 percent of Gadsden County fourth-graders were proficient in math, beating the state average of 60 percent. In fifth grade, 58 percent of Gadsden County students were proficient in math, exceeding the state average of 57 percent.

  • May 2012 brings murder trial, pair of attacks

    The closely watched murder trial of Kevin Marquis Johnson ended before it began in early May. Johnson, who brutally beat 92-year-old Eunice “Sunny” Lester in her front yard Dec. 17, 2010, pled guilty. He was sentenced to two life sentences plus 30 years by Circuit Judge Jonathan Sjostrom.

    Johnson entered a guilty plea to all charges on the first day of jury selection. The state intended to seek the death penalty if he had been found guilty.