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  • Stop, Drop, Read takes district reps to Gretna

    Several children in Gretna were caught reading Dec. 1 as part of the Stop, Drop, Read campaign currently underway throughout Gadsden County.

    The campaign launched in early November, encouraging students to read each evening between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Parents are asked to make sure their porch lights are on to indicate their children are reading.

  • Medicine Chest recipient of large donation

    The Gadsden County Medicine Chest, managed by Gadsden Technical Institute’s Patient Care Technology program director and registered nurse Georgeann Reffner, recently received a donation of new and gently-used medical equipment and supplies.  

    The items were donated by sisters Elizabeth Domzalski of Placitas, N.M.  and Mary Suber of Quincy, who graciously donated the items in memory of their mother, Jeanett  Hunt  Spooner.  

  • Adults, juvenile arrested for home invasion

    Two adults and a juvenile have been arrested following the theft of $5,000 in cash from the Greensboro Highway home of Jose Benitez in mid-November.

    Ashley Knight, 19,  has been charged with felony grand theft and aggravated assault. Elijah Kirkland, 19, has been charged with felony grand theft, home invasion robbery with a firearm, armed burglary and aggravated assault. A 16-year-old has been charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm, armed burglary and aggravated assault.

  • ADAGE to bring new jobs to Gretna

    UPDATED Dec. 10, 2009

    Gretna city officials, along with Gadsden County Commissioners and representatives from the county’s chamber of commerce, announced Dec. 9 that a $250 million bioenergy plant will be built in Gretna.

    The 100-acre site is located in the Gretna Industrial Park on State Road 12. The facility will produce 50 megawatts of electricity, which officials from ADAGE LLC, the bioenergy company behind the project, say will power 40,000 homes.

  • Man charged for selling stolen property in Georgia

    Gadsden County Sheriff Office deputies arrested Freddie Lee Brown, 52, after he was identified as the man going back and forth across the Florida-Georgia line selling stolen tools and equipment just before Thanksgiving. Brown allegedly went to a Gadsden County auto repair shop that belongs to Robert Baxter to inquire about transmission repairs.

  • Home invasions spur local LEOs to urge residents to be cautious

    According to Lt. Larry Gilyard of the Quincy Police Department, 12 burglaries have occurred in the past month in Quincy, and extreme violence has been used in three of the burglaries.

    Several days ago, a clerk from Fred's department store was robbed of over $5,000 when she left the store shortly before 9 p.m. with the evening deposit. The woman told police that when she left the store she was approached by two black men, wearing all black clothing, who pushed her into her vehicle before taking the money and running west behind the former IGA building.

  • Quincy to receive bypass funding - finally

    "I am pleased to announce as the Gadsden County representative to the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency that during its Nov. 16 meeting, the CRTPA board unanimously approved $600,000 in funding for the necessary environmental mitigation associated with the Quincy bypass project.

  • Lack of response could cost lives

    All of the roads in Gadsden County now have names, but more than 1,000 people have not placed numbers at the entrances to their properties.

    Last week, Sheriff Morris Young responded to a call but was unable to find the house. The residence was in a rural setting located off a main road but because numbers were not erected, he never made contact with the citizen.

  • Trim job by city has residents seeing red

    In an effort to save $9,000, Quincy city officials decided to use utility department employees to trim the holly trees on the Courthouse Square this year.

    "I got several calls and people were upset. The Community Redevelopment Agency was trying to save money by going in-house. It's clear we will have to go outside the next time. This is one we learned from this mistake," said Jack McLean, city manager.

  • Crist makes it official: Garner is in

    UPDATED 11.11.09

    Gov. Charlie Crist reconfirmed his appointment of Quincy native Kathy Garner as Gadsden county judge Nov. 10.

    Crist appointed Garner to fill the seat vacated by county judge Stewart Parsons on Oct. 27. Parsons, who turns 70 this month, is required by law to step down because of age limits. Less than 24 hours after the appointment was announced, Crist put the appointment on hold.