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  • Officials announce biomass plant coming to Gretna; new facility to bring jobs

    Gretna city officials, along with Gadsden County commissioners and representatives from the county’s chamber of commerce, announced during a press conference Dec. 9 that a $250 million biomass 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 company behind the project, say will power 40,000 homes.

  • Havana relay set for April; volunteers still needed for planning stages

    The Havana Relay for Life is set for April 9-10, 2010 – and volunteers are needed.

    Last year’s Relay raised $42,213, and the goal for this year is $45,000. Fundraising is already underway, with the Relay’s executive committee hosting a bake sale at the recent Havana Pumpkin Festival.

    “We practically sold out,” said Pam Gay, returning event chair. “We raised over $285.”

  • Holiday parades set for this week in Quincy, Havana

    The city of Quincy's annual Christmas parade will coincide this year with Music on the Square on Dec. 11.

    Things get started at 6 p.m. with the annual parade, which begins at Wards Lot behind the fire station on North Stewart Street. The parade will head east on Washington Street and disband at the corner of Washington and North Madison streets. The judging area and viewing stands are on the north side of the courthouse.

    Rep. Alan Williams will be the 2009 grand marshal.  

  • 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.