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  • Jury clears former principal

    In a Sept. 24 jury trial, Former Gadsden Central Academy Principal William Blitch was found not guilty of trespassing.

    Andrew Deneen, an assistant state attorney, said, “A jury of his peers found him not guilty of the crime charged.”

    The charge of trespassing on property after warning stemmed from an incident in April. He was also initially charged with disorderly intoxication but that charge was dropped April 11 by a judge.

  • Weekend event celebrates all things outdoorsy, artful

    Part plant sale, part art class, and all a great reason to get outdoors, the Art and Garden event this past Saturday drew plenty of visitors to Quincy.

    They wandered the campus of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences campus in Gadsden County.

    Visitors had the opportunity to learn about topics such as floral arranging, sustainable gardening and combating pests and take a tour of the North Florida Research and Education Center demonstration gardens.

  • Homecoming parade
  • Quincy commissioners question budget

    Money was a major topic of conversation at the Sept. 24 meeting of Quincy’s city commission.

    Quincy City Manager Jack McLean maintained through the proceedings that the municipality could be in better financial shape, but it is better than it has been in the past.

    One issue of concern is a revolving line of credit the city uses to pay some of its bills. Currently the balance on the line is about $747,000, with a payment due in November.

  • Survivor shares her story

    When Annette Thomas found out she had breast cancer, she thought she was going to die.

    “I cried so when I left that office, my face swelled,” the 68-year-old said. “I thought the worst.”

    The Gadsden County native said she had already had her annual mammogram but was sent for a second after pain in her shoulder with no other obvious cause raised her doctor’s concern.

  • Midway interim manager reports continued progress

     

    Dot Inman-Johnson, Midway’s interim city manager, said municipal progress continues slowly and surely.

    “We’re waiting on a first reimbursement from the state that has been cleared,” she said, “and we’re working on getting some more approved.”

    These Department of Economic Opportunity reimbursements are for a recently constructed fire station.

  • ‘Copper bandit’ suspects nabbed

    Authorities believe they have the “copper bandits” behind bars.

    Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested three suspects Sept. 17 on charges stemming from a rash of reported copper thefts resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in damages in recent months to local schools and businesses targeted in the crimes.

  • Facing a challenge

    Some people see an organization’s crisis as something from which to flee. Not Dorothy Inman-Johnson. Hearing about the city of Midway’s turmoil and the city manager’s resignation made her want to roll up her sleeves and start solving problems.

  • Quincy CRA submits director resignation

    Quincy commissioners had a special meeting for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency on Sept. 18 to discuss the Sept. 9 resignation of CRA Director Charles Hayes.

    In the letter, Hayes gave a 45-day notice, but city commissioners voted to end his employment with the city on Oct. 8, the minimum allowed in his employment contract, according to the city attorney.

  • Murder suspect arrested

    A Gadsden County murder suspect is in custody thanks to a Tallahassee tipster.

    The North Florida U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force arrested Willie Gene Westberry III, 25, on Sept. 18 in connection with an April 27 homicide outside a club in Chattahoochee.

    Capt. Jim Corder, Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Westberry was arrested on a homicide charge in the death of Sterling S. Johnson,  28.