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  • BOCC planning for new leaders

    The Board of County Commissioners took advice at a Dec. 15 meeting from the president of the Florida Association of County Managers on how the county should handle the hiring of new county administration once current administration retires in the coming fall.

  • 2015 in Review Law Enforcement

    The biggest crime and law enforcement stories of the year involve the convictions of the sheriff and a former deputy, the county’s biggest synthetic drug bust to date, an accused murderer’s escape from jail and a school official‘s alleged theft of more than $200,000.

  • Gadsden’s graduation rate sees surge

    The number of students who graduated within four years from the Gadsden County School District increased by nearly 10 percentage points in the 2014-2015 school year, but still fell 12 points behind the state average.
    65.4 percent of the district’s high-school seniors graduated during the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Education.
    That rate is up from the county’s 2013-2014 rate of 56 percent, but still below the state rate of 77.8 percent. The state’s rate is up from last year by

  • Gretna continues to support slots at casino

    The City of Gretna filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Florida Supreme Court last week detailing the city’s reasons for supporting the implementation of slot machines at Creek Entertainment.
    The city’s brief speaks of a “master plan” developed by the facility’s involved parties to build over the next 10 years a horse racetrack, at least one convention hotel and restaurants and shops on or near the facility, and implies that these attractions cannot be built without the implementation of slot machines.

  • Marking a milestone

    In one vote at their Tuesday meeting, Gadsden County’s  Board of County Commissioners approved for
    $61, 500 to be allocated between nine non-profit and senior citizen
    organizations.

  • Year in Review - City of Quincy

    Three city staffers holding interim leadership titles for more than a year were promoted to their title’s permanent position in 2015, as Mike Wade was made city manager in July, while in September Glenn Sapp was made police chief and Reggie Bell was made Public Works Director.
    In the City of Quincy’s only municipal election this past year, Mayor Derrick Elias retain his commission seat by narrowly beating Gadsden County Classroom Teachers’ Association President Ronte Harris in April.

  • Midway to change charter

     Proposals to revise Midway’s city charter will be placed on the city’s special election ballot in April, the city’s council members decided earlier this month.
    Three changes to the charter are being proposed: 1) to downsize the number of council members from seven to five; 2) to change their compensation based on budget language and financial status of the city; 3) to alter the way the city votes on agenda items allowing for all votes voice votes as well as polling of council members individually.

  • Bainbridge man dies in Midway crash on I-10

    A wrong way crash that occurred on I-10 near Midway early Monday morning left a Bainbridge man dead.
    The driver who had been traveling in the wrong lane was injured and in critical condition, Florida Highway Patrol reports.
    According to FHP, Cal Crombie, 20, was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-10 near exit 192 around 3:30 a.m. when he collided head-on with an SUV being driven by Kyle Duke, 43, of Bainbridge, Ga.
    The collision caused Duke’s SUV to overturn, and the vehicle was then hit by another vehicle.

  • Lawson to run for Congress

    Gretna son and former state legislator Al Lawson announced last week his intentions to run for Florida’s newly configured congressional district five, which encompasses a region of North Florida stretching from Jacksonville to Gadsden County.

  • Woman wins Tobacco Lawsuit

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company should pay a Gadsden County woman $11 million for causing her laryngeal cancer, jurors decided last Wednesday.

    The woman’s payout will likely be closer to $6.3 million  as jurors also found her to be somewhat at fault for developing cancer and the judge is expected to lower the damages payout based on the woman‘s partial fault.