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  • Gadsden County prepares for Tropical Storm Karen

    Gadsden County is taking precautions as Tropical Storm Karen maintains strength in the Gulf of Mexico. The current forecast is that Tropical Storm Karen is maintaining its maximum wind speed of 65 mph, but has slowed movement. Tropical Storm Karen is expected to make landfall within the next 48 hours.

    No evacuation or emergency orders are in effect at this time.

    Gadsden County officials want to make sure all necessary steps are taken to ensure the safety of all citizens in the event of severe weather.

  • 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.

  • Shuttered printing house to get new use

    A businessman with big plans for the long-shuttered home of The Printing House cleared a major hurdle at the Sept. 3 meeting of The Gadsden County Commission.

    Jose Pons and other supporters described plans to put a new industry in the vacant building as a sign of budding economic activity.

    Commissioner Sherrie Taylor, who represents District 5 where the facility is located, described it as a weed.