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  • Former Quincy Farms clerk confesses to embezzlement

    A former accounts payable clerk at Quincy Farms, Elizabeth Ann Glisson, confessed Tuesday that she embezzled $160,598.17 from the company between 2007 and 2009. Glisson, 43, also known as Elizabeth Cheshi or Elizabeth Cheshire, has been charged with grand theft.

    "I believe this is the largest amount of money that has ever been embezzled in the county," said Inv. Scott Ivey of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Medical center employee arrested, charged with theft

    A 54-year-old employee at Gadsden Medical Center was arrested July 7 and charged with petit theft. The Havana woman, Dorotherias "Dorotha" Jenkins, allegedly took money from an elderly woman's purse as she waited to see the doctor, according to Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

  • Arts center to host fundraiser for Mitchell documentary

    After having stalled for 2 years, the Dean Mitchell Documentary Film Project has a breath of new life. To help defray the cost of the production that will tell the story of his life, the Gadsden Arts Center is hosting a special exhibition of Mitchell's original watercolor paintings. The net proceeds from the paintings sold will be used to procure the services of Nolan Walker, a renowned writer and producer of documentaries.

  • Couple's hunger for seafood leads them to open their own place

    Every time Reginald and Denise Cunningham went out for seafood, as much as three times per week, they had to leave town. The two said when they traveled throughout South Georgia and North Florida in search of good seafood, they invariably saw people in restaurants they knew from Gadsden County.

    "We had been thinking about opening a business and since we weren't the only people in search of good seafood, we settled on opening this restaurant," said Denise.

  • Green files ethics complaint against superintendent; school chief calls complaint 'meritless'

    Former Gadsden County School District employee Willie C. Green has filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Ethics against Superintendent Reginald James, alleging James violated “school board policy, Florida law and the rules of ethical conduct.”

  • Urgent Care remains open with county staff in place

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners were clear when they told staff they didn't want the Urgent Care Center to close after Tallahassee Memorial Hospital pulled out last week. County administrator Johnny Williams and his staff came up with a solution that is working and could also save the county money.

    Two months ago, thinking that the hospital and emergency room would be ready for occupancy and losing about $5,000 per month at the Urgent Care Center, commissioners voted to close the center as of June 21, the hospital's scheduled reopening date.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    • Danny Ray Parker: Improper exhibition of firearm, assault

    • O.C. Akins: Burglary

    • Cassandra Anita Green: VOP/Forgery/Uttering

    • James Baker: VOP/Sale of cocaine

    • Justin Wright: Domestic aggravated assault with a gun

    • Ashley Wright: Domestic aggravated assault with a gun

    • David Leon Barkley: VOP/Burglary of occupied dwelling

    • Margaraet Harrison: Aggravated battery

  • Budget forecast grim, says county officials

    During a budget workshop for the 2009-10 fiscal year last week, the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners got news they expected to hear but weren't happy about.

    "Everything is down," said Rick Hoffman, county senior analyst for the Office of Management and Budget.

    The county's 2008-9 budget was $36 million but due to state cuts, according to Hoffman, it appears that another $500,000 in revenue will not be coming from the state of Florida.

  • Chattahoochee fireworks draw thousands

    As many as 4,000 people were expected for the Fourth of July celebration at the Chattahoochee Landing Saturday. Gospel music started at 4 p.m. with 87-year-old Frances Goodson of Greensboro on the keyboard. To get into the spirit of the holiday, Goodson, whose hair is white, striped it with red and blue food coloring on either side.

    "This is our 13th year and every year it gets bigger and bigger. I don't know where all of these folks come from but we're glad they come,"  said Lee Garner, Chattahoochee city manager.

  • Elementary schools shine; high schools struggle

    The Florida Department of Education released school grades Thursday and for the second time in the district’s history, four of Gadsden County’s school received A’s. Overall, 85 percent of the schools received passing grades.