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  • DOE releases third grade FCAT results

    The percent of Florida third graders performing at or above grade level in math reached its highest point to date according to Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test results released today. The results build on the state’s long-term progress in math where the percentage of third graders performing at or above grade level has increased 26 percentage points in only 9 years. Additionally, black and Hispanic third graders continue to close the math achievement gap with their White counterparts.

  • Havana swears in council members

    Havana council members Olive Collins and David Norman are sworn in for another term of office by town clerk Sheila Evans. Vernell Ross was voted mayor, while current mayor, T.J. Davis, will assume the position of mayor pro tem, formerly held by Ross.

  • Signed bill buys county another year

    It's been a lean year for counties and cities in Florida given the $6 billion slash in the state budget, according to Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, who is pleased overall with the funding that came to Gadsden County.

    "It was a good year. It was an opportunity for me to learn the process, the budget and the rules of the process. It was important to build relationships with Democrats and Republicans for the future," Williams said.

  • New attorney hired

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday night hired the Tallahassee law firm of Ausley and McMullen as legal representatives of the county. Deborah Minnis will be the attorney of record. Michael Glazer will be the deputy county attorney.

    "I'm a little leery going forward and I have concerns about a conflict of interest. I didn't support the process on how we got here," said Commissioner Sherrie Taylor."

  • Ribbon cut Tuesday on new complex

    The $1.4 million annex to the Guy Race Judicial Complex has been completed. The ribbon cutting was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., with judicial dignitaries and public officials joining in the celebration.

    "I want to thank each of you for the part you played in making this a reality," said Eugene Lamb, chairman of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners.

    The expansion resulted from a request by Chief Judge Charles A. Francis and the public defender's office for more space.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

    • Gregory Dupont: Burglary, grand theft

    • Wesley McGriff: VOP/Flee, elude law with lights and sirens

    • Peter Damico: VOP/Possession of controlled substance (cocaine) and VOP/Possession of cocaine

    • Howard Gary: Vehicle grand theft, battery

    • Judson Dean Peetz: Possession of controlled substance

    • James Moore: VOP/Grand theft

    • Bryan Davis: VOP/Grand theft

    • Torian Daniels: VOP/Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

  • WGHS seniors graduate, told to ‘never settle’

    One by one the largest graduating class in the 5-year history of West Gadsden High School walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Family members and friends shouted as each of the 63 students shook hands with school board members and received the diplomas from Sylvia Jackson, principal.

  • RFM graduates honored for academics, volunteerism

    This year’s graduates at Robert F. Munroe Day School were sure of two things: they had received a good education and a solid moral background.

    "We are ready to face the world because of the sound and secure environment we had here at Robert F. Munroe. Many opportunities and paths exist for each of us but we will not be traveling alone, we will carry all of you in our hearts and in our thoughts. Let the next phase begin," said class salutatorian Anna Margaret Dooner.

  • State confirms 69 cases of swine flu

    UPDATE: MAY 15, 9:56 A.M.

    The DOH confirmed this morning that there are now 69 cases of swine flu. The new cases are in St. Johns County (58-year-old male and 65-year-old female), Broward (1-year-old male) and Miami-Dade (42-year-old male). There are no new probable cases.

    UPDATE: MAY 14, 12:39 P.M.

  • Boyd announces more than $1.9 million in stimulus funds for Gadsden schools

    U.S. Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida) announced today that Gadsden County schools will receive $1,903,463 in federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

     

    This federal funding is part of an investment of nearly $1.8 billion that was released to the state of Florida by the U.S. Department of Education this week. Gadsden County will use this funding to support teaching jobs and preserve needed programs at area schools.