Local News

  • Honoring her legacy

    Home going services were had for longtime educator Rosalyn West Smith Saturday on East Gadsden High School’s campus.
    The funeral was attended by a few hundred and held in the school’s gymnasium. Many of those in attendance were educators; they came from multiple generations and some had experiences with Smith as their teacher or principal before they became employees of the woman who most recently served as Deputy Superintendent of Schools.

  • Gadsden nursery to grow medical marijuana

    A Quincy dispensary has been chosen by the state to dispense a strain of marijuana used to treat epilepsy and cancer patients.
    As long as they post a $5 million performance bond in 10 business days, Hackney Nursery in Quincy will be one of the state’s five dispensaries to serve the strain of marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web.
    George Hackney Sr., the company’s owner and president, got the news Monday while eating lunch. He said the nursery won’t sell marijuana in its leaf form but will instead sell it in an oil form.

  • Spending questioned at meeting

    The Gadsden County Commission had a special meeting Nov. 12  to discuss two circumstances where the county had agreed to cover funds incurred by agencies pursuing county initiatives but the disbursement of the funds were denied by the county’s clerk and finance director.
    The second of those circumstances involved the county paying for room and board for the chairman of The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council as he attended the 55th annual Florida League of Cities Annual Legislative Conference in Orlando.

  • Long-time educator, leader passes

    Deputy Superintendent of county schools Rosalyn West Smith passed away Friday, Nov. 13. She was 65.
    Though it was released she passed away in Gainesville, a cause of death was not released.
     Smith was inducted into FAMU’s Gallery of Distinction in April. FAMU alumni are inducted into the Gallery only if they have made great impacts on their communities. During an interview with the Times before that induction, Smith said she returned to Gadsden County for her teaching career because she felt doing so was her calling.

  • Honoring their service

    The price of freedom and those who volunteered to pay it with their lives were honored Nov. 11 at Veterans Day ceremonies in Havana and Quincy.
    Jim Brennan, Commander of American Legion Post 84 of Havana, said he is glad to see the renewed spirit of patriotism in America where children are wearing patriotic clothing, college students hang American flags in dorm rooms and many adults fly the American flag or have Statue of Liberty lawn ornaments in their yards.

  • Senior center spending questioned

    A Gretna senior citizens program claiming to have followed all of the guidelines required to receive a promised $10,000 reimbursement from the county was awarded just a portion more of that money Nov. 12 at a special BOCC meeting.
    Helen Franks, the program’s volunteer director, said Gretna’s Senior Citizens Program was told last year the county would reimburse the program for up to $10,000 so the program could “help keep persons over the age of 55 active both mentally and physically” over the course of the 2015 fiscal year.

  • The more, the mightier

    Dozens of agents taking on the task of bettering their community were brought together Thursday evening to brainstorm solutions for some of the issues most adversely affecting Gadsden County residents.
    The event, called “Step Up for Gadsden,” was held at Tri-Eagle Sales in Midway and organized in an attempt to convince those agents that their community efforts, and the efforts of others, could be more easily accomplished through teamwork.

  • Midway to get red light cameras

    Midway councilmembers approved an ordinance clearing the way for red light cameras at their Nov. 5 meeting.
    The cameras will be set up some time in 2016 at the respective traffic lights in front of the Flying J and Pilot gas stations. Violators will be fined $158.
    Of the revenue produced from the violations, the first $4,500 accrued each month will go to the company setting up the cameras and the rest will go to the city.

  • Proposed trail finds supporters, opponents at public hearing

    A second public hearing was held in regard to the controversial Arts Trail Thursday night in the Board of County Commission
    Of the 10 citizens to speak during the public hearing portion of the meeting, two spoke in support of the trail. A similar number of citizens spoke at the previous public hearing, but no one spoke as a supporter then.

  • Sparking an interest

    Professional welders spent three days this past week at Gadsden Technical Institute being recertified for their jobs, and GTI’s welding students were allowed to watch.
    The welders come from the Florida Gas Transmission Company, which operates a pipeline bringing gas into Florida from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and are required to be recertified every six months.