Today's News

  • Battles found guilty of 2006 murder

    It took a Gadsden County jury less than 3 hours to find Johnny Lee Battles guilty of second-degree murder April 15. Battles had been charged with murdering his estranged wife, Martha Carol Battles, in October 2006.

    Her body was discovered by local fishermen face down in the Ochlockonee River near the Iron Bridge ramp, where State Road 153 crosses into Leon County, around dusk Oct. 6.

    His fate may have been sealed when his brother, Orrin Battles, testified that Johnny Lee Battles told him he killed Martha Battles after the two argued.

  • Gadsden correctional facility changes hands

    Corrections Corporation of America was notified April 13 that the contract to operate Gadsden Correctional Institution, a 1,520-bed facility for females in Gretna which it has operated for the past 10 years, has not been renewed.

    "We are obviously very disappointed by the outcome of the Gadsden contract but we respect Florida's decision and will work to very smoothly transition the facility," stated a CCA press release April 14.

  • City of Quincy honors its volunteers

    The city of Quincy honored more than 160 people April 16 during the first volunteer recognition dinner at First Baptist Church in Quincy. This recognition, said Theresa Moore, finance director, is for those who work with the city without pay to improve the lives of others.

    City Manager Jack McLean said in the 22 months he has been city manager, it has been the volunteers who have made his job easier.

  • Letters to the Editor: April 22 Edition

    Thankful for a lot of helping hands

    Last Thursday afternoon my community was shaken by a tornado. In the middle of the afternoon we were visited by an unwelcome stranger. It marched through our close knit serene neighborhoods leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake. Fortunately, there was only damage to property. No lives were lost; no one so much as got a splinter in his or her hand.

  • Stand up for what this country was founded on already

    I am truly disappointed in President Barack Obama.

    Just 3 weeks shy of the National Day of Prayer, set for the first Thursday in May each year, rumors circulated that Obama had decided he didn’t want to “offend anyone,” so he canceled it. He didn’t cancel the National Day of Prayer, and was expected to sign a proclamation to uphold the tradition. He did, however, cancel the White House service in observance of the day.

  • I feel like we're losing an old friend

    When I found out last Wednesday that Corrections Corporation of America no longer had the contract to operate Gadsden Correctional facility at Gretna, I felt as if an old friend told me he was moving to another city. I had become so accustomed to the people being there and calling on them to support the community and attending the quarterly Community Relations Committee meetings.

  • RFM girls softball takes one, loses two

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  • RFM tennis team suprises

    The Robert F. Munroe tennis team lost three starters to graduation last season and were not expecting a strong 2010 showing.

    But the return of Hilary Flournoy, a ninth grader who plays the tennis circuit, was huge.  Flournoy stepped into the No. 1 slot previously held for 5 years by Meg Summerford.  Flournoy’s return combined with an already strong Beth Summerford, the improvement of senior Abby Lewis, and the hard work of underclassmen Cameron McMullen, Rachel Wilkerson and Audrey Thomas, propelled the team into the Class A District finals Wednesday.

  • Church News

    • New Beginnings Assembly of God in Havana is hosting “Living an Extraordinary Life,” to help attendees answer the question, “Can my life get any better?” The programs are being held on Sunday morningsat 10:30 a.m.. For more information, call 364-5137.

    • Take it to the Streets Ministry Inc. hosts a community Bible study at Carter-Parramore Academy the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. Refreshments are served.

  • Community Calendar

    The Gadsden County Veterans Service Office will be closed May 2-7 for staff training. The office will reopen May 10 at 8 a.m.


    CHP Savvy Senior will host a program at Carver Heights Senior Center in Havana April 22 at noon on high risk medications for seniors, presented by pharmacist April Johnson.