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Today's News

  • GEMS students become published poets

    Sixteen Gadsden Elementary Magnet School students are now published authors.  
    Their poems were selected by Young Writers of America’s panel of educators to be published in a book titled “Award-Winning Young Writers of America.”
    The topics the students wrote on were “The World as I See It” and “What my Family Means to Me.”
    LaTasha Dilworth-Porter, the students’ English and language arts teacher, said this is her first year entering students in a poetry contest.  

  • State Rep. Alexander talks jobs at chamber event

    At this past Thursday’s Go Gadsden meeting, newly elected State Rep. Ramon Alexander gave an update on what he has been working on.
    Alexander said this year the Legislature is being asked to cut $3 million to $5 million from education — grades K through 12 and the state and university system.
    In an effort to cause chaos, Alexander said other members of the Legislature are trying to pit projects against
    each other.
    “Not in my back yard,” Alexander said.  “You can cut everybody else’s stuff, but not mine.”

  • Small community celebrates new traffic light

    The Concord traffic light in Havana is finally up and running.  It was originally slated to go up last fall, but was pushed back because of the holidays and weather conditions.
    County officials and citizens met at the corner of Fairbanks Ferry Road and Concord Road on Tuesday, Jan. 30, for an activation ceremony.
    Gadsden County Commission Chairwoman Sherrie Taylor welcomed everyone and followed up with a prayer.
    Citizens were also given an opportunity to speak at the ceremony.

  • Midway welcomes new business

    Four Star Freightliner hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for the construction of its newest facility in Midway.
    Distinguished guests, including Gov. Rick Scott and several state and local officials, praised the company’s commitment to bringing 10 new jobs to Gadsden County.
    According to a press release from the company, it grew from two dealerships in Alabama, one in Montgomery and the other in Dothan.
    Four Star Freightliner now has four other locations — Tifton, Valdosta and Albany, Ga., and also Tallahassee.  

  • Midway Council to pay former manager $69K

    At a special Midway City Council meeting Jan. 19, the council voted 5-1 to accept an agreement to pay former city manager Agatha Muse-Salters $69,000 in monthly payments until August.
    They also voted to pay her in November for her $50,000 in attorney’s fees. Mayor Ronald Colston, city council members Wanda Range, Carolyn Francis, Zachary Woods and David Knight voted to accept the agreement, while Councilwoman Quintealia Cato voted against it. Councilman Charlie Smith did not attend the meeting.

  • County to keep same law firm

    After looking at other options, Gadsden County commissioners decided to retain their current legal counsel.
    In November the county issued a request for proposals for attorneys to represent them.  
    County Administrator Robert Presnell said three proposals were submitted in response to the RFP; however, one firm later withdrew its RFP from
    consideration.

  • Tallavana boys fall in semifinal

    Temple Christian  73
    Tallavana Christian  26
    Tallavana Christian (4-15) playing in the 2A Region 1 semifinals ran up on a very strong Temple Christian basketball team from Jacksonville.  
    Temple Christian were the 2A District champions and ran up an impressive 24-3 record on the season.  Tallavana Christian was runner-up in the 2A-Region 1 tournament.  
    Temple jumped out to a 22-10 first-quarter lead and staked a 43-16 lead by the half.  They poured on 30 more points in the second half.

  • Basketball season ends for Gadsden’s girls

    Florida High 49
    East Gadsden 47
     Florida High rallied from two points down in the third quarter to defeat East Gadsden in a battle that sent the winner to the Region 1-5A finals.  The Jaguars mounted a third-quarter comeback after trailing 27-23 at the half.  They outscored the Noles 14-7 in the third
    quarter.
    Leading East Gadsden was Jamiya Bittle, who finished with 25 points.  The East Gadsden Lady Jags finished their regular season 17-10.  
    Aucilla Christian 50
    Tallavana Christian 13

  • After claiming district title, Panthers clawing through playoffs

    After securing another district championship, West Gadsden completed the next step toward the 1A State Tournament this past Friday with a huge 94-56 play-off victory over Baker High. The Panther Nation was in full effect in Greensboro to witness their team’s dominant performance.
    West Gadsden controlled the game on both ends of the floor during the first half. Defensively the Panthers implemented their 1-3-1 full-court press, and offensively Andrew Reddick and Mark Bradwell continuously attacked the basket.

  • Munroe, Tallavana seeing district action

    The Munroe Bobcats dropped their final two games of the regular season this past week to end their regular season winless.  Tallavana Christian was idle.  
    JEFFERSON COUNTY  73
    MUNROE 36
    The team travelled to Monticello to face the Tigers and came home with a loss.  Jefferson County led 38-23 at halftime.
    Munroe did have two players in double figures.  Isaiah Glynn scored 12 points for the Bobcats and Max Rhinehart added 10 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the free-throw line.  
    WEWAHITCHKA  57