Today's News

  • Remembering Dee Dee...

    A memorial was held today to remember De'Sherrime "Dee Dee" Murray, 17, the West Gadsden High School junior who died last night from injuries received during the school bus crash Monday afternoon.

    Students, staff, administration and school district officials gathered to speak words of encouragement to Murray's classmates and to honor her memory. Students then filed out to release dozens of balloons in her memory, and as they did so, they became highly emotional.

  • Local student serves as messenger at Capitol

    Jerome Maples is a senior at West Gadsden High School. He’s the student school board member for the Gadsden County School District.

    And he’s gunning for your job, Gov. Crist.

    Earlier this month, Maples served as a messenger at the Capitol, working with Rep. Alan Williams. He was one of 12 students working there during what Maples called a very hectic week.

    “It was a great experience. It was a way to see the other side of politics and to see the Capitol, which is a very busy place,” he said.

  • Kottcamp pays visit to local schools, presents microscopes, dictionaries

    Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottcamp paid a visit to Chattahoochee Elementary School last Wednesday, and found himself a little caught off-guard.

    Kottcamp was on hand to present two microscopes to the school, along with dictionaries. After handing out the dictionaries, he sat down next to two little girls, and asked them what word they’d like to look up.

    “Specious,” was the reply. Kottcamp was visibly surprised, but encouraged the young ladies to look up the word and read him the meaning.

  • Boyd defends his support of the health care bill

    "I'm completely comfortable with the way I voted on the health care bill," said Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Tallahassee) in a telephone interview March 30.

  • Former tax worker charged with theft

    Jami Watson, 29, of Hosford and a former employee for the Tax Collector's Office, has been charged with three counts of grand theft and 34 counts of petit theft, totaling $3,434.06.

    Watson, who turned herself in at the Gadsden County Jail March 18, was charged following an audit after  a taxpayer informed the tax office of errors in their payment. The three counts of grand theft were for amounts totaling $300 or more and petit theft is less than $300.

  • Meth use, manufacturing on the rise

    Investigators with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Vice Unit say the county is becoming what they feared 2 years ago: a place where methamphetamine is rampantly manufactured and consumed.

    Since January, at least five meth labs have been identified, and the contents of each confiscated and arrests made.

  • Chattahoochee group makes ‘demands’ of board

    On the heels of a school bus crash that took the life of 17-year-old West Gadsden High School student De’Sherrime “Dee Dee” Murray, a Chattahoochee group has presented a list of demands to the Gadsden County School District’s leadership.

    Lenora Montgomery, representing the Chattahoochee Concerned Citizens for Change, addressed the school board last week, presenting the group’s “letter of demands.”

  • Downtown beautification project presented

    "Quincy Beautiful" will be the downtown slogan if Quincy city commissioners accept a proposal presented March 23 by Charles Hayes, director of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The 3-year beautification and revitalization plan includes everything from signage to a 40-acre park.

  • Area summer camp offerings listed

    We’re looking for information on local summer camps and day programs for children and teens in and around Gadsden County. Know of one? Part of one? Give us a call at 627-7649 or send us the information via e-mail to editor@gadcotimes.com. We’ll help you get the word out!

    Some camps we’ve heard of in the area that you may be interested in are:

    Camp Timpoochee (4-H) • June 14-18

  • March to the Mailbox event set for this Saturday

    The Gadsden County Complete County Committee and the Census Bureau welcomes you to be a part of the March to the Mailbox event, scheduled for April 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gadsden County Courthouse Square.

    The event is designed to increase census participation in the county.  Rural counties such as Gadsden have been historically under-represented in the census. Census numbers determine the distribution of more than $400 billion of federal funds nationwide.