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Today's News

  • County takes the blame for no TDC meeting notices

    The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council agreed Monday to seek legal counsel following an article that appeared in last week’s Gadsden County Times.

    The article stated that the council had violated Sunshine Law by not advertising its meetings properly.

    Lee Garner, chairman, said “reasonable notice” was given for the Sept. 21 and 28 meetings held by the TDC, and that “somebody will have to prove us wrong.”

  • Murder trial begins in Hammock Creek death

    The first-degree murder trial of Dearendo Laqwan Harris got underway Monday in Gadsden County Circuit Court. Harris, 27, is accused of killing 17-year-old Dekendric Rikale Smith and burning his body in a car near the entrance of Hammock Creek Industrial Park on Feb 8, 2008. The park is located between Quincy and Midway, off U.S. Highway 90 east.

    Harris, who has been in the Gadsden County Jail since his arrest 3 days after Smith's body was discovered smoldering on the back seat floor board, showed no visible emotion as witnesses told of finding the body.

  • 773 Boyz are no more

    An Orange County jury found two Quincy men, Lapido Chad Bethea and Quintarius Shorter, guilty Oct. 16 of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to traffic more than 400 grams of cocaine. Bethea, 34, and Shorter, 27, were sentenced to 45 and 30 years in prison respectively.

    The men were among seven people who were arrested earlier this year during a coordinated operation by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution.

  • Akins charged with robbery, petit theft

    A 36-year-old Gadsden County man, Derrick Akins, was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with one count each of robbery and petit theft.

    According to a report filed by Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Akins was charged after a witness told authorities he saw Akins take items from Sean Rollins before he died from injuries suffered in a one-car traffic crash Oct. 3 on County Road 161.

  • Parent lauds GCA principal

    During the few years that I have lived in Gadsden County, I have definitely had my share of ups and mostly downs when it comes to working with teachers and administrative staff in our school system. But this school term, I am proud to say that Gadsden County has finally produced a principal that truly cares about our children. His name is William R. Blitch.

  • Time for some new traditions

    Every now and again, I stare at the computer screen while it mocks me. And believe it or not, I don’t have a thing to say. But it’s OK...sooner or later, something comes to me and I have no trouble hammering out a column.

    As I thought about what to write for this week, I realized that the holiday season is here...October is almost gone, and with the passing of Halloween, the holidays will officially begin. And it’s all downhill from there.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    It was a bitter, cold Saturday morning.  The harsh November winds sweeping in from the Atlantic made Cape May, N.J. an undesirable place to be living.

  • New library director excited, ready to face county’s challenges

    If Carolyn Poole, the county's new director of libraries, was looking for a challenge, she found it. Undaunted however, Poole said her aim is to move the county forward.

    "This is a hard economic time. My budget was cut 30 percent and there is no money in the county's budget to buy new books," said the former Hillsborough County librarian.

    On the bright side, Poole is anticipating the delivery of a new $200,000 bookmobile that will be equipped with a pull-out canopy for displays, computers and wireless access.

  • Volleyball season winds down to a close

    The regular volleyball season concludes this week for Gadsden County  FHSAA member schools and next week district tournaments begin.

    Both East Gadsdsen and Robert F. Munroe Day School will host tournaments while West Gadsden will travel to Port St. Joe to participate in tournament action.

    As the fifth seed in the Class 3A District 2 tournament, East Gadsden will take on No. 4 seed Rickards on Monday night in Havana in a play-in game.  Rickards has split with East Gadsden in the two previous contests between the two schools.  

  • Bobcats earn hard-fought win on the road in Palatka

    The Bobcats of Robert F. Munroe Day School overcame a host of difficulties en route to a 14-8 victory in Palatka on Friday night, their second of the season.  A 4-hour bus trip, heavy rains and turnovers combined with a determined Peniel Baptist Academy to make for a hard-fought win.