Today's News

  • Mentoring program still seeking adults to help local students

    The fledgling mentoring  initiative in the Gadsden County School District is off and running – but more mentors are needed.

    Originally the brain-child of Erica Starling, director of personnel and staff development for the district, the program began as a way to prevent the more than 300 students at Carter-Parramore Academy from feeling separated from the rest of the district’s students and to enable them to return to their own schools and be academically successful.

  • County attorney chastises TDC; Tells council proper notice must be given

    County attorney Deborah Minnis told members of the Gadsden County Tourist Development Council during their regular meeting Monday afternoon that announcing a meeting will be continued does not constitute proper public notice.

    Meetings such as the ones conducted by the TDC operate as an arm of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners and, as such, are bound by the rules and regulations as those that govern all meetings under the state's Sunshine Law, she said.

  • Quincy man dead after shooting in Tallahassee


    Investigators later found a handgun and marijuana on the roof of one of the apartment buildings, which they believe was done in an attempt to hide them. It was also reported Dixon's wound was to his leg, and the other victim was wounded in his calf.

    Curtis Dixon Jr. 22, of Quincy, died Nov. 17 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital following a shooting that same day at 2425 Mission Road in Tallahassee.

  • County EMS director resigns

    Gadsden County Emergency Medical Services Director Brian Beasley has resigned his position, effective Nov. 13. Capt. Larry Crum, shift commander with EMS, has been named interim director until a permanent replacement is hired.

    Johnny Williams, county administrator, would not discuss Beasley's resignation, calling it a personnel matter.

    "This is considered a personnel matter and it is our policy not to discuss personnel matters. This is for the protection of the employee and of the county," Williams said.

  • Hundreds attend Parsons retirement gathering

    Hundreds attended the public retirement reception Nov. 13 for county Judge Stewart Parsons. Parson thanked the people who attended the event and said the past 9 years  he has spent on the bench have been the best of his life.

    Others, like Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas, praised Parsons for the enthusiasm he brought to the job and his willingness to work with others.

  • Former opponent asks for support of newly appointed judge

    On Nov. 16 Kathy Garner took office as Gadsden County judge, having been appointed by the governor to replace the honorable Stewart Parsons, who is retiring.

  • Allegedly Speaking

    I got some great news last week. My cousin’s son won his local Patriot’s Pen contest, sponsored by the Thomson, Ga. Veterans of Foreign Wars post and its Ladies Auxiliary. He placed third at the state level.

    At first glance, you might think, so what? A lot of kids enter essay contests and many of them win some nice prizes. Happens every day, right?

    But this is an extra-special case, considering Tyler Shelton is an extra-special boy.

  • Contemplations

    In my line of work I meet a lot of people. Some good, some bad but most are in between and it depends on the circumstances under which I met and interacted with them.

  • Church Briefs

    • Mt. Zion CME Church will host Kathy Garner as its youth program speaker Nov. 22 at 11 a.m.

    • Power Ministries Church of God in Christ in Chattahoochee will host its Family and Friends Day celebration Nov. 30 at 11:15 a.m. Call 663-9444 for more information.

  • Lack of available ambulances keeps couple in crashed car more than an hour

    Gadsden County’s ambulances were busier than usual Nov. 17. Between trips to Tallahassee and one out of operations because of a flat tire, the four remaining vehicles were stretched to the limit.

    Lois Taylor, 63, suffered a severe asthma attack, according to her son Thomas, at approximately 3:40 p.m., and his sister dialed 911. He said that shortly after he arrived at his mother's home at 802 West Jefferson Street, she was in distress and having difficulty breathing.