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Today's News

  • Tip leads to meth lab bust

    Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested Patricia McMillan, 44, in Havana, along with two others in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a mobile home on the 300 block of Paradise Road.

    John Cumby, 39, and Robert Clinton, 45, were also arrested. All three will face charges of manufacturing meth, and additional charges are possible.

    The trio was also stealing electricity from the nearby Talquin power plant.

  • Community Calendar

    A School Choice Town Hall meeting will be held March 23 at 6 p.m. at Carter-Parramore Academy to discuss parent choice and supplemental education services in Gadsden County.

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    "Cool Stuff With Light Shining On It," new works by Dean Gioia, are on display in the 22nd floor Capitol Gallery through March 25. The exhibit is free, and open Monday through Friday in the State Capitol Building, 400 S. Monroe St., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • Robinson to play at FIU

    East Gadsden High School senior Bryan Robinson signed his letter of intent Feb. 3 to play football for Florida International University in Miami. If he does well, Robinson may have the opportunity to play basketball for the university as well. Robinson played defensive lineman for the Jaguars, and was a part of the track and basketball teams as well.

  • Mathews to play at JU

    Antwain Mathews, also a senior at EGHS, signed his letter and will be playing for Jacksonville University in Jacksonville. A defensive back and receiver, Mathews said he plans to major in business management and hopes to play professional football someday. Mathews was selected for the All Big Bend Team by the Tallahassee Democrat.

  • Holmes headed to Oklahoma

    Derrick Holmes signed his letter of intent Feb. 3 to play football at Langston University in Langston, Okla. The Carter-Parramore Academy senior thanked his mentors and family for their support and for believing in him.

  • Commissioners nix televised meetings

    Saying that it would save taxpayers much-needed funds, Gadsden County commissioners voted to terminate videotaping services of its meetings. Southerland Enterprises, the company that had been taping and airing the meetings, was paid $650 for each meeting.

    "This is...not a necessity. I don't believe 50 to 60 percent of the people who live in the county actually get the meetings. I know I don't get it down at the lake. And a lot of this is (commissioners’ comments) are just playing to the TV," said Ed Allen, who spoke in support of discontinuing the service.

  • ADAGE reps answer questions about plant

    In a meeting last week with Stephen Simmons, vice president of business development for ADAGE, and Erin VanSickle, of Capital Energy Communications, the Times had the opportunity to ask some pointed questions regarding the proposed biomass facility in Gretna.

  • After all these years, she’s still ‘keeping an eye’ on him

    If ever any proof was needed that a couple that plays together stays together, it can be found in the relationship between Bob and Nell Hollingsworth. The pair meet one night in 1949 when a traveling skating rink stopped in Quincy. He was actually walking Nell's friend, Mary Catherine, home from a night of skating.

    "For several years I dated Bob's best friend and he dated my best friend and we would double date. She asked me to keep an eye on him. He was quite the ladies man and I did," Nell said with a wink.

  • The Buzz

    • I attended the meeting Saturday in Gretna, and was not surprised to find no one from ADAGE was present. They claim to want to be open and honest, but yet we don't see them at meetings like this, when it's a perfect opportunity to answer our questions and concerns.

    • I don't see anything wrong with the biomass plant. I think it'll be fine. I grew up with a wood-burning stove for heat, and I'm just fine. No one in my family has any problems from it.

  • Letters to the Editor: Feb. 11 Edition

    Beware of

    carpetbaggers

    The carpetbaggers are here in the name ADAGE, Duke Power and Areva. ADAGE is probably a contraction of the word advantage. They came here to take advantage of us for their own benefit, their huge profits. They came here because they think we are poor, lazy (apathetic) and ignorant. Now I am insulted.

    They think we are too poor to fight them but I am not poor alongside other citizens who oppose this dangerous plant in our county.