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Today's News

  • Gretna biomass 'summit' to be held

    The Gretna City Commission will host the Gretna Bioenergy Plant Summit Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the National Guard Armory in Quincy, located at 2049 Pat Thomas Parkway.

    The event will provide the public with the opportunity to collect information and ask questions regarding the ADAGE biomass plant being considered by the Gretna City Commission.

  • Arrest made in animal neglect case

    Sam Hawkins turned himself in Feb. 12 in connection with the death of a horse abandoned at the Gadsden County Animal Shelter Oct. 10, 2009.

    Hawkins went to the State Attorney’s Office, and was arrested after it was decided that criminal charges should be filed. He is out on $5,000 bond.

    If convicted, Hawkins could face up to 5 years in prison. No date has yet been set for trial.

  • Havana Subway owner charged with sales tax theft

    Robert Blaine Register, 40, of Tallahassee, surrendered to Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office investigators Feb. 16 on charges that he stole more than $67,200 in sales tax he collected from customers at the Havana Subway restaurant he owns. Investigators say Register failed to send in the money to the state, pocketing it instead.

    Register has been arrested on four felony charges related to failure to file sales tax returns and theft of state funds. Bail has been set at $5,000.

  • Fire does little damage at Havana Elementary Monday morning

    A lightning strike at Havana Elementary School Monday morning resulted in minor damage to the roof, said school Principal Hilda Jackson.

    According to Jackson, lightning struck the phone line along the roof over the science lab. Teachers in the area smelled something burning, and once they went outside, they could see smoke coming from the roof.

    Firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly, and there was little damage, she said. No one was injured in the incident.

    “Everything’s OK,” she said. “It didn’t do too much.”

  • Shooting in Midway still a mystery to investigators

    Gadsden County deputies are looking for a suspect involved in a shooting around 4 p.m. at Ochlockonee Point Apartments in Midway Feb. 22. The only description of the suspect is a black male with the word "slim" tattooed beneath his eye.

    According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the apartment complex, just west of the Leon County line, in reference to a shooting. However, when deputies arrived there was no evidence of a victim or suspect.

  • Black History celebration set for this weekend

    The annual Black History Parade and Festival will be held Feb. 27.

    The parade begins at 11 a.m. with line-up at 10 a.m. at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and South Stewart Street. The parade proceeds north on Stewart Street to Crawford Street and east on Crawford Street to South Adams Street where it disbands.

    Organizer Anthony Powell said no grand marshal has been named but Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young and his wife, Kathy, will lead the parade. He said  all of the citizens of the county are considered grand marshals.

  • Feb. 25 Edition: The Buzz

    • I don’t think it’s fair that Sam Hawkins is having to pay for someone else’s horse dying. He should maybe be fined, because he was supposed to take care of it, but he should not have to go to jail.

    • Finally! Justice for Hope the horse.

    • I don’t understand. Just how many jobs will there be at this ADAGE plant? When you look at the facts, and sift through all of the spin, you will find only 24 jobs. Is it really worth it? I don’t think so.

  • Keep an eye out for local jaywalkers

    Anyone driving at night on West Jefferson Street in Quincy should use extra care. For the past few months I have noticed an increase in the number of pedestrians who want to cross the street in places that are not well lit. Just this past week I was approaching the light at the Pat Thomas Parkway intersection when a man wearing dark clothing crossed the street near the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant parking lot.

  • Along Twin Ponds Road

    I hope that you are having a relatively stress-free week readers.  I certainly hope so; you  deserve it with the trying times we are living in.

    I’m afraid I might be like many of you and certainly have been having my share of anxious moments.  But, then, most all of us have lived long enough to have learned that life was not meant to be lived as a carefree one.

    If you watch or read the news often enough you have probably found it to be a rather depressing experience with little or no good news thrown into the mix.

  • Letters to the Editor: Regarding ADAGE biomass plant proposal

    Have you heard of biomass incineration as a significant source of air pollution?  Burning large quantities of wood (much more than in your fireplace), like burning many other substances, releases numerous toxic chemicals and deadly particles, which can negatively affect both the environment and respiratory health.