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Today's News

  • District graduation rate highest in years

    Gadsden County School District’s graduation rates have hit an all-time high, climbing to 64.2 percent, its highest mark since the state began reporting graduation rates.

    The state released the rates last week, and figures showed that the county’s rate is up from last year’s 56.1 percent. The rate has steadily increased since the 2003-4 school year, when the rate was at 43.1 percent, except for a dip in 2005-6, when the rate dropped back to 43.9 percent. But the drop was temporary, and the rate climbed to 53.3 precent in 2006-7.

  • Annual hunting event provides safe, fun outing for disabled hunters

    It wasn't important how any of the nine men on the sixth annual Hunters Helping Hunters event reached their degree of disability. The only thing that mattered was that the hunters enjoyed a weekend in the North Florida woods hunting deer and enjoying the great outdoors.

  • Be careful this holiday season

    December 21 has always been special to me as that is the birth date of my daddy, Henry William Rollins Sr.

    The Dec. 21, 1939 headline on the front page of the Times read, "May one unavoidable tragedy help us avoid more tragedies." A week before this article was printed, 7-year-old Eugene Blackburn was hit and killed after darting out in front of an oncoming car on King Street.

  • Local woman’s collection has become a family affair

    Margaret Bredsher can't explain why she started collecting angels. But they offer her a certain comfort level when she feels a little down from the pressures of life. Somehow, when she looks around her home and sees an angel in almost every corner, she said she feel's "God's protection."

    Bredsher doesn't know exactly how many angels she owns. The number, she guessed, tops 400. While she has some on display throughout her Key Street home year round during Christmas, all them are on display.

  • Elderly woman robbed in Quincy Winn-Dixie

    Seventy-five-year-old Gadsden County resident Emily Rowan was the victim of robbery and battery on an elderly person inside the Winn-Dixie store on West Jefferson Street as she shopped for a greeting card 2 days before Christmas.

    A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested at nearby Arbor Crest Apartments shortly after the incident where he was also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

    He was later released to his mother for home supervision.

  • Taylor a no-show at FAC class

    Gadsden County Commissioner Sherrie Taylor will not be graduating from a voluntary county commissioner certification program with her class in June during the Florida Association of Counties annual conference.

  • Former midwife to be honored for community service by county commission

    Back in 1959, most people delivered babies at home. The only time a woman went to the hospital was when complications were expected. Otherwise, they had children at home surrounded by family and friends and the trusted community midwife.

    Sometimes, laughed former midwife Eliza Smith as she sat in her Dodger Ball Park Road home recalling the nearly 30 years she delivered babies in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, there were so many people in the house she had to insist they go into the yard.

  • Cold means crop damage but not loss, says expert

    Lester Muralles, commercial agriculture agent assigned to Gadsden County by Florida A & M University, says local commercial farmers are prepared for the freezing temperatures that are expected to last throughout the week. While most large farmers don't have plants in the ground at this time, nursery growers and satsuma growers are ready.

  • New Year’s celebrations not a problem, say local law enforcement officers

    New Year's Eve was uneventful in Gadsden County, according to the law enforcement personnel who patrolled the streets.

    "Things were pretty slow and that was surprising," said Maj. Shawn Wood of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

    Expecting heavy traffic, intoxicated revelers and noisy fireworks, a task force made up of officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Greensboro, Gretna  and Chattahoochee police departments hit the streets and rural roads of Gadsden County around 7 p.m.

  • Winn-Dixie robber now behind bars

    The juvenile accused of robbing and kicking 75-year-old Emily Rowan as she shopped for greeting cards in Winn-Dixie on Dec. 23 is behind bars.

    While he has a $75,000 bond on the charges of robbery, battery on the elderly and battery on a law enforcement officer, he will not be released from jail.

    "Even if he could come up with the $75,000 bond, he will not be released because he violated probation on a burglary charge on Hamilton Street a month or so before the Dec. 23 incident," said Sgt. Robert Mixon of the Quincy Police Department.