Today's News

  • Gadsden County Teacher of the Year: East Gadsden’s Austin taking each day, each student as they come

    Gadsden County School District Teacher of the Year Randall Austin firmly believes in his mantra: Every day, every child, every chance.

    And it’s that attitude that caused him to want to become a teacher in the first place.

    Now in his second year of teaching at East Gadsden High School, Austin is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga., where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he ran a hauling company and learned how to run a landfill.

  • Rookie Teacher of the Year: Just thinking about the impact she’s making brings this teacher to tears

    If you drop by the Stewart Street  Elementary classroom of Gadsden County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, Nicole Dixon, you might find her students at the Smart Board teaching each other. You may find them eagerly raising their hands to answer a question from their teacher. You might even find them dancing.

    But what you’ll definitely find is a teacher who is passionate about helping her students become passionate about learning.

  • FHP reviews bus tape; it's reportedly blank

    UPDATE: March 11, 1:38 p.m.   

    Florida Highway Patrol investigators have reviewed the security tape from the school bus that crashed Monday, according to published reports - and the tape is blank.

    We are working to verify this information and will provide information as soon as possible.

    UPDATE: 9:22 a.m., March 10

  • Criminal investigation launched after allegations by EMS employees

    Gadsden County Sheriff Young said a criminal investigation has been launched into allegations made by employees at Emergency Management Services.

    The official investigation began March 8 at 4 p.m. when a meeting was held that included County Administrator Johnny Williams, Personnel Director Arthur Lawson, county commission Chairman Eugene Lamb and two investigators from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Local athletes strut their stuff in the Gadsden County Special Olympics

    Gadsden County’s Special Olympics was held last Wednesday at East Gadsden High School, featuring events such as the assisted walk, walk, wheelchair, assisted wheelchair, assisted running, running, 100-meter wheelchair, running long  jump, standing long jump, tennis ball throw and softball throw.

    The winners were:

    • 10-meter assisted walk: Chamel Williams, first place.

    • 10-meter walk: Luis Becerra took first place with a time of 12.0; Robert Huff also won first place with a time of 17.4.

  • School-related Employee of the Year: With a little love, every child can learn

    Marilyn Basford, a paraprofessional at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School and the Gadsden County School-Related Employee of the Year, blushes a little when she’s congratulated for winning the honor. She’s quick to tell you...she just loves children.

    A native of Jacksonville, Basford moved to Chattahoochee in 1972. She worked at Chattahoochee Elementary for 19 years before coming to GEMS, and has worked with Gadsden County children for 27 years.

  • Bus driver suspended with pay

    Gadsden County School District officials held a press conference March 12 to announce that Tim Kelly, 40, the driver of the school bus that crashed March 8, has been suspended with pay after failing to report a ticket he received March 1.

    The ticket was for speeding while operating a school bus and transporting students.

  • County inks deal with HCA for hospital

    Gadsden County commissioners voted 3-1 to lease Gadsden Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America Tuesday morning. The vote paves the way to open the hospital by the June 21 deadline.

    County Commissioner Gene Morgan was out on a medical emergency and Commissioner Brenda Holt voted against the lease agreement.

    The agreement will allow HCA, under Capitol Regional Medical Center, to operate the hospital and provide in-county medical services for the first time since the hospital closed Nov. 5, 2005.

  • Gretna pulls the plug on ADAGE

    Gretna Mayor Anthony Baker announced March 16 that the city will take no further action on ADAGE’s proposal to build a biomass facility in the city.

    Gretna city officials announced March 15 that they had decided to defer making a decision on the ADAGE biomass plant for 6 months, giving them more time to “study this matter in greater detail.”

  • Student petitions county for ban on sale of flavored tobacco products in county

    Calvre'Ona Davis, a sixth grade student at Havana Middle School, was the center of attention during the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners.

    Davis had requested a place on the agenda to request approval for a resolution to ban the sale and marketing of flavored tobacco products in the county.

    She told commissioners that as a part of the county’s Students Working Against Tobacco program, she wants to improve the health of local residents.