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Today's News

  • Reader questions local restaurant policy

    What is it about America? Why do corporations and government at all levels ride the backs of the taxpayer?

    As an example, Gadsden County charges a 1 percent surcharge in addition to the state’s 6 percent sales tax and then, on top of that, charges another half-cent sales tax for a grand total of 7.5 percent. How do local businesses collect a half-cent sales tax?

  • School leader warns: We’re in for some tough times

    As we continue to work to build a brighter future for our students and prepare for upcoming testing, our situation as a district can only be described as bittersweet.

  • Company working to help local jobless

    On Feb. 17, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This act is intended to provide an economic stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the economic downturn, which began in December 2007.

  • Federal stimulus funds for roads, bridges, transportation released last week

    Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last Thursday the release of $8.4 billion in federal stimulus dollars for public transportation nationwide.

  • Quincy man found not guilty in alleged rape case

    James E. Green of Quincy was found not guilty of sexual battery and kidnapping last Friday afternoon after a Leon County jury deliberated about an hour.

    The case involved a former female friend of Green’s.

    The victim claimed, in her trial testimony, that she and Green were only friends, and the incident that took place Dec. 6, 2006, was forced sex and kidnapping, and not consensual sex.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrests

    • Jerome Williams: Violation of parole, possession of firearm by convicted felon

    • Antwan Ward: Violation of parole, DWLSR

    • Yolanda Nessmith: Possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a store, possession of controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a store

    • James Lovette: Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a store, sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a store

  • Havana Police Department Arrests

    • Laronta Mechanz Fields, 28, arrested Feb. 27 and charged with possession/sale/manufacture of controlled substance, flee/attempt to elude a police office, and resist/obstruct/oppose officer without violence.

    • Robert La Shun Chandler, 36, arrested Feb. 27 on three outstanding arrest warrants.

    Note: Listing in this column does not imply guilt or admission to any crime. Information supplied by the Havana Police Department.

  • EGHS track season underway

    East Gadsden High School’s track team joined seven other schools in a meet at Lincoln High School March 3, and the team showed well.

    In girls competition, Mildreka Hobley finished second in the 100-meter, with a time of 12:83. Jasmine Allen was second in the 400-meter, with a 1:3 run. Sharyla Chavers had a third-place finish in the 400-meter, with a time 1:4.

    Also in girls competition, the 440 relay team of Hobley, Allen, Chavers and NiiAdurey Murray finished second.

  • Jags baseball holds 6-2 record

    "We've been getting some decent pitching and defense, and our hitting has come around," East Gadsden baseball coach Randall Estelle said after his team had a 2-1 week. "We didn't start the week off very well but we finished it up pretty nice."

    The Jaguars lost to Rickards Monday 16-1, committing eight errors in the first two innings to fall behind. The only plus in that game for East Gadsden was Cameron Jackson's two hits.

    Jackson kept his bat alive in the next game, slapping three hits in a 16-3 mercy-run win over John Paul.

  • Munroe takes three on the diamond

    The R. F. Munroe Bobcat baseball team had a successful week last week, defeating Franklin County, Maclay and district rival Aucilla.

    Munroe started the winning week in East Point were the team bested the Franklin County Seahawks 9-3 on Tuesday.

    Right-hander Tommy Murray got the win going the first five innings, allowing only four hits and fanning three. Parth Patel threw the last two frames.