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Today's News

  • Quincy man dies in shooting

    A Sunday night shooting has left a Quincy man dead and his family grieving.  
    Shalaunda Nealy said she was in her upstairs apartment washing dishes with her daughter Key’Lasha Thomas when the sound of gunshots rang out at Gadsden Arms, an apartment complex.
    Key’Laysha said when she heard the first gunshot she dropped the dish and asked her mother if she heard it.
    “Lord, I hope that’s not my baby,” was Nealy’s response, both women said.
    Both women said they then heard five or six more shots.

  • Small community celebrates new traffic light

    The Concord traffic light in Havana is finally up and running.  It was originally slated to go up last fall, but was pushed back because of the holidays and weather conditions.
    County officials and citizens met at the corner of Fairbanks Ferry Road and Concord Road on Tuesday, Jan. 30, for an activation ceremony.
    Gadsden County Commission Chairwoman Sherrie Taylor welcomed everyone and followed up with a prayer.
    Citizens were also given an opportunity to speak at the ceremony.

  • State Rep. Alexander talks jobs at chamber event

    At this past Thursday’s Go Gadsden meeting, newly elected State Rep. Ramon Alexander gave an update on what he has been working on.
    Alexander said this year the Legislature is being asked to cut $3 million to $5 million from education — grades K through 12 and the state and university system.
    In an effort to cause chaos, Alexander said other members of the Legislature are trying to pit projects against
    each other.
    “Not in my back yard,” Alexander said.  “You can cut everybody else’s stuff, but not mine.”

  • GEMS students become published poets

    Sixteen Gadsden Elementary Magnet School students are now published authors.  
    Their poems were selected by Young Writers of America’s panel of educators to be published in a book titled “Award-Winning Young Writers of America.”
    The topics the students wrote on were “The World as I See It” and “What my Family Means to Me.”
    LaTasha Dilworth-Porter, the students’ English and language arts teacher, said this is her first year entering students in a poetry contest.  

  • Plans for school closings cause concerns

    Concerned citizens came out to the school board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24, to voice their opinions on proposed of school consolidations.
    Barbara Brown said Gretna Elementary, one of the schools that’s proposed to be closed, is the rock of her community.  She said she was also worried about the overcrowding of classrooms and safety issues if the schools are combined.  Brown said there were many fights when Quincy and Havana students were combined to form East Gadsden High School.

  • Lions, Bobcats see tough week on the hardwood

    RF Munroe
    The Munroe Bobcats have made steady improvement since their season opener Nov. 18.  
    One of the main reasons for that improvement has been the play of senior guard Matthew Salters.  Salters, a three-sport standout, did not play basketball last season but waited until his senior season to play.  Coach Andrew Eads could not be happier.  
    Going back to Jan.y 10, Salters has tallied double figures in scoring and rebounding for seven straight games.   

  • As Munroe girls soldier on, Lady Lions see some success

    With only one week remaining until district tournament time, the Tallavana Christian Lady Lions had the only two-win week in girls county basketball.   
    First was a nerve-wracking 51-50 win by Tallavana Christian over Liberty County.  They followed that win up with a 36-20 win over Taylor County. In this final week of the regular season, the team will be practicing in preparation for their participation in the 2A-District 1 tournament at Aucilla Christian.  

  • Panthers see tough week; Jags fare better

    West Gadsden High School
    Following a 48-34 loss on the road against 1A powerhouse Madison High on Tuesday, Jan. 17, West Gadsden traveled to Leon High three days later and lost by a score of 52-47. The Panthers are currently 14-7overall, and 5-1 in district play.
    Coach Moten gave a mildly optimistic reflection on his team’s progression toward the end of the regular season: “I’m pleased, I think we are coming around. This time of the year you want to start clicking on all cylinders. We gotta get better at executing in our half-court offense.”

  • County to keep same law firm

    After looking at other options, Gadsden County commissioners decided to retain their current legal counsel.
    In November the county issued a request for proposals for attorneys to represent them.  
    County Administrator Robert Presnell said three proposals were submitted in response to the RFP; however, one firm later withdrew its RFP from
    consideration.

  • Midway Council to pay former manager $69K

    At a special Midway City Council meeting Jan. 19, the council voted 5-1 to accept an agreement to pay former city manager Agatha Muse-Salters $69,000 in monthly payments until August.
    They also voted to pay her in November for her $50,000 in attorney’s fees. Mayor Ronald Colston, city council members Wanda Range, Carolyn Francis, Zachary Woods and David Knight voted to accept the agreement, while Councilwoman Quintealia Cato voted against it. Councilman Charlie Smith did not attend the meeting.