http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Tornado whips through Greensboro http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/tornado-whips-through-greensboro <p> At about 5:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17,&nbsp; a tornado touched down in Greensboro. The system caused temporary power outages, particularly in the Sycamore Community, due to fallen trees on power lines, according to a Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office press release issued Monday evening. Talquin Electric was working to restore power as outages were still reported in that area.<br /> Banks apologizes before execution http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/banks-apologizes-execution <p> The buzzing from the in-wall air conditioning unit is the only sound heard as witnesses sit silently in anticipation of what&rsquo;s to come.<br /> This is the final hour for Chadwick Banks. The double-murder and rape he committed 22 years ago have led to this moment: 28 witnesses, four of them family members of the victims, await the moment a lethal injection serves as justice for the deaths of Cassandra Banks and her daughter, 10-year-old Melody Cooper.<br /> ***<br /> Aiming for opportunities http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/aiming-opportunities <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4724.jpg" alt="A group that includes County commissioner Eric Hinson and Quincy Mayor Derrick Elias symbolically breaks ground on the TCC Gadsden Center, which could be operational by October 2015. " title="A group that includes County commissioner Eric Hinson and Quincy Mayor Derrick Elias symbolically breaks ground on the TCC Gadsden Center, which could be operational by October 2015. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Tallahassee Community College symbolically broke ground for its Gadsden Center on Monday in Quincy at an event attended by commissioners and officials from different municipalities across the county.<br /> Celebration marks 10 years in office for sheriff http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/celebration-marks-10-years-office-sheriff <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4254.jpg" alt="John Due speaks during the celebration marking 10 years in office for Sheriff Morris Young. n" title="John Due speaks during the celebration marking 10 years in office for Sheriff Morris Young. n" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> It&rsquo;s been 10 years since Morris Young was elected sheriff of Gadsden County, and, in celebration of that fact, sheriff&rsquo;s deputies, staff, county commissioners, Young&rsquo;s friends and family and the sheriff himself gathered Nov. 14 at Greater Tanner Chapel AME in Quincy to recount their favorite stories about Young.<br /> Girls basketball season opens http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/girls-basketball-season-opens <p> Girls basketball season cranked up this past week and what better way to start up the county scene than with oodles of wins and a close contest between two county teams? &nbsp;<br /> Mission for Madison http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/mission-madison <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4045.jpg" alt="Madison, pictured wearing a green shirt, waits as the squad prepares to run through a routine." title="Madison, pictured wearing a green shirt, waits as the squad prepares to run through a routine." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Diabetes awareness will be the cause for a daylong event at Corey Field in Quincy on Saturday, November 15.</p> <p> Spearheading the event is a competitive cheerleading group based in Quincy named Pretty Girls and Swaggn Boyz.</p> <p> The cheerleading group was inspired to hold the event by one of their members, 12-year-old Madison, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes during the 2012 winter holiday season.</p> Gadsden voters choose leaders http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/gadsden-voters-choose-leaders <p> In the only races specific to Gadsden County this election, former teacher Steve Scott and incumbent Charlie Frost both won bids to represent their districts on the Gadsden County School Board, according to unofficial results.</p> <p> Scott defeated Rodney Moore to represent District 2, which covers parts of Quincy and Havana, by capturing 49.85 percent of the vote compared to Moore&rsquo;s 42.38 percent.</p> Man claims he fired shotgun to save grandparents http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/man-claims-he-fired-shotgun-save-grandparents <p> A man who faces weapons charges in connection with an incident in which a shotgun was fired told law enforcement he did it to save his grandparents.</p> <p> Upon responding to a call for the discharging of a firearm, a Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office deputy heard the suspect&rsquo;s account of how Javaris Harris, 26, the man arrested for discharging the firearm, did so because his target had kidnapped him and threatened to shoot his grandparents if they didn&rsquo;t pay his ransom.</p> <p> According to the arrest report, this is what happened:</p>