http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A dress come true http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/dress-come-true <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0412_prom17.jpg" alt="Jasmine Walker looks at her reflection in the mirror, with a NHBW volunteer standing by. Jalynn Jacobs snaps a few cellphone photos." title="Jasmine Walker looks at her reflection in the mirror, with a NHBW volunteer standing by. Jalynn Jacobs snaps a few cellphone photos." align="left" hspace="6" width="81" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">About 25 local high-school girls have now solved &ldquo;the dress&rdquo; problem thanks to the generosity of local volunteers.</span></p> Wood treatment plant gets OK http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/wood-treatment-plant-gets-ok <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">A new company is closer to setting up shop in Gadsden County, and now it has the approval from surrounding neighbors.</span></p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">Gadsden County Commissioners voted 5-0 at their April 3 meeting to approve the conceptual and preliminary site plan for Hoover Treated Wood Products Inc., just outside Havana. The company wants to open a facility to apply fire retardant to finished wood products, hiring 15 to 25 employees.</span></p> Family loses home to fire http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/family-loses-home-fire <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0412_fire1.jpg" alt="The Morrow home in Midway is a total loss after a recent structure fire. " title="The Morrow home in Midway is a total loss after a recent structure fire. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> BYRON SPIRES<br /> For the Times</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:18.0pt;line-height:107%">A Midway family, T. V. (Duel) and Margie Morrow lost their home to fire a few weeks ago. The house was destroyed and, sadly, the couple did not have insurance to cover their losses.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size:18.0pt;line-height:107%">Several family friends and relatives are raising money for the Morrows, who are now staying in an older motor home while they work to clear the property.</span></p> Midway council still seeks to fill vacancy http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/midway-council-still-seeks-fill-vacancy <p> Members of Midway City Council have decided to revisit the process of appointing a city council member to replace Charlie Smith, who died Feb. 19.</p> <p> They directed Midway City Manager Leslie Steele during the April 5 meeting to re-advertise the position because last time there were only two people from Smith&rsquo;s district, district 1, applied.</p> <p> Also during the meeting, members of the council and some citizens expressed concern that for some time now there have been no recordings of council meetings.</p> Hooked on aquaponics http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/hooked-aquaponics <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0405_aquaponic3.jpg" alt="Michele Madison, Director of Farm the Future explains on how the aquaponic system in the greenhouse works and how the plants will grow as STEM and Agriculture GCHS students watch." title="Michele Madison, Director of Farm the Future explains on how the aquaponic system in the greenhouse works and how the plants will grow as STEM and Agriculture GCHS students watch." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"> <strong>SHADE&#39; KELLY</strong><br /> <em>For the Times</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height:200%"> <span style="font-size:12.0pt; line-height:200%;font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">A ribbon cutting ceremony March 27 on the campus of Gadsden County High School officially opened a newly completed aquaponic greenhouse. </span></p> Historic school site to become part of Havana http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/historic-school-site-become-part-havana <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">The council took another step toward making Havana a bit bigger, voting 4-0 to approve on first reading Ordinance 374, a voluntary annexation which would bring the former Havana Northside High School property, which is owned by Havana Community Development Corp., within the incorporated area.</span></p> Historic groundbreaking http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/historic-groundbreaking <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0405_stevens5.jpg" alt="Former students, local elected officials and other community leaders help out at the official groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, March 29, at the site of the old Stevens School in Quincy." title="Former students, local elected officials and other community leaders help out at the official groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, March 29, at the site of the old Stevens School in Quincy." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">On March 26, 2017, Quincy lost a community landmark when a fire ravaged the former Stevens High School.</span></p> <p class="normal"> <span lang="EN">Almost exactly a year later, supporters of plans to renovate and rebuild saw their dreams move toward reality at a groundbreaking celebration March 29 on the old school site.</span></p> Teachers express frustration about pay http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/teachers-express-frustration-about-pay <p> <strong>CORTNEY JONES</strong><br /> <em>For the Times</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"> <span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;∫∂òÔˇøÂ\002791Â\00271&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;∫∂òÔˇøÂ\002791Â\00271&quot;">Tensions ran high at the March 27 school board meeting as the president and vice president of the Gadsden County Classroom Teachers Association (GCCTA) voiced their concerns about the teacher evaluation process, as well as teacher salaries.</span></p>