http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Changing perspectives http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/changing-perspectives <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6408.jpg" alt="As part of a summer program, students sit in the visiting booth at the Gadsden County Jail on the side of the glass where inmates sit and say “I’m sorry mama,” to place themselves in the position of someone their age who has just been arrested." title="As part of a summer program, students sit in the visiting booth at the Gadsden County Jail on the side of the glass where inmates sit and say “I’m sorry mama,” to place themselves in the position of someone their age who has just been arrested." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Approximately 30 kids who spent the summer learning trades ended the summer part of their program&rsquo;s curriculum Monday with a tour of the Gadsden County Jail.</p> <p> They were the first participants in an after-school and summer camp program sponsored in partnership with the Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office and the Gadsden chapter of AMIKids Inc., a national organization that on its website says it &ldquo;gives troubled youth the support they need to become great people, and our results speak for themselves.&rdquo;</p> BOCC aims to fight drug blight http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/bocc-aims-fight-drug-blight <p> The fence at the Gadsden County Jail is on track to be repaired, as the Gadsden&rsquo;s Board of County Commissioners voted to award a bid to a company to handle its repair at its July 21 meeting.</p> <p> Commissioner Eric Hinson asked if there were any Gadsden County companies that could be commissioned for the repair. County Administrator Robert Presnell said of the three companies to bid for the project, none were from the county.</p> Mike Wade hired as Quincy’s permanent city manager http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/mike-wade-hired-quincy%E2%80%99s-permanent-city-manager <p> Mike Wade is officially Quincy&rsquo;s permanent manager, as Quincy commissioners voted to approve his contract for the position at their meeting Tuesday in a 4-1 vote. He had been interim manager for more than a year.</p> <p> Commissioner Daniel McMillan said Wade will be working for<br /> 60 percent of what the last manager earned, and added, &ldquo;people might not like the way we went about it (the hiring process), but everything we did was<br /> legal.&rdquo;</p> East Gadsden gets new leader http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/east-gadsden-gets-new-leader <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6183.jpg" alt="New East Gadsden High School principal Sonya Jackson poses for a picture in front of the school’s main office. She worked in education for 26 years in Central Florida counties." title="New East Gadsden High School principal Sonya Jackson poses for a picture in front of the school’s main office. She worked in education for 26 years in Central Florida counties." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> After sharpening her chops as an educator and school administrator for 26 years in Central Florida counties, East Gadsden High School&rsquo;s newest principal decided to come back home.</p> <p> &ldquo;It has always been my desire to come back home and work in the county where I got my education, and the opportunity presented itself so here I am,&rdquo; said Sonya Jackson, a 1982 graduate of Greensboro High School.</p> Commissioners examine lawyers http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/commissioners-examine-lawyers <p> The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon where the commissioners interviewed candidates for the county&rsquo;s attorney position.</p> <p> The four candidates to interview were Sten Sliger of Quincy, Melissa VanSickle of Tallahassee, former county attorney Thornton Williams and current county attorney David Weiss.</p> <p> After hearing all attorneys speak, the commissioners decided to make their selection at a later regular meeting.</p> Havana man dead in molly-related death, police say http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/havana-man-dead-molly-related-death-police-say <p> A Havana man was killed in Tallahassee on July 15 after breaking into a couple&rsquo;s home while apparently high on the drug molly.</p> <p> Jarod Clemons, 27, had come into the Havana Police Department earlier that day complaining that he had taken a bad batch of the drug. HPD Chief Tracy Smith said Clemons was sweating profusely, demanding water and removing his clothing.</p> <p> Body camera footage released by HPD pm&nbsp; Monday shows Clemons shirtless while sweating profusely and pacing around excitedly.</p> Teacher accused of hitting student http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/teacher-accused-hitting-student <p> A Gadsden County teacher was arrested July 14 for allegedly battering a teenage boy involved in a fight with her daughter.</p> <p> Nekeshia Harris, 40, of Quincy, has been arrested on a charge of first-<br /> degree battery &mdash; which is a misdemeanor &mdash; for the alleged incident, which occurred July 2 at West Gadsden High School. Harris was employed at the school for a district summer program. She works at Carter Parramore Academy during the school year.</p> Determined to stop a killer http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/determined-stop-killer <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6134.jpg" alt="Lt. Brian Alexander of the Gadsden County Sheriff&#039;s Office" title="Lt. Brian Alexander of the Gadsden County Sheriff&#039;s Office" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> St. James A.M.E. Church opened its dining hall doors Monday evening to host a discussion on the drug molly and the impact it&rsquo;s having on Gadsden County.</p> <p> Sgt. Rodney Moore of the Gadsden County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office organized the event after a young woman he knows was being processed into the county jail and he could tell she was high on the drug.</p>