http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Fire destroys sausage factory http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/fire-destroys-sausage-factory <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2641.jpg" alt="Robert Fason looks at the remains of his sausage factory. Photo by Kendrick Brown" title="Robert Fason looks at the remains of his sausage factory. Photo by Kendrick Brown" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> As he stands in the doorway of what was the sausage factory he&rsquo;s owned since 1969, Robert Fason seems a bit more at ease than you expect the owner of a recently burned down business to be.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just another part of our history,&rdquo; Fason says about losing his business to a fire. &ldquo;This may be a blessing in disguise.&rdquo;<br /> Fason&rsquo;s Sausage in Greensboro blazed for hours Tuesday night before being extinguished around midnight. Roy Ward, an employee of Fason&rsquo;s for 14 years, said the building was still salvageable at that point.</p> Quincy whistleblower loses job to cuts http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy-whistleblower-loses-job-cuts <p> Whistleblower protection couldn&rsquo;t save a Quincy city employee from budget cuts.</p> <p> During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Quincy Commission, Commissioner Keith Dowdell asked why former Director of Customer Service Ann Sherman was terminated by the city. Sherman has been in the news lately for requesting whistleblower protection. Interim City Manager Mike Wade responded by saying she was let go because the job position she had was longer funded in the budget.</p> <p> In other business:</p> Sheriff’s hearing on jail furloughs set for Friday http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/sheriff%E2%80%99s-hearing-jail-furloughs-set-friday <p> Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young goes before a judge at 2 p.m. Friday for a hearing about his policy allowing furloughs for some inmates at the county jail.</p> <p> State Attorney Willie Meggs is asking for Young to be held in contempt of court.</p> <p> Young&nbsp; has described the action as &ldquo;total sabotage.&rdquo;</p> <p> According to the petition filed for the case, Young is being ordered to show cause for allowing &ldquo;inmates housed at the Gadsden County Jail to be released without judicial authority.&rdquo;</p> Retired lawyer, Quincy native to give EGHS commencement address http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/retired-lawyer-quincy-native-give-eghs-commencement-address <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2875.jpg" alt="Gene Johnson poses with Superintendent Reginald James in the latter&#039;s office. Johnson has known James since James was a baby and the two have been friends for about 20 years." title="Gene Johnson poses with Superintendent Reginald James in the latter&#039;s office. Johnson has known James since James was a baby and the two have been friends for about 20 years." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> When Gene Johnson gives the graduation commencement speech to East Gadsden&rsquo;s Class of 2015 this May, he hopes to impart to them the mindset that helped him rise from being a service attendant on a train to being a defense attorney with the department of justice in Washington, D.C.</p> <p> &ldquo;You have to have in your mind the willingness to achieve,&rdquo; Johnson said. &ldquo;Whatever obstacles there are, you have to be able to deal with them.&rdquo;</p> Jags overwhelmed by Seminoles during homecoming game http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/jags-overwhelmed-seminoles-during-homecoming-game <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1023_eghs_homecoming_king_and_queenk.jpg" alt="East Gadsden’s homecoming king and queen pose for a photo during their crowning ceremony Oct. 17 during the homecoming game. Photo submitted" title="East Gadsden’s homecoming king and queen pose for a photo during their crowning ceremony Oct. 17 during the homecoming game. Photo submitted" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Volleyball shifting to post-season http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/volleyball-shifting-post-season <p> This past week of volleyball represented the last opportunity for volleyball coaches to shape up their teams for the possibility of post-season play.&nbsp; The Munroe volleyball team lost three matches, although the team and some individual players played some of their best volleyball of the season.</p> <p> BLOUNTSTOWN: 25 25 25&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> MUNROE: 20 11 7</p> Crowd rules unchanged by BOCC http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/crowd-rules-unchanged-bocc <p> Several Gadsden County residents attended the Oct. 7 Board of County Commissioners meeting to protest a proposal that would have allowed outdoor music festivals with an expected attendance of less than 2,000 to receive the same relaxed regulations festivals planning for a crowd of fewer than 500 people. Despite adamant support from Commissioner Brenda Holt, the proposal did not pass.</p> Execution date set for Banks http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/execution-date-set-banks <p> A Gadsden County man convicted of murdering his wife of two months before raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter will be executed Nov. 13, more than 22 years after committing the crimes.</p> <p> Chadwick Banks will die by lethal injection at the Florida State Prison in Starke, and will be the 20th person to be executed under Gov. Rick Scott&rsquo;s term.</p>