http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en ‘Somewhere to call your own’ http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/%E2%80%98somewhere-call-your-own%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0826midway_homec.jpg" alt="Big Bend Habitat for Humanity began construction on a home in Midway Saturday. They received help from Tri-Eagle Sales, local Episcopal churches and Tallahassee Rotary clubs." title="Big Bend Habitat for Humanity began construction on a home in Midway Saturday. They received help from Tri-Eagle Sales, local Episcopal churches and Tallahassee Rotary clubs." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Ayanna McKinnon has been going through the process of owning a home with the Big Bend chapter of Habitat for Humanity for two years now. That process could finally be over in October.<br /> Habitat of Humanity began construction on McKinnon&rsquo;s home Saturday. It will be in Midway, making it the first home built by Habitat in Gadsden County in five years. The home will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.<br /> To prepare for buying a home through Habitat, McKinnon was required to take courses pertaining to budgeting, maintaining good credit and maintaining a home.<br /> Quincy’s downtown to house another church http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy%E2%80%99s-downtown-house-another-church <p> Quincy commissioners approved a church for operation in the downtown district at their Tuesday night meeting. The approval is dependent upon the church meeting specific<br /> conditions.<br /> The conditions include working with the city&rsquo;s planning department to create a plan of the church&rsquo;s proposed uses as well as address the issues raised by the city&rsquo;s fire chief when he inspected the building, which is at 15 S. Madison St.<br /> Candidates lining up for state rep seat http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/candidates-lining-state-rep-seat <p> Because Alan Williams&rsquo; term will end in 2016 serving for eight years in the District 8 Florida House of Representatives seat, a new crop of candidates hope to be elected next year.<br /> All four candidates registered for the election have ties to Gadsden County, and because they have all registered as Democrats, they will face off in the 2016 primary election next August.<br /> The four candidates are Brad Johnson of Midway, Clarence Jackson of Gretna, Ramon Alexander of Tallahassee and Dianne Williams-Cox of<br /> Tallahassee.<br /> Day in court: DA Meggs and Sheriff Young http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/day-court-da-meggs-and-sheriff-young <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7104.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The trial to determine whether Sheriff Morris Young gave furloughs to inmates at the Gadsden County Jail against judicial order ended Tuesday after a two-day trial.</p> <p> Ultimately, State Attorney Willie Meggs wanted Young to be found guilty of contempt in court charges. Meggs claimed Young continued to give furloughs even after being ordered by a judge to not do so without first receiving judicial approval.</p> <p> Young&rsquo;s attorney Eric Abrahamsen argued the sheriff was never given an official judicial order saying he cannot give furloughs without judicial approval.</p> Gearing up for going back http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/gearing-going-back <p> In addition to providing children with backpacks and other school supplies at their annual back-to-school celebration, the Jessie Furlow Medical Center views the day as an opportunity to provide health screenings and other medical services to the children and their parents who may not usually receive them.</p> Rattler revelry http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/rattler-revelry <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6563.jpg" alt="FAMU President Elmira Mangum listens as gala hosts Vicki and Brad Johnson introduce her before Mangum delivers the evening’s keynote address." title="FAMU President Elmira Mangum listens as gala hosts Vicki and Brad Johnson introduce her before Mangum delivers the evening’s keynote address." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The Gadsden County chapter of FAMU alumni had its first scholarship gala Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Quincy.</p> <p> The purpose of the night was to &ldquo;raise scholarship funds to send&nbsp; some of Gadsden County&rsquo;s best and brightest students to Florida A&amp;M University,&rdquo; said mistress of&nbsp; ceremonies Vicki Johnson. For a $50 ticket, attendees were treated to live entertainment by</p> <p> Dayve Stewart and the Vibe Band, a baked chicken dinner and a keynote address from FAMU President Elmira Mangum.</p> County commissioners hire new attorney http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/county-commissioners-hire-new-attorney <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6662.jpg" alt="Shown is David Weiss, who was retained as the county&#039;s attorney Tuesday evening." title="Shown is David Weiss, who was retained as the county&#039;s attorney Tuesday evening." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Gadsden&rsquo;s Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to retain attorney David Weiss of the Ausley and McMullen firm as the county&rsquo;s attorney at the board&rsquo;s Aug. 4 meeting.</p> FDOT hosts meeting to show Quincy bypass options http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/fdot-hosts-meeting-show-quincy-bypass-options <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6426.jpg" alt="The City of Quincy’s Director of Building and Planning Bernard Piawah answered some questions attendees had about the Quincy Bypass’ second phase. The map they’re looking at shows four alternatives for how the northern loop of the bypass could lead into the recently opened State Road 269. " title="The City of Quincy’s Director of Building and Planning Bernard Piawah answered some questions attendees had about the Quincy Bypass’ second phase. The map they’re looking at shows four alternatives for how the northern loop of the bypass could lead into the recently opened State Road 269. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> FDOT had a workshop this past Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Quincy to gauge public opinion about their Quincy Bypass efforts before they begin the second phase of their project, which is intended to redirect trucking traffic away from Quincy&rsquo;s historic/business district.</p> <p> A flyer for the meeting reads, &ldquo;the ultimate purpose of this project is to provide an east-west connection between County Road 268 (Solomon Dairy Road) and State Road 12 to relieve existing traffic conditions on S.R. 12 within the Quincy/Gadsden County area.&rdquo;</p>