http://www.gadcotimes.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Icon to get deep cleaning http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/icon-get-deep-cleaning <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/court_house_photo.jpg" alt="The Gadsden County Court House, pictured here, was built in 1913. Over the years, water leaks have led to some mold growth. " title="The Gadsden County Court House, pictured here, was built in 1913. Over the years, water leaks have led to some mold growth. " align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> The Gadsden County Court House, a local landmark, is in trouble. Like much aging architecture, recent years haven&rsquo;t been kind to the government building. The roof was recently replaced after leaks developed &mdash; and now the walls show signs of the same problem.<br /> Nicholas Thomas, Gadsden County Clerk of Courts, raised the issue at the July 15 BoCC meeting. He cited an air-quality report that positively detected and identified at least eight specific types of mold growing inside the historic building.<br /> Quincy man clears first ‘Idol’ hurdle http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/quincy-man-clears-first-%E2%80%98idol%E2%80%99-hurdle <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/one-round-down_girl_.jpg" alt="This young woman is auditioning Sunday, July 24, in Tallahassee for Season 14 of &quot;American Idol.&quot;" title="This young woman is auditioning Sunday, July 24, in Tallahassee for Season 14 of &quot;American Idol.&quot;" align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> Jamareous Highman, said he wasn&rsquo;t doing much talking this past Saturday night. He was saving his voice &mdash; because early in the morning on July 20, he was on his way to audition in Tallahassee for American Idol&rsquo;s Season 14.<br /> The singer was willing, however, to answer a few questions during a Times interview.<br /> Highman, 23, has been performing since age 6 or 7 when he became involved with music at his church &mdash; an experience the Quincy man said &ldquo;fostered a love for singing.&rdquo;<br /> BOCC votes to raise Gadsden property tax rate http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/bocc-votes-raise-gadsden-property-tax-rate <p> When do higher taxes cost less?<br /> According to talk at the July 15 meeting of The Gadsden Commission, county taxpayers with property that has dropped in value might still pay less even though the 2014-15 millage rate used to calculate property tax will be higher than the 2013-14 rate.<br /> Millage rates represent tenths of pennies, a decimal then multiplied by the total taxable property value.<br /> Commission Chairman Eric Hinson proposed a 9.1443 rate, arguing that the county had a responsibility to stay out of the red and meet budget.<br /> Man accused of attacking pregnant woman http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/man-accused-attacking-pregnant-woman <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0724_jordan_mugc.jpg" alt="Richard David Jordan" title="Richard David Jordan" align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> A woman, eight months pregnant, called 911 early in the morning hours on July 20, according to her own sworn statement, when a Havana man she let into her home began beating her and threatening to kill her.<br /> The suspect, Richard David Jordan, 33, allegedly appeared at the woman&rsquo;s residence around 2 a.m. - knocking on a window and yelling to be let in. Once allowed inside, she reported he was drunk and argumentative.<br /> But when she told him to leave, the beating began. &nbsp;<br /> Getting into the game http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/getting-game <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/piggy_back.jpg" alt="A Florida State University cheerleader gives a piggyback ride to a young cheer camp participant Saturday in Quincy. " title="A Florida State University cheerleader gives a piggyback ride to a young cheer camp participant Saturday in Quincy. " align="left" hspace="6" width="89" height="85" /><p> You could say this past Saturday was something to cheer about.</p> <p> Leroy Smith and Diamonds in the Rough presented the fourth annual Win-Win Football and Cheerleading camp July 12 at the Corry Athletic Field on West King Street in Quincy.</p> <p> Win-Win stands for, &ldquo;What&rsquo;s important now work is necessary.&rdquo;</p> <p> Professional football players and Florida State University cheerleaders were on the scene to instruct the participants.<br /> &ldquo;This is going to be a fun time,&rdquo; said Smith before the event.</p> Rural Summit draws crowd http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/rural-summit-draws-crowd <img src="http://www.gadcotimes.com/sites/www.gadcotimes.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/0717_staff_sgt_carter_c.jpg" alt="Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter speaks Friday during the Rural County Summit. " title="Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter speaks Friday during the Rural County Summit. " align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /><p> The fourth annual Rural County Summit drew participants from near and far - and from a wide range of agencies - who were all interested in learning more about emergency management and disaster relief from professionals who have dealt with some of the most harrowing scenarios on recent record. &nbsp;</p> <p> These speakers came from as far away as Colorado and Texas.</p> Gadsden grabs more A’s http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/gadsden-grabs-more-a%E2%80%99s <p> The Gadsden County School District earned two unprecedented A grades in this year&rsquo;s state rankings. For the first time ever, Chattahoochee Elementary School, led by Principal Valencia Denson, and Havana Middle School, led by Principal Delshuana Jackson, received the highest letter grade possible.</p> <p> This constitutes a clear improvement for both institutions. In both 2012 and 2013, Havana Middle School earned C grades. Chattahoochee Elementary School earned a D in 2012 and a B in 2013.</p> Questions in Quincy http://www.gadcotimes.com/content/questions-quincy <p> An apparent rift in communications between the city of Quincy&rsquo;s direction and Commissioner Keith Dowdell evolved into a topic of conversation at the regular July 17 meeting.</p> <p> Dowdell motioned to begin the search for a new full-time city manager. Commissioner Micah Brown seconded this motion, but it failed. Commissioners Andy Gay, Derrick Elias and Daniel McMillan voted against beginning any searching for a new city manager, effectively extending Mike Wade&rsquo;s interim status as city manager.&nbsp;</p>