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  • GRADUATING TOGETHER

    By SCOTT J. BRYAN
    The Gadsden County Times
    Robert F. Munroe Day School students have experienced a new headmaster late in their scholastic careers and displacement after Hurricane Michael.
    Through it all, graduate Emily Anderson said, they stuck together.
    On Saturday morning, 18 seniors collected diplomas at the school’s 2019 commencement exercises at Quincy Leaf Theatre.
    “We’re just like family,” Anderson said. “Everyone just loves everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are.”

  • Lawson supports LGBTQ legislation

    The Gadsden County Times
    U.S. Rep Al Lawson (D-Fla.) voted for a bill that intends to eliminate some discrimination against LGBTQ Americans, according to a news release from Lawson’s office.
    House Resolution 5 – the “Equality Act” – passed the Democratically controlled U.S. House, 236-173.
    According to the release, the bill extends anti-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community for employment, housing, education and accommodations.

  • Rapper faces drug charge

    Gadsden County Times

    A popular Louisiana rap artist was arrested Saturday morning after a Florida Highway Patrol traffic stop.
    Javorius Scott, who raps under the pseudonym JayDaYoungan, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
    A report said Scott, of Bogalusa, Louisiana, was a passenger in a 2015 Nissan Altima that was stopped for speeding on Interstate 10 in Gadsden County.

  • Fatal crash leaves 2 dead

    Gadsden County Times

    Two Chattahoochee residents were killed in a two-car crash Sunday afternoon in Wakulla County.
    According to Florida Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Shirley McCall Neely was driving a 2018 Ford Escape south on State Road 363 at 2:23 p.m. Sunday.
    Florida Highway Patrol said the Ford Escape “failed to obey the posted stop sign and flashing red light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and entered the intersection and into the path of (a second vehicle).”

  • Revamp leads to new bed and breakfast, steak restaurant

    By Vickie Lillo
    Special to The Times

    HAVANA – Restored to its previous splendor – and way beyond – the former Nicholson Farmhouse Plantation, 200 Coca Cola Ave., has been transformed into the town’s first full-service bed and breakfast – the Havana Springs Resort.

  • Quincy native returns after 40 years of service

    By CARL OWENBY
    Special to The Times

    Maj. Bonnie Ann Francis retired April 30 after a combined 40 years of distinguished military service in the U.S. Army and Air Force.
    She is the daughter of the late Leroy Francis and Thelma Lois Shaw of Quincy.
    Francis earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint John Fisher College in 1999 and her master’s degree in health sciences public health from Trident University International in 2018.
    Francis is a native of Quincy and a 1977 graduate of James A. Shanks High School.

  • Gretna 12-year-old seeks assistance to attend music camp

    INTERLOCHEN, Mich. – Phillip Rumlin-Bond, 12, of Gretna, has been accepted and will attend Interlochen Arts Camp, the world’s premier summer arts program for aspiring artists grades 3 through 12.
    Rumlin-Bond, the son of Menee and Andre Rumlin-Bond Sr., will study the Orchestra Arts Program at the camp and needs help to raise $4,000 to offset the expenses of this summer camp experience.

  • Uncertain future

    In the days after Hurricane Michael ravaged Florida’s Panhandle – including millions of dollars of damage in Gadsden County – County Administrator Dee Jackson slept on the floor of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office headquarters and bathed in the sink of a public bathroom while her then 2-year-old daughter battled cancer in Gainesville.
    Seven months later, she could be unemployed.

  • Quincy taps new council member

    The city of Quincy has a new council member, and she said she’s familiar with city operations and council meetings.
    Freida Bass-Prieto won the District 4 seat on Quincy City Council, with 238 votes (52.65 percent), during the April 30 municipal elections.
    Bass-Prieto defeated Joanette “JT” Thomas (178 votes, 39.38 percent) and Regina Davis (36 votes, 7.96 percent). She replaces Andy Guy, who opted not to run for re-election.

  • New editor takes helm of The Gadsden County Times

    An award-winning journalist with 18 years of newspaper experience is the new editor of The Gadsden County Times.

    Scott J. Bryan, 36, took helm of newsroom operations May 1. He replaces Cheri Harris, who now works for The Times’ sister paper in Wakulla County.

    “I’m excited to join The Gadsden County Times,” Bryan said. “I believe Gadsden County is a hidden gem in the Big Bend area, and I look forward to sharing the stories of this proud and historic community.”