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  • Heads of the class

     

    JENNIFER SANTANA
    For the Times

    The morning of May 2, an air of excitement swirled in the front office at Gadsden County High School as administrators shuffled to make preparations to share some very important news:  Unbeknownst to the students, the first valedictorian and salutatorian of the newly merged high school were being announced.

  • Memory Lane

    KARRIE SHACK
    For the Times

    Havana High School alumni celebrated their third grand reunion Saturday with festivities at Havana Country Club.
    The special occasion drew a crowd of about 150 and included guest speakers, class photos and a country-style dinner buffet. The school’s first graduating class dated back to the early 1920s, while the last being in the late ‘70s before changes and mergers created Havana Northside High School. At the grand reunion, the oldest class with alumni attending was the Class of 1941.

  • Business leaders chide council

     

    Two men came to Monday’s Quincy Commission meeting to complain about the costs of trying to do business inside the city limits.

    During the time for comment from the audience, Bruce Shelfer and George Hackney told commissioners permitting costs for a commercial warehouse within the city limits of Quincy are three times higher than they would be in Tallahassee and six times higher than in the county and other municipalities in Gadsden County.

  • County approves land-use change

    BYRON SPIRES
    For the Times

  • A dress come true

     

    About 25 local high-school girls have now solved “the dress” problem thanks to the generosity of local volunteers.

  • Wood treatment plant gets OK

     

    A new company is closer to setting up shop in Gadsden County, and now it has the approval from surrounding neighbors.

    Gadsden County Commissioners voted 5-0 at their April 3 meeting to approve the conceptual and preliminary site plan for Hoover Treated Wood Products Inc., just outside Havana. The company wants to open a facility to apply fire retardant to finished wood products, hiring 15 to 25 employees.

  • Family loses home to fire

    BYRON SPIRES
    For the Times

     

    A Midway family, T. V. (Duel) and Margie Morrow lost their home to fire a few weeks ago. The house was destroyed and, sadly, the couple did not have insurance to cover their losses.

    Several family friends and relatives are raising money for the Morrows, who are now staying in an older motor home while they work to clear the property.

  • Midway council still seeks to fill vacancy

    Members of Midway City Council have decided to revisit the process of appointing a city council member to replace Charlie Smith, who died Feb. 19.

    They directed Midway City Manager Leslie Steele during the April 5 meeting to re-advertise the position because last time there were only two people from Smith’s district, district 1, applied.

    Also during the meeting, members of the council and some citizens expressed concern that for some time now there have been no recordings of council meetings.

  • Hooked on aquaponics

     

    SHADE' KELLY
    For the Times

    A ribbon cutting ceremony March 27 on the campus of Gadsden County High School officially opened a newly completed aquaponic greenhouse.

  • Historic school site to become part of Havana

     

    The council took another step toward making Havana a bit bigger, voting 4-0 to approve on first reading Ordinance 374, a voluntary annexation which would bring the former Havana Northside High School property, which is owned by Havana Community Development Corp., within the incorporated area.