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  • FBI raids Midway City Hall

    Federal and state agents descended Aug. 15 on Midway City Hall, the homes of Midway City Manager Auburn Ford Jr., as well as citizen and contractor Sam Stevens.

    “This is a joint investigation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The city hall has been closed and should reopen around noon,” said an FDLE agent station outside of city hall early Thursday morning. He suggested that all inquires be made to FDLE’s public information office.

  • Midway under investigation

    Early Thursday morning, federal and state agents descended on Midway.

    It has been suggested that the investigation could center around construction of the new fire station dedicated Aug. 8 in Midway; however, FDLE has not released probable cause for the investigation.

    City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. was arrested on a charge of violation of probation in connection with an original assault conviction without bond. He has been transferred to Leon County Jail. He will go before Circuit Judge Judith Hawkins on Aug. 16.

  • Sting nets accused child predator

    A sting operation aimed at online child predators led to arrest for a man who authorities say thought he was communicating with a 12-year-old girl, but was really sending graphic photos and other sexual content to an undercover law enforcement officer. He was arrested while at a Gadsden County high school where authorities say he sought employment and had spent more than two weeks volunteering.

  • Geared up for success

    It’s a sure sign school is only days away when backpacks are flying off the shelves and filler paper and pencils dominate the aisles in most stores.

    Some lucky Gadsden County parents didn’t have to fight the crowds at retail stores to get their kids back-to-school supplies. Saturday, Aug. 10, the Gadsden County School District held its annual school supplies giveaway at James A. Shanks Middle School. Hundreds of children and parents took advantage of the opportunity.

  • Celebrating public safety progress in Midway

    Midway city officials were all smiles Thursday, Aug. 8, at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Fire Station No. 2. County officials as well as state and federal representatives were on hand for the momentous occasion. 

  • No green light for strip club plans

    The Midway Town Council voted unanimously during the Aug. 1 monthly meeting not to allow the sale of alcohol at a proposed adult entertainment center. There wasn’t a vacant seat in the meeting chamber as opponents packed the house.

    “You don’t have enough police, the sheriff has said, through his spokesman, that it will stretch them to their limits,” said the Rev. Charles Scriven, who has been an outspoken critic of the proposed club from the beginning.

  • Hard-working ‘wanderer’

    Harold Usry doesn’t really have a place to call home. Now 56, the entire state of Florida, from Escambia County (Pensacola) to Monroe County (Key West) is where he lives.

    Usry has a most unusual occupation: He paints flagpoles. That’s how he makes his living, going from town to town, just painting flagpoles. His meager belongings are never too far away from him, usually tied to his Huffy mountain bike that he lovingly refers to “the old lady.” 

  • FDLE investigates Quincy election

    A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of law Enforcement confirmed Aug. 1 that an investigation has been initiated involving the April 29 city of Quincy election.

    “All I can say is that an active investigation in underway, which is all I can say about it,” said Linda MacDonald.

  • Midway leaders ponder sewage treatment

    Michael Murphy of Hatch, Mott & MacDonald engineering brought the Midway Town Council up to date on the firm’s progress with their facilities plan during the Aug. 1 council meeting.

  • In year of statewide slide, Gadsden yields another A school



    Executive Editor

    In a year when the number of “A” elementary school dropped by 48 percent statewide, Gadsden County kept the A’s it had last year and added one more, for a total of four elementary schools earning top marks.

    “That’s significant in this particular environment,” Reginald James, superintendent of Schools, said in a press conference.