Local News

  • Ceremony rededicates cemetery

    A rededication of Gadsden County’s refurbished Soldiers Cemetery, in Eastern Cemetery, took place Saturday, April 6. The memorial service was conducted by members of Finley’s Brigade Camp 1614, Sons of Confederate Veterans Florida Division and members of the Confederate Rose Society.

  • Havana man accused of murder

    Willie Frank Pennick, 58, of Havana is in the Gadsden County Jail without bond after he allegedly stabbed 38-year-old Darrell Lamar “Yang” Smart in the stomach with a steak knife  April 4 at 614 E. 1st St., in Havana. The incident happened around 7:45 p.m.

    According to an arrest report, Smart had been a guest at Pennick’s home and the two had been drinking on the porch. For some reason called Smart’s visit the third time he (Smart) had “tried me,” Pennick said in a taped interview.

  • Saluting a trailblazer

    Gadsden County’s first elected black Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert H. Bryant, was honored April 4 when the school district’s transportation facility was named in his honor.

    Bryant served as school superintendent from 1984 to 1992 and touched the lives of many a teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.

    School Board Chairman Isaac Simons, who was a student under Bryant, called him a trailblazer.

  • Quincy Bank of America branch to close

    “Your local Bank of America banking center is closing. Learn about our online and mobile banking at bankofamerica.com,” was how many local Bank of America customers found out the bank was closing at 1321 West Jefferson Street in Quincy.

    “I can’t believe this is happening. First they closed Comcast, then TDS and now Bank of America. At the rate we’re going, we won’t have anything left. Is there anything we can do to stop this?” asked longtime Bank of America customer Yvonne Jackson.

  • County commission workshop focuses on disaster

    What would Gadsden County residents do if a hurricane made its way here during the 2013 hurricane season?

    To answer that question and others, the County’s Division of Emergency Management, led by Emergency Management Director Shawn Wood, hosted a workshop April 2 to discuss and describe how the county would respond.

  • Man accused of shooting girlfriend

    A 53-year-old Gretna man, Tom Arthur Faison, is in the Gadsden County Jail without bond. He was arrested on a charge of attempted felony murder after allegedly shooting his live-in girlfriend, 37-year-old Yolanda McNealy, on Easter Sunday. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Driving force

    Terbie Billups is a nursing student at Tallahassee Community College. She lives in the St. Hebron Community about five miles from the Quincy city limits. She is a young woman who has a bright future, but she has not reliable means of transportation.

    Billups and others like her in Gadsden County need to go to Tallahassee often, but without a car, getting there is daunting and unpredictable at best.

    Gadsden Express to the rescue.

  • Facebook boasts lead to arrest

    Facebook postings sealed the fate of 26-yer-old Van Lucas McCloud Jr., about 5 a.m. March 29 on Elm Street in Quincy.

    Lucas had been wanted since Sept. 20, 2012, in connection with accessory after the fact in a Quincy robbery in which he is accused of driving the getaway car.

  • Havana swears in new police chief

    Tracy Smith was sworn in as Havana’s police chief at the town council meeting Tuesday morning by Town Clerk Shelia Evans.
    Terri Paul, President of the Havana Merchants Association, requested that certain streets in town be closed for three upcoming events: Havana Day, May 18; Pumpkin Fest Oct. 12; and Dec. 14, Holiday Festival and Lawn Mower Parade. The motion passed.

  • ‘Y’ time for Gadsden County?

    Imagine, if you will, driving east on U.S. Highway 90 just entering the Quincy city limits. Look to your right and sprouting up is a huge, gleaming structure surrounded by soccer fields, baseball diamonds, a swimming pool and other outdoor sports and recreational venues.

    That’s the dream Sheriff Morris Young has for the former tomato warehouse snuggled behind the Piggly Wiggly Food for Less but clearly visible from Blue Star Highway. The 74,000-square-foot, 34-acre plot of land is what Young has also imagined.