Today's News

  • Gadsden residents readying for Irma

    With meteorologists predicting that Hurricane Irma will come ashore in Florida by the end of this week, many locals were already out preparing to weather the storm on Tuesday.
    By Tuesday afternoon, many stores had been completely cleaned out of bottled water.
    James Woodard, store manager of Harvey’s in Havana, said he was waiting for a delivery to come in that afternoon, and they would be receiving a tractor-trailer filled with bottled water by Thursday.

  • Woman accused of injuring disabled daughter

    A Havana woman is in jail after allegedly burning her daughter with a hot iron.
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Mary Huber got upset when her 29-year-old daughter wouldn’t get out of bed. Huber, who is her daughter’s guardian, placed a hot iron to her daughter’s buttocks, the report states.
    Sgt. Anglie Hightower with the GCSO said the incident was reported to them by DCF adult services.  She said Huber’s daughter is now in the care of her father and grandfather.  

  • Emergency supply list

    The following items are recommended by the
    American Red Cross for an emergency
    preparedness kit:

    • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day
    supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)

    • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).

    • Flashlight

    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

    • Extra batteries

  • State of emergency

    Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida as Hurricane Irma, which became a Category 5 storm Tuesday, is expected to make landfall by the end of the week.
    A year ago, many Floridians were recovering from the effects of Hurricane Hermine.  That storm narrowly missed Gadsden County, though it tore through Tallahassee, leaving thousands without power for days.  Some Gadsden County residents suffered power outages as well, but many of those were quickly restored.  

  • Registered Quincy sexual predator accused of child sex abuse

    A Quincy man is in jail after being accused of sexual assault on a child younger than 12.  
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, after being read his Miranda Rights, L. C. Battles, 58, admitted he was a documented sexual predator and that he picked up the child he is accused of assaulting for an unsupervised visit at his home. The report also states he admitted he has had inappropriate sexual thoughts about the child.

  • Quincy pays for health care hike

    During their Aug. 22 meeting, Quincy commissioners voted to accept Capital Health Plan’s 9.5 percent health insurance plan coverage increase.  They also voted to absorb the cost.
    Commissioner Derrick Elias asked Finance Director Ted Beason if CHP’s health insurance goes up every year.
    “It did the last two years,” Beason said.
    The city’s health care cost for current employees will increase from $634,000 to $694,000, a $60,000 increase plus $8,000 for retirees.

  • BOCC gets another $50K for Stevens School

    During the Aug. 15 Gadsden County  Commission meeting, board members discussed future memorial ideas, as well as future site and facility uses of the old Stevens School.
    “As you know, we’ve used the first grant we got and put a new roof on the remaining structure, the old cafeteria,” County Administrator Robert Presnell told the commissioners.
    He said the county received another grant to do further renovations to the building, which would include all new air conditioners and new doors.  

  • To totality and beyond

    The countdown until totality had already begun.  Dozens of James A. Shanks Middle School students excitedly walked to a field behind the school for the solar eclipse around 2:30 Monday afternoon.  A solar eclipse occurs  when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and partially or completely blocks the sun.  Even though the sun was blocked, looking directly at it anytime, even for just a few seconds could cause damage to the eye’s retinas.

  • Teacher accused of sex assault on child

    A Gadsden County High School teacher has been arrested after being accused of sexual battery on a child.
    According to a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office report, Adam Hurdle, 33, was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
    The document states the child’s mother reported an alleged sexual battery incident that took place almost two years ago to Tallahassee Police Department the day before the arrest was made.
    The case was then referred to the GCSO.
    Sgt. Anglie Hightower with GCSO said the incident was not school related.

  • Feds indict Gretna city attorney

    Gretna’s city attorney, Harold Knowles, was recently indicted on federal charges by a grand jury for the Middle District of Georgia.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, G. F. Peterman, III, announced that Harold Knowles and Cliffard Whitby,  Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority chairman, were arrested Friday, Aug. 11 — Knowles in Tallahassee and Whitby in Macon, Ga.  Whitby’s alleged crimes in the indictment are not related to his work at the Industrial Authority.