Today's News

  • Thompson, Vann to wed June 12

    Mr. and Mrs. David Thompson of Perry, along with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vann of Greenville, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Rebecca Lauren Thompson and Joseph Lee Vann Jr.

  • Brown, Elliott to marry May 1

    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Watson of the Sycamore Community, along with Mary Elliott and the late Earl Elliott of Newark, Ohio, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Kelly L. Brown and Stacey E. Elliott.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dan Laricchiuta of Quincy and the step-granddaughter of Patricia Reeves and the late Bill Reeves of the Sycamore Community. She is employed at the West End Grille.

    The groom-elect is self-employed.

  • GCT Mother of the Year contest set to kick off

    Have you got the best mom on the planet?  Has your mother sacrificed for you, loved and supported you, and now you want to find a special way to say thanks?

    Here’s your chance.

    The Gadsden County Times is holding a Mother of the Year contest, and is seeking entries. Tell us, in 25 words or less, what makes your mom so special. Contest entries will be accepted via e-mail (editor@gadcotimes.com), dropped off at our office at 15 S. Madison St. in Quincy, or by mail at 15 S. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. on April 28.

  • Gadsden County man charged in tax fraud scheme

    Thirty-one-year-old Gadsden County resident Christopher Lamont Shorter was arrested April 15 and charged with one count of organized fraud over $50,000 and 32 counts of criminal use of personal ID information by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Upon arrest he was placed in the Gadsden County Jail without bond but has since been transferred to the Leon County Jail.

  • Battles found guilty of 2006 murder

    It took a Gadsden County jury less than 3 hours to find Johnny Lee Battles guilty of second-degree murder April 15. Battles had been charged with murdering his estranged wife, Martha Carol Battles, in October 2006.

    Her body was discovered by local fishermen face down in the Ochlockonee River near the Iron Bridge ramp, where State Road 153 crosses into Leon County, around dusk Oct. 6.

    His fate may have been sealed when his brother, Orrin Battles, testified that Johnny Lee Battles told him he killed Martha Battles after the two argued.

  • Gadsden correctional facility changes hands

    Corrections Corporation of America was notified April 13 that the contract to operate Gadsden Correctional Institution, a 1,520-bed facility for females in Gretna which it has operated for the past 10 years, has not been renewed.

    "We are obviously very disappointed by the outcome of the Gadsden contract but we respect Florida's decision and will work to very smoothly transition the facility," stated a CCA press release April 14.

  • City of Quincy honors its volunteers

    The city of Quincy honored more than 160 people April 16 during the first volunteer recognition dinner at First Baptist Church in Quincy. This recognition, said Theresa Moore, finance director, is for those who work with the city without pay to improve the lives of others.

    City Manager Jack McLean said in the 22 months he has been city manager, it has been the volunteers who have made his job easier.

  • Letters to the Editor: April 22 Edition

    Thankful for a lot of helping hands

    Last Thursday afternoon my community was shaken by a tornado. In the middle of the afternoon we were visited by an unwelcome stranger. It marched through our close knit serene neighborhoods leaving downed trees and power lines in its wake. Fortunately, there was only damage to property. No lives were lost; no one so much as got a splinter in his or her hand.

  • Stand up for what this country was founded on already

    I am truly disappointed in President Barack Obama.

    Just 3 weeks shy of the National Day of Prayer, set for the first Thursday in May each year, rumors circulated that Obama had decided he didn’t want to “offend anyone,” so he canceled it. He didn’t cancel the National Day of Prayer, and was expected to sign a proclamation to uphold the tradition. He did, however, cancel the White House service in observance of the day.

  • I feel like we're losing an old friend

    When I found out last Wednesday that Corrections Corporation of America no longer had the contract to operate Gadsden Correctional facility at Gretna, I felt as if an old friend told me he was moving to another city. I had become so accustomed to the people being there and calling on them to support the community and attending the quarterly Community Relations Committee meetings.