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'Saturation patrol'

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Times Editor
Christmas wasn't meny for onmie Gadsden County
Seventeen people were arrested and jailed Friday
night during the second "saturation patrol" in as
many weeks. More than 40 deputies were at work
Friday night between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. making
arrests based on warrants signed by judges for
everything from delinquent child ,uppoit p.i iments
to drugs.
"We served two (drug) search warrants and
confiscated 2 pounds of marijuana, five grams of
powder cocaine, 30 grams of crack cocaine, $5,000
in cash, a car, a truck, and a 2007 Tahoe SUV," said
Investigator Ulysses Jenkins of the Gadsden County
Sheriffs Office.

All of the offenders had their Fuii appearance in
court Saturday morning and. lenkins. sJud all were
given high bonds. "The sheriff and the judge feel
that at some point in time you have to get these
people's attention. The saturation patrol and the
cooperation of the judges are sending that
message," Jenkins said.
"I'm not going to make life easy for them. A loi of
folks think because it's Christmas.. ,' eie going to
take a holiday. That's not going to b e lte ca.'e, said
Sheriff Morris Young.
He, said the saturation patrols will continue
"They won't know when we're going to be out
there. It could be next week or next month ard
every available officer will be on the street in
different parts of the county in a coordinated effort,"
Young said.

2007 in


A recapof local

news and events

during the past year

Annual holiday feast for the eyes

The residence of Quinc)'s Dr. Don Cross is once again lit up in dazzling fashion for the Christmas holidays. The annual display is a crowd-pleaser
as car after car slowly drives by or stops to marvel at the bright, colorful display that includes Christmas messages. Santa in the chimney, a train,
and just about any other sy mbol of the Yuletide one could imagine. (Photo by Eddie Ledbetter)

each ing teachers t o teach tennis

Times Editor
Ini the age of technology whefi
most kids prefer to pa' a computer,
Sgime. some Gadsden .County
schools have teamed up with the
United States Tennis Association to
introduce children to tennis.
''We want to get them out, get them
some exercise arid hopefully theyJ
will.develop an interest in the sport.
Who knows, we could have the
Williams sisters right here," said
Aegi. Scott. coordinator the the G-
WATCH- PiocLbini.
G-WATCH is a program designed
to promote healthy lifestyles and
encourages exercise through the
school setting. Wednesday
afternoon, Kelly Tucker, from the
USTA's regional office came to
teach teachers how to teach tennis.
The eight teachers who attended
the two-hour training session and

Said a $25-membership fee to belong
'to the USTA were given 18 tennis
rackets, 18 compression tennis balls,
and a mobile net with stand. The
equipment also comes with
instructional discs.
'Tihe. will get everything they
need to teach tennis," Tucker said.
'Tucker and Scott agree that tennis
is a sport that does not have a big
, following in Gadsden County, Scott
said perhaps with the program the
sport will become something the kids
will want to learn.
"I'm looking forward to the time
when more and more kids learn the
sport we can have competitions
between Leon and Gadsden County
schools. Gadsden County is near and
dear to my heart, they are a lot of
underprivileged kids out here and I
want foihelp them," she said.
The schools that had representation
at the'training were: Gadsden
Technical Institute, Havana Middle

School,. George Munroe, East
Gadsen High School, St. John
Elementary, Greensboro Elementary,

Stewart Street Elementary, and
Gadsden Elementary Magnet

Lifting their voices

Some members of the East Gadsden High School
chorus sang for customers at Piggly Wiggly Saturday
for donations; The "Jaguar Singers" are a special
group made up of 20 students who have completed a
successful audition and have a 3.0 grade point average.
.The students have been invited to perform at Carnegie
SHall in New York City this spring and are working to
raise money for the trip. Choral director Rasheen
Richardson said the trip is a once in a lifetime
opportunity for the students and will broaden the
Students' exposure to music from different genres. To
help, please make checks payable to EGHS Choral
szDepartment and mail to the school at 27001 Blue Star
Highway, Havana, FL 32333. For more information,
1-3 call Mrs. Richardson at 850-539-2882 ext. 1915.

A surprise visit from Florida Governor Charlie Crist
in December was one of the events that made news in
2007 in Gadsden County.
As the new year rolled in local residents began
preparing for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. But
one man, Albert Bethune, received a special award for his
service to the country during World War II. Bethune was
a senior at Morehouse College in Atlanta when the attack
on Pearl Harbor occurred. He and the entire senior class
at the all-male school were called up for active duty. .
Bethune was honored during a special program at local
church for his efforts. The certificate of appreciation he
received from the Veterans of Foreign Wars read: "in
Recognition by a grateful nation remembered."
The Cita ot hMdway ias having trouble kIW thing the
citizens under control during council-meeting. During the
first meeting of the year, a group of citizens showed up at
the meeting carrying protest signs predicting "a change is
coming." Some thought the "change" referred to city
manager Paul Pillar. In fact, Pillar offered to resign if that
was the wish of he community. The small, but vocal
group, were successful in getting their points over during
the meeting.
A Blountstown man, Victor Ross, was arrested in the
murder of Beatrice Lazar 13 .years ago. Lazar, an
employee at Florida State Hospital, was found murdered
in her home. The case was broken when, because of new
technology, latent finger prints belonging to Ross were
found in Lazar's home.
The county tackled the immediate-family exemption
again. For months, citizens had been waiting for the
commissioners to come up with a solution. The current
law allows historically owned family properties in
agricultural and rural residential categories to subdivide
into lots or parcels smaller than required "for :an
immediate family member.
Commissioners were still unable to come to a solution
and sent the matter back to the Planning and Zoning staff
for further study and a recommendation. "A local
government may include in it's comprehensive plan a
provision allou ing the use of a parcel of property solely
as a homestead by an individual who is the parent.
grandparent, stepparent, adopted parent, sibling, child,
stepchild, adopted child or grandchild of a-person who
conveyed (gave or sold) to said :individual not
withstanding the density or intensity of use assigned to
the parcel in the plan.'Such a provision shall apply only
once to and individual," the ordinance states.-
Local TDS customers, ,'ere unhappy when the local
office closed its doors' to walk-in customers. People had
been accustomed to paying their bills in person and had
to make adjustments by the end of January. TDS Telcom
closed i qsdoors saving that the decline of walk-in
custolrhs % ho routinely came to the office to make
Joe Shlarp, hospital consultant for the county, presented
Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors with a synopsis
of the oral presentations from two companies that were
vying to operate Gadsden Community Hospital. The
*three companies, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and
Alliant Management Services.
A scare was quickly calmed after the Gadsden County
Health Department tested around 300 East Gadsden High
School students for tuberculosis after the department
confirmed a student had tested positive for TB. The
student had been .tested by a private physician who then
contacted the department and the school.
High Bridge, on the High Bridge Road, was declared
unsafe. An engineering company recommended that the
bridge was in critical enough condition to limit the under
of the bridge to three tons.
Congratulations went out to Mert Davis as she
celebrated her 100th birthday.
Fifth graders at Gretna Elementary School got a little
nudge. toward a college education when Tallahassee
Community College, in conjunction with the Gretna
Presbyterian Church for Challenge Scholarships for
students. In all, 13 students were presented scholarships
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this year. To receive the
scholarship, students must
maintain a 2.75 grade point
average, stay drug and alcohol
free, and maintain good behavior.
The late Dr. Jessie Furlow was
honored by Tallahassee
Community College when the
2007 African-American calendar
dedicated the publication in her
honor because of her service to
the community.


In an effort to make themselves
a better board and to operate more
efficiently, the Board of County
Commissioners held a retreat
facilitated by Dr. Larry Gross, a
leadership and management
expert. After discussing the
techniques of understanding,
commissioner Eugene Lamb said
leadership is based on
understanding and that often
people must make sure they heard
what they thought they heard.
The local legislative delegation
came to Quincy for a town hall
meeting.to talk with citizens about
what was on everyone's mind:

taxes. Representatives Curtis
Richardson and Marti Coley
explained to elected officials and
residents that if the homestead
exemption is raised to $50,000
there was the possibility that
services made be reduced of
There are 11,000 households in
the county that are tax exempt
because of the current $25,000
threshold or about 15%. If the
$50,000 takes effect, the county
will take about 40% off the tax
An end of era came when the
Paul Nicholson Farm House
Restaurant closed its doors for
good. It's been called a Gadsden
County Institution and a
restaurant unrivaled in the area.
Gerald Carpenter, who bought and
ran the restaurant seven years ago,
said he was returning to the
insurance business.
Terrell Powell, accused of
killing William Moses Wilson as
he sat in a backyard took the
witness stand and described what
happened on the night of the
incident, August 3, 2003. Powell,
who was 17, at the time of the

shooting, said he committed the
crime alter his 24-year-old cousin
told him Wilson has money and
she would give him a share if he
robbed the retired Army veteran.
A week after Powell's trial, his
cousin, Donna Canon was
convicted of murder in Wilson's
death too. After the two-day trial a
jury took less than three hours to
decide her fate. Assistant State
Attorney Richard Combs
described Cannon as "an adult
conniving a juvenile to do her
dirty work." In February, Cannon
was sentenced to 30 years.in the
Department of Corrections.
Tameka Lightfoot originally
planned to be an attorney, but
pursued another career and has
since discovered her love of
teaching. That love paid off in a
big way when Reginald James,
superintendent of school surprised
her at James A. Shanks High
School with a bouquet of flowers
and balloons. Lightfoot was
named the school district's 2007
Teacher of the Year. She was
Rookie of the Year (new teacher's
honor) in 2004-05 school year.
"I always liked kids and decided

to pursue a career in education,"
said the English teacher.
The possibility of fame came
knocking on the door a one
Quincy youth. Julius "Didi-boo"
Robinson appeared on MTV's
reality series "Making The Band."
The premise of the show is that
young men from all over the
nation vie for a part on the show
regionally. Robinson earned his
spot after auditioning in Orlando.
He was then flown to New York
where each week a member was
eliminated until Sean "P-Diddy"
Combs came up with the ideal
band. Robinson appeared on
about seven shows before he was
A group of about 100 Midway
residents filed a petition with the
Gadsden County Supervisor of
Elections Office asking that
Councilman Charles Willis be
removed from office. Midway
resident Sharon Polite said that
she and others who signed the
petition are tired of the, constant
bickering in council meeting and
tired of Willis' contribution to
ongoing disputes.
Under Florida statute, any
member if the governing body of
a municipality or charter county
can be removed from office by the
James Hicks was honored as a
member of the Negro American
Baseball League for his play with
the Kansas City Monarchs. He
was 18-years-old when he left.
Quincy in 1952 to join the team.
Quincy's city manager Bill
Bogan, asked the city commission
to approve a $1.5 million dollar
line of credit from Capital City
Bank to help'the city catch up on
past due bills.
While commissioners
did not slam the door shut on the
request, they wanted to know if
Bogan had come up with a way to
repay the money. Commissioner
Derrick Elias called Bogan's
request "problematic" and said if
the city has to borrow money,
they are in trouble.
The Gadsden County
Times was purchased by
Landmark Community
Newspaper, Inc. of Shelbyville,
KY. LCNI owns several Florida
newspapers, including The
Wakulla News, The Chiefland
Citizen, Williston Pioneer, The
Cedar Key Beacon, Riverland
News in Dunellon and Citrus

County Chronicle.
Florida's Secretary of Heath Dr.
Ana Viamonte Ross and Florida's
Secretary for the Agency on
Health Care Administration, Dr.
Andrew Agwunobi came to
Quincy in February to hear the
health concerns of local officials
and of help.
"A lot of people think that all we
do is tell you what to do, but that's
not true. Our bosses are the
people. You and the people of
Gadsden County are my bosses
and we're going to figure out a
way to get these people services,"
Agwunobi said.
Gadsden County school officials
joined forces with a group from
the Chamber of Commerce to
bring mentoring to -the forefront
as a way to help local youth
succeed in school. "I think
everybody realizes that the school
system cannot do it by
themselves," said David Gardner,
president of the Gadsden County
Chamber of Commerce.


Gadsden County officials rolled
out the red carpet for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture rural
development coordinators in early
March. It seemed only fitting,
seeing as how the agency named
Gadsden County it's "Rural
Community of the Year."
"The residents and leaders of
Gadsden are to be commended for
their continuing efforts in building
a viable sustainable community.
People like those in Gadsden
County working together on
behalf of their community are
what make the future of rural
America bright," said Chuck
Clemons, Sr., state director of the
USDA Rural Development
The JROTC Program at East
Gadsden High School won
trophies in 12 of 13 categories
when the competed in regional
competition. "We dominated,"
said Master Sergeant Jerome
There are 150 students in the
East Gadsden JROTC, 30 of them
travelled to Chipley for the
Lucy Whitehead, a member of
the Order of Eastern Star
Washington Lodge 43, presented
Lucy Adams with an orchid at a
ceremony Adams. She was

honored for her 62 years of active
service in the organization. The
Order of Eastern Star is an
adoptive rite of Freemason based
on Biblical teachings and
objectives that are charitable and
A Gadsden County jury
took just three hours to find Glenn
McLeroy of Chattahoochee guilty
of second degree attempted'
murder. He was charged with
attempted first degree murder
following the shooting of
Christopher Gilcrease in Feb.
McLeroy admitted that he
chased Gilcrease from a parking
lot at Florida State Hospital after
Gilcrease taunted him. "He said
he was going to take my girl and
that I would never see my child,
the love of my life," McLeroy
Saying that Gretna was a dying
city before the current city
commission was elected, city
officials and employees made
their case for four year terms fbr
commissioners. -Antonio
Jefferson, city manager, said that
the city is slow to progress with
the face of the council changing
every two years.
Tricked out cars came to tovin
for a car show. Entries came from
Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.
The first place winner was
Charles Carter of Dothan. Al with
his Dodge Charger with its
suicide doors and matching green
Dodge ram truck.
In an effort to raise more
revenue, the City of Quincy
looked at development impact
fees as well as the process of
development review. The city of
Quincy had no impact fees arid
did not charge,, as most cities arid
counties, for development review v.
Both are intended to lessen the
impact new development has on.
Sthe public.
During the 63rd annual West
Florida Livestock Show and Sale
a scholarship a scholarship ws
announced to be name for
Herman Moore, a local farmer,
who worked tirelessly with young
people who participate in the
show and sale.
Moore had discussed the
possibility of such a scholarship
with Bernard Clark prior to hs

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* The historic McFarlin House, a
local bed and breakfast, was
,.featured on HGTV's "If Walls
SCould Talk." The owners of the
"house, Tina and Richard Fauble,
*'moved into the house in 1994 and
began to renovate the property
which was built in 1895 by a
,.prominent tobacco farmer John
A high speed chase with the
.Florida Highway Patrol ended
Saturday morning off High
'Bridge Road a few yards from
where 36-year-old Terrance
Fisher lives. He fled into the
'woods near a pond but authorities
'could not locate the man. His
'body was subsequently found two
'Iweeks later after it surfaced from
'the pond.
: With fanfare befitting the
*occasion, a crowd gathered to
mark the 50th anniversary of the

Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam.
The occasion also marked the
facility's new name, the
Woodruff/Seminole Site. "This is
a great occasion," said Elmer
Garner, Chattahoochee City
Preliminary discussions on a
Boys & Girls Club in Gadsden
got underway. Officials from the
organization made a presentation
to several members of the Board
of County Commissioners and the
public. J.R.. Davis, vice president
of operations of the Boys & Girls
Club of the Big Bend, said the
club was one avenue that gives
young people something
constructive to do after school.
He said the organization would
love to have a presence in the
county. There are presently three
clubs each in Jefferson, Franklin,
and Leon counties. By the end of

Last Day to Register to Vote

Change Party Affiliation
December 31, 2007 at 5:00 p.m.
The Presidential Preference Primary Election
Which will be held on January 29, 2008

* You may register to vote at:
Supervisor of Elections Office
-* Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle
Children and Families Services

:You may pick-up a Voter Registration Application at:
Any Public Library
Property Appraiser's Office
Tax Collector's Office
'* http://Gadsden.SupervisorofElections.com

SAny questions, please call Gadsden County
Supervisor of Elections Office at 850-627-9910.

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the year, there were two clubs
open in Gadsden County, one in
Chattahoochee and the other on
Quincy. Plans are underway to
put a permanent Boys & Girls
Club in each of the five districts
in the county on a gradual basis.
Willie Smith, the man
responsible for the most
gruesome murders in modern
times was sentenced to live in
prison without the possibility.
Smith pleaded non-contest to the
quadruple murders in 2004 of his
girlfriend, Kimberly Walker, her
mother, Deondra Scott, her sister
Laterica Jackson, 14, and cousin
Terrel Brown, 9.
Quincy native, Lonnie Wells,
was killed in the line of duty as a
police officer in Moncks Corner,
SC. Friends and family said
goodbye in a service attended by
hundreds at the A.O. Shelfer
National Guard Armory.
The City of Gretna set its sights
on what is called "The Hole" a
popular gathering spot for people
to talk and sometimes drink
alcohol Leaders want to get rid
of the eyesore.
The West Gadsden Historical
Society published its first
cookbook, called "Flavors of


A Gadsden County jury found
Tracy Wright guilty of first
degree murder in the death of
Jeremiah "Jerry" Sanders. His
brother, Earl Moore, was found
guilty of felony third degree and
robbery in the same case.
Sanders, 29, was a county Road
and Bridge Department employee
at the time of his death.
Fern Lea Flowers announced
that it was closing its doors. The
Greensboro 'Company, which
sells a wholesale nursery stock

and ornamental nursery products
ended its operation at the end of
June. The company employed
about 140 people and was a
family-owned operation based in
Ontario with locations in Stuart,
FL and Homer City, PA.
The Executive Director of the
Capital Region Transportation
Planning Agency came to the
Quincy City Commission, he
said, to clear up a few things.
What Harry Reed III wanted to
explain is that his agency had not
moved the long anticipated
bypass in downtown Quincy off
the table. He said the reason that
the project had been "deferred" is
because state funding had gone
down and the price of asphalt had
gone up.
The reason city leaders and
business want the bypass is
because the big semi-tractor
trucks rumble through town
bringing the noise and pollution
associated with the trucks. Other
see the trucks as a public safety
issue since many of the trucks
carry gasoline and other
substances that could cause any
number of problems if spills
Paul Piller, manager for the City
of Midway, resigned. He had
frequently come under fire'from
Councilwoman Ella Barber and
Councilman Chuck Willis. He
decision to leave, he said, was
based on "age and frustration."
Piller was hired in 2002 and said
he was proud of the progress of
Midway during his tenure.
What has 12 legs, instant access
to the Internet and is black, white,
and read all over? The new
improved Gadsden County
School Board began paperless
meetings. Superintendent
Reginald James said no other
school district in Florida was
doing that.Citing the need to shift

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in emphasis at East Gadsden
High School, School
Superintendent Reginald James
announced that principal William
SHarvey would be replaced. He
said the reason was the change
was because he needed someone
who could implement the school
improvement plan.
Anyone visiting the Havana
Public Library in March could
not help but notice a bust of the
late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and other materials related to
peace and justice. The exhibit is
the result of the kind and quiet
handiwork Charles and Virginia
Coultas have practiced more than
50 years in hopes of making the
world a more peaceful place to
The Gadsden County
Courthouse was filled with the
smells of chili as county
employees held the first annual
chili cookoff to benefit the March
of Dimes.
When the dust had cleared
following City of Quincy
elections, Sherrie taylor has been
re-elected and was still the mayor.
Commissioner Andy Gay also
received a vote of confidence
when voters returned him to the
commission for a second time.
Midway teenager Tercina
Jordan was sentenced to five
years in prison following the
death of a teenager, Jordan was
behind the wheel in August 2006
on Brickyard Road and was
involved in a one car accident.
Camilla Byrd, Jordan's cousin,
was killed and several other teens
were injured.
Friends and family gathered for
a benefit concert for cancer
victim and alligator trapper Tony
Hunter. Hunter's third bout with
cancer brought folks out to the
May Barn for music, dancing and


When Gadsden County School
Board members, administrators,
teachers and community leaders
learned that each school in
Gadsden County had become
fully accredited, a spontaneous
cheer went out.
"When they announced we were
fully accredited, everybody in the
room just jumped up out of their
chairs and cheered," Gadsden
County Schools Superintendent

Reginald James said.
Considering the fact that had the
Southern Association of Colleges
and School's accreditation council
could have refused to accredit
any of the county's schools had
just one of them been determined
to be deficient in some area, there
was a lot to cheer about.
The Gadsden County Chamber
of Commerce is pleased to
announce the placement of two
billboards on the Interstate 10
corridor in Jefferson and Jackson
counties. These locations will be
visible to an estimated 50,000
vehicles daily.
"The 1-10 corridor is a vital part
of the tourism industry in North
Florida. Placing these billboards
will alert potential visitors to the
Gadsden County area," said
David Gardner, executive director
of the Gadsden County Chamber.
Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test scores for
reading and math released last
week indicate more than half of
the publicly-schooled third-
graders in Gadsden County will
not progress to the fourth grade
unless they are able to score at or
above grade level on the same
test this summer.
Results released by the Florida
Department of Education show
that only 47 percent of local
third-graders scored at or above
grade level on the reading portion
of the test, up from last year's 40
. Midway's monthly meeting was
memorable, with audience-
members protesting the swearing-
in of newly-elected council
members, two council members
storming out of the meeting and
two Gadsden County Sheriffs
deputies trying to keep the peace
amongst a standing-room only
The meeting started with Mayor
Pro Tem Ella Barber calling for
its end, banging a gavel and
announcing she was adjourning
the meeting, a move out of line
with Roberts' Rules of Order.
The school district named
Tomeka Lightfoot 'Teacher of the
Lake Talquin area residents had
a chance to help shape the future
of their community by
participating in an upcoming
neighborhood plan meeting.
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By Alice DuPont, Editor


Resolving to keep

resolutions is not for me

I hope everyone had a great
Christmas. Now it's time to jump in
As usual, I never make New Year's
resolutions anymore because they
just don't work for me. Anybody else
who wants to make them or keep
them, more power to you.
I'm actually ashamed to admit it
but I have not, as an adult, kept a
New Year's resolution more than a
few weeks.
Super Bowl weekend is about as
long as I can go with a resolution.
Some of my past resolutions, which
I have not kept, have included the
*I reslove to stop biting my
*I resolve to go on a diet and lose
20 pounds by summer.
*I reslove to go to church more
than once a month.
*I resolve to stop buying shoes
everytime I shop.

*I resolve to eat healthier foods.
*I resolve to keep my closets
*I resolve to stop procrastinating at
*I resolve to curb my television
viewing and accept the fact that the
Discovery Channel is still television.
*I resolve to balance my
*I resolve to learn more than the
basics about the internet.
*I resolve to start an exercise plan
and stick to it.
*I resolve to read more than fluff
*I resolve to carve out more "me"
The list goes on and on and on but
you get where I'm headed with the
resolution business.
I'm sure a lot of people have made
and broken the same resolutions as
me, or so I keep telling myself, and
it doesn't seem so bad.

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with e

When we hunker down to alk, we're all on the same level, by Kesley
Colbert, just a good ole boy that likes to write.

It's HIS birthday, and that's

what matters most

You know one great thing about
Christmas. It can't be legislated! No one
can sit up in Washington and tell me how
to celebrate Christmas. No judge in Kansas
City or Albuquerque can "hand down"
anything that is going to keep me from
doing what I have always done during this
very special season of the year. No nay
sayers or atheist gangs or that alphabet
group can take the joy, or the meaning,
away from me. Those "politically correct"
businesses can say Happy Holidays, Happy
Holidays, Happy Holidays till the cows
come home.......
But for me and my house, it is Merry
Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry
They must take us for fools. I understand
completely that about every right we're
supposed to have they've already taken.
I'm not sure why they are so angry with us.
Or why they push so hard to blend us all
into one cluster that can't think or act or,
Heaven forbid, voice our opinion on
When you start "putting down"
Christmas, that's about as desperate as you
can get.....
I'm not on some crusade here about our
founding fathers giving us the "freedom to
worship" clause or that "separation of
church and state" thing. And I'm certainly
not some fanatical nut nor do I have some
sublime message that I'm tying to
superimpose on anyone..... I just want
Christmas to be Christmas.
Is that too much to ask?
I want to go into a store and buy a
sweater for the girl I love because it is
Christmas and I love her. I want to buy a
TaylorMade TP Burner Driver with a 50
gram stiff shaft and 10.5 degree loft for my
son because he is my son and I love him.
And it is Christmas.
I don't want to ever outgrow the
excitement of sitting in Santa's lap. I was
three or four. And I can't recall what I
asked for or what Santa said. But I can tell
you this, I was tingling with anticipation. It
didn't warp me or send me to the loony
farm or make me angry at the world when I
found out there is more to Santa than a four

year old could understand. Hey, I still

I want to remember the Christmas I was
ten years old and wanted a Timex watch
more than anything but fully realized the
price was way more than my parents could
afford. I can still see that red sweep second
hand running across those green "glow in
the dark" numbers as I sat under the tree on
that Christmas morning. The watch didn't
last six months. The understanding of the
sacrifice and the depth of the love that
placed that particular gift under that tree at
that moment have been with me for a
Listen, by the time I was ten I had
outgrown any need for a judge to
"interpret" my Christmas feelings for me!
I want to remember every single
Christmas morning that we read from the
second chapter of Luke. I'm not trying to
get you to worship my God. That's a
decision you have to live, or die, with. I
just think I'm entitled to those "pictures"
that have been such a part of my life. No
one needs to look down on them, question
them, harbor any bad thoughts about me
because of them or get angry if I happen to
express them.
Christmas is about loving and sharing. I
don't understand what part of loving and
sharing some people don't get.
I want to remember the Christmas me and
Bobby Brewer, Buddy Wiggleton and
Ricky Hale rode Bobby's new sled down
that big hill on Forrest Avenue. The snow
and ice had that street slicker than glass.
And when Forrest emptied into N. Main
Street below there wasn't no stopping
place. All four of us were on it when we
.dodged Mrs. Abernathy's big Buick, hit the
curb and flew into the bushes of the brick
house across the street. It took ten minutes
to get Buddy to his feet and check each
other for broken bones and cracked skulls!
We weren't having a "Happy Holiday" we
were experiencing a "Merry Christmas"!
Daddy died before I could come up with
enough money to buy him a gift that would
truly be emblematic of the love and respect
I had for him. Try legislating that.....
Life is too short to spend time "working
over" the other fellow. Listen, this year I'm
not going to dwell on Christmas shopping
that started before Thanksgiving. Or the
See KES on Page 9

ThisJust In

by Leslie Roberts,
News Editor

Another auld lang syne

When I look back at 2007 which
flew by it was a good year overall
with the same kinds of ups and downs
most people have.
Most of all, it was a learning year.
The best ones are, I guess.
For instance, I was Christmas
shopping and saw a board game called
"Are you as smart as a fifth-grader?"
It reminded me of the morning I was
rushing around, trying to get out the
door and couldn't locate my car keys.
"Where in the world are my keys?" I
wondered aloud, which prompted my
5-year-old to suggest looking in the
place in which I left them.
"And where might that be?" I said, a
little testily.
"In the car," he replied, unruffled.
I had turned the car on that chilly
morning to warm it up before we got

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The whole experience made it
abundantly clear to me that in many
Sways, I am not as smart as a 5-year-
old, much less a fifth-grader. Oy, vey.
Not new but welcome any time of
year was the reminder that Gadsden
County folks help each other through
tragedy and through triumph.
It's been a busy year, brimming with
new acquaintances and news stories
that were interesting, funny, inspiring
and sad, not necessarily in that order.
When the Chinese New Year
officially starts Feb. 7, those who
subscribe to Chinese zodiac theories
will celebrate the Year of the Rat.
In the U.S., most people who
celebrate the New Year will do so on
Dec. 31.
Whichever way you choose to usher
in the New Year, here's wishing you a
great 2008.


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Floridians are eyeing Tallahassee this Holiday season,
wondering when property taxes will stop draining families.
We're also being asked to sign Hometown Democracy
petitions to place the anti-growth amendment on the
November 2008 ballot. But if you sign the petition and it
passes at the polls, you'll pay more in property taxes.
Hometown Democracy which requires a vote on every
local land use plati change could mean 10,000 votes a
year. But what would it cost Floridians to vote on
everything? In fact, easy math proves printing costs alone
would be astronomical.
Every year, printing Florida's Hometown Democracy
ballots some running 50 pages would probably cost
about $24 million more in statewide election expenses. On
top of this, six billion pages of voter education materials
will likely be printed at a cost of around $1 billion
annually. And where will the money come from? Make no
mistake, every Floridian's property tax bill will spike to pay
these and more expenses like ballot preparation, US Mail,
and endless litigation.
Our state must grow smarter, and there are some good
ideas out there. But this Holiday season, when paid
workers ask for your signature on the Hometown
Democracy petition, tell them it's a bad idea that costs too
much. Learn more at www.FLSmarterGrowth.org.
Michael R Caputo
Exec. Dir., Floridians for Smarter Growth
Orlando, FL
$ mcaputo@FLSmarterGrowth.org

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birth to my first child
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was born with a birth defect
and had multiple surgeries
during her lifetime. The blood
she received gave us more days
to cherish being with her until
she received her wings in
2002 at the age of 22.
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Resolve to

be happy

Every New Year's Eve millions
of Americans make New Year's'
resolutions. Whether the
resolution is to get out of debt, to
spend more time with loved ones,
or to quit smoking, these
resolutions have one thing in
common: they are goals to make;
our lives better.
Unfortunately, this ritual
commitment to self-improvement
is widely viewed as something of
a joke--in part because New
Year's resolutions go so
notoriously unmet. After years of
watching others--or themselves--
excitedly commit to a new goal,
only to abandon the quest by
March, many come to conclude
that New Year's resolutions are
an exercise in futility that should
not be taken seriously. "The silly
season is upon us," writes a
columnist for the Washington
Post, "when people feel
compelled to remake themselves.
with new year's resolutions."
But such a cynical attitude is
false and self-destructive.
Making New Year's resolutions
does not have to be futile--and to
make them is not silly; done
seriously, it is an act of profound
moral significance that embodies
the essence of a life well-lived.
Consider what we do when we
make a New Year's resolution:
we look at where we eare in some,
area of life, think about where we
want to be, and then set ourselves
a goal to get there. We are tired
of feeling chubby and lethargic,
say, arid want the improved,,,
appearance and greater energy
level that comes with greater
fitness. So we resolve to take up'
a fun athletic activity--like tennis
or a martial art--and plan to do it:
three times a week.
Is this a laughable act of self-
delusion? Hardly. If it were, there
how would anyone ever achieve-
anything in life? In fact, to make,
a New Year's resolution is to
recognize the undeniable reality
that successful goal-pursuit is
possible--the reality that
everyone at one time or another
has stand achieved long-range
goals, and profited from doing
so. Indeed, not only is it possible
to achieve long-range goals, it is
necessary for success in life. To
make a New Year's resolution is
also to recognize the undeniable
reality that rewarding careers and
romances do not just happen
automatically-that to get what
we want in our lives, we must
consciously choose and achieve
the right goals. We must be goal-
Unfortunately, a goal-directed
orientation is missing to. a large
extent in too many lives. It is all
too easy to live life passively,
acting without carefully deciding!
what one is doing with one's life
and why. How many people do
you know who are in the career
they fell into out of school, even
if it is not very satisfying--or who
have children at a certain age
because that's what is expected,
even if it's not what they really
want-'or who spend endless
hours of "free time" in front of
the TV, since that's the most
readily available form of.
relaxation--or who follow a life
routine that they never really
chose and don't truly enjoy, but
which has the force of habit?
Too often, the goal-directedness
embodied by New Year's
resolutions is the exception in
lives ruled by passively accepted
forces--unexamined routine,
short-range desires, or alleged
duties. It is the passive approach
to happiness that makes so many
resolutions peter out, lost in the
shuffle of life or abandoned due
to lost motivation. More broadly
than its impact on New Year's
resolutions, the passive approach;
to happiness is the reason that so
many yo through life without
ever getting--or even knowing--
what they really want.

Alex Epstein is an analyst at the
Ayn Rand Institute, focusing on
business issues. The Institute

The Gadsden County Times December 27,2007 "5

2007 from Page 3

County officials hoped people
who live in the Wetumpka-Lake
Talquin area would take the
opportunity to share their hopes
for the future of the community in
which they live and learn a bit
about it to boot.
"I am very humbled by this
Awardd" was the response from
Lt. Jim Corder, of the narcotics
division of the Gadsden County
Sheriffs Office, after he was
named 2007 Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year for Gadsden
County Tuesday.
The annual award is made
possible by a partnership of the

Quincy Kiwanis, Pilot Club of
Quincy, Quincy Rotary, and
Quincy Lions Club. These civic
organizations jointly sponsor a
luncheon for law enforcement
officers were all of the nominees
are introduced.
This year's nominees included
Trooper Joel Clark of the Florida
Highway Patrol and Officer
Clarence Pearson of the Quincy
Police Department.
A 22-year-old Georgia man who
took a Decatur County Sheriffs
deputy's car on a joy ride on his
May 11 birthday found more of a
welcome reception in Gadsden

County than he might have
Terrell Baker, whose mother
and sister live in Quincy, was
handcuffed in the back seat of a
Decatur County deputy's car
Friday just before noon when he.
crawled through an opening in
the car's security partition and
drove off. Lt. Rick Ashley of the
Decatur County Sheriffs Office
was attending to a child who had
been riding in the car driven by
Baker. A 15-year-old juvenile in
the car was also arrested in the
traffic stop.
Gadsden County students in

several grades made significant
gains on Norm-Referenced Test
(NRT) scores, but district scores
still lag the state's.
Last year's third, fourth and
seventh graders performed better
in both reading and math this year
as fourth, fifth and eighth graders.
Last year's sixth and eighth
graders made gains in math this
year as seventh and ninth graders.

In a plea to keep his job, a
Gadsden County high school
principal facing imminent
termination and a team of his
supporters gave a lengthy

presentation at Tuesday's school
board meeting of the "positive
things" that have transpired under
the principal's watch.
East Gadsden High School
principal William Harvey
summoned his crew of supporters
with a dramatic clap and shouting
of "team," resounded by school
personnel and a pastor his
supporters seated in the school
board meeting board room.
Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test scores indicated
many Gadsden County schools
were seeing the highest
achievement levels since the

inception of the high stakes test.
More Gadsden County students
were scoring at or above the state
average this year than in years
past, as well.


Gadsden County schools
underwent a major administrative
facelift, including shifts and new
appointments in principal and
administrator offices. Reginald
James, Gadsden County school
superintendent, said the staffing

See 2007 on Page 13

Marshals make three arrests of suspects in Tallahassee

C The U.S. Marshals Violent
Fugitive Task Force announces
the arrest of three men in
Tallahassee wanted in separate
offenses within a 24 hour time
period. Late Thursday after-
noon, December 20, the U.S.

Marshals North Florida Violent
Fugitive Task Force received a
warrant for the arrest of James
Maxwell Bryant, age 23, of
1031 Joe Louis Street,
Tallahassee, FL for the offense
of Sexual Battery on a Child

Under 12 years of age. U.S.
Marshals task force members
quickly responded to the 1031
Joe Louis Street address and
arrested Bryant without inci-
dent inside the residence.
In the early morning hours
today, Friday, December 21,
U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive
Task Force members captured
Edsel Byrd Jr., age 33, as he
was taking a shower inside a
residence located at 2497 Fort
Braden Lane in Leon County.
Byrd had been the target of a
three day investigation after the
U.S. Marshals, North Florida
Violent Fugitive Task Force
received a request for assis-

tance from the Tallahassee
Police Department and the
Wakulla County Sheriff's
Office for help in apprehending
BYRD on outstanding
Kidnapping, Felony Battery,
and Felony Child Neglect war-
rants from the two departments.
Also in the early morning
hours today, members of the
U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive
Task Force apprehended Daryl
Newman, age 26. U.S.
Marshals in Tallahassee were
notified by U.S. Marshals,
Great Lakes Regional Fugitive
Task Force in Indianapolis,
Indiana that Daryl Newman
was possibly hiding out in the

Tallahassee area. Newman was
currently being sought by the
Indianapolis Metropolitan
Police Department and the
Madison County Police
Department, Indiana for the
offenses of Homicide and
Violation of Probation for
Armed Robbery.
After a three day manhunt
by U.S. Marshals task force
members in Tallahassee, leads
were developed that Newman
was possibly staying in an
apartment complex at 2525
Texas Street. As task force offi-
cers surrounded the residence
early this morning, Newman
attempted to flee out the back

window of the second floor
apartment but. he was quickly
apprehended by officers inside
the residence. NEWMAN was
transported to the Leon County
Jail were he currently awaits
extradition back to
Indianapolis, IN on his out-
standing homicide charge.
The United States Marshals
Service spearheads the North
Florida Violent Fugitive Task
Force which is comprised of
law enforcement officers from
the U.S. Marshals' Service,
Florida Department 6f Law
Enforcement, Tallahassee
Police Department, and the
Leon County Sheriff's Office.

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appear-DUI, fleeing and grand theft
eluding; driving while
license suspended or
revoked; resisting arrest
wlo violence

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call the Crime Stoppers hot line at
574-TIPS (8477) or (888) 876-TIPS (8477)

Big Bend Crime Stoppers' telephones are not recorded and do
not have Caller ID.

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leading to an arrest.
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The subject was fined $1,400
and banned from the manage-
ment area for a year.

\On December 15, Officer
Gary Ridaught responded to a
boating accident in Gulf Breeze.
Gulf Breeze Fire Department
was in the process of launching
a vessel to respond to a barge
fire when the fire department's
vessel swamped and capsized
due to the strong winds. No one
Sv.i injuied bui initial estimates
'''of' damage to'the pumps and
' eletrifdal" equipnient is over
On December 13, a subject
charged by Lt. Dan Hahr for tak-
ing a doe out of season and
hunting over bait, pled guilty
and was fined over $700, placed
on probation, lost his hunting
privileges for three years, and
forfeited his rifle.


On December 14, an
Okaloosa County deputy
responded to a landowner dis-
pute and observed a subject in
possession of two doe deer. The
deputy requested assistance
from FWC since he knew antler-
less deer season wasg closed.
Investigator Shelby Williams
and Officer Matt Webb respond-
ed and determined that both deer
had been taken by the same sub-
ject. The subject was charged
with taking antlerless deer. The
deer and firearm were seized.


On December 14, Okaloosa
and Walton County officers
began working a two-day detail
with K?9 Officers Ros Welborn,
Sarah Hahner and Mike Guy.
The detail was organized to
deter night hunting and taking
antlerless deer on Blackwater
Wildlife Management Area.
Officer Randall Brooks stopped.
and inspected a vehicle after
observing a spotlight being dis-
played across fields. An inspec-
tion of the vehicle revealed a
7mm'rifle concealed between
the passen r< and.p pfie.er
door. Both occupants in the
vehicle admitted to looking for'a
deer to shoot. K?9 Officer Mike
Guy and Officer Steve Bartlett
responded to assist. A closer
inspection by Officer Guy
revealed a small amount of
blood in the back of the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle at first
denied the blood was from a
deer, but later admitted the
blood was from a doe he had
shot earlier during the week.
The subject later retrieved the
doe meat from a freezer at his
residence and gave it to the offi-
cers. Both subjects were
charged with attempting to take
deer at nightwith a gun and
light. Additional charges are
pending for taking an antlerless
deer. The rifle and meat were

On December 14, Lt. Mark
Hollinhead met with Jackson
Guard personnel regarding a
mission in a restricted area of
Eglin that was stopped because
hunters had driven around
locked gates and entered the
closed area. The next day, Lt.

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Hollinhead and Officer Randall
Brooks conducted surveillance
at one of the gates and observed
. a vehicle exit the road and drive
through the woods to get around
the gate. The vehicle was
stopped and the two occupants
were charged with entering a
closed area. Both, subjects
admitted knowing the area was
closed. A range patrol officer
responded and suspended both
hunters' privilege of entering
any Eglin property for three


Officer Mike Nobles inspect-
ed a fisherman at the West Bay
Bridge who advised that he had
caught two sheepshead. When
asked about the cooler in the
back of his truck, he stated there
was only water in it. When the
cooler was inspected, two
undersized speckled trout were
found. A citation was issued.

Officer Joe Chambers was
.patrolling the Point Washington
Wildlife Management Area at
6:30 a.m. when he located two
individuals in two trucks at a
dirt road intersection. Officer
Chambers detected the aroma of
cannabis and also observed con-
tainers of beer. One subject was
found to have two outstanding
warrants for violation of proba-
tion. Citations were issued to
both subjects for possession of
less than 20 grams of cannabis,
possession of drug parapherna-
lia, and possession of alcohol in
the management area. The sub-
ject with the outstanding war-
rants was booked into the
Walton County Jail.


Officer Tony Lee was check-
ing hunters on the Apalachicola
River Wildlife Environmental
Area near Saul's Creek when he
encountered a subject with a
felony conviction.
Confirmation was received and
verified that his firearm rights
had not been restored. A war-
rant is being obtained for his
After observing a fight being
displayed in a wooded area, Lt.
Arnie McMillion apprehended
three suspects leaving a private
hunting lease on foot, at night
with guns and lights. The prop-
erty is owned by St. Joe Land
and Development Company.
Officer Shon Brower responded
to assist with the arrests. They
were charged with night hunt-
ing, trespassing with firearms,
possession of a firearm by a
convicted felon, and possession
of drug paraphernalia

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G.E.M.S. sings at the Magnolia House

G.E.M.S. announces

Personnel of the Year

Gadsden Elementary Magnet School's kindergarten and first grade students shared the spirit of the season with residents at the
Magnolia House in Quincy.

Greensboro Elementary
School is proud to announce the
recipients of our 2007-2008
Personnel of the Year elections.
Our School-Related
Employee of the Year is Ms.
Valorie Sanders, Computer Lab
Proctor. She is the daughter of
Ms. Gloria Moore who has
worked in the GES office for
over 30 years. She was born
and raised in the community and
graduated from Greensboro
High School. Ms. Sanders has
been with the school for thirteen
years and continues to add to her
extensive technology training,
making her an indispensable
member of the staff. Keeping
the computer labs running
smoothly and generating the
many required student assess-
ment reports are only a couple
of her many responsibilities. In
her spare time, Ms. Sanders
sings in her church choir and is
an avid reader.
Our Rookie of the Year is Mr.
Daren Hatfield. For the past ten
years he has served Gadsden
County as a nurse and now
serves as a teacher in our
Kindergarten. Mr. Hatfield,
who has lived in the area for

over ten years, received his edu-
cation coursework from Western
Governors University of Lake
City, Utah. He is currently pur-
suing his Master of Education
and Technology from the same
institution. Mr. Hatfield has two
sons, Lee and Jacob, who also
attend Gadsden County schools.
'When not working or studying,
Mr. Hatfield and the boys can be
found camping or fishing on
Lake Seminole.
Greensboro Elementary's
2007-2008 Teacher of the Year
is Ms. Laura Harris. Ms. Harris
joined our staff in 2006 and is
currently teaching Third Grade.
She is a native of Tallahassee
where she received .a degree in
Marketing from Florida State
University and Education
coursework from Florida A & M
University. Ms. Harris has a
Daughter, Briley, and in her free
time she enjoys traveling, cook-
ing and home improvement
We are so proud td have these
deserving recipients on our
staff. If you would like to vol-
unteer at Greensboro
Elementary, please call the
office at 442-6327.

East Gadsden JROTC earns high honor at inspection

The 6th Brigade of Cadet
Command Headquarters con-
ducted the formal inspection of
the East Gadsden High School
Jaguar Battalion.
The cadets earned the high-
est award possible: Honor
Unit with Distinction. Over
200 cadets participated in this

:;:T The program was:evaluated
in two areas: School Support
Program (an evaluation of the
school's officials and instruc-
tors) and the Formal
Inspection Evaluation. The
East Gadsden JROTC earned
"Distinguished School

Support" in which they
received the maximum of 2000
points. In the Cadet Formal
Inspection, the cadets received
high marks in Cadet Staff
Briefing, Curriculum
Knowledge, In-Ranks
Inspection, Cadet Attendance /
Participation, Records and

Administration, Security,
Public Affairs, Drill and
Ceremony, and Color Guard.
To become an Honor Unit with
Distinction, a unit must earn
between 576-600 overall
The Jaguar Battalion earned
577.4 points. This is a tremen-

dous improvement compared
to last year when they were
named a Merit Unit. "I" am
very proud of the cadets and
their performance at this
inspection," said Cadet Cpt.
Perkins. The cadets will now
wear a yellow star over their
name tags signifying "Honor

Unit with Distinction." I
'"Thi's jua a superb effort by
the corps ot cadeis to earn this
honor," MSG Kerrison stated
The cadets will begin 2008
by focusing on the FCAT while
preparing for the Regional and
State Drill Meets.

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Class of 1967 Holiday Gathering

Please join us for a holiday gathering Saturday, Dec.29th @7:00
p.m. in at the Campbell-Kelly Community Center. Bring a guest for
tidings of good cheer for the Christmas Holiday and the coming
New Year! Given by the Carter-Parramore High School Class of
1967. Admission is free. Dress attire-casual. Contact Gladys Sailor

Mary Harris awarded National Child Care

Mary Harris, a Pre-K teacher at Crossroad Academy Charter
School of Business, has been awarded a National Child
Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of out-
standing work/with young children. The credential was awarded by
the childhood education profession. CDA is the only major national
effort to improve early childhood education and care by evaluation
and recognition of the skills of individuals providing care. The first
Credential was awarded over 30 years ago, and now, 49 states plus
the District of Columbia include CDA in their childcare licensing
regulations. Parents who use early education and care are especial-
ly concerned today about their children's welfare. With this in mind,
as part of CDA assessment process, every candidate for the CDA
Credential is observed working with young children or families by
an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must
demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's
physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning
environment. The Crossroad Academy Family congratulates Mrs.

EGHS MOD: "Brothers on a Mission"

With the help and influence of a good mentor, a child is less likely to drop out of high school, and more likely to attend college.
Several dedicated men from the Big Bend area and beyond have adopted this philosophy. They share their personal time and
resources to help prevent young from being victims of the system, and to encourage them to volunteer them to render service to the
elderly and less fortunate. Seated (Itor): Travon McCall, Attorney Sean Shaw, and Donald Garn'er. Standing (1 to r): Calvin
Robinson (Program Advisor), Artie Johnson, levy Brown, Trenton Davis.



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LaTrecha Scott graduated
Saturday, December 15, from the
University of West Florida in
Pensacola, Florida with a
Master's of Education in Higher
Education Administration. She
graduated Summa Cum Laude
and is a Who's Who Among
SAmerican College Students
nominee. While at UWF,
SLaTrecha co-taught an Academic
Foundations Seminar course and
was the graduate assistant for the
Vice President for Student
Affairs. She received her
Bachelor's of Science degree
From Florida A&M University
Sand is a graduate of James A.
Shanks High School. LaTrecha is
- the daughter of Lee and Angela

Readiness and emergency

Management Program

grant awarded to PAEC

Screen of Quincy and Curtis
Scott of Tallahassee. She is the
granddaughter of David and
Doris Thomas of Quincy.
LaTrecha will continue her
education and pursue a doctoral

The U.S. Department of
Education has awarded the
Panhandle Area Educational
Consortium a $499,000 grant
whicl will help our schools
becorie better prepared to
prevent or react to emergencies.
The 14 PAEC member districts
will have emergency plans that
are NIMS (National Incident
Management System)
compliant. Key personnel in
each district will get training in
ICS (Incident Command
System). Each school will get
emergency plans that are
tailored for its specific site. An

SVA (security and.vulnerability
assessment) will be conducted
in each school to show what its
strengths and weaknesses are.
Every district will participate
in a table top exercise to see
how it reacts during an
emergency. The. schools will
become familiar with who their
law enforcement officials, fire
departments and emergency
management personnel are.
Emergency booklets showing
how to react during an
emergency will be given to
every teacher, parent. and

Social Security opens national hearing center

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Antonio Jackson

Antonio & Latoya were married on Saturday, Dec.8th 2007 at New
Revelation Church of God in Quincy, Fl. Latoya is the daughter of
Angela Johnson and Jonathan Martin, and Antonio is the son of Sharon
O'Neal and The late Jerome O'Neal. The reception was held at The
Quincy Conference Center.

Center will help speed disabi
Michael J. Astrue, today announced that the
Commissioner of Social Security, agency's National Hearing
Center (NHC) is open for
'business. The NHC is one of the
S many steps the agency has taken
this year to address the backlog

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of disability cases at the hearing
level. Chief Administrative Law
Judge (ALJ) Frank Cristaudo
presided over the first hearing
from the NHC in Falls Church,
Virginia using electronic video
The claimant and the claimant's
representative took part in the
hearing from a hearing office in
Cleveland, Ohio.
"The National Hearing Center
allows us to capitalize on new
technologies such as electronic
disability folders and video
teleconferencing," Commissioner
Astrue said. "The Center will
give us needed flexibility to
a...ddress the country's- worst
At present, the agency has
allotted seven ALJs to the NHC.
The NHC ALJs will initially hear
cases for the Atlanta, Cleveland
and Detroit hearing offices --
areas of the country where the
wait for a hearing can be two
years or more. Additional ALJs

may be added over time to
provide the NHC with the
capability to assist more offices.
Social Security's backlog of
disability cases is well
Currently, there are about
750,000 cases awaiting a hearing
-- a number that has more than
doubled in this decade. In May
2007, Commissioner Astrue
presented Congress with a four
part plan to address the backlog.
His testimony is available at
"When it comes to addressing
the disability backlog, there is no
single magic bullet;" Astrue said.
"The National Hearing Center is
another important step we' can
take to' provide the'American
public with the service they
To view the agency's plan to
reduce the hearings backlog, as
well as current and planned
initiatives to improve the
disability, process go to

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The Department of Health
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of preventing future infections by
raising awareness of the tainted
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hospital infection control
professionals, county health
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Cornelius Dwayne Wooden Jr.
the loving, caring and
outstanding son of Keyatta
Hobley and Cornelius Wooden
Sr. His maternal grandparents
are Lawanda Mcghee (Zanders)
David Hobley SR, Lula Mae
Wooden, and the late Willie Lee
Ford SR. He is the great-
grandson of Elouise Mcghee the
late Freddie Mcghee SR,
Raymond Hobley SR, Carolyn
Hobley (Rich) and Rachel
Wooden. Cornelius godparents
are Yasmine Jackson and
Demarcus Reynolds also
Cornelius loving step
grandparents are Meshonda
Hobley and Trenton Smith,
Barbara B. Ford. Welcoming
Friends and Family Cornelius to
celebrate his 1st birthday on
Dec.29th @ the Police &Fire
Substation. In quincy

Our Little Angel is Turning "6"
SLittle Miss De'Asia Deniya Waters will be cele-
brating her sixth birthday on Tuesday, December
25, 2007. De'Asia is an honor roll student in Mrs.
Peacock's kindergarten class at St. John
b Elementary. Asia is the loving daughter of
Demetria Hutley and Demetrius Waters. Her
.. grandparents are Carolyn Bryant and the late
Thaddeus Hutley and Demorris Wooden. Her
great grandparents are Ellis and Minnie Ola
SBryant and Dorothy Wooden. De'Asia's God par-
ents are Marcus and Stephanie Gurley. De'Asia
enjoys riding her bicycle, reading, and playing video games. De'Asia will be cele-
brating her birthday with a party with family, friends, and classmates on December
22, 2007 at 2:00 pm al the Shiloh Park. All Family and friends are invited.

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I continue mi tootb1all bo\\l
picking in this, ceks column.
Through the first fire boils I

a is 4- 1.
This \, eek I'll predict the
next 20 Iho\\l games and I'll

\wrap up m boi\l pickings in
Inel week.' column.
This week I begin \\ith
Thursday ', Holida\ Bo\\
%k which Texas w in o1ver Arizona
Friday \ three games \\ill be
pla\ ed. In the Chanip Sports
Bow\ Boston College zips b\
Michigan State. Houston edges
TCU in the Texas Bo \I. and
Oregon State bests Nlaryland,
in the Emerald Bo\w I.
Three more games eill be
played Saturday.
In those games Wake Forest
knocks off Connecticut in the
Mcineke Car Care Bowl,
Central Florida \ hacks
Mississippi State in the

Libeirt\ Bo\\l. and Texas A&M
upLsets Penn State in the Alamp
Bow I.
In the Independence Bowl,
Sunday. Alabama bags
Colorado. in a game I'll attend
with son Joey.
Monday the 31st, is a big
bo\\l day with six games on
the slate.
In those. Air Force will fly
past California. in the Armed
Forces Bowl, the Sun Bowl
will go to South Florida over
Oregoi. Georgia Tech stings
Fresno State, in the
Humanitarian Bowl, Kentucky
beats under staffed FSU. in the
Music Cit. Bowl, Indiana clips
Oklahoma State, in the Insight

Bowl. and Auburn gets hi
Clemson. in the Chick-fil-A
The new year begins with
six more games Tuesday.
In those contest. Tennessee
wins the Outback Bol over
Wisconsin. Arkansas surprises
Missouri. in the Cotton Bowl.
Florida squeezes by Michigan,
in the Capital One affair.
Virginia swishes Texas Tech.
in the Gator Bowl, Southern
Cal rides by Illinois. in the
Rose Bo\wl. and Georgia mauls
Hawaii. in the Sugar Bow\l.
Finally for this weeks picks,
Oklahoma will dash West
Virginia in the Fiesta Bo.wl

East Gadsden playing in Capitol City Classic

The East Gadsden
Jaguars boy's basketball
team. will play Friday and
Saturday in the Capital City
Classic at the Leon County
Civic Center.
The Jaguar foes will be a
couple of Georgia teams.
Friday night East
Gadsden plays Swainsboro
at 6:45 pm. Saturday night
Cairo will provide the oppo-
The will be 6 games each

day of the event with games
beginning at 11:45 am.
Chiles, Florida High,
Godby, Savannah, FAMU
High, Culleoka, Tenn.,
Lincoln, Rickards and
Auburn are other teams in
the Classic.

Carter-Parramore defeat-

ed Atkinson, Ga. 51-47
Saturday night to take third
place in the Randle Gofrey
Tournament in Lownes
County. The Lions, Eric
Williams scored 13 points
and Vladimir Card put in
10. Card also had 13
rebounds while Williams
snatched down 12 boards.
C-P had won their open-
ing game in the tournament
Thursday besting host
Lownes County 61-51, after

falling behind 22-15 in the
first quarter. Reginald
Johnson was top point getter
in that game for the Lions
with 18. Card, had 17 and
Williams 13. Johnson had
20 rebounds, Williams 19,
and Card 18. Johnson also
had 7 steals and 10 assists
giving him a triple-double.
Friday night C-P lost to
Madison Co.
The Lions break for the
holidays with a 12-5 mark.

Their next game will be
January 3 when they host

Rashard McGill, and
Leonardo Deloney scored
12 points each, and Sam
McLaurin netted 10 to help
East GadSden blast
Cottondale 67-35 in a
Thursday night basketball

game. The Jaguars led 27-8
at halftime. East Gadsden
had a big advantage on the
boards with McLaurin pick-
ing off 15 boards, and
McGill and Brian Robinson
getting 10 each.
East Gadsden also defeat-
ed Columbia County
Saturday night to run their
record to 10-0 as they pre-
pare for the Capital City
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State DEP has longest sitting geologist

Faircloth, Agnes Lee

Agnes Lee Skillern Faricloth
81, died Dec.18th in
Blountstown, Fl. Visitation were
Friday, Dec. 21st from 1 p.m. to
2 p.m. funeral services were 2
Op.m. Friday, Dec. 21st at
Charles McClellan Funeral
Home in Quincy. Memorial
Contribution may be made to
survived by sons: James E.
"Jim" Beasley, Jr. of Sycamore,
Roger Paul (Rita) Beasley of
Wewahitchka, Fla., Gilbert
(Pam) Faircloth of
Wewahitchka, Half-brother:
Floyd Cook of Chattanooga,
Tennessee, Ten grandchildren:
Debbie Williams, Brian
Beasley, Paul Beasley, Donna

Ellis, Felecia Blithch, Joe
Faircloth, Julie Wester, Debbie
Childress, Tim Davis and
William Davis. and Twenty
great-grandchildren. Brother-in-
laws: Felix Faircloth of
Greensboro and Henry (Bubba)
Faircloth of Sneads, Fla. A spe-
cial Friend and Care-Giver
Laura Avirett of Chattahoochee,
Mrs. Faircloth was born in
Chattanooga, Tenn. and moved
to Gadsden Co. in 1958. She
was predeceased by her husband
W.G. (Willie) Faircloth and
daughters Pat Beasley and
Barbara Howell.

Funeral Home

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over advertisement. Or the
door buster specials between
four and eight am. Or the
emphasis to de-emphasize the
word Christmas. And I'm
certainly not going to waste
brain power trying to figure out
exactly when and where
someone felt the need to change
the way we view, celebrate,
worship and speak of Christmas.
I want to leave folks alone to
do what they want to do.
Whatever works for them at
Christmas is all right by me. Just
please give me that same
I want to hold the door as
someone comes out of JC
Penny's and say, "Merry
Christmas" without fear of
offending them. I want to take a
pecan pie over to a neighbor. I
want to attend a Christmas
Cantata. I want to help my
young grandson and
granddaughter rip into those
packages. I want to smell the
peppermint and scented candles.
I want to see "It's A Wonderful.
Life". I want to sing "Jingle
Bells", "Frosty the Snowman"

and "God Rest Ye Merry
Gentlemen". I want my
Christmas cards to say "I'm
praying for you", not "I'm
thinking about you". I want the
Hatfields and McCoys to work
their problems out.
And I want to wake up on
Christmas morning and ask
Mother if she remembers a,
Timex watch she bought for me
in 1957. I dop't believe anyone
could hold me in contempt for
Merry Christmas,

The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
(DEP) is honored to have the
nation's longest sitting State
Florida Geological Survey
(FGS) Director Dr. Walter
Schmidt earned this title after
22 years of service to the state
as State Geologist.
The head of the Florida
Geological Sirvey is desig-
nated the "State Geologist"
by statute.
There have only been five
State Geologists heading the
FGS throughout its first 100
years, demonstrating stability
and continuity within the
agency that maintains geo-
science data and inventories
as well as sustains corporate
memory, to support the many
and diverse needs of the pub-
All fifty states and Puerto
Rico employ a state geologist.
"Dr. Schmidt has been a
valuable member of the DEP
team since 1974," said DEP
Secretary Michael W. Sole.
"The stability, continuity and
institutional knowledge that
his uninterrupted service pro-
vides is an irreplaceable
resource. Walt is a great pub-
lic servant."
Since 1974, when he joined
the FGS, Schmidt has pub-
lished more than 100 various

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Geological Society and
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of American State Geologists.
"State geological surveys are
exciting, challenging places
for geoscientists to work and
mold their careers. I find the
cross-disciplinary expertise
developed, and the sense of
serving the public good to be
professionally and personally
rewarding," said Schmidt. "I
appreciate the opportunity to

be a small part of such a
diverse and exciting place to
work, in a state so rich in nat-
ural resources and natural
The Florida Geological
Survey (FGS) has served the
State of Florida since 1907;
this year marks the centennial
celebration for the FGS. FGS
provides data, research and
associated interpretations on
solid-earth systems such as
aquifer systems, geologic
frameworks, landforms, ener-
gy, non-energy mineral
resources and geologic haz-
The Bureau is the only
agency within state govern-
ment that provides informa-
tion and interpretive data
about geologic and earth sci-
ence related information to

governmental agencies, land-
use planners, environmental
and engineering consultants,
mineral owners and explo-
ration companies, industry
and the public. Program out-
reach regarding earth science
education and the pre-historic
development of our state is
also available for the public
and educators.
The information is essential
for resource conservation and
protection, sustainable devel-
opment issues, human health
protection concerns and
implementation of successful
environmental regulatory pro-
For more information about
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Citizens Advisory Committee on Solid Waste

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners

announces the opening of the Application Cycle for the

Citizens Advisory Committee on Solid Waste.

This 11-member Board-appointed citizens' committee will

focus on solutions for household wasre, recyclables, and

household hazardous materials in Gadsden County. This

committee anticipates meeting three (3) times per month from

February through April, 2008.

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 3, 2008

Original Applications should be submitted to:
Department of Management Services
c/o Lonvell L. Black
5-B East Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 920
Quincy, FL 32353-0920
(850) 875-8660 .phone
(850) 875-8652 fax

*For questions or a copy of the application and guidelines,

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verse of the weee:
And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the
king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom
thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Daniel 6:20 (KJV)

The king had sent a decree by
the council of his advisors to
-g B worship a golden image.
Daniel prayed three times a
-i day to his God and would not
bow to the image the king set
up. The king's advisors told
Read tthe king that Daniel was not
Showing to worship the golden
As a punishment he shut
Daniel in a den of lions
knowing that p-aniel.s God
would take care of him. The
next morning the king came
to the pit of the den and saw
that Daniel was safe and

FamviLy Timvte This week:
Read the story of Daniel and how God was able to deliver him as a Fravuly.

Sunday Monday Tuesday
Daniel 5 Daniel 6 Daniel 7

Gadsden Church plant
"Three Roses" in South

Havana, Florida 12/13/2007,
at 2540 FL GA Hwy in Havana.
The dinner supported by area
church leaders raised
$20000.00, in foreign mission
aid, to support Apostle
Fernando Gonzalez, pastor of
Holy Spirit World Church, Lima
Peru. Nine missionaries from
several denominations led by
Bishop Cecil O.Reid, General
Overseer of The Church of God
Apostolic, Inc. Winston Salem,
North Carolina spent six days
Ministering in Lima, the
Perusvian capital and city of
SKings' Moving under the
authority of Christ Jesus, the
missionaries exercised the five-
fold ministry gifts in their
preaching, teaching, baptizing,
marrying and breaking the
power of the enemy over the
lives of many Peruvian.
Highlights of the mission trip
included all nine missionaries
participating in a four-hour
broadcast on Radio LaFamilia
Lima Norte 105.1FM. "The
Three Roses" a phrase coined
by Dr.Abe Johnson, a FACTS
staff minister, expressed his
2005 vision of planting a
church, a five-fold ministry fel-
lowship and a school. This was
accomplished during his mis-
sion trip in September of that
year. Dr. Johnson also served as

Mt. Zion Primitive
Baptist Church

Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist
Church News: The following
service will not be held as
Schedule. There will not be
Intercessary prayer Monday
and Tuesday and no bible
study and youth teaching.
Male Chorus Rehearsal
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. all male
members are asked to be pres-
ent. Church school, Sunday
morning @9:30 a.m. A special
FifthSunday morning worship
service @ 11:00 a.m. All
members are asked to attend.
The Clothes Closet and food
pantry is available for those
needing this service; we were
able to serve four families. If
we can be of service please
call 627-8442 for assistance.
"And Simeon blessed them,
and said unto Mary his moth-
er, Behold, this child is set for
the fall and rising again of

Bibte RTFeaddig:
Wednesday Thursday
Daniel 8 Daniel 9

Friday Saturday
Daniel 10 Daniel 11

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the signer of a $35,000.00 pur-
Schase aieemnent %ith closing
scheduled within the next ninth
days of another 700-sq./mieter
property to expand the church's
outreach into Lima's Santa Rosa
For additional information on
tax-deductible contributions to

"The Three Roses" Lima
Project please contact Bishop
Teiri Fitzgerald. ABOUT-
VICES, (FACTS) is a local
Gadsden County church engag-
ing all nations by the preaching
of the Gospel of Christ Jesus.

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Fifth Sunday

Fifth Sunday Coalition
11:30 A.M. Sunday, Dec.30th
@ Union Chapel A.M.E.
Church. Speaker: Rev.Isiah
Cole, Pastor Rev. Carl Hill,
participating church's are Oak
Grove, Greenshade, Stewart
Temple and Union Chapel

On The Move For
Jesus Ministry

27,2008 Time: 3:00p.m.

Speaker: Pastor James
,Newman Greater Friendship
M.B. Church Panama City,
Florida On The Move For
Jesus Ministry 15576 Main
Street Gretna, Florida "across
from Gretna Elementary

Temple of
Miraculous Works

Welcome!!! come and cele-
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year with us as we celebrate the
beginning of our new ministry
in the name of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ Holy
Temple of Miraculous Works,
Inc., located at 1519 W. Orange
Ave. Tallahassee, FL. On
Monday Dec.31st @10:00 p.m.
Elder Al Wilborn, Pastor and
Evangelist Tanya Jones-
Wilborn Co-Pastor. Please give
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- You are hereby notified
.that an Order of
,Summary Administration
has been entered in the
estate of MARY LEE
SHILL, deceased, File
"Number 07-452-CPA,
-by the Circuit Court for
Gadsden County,
SrFlorida, Probate
divisionn, the address of
which is P.O. Box,,

Quincy, Florida 32353;
that the decedent's date
of death was June 14,
2007; that the total value
of the estate is approxi-
mately $4,750.00, and
that the names and
address of those to
whom it has been
assigned by such order

Morris Thomas
709 Brickyard Road
Tallahassee, Florida

All creditors of the estate
of the decedent and per-
sons having claims or
demands against the
estate of the decedent
other than those for
whom provision for full
payment was made in
the Order of Summary

Administration must file
their claims with this
733.702 OF THE FLORI-
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is
December 20, 2007.

Attorney for Person
Giving Notice:
Jana E.
Florida Bar Number:

McConnaughhay Law
Group, P.A.
1709 Hermitage Blvd.,
Suite 102
Tallahassee, Florida
Telephone (850) 385-

Anjali Austin
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Tallahassee, Florida


The Town of Greensboro
Town Council has enact-
ed a Fair Housing
Ordinance to Prohibit
discrimination on the
basis of race, color,
ancestry, national origin,
religion, sex, martial sta-
tus, familial status, age
or physical handicap

regarding housing.
is illegal to discriminate
against anyone because
of race, color, ancestry,
national orgin, religion,
sex, martial status, famil-
ial status, age or physi-
cal handicap.
In the sale or rental or
terms or conditions for
renting housing.
In advertising the sale or
rental of housing.
In financing of housing.
In the provision of real
estate brokerage serv-
In the tactics of block-
Persons seeking addi-
tional information may
contact the following too
free hotlines 1-802-342-
8170 (Florida
Commission on Human
Relations) or 1-800-669-
9777 (HUD Washington,


NO.: 07000322CAA







GIVEN pursuant to a
motion' and Order
Resetting Foreclosure
Sale Date dated the 13th
day of December, 2007,
and entered in Case No.
07000322CAA, of the
Circuit Court of the 2nd
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gadsden County,
Florida, wherein WM
Plaintiff and DOUGLAS
defendants. I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the
the Gadsden County
Courthouse, in Quincy,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m..on
the 10th day of January
2008, the following

described property as
set forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:

Description South Half
Lot 13

Commence at a found
iron rod marking the
Northeast corner of
Section 5, Township 1
north, Range 2 West
Gadsden County,
Florida, and run South
00 degrees 32 minutes
36 seconds west along
the East boundary of
said Section 5, a dis-
tance of 1468.22 feet to
a concrete monument
and the POINT OF
BEGINNING. From said
run north 89 degrees 54
minutes 27 seconds
West 642.21 feet to the
center of a 60 foot road-
way easement, then run
South 00 degrees 06
minutes 24 seconds
West 162.18 feet, then
run South 89 degrees 59
minutes 22 seconds
East, 640.99 feet to a
concrete monument,
then run north 00
degrees 32 minutes 36
seconds East 161.27
feet to the POINT OF
Subject to the West 30
feet being subject to a
roadway easement.
Also subject to a 50 foot

gas line easement.
Notice to person with
Disabilities. If you have a
disabilities which
required any accommo-
dation in order to partici-
pate in this proceeding
you are entitled at no
cost to you to the provi-
sions of certain assis-
tance, please contact
Clerk at (850 )'875-8601
or write to him at' P.O.
Box 1649 Quincy, FL
32353 within 2 working
days of your receipt at
this notice. If you are
hearing, or Voice
impaired call 1-800-955-
8771. Dated this 17th
day of December,.2007.

Clerk of the Circuit Court


By: Pam K. Carter
Deputy Clerk

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changes were necessary
because, although the district has
made testing gains overall, some
schools saw leveling or decline in
performance this year.
Clayton Gee's six-day flight
from local and federal law
enforcement officials came to an
abrupt halt in Midway after he
crashed his car head-on into an
unmarked Ford Expedition XLT
driven by a U.S. Marshal's
Service Violent Fugitive Task
Force member.
The first-degree murder trial of
Clinton Jermaine Jordan got
under way in Gadsden County
Circuit Court. Jordan is accused
of shooting 25-year-old Anthony
"Amp" Ross to death in the early
afternoon of March 29, 2005. In
early testimony Tuesday, Norman
Thomas told the 12-member jury
that he heard two gunshots while
making his way home through a
community shortcut between
Thomas Avenue and Canty Lane.
Thomas said his initial thought
was that someone shot a deer.
Minutes later he walked up on
Ross who was slumped over in a
go-cart bleeding from the head.
After less than three hours of
deliberation, a Gadsden County
jury found Clinton J. Jordan
guilty of pre-meditated first-
degree murder in the March 29,
2005 death of Antonio Ross.
Jordan's defense attorney, Barbara
Sanders, told the jury that
deputies had tricked Jordan into
confessing to the crime on tape.
Inv. Larry Smith of the Gadsden
County Sheriffs Office said that
they used the "good cop, bad
cop" technique to get information
on the crime from Jordan.
The City of Midway gained an
interim city manager, Angela
Poole, during a regular City
Council meeting and saw a move
to ouster mayor pro ter Ella
Barber. The meeting got off to a
slow start, with Barber casting the
only dissenting vote on motions
to approve the minutes from City
Council meetings May 2, May 3,
and May 18.
During a special meeting,
Quincy City Commissioners
voted' to borrow $1 million
dollars to catch up on past due
bills. The money was to come
from two sources: $500,000 from
the Capital City Bank and another
$500,000 from the city's reserve
fund. The money was to be used
to satisfy a $386,000 past due
payment to Waste Management,
r'$286;000 to OMI, and bring other
bills current, including Progress
Energy which the city was paying
but 15 days after the due date.
Because of the late payments, the
was paying late fees monthly.
Other bills that would be caught
up included payments of $32,000
to Peavy & Sons, $68,000 to
Holland and Knight Law Firm
and several other smaller bills
that were due.
Five very deserving women
were selected as this year's
recipients of the Woman of the
Year in five categories. The
women are selected and voted on
by members of the Gadsden
County Chapter of the National
Hook-Up of Black Women
recently. Mary Louise Brown
Phillips, Cornelia Ann Henry
Smith, Rosalind Tompkins
Whiteside, Gaylyn Pitts and Rev.
Teresa R. McMillon were
Gadsden County was again in
possession of its license to
operate its hospital. The Agency
for Health Care Administration
(AHCA) issued the probationary
license to Gadsden Hospital, Inc.
after months of meetings. In a
letter to Craig McMillan, CEO of
the Board of Directors of the
Gadsden County Community
Hospital, Jack Plagge, program
administrator for the AHCA
hospital and outpatient unit,
wrote "change or ownership from
Ashford Healthcare Systems, Inc.
to Gadsden Hospital Inc. in
accordance with the Agreement
Regarding Change of Ownership
SLicense for Gadsden Community
Hospital and the Supplemental
Agreement" had been granted.
The City of Quincy voted to
voluntarily annex 9 parcels of
land on Strong Road. However,
questions about whether the city
has the infrastructure capability to
handle all of the new growth,
given the commitment to provide
services to Magnolia Forest, and
the South Spring development.
Commissioner Derrick Elias
attempted to nix the annexation
outright, but his motion died for
lack of a second. This led to

discussion from other
commissioners who questioned
whether the annexation of the
nine parcels was only setting the
stage for a 200-acre development
that would eventually bring 300
new homes on Strong Road.
A 54-year-old inmate at
Gadsden Correctional FAcility
diagnosed with tuberculosis was
treated and isolated, state
Department of Corrections
officials said. DOC spokeswoman
Gretl Plessinger said the woman,

housed in the minimum security
facility women's prison just
outside Gretna, showed
symptoms of TB and was sent to
an outside medical facility.


The Gadsden County School
District's efforts to make big
academic gains hit a snag when
statewide school test scores
revealed four failing Gadsden
schools for the 2006-2007 school
term. George W. Munroe
Elementary, West Gadsden High
School, East Gadsden High
School and Chattahoochee
Elementary all received "F"s on
the annual Florida Department of
Education school report card.The
"F"s mark a slip from 2006, when
no Gadsden County School
received a failing grade for the
first time since the school grade
system's inception.
The Gadsden County Sheriffs
Office, along with other
municipal police departments,
made 36 arrests during what was
dubbed "'Operation Drug Net."
The sting operation was aimed at
getting street level drug dealers
off the street with an ultimate
goal of identifying and arresting
Gadsden County Times News
Editor Leslie Roberts earned
second place in the community
service category of the Florida
Press Association's Better Weekly
Newspaper Contest.
The Gadsden County Board of
County Commissioners
celebrated the completed
improvements to St. John Park
with a dedication ceremony and
community-wide day of fun. The
event, which also recognized
parks and recreation month,
included a basketball shootout,
food and a host of activities for
the family.
Longtime local gator hunter
Tony Hunter passed away after a
long battle with cancer.
A Quincy man suspected of
raping and stabbing to death an
elderly woman 30 years ago was
arrested and charged with first-
degree murder at his residence in
Parkview Gardens Apartments.
Gadsden County Sheriff's Maj.
David Gainous said GCSO
assisted the St. Petersburg Police
Department and the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
in the arrest of Alfonso Austin,
58, a registered sex offender, on
charges related to the murder of
Mary Barth of St. Petersburg on
SSept. 17, 1976. Barth was 85 at
the time.
Authorities confirmed a red fox
that attacked a dog in Gadsden
County had rabies. The fox was
shot July 6 after an unprovoked
attack on a dog.
A 45-year-old Bristol woman
was killed in a one-car crash on
County Road 267. Julieann Miller
Barnhart, of Bristol, was driving
a 2003 Chevrolet SUV south on
C.R. 267 when the vehicle
traveled off the road and onto the
west grass shoulder.


Authorities estimate Michael
Buckley's adventures in
horticulture might have made him
$1 million had a Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission officer not
discovered what local law
enforcement authorities are
calling one of the biggest
marijuana cultivation operations
in the Big Bend area. Working
with the Jefferson County
Sheriffs Office and FWC,
Gadsden County Sheriffs
deputies discovered Friday more
than 700 marijuana plants
growing in the woods at the end
of Swisher Road in Havana. They
located another 70 plants behind
the small wood cabin on
Buckley's property. The
marijuana was growing on land
owned by the St. Joe Company
adjacent to Buckley's cabin.
The Quincy City Commission
decided not to pull the plug on
NetQuincy and added a few more
months to the life of the
beleaguered department.
The Gadsden County School
Board voted to increase its total
property tax levy in 2007 by
almost $1.5 million, but said
homeowners would see little
change in their costs.
Other than the two wooden
doors that had to be chopped
through with hatchets to get to a
water sprinkler system gone
awry, nothing in the Gadsden Arts

Center in downtown Quincy was
damaged when an alarm indicated
water was leaking into the
basement. The alarm went off
around 2:30 p.m. Arts Center
Director Tricia Collins said a
repairman at the scene told her a
power outage or outages had
damaged the sprinkler system's
solenoid, which supports the
sprinkler system's backup
A semi-tractor overturned on
the west-bound on ramp at

Interstate 10 in Midway. The
tanker was loaded with the
dangerous chemical argon, and
the accident caused the on-ramp
to be shut down and backed
traffic up on I-10 for hours.
According to a report released by
the Florida Highway Patrol, the
tanker driver failed to negotiate
the curve and over- corrected
onto the east shoulder. When the
driver overcorrected, the tanker
collided with reflective marker
posts and overturned onto its left
Midway city officials had mixed
emotions about a proposal geared
toward expanding the Eugene
Lamb Jr. Recreation Center and
Park. Owned by the city and built
mainly with money from the
Eugene Lamb Jr. Foundation, the
site currently hosts area children
attending a day camp. The Lamb
Foundation, represented by
Deloris Lamb, state Sen. Al
Lawson and Rep. Curtis
Richardson presented the
Midway City Council with a
$5(000 check, of which $18,000
was to be used for construction of
a concession area and $32,000 for
the construction of a
multipurpose room.
A 30-year-old Hosford woman
was killed instantly in a one-
vehicle wreck near the
Gadsden/Liberty County line.
According to Florida Highway
Patrol reports, Tania Potter, 30,
was traveling south on County
Road 1641 in Gadsden County
when she lost control of her 1995
Ford SUV.
City Manager Bill Bogan
introduced Kentucky native
Steven M. Gravitt as his choice
for finance director. But after just
a few questions to Gravitt,
commissioners decided to table
the matter until the manager
could complete -the necessary
background checks on Gravitt,
who said he had been the finance
director for the cities of
Georgetown and Frankfurt in
Kentucky. Eyebrows were raised
when Gravitt evidently did not
know the difference between a
qualified and an unqualified
Renowned local attorney Hal
Richmond succumbed to cancer
after battling a host of health
problems for several years.
Harold S. "Hal" Richmond, also
often called "Tex," was 63. He
died Aug. 8. Roughly 400 people
attended a memorial service for
Richmond at Independent Funeral
Beryl Richardson, StepUp,
Florida! Healthy Community
Coordinator and a Chronic
Disease Health Program Educator
with the Gadsden County Health
Department, died at home losing
her battle with breast cancer. She
was 60 years old. "She was so
happy here. She found a home
here," said her husband, Ron. She
was a native of Bronx, NY, and
he is a native Texan. The couple
met and married in California and
moved to Gadsden County four
years ago.
The first day of school in
Gadsden County for the school
year 2007-2008 went off with no
major hitches, Schools
Superintendent Reginald James
said. "It's been a good day," he
said of the first day.
Despite the pleas of residents,
the Board of County
Commissioners gave conceptual
approval of the Plantation at
Foxchase. The 800-acre
development is located west of
Glory Road, south of Shade Farm
Road and north of Timmons
Road. Part of it borders the Farms
at Quincy, about four miles north
of the Quincy city limits.
Since the day he took office,
Sheriff Morris Young has said the
coun-ity jail is so woefully
underfunded, understaffed, and in
need of expansion and repair that
he has no choice but to bring the
problem to the attention of the
Federal Department of Justice.
Young sent a letter to the
Department of Justice requesting
an evaluation of the Gadsden
County Jail. He also sent copies
to Gov. Charlie Crist, Sen. Al
Lawson, and Rep. Curtis
A one-vehicle wreck on
Interstate 10 Friday sent the
occupants of a Ford F150 to
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
after the truck rolled five times.
The wreck caused, local law
enforcement officers to shut
down the eastbound lane of I-10
where the wreck occurred,

roughly a mile east of the
Chattahoochee exit, so that two
air medic helicopter# could land
to transport victims of the wreck.
The Gadsden County
Commission board meeting room
was a sea of hunter green
uniforms as officers came to tell
commissioners of their need for
higher salaries and to support a
request from Sheriff Morris
Young to amend the budget for
$8 million dollars. Katherine
Poindexter, the chief financial
officer for the sheriffs office said

$3 million dollars is needed in
corrections (the jail) and $5.4
million dollars is needed for law
enforcement. The county
manager and budget director had
proposed $2.5 million for
corrections and $4.5 million
dollars in law enforcement.
Bettie Hinson Flowers left TDS
Telcom after working there and
with the Gadsden County
community for 30 years. During a
luncheon, Flowers, who was sales
and service supervisor, was
honored by more than 100 of her
family members,, friends, and co-
Crossroads Academy seventh-
grader Shekinah Davis scored a
500 on the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test
as a sixth-grader in Kevin
Forehand's class. It's a feat that's
a first at Crossroads, Principal
Millie Forehand said.


Quincy City Commissioners
asked the city manager to trim
another $500,000 from the
proposed 2008 $40 million
.budget. They suggested that Bill
Bogan start by freezing the
salaries of all department heads
next year. When Bogan objected,
saying that his contract
guarantees an annual raise and
that he would not like to get a
raise if the department heads
were not getting one as well.
"And I haven't even brought up
Code Enforcement,", he said
referring to a clause that will give
him additional revenue if the
department improves to the
satisfaction of the commission.
"I would argue that point. I still
see properties around here (that
need improvement)" Elias said.
Commissioners then said that
they hoped Bogan would forego
his raise as well.
"I suggest we cut our salaries.
I'm willing to take a hit if I'm
asking them (employees) to take
a cut," said Commissioner
Derrick Elias. Commissioners
make $15,166.64 per year. The
mayor makes $16,466.74
annually.Bogan said he had
already trimmed the budget by
$2.6 million.
The former coach for the female
basketball team at East Gadsden
High School was convicted last
week of one count of child
molestation on a member of the
team. Timothy Brown, 36, will be
'sentenced on October 10. He
could receive more than two
years in the Department of
A local landmark was torn down
in early September. The Chevron
full service station on Jefferson
Street in downtown Quincy,
operated for the past ten and a
half years by Eddie and Tammy
Pope, was razed. The station was
built in 1950 and was owned by
the Spears Family Trust. Tammy
Pope said the establishment had
many loyal customers since they
not only still pumped gas for
customers, they also made minor
and major automobile repairs.
Gadsden County resident
Clarence Lewis was named, "
2007 Man Of The Year" by the
Eleventh Episcopal District of the
Florida Annual Conference's
142nd session of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church. The
conference was held at Bethel
AME Church is Tallahassee. "I
am grateful for the award
bestowed on me by the
conference. I will endeavor to
justify receiving the award,"
Lewis said. Lewis was
recognized and honored from the
Quincy District by the Rev. Willie
A 51-year-old Quincy man,
Willie Jackson, died early Sunday
morning after he was struck by a
car near the intersection of East
Jefferson and Bradley streets.
Capt. Danny Moore of the
Quincy Police Department said
the incident occurred when
Jackson was attempting to cross
to the south side of East Jefferson
Street and was struck by a vehicle
driven by 36-year-old Michael
George Graham of Quincy.
Rosemary Ferguson might have
taken first place in the
Tallahassee Watercolor Society's
"Brush Strokes" awards
ceremony Friday night, but there
were winners all around as 51 of
the group's pieces of art went on
display. "I think it's a very good
show and from what I've heard
there has been a really good
turnout," said Eluster Richardson,

president of the TaWS.
During the first public hearing
on the City of Quincy's budget,
commissioners had a lot of
questions for City Manager Bill
Bogan. Commissioner Finley
Cook asked Bogan if the correct
numbers were in the budget as
presented. He told Bogan that the
numbers he presented in the
tentative. budget made no sense.
"If you back out the true
numbers, you will know the true
numbers," Bogan replied.
The site manager of Gadsden

Arms Apartments, a public
housing apartment complex, has
filed complaint in Federal court
against Sherrie Taylor as an
individual and as Mayor of the
City of Quincy. Sarah Locke is
asking for more than $75,000
claiming that in August or
September of 2005 Taylor began
interfering with Locke's ability to
do her job. In particular, Locke
said that Taylor told her to "stop
trespassing people" that were not
on the lease of tenants. When she
refused, because it was contrary
to HUD regulations, Locke said
Taylor began a carhpaign of
harassment, intimidation, and
defamation. Taylor, through city
attorney Jack McLean, has filed
an answer to the complaint
denying all of the allegations.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the
Big Bend has, expanded into
Gadsden County, thanks to the
Gadsden County Board of County
Commissioners, which allocated
funding toward the opening of
several clubs for the county's
youth. The Board and the Boys
& Girls Clubs' staff celebrated
the grand opening of the
Chattahoochee club, located in
the old Chattahoochee library site
at 715 Main Street, with a
dedication ceremony and open
house on Monday, October 1,
2007 at 3:30 p.m. "The response
has been overwhelmingly
positive," said Latrecia Germany,
Chattahoochee Club Director and
a native of the community. "After
two weeks, we already have 50
kids attending every day and the
numbers continue to go up. We
have at least five new kids a day."
The Gadsden County Board of
County Commissioners allocated
$150,000 per year to funding the
Boys and Girls Club.
County commissioners were not
able to reach an agreement on
whether or not to pass an
ordinance that would unrestrict
money from the one cent small
county surtax and therefore were
unable to pass a budget during
their second September meeting.
The public hearing on the
budget was continued until
October 3 to pass the budget.
Counties have until Oct. 10 to
pass a budget to be in compliance
with state law. County Manager
Marlon Brown and Budget
Director Davin Suggs had been
working on a budget since June
and presented a budget for BoCC
approval based on the funds that
mould come in the form of
ruestricted funds that could be
used any way a majority of the
BoCC. However, staff either did
not read the signs correctly or
thought that four of the five
commissioners would vote to
change the ordinance. There was
no backup plan to present just in
case the plan of the manager and
budget director failed to pass.
A Gadsden County jury found
Victor Ross not guilty of murder
Sept. 25. It took less than two
hours to return a verdict. Ross
was accused of killing Beatrice
Lazar of Chattahoochee in late
December of 1993. Lazar's badly
decomposed body was found
around January 4, 1994 in her
bed. The case was re-opened in
2005 after Chattahoochee Police
Chief Vann Pullen re-submitted
finger prints to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
to examination with new
The largest cocaine bust in the
City of Quincy, an estimated 252
grams with a street value of
approximately $50,000, went
down last Thursday night during
a pouring thunderstorm. Quincy
police are still looking for 26-
year-old Teriel L. Young, the man
they say is responsible for 30-40
percent of the cocaine sold in the
city. "He was a major drug
distributor," said Inv. Clarence
Pearson of the Quincy Police
Department referring to Young,
the only one of four suspects to
get away, Young scaled a fence
and disappeared into the rainy
night. But not before he dropped
his "business" cell phone in the
Betty James' labor of love is
now on bookshelves. James'
biographical account of Quincy
native Dean Mitchell and his
struggle to achieve his dream of
becoming an artist was recently
published by Father & Sons
Publishing of Tallahassee. James,
a long-time educator and wife of
Gadsden County Schools
Superintendent Reginald James,
said she is elated to see the book

in print."It's hard to explain the
feeling," she said. "It's one of
those dreams you hope to have
come true and when it does,
you're just humbled."
The Board of County
Commissioners in early October
passed the 2008 budget worth
almost $40 million dollars and
adopted a millage rate of
8.47495. But not before budget
cuts were made in several areas.
The meeting was a continuation
of the second public hearing to
adopt a countywide millage rate

that began on Oct. 3. Davin
Suggs presented a budget during
that meeting based on the
adoption of a revised local county
ordinance governing the use of
revenues from the small county
surtax. The ordinance is not
passed because a super-majority,
or four of the five commissioners
had to support it, was needed.But
Suggs was able to make cuts and
make recommendations to fund
most items while leaving others
for another time.
One of the largest energy
companies in the nation, Progress
Energy, told the Quincy City
Commission that the city it is its
worst customer when it comes to
paying their bills on time.
Currently, the city owes the
company approximately $1,7
million dollars about half of that
is delinquent. The city has been
as late as 120 days behind in
payments and has only been
current once in the last five years.
Investigators arrested a Gadsden
County woman Tuesday on
charges she used her job as :a
registered nurse for Big Bend
Hospice to illegally obtain
prescription drugs. Deputies with
the Gadsden County Sheriff's
Office and investigators with
Attorney General Bill
McCollum's Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit arrested Donna Caip
Gatch, 56, Tuesday on 53 counts
of obtaining controlled
substances by fraud and one
count of Medicaid fraud, all third-
degree felony charges. She was
booked into the Gadsden County
Jail and released on, bond later tlhe
same day.
A man accused of breaking into
an occupied Havana home Oct.
13 is behind bars. The victim wAs
able to identify the suspect, who
got away with about $7 in cash
and a food stamp card, as
Christopher Jerome Manuel. He
promised officers that he would
meet them Oct. 14 but failed to,
show up and a warrant was
issued. Gadsden County Sheriff's
deputies arrested Manuel, 33, of
Havana Sunday and charged him
with armed burglary of an
occupied dwelling, aggravated
assault, and battery during the
commission of a burglary.
The Board of County
Commissioners turned down a
permit request for the Bear Creek
Music and Art Festival Oct. 16
during the regular meeting. "I
don't feel this \enue and (the
amount of traffic- is-in the-best
interest of the people anendirng
the event or those who live
there," said Commissioner Ed
Dixon, in making the motion to
deny. Those who opposed th'e
festival, scheduled and promoted
for Nov. 16-18, applauded aftir
the unanimous vote. The festival
promoters, Lyle Williams of
Thomasville and owner, of the
425-acre property called "Tfie
Ponderosa Wildlife Preservel'
and event coordinator Pail
Levine said they planned to bring
a quality event to Gadsdeq
County that it has been wel
thought out and planned.
Former Gadsden County
Schools Superintendent Harold J.
Henderson has died. Hendersofi,
who served as superintendent
from 1992-2000, succumbed tp
brain cancer Oct. 19. He was 61.,'
The Gadsden County School
Board discussed at length 1h
contract with an occupational
therapy provider for exceptional
student education Oct. 16, with
some board members balking gt
the price and others wondering
whether the program is in
compliance with federal
During Tuesday night's regular
board meeting, ESE Director
Wilma Jackson asked board
members to approve a contract
with an occupational therapist at
the rate of $59 per hour. ,,
Then-Board Chairman Isai
Simmons said he thought the rate
was too high.
The president of the company
that owns North Florida
Tomatoes confirmed in early
November that he is getting oit
of the tomato business. Jay
Taylor, president of Palmetto-
based Taylor & Fulton Farms,
said he and his brother, John, are
ready to change direction. Tle
company runs four tomato
production sites, one in Palmettbi,
one in Immokalee, one ip
Mappsville, Va., and one ip
Gadsden County just outside
Quincy city limits. ,.
Florida Monthly Magazine s

Friendliest Small Town got m
convivial congratulatiori
Tuesday from the Gadsdep
County Chamber of Commerce.
Florida Monthly Magazine
named Havana "Friendliest Small
Town" in its September issue,
describing it as a place "exuding
Southern hospitality and charm,"
and a locale that "offers a relaxed
atmosphere, quaint shops and
restaurants." Readers voted on
the magazine's annual "Best if

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Florida" compilation, which
lists everything from best
attraction to best sporting
event. Chamber Executive
Director David Gardner
presented the Havana Town
Council with two plaques
during the regular council
meeting Tuesday, one bearing
a resolution congratulating the
town and another, a letter from
Florida Monthly Publisher
Doug Cifers.
What U.S. Army Spc. Gina
Chapman lacks in height, she
makes up for in heart. At 5-
foot-3 and weighing around
120 pounds, Chapman become
the 288th woman to receive the
Purple Heart in July at the
Army Veterans Administration
Hospital in Augusta, Ga., and
the first female recipients of
the Purple Heart at the uptown
VA Hospital. She and other
veterans marched in Monday's
Veterans Day Parade in
Several Gadsden County
officials are up in arms over
the cessation of the county
curbside recycling service,
with others questioning
whether items they sorted and
left in bins for collection were
ever recycled at all. District II
County Commissioner Doug
Croley said he began to look
into the issue after a number of
his constituents called him to
complain about the
situation.The Board of County
Commissioners voted Oct. 3 to
end the curbside service and
place recycling bins at county
rural wastes sites instead. But
Croley says county workers
took 895 tons of recyclable
material to the Decatur
County, Ga. Solid Waste
facility from Oct.1-31.
Gadsden County has joined
law enforcement officers
throughout the region in a
novel approach to helping
solve crimes. In the next few
weeks playing cards will be
Distributed in jails and
correctional facilities
'roughout the region.
,.rgach of the 52 playing cards
)file homicides and missing
;rsons from Gadsden, Leon
ad other counties. In all,
accordingg to Major Morgan, 13
of the 52 cards are people from
Gadsden County. "Each tells a
little about the case in hopes
"that someone will know
I something that will help us

solve the crime. This approach
has been very been successful
in south Florida," Morgan said.
The King of Diamonds is the
"unsolved homicide" of
Deborah Jean Copeland. It
reads "27 year old Black
Female on 1/29/86 Copeland's
body was found on the edge of
a clay road in Gadsden County
near Chattahoochee.
Copeland's vehicle, 1980
Pontiac Phoenix, was located
approximately one mile from
where Copeland's body was
At 9 months old, Danielle
Williams was already on the
front page of the Gadsden
County Times and between
the pages of Jet magazine.
Tuesday, as her mother, 45-
year-old Patricia Williams
readied to take she and her
siblings to the North Florida
Fair, she said the whole family
was excited about Danielle's
arrival and her story being
told. "We are very excited,"
Williams said. "We sent the
article from the Gadsden
County Times in to Jet, and
they did a story about a
middle-aged woman making it
through pregnancy." The
Gretna family was featured in
the Oct. 22 issue of Jet.
Williams and her husband,
Daniel, 46, had been married
26 years when Danielle Patrice
Williams was born Jan. 28,
Gadsden County is getting a
new grip on child protection,
and it's called Raptor. The
visitor tracking system is up,
operational, and "something
we're proud of," said Gadsden
County Schools
Superintendent Reginald
James. "It makes me feel better
as a superintendent to have it."
Developed to keep sexual
predators off campus at times
other students are there and
track a visitor's movement
through the day, the Raptor
allows administrators to
replace paper-based logs they
had been using and to produce
badges bearing visitors'
identity. It works like this: A
visitor to a school campus
office is now required to slide
a driver's license or a state
identification card through the
Raptor system. Once that
happens, the system is able to
quickly determine whether the
visitor has ever been convicted

as a sexual predator and how
long the visitor remains on
It was another splendid night
for the Gadsden Arts Center
Nov. 9. Hundreds of people
turned out for the opening
reception and awards
ceremony for the 19th Annual
Art in Gadsden: A Regional
Exhibit of Fine Art. "109
wonderful artists participated
this year. It is our attempt to
recognize and celebrate local
talent. To the artist, we prize
you and we are proud to have
you all in the show," said
Tricia Collins, art center
director. The show, which was
sponsored by Premier Bank,
drew praise from Collins.
Without sponsors such as the
bank, Collins said, bringing
such exhibits to citizens would
be difficult.
A one-car crash Nov. 18
claimed the life of a 19-year-
old Chattahoochee man near
the intersection of Hardaway
Highway and Timmons Road.
Authorities say Robert
Michael Presnell Jr. was
pronounced dead at the scene.
The wreck occurred around
6:47 p.m. Saturday as Presnell
drove west on County Road
268. Law enforcement officers
closed the road for hours
Saturday evening and
continued to investigate the
scene Sunday morning.
According to Florida Highway
Patrol reports, Presnell tried to
pass a vehicle in front of him
and lost control of the 1997
Pontiac TransAm he was
driving. The car traveled onto
the grassy southern shoulder of
the road, continued westward
and hit a culvert, causing the
car to become airborne and
overturn. As the vehicle
overturned, Presnell was
ejected from the vehicle.
Demetrius Kirkland, the
teenager who last October, ran
over and killed a popular
cheerleader and seriously
injured her mother following
the East Gadsden High School
homecoming game and dance,
will spend the next 22 years in
prison. The vehicle had been
stolen earlier in the evening
from a Tallahassee apartment
complex. The parking lot was
filled with kids that night in
2006 just after the
homecoming dance ended.
Parents were picking up kids

and deputies and hired security
guards were directing traffic.
That's when, witnesses said,
the 2000 Infiniti sped through
the parking lot. When officers
approached the vehicle to stop,
the driver backed away at a
high rate of speed. The driver
hit about six cars, before
hitting the Rileys. Crystal was
taken by helicopter to the
hospital, but died hours later.
A former East Gadsden High
School quarterback, Hugh
Cunningham, Jr., was shot and
killed Nov. 15 at a Tallahassee
apartment complex.
Cunningham, 21, grew up in
Havana and was a senior at
Florida A & M University
majoring in health science. He
was scheduled to graduate next
semester. Tallahassee police
issued a warrant for 30-year-
old Cortney Jones, who turned
himself in to authorities
Saturday. He is being held
without bail, facing charges of
first-degree murder, robbery
with a firearm and use of a
firearm in the commission of a
felony. Cunningham was found
shot in the stomach the parking
lot of Berkshire Manor
Apartments on Continental
Ave. He did not live in an
apartment at that location. No
motive has been released.
FAMU held a vigil in
Cunningham's memory
Monday night at 6 p.m. at the
Eternal Flame in front of Lee
The City of Quincy is not
about to allow the County to
opt out of its contract to collect
recycling curbside from it 104
customers, at least inot just yet.
Tuesday night the commission
again tabled the decision for
another tw, weeks. "If I could
see some figures 'on how the
(rec\clin.gl department is run,
whether it's run efficiently or if
it's top heavy or if it's a well
oiled machine," said
Conmminnsonei Finley Cook.
Cunentl Recycling Director
Anthon\ Powell said he did
not ha\e the information Cook
wanted: but that. he would d
attempt to get the information
from the county's budget
department. Commissioner
Sherrie Taylor said she hoped
the county would have taken a
proactive approach to finding a
solution before it considered
halting curbside service. She
said she thought the county

should have done the "leg
work" in negotiating with
Gadsden County may have
moved one step closer to
opening Gadsden Community
Hospital when the Board of
Directors for Gadsden
Hospital, Inc. voted to
recommend that the Board of
County Commissioners enter
into negotiations with
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
as official vendor, or
management company, to
operate the facility. Beginning
with more that 30 companies
showing interest, it has been
between TMH and Alliant
Management Company of
Louisville, KY for several
months. Monday night, by a
vote of 3-2, TMH won out.
Chairman Craig McMillan,
Treasurer/Secretary James
Suber, and Board member
Scott Whitehead voted in favor
of TMH. Vice Chairman Herb
Sheheane and Board member
Sen. Fred Dudley chose Alliant
as their first choice. Dr.
Charles Kent, also a board
member abstained from voting,
citing a possible conflict of
interest. Board members Shelia
Atkins and Darryl Marshall did
not attend the meeting.


A 19-year-old Tallahassee
man, Bryce E. Crosby, was
arrested by Florida Highway
Patrol homicide investigators
Saturday and charged with
Dri'.in Uinder the Influence
(DUI) manslaughter and
leaving the scene of a crash
involving death after he
plowed'int" the yard where
seven-year-old Shanesia Cox
was playing. According to a'
report released b. the Florida
Highway Patiol, Crosby was
driving a 2004 Ford truck on
Aspalaga Road, just past
Murray Circle, around 11:15
Saturday morning when he left
the roadway and traveled
eastbound d on the shoulder
before driving on -priate
property on the north side of
the road. Shanesia was playing
in the yard with her four-year-
old sister at their
grandmother's home at 1956
Aspalaga Road, when Crosby
struck her with the front of the
truck. The child's body, said a
relative, was thrown or

dragged about 40 feet from
where the initial contact was
Like a good neighbor
dropping in for a visit, Gov.
Charlie Crist made a surprise
trip to Quincy Nov. 29. Brenda
Holt, former chairman of the
Board of County Commission,
said she had had been trying
for weeks to get a sit-down
meeting in Quincy with the
Governor's aide and other state
officials to talk mainly about
the hospital and other issues
that affect Gadsden County. "It
was a last minute decision he
made to come here," Holt said
of the visit.
Gadsden County school
officials were downright
exuberant Nov. 30 after
learning the district's increase
in graduation rates last year
was record-breaking. "I'm
really pleased and excited
about it," Gadsden County
Schools Superintendent
Reginald James said. "The
most important reason I'm
excited about it .is we have
found a process that works."
The Florida Department of
Education released graduation
and dropout rate statistics for
the 2006-07 school year. For
the first time in five years,
Gadsden County's graduation
rate exceeded 50 percent,
rising to 53.3 percent, its
highest mark since the state
began reporting graduation
rates. The graduation rate is up
9.4 points over the 2005-06
rate of 43.9 percent and
tepresents the second-largest:
percentage improvement in the
state.. .
Angela Poole said she was
happy enough serving as
Midway's finance director. But
after former city manager Paul
Piller vacated his post in May,
Poole stepped in as interim
city manager in June. Since
then, she's come to enjoy the
job, she said. That's why she
applied for the, post
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commissioners otred Nov. 29
4-3 to approve her -for -the-
position;.; Mayor Delores
Madison and city 'council
members Jerrod Holton and
Quintealia Cato cast the
dissenting votes.
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be hard to persuade retailers
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October, located on the
corner of South Madison and
East Jefferson Streets.

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officials connected utilities
and issued a certificate of
occupancy in the church's
The Gadsden County
Chamber of Commerce and
the Gadsden Men of Action
(GMOA) are pleased to
announce a new partnership.
These community based
organizations have -joined
forces with a common goal -
to improve the quality of life
within Gadsden County. They
will initially concentrate on
mentoring and educational
scholarships as well as youth
programs. GMOA was
formed in the 1980s and, with
50 members, is recognized as
the prominent men's
organization in Gadsden
County. The Chamber was
formed in 1946 and has over
300 members. Both
organizations have a strong
sense of community and a
shared vision of, improving
the quality of life within
Gadsden County.
A Midway couple,
Christopher Coaxum and
Syteria Booker, pleaded
guilty last week in a Gadsden
County court to battery with
great bodily harm in the
beating a Tallahassee woman
at their Midway home in
'February. Coaxum and

Booker were sentenced to six,
months in the county jail, five
years probation, and must pay
$2,300 in restitution. The pair
was arrested after the victim
told authorities she was
beaten, bound, and gagged
after they picked her up at
home about 3 a.m. on
Monday. The woman said she
was able to eacape about 10
a.m. and caught a ride to
Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital, where she was
interviewed by deputies.
Because the women left her
home with the couple
willingly, kidnapping
charges, which were part of
the first charges, were
In the words of City
Manager Antonio Jefferson,
Gretna finally has its ship
straight after nearly 14 years
of being under sanctions from
the state Department of
Environmental Protection. At
a press conference Dec. 17,
Jefferson and other local
officials described the effect
the lifting of the sanctions
could have on Gadsden
County. "It's obvious this is
great news for our entire
community and for Gadsden
County," Jefferson said. In
October, 1994 the state DEP
entered a consent order

against the city after it found
substantial deficiencies in the"
city's water and wastewater'
operations. The order'
effectively prevented '
residential and commercial'
development in Gretna for
close to 14 years.
The term "Happy Holidays"
won't mean much to some'
Gadsden County residents
this year. Since Operation
Season's Greeting began on,
Nov. 22, 64 people have,
been arrested on outstanding.:
warrants that included almost-
any crime that comes to,,
mind. Many of them were
arrested for violation of,
probation. "This was a joints
operation between the:'
Gadsden County Sheriffs:
Office and the Probation and'
Parole Quincy Field Office.'
Public safety is a top priority
of Sheriff Morris Young and
members of the GSCO," said
Lt. Jim Corder, who heads'
the GCSO vice and narcotics'
division. A tabletop three-
sided poster board displayed"
photos of the men and',
women who were
apprehended during the
operation. Corder said the ,
sheriffs office is dedicating.
every available resource to,
ensure the safety of the,

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