10 YEARS AGO
Customers in Havana had a new place to shop when Dollar General opened its new store located at 710 US Hwy. 27. A grand opening was held Saturday, August 21. The new 7,066-square-foot store employed approximately six to ten people.
County commissioners learned that some property owners at Lake Talquin had built docks on county property, and at least one had a no-trespassing sign posted. County attorney Hal Richmond made it clear that people who built the docks “were trespassing” on county property and the county had the right to require removal of the docks. He was also clear that if someone was injured on one of the docks, the county would be liable.
20 YEARS AGO
According to the Research Station south of Quincy, Tropical Storm Beryl dumped approximately six and one-half inches of rain from Saturday through Tuesday in Gadsden County. Portions of the area got up to 10 inches of rain and resulted in Director of Gadsden Emergency Management Mark Dickerson declaring the county a disaster area.
Following a recommendation by both the county clerk and board attorney, county commissioners voted unanimously to hire an independent auditing firm to investigate financial records of Healthmark, the company managing Gadsden Memorial Hospital.
30 YEARS AGO
Lanier Road resident Rick Soskis was told by County Budget Director Bill Lee that the county “simply does not have the funds” to pave Lanier Road after Soskis stated several reasons why it should be surfaced, particularly for easy access the road could furnish from U.S. 27 to U.S. 90 and to handle the additional thru-traffic that would be created after the county’s new hospital was completed.
Gadsden 4-Hers taking part in the 11th annual Florida 4-H Legislature in Tallahassee were Lisa Pontoriero, Denise Pontoriero, Jason Dodson, Keith Jones, Joey Carter, Gordon Green and Suzanne Clark.
40 YEARS AGO
The Havana Kiwanis Club and Havana Volunteer Fire Department teamed up to host an old-fashioned political rally on 7th Avenue East in the town park. Candidates or their representatives for local, state and gubernatorial offices attended the rally.
Three area residents were among the 1,569 students receiving degrees at Florida State University. They were Mary Lil Arrington, B.S. degree in Finance; Mary Hinson Johnson, B.S. degree in Accounting; and Laurel Lester, B.A. degree in History.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. Cecil (Pete) Patridge moved to Havana to become associated as a partner in Powell’s Pharmacy. Having several years of retail drug experience in Atlanta, Patridge was from Woodbury, GA and attended both FSU, where he played freshman baseball, and the University of Florida, where he graduated with a pharmacy degree.
Chamber of Commerce president Willie D. Lines announced the election of 11 new directors. From Havana were Fred Arrington, Dan Miller and P.W. Shelfer, Jr. From Chattahoochee were Edgar Scarborough, Lamar Massey and Willie J. Smith. From Quincy were George Bates, E.W. Hinson, J. Love Hutchinson, T.E. Nixon and Rev. Thomas Cuttino.
60 YEARS AGO
Hundreds of friends in Gadsden County were shocked at the sudden death of Judge Frank B. Thrower, 48, who died at his home following a heart attack. He had served as county judge for two-and-a-half terms.
The Miller Jets edged the Shelcos 7-6 in a thrilling extra-inning contest to win the Havana Boys’ League Championship. The game climaxed a 2-out-of-3 series that saw the Jets win the opener 4-3, lose the second game 13-10, and then rebound to take the championship 7-6.