Quincy native William Hugh McKeown has become well known in our region for his brilliantly rendered watercolor paintings, capturing landscapes, seascapes, and outdoor livelihoods of North Florida. His mastery with paint and brush have now been recognized on a national level, with the acceptance of his painting entitled “The Ship Doctor” into The American Watercolor Society’s 147th annual juried exhibition.
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Following a 3-month-long investigation, four Texas men were arrested along I-10 and charged with trafficking in marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office reported. During the investigation, authorities uncovered a large trafficking organization that was responsible for hundreds of pounds of marijuana being delivered to the North and Central Florida areas. Gadsden County was being utilized as a central distribution point along I-10. [Full Story »]
Richard "Ricky" Bohannon, 59, of Wetumpka Community passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014. A gathering of friends will be Sunday, February 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Independent Funeral Home (850) 875-1529. A memorial service will be at a later date.
A native of North Carolina, he had lived in Florida for many years. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard and was also a member of Antioch Baptist Church. His loves were hunting, fishing, dogs and family.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra C. Bohannon; a daughter, Katherine Bohannon; a granddaughter, Sierra Bohannon; three sisters, Gloria Sellars (Al), Sylvia Harker (Bobby), and Sonjia Lewis (Don); a brother, Hurbert Bohannon (Martha).
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Antioch Baptist Church, 284 McCall Bridge Rd., Quincy, FL 32351.
Dr. Mary Anne Butler DMD, 56, of Havana, FL. passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday February 15, 2014 at Salem United Methodist Church with Pastor Greg Doss officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, February 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Faith Funeral Home. Private interment will be at Shelfer Cemetery with David Coxen, Rick Warren, Lennie Butler, Dale Summerford, John Dooner and Michael Dooner serving as pallbearers. Faith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (850.539.4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com). To honor Mary Anne’s love of children, her family requests memorial donations be made to Make -A- Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida at 1020 North Orlando Ave. Suite 100 Maitland, FL. 32751 (888.874.9474)
Mary Anne was born May 24, 1957 in Fort Benning, GA, the daughter of the late Colonel Richard F. Fischer and Alice C. Fischer. Mary Anne was an "Army Brat."
She was a majorette in high school and the valedictorian of her senior class. After her father retired to his hometown of Havana, Mary Anne chose to move back to Havana as well. She married the love of her life Miller Butler on February 16, 1985.
She was always a very focused and talented person. Mary Anne decided at age 12 to become a dentist. Mary Anne earned her dental degree and her Pediatric Dentistry Certification from the University of Florida. She later became a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She opened her pediatric dentistry practice in Tallahassee in October 1987. Mary Anne also taught dental hygiene at TCC. She enjoyed teaching students. She was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church in Havana, and served many years helping to lead the youth ministry.
Mary Anne was a real "people person." She loved her close knit family, her staff, her young patients, friends and her church family. She had a way of making everyone feel very special. She loved her pets and the great outdoors. Mary Anne lived a very happy and active lifestyle.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years Miller Butler of Havana, her mother Alice Fischer of Havana, two sons Jack Butler (and wife Casey) of the Florida Keys; and Brett Butler of Havana. Two sisters Betsy (Boo) Coxen of Havana and Susan Warren (and husband Rick) of Havana.
She is preceded in death by her father Colonel Richard F. Fischer and brother-in-law Dean Coxen.
Dealing in stolen property arrests
Two local men, Charles Jerome Hayes and Homer Renard Garner have been arrested for dealing in stolen property.
Gadsden residents on TCC calendar
Tallahassee Community College released the names of the 14 individuals on Monday, January 27, when the College unveiled its 14th annual Cherry Alexander African-American History Calendar. Two of those of from Gadsden County, Keith Dowdell of Quincy and Vernell Ross of Havana.
Helping Gadsden families
Chrys Ivey Goodwyne from the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross gave a presentation to the Gadsden County commission at last week’s commission meeting.
Hospital bd. increased to 11 members
The Gadsden Hospital Board, Inc. made a request at last week’s county commission meeting for two more members and a restructure of the board’s terms.
Delinquent property could revert to county
County Clerk of Court Nicholas Thomas spoke to the commission last week about the tax deed applications process and the potential for the county to receive property now being held on tax certificates.
West Gadsden wins district
Andrew Moten’s West Gadsden boys’ basketball team swept through their third straight District 4-1A tournament and will advance to regional play next Tuesday.
Jags sign college scholarships
Three East Gadsden High School Jaguars signed with college football teams last week.